Brian Dewey at Halloween! He's a talented professional photographer and also part of our kids' carpool so it was really exciting when he offered to take Halloween photos of the kids at a neighborhood party. The images are so different than what I could manage with only the available lighting and my point and shoot flash, that even though I don't normally do a Halloween layout, I wanted to this time. Doesn't Zack's intensity about his costume show through the picture?
I was glad to use it as a chance to capture how their ages and personalities showed in their costume experiences, so it wrote on die-cut Top Notes*, one for each boy. I wanted a spooky but elegant look without using pre-made Halloween products (since I don't do a lot of Halloween scrapbooking, I didn't want to buy any custom product with spiders or what-have-you. Also, I just like the less Halloween-specific feel). I choose black background paper and a dark brown transparent overlay made by Slice/Making Memories (I can't find a link to the transparency sheets so maybe they don't make them anymore). I intentionally left a strip of the transparency without any backing. I plan to do another layout to back it with that will coordinate with that spot, but I don't know exactly what- wish me luck!
The title is done with Thickers in felt - I love how they feel! You can feel the texture even through a page protector. Then I added black, die-cut leaves and black, hand-cut branches. Branches are not hard to hand cut, especially when they are supposed to look bare and spooky! I got the idea for the row of paper flag/pennant pieces at the bottom of the pictures from somewhere else but I can't find it (not for lack of trying!) so thank you to a nameless inspiration! To finish it off I stamped the bird from the Stampin' Up! Notably Ornate* set, embossed it and cut it out. That bird can look pretty or spooky! Or maybe both!
*If you use the links above my friend and fabulous Stampin' Up demonstrator, Cheryl, will benefit, but so will you since you'll get the preferred pricing by checking out through a demonstrator!