What do you do with all of your Halloween snapshots? Most people don't frame them and display their monsters on the mantle year round, so I've come up with a solution: a mini brag book decorated with Moxxie's All Hallow's Eve papers, stickers and die cuts!
The base of the book is 5X5 chipboard with rounded edges. I applied the papers with acid-free spray adhesive to ensure a tight bond and no peeling. Once the base is dry and sturdy, the chipboard holds the weight of just about anything you can dream of. I especially loved this sorrowful skeleton from the Sharp Dressed Man paper and embellished him with two tags that can be used for a small picture and a journaling block.
The Arachnophobia paper is the base of this graveyard scene featuring the Bride of Frankenstein as a "moon" in the eerie cemetery. The cabinet card die cuts resemble the headstones and serve as another photo matte and journaling tag. Another decorated tag is hidden behind one of the graves. I also cheated just a bit and used a cemetery fence die cut from Moxxie's Midnight Dreary collection from last year.
Gone Batty might be my favorite paper from the collection, but it's so hard to decide, you might catch me saying that about all of them! I originally intended for the entire page to be bat themed, but that spider die cut wanted to crawl into the picture instead. The tag he rests on opens to reveal a small journaling spot and a larger top note die cut is the photo matte.
The final layouts use the Haunted Mansion paper for the base. This gorgeous purple and black combination is something I really love to work with and I wanted to highlight a very gothic design using it. I went heavy with the black German Dresden accents to build a door and wrought iron fence to hint at a real haunted mansion. I was very careful to leave the lovely chandelier visible to further emphasize a haunted house feeling to the pages.
Books like these are great for gifts as they don't require as much time as a full 12x12 book and can be themed for just about any holiday or occasion you'd like. I hope Moxxie's All Hallow's Eve collection and I have inspired you to make a grandparent or other loved one a brag book full of your own Halloween Ghosts & Ghoulies!