Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here with you today kicking off Halloween week on the blog! Today I am sharing a new layout with you featuring the Spellcast collection. Here in Australia we do not tend to celebrate Halloween, however in more recent years the tradition of Halloween and Trick or Treating is becoming more common. We can now find halloween costumes, decor, and candy in stores around the month of October and streets are filled with children and family trick or treating on Halloween night.
For my layout today I am documenting my daughter’s love for Halloween. Funnily enough, she has a little obsession with Halloween and has been asking to go Trick or Treating at Halloween for the past six months. This particular photo was taken last Halloween in 2016 but I decided to document her attitude towards the celebration in 2017, which I have reflected in the dates of the journaling. Here is the layout I created:
Here is the process video for how this layout came together:I chose to keep this layout to an orange, black and white/cream colour palette which are the main colour that this collection features. They worked with my black and white photo beautifully.
The design of this layout contains a row of horizontal embellishing on the top third of the layout followed by a small cluster and journaling on the bottom right corner to help balance out the top heaviness of the layout. I chose to place my black and white photo (printed slightly larger than a 3×4″) in the centre as it is the focal point of my layout. I then used mainly the Spellcase ephemera pack to layer either side. The photo itself contained more negative space in the left side so I used that side to place my title ‘Trick or Treat’ from the ephemera pack. I matted the photo on Paper 05 from the collection and used foam adhesive to add some dimension to both the photo and the embellishment clusters. I love the multi dimensional look the foam adhesive was able to achieve.
The little witch hat in the ephemera pack was the perfect addition to the page being as though my daughter is wearing a witch’s hat in the photo. You can really see the variety of dimension in the detailed image below. I chose to use a variety of embellishments here: ephemera, chipboard Thickers, and also stickers. This also helps to achieve that multi dimensional look. I loved the small star shaped stickers on the card stock sticker sheet, they added that nice finishing touch to the clusters.
The floral pieces in the collection were a nice way to add a touch of femininity to this page, I just wished there were more of them in the pack! I think I could use a whole pack of floral pieces alone, don’t you agree?!?
One technique I used on this page to help guide your eyes from my main focal point, my photo, to the journaling was to add the element of the spiders coming down on their webs. This of course suits the Halloween theme and fits the subject of the page but also works as a design choice because the use of the webs directs you to read the journaling. I wanted the webs and spiders to be amongst the journaling so I scattered three of them, varying in size, on that right side. I added hand stitching to represent the webs. A little tip to help pierce the holes for stitching somewhat straight is to use a ruler as a guide while poking the holes.
I felt the bottom of the page needed another small cluster to help balance out the top heaviness so I layered some of the die cut pieces, added the journaling that represents the photo date and story and finished it off with the three small star shaped stickers. The cat ephemera piece was the perfect addition and I chose to add her to the page as it looks like she is standing along the bottom piece perfectly, I also love that she is facing towards the journaling and centre of the page. Had she been facing the opposite way I would not have added her to the page as I do not feel she would have then worked on my design.
To finish the page I added a border of Paper 12 and some machine stitching. It helps the layout to really pop and I feel it just gives it that final look that it needs.
Thanks so much for popping by the blog today as I have kicked off Halloween week. The big day is tomorrow, have a spooktacular time!