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September 25, 2018

October is just around the corner. Seems a scary laugh is in order—bwahahahahaha! Time to dust off those decorations. I adore Halloween decor. Especially the outdoor stuff.
When I saw the new Window Shaped Shaker Set, I knew a scrapbook page about my yard was in order. I’ve often documented our dressing up, but I’ve failed to document our home’s custom. Now’s the time, thanks to this cute kit! 
Creating this paper-pieced project is a real treat. Here’s how to do it to it. 
step 1: Create a night sky background of some sort. I used brush tip markers to color and then blended the color using a paintbrush and water. 
step 2: Time to build a house! Die cut windows, shutters, and a fence from cardstock.
door tip: Remove the inner window frame on a tall window to create a door frame. For added fun, use it to frame a photo of your actual front door and the way you decorate it for Halloween. 
fence tip: To give the charming fence die in this kit a spookier vibe, trim every other fence board out, leaving just the a small connecting portion. 
step 3: Draw the details. Once you have your windows and door die cut, you can cut a paper house background since you know how big to make your house. Use a pen to draw some detail on the house.
step 4: Prepare your pics. I used the Project Life app to make a collage of bitty images. (See tutorial below.) You’ll notice most of the images aren’t even for my layout. You need many pics to make this kind of 4x6 print, so I simply included extra images I can use in my day planner, traveler’s notebook or other layouts.
Once you print your 4x6 image, trim the four you want to use on your window (and the door, if you’re adding one). 
To prep the window frame, begin by marking where the window openings are on the cardstock that will back the window. 
Now, simply adhere the images to the marked background and adhere the window in place.
If you printed a pic of your door in the collage, it should fit well in the door frame you created from the tall window die cut. I only trimmed mine down a little bit. 
step 5: Ready for some upper window work? Begin by tinting one of the shaker overlays yellow using a marker or alcohol ink. 
Now, prep one of the windows as a shaker. Before adding the contents, I doodled a spider web for a little extra creepy character. Plus, I’m trying to mimic my house, and heaven knows we have our fair share of arachnids around here. (Eeep!)
I didn’t make the second window a shaker. Instead, I boarded it up by sketching some wood detail on strips of brown cardstock. Yipe! Looks like a creeper is peeking out from that room!
step 6: Add story details. You know me, nothing goes to waste. I used the inside of the window foam piece as a tombstone, where I added a few handwritten notes. 
bonus tip: The small pieces that come out from the rounded window when you die cut it work well above the door for another small window. 
step 7: Add some decorative extras. I used a circle from the Tag Shaker Kit to create a moon. It’s hard to see in the photo, but I added glitter ink to the background paper for some moon shimmer. 
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream-shaped ghosts! I used the Sweet Treat Shaker Kit to create a kawaii-style (Japanese for “cute”) ghost. I’m not sure whether to say “boo” or “yum!” LOL
That’s it. You have a happy haunt to add to your scrapbook (or hang up at Halloween time as part of your decor. My favorite part of this project was unexpected. Both of my girls (ages 6 and 2) got in on the act and LOVED what I made. 
My older daughter asked to paint a haunted house with me, while my younger daughter can’t stop knocking on the door of the house. 
“Hey! It’s our house,” she said with delight! “*ging gong… *ging gong… *knock knock… I say dat!” 
I hope you and your little ghosts and goblins have fun with this one. With or without the tricks, scrapbooking is such a sweet treat. It’s fun and leaves us with such a nice keepsake. <3
Megan Hoeppner
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Pen: Sakura; Markers: Tombow; Adhesive: Therm O Web; Cork Stars: Freckled Fawn; Glitter Pen: Close to My Heart; Die Cut Machine: Sizzix; Sewing Machine: Brother

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