Saturday, August 21, 2010

Halloween Mini Book - Part 1 (Cover)

I decided to do a Mini Album using the Echo Park Halloween Line and the Cricut carts October 31 and Happy Hauntings. In the end I ended up using a little more than these because I used George and Basic Shapes, and French Manor. Let me tell you it was not easy and I am not done yet.

I first did the sketches of each page that would go in the mini book, using the Happy Haunting and October 31 images handbook and the papers from the Kit to give me an idea of how I was going to lay out each page. I rarely do layouts or books without pictures, so this is a first. After all the sketches were done I set out to place the images on my gypsy trying to keep them per page (this was a little bit hard) I will upload a video later (my camera is completely depleted of battery, sorry!)

As I did every page's cuts I selected the paper that would go good with the images, the ribbon and any other embellishment I could think of, to add to my pages. Everytime I had all the elements of the page together, I would place them in a page protector. Once all my images were cut and all my pages were in the sleeves, it was time to start.

Again this is the fitst time I attempt to do a Mini album without We have to see how the pages actually come out. I will be posting step by step the mini book being put together, and I will try to upload a video when is done.

So here is the Cover of the Mini book.

For the cover I used the Haunted House from the October 31 Cartridge in black cardstock with all the inner contours, I covered the windows using orange cardstock. Then using the gypsy I removed all the inner contour lines and cut the shape of the house in grey cardstock. (The House is 11")

The ghosts are from Happy Hauntings, and I just placed them randomly but I thought they looked playful (lol)

When I pasted the house together I cut a 6" by 12" chipboard and covered it with black cardstock, I also placed a strip of gray left over cardstock at the bottom. I hand cut the green grass thingies at the ends of the house. I inked around with white chalk ink on the black and with black on the rest of the colors. The stars are from the sticker sheet from the Echo Park Kit.

The back of the cover also got a embellished:

I cut another Haunted House without the contours in black to cover the grey one, but I pasted it on the opposite side of the chipboard cover. Then I cut a 6" X 12" black cardstock, and stars part of the Bat Festival paper from the collection. I glued that, and just folded the corner. I inked using black ink all around. The candelabra is from October 31, the candles did not come out that good, so I got a little square of orange cardstock and folded it so that it would fil in the candle holder, inked with black and made the flame with stickles (Black Diamond and Orange Peel), the pedestal of the candelabra also has stickles.

The frame behind (in purple) is the inside of a frame from French Manor, and the Happy Halloween is one of the element stickers.

I hope you enjoyed this first part of the Mini Book, let me know what you think.

Happy Scrapping!


  1. Great job! Can't wait to see the rest. :)

  2. I am so excited to see the rest of your book! The cover looks great!

  3. oh my gosh!! this is so cool!!! I've never made any type of book....this is so awesome!! :):)

  4. I love minis! Good luck on the blog and congrats!

  5. Very cute! How do you plan on binding it?

  6. Fabulous and sooooo creative! Subscribed to your blog and can't wait to see what else you create!

  7. OMG - that is fabulous! I can hardly wait to see the rest of the book.

  8. You did a great job on your mini book! Love it!!

  9. Hi Marie,
    Great start on your mini book and good luck with your blog. I signed up, however I need to replace my picture. It turned out very blurry. :)

    Sewcrafty...a cricut circle friend

  10. Great job on the mini, loving it so far!!