Mixed Media Spookiness

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. It’s solidly in the autumn – my favorite season,

Lyn Worthen, Sr. Editor

Lyn Worthen, Sr. Editor

with colorful leaves crunching underfoot, crisp but not-too-cool air, and the emergence of my cozy sweaters from their summer hibernation. And Halloween just begs us to play dress-up in fabrics of all colors and textures – not to mention strange creations made of plastic bags, paper plates, and foil-covered cardboard. We tape and glue and stitch together whatever we can find: leathery batwings, sleek silks, torn mummy tape, feathers, lace, velvets, and burlap. The only rules are to use what works, and to have fun doing it.

With all that going for it, Halloween-themed layouts are perfect candidates for mixed media scrapbooking. Whether you’re dabbling in mixed media for the first time, or love playing with the “nontraditional” supplies in your stash, now is the perfect time to play. Here are just a few Halloween-themed mixed media scrapbook layouts that I hope will inspire you as you create your own pages.

Pirattitude by Mou Saha, as seen in “Halloween Magic” on page 51 of the Oct 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes.

Mou used brown kraft paper – but you can also use a plain, brown paper bag – to create a pirate map commemorating her young buccaneer’s adventures. For more ideas on using brown paper bags, check out the November/December 2012 issue of Creating Keepsakes.

Cleopatra by Cindy Tobey, as seen in “Brilliant Bling” on page 46 of the Creating Keepsakes special issue, Mixed Media Scrapbooking.

Cindy’s glammed-up layout is fit for a queen. Not only did she trim the page with fabric and bling to make it as elegant as her daughter’s costume, but she colored the chipboard letters with gold leaf. Cleopatra wouldn’t have had it any other way!

Our Haunted House by Suzy Plantamura, as seen in the “Pretty Spooky” feature, on page 63 of the October 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes.

Suzy went all out, and recreated the look & feel of a haunted house on her layout. A bit of fabric, some velvet ribbon, a touch of fringe, and a fabric flower combine to create a stunning mantelpiece. Notice how she used glitter to not only give the flames a bit of flicker, but also to add shine to the “antiqued” frames.

As you can see from these examples, you can create a variety of looks with mixed media techniques – there’s no limit to what you can do and no rules – except that you use whatever works for you and have fun doing it. So why not dig around in your stash and enjoy a little mixed media spookiness this Halloween!


Lyn Worthen

Sr. Editor

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3 Responses to Mixed Media Spookiness

  1. Tamika says:

    These are spooky cute!

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