Hello! I am Shannon from Find Joy in the Journey and I am over the moon thrilled to be participating in this year’s Spooktacular September! Seriously, pinch me please! I have been following Eighteen25 from the very beginning and I am in constant awe of their endless creativity. Thank you girls for the opportunity!
Halloween is also one of my favorite holidays! My family has included a Halloween picture in our Christmas cards . . . . twice. And if you look in my garage you will see a large tote box labeled “Mom’s Costumes”. When my kids were little I thought it would be so great to sew their Halloween costumes myself. I did that for several years, but today it’s a mix of store-bought and homemade. Getting great photos of the kids in their Halloween costumes is a priority for me. For the longest time I have wanted to gather the years of costume photos in one place.
This year I finally did it and I’d love share my album & printables with you!
Can I just tell you in advance how much I love this album? I can already see it being enjoyed for many fall seasons in years and years to come.
Alrighty, it is time to gather your supplies. Here is what you will need:
First, download and print the album files onto white cardstock. There are 4 pages total and you can grab them here: Halloween Memories Album
Let’s get started with the COVER PAGE.
Trim 1/2 inch from all edges of the main cover page so that it is now 7.5 x 10 inches. Choose the title phrase you like best – Halloween Costumes – Costumes on Parade – Halloween Memories – and cut one black border strip. Layer the pieces however you like on the page – top, middle, bottom – the bottom was feeling good to me. And slap it all on a sheet of black cardstock.
I just love the crispness of black, white, and orange. Don’t you?
Those little title phrases serve double-duty by sliding right into your album spine. Just trim a little extra off each side.
Now onto the interior album pages. Starting with the LEFT PAGE
Can we pause for just a second and give these little baby faces a collective “awww!” Today these faces are 9, 11, and 13. Moving on . . .
I created a 4 photo, 6×6 photo collage in Photoshop and uploaded it to a printing service. If you aren’t Photoshop savy you can always print 4 photos, trim each to 3×3, and arrange in a collage.
Adhere the photo collage to a 6.5 x 6.5 square of white cardstock with black photo corners. Stick on the lower half of the page.
Next, add a strip of washi tape across the entire width of the page and fold the edges over the back. Add the Halloween year with a stapler or brads.
Easy peasy. I kept it simple and stream-lined so that the focus remains where it should be — the photos.
On the RIGHT PAGE simply adhere an 8×10 photo with photocorners and step back to admire your work.
My favorite. 2006 goes down as my most epic Halloween costume effort. I handmade all three costumes and as a learn-as-I-go seamstress I’m not ashamed to give myself a pat on the back! I 100% believe that we should cheer for ourselves.
And when you complete an album like this you should definitely treat yourself to a pumpkin muffin. I’m just saying, because that’s what I would do.
Did you notice that 2014 is all ready to go? There’s no reason you have to wait to make these pages — complete the foundation and you are set for several years to come.
Happy Halloween! Just think of the great memories you are going to make this year!
Now I’m going to go tell all my friends that I got to rub cyber-shoulders with the girls at Eighteen25. Thanks for having me!
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Check out my $3 Fox Costume tutorial
And how to make a Flower Fairy costume
Really like this idea of yours, Shannon !! Could you make labels for 1997, 1998, and 1999? And can you tell us what that cool black album is called and where to get it? Thanks a bunch!
Teresa Andersen says
Love it all- awesome times 10. Thanks for sharing
So cute! I need to round up my Halloween pictures from past years and get to work!
Really cute! Love that it's so simple and doable! 🙂