Good morning FotoBella Fans, Penny from the FotoBella design team here today to show you how I made this black and white toddler Halloween layout. This layout features my grandson Matthew during his first trip to the pumpkin patch. I printed these photos in black and white because I didn't want him to get lost in all the orange and brown colors of the Halloween and Fall season.
So I started my Halloween layout with this sheet of 12 x 12 French Vanilla Polka Dot from the Bo Bunny - 12 x 12 Wonderfully Wicked Collection . The pumpkin sheet came from the All Hallows Eve 12 x 12 Pattern Paper collection. Both of these collections are available at the FotoBella Online Scrapbook Store I also used some plain orange and black cardstock not included in these collections.
So in my next step I needed to pick out what stamps I wanted to use to make my page embellishments with, because let's face it finding just black and white colored embellishments can sometimes be a nightmare to find. I ended up choosing the stamps from this set.
They were a fun stamp set to use, and gave me really good crisp clear images. They also had some really cute Halloween designs that didn't look too spooky for a toddler's layout, so that was a plus. I wanted to make my own images because I wanted to have black and white pumpkins to go along with my black and white photos.
That is the great thing about stamps, you can make your images whatever color you need them to be. That is perfect for when you have a hard color or theme you want to match. I did however end up making some orange pumpkins anyway to use on other projects later while I was in the mood to be stamping things.
Next I took out the matching die set pictured below, and cut out the images for this scrapbook page.
These dies cut out my stamped images perfectly. I also cut out some of the plain orange pumpkins in a heavy glittered cardstock just to see if these dies would work on this type of heavier paper, and they worked beautifully.
I used Ranger's Tim Holtz Black Soot Ink Pad for my stamping ink because I didn't want my images to be too dark for this layout's theme.
While we are talking ink pads here's a ink pad storage tip for you:
I store my ink pads upside down to keep the ink at the surface of the pad, and I keep a rubber band around them to help keep the lid securely. I also use that same rubber band to hold my cosmetic sponge pad that I use for distressing projects. The band keeps the right color cosmetic sponge with the right color of ink pad. It also keeps it where I can easily find it when I need to use it. It works great, and no more mismatched ink sponges! Let me know if this tip works as well for you, and if you have any secret storage tips you'd like to share with me!
Okay enough small talk, let's get back to making this Halloween layout. Sometimes I can get carried away with fun storage ideas.
I also used a frame from the All Hallows Eve Ephemera set. This set has lot's of fun embellishments in it. I have made several projects with this kit. If you look closely in the photo after this one you will see the color strip at the top of this packaging is used on my layout. I wanted to separate the two black and white photos with just a tiny pop of color, and this strip worked perfectly.
So here is my layout with some of the stamped images glued in place along with my title, and the tiny color strip.
I loved these stamped bats, and pumpkins. I added googly eyes to my stamped pumpkin faces to give them just a little bit more of a kid/toddler friendly appearance.
On the bottom of my layout I added a flower from the Bo Bunny Harvest Orange Dahlia kit.
I also cut the word "Play" from the "Photo Play Logo" on the packaging. I love doing stuff like this to keep things out of the landfills, and it was the perfect orange to match my layout, and give my layout a little color but not overwhelm it.
To finish off my layout I added Matthew's name, and the year I took these photos. I used some alphabet stickers that I have had forever to do this. I also used some star stickers from the sticker sheet that came from the paper kit pictured below, and some stars I cut out with the die cut kit pictured above.
I hope you had fun today and if you'd love to see more fun Halloween projects, cards, and scrapbook pages please follow our FotoBella Blog. Well till next time "Happy Crafting" . Love Penny
P.S. Here is the matching paper from Photo Play collection.
All Hallows Eve 12 x 12 Pattern Paper
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