Gone Batty! by Jen McMurtrey

Gone Batty! by Jen McMurtrey

Hello friends! It’s Jen today with a fun Halloween layout using the new Spooky Nights Collection.  


Today’s project takes a turn away from the usual orange and black that we associate with Halloween. With my kids all but grown, I don’t have current photos of them in costumes since they rarely dress up anymore. I, on the other hand, dress up every year for school . . . I am that teacher! Even though we were holding classes virtually, I still showed up in my Where’s Waldo costume, which is when my daughter Phoebe and I snapped these pictures. 



As you all know by now, I love using the adorable Simple Stories 6 x 6 stencils on my projects. This background came together in multiple steps. First, I swiped distress oxide ink pads on the page from top to bottom. I used Hickory Smoke first and followed that with Black Soot. Next, I sprayed water on the inks and let it run down the page to soften inks. Once those were dry, I used the Spooky Nights 6x6 Stencil – Jack-O-Lanterns with the same Black Soot oxide ink throughout the page. I love how this background turned out! 



With the background complete, I set about adding photos and embellishments to the project. My first step was to back the photos with black and white patterned papers and adhere them to the page. 



To keep with the color scheme of the photos, I focused on using black, white, and red dies cuts and stickers. Also, I didn’t want to detract from the stenciled background. 



My goal was to create a scene of sorts along the bottom of the photos using houses, gravestones, the ghost, and the tree. On the top of the photos, I added clouds, bats, the moon, and starsArranging the embellishments in this manner takes your eye from the top of the layout to bottom in a logical order. 



To complete the project, I used Color Vibe Warm White Foam Alpha Stickers to create the title. Last, I machine stitched around the border of the layout using white, gray, and black threads. I didn’t worry about trying to sew in straight lines, and just motored around the edges very quickly giving it a whimsical feel. 



This project turned out just as I envisioned and I can’t wait to document more Halloween memories with the Spooky Nights Collection! Thank you for stopping by today, and I hope you are inspired to create! 

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