Toil & Trouble…So Cute, It’s Scary!


Make no bones about it – your Halloween scrapbook needs this spooky layout. The Toil & Trouble Collection is perfect to scrap those cute and not so scary photos of the pumpkin patch, trick or treating, and other fun Halloween activities! Make sure you capture all your favorite Halloween memories and share with us what you or children are going to be dressed up as this year!

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Toil & Trouble Treat Bags

Boo!!  Can you believe it? The local stores are all set up for the trick or treaters, so I guess I need to start thinking ahead as well!  I thought I would make some special little treat bags for the young goblins that show up at my door.

The Toil & Trouble Collection is so bright!  I just love it! It’s perfect to get you thinking ahead to Halloween.

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Toil & Trouble Digital Scrapbook Layouts

Growing up I have to admit Halloween was not my favourite time of year, but after having children that has changed!  I love helping them figure out their costumes, carving pumpkins and decorating for Halloween.  We usually try to be creative and make our costumes ourselves.  Who knew I would actually be sad that I have only one Trick or Treater left in the house now!

The fall is my favourite time of year for photos as I love the oranges, reds and yellows of the season.  So creating Halloween pages is fun for me because I have lots of photos to choose from and Toil & Trouble to play design with!

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Toil & Trouble Scrapbooking Borders

No matter how old I get, Halloween will always be a fun and playful holiday to me. And the new Toil & Trouble collection is so fun and playful and colorful, it just puts me in the mood for tricks and treats! Making these borders was so easy and fun, I may just have to reward myself with a little Halloween candy from my secret stash…shhh!

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Photo Tips – Halloween Photography

Fall is my favourite time for photography!  I love all of the colours in the fall palette!  Along with fall comes Halloween and all of the photo opportunities surrounding this time of the year.

Pumpkins to Jack-o-lanterns

Leading up to Halloween I like to get photos of the children carving their pumpkins and what designs they come up with every year.


Lauren’s jack-o-lantern is always very creative and usually has a theme – The Walking Dead this year!


Grant deep in thought about what he will design this year!


Twins?  He is trying to make the same face!

It is always fun to get a photo their masterpieces  when they are finished.


I like to get photos in the dark and the daylight of our pumpkins.


And there is always fun to be had when they pose with their jack-o-lanterns!


One of my favourite jack-o-lantern shots is of Grant looking into the pumpkin and he is glowing like the inside of the pumpkin.


My settings to achieve this shot were f4.5 at 1/3 sec shutter speed, ISO 100.  I used a tripod for this photo because at 1/3 of a second it would be very difficult to capture this hand held.

Staged Photos

I am not against grabbing a few staged photos before the big night.  I find Halloween night so busy, trying to get supper, get the costumes on and have the treats ready for the trick or treaters.  Usually the afternoon of Halloween I get the children to put their  costumes on and we do a few photos in the yard.  This saves me from getting cranky when they don’t want to pose for photos when they are excited and ready to head out the door to get CANDY!


Turn on your flash!

When the trick or treaters are leaving for the evening in the dark turn on the flash to get a good photo of them.  It is just too difficult to capture that moment without your flash on!


This is one of my best ones without my flash.  It is not bad but it is not great either.  You get the idea of the costumes but they are bit blurry.  The flash would definitely help this!

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Sometimes you get lucky though and get a fun effect when you turn your flash off and have a slow shutter speed.

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Trick or Treaters

I like to get photos of the children in our neighbourhood because they are cousins and friends of our children.  I recommend turning your flash on for these ones because they are in a hurry to get to the next house and aren’t going to stand still long!


And don’t forget our furry friends who like to dress up for treats too!

The Loot!

Get a photo of all of the candy at the end of the trick or treating!


Time to Play!

While my children are out Trick or Treating I usually have time between children arriving at the door so it is a fun chance to play with my camera.


I used my tripod and my zoom lens for this photo experiment.  My settings were f4.5, 1.3 sec and 100 ISO.  How I achieved this projector effect was by moving the zoom lens out or in depending on where you started from when you set up the photo.  In the top photo the lights were on in the house so any point of light was also affected in the photo.  I turned the lights out and tried again which gave a dark background.

Have fun with your Halloween photos and always have your camera ready for anything strange or spooky!


Happy Haunting!


Halloween Paper Craft Medallions

I see them everywhere.  Medallions.  Paper Medallions!

They are adorable and so easy to make!  You can create small ones, or very large ones all dependent on the width paper you use.

But, how do you make these adorable paper medallions?

Using our Bats in the Belfry Collection will add to the spookiness of your holiday decor.

Let me show you how to create these adorable pieces, so you can add to your Halloween decor, or perhaps even a birthday or Christmas!

Tools you will need:  Paper, Trimmer, Adhesive (Glue Gun), Multi-Purpose Tool

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Halloween Treat Bags

When I think of Halloween, I think of the cute little adorable ways in which you can gift candy or trinkets!

What I love most about this treat bag is that you can create it any size you would like.  From small to big!

Step 1:  Cut a piece of paper into a rectangle.  (I cut mine to 6″ x 10″)

Step 2:  Fold one side in about 1/3 of the way.  Place adhesive on the edge of the folded piece.  Fold the other side of the paper over to cover the adhesive.

Step 3:  Fold the bottom over.  (This will be the thickness of the bag-I folded mine over 1-1/2″)


Step 4:  Open the bottom of the bag as shown, creasing the edges of the bottom.


Step 5:  Fold one side of the bottom, so it is just past the halfway crease on the bottom. Add adhesive to the edge of this flap.

Step 6:  Fold the other flap on the bottom over the top of the adhesive.


Step 7:  Open the bag.  Fill with goodies.


Step 8:  Create a page topper to fit over the top. Adhere to the top.

Step 9:  Punch holes, add tag, and tie with ribbon.


Maybe you create a special treat bag for your kids or grandkids, or maybe you give special treats to your co-workers at the office.  Whoever your recipients are, they will feel more than loved when they receive a treat bag in which you put your love and special touch into.

Happy Creating!!