Saturday, October 9, 2021

Trick or Treat/Time for Autumn

Hello, happy Saturday, hope everyone is a-okay.  Today I'm sharing the first spread in my collage practice journal, which is a 9.5x5.5-inch wirebound sketch journal I found too tall for comfort, so I'm giving it a new purpose: impersonating a travel journal (TN) so I can play along at TN Time with Lisa and Lori, a sketch challenge.
The size of my journal is pretty close to regulation, so the sketch works. I'm using this practice to wind down, relax, take a break/diversion from my regular work. I've filled some spreads with patterned paper backgrounds using different layouts ready to collage on. So far it's been a welcome respite of pure play so I aim to continue.
I began working on this spread for a few minutes here and there as soon as the sketch challenge went live back in September. I used several Gecko Galz collage sheet images and knew October's theme would be Halloween, so decided to do that theme. I limited my supplies to my Halloween scraps box (which isn't all that limiting as it's full of leftover bits and bobs). 
I fished out a Sizzix/Tim Holtz Bigz Rickety House and a Tree die cut from my bits & bobs and colored them with my Promarkers' chisel end, just making lines with 2 different shades, black/grey for the house and browns for the tree. Because TN Lori's optional challenge twist was to use a doily and use mint green, I used my Mint Green Promarker to color some of the windows and outline the images. It kinda looks like it's glowing, heehee-green slime, anyone? 😍 The sweet little witch, the owl/pumpkin and the Trick and Treat tickets are all Gecko Galz. I used a white gel pen to trace over the Trick and the Treat and found the die cut letters for the word "or" in my cup of orphan alphabet letters. The golden leaves strewn about were leftover orphans as well, originally cut I think from Tim Holtz Fall Foliage Thinlit dies. There's a strip of black washi with silver spider webs peeking out from underneath the tickets.
On this side, the two ladies and the scalloped pumpkin image are all Gecko Galz. I just had to use that pumpkin element because it's mint green -- score! And I proved it because see that thin outside green strip? It was originally white and I colored that with my Promarker. It looks identical to the green inside the scallop. I added the doily and leaves from my Black Hole of Stash. The center element is a little ditty written by moi in PSE, printed out, cut with a Spellbinders die and colored with Promarkers. I also used a Spellbinders scalloped rectangle nestie to cut a candy corn frame for the lady at top.
And one last view. I had fun making this, and that was my goal. Thanks for visiting and taking a look. Until next time, stay well and craft something! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’—πŸ˜Š
MY CHALLENGE PLAYLIST:
I followed the sketch and used mint green and a doily.  
I used GG images from October Monthly Gothic Challenge, Altered Halloween, Vintage Halloween and Oct. 2017 Monthly Sheet
Die cuts used: Rickety House, Tree, Scalloped Rectangle and Circle, Leaves, Label

33 comments:

Vicki said...

Fabulous journal pages! Love all of the fun details you've added. Thanks for joining the Double D, "Owls/Pumpkins" Challenge.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You have SO much going on with the beautiful background to the creepy house to the witch. What fun. I couldn't take it in all at once, and every time I look at this two page spread, I see even more, including the candy corn. Thanks, too, for sharing this with us at Art Journal Journey and Tracey's theme.

Diane said...

A couple of really cool and fun pages! Thank you for joining our challenges at Double D and Four Seasons!
Diane DD DT and FS DT {Nellies Nest}

Joan said...

Fabulous pages, such a lot to see !

Thanks for joining in at Try It On Tuesday Challenge

Darlene said...

WOW what a fabulous layout my friend! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Owls and/or Pumpkins’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
Darlene
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Please stop in for a visit!

P.S. And thanks for sharing with us over on the Four Seasons Blog too ... hope you're having fun!

stampinwithanita said...

I love a good journal page and yours was no exception! My favorites are the black & white scary photos, but they way you've put it all together is amazing! Thanks for joining us at The Paper Funday Challenge. Love to see more.

My name is Erika. said...

These pages are lots of fun Aimeslee. I love the vintage photos you used. That jack-o-lantern looks like he is afraid. Smile. It's another great image. Vintage is my favorite Halloween style, so you really tickled my fancy. Thanks for sharing this at AJJ for Tracey's challenge. Hugs-Erika

creationsnz said...

What FUN hallowe'en pages! Thanks for sharing with us at Incy Wincy "Halloween or Thankful", have a great week. CarolG

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

So many fun and fabulous things to look at on your Halloween themed pages, the contrast of orange against black illuminates each page. I especially love the little girl dressed up for those Halloween celebrations a vintage treasure.
So happy you shared @ AJJ to join in with my October theme I love it..
Creative wishes Tracey xx

Elkes LebensglΓΌck said...

Great and beautiful idea from this Halloween page and also suitable for the October theme. Have a happy week, hugs, Elke

Shandy Davis said...

Gorgeous layout, I love the candy corn paper and all the little spooky details,Thank you for joining us at Paper FunDay,Shandy,DT

Beth Norman-Roberts said...

What a darling layout. Your journal will be filled with beauty. I really should have read my e-mails after I got back from holidays. Last night I made a mini journal and couldn't find a doily in the colour I wanted. If I read your lovely post, I would have coloured one to be suitable.

Helen said...

Super adorable art journal spreads! LOVE all the detail you have! Thanks for sharing with us at Try it on Tuesday!

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

Amazing work Ames, so many wonderful images and features to look at and enjoy, I love it.
Faith x

Leslie Miller said...

This looks like the most fun! I admire travel journals and art journals and used to do something similar, but now it's all Shutterfly. I have too many pictures! You've done some wonderfully creative work here and I'm so glad to see it in both our Two Old Bats AND Four Seasons challenges!

ClaireB said...

Wow those are fabulous pages, so much colour and variety of style. Thanks for joining us at the Pearly Sparkles challenge this month and good luck with your entry Claire DT

Unicorn Sparkles and Gorilla Glue said...

Wowwie wow wow wow!! This journal page is so inspiring and absolutely a fantastic rendition of Hallo0ween- so in love with this!!! Thank you for joining us at Crafty Calendar :)

WendyK said...

Lovely halloween journal page. Great images and colours.

Crafting Queen said...

Wonderful Halloween layout. Thank you for joining TTCRD and 613 Avenue Create. Anesha

Arlene said...

What wonderful pages. Thanks so much for sharing. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas, https://die-cut-divas.blogspot.com/

cass said...

Great journal pages. Thanks for joining us at Pearly Sparkles this month for our "Autumn and/or Halloween" Challenge.

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh Aimeslee! The fun you had making this shines throughout - I love that you found so much in your scraps box. I think I may have some of those papers lurking at the bottom of mine! Love the colours and those images - a truly fabulous spread! Thanks for joining us at Try It On Tuesday and Art Journal Journey. Hugs, Chrisx

Monica C. said...

Wow, what an interesting project you have going here. All those details and that mint green match you did on that pumpkin is amazing. You have covered those large pages very well.
Hugs Monica

Corrie Herriman said...

Lovely project! Thank you so much for your contribution to my challenge “autumnal colours/Halloween” over at Country View Challenges! Corrie x

Lori said...

Oh, wow! This is fantastic! Art journals/traveler's notebooks are such an awesome way to just play! I love how you brought the mint green into your spread - this is just fantastic! Thanks so much for playing along with us at TN Time With Lisa & Lori!

ahlers5 said...

What great Halloween pages! You have been keeping so busy. I am enjoying slowing down so much. I was getting really burned out.

Lisa in Texas said...

Wow!! I love this! I especially love all the fun elements you were able to include, and I have to say that candy corn paper is just "yummy"!!! Thanks for joining us at TN Time with Lisa and Lori this month!!

Ilonka said...

Youre card is so beautiful, thanks for sharing it with us at the Daisy Chain Challenge Blog.
Hugs Ilonka DT

Tammy L said...

Awesome pages! Some amazing visual interest in here! Thanks for joining us at 2 Old Bats Halloween Challenge this month!
Tammy DT

Suze said...

Great journal pages Aimeslee. Thank you for entering the Halloween and/or Be Thankful Challenge at Incy Wincy Designs.

monique said...

Thank you for sharing in our challenge at https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/">Classic Design Challenge we really appreciate you joining in
Monique DT its fab

Let's Art Journal said...

What fabulous Halloween pages! I love all the details from the beautiful background papers to the vintage images 😁. Thanks so much for joining us at Country View Challenges, it's lovely to see you there! Hugs Jo x

Chana Malkah said...

Thanks so much for accepting the challenge this month at 613 Avenue Create!
Hugz,
Chana Malkah,
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