Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Best Costume Ever

This month, Eileen Hull has asked her design team to create holiday projects using her Sizzix dies. I decided to use her Index Card Holder die to create a place to hold photos of my sweet grandnephews and nieces in their various Halloween costumes over the past few years.    
Here are a few photos of how I put this together.  I die cut the Index Card Holder out of Little Sizzles Black Matboard.  Then I cut pieces from Idea-ology Paper Stash/Regions Beyond for the panels - inside and out.  I got out  Idea-ology Bands, Adornment Oddities and Remnant Rubs that I thought I might use on my project.
I rubbed some Picket Fence Distress Paint on the metal pieces.  I used Remnant Rubs/Curiosities and Small Talk/Occasions on the front and back.  I used my Cropadile to make holes for the Band and Adornment Oddities - adding Jump Rings to put through the holes.
The matboard has a white core so I used a black sharpie to color the white that shows up when you fold on the score lines of the die cut.  
(In these photos I have the band going top to bottom but realized after the photos were added - I needed to have the band go left to right to hold the photos inside the folder!)
I went through all the photos on my computer of the kids to find the ones of them in their Halloween costumes over the past few years -  Landon is 6, James is 5, Mila is 4 and Madelyn is 2.  They are the children of my nieces, Katie and Christie.
The photos needed to be 3"x5" to fit in the holder (index card size) -  so I cut a piece of Kraft card 3x5 for each photo , then used that to trace over my photos centering them over the images.  I cut the photos on the lines I drew - then used my paper cutter to make them 1/4" smaller on each side. Then I adhered them to the kraft card so they were all uniformly neat and sized!
We all get together every Halloween at Katie's house, as she lives on a road that is a circle and off the main streets so it's safer for the kids - and they all have such fun walking house to house together - it's a great tradition for both kids and adults!
Here are all the photos stacked up and placed in the folder.
A close up of the left side.  I tied a piece of wrinkled seam tape in a bow around the Jump Ring on the Spooky adornment.
and a close up of the right side!
Here's a side view showing the photos inside -  there is still room to add several more.
I cut a label from one of the papers  from Paper Stash/Regions Beyond and added the kids names using Label Letters and  'best costume ever' from Small Talk/Occasions.  I added a cat from Remnant Rubs/Curiosities.  You can see here how I tied a knot in the band so it held tightly around my folder.
 I will keep this little photo holder at my house where the kids will enjoy looking through it when they visit -  they always LOVE seeing photos of themselves - and I sure have tons of them! 
 I guess I should make one for Christmas photos as well!!!

 Remember to check out Eileen Hull's blog throughout September for more great holiday ideas using her Sixxiz dies!
Paper:  Little Sizzles Black Mat Board - Sizzix, Kraft card - Papertrey Ink, Paper Stash/Regions Beyond - Idea-ology/Tim Holtz.
Accessories:  Idea-ology Bands, Adornments/Oddities, Remnant Rubs/Curiosities, Small Talk/Occasions, Label Letters, Jump Rings,  Cropadile, wrinkled Seam Tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop, Black Sharpie, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive.


Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

What a lovely idea Julia. I love those papers, the stripes work particularly well with your spooky embellishments. Love it. Tracy x

butterfly said...

What a great way to store all those treasured Halloween costume memories. I love the stripes, and how the phrases echo those horizontal lines. Fab project!
Alison x

Redanne said...

This is such a great idea Julia, I love how you decorated it with the skull etc., it looks very spooky indeed. I love those Regions Beyond and have used them today too! Hugs, Anne xx

eileen hull said...

What little cuties your nieces and nephews are! And what a great idea to use the Index Card Box for photos- they fit just perfectly. Love the charms and added rubs- spooky! :-)

Mona Pendleton said...

Oh wow Julia! What a spooktacular Halloween project! Love all the fun photos! You sure know how to make those products sparkle!

nancy littrell said...

What a fun, creative treasure to share with the kids when they visit. I bet they Love visiting their fun loving auntie :-) TFS Julia. Hugs, Nancy

Vicki Dutcher said...

What a fun project to capture fun memories! The kids will enjoy this for many years!

Tracey McNeely said...

Julia what a fantastic book for the kids when they visit. Love every single detail!! I have had plans for years to make of mini book of their costumes but I never executed one. Pinning this for sure, I will do it--one day!

jdmommy - Anne Harmon said...

Yes! Make a Christmas one as well. My grands 22,19,19, 17, 16, 15 still love looking at pics of themselves as tykes. This photo book is fabulous, as all your projects!! ZOWIE!! Hugs.

Kim Heggins said...

Wow...this is so amazing. Just love all those sweet photos you used too. What a wonderful project!

Tonya said...

What a "boo-tiful" little mini album! I had a chance to buy that diecut when it was on clearance but didn't and now I wished I had.