Halloween Scrapbooking Ideas – PRT039

What happens when you mix scrapbooking ideas and Halloween craft ideas? That’s what we explore on this week’s Paperclipping Roundtable. Listen in…

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  • bunnyfreak

    I just wanted to mention that I always thought that I wouldn't want to digi scrap because of the tactile nature of paper products. But I found that the tactile need wan't as great as the need to accurately create the page I see in my head.

  • Rachel Smith

    Just started listening and I'm so excited to hear MY question about dating pages being read and discussed!! Yay!! That's awesome!

  • May Flaum


    There's a link to my halloween house (yes, it's out of a wood birdhouse). Thanks for the shout out!

  • Teri Merkins

    This is the first Paperclipping Roundtable I've listened to, although as a digital scrapbooker, I love love the Paperclipping DigiShow.

    I wanted to comment on the discussion of tactiles. I tried paper scrapping and it brings me nothing but frustration LOL. I can't resize my photos; I can't un-glue something; I can't make it look exactly how it did before I glued it and the list goes on. The frustration is so much that I can't even enjoy the feel of the paper. I do make cards using paper scrapping supplies and enjoy that. I have to say that opening my laptop and grabbing my stylus and opening the file of a new kit brings me such enjoyment that it must compare to opening a new paper pack or new elements.

    Also, I wanted to comment on scrap therapy. Earlier this year, before my son was born, he was diagnosed with Spina Bifida. I have scrapped about it a number of times, both before he was born and after. Each time the process of scrapping and journaling brought me such peace. I can't tell you how invaluable this was to me.

    Thank you for the discussions today!

  • Have to mention that I love saving bottles for decoration! Whether wine or beer and I must admit sometimes I buy it just because the bottle is so darn cool! Packaging wins me over! I add ribbon and embellishments to the rim of the bottle to dress it up and sometimes cover up the label as well, then use the bottle as a vase for dried flowers or dried lavender. I think it's a great way to decorate the house with a story behind why you bought the bottle or how it tasted or for whatever occasion… actually, I was just thinking it would be cool to add a journaling bit with the story as the bottle label!

  • I've been using my wine bottles as vases, too! And as candle holders. Love


  • I've only been able to listen to the first part of this episode so far but felt compelled to share a digital perspective on the tactile versus non discussion… I dabble in hybrid but am otherwise a total digi girl and love the control, flexibility & opportunity for personalization that comes with a digital process. I get an enormous amount of enjoyment out of both the creation process and viewing my own completed pages primarily because of the stories contained and the overall look of the finished pages which I have been able to cater to my exact preferences. However, when it comes to looking at the work of others, I get far more sensory enjoyment looking at a well-designed paper page than I ever get from a digital page. So I guess the point I wanted to share is that for people like me, it is possible to get just as much enjoyment from the paper process by simply looking at and absorbing the materials as others get from actually working with those materials.

    Great show so far … I'm looking forward to my next walk so I can listen to the rest!! :)

  • Erin K

    I really enjoyed Amy's perspective on writing love letters to her kids on her pages.

    Love your show! Keep up the great work!

  • Lelee

    Sorry off topic…I have a critical iPad question for Izzy! :)

    My husband and I are considering getting an iPad. I know you have any iPad and you love it! Question is…do you have the 3G or non 3G?

    Not sure if it's worth it for us to get a 3G. We both have iPhones and we take it everywhere we go. Our iPad would be used mostly at home, where we could use Wi-Fi. If we bring it with us while we travel, we figure we could use the hotel Wi-Fi that's available. Are there other examples that you can think of where I would need the 3G?

    Thanks for your help!

  • Julie_Stamps

    First of all… I have to mention – I am not a scrapbooker & don't really care much for Halloween. ;) That said, I never miss a Roundtable recording! I'm a paper crafter & card maker & even though I have a different format for my art, I LOVE listening to you talk about this craft. When I saw the title for this episode, I decided to go ahead & listen, even though I assumed I wouldn't get a lot of inspiration from it. Wow – was I wrong! I loved listening to Amy describe the way she decorated her home during the holiday & I'm definitely going to try out her candy filled teacher's gifts. Your idea for filling bottles was fantastic too! I just wanted to mention that all of these ideas were really cool & could translate to ANY holiday! And, I loved hearing about creative ideas to use my paper crating supplies in unique ways. Great episode!!!

  • Nan_Scott

    I really had to think about the question of artistic and emotional satisfaction in the context of paper vs. digital scrapbooking. Digital scrapbooking is absolutely, 100% visual (as opposed to tactile), but being an extremely visually-oriented person it works great for me. The emotional satisfaction of digi scrapping comes primarily from working with cherished photos. I just strive to frame them with a beautiful page. I totally admire other people's papercrafts, but being someone who can't cut a straight line and gets glue everywhere, I find digital far less frustrating and much more flexible, and it accomplishes my ultimate goal of living well with my photos. Awesome show, panelists!

  • Siri_F

    Just had to pause when listening to your Christmas creep discussion. I work at my LSS, and we started to get questions about Christmas papers in June. We have a lot of card makers that creates up to 300 hand made cards for sale (just for Christmas I might add) shopping at our store. Because of that, I found myself rearanging our paper racks to put up the first Christmas papers, stamps and embellishments in July! Some of the new papers are already sold out, and people buy stacks and stacks of Christmas papers every day. It is insane!

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  • Hey now, let's not make this an us versus them debate! You mentioned this in the first couple podcasts – how unnecessary it is to make everything into an us versus them debate, and here you are doing it in your 39th podcast. I'm not even going to explain how I feel about it – I do both digital and paper, but I am switching more and more to digital partially because of the time factor and partially because of the lack of space in my house. I get satisfaction from both, and in the end, when I upload my finished pages to my blog, I really doubt my readers can even tell the difference! As for the personal therapy from it all, whatever works, right? It's the analyzing photos, choosing the photos, choosing the stories that we want to tell and actually writing about them that is therapeutic. If you want to have an us versus them debate, let's talk about all those non-scrapbookers who are not experiencing all this wonderful therapy.

  • Hey, Mande! Thanks for your comment. I think you should listen to that part

    of the discussion again, though — we definitely did not start an us vs.

    them debate. Amy shared what she has learned about tactile art being an

    optional form of therapy. I made the very suggestion that digital

    scrapbookers might get their own emotional satisfaction and/or therapy and

    invited digi scrapbookers to let us know if they do.

  • You are probably right. I do usually need to listen about 3x in order to catch everything, and believe, I want to catch every word. Actually, the tactile art argument as been used on before, so that's why I was a bit defensive about it. I don't disagree with it at all, and in fact, I myself, enjoy doing crafty things with my hands. As for digi scrapping, I think that when I download and open a kit, I am just as excited as when I buy a kit at the store and bring it home. I think working with the elements and papers by changing colors, deciding how best to crop it to show the areas you like, mixing it with other things, is just as thrilling to me. Once again, I do think my therapy comes from the photos themselves, choosing which stories to tell and then doing to the journaling. I am working on the A to Z class through Big Picture Classes, and let me tell you, that is really therapeutic, but I am doing it all digitally to save time. This is a Xmas present to myself!

  • lsquared

    This is a bit off topic for this particular show, but in many of your episodes guests mention using their own printer to print photos at home. I've noticed that some of the photos I printed out a few years ago on my own have now faded. Are there particular features to the printers you all are using that make them more archival?
    Love the shows!

  • Anonymous

    I just listened to the Digi show # PDS015 – Save and Save Often, and at the end of the show, Debbi Hodge mentions Persnickety Prints as her Pick of the Week. Apparently they use traditional film developing techniques for their prints and that make them more archival than home ink jet prints. I plan on trying them out very soon. http://persnicketyprint.blogspot.com/2010/09/persnickety-prints-photo-paper-water.html#links

  • Anonymous

    I just listened to the Digi show # PDS015 – Save and Save Often, and at the end of the show, Debbi Hodge mentions Persnickety Prints as her Pick of the Week. Apparently they use traditional film developing techniques for their prints and that make them more archival than home ink jet prints. I plan on trying them out very soon. http://persnicketyprint.blogspot.com/2010/09/persnickety-prints-photo-paper-water.html#links

  • StudioWendy

    Most professional printers that cater to scrappers and photographers use archival safe paper and ink. So, they won’t fade over time like home printers do. I have heard it’s possible to order archival ink/paper for home printers, but it’s quite expensive. For as little as 50¢ to $1 a page, you can get archival quality prints on paper/cardstock (MyPicTales/VioVio); or $1 to $2 for prints on photo paper (Persnickety/ScrappingSimply/Shutterfly, etc). To me, it’s a personal preference between the two types, but both are very affordable options to quality prints.

  • Anonymous

    I also wanted to comment on the tactile quality of scrapbooking. I used to be a paper scrapbooker . . . long, long ago! However, I have now been digital scrapbooking since 2005. When talking to paper scrappers, they often express this tactile need as the reason they would never switch to digital. However, I try to tell them that I DO experience “the feel” of scrapbooking with my keyboard/mouse! I am the type of digital scrapbooker that likes to mimic paper layouts. The closer I can get to my layout looking like a paper layout, the more of the “touch” I get. I like to use a lot of texture in my layouts and this coupled with the “dreaded drop shadows” help me to achieve a very realistic look. When I can make someone want to reach out and touch my pages, I feel like I have created a successful layout! By “seeing” this texture on my layouts, I actually “feel” it in my mind.

    Having just attended a scrapbooking weekend crop, I actually ventured into paper in constructing a unique, mini album made from CD cases. I was very proud of what I had accomplished but still felt out my element! Being able to work “hands on” with the paper, adhesive, etc. did not make me want to change back to being a paper scrapper to experience that tactile quality. I was happy to return to my computer!

  • LauraBean

    Just want to mention that songs purchased through iTunes are free of copy protection at no extra charge. For a while I think they were charging more and providing larger files as well as no copy protection, but those “plus” files are no more, and music bought through iTunes now can be used on any compatible player or computer or whatever.

    As a digital scrapper who has recently dived headfirst into traditional scrapping, I love the ease of digital as compared to traditional (for me, anyway), but I do enjoy that tactile thing. And Nancy is absolutely correct that even though digi scrappers insist they save money because they can reuse digital papers and elements over and over, there are really only a handful of things we reuse many times–I have some papers (a perfect kraft, a textured neutral linen-like paper) that I use over and over and over as well as some elements (date elements, stitches, brushes) that I reuse, but most digital scrappers I know are buying something new pretty regularly and probably not making as full use of their digi supplies as they (we!) like to think!

  • You are the first I’ve ever heard of that has moved over from digital to
    traditional, I think! Are you doing both currently?

    Steph, our host of the Digi Show, always says the same thing: that just
    because digi scrappers CAN reuse their products over and over again, most
    actually do not do that.

  • Anonymous

    Finally getting over here to comment on the tactile part of scrapbooking. I really enjoyed this discussion and your hunch that digital scrapbookers must get a similar fulfillment is accurate!

    I’ve been scrapping in one form or another since I was a kid. For many years I was a die hard paper scrapper and would argue with my husband about how people will never scrapbook on their computers ;) I loved everything about paper scrapping!! I was the scrapper that went to every crop and would spend every spare moment I had creating scrapbook pages!

    But then, one day, I didn’t enjoy it anymore. I tried to make myself do it. I wanted to WANT to do it. The love was just gone and scrapbooking started to rank on my list of to-do’s along side cleaning the toilets. For me it didn’t have anything to do with being more tactile or visual…it just happened. I still was passionate about memory keeping though and felt guilty that I didn’t enjoy scrapbooking anymore.

    When I stumbled upon digital scrapbooking and started creating layouts on the computer, I found that joy I once had for paper scrapbooking. I found, and still do find, so much satisfaction in creating a layout on the computer. Trying different papers, moving things around, trying new techniques…all of it. I love every bit of it!! I have said many times that I am committed to this hobby of memory keeping, wherever it takes me! I am willing to evolve with it and know that there are now, and will be, many different ways to do this and find enjoyment. I’m excited to see what the future will bring!

  • How fascinating that you just suddenly lost all desire to do traditional
    scrapbooking! That’s something you just don’t expect, huh?

    Thanks for sharing your story! :)

  • LauraBean

    Yes, I feel more than a little odd for moving from digi to paper. I currently do both; digi is still easier for me in many ways, and there are things I can do with digi that I can’t do with paper, so I go back and forth depending on what I want to do and what I feel like working with–pixels or paper. It’s all fun!

  • I like having choices for all my different moods and tastes!

  • I really enjoyed Amy’s perspective on writing love letters to her kids on her pages.

  • Hannahk

    Hi Noell

    I love how you use wine bottles for decoration. Now here is a question ~ we drink far too much wine to keep saving bottles of the amazing ones or wines that have a story, so I’ve started to take photographs of the label and recycle the bottles. Like Linda I think it would be cool to add some journaling about the wine to put with the label as a record, but do you have any suggestions on how best to do this and present the final information? Thanks in advance

  • I’ve been wanting to make a mini-book of favorite wines and wines with good
    memories. One of the servers at my wine bar told me that Michael’s has a
    product that is designed for removing the label. She hadn’t actually tried
    it, so she couldn’t say whether it works well or not. Photographing them
    label as you say, would be another option. I think it would be fun to have
    the label on one side of the page. On the other side would be the wine
    description, a date if you have it, a story or pics of you have them.

    This is something I’ve been wanting to do but so far I have not set up a
    system for documenting it!

  • I’m “backtracking” for PRT episodes and this one caught my attention with Halloween quickly approaching. 
     What a great episode!  I got a ton of ideas for my Hallloween decorating, but I have a “bone” to pick with the panel, talking about “Christmas Creep…”  Just like Noell, I try to “stay away” from Christmas stuff until right after Thanksgiving. But of course, listening to you talk about Christmas makes anxious for it now! Ha! Thanks for a great episode! I’m enjoying backtracking! 

  • Oops! We didn’t mean to have that effect, lol!