Happy Halloween 2018

There were lots of fall and Halloween displays to be found on our recent holiday in America, so while I was there I treated myself to some Halloween crafting goodies which were on sale (grin!); this included some pretty Halloween Collage Paper and a Paper Stash pad by Tim Holtz and various washi tapes. Of course I couldn’t wait to use them and as it is my goal (this year) to use any new crafting goodies immediately so they don’t get forgotten and stay unused, I created this spooky page to remind me of our travels and to wish you all a Happy Halloween!

To start with I covered the top and bottom of the page with pieces of tissue paper using a glue stick; firstly some swirly recycled tissue paper from a gift that we bought ourselves whilst on holiday and also some of the Tim Holtz collage paper. Over the tissue paper I stamped some cobwebs by Molly Blooms using Spiced Marmalade and Black Soot Distress Ink. Next I cut some rectangles from the different Halloween papers of the Paper Stash pad by Tim Holtz and stuck them in the centre of the page using a glue stick. I added four different washi tapes to the top and bottom of the papers, then I spent quite a bit of time outlining them with black Glitterations outline stickers, some strands of black gems and also some thick neon orange strips. I die cut the words out of one of the design papers using an Alphabet die set from Docrafts and my Big Shot machine. Then to finish, I stuck them onto the page using a Zig glue pen, outlined them with a black Sharpie marker pen and then a white Uni Ball gel pen.

When we visited America we saw a few Halloween displays in people’s yard/gardens and on one of our walks we discovered this tree which was decorated with scarecrows and ghosts!

This “Nightmare Before Christmas” themed display outside this beautiful house was opposite a petrol (gas) station that we stopped at, isn’t it awesome …

… or as my friend says “it’s wicked good” (grin!).


I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration for my pages and are a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people. So here are the challenges I’m joining today:

I’m pleased to join the lovely Linda from heARTfullyinspiredby Linda, who is hosting the Creature Comforts challenge over at Art Journal Journey with my Happy Halloween page.

 I’m joining in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their Halloween/Spooky challenge with my Halloween inspired art journal page,.

Over at That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog their theme is Spookilicious so I’m pleased to join this challenge with my spooky page.

I’m also joining Stamps & Stencils as their challenge is Spooky Fun with an Autumnal Twist.

 The theme is Anything Goes over at Paperbabe Stamps, so I’m pleased to be able to join this challenge with my Happy Halloween page.

I’m also pleased to join the Halloween/Spooky challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge too.

Don’t forget that there is still time to join in the spooky Trick or Treat …it’s Halloween fun at Try it on Tuesday, we would love to see you there!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Spiced Marmalade, Black Soot)
  • Sharpie Permanent Fine Point Marker (Black)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Molly Blooms Rubberstamps (MB-0065D)
  • Docrafts A5 Die Set (Folk Alphabet XCUT 503286)
  • Recycled tissue paper
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Collage Paper (Halloween #TH93727)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Paper Stash (Halloween #TH93712)
  • Washi Tapes (Happy Halloween, black & white floral, black & white stripe, measuring tape)
  • Docrafts Papermania Glitterations (Black Borders ANT8181015)
  • Docrafts Papermania Glitterations 3D Border (Neon Orange PMA818103)
  • Poundland (Design Gems 134240)
  • Pritt Stick
  • Zig Memory System 2 Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)

26 thoughts on “Happy Halloween 2018

  1. What a fun Halloween page Halloween 🎃 👻 💀 I haven’t seen many outdoor Halloween decorations where I live except pumpkins, mums, and cornstalks. The Jack Skellington house is wicked! ( In Boston we’d add pissa 😉)


  2. Goodness Jo. I can’t believe I’m only a few hours late visiting. This is a wonderful journal entry, filled with spooky and money saving goodness. I loved it and the quirky nature of it, too. So glad you shared it with us at Art Journal Journey.

    I loved the wicked good decorations you found. One year I had a friend who bought a big stereo system and had two HUGE pieces of Styrofoam left over. I took them and cut the tops to look like graves, then added words I cut into the foam. Next, I painted the foam gray and placed them in my front yard. The ones you found were much more clever than mine, though.

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  3. Hello dear Jo, your game with the four tapes look gorgeous, great idea. The background fits perfect to it. The Halloween decoration of the American houses look funny and very creative.
    Dear Greetings and Happy Halloween to you.

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  4. Wow – so many fantastic details on your incredible page! All these Halloween pieces are gorgeous and I can understand that you did not want to wait to use them all 🙂
    These photos are amazing!
    Wish you a happy weekend!
    Rike xx

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  5. Hi Jo, you have made a fantastic page with your new Halloween goodies, those papers look awesome the way you have used then here.
    The photos were super as well, you must have many lovely memories of your trip.
    Have a good weekend
    Yvonne xx
    Yvonne xx

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  6. Wow.. your Halloween page is fantastic Jo! Fantastic details again! You are such a layout pro! Thanks so much for yet another fantastic entry linked to Art Journal Journey! The wicked good decoration looks amazing even though I am no big Hallooween fan – this is incredible made!
    Wishing you a happy weekedn dear Jo!
    Big hugs, Susi

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  7. I absolutely love what you did here! This is a perfect example of patterned paper done right! You always have such a great eye for design elements and composition. This is original and inspiring and I’m so grateful for your ongoing support of our Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenges! I always look forward to your entries and I got a kick out of reading about your American Halloween adventures!

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  8. Oh boy, this is tremendous Halloween art. I sometimes say (to myself or to whomever is listening) that I do not have time to read your descriptions this time, but then I look at your work and think – how does she do that, or I spot the bit about your use of washi tape, say, and then have to look to see where and how you used the washi tape. Had to check out how you did the marvellous letters too, very Halloweeny the way you made them.
    Have a great November, Jo.

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