Hello there, Meghann here. Halloween is just around the corner and I’m excited to share a new
layout with you. My grandmother made our costumes every year, and this layout records the best costume that she ever made for my brother.

Meghann Andrew Chickaniddy Crafts Halloween Layout

One technique that I use frequently on my layouts is creating a tone-on-tone background. It adds interest without making the negative space too cluttered, allowing the photos, paper and embellishments to shine. Let me show you the difference between a plain white background and the die-cut star background that I decided to use.

Meghann Andrew Chickaniddy Crafts Halloween Layout technique

The plain white background is clean, but it’s lacking any interest.

Meghann Andrew Chickaniddy Crafts Halloween Layout technique 2

By adding the die-cut star background on top of the textured white cardstock, the tone-on-tone effect creates texture and interest without taking away from the other elements on the page.

Meghann Andrew Chickaniddy Crafts Halloween Layout supplies
Supplies used: Scrumptious- Autumn Haze Paper/ sc14os06, Frolic In The Leaves Paper/ sc14os11, Nutmeg Paper/ sc14os07, New Harvest Paper/ sc14os10, Journal Tags/ sc14eb03, Die-Cut Tags/ sc14eb04, Alpha Stickers/ sc14eb02, Enamel Star Stickers/ sc14eb09, Mini Sticker Banners/ sc14eb05, Mini Sticker Sentiments/ sc14eb07, Mini Alpha Clear Stamps/ sc14st01; Other supplies: Stickles Glitter Glue (Ranger), Embroidery Floss (DMC), Sewing Machine (Viking-Husqvrna), Thread (Coats & Clark), Ink (Stampin' Up!).

After layering up my patterned paper photo mat with journaling elements, and a die-cut star, I finished off the layout by adding more die-cut stars, word and arrow stickers and my title, which I created with two different fonts, one being the awesome Scrumptious mini alpha stamps, that I stamped, cut out and adhered with dimensional adhesive.

Meghann Andrew Chickaniddy Crafts Halloween Layout close-up

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you try this tone-on-tone background technique out for yourself on your next layout.

Heidi Sonboul Donut You Know I Love You (Medium)

Happy Valentine's Day to you all!

To celebrate this day of romance and love, I have 3 sweet treats for you. First is this card that I made for CHA. It's using the Twirly Girly collection and right in the middle of the card is this yummy donut. I mean... who doesn't love a donut... right?! The second treat is an audio interview I was asked to do. I had the best time chatting with Renee from Scrap Owl. She asked me a lot of fun questions and had a good laugh or two. Here is the link to the interview. Hint... Hint...I gave a lot of insider scoop and it's about 45 minutes long, but worth the time.


chickaniddy-crafts-twirly-girly-collection (Large)

The third sweet treat is that we are doing 2 GIVEAWAYS today! The first giveaway is with the Scrap Owl. Leave a comments here, follow our site  (on the right side bar) and visit their site. Once you've done all those things, you will be entered to win this Twirly Girly Collection kit.

chickaniddy-crafts-date-night-collection-12-by-12 (Large)The second giveaway is to celebrate Valentine's Day and romance in the air.  Again... leave a comments here and follow our site (on the right side bar). Once you've done all those things, you will be entered to win this Date Night Collection kit. You will have now until Monday to do so, so don't wait. On Tuesday I'll will announce our 2 lucky winners.

I hope you enjoy the interview and Thanks Renee for having Chickaniddy!