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Project | Fall Pumpkin Tag with Tim Holtz Distress

Perhaps it was sweating in the 100 degree plus heat index for two days while our air conditioner was broken this week that did it, or maybe it’s the calendar changing to September. But for whatever reason, I’m suddenly in the mood for fall colors, changing leaves, and pumpkins! Since I live in Florida, though, I’ll have to settle for making my own on this fall pumpkin tag.

[Disclaimer: Some products were provided by Ranger to Scrapbook Update as editorial samples. My company, Nally Studios LLC, manages social media for Buttons Galore. Links in the supply list are affiliate links or provided as an advertiser courtesy. Translation: People sometimes give me cool things to use, and I’m lucky enough to have clients whose products I like to use.]

Fall Pumpkin Tag by Nancy Nally for www.scrapbookupdate.comAlthough the background to this tag looks orange-brown, it actually was created with Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain in Wilted Violet, Twisted Citron, and Carved Pumpkin! This was possible because it wasn’t the first tag that I made from a batch of stain sprayed on my craft mat. I sprayed the stains in a triangle arrangement, and pressed the first tag. It created the tag on the left below. Then I added some water with my Distress Sprayer, swiped a tag across my mat again, and got the tag in the middle. Finally, I grabbed a third tag and swiped again. By that time, the three colors were mingled enough on the mat to produce a more brown color, creating the tag I used for this project. (The other two tags will get used on other projects coming soon!)

Distress Spray Stain Tag ArtThe design of the tag’s layout is simple so I was a bit stunned when I looked at the supply list to realize I’d used almost 20 products! This is because this project has a lot of layered color on it.

First the background was created using multiple shades of Distress Spray Stain, which gives it that shaded and mottled effect. Then the wood grain was stenciled on it. All of the paper elements added on top have inked edges. I used Antique Linen Distress Ink to age the pumpkin stamp block, and Tea Dye to antique the text strip. That’s a lot of subtle elements that use a lot of supplies. It shows the power of keeping a large tool box on hand. It’s taken me years to accumulate my three drawers full of ink in my Ikea Alex, but they are among the most important tools I have and I reach for them constantly.

Fall Pumpkin Tag by Nancy Nally

Since this fall pumpkin tag was all about the color and shading, the rest of the design is simple. I just used a block of patterned paper offset behind the pumpkin stamp block to highlight and frame it. I hadn’t intended to add the text strip to the left side but somehow the pumpkin ended up off-center with a lot of white space on that side, so the text strip was a perfect filler.

For some reason lately I’m incapable of making something completely flat. Nothing feels finished unless it’s got something thick on it. So I added the leaves that are buttons with the shanks cut off. They add dimension while bringing in some more “fall” to the design.

I didn’t tie off the twine at the top of my fall pumpkin tag because I have a special plan for this tag (and the others). Keep your eyes on my Instagram account to get a peek at it!



Update | Graphic 45, Studio Calico, Ranger, Simple Stories, and more!

It’s May and there is lots to celebrate – National Scrapbook Day, Mother’s Day, and the end of the school year approaching. From the manufacturers, there’s new products to celebrate, as the mid-release announcements keep coming! Who’s the first to take on Halloween? Read on to find out!

SC-planner-kit-subscription-logoTrends. Studio Calico has announced that it is jumping on the hot trend for planner products by adding a planner kit subscription to their portfolio of monthly kit offerings. Preorders are currently open and the first kit will ship in July 2015. The company promises that each kit will contain 8-10 items such as a stamp, sticky notes, washi tape, clips, dividers, or stickers. Continue Reading →


Update | 4.28.2014 – Graphic45 Halloween, Pink Paislee digital, New SImple Stories

Here in Florida, spring is over and the summer heat is upon us while the rest of the country enjoys beautiful spring days. This is when you pay us all back for our beautiful winters!

Lots of mid-season releases are rolling in…let’s take a look at a few!

I’m pretty sure that Graphic45 wins the prize for the earliest release of a Halloween collection in 2014. Their new collection “An Eerie Tale” will be shipping to stores in May, featuring traditional black, orange, green and purple with their signature detailed vintage look:

Graphic45 An Eerie TaleIn addition to the Graphic45 Halloween line, the company is also debuting a travel-themed collection called “Come Away With Me”. That collection will feature shades of blue, coral and brown with motifs for all different modes of travel, heavily featuring maps and vintage transportation modes. Continue Reading →


May’s Product Picks: Vintage Halloween

[Editor’s Note: Increased focus on Halloween as a holiday has led to an explosion in the offerings of Halloween-themed scrapbook supplies the past few years. This year, it seemed there were as many Halloween lines on display at CHA Summer 2010 as there might have been Christmas lines five years ago. Halloween is hot – even if you don’t live in Florida like I do! In this piece, May brings together two huge trends – vintage and Halloween – to show off red hot (or is that smouldering orange) seasonal picks!]

One of my favorite aspects of scrapbooking holidays is that vintage inspired products are easy to put to use with my photos easily. Thanks to twists on tradition, color combinations that work for a variety of photos, classic designs, and new ideas the scrapbook market is filled this year with vintage inspired bliss. I can’t wait for Halloween to be over just so I can have more photos and reasons to scrapbook!

Today I have five picks to share with you:

Graphic 45’s “Halloween in Wonderland”  [] is probably the Halloween collection I’ve heard the most buzz about. The designs are so much fun – it literally is “Halloween in Wonderland!” My personal favorites, though, are the more neutral (black and cream) pieces that could easily lend themselves to many of my non-holiday scrapbook needs.

Anna Griffin’s “Esmerelda” collection [] is a dream come true. I usually find her product to be stunning – but my photos never seem quite formal or fancy enough to work well with the product. In this case, I feel like the intricate designs are perfect for any eerie, pumpkin filled, or spooky Halloween photos I might take.

Jenni Bowlin’s chipboard buttons [] are a wonderful addition to any stash! I love the jack-o-lanterns and children pieces mixed in with the labels.

Echo Park Paper’s digital Apothecary collection [at] combines a classic spooky Halloween look with patterns and designs that could be useful beyond the 31st of October. I love the damask and polka dot pieces especially.

Finally, I may be on the Girls’ Paperie design team, but even if I weren’t I still love their new line Toil & Trouble. It is vintage inspired Halloween product at it’s finest. It doesn’t matter how many projects I make with it – I still adore it! The Crepe Paper embellishments and the stickers (a great value!) are among my favorites – but you can’t go wrong with any of it.

Supplies used on layout:
Girls’ Paperie Ghost Story Paper
Girls’ Paperie  sticker market
Girls’ Paperie crepe paper flower market
Girls’ Paperie stamps
Girls’ Paperie  metal glitter charms
Girls’ Paperie flower market
Tim Holtz  distress stickles in spiced marmalade
Ranger enamel accents
Ranger UTEE in Platinum
Other: buttons, pen, white cardstock

I could go on all day – My Mind’s Eye’s [], Tim Holtz [Two Peas], and Pink Paislee [] all have  fantastic offerings as well just to name a few more. There is so much great product to choose from – whether you want elegant or grungy, spooky or whimsical, or something in between you’re sure to find the perfect product for you.

Do you have a favorite supply for Halloween scrapbooking? Feel free to comment here and share with us…

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May’s Product Picks: A Whimsical Halloween

Choices in scrapbook product go way beyond pumpkins and cobwebs for Halloween these days. There are a variety of choices in style, color, and mood in the latest lines, and today I’m going to spotlight some of my picks from this season for your fun and whimsical Halloween pages.

I’m not always a fan of trendy purple in my Halloween product, but with the super fun designs and very useful papers that make creating layouts a snap, I’ve fallen in love with Echo Park’s “Happy Halloween” collection. This new company is impressing me more and more with each new release, and this one is no exception. [available now at | Two Peas]

Clutching our precious first bag of candy corn, my daughter’s photo went so perfectly with the papers and embellishments in the kit from Echo Park. I love the patterns and how fun they are to mix-and-match together. The stickers are cute too. They are a nice mix of big and small shapes.

Echo Park Sticker Sheet  [ |Two Peas]
Echo Park Alpha Stickers  [ | Two Peas]
Echo Park Jack-O-Lantern paper [ | Two Peas]
Echo Park Skull paper  [ | Two Peas]
Echo Park purple stripe paper  [Two Peas]
Tim Holtz Stickles in Marmalade   [ | Two Peas]
Ranger Enamel Accents in White   []
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L MyStik tape runner []

Another fun choice, right down to the festive flourishes, comes from Creative Memories and the aptly named “Cheerful Halloween” collection.

Next look at this favorite paper of mine and you can see that American Crafts is full of treats with the Boo collection. [available now at and Two Peas]

Still looking for more? I also recommend Doodlebug’s Spooky Town collection. It’s so full of their trademark cuteness, it makes me feel like a kid again. [ | Two Peas]

I hope you liked the treats I shared with you here today. I’m looking forward to scrapbooking with lots of sweet products this season almost as much as I am looking forward to the candy itself. If you have a favorite product or style you like to scrapbook Halloween with, please feel free to share in the comments below!

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