Thursday, October 8, 2015

Halloween Ideas

My friend, Karen, who has a booth at the Logan Village Mall in Noblesville, does an amazing job staging her booth. She had been talking about painting one of the areas with black chalkboard paint and recently did just that. Note how it brings out all of the beautifully rich colors of the items that she has for sale.

Sometimes I help her with her booth and find it very interesting to watch how she positions things. She's had extensive experience and knows how items should be placed.

At the end of a decorating session it always surprises me with the wonderful outcome. Karen tells me I will get the hang of it. Someday.


My friend, Anita, let me borrow this amazing Lucky 8 doily punch manufactured by We R Memory Keepers. I searched the Internet and it doesn't look like it is still currently for sale, sorry. But I had a great time playing with it, making doilies out of my Halloween cardstock.

You start with a 12 x 12 inch sheet of cardstock and have three choices of how you would like for it to punch. In the photos above and below, I turned on both the outer and inner cuts located on the punch.

Next, I turned the inner punch off, using only the outer punch.

And finally, I only used the inner punch here.

At first, I thought it would take me awhile to get the punch working right, but it turned out that it was quite easy to use. These could be used as place mats in a Halloween tablescape, as scrapbooking layouts, and as bases for mixed media projects. Also, they could be made into banners, or I might find a way to incorporate using them into my Etsy packaging.

Using a doily as a placemat

I used some doilies in my great room.


When I attended the Calendar Planner Girl class a few weeks ago that I mentioned here, we made a little craft. It entailed applying Washi tape to black binder clips. It was a fun and simple project that came out great!

I put the tape on all three sides and simply folded it inside.

From plain and simple, to this!

And more!


And finally, after searching for an old Halloween family photo, I decided to play with the special effects of PicMonkey. This is our adorable daughter when she was in grade school ready for a trick or treating adventure!

I hope this post offered you some inspiration for Halloween creativity!


  1. I don't have that punch, but I have several fun punches and you have given me some ideas for place mats.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Such cute ideas, Patty. I'm going to get myself some new punches!
    The booth looks amazing.

  3. I love the altered paper clip!!! Please forgive me if I copy your idea!!! I love what you did with the picture of your daughter using PicMonkey...I've yet to play with it!!! The round corner punch is to die for....I WANT ONE NOW!!!!
    Your friends painted walls are great...every since I discovered painting with chalkboard paint, I'm like, "Wouldn't this just be great if I painted it with chalkboard paint!!!" Have a great weekend!!!

  4. Patty, that doily punch is wonderful. I like the doilies you made! I love that idea of using washi tape on binder clips. I am going to go decorate some! I love your friend's booth. That is amazing.

  5. Love the doillies you made Patty! And that picmonkey art you made is so fab! I made one too and made our photo look like skeleton family!


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