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Pocket Halloween, part one

If you haven't yet searched for Halloween goodies at Altered Pages then please let me recommend them to you!  There are collage images of every type so whatever type of project you're making, you won't be disappointed.  Which Halloween collage did I use for this project?  All of them.  Well, it seems that way.  Let me explain.

When you're making an altered pocket page project you need a lot of collages to work with.  So I printed off each of the Halloween collages that I've collected over the years and cut them apart while my husband and I watched baseball.  That way, I could work on a project, still have our time together, and because I wasn't coloring or assembling, I could put it down and pick it up with ease.

When you are printing your images at home, you control the size and color.  I printed a couple different sizes for each page and I also used a couple of different color papers.  It's important to keep in mind that the ink will appear different on each paper as well as having the background darker or lighter.

Another tip that I'd like to share is that it's important to ink the edges of each image to help them blend together to be more cohesive.  You can use an ink page, dauber, cotton swab...any method you choose.  The goal is just to mask the color of the paper.

It's also important to judge how to use your "white space".  This golden card stock was very plain so I just added very light dots to give it a little hint of color.  You can go with a fancy pattern or just use what's close at hand.  I chose this little foam disk.  It's one of those self stick things you put on the bottom of lamps and things to keep them from scratching your furniture.  I had to buy a big pack and had a few left over.

Some images may not fit perfectly on such a small project.  Pocket projects are a series of nine ATCs on each side and they measure only 2.5 x 3.5 each.  I kept the mitered edges of the frame on the image below, trimmed the picture down and reattached them so I get the same feel and it fits on my card. 

So, how do I decide which images to use?  I go for the main image that I like and then pick out smaller things to fill in like cats and bats from other pictures.  

And here is side one, complete in their little pockets.  I hope you'll come back to see the flip side next time!!


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