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Nicole Harper has joined the OA Design Team!


Kimberlie Denton, Creative Director at October Afternoon, is pleased to announce the addition of Nicole Harper to the OA Design Team.

Nicole, a medical professional from Northeast Ohio, recently served as a guest designer for October Afternoon and is a former member of the design team for Studio Calico.

Besides her career, Nicole is a wife and mother who spends her crafty time creating layouts and mini albums.

"We're very excited to have Nicole joining our design team," said Denton. "Her work was so well received by October Afternoon fans that she quickly became one of our more popular guest designers. We invite those fans to join us in welcoming Nicole to our design team and to watch for her blog posts in the future."

Welcome Nicole!


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Tuesday Tutorial: Halloween Procrastinator's Edition

If you are a procrastinator like me (Jill), then you have been thinking about Halloween for some time, but are only just getting ready now...or you have plans to do so tomorrow (which is Halloween, I should mention).  It's time to pull out your October Afternoon Witch Hazel and get crafty, even if only to put together some fun little tags to add to treat bags or to string together as a garland. 

OA Tags final
Begin by gathering your supplies, to include Witch Hazel stamps, Little Flyers, basic office tags as well as tags cut from patterned paper, Sprinklers, Miscellany die-cuts, chipboard shapes, modeling paste, and a palette knife. 

OA Step 1 prep
Now get to work altering those tags. Here is how I prepped the foundations of the tags you see above. 

Tag #1: Bat Tag

Banner step 1Banner step 2Banner step 3Banner step 4Tag #2: Black Crackle Tag

OA Black 1OA Black 2OA Black 3Tag #3: "Boo!" Tag

OA Drippy 1
Tag #4: Green "Ooze"/Jack-o'-Lantern Tag

OA green 1OA green 2
Tag #5: Combination/Die-Cut Tag

OA combo
Once the base of each tag dried, I added accents, to include glittered chipboard pieces. They're easy to create! 

OA glitter 1OA Glitter 2Oa glitter 3
So there you have it -- a project that even a procrastinator can get around to trying this Halloween.  If you're a die-hard procrastinator, however, you can always switch out Witch Hazel for Make It Merry. :) 

I'd love to see any and all of your Halloween creations made with Witch Hazel, so be sure to share them in the October Afternoon Flickr gallery! Happy Halloween! 

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A Monday Challenge - Repetition

Happy Monday everyone!  Hope you all had a great weekend.
It's Marcy here with you today to issue you a challenge for the week.  I want you to focus on repetition.  Repeating elements, colors... that kind of thing.
Here's what I came up with.
Two of my favorite things to repeat on my pages are color and pattern.  On this page for instance I repeated the same shape, a star, in a few places.  The green star paper along the bottom and also in the triangle at the top and the grey star paper at the top and then on the chipboard moustache.  

To tie those in together I added a punched star beside my new favorite tin pin.  So here the shape is being repeated as well as are some of the papers/colors. 
(Not intentionally... but as I was getting this post ready I noticed that I also began repeating the speech bubble shape... in the washi and the die-cut).
Along with the repetition challenge we'll also be focusing on the Little Flyers on the blog this week.  I used the Little Flyers from the Witch Hazel collection on my page by simply reversing the flags so any Halloween related text was on the back.
So, how are you going to tackle this challenge.  We'd love to see.  Share your layouts in our Flickr gallery and join in!

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OA fans stepped up to help local food shelf

October Afternoon wants to thank everyone who turned out for the early-bird shopping opportunity Thursday night at our big warehouse sale. 

Admission for the chance to shop early was a bag of non-perishable food or household items for the Shepherd of the Valley/Our Daily Bread Food Shelf located in Apple Valley, MN.  Our friends did not let us down, contributing a total of 840 POUNDS of food and household items!

A huge tip of the hat to everyone who helped us help the food shelf!  Your generosity is overwhelming!

Here's a photo of October Afternoon Owner/CEO Jon Denton with just a portion of what was donated:

Jon at food shelf


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Don't let those embellishments sit unused!

By Nicole Harper, Guest Designer

Hello again!! Nicole Harper here to share another layout featuring the Midway line...this time though, it's all about the embellishments. After sharing a few projects here that were a bit more simple, I thought it would be fun to jam pack this one with Doodads, Tidbits and Miscellany!


I started with two 3x3 photos on the Photo Booth paper and built from there. This layout has lots of detail, but by spacing it out around the page, it isn't too overwhelming. I loved the 'Say Cheese' page from the Here & Now Chapter packet so I snuck it under the edge of the photos...and also used the '2' tabbed page as a place to type my journaling.


The die cut shapes on the Sew Fun Banner sheets are perfect to use all lined I grabbed a few that had the same star print as my two larger pieces of paper (I would love to see that star print in EVERY color goes with everything!) along with a label sticker and the green arrow sticker from the 12x12 Sticker Sheet. I placed them just under the photo mat and stitched them down. The 'admission' sticker may have been initially meant to refer to tickets for a carnival, but I saw it and thought it would be perfect to enhance the handwritten part of journaling I added at the bottom...kind of like a 'confession'. ;)


The top border literally 'fell together'...I had already placed a wide piece of the Carousel paper above my photos and was searching on my desk for the yellow word strip from the Miscellany packet. Naturally, the Doodads and Tidbits spilled all over my desk (since I was digging for something and knocked them over lol), and they looked kind of neat lying on top of one another. So I grabbed a few of them, tucked them under the edge of the Carousel strip and vowed to clean my desk.

The 'fun times' word bubble from the Word Sticker sheet seemed perfect for my title, so I added some of the Alphabet Stickers and added a few foam dots to the back for a bit of dimension. The photos here were taken at the County Fair this summer, but this page is more about the story for me.

The embellishment packets (Doodads, Tidbits, Miscellany etc) are always my favorite part of October Afternoon's releases...don't let them sit, waiting to be used!! Grab a handful next time you need a little something on a project and enjoy the big impact small die cuts can make when paired together!

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News about OA's Warehouse Sale, Santa Sacks and more!

Hi everyone ... I'm Jon, the Social Media/Marketing Director for October Afternoon.  Amy was scheduled to be your blogger today but due to circumstances beyond her control, she was unable to do so.  That being the case, I'm pinch-hitting!

I'm here today to tell you about the big October Afternoon Warehouse Sale that kicks off this evening and continues through Sunday evening.  A copy of our sale flyer is below.  We've converted one of our three warehouses into a sales showroom filled with bargains galore, from some newly-released lines to some of the old favorites.  We've got paper, embellishments, collection kits and more and greatly reduced prices!  If you can't find a bargain at this sale, you're just not looking hard enough!

Wh sale flyer for blog

Now, I know from the number of questions I've received on the October Afternoon Facebook page that many of you are hoping this sale will be available on-line.  Unfortunately, it is not.  We are in the process of remodeling and expanding our office and warehouse space, shipping the new "Make It Merry" and "Farm Girl" lines and holding the sale, so in terms of time and logistics, it was impossible for us to offer this sale on-line.

To make up for that, however, we are extending the sale of this year's Santa Sacks to 5 weeks beginning Nov. 19th and continuing through Dec. 17th.  Each week's sack will be different from the week before and we're striving to make sure there is little or no duplication of products. I'll be posting information on the Santa Sack sale very soon on our website and our Facebook page and I encourage you to buy quickly when they go on sale, because our supply runs out in a hurry. 

While I'm on the subject of our Facebook page, I'd like to take this opportunity to invite you to "Like" us if you haven't already and to share our page with your friends.  The number of October Afternoon fans joining our page has grown significantly over the past two months and we're rapidly approaching the 13,000 fan plateau.  As we approach that number, I'm planning a great giveaway to celebrate the accomplishment that you won't want to miss!

The final post from our October guest designer Nicole Harper will fill this space tomorrow.  Nicole has done a fantastic job this month and we thank her for her great contributions to the blog.

Finally, I invite anyone who has any questions, concerns or comments relating to October Afternoon or our product lines to email me at or message me on the October Afternoon Facebook page.  Good or bad, I'd love to hear from you!

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Tuesday Tutorial: scraps & layers

Hi everyone! It's Becky here today with a little tutorial about using scraps for your layers on projects. I've heard lots of talk on scrapbook message boards about whether or not to save scraps. I have always saved my salvagable scraps. If I like a pattern paper a lot, I will likely save the smallest of scraps. Years ago, before I had my own punches, I would go to my local scrapbook store with a huge bag of scraps, and sit and chat with other scrapbookers, while I punched out shapes. It was so gratifying! 

So I thought it would be fun to share with you how I put together a really layered up page using my scraps. The only full sheet of cardstock/paper is the white background. Here are the scraps and tools I used:

Oa oct tut table

I had some of my essentials for scrapbooking in place too, like my iced coffee and ipad : )

The two plastic containers (top right) are how I store my products. I like to store things according to collections. So the two containers on the table have two of my all time favorite October Afternoon collections-Farmhouse and Midway. They work beautifully together. I think all of the OA collections work well together. 

I went through each of the two containers and simply pulled out all the little bits and pieces. That's what is on the table in the paper pile.

Oa oct tut p1

I pulled out a few pieces from the farmhouse flower sack pack and a couple of label stickers to tuck between layers.

Oa oct tut p2

The way that I like to layer is building from the photo. So for this 5x6.5" photo, I layered a few papers under and then added a few pieces to the front. The arrow was simply cut from the Midway arrow paper and attached. I like to have one larger scrap of paper behind the photo anchoring it. In this case it's the gray gingham.

Oa oct tut p2+

I've added a few more pieces to the back of the photo base.

Oa oct tut p3

I've added a few more layers and at this point, I'm adding skinny strips of scraps that I want to just peek out from under the larger pieces. I like to rough up the edges for texture and depth. 

Oa oct tut p4

I wanted to show the backside of the layered up base. As you can see, I've used scraps of papers that have been through my Silhouette Cameo and that I might have just tossed if not for layering. 

Oa oct tut layout

Here's the finished layout. I tucked little pieces in here and there until I felt like it was balanced and then I machine stitched the base before attaching it to the background. 

Here's a detail shot:

Oa oct tut detail

I want to share a couple of super simple tips that I have figured out about layering and creating this type of layout. 

  • If you are going to be using standard page protectors with your layouts in albums, trim your background page to about 1/4-1/2 inch smaller than the standard size. So if you are a 12x12 scrapbooker, trim your layout down to 11.5"x11.5. This will allow a little extra space for the depth. 
  • When you stitch on a layout, try to use the stitching to adhere pieces, rather than adhesive. If you use adhesive, it will build up on your needle and cause big problems! A little adhesive in a spot that you won't be stitching on, just to hold it together is fine, just be lighthanded with it. The stitching is a great way to hold the layers together. 
  • Use a few different shapes and edgings so that it's not just a stack of papers. Tucking the circle shapes and scallop edge pieces adds interest and breaks up the straight lines. 
I hope that this inspires you to get more bang for your buck by using up your scraps to layer! We would love to see what you create, so please share your layouts and projects with us in the October Afternoon Flickr Gallery

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Monday Challenge: Label Stickers in the Limelight

Happy Monday! Vivian here with this week's Monday Challenge. Today, we're putting Label Stickers in the limelight. Your challenge is to make the Label Stickers a main page element, rather then relegating them to the supporting role they usually play.

Long an October Afternoon staple, the Label Stickers have taken on a more streamlined office-supply-esque look as of the collections released this summer. Let's take a look at what I'm talking about.

Witch Hazel Label Stickers:

Witch Hazel Label Stickers

Midway Label Stickers:

Midway Label Stickers

Aren't these fun?

I shared this challenge with Danni, who came up with this super-cool Halloween card:

Happy halloween danni reidHere's what Danni had to say about this challenge: "I loved Vivian's challenge, to create a card or layout using label stickers as the main design element. Her challenge gave me a reason to pull out these incredible new label stickers (blank) from October Afternoon's Witch Hazel line that I had been hoarding. After adhering the various label stickers, I added some color with a sentiment sticker and some cutouts from the patterned papers leaving my focal with the label stickers. This made for a very fun, quick yet festive Halloween card in no time at all. This is a GREAT challenge for those extra stickers you may not use on projects otherwise."

Let's get a closer look at Danni's card:

Happy halloween details danni reid

I, too used the Witch Hazel Label Stickers as a main design element on my layout (can you figure out what I did? :)):

Happy Halloween

Did you figure it out? I left the label stickers on the sheet but pulled off the surround, which is essentially one giant sticker with lots of label-shaped negative spaces. I backed each negative space with a bit of Witch Hazel patterned paper, trimmed the product title bit off the top of the sheet, and used what I had created in the same way I would have used a piece of patterned paper. I printed my journaling on one of the label stickers and popped it atop its "home" using dimensional adhesive. A title cut from another Witch Hazel patterned paper provided a quick and easy title. (I left the copyright, date, and company info at the bottom, as it actually applied, given that this was a 2012 October afternoon! :))

Here's a closer look at what I did:

Happy Halloween Detail

So, now it's your turn to give it a try! Feel free to use the technique Danni used, the one I used, or come up with your own technique to put Label Stickers in the limelight! If you do give it a try, we'd love to see what you've created, so please post your projects in our October Afternoon Flickr Gallery.

Happy creating with Label Stickers!

Vivian Signature

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Have random photos lying around? Make a mini-album!

By Nicole Harper, Guest Designer

Hello again October Afternoon fans...I'm back to share a mini album I made with the Midway line this week!! As soon as I saw the 'smile' die cut chipboard cover that is included in the album, I knew just what I wanted to make this about. This turned out to be a perfect place to document those random photos that may not be 'page-worthy', but still have a fun story for my family. :)

I started by painting the chipboard with an off white acrylic paint. I knew that I wanted to use the Polaroid camera image from the Chip 'n Stick package, so I kept the cover pretty simple to let it stand out. I removed the chipboard 'smile' letters and set them aside for use inside the book...and just backed the negative space with my favorite yellow graph paper from  the Boarding Pass line.


I cut one of the Midway labels in half, using part of it just above the 'smile' cut out, and the other half at the top of the album. The blue seam binding in the Midway Miscellany was tied between 2 of the open holes along the side to add a bit more color.

I always use the inside cover of any mini album I do to kind of explain what it's about. I used some random strips of leftover paper on my desk: tilted them at different angles and adding more labels cut in half + banners from the Sew Fun Banner sheet under the top edge. (great way to stretch the value of those label stickers...I do this all the time!) I used one of the die cut Here & Now Chapter pages as part of the first page as well.

After I stuck down the papers inside the cover, I just added some of the Word Bubble Washi Tape, a brad and a button to finish it off.

Speaking of random 13-year old daughter texts me every now and then when I'm away from home to share her outfit for the day. It's a fun way to see what she's thinking, and I love that she connects with me with stuff like this. Here I printed out one of the photos from my phone and let it take center stage on the left page. On the right, I used the 'photo log' page that comes with the Here & Now book. You'll see in the following images that to keep my mini album simplified/easy to put together, I followed the same format for each of these pages that were used: piece of patterned paper with the corners rounded, and something to hide the border/edge of that paper along the words that are printed.

See how the pages are starting to add up? Easy peasy when you follow a format where an element is repeated! This time I used more of the seam binding from the Miscellany pack, and a photo on the right page.

I used another one of the pages from the Here & Now Chapter pack for the right page...I liked the sturdiness of the cardstock, but the image didn't quite fit with my album theme. So I grabbed another piece of paper from my desk and covered it up :) Here you can see the chipboard 'smile' letters from the cover...I just dabbed them onto my watermark/embossing ink pad , sprinkled some gold glitter embossing powder on them and heat set it. You can see the edge of the 'happy day' sticker from the 12x12 sticker sheet at the top of my photo...I just trimmed 'day' off and used it as a banner/flag.

Page 4 takes us back to the repeated element...right side of the page is the photo log paper, but this time I used a small photo with patterned paper. On the left page, I die cut the numbers with  my Silhouette Cameo and backed the circles with more scraps from my desk. The journal card was perfect for a quote I had saved on Pinterest recently ;)

The right side of this page is one of the tabbed pieces from the Here & Now Chapters, and I chose the '3' to represent the number of people in our family. I made my own border with pieces from the Sew Fun Banner sheet, Doo Dads and Labels. On the left page, I used buttons as my border to change things up.

Hopefully this album will give you some ideas on what to do with those random photos you have building up...please check back next week for another project!!

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Sketch on a Thursday

Hey there, OA fans! Lexi here to give you a sketch today. 

I have this little owl wipe off board I recently hung in my room and, while I usually draw sketches out on a chalkboard, this spot under my sprinkler shelves is quite convenient for doodling ideas. Today's sketch has a classic grid with a sprinkling of embellishments and a piece on the right side. I purposely left the title and journaling off the sketch so you can incorporate that wherever you wish!

It's funny to me how I am the one making the sketch and then stray from it. I just go with it ;) I have a very loose grid photo, one journaling spot, one stamped star burst "grid" if you will and an area with patterned paper and embellishments. This week on the blog is all about washi tape, which I think is perfect for layering.

I kinda love Midway :) Someday I really will use a different paper for a background, but today is not that day! For the piece on the side I went the length of the layout and then layered some die cuts with the date and a strip of washi. 

Michelle joined me with the sketch and stayed closer to the classic grid with beautiful results on a card!

Here's what she had to say: "I was immediately drawn to the 4 square grid pattern on Lexi's sketch. If you like to collect lots of items from one collection, like the cute office themed products from the 9 to 5 line, this is a great sketch to use for card designs. I was able to use four different patterned papers just on the squares alone. All of the little extras on my cards were easy to find from the sticker sheets, Washi tapes and designer brads. I have more detailed photos on my blog + I'm sharing my 1946 office find that I've been hoarding until today."

I hope this sketch has given you some inspiration today! As always, our Flickr gallery is a great place to add your October Afternoon creations :)

Have a wonderful Thursday! 

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Tuesday Tutorial: Washi Flag/Banner Elements

Vivian here with a quick-and-easy washi tape technique. First, let's look at the different October Afternoon washi tapes currently available:

Washi 10
Washi 9
Washi 8
Washi 7
Washi 6
Washi 5
Washi 4
Washi 3
Washi 2
Washi 1
I love the mix of tape that can be used for captions, tape that can be used for greetings, and tape with fun patterns.

First up is a Halloween card that features two washi tape flags:

Washi Beware Card

This card features both tapes from the Witch Hazel line.

For the black flag:

  1. Rip a length of tape, lay a toothpick over the center on the sticky side, and fold the tape in half, matching up the top and bottom edges.
  2. Use scissors to cut the torn ends of the tape, making a clean rectangular flag.
  3. Use scissors to cut a triangle-shaped notch from the edge of the flag. 

For the orange flag, repeat step 1 above, but then use decorative edge scissors to create a rectangular flag with clean edges that have a little extra oomph. I used zigzag scissors here.

Next up is a baby card that features tape from both the Midway and 9 to 5 lines:

Washi Baby Card

The flag/banner elements here are used as ribbons underneath the greeting. To create these:

  1. Cut a strip of white cardstock to the width and length you want your flag/banner element to be.
  2. Layer different washi tapes along the strip of cardstock. You can either fold excess tape around the back side of the cardstock or you can trim it with scissors.
  3. Use scissors to cut a triangle-shaped notch at one end of your flag/banner.

Go forth and create flags and banners with washi tape! :) If you do, we'd love to see what you create in our October Afternoon Flickr Gallery!

Hope you have fun creating with washi this week!

Vivian Signature


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Monday challenge with Mou and Roree

Hi everyone, Mou here with today's challenge: Use your October Afternoon washi tapes in three ways in a project.

Product # EM872

Product # EM873

Product # EM997

Product # EM998

Product # EM896

Product # EM895

Product # EM888

Product # EM889

 And now, here's my take... I did an art journal page.


Washi tape use # 1: I covered a polaroid frame from the Midway Chipboard Bundle with Midway Word Bubbles washi tape.

Washi tape use # 2: I used Midway Photo Log washi tape and 9 to 5 Day Washi tape to mark the date on the page.

Washi tape use # 3: I used bits and pieces of Woodland Park washi tapes, Midway Word Bubbles washi tape, and Witch Hazel Mesh washi tape to create an accent cluster. Because washi tapes are self-adhesive, it's very easy to fold and pleat them to make ruffles.

Today I have Roree with me and here's her take on the challenge.

Roree says, "This was a very fun challenge, and it really got me to think a bit outside of the box for ways to use the Washi Tape. I used tapes from the Witch Hazel, Woodland Park, and 9 to 5 collections, along with other supplies from Woodland Park, Sidewalks, and Farm Fresh. I created a a frame for the card by applying it to a white cardstock base, I created a border by placing two strips back-to-back and trimming off the ends, and I created petals for the flower applying baby powder to the back of the tape to remove the tackiness and looping and layering the strips."

How fun is that! Thanks Roree!

You can take the challenge too! Please upload your creations to the OA Flickr Group so we can all be inspired!

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Thursday Sketch Challenge

hello everyone!  Danni here with today's thursday sketch challenge.  here is today's sketch:


OA sketch

and here is my card inspired by the sketch

beware of black cats card


1 oa card



for my "black cat" i used the new stamps from the Witch Hazel line "Bats and Banners"


Oa stamps

i stamped it in black ink and then heat-embossed with clear embossing powder and cut out

my shiny, black cat.



1 oa card details 2

i love, love these chipboard bundles, they are fantastic to work with.  whether you mist, paint, ink or stitch these, they are absolutely FUN.


1 oa card details


and joining me today is jill.  she has created the most amazing layout for you today, looove her work, always. 


Witchy Woman layout by Jill

Witchy Woman OA


and here's what jill had to say:

"Danni's sketch works equally well on cards and layouts.  I adapted it for a 12 x 12 layout, replacing the cute hexagons with toothy jack-o-lanterns.  Using a stamp from the Witch Hazel Bats & Banners stamp set, I stamped the image repeatedly with watermark ink, covered the images with a layer of orange embossing powder, and used a heat tool to emboss the images.  I placed a photo strip over the cluster of jack-o-lanterns (it's the same photo, enlarged in a progression to emphasize my witchy self), and stitched some Witch Hazel Chip 'n Stick buttons to the strip.  The area designated for the sentiment on the sketch became the area for my title block and journaling, and at the top and bottom of the layout, I placed strips of patterned paper from the Witch Hazel collection."
Witchy Woman detail 1
Witchy Woman detail 2
we can't wait to see what you will create.  if you get a chance to create with this week's sketch, please share in our OA FLICKR group

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And the winner of the Witch Hazel Blog Hop is ...

Wh collection kit cover

Hello OA fans! Today we are announcing the grand prize winner of the Witch Hazel Blog Hop! Thank you to everyone who participated and commented ... We're very excited that you love this new collection!  Without further delay ... (drum roll) ... the winner of a Witch HazelCollection Kit  is.....

I love the entire line, but if I HAD to pick a few faves they would be the 12 x 12 shape stickers, the miscellany, the spooky music stamp, and the mesh washi tape. I'm part of an altered books round robin and my book's theme is Wicked: The Grimmerie... so you can guess where my winnings will be utilized if I am lucky enough to score the grand prize!!!!

Posted by: Jennifer U. | October 03, 2012 at 04:47 PM

Congratulations Jennifer!! Please email your shipping address to jon.f (@) within 30 days and we'll get your collection kit out to you right away!

Also, don't forget to check out the Design Team's blogs as most have announced their winners as well.

Thanks so much everyone! Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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'Midway' collection doesn't limit you to just a carnival theme

BY NICOLE HARPER, Guest Designer

Hi again, October Afternoon fans...I'm excited to share two layouts that I've made using the Midway line with you today.

When I first answered the questionnaire for the blog, I stated my favorite October Afternoon line was Thrift Shoppe. Having spent some quality time with Midway though, I need to reevaluate that choice, lol! When I first saw this line I was immediately drawn to the colors...once you add in the great patterns that OA is known for, it's a done deal.


I know when most people see the name 'Midway', they think of carnivals...and this line is great for that. We only go to one per year though, so for me this line worked perfectly for several different layout themes. This first one is about my daughter's first day of 8th grade, but to play on the school theme I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut some pencil shapes on my base cardstock. I backed each one with a different patterned paper to form the 'body' of the pencil, then made the tip/lead of the pencil with some of the black polka dot Witch Hazel tape.


I kept this one fairly simple, just layering a few different elements around the photo. The flash card from the Miscellany worked perfectly for the school theme and the 8 (her grade this year) was cut from the Neon Lights paper. Papers like this one are great to use here and there, if the piece as a whole has you stumped. I cut the tails off of the 'You're #1' chipboard medallion from the Midway Chip 'n Stick and added a piece of the diamond border sticker to the bottom instead. The 'Step Right Up' phrase was from the Word Sticker sheet, and again...while it may initially have been intended as a carnival phrase, I thought it fit in perfectly with beginning a new school year. :)


This old photo of my two best friends and I reminds me of all the fun times we had at band I wanted to let that photo stand out a bit by keeping the rest of the page not too busy. This polka dot side of the Carousel paper was my favorite paper of this entire collection...I used it on nearly every project! I used a big piece if it underneath the photo and built a border along the inner edge with patterned paper scraps, Label Stickers, Journal Cards, Buttons, Doodads and Tidbits. Love that there was a '3' brad included in the Designer Brad pack...I love to add numbers/letters that add to the significance of a page when possible.


After I filled the inner edge a bit, I stitched it all down with a zig zag stitch on my machine. The title in the bottom right balances out the photo on the top left, and I added a piece of the Photo Log washi tape with the date on it to the bottom of the photo.

Please come back next week to see a fun mini album I put together using the Midway line...and feel free to ask any questions here in the comments section. I promise to answer any that you may have!  Visit Nicole's blog at


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Tuesday Tips and Tutorials | A Balancing Act

Hi there everyone.  Marcy here with a little tip on balance for you today.

I am madly in love with the carnival ads in the Midway Miscellany pack but realize that they are considerably large elements to use on a scrapbooking page and might be intimidating to some.  I wanted to show you all how I used one on my page and kept everything balanced at the same time.

Originally my page started with a lot of Witch Hazel.  Slowly the Midway worked itself in too.  The Strongman die cut was perfect for my theme so I decided to see if I could make them work together.

Here's the page that I finished up with.

Helper - october afternoon

I knew I wanted a photo in the middle and the carnival die-cut on the right.  But what to do with that left side?

The best idea to keep balance was for me to have the left side carry as much weight as the right side.  I decided to do this using multiple chipboard buttons.

Each button on their own is really small compared to the die-cut... but together they carry the same weight.  

Helper - october afternoon-4

You can see that the photo remains balanced even though the items on other side are totally different.

I added multiple buttons to the left side and layered one over my photo mat for added interest. All that business makes that side of the page feel equally as heavy.

So, consider items of all sizes when you're creating.  Balance a "heavy" side of your page with a large empty space or a cluster of small items.  As long as there's balance it'll work itself out. Don't forget about your photos either.  They can also work as larger items would and balance out little details.

What are your favorite tricks for creating balance on your pages?

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Monday Challenge with Michelle and Mou....

Hey there it's Michelle. Before we get back to the weekly grind how about a little Monday challenge?  Mou will be joining me for today's challenge which is to use the October Afternoon Midway collection to create any sort of gift wrap.  One philosphy that I've always adhered to with my Design Team work is that I do "real life" projects.  I like to use my goodies and show others how to use them for every day uses.  For my challenge I used the Midway collection to make whimsical embellishments for my daughter Jordan's birthday presents.  What a colorful scene this was on the big day!IMG_2149

For the wrapped presents I used manila tags and a large sticker from the 12 x 12 Shape Stickers + a few stars from the Chip 'n Stick sheet.  I added loose glitter to all my accents using a simple glue pen.  IMG_2156

Here's another tag using the large carousel horse with more stars and glitter.  I also add the letter "J" from the 12 x 12 Alpha Stickers sheet.  Photo 1

For more gifts tucked inside a regular gift sack, I created another fun tag, a garland + I stuck on a big sticker.  Jordan is the designated gift wrapper in our family and she always pays very close attention to detail so I wanted to make her packages extra special.  Curly ribbon is her favorite.  IMG_2164

Here's the embellished tag which is actually a Midway journaling tag. I added a chipboard arrow and lots of glitter + a few number stickers to note Jordan's age. Photo 3

A gift sack is the perfect place to try out the new Sew Fun Banners.  You simply stitch through the shapes and then carefully remove them from the sheet.  This garland of pinwheel circles is simply adorable on the sack.  On the bottom of the sack i added the large "fun zone" sticker + sticker letters to spell out Jordan's name. More glitter makes the package sparkle.  IMG_2166

As a finishing touch I used some Sprinklers from other OA collections to create some custom colored tissue.  I used an old shipping box and just sprayed the plain, white tissue.  You'll need to allow a little time for this to dry.  I'm SO gonna do this with more Sprinklers colors for the upcoming holidays.  And that's it for my birthday gift wrap.  Jordan LOVED her presents.  :)Photo 3-2

Mou took on my challenge today and came up with a fantastic idea that I think I'll be borrowing to hand out school photos of the girls to grandparents.  Here's what Mou had to say about her project:

"When I got Michelle's challenge, my first thought was photo pockets.  I diecut mine out of vellum at home.  Then with a little bit of Washi tape, some stamping, watercoloring, and some cute patterned papers from the Midway Collection, my little photo pockets were ready in no time.  Thanks for a fun challenge, Michelle!"OAOctober2012Michelle'sChallengeImage1_MouS

And thank you Mou!  Your photo pockets with your cute kiddos' photos are just too adorable.  OAOctober2012Michelle'sChallengeImage2_MouS

Thanks for joining us today.  Hope you give the challenge a try!

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Meet Nicole Harper, our Guest Designer for October


Nicole has been playing with paper since elementary school, when shopping for new supplies quickened her heart a beat. She spends her crafty time creating layouts and mini albums, but loves hunting for vintage finds whenever she can.  She lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband, Mike, and their daughter, Allison … and is a proud soccer mama, medical professional and trusted friend.  She wears her heart on her sleeve with her journaling and loves to share the everyday moments that mean the most.  Watch for Nicole’s blog every Friday in October! Now, let's get to know her a little better:

Are you a layout person, a card person … or both?

I’m 98 percent layouts … but I’ve been branching out a bit more into cards. I find that when I have the recipient of my card in mind while I’m working on it, things seem to fall together.

What is on your scrap desk right now?

The remnants of October Afternoon’s Midway line … I can’t bear to put it away!

What is your favorite October Afternoon line or product?

Favorite line? That’s like asking which is your favorite child, ha ha!  I’m going to reach back a bit though and say Thrift Shop.  The dictionary side of the one-of-a-kind paper still makes me happy. Favorite overall OA product would be the journal cards … or the Doo-Dads … maybe the Tidbits.  I can’t choose just one!

What can you NOT scrapbook without?

Paint to edge my photos, die cuts and pretty paper.

What is your favorite source of inspiration?

I usually start with the story I want to tell, so I’d have to say my family … then I find a photo to help reinforce the story.

What is your favorite movie or book?

“Pretty in Pink”.  Back in the 1980s I heard over and over that I resembled Molly Ringwald.

What is your favorite food?

Mexican … I could eat that just about every day, I think.

What is your fondest childhood memory?

Summer vacations to Cape May, NJ with my family.  There was always a good time to be had!

If you could have dinner with anyone, living or deceased, who would it be and why?

My dad … because I still miss him every single day, even after nearly 18 years.



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Thursday Sketch Challenge

Hey everyone!  Roree here with today's Thursday Sketch Challenge. I am back at it with another inspiration piece from Pinterest. Today's sketch was inspired by this image:

Roree-OA Oct12-Oct 4 Sketch inspiration

I just love the simple design and artsy feel of this canvas. The quote is just awesome too. With it, I created this sketch:

Roree-OA Oct12-Oct 4 Sketch

For this sketch, I created a card using the new Witch Hazel collection

Roree-OA Oct12-Oct 4 Sketch-Beware! It's Halloween! 2

I put my card together using the Gleam of Moon and Hoot of Owl patterned papers, a Postcard, Sprinklers color mist in Midnight, Chip 'Nn Stick chipboard, a Shape Sticker, Mix-Up Alpha Stickers (love these!), a Designer Brad, and Washi Tape. I flipped the sketch, because it worked better with the Postcard backgroud. I didn't follow the sketch exactly, but I tried to use all of the elements in the sketch.

Roree-OA Oct12-Oct 4 Sketch-Beware! It's Halloween! closeup 2

This is collection is so fun to work with. I just love the color combinations and great embellishments!

Michelle played along with the sketch this week and created this beautiful card set:


Michelle used the sketch to create focal pieces for some office themed cards using the 9 to 5 collection. She started with squares of patterned paper, some Journal Cards and an Instagram she created of her vintage typewriter. From there, she added little bits and pieces to create a layered collage with machine stitching and stapling to hold the pieces in place. Her finished cards were easy to assemble with just a strip of patterned paper along the bottom and a strip of Washi tape along the top.


You can visit Michelle's blog for more details on how she created these cards with this fun layering technique.

I hope you enjoyed today's inspiration sketch.  If you get a chance to play along, don't forget to post your project in the OA Flickr group.  I can't wait to see how you interpret it!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Witch Hazel Blog Hop!


Double, double toil and trouble … we’re having a blog hop that will make your cauldron bubble.  Step out of the shadows for a chance to win prizes from one of our newest collections – Witch Hazel!  It's got black cats and bats, hoot owls and more, including spider’s silk, Jack-o-lanterns and witches galore! This is no trick … you’ll find the Witch Hazel collection to be a wicked treat!

Join us today as we creep through each of the Design Team’s blogs to see what they have created using this hauntingly fun, new collection. There are prizes being given away at each stop so don’t wait, see if you can win yourself some Halloween goodies from October Afternoon!  Look for more details below!

Product # PP473
PP473 - Cauldron Bubble
Product # PP474
PP474 - Whisker of Cat
Product # PP475
PP475 - Hoot of Owl
Product # PP476
PP476 - Chamomille Oil
Product # PP477
PP477 - Spider's Silk
Product # PP478
PP478 - Devil's Claw
Product # PP479
PP479 - Seeds of Thyme
Product # PP480
PP480 - Dark of Night
Product # PP481
PP481 - Gleam of Moon
Product # PP482
PP482 - Elixir of Eucalyptus
Product # PP483
PP483 - Freckle Dust
Product # PP484
PP484 - Star Thistle
Product # CB842
CB842 - Chip 'n Stick - Variety
Product # SS435
SS435 - 12x12 Shape Stickers
Product # CB843
CB843 - Chip 'n Stick - Buttons & Banners
Product # SS436
SS436 - Word Stickers
Product # DC162
DC162 - Miscellany
Product # SS437
SS437 - Label Stickers
Product # SS438
SS438 - Mini Market Stickers
Product # SS434
SS434 - 12x12 Alpha Stickers
Product # SS297
SS297 - Sticky Keys
Product # DC163
DC163 - Postcards
Product # PP485
PP485 - 8x8 Paper Pad
Product # EM893
EM893 - Little Flyers
Product # EM891
EM891 - Tin Pins
Product # EM892
EM892 - Buttons
Product # EM897
EM897 - Designer Brads
Product # DC179
DC179 - Tidbits
Product # DC177
DC177 - Here & Now Chapter
Product # DC178
DC178 - Doo-Dads
Product # EM894
EM894 - Wrap Pack
Product # DC167
DC167 - Here & Now Book - Boo!
Product # CB597
CB597 - Chipboard Bundle
Product # ST392
ST392 - Bats & Banners
Product # ST393
ST393 - Spooky Music
Product # ST670
ST670 - Little Witches
Product # SI981
SI981 - Witch's Brew
Product # SI982
SI982 - Jack-'o-Lantern
Product # SI983
SI983 - Midnight
Product # PP472
PP472 - Collection Kit
Product # EM895
EM895 - Washi - Happy Halloween
Product # EM896
EM896 - Washi - Mesh

Once you’ve visited everyone’s blog, come back here to the October Afternoon blog and leave a comment letting us know how you want or plan to use Witch Hazel, or tell us what part of the collection is your favorite. One lucky winner will receive our GRAND PRIZE: a Witch Hazel Collection Kit.

Comments will be left open until Tuesday, October 9, 2012. The grand prize winner will be announced on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.

The first stop on the hop is Vivian Masket. Here’s a list of our participating Design Team members in case you get spooked along the way:

Vivian Masket

Michelle Wooderson

Danni Reid

Lexi Bridges

Marcy Penner

Amy Heller

Jill Sprott

October Afternoon

Good luck … and Happy Halloween!

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Halloween Hanger with Witch Hazel Postcards

Hi everyone, Mou here!

Today's tutorial is off the page... the Witch Hazel collection lends itself equally easily to scrapbook layouts as well as other paper crafting projects! I'm especially fond of the Postcards... I have used them in layouts, cards as well as in today's seasonal decor project--a Halloween Hanger.

Let me walk you through the steps.

1. Start with three of your favorite postcards from the Witch Hazel collection. I chose the following three.

2. Cut out three pieces of corrugated cardboard, slightly bigger than the postcards. I cut my pieces to 4.5"x6". Peel off the top layer to expose the corrugated surface. Get some left over dress patterns.

3. Select some of your favorite papers from the Witch Hazel collection?

and some buttons

Product # EM892

and stickers

Product # SS435

4. Attach pieces of patterned papers to the corrgulated cardboards.

5. Layer Post card on top. Stitch with a sewing machine to secure all the pieces together.

6. Attach stickers and buttons to embellish.

7. Punch holes to connect the pieces with some hemp rope.

8. Punch holes at the top of the first piece to hang the project.


Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and would use your Witch Hazel Postcards to make fun projects of your own!

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Quick & Easy Halloween Cards with Witch Hazel postcards

Hi everyone, Mou here with today's challenge: make quick and easy Halloween cards with Witch Hazel Postcards.

Product # DC163

I have Marcy with me and here's her take on the challenge.

Marcy says, "I love the postcards that are part of the Witch Hazel collection... especially the back sides!  They're the perfect neutral backdrop for layers."












I love how Marcy used the back of the postcard as the base for her card. Neat!

And here's my take... I used the front of my postcard.

I started with a few elements: a piece of Elixir of Eucalyptus paper, a strip of Devil's Claw paper, some buttons, a bit of trim, a label sticker, and of course, a Witch Hazel Postcard!

I layered the papers and the trim, added the postcard as the main image, attached the label sticker at the bottom left, clustered three buttons near it, hand wrote my sentiment, and machine stitched to secure the elements in place. It was ready in less than 10 minutes!?

So, you see whether you use the front or the back, these postcards are really handy for making easy, quick, and fun cards!

You can take the challenge too! Please upload your creations to the OA Flickr Group so we can all be inspired!


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