Apologies for my absence last Monday. And yesterday. My laptop is giving me trouble (Windows products… go figure), so editing photos has been a hassle. But, I’m here! Let’s do this!
So, you’ve probably heard of Christmas in July, right? And no, I don’t mean your weird neighbor who starts hanging their lights the day after Fourth of July. Well, I’ve always thought, if people can have Christmas in July, why can’t my witchy self have Halloween in May?
Which is exactly what I’ve decided to do. Mostly because I don’t like the color scheme in my Happy Planner for May, but it does give me a nice Halloween-y vibe. But also because I LOVE HALLOWEEN.
So I have two spook-tastic layouts for you today!
5/1/17 – 5/7/17
First, I want to show off my mini Happy Planner. Since I lost my job, I don’t really use my mini Happy Planner anymore, since I bought it for work. But, it’s still fun to decorate once in a while, just to play around with. I’m sure I’ll find some use for it, soon.
Last week in my classic size Happy Planner, I went with a fun, colorful look. I full embraced the orange (bleh) and tried to make it bright and cute.
I got the witch stamps from Michael’s a few years ago. I used a plain black ink pad to lay them down, traced the black with my trusty Pilot G-2 0.38 black pen (which was… tedious), then filled them in with colored ink pads using–get this–disposable foam eyeliner sponges. I kid you not.
I would have used paint, but I don’t actually have any right now. Or, at least, not in the colors I wanted to use. I wouldn’t recommend “painting” with ink; it’s a very tedious process.
The skirt and legs on the left side are actually two different stamps, which I connected by pen, which is actually why I decided to trace the stamped image to darken it. If I hadn’t that little mark stood out horribly and I hated it. I’m actually pretty pleased with the result, though!
I finally figured out where my mysterious list stamp came from, after incorrectly attributing it to Atelier Dreams for so long. It’s actually a Lawn Fawn stamp set! The “Plan on It” set, to be precise. I’m so glad I finally figured it out, because it really is my favorite stamp set, as you can tell by how often I use it. Not only is my checklist from it, but also the dashed box, camera, and pencil in my “Tracking” section. The book and lightbulb are from the Anxiety Aids “Fancy Book Learning” set.
5/8/17 – 5/14/17
This weeks layout leans more towards spooky than cutesy.
As you may have been able to tell from my last diary post, I haven’t been in the best mood. I think that’s definitely reflected in my decoration choices for this week. This layout is less colorful, less bright, and more serious (I think, anyway).
Once again, the Halloween stamps came from Michael’s years ago. My actual useful stamps are the usual suspects, because I really, really love how they look together! And they function well for my purposes, for now You know the saying: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
This layout also has a witchy vibe, but with less focus on fashion and more focus on spell work. And there’s a reason for that (aside from me wanting to use less “cute” stamps). Wednesday is a full moon and I’m going to take that time to do some cleansing spell work of my own. After last week, I certainly need it.
I hope you all enjoy these layouts. Halloween is my favorite holiday, so I really enjoyed making them.
Hopefully by next week my laptop will be less of a mess and I can actually get my photos taken and edited on time to be posted on Monday.
In the mean time, I have some stuff to take care of today. Maybe expect another diary post later this evening or tomorrow.
I love you all.