Ok, moment of honesty. See the little treat bags below...?
...I made these for no reason at all. NOT A ONE. This is the first year that I've actually completed multiple Halloween projects (patting myself on the back). I've really loved all of my Halloween supplies, which are now strewn about my craft room...and dining room table...and kitchen counter. I eyed a stray plastic spider on the floor of my son's bedroom and thought, "There's got to be something else I can do with that!"
So, I did something. I pulled out the stash of little paper bags that have been clogging up a skinny drawer in my semi-organized (in my head) set of drawers. It's one of those sets of multi-colored drawers that you see at craft stores, usually on sale, and tell yourself that all those colors are so cute and it would be great to have for ALL THAT STORAGE, but in the end it doesn't really match anything and The drawers are thin and can only really hold a lot of little things and you eventually forget that you even own them.
I have a great set of papers and stickers from the October Afternoon Witch Hazel collection. It's one of those collections that I love SO much that I cant stand to part with any of it, or, to my horror, try to use them and end up screwing something up and have to waste my coveted papers. But I practiced a little self-induced therapy and challenged my inner hoarder to just go for it and give those papers a purpose.
This is not going to be one of my half-assed tutorials. I'd simply just like to post some pics of these little works of art that helped me get through a couple of insomnia plagued nights.
Moment of honesty #2...
Nothing I've done on these treat bags is all that different from my usual projects, and let's face it, none of it is all that difficult to figure out. I just love how fun they are!
The one thing that I do want to point out is the bag that has the rosette with the middle circle that says "beware." I was especially proud of myself for being so resourcefully creative when it came to finding the perfect paper to set off the embellishment. I have a large selection of Halloween-themed papers, mostly thanks to the October Afternoon collection pack I bought last year at their warhouse sale in Apple Valley, MN, but none of them seemed appropriate to use on the rosette because the prints were too big for the small Epiphany Crafts circle shape that I planned to use, and I didn't feel like defaulting to my usual plastic jewel or clay piece. As I perused the stack of oranges and blacks and pumpkins and witches, I looked down at the cover paper from the OA collection that displayed a shrunken down sample of each of the papers. I was instantly attracted to the typography on one of the examples. The words would contrast with the rest of the treat bag, plus they were actually small enough to fit on the small DING! DING! DING! We have a winner!
As Halloween rapidly approaches, I keep trying to decide what I want to do with these little bags. Right now I have three ideas:
1. Put class photos inside and give to family members
2. Put a couple little treats inside for the next door neighbors who are a retired couple
3. Use for scrapbooking (I'll get to it someday...)
Any other suggestions?