Today's Guest: The Polkadot Chair

Hi there!! My name is Melissa Mortenson and I have a blog named The Polkadot Chair, after a comfy chair that I have in my craft room. I love to create all kinds of things from crafts, and quilts to clothing and scrapbooks!  I have an etsy shop that I run with my best friend Traci.  Our shop is called May & Mae, we sell handmade jewelry, sewing kits, sewing patterns and anything else that is catching our eye at the time! I'd love for you to stop by and say "hi" sometime.

I'm so excited to be guest blogging here at eighteen 25. When they asked me I immediately started dreaming up ideas of what I could share. You know how you always take a million photos on Halloween day of everyone all dressed up in their adorable costumes?  Well I thought that it would be fun to find a way to actually display the photos instead of just having them tucked away in scrapbooks or sitting on your computer!

This is a little Halloween desktop countdown calendar! Today I'll show you how to build the basic structure then you can embellish it as you like! You could use the same plans to make a flip book for almost any occasion, but I think it would be especially fun for Christmas!

To begin you will need:
- 2 pieces of 8"x8" book board or VERY sturdy chipboard. I used 7gypsies black book board.
- 1 piece 8"x8" card stock in co-ordinating color
- 1 piece 8"x8" pattern paper
- 3, 2" binder rings
- 10 photos, I printed mine in black and white and added some swirls in photoshop to a few of them before I printed them.

I also used the Close to My Heart All Sorts Mini album for the chipboard pages in the book, and a few colors of Glimmer Mist to make all of my supplies look more "spooky".

You will also need various Halloween scrapbooking supplies.

Step 1: Take your 8"x8" piece of cardstock and score it down the center. Then fold it in half.

Then on each end measure in 1" and score and fold the opposite way you folded your center.

Next using some super sticky tape (I like the thin line orange tape) tape your 2 8"x8" book board pieces to each of the 1" flaps on the side. Secure WELL!

Next take your 8"x8" piece of pattern paper and score it down the center. Fold it in half with the right side facing out. (I  used a punch to decorate the edges of this piece of pattern paper). Bring the 2 bookboard edges up so that you form a triangle.  Using sticky tape tape your pattern paper piece over the top of your book board.

It should look like this when you are done.

Next you will need to punch your holes. You will need a cropadile or some other heavy duty punch for this.
If you are using chipboard pieces with pre-punched holes use those as the guide for punching the holes in your base.

Now your base is finished and you are ready for the fun part!  Making your countdown pages and embellishing your project!

Here are photos of the 10 pages that I made. I wanted the calendar to have a very hodge podge feel, so none of my pages are the same size or color. I liked the layered look and being able to see some of the pages poking out from the sides.

I embellished the edge with a bit of black crepe paper

This paper had a white background before I added the glimmer mist

Just a note: Since this is a countdown calendar, I put the pages in reverse order, so page 10 is first, then 9 and so on.  Beginning at 10 days before Halloween you flip a page a day over, until you get to 1!

I hope you enjoy making one!


Thank you Melissa for such an awesome project! I love looking through Halloween pictures from past years and i think it is so fun to have them out and part of your decorations!
Head over to The Polkadot Chair and check out all the other great ideas Melissa has to share. There is always something fun and exciting happening over there!!

don't forget today is the last day to enter the giveaway for a free project life kit from Becky Higgins!

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