Hello, Jennifer Snyder here to usher out September.
  While sad to say goodbye to the month of September, we look forward to all the haunted festivities of October and Halloween.  This is the start of the entire holiday season, the grand kick off from Halloween, to Thanksgiving, rolling into Christmas, New Years, and closing out the season is Superbowl Sunday.  OK maybe that’s not quite the line up for the official holiday season, but it’s pretty close.
Today I have a haunted mixed media shaker journal created from a thrift store find which happened to be a hideous burlap covered journal. It was such a homely find, passed over by so many and just waiting for me to grab it and give it new fresh life.
It’s amazing to see how paint and chipboard can transform things.


I picked out a spooky chipboard set from Creative Embellishment’s abundant Halloween selection – a very difficult task since there are so many wonderful Halloween designs.
The  Creative Embellishments – Holiday Halloween Scene2 is a great value because there are so many pieces in the set.  Use them all at once or split up into multiple projects- your choice.

The Creative Embellishments -Circle Shaker Chipboard set is the second piece to this journal. Just a circle….but the options for this simple circle are limitless.


                           Halloween scene chipboard

     circle shaker



I painted the journal and all the chipboard pieces with black acrylic paint to start the project.  I did take some time for the fabric on the journal to dry and I did not attempt to assist with drying process with a heat gun.  It’s hard waiting for the drying process – but sometimes things need to dry naturally.
Next, color was added back to the pieces as desired. The haunted house, bats and witch have some purple to pop against the starkness of the black paint.
 I also used some of  Prima’s Art Alchemy paints in green and orange because they add a beautiful iridescence.


Last few steps: the shaker was filled with shaker mix from Buttons Galore and More.  Once the cover of the shaker was in place,  I finished by creating ground to the scene.
This was done by thickly adding clear matte gel medium to the journal and sprinkling the same shaker mix on top of the gel medium and left to dry in place (again dried naturally – no heat gun because gel medium loves to bubble when heated).
Happy crafting and thank you for sharing a part of your day to visit.