Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Halloween Shaker Planner Dashboard

Hi everyone, Geraldine here. So this month I was asked by Anna whether or not I'd be interested in using some of the Halloween range available on her online shop. Now, I don't celebrate Halloween much these days but it used to be my favourite time of the year. Friends and I would go out for late night walks and take in the atmosphere. It was, as it always is, about community and friendship. Just see how communities use times like this to come together. That's what I love about these celebrations.

So it's not going to come as any surprise when I decided to use the Halloween range to create gifts for people. Now, I can't stand tacky! And there is a lot of tacky Halloween everything out there! But when I saw this range by October Afternoon, I was blown away. I genuinely haven't come across anything as lovely for Halloween. It has a real authentic, retro, look. Creative juices were flowing!
As you will see from the first photo I decided to try my hand at a Halloween themed pocket letter. These are very popular right now but I have never participated in it myself due to time constraints. But I thought the October Afternoon ephemera pack and other embellishments from this range would be perfect for this! Some of the pocket cards were made using some of the Halloween card stock from the Divider Pack. I made a paperclip using a badge embellishment as well as cute cards with ribbon and a button. I also combined word stickers with the larger die cuts as you can see here:

Next, I decided to try another new thing for me...a shaker dashboard for a personal size planner. For this I included Halloween sequins from our local pound shop. I gathered everything I would need together:

Next, I laminated a sheet of laminating plastic, cut to size, punched in the holes, and proceeded to sew three sides in orange thread. Then the fun bit! Filling the pocket!

It took a bit of shaking around to get everything the right way and then it was ready to sew closed:

And voila! One shaker dashboard complete and one very happy lady! I can check this one off the things to try list!

I hope this has inspired you to be creative and try new things this Halloween. You can find all these products, except the sequins of course, on the Mrs Brimble's Online Shop. 
Have a very happy and safe Halloween everyone!
Geraldine Jayne

Geraldine has very kindly sent me (Anna aka Mrs Brimbles) the Halloween Pocket letter that she has made to send to you one of you if you would like it. Soooooo.... I thought that along with Geraldine's PL I would add some of the goodies that Geraldine used to make it, how does that sound? If you would like to win just enter your details into the Rafflecopter giveaway widget below.

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  1. All those Halloween goodies look amazing! I'm obsessed with pocket letters and shaker pockets, so this is right up my alley! I'm just waiting on some Halloween sequins/confetti before I make my own dashboard for the month. I love how you sewed it together!

    the Noveltea Corner

    1. Ooh thanks Stef! Can't wait to see yours! Xx

  2. Absolutely freaking adorable and I love halloween anything so this is so awesome!! Loved it!

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  4. Gorgeous, those Halloween goodies are just precious x

  5. Never seen pocket letters before.

  6. I don't have a lot of halloween stuff.