Sunday, September 11, 2011

Simply Sunday Challenge: Halloween and Remembering 911

Halloween Paper Bag Album
 Today is another fun Simply Sunday challenge over at Getting Cricky and for this challenge I wanted to make a paper bag album.  I have made so many of these, I just love them all.  One year I made 5 of them for Christmas gifts and they turned out so nice.

For this book I used Kristal's new Stamp Set  Fall-O-Halloween
If you click on the link you will be able to order them.  I love these stamps!
Products that I used:
Kristal's New Fall-O-Halloween
2 lunch paper pages
Hole punch
Distress Ink - Peeled paint, spiced marmalade, and Dusty concord.
PK face stamps
I used my Cricut and Gypsy - I used several cartridges.
Lots of fun ribbon!
I sure hope you like it, if you have any questions please let me know.  If you have not made one of these, you really need to try it out.  They are so much fun.  My Emily has already taken it for her Halloween pictures. 
Have a blessed week everyone!

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Remembering 911
Flight 93 crashed only 15 minutes from my house.  It could have been in my back yard, I will never forget that day.  So sad!  I found this poem on the internet.  May we never forget 911.   
This was a scrapbook page that I made when I took the kids up to visit the  site back in 1993. 

Poems about the Event or Feelings
September 11, 2001: The Day Our World Changed

Planes crashing into buildings
in pictures from a disaster film
before our actual eyes
On the small screen filling our homes
with scenes of terror so horrifying
they must be simulated
Unable to comprehend
how anyone willingly could commit
these brutal acts of terror
Yet these images of harsh reality
become etched into our memory
As we watch the destruction
of a way of life
The laughter of my young daughter
pulls me from the barrage of images
and back into the reality of our day
Too young to know what has happened
yet sensing the anxiety in the air
Focusing on the exploration of her world
with a simple request of "Out"
Her small hand placed trustingly in mine
to guide her on way
A little voice of hope for the future

A nation, a world in tears
united in grief and loss
A tragedy so large
the loss so pervasive
the depth of emotions so great
no words can truly convey the mood

The sacrifice of so many lives
from so many countries
As we struggle to make some sense of the senseless
and look to answer the question
Yet many others saved
by acts of kindness from strangers
and in the mission thwarted
by last heroic acts of sacrifice and bravery

The eagle like the mighty phoenix
emerges from the ashes
bruised, but not beaten
stronger than ever
Out of the rubble of destruction
Seeds of hope
Stories of courage
Heroes emerge
Our country unites

To learn and to change
so that it never happens again
To keep the memories of the events and the people alive
but to also keep living
If not for ourselves
for our way of life
for our freedom
for our children




Squirlygirl said...

Your paper bag album is so stinkin' cute! I can't wait to make one. I've seen them made before but never attempted one myself. I hope you are doing well, I miss you!

Shawn Mosch said...

Love the album! My niece's birthday is just before Halloween . . . this would make a cute way to share her birthday photos!

Lisa said...

This is just so absolutely fabulous and creative, Kathy! The details are so stunning! You did an amazing job! What a great project - I love, love, love this!! :D

GCDT - Sister

Janice W. said...

You really knocked this challenge out of the park! I adore your mini Halloween book!

Shelly said...

This is just too cute! I love all your little ghosts! Very adorable!

scrapperbecka said...

The paperbag album is totally awesome, I love all the spider webs. Great job!
Becka M
Your GC design sister

Brenda said...

Oh Kathy, that paperbag album is to die for. I have always wanted to make one, but yours just put me to shame. LOVE IT.I love all the added details of the ghosts. I really think you should make a tutorial so I can follow along.
I would be honored if you came to see my blog here

Amy said...

Kathy, this is WONDERFUL!! You truly did an AWESOME job on this!! I love how you did the background (the paper bag)...

The poem is so touching... Such a difficult day -- I was only able to scrapbook about this for the first time this weekend. I wish I would have been able to years ago.

Thanks for sharing your talent!!
So happy to be your Getting Cricky DT Sister,
Amy :) at

Janis said...

I love mini albums and this one is FANG-tastic!
:) Janis
Getting Cricky DTM - sister
Please visit my blog anytime @ PauseDreamEnjoy

Sherrie K. said...

I LOVE your paper bag mini! I need to try making one like this. I love all the cute cuts and details are fabulous!!!
Sherrie K

Kelly S said...

Wow, Kathy! Your paper bag album is incredible. I would love to know the steps in making one of these.


scrapinmamaof2 said...

Love the paper bag album. All the face and colorful ribbon. Socute!