Recycle an old, extra large, child's puzzle by turning it into a spooktacular chipboard puzzle album for Halloween! This hybrid scrapbook mini album features our "Costumed Cutie" over the years in his favorite Halloween costumes. You can create a puzzle-piece album of your own in a day when you use CropMom's online scrapbooking software and CropMom's Halloween Fun digital scrapbook kit to make your scrapbook layouts.
9 photos14 print-quality 5" by 7 " portrait scrapbook pages, printed at home on high-quality, matte photo paper 7 extra-large jigsaw puzzle pieces, measuring about 3.5" by 5". (We used an old Mattel "My Size Puzzle XL.")2 one-inch book rings, silver Several colorful ribbons, cut in 8" lengthsSandpaperRic rac and ribbon, cut into 12" lengths Hole punchScissors and craft knife Spray adhesive, acid freeOptional: Sculpey clay, green and blackAcid-free glue
Begin making your Halloween puzzle album by uploading 9 photos of your child in his or Halloween costume to your account at CropMom.
Now, let's get started making the 14 scrapbook pages, each on a 5" by 7" portrait canvas. Making the scrapbook pages is easy with CropMom. Make sure that you position your photos so that your child's face is in the middle of the page so that the face does not get cut off when you paste your layout onto a puzzle piece. We used black background paper as the backdrop for every page with a photo. We primarily used digital scrapbook graphics from the Halloween Fun kit at CropMom. We also used a few elements from Bloomin' Crazy and Signs of Spring. Get creative! Just remember that any text or word art that you use on your page could get cut off when you adhere the page to a puzzle piece.
For the front cover, back cover and three inside pages, we didn't use any photos at all on the layouts. We used word art from the Halloween Fun kit to create the title, Costumed Cutie. We also used word art on the back cover and inside pages. Create fun or spooky Halloween scenes using the monster, jack-o-lanterns, witch and skeleton.
Purchase your layouts and download the high-resolution print-quality JPEG files.
Use your home printer to print your layouts. To do so, set your printer's settings to print the image at 72% of its original size. That will result in a print that is approximately 5" by 3.5." Use matte photo paper.
Use the adhesive spray to glue the prints onto the puzzle pieces. Use the spray adhesive in a well-ventilated area. Be careful not to get any adhesive on the front of your prints. Take care to keep your layouts in the correct order. Once you've glued one size of a puzzle piece, use scissors or a craft knife to carefully cut it out in the shape of the puzzle piece. Then glue the back side of the puzzle piece.
After the adhesive has dried, gently sand the edges of each page in your book. This helps to give the book pages a smoother edge.
Use a hole punch to punch two holes on the left side of your puzzle-piece pages. Make sure that you punch the correct side of each chipboard page. You need a sturdy hole punch and plenty of pressure to punch through the puzzle piece.
Thread the book rings through the punched holes to hold your book together. Dress up your book by folding 12 " pieces of ribbon and tying them to the book rings.
We finished off our book by making two small witch hats out of Sculpey polymer clay and baking them according to the directions. We made sure that our hats would fit perfectly onto a puzzle-piece page. Once the clay witch hats cooled, we glued one witch hat to the cover and the other to an inside page. This last step is optional.
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