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A pumpkin-free Halloween in my scrapbook

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Apparently there is an unwritten rule that babies in our neighbourhood are to be dressed as either a pumpkin or a witch on their first Halloween. I had no idea of the existence of this rule and neglected to dress Wonder Boy as either of those things. Instead, I put him in a red knitted hat and stitched a school uniform shirt down from junior school age to his size, and made him an honorary member of Team Zissou, and knowing that it was a pretty subtle costume, dressed myself to match so that perhaps in some universe there would be a chance that we would appear to have dressed as something, whatever it might be.

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And so we went to the local baby and toddler Halloween party, to be met with a room filled with pumpkins and witches and no one really understood that we were dressed up but it didn’t matter. It also just didn’t make sense to me to scrapbook that story with pumpkins, so I went for reds and blues rather than orange and black.

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Supplies here are a real mix of old and new, including American Crafts papers from Mayberry and Soho Garden but also the new Crate Paper Craft Market, woodgrain and red glitter Thickers from years ago, Sassafras letter stickers, and small stamps and foil hearts that were more recent releases from Heidi Swapp. But no pumpkins.

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For quite a while now, there have been so many products with ‘hello’ somewhere in the design. Now I seem to be collecting things that say ‘happy’ in one way or another. My technique for both words is the same: pile it on with all the different versions of the same word in one place. You know, just in case someone looks at that photo on the right one day and wonders exactly what emotion it is meant to portray… just in case. inserts significant wink here

And thank you for the comments that you don’t mind the vast number of pages featuring Wonder Boy… because I don’t really think that’s going to change all that much at the moment. I’m having far too much fun with it and you know… it makes me able to use all those ‘happy’ stamps AND the ‘hello’ stickers too.

20 April 2015

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17 Comments for A pumpkin-free Halloween in my scrapbook

  1. Carly Says:

    Love it!! I’m a huge Wes Anderson fan. I love the costumes.

  2. Erica Hettwer Says:

    Okay, that’s just crazy! My first heathen was a pumpkin but only because he was 10 days old and I didn’t have time to come up with something better. He was an Oregon State University themed pumpkin though. My second heathen was a cow because her brother was a cowboy and she wore his old cow costume with a pink bow sewn to the top.
    I love your scrapbook topics because they are about your life and when you have your first kid, it kind of becomes your life. That’s just how it is until you adjust. They are called stages of life for a reason and this is one of them. Besides I loved all your travel layouts and I only travel for my husband’s work every other year.

  3. Angie challis Says:

    Love it why follow the crowd x

  4. Inge Says:

    Love the story, the page and the costume!

  5. Joanne Says:

    I had to google Zissou but it did,are me chuckle. You have got remember halloween is in its infancy in the UK

  6. wendy Says:

    Ohhh Shimelle you forgot you were in the UK lol that doesnt happen very often Costumes only relate to traditional themes here. :) sadly it will be the same sort of thing every year.

  7. Margot Says:

    Love the page, and the costume theme, Shimelle – although I can’t help but wonder if one of the attractions was the opportunity to use up one of those’z’ letter stickers!

  8. Angela Hath... Says:

    Ahh! Zissou! I love your costumes, and now I’ll have the snazzy theme music running through my head — thanks for that! ;) Oh, fab layout too, of course.

  9. Kristen Hoffman Says:

    I thought maybe you dressed up like Moone boy! (You are British so I thought well that makes sense! I’m a big Chris O’Dowd fan…) My son was a rat for Halloween. We went as Ratatouille, I was the chef:)

  10. jengd Says:

    I honestly wouldn’t have known what you guys were (haven’t seen the movie, sorry) but I love the creativity SO much more than the “mandatory” pumpkin or witch. When we lived in a “busy” neighborhood several years ago, we actually had so many duplicate costumes coming by that we started a tally of them. In the end I think there were like 8 Darth Maul’s 15 Annakin Skywalkers, 20 Mutant Ninja Turtles, etc. It was nuts. Yay creativity! :)

  11. Rachael Says:

    Reminded me of the time when we (as Brits) went to mickeys not so scary Halloween Party in Disneyworld. Dressed 5 year old and 18month old in Halloween Appropriate costumes for the UK (skeleton with semi scary mask and cute witch) got some quite dirty looks!! Your baby is adorable!!

  12. Gab Says:

    You guys look adorable! Great page too

  13. maria s Says:

    So adorable and creative! I didn’t get it until you mentioned Zissou. Gotta love Bill Murray. Such a great idea for your costumes. And I love the l/o, the way it’s blocked on the background. Thank you Shimelle. Maria

  14. Jeannine H Says:

    How could we mind? Wonder Boy is gorgeous and I really like how you are scrapbooking him without using all the baby-themed products. I started scrapbooking when my kids were in elementary school but I certainly plan to scrap baby memories. You provide lots of inspiration, as usual!

  15. Julia Says:

    I just love seeing your pages with Wonderboy on. It’s like I’m an honourary distant Auntie watching him grow up! Thank you for introducing me to Team Zissou too :) I love that this hobby educates us as we go!

  16. Kelly Jean Says:

    I love your stories and layouts. And being in a slump with scrapbooking, its been refreshing to see lovely layouts that tell stories. I don’t know what Zissou is, but you guys do look super cute!

  17. Robynn Says:

    When my son was 11 months, I made him a DEVO Halloween costume. Black sleeveless t-shirt, black Bermuda shorts, glasses, and the DEVO hat. I made a sign that read “Are we not men? We are DEVO!”

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