For all of you Graphic 45 lovers, you are in for an absolute treat today. Fall Design Team member Liz Qualman totally rocks her first project for ScrapbookSteals.com using today’s steal, the Graphic 45—The Magic of Oz collection. The eclectic mix of Wizard of Oz inspired papers are the perfect crossover for fans of Wicked and Halloween alike!

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It’s almost time for witches, ghouls and goblins to take to the street and harass your neighbors for candy, which means it is time for you to get ready to document those precious Halloween moments.   The Magic of Oz collection from Graphic 45 was really fun to work with because of its unique Wizard of Oz graphics – not exactly your typical Halloween collection.   However, I really love how my Wicked Witch of the West layout turned out because so many of the elements in the collection are perfect for Halloween pages.  The bold titles around the border of the purple Wicked! patterned paper made a great background for my page and I chose to cut a piece of the green Parcel Post patterned paper to add to the middle for contrast to both the photo and the border.

The chipboard pieces in this collection are a fantastic quality with vibrant colors and really make excellent embellishments for a project.  These wicked chipboard buttons were a fun accent and only needed a bit of foam tape and some baker’s twine to finish them off and make them pop.  I used my circle cutter to add a little orange border from the Munchkins patterned paper.

I also love the sentiments on these chipboard tickets because even though there are no scarecrows, lions or tin men in the photo, these little trick or treaters have plenty of brains, heart and courage and will use them to make it through this night of mischief.

It’s fun to use Halloween collections for more everyday photos and pages.  I used some of the less graphic backsides of the patterned papers to make an Autumn page about love.  Layering many of the colors together adds a nice variety and makes the papers seem less like Halloween and more like a fall palette.

It’s kind of funny that these beautiful flowers were included in what seems more like a Halloween collection, but they got me thinking about using the papers and palettes to make a Fall layout, so of course I was glad to have them.  I used a leaf punch to cut the green leaves from the Emerald City paper that I also used to create the green sentiment strip that runs across the photo.

The chipboard tags are beautiful and easy to write on with a gel pen.  I merely added some twine for texture and used a bit of foam tape to make the tag stand out a bit more from the paper.  I also used my Martha Stewart Cherish Punch to make the border on the Scatterbrained Scarecrow patterned paper and then added a bit of black velvet floss to stitch through the holes created by the punch.

I think the unique graphics in The Magic of Oz collection are a fun challenge to create projects for Halloween or for Autumn.  I really enjoyed the push to think outside the box and make some novel pages about my family.

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Liz—you have absolutely taken “inspiring” to an entirely new level. You make me wanna hit that “steal” button and get my scrappy on. Right. Now!

Thank you for your gorgeous projects and I’m sure I’m not alone in eagerly anticipating what you will have in store for us next month.

I hope everyone has a great weekend and finds a little time to get crafty!