How to Make A Halloween Chipboard Book – “What Witches Do”

With Halloween just around the corner, all our favorite spooky craft supplies and colors are coming out of the woodwork to create the most amazing Fall and Halloween goodies.  Halloween is a fun holiday to craft around with so many great icons, colors, papers, spooky techniques and more.  Halloween is also one of the most decorated holidays is the USA and that trend is spreading so consider putting your creative gems on display with your Halloween decor for all to see and let them out of the deep, dark craft space where they might be hidden from your favorite ghosts and goblins.

Betsy shows us a fun mini book with all kinds of cool techniques that feature the 7gypsies Wicked Gypsy Collection. This collection is in its final season so take advantage of these patterns that take you inside the lives of some of our favorite witches (all good ones of course).  The line will be available through the end of 2016 and then bye-bye with a new Halloween Collection in the works for 2017!


By now you might have figured out that I love making altered books. I am Betsy Skagen of Paper Calliope. When I saw some of  the 7gypsies and Canvas Corp’s Halloween papers, I could not resist making a spooky altered book.  Everything I used is located at the bottom of the post.

Cover & Page 1

To make the book, begin by cutting four 7 1/4″ x 6 3/4″ pieces of chipboard. For the cover cut a same sized sheet of paper from A Haunted Abode. Adhere it to one of the pieces of chipboard. On the reverse side cut and adhere the Book of Spells paper. Cut this paper so that you save the bats on the reverse side to use later. Give a distressed look to all four edges on both sides of the chipboard (eight edges) with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Fussy cut the bats you saved and attach them to the cover with three-dimensional foam adhesive. Paint an imitation ivy leaf with black paint then adhere it to the cover when dry. Tie a gold ribbon around a skeleton key and glue the key to the leaf. Place a black cat sticker or another spooky element of your choice in front of the haunted house.

Adhere gold sweeper fringe to the bottom of the cover.

Tear part of the floor plan from the remaining A Haunted Abode sheet. Ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and adhere to inside cover (Page 1). Find a haunting photo (I used a picture of my great uncles), ink the edges and adhere it to the page.


Pages 2 & 3

Cover both sides of the Gothic Novel Cutout Cover with black gesso.


Oops. I forgot to take the picture of the gesso stage until I had completely painted one side and some of the paint seeped to the other side.

Paint it with gold, mauve and brown acrylic paints and let dry. Add red, gold and mauve Stickles to the page and let dry. Adhere scrapbook paper to create the book pages and ink the edges. Ink some paper pink roses with brown ink and adhere to the page. Glue gold lace to the bottom of the page.

7gypsies wicked gypsy mini book

Many of the background papers look like wallpaper from a haunted house.


Pages 4 & 5

vintage halloween mini book

Step inside the home of a witch with the fun paper that shows the floor plan – clever.

Cut two 1″ x 4 3/4″ strips of scrapbook paper. Adhere a magnet to the inside of the paper, then place the strips together. Glue a spider sticker over the magnet.


Adhere a micro magnet to the chipboard of what will be Page 4. Place the magnet where the spider strip will attach to the page. You will want to figure out all your placement before adhering any of the paper. You can see a video explaining the magnets later in this post.

Cut two sheets of A Wicked Pose.  Adhere one paper to each side of the chipboard. Page 4 should show the purple diamonds and Page 5 should show the reverse chicken wire and newsprint. Create a distressed look by inking all eight edges.


Create a journal tag with scrapbook paper. Embellish with rub-ons and stickers.


For Page 5, create a pocket by adhering three sides of A Haunted Abode paper to the page. Attach scrapbook paper to old tags and place in pocket to create more journal opportunities.



Pages 6 & 7

You can use the same magnet technique on this page. First, create a two-sided tag with scrapbook paper. Before adhering the paper together glue two magnets inside the tag. Use the tag to determine where to place the magnets on the chipboard page. Glue on the magnets then adhere a Book of Spells and A Wicked Pose to create the background paper for Page 7.


photo of witch costumes

To create Page 8,  rub Vintage Photo Distress Ink over Tan & Ivory Damask paper before adhering it to the chipboard.


Then add witches from A Wicked Pose and typewriter keys.


Pages 8 & Back Cover

Use the same technique to glue magnets to Page 8 before adhering Costume Ball scrapbook paper.



Attach paper from Ordre du Jour to a Vintage tag and embellish with a rub-on.


Next, adhere paper from the Book of Spells to the back cover and add embellishments and rub-ons.


To finish the book, punch identical holes in each of the pages, add jump rings and decorate with twine. That is all there is to it. I hope you stop by and visit me at Paper Calliope to see what other spooky projects I am creating.

Happy Haunting, Betsy

What I used:

7gypsies A Haunted Abode

7gypsies Wicked Gypsy Times

7gypsies A Wicked Pose

Canvas Corp Tan & Ivory Damask

7gypsies Book of Spells

7gypsies Costume Ball

7gypsies Ordre du Jour

Vintage Photo Distress Ink

Remnant Rubs

Three-dimensional foam adhesive

Skeleton Key

Gold Ribbon

Gold Sweeper Fringe

Metallic Gold Venice Lace

Assorted embellishments and stickers

8mm x 1mm Neodymium Magnets

Acrylic black paint

Plastic ivy leaf

Beacon 3-in-1 adhesive

Faux Typewriter Keys Set


Gothic Novel Cutout Cover

So gather some spooky supplies and whip up a mini book filled with your favorite Halloween spells, party ideas, or memories.  Stay tuned all Autumn long for clever Halloween and Fall/Autumn projects by the Canvas Corp Brands Crew.  

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Happy Creating!!!!






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