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Halloween cards

Halloween scrapbooking activity


Hello, dear readers!

Celebrating Halloween with my students is always fun! ! And this year we’ve decided to make something special! I hope that some of you are very good at scrapbooking but if you’ve never heard about this activity before, read this short definition from Wikipedia:

Scrapbooking is a method, an art for preserving, presenting, arranging personal and family history in the form of a book, box, card.  

Halloween cards

Halloween scrapbooking activity 2017

An early known American scrapbooker and inventor of scrapbooking supplies was Mark Twain. Twain was known to carry scrapbooks on his travels as he collected souvenirs, clippings and pictures.

Nowadays the hobby of scrapbooking is very popular and you can find lots of tips and ideas on social networks.

Most of my students, especially girls, are fond of card making which is a kind of scrapbooking. We always make cards for Christmas, St. Valentine’s Day and Women’s Day. I am absolutely sure it’s a fantastic way to develop your creativity. Moreover, working together, you master your skills in teambuilding: you learn from other members of your group how to cooperate together in order to make your own incredible funny item (card), you learn to be supportive and responsible.

So, we started with collecting stuff for our cards. You can buy scrapbooking paper and various templates at any craft store. I bought a set of black cardboard for kids’ craft at so-called “Fix price store”. It cost me only 55 roubles (1$) which is quite cheap. There are similar shops in the UK which are called “One pound” where you can buy any item for 1 pound only.

Solid objects such as plants, silverware, or small trinkets can be used too when further visual representation is needed.

What I like best about our cards is that they are special and have got their personalized touches. They give my students the feeling of proud for something unique they have made and that is not wide spread.  Actually, their friends and parents appreciated all the effort that has been done into designing.


Halloween scrapbook paper (“Mystery forest”)

Halloween black-and-white or coloured templates or foam shapes (a haunted house, a bat, a ghost, a skeleton, a black cat, a witch, a jack-o’-lantern, a spider, a skull, etc.)

set of coloured cardboard

white computer paper

glue stick



glow in the dark Halloween stickers

Halloween ribbons

Halloween felt sheets

black pipe cleaners

easy glue eyes

glitter shakers

painting kit


craft knife


  • Choose the patterns on the Internet and download them. Print the patterns on white paper or cardboard.
  • Cut out the patterns. When cutting out shapes, try rotating the paper instead of the scissors.
  • Glue card items on the scrapbook paper but don't overload it!
  • Celebrate a special occasion or event with cherished photos.

Useful tips

  • If you want to be tuned into the ins and outs of the scrapping stuff, read different blog posts about scrapbooking.
  • Work together in groups or in pairs. As the English proverb says “Two heads are better than one".
  • Let your imagination run wild and don't be afraid to be bold! Move pieces on the cardboard until you are absolutely happy with the picture (with your card)

Hope you liked this Halloween scrapbooking activity and our beautiful Halloween cards.

Happy Halloween!


St.Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day


Saint Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. St Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. Most of what is known about him comes from his two works; the Confessio, a spiritual autobiography, and his Epistola, a denunciation /dɪˌnʌnsiˈeɪʃən/ осуждение of British mistreatment of Irish Christians.

According to different versions of his life story it is said that he was born in Britain, around 385AD. His parents Calpurnius and Conchessa were Roman citizens living in either Scotland or Wales. As a boy of 14 he was captured and taken to Ireland where he spent six years in slavery herding sheep. He returned to Ireland in his 30s as a missionary among the Celtic pagans.

Many people ask the question «Why is the Shamrock the National Flower of Ireland?» The reason is that St. Patrick used it to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagans. Saint Patrick is believed to have been born in the late fourth century, and is often confused with Palladius, a bishop who was sent by Pope Celestine in 431 to be the first bishop to the Irish believers in Christ.

In the custom known as “drowning the shamrock”, the shamrock that has been worn on a lapel or hat is put in the last drink of the evening.

Saint Patrick is most known for driving the snakes from Ireland. It is true there are no snakes in Ireland, but there probably never have been – the island was separated from the rest of the continent at the end of the Ice Age. As in many old pagan religions, serpent symbols were common and often worshipped. Driving the snakes from Ireland was probably symbolic of putting an end to that pagan practice. While not the first to bring christianity to Ireland, it is Patrick who is said to have encountered the Druids at Tara and abolished their pagan rites. The story holds that he converted the warrior chiefs and princes, baptizing them and thousands of their subjects in the “Holy Wells” that still bear this name.

There are several accounts of Saint Patrick’s death. One says that Patrick died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, on March 17, 460 A.D. His jawbone was preserved in a silver shrine and was often requested in times of childbirth, epileptic fits, and as a preservative against the “evil eye.” Another account says that St. Patrick ended his days at Glastonbury, England and was buried there. The Chapel of St. Patrick still exists as part of Glastonbury Abbey. Today, many Catholic places of worship all around the world are named after St. Patrick, including cathedrals in New York and Dublin city.

St. Patrick’s Day Facts

  • Patrick’s Day is observed on the 17th of March and it celebrates St Patrick who is said to have died on that date.
  • In Ireland people wear small bunches of shamrocks on their clothes to celebrate the holiday. Children wear orange, white and green badges, and women wear green ribbons.
  • The Irish flag is green, orange and white.
  • Four-leaf clovers are considered to be lucky. Each leaf means something: hope, faith, love and luck.
  • There are 10, 000 three-leaf clovers for every four-leaf clover.
  • The traditional symbols for St. Patrick’s Day are the shamrock, leprechauns, a harp /hɑːp/арфа, green, the Celtic cross, and the Blarney Stone.
  • A toast for St Patrick’s Day, “May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends beneath it never fall out.”
  • In 1903, St Patrick's Day became an official public holiday in Ireland.
  • The first St Patrick's Day parade in Ireland was held inWaterford in 1903.
  • The first St Patrick's Day parade took place in Russia in 1992. Since 1999, there has been a yearly «Saint Patrick's Day» festival in Moscow and other Russian cities such as St Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Voronezh, and Volgograd. In 2017, theRussian Orthodox Church added the feast day of Saint Patrick to its liturgical calendar to be celebrated on 30 March.

Legend of the Blarney Stone

Blarney Castle is a home of the Blarney Stone.

The legend says that an old woman cast a spell on the stone to reward a king who had saved her from drowning/ˈdraʊnɪŋ/ утопление.

Kissing the stone while under the spell gave the king the ability to speak sweetly and convincingly.

St.Patrick's Day

The Blarney Stone

It is difficult to reach the stone.  Kissers have to lie on their back and bend backward holding iron bars for support.

The word “blarney” means “clever flattering talk”.


Fun Time!

Let’s make a leprechaun!

leprechaun /ˈleprəkɔːn/ is a type of fairy in Irish folklore. They are usually depicted as little bearded men, wearing a coat and hat, who partake in mischief /ˈmɪstʃɪf/ шалость озорство. They are solitary /ˈsɒlɪtəri/ одинокий creatures who spend their time making and mending shoes and have a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. If captured by a human, they often grant three wishes in exchange for their freedom. 

For this you need:

  • green, black, white and yellow construction paper
  • a glue stick
  • scissors
  • markers
  • orange wool for felting to make a beard
  1. Make a hat out of green construction paper.
  2. Glue on a black stripe with a yellow buckle.
  3. Cut a face out of white paper and glue a hat to the top of it.
  4. Draw eyes, a nose, and a smile with a black marker.
  5. Arrange the orange beard around his face first and then stick it.
  6. There you have a cute little leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day!

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