Years ago when my kiddos were tiny I made my boy a bat costume out of a heavy black sweat suit (It’s cold where I live), created a bat design out of felt for the front of his sweatshirt, and made a pair of bat wings from a wire hanger and a pair of black stockings. Now, my boy has graduated college, is married, and no longer small enough to hold up by his feet in the rafters. I can’t believe these pictures were taken in 1997 – 25 years ago! I can believe, however, how much scrapbooking has changed.

Alex 1

Alex 2

How I wish I had the tools and skills available to me then that are available to us all now. Including this ‘Mouse Bats’ metal cutting die from Scraps & Ink Crafts. In my layout, I traced the bat, cat, hat, and ghost shapes from cookie cutters (if I remember correctly), cut them out, and stitched them with white and black gel pens. Using a die cut is soooo much easier…and faster.

‘Mouse Bats’ metal cutting dieMouse Bats 3

I love that there are four different size bats in this one cutting die. This next picture is of a card made by designer Nancy Burke. Look at how beautiful it is! She is so talented! And, you can definitely tell the difference that 25 years makes in products, style, and skills. Love it!

Mouse Bats’ metal cutting die is on the medium-ish side, measuring 3” x 2.5”. The smallest bat has a wingspan of 1.5” and the largest bat’s wingspan is 2.25”. I think they’re the perfect size! What do you think?

There are more pictures of ‘Mouse Bats’ in the Scraps & Ink Crafts Etsy shop. Click on the link and it will take you right to the shop. As of this printing, there are only 10 left! Hurry, my friends.

I’m going to take a peek at some more of my 25-year-old scrapbook pages. If you find some of your old scrapbook pages, share them with us on Facebook and Instagram. We’d love to see them.

From all of us here at DCC, Have a Magical Day!