Working with a theme.

Hi everyone I hope October is treating you well, I have decided this month to get a little bit creepy on you. I always love all the Halloween collections that come out this time of the year, but normally end up with very few Halloween photos to scrap so I have no need for a whole collection. That is unless I find up the photo from my teens where I wore a bin bag and knocked on strangers doors for sweets, my dressing up has become more sophisticated I promise!  I decide to take two collections and see if I could make them work for themed projects.  I choose the Spicy Social Soup from JillibeanSoup and Second City from Kelly Purkey for Basic Grey.
The Jillibean Soup collection is themed around social media and computers, I got the collection pack to play with which is great value as you get a papers, stickers/diecuts and a alpha.  The first LO I made I was using the theme of the collection about me and my bestie and our love of selfies.
I of course had to make the busy background a little more busy, and had great fun layering up, you can see a video of my process HERE.
Next up I want to see if this collection would work for a travel themed LO, the Second city has lots of elements that would work on travel pages, so I decided to use this collection for my embellishments.  One of the perks of buying the 6×6 pads from collections is that due to the scale of the designs they are perfect for fussy cutting.   I love my American Crafts scissors for this I would be lost without them.
This is a pretty simple LO and the background paper, although a circuit board, reminded me a bit of a transport map, so thought I could get it to work for this page. The flash cards and wood sprinkles from the Jillibean Soup collection make great embellishments too.  I also included a pocket for some hidden journalling on this page.  You can see a video of my process HERE.
I then wanted to tackle Halloween, which was my orginal idea for picking these collections to go together.  Both collections have bold designs in bright yellows and greens with hints of purple.  I must say the I find purple really tricky to scrap with, so they were perfect to use for Halloween inspired projects.
First up were some cards I made to send to some of my friends, the Second City  6×6 papers made ideal backgrounds to layer images on top, for quick simple cards.
I also used some of the papers from the collection to stamp some stamps from my stash on too as they were great grungy/distressed looking plain designs.IMG_5879
I also wanted to make some Halloween decorations, I am continuing my love affair with rosettes and decided to go big for this finial project this month.
I used two 12×12 papers from the Jillibean Soup collection to make my largest rosette and then papers from the Basic Grey collection for the smaller rosettes.  I found in a local pound shop some great glittery spiders webs, which added a great layer in with the rosettes, they also were light enough to be glued on the big rosette with no problems.
I layers up my rosettes and finished it off with a couple of old Halloween stickers from my stash.  I even found a use for the spider I had to cut off the web!
I really enjoyed using these creating these projects this month, although I did struggle with using some of the papers on scrapbook pages.  I also like the fact that these papers can go back in to my stash and be used for future projects without having to worry about Halloween being over.  I will see you all next month when I am sure I will be thinking about the next holiday celebration, that begins with ‘C’!

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