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Monday, September 24, 2012

Kill Your Monday Blues with Hils Hints: SnC's Halloween Themed KOTM

SnC's Halloween Themed SnC One of The Kind Kits 

When Val sent me a Hallowe’en kits to play with, I must confess I was a little concerned.  Our family has never really been bothered with Hallowe’en, and so I only have one Hallowe’en photo – not enough to do a couple of layouts with! 

So, here are the two layouts I've done from the Hallowe'en Kit of The Month - one staying true to Halloween (below) and the other I had put a twist to it by trying out something different.

Ideas for you … if you don't have Halloween photos like me!
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The orange mesh in the kit was my starting point.  Orange is a colour often associated with Hallowe’en, but it also reminds me of summer.  And it goes surprisingly well with turquoise, another great summery colour.

I found a photo of my daughter having fun in a swimming pool, and started thinking about how I could use the kit to create a summery layout.

First, I took the plainest paper in the kit, and had great fun spraying it with inks.  I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Sunshine, Turquoise Blue and Riptide, together with a homemade mist using a mixture of water and Tim Holtz’s Distress Re-inker in Spiced Marmalade.

I wanted the layout to give a feel of the fun that Caitie had in the pool on that holiday, and thought a banner would help to achieve this.  The tags in the kit were too big to use as a banner, so I cut the tops off two of them, cut them in half, and cut triangular banner shapes from each half.  I inked the edges of the triangles with ColorBox Blue Lagoon Chalk ink ink, and used the same ink to stamp a letter on each of the triangles.  I clipped a tiny clothes peg in the top of each, and stuck them to the layout with some 3D foam tape.  I added some of the string, which I coloured with Spiced Marmalade Distress Stain.  I completed the title with some wooden letters, which I inked with the blue ink.

I cut the orange netting in half lengthways, and stuck it underneath the photo, together with some washi tape and some old Heidi Swapp tape.

Finally, I stamped a swirly stamp several times in the bottom left and top right colours, using Spiced Marmalade distress stain.

I had great fun with this layout.  Challenging myself to think outside the box and use the Hallowe’en kit for something completely different became a great excuse to get out all my messy inks and have a good play! 

So next time you buy a themed kit, don’t just use it to scrap that theme – challenge yourself to do something different with it as well, and enjoy the creative boost it gives you.

Top tip:  When buying kits, try to choose ones that have neutral, non-themed products in them as well as themed ones, as this will give you much more versatility.  The main reason I was able to use this kit to create a summer layout was that the background paper and several of the embellishments were in a neutral colour scheme (cream), which enabled me to colour them to suit my theme.

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Ideas for you … Hallow'en Witch

You know, for a kit that I really wasn’t sure about to start with, I have had so much FUN with this!  

First the challenge of using a Hallowe’en kit for a summer layout, and this time the fun of doing lots of tearing and distressing, plus just a little bit of experimenting. 

My one and only Hallowe’en photo is pretty colourful, so I wanted to add some bits of colour to my layout, while still keeping it looking very grungy and spooky.  A few bits of green and orange did the job nicely .

I tore off 1/3 of my Basic Grey paper and inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, then glued it to the right hand side of my dark background paper.  The photo needed matting to help it “pop”, so I found some green to match the witch’s face, tore around the edges and again inked it with Vintage Photo.

The other half of the orange mesh (I used the first half for my summer layout) went perfectly underneath. 

I really wanted to use the black grunge ribbon, but it didn’t look right laid across the page.  So I fiddled around with it, and created a flower, which could also be seen as a spider’s web, depending on your point of view.  I used a mixture of stitching and glue to hold it together, and put a green gem on top.  As I was picking off the strands of glue left from the glue gun, it occurred to me that they looked just like a web – and so I put a lot more on instead!

I cut several images from the sheet of spooky clipart.  The skeleton was inked with Vintage Photo, as were the words (and also the journaling tag).  The pumpkins were inked with Spiced Marmalade.  My very old fibres came in handy to decorate the tag a little more.

Finally, the title.  I had been planning to colour these grungeboard letters, but found that I liked them just as they were, and so left them bare.

As I said, I’ve had lots of fun with this kit, and I still have enough paper and embellies for at least one more layout, probably two.  

Great value for just RM29.90! And that is truly what's so great about's KOTM - regardless of which kit you get.

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