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unKit #1: Planning Video

Last month I announced the unKit Club, a new community project and blog series focused on simplifying the scrapbooking process. Thank you for the enthusiasm I’ve received on social media!

We’re exploring each unKit over a period of three months, with posts on kit curation, layout planning, and finally, the scrapbooking process. This post is the second in the series for unKit #1.

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unKit #1 Layout Plan

I’ve recorded a video that walks you through the kit selections as well as my decision-making process for each micro kit.

Micro kits are page kits that include a foundation, photos, and selected items to provide a launching point for the layout. Whereas a kit (or in this case, an unKit) includes supplies for multiple layouts, a micro kit is intended to be a collection of items for a single page.

Some of the takeaway messages from the video include:

  • When curating kits, I select both color-coordinated and neutral/classic scrapbook supplies.
  • I will often pair a single embellishment with my photos to provide creative direction for my layout.
  • Then, I’ll audition papers from a collection or kit based on the mood I want to achieve with the layout.
  • Using a kit is not exclusionary; it is a starting point for using tools, stamps, etc. from your stash.
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unKit #1 for the unKit Club at Simple Scrapper

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unKit Club: A New Old Way to Shop for Scrapbook Supplies

Months before I launched Simple Scrapper in the fall of 2008, I was an early adopter of Twitter. While Instagram has since stolen the top spot on my social media faves list, Twitter was where things were happening in 2008-2010 for the scrapbook community.

It was there where I met Sudie Alexander, a scrapbooker who ran a website called unKit and hosted a weekly live video stream.

The premise behind unKit was simple. On a regular basis Sudie would curate (except this was before we used the word “curate”) a selection of supplies from an online store and then show you what she made. She used affiliate links as way to compensate herself for the time invested.

The main benefit of an unKit is that you can swap out items to better meet your needs and preferences. You can even change the color scheme entirely, but you’ll have a kit blueprint to aid product selection.

The unKit Club | Today I’m excited to announce the return of unKit. While Sudie no longer works in the industry, she offered her blessing for me to continue the series here on the Simple Scrapper blog. Here’s how it will work:

1. In August, November, February, and May I will make my selections and immediately share them with you. Stock turns over so quickly these days that it doesn’t make sense for me to wait until my order arrives.

2. In September, December, March, and June I will share a video tour of the supplies along with my micro kits, which are smaller subsets of the products paired with card stock and photos.

3. In October, January, April, and July I will share my completed layouts. Simple Scrapper members will also receive coordinating sketches, layered templates, and storytelling prompts for my pages.

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unKit #1

This kit was inspired by the Poolside paper pad. I loved how it combined summer-themed papers along with more timeless patterns. I saw this as a great opportunity to create a kit that could document both summer and fall memories. I choose one summer-themed sticker pack and then fleshed out the kit with more versatile options.

Click here to see the current unKit on Scrapbook.com

Below each item you’ll see a general description of each item that can be used as a blueprint for swapping out other products. For each unKit I’ll choose products that are more coordinated and more versatile in colors and themes. The price point will generally fall in the $25-$30 range.

Crate Paper – Poolside Collection – 6×6 Paper Pad
paper pad

Crate Paper - Poolside Collection - 6x6 Paper Pad

Pink Paislee – Citrus Bliss Collection – Puffy Stickers
small stickers – coordinated colors, coordinated themes

Pink Paislee - Citrus Bliss Collection - Puffy Stickers

American Crafts – Amy Tangerine Collection – Stitched – Ephemera
die cut pieces – coordinated colors, versatile themes

American Crafts - Amy Tangerine Collection - Stitched - Ephemera

American Crafts – Shimelle Collection – True Stories – Enamel Dots
tiny embellishments – coordinated colors, versatile themes

American Crafts - Shimelle Collection - True Stories - Enamel Dots

Heidi Swapp – Vintage Chic Collection – Cardstock Stickers – Word Jumbles
word embellishments – versatile colors, versatile themes

Heidi Swapp - Vintage Chic Collection - Cardstock Stickers - Word Jumbles

Crate Paper – Journey Collection – Thickers – Chipboard – Wood Grain
alphabet stickers – versatile colors, versatile themes

Crate Paper - Journey Collection - Thickers - Chipboard - Wood Grain

Doodlebug Design – Washi Tape – Lily White Swiss Dot
washi tape – versatile colors, versatile themes

Doodlebug Design - Washi Tape - Lily White Swiss Dot

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unKit #1 for the unKit Club at Simple Scrapper

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Love You Because | Simple Scrapbook Layout

Sometimes a layout comes together from multiple ideas and inspirations.

In this layout about my best friend I began with both a product-prompted story idea and a desire to play with triangles in my design. The result both pushed me out of my comfort zone and reminded me how much I love 8.5×11 layouts.

Love You Because | Simple Scrapbook Layout

I knew I wanted to tell a meaningful story about this relationship, but I wasn’t sure where to begin. I used a Story Stamp from Ali Edwards to offer the direction I needed.

Love You Because | Simple Scrapbook Layout

The journaling reads:

Love you because you have been my best friend though so much crazy over the past ten years. You are honest but kind, always wanting the best for me. You make the effort to stay connected and close across 2000 miles.

Scrapbooking this story also gave me a chance to play with some bolder products because my friend is always on trend. I used items from the Studio Calico Penny Arcade Card Kit and those gold-dipped leaves from the Lemon Lush collection.

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This layout inspired a sketch and layered template in the December membership at Simple Scrapper. You can become a member for just $14.

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My Holiday Memory Keeping Approach for 2014

I thought about titling this post “How to Scrapbook When You’ve Just Moved and Half of Your House is Still in Boxes”, but that didn’t sound full of wonder and sparkle.

As soon as I knew we were moving before the end of the year, I made my final decision on how to scrapbook the holidays. I had been considering a photo book or even a traditional mini album like I had done in past years (2011, 2012, 2013).

With so much on my plate, the best solution for me had to be one of the most simple. For me, this means including a few extra pocket pages in my 2014 album and saying that’s good enough.

I love spending time honoring this special time of year through my hobby, but extra effort isn’t in the cards for me this year. I’m totally OK with that. My time will be spent preparing this house for years of holiday memories to come!

Fortunately, simple doesn’t mean boring.

Last month I ordered a few holiday-themed cards from Studio Calico to serve as a starting point. Earlier this week I decided I would prep my page protectors by inserting the cards. It would be a 10 minute task, in theory.

Little did I know that the magic of scrapbooking would help me make a little extra time. Once I had the cards in my hands and began to imagine my spreads, I had to do just a bit more.

This 6×12 title page (Project Life Design H) will introduce a small section of two 12×12 Design A pocket pages.

My 2014 Holiday Memory Keeping Approach

The inspiration began when I spotted the silver glitter triangles while unpacking my embellishments. I had always wondered how to use them and then it hit me: trees!

My 2014 Holiday Memory Keeping Approach

From there I grabbed items from my holiday stash – phrase stickers from Cosmo Cricket, a badge from October Afternoon, a Hambly transparency, and a red star from Michaels. Plus, I finally found a great use for that calendar card from a previous Studio Calico kit.

My 2014 Holiday Memory Keeping Approach

I’ll have the back of the 6×12 and three sides of the 12×12 pages to fill with stories. The section will end with a sheet of patterned paper from Stampin’ Up divided amongst the pockets.

My Holiday Memory Keeping Approach for 2014

The guts of my pages will be filled with photos and words. I will likely put it together in just one or two sittings.

The cover page took me 30 minutes to complete. (I shared a first draft on Instagram.) Putting this together and gathering my supplies was the perfect and simple creative start to my holiday scrapbooking.

The experience was also a solid first test of my new office space. I assembled the IKEA tables myself and am looking forward to really making this space my own over the next few months. First up: curtains!

My 2014 Holiday Memory Keeping Approach

If you would like support for your own holiday memory keeping, Holiday Focus is still open for registration. With your free enrollment, you’ll get a planning workbook, an idea book, and access to a community of more than 900 simple scrapbookers.

Click here to sign up for Holiday Focus.

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Start with Friends | Simple Scrapbook Layout

Can you believe it? My baby girl started preschool this fall. Seriously.

For a little bit though, we weren’t sure if potty training was going to keep her in the toddler class for a while longer.

We were taking an easy-going approach, but all of a sudden there was a deadline upon us. Then, a friend from college passed along the 3 day method. And it worked!

Emily was able to start preschool with the friends she’d been in class with for the past two years! We were thrilled.

I printed this photo I took on her first day at home with my Epson PictureMate printer.

Start with Friends | Simple Scrapbook Layout

This layout illustrates one of my favorite approaches for designing a page. I choose a focal point, then build outwards and layer upwards.

I began with an 8.5×11 sheet of textured cardstock and a Kelly Purkey triangle stencil. Using a dauber and three colors of Studio Calico Color Theory inks, I stippled a background onto the cardstock.

This technique was revolutionary for me, someone who has always been disappointed in misting. The color layered on lightly and was build-able.

The rest of the layout came together quickly as I created a band design with an emphasis to the left. I had the most fun combining word and letter stickers for my title.

Most notable is that I used just one piece of patterned paper here, for punching the tag on the right.

Start with Friends | Simple Scrapbook Layout

I finished off this page with a few lines of journaling, writing directly on textured cardstock using hand-drawn lines.

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