How to make the most of mini kits

Jennifer Wilson

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April 6, 2009

It’s all too tempting to look at a mini kit from a narrow perspective, thinking you could likely only make one good layout from it. In this post, I want to challenge you to broaden your perspective as well as offer a beautiful mini kit freebie. Mini kits force you to be creative and can offer amazing versatility if you’re ready to jump in.

Let’s start with a few essential principles for maximizing a mini kit:

1. Work those papers – Experiment with layering and using different papers as borders and backgrounds. If you always go for a solid, try a pattern.

2. Go minimal – To avoid your layouts looking redundant, use embellishments sparingly. Try a super-simple, elegant look.

3. Emphasize type – Use an alpha and one or more great fonts to set the tone of your page with a great title and some thoughtful journaling.  Make your words the center of your pages.

4. Coordinate – Look for pieces from the same designer that coordinate. You might be surprised and the combos you can create!

Now, let’s use a great example to illustrate. The Ruffled mini and free with any purchase April Sampler from Pamela Donnis at Funky Playground Designs.

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Check out these layouts! They are a true testament to how flexible mini kits can be. You are only limited by your own imagination.

From mflott
flower

From Val Barbieri
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From aly321
sweet-summertime-tay

From chigirl
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From kim21673
my-ray-of-sunshine

Today, Julie Marie Designs is sharing a beautiful mini kit freebie with Simple Scrapper readers to help you practice your mini-maximizing skills.  Earth Wings #2 perfectly coordinates with Julie’s previous kit, Earth Wings #1. As a bonus, there is an amazing coupon for Julie’s brand new store (and it’s a fab one) within the download!

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Here are three great layouts using Earth Wings #2, straight from Julie’s creative team:

From fliffyangel
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From tammy1999
happy-face

From sarahtawisha
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17 Comments

  1. Lea

    Thank you so much!

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  2. Candice S.

    THANK YOU SOOOO much for all of your wise advice! I love reading your posts! I never miss one!

    Also, the layouts displayed in your post REALLY DID help me to think on a much larger scale when it comes to any kit, not just a mini! We forget that we don’t have to just use a kit once for “that perfect photo” we have that so matches “this one kit”…..we can strech that one kit out and explore our imagination!

    I just love your blog, girl!

    Hugs,
    Candi

    Candice S.’s last blog post..Some Projects to Share!!

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  3. Pattycakes

    Love this kit….Thank you!! 🙂

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  4. cherylzyx

    Thank you!

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  5. jengerer

    Love the kit, especially the colors! Thanks!

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  6. sandrine

    I actually prefer minis. Big ones are overwhelming.

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  7. JoAnn

    Thanks for the adorable kit! I love working with Mini’s!

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  8. Ajila

    This is a great article. I love the kit too. Thank you so much and leaving you some love.

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  9. megi

    thanks 🙂

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  10. Terri - Hawaii

    Love kit, love the greens and earth friendly tone. Thanks bunches for sharing. Hugs — xoxo!!

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  11. Amy

    Love the article and love the kit. Thanks so much for everyone sharing their talents.

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  12. Ramie

    Thank you so much!

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  13. Melissa

    Thanks, really cute kit!

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  14. Betty

    Thank you for this lovely mini kit! You have beautiful layouts on your blog.

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  15. Liz

    Thank you for the wonderful kit!

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  16. Lisa

    Thanks for the great ideas and the kit. There were so nice I had to go buy the mini-kit and want to make all of those layouts!! 🙂

    Reply
  17. Amber

    Lovely mini-kit! Thank you!

    Reply

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