Once in a while, I want to see you all go head to head on some of these non-controversial, but still opinion-based topics. Today we’re talking about digital scrapbook supplies, kits mostly, but other smaller sets too. Let’s explore the importance of both timeless and themed items in your stash.
What I consider “timeless” includes:
- non-seasonal color schemes
- re-usable elements, especially stitches, fasteners, alphas, word art in neutral or basic colors
- non-specific elements like hearts, starts, circles, buttons, ribbons
- large selection of papers with classic prints and strong solids
Here’s an example in the TroubleMaker kit from Crisdam Designs. While there are a few word bits that reflect the title, most components of the kit could be used in completely un-related layouts. The color scheme would be great for camping photos, for example.
Themed kits often have these qualities:
- specific, thematic color schemes and word art
- seasonal, event or character (think princess or zoo animals) based elements and papers
- can sometimes be smaller in number of elements or papers
- more readily matched with specific photos
ABC, byIsabel Mendez, is an adorable school-themed kit. It probably wouldn’t make sense to use many of these elements for photos from Mother’s Day, but they would be perfect for a wide variety ofÂ kid pics.
There is a spectrum of relative “theme-ness”, I think, and the differences between the two ends transcends design style. But this is YOUR post. What do you think?
More questions for you:
- Do you buy mostly full-sized kits or smaller sets?
- What do you look for when shopping?
- How important is re-usability to you in a digiscrap product?
- How often do you try to match a kit to the subject of your photo?