In this post, design team member Krista Wells, will share the benefits of belonging to a scrapbooking kit club.
Let’s first talk about kit clubs themselves. If you are a part of a kit club, you sign up for a short term membership for a certain amount of money each month, and every month a kit is delivered to your door or your inbox full of new goodies for you to play with! Awesome, right?
1. No-Stress Product Selection
Perhaps the most crucial benefit of a kit club is that all the product selection work is essentially done for you. The kit designer has scoured through scrapbooking and papercrafting products in search of the latest and greatest supplies and put a kit full of paper and embellishments, sometimes even stamps, together for you to enjoy. There’s no digging through your stash and trying to match up items. It’s all right there at your fingertips and it all ‘goes’ together.
This is fabulous for those of us who don’t have as much time as we would like to paper craft! The product selection process and the anxiety of gathering items is taken away so you can simply sit down, pull out those pictures and dive right in creating your pages. I have discovered that usually start with the base kit and add a few items from my scrapbook stash as I go.
Another benefit of a kit club is that usually the products are the latest hot items to hit the market. Manufacturers can provide wholesalers and kit clubs with product faster than most of us can order it and have it delivered to our homes. As a result, kits are often packed with brand new goodies. Sometimes a kit club will even join with a manufacturer and produce one-of-a-kind items just for their monthly kits. Studio Calico has partnered with Sassafras, American Crafts, Hero Arts and a number of other companies to produce beautiful product that is exclusive to their kits.
Another great reason to try a kit club is to curb your monthly budget. I’ve discovered that since joining a kit club I shop a little less. There’s less of an urge to go out to the store or shop online to snag something. I know that each month there’s a set amount of money that will bring me some delicious scrapbooking supplies. I try not to buy too much to add to my kit each month. If you are looking for a way to get the latest and greatest without the temptation of shopping online, then check out a kit club. Friendly on your wallet, but still loaded with new products!
Some people are adverse to kit clubs because they like to chose their own product. I’ll admit that sometimes there are items in my kit that I don’t immediately ‘like’. I look at it as an opportunity to try new things and to expand my creative horizons. In fact, I discovered my love of misting through my kit club. I never would have tried something so messy before seeing one of their design team members use it on a page.
3. Awesome Communities
Another bonus of kit clubs, they have awesome design teams that showcase ways to utilize products in each kit. I find a wealth of inspiration and talent from kit club design teams that range in styles suitable to every paper crafter. Kit clubs also have online communities with message boards and members that share their work as well. It’s fantastic to belong to a fun group of people who share the same love of scrapbooking!
My experience with kit clubs has been wonderful. In my opinion the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. I’m a huge supporter of kit clubs myself and have found a couple that suit my style. If you haven’t tried one before I highly recommend checking them out – whether you are a digital, hybrid or traditional paper crafter – there’s a kit club out there for you! More often than not you can choose to buy a single kit from a kit club before signing up for a subscription. Hunt around and see which kit club fits your style before you make any commitments.
There are a number of kit clubs for paper crafting kits on the market that are just amazing. Check out Studio Calico, Scarlet Lime & Cocoa Daisy for fabulous offerings, if you are a paper scrapbooker. Club Scrap is a community that provides the best of both worlds – a paper kit and a digi kit – making the kits an excellent option for the digital, hybrid or traditional scrapbooker. Live your Stories offers a monthly template club. Five new sketch templates monthly are also part of our own Premium Membership.
Don’t forget to check out your local scrapbook store as well. My LSS recently began creating kits each month and for a low price I can pick up some great product and help support a local business as well.
Have you ever purchased a scrapbooking kit or subscribed to a kit club?