At the end of January I shared a kit I coordinated myself from Scrapbook.com, with the intent to create a series of 8.5×11 layouts with it. The idea came from my Studio Calico card kit subscription. It’s an excellent selection of products, but not quite right for someone who actually makes no cards.
I challenged myself to select a set of supplies for $25 or less (without shipping) and scrapbook with them as I would a kit. There’s been a lot of talk about “killing” a kit and I’m very much attracted to using up products vs. just accumulating them. Here’s the selection of products I picked:
These six pages (click to enlarge) came together in two sittings – one evening and the next morning. I found working with a finite set of supplies to be both freeing and inspiring for my creativity. It also taught me that when you focus on the stories, the specific supplies you use don’t matter all that much. In other words, just buy what you love.
I found that I really enjoyed using journaling cards on my layouts and that one pack of Thickers only goes so far. I also discovered that I’m not that into colored cardstock and could live on kraft and white alone.
I would definitely take on this challenge again but I found I didn’t really need to buy more product if already had a kit coming (i.e. now I have a backlog). While I have decided to end my Studio Calico card kit subscription, I plan to try the regular scrapbook kit next and save my shopping for seasonal mini book projects.
Do you work with kits? Why or why not? Do you work with a digital scrapbook kit differently than you would a paper kit?