Building your own page kits can be a great way to streamline the scrapbooking process. Whether you are getting ready to head to a retreat or crop …. or perhaps you’d just like to get into a groove and do one part of the process all at once. Building your own kits allows you to select products from your own stash and organize them into a manageable selection of choices to streamline your page creation process.
PCC Creative Squad member Christine Ousley is really great at making her own kits, so I thought I’d ask her to share a few pointers with us on how she builds them!
Christine’s Kit Creation Process
First, I like to take a look at my pictures and paper. I want my paper to coordinate with my pictures in color and theme. Once I have determined what collection or ‘look’ would be best suited for my project, I pick four papers. One paper will be my background. This sheet is usually plainer than the rest and has what I call an overall or large pattern.
The next two pieces of patterned paper I pick coordinate in color with the first but usually have a medium size pattern. I tend to pick stripes or papers that have medium sized images on them. The last paper I pick will have a small pattern or be a plain piece of cardstock.
So all of those papers go into my project folder and then I start thinking of embellishments. If the line that I am working with has sticker sheets or diecuts then I will use them.
They are the perfect match in color and style and make putting your layout together really easy. If I don’t have those coordinating elements than I look through my kit or stash for theme related embellishments. I often will cut elements using my Silhouette and Big Shot. I was also lucky enough to have a patterned paper in this scrapbook collection that had large images to cut out such as the cake and presents. These cutups make great embellishments. A few other things from the scrapbook line like the flags and buttons pull it all together.
Buttons, ribbon and washi tape are all great additions to any page. Then I put all these pieces into my scrapbook folder and I’ve got a great start to a fantastic layout.Put your coordinating pictures inside the package and they are the perfect kits to take to crops or to pull out when you just have a few minutes to scrap.
I used the above supplies with this same process to create a double page layout kit for one of my Simply Scrapbook Pages kits.
So you can see how all of the elements came together!
Scrapbook Kits come in all shapes and sizes. What’s most important is that you purchase kits that suit your style preferences. Kits are fun to receive in the mail and one of the things that I like best about getting the kit is oohing and aahing over each paper and embellishment, but make sure you are using your kits. I think you will find that organizing them into project folders will be very helpful to you in order to get the supplies in your scrapbook kits out of the bag and onto your scrapbook page.
Page Kit Giveaway from …
In addition to being a member of our fabulous Creative Squad, Christine is also the owner of Simply Scrapbook Kits … a relatively new layout kit club dedicated to putting the “Simple” back into Scrapbooking. I invite you to checkout her 2-page layout kits here and tell us which one you would most love to create with! Leave your comment here on this blog post to enter to win that kit! Giveaway closes on Tuesday, September 25th at midnight eastern. (You’re also invited to ‘like’ SSK on Facebook here!)
Thank you, Christine, for the great kit creation tips & the giveaway!