Today was my day this week to post on the AWDML DT Blog. So, I decided to talk about one of my new favorite things to do–making my own kits. There are several benefits to doing this:
1. They are perfect for taking to crops. Simply put everything together in a little bag, and you have all of your necessities without packing your entire scrapbook room.
2. Breathe new life into old supplies. Have some old papers or embellies that you still love but just haven’t found the perfect use for? Add them to a kit. Combining them with the latest and greatest can be just what you need for some refreshed inspiration.
3. Break out of a rut. When I’m scrapping, I find myself reaching for the same old things on nearly every layout. Pins and other metal embellies get forgotten in my house, as does chipboard, clear embellies, and usually felt. I just have my go-to embellies, and don’t differ from that very often. In putting together a kit, I can really open up all my drawers and containers and consider everything in my stash.
So, what makes a perfect kit? Well, that is entirely up to you. But, here is my process:
Patterned Paper–First things first. I start all of my kits with patterned paper. For this kit, I used October Afternoon and some Basic Grey Origins. I get my color scheme from the patterned paper and just pull colors from the patterns for the rest of my cardstock/embellies.
Cardstock–Add in a few sheets of patterned paper. I usually include a couple neutrals (black, white, kraft) as well as some complementary colors.
Alphabet–Self explanatory :)
Elements–Stickers or chipboard that coordinates with the kit. For this kit, Basic Grey made it easy on me and I included the Origins cardstock element stickers.
Journaling–In most of my kits, I like to include some kind of journaling spots. For this one, I chose some Jilibean Soup Kraft circle journaling spots.
Bling–Be it stickles, gems, glitter, glitter stickers, etc…I always need some form of bling :)
Ribbon–Sometimes I use felt, paper borders, ric rac, etc. But there is always some form of ribbon or border.
Extras–Those little embellies that bring it all together. The details. Buttons, brads, flowers, metal pins, random chipboard pieces, etc. I’m sure I’m forgetting some things but you get the idea.
Finally, here is the kit I assembled: