Make your own Kit :)

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:

Hopefully I can get some time in my craft room soon and can post some layouts that I make using this kit :)  And, if anyone just falls in love with it, I have created a wishlist at AWDML where you can purchase the components of this kit.  Although, the ribbons and buttons are just from my stash, and there are some etsy goodies from evalicious (LOVE her shop!)
Finally, I am so glad today is Friday!!!  And, I’m happy to report that I can now see the floor in my scrapbook space!  Yeah, it was that bad.  Now all I have to do is some finishing touches and I’ll be ready to scrap again :)  And, hopefully by the beginning of February I can start to share my use-your-stash plans that I talked about at the end of last month :)  I haven’t forgotten, just got sidetracked by a lack of mojo.
Anyway…hope everyone has an awesome weekend!


  1. Tracy says

    I have made kits in the past when I went to a crop. I have only gone to one. But it sure helped me in not bringing everything.

  2. Jocelyn says

    I think this is a Fabulous idea….I always did this when I attended a crop and it made it so easy…in fact I am going to a 12 hour crop next week…you have inspired me to put together some kits!!!Have a great weekend and I can't wait to see what you create from your kit!!!

  3. Sarah says

    Crystal, a good friend of mine and I did this at Christmas for gifts for each other. We both have waaay too much scrap stuff and stuff that we've used once, but don't need anymore, so we used our things used and un-used to make kits for each other. It was so fun! We both got things that were "new" to us (much of it was brand new) and I have already used my new kit on several layouts. Just another way to use the kits! Have fun scrapping this weekend!

  4. Marlene says

    I have a horrible time making kits. I see it works for some of my friends, though….and it obviously works for you. Maybe I need to take another crack at it. :)

  5. Rebecca In MI says

    I'm with Marlene, I don't seem to have a knack for it…maybe I'll have to try it again…Thanks for sharing your tips!

  6. Nathalie says

    Your kit looks like a great mixture of colors and patterns! It was fun reading your process for putting it together… makes me want to try :)

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