It’s no secret that I adore scrapbooking kits, and that I believe pre-made kits are a wonderful thing. I’ve taught multiple classes on them in the past – and I’ll be teaching another kit class [Kit-tastic coming to Big Picture Classes this September!] that works with making your own kits, as well as working with pre-designed lines and such as well. We’ll talk more about that some other time, but I will tell you that it inspired me to share some tips, tricks, and ideas with kits during Camp Scrap.
Back in week #1 I shared an idea for using a sketch for different kinds of projects featuring a kit, and now I’m back for more. This time though, I’m taking a different approach. I’ve got in my hands the July Studio Calico kit that was just revealed, and I’ll be doing a series of three posts featuring it.
step 1: really look at the kit.
I don’t just mean stare at the dreamy bits that you could never bring yourself to use either. I mean really look at the kit elements. What pieces are there? What kinds of things do you normally use that aren’t there? What photos (or other inspiration) do you think of when you look at the pieces of paper?
Don’t plan out the whole kit – just pick *A* project you want to do. Then….
Step 2: pick a piece of paper that you like but don’t adore.
This might sound backwards, but picking a piece that isn’t your favorite to go first is much easier most of the time than working with my absolute favorite. I chose a paper that had a grid pattern on the back (of which I know I have comparable pieces in my stash so could ‘replace’ if I messed it up) as the base for my layout.
Step 3: pick a piece of paper or embellishment you LOVE in the kit.
This is the hard part, but you have to actually USE the stuff you love, or there is no point. C’mon. TEAR into it. I adored the chevron paper in this kit… I whimpered as I cut into it. “What if I mess up?! gah!” Well… if i do I do. This is why I used just a 3″ strip of it. I still have 3/4 of that lovely sheet of paper for future use.
Step 4: Challenge yourself to use just the kit.
I’ve been challenged to use “just the kit” before – and I know that the team at Studio Calico posts a “main kit only” project each month. I love that. It makes me think about what I have in front of me, and what I can improvise with. On my layout above – I just used the July Studio Calico kit, and a bit of mist, ink, adhesive, and a black pen. In my world, this counts as using just the kit as I didn’t use any other paper or embellishments.
Now that I’ve busted into this kit, it will be that much easier to use again. I’ll be back tomorrow with more ideas to share!
Today’s Camp Scrap post was sponsored by Studio Calico – and they have a special offer for Camp Scrap participants: