Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Scrap kits

Ok, I'm on a mission, to use up some stash. Seriously, I've got paper that I've had since I started scrapping that I adore, but just haven't used. And it needs to be used, paper isn't only for stroking, no, really it isn't. If it's in my album, I can gaze on the prettiness forever. If it's in my stash, after a period of time, it becomes rather uninspiring, but still pretty. So today, I'm prattling about kits.

I'm a proper sucker for kits, I don't know about you. Currently, I subscribe to Scrap-a-Go-Go, but if that's not your cup of tea, there are tonnes to choose from, Sarah's Cards, The Craftz Boutique, Studio Calico, Cocoa Daisy to name just a few. (Seriously, there are loads!) It's a great way to scrap, all the matching has been done for you.

Before you berate me for buying yet more stash while rattling about using things up, there is method to my madness. It makes me try papers and combinations I wouldn't have, which broaden my horizens and kits aren't the only way I scrap, I wind up with scraps from making pages, I've got papers I bought because I love them. But they all need to be used.

With that in mind, rather than buying a kit, I started making my own. The kits came about because I got withdrawal symptoms at the thought of being away for a weekend without being able to scrapbook. This inspired me to make some page kits to take with me on said weekend away. I did absolutely no scrapping that weekend, but putting the kits together was fun (as has been using them!)

So, this is one I came up with. It contains 6 full sheets of paper/cardstock, some embelishments a few scraps and a some photos. I wanted them to be page kits rather than all out kits as they were intended to be a 'quick fix' for me. These are the two LO's from the kit. I could have done more, but I didn't.

I've had this background paper for 2 years and the same goes for the woodgrain brown, which was in one of my first go-go kits (think 3 years +). For me, that's too long. It felt so good to finally use it.

This LO used some Pebbles chipboard elements (I've no idea when or how I got these, mystery box springs to mind though).

I'm pretty chuffed with the finished LO's, I've used up paper I love that I didn't know what to do with, some scraps and some embellies I've had forever! Added bonus, I no longer feel guilty about keeping those papers for so long, or buying the pretty ones but not using them straight away.

If you've not yet tried a kit club, have a look at this article on Paperclipping. It doesn't really cover any UK kit clubs, but it's informative and check out the comments too. Also, check out UKS here for UK based kit clubs.

If you fancy having a go yourself and DIY-ing it, have a look at this article by Tami Taylor which *really* covers DIY in a nutshell IMO. Just a quick note - I found for page kits, 2-3 'solids' or cardstock and 2-3 patterned papers worked well (along with some scraps). For all out kits, I've found 4-6 'solids' or cardstock and 8-10 sheets of patterned paper seems to be a good ratio. Oh! and don't forget some alphas! Yes, voice of experiance!

And finally, if you're struggling with colours and things that work, check out Shimelle's Explore class, specifically week three. It has lots of valuble information that seemed to reinvent page kits for me.

So, there's my tupenny worth on making your own kits (and using stash and scraps). Hope it's inspired you to use your stash!

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Stairway to sand dune...

Evening all, just poped in to show you a LO I did recently and to tell you all I haven't disappeared!

I've been busy Spring Autumn cleaning in preperation for my next year of study, so full of busy. This has also extended into my scrapping, so I'll have a few things to share with you over the coming weeks.

Oh, and I also hope to have some shiny stuff from the GNPE show this weekend. As ever, The Boy is earing brownie points by taxi driving to and from the venue and I hope I can pursuade him to 'pop' into Art from the Heart nearby for their 10th birthday celebrations. I'm going to bake brownies this weekend to, in the hope of sweetening him up *ALOT* so fingers crossed.

Anyhow, I digress. This is 'Stairway to Sand Dune' an awesome activity involving a sledge and a sand dune... It is immense amounts of fun, but getting to the top of the dunes are hard work.

 Have a great weekend!