[Today Scrapbook Update welcomes back former Contributing Editor May Flaum, to share why she loves using kits in her scrapbooking, and to give away a seat in her upcoming Big Picture Classes workshop! - Nancy ]
Whether you have been scrapbooking for years or are new to the hobby, one thing that we can all benefit from is using kits in our crafting lives. I’m a big fan of incorporating kits (both homemade and purchased) into your scrapbooking because I find that it is a great way to use up your stash, get creative with how you mix up supplies, and try new combinations and find unexpected ideas as well.
Hi there – I’m May Flaum and today I’m here to share some thoughts on kits, as well as giving away a spot in my upcoming Big Picture class Kit-tastic. One question that I get a lot is – why would you make or buy general crafting kits? It is a good question, and so today I thought I’d address the reasons that I choose to craft with kits on a regular basis.
Ease of use
Having a coordinated kit of products to use makes crafting easier. Instead of searching for a paper that will work, or an embellishment that will coordinate it is all right there in the kit. You still have the freedom when you feel an item outside of the kit would work well (just grab it and bring it on in!) but in my experience it can be a really great way to make the most of your crafting time without having to pull a ton of things out.
For the great deal
Whether it is a great value kit from a manufacturer of one of their lines of product, or if there is exclusive product available only through the kit – getting a good deal is another reason I love kits.
On the road
If I’m hitting a crop or retreat, the last thing I want to do is haul in tons of supplies that I couldn’t possibly have enough time to use. In order to make the most of my time and space in my crop tote, I turn to kits. Coming up with several extensive kits of supplies either based on photos I want to scrapbook at this event or in colors/themes that I want to scrapbook can be the answer. By making some kits ahead of time, I will know what photos to bring, packing stamps, inks, and tools can become a lot more focused, and I won’t spend my entire time packing, unpacking, and sorting through endless supplies in order to try and figure out what I want to work on.
Those are the three main reasons I turn to kits. While more of my projects are made with less structured gathering of supplies, I do still use, enjoy, and love both making and purchasing kits of supplies. I am known to take kits apart, combine kits, re-work kits, and generally I stick to my ‘no rules’ crafting policy. That is to say – a kit is merely organizing some supplies together that you (or whoever made the kit) believes will coordinate and work well together.
Kits can be a great tool – and I’ll be sharing a lot of information, experience, and one-on-one assistance with my students in my upcoming class. Kit-tastic is my third kit class at Big Picture, and it is all new and filled with projects, handouts, videos, and more. If you’d like to check out class or learn more about it you can do so here.
Today I’m happy to be giving away a seat to one Scrapbook Update reader – fill out the Inlinkz form below and you will be entered to win! (You can leave the URL line blank if you’d like.)