Get Kit-tastic with May!

[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.

scrapbook kit close-up

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.)

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35 Responses to Get Kit-tastic with May!

  1. Diane Alberts September 4, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    Wow, what a nice offer. I love buying kits, I would live to take this class and learn more about kit making ;). Diane

    • Nancy Nally September 4, 2012 at 9:00 am #

      Diane, to enter you need to use the link tool above. Thanks!

      • Diane Alberts September 5, 2012 at 8:49 am #

        Thanks. ;). I think I did it right this time 🙂

  2. Kim T September 4, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    I’ve never bought a kit, but would love to learn and be less intimidated! Thanks for the chance!!

  3. SparrowApril September 4, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    I buy a lot of paper kits.

    I’d love to learn how to add accessories to them for taking to crops & scrapbook retreats. I always pack too much!
    May’s classes are always great fun!
    I would love to win a spot in the class.

  4. Tish Schneider September 4, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    I used to never use kits, I thought and was afraid they’d be restrictive. However, I have now learned (and just recently) that’s so far from the truth. I have found that by making my own kits, I can use some of my older (and abundant) stash and still mix in new pieces that I “just have to have” and that by having everything already coordinated, I spend more time scrapping and less time searching for things.

    Thanks for the chance to win a spot in the class!

  5. Marie September 4, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    I have trouble making kits. I don’t know what photos I would use. I think I really need to take your class. 🙂

  6. LisaZ September 4, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    I never really know if I’m going to use all of the kit, or just a couple of pieces.
    Lately, the kit just sits there- because there’s no time to get crafty, and/or I have no ideas.
    Plus, there’s other misc. bits & pieces that I ‘d love make my own kits…but, I’m not quite sure how to mix it up.
    Definitely going to take the class!

  7. fran grillo September 4, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    i signed up, can’t wait til it starts!

  8. lisa in okc September 4, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    I would love to win a seat in this class! Heaven knows I have enough of a stash to make millions… Thanks for the chance!!!

  9. Justasiam September 4, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

    I tried to fill out the information in the Inlinkz above, and I don’t think I was successful at it. I didn’t even have a URL to put in there. So I’m adding my comment here too, because I would love to be considered as a contestant for May Flaum’s class. It sounds like such a great way to use up my existing stash!!

    • Nancy Nally September 5, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

      A URL isn’t necessary to fill out the form. You can leave it blank.

  10. Gab September 5, 2012 at 4:26 am #

    Thanks for the chance to win!!I love May’s classes and I love kits too!

  11. Leslie Kiley September 5, 2012 at 5:54 am #

    Thank you for reminding me to use the stash! I love and make my own kits all the time but I sure would love to do a better job of it!

  12. Cyndy R September 5, 2012 at 6:48 am #

    I love working from coordinating kits and this class looks so fun. Thanks for the chance to win.

  13. Geniel M September 5, 2012 at 8:06 am #

    As a hoarder of kits LOL, I would love to learn how to get more use out of them. Thanks for the chance to win a spot in the class.

  14. Betsy S. September 5, 2012 at 8:25 am #

    I love kits as well and it’s such a great idea to just take the kits you want to work on to to a crop.
    Thanks for the chance to win a seat in your class.

  15. missgailly September 5, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    I love May’s classes and have signed up for this one. Can’t wait!

  16. Marnie September 5, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    Thanks for the chance to win a class
    I collect kits and then don’t know what to do with all the bits

  17. Pam Prathet September 5, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    I love it!! People always think I am crazy when i take my “homemade” kits to crops!! They wonder how I work with only what I bring–it is so much easier to stay focused and I get SOOOOO much more accomplished.. I am thrilled to see that I am not alone in the process!!

  18. Sandy Lewis September 5, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    Finding coordinated products in my extensive collection slows me down SO much! I thought I was a slow scrapper. Instead, I’m a slow shopper and a not-so-slow scrapper. I’d love to take this class, because I think it would help me in my journey to be a more efficient scrapper. Thank you for the chance to win this class.

  19. Beatrice September 5, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    I would love to take your class- it sounds like a lot of fun:-)

  20. Cheryl September 5, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    I would love to learn how to use my kits instead of collecting them.

  21. Heather Beasley September 5, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    I would love to learn how to put my kits – all my kits- to good use. AND, in the process, make some lasting layouts and cards. THANKS!

  22. theresa Ferran September 5, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    thanks for the chance to win!

  23. Renee September 5, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    Thanks for a chance to win….this class sounds like just what I need.

  24. Melinda Wilson September 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    I have recently started using more kits and make some of them when I am purging my supplies. They are great and thank for the opportunity to win an awesome class.

  25. Michelle September 5, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    I love your blog, and I also love kits! I have been trying to follow your advice, and make my kits, but I’m having difficulty trying to put them together. I think this class is just the answer that I’m looking for.

  26. Debbie Orling September 5, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    I’ve never used a kit! I would love to take the class and learn all about it! It sounds like I have been missing out! Thanks for the opportunity!

  27. Wendy Kerth September 5, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    I clicked on the link thing and entered my info, I hope that was right. I am a kit addict and would love to take this class!!!

  28. BARB T September 5, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    I truly need to do something about my expanding stash and just maybe making kits is the answer. Sounds like fun.

  29. Lori September 5, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

    It would be great to win. I am commuting to a new job 3.5 hours away from home. Would love to get organized so that I can create some kits to work on when I am away all week!

  30. Serena September 6, 2012 at 12:54 am #

    Would so LOVE to have a spot!!!!!

  31. PjP September 7, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    I love kits: whether they’re store-bought or home-made, I just can’t scrap without ’em. I’d also love to learn how May uses her kits to best advantage. Thanks for the chance to win a spot in Kit-tastic.

  32. Bergen P. September 8, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

    Ohhhhhh pick me, pick me! I’d love to win a spot in this class! 🙂

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