Thursday, July 2, 2015

10 tips for creating your own scrapbooking kit...

Yesterday I announced that I would be starting a new series on my YouTube channel all about creating kits with your stash and then using it up. I am doing this because a lot of us have tons of product in our stash that we need the motivation to get used up. For me, creating a kit mixing older products with brand new products breathes life into the old stuff. Today I'm here to share the ins and outs of my process for putting this kit together and I want to share some tips with you. And just a disclaimer, this is what worked for me. Everyone is different!

The first few tips apply to picking patterned paper.

10-12 Patterned Papers is plenty! Don't put too many papers because you will get bored with the kit before you've "killed" it. If you put too few, you don't have enough to work with. If you have a 6 x 6 Paper pad that you want to throw in there, do it.

Sometimes it all comes down to "what do I like better?" If you find yourself having a hard time whittling down your patterned papers to just 10 or 12, you just have to choose what you like. Make sure you have a good balance of colors and pick what you love.

Make sure you have a good balance of prints! 
busy vs. restful 
small patterns vs. large patterns
multicolored vs. solid 
tight patterns vs. loose patterns
papers that could be used for backgrounds vs. papers that steal the show
florals + stripes + dots + text + texture

It's important that your papers have a good mix of patterns that pair well together.

When mixing collections, look for similar tones and styles! You can see from the photo below that all of the papers go together really well. That's because, even though I used several manufacturers and papers that were newer and some that were older, I looked for papers that had a similar tone and style to them.

Now, embellishments.

Try to find something that incorporates several of your kit colors! I have learned that I can usually find a sticker sheet or die cut package that includes multiple colors that will work with my papers. It's okay if every single sticker/die cut doesn't match. That being said...

Don't be afraid to split up your packages! For this kit, I had a package of tags from the Crate Paper Notes and Things collection. About half of them had the right coloring, so I just pulled them out. I'll save the rest for another project.

Try to include a variety of textures and dimensional items! Try to include items that are flat, like stickers and die cuts, as well as more dimensional items like chipboard or flair. Include things that can be tucked or layered, like tags. I always try to include one or two trims, like washi tape, ribbon, or twine. This will keep your layouts from feeling flat and boring. 

Some final words...

Include what you've been meaning to get to but haven't! What I mean is that if you have some awesome peerless watercolors that you were so excited to buy, but haven't used at all, throw them in with your kit if you think it will get you to use them. If you bought an amazing package of gold foil die cuts but haven't had occasion to put them on a layout yet, throw them in with your kit. .

Include what you love! It does you absolutely no good to have a bunch of stuff that matches well and that you don't really like. What is enticing you to use that kit? Make sure you include things that you love!

There are no rules! I've put together a kit that has 11 patterned papers, 1 specialty paper, 2 cardstocks, 1 sticker sheet, 1 diecut package, 1 set of rub-ons, 1 sheet of label stickers, 7 flair buttons, and two trims. That doesn't mean that you have to do the same. Of course, you can do whatever works for you. That's the beauty of making your own kit, isn't it?

I made a video describing my whole process of putting together this particular kit, and I'll do it again each month. Have questions? Watch the video. It might answer some of them.

Still have questions? Leave me a comment and I'll try to answer them. :) Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. i just recently pulled some things together for a kit but didnt really love all the papers. So, now I am going to go back through it and change it up a bit. thanks for all the great ideas. can't wait to use my new kit of mostly old stash to create some awesome layouts and see what you create from your kit.

  2. Great tips Jen! I look forward to watching the video later and creating a kit from my stash. I have so much to use up!

  3. REALLY enjoyed watching this, Jen. Great ideas, and you got me interested in putting together kits from my stash again, which I haven't done in a long time. I hope we'll get to see some of the pages/projects you create with this awesome kit!

  4. Jen, I just discovered your blog! It looks amazing....and I love your series on putting kits together. You have a knack for that, so I'm looking forward to seeing more! I can't wait to see the layouts you create with this kit....the colors are gorgeous! I'm so happy for you and what you have in store!

  5. This was a GREAT video and accompanying blog post. Thank you so much!!! I have subscribed to your channel. GREAT work!

  6. great advice and great video. looking forward to seeing what you create from your kit.

  7. Thank you so much for this video - I am looking forward to making some kits of my own! How many layouts do you anticipate making from such a kit?

  8. Found your blog today, and so happy I did!! I have been looking at my stash for some new ideas, thanks for sharing such an awesome idea!

  9. Great tips! I've found the one about breaking up embellishment packs to be very useful!

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