Making your own Kit
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PeaNut 343,879
October 2007
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Posted: 5/8/2012 12:20:12 AM
I have ordered kits from kit clubs before and watched Shimelle's NSD video, but I wanted to ask. When you make your own kit (either from your supplies, or when you are shopping) how many and what variety of things do you typically get?


PeaNut 453,721
January 2010
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Posted: 5/8/2012 3:23:11 AM
When I make my own kits, I generally choose a color scheme that I know will go with lots of my photos---that is the most important thing (for me).

Then I choose anywhere from 5 to 15 pieces of patterned paper (I only pick 5 if I feel like I only want to create a few layouts with it. If I'm really exicted to work with the kit, I will choose up to 15 pieces---this RARELY happens. I find I get tired of working with the same kit for too long).

I don't pick cardstock, until I choose the photos, that was I can coordinate the cardstock with the photos and the PP (patterned paper). I generally choose 2 identical pieces of cardstock for each layout---to use as my base, and maybe 1 or 2 extra pieces to cut up and use throughout all the layouts I create from the kit.

When I add embellishments, I grab LOTS of my favorite "go to" items---alphabet stickers, journaling blocks, ribbon, border sticker strips, flowers. I usually don't include brads or buttons, only because I can just grab them when I need them (I keep a bowl full on my desk). I might also grab a punch or two, or some chipboard shapes, maybe a coordinating stamp set, a roll of washi tape, maybe some glimmer mist, baker's twine, etc.

I add lots of embellishments to my kits because I like to use lots of embellishmetns on my layouts...I would suggest pulling items that you like to use the most, that will make things easier and more "user friendly" for you.

I hope this helps

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February 2009
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Posted: 5/8/2012 4:40:00 AM
When I make kits, I start with my photos then I try to have a sketch I either got from a site or from somewhere or I make up my own which I try to do more often than not. From there, I go to my papers and pick something I like that will work with the photos. Once that's done, I go through my stash and pick out embellies, stamps, and anything else I may want for the page. I try to cut out my title too if I know it then. I get so much done when I do page kits especially when I go to a crop.

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PeaNut 463,295
April 2010
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Posted: 5/8/2012 8:56:14 AM
my kit formula is based on the popular kit clubs out there. I'll have 5 pieces of cardstock (always neutral) and 8-10 pieces of patterned paper. I choose a color scheme and pull papers to go with it. I usually pull the colors to match the PP sheet with the most colors. Then I pick about 1-2 sets of thickers, some smaller letter stickers, and 6-7 embellishments (usually wood veneer, stickers, twine) and get some stamps and mists. It sounds like a lot, but it's really not so much =)


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Posted: 5/8/2012 9:49:14 AM
I made a huge kit for an album. I chose everything I had that was the black, white and right color of pink. Then I added some stuff like embroidery floss, tickets and glitter that i had to pick up for Michaels.
I have it all in one of those square 12x12 containers.
Theres a pack of MM paper, a 8x8 pack of paper, and a 6x6 pack. Theres so Im guessing thats somewhere around 60 sheets.
I have ribbon, buttons, flowers, lace, punches, ink and stamps I want to use.

For a regular kit, which I have made for kit exchanges with friends, I choose at least 5 sheets of pattern paper a few sheets of cardstock, buttons, lace, ribbon, and any embellishents I find that will work

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PeaNut 430,494
July 2009
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Posted: 5/8/2012 10:12:44 AM
When I put together kits, it is usually to create a bunch of coordinating layouts for a specific event (like a vacation). I usually start with a paper line that goes with my photos, and then I pull essentially everything from my stash (alphas, ink, embellishments) that contains any of the colors in that patterned paper. I lay out everything on my big table so that I can see them and be inspired by them as I work. As you can imagine, makes quite a mess!
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