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Posted 10/2/2012 by Scraplizard in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 187,311
January 2005
Posts: 534
Layouts: 6
Loc: Northern MI

Posted: 10/2/2012 9:35:41 PM
I subbed to them for about 6 months. LOVED everyone of the kits. Love the concept and simplicity and focus on the pics. However, do any of you feel like all your layouts look the same? I think that's why I quit subbing. I felt like I was making the same linear layout each month, just tweeked a different way. I know this isn't entirely the case, but I think you get what I'm saying.

That being said, I miss my sub! Some of the PPs that were used this summer I wasn't all that fond of, but I absolutely LOVE the Sept and October kits and would love to get my hot little hands on them! Do you know if the Sept kits are still available? Anyone want to sell either or both of these kits???


PeaNut 101,443
August 2003
Posts: 1,374
Layouts: 0

Posted: 10/2/2012 9:52:15 PM
Yes, I felt the same way. After a while they all start to look the same, just different papers. That said, I love the layouts but when financially something had to go, this was first on the list. I have more paper than I can use in my lifetime, plus I have all of their sketchbooks, so I can just make my own. I think I like the sketchbooks better than the actual kits because I tend to add a lot more to them so they aren't all the same, or I use them as a guide and then they end up looking totally different. I know I could add more stuff with the kits, but for some reason I didn't, just used them as the kit said. I still have a bunch of kits to put together so maybe I can try adding more to them.

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PeaNut 308,186
April 2007
Posts: 12,538
Layouts: 0
Loc: California Coast

Posted: 10/2/2012 10:13:41 PM
Sure, the layouts have the same style for the most part but so do the layouts I do on my own, LOL. The SSC layouts aren't in order in my albums but interspersed throughout so I don't notice it and doubt anyone else does either.

Sorry, I have a portion of a past kit that I want to sell but not the Sept/Oct kits. They are too cute! I love the lines they used especially SS Harvest Lane.


PeaNut 333,171
August 2007
Posts: 499
Layouts: 3
Loc: In my world and loving it.

Posted: 10/3/2012 12:01:34 AM
I am a current subber and I agree with you. In fact, I was just thinking about this the other day. I know I will have some withdrawal symptoms, but I am going to pull the plug. The october kit looks too similar to last years. I just can't deal with that much themed/seasonal stuff each year. With that said, it will free up a little cash to download some of the one page sketches they are now offering.


PeaNut 503,766
March 2011
Posts: 691
Layouts: 6
Loc: North Texas

Posted: 10/3/2012 7:55:36 AM
I have subbed for about 9 months now, I'm starting to search around for something new... I need a change!

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PeaNut 417,168
March 2009
Posts: 2,192
Layouts: 2
Loc: South East of Disorder

Posted: 10/3/2012 11:30:25 AM

I have more paper than I can use in my lifetime, plus I have all of their sketchbooks, so I can just make my own.

The SSC layouts aren't in order in my albums but interspersed throughout so I don't notice it and doubt anyone else does either.

Those two sentiments sum up my thoughts exactly. I love the way the kits look when I see the pictures each month but I prefer using their sketchbooks and my own supplies.

I have been known to use the same sketch over and over but since the layouts are not in the same album I am the only one who knows it, lol.

I do think the ease of the kits is very attractive, particularly when you have a lot of scrapbooking to catch up on.

I am a linear scrapper so the sketch books are my #1 "go to" tool.

If you like the look of the linear layouts in the kits but want a change try using a few of their downloadable sketches and your stash.


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PeaNut 156,343
July 2004
Posts: 5,250
Layouts: 46

Posted: 10/3/2012 11:34:07 AM
I plan on subbing next year as I'll have 2 little ones an think the kit + sketches will simplify my process. But probably only for a year for a similar reason as yours. I don't scrap chronologically, plus I have 3 albums to spread them across, so I'm not too worried. But I get what you're saying, though!

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PeaNut 156,343
July 2004
Posts: 5,250
Layouts: 46

Posted: 10/3/2012 11:35:35 AM
Also, my style is very similar to this style, so I think the kit layouts will look right at home.

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PeaNut 84,074
April 2003
Posts: 879
Layouts: 51
Loc: Ponca City, OK

Posted: 10/3/2012 12:01:38 PM
I unsubbed probably 3-4 months ago and have not missed it one bit!! I, like you, was tired of the same old thing with different papers. I also got tired of all of the fussy cutting!



PeaNut 26,493
January 2002
Posts: 1,662
Layouts: 0

Posted: 10/3/2012 12:58:33 PM
I'm a current subscriber - since maybe May 2011. The linear nature of the SG sketches works well with my own style (my centering ruler is my best friend, and left to my own devices, everything ends up symmetrical), but I do sometimes wish the background cardstock wasn't white or some other neutral quite so often (I'm a rule-follower, so it's hard for me to change out parts of the kit LOL!). That said, I've got unscrapped photos from so many years that I think the SG layouts are scattered through enough that if they stand out it's because those are the better designed ones rather than because they look like the ones right before or after.

FWIW, the SSC kits have revolutionized my scrapping because I get layouts done much more quickly without agonizing over how to put a page together. A side benefit is that I rarely buy PP anymore. I look at it and think "yes, but no one's going to show me what to do with that" and don't really even WANT to buy it anymore because I know that SG's going to be sending me plenty of goodies later in the month that I'll be able to easily use.


PeaNut 34,565
April 2002
Posts: 2,630
Layouts: 32
Loc: Elgin, SC (NE of Columbia)

Posted: 10/3/2012 2:04:11 PM
I subbed for about 6 months, last year, or the year before... I don't think I've found the right pictures to use on ANY of the layouts I have made. This is the same priblem I have with ANY kit club I have joined. That is why I have 150 kits still untouched from 5 years ago. I still really like looking at SG layouts. I like the way the way they combine so many papers to make a layout.

Karen in SC
Two page, multiple 4x6 photo scrapper.


PeaNut 196,791
March 2005
Posts: 824
Layouts: 127
Loc: Roseville, CA

Posted: 10/3/2012 2:27:04 PM
I was just thinking of quitting recently. I am getting kind of burnt out ont he flags on every layout. I liked September but I don't think I will use August at all. But I am afraid to stop subbing because Murphy's law says there will be one I love as soon as I cancel!


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PeaNut 107,256
September 2003
Posts: 1,253
Layouts: 0
Loc: Northern California

Posted: 10/4/2012 7:09:31 PM
I subbed for about six-eight months last year and loved the kits, and the price was very reasonable. I did assemble a few of them, without pictures. None of the layouts went with any of my photos.

I don't have kids/grandkids and I scrap mostly travel and heritage pictures. SSC is a great concept, and I love how everything went together - it just didn't work for me personally. Maybe I should try selling the unused kits?

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PeaNut 266,613
June 2006
Posts: 10,478
Layouts: 102

Posted: 10/4/2012 8:40:47 PM

However, do any of you feel like all your layouts look the same?

I actually do not. At my roots, I have always been a double LO, 4x6-dominant scrapper.

I do change them up some, make them my own - by changing the journaling, by changing the number of pictures, by matting the photos or matting the base page or by changing the cardstock or by adding border punches or stamping or hand sewing. Sometimes I flip the patterned paper so that it is a different color tone. For the February Debbie valentine LO, I flipped one of those papers and changed the way it was titled and it doesn't even look like a Valentine LO.

I feel like, honestly, I am being truer to myself and more definitive in my own style, per se.

Conversely, I look at some of the LO's in the gallery with muted tones and one photo and a smattering of clustered embellishments and think, "I could NEVER do a page like that".

So, I understand why some would feel the way that they do, but I am still very happy with my sub. I only wish I had more time.


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PeaNut 458,901
March 2010
Posts: 4
Layouts: 0

Posted: 10/5/2012 6:32:17 AM
I have subscribed to one SG kit club or another for over 2 years and I don't feel that my layouts all look the same. They do, however, reflect my style. Before I discovered SG I was always a clean but not minimalist scrapper - I like my patterns and embellishments! About 3 years ago I wandered into Scrapbook Generation while my husband was at Bass Pro and I was immediately drawn to the displayed layouts in the store. They were my style, only MUCH better. I bought a sketch book that day and later began subscribing to Super Sketch Club which is an amazing value. I currently subscribe to Boy Crazy because of the many pages I do about my 3 grandsons. If I got bored, I'd probably just choose another Scrapbook Generation kit club.

Many scrapbookers have a definite style and I can pick out their layouts online or in a magazine. To me that is not boring,it is knowing your style and being true to yourself. Like Penny, I add mats, I flip patterned paper over, I used colored cardstock or patterned paper for a background. I make it my own. Occassionally I make it exactly like the kit instructions say to.

I'm sure no kit club is for everyone but SG kits are definitely my pick!

Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 268,201
July 2006
Posts: 5,579
Layouts: 8
Loc: Northwoods

Posted: 10/5/2012 9:00:12 AM
I change things up in my kit, and yes if I were to stick exclusively to the sketch kits every month I would feel like things were kind of the same style. I prefer more variety in my style.

BUT, I'm loving that the SG club is giving me layouts using papers I NEVER would have chosen myself. I live 4hrs from the nearest LSS, so having that wonderful variety of pp they use in my hot little hands is AWESOME! My 2 Peas order arrived yesterday with EP's For The Record 2 collection. I fell in LOVE with the colors and patterns from the papers SG used in this month's kit and had to have all of it! It's just delicious IRL! I'd seen that collection online before but it didn't really appeal to me that much - funny how seeing the potential uses and colors up close can totally change your reaction to it!

I also find myself enjoying learning "new tricks" from the kits. Like one of the sketches this month uses like 7-8 journalling blocks in a row across the bottom of the pages - sort of like it's another strip of pp. Genius! I would have cut out 2 or 3, used them on different layouts and then probably used the rest/backside of that sheet for patterned paper.

Sometimes I wish the background papers were pp to just add variety, but then I know SG's price would have to go up and it would likely be priced out of my scrappy budget. So overall, I'm VERY happy with the Super Saver kit and every month I start looking forward to it's delivery!

One thing that helped me "think outside the box" was taking Allison Davis' class last fall on stretching the sketches (I can't remember it's exact title now). It made it MUCH easier for me to see how I could use fewer photos, move placements around, change things up in general with the sketch etc - so they don't all "look the same".

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PeaNut 268,201
July 2006
Posts: 5,579
Layouts: 8
Loc: Northwoods

Posted: 10/5/2012 9:10:22 AM
I always had the impression like the SG sketch kits are supplies and classes they put together to offer for newbies and experienced scrappers in their local store. Now they make them available online.

I think if I were able to take one of these sketch classes in their store, I'd be able to add matching embellishments etc. But I like that the kits/sketches show me how you can get really cute layouts from just a couple sheets of paper and cardstock without investing big bucks for lots of extras. KWIM?

(Sorry ladies, not sure why I'm having so much trouble spelling this am.)

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PeaNut 60,064
January 2003
Posts: 10,900
Layouts: 71
Loc: Ontario

Posted: 10/5/2012 9:13:58 AM
I feel like Penny does. SG kits are my style anyway. My albums looked very similar before the introduction of their layouts.

I tend to repeat a lot of my layouts as the years go on. I flip through my albums, pick a favourite one and recreate it with different papers and photos. I make albums for my nephews each year and recycle many layouts. They have never said a word.

I love getting fresh, current papers every month. Honestly, it is just the right amount of paper to get a taste of the new lines. I have a bad habit of buying one or two of every sheet in a collection and always have leftovers.
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