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Posted 5/5/2013 by ladybug4233 in General Scrappin'
 

ladybug4233
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Posted: 5/5/2013 11:43:11 AM
I am a KIT addict!! There I said it. That feels better. They have piled up on me and I have been trying to use them. I have been using SG sketches and love them. The problem is I am forcing myself to use the paper I have in the kits instead of what I would have chosen. My problem is I am swooned by the pretty kits but can't use them with my style. I am attracted to bold designs but scrap better with smaller ( prints and bright colors. But I keep buying everything. Upon realizing this I skipped all of my kits this month. I don't want to waste everything I have gotten (it is a lot, a couple of years worth.) but don't love what I am creating. Also, there are so many items in the kits that I can't use it all up but don't know what to do with it. I know this is what is holding me back from scrapbooking and that makes me sad. It makes me sick to think of all the money I have spent so I don't want to waste it and it is nice and current stuff. Should I split them up? I am at a loss of what to do.

In theory, I would like to buy things as I need them but that is hard to do. I buy in bulk to save on shipping so I guess what I am going to need. It is also hard when you don't see it in real life. Has anyone else gone through this? Even if you haven't I am open to some recommendations. I want to get back to creating and stop shopping!! Thanks for helping this addict out.

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jen1021
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Posted: 5/5/2013 11:47:43 AM
The first step to recovery is to admit you have a problem. My advice would be to swap out any paper in the kit that isn't working for you and feel no guilt whatsoever. You might find that some of the paper "speaks" to you in a different setting. Let the guilt go, this is supposed to be a fun hobby. If getting the kits has brought you happiness then it is money well spent. Sometimes the best thing is to walk away from the computer and sit down with a pile of pretty things that make you smile. Something good always comes of that.

Good luck!


Jen




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Posted: 5/5/2013 1:36:29 PM

In theory, I would like to buy things as I need them but that is hard to do. I buy in bulk to save on shipping so I guess what I am going to need. It is also hard when you don't see it in real life. Has anyone else gone through this? Even if you haven't I am open to some recommendations. I want to get back to creating and stop shopping!! Thanks for helping this addict out.


Now ask yourself, how much money are you really saving in shipping if you are not using what you are buying? And you said you skipped all your kits this month. How many are you getting?

Not judging, but that stood out to me. May be you need to scale it down to one kit? Or stop altogether for a while?

I know what you mean though, I could not keep up a monthly kit, much less more than one, in addition to other spending.

ETA:

Why don't you just take all the items you don't LOVE, and sell them on the FSOT board?
All those bold prints must have a smaller scale, more subtle, B side. Turn those to the B side and forget about the A side.
And finally...if a kit the way it is intended to be is not your style. Let it go. Keep only what is your your style. It is ok to like something, but not necessarily buy it.




Rhonda in TX
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Posted: 5/5/2013 1:41:20 PM
Do you have full kits? Maybe you could sell them here, or eBay?

I recently took Shimelle's Perfect Collection class. It really helped me with a collection I had that I could not figure out how to use. Would something like that help?


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nightmer
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Posted: 5/5/2013 2:12:52 PM
keep what you like, sell or give away the rest. Do you make cards or do an art journal? You can always use scrappin' products in other ways!


Mary

Loydene
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Posted: 5/5/2013 8:38:31 PM
There are also places to sell kits. Or sell the full kits here in FSOT

salt-of-the-earth
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Posted: 5/5/2013 8:42:25 PM
I looked at your layouts in the Gallery, and they are beautiful! So...if you are creating these with your kits I must say, you really are making good use of them!






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Posted: 5/5/2013 8:57:27 PM
...."I am attracted to bold designs but scrap better with smaller prints and bright colors."

I don't understand this statement....

What makes you think you scrap better with smaller prints and bright colors? Could it actually be that you find smaller prints and bright colors more appealing?

Perhaps you should do a little experimenting with what you have and you may find you actually like a larger variety of paper patterns and colors.

As far as putting some of those full kits on eBay, I wouldn't. I just don't think its right to resell what you purchased from a kit club and turn a profit from their work (coordination of kit, packaging, DT members creating projects to promote sales). JMO....


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Posted: 5/5/2013 8:57:32 PM
My experience has been that eventually I use up everything in a kit. It may take years but it eventually gets used. You may want to limit the number you are getting or better yet....create your own kits where you know you will use it all. Buy only what you love.

Tam2
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Posted: 5/5/2013 9:24:21 PM
The only recommendation I can come up with is to send some to me!!

{I'm sorry, I just couldn't help myself} I have never done the kit thing & have always wanted to, but can see where you could amass a small scrap store if not careful!

I hope you get inspired soon!


Tami

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Posted: 5/5/2013 9:48:01 PM
If you are really not using them then maybe cut back on the ones you don't like as much. Someone also suggested making up your own kit, I do that. Take whtever amount of money you would have spent on a kit and pick out that amount of product here or at your favorite store. That way you are only getting things you know you will use.

susanlk
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Posted: 5/6/2013 9:52:40 AM
I had a few thoughts while reading your post.


Also, there are so many items in the kits that I can't use it all up but don't know what to do with it.


Many embellishment packs come with too many pieces to use up with one kit or within a few layouts. I often revisit these open packages later down the road. I get bored using the same thing over & over, so I like to use a little now & a little later.



In theory, I would like to buy things as I need them but that is hard to do.


How about trying to shop from your stash for what you want to work on. If you have lots of kits, there are sure to be things you forgot you had that will work perfectly for your current projects.


Should I split them up?


If sorting/splitting the kit contents appeals to you, there's no rule that you have to keep the kit together as a whole. You could split them up and match things from one kit with another to have items coordinate that are more your style. Many times, taking something out of context gives it a whole new look.


Sure, there are going to be some things that aren't going to fit your style no matter what. Give yourself permission to give these things a new home, guilt free, so you can enjoy the rest of the products.


Susan

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