Best kit club?
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Posted: 7/10/2013 1:39:04 PM
I have been watching the board to get a sense of the best kit club to belong to and the best bang for your buck. Citrus Twist and Scraptastic seem to be the top clubs. I am trying to choose a club to join and don't quite know which one is best. Studio Calico seems to be out of consideration.

If you subscribe to a club ( especially one of these two) can you share your thoughts on why you subscribe to that club and thoughts on the products they provide in the kit? I watch Mercy Tiara on You Tube quite a lot and Tracy really seems to utilize her kits to the fullest. I love that everything is put together for you but I want to feel like it is worth the money, too.

Thanks for your insight on this!
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Posted: 7/10/2013 2:13:16 PM
I've only done SC so I can't vouch for the rest. I will say after doing SC, even though the other clubs look nice, I won't do a club again. It isn't worth the price (for ME). I like to buy other supplies too and not be limited to just the kit club stuff so it's not cost effective. In fact I sold off a majority of the SC stuff I purchased and just kept a few favorite stamp sets, journaling cards, and embellishments. I cancelled as soon as my 6th month hit. I don't want to be paying each month for items I will not use. I'd prefer to look at the kits and find some of the items if I like them on Two Peas, for example (like the Basic Grey die cuts in the July SC kit).

That being said, I LOVE the look of the Scraptastic kits - I have been watching videos by Lisa Wilkinson (here's July: and they look nice.

Cocoa Daisy seemed too much like SC in their sneak peak/reveal practices so I didn't like that one much. Citrus Twist seemed to "ordinary" for me - a lot of the products seemed readily available elsewhere so I wasn't wowed. At least in past kits.

I DO love the idea of things like Elle's Studio kits (which are not subscription based), or the Best of Both Worlds by Shimelle (again, no sub and you can opt not to buy certain products).

That's my two cents.


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Posted: 7/10/2013 2:18:47 PM
I just started getting the scraptastic kit in June so I'm on my 2nd month and I love it!

You can choose between 2 different kits and there is no committment if you want to opt out of a month.

Plus Tracy just joined the Scraptastic design team! That put my decision over the edge to join scraptastic.

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Posted: 7/10/2013 2:32:49 PM
I chose Scraptastic because:
1. I can cancel anytime
2. There are 2 kits each month to choose from
3. The stamps are seperate, so I am not paying for stamps that I will not ever use. I can buy the ones I think I will use.
4. I love the Ormulo exclusive flair and tags

I don't really know any cons... I think some people see "kit" and assume some great wonderful "value price" that they should be getting. That's not really the premise of a "kit" in my mind (although, it is a tad of a discount)... for me, It is the challenge of using things that somebody else picked and put together. I like that challenge!



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Posted: 7/10/2013 2:35:00 PM
I subbed to SC for six months and realized the commitment based kit might not be for me. I shop quite a bit, so it was kinda a bummer to get repeat items that I had already bought prior to the kit arriving. The one positive was I did find a few products that I did really like but probably would not have tried if not for the kit.

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Posted: 7/10/2013 2:41:59 PM
I only ever subbed to SC (still do for PL) and I will never sub to another scrap kit again. I loved SC and it helped my scrapbooking tremendously. I started subbing when I was a total newbie, and it helped me build my stash and learn what I like and what I don't. So I never had the newbie problem of buying everything I saw and not knowing what to do with it. Now I know what I am doing and what I like, so I don't need a kit club, I buy retail whatever I want. It's better, and cheaper for me this way.

But if I had to sub to a club, I'd re-sub to SC or maybe sub to Cocoa Daisy. I like SC kits still, even despite their recent issues. And CD is a similar style but they often include SC retail lines, and I love their retail lines.

The other kit clubs are not my style at all, and I don't think are a good value. I wish Sweet Peach Kit Club was still available, it was so awesome! I think our very own Corrie Jones owned it. And ScrappyJedi was on the DT. It was perfect.



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Posted: 7/10/2013 2:53:21 PM
No such thing as a best kit club. It is the club that produces a product you like. I have subbed to about four clubs over the years and bought from seven or eight. I like a club that fits my style each month, has great customer service, provides a variety of products and has fun challenges and sketches to inspire me. Also, a kit doesn't imply deep discount. It means some one develops a theme, does the shopping and delivers fun goodies to your door each month. Currently I sub to Gossamer Blue and it meets or exceeds my expectations each month. I love the color combos, amount of pp, full packages of embellies and the variety of manufacturers she uses.

Oh another great club that not a lot of people mention here is Noel Mignon kits. They are packed for the price and well designed.

There are hundreds of clubs out there that have been around a while that people don't mention often on here I.e Jenni Bowlins kits, Paper Posies, My Creative Scrapbook, Scrapbook Circle, The Scraproom, etc.

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Posted: 7/10/2013 2:55:40 PM
I subscribe to the PL kits for Studio Calico and Citrus Twist. I am quite happy with both of them.


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Posted: 7/10/2013 3:18:36 PM
There are so many kit clubs out there. You just have to research and find the one that best suits your style of scrapping. I was never interested in SC because they seem too thin. I really like Scraptastic, Noel Mignon, GB and CT. Elle's Studio seems like a lot of money for a little product.

I haven't subbed to any of the kit clubs in over a year. I've been just buying what I like @ twopeas and making my own kits up. I have really been inspired by Shimelle's videos and get some good product intros from them that I might not have seen otherwise. Another thing if if you have a big stash, check out Counterfeit Kit Club. They have some really great ideas for duplicating things that are in kits. I love how creative their design team is.


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Posted: 7/10/2013 3:28:52 PM
Lots of kit discussions going on now... I've been looking at the Scraptastic club & love that there are two choices, you can cancel at any time and skip months. Question for those who are subscribers to Scraptastic. Do you see a sneak peek before the deadline for skipping a month? I don't think I'd want to buy every month but it would be more product based than money based (although that's a big factor for me too) I also don't think I scrap enough to subscribe every month. thanks.

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Posted: 7/10/2013 3:29:00 PM
I agree with Kim about Scraptastic.

I chose Scraptastic because:
1. I can cancel anytime
2. There are 2 kits each month to choose from
3. The stamps are seperate, so I am not paying for stamps that I will not ever use. I can buy the ones I think I will use.
4. I love the Ormulo exclusive flair and tags

I don't really know any cons...

And you can skip kits if you don't like them or things are a little tight. Plus you get a freebie each month if you ordered the previous month's kit (a journaling pen, that painty stuff that comes in bottles like Stickles- flat and dimensional. For the life of me I can't think of what it's called).

The customer service has been exceptional. And I have been with them for a year and just got my 13th kit free!



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Posted: 7/10/2013 3:37:27 PM
you do get a sneak peek close to midmonth.

My problem is I am still fighting myself to resist the PL kit! I want to buy it every month!

I don't do project life, I don't do project life...


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Posted: 7/10/2013 5:50:36 PM
Counterfeit Kit "club" lol - OK that probably doesn't really help much, but I have been playing along with them for three months now and I have been able to create my own kits that are almost identical to the one they are copying.

And if there is a specific item that I don't have, that I love, I go buy it. I figure a few dollars to get a few items I "must have" to complete the look is better than buying a whole kit.

I have been using up my stash this way too!


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Posted: 7/10/2013 6:16:04 PM
I love Noel Mignon. I get so much product. For me, the best part is the large amount of paper (20 sheets of patterned paper). I am a paper lover.


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Posted: 7/10/2013 6:26:20 PM
I currently subscribe to Studio Calico, I get both their scrapbook and their Project Life kit. I know there's a lot of folks that hate Studio Calico for various reason, but personally, I have always had a great experience with their kits (I get at least 5 layouts per scrapbook kit) and with their customer service (I have never had a question go unanswered). I subscribe to Studio Calico mostly because it fits my style. I haven't found another kit that I like nearly as much.

Coco Daisy, Scraptastic and Gossamer Blue are other great kit clubs and I've always heard really wonderful things about their kits. If I were going to subscribe to any of them, it would be Scraptastic, I really like how flexible they are; you can skip a kit if you don't want it, you have multiple options and there is no cancellation.

Overall, if you already like to shop regularly at 2peas, I'd grab Best of Both Worlds. It gives great flexibility to adapt items to your style or skip things (like stamps or thickers) if you're either trying to save or won't use those items.

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Posted: 7/10/2013 7:10:05 PM
I have gotten both Scraptastic and Gossamer Blue. I really like both. Scraptastic has the option of two kits and I always like one or the other. They have a great mix of products as well. GB seems to always have the items I am wanting to buy anyways. GB is a little more expensive - $5 more I think - but you definitely get more product with them. GB is also non commitment.

I would say all in all I recommend trying either Scraptastic or GB for one or two months as they are no commitment clubs and if you like it, stick with it - if not, try something else.


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Posted: 7/10/2013 8:55:33 PM
Thanks so much everyone. I will still continue to shop at Two Peas and Shimelle's Best of Both World's kits. I just thought it would be nice to try a club for a short while to see if I would like to add it to my scrappy budget. I truly appreciate the feedback!!


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Posted: 7/10/2013 10:20:55 PM

I am a scraptastic fan, love the kits every month, and that you have a choice of what you want, and if you want extra, you can get some, and if you don't want something,there is no commitment to buy, the service is great, esp as I am an international subber... cant fault it, and the design team are amazing


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Posted: 7/10/2013 10:42:08 PM
I love the Scraptastic kits because they are more my style. With some other kits they look great when a DT utilizes them, but for me I would struggle. And the whole idea of a kit club is to make it easy. I subbed to SC for a bit and while I liked the product a lot, I struggled. I felt inferior to the DT. I know it sounds silly but it's true. With Scraptastic, I love every single item that they send. And I know I will *USE* the kit and be confident with my outcome. So regardless of price, Scraptastic gets my money because I know I will be able to put every last bit to use.

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Posted: 7/11/2013 12:12:37 AM
Gosh darn it---I didn't see this thread and just posted one with the same question!!

Great feedback, thanks.

It's sad that all the LSSs have shut down around me. I miss Lasting Memories in Lynnwood so much. Hobby Lobby seems to have the most current stuff now. I preferred the privately owned stores so much more. Sigh.


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Posted: 7/11/2013 8:51:50 AM
I've subbed to Scrapbook Circle for 3 years and I Have really enjoyed them. If I were to go with anything else it would be Gossamer Blue or Scraptastic.


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Posted: 7/11/2013 9:25:40 AM
I currently subscribe to SC and Paper Posies. I have subscribed to SC off and on since 2009. They seem to be going through some growing pains right now - but I still love their style and find I can consistently use their kits each month. I also like that April takes risks - sometimes her risks really work, and sometimes they don't. But I think she is an innovator in this industry. But if you're looking for a "good value", don't use stamps, prefer cutsy themes and not neutrals, and want a very paper heavy kit you will not be happy with SC.

I recently started subscribing to Paper Posies and I like Michelle's kits because she tends to stick with one manufacturer each month and her kits are a little more themed based - like Valentine papers in January, and a summer themed kit in June, etc. She doesn't design stamps but she gives you more traditional supplies in each kit. You get 8 sheets of cardstock (I don't know of another club, except maybe Club Scrap, that gives you that much), a couple of sticker sheets, letter stickers and lots of embellishments, but the cost is less than say Noel Mignon.

Paper Posies does not have an active blog or messageboard and her design team comes up with cute layouts, but nothing particularly innovative. I'm a traditional scrapper so I don't mind that and since I also subscribe to SC I get a nice balance. But those could be drawbacks.

Michelle also allows you to skip up to 2 months of kits and generally seems more laid back in her approach to customer service. Again, that may be a plus or a minus depending on your preferences.


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Posted: 7/11/2013 10:09:44 AM
I currently sub to GB and CT. I really like both and find they are different enough in style to give me a wide variety of products. I love that there is always a little ink in the CT kits - love having ink that coordinates with my projects! And Trina at CT is an absolute doll and is great to work with. They do have a commitment option and I like that they give you the choice of 3 or 6 months!

GB is no commitment which is nice - I find it tend to be bolder in color than CT in a lot of ways which is why I like getting both.

I used to sub to SC -- I love the style -- it suits my personal style well, but I just couldn't support the business practices over there anymore.


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Posted: 7/11/2013 10:32:30 AM
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Posted: 7/11/2013 11:42:15 AM
I know you said SC is probably out of the question but wanted to give you my thoughts. I just posted on another thread but will copy and paste below.

I belong to Studio Calico and I love it. They just added a calico points system and in the two months since it started I have 1400 points which equals $14 off. That is pretty nice! Also love that they have a free shipping deal for the US. With the main kit this past month I have made 8 12x12 layouts and have enough for 1 more page and have some embellishments left over. The stamps are nice because they can be used over and over for years to come. They have a lot of exclusive items in kits that can't be bought elsewhere. I have only had a couple minor things get damaged in over a year since I have been buying and both were taken care of. Any questions I have ever had has been answered in a timely manner. If anyone wants to join please pm me for a referral link and we both can get 1000 points right now for each sub you join. That equals $10 off a future kit.


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Posted: 7/11/2013 2:12:19 PM
i enjoy Cocoa Daisy for the PL. I watched their main kits for months & they were definitely my style.

I've also sub'd to The Scrap Room off & on for years. I like the price, the variety that comes in the kits, and the customer service. Kits that totally coordinate get boring for me to quickly.


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Posted: 7/11/2013 3:17:14 PM
Free shipping and points with SC?? I will have to check them out as well. There has been some negative feedback on them lately on the board and I was reluctant to consider them. Free shipping and potential $$ off always gets my attention.
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Posted: 7/11/2013 4:37:56 PM
Thanks everyone for sharing your thoughts on the different clubs. Very interesting to see what everyone thinks the pros and cons are of each one.

For those who would like to check out the different clubs, here's an online directory of Kit Clubs as reference:

PCC Kit Club Directory

Full disclosure: I am the owner of PaperCrafter's Corner. I make no money on this list - the kit club owners are not paying to be on this list, at this time. The list is simply an information resource.

BTW, if you know of a club that is NOT on this list, please send it to me at shackney {at} papercrafterscorner {dot} com and I will happily add it. Does 2Peas have a kit club? I'd love to add it if there is one.


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Posted: 7/11/2013 8:52:48 PM
I've subbed to CT.for 6 months..I've gotten Gossamer Blues kits the last few months and I love there bold colors!!
Thinking of stopping CT and going with GB..


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Posted: 7/12/2013 2:14:41 PM
I love Club Scrap!

I've been a member since 2000 (they were the first kit clu off and on through the years and am a member currently.

They are different because you won't find their paper, die cuts, stickers or stamps anywhere else. That's because they design all of it!

If you are looking for beautiful, not cutesy paper take a look at their kits. They've gotten better and better over the years.

Each kit makes 14 pages and you get downloadable PDF cutting guides to use if you want them. You have an option to choose what goes in your kit besides the paper, and they are month to month. You can quit when you want. You can also skip months.

Their customer service is awesome.

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Posted: 7/12/2013 5:03:46 PM
I wasn't able to read this whole thread as I'm on my phone and it keeps going blank on me, but I saw someone ask if Scraptastic gives you a sneak peek before you commit to buying the kit, and yes, we got our sneak peeks yesterday via email. It's actually more than a peek, you get to see everything in the scrapbooking kits and all of the stamp sets. For PL you get to see about 8-10 of the cards and some embellishments are shown and some are listed (eg sequins are often not shown but listed). So you pretty much know exactly what you're getting long before you have to decide what to order.

I hope that helps and isn't redundant with someone else's post!
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Posted: 7/12/2013 8:45:23 PM
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Posted: 7/13/2013 8:07:51 AM
As another poster mentioned, there is no "best" kit club! When I was looking for a kit club, I tried some out with single monthly purchases to find the best fit for me.

I chose Jenni Bowlin Studio Mercantile for the products and style Jenni chooses each month - the great exclusives- the customer service - the unique vintage. You can stop your subscription at any time.

I'm on the dt now , >pinch me< but have always loved their company as a whole - from their customer service to the amazing kits

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Posted: 7/13/2013 8:56:42 AM
I haven't subscribed to a kit in years and years, but I think I might give it a try again. This thread was very helpful. Thanks!

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Posted: 7/13/2013 9:29:39 AM
I really like the style and colors in scraptastic kits but you get 6 cardstock and i already have to many cardstock so no go for me i know its a small detail. I sub to scraps of darkness kit club and i love it!! the owner is so sweet the customer service is amazing.
no cardstock in the main kit so yay for me the add on is cardstock add on, pp addon, coordinated pp, embellish addon, flower addon, color add on and creativity add on. So lots to choose
The style is dark and grungy kit and then happy bright colors in another kit. Every october they have an amazing halloween kit. they have a sister kit club scraps of elegence more soft colors maybe a little vintage
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Posted: 7/13/2013 5:08:54 PM

Thanks for mentioning Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance. We didn't have those two in our online directory and I will be adding them.

If anyone else knows of any kit clubs that are NOT in our directory (here: PCC Online Kit Club Directory), please send me a peamail, or an email to shackney {at} papercrafterscorner {dot} com, and share their info.

Love all the reviews of the different clubs above!


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Posted: 7/21/2013 3:18:27 PM
Embellish It! has a ton if kits and you don't gave to join a club, though they do have one.
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Posted: 7/21/2013 3:44:12 PM
If your style is feminine and flowery (not a really good description), check out C'est Magnifique Kits. Leslie includes beautiful products from all over the world.


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Posted: 7/21/2013 4:08:26 PM
I never see this one mentioned, but I subscribe to the scrap-room (among others). I love it!


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Posted: 7/21/2013 5:14:52 PM
Check out Scrapbooking From The Inside Out - every month their kits look incredible!


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Posted: 7/21/2013 6:28:54 PM
GOSSAMER BLUE! NO COMMITMENT CLUB! GREAT PRICES! Awesome CS, owner Lori is amazing! Great variety!

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Posted: 7/21/2013 10:06:20 PM
Why hello there, Mr. Darcy!

Ok, focus, focus!!

I currently subscribe to Scraptastic, and I love it. I have been really happy with everything from their customer service to the quality of the materials sent. I subscribe to the PL kit and it's just dandy.

Perhaps you will allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and... love it?

Edited to add: I subscribed to the SC PL kit for 6 months and... yeah, I can't recommend it, for a variety of reasons.
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