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Posted 10/16/2013 by sopranomom in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 93,035
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Posted: 10/16/2013 9:21:06 PM
When I got my Jade kit from HSN, was so excited. Started a travel album for my DS and girlfriend. They had gone to Hawaii, so found all the subtle looking patterned cards perfect for my pages! Plus some had cameras on the cards, and other travel looking stuff. I was loving the whole idea. Of course I couldn't just stop with ONE kit.. Now I have a big stack of 6 of the large kits, 6 of the small kits and a box full of MAMBI cards!! So now, when I want to do a page, have to look at ALL my possibilities, and now it has become overwhelming! Wished I had just stopped at one or 2 kits...I have enough cards now to last me 20 years! Why is it we always want MORE of something? Scrapbooking started out simply enough, now look at it. I love having lots to choose from...but have made the process so much harder on myself! Know people have dumped the kits out and sorted them by color, etc. Am so afraid to do that! But can see the logic behind it. Do you stick to one kit when you are planning a page? I now kind of like the idea of small themed kits so I can stick with one idea. However, sometimes some very plain, subtle cards help balance out the pictures and too much detail on others. Think Becky's idea of the patterned cards was that they were to act like your background paper when you do a regular layout, and need to not compete with your photos.


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Posted: 10/16/2013 9:42:38 PM
I have a bit of an addiction when it comes to those darn cards! I don't get it either. I can't figure out what is so special about them!

I shared 4 large kits with my sister and niece and have 3 mini kits...but then today I found 2 mini kits on clearance and bought them, too!! There are over 1000 cards. Not to mention the MAMBI cards and then cut apart sheets from various companies...

I was also thinking about separating by color, but I can't bring myself to do it. I do have each set separated into journaling, background and filler cards. That helps me flip through fewer cards when I am looking for a certain type of card.

I've seen some ideas on 2peas about using the cards for other than PL, and I love those ideas. I need to really get cracking on using them!

Perfectionist Pea

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October 2001
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Posted: 10/17/2013 1:51:06 AM
This is all my PL cards...

I bought one kit (Honey) and immediately (the moment I got it home) split it into four kits. I kept four of each card and made 3 kits with 2 of each. I know myself enough to know I won't use more than 4 of any one design.

I also have a lot of the cut apart papers included here and I've bought some Snap sets and MAMBI sets. My friend gave me 1/3 of her Kraft kit.

I know that the more supplies I have, the more overwhelmed I feel. You are not alone in that! I highly recommend going through each of your kits - pulling out just a few for yourself and selling the rest!! You will not regret it because more kits will keep coming out that you will want!

I really don't understand why Becky makes so many of the same cards be in a kit. I'm not a fan of that AT ALL. I guess it's easier on her but I think I will stick with mini-kits from now on and I'll probably even split those with a friend!!


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October 2007
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Posted: 10/17/2013 4:34:05 AM
I bought a kit last year but since my page protectors didn't come in in a timely manner, I never did last years.

This year I opted against a kit and started with the Echo Park system, then bought 12x12s with the journaling cards on one side. Then just used my stash and printables. Then realized I wanted a kit because it was too much cutting. I went to the US on vacation last month got one of the Dear Lizzy kits and the seasons mini kit 40% off at Michaels.

I really prefer having the kits and all the choices are just so fun. So much fun.

Even though I technically only use the kits and some of my embellishment stash, it's rare that I even use the cards in the first place because I use so many photos.

If I were in the states I would be stocking up on kits whenever they went on sale, so my wallet is so thankful that I'm not in the US.

Baby Pea Step

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Posted: 10/17/2013 6:54:43 AM
TraciClaiborne - what kind of containers are those? They seem to work really well!


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Posted: 10/17/2013 7:25:31 AM
Before you sort by color you need to decide if you plan pages based on colors or if you like to just stick to a kit. I personally let the pictures dictate the colors and I mix things up on a page so my pages are a mix of different kits and brands. I want to sort mine by color but have be a bit gun shy about it. I read somewhere that if your thinking of trying it to just take on or two of each card and sort them by color and see how it works, this way if you don't like it you didn't spend to much time sorting, and the cards you pulled can easily be but back.

Ancient Ancestor of Pea

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Posted: 10/17/2013 7:27:02 AM
It's like those darn kits just start to multiply on their own or something! I started out with 1 back in 2010 and now I have at least 6 plus several of the newly released mini packets and lots and lots of Echo Park, Simple Stores and the Cocoa Daisy kits I belong to.

I also have an addiction to all the various divided page protector configurations.

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Posted: 10/17/2013 8:39:11 AM
I agree about using stuff. I love those arrows but I know I will NEVER use 400 of anything, ever. So I guess I'll pass. I see lots of people selling partial kits here so that seems like the way to go.

I wish I knew more people locally!

Ancient Ancestor of Pea

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Posted: 10/17/2013 9:11:25 AM
If you're overwhelmed, instead of mixing it all together, why not just choose one kit to work with and not think about the rest at the moment. If you feel overwhelmed now, mixing them together could create a bigger issue. You don't know what or how to use what you have, so you don't really know how you want to organize them. Kind of like how organizers tell you to figure what and how you use stuff before you actually buy organizational boxes or systems.

If you take one kit, and put the rest away and just get to it, you will get something done. It was made to work together, right? You'll become familiar with your style and how you work. Then you can move on to deciding if you want to mix your cards together or even get rid of some of them.

So, scrap some pages before you actually decide, you cannot do it wrong. You just need to do it.


...that's why they make blue cars and red cars.



PeaNut 502,409
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Posted: 10/17/2013 9:27:45 AM
I know exactly how you feel. I started out with two core kits and two mini kits, then I decided to trade with others and I feel so much better about having more variety and not just more cards. I must admit, I really like the mini theme packs. If I were starting over, I would just get theme packs and mini kits.


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Posted: 10/17/2013 10:30:29 AM
I don't do PL, but when I feel overwhelmed by options, then I take a bunch of my embellishments or paper or whatever set them aside in a bin. I then make myself "shop" just from that stash. It always amazes me how I manage to make a limited selection work perfectly well. Often I come up with more creative and interesting finished products that way.

So that would be my advice -- if you're feeling overwhelmed, just limit your options and make yourself only work from a pre-selected PART of your stash.


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Posted: 10/17/2013 10:37:36 AM
Remember life is short. Consider just moving on.



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Posted: 10/17/2013 10:57:21 AM
I haven't done PL, but I would just pick one of your kits to work with for a specific project and forget the other kits exist for now. If the kit that you decide to work with seems too plain, that is when you can bring in some of your embellishments to customize the cards. That is basically the process I use with my scrapbooking kits I sub to. Good luck and have fun!!

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Posted: 10/17/2013 11:02:29 AM
Tracie, that is a very good idea to take the kit and immediately separate it out. I will never get through all the car in one kit, and I have already shared some with friends.

I feel very overwhelmed as well, I started with 2 core kits, just bought the hsn kit and have one mini kit as well. I'll never use it all...and I'm finding I like mixing in MAMBI, kit clubs and cut apart 12x12s as well. I have decide I will not buy anymore of the core kits, or the mini kits, but will try the theme packs. They just seem more manageable to me and maybe I won't feel so frustrated when working on my spreads.


ca angel

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November 2008
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Posted: 10/17/2013 11:41:25 AM
When I plan a page or a series of pages (I scrap more by theme/month instead of daily) I focus on one kit or using certain cards. Taking away some options helps me scrap faster. I have 2 core kits, 2 minis and a few MAMBI and random cards.
Ca angel


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Posted: 10/17/2013 4:39:29 PM
Tracie's storage looks like what I use. They're refrigerator drawer replacements (or maybe inserts). I got mine at Meijer's for about $6 or $7 dollars. They're in the storage product aisles, on the top shelf (at least at my Meijer's they were)...they work great!

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March 2008
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Posted: 10/17/2013 5:31:11 PM
See, that scares me to even try "PL" style scrapping... I easily get overwhelmed and shut down, creative-wise. I have stuff I've bought, never used, really should give away or throw out... sigh


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Posted: 10/17/2013 7:09:11 PM
I find that I am more creative when I limit myself. Too many decisions weigh us down. I would agree with the other posters ... you should pick one kit that is the most appropriate (color- wise) and just USE IT!!

There is another part of me that wants to tell you that I have multiple kits and I have broken them up into color families...and I love it!! But if that sounds like too big of a job right now, choose one kit and start scrapping.

Happy Scrapping!!!

Perfectionist Pea

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Posted: 10/17/2013 8:42:13 PM

TraciClaiborne - what kind of containers are those? They seem to work really well!

I just did a blog post about them - I love them! It's right here.

I got the bigger one at Walmart and the smaller one I just happened to see a few days later at Home Goods - up by the register!

Long ago Barney
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Posted: 10/17/2013 9:16:14 PM
Mmmm I sorta think thus is exactly what happened up the s b industry!!

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