Putting together kits ?

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Posted 2/26/2014 by gotranch in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 4,815
June 2000
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Posted: 2/26/2014 11:56:50 AM
I would like to put together some kits for exchange at an upcoming scrapbook weekend. I haven't actively scrapped in the past 5 years, so I feel like I'm kind of out of the loop about what should be in a kit. Please help me - What would you expect to find in a good quality kit? I have lots of basic older supplies such as paper and embellishments. Any big no, no's? Excited to get back into scrapping!


PeaNut 112,158
October 2003
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Posted: 2/26/2014 12:30:21 PM
so you are trading the kits? I've never done that - so I'm no help there.


PeaNut 4,815
June 2000
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Posted: 2/26/2014 5:55:11 PM
I guess I didn't really word that correctly in the post. No, they are not being traded. They are having a scrummage sale as part of the crop. I thought I might put some kits together to get help get my stash under control and get some cash back in return to go toward the expense of the weekend and anything that I might want to buy at the scrap weekend.

Just looking for feedback about what people might want in a kit. I have chipboard letters and embellishments, loads of ribbon and fibers, eyelets, brads, buttons, metal embellishments and lots of paper. Wondering if these are things that scrappers are still using and would want.
Thanks for any ideas.


PeaNut 212,029
June 2005
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Posted: 2/26/2014 6:41:53 PM
Nowadays kits can include anything from patterned paper to paint or ink, chipboard pieces, ephemera, charms or metal trinkets, wood veneers,ribbon, fabric, etc. just about anything you can think of using on layout or craft project. I've even received kits with playing cards.


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PeaNut 114,614
November 2003
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Posted: 2/26/2014 6:53:41 PM
Hmmm... that's always tough, trying to figure out what other people want.

I think if I were selling old supplies packaged up as kits, I'd try to go with a theme or colour -- because I think they'd look more appealing that way.

I do know that when I've sold old supplies (garage sale, LSS sale) people want to pay VERY little for them!

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PeaNut 460,363
March 2010
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Posted: 2/27/2014 6:00:06 AM
Hmm, first time I've heard of a "scrummage" sale. What a fun term! Are kits generally part of the offerings? If so, have you seen what other kits have contained?

If you're looking for ideas on what to pack on a kit, maybe you could go to a search engine such as Google and input scrapbook kit club and look at what their kits hold. Don't expect to get what they're charging, though, at this type of venue.

I'd also suggest that you lay out all of the kit's contents on a clean, photogenic surface (white board or satin under good lighting) and print it out so that you can have a comprehensive picture showing in the package, along with a listing of the items included. People want to know at a glance what they're being offered at what price. Put them together, then give it a day to get objective, and look at it freshly and see if you'd want to buy the package for what you'd like to charge.

Good luck!

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May 2009
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Posted: 2/27/2014 7:57:10 AM
i use the large ziploc bags and puts kits photos, cardstock embellies ribbons separately to each bags

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PeaNut 345,491
October 2007
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Posted: 2/27/2014 8:50:18 AM
Myself I wouldn't want ribbon or eyelets or brads I have a ton of them and don't seem to use them much, and personally in most kit clubs online you don't find those items in their kits either. Maybe look at a place like studio calico or gossamer blue and see how much and what type of items they put in a kit.

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PeaNut 8,771
December 2000
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Posted: 2/27/2014 12:18:55 PM
What I've seen sell well at our LSS garage sale (before it closed down, sigh), is layout kits. One scrapper put together kits of 2 pieces of solid paper, 2 half-sheets of patterned paper, a half-dozen photo mats, a few feet of ribbon, and a couple of tags / flowers / embellishments and that was a 2-page layout kit. I think she might also have included a small sketch in there about placement of the elements (no photo, just a sketch). She sold each one for $3 (which was a steal because our LSS made and sold similar kits for $10).

It couldn't hurt to try a few like that.



PeaNut 4,815
June 2000
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Posted: 2/27/2014 7:39:34 PM
Oh such good ideas! I like the idea of the comprehensive picture to show what is inside. Off to put somethings together. Thanks so much for your feedback! It has been helpful.


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Posted: 2/28/2014 7:47:27 AM
Check out the Counterfeit Kit challenge blog! They are all about taking our supplies that are older, and using them or seeing them in a new way, and making them look appealing as a kit that looks very current and on trend!

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PeaNut 108,689
September 2003
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Posted: 2/28/2014 3:19:06 PM
I've sold kits at yard sales, and I make them up so they are color coordinated or themed (such as Christmas or birthday). I include patterned paper, solid paper,and whatever else I find laying around my scrap room - old & new. I included ribbon, brads, stickers, chipboard, buttons, whatever matched the colors or theme. I even put in evenly cut scraps that could be used for tags, journaling boxes, or mats. I priced them at $3 and always sold every one of them. I always wished I had made more up because it was a good way to get rid of some of the old stuff I had. I had fun putting them together too!

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