Do you buy collection packs? Why or why not?

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yellowstar88
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Posted: 5/6/2013 5:37:46 PM
If money wasn't an issue I'd always buy collection packs and buy extra single sheets that I really liked both side of/ do a 2 page layout
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Posted: 5/6/2013 6:00:32 PM
Only if they are on MAJOR clearance. I don't usually because I stopped buying two sheets of PP.


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Posted: 5/6/2013 7:44:01 PM
I do not buy collection packs very often. I usually make one layout from a line - then move on to something new.

I look at the collection pack, see how many of the papers I would buy individually, and buy the collection pack if it would be less expensive than buying the individual papers.


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Posted: 5/6/2013 7:48:59 PM
As a rule, I generally don't simply because most of them feature a sheet of letter stickers and/or die-cut stickers. I don't use either of those very often so they would just go to waste.

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Posted: 5/6/2013 9:34:14 PM
I can count on one hand the number of collection packs I have purchased. Those I have bought were mini collections. I tend to pick out individual pieces I like and know I will use.


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Posted: 5/7/2013 1:08:32 AM
I bought exclusively by collection for years. And only scrapped by collection line as well. In the past 6 months, maybe a year, I've tried to break out of that. Cardmaking, things are easier to match, so I have been working at it.

I'm trying to buy less paper, realising that a whole collection pack is hard to use up. I still scrap buy collection, but I'm buying only the sheets I really adore and can see using for a layout or a card. I, too, am not a fan of the sticker sheets that come with the packs. I hate letter stickers with a passion.


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Posted: 5/8/2013 12:58:25 PM
I do if I love it and know that the designs will fit my style. I am teaching myself to bypass things that I want to buy just because they are pretty. The LSS and 2peas store are full of tempting treats, but I am getting better at asking myself "Will I use this?". If not, it doesn't go home with me. I must love and need 90% of a collection to buy the entire thing.


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Posted: 5/8/2013 2:07:53 PM
Yes, almost always. And embellishments if I can get them too.
It just makes it easy, and I know I will eventually use most of it, if not pages then cards, or pass it on to my kids to play with....

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Posted: 5/8/2013 2:14:15 PM
If I like the majority of the papers, I will buy the pack. There have been a few times I did not like the alphas and/or stickers included so I passed on the collection pack and just bought the papers I liked.


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Posted: 5/8/2013 3:15:37 PM
I typically buy the majority of my pp through collection packs. I especially like the EP collection packs - I love that I get one of each of the papers in the line, plus an alpha and sticker sheets so it's a cohesive selection. It just saves me time and hassle digging through my stuff to find items that work together.

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Posted: 5/8/2013 3:49:06 PM
I used to but I have too much paper built up.

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Posted: 5/8/2013 3:54:24 PM
Most of the time I don't buy collection packs because I don't think I will use most of the patterns, however in my last order I bought paper pads for: "Yes, Please", "Maggie Holmes" and "Heyday" because I know I can (will) use all the pattern paper in the collection.

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Posted: 5/8/2013 4:41:15 PM
Very rarely, only if I love 90% of the papers. I like scrapping by collection, but I usually get a few sheets of it and some embellishments or stickers.




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Posted: 5/9/2013 8:45:43 AM
After reading this thread and watching Shimelle's Perfection Collection video again,I am re-thinking my feelings about collection kits. She cranked out a great album that could be used for many themes and looks awesome with a kit that I probably would never have purchased!

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Posted: 5/9/2013 9:42:31 AM
I do on sometimes, but only if I think I will use all of it. I did buy all of Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm and Lily Bee Pinwheel for instance. I adore those collections, and don' think I will ever tire of them.

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Posted: 5/9/2013 9:45:58 AM
I've been buying a lot of collection packs lately, because I mainly shop online, and it's easier to both get papers that match and to place an order that way. Clicking on 'one of this, then 2 of that' gets tiring, and then to find that the 2 blues that looked the same on the screen are glaringly different
I visited a LSS for the first time in 2 years yesterday, and I bought a lot more individual papers and embellishment than I have been.


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Posted: 5/9/2013 9:54:01 AM
I buy them when they are on sale or when I absolutely love everything in the collection. I also love using collections for gift albums because it makes the creative process run faster for me when decisions have already been made. For my personal scrapbooking, even if I buy a collection, I break it apart to mix & match.


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Posted: 5/9/2013 8:08:07 PM
No, I do not. Because even if I absolutely adore a line, I typically want more of some elements and less of others based simply on the way I scrap or photos i know will work well with them, kwim?






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Posted: 5/9/2013 9:08:45 PM
The only collection pack I have bought is Vintage Bliss because I fell in love with it. But 99% of the time I just buy a few individual things from each collection.

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Posted: 5/9/2013 10:19:37 PM
Pretty much never, I like to cherry pick because inevitably there will be sheets of paper that just don't appeal to me in a pack. I hate to pay for things I won't use...


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Posted: 5/9/2013 11:31:28 PM
--sueg: I visited a LSS for the first time in 2 years yesterday--

As an LSS owner, THANK YOU!

As for collection kits, I usually buy them if I'm doing a project so that way it matches throughout. I too usually wait for a sale or well I just order it if I can order just one.

For my everyday scrapping, I love variety and I'll usually just buy in singles, and 3 patterns from the line to mix and match. I also grab coordinating cardstock now too and keep it together. If I bought collections I'd have so much leftover as I generally don't like the same line for anything more than that one lo.

In the store, they don't sell well so I rarely order them. We've started doing LO classes using the collection pack so the customer makes 2 double page los and 2-3 cards and still has extra to make more los or whatever. Some are now asking for collections for other lines so I special order them.

Great question - I've loved the insight.


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Posted: 5/9/2013 11:57:40 PM
i used to but I found that I wouldn't use it all. I try to just buy papers now that I really love and that way they get used up!

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Posted: 5/10/2013 12:41:52 AM
Yeah, whenever I make it up to HL, at least one of them seems to just jump into my arms. Stuff like BG and EP.



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Posted: 5/10/2013 12:58:33 AM

-sueg: I visited a LSS for the first time in 2 years yesterday--

As an LSS owner, THANK YOU!


@Rachel: The reason I haven't been in a LSS for so long is quite simply the lack of them here. There is one in Munich, and it takes me an hour - 2 trains and then a bus, with lots of waiting - to get to. I'd love to visit more often, but the reality is, it takes nearly 3 hours for me to do so.
Apart from that, I'm stuck with online stores - most of which here are additions to an LSS anyway, just not in my city. I don't shop at 'big box' stores - we don't have them here either.



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