Are you part of a kit club?

Kit clubs have been around for many years in scrapbooking. The simplicity and ease of all the elements that you need to create a project being delivered directly to your door — what’s not to love?

Today I’m going to have a look at a few of the kit clubs around the world and what they have on offer.

EDITOR NOTE: Please note that Natalie has no affiliation with any of the American kit clubs. Also note that Scrapbook Creations does not have any formal affiliation with any of these clubs, besides the occasional layout being published in the mag or on the blog using some of the kit items.

Studio Calico
This is possibly the most popular one that I’m aware of. I have quite a few friends that are subscribers to this club (and I may have recently signed up myself) and know a couple of very talented ladies on their Design Team. I love that they offer a couple of Kit options: Scrapbook, Card and Project Life kits and they are all at really decent prices. The variety of product is pretty impressive. The image on the left is the Studio Calico March Scrapbook kit.


Citrus Twist
I really love the look of this kit club. There are so many add-ons and options plus they offer Project Life and Embellishment kits too. The March ‘Fireflies’  kit look like it’s fantastic value for money!


Gossamer Blue
Another GORGEOUS kit that is right on trend with the latest and greatest. I love that the March kit includes some cutting files for Cameo users. They also offer plenty of options to add on to coordinating kits as well – quite a few different Project Life style kits are available.


Cocoa Daisy
Sharmaine Kruijver is on the Design Team and totally rocks these edgy kits. I love their trend towards slightly masculine but totally useable products in this kit. I especially adore the inclusion of stamps! Another kit club with plenty of add on extras as well including PL and Art kits!


A Piece of Cake Designs
OK … time to play favourites here a little. I am on the Design Team for APOCD and I love Raquel’s kits. Each month she puts together two amazing kits: the Main kit and the Cupcake.  I love using them both. She also creates exclusive Flairs and wood veneers to go with each kit which I think is an unique point of difference with these kits. Great value for money too!


So if you are lacking inspiration or need help choosing your products, maybe head over and see if any of these take your fancy. (I’m eagerly awaiting my next APOCD & Studio Calico kits)

Have a great day!
Natalie

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Heading Back to Basics

I love scrapbooking. I love everything about scrapbooking: the creativity, the photos, the storytelling, the art, the paper, the products, the pretty…

But I’m loving the current trend I’m seeing coming out of the States where people are going back to basics. They’re stepping away from mixed media and using paper on their layouts!

Don’t get me wrong. I love adding misting, masking, stencils, texture paste and gesso to my layouts as much as the next person but to be honest… I’m kinda over it and I love seeing stickers, frames and paper again!

This is what I mean:

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I love everything about these – simple and effective. It’s all about the photos. I think this is something we often forget. So many pages of late are more about the technique and not as much about the photo and the story.  Continue reading

The low down: Foiling!

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Chipboards are an awesome embellishment that can be altered to co-ordinate with any of your scrappy projects. You can paint them, cover them, colour them in, stamp them, ink them, gelato them, emboss them run them through your big shot, or simply leave them raw (aka: nude) But after a while (and years of using chippies) I wanted to try some thing new and that is when I found foiling!

I created this tag using  foiled chipboard frame from Scrapmatts Chipboard.

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And here is a layout I completed using stamped and then foiled images:  Continue reading

Stencils vs Masks

With the ever increasing trend of mixed media infiltrating scrapbooking today stencils and masks are hot products! (As Jenny proved with her blog post: Just how many stencils do you own?) Stencils and masks are versatile tools to invest in and can be used with a wide range of mediums and on just about any scrapbooking projects you create!

So here is the low down on stencils:

Stencils are a thin piece of material usually made from plastics, metals or cardboard with cut out patterns, shapes, lettering, numbers, pictures in them in which mediums such as paints, inks, mists, sprays, gloss, pens, pencils can be applied though to leave the patterns etc on the underlying surface leaving a positive of the image.


The Crafters Workshop template (Triangle Plaid TCW221) on the left, it used in a layout on the right)

Now low down on masks:

While stencils leave a positive of the image used masks leave the negative. Masks act as a protective covering and leave the surface underneath clean in the shape of the mask outline.

Please note: All images were found on Pinterest!

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Whether you use stencils or masks or both they are a fantastic way to embellish your creations, add texture, colour and uniqueness.

Would love to see how you use your stencils and masks! Link us to one of your blog posts that use stencils! — luv Renee xoxo

What are your favourite CHA releases?

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There are so many new releases that I loved at this year’s CHA. I am ridiculously jealous of everyone who was there this year — can you imagine walking around that venue: the people, the prettiness, the scrappy idols?

Anyway, here are a few more things I’m looking forward to getting my hands on!

Tim Holtz – I LOVE these scissors, looking forward to adding these to my collection of tools. I love my Tonic scissor and love the idea of longer blades.

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These are also rather nice, I’m pretty sure I need them too.

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I’m pretty certain this will be a number one hit with all lovers of mixed media.

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Stampin’ Up!: These are the BEST punches – I’ve managed to get my hands on them and I love them.

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So, that’s the last of my faves from CHA. I’m sure there are so many more products out there that I need but will have to just hang out until they hit our shores. — Natalie

CHA Winter 2014 Wrap-up!

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CHA has recently  finished and I am loving some of the new products that are about to hit the market. Today, I wanted to share a few of my fave releases.

We R Memory Keepers
I am totally addicted to Instagram and I think this will only support my addiction: “Store your Instagram photos with style in an album uniquely designed for them. These adorable little albums come in five bold colors – Greige, Mint, Coral, Black, and Gold, in addition to Photo Sleeves that hold both 4×4” and 2×2” photos.”

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We R Memory Keepers also have some stunning paper collections coming out too.

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Simple Stories
I am a massive fan of Simple Stories. I LOVE their ranges and the new releases are AMAZING — lots of room to move.

First up, the DIY Range – this has so many possibilities.

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Secondly, DIY Boutique:

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American Crafts have released some gorgeous stuff too. These have to be my favourites.

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And I just love these ranges from My Mind’s Eye.

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So what do you think?  I can certainly see a few gorgeous projects coming up! — Natalie