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

Inspiration Board Challenge: March 2013

Ed’s note: I am terribly, terribly sorry for the delay of this inspiration board. I have been very sick the last week and while this was meant to be posted on the weekend, I could not get out of bed to create it. So we’re doing something a little different this month.

March's Inspiration Board Challenge

Full Credits: Jill Wheeler of Scrap FX created the sketch for SC104, Ellen Harvey took the photograph in Hastings UK.


Let’s talk winners. The winner for the February board, and the lucky recipient of Seriously Scrapbooking’s prize pack is…

Joann – Castlepark Designs

Congratulations Joann! Check out her OTP at her blog here. (Joann, please email me your address so we can get your prize out to you. My email is: scrap.editor [at] gmail.com)


This month’s sponsor is A Piece of Cake Designs. They have offered up the cupcake kit (see below) for ONE lucky participant.

All you have to do is:

  • create a project
  • post it to your blog (with a link back to this challenge here)
  • come back here and comment with your blog post link. (Not your blog link, the actual blog post where the project is.)

This challenge is open until the end of the month (11:59pm, 31 March 2014, Australian Eastern Standard Time–not Daylight Savings time).


Inspiration this month comes from our AMAZING sketch team (and you’ll be able to see their layouts up-close-and-personal in the April issue of our mag).

Layouts (l-r): Rachael Funnell, Natalie May, Anne Patterson, Leonie Neal-Dawson.

ANNOUNCED: Competition Winners

Celebrate!Firstly, I must apologise for the VERY VERY delayed post regarding winners about our APOCD/SC blog hop! I have been under the weather all week and could not, literally, get out of bed. I got the change-of-season flu bad.

But, that does not mean that we do not have winners!

First up, the comp that was running on Raquel’s guest post. AND, the winner is… *drumroll* …KARYN SCHULTZ

Secondly. The blog hop comp has three winners. If your name is below, please email me eharvey [at] universalmagazines.com.au with your home address and contact number.

Major winner: DENISE LUSCAN (your comment here)
Minor winner 1: DEB (your comment here)
Minor winner 2: NICOLE MCNAMARA (your comment here)

Thirdly. In the September issue of our mag, we had a comp for a couple of Capricorn Link books. This comp closed on 1 November, and since we have a blog, I thought–why not announce it on here too!

Winner 1: JULIE KAIRL
Winner 2: CHANTAL VANDENBERG
Winner 3: TRACY JACKSON

You lucky winners will be receiving a package of books from me shortly!

And thank you to everyone that played along. Comps are always the hardest thing to do as an editor because I want YOU ALL to win.

All my editory love on this lovely Sunday,
EE

(photo credit: andy castro via photopin cc)

The FLAIR BLOG HOP is here!

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Welcome to the Scrapbook Creations and A Piece of Cake Designs blog hop! Join us today as we take an online tour around the internet to show you some of the amazing creative people using flairs out there.

Scrapbook Creations
(SC online team: Natalie MRenee IJenny G)
Kayla M
Alison C
Lizzy H
Sharmaine K
Michelle S
Kylie C
Holly C
Natalie E
A Piece of Cake Designs

And guess what? There’s something in it for you for following along. If you leave a comment on all of the hop blog posts or if post your own blog post with a flair project and link to our blog hop, you go into the draw to win!

(Please note: you do not need to comment on the SC online teams blogs–just a comment here is fine.)

ONE Major winner: $25 gift voucher to APOCD and a one-year subscription (six issues) to Scrapbook Creations
TWO Minor winners: Variety of flairs from APOCD and a six-month subscription (three issues) to Scrapbook Creations

Onto the PROJECTS!

Here at SC HQ, we were very lucky that all of our design team wanted to be part of the flair hop–honestly, I think it’s just because flairs are so in right now and they just couldn’t wait to use them.

These are just a few of the gorgeous creations I’ve seen over the last couple of days. (Click the image for a larger image.)

Also, don’t forget to head over to the SC online team’s blogs and check out the rest!

Guest Post: Raquel from A Piece of Cake Designs

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What is my store?

My name is Raquel Bowman and my store is a little online store called ‘A Piece of Cake Designs’ (APOCD) which has been my baby since March 2012.

Why did you start it?

APOCD was an idea that I had rolling around in my head since 2011 and official planning and website design began in September 2011, with the launch in March 2012. At the time of our launch, there was a definite gap in the market in Australia for Scrapbooking kits. As an avid scrapbooker, I was a ‘kit purchaser’ myself and found that I was sourcing my kits from the US as there was nothing available in Australia that suited my tastes. Hence, APOCD was born.

What’s your speciality?

I specialise in scrumptious Scrapbooking kits that are filled to the brim with the latest and greatest supplies and also sell exclusive items designed by me only available in my store. I pride myself on putting together gorgeous kits that include coordinating patterned papers from a variety of manufacturers, alphabets, embellishments and as mentioned above, exclusive items that you can get no where else, such as Cherry Flair buttons, wood veneer and masks.

Since March 2012, APOCD has grown dramatically, with the introduction of another smaller kit; a ‘Cupcake’ kit and in January 2013, the launch of our Cherry Flair. Recently, we have also introduced masks and wood veneer designed by myself especially for APOCD. Continue reading

Do you use flairs? Buttons? Badges?

flair cluster

We can never quite figure out what to call them, but those gorgeous one-inch flairs are growing in popularity and we just LOVE them. In TEN DAYS we’re hosting a blog hop with A Piece of Cake Designs (a local Australian flair-maker) and we want you to be part of the blog hop. To be considered to be part of the blog hop team, leave a comment below with a link to a blog post where you have used flairs.

* Let us know if you use APOCD flairs too!

Then next Wednesday, we’ll contact all of you letting you know if you’ve made the blog hop. If so, we’ll get you to make a project (layout, card, tag, PL entry, OTP) with some flair and post it to your blog on Monday 28 October 2013.

Get it? Got it? Good. Now link away!