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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For the simple love of cards!

As you probably know I love cards. I love to receive them (hint hint!). I love to make them. And I especially love to give them!

One company that makes card-making super-easy is Simple Stories. I am a MASSIVE fan of this company and for as long as I can remember I have had a decent stash of Simple Stories papers and embellishments. Their papers are so easy to work with for layouts but what I love more is that they are ideal for card makers too.

I find it so easy to pick up scraps from a page and whip up a card with the left overs. The prints and images are perfect for easy cards and tags. Here are a few of my faves from Pinterest at the moment:

 

I think what I love the most is that none of these cards are complicated. They are all simple designs without a whole lot of fancy. And the sentiment gets across loud and clear, which to me, that’s is the most important bit!

So what do you think? Do you like to be at the giving or the receiving end of a handmade card? — 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.

Cards for every occasion

You may not know this about me, but I originally started out (many years ago) as a cardmaker. Of course, I still love making them…although, I have become a little slack lately!

Today, I’m sharing a couple of my favourite cardmakers and their blogs.

1. Kristina Werner

Kristina has so much happening on her blog. I love her simple style and wonderful ideas. She also does some wonderful video tutorials too.

2. Paper, Scissors and Superheroes

This blog is full of super cool ideas –  and I love the name too!

3. Lime Doodle Designs

And last of all, Lime Doodle Designs has some STUNNING ideas . Think I’m going to Scraplift a couple of these!

NatMay

Thanks for checking out the SC blog today!

— Natalie

Natalie’s fave pins this week!

We are all loving Pinterest, right? It really is the best and easiest way to keep track of all those ideas, inspiration and general cool stuff.

A few things I’m loving on Pinterest at the moment include…

Scrappy Loving.

Tasty treats.

(I’ve made this one a lot – it’s REALLY good!)

Great Quotes.

A few gorgeous paper flowers to make.

NatMaySo that wraps up my Pinterest Finds for the week!

— Natalie

A few of my fave trends…

There is so much going on in the scrapbooking world at the moment and I am loving seeing the trends head towards pastel colours. And Glitz Designs have totally aced it — rocking pastel tones with triangles. (Images are from Glitz Blog.)

The delightful Heidi Swapp is the Queen of Pastel colours at the moment with her new line of Colour Shine (I may have accidentally bought them all yesterday) and her stunning paper collection. I am LOVING her Mixed Company line with Pink Paislee too. (Images are from Pink Paislee Blog and Heidi Swapp Blog)

And finally, I have a couple of favorite scrapbookers who can do Pastel tones just beautifully. (Hover your mouse over the image to see who they are!)

Sources: Steph Devlin blog, Stacey Young blog.

NatMaySo that’s one of my fave trends at the moment – what are you loving?

Natalie

Interview with a Project Lifer

TLP_4978-opt-1-copySo I know a lot of you have got the Project Life bug. Even I have stepped into the world of beautiful cards and pocket pages and have been recording my recent Health Journey through this wonderful system. I have a great friend who has been documenting her everyday through Project Life and thought it’d be interesting to ask her a few questions. Introducing Christine Cid! Continue reading