Saturday, 6 January 2018

TIPS - Make Your Own Scrapbooking or Project Life Kit/ Collection You'll Love! + video

Hey There!

I've been seeing a lot of feedback on the current collection releases by the popular brands like American Crafts, Crate Paper, Amy Tan, Pink Paislee and many more - some like the releases, some don't see much difference from previous releases and some are quite disappointed at the lack of variety, colour or image choices.

I personally like very few of the new options, however nothing stands out to me to want to get all of the elements from those collections.

So i was thinking - now is a perfect time to make some room in my stash for anything that might come along in the future and create own kit from previous collections and items i really love and breath some new life into them!

Here is a list and some tips on how to create your own kit and a video of what i came up with for myself!!


its easiest to start with papers, colours and elements will dictate on suitable additional items to supplement the kit.

  • Pick a collection or up to 10 papers that match/ coordinate. If you are matching own papers - pick a colourful pattern paper you love and draw inspiration and colours from that piece
~when picking out papers, think about what is neutral and can be used for background, what will be used in small pieces as accents and borders/ layering. What is the quality of paper - can it take mixed media? Also don't neglect your scraps stash - papers don't all have to be full 12x12 sheets! :D
  • add some cardstock if you use it or leave this part until you need it
  • Specialty paper - do you have specialty papers such as acetate, tissue paper, textured paper or vellum? 1 or 2 sheets will be plenty
~ If you are creating a Project Life kit - focus on smaller paper pads, pre-cut large papers into 4x6 and 3x4 cards (you can also make your own) or pick an old collection or misc cards to match)


(i suggest to pick 1 or 2 items from each of the below dot points):
  • Wood veneer or cork embellishments (i usually don't mix the 2)
  • Little additions, such as enamel dots, small puffy stickers, buttons or brads, sequins, flair, paper clips (you can always use dimentional paint like liquid pearls/ nuvo crystal drops etc)
  • Ephemera - use ephemera from a specific collection, or leftovers from other collections that match in colour. You an also make your own using diecuts, punches or layering various elements together to create dimensional embellishments.
  • Larger Embellishments: frames, tags, puffy stickers, chipboard embellishments, labels
  • sticker sheets


  • Depending on your style - i like to have an option of 3 larger letter stickers/ thickers and 2 small ones (especially if you use the kit for Project Life as well)
  • Word Stickers or word stamps


(select any from the below):
  • inks and stamps to add customised look to the pages (1 or 2 stamp sets is more than enough and black ink plus 1 or 2 other colours)
  • 1 or 2 punches (border or shape)
  • Stencil
  • Spray mist or stick with inks as per above
  • Gesso (for stenciling or protecting background paper from over saturating with moisture)
  • Stapler


(pick whatever you are comfortable with from below):
  • Washi or ribbon (2 or 3 rolls for variety)
  • Fabric or burlap, mesh
  • Rub-ons 
  • Thread or twine
  • Doily
The above should give you a wide variety of elements to use on your pages. It is good to have less choices but everything coordinating, it will make scrapbooking flow quicker and easier. The above collection will create over 15 scrapbook pages and i'm sure there will be leftovers!

Here is a video of my putting together my kit and thoughts behind it - enjoy! let me know if you have any questions.

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