Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Kits and Questions for You...

I have had a blast these last four weeks. Why, you ask? Because I have had tons of scrappy motivation thanks to May Flaum's Kit-Tastic class over at Big Picture Classes. This is the second class I have taken from her and she exceeded my expectations. The amount of quality content and her hands-on approach is just astounding! Although Kit-Tastic is nearing it's end, May is always cooking up some sort of crafty fun, so be sure to check out her blog. You do not want to miss whatever she has in store, I promise!

May presented so many great options and approaches to "kits." It has been really fun to see how all my classmates approached their kits. My approach was to shop my stash and pull all the papers that I felt like had been in there for too long (more than 6 months). I tend to be most inspired by paper, so this worked great for me. 

After pulling 55 sheets of paper, I divided them into 5 different groups, or "kits." That's it. Once I was ready to work with my group of paper, I pulled out photos that I thought would work and then went to town. Embellishments and such were all pulled as I worked on each page.

So, first up... I started with this "kit" of paper:
 And scrapped things like this:
 And this:
And, you know what... this method, because it was so different from my norm, reminded me of a question I am often asked...
"How do you store your paper?" Or, "How do you select your paper when you start a layout?"

... and after scrapping away to the last bits of my first "kit," I moved on to the one below:
 And scrapped this...
 And this...
And this...
I love how the limited choices push me to use things from my (very small) stash and to scrap with less brain power...
 After 9 layouts from the second "kit," I moved onto my third grouping of papers:
 And went to town scrapping this...
 And this...
 I am currently working on finishing up my sixth layout from that bunch. So fun! 
And, waiting in the wings is this "kit" below:
 And even this one:
This is so different from my usual approach, but I am LOVING it! Mostly, I love the speed at which a page gets done as most of my choices have already been made. That is just so freeing.

Sadly, this class is over tomorrow, but rest assured I will not hesitate to sign up for whatever May has in store next. I do love a good scrappy class! For now, I am all signed up and ready to take Shimelle's Scrapbook Remix which starts next week. If you haven't signed up for that, I hope you will join me! There are some fun pre-class discussions happening on her forum already. One discussion has people sharing their various patterned paper storage and systems. Which, yet again has me remembering the questions that I am frequently asked by you, my lovely readers.

SO... I am working on a post about just that. I am thinking a start to finish layout that focuses more on my storage and paper selection might be fun, yes? 

But, before I just go on assuming what you all might be wondering... I thought I would ask! Tell me what your specific questions are for me in the comments below and I will answer them in a soon-to-come "Store It, Sort It, Scrap It" post. 

What do you want to know, what do you want to see?
I can't wait to find out :)

31 comments:

  1. wow- these are some awesome layouts!!

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  2. I love the idea of putting old papers together for kits. I usually do that once I have my photos so I can put them all together but I like the idea of having some papers ready and just holding up the photos to see what kit the photos go with best. Awesome pages as always! Can't wait to read about your paper storage. I love any kind of post that has to do with storage!

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  3. So many fun layouts! I do like using kits sometimes too - I find the same thing, that layouts come together so much faster when you're not looking though stacks of paper to find what you need. I am signed up for Shimelle's class - I couldn't resist! :)

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  4. I'm thinking I need to shop my stash. If it's going to help me scrap faster, then I'm all for it. LOL!

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  5. That is a fab way to organise....I could do with doing that too - love all the pages :)

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  6. Great idea! I love your layouts, and especially the hotel one and the delightful one with the stars- they are spectacular!!

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  7. You have such fun mixes for your paper kits...and the pages turn out beautifully!

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  8. So, so many great layouts!!!
    And a great way to use up paper!
    I find I do better with less choices as well :)

    Shimelle's class looks great (as usual)
    But I still have my pretty paper party class waiting for me to get back to it.
    Shimelle is such a fabulous teacher though!

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  9. What a fantastic idea! I need to shop my stash. It isn't very big, but making room for new stuff is never a bad idea. A storage solution that would allow me to actually see what I already have would be great. Love each of your amazing layouts, your talent blows my mind.

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  10. Wow! You were so productive in this class!

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  11. Oh, wow...what a great strategy on using kits. Fabulous pages - boy, you were busy! LOL! No questions but keep doing what you do because you inspire me!!

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  12. This is very intriguing. How do you store your papers - especially the ones in kits already. I've already copycatted you on Shimelle's learn something new - trying to finish up. I'm headed out of town - but I'm going to check her remix class. I have soooo much paper. It'd be great to change things up. Thanks for your continued support on my blog :)

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  13. Love this idea of making your own kits from older stash, love all your layout that are fantastic :)

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  14. Your stash layouts are superb (as always) . Love the fun, eclectic fell of these ones.

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  15. I loved May's class. I spent the weekend putting my papers together into a couple of kits. I even did a Halloween kit. I am so excited for Shimelle's class to begin. I would love to see your process for sorting, picking, and pulling your papers.

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  16. All stunning pages and I love the kits you put together!! I did this recently with some of my stash and it was really fun!!

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  17. I, of course, love the layouts, but mostly...I want to go buy some paper right now! Haha!

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  18. Terrific layouts. It's amazing that I had the polar opposite experience with that class, but that is ok...gotta try everything to see what works for you. I remember your treat that you pulled so many kits together at the beginning, that was really smart prep. :)

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  19. These are all amazing!! I love looking at your pages, all so very unique and so "you" in many ways. I can't wait to see how you store your paper and select!!

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  20. Shopping the stash is always a good plan! Love your pages! Amazing!

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  21. Hello SoapHOUSEmama...It's your biggest fan! Ha! I think if I had a question would be when shopping for paper do you pick up one here and there that appeals to you OR do you by all papers in a package??? Love your layouts, always inspiring! I'll see you in class on Monday!

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  22. Wow, these layouts are all so amazing! The details are just fabulous and those pictures-omg-I love them all.

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  23. I want to know how i can scrap like you. I want to knowhow much stash you have! I want to know if you use all of your tools and if you do how do you do that!I want to know how to put my own kits together!! and about 1 million other things too!!

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  24. I love that you used up your papers and made kits! And that you actually used them is even better!! Such inspiration!

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  25. Fantastic idea to shop your stash and put together a kit... what inspiration you found! Amazing layouts from first to last!
    Alison x

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  26. All the layouts are so gorgeous! I think I have to try to make some kits by myself as well! Thanks for inspiration! :)

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  27. Lovely- LOVING the vellum stars and the hand cut flowers and all the awesome stitching! :) So many different designs and elements- it's really amazing how inventive you are- very inspirational.

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  28. I have loved my assignments because the choices are narrowed down. Great job and awesome!!!

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  29. I need to delve into the class...as soon as I have some time. Love what you did with your kits it is inspiring.

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