Playing With A New Kit

It’s been many years since I subscribed to a kit club. I used to belong to one called Story of My Own and they went on to create October Afternoon. Their kits included the very first October Afternoon stamp sets, before they started making paper. When that kit ceased, I took a break from kits.

But recently I signed up for a Cocoa Daisy 6 month subscription. I like the mix of papers and felt like I would use all of the embellishments too. But honestly, what pushed me over the edge is that Cocoa Daisy has teamed up with Simple Stories and they are offering exclusive papers each month. I’m a sucker for Simple Stories.

I’m hoping that the kits will help me save time. I am still getting used to my new schedule and the responsibilities associated with my job. Scrapbooking time has been harder to come by so it was nice to have a coordinated kit arrive at my door. I didn’t have to spend time selecting much. I did add cardstock, a couple of pieces of pattern paper I already had and some additional embellishments.

Over the weekend I created my first layout with the August kit.

I loved this map print of Paris, so naturally I dug out some photos from Paris that I hadn’t scrapooked yet. I don’ t think I’ll ever be one to just stick with and only scrapbook with, the kit. I have a pretty big stash of supplies and when I create a layout, I try to dig as deep into my stash as I can for things to use. For this layout, I already had two sheets of pattern paper from the Travel Girl collection but hadn’t been able to get the map. I was so happy to see it in the kit.

I did save time in the planning stage of my layout.  Rather than looking through all of my drawers and bins first, I went through the embellishments in the kit and primarily stuck to them. I added some punches along with some brads, mini pearls and bling. I used the letter stickers in the kit for my main title but added a couple of sticker sheets from my stash too.

It came together quickly. I know that I won’t be able to use up all the contents of the kit before the next one arrives. I just am not scrapbooking as much right now so I’ll be happy if I can manage 2-3 layouts each month with the kit. I’ve got the next layout in progress set up on my table ready to go.  I’m already looking forward to my weekend scrapping time!

Are you a kit lover? Do you have any tips to help me get the most from these kits each month?

Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. i love that spread! the enlarged photo is amazing!

    i’m not a current kit subscriber but when I was, I always found I created more pages when I focused on using only the kit (and not worrying about incorporating other things from my stash!) It made me realize that the kits really did provide everything I needed to create – and helped cut down on my scrap shopping elsewhere! 🙂

  2. great layout and those views are stunning!

  3. I really like the idea of kits living where there are no scrapbook stores. Sadly I have not been able to use the kit.

  4. This looks great Tammy and I love that it saved you time! I have debated the kit issue for years. I would love to subscribe, but I just don’t know 🙂

  5. So cool to hear the story behind OCtober Afternoon. Your layout is breathtaking!! Really, so hard to do on a two pager. The map paper is perfect symbolically and graphically.

  6. This turned out beautifully, Tammy. The map paper is perfect here.

    I design for a kit club (My Creative Scrapbook) and love using a kit. Everything is coordinated and works well together. I find I need to get to “know” a collection and with a kit I can do that. I can easily crank out four or more layouts and other projects and still have some left over.

  7. what a great layout!! love those paris photos- just beautiful

  8. Great layout – I really like all the little bits & pieces you’ve used! I’ve never purchased from a kit club, but I have a few kits that I picked up on sale and one that was a gift. I’ve put together a few of my own based on challenges & have really enjoyed those.

  9. fabulous layout! I have always heard such good things about CD 🙂 It will be fun to see what else you use their kits for



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