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Scrapbooking & Beyond Kit Kraze

Have you ever thought about joining a kit club? In the last few years, this niche in the scrapbook industry has exploded with possibilities. Visiting a craft store and choosing your own product can be a satisfying venture. However, if you must take a few sidekicks with you who would rather spend their time at the nearest toy store than wait for you to choose embellishments, shopping for scrapbook supplies, it can be more stressful than fun. This is where the kit club comes in. There are actually people out there who will put together very thoughtful kits with perfectly coordinated parts. Many kit designers will choose a manufacturer’s line and include many elements of the collection, but then add the perfect flower, button or ribbon from other manufacturers to make the kit complete with everything you need to create a beautiful project. This series will show readers what it is like to receive a scrapbook kit and some possibilities for projects as shown by the four designers participating in this series. Get inspired to create fabulous pages by checking out the work of these talented designers, grab your own kit, and get to scrappin’.

The Winter 2011 Kit Kraze kit features G.C.D. Studios’ Christmas Sleigh collection. Glitter, foil and flocked paper give the kit a flair that is perfect for this festive season. One of the things we liked most about the theme of this particular kit was how all the elements could lend themselves to a very formal page or a fun, more casual page. The color palette in the papers provides a wide range from very deep and dark to bright and cute. This versatility was great for the various designers involved in the project and allowed each one to show their own style while showcasing the elements in the kit. Flowers, crystals, rub-ons and stickers are smaller elements that allow for a signature look and beautiful finishing touches.

What's in the Winter 2011 Kit:
GCD Studios
Christmas Sleigh Collection Patterned paper in Christmas Cloth, Christmas Pine, Christmas Trees, Cranberry Sauce, Happy Christmas, Jingle Bells, Mini Ornaments, Ornamented, Santa Hats, Sleigh Stripe, and Stocking Stripe
Christmas Sleigh Collection Die Cut in Sleigh
Melody Ross Chip Art in Buttons and Buckles and 12" Borders
K&Co. Christmas Cheer Collection
Rub-Ons with Rhinestones
Rhinestone Brads
Adhesive Paper Ribbon in green
Imaginisce Christmas Cottage Collection
Metal Stickers in Snowflakes
Snowflake Crystals
Snow Flowers in Holly, Jolly, and Merry
American Crafts Thickers Glitter Letter Chipboard Stickers in Lullaby – Rouge
The Paper Studio Cardstock Stickers in Season’s Greetings
Self-adhesive gemstones in red
Ribbon in 1⁄2"-wide in green and 5⁄8"-wide in red with white polka dot
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Designed by Liz Qualman

I can never get enough of these pictures of my daughter dressed like a little elf. She is four months old in the photo, and already you can see the personality shine through. Based on elements in the kit, I decided to add a Christmas tree to the page as an embellishment focus to offset the three photos and used a combination of the adhesive bling, star stickers and metal glitz snowflake to decorate it. I’ve been working on adding dimension to my layouts by stacking elements on the page at different levels using chipboard backing or pop dots. To prevent my photos from looking flat on the page, I used pop dots to make the two smaller photos stand out a little more. I also clustered some of the embellishments in a couple of places on the page to add interest. The bright little flower cluster is a combination of flowers, brads, a crystal snowflake and a sticker stamp. For ease in creating this layout, a pattern for the bracket and the tree can be downloaded here.

a joyful day
Designed by Susan Dupre

Straightforward colors and simple embellishments make this layout
quick and easy to make. The tree images were drawn freehand and
add a whimsical feeling to the overall layout, while the bell-shaped image tucked behind the trees is actually just the die cut. Use Metal Snowflakes, Snowflake Crystals, and self-adhesive gemstones to embellish the trees
as shown or as desired. For ease in creating this layout, a pattern
for the leaves and trees can be downloaded here.

joyful day

christmas tree-t
Designed by Julie Howard

During the holiday season, there is nothing my kitty likes to nibble on more than the Christmas tree! I can turn my back for a second and I’ll hear the telltale jingle of ornaments and the crunch of the tree’s branches. Believe it or not, the ruffle on my layout was a happy accident! I really liked the polka dot pattern on the Die Cut and I had intentions of using it elsewhere on my design. So, initially, I cut a large circle from the center of the Die Cut which left the outer scallop as a scrap. When I picked up the remnant to cast it aside, the scallops overlapped (sort of how they are now doing on my layout). Inspiration struck! Following the curve of the circle that I had already cut away, I overlapped each scallop and tacked in place when necessary. I used staples to hold them in place, but any method will work. I then repeated the process for a second row. So that all of the staples and folds would be hidden, I placed a small strip of paper over the top edge to finish. By doing this, it also gave me a smooth surface on which to place the ribbon. Download pattern.

my joy
Designed by Robbie Herring

My children are older now and no longer live at home. Christmas is one of the few times a year that I have them both here to stay for a few days. I treasure these days. It is my joy to have that special time with them. For this layout, I went with a traditional design and the traditional embellishments. I really wanted the focus to be on my children’s photos, so I kept the paper and embellishments to a minimum. I added detailing by stitching around the circle, using glitter on the chipboard buckle, and applying crystals onto the sticker. For ease in creating this layout, a pattern for the leaves can be downloaded here.

My Joy