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Why Create Your Own Scrapbook Kits
At one time or another, many of us have subscribed to companies that sell scrapbook kits. Most of these kits average $25 and above plus shipping and handling. That is a lot of money!
If you have been scrapbooking for a while, you will probably have much of what is included in these kits in your craft stash.
Why not save a little money and use some of what you already have? With rising inflation, it may be time to reevaluate what you already have and how these products can be used to the best of your ability.
Even you have to make a couple of purchases to complete your kits you are still ahead of the game using what you have.
What Are The Elements In A Scrapbook KIt?
There are elements that are included in all kits that will help you create your own kit. Recipes can vary depending on the things that you have available in your stash.
Put them all in a zip lock bag. You can include a printed sheet with a scrapbook layout page.
- 6 sheets of 12" by 12" colored Cardstock. Chose three coordinating colors for each kit. Use colors that will make you happy and excited to create and use your kits.
- Add 6-10 sheets of patterned paper for each kit. They can come from one paper collection or pack, which of course makes it easier.
- One package of capital letters and one package of lower case letters. These can be chipboard letters, stickers, or rub-on letters
- Journaling cards printed quotes or journal box stamped images.
- Three pieces of coordinating ribbons or trims
- One package of coordinating elements. Can be a mixture of things you already have.
- A handful of some small things that make sense like die cuts and buttons.
Tips For Creating Your Scrapbook Kits
- Do not go over 10-12 sheets of paper. Beyond that, you will make using the kit too confusing
- Make sure that you have a balance in your patterned paper. If you use busy paper, include some restful ones. If you use small patterns, include some larger patterns. If you use multicolor, use solids with them. Use tight patterns with loose patterns.
- When mixing different collections, use similar tones and styles.
- Try to include different textures and dimensions in your kits. Include some flat items as well as some larger dimensional items. Think about things like ribbons, buttons, and chipboard pieces.
Having a variety of things at your disposal makes coordinating your kits easy and fun.
More Things To Add To Your Kit
- Sheets of 6" by 6" papers
Using Color To Create Your Scrapbook Kit
When creating your scrapbook kit, you should take into consideration color combinations. Of course, you should choose the colors that make you happy. These are your kits and your scrapbook pages. But when you can think about color, so that your kits will have a professional look to them. Simply choose two colors that you love to make it easy to create your scrapbook kit.
This kind of kit is not designed for any special photo. It is put together for a future use either as a specific theme or a color theme.
Themes are easy to deal with because they often have colors associated with them.
- Christmas: red and greens (also some white)
- Valentines Day: Red and pink
- Spring & Easter: Pastel shades in yellow, pinks, and lavender
- Patriotic Holidays (Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day) Reds, white,s and blues
- Summer: Yellows, Oranges, and Blues
- Thanksgiving & Fall: Browns, Oranges, yellows, and russet
Beyond themes, color choices can be anything you want them to be. There are no steadfast rules. But give some serious thoughts to either complementary colors or contrasting colors.
Complementary colors are colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. They would include:
- Red & green
- Red-orange & blue-green
- Orange & blue
- Yellow-orange & blue purple
- Yellow & purple
- Red-purple & yellow-green
Beyond those choices, you can use color families or schemes. They help create a mood just by color choice.
- Warm Colors show energy They evoke a feeling of sunlight and fire. They imply passion and positive feelings in most people. Warm colors tend to be colors of creativity, celebration, passion, hope, and success. Warm colors are created using just two colors: red and yellow. These primary colors combine to make orange.
- Cool colors include shades of green, blue, and purple and variations on those colors. They are called cool colors because they evoke a feeling of water, trees, and night. They bring out a feeling of relaxation, calm, and reserve
- Neutral colors consist of brown, which is a combination of all three primary colors, and the two remaining colors: black and white. The more muddied or gray a color is, the more neutral it becomes Black and white designs are considered elegant and sophisticate
Step 1: Start By Sorting Some Photos
You can start the process of creating your own scrapbook kit with some page protectors. Sort through your photos and select three or four of them that have like the subject matter. Place them together into a page protector.
If you have any thoughts for colors, page titles, or embellishments, jot them down on a post-it note. You can hang them on hangers in a closet or put them upright in a box.
If you are setting up a 12" by 12"album, you may need to use some jumbo 2-gallon bags zip lock bags. Put the pictures into smaller sandwich bags. Then place those into the larger zip lock bags.
Step Two: Select Some Paper
You need to select some paper to go with the pictures in each of your page protectors. Look at the picture and chose the dominant color in the photos.
You need one paper that is your base page. This needs to be a good-weight paper as it will hold all the other elements of your pages. This paper would be in the size of your album. The most standard size is 12" by 12".
You may also want to mat your photos. Remember to choose a solid color to go behind the photo itself.
Once you have whittled the papers down to the ones that you want to use, add them to your page protector or zip lock bag.
You an also go through your scraps to see if any paper would be useable.
Scrapbook Kit Resources
- Scrapbook Page Planner
A free single page printable planner that you can use with your scrapbook kit.
Step Three: What Embellishments Should You Add To Your Kit?
Next, you can add some embellishments to your page kits. You will want to select embellishments that match by theme or predominant color. The idea here is to go through your stash and select anything that might be used with that page and set it aside. You can use a little dish. I recycle meat trays. They are shallow enough and give me plenty of room. Another idea would be to use a recycled egg carton.
You could use plastic bags to hold the items that you have chosen. Or even envelopes will work. Place these items in your zip lock bag or page protector.
A lot of your choices have to do with what you have in your stash. Try in some way to stick to the color or theme of your kit and include several from this list:
- Enamel dots
- Stamped Images
- Washi tape
- Paper flowers
- Die cuts
- Chipboard pieces
If you do not have everything you need, check out the dollar store in your neighborhood, You will be amazed at what you find there. Now you have a scrap book kit ready for whenever you want to work on it.
More Scrapbook Kit Ideas And Tips
While you are creating your kits either digital or in hand kits, to create kits that will inspire you and give you joy. Here are some suggestions to make your experience enjoyable as you create your own kits,
- Do not include too many papers. It will confuse your creative mind.
- Pick the papers that you love, rather than settling for papers that you do not like.
- Make sure that you have a good balance of papers. Use busy vs restful. Try small patterns vs large patterns. tight patterns vs loose patterns. You get the idea. Opposites can attract.
- Stick to similar tones and styles.
- Mix textures and styles when it comes to embellishments. Include things that are flat like die cuts and stickers. Then include some things that have dimensions like twine, ribbon, washi tape, and more.
- Remember there are no rules. Include what you love. Do whatever works for you. That is the joy of doing this process. You get to do whatever you want.
Use Scrapbook Printables To Save Time And Money
There are so many opportunities to create scrapbook kits that are available for free on the internet. All you have to do is to print them. Many resources are available that can help you easily create your scrapbook kits within just a few minutes.
When I print a resource, I make a copy of the printable and keep it in a page protector in a three-ring binder for future use. I file them in my binder alphabetically to make it easier to find what I need.
I use these printables for my scrapbook pages, junk journals, and art journals. The nice thing about the printables is that you can size them to fit your needs.
There are printable layouts that are available. You will want to print them on heavy-weight cardstock-80 lbs or more. Another thing to remember, unless you have a computer that prints 12" by12" paper, you will not be able to print these out to fit a standard 12" by12" scrapbook.
- Graduation-four layouts that have plenty of space to add momentos
- Wedding-two simple layouts to choose from
- General-Nice options to choose from
The same thing regarding size applies here. However, if you do not have a 12" by12" capacity on your printer, you still should print some of these images. The paper can be used to make letters, mats, backgrounds, and more within your pages following your color theme.
There is plenty of free clip art for you to print on the internet to create your own embellishments. Use your browser and click on " free clip art on..... Fill in the exact image that you are looking for to speed up your time. Again I make an extra copy for my book. You can add a little more to your elements with some glitter glue, a marker, or a watercolor marker. Get creative and have fun.
All you need to create these on your own is a sheet of double-sided adhesive paper. You print them, add them to your kit. There are a wide variety of free sticker resources on the internet. So you should have no problems finding what you need.
My Favorite Sticker Paper
Creating Micro Kits
Creating these kits is a little different, In these kits, you actually select the photos that you want to include. So in this case, you are selecting items for a specific photo. So, you chose one to three colors in the photo to create your kit. These are smaller kits that are just a starting point. These are easy and save a lot of time.
In essence, you plan the entire page or layout.
What Is In A MicroKit?
A micro kit is just a small collection of materials to create a layout. This is a minimum of supplies. Most people only have 2-3 kits in their stash. It includes:
- 1 sheet of cardstock
- 3-5 sheets of patterned paper
You could also include a scratch book sketch to speed things up.
Perfect Storage Bags To Store Your Kits
Adding More Elements To Your Kit
Use Your Electronic Cutting Machines To Add Elements To Your Kits
There are amazing resources in the computer programs of your electronic cutting machine. No matter if you have a Cricut, Silhouette, or Scan N Cut. there is a wealth of embellishments you can add to your kits.
Think about tags, envelopes, images, and more. There are shapes and designs that you can use to add more themed ideas.
In the case of the Cricut Design Space. there are actually whole scrapbook pages that you can cut and place in a zip bag.
Creating Scrapbook Kits From Your Scrap Bin
When we are done with a paper project, we often have leftover paper. I keep my colored solid leftovers in plastic containers and then the printed paper in another storage container. As I am creating my kits, I sometimes go through the scraps that I have to create a new kit.
- Start by looking through your scraps to see what appeals to your eye. Look for solids and prints that work together. Hold them up to each other and find what really appeals to you.
- Set aside the papers that come together in your eye. As you work through the papers you will find a lot of joy. You may not use all the papers you select. Just find the papers that will work. It is creative and fun to work through the process.
- Select one printed paper as your main theme. This paper should have multiple tones of color, Then all of your other papers are judged to be used against that theme paper. Make sure that the other papers you select have some of the same colors in your theme paper.
- You can also select one or two colors to contrast against your theme color. Since there are no rules to your kits, you can use what you see and like
- Now add some sticker letters or any type of letters that you chose. Select a color that will stand out on your page. You will want a color that contrasts against your page.
- You also may want to select some enamel dots and other small embellishments and ephemera that will work with your colors
- Add some base paper to start your layout
- Bag them up and you are good to go
Creating A Digital Scrapbook Kit
For folks who use digital resources, you can create digital scrapbook kits for future use. You can use almost any graphics program, but Adobe Photoshop remains the most popular.
Digital scrapbooking has become a popular alternative as people look for new innovative ways to keep family memories without having to store paper, supplies, and albums. Paper can only be used once, but digital scrapbook elements can be combined in hundreds of ways and used repeatedly. Using Abode Photoshop makes the procedure easy even for beginners.
A digital scrapbook kit contains the same elements as paper but in graphic files. So you would have cardstock, patterned paper and embellishments.
Digital designers use a number of different techniques for their kits
- Layers- allows you to add multiple patterned papers on one digital scrapbook page.
- Shadows-drop shadows allow you to add dimension to any element
- Textures-Using texture filters on a layout is an easy way to replicate the appearance of textured cardstock.
- Bevels And Embossing-Bevels and embossing filters lend a sophisticated and elegant look to digital layouts.
- Photographic Effects;-Using black and white, sepia tone, or spot-colored embellishments adds pizazz to any layout.
Getting Started With Your Digital Scrapbook Kit
- Open a new document that is a 2x2 inch square. Use the drawing tools in your program to create a simple design. Stripes, circles, squares, hearts, and flowers are popular choices for scrapbooking paper, but feel free to experiment.
- Save your file. If you're using Adobe Photoshop Elements, it should be a. PSD image.
- Go to "Edit," then click on "Define Pattern." This will add your custom design to the program options.
- Open a 12x12 inch document. Go to "Edit," then click on "Fill." Select your custom pattern from the list to create your own unique patterned paper to use as the basis of your digital scrapbooking kit.
- Make coordinating papers for your kit by repeating Steps 1 through 4, but change the color of each design. Using various shades of the same color, a monochromatic scheme gives your project a subtle and sophisticated appearance. You can try using color schemes found in your favorite fabrics or interior design books if you want a more adventurous look for your project.
- Experiment with filters to add extra interest to your digital patterned papers. For example, you can create textured paper or paper with a smudged watercolor effect.
- Create photo mats for your digital scrapbook kit by using the Layer Styles palette options to make squares with beveled edges and drop shadows. The eyedropper tool can be used to help you pick a coordinating color for these accents.
Learn More About Digital Scrapbook Kits
- Welcome to Digidesignresort - Digidesignresort - Scrapbooking
Digital scrapbook ideas and information
- CottageArts.net | Tutorials
Digital scrapbooking software featuring layout templates, digital papers and backgrounds, photoshop actions, photoshop brushes, and embellishments for scrapbooks, altered books, hybrid scrapbooking, and paper artists. Simply Digital product line. Dig
- Digital Scrapbook Place | MyMemories
New Home of Digital Scrapbook Place at MyMemories.com.
Free Digital Scrapbook Kits
Free Digital Scrapbook Kits
If you love digital scrapbook kits, but do not have the time to create a kit yourself, there is another option. And that option is free digital scrapbook kits. These free kits are available online.
Of course, all of these will be zip files that you will need to open when you use them. Some of these files may be large. So you may want to consider how much space you have on your computer.
Free Digital Scrapbook Kits
- GRANNY ENCHANTED'S BLOG: "Country Kitchen" Free Digital Scrapbook Kit
Country look digital scrapbook freebie
- Free Digital Scrapbook Kits From Far Far Hill | Ipietoon - Blog Design and Online Business
LOvely kit with lots of elements
- cheyOkota digital scraps: Digital Scrapbook Freebie Cluster & Freebie kits
Limited-time free kit
- Freebie | Digital Scrapbooking Kit from Pixels & Co and Quality DigiScrap Freebies – Scrap Booki
Pixels & Co and Quality DigiScrap Freebies have teamed up to bring you this free collaborative kit. To access the kit you will need to Like the ADGF Facebook Page.
How To Create A Scrapbook Kit
Create Your Own Project Life Scrapbook Kit
If you are into the Project Life type of scrapbook. you can create your own Project Life scrapbook kit. These kits can be created from things that you probably have in your craft stash.
- 2 – 4×6 paper pads
- 40 – 3×4 journaling cards
- 2 sheets alphabet stickers, in white* and grey
- days of the week stickers – 2 flat, 2 puffy
- star embellishments – 1 acetate, 1 chipboard, 1 enamel
- 1 chipboard sticker sheet
- 1 booklet of white phrase stickers*
- 1 roller stamp
- 1 stamp set
- 1 watercolor die cut piece*
More Ideas For Project Life Kits
Project Life Resources
- Five Ways To Create Your Own Pocket Cards Using Scrapbook Kits - Sahin Designs
Create pocket cards for your project life pages
Canva Online Design Program
Canva has one of the easiest online programs to create digital scrapbook pages, You simply pick out a template, add your pictures, add personalization and features, Then you can share your pages, download them, print them or have copies printed for you. There may be some fees but this is the easiest program, especially for those not experienced with digital graphics.
How To Organize Your Scrapbook Kits
Keeping your scrapbook kits neat and clean is important. After all, you have taken the time to create the kits you have. So let's discuss how to store your scrapbook kits. How you store your kits depends on the space you have and the amount of money you are willing to expend.
- Paper Folios-These is somewhat expandable plastic folios that would store several thin kits or one micro kit.
- Horizontal Paper Trays-This is expandable storage that could hold multiple kits in one location.
- Art Bin Super Satchel- I use this one to hold the pages I am working on in, but you could put several kits into this unit.
- Clean Pizza Boxes-You can buy these on the internet. These would hold one kit each horizontally
How To Organize Your Kits
- By Manufacturer-Lots of people are loyal to specific manufacturers. Of you are in that category, file your kits by the name of the paper in your kit.
- By Date Purchased- Use the older supplies first, so file your kits by the older ones first
- By Color Palette-Separate your kits by color. Use the primary colors in your photos and build and store your kits that way
Expanding Folio For Your Scrapbook Kits
Final Thoughts On DIY Scrapbook Kits
So, if you have a large stash of cardstock and embellishments and found yourself spending a lot of time trying to coordinate things for scrapbook pages, this project is for you.
Get ahead of yourself and organize your products into kits so that you have them all together in one place. When you are ready to do some scrapbook pages, you can go through your kits and scrap your heart out.
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