9 Ways to Stretch Your Kit with Megan

Hi everyone! Megan here, and I’m on a serious roll with my October Freckled Fawn kit! I’ve already completed 13 projects using the kit and I’d say I have room for a few more.

Of course there’s nothing wrong with loading up a few projects with embellishments, but if you are looking to inspire yourself to make a bunch of projects and want some tips on how to stretch your kit, this post is for you!

Here’s how I was inspired to use the October 2017 kit:

1. Stick to the kit

For my first project with a kit, I usually jump in with whatever photos it reminds me of first, without worrying much about how much of the kit I’m using. I like to challenge myself to only use the kit, which makes the project come together quickly, since I’m not looking through my supplies. This project is for play mode, not stretch mode! The October journaling cards made it super easy to stick to the kit for this spread!

How I used the kit:

I started by placing pocket cards–I knew I wanted the “Autumn” card in a prime spot and that I’d need plenty of journaling space on the other cards. Because the journaling cards are all 3×4, I often adhere two together or cut one in half and frame another one to stretch the cards if I need them in 4×4 or 4×6 spaces. But this time I took advantage of the October 8.5×11 papers and trimmed one of those as the background for my title card!

I used alpha stickers and a label sticker to add my title, decorated the title card a bit more with chipboard stickers, added a visual triangle with epoxy wood button stickers, and used more label stickers to turn a filler card into a journaling card.

You can see more of this spread here: September 24-30

2. Embellishments only

It’s easy to stick to the kit with paper or journaling cards, but using just plain white cardstock and the embellishments from the kit is a fun challenge! I love that this challenge helps me to think of ways to use embellishments to create elements that seem like patterned paper and can help me to figure out how to make pages with LOTS of photos come together.

How I used the kit:

I started with a label sticker to add in a tiny bit of journaling. Then I made a title in the space in the middle row. I mixed Autumn Alpha Stickers and handwriting for the title and added a row of plaid puffy hearts in the leftover space. Two strips of plaid washi tape between the rows finished things off!

You can see more of this spread here: Cider Hill Apple Picking

3. Focal point

Pick an embellishment to be the star of the show! You might use a large embellishment from the kit, a cluster of similar smaller embellishments, or make a smaller embellishment stand out by raising it with foam adhesive, matting it on white cardstock, or pointing other embellishments to it. This is especially a helpful technique to show a viewer where to start on a busy page or to create a stand-out spot if you are using a lot of repetition.

How I used the kit:

I used the October wood chip as a focal point for this pocket page, coloring it black by rubbing an ink pad directly onto the chip. I used the kit to make a title card, using the papers for the background and a label sticker to write the rest of the title.

You can see more of this spread here: 31 Scary Days Part 1

4. Start with one item

See if any of the items in your kit inspires a story that you want to tell. Start with that embellishment or paper and let other things from the kit fall into place afterwards!

How I used the kit:

I started with the October journaling cards–I knew I could use the one with the word “October” on it for my title and filled in the rest of the 3×4 pockets with other journaling cards, alternating the colors. I finished the title by spelling the word “Reads” with the alpha stickers. I filled the 4×6 spot with one of the October 8.5×11 papers and made it a decorative filler card with a strip of washi tape and a line of Autumn cork stickers with gold foil accents.

You can see more of this spread here: October Reads 2016

5. Forget the theme

Themes in kits are a great starting point for your stories, but there are often neutral items in the kit that can be used for different things! See if isolating a few non-themed items can inspire you to tell the story or look through your photos and see what projects might work well with some of the kit’s colors.

How I used the kit:

The gold silk leaves (which were a bonus item only in subscription kits) reminded me of a laurel, so I thought they would be perfect to use to document my daughter’s Greek play! The leaves have bendable wire stems, so I twisted the stems together, layering the leaves, to form the laurel for the title card. I used the resulting laurel shape on a 4×6 background cut from one of the October 8.5×11 papers and made a title by centering alpha stickers in the middle of the laurel. The rest of the page was simple photos + October journaling cards. I paired down the colors from the kit and only used the greens, browns, and gold / yellows, which removed the autumn feeling from the kit’s theme for this non-autumn page!

You can see more of this spread here: Greek Play

6. Mix old and new

Raid your stash to see if products from last year work with your kit for now! Oftentimes products from the same season share themes or have colors that will work together, so I like to look at my leftovers from the same month in past years.

How I used the kit:

Unfortunately, many of my past Freckled Fawn kits were stolen, but I still had Freckled Fawn journaling cards from an autumn past! I knew I wanted to use the chipboard “October” sticker, but it didn’t show up well on the yellow plaid patterned paper background I chose. I decided to use a stash card from last year to house the title, and then I had some extra journaling room too! I clustered chipboard stickers, a cork leaf, and numbers to form the title.

I found homes for more embellishments throughout the spread, mirroring the embellishing of the 2×2 collages on each side of the page, adding a label sticker and half of puffy heart stickers to the photo. Chipboard stickers and epoxy wood button stickers found homes in the center of other photo collages and I nestled a chipboard flag sticker on a card. The journaling cards are a mix of October journaling cards and cards from past Freckled Fawn kits.

You can see more of this spread here: October 1-8 2016

7. Get as Far as You Can

Mixing together things from different manufacturers can be a lot of fun, but scrapping with a kit is a lot less time consuming because you aren’t spending your scrap time raiding your stash to find coordinating supplies. At a certain point, though, trying to stick to a kit becomes restricting as you use up your supplies! Try filling in everything that will work with your kit first, then raiding your stash to find pieces to fill in the gaps.

How I used the kit:

I built a fun title card with my leaves picture using a October 8.5×11 paper for the background, label stickers with alpha stickers for the title, lines of some older Freckled Fawn enamel dot stickers, and the leaf epoxy wood button stickers. I added a chipboard sticker to one of the photo collages, cut down another of the patterned papers to 3×4 to use as a card, and added another label sticker so I’d have room for journaling on one of the patterned cards. I also used some Freckled Fawn past kits here–a card and felt leaves. I filled in the rest of the gaps with supplies from my stash from Kelly Purkey, Studio Calico, and Ali Edwards.

You can see more of this spread here: October 9-16 2016

8. Mix two kits

When you’ve used up a big portion of your kit and you’re at the point where it’s hard to stretch the supplies to cover a whole project, try mixing it with one other kit! Working with two kits at once will help you to finish off your dwindling kit and finish a project in much less time than trying to combine your leftovers with lots of items from your stash. Try finding another kit that has some colors that will work with the colors you have left in your Freckled Fawn kit.

How I used the kit:

For this page, I was down to my second to last October journaling card! I based the page around the “Finally Fall” card and made a spread about the first official week of autumn. I knew the colors I was using with my Freckled Fawn kit would mix well with this year’s September kit from Kelly Purkey! I made a 4×4 journaling card by combining one of the October 8.5×11 papers with white cardstock, used three Autumn cork stickers with gold foil accents around the title, added an epoxy wood button sticker on a card, and added a puffy heart sticker to the center of a photo collage.

You can see more of this spread here: September 17-23

9. Leave your kit out

Leave the last bits of your kit out on your workspace so you see them while you are working on other projects. That way you’ll be likely to reach for those supplies when they’ll work on your project–a sure way to “kill your kit”!

How I used the kit:

I used my last October journaling card (the pumpkin card) and I backed a 4×4 photo with one of the October 8.5×11 papers trimmed to 4×6.

You can see more of this spread here: October 23-31

I had so much fun stretching this kit and I’m excited to challenge myself to use the last few bits I have leftover.

I’d love to see how you stretch your kit too!

P.S. Other projects I’ve with the October kit so far: Halloween 2016, December 30 Lists Base, Our Last Thanksgiving, and 31 Scary Days 2016

XO,
Megan



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