On more than one occasion, I have bought a “mega-kit” for $9 (or more…) and then made only one page out of it. Which, if you do the math, makes that one expensive page! I’ve been thinking about mini-kits as one possible “solution” to the “expensive page problem”. They are usually around $4 dollars and contain about 5-6 papers, at least one frame and a handful of other elements. Some are slightly more expensive and contain a bit more and, on the other side, some are slightly less expensive and contain fewer items. I find that mini kits stretch me creatively because there is less “stuff” to choose from, so I need to make more use of digital techniques such as clipping masks and blends.
I went shopping and found some great mini-kits and sample pages of the kits in action:
Tips on Maximizing Your Mini Kits:
- Pair mini-kits with alphas or word art already in your digital supplies stash.
- Mix the papers in the mini kit with neutrals (like kraft paper) that you already own to stretch the mini kit a bit further.
- Mini kits often don’t come with “the basics” like staples and stitches, so raid your other kits and element packs for these items. Katie did a post on how she organizes her favourites that might help you keep track of these go-to items. You can also check out her post on fasteners for ideas on how to use stitches, staples, brads, buttons and more.
- Blend two or more papers in the kit to make additional coordinated papers. For more on that, check out Creating New Looks With Your Digi Papers.
- Create a multi-photo page and have the kit take backstage to your pictures. Or, create a word-focussed pageand have your journaling be the star.
- Use paint or brushes to add to the kit.
- Creatively use fonts on the page, either for titles or journaling or accents. You can even make an alpha out of a font.
I hope you have fun stretching yourself creatively with mini-kits. Happy scrapping!