Mini Kits

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:

MiniKits_JBarrette_Petite

Layout by 4noisyboys. Supplies: Petite Mademoiselleby Jenn Barrette (preview shown), Bugga templates by Sara Gleason

MiniKits_AnnaBV_Love

Layout by CaroB71. A Love so Tenderby AnnaBV Designs (preview shown)

MiniKits_2am_Sunny

Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Sunny Day at the Beach by 2 a.m. Designs (preview shown)

MiniKits_KAagard_Sept

Layout by Traumelfe. Supplies: September RomanceShot by Kristin Aagard (preview shown), Template by Secret Stash, Photo by Julia Maier

MiniKits_Lauraskathi_2011

Layout by Helen. Supplies: 2011-03by lauraskathi (preview shown)

MiniKits_Elise_Cloud

Layout by Kat. Supplies: Cloud Nine by Elise’s Pieces (preview shown)

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!