Using a themed kit for a non-themed layout

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Chelle’s Creations The Mane Event. Georgia font.


Do you have themed kits on your hard drive that seem like they can only be used once? I never shy away from buying a kit with a strong theme, because I know I can use it to emphasize the memories around the theme of the kit AND still use it for plenty of other layouts and projects as well. I asked some great digi scrappers from The Daily Digi team to help me illustrate how you can scrap any layout with any kit.

For this challenge, I had each digi scrapper use The Mane Event kit by Chelle’s Creations. It’s a darling kit and it has a very specific theme centered around hair and all that we do to keep it manageable.

Chelle Mane Event kit

I was thrilled to see what they came up with, not a hair-related page in sight! Ronnie used the solid papers in the kit as backgrounds for her daughter’s stunning dance photos. The addition of some flowers, ribbons, and buttons gave her just the right accents for a pretty page like this.

the daily digi themed kit for non themed layout Ronnie

Layout by Ronnie. Additional credits -Stories template by Katie the Scrapbook Lady.


A skiing layout with a hair kit? You bet! I love how Amelia picked out the more bold and masculine prints from the kit and used that fantastic alpha for her title.

the daily digi themed kit for non themed layout Amelia

Layout by Amelia. Additional credits -Template: Biograffiti Four Play No. 1. Font: CK_Ali’s Hand


Repeating a few embellishments over and over will help you create a beautiful cluster of accents. Jacki did such a nice job making this page feminine and cheery.

the daily digi themed kit for non themed layout  Jacki

Layout by Jacki. Additional credits -Word art from Mye De Leon’s “La Boheme.”

a few notes from Jacki – I was making a similar LO to my older daughter’s, featured here: I created confetti using a tutorial by Nannette Dalton.  I recolored the red button and brad and used the clone tool to ‘erase’ the scissors on the background paper. The top paper and large photo have 78% opacity.

Lauren turned a hair-themed kit into a fishing-themed layout by just adding a little fish shape and the appropriate title! The pocket scrapping style of this page is a fun way to use pieces of the patterned paper as great accents!

the daily digi themed kit for non themed layout  Lauren

Layout by Lauren Madsen. Additional credits -Template: Lifetime Templates by Julie Billingsley. Fonts: CK: Ali’s Hand, Traveling Typewriter, Seedy Motel and Vaguely Repulsive.


Monica used the frame as the star of her layout to anchor that darling baby picture and the grouping of elements around it. So much fun!

Monica using Mane Event

Layout by Monica (choliata41) additional credits:Brushes- Smashing Grunge Brushes, BB Romantic Disasters, Stains (unknown) Fonts- Pea Johanna Script, Traveling Typewriter Mini Tag- my own

Monica said – This was a bit of a challenge for me. I did add the color yellow by using brushes and recoloring one element yellow (the tag). I love how it turned out.

What kits are sitting on your hard drive waiting for new life? Have you ever used a Christmas kit for a summer layout? How about a baby kit for a heritage page? If you want to learn about stretching your creative scrapbooking skills, this is the perfect challenge for you!