Hello! I’m so excited to be back to working on my creative goals.
Before I took some time off, I had started to ask myself some questions about my memory keeping. Was I happy with my work? Was I happy in the stories I was documenting? Was I happy with the format? Was I making the effort to prepare these memories properly for my family? All of these questions have been on my mind, and I am working on making sure I feel good about how I spend my time creating and documenting.
Part of this is making sure that when I have the time to scrapbook, I can take full advantage of that! This is why I have decided to create a kit from my stash.
I love my stash. I make sure I only buy those things that I really love that I know I will use. This helps me keep my stash small, and helps me work through it so that I can buy more things that I love.
I’ve posted a video on YouTube that you can see here, but I want to explain a little bit more here than I did on the video.
While I was brainstorming this kit, I first wanted to get advice from fellow scrapbookers that have made a stash kit. I began my research with YouTube, and watched Jen Schow’s videos. She does a fantastic job putting together kits that include old and new pieces which I found so exciting. The next place I stopped by for advice was (of course) the Scrap Gals Facebook community. I love this group of ladies (and man). Everyone is so friendly, and it’s such a safe place to get advice from like-minded people! I got a few great pointers from these ladies that I wanted to share here.
1. Include products you love. I was told that if I included products I loved, I would find more motivation to work with the kit I create.
2. Create the kit with a few stories in mind. This helps me know if I need to include anything special in the kit. For this kit, I included washi tape with the specific purpose of taping in a few instax photos I have printed to go along with a journal entry I have previously written. Because I knew which picture and stories I wanted on a couple of layouts, I could plan ahead of time what to include. Also as part of this piece of advice, someone mentioned including a few sketch ideas, too. I love to work from sketches, so this works for me!
3. Journal ahead of time. This is perfect for what I want to document using this kit. I keep a journal of different stories that come to mind, and because I have taken some time off, I have a backlog of stories. Journaling ahead of time also helps when planning out pages as ideas come to mind.
With all of this in mind, my next step was deciding how to start my kit. I went through all of my paper looking for a pattern that had enough interest and colors that sparked an idea. I didn’t find a paper that caught my eye in that way, so I had to figure out where else I could start. I have a Pinterest board where I pin mood-boards that I find inspiring. I scrolled through that board, and found a pin that caught my eye.
Mood board my stash kit is based on.
I love how these colors flow together. They are bright, fresh, light, and dreamy. I also love how the yellow pops. Also on this mood board, you can see a variety of textures which I find very inspiring as well.
After I chose this as my inspiration, I went back to my paper, and from there everything came together fairly easily.
June 2018 Stash Kit storage.
My June 2018 stash kit laid out.
This kit is probably quite large for what I’ll be using it for. I typically use white card stock for the foundations of my layouts and projects, but I love to have these options. I also think a kit this size will help my layouts have different looks.
I really love how this kit came together. My goal is to use it for at least the month of June, with a goal of getting at least a handful of layouts done. I have a lot to scrapbook about since this past year has brought about a lot of happy and life-changing events. I have kept a journal through it all, so now I get to do the creative part!
If you have made a stash kit before, I would love to hear your process, and any advice you have. How big are your kits? Is there something you always have to include? How long do you plan on working with a single kit and how many layouts/projects do you hope to complete?
Thanks for stopping by and for sticking around this last year! I’m excited to be back, and look forward to sharing what I make with this!