View Full Version : If you could only scrap with 5 kits...

07-17-2006, 02:40 PM
Hi! I'm newish to Digital Scrapbooking, and have just begun to buy kits but I can't afford to buy more than a kit or two a month! So here's a question for all of you...

If you could only ever use 5 kits to scrap with, what would they be?

I know everyone has different tastes and styles, but I'd love to hear what your top kits would be! Thanks!

07-17-2006, 02:53 PM
Wow. This is a HARD question. So I'm going to play it easy....any Shabby Princess kit (www.shabbyprincess.com) is extremely versatile. Corina Nielsen's Arsenal kit (www.plaindigitalwrapper.com) is an excellent source of elements to supplement any LO.


07-17-2006, 03:08 PM
Since I've probably done fewer than 10 pages ever anyway, I'm not sure I can give this a good answer (though I will say that Jen Wilson's Worn Comforts CD is AMAZING, but then...I think about all the other stuff I've got that I love, so it's almost unfair to say that, LOL) but I wanted to point you to RAKScraps (http://www.rakscraps.com/), because they offer a free mega kit each month for download (pieces of it, usually the latter half of each month). And many designers offer freebie sampler papers or elements that you can try out, and if you use them and love them, I'm sure they'd appreciate some lovin' in return in the way of being a paying customer. For those, I'd check out and bookmark some of the designer blogs (I have some on my blog, but there are SO MANY that I wish I could remember to add), and I'd also consider becoming a subscriber at SBB (http://www.scrapbook-bytes.com/), at a minimum. I'm sure you could do quite well without spending lots money on this, but I'm too far gone to try it out now. I have tried to enforce a rule that I need to make "x" number of pages ("x" is TBD, of course) before I buy anything else... ;)

07-17-2006, 03:18 PM
When I started out - I collected all the freebies I could (and am a regular visitor at RAKscraps!) I'm also trying to learn to make my own kits since I have time, but not the money! But I have bought a few kits I love, and wanted to know what other people really loved. If you could only own a few kits, what would it be?

My three very favourite kits at the moment are "Celebrate Life" ( ACOT ) and "Shakespeare in Love" ( something blue designs) and Zoe Pearn's Citrus Punch. I have been able to do quite a lot with those.

07-17-2006, 03:22 PM
If I could only buy one or two kits a month, I'd make them kits that could easily give me two very different looks! I think that the Shabby Shack (http://digitaldesignessentials.com/Samples/Shabby_Shack/Shabby_Shack.html) kit at DDE would give you a ton of different looks. I also love Gina Cabrera's Daydreams Collection (http://theshabbyshoppe.com/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=77) and could easily use that more than once.

I think that Carrie Stephen's kits are so unique that you could easily get two completely different looks out of every kit. Shine (http://www.fishscraps.com/Store/index.php?main_page=document_product_info&products_id=258&zenid=d1a569a4da4a6603dbe7cf1f654fabf5) is one of those kits.

I think the Eclectic kit (http://heatheranndesigns.net/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=21&products_id=85&osCsid=ddb0c4872cae9f0a0738ce73880c860e) by Heather Ann would give you a variety of looks.

And Michelle Coleman's Boho Chic papers (http://www.scrapartist.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&manufacturers_id=3&products_id=287) and elements (http://www.scrapartist.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&manufacturers_id=3&products_id=286) would give you lots of different looks as well.

07-17-2006, 04:33 PM
I'd certainly get the Guardian Peas mega kit, I've already done several pages with it and it recolors easily as well.

Other than that I'd have to do some serious thinking... LOL.

07-17-2006, 06:25 PM
If I were only buying 5 kits, I would definitely include ACOT's Circle of Friends Mega Kit. The colors are beautiful and the variety of embellishments is amazing. You can find it here: http://www.acherryontop.com/digital/type/digital_downloads/company/a_cherry_on_top/9000578/?l=1&sr=3

07-17-2006, 07:26 PM
Shabby Shack, Shabby Shack, Shabby Shack! LOL--Super verasatile!! I'd also get the Bookbag Essentials kit from Gina Cabrera. Has super good "essentials" :) I'd also get Shabby Princess Studio Chic for the same reasons--versatile. And I'd love to choose just one more of her kits to tell you to get, but I can't cuz they are all soooooooo fabulous! But if you can choose just one that you think would be versatile for you, then that too :) Plus you can go to her free site and pick up a bunch of awesome kits there--free, of course!

And you REALLY need to go to Sweet Shoppe Designs and check out the quarterly assortment!!! A mini kit from each designer (a total of 12 mini kits this month) for only $2.99 total!!! If you are on a budget that is a great way to get a lot of scrapping supplies (beautiful, high quality stuff!!!) for a teensy teensy amount of money. There are sooo many yummy kits there too, you just have to look around a bit while you're there :) :)

07-17-2006, 07:30 PM
Anyone at Plain Digital Wrapper is awesome!!! =)

07-18-2006, 04:12 AM
This really helps me out. :) I've checked all of your recommendations out and have them on my list!! I want to support designers by buying their designs so I'm thankful for suggestions for versatile kits!

07-18-2006, 05:34 AM
Ok, I know this might be *considered* more than a kit, but it comes as ONE disc...

Jen Wilson's Spring CD.
Dani Mogstad's Basic Chipboard Alpha.
Some Torn Edges from Steph730.
Gina Miller's New Stitches.
DDE Shabby Shack or Bookbag Essentials.

07-18-2006, 07:42 AM
Fun Question.

Five Indispensable Kits for TaniaJPS (that's me - speaking in third person - again!):

1. Sweet Shoppe Designs Quarterly Assortment (http://www.sweetshoppedesigns.com/shoppe/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=7&products_id=263)
2. NDISB Team Summer's Call (http://ndisb.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&manufacturers_id=9&products_id=189)
3. July 2005 Free Pea Kit by Rhonna Farrer (http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/digitalKits_free_200507.asp)
4. Colorfully Ever After by Kay Miller (http://kaymillerdesigns.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=2&zenid=7acf739d700211866ea19195034d8a6e)
5. Anything Shabby Princess but specifically Shabby Mommy, Moody Blues, Shabby Stitches (http://www.theshabbyshoppe.com/Scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=28) and Shabby Borders I.

07-18-2006, 08:18 AM
Here are my top choices right now. These are ones I've found myself using multiple times.

Carrie Stephens Express Yourself kit. I've used this multiple times.
Holly McCaig/Kimberly Giarrusso Family Moments kit - used it over and over.
Dani Mogstad's Cabana Boy - used it for 4 layouts so far.
Heather Ann Melzer/Gina Cabrera's Sweet and Spicy Spring
Holly McCaig/Gina Miller Summer Home

07-18-2006, 09:49 AM
My five must have kits are...

My Gypsy Rose by Michelle Coleman
Emma's Sundress by Michelle Coleman
Aero by Sara Carling
Authentic by Sara Carling
Quiet Love by Nancie Rowe Janitz

I'm including bits and pieces I can't live without since they're cheaper than kits so you can buy a few more...

Gina Miller glitter borders (either one)
Gina Miller yarn stitches
Any brush set by Michelle Coleman
Any brush set by Nancie Rowe Janitz
Any brush set by Tracy Ann Robinson (hmm, I sense a pattern, lol)
Paper tears by Steph Krush
Atomic Cupcake actions

07-18-2006, 09:56 AM
Since I could never narrow it down to five on any type of level :D I'm going to put some things out there :D

I came up with the 2Pack Scraps series that are only 2.00 for those on a budget and for those that only used kits once :D

Just about every store will have samples..they're there for the customers so use them and love them :D

Of course you already know about RAKscraps :D

Designers blogs are also a fun place to visit :D

07-18-2006, 10:02 AM
Hands down, you can't go wrong with Gina Miller's Build Your Own Bulletin Board BYOBB kit:


and the BYOBB add-on


They are incredibly versatile. I find myself going back and usign them over and over again!

07-18-2006, 02:48 PM
I find myself using this kit by Gina Miller time and time again:

Get Creative (http://scrapbookbytes.com/store/product.php?productid=18777&cat=0&page=1)

07-18-2006, 03:26 PM
a couple that I have used over and over again:



http://www.shabbyprincess.com/SpringBreeze.asp (<---FREE!)

http://www.shabbyprincess.com/ShabbyFall.asp (<---FREE!)


07-18-2006, 05:04 PM
Must haves...

Gina Miller ribbons, trims and stiches....I use those all on tons of my lo's.

Katie pertiet's botanist papers and cabana white paper.

Kellie mize seed alphas.

ACOT's celebrate life kit.

Flowers are a must have....any and all that look REAL!


07-18-2006, 07:32 PM
I updated my post with links for anyone that is interested. :)

07-18-2006, 08:37 PM
I knew I shouldn't have looked in here...there's some good stuff that I haven't seen yet LOL!