Hello, Crafty Internet!
Grab your coffee; this is a long one.
My Creative Scrapbook is a monthly subscription service that sends out amazing products to use for scrapbooking or card making, or any other paper crafting thing you might want to do, but I think the focus is scrapbooking. (Note: I am not affiliated with My Creative Scrapbook, just a customer.) They offer a few kit clubs to choose from and I recently signed up for their Limited Edition kit. I am considering signing up for the Album kit they offer which looks amazing.
Kit clubs can be kind of hit or miss. I have joined a few over the years and have left because the kits no longer appealed to me or seemed to be repetitive, or maybe I’m just fickle. MCS has a previous kits list that goes back to February of 2008. I looked through the entire list and only saw one kit, (ONE!) that did not really appeal to me and it wasn’t in the list for the kit I signed up for.
There is a Design Team gallery that features all of the kits for the month and it’s not just a one project thing. There are several projects from each designer featuring the kit they used. It isn’t all scrapbook layouts either. There are mixed media projects and cards as well. Since I’ve only ever made maybe 5 scrapbook pages in my entire paper crafting life, I checked out this video by design team member Lilibleu for inspiration.
My first LE kit arrived and I was stupid with excitement. There is so much in this kit and the price point is so reasonable. Most of the products in the kit are Prima and every paper crafter / mixed media artist knows that Prima products are quality. I also love how they package everything in one large plastic bag to keep the products safe during shipping which is a huge bonus to me.
I immediately set everything out on my TV tray to look it over and fall in love. I had a moment of “This-is-too-pretty-to-use-itis” and thought my meager talents would not do these products justice. They deserved to be in the hands of a master paper crafter. Then I got over that because look at all this stuff!! If you can’t create something amazing with this, pick a new hobby.
The first thing I did was cut the papers down to 12 x 12 and set aside the slips of labels to use in other projects. They are all from the Amber Moon collection by Prima Marketing.
I cut the sheet down to 11 1/2 x 11 1/2″ and matted it on a 12×12 sheet of black cardstock. I would have used a dark brown, but I didn’t have any cardstock large enough.
Next I added texture paste through a Tim Holtz stencil, added a gesso wash and applied some color. I used Distress Sprays in Walnut Stain, Wild Honey, Antique Linen, and Spiced Marmalade.
Composition and focal point took me a little while as it always does. I didn’t have a personal picture to use. Apparently, we never photographed anything we did in the fall with the kids. Of course, this was back in the day before we had cell phones. Anyway, one of the papers included in the kit had some lovely journal cards so I used those and a package of the flowers with some of the chipboard stickers. I also used some of the sequins included in the chipboard stickers package and some Tim Holtz Liquid Pearls in black to help finish off the page.
I thought it turned out well. I don’t know if this actually counts as a scrapbook project or if it is more a mixed media art piece. I am not skilled enough at scrapbooking to know one way or the other. I truly love the way it turned out. This kit came loaded with a lot of materials to make a lot of projects.
Here are some close ups of the project:
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