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Introducing the Best of Both Worlds Scrapbooking Kit

best of both worlds scrapbooking kit @ shimelle.com - january 2013
There are some things I absolutely love about scrapbooking kits: the ease of something selected to mix and match perfectly without it all being one collection, the right amount of stuff to make quite a few pages or projects without having to dip into too many other supplies, the portability factor that makes it easy to pick up and scrap anywhere by grabbing a kit with some photos and basic tools, getting to see how different crafters are so creative with the same set of supplies, and the chance to take up the challenge to use something I might not otherwise purchase for myself. But then there are downsides: accidentally duplicating items I’ve already purchased, ending up with supplies I won’t use because they are beyond a challenge and just aren’t my style, wishing I had something very close to that kit but with maybe a small change or two, and the conundrum of what to do with a subscription that arrives every month whether I’ve had time to use the last one or not.

So for 2013, I’ve put together a little something designed to be the Best of Both Worlds. These are my product picks that I’m assembling into a kit each month, with a few guidelines: the kit will stay at the same budget (just shy of $40 USD – but keep reading because there’s a solution if that’s too much for you) and always include at least two elements that will last long after the paper and stickers are gone (usually a stamp set for one, then things like tape, mist, or ink for the other). You place your order through Two Peas in a Bucket, so you can add more products while you’re shopping if you like (they offer free US shipping over $50, so that may be beneficial to you) and they ship all over the world. You can skip straight to the January kit here if you fancy.

There’s no subscription so you can jump in and out as you see fit.
You can edit the kit if you want more control by omitting items or replacing them. Say you don’t stamp: removing the stamp set from the kit saves you a sizeable chunk of the kit’s overall price, so that’s a great way to keep things to a smaller budget. Or say you don’t like Thickers (gasp!), you could leave them out or if you just don’t like glittery Thickers, you could replace them with another colour in a non-glittery option in the same font, so the kit would work exactly the same as I’m using it but you wouldn’t be angry at the world for getting glitter on your desk.

And yes, I’ll be using it. Each month you’ll see my projects from the kit come together through different videos and blog posts. I’ll be using the kit for my Sketch to Scrapbook Page videos and Scrapbook Starting Points and a few other spontaneous blog posts along the way. (You are, of course, welcome to participate in those challenges without the kit too.)

I realise this is a different definition to the idea of a ‘kit’ in the scrapbooking world, but that’s certainly what I’m making – a kit of supplies to use throughout the month. It just doesn’t have the subscription element and gives you the freedom to make choices should you wish to change the kit a bit! The January selection includes patterned papers from Pebbles, Echo Park, Studio Calico, Jenni Bowlin, BasicGrey, My Mind’s Eye, and October Afternoon, plus Thickers and smaller flat letter stickers, buttons and chipboard embellishments, colourful tape and a set of clear stamps designed by Kelly Purkey.


Here’s a look at the January selections and some further thoughts on how this works – including why I added certain elements this month and what changes you might want to make if your scrapping style differs to mine!

Click here to purchase the January 2013 Best of Both Worlds kit.
It’s as simple as adding one of everything if you want to use the same kit that I’ll be using all month, but you can of course make any changes you would like. Right now, there is a good supply of all the items in the kit, but as this gives you the option to pick and choose, it may mean some items sell out quicker than others. So waiting is at your own risk, I guess!

If you’re a loyal customer at Two Peas, your customer loyalty discount will be applied! And of course your kit purchase counts toward the customer loyalty discount too.

Coming right up: the first Sketch to Scrapbook Page video of the year, with a layout made from this kit, of course!

02 January 2013



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22 Comments for Introducing the Best of Both Worlds Scrapbooking Kit

  1. Chris C. Says:

    I love the idea of kits where you can pick and choose (I already have the stamps you selected). And as a loyalty member I prefer to purchase from 2Peas. Love this!

  2. Jacky S Says:

    I love this idea…but I’m afraid Two Peas international shipping charges make it uneconomic to order from the UK.

  3. Sue W. Says:

    What a great idea for kits! I’ve always had a hard time with subscriptions…sometimes I just don’t like what’s included. And of course, I love Two Peas!

  4. Zahra Says:

    Will you be considering UK options, Shimelle? Just wondering ;)

  5. Tiffany O'Grady Says:

    Love this concept! Absolutely brilliant. Thank you for listening to your fans!

  6. Alinor Says:

    too bad it goes through 2 peas, international shipping is way to expensive for me. but love the idea of an editable kit!

  7. Laurie Says:

    What a cool idea! Thanks for providing this. I love working with kits – takes the think-work out of it for me and makes scrapping easy. The concept of picking and choosing what I want or don’t want in a kit is genius!

  8. Cal Says:

    Fantastic idea Shimelle! I’m with the other UK ladies though and just can’t justify the postage costs :0(

  9. Mary M. Says:

    I love this idea! I had that same problem of belonging to a subscription and getting more stuff before I’d used up previous kits! I love the idea of being able to just participate here and there when I really love something. Thanks for another awesome idea.

  10. Ruth Bonser Says:

    I love this and have added everything i didnt already have in my stash to my bucket, but could you publish the kit a bit earlier (eg beginning of the last week of Jan for the Feb kit) so that internationals can get it in time for all your videos, please?

  11. Maureen Says:

    this is really cool. i had a couple of these papers already and i love that i can just skip them when ordering. you’re a genious. and i love two peas and shopping from there, this makes it so easy!

  12. Stephanie Says:

    What a fabulous idea. I watch you all the time. I’m just tickled that I can use the same products while you are. Ordered it all and I look forward to watching you use the kit. (I hope I don’t sound like too crazy of a fan…ok, I am;) Thanks!

  13. Misty Murphy Says:

    LOVE this idea. I keep peeking at kit clubs but haven’t subscribed for all the reasons you mention (and I have experienced all these problems in the past with other kit clubs). Thanks to you and Two Peas for putting this out there (I’m assuming shopping from this list helps support shimelle.com like shopping from your glitter girl list does). —And sorry to you UK readers on the international shipping dilemma.

  14. Debbie Says:

    Fantastic idea, but I agree with the UK ladies, international shipping is just ridiculous. I’m in Australia and can’t justify buying anything from Two Peas at all. I will grab some similar items from my stash and do my best to participate that way.

  15. Betsy Says:

    I would be concerned that some of the products will be out of stock. Is there a good supply in stock for everything that is included in the kit?

  16. Sherry C Says:

    Love the concept of making the kit your own – fun!

  17. tutteli Says:

    Lovely lovely kit! However 2peas postage to Finland is also quite a lot. So if you ever think of UK options please please please consider also option to ship other EU countries :)

  18. Anne Says:

    I have to agree with the other UK ladies, shipping costs from the US rules this option out for me. Such a pity, as I love your kits.

  19. RuthK Says:

    Hooray! My papers made it through the snow today. I ordered everything bar the glitter thickers and Jenni Bowlin paper from Sarah’s Cards in the UK. Incidentally, Two Peas will refund any difference between postage charged and actual postage if you contact them once a package arrives. Brilliant idea to be able to pick and choose, I didn’t order the stamps which really helps the budget. Can’t wait to see next month’s kit.

  20. Tracy B. Says:

    I am loving this “kit” idea. I have been following along and have made all of the pages with you (with items just purchased from Two Peas and items from my stash). I am excited to see how much of the January kit we use up. I can’t wait to see what you have planned for February.

  21. Cathy L. Says:

    I love this! Somehow I missed this post when it first came out, so glad I found it today. Love the idea of having you pick out some products for me!

  22. Ally Says:

    Absolutely love everything in this kit, I just wish I could get it in the UK without the cost! I still enjoy your videos, thank you for all your inspiration :)

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