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Best of Both Worlds :: My scrapbooking product picks for May 2013

Best of Both Worlds Scrapbooking Kit - May 2013
And just like that, it is May already! I’m finishing up my projects with my April kit, and ready to dive into a new set of goodies for the month ahead. You’re welcome to join me, and customise the kit to suit you!

Click here to shop the May 2013 Best of Both Worlds scrapbooking kit!

This month the colour scheme has a few bright and obvious colours – plenty of turquoise, pink, and yellow that mix and match well together – but also two specific neutrals in the mix. I’m looking forward to sharing a few notes on why I love kraft and grey as neutral colours for projects that can still have plenty of energetic colour too.

Best of Both Worlds Scrapbooking Kit - May 2013
As always, there is total freedom to pick and choose what you would like from the kit or substitute different items – from the store or your existing collection of supplies – but I have a few suggestions to make sense of the list. First, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but… the Thickers are optional. (Okay, everything is optional, obviously! But still.) I started with the pink and grey combination of smaller and larger letter stickers, but they are both flat. For a long time I thought maybe I could do a whole month without Thickers. And then I realised I have these mistable Thickers that I need to use! I think I tend to push them to the side because it’s quicker and easier to go to a colour that matches, but if you already have a few mists (and I may have more than a few!) then really these Thickers can be any colour. So… I wondered if anyone else out there was in the same boat – either already having the Thickers and needing a push to use them, or having plenty of mists that could do with another use! If either of those describe you, then consider the Thickers! If that doesn’t sound up your street at all, give it a miss.

There are a few different options for the Instaframes from Heidi Swapp. I actually prefer the brightly coloured set, but I have the more neutral set here. They are used exactly the same way, so you can pick! There is also a new patterned set and a mini-sized set if you tend to use smaller photos.

This month I’ve picked one set of clear stamps, this set, which is currently 50% off. If you don’t stamp, then that’s something to leave out straight away. But if you really love stamps, this set was my second choice, and it’s also on sale at the moment.

There is a cut-apart sheet this month – it’s a white print on kraft cardstock from Amy Tangerine. The cut-apart boxes are 4×6, great for journaling, and there’s an all-over print on the back too, also in white ink. So it’s subtle and not really obvious on the screen, but lovely and delicate in person.

Best of Both Worlds Scrapbooking Kit - May 2013
A look at the b-sides of the patterned papers.

I know in the last two months especially, there has been some frustration when items sell out quickly. I’ve been working with Two Peas over the past month to come up with some solutions and those will go into action for next month’s June kit. That’s happy news, I hope! It is to me, anyway!

Of course, this Saturday is a rather special day in the scrapbooking world – it’s NSD! Or ISD, I suppose? National or International Scrapbooking Day. A day just for scrapbooking – hurrah. There is quite a lot set to go on right here, and one of those elements includes a special project I’ve put together just from items on sale. It may be that you have plenty of those items already in your stash, or it might be a great chance to treat yourself to some bargains. I’ll be sharing that list a little later today, so I just wanted to give you that little bit of info in case you would want to look at both lists before finalising your order. That shopping list is now available here. I don’t want to give the whole idea away, but every single thing on that list is currently in the sale section, and I’ll be seeing just how far I can stretch that purchase of about $25 while staying true to my own style. The rest you’ll have to wait for Saturday to see!

Thanks so much for all your support, and not to worry if you still have supplies left from your April kit – I have more finished pages to share with you, including ideas for those chipboard pieces we haven’t discussed yet!

Click here to shop the May 2013 Best of Both Worlds scrapbooking kit!

01 May 2013

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22 Comments for Best of Both Worlds :: My scrapbooking product picks for May 2013

  1. Tiffany O'Grady Says:

    This looks great! Thank you so much for all of your hard work. Thanks for the heads up on the list coming later today too!

  2. lizzle Says:

    Love this kit! I have just placed my order and can not wait for it to wing its way over the pond to the UK! Thank you for putting this together, it really does look fab!

  3. Jeannine H Says:

    I love your May kit and I so excited to order your Best of Both Worlds kit. I have been saving up so I can add a lot more items from 2 Peas, along with it, to maximize the value of the International shipping costs.

    I will wait for the next post with the Special NSD Project supply list but I am clicking “purchase” on my cart today before most is sold out. Love your stamp set this month.

  4. Crystal Says:

    This months kit is so lovely, I love the color combinations. I almost submitted my order first thing this morning, but I’m glad I waited. I’ll be watching closely to see what else you have for us later in the day.

    Thanks so much for all you do for us!

  5. Linda In Aus Says:

    Shimelle I don’t think the Studio Calico stickers are on the list and da I didn’t notice until I had paid for my order. Excited as this is my first kit, I will be behind as it takes ages to get here but that’s ok.

  6. Singergab Says:

    So cute!!!

  7. Jess Amazing Says:

    This might be my favorite so far. Love it!

  8. Lynn Herrick Says:

    I am a subscriber to the Two Peas newsletter, but I have not been able to find a code for May for free shipping. Can someone help me with this. This is my first time trying the Best of Both Worlds kit – I just recently discovered you! Thanks.

  9. Julie Wanda Says:

    I’m embarrassed to say that I already HAVE most of this stuff “marinating” in my stash! Oh, I know – I was just waiting for Shimelle to make something pretty with it. Can’t wait to see what that is!

  10. Julie Wanda Says:

    Lynn, the free shipping promotional code for May is: MUzxor. The codes are in the newsletter (at the bottom); you need to subscribe to get them emailed to you. Hope that helps!

  11. Lynn Darda Says:

    That “sale” list is a great collection and I am very tempted to buy it all.

  12. Lynn Herrick Says:

    Thank you Julie – just completed my order!

  13. Jeannine H Says:

    I placed my order yesterday and today i notice that the
    Jillibean hexagons are missing from the kit at 2 peas. Did the hexagons just “fall” into the kit Shimelle photographed by mistake or should we be planning to substitute something for our own kit?

  14. Jeannine H Says:

    Me again. It looks like the Jillibean Hexies are not for sale at 2Peas sp Shimelle is perhaps just using up her stash!

  15. Crystal Says:

    Hi Jennifer, I’m not Shimelle, but think I can solve the mystery :) the hexagon stickers were listed in the kit when I placed my order, they must have sold out after that. I’m not sure, but I think that when two peas doesn’t have them in stock and doesn’t plan to reorder them, they are completely removed and you don’t see them with the “request and notify” section. Shimelle may have a completely different answer, however!

  16. jen Says:

    I’m not new to scrapbooking, but new to your videos and your lists… love them! I just shopped both lists – wish they could magically appear before NSD tomorrow. :) Thanks for your hard work putting these together.

  17. Paula Says:

    Shimelle, Please excuse me if I’m just lost, but I purchased the products for your special project for NSD and I can’t find it. I did truly enjoy ALL 24 prompts you did for us but I guess I didn’t figure out how those products fit in. Can you explain it all to me? Sorry to be so dense. Thank you!

  18. Liz Says:

    Hi Shimelle. Really looking forward to seeing what you do with the May Kit. Liz x

  19. Liz Yuille Says:

    Just finished my eighth LO with the May kit. I did add some plain cardstock and some mist, but otherwise it was all from the kit. Really pleased. Will photograph and add link soon!

  20. Cipto Junaedy Says:

    I’m looking forward to sharing a few notes on why I love kraft and grey

  21. agen sbobet Says:

    one of those elements includes a special project I’ve put together just from items on sale

  22. vest Says:

    I love that the ideas are the stars and the embellishments only add to that. This is a great article

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