My Monthly Scrapbook Kits
Are you excited about scrapbooking yet? When I rejoined the hobby in 1997, there weren’t very many pre-made kits that I liked. Oh, there were some cute little kits for little girls with a small album and lots of tiny stickers. I could build my own kit with single items, but I wanted a kit all ready to go. Now, in 2020, there are choices!
Research is Key
When I decided I wanted to join a monthly kit, I wasn’t sure what was out there. I did some research on Google and You Tube. Read lots of reviews and watched kit unboxings. Some monthly scrapbook kits are geared to pocket page scrapbookers, while others are for stampers or card makers. One thing to note, many of the clubs require a subscription of 3, 6 or 12 months. Sometimes you may be able to get a past months kit on sale to see if it’s a good fit for you.
My Choice for 2020
After many days of research, I chose the Studio Calico Documenter Kit. Although I am a 12×12 scrapbooker, I enjoy using the 3×4 pocket page cards on my layouts. At this time, Studio Calico has 3 different kits:
- Documenter – This kits as 3×4 and 4×6 cards, embellishments, washi tape and a stamp set
- Traveler’s Notebook – This kit includes a traveler’s notebook, embellishments, washi tape and a stamp set
- Stamp Kit – Includes one stamp set and idea booklet
Studio Calico used to make a 12×12 monthly scrapbook kit, my hope is that one day they will bring it back. I have quite a few of their papers and they have always been some of the most colorful and cheerful styles.
My June 2020 Kit
This is how my monthly scrapbook kit arrives every month. I love the reusable bag it comes in! The kits ship on the 8th of every month and I usually have it by the 15th of the month. However, with COVID-19 shipping has been a bit slower but well worth the wait.
The washi tape rolls from Studio Calico are rather large! There is quite a bit on a roll so no worry of running out this month…or next month.
Each monthly scrapbook kit comes with an assortments of stickers and embellishments. The June kit has label stickers, vellum stars, butterfly stickers and a small alphabet sticker sheet. I love this months chipboard stickers they included!
The kit I receive every month is for the pocket page scrapbooker. So it has 3×4 and 4×6 cards which are perfect for journaling on. I use the smaller cards has is for titles or as an embellishment and some are meant for journaling. Have you ever seen a card that you love the motif on it but the color is wrong for your design? Guess what…you can cut it out! Yes you can and no one will get mad at you (it took me a few years to realize that).
Last but not least, the stamp set. I absolutely love Studio Calico’s stamp sets! I have them in every size – little sets perfect for planners to large alphabet sets. They are made well and stamp beautifully! This months set was made by Creative Bubble, I just adore the camera.
Now that I am at the half way point in my subscription, I have no regrets about signing up. I look forward every month to see what is in the kit. If you don’t like surprises, they always reveal the kit on the first of the month. I just like to get a surprise in the mail every month.
If you like what you see from my kit, be ready for Black Friday! Studio Calico* has by far one of the best deals that day. They put many of their past kits on sale for $5…yep, that’s right $5. I ordered a few last year along with a few mystery kits and just loved everything I got. I will be sure to put out reminders when we get into the holiday season. In the meantime, be sure to check out their website, they do have sales throughout the year and they are really good.
I hope you will check out monthly scrapbook kits. I will be checking out a few more and will share what I get. It’s nice sometimes to work with just a kit to make a layout. Since it’s all coordinated to go together, you know your page will look great!
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