One Product Rule

Have you ever tried to make your own scrapbook kit? If so, you’ll know that it is difficult because SO MANY wonderful scrapbook supplies exist. So what do you do? I have found success by using my own One Product Rule.

But there are a few things you should know before you begin putting together your own kit to ensure that your products all complement each other and that you put together a kit you will actually use. This post will tell you what you need to know to make sure you select the right products that will let you successfully create and use your own scrapbook kit.

Kit Making–The Basics

If you’re looking for a way to make your own cool kits, the best method to ensure you end up with something that lets you scrapbook more quickly and efficiently is by looking for these things:

  • Make sure your kit lets you make around three to five pages. If it does not, you will have trouble having enough product from which to choose.
  • Ensure your kit has a central theme so you can choose the best supplies. (See the One Product Rule below.)
  • Any good kit should let you scrap more quickly because your choices are limited. This is important because limited choices keep you from searching endlessly for just the right supply.

While not necessary, some great bonus features of a great kit are your own photographs, pre-written journaling, and a NAME. (You know how scrapbook kit companies give all of their collections names? When you make a kit–give it a name. It will be fun!)

Now that you know the reasons to make your own kit, you’re ready to start choosing supplies without worrying about coordinating everything–I’m going to show you how!

The One Product Rule

This brings me to my One Product Rule. I create my kits around one product, usually a piece of patterned paper. I find one piece that really speaks to me, then choose the rest of my collection as to what coordinates well.

Let me show you how it go about making a kit with my One Product Rule.

Recently I was on Scrapbook.com to buy some much-needed new albums when I came across this patterned paper by Echo Park:

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Echo Park, Happy Summer Collection, Beautiful Butterflies

I loved the bright summer colors and the butterfly print. So I used it as the One Product. I perused the rest of the Happy Summer collection and picked this paper to go in my kit.

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Echo Park, Happy Summer Collection, Perfect Day

Then I looked around at some other collections that seemed to have the same color scheme and found these papers:

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Fancy Pants, Attwell Collection, Stunning

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Jillibean Soup, Mushroom Medley Collection, Chanterelles

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Pink fresh Studio, Life Noted Collection, Checker Board

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PhotoPlay Paper, Summer Daydreams Collection, Sun Spots

That gave me six patterned papers. Time to move on to embellishments! Here are my choices:

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American Crafts, Pebbles, Cottage Living Collection, Thickers, Foil Imprint, White and Gold

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Jillibean Soup, Wood Veneer Clothespins, Stars

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My Mind’s Eye, Basics Collection, Party Fans, Yellow

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Pinkfresh Studio, Life Noted Collection, Wood Stickers with Foil Accents

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Queen and Company, Tape Trio, Trendy Tape, Yellow

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Jillibean Soup, Mushroom Medley Collection, Cardstock Stickers, Soup Labels

I looked for products with a color scheme and summery theme similar to the patterned paper I chose.

And now I have a kit ready to go!

Now go create your own kit!


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