How many of you belong to kit clubs? I know I have been a member off and on in the past for a few clubs. And now I am designing for Scrapbooking from the Inside Out.
I had a lot of fun creating layouts with the July Communication kit, but I did have one problem. If you try to create mainly with just your kits like I do, the one or two alphabets that come in a kit may not seem enough!
But they can be :)
The current kit included a package of brown American Crafts Thickers and an olive green mini circular alphabet by October Afternoon.
But as I created my layouts for the month, I realized that there were a few other "out of the box" ideas I could use to stretch my alphabet capability.
For example, an easy solution was to use the leftover alphabet from a previous kit. My "scraps".
Another good option, is to look to your patterned papers included in the kit.
On the same layout, I decided I wanted to get a "cut out" alphabet look, similar to the ones I see lately made by the Silhouette Cameo electronic die cutting machine. I love the look, but just don't want to invest in such an expensive piece of equipment right now.
After tracing my title on their backwards...
My last "out of the box" example...
uses an older stamp set from my stash, that strip of teal patterned paper you can see in the photo, a red distress marker by Tim Holtz that came in the kit and scissors. Using the patterned paper allowed me to choose the color I wanted for my letters. A color that really popped on the page and also coordinated with the colors in the die cut cards and paper I used for layering.
So with a little creativity, I was able to create several different alphabet looks for my layouts this month.
My challenge to you this week, is to scrapbook using an "out of the box" alphabet. Something using more than just prepackaged alphabet letters.
When you are done, feel free to share with us on the Craft Your Nest Facebook group page. The link is up there on the right :)