Use up your old papers and goodies!

Want to know a secret to using up old scrapbooking goodies and getting more layouts completed?

Turn them into cute little layout kits!!!

I mean, really, what good is it to have a stash of scrappy items if you never use them? And what fun is it to sort through the same old stuff time after time to find coordinating papers and embellishments? It ends up taking forever and you never get anything accomplished…am I right???!!!!

So, dedicate a few hours (or more depending on how many kits you want to create!) and make a bit of a mess to create some fun kits that will make you WANT to use up those crafty goodies.

Step One-
Pull out or buy some bags/folders to store your kits in. I used some old Creative Memories paper holders (I doon’t know if they even have them anymore!) and I also have some from the LSS (Cropper Hopper maybe?). You could also use bags from old kits or anything else you can find.

Also, set up a large table (or use your kitchen table/counter) so you can spread out. The floor works as well. 😉
Here’s mine in the midst of sorting-

Step Two-
*Make a mess!!!**
I started by grabbing stacks of older papers and put them into separate piles. I kept doing this with more older papers until I had some “kits” beginning to form with several papers that I liked together. I also had a “give it to the kids” pile and a “toss/donate” pile.

Now, grab those embellishments you never use because they are hidden within all of your other stuff. Or maybe you don’t use them because they are “outdated.” Find a pile they will look cute with!!! Feel free to add the whole pack of embellishments or break them up into little baggies. Whatever you like. I usually just added the whole pack and I will put it back with my embellishments after I use up that kit.

Add some favorite scraps to your piles as well.
**Don’t make your piles too big!!! Add just enough to have a bit of options and variety in each one.

Step Three-
Pack them up and sort by color.

**Now all you have to do is grab a kit that coordinates with your photos and you are ready to go! I have used two of mine since creating them and the pages went together so quickly! (I wish I could show you but they were for our current class!).

Here are four of the 21 kits I made:

About Stacey Lokovic

I am a stay-at-home-mom to three children that I adore and a wife to a wonderfully supportive man. I am so excited to share my love of scrapbooking and documenting memories with you. Let's all be inspired together to get those pages completed!
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3 Responses to Use up your old papers and goodies!

  1. Stacy Killion says:

    Stacey, LOVE your kits and the pics for how you did it! It is very inspiring to get up and go through all of my stash!

  2. Lori S says:

    I really need to do this – it would save so much more time in the long run.

  3. HeatherN_WA says:

    This is an awesome idea. Your kits are so cute, that I want to use them. 🙂 Thanks for sharing these tips.

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