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Friday, May 29, 2015

FREE Lesson: Seeing Beyond The Theme


We all know the feeling... you see a gorgeous scrapbook kit and put it into your shopping cart and are about to buy it when you realize the theme is something you might never use. What to do?!? Never fear! We might all have different kit theme needs and be tempted to pass on a kit even though there is something about it that we love, but today I'm going to share with you 3 things about themed kits that will make you buy them anyway, and use them in a way that is completely different than what you might expect!


1. There is a unique element in the kit.

Sometimes there's that one fabulous thing about a kit that jumps out at you. For example, the gorgeous light green sheer ribbon in "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" had Vivian's heart aflutter, but an Earth Day kit didn't seem like something she could use more than once. She was able to use the many beautiful papers and elements (40 papers, 136 elements, 37 word arts
) to create a lovely Easter layout, you'd never know this was an Earth Day kit! And that ribbon looks amazing!
ABC | Reduce, Reuse, Recycle with BONUS ADD ON | PU/S4H/S4O
ABC | Reduce, Reuse, Recycle with BONUS ADD ON | PU/S4H/S4O - Click Image to Close


2. There is a unique color scheme.

One of the first things I notice about a kit is the color scheme, and I find myself wanting to use kits just for the great colors. Tina noticed the beautiful vibrant blue hue in Geometrics but didn't think a kit about math was something she would use, until her son's birthday when she realized this kit was just perfect for her son's new shirt and birthday photo! A kit about math didn't keep her from making this layout and enjoying the uniquely perfect color palette!
ABC | Geometrics | PU/S4H/S4O
ABC | Geometrics | PU/S4H/S4O - Click Image to Close


3. It’s a holiday kit.

There are some great holiday kits out, but I like being able to use a kit for more than one purpose. Think that’s not possible? Check out this layout by PattyB, she took "Chinese New Year Dragon"
 and reused it for spring flowers emerging from the snow! I love the way this one turned out!
ABC | Chinese New Year Dragon - Complete Kit | PU/S4H/S4O
ABC | Chinese New Year Dragon - Complete Kit | PU/S4H/S4O - Click Image to Close


I hope this inspires you to see a kit for all of its potential. Here's another great example by Melody123! There are so many ways to be creative in your scrapbooking. I’d love to hear how you use themed kits too!
For more free lessons visit ABCreations University, or as I like to call it ABC-U!

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