Friday, April 22, 2011

Scrappers: need your opinion

This is a non-OWH-related question (scrapping-related, not cardmaking), but I reallllllly value the experience of all of our crafters....so please do me a favor and weigh in with your thoughts. Thanks!! -Sandy

I'm doing a little research for a project, and need some help determining what would make a good scrapbook kit. Not a card kit. I'm consulting on a project for someone, and am coming to the crafty experts I know: YOU!
NOTE: I am not starting a scrapbook company (I have enough to do with OWH!), and this post has nothing to do with scrapping OWHI am also NOT making anything off this consulting gig, and this is not for any scrapping manufacturer. If the project happens later, I'll tell you all about it - for now, I'm just doing research. You'd love what it's for, but I can't tell you that yet!

A lot of folks on our Facebook poll the other day said they'd bought a lot of kits that included a lot of papers/items that they'd never use, so they now shied away from kits and just purchased things specific to their needs. But I'd like to figure out if there's something that would be helpful. 

    I'd love the opinions of those who might be interested in scrapping something specific.....a kit for pages about an event or experience that you can't find materials for elsewhere. The kit would be all-inclusive, so you wouldn't need to purchase other materials for pages, but could always supplement from your stash. Some of the types of specific scrapping topics could be things like these below, though these are NOT part of the project I'm researching. I don't want to color your opinions with specifics of my idea, but these are the kinds of scrappy projects you might think of when answering the questions at the end.

    • an event like a vacation cruise, including papers and stickers specific to, perhaps, the cruise line
    • an uncommon hobby or pasttime, like whittling or bottlecap collecting - so it would include papers and embellishments to highlight those passions
    • a faraway place/event that you were not part of, but were touched by - World Cup that your hubby obsessively watched on tv; natural disaster that touched your heart and you wanted to remember; your adopted child's home country
    • a personal perspective that you want to journal, perhaps your feelings on an issue, or the impact someone had on your life - pages would guide the journalling by prompting with questions to complete, photo ideas, etc.

    Perhaps some of you have wanted to scrap things like this, and wished materials were available.

    Please leave a comment with your responses to as many of these as you have opinions on. You might want to copy/paste the questions into the comment box.

    1. Have you ever bought scrapbook kits? (not card kits)
    2. If yes, how much was in them?
      Enough for how many pages?
      What did it cost (approx)?
    3. Would you purchase a kit for something specific, like the examples provided above?
    4. What would you pay for a quality kit that had enough papers, stickers, and embellishments for about 5 or 6 pages?
    Thanks so much for your input, ladies....I appreciate the input! Feel free to link to this post in scrappy forums to see if your scrappy friends (not necessarily cardmaking buddies) want to weigh in too. 

      18 comments:

      Elizabeth said...

      I'de love to find kits for Rugby and Men's gymnastics. I'd be willing to pay up to 25.00 a kit if it included 3D embellishments such as ribbon, twine, 3D stickers. The most I have paid for a kit is $2o but it had to be something I was going to use every part of. If I can help more please feel free to contact me at my blog:http://visionsofpaper.blogspot.com/

      joscelyne cutchens said...

      Have you ever bought scrapbook kits? (not card kits)
      Yes, I have bought scrapbook kits from Studio Calico. (love them)
      If yes, how much was in them?
      Enough for how many pages?I didn't use it all up. But made could make several pages/projects.
      What did it cost (approx)? $30ish?
      Would you purchase a kit for something specific, like the examples provided above? I would absolutely not buy those kinds of kits. I have a difficult time purchasing/buying themey kits. I like to buy supplies that can be used for anything. I wonder why people feel like they can't scrap something without a certain themed paper or embellishment because the pictures are already themed, right?
      What would you pay for a quality kit that had enough papers, stickers, and embellishments for about 5 or 6 pages? I'd pay up to $30 I guess.
      I wish you luck in your project :)

      Anita said...

      I have bought scrap kits and used them some but I find the embellishments don't go with my photos. I tend to prefer to cut my own die cuts to go with my pages. The only kits I have bought recently are Stampin Up ones. I do like that I can turn them into card kits with the extras. I do a lot of military pages so don't find many scrap kits that fit what I need. Not sure if I would buy a kit or not.

      Linda Lou said...

      1. Yes
      2. Typically buy those that supply for ~6 pages. Papers, stickers, alpha stickers, and some punch outs. Range $20-30
      3. Usually buy with something specific in mind, but materials generic in nature. Would be useful in a packaged theme form - specific city / state / park / sport.
      4. If includes all in #2 above plus some ribbons, buttons, etc. (just add adhesive type deal), $30-35

      LeAnnRM said...

      If I were to start again with scrapbooking, I would definitely buy the kinds of kits that have pockets for the pictures, papers embellishments etc. I have seen these recently in the Archiver adds and they seem to take so much less time. You could use leftover paper for cards and substitute other papers not from the kit easiy.

      Margo said...

      Have you ever bought scrapbook kits? (not card kits)
      - yes I have

      Enough for how many pages?
      - about 10

      What did it cost (approx)?
      - $20

      Would you purchase a kit for something specific, like the examples provided above?
      - yes as a gift for a person who is not a frequent scrapper, or a person who have never done a scrapbook but wanted to try it

      What would you pay for a quality kit that had enough papers, stickers, and embellishments for about 5 or 6 pages?
      - not more than $20

      Anonymous said...

      I have only bought scrapbooking kits on deep discount and then just used what I liked out of them. The ones I have bought were probably for 5-6 pages. They were less than $5. Out of your examples, the one thing that really struck me was the last one - It would be really cool to get kits every other month that would guide you through questions to 1) tell the story of your life 2) give advice to someone . The other idea that I think is really cool is having kits that would come chronicling the current events (maybe 2 months behind) and then giving you room to comment etc. about them. It could include both the good and the bad things happening in the world. I could see that this would really be something to treasure in the future. I would probably pay $20 for the first type of kit and up to $30 for the second (because the second one is going to take a lot more work to create).

      Sandra said...

      I have purchase scrapbook kits in the past and I will do so again in the future. I have specifically purchased duck/goose/pheasant hunting kits to make pages for my husbands scrap book.

      I would purchase triathlon scrapbook kits for myself if I could find them, but so far have not been able to.

      The ones that I have purchased had 4-6 12x12 pages and 1 sheet of stickers. They cost $12.99 full price.

      For a kit that had 5-6 pages and I thought that I would use at least 50% of what was in the kit, I would pay about $20.

      AllisonG said...

      Good place to ask these questions since I was a scrapbooker for YEARS (and still scrapbook) before I became an avid card maker for OWH!

      1. Have you ever bought scrapbook kits? (not card kits)
      YES, usually not for individual pages but more for mini albums or home decor projects and the like.
      2. If yes, how much was in them?
      Enough for how many pages?
      What did it cost (approx)?
      Since they weren't for scrapbook pages, I'm not sure if my answer to this really matters! Usually I pay somewhere around $30-$45 for a mini album kit or home decor project.
      3. Would you purchase a kit for something specific, like the examples provided above?
      If it was something that I couldn't find paper and embellishments for and the only way I could get the papers, etc. was in a kit, then YES absolutely!
      4. What would you pay for a quality kit that had enough papers, stickers, and embellishments for about 5 or 6 pages?
      I think if it has lots of embellishments, especially ribbons and such, I would pay at least $5 per page. You said 5 or 6 pages, but as a scrapbooker I ONLY scrapbook 2-page layouts unless it's some odd little event that I don't have enough pictures for, so I would buy it if it were 1 page for the odd event OR 6 pages if it were an even that I had LOTS of pictures for. I really try to edit my photos down so that I'm only doing a 2-page spread for each event. Christmas layouts though can be 10 or 12 pages each year!

      If you need anything else, email me at mallisonr at aol dot com. I'm going to a scrapbook retreat next weekend with at least 50 women!

      Carol L said...

      1. Have you ever bought scrapbook kits? (not card kits)
      Yes, I've bought a few
      2. If yes, how much was in them?
      Enough for how many pages?
      What did it cost (approx)?
      There were enough items in there for 6 12x12 pages, and enough left over for smaller pages or cards. It cost around $20.
      3. Would you purchase a kit for something specific, like the examples provided above?
      Probably not. I prefer to use coordinated DP and make my own embellishments, so a pack of DP gets more use than a scrapbook kit and there are no leftover stickers or embellishments that don't get used.
      4. What would you pay for a quality kit that had enough papers, stickers, and embellishments for about 5 or 6 pages?
      It's doubtful I'd buy a kit again, unless a friend wanted one, and then I'd buy it for a gift.

      Cathy said...

      I've bought many different kinds, at all prices. I have a real problem with "theme" based kits. If it doesn't apply to me, it's cut up for cards. I've spent from $15-$35. The higher end came with a little scrapbook so it made the entire book. I'd prefer neutral themes, but different color schemes, with embellies, ribbon, pockets, etc., to jumpstart my creativity.

      Michelle said...

      1.Have you ever bought scrapbook kits? MAAAAANY.... love them
      2.If yes, how much was in them?
      Enough for how many pages? Varied. From mini kits for 2-4 pages to large kits that I was able to get 15 pages (Usually had to add CS here)
      What did it cost (approx)? Mini's around 5 up to 35. Much prefer the small kits... I don't get tired of the "stuff" that way.
      3.Would you purchase a kit for something specific, like the examples provided above? Sometimes. I've sought out military kits and kits for sports... it's so hard to scrap the kids' sports
      4.What would you pay for a quality kit that had enough papers, stickers, and embellishments for about 5 or 6 pages?
      Probably around $25.

      Cyn said...

      Have you ever bought scrapbook kits? (not card kits)
      ANSWER:NO I HAVE NOT

      Would you purchase a kit for something specific, like the examples provided above?
      ANSWER: YES BUT ONLY IF I COULD SEE EVERYTHING THAT WAS AVAILABLE

      What would you pay for a quality kit that had enough papers, stickers, and embellishments for about 5 or 6 pages?
      ANSWER:ABOUT $25

      I have never bought a kit for a few reasons. ONE is most kits I have seen are in packages and I can't feel them or tell what all is in them. Also when I scrapbook, I love to use all kinds of "junk" that is not traditional scrapbooking stuff..like fibers or fabric. Things that come in the mail that are not always "acid free".

      One time I bought a package of stickers at Michaels for $10, the ones I could see were awesome. MOST were not and have went to my niece for her to play with.

      Anonymous said...

      1. You must realize you will never please all of the people all of the time (PT Barnum). Plus you have no idea how many pix they took, or the predominant colors.

      2. The best way to get scrappers to use ALL if the stuff in the kits is to provide suggested layout ideas. This helps. Most people I teach follow the examples EXACTLY. Not many are creative enough to design things on their own or vary too far from the pattern/example.

      3. I can often 'stretch' the contents of kits to double the no of pages by adding my own solid papers and cutting up the kit's patterned papers.

      4. The normal SB kits I see have enough for 18-20 pages and include about 8-10 patterned papers and 8-10 coodinating solid papers. The ones I like have about a 12x12 pg of stickers or printed chipboard to match. The embellishments ARE the reason to buy the kit as the pull everything together and can be used to stretch the kit.

      5 The kits run about $18-24.00. Regardless of the contents, I always have pieces left over. (great for making a card or two put of these scraps).

      6. Be careful about being too specific about the subject of the kit. You need to appeal to a large target market or you'll have tons of leftover things sitting in your garage forever. People may scrap one or two pages about the devastation in Japan, unless they ate in the middle of it. You'd be better off having a nice variety of soft background papers that highlight the beauty of a specific region/country.

      7. About the cruise line specific paper... Great concept to sell to the cruise line. Have then buy it from you and sell it in their gift shops. Make it limited to them.

      Hope that helps.

      Sparkle said...

      1. Yes

      2. There's usually enough stuff for 6-8 pages. About 10-11 sheets of paper, 3 different kinds of ribbons, a couple sheets of stickers (nice ones), one alphabet set of stickers, and a couple of embellishments. The cost is usually about $30 before shipping.

      3. Yes

      4. About $30 before shipping.

      HockeyScrap said...

      Must weigh in on this one, because I love these kits.
      1. Have you ever bought scrapbook kits? - Yes I have from two or three companies, and I currently design for a newer one at my local scrapbook store.
      2. If yes, how much was in them? They really do vary quite a bit. I am in one that for $25.00 per month you get product from four different companies, so you can make four layouts and maybe some cards - but I always have to add some of my own items to get the "bling" that I want from my layouts. Price is great and it's a good sampling of product (usually there is three pattern papers and two cardstock for each line, along with an embellishment of two). Another one that I design for retails for around $40, but it is all coordinating and more high end. . . several cardstock, pattern papers, many embellishments, letter stickers, ribbons, etc. so you could do a mini-album and complete numerous projects.
      3. Would you purchase a kit for something specific, like the examples provided above? Yes - I would purchase a kit for something specific if it was of interest to me.
      4. What would you pay for a quality kit that had enough papers, stickers, and embellishments for about 5 or 6 pages? Hard to say because I'd want to see the product. I don't mind paying $25.00 for what I get from the company that does a basic 4 layout (8 pages) . . . yet I do have to add to it. I also don't mind paying $40 for something that is more high end. I think it depends on the audience.

      Hope that helps.

      Rosie said...

      Have you ever bought scrapbook kits? YES, I HAVE.(not card kits)
      If yes, how much was in them?
      Enough for how many pages?20 PAGES PLUS A FEW CARDS
      What did it cost (approx)? $40.00 INCLUDING SHIPPING Would you purchase a kit for something specific, like the examples provided above? I DOUBT I WOULD BUY ANY MORE KITS BECAUSE I WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED IN THE QUALITY OF THE PAPER AND EMBELLISHMENTS.
      What would you pay for a quality kit that had enough papers, stickers, and embellishments for about 5 or 6 pages?

      Marianne said...

      1.Have you ever bought scrapbook kits? (not card kits)Yes
      2.If yes, how much was in them?
      Enough for how many pages?
      What did it cost (approx)? One double layout and 3 cards
      3.Would you purchase a kit for something specific, like the examples provided above? Probably
      4.What would you pay for a quality kit that had enough papers, stickers, and embellishments for about 5 or 6 pages? $20-25