I’m so enjoying popping together my little Etsy kits each month! It’s a creative challenge for me; I can make exactly what Kitty and I fancy playing with and it’s super, super cheap.
Here’s how my little kits come together…
I start by scribbling ideas in my little notebook. I enjoy this part, because I can design whatever I fancy: it’s incredibly fun.
I take quick photos of my sketches, then work over them in Procreate, which is a programme with a pen that lets you trace over your designs and colour them in digitally.
I then copy the images across to our big family computer (whenever sermons aren’t being typed up on it!) and pop my images onto journalling cards, papers and tags.
This takes a few hours, but I get a real kick out of making each choice.
When each document is complete, I copy them onto a memory stick and take them down to our local printers in town.
I love bringing the sheets of designs home for the first time – it’s such a thrill to see your ideas translated into actual glossy pieces, ready to use!
The next stage is snipping each item out, which is time consuming but quite relaxing.
I pop each piece into a little divided ceramic tray, so they’re ready to rifle through when I want to get started on my first page.
The papers don’t need much preparation, but I do trim off the white edges so that they’re ready to snip into.
At about this point, I’ll order any bits from eBay that I think will co-ordinate well with the mini kit: enamel dots, puffy stickers or pretty ribbons.
I’ll prepare the month’s scraptherapy book at this point too. It’s a fun process of throwing together all sorts of squirrelled bits and securing them with binder rings.
I add loads more pages as I go, but this provides a good basic starting point.
I enjoying working ahead on my kits, so keep a chart to remind me of all the stages and where I’m up to on each month’s kit.
Each month, I stage a photo for the month’s youtube video opening that features that month’s products: for February, everything is looking very ‘pretty in pink!’
I decided to film two videos per month: a process video featuring the upcoming month’s kit and a flip-thru of the past month’s finished book.
With all the work involved in youtube content creation, that feels just the right amount for me right now.
As a naturally shy person, I don’t find the opening chatty bits of my videos at all easy, but I do think they make the video more interesting and I think it’s good to show my face.
In this month’s video, I make the very blonde comment that, “Here in the Isle of Man, it’s currently January.” Oh dear.
But then comes my favourite part of all: the making! As much as I enjoy the design side of things, it’s the actual ‘playing with the paper’ part that brings me most alive.
I feel like I make the same page each time, but the process is so joyful for me that I really don’t mind!