If there’s one thing that could tempt me to live in the States it would be the number of monthly scrapbooking subscriptions available. It seems like every papercraft brand or retailer worth their salt has a kit subscription service. Granted many of them will ship to the UK but the price of shipping is astronomical and there’s always the chance you’ll be hit by customs charges too. Personally I’d rather be spending that money on products!
Type “UK scrapbook subscription” into Google and well let’s just say that we’re not exactly swimming in subscription services here. There is however a new kit on the block that has taken the scrappy subscriptions world by storm. Like for ever.
I signed up for a Like For Ever subscription in April but there was a waiting list which just goes to show how popular the kits are! Thankfully I managed to get the May kit.
Sorry for the less than perfect phone pic. I was so excited I forgot to grab my DSLR!
The kit contained:
- 18 12×12 patterned papers (double-sided) from the Shimelle True Stories collection
- 2 clear stamps in a camera and a sunburst design
- Silver glitter alphabet stickers
- 1 pack of 50 True Stories die cut ephemera pieces
- 1 sheet of 14 True Stories cork stickers
- 1 sheet of 20 True Stories wooden buttons
- A kraft envelope
- A 5m roll of twill ribbon
- A 10m roll of red & white striped washi tape
Now I have promised myself that I can only keep the subscription going if I use the majority (say 90%) of what’s in the box before the next one arrives. My June kit arrived yesterday so it’s time to see what I made with the May kit.
I made eight 12×12 layouts and used quite a few of the embellishments in my Project Life album as well.
Shoot For The Moon was inspired by Brown Paper Crafts’ This Boy layout.
The Stop.Look layout is waiting on a photo that I haven’t printed yet.
And this is what’s left:
- 4 sheets of 12×12 paper
- Alphabet stickers – enough left to make a few titles.
- 7 die cuts
- 2 wooden buttons
- 2 cork stickers
- Ribbon, washi and clear stamps
I think that’s pretty good! The ribbon and washi were unlikely to be finished and of course the clear stamps are not the sort of thing you use up. The remaining bits and bobs will go into my stash for future layouts.
The colours of the collection weren’t what I would normally go for as I prefer pastels and florals and True Stories is made up of bright clashing colours that are heavy on a tea & coffee theme. That’s the beauty of scrapbook subscriptions though they kind of force you to step outside of your comfort zone.
Now I can’t wait to get stuck into my June kit. At first glance it’s filled with pretty pastels and florals so I am going to be in scrappy heaven!