20 September 2019

Club Scrap - Forest Floor Revisited

Remember how wildly successful I found Club Scrap's Forest Floor Kit?


I used it for hiking pictures.  The colors and printed sentiments were just so spot on.  I have another hiking trip I could add to that same album, so I went back to Club Scrap to see if I could still get matching papers, etc.

I could have ordered the whole kit again at full price, but I decided to order as follows, based on what they had left in stock and wanting to spend less:

2  12 x 12 Fern printed papers  $2.50
1  12 x 12 Mushroom printed paper  $1.25
1  2 Sheet set of Cutaparts  $3.00
1  Set of 3 page ribbons  $2.45
1  Set of 3 bronze charms  $1.95
1  Half pound pack of  paper $6.60***

Total, less 10% member discount $15.98,  compared to the full kit price of $24.39, or about 66%.

***(mostly 3 x 4, 4 x 6, 5 x 7 pieces of coordinating color cardstock)

So if my math serves me correctly, I should be able to get 5 1/4 pages out of this purchase.  How did I do? Pretty darn well.  I added 4 pieces of my own cardstock, and I was able to produce 6 pages plus a card.

 



The trick to putting my pages together was rearranging, regrouping and reworking the cut-aparts so they looked different.  Here are a few examples:

The eye-catching thing about the mushroom paper was the frog.  On the original kit page, he has a ribbon threaded behind him.  I love this, but didn't want to repeat it exactly.  So this time the ribbons have been changed up and he has a little friend with him that I fussy-cut from a cut-apart sentiment.

Cutting things up always gives them a new look, but not cutting apart elements that were meant to be separated also creates a new look.  Notice on this double page spread, that the original quote goes across both pages.  On my newest layout, the two strips were not cut apart, but a raffia ribbon was added between them.  On the right hand side of that same page, you will notice that the "I took a walk" quote, that appeared on a single tag in the original kit (see 2nd photo below)  is now separated into two cut-aparts.


Another set of cut-aparts - numbers 1 - 4, was made to look different by trimming them and mounting them on small punched tags.  A different ribbon in a different orientation plus the fact that they accompany larger photos, makes a difference.


I am super-pleased with these pages, and cannot wait to fill them up with photos; but first I must edit and print those.  The fact that I did not have the whole kit again, allowed me to see it parts in a different way.

Price wise, I did not save myself money on a per page basis. If I had purchased 2 sets of 4 x 6 mats for $3.80, instead of spending  $6.60 for 8 ounces of paper scraps, my cost per page would have been cheaper than the original kit. I ended up with 5 of the 8 ounces of scraps left that I will probably never use.  There were lots of scraps that were not quite 4 x 6, perhaps off-cuts they couldn't include in kits.  Club Scrap was upfront in describing it as scraps, but now I know that option is more suitable for card makers than for scrapbookers. 

So there's my adventure in redoing a Club Scrap Kit.  In Club Scrap tradition, I used up everything except the scrap pack.  Club Scrap themselves actually offers some revisited kits, and labels them as "Remix".  I have yet to try one of those, so I don't know how much is reworked in a remix.  With any luck, they will remix Forest Floor soon, and my hiking album can become even larger and just as coordinated.

6 comments:

  1. Great layouts, Susanne! I love the little tweaks you did to make the pages coordinate with, but different from, the original set. TFS!

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  2. Susanne, this is wonderful!! I love the red papers with this collection, great job!

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  3. Lovely layouts! You are inspiring me to start scrapbooking, again! :)

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  4. So gorgeous! I've just latched on to a source for BasicGrey collections for sale & am waiting on that box with bated breath. Gotta buy what you love!

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  5. How wonderful that you were able to get more of those papers and create new looks with them! Great job!

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  6. You're so clever! These are a lot of fun.

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