View Full Version : What do you just HAVE to have?

04-04-2008, 09:13 PM
When you're looking for a kit to buy, what is the ONE thing you look for the most? Is it an alpha? ribbons? frames? journal boxes? tags? flowers? swirls or doodles? what?

I've already picked a random number, and the person who places this post number will receive a free kit from my store!

Winner will be chosen Wednesday, April 9th. :biggrin:

04-04-2008, 10:41 PM
Mine is a toss up between doodles/swirls and stitching!!!! I LOVE both!

04-04-2008, 11:23 PM
Hardware! Lately that's my thing, chains, hooks, hangers. And alpha,oy, I've become an addict, I've been collecting it. I always appreciate when a kit includes alpha. Good frames (and more then one) in different sizes w/their embellishments separate.

Ooops, just realized you said ONE thing...ummn, from the above Frames.

04-04-2008, 11:38 PM
my list in order is:

1. gems - but not gaudy ones, pretty, subtle and delicate. Ones you can put together to make larger gems or brooches.
2. flowers (preferably ones that go with the gems)
3. a variety of different elements, not just the same element recoloured
4. awesomely colour co-ordinated papers .. and I mean papers which have triads, complimentary colours, colours that shouldnt go together but absolutely do (ie. aubergine, bright orange and lime shouldnt go together, but absolutely POP when used in the rule of 3rds method)

LOL .. so the ONE thing I have to have .. mmm .. I think I have to choose borders (I know .. not on my list above :lmao: ) .. laces, straights, ribbons, swirls, lattices, overlays .. borders are SO versatile for anything!

04-05-2008, 01:55 AM
hhhhhm, just one thing, that's tough! I guess unique elements - something a bit different to what other kits have! Prolly not very helpful, but a bit of originality is very important for me.

04-05-2008, 04:49 AM
Shana, what a great question. To choose only one, I'd have to go with flowers. Flowers are so spring and summer.

04-05-2008, 05:45 AM
Great question Shana and I guess I agree with Pam, I love flowers and flowers add to a layout. I guess ribbons and stitching would be next. I don't like when I buy a kit and the same papers and elements are in it that are in another two or three kits that I already have and they've only been recolored. I don't mind if it's one or two things but when you see a number of things that are the same I feel cheated, that's just me.

04-05-2008, 05:59 AM
I look for frames first. Not sure really why but I do. Then I look for ribbons and the amount of elements that you could be used for different types of pages not just a certain type. I like kits that can be versatile when it comes to making a boy or girl page. I have a boy and girl so this makes it easy for me.

04-05-2008, 06:54 AM
Might seem very basic, but the first thing I look at in a kit is the papers. I really like textured papers. I just love papers that look like they are fabric. I like to have a lot of papers to choose from and to mix and match in a kit. So along with the great textured solids, I like some interesting prints/designs.

04-05-2008, 07:12 AM
Mine isn't really a specific thing, but I look to see if there is different elements in the kit. Not only one flower and one ribbon each in several different colors. I want variety in the kit so I can do a variety of pages. Also, I love papers so I'd say interesting papers.

04-05-2008, 07:23 AM
I don't like when I buy a kit and the same papers and elements are in it that are in another two or three kits that I already have and they've only been recolored. I don't mind if it's one or two things but when you see a number of things that are the same I feel cheated, that's just me.
Agreed 100%! Nothing worse then spending money on something you could have done yourself.:no:

04-05-2008, 08:07 AM
For me it's always fasteners and boyish elements. 80% of the scrapping I do is geared toward my boys these days.

04-05-2008, 08:37 AM
I look at paper textures and patterns first and then for elements that can be used on boy pages.

Jazzys Mom
04-05-2008, 10:35 AM
Unique elements first, then big flowers (daisies, mums, etc), unique ribbons and of course unique color combinations

Jazzys Mom

04-05-2008, 10:53 AM
One thing - wow - that's hard!

I'd have to say.....hmmmm.......unique elements. I will buy a kit just to get that one special unique element!

As for the rest - I look at colors, papers, frames, books...stuff that can be used in a variety of ways.

Rae's World
04-05-2008, 10:59 AM
I look for color. What kind of mood am I in and what colors stand out. There isn't any specific color, just what ever grab my eye.

04-05-2008, 11:01 AM
one thing ... that's hard. I think I would have to say plants/greenery/flowers. I also like unusual elements.

04-05-2008, 07:48 PM
I look for the flowers and the swirls as well as the "different" elements. Each designer should have some set of "signature" elements that would normally be in the kit, but coming up with that something new and different makes it fun to open the package.

04-06-2008, 07:26 PM
I like swirls and doodles...
and frames..not too bulky.. and overlays
I love elements with depth..realistic flowers..ribbons(longer for angles if wanted)
I love stitching
I love variety...and metalic things that I can used in multiple layouts.. I love it when I know I can use the elements in other layouts or that they coordinate with other kits (but are still unique.. I love a kit that is versatile...

I love kits with lots of different options...the bigger and more varied the kit the more likely I am to buy it...

04-06-2008, 07:30 PM
I've been thinking about this question for a while now and the one thing I have to have in a kit is something to attach the embellishments! I like my pages to look like I paper scrapped (most of the time) so I need staples, eyelets, stitches, tape...all that good stuff! And if there's a fastener that is different from all the other kits that's even better! So, that's my final answer, Regis!

04-06-2008, 08:00 PM
So I have to DISAGREE with the same item in different color thing... I LOVE when you have every item recolored to match. It saves me time and some digiscrappers don't use programs that recolor things very well. BUT I don't want that to be the fill of the kit either. I like fun unique embellies as well.

04-06-2008, 08:12 PM
I think what was meant was the same thing that is in another kit recolored. So basically, it's the same as a previous kit just a different color.

04-06-2008, 09:38 PM
I have actually challenged myself to buy something that I wouldn't "normally" buy. I have boys, and I'm something of a tom-boy myself, but I have enough "boy" kits for now. So, I just look for something I would normally pass by. :)

04-06-2008, 10:55 PM
I have to agree with Leslie and Shari, I love papers. I like seeing different patterns and textures. I think it may be because I tend to keep my layouts simple. I think next on my list would be swirls/doodles or stitching. Can't pick just one thing. :o)

04-06-2008, 11:11 PM
I should have said the colors should have been appealing first off.. if I don't like the colors to start with I won't look much further.. I like bold colors... but sometimes I like soft colors too.. it just depends on my moods.. I tend to like pinks.. but not too much pink.. I like pink with brown.. I love brown lately with pinks and blues.. and I love black and white with blues and greens..

also all those boy kits out there are great.. but don't limit them to just boys.. toss in a few elements/word art that make the girl friendly too....

I tend to stay away from season specific kits...with the exception of Christmas or freebies....like I said in my previous post, I like a kit that's versatile.. I want to be able to use it for different layouts..not be limit to just an Easter layout or just a Halloween page....KWIM?

04-06-2008, 11:53 PM
I would say I love kits that are really versatile- that can be used for many themes - and of course new, unusual embellishments too!

04-07-2008, 05:20 PM
I just love ribbons & overlays. I like the overlays that add sparkle to my layout.

04-07-2008, 05:49 PM
First thing that grabs my eye is the colors.
I have to love the colors of a kit, first.

04-07-2008, 06:09 PM
this is a tough question. I look for great colors and textures over all. The more realistic the embellishments the better.

04-08-2008, 10:39 AM
My SIL pointed out that I am really into swirls...and I do have to admit that they DO catch my eye in a kit!! :wink1: But over all, I really look for the REALISM of the elements and paper textures.

04-08-2008, 12:53 PM
I am a sucker for realistic flowers! I don't know why but I just love them. Then I also agree, that kits needs to have some "attachment" items. I also look at my page like a paper one and say to myself, "how is that going to stay on when I lift it up", so yes, the more tape, staples, stitches, brads, the more likely I am to put it in my cart!