One of the best things I did in 2015 was to subscribe to the Story Kit™ and Story Stamp™. I got my first kit and stamp set back in January 2015. And I was hooked from the beginning. Each month you not only get the kit and stamp set but also access to a super inspiring classroom with several videos a handout and sometimes additional printables. Besides the main presentation you also get three process videos about the layouts Ali Edwards made and additional inspiration from two Guest Storytellers each month. Because I subscribe to the kit and the stamp I also get the digital version for free. The new content gets released on the 15th. The products arrive around 10 to 15 days later here in Switzerland. And while I wait for them, I take the time to watch the main presentation in the classroom. It usually is about 30 minutes and while I listen to the words from Ali Edwards I take some notes.
The notes I take is a mix of words and quotes from Ali and my own ideas and thoughts about what I just heard. When I take the time to listen to the presentation I always end up with lots of ideas what I could make with the kit. There were kits I thought that I can't make anything with them because there are no stories I want to tell from that theme (roots was one of those themes). But then, while I listened to the presentation the thoughts startet twirling. In the end I created one of my favorite layouts so far.
I always, always, always make a sketch before I start working on a layout. Sometimes I get my ideas right during the main presentation, sometimes I get them when I receive the actual kit. Here you can see the sketches for my layouts "inspired by fall", "sparks" and "current inspirations".
The content of the kit is really good. You don't get a ton of products but the ones you get are more than enough and great quality. I like that I can use them on traditional layouts but they also work great for other projects like minibooks or Project Life®. (I "saved" the "go" kit to use for a travel minialbum).
Of course, there are always themes I don't like that much and also products I know I won't use at all but I guess that is normal whit a kit. You can't love it every time. But I think I use about 80% of the products from the kits. After creating my layouts I always break the kits apart and sort them into my stash. Everything that I won't use will go into a seperate box of stuff I want to sell someday. I only keep what I really like and plan to use.
I made 30 layouts so far and all of those layouts tell a meaningful story through words, photos and items from the kits. I am amazed to see that there are still so many stories waiting to be told. I didn't expect that when I started to subscribe.
The January theme is "heart" and I am super happy to be a Guest Storyteller this month. I created two projects for the classroom and also shared an additional layout in the classroom gallery. The kit and stamp set this month is one of my favorites so far. The colors are really great and the stamp set can be used in so many different ways. If you want to receive this awesome kit and/or stamp set and get access to the private classroom, sign up here before February 15.
Edit: You can find all of my layouts I made in the gallery on Studio Calico.
*please note: I didn't get paid to write this blog post, I just share my own experience with this subscription and share my thoughts about it.