That said, the convenience of the kits does have a draw-back: I tend to work with the kits only and neglect everything else I own. Papers I bought at the local scrapbook store sit unused for months ... embellishments never make it onto a page. With the kit at my finger tips, I often forget about all the other gems in my collection.
Luckily, I think I've found a solution to this problem! I found a blog called The Counterfeit Kit Challenge. Every month, they pick a kit that's currently on sale and then they create their own versions of the kit using goodies they already have in their stash. Then, throughout the month, they post prompts and challenges to help you find ways to use the things in the kit. Seriously, such a genius idea. I think by assembling my non-Studio Calico paper goodies into kits I'll be more inspired to reach for them.
This month, the group is counterfeiting the Gossamer Blue kit. Check out this beauty:
The kit retails for $34.95 and includes a bunch of fun things -
4 sheets of cardstock
10 pieces of patterned paper
2 packages of alphabet stickers
Here is my version of the Gossamer Blue kit. I was immediately inspired by the label stickers (bottom right corner of the photo above) because I knew I had similar ones in my stash. I dug them out and built the rest of the kit around those little stickers, trying to match colors. Here's what I came up with:
If you decide to join in on this month's counterfeit challenge (and I hope you do!) my recommendation would be to choose one element from the original kit ... a specific product, the color scheme, a design from one of the papers ... and use that as the foundation for the kit you create. After all, the point isn't necessarily to make an exact replica but to re-discover products you own and put them to good use.
Be sure to check in later this month to see how I'm using my counterfeit kit! My goal is to make 2 layouts and 3 cards! Happy crafting!