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9.22.2010

My Paper Treehouse Kit Review








{Reported by Bethany Kartchner}

There is something exhilarating about monthly scrapbook kits. I always find myself so stimulated by the combination of colors, the cool embellies, and all the little extras. I love how kits simplify the creative process by providing all the materials I need to create for hours on end.

My Paper Treehouse is a relatively new (May 2010) online store and kit club created by Nana Campana that offers specialty classes, blog eye-candy and interesting tutorials. Their list of designers is like reading a who's-who of scrapbooking giants and looking at the design team projects is certain to provide hours of ideas and inspiration. For my review, I was given the August kit that was filled with 12 double-sided papers, lace, ribbon, specialty handmade items, buttons, fabric and other very cool products like tickets and Prima flowers.

What I liked:
1. I love a kit that contains special hard-to-find items and handmade items. This kit provides both. Kudos!
2. The fabric, lace, doily, sketch and ribbons. As a texture junkie, I think it's great to have something other than pattern paper in my kit. I also liked receiving a sketch to jump-start my creativity.
3. I like how the kit contains papers from a new manufacturer (Echo Park) that I've never seen before. It introduces me to new products and is exciting. I also like the fact that the kit doesn't contain cardstock. I feel like I'm getting more bang for my buck.

What I disliked:
1. Even though I love seeing papers from a new manufacturer, I like it when a kit contains coordinating papers from multiple manufacturers. All the pattern papers in this kit were from one manufacturer's line.
2. This kit is very girlie-oriented. Because I have many girls, I didn't find this to be a problem, but mommas of boys-only may have a difficult time with all the pinks and flowers.
3. This is a personal thing because my stash of pattern papers is knee-high, but I like a kit that is lighter on the pattern paper and heavier on the embellies. Of course, this increases the price of the kit, but that's my preference.

What I made:

You'll probably notice a theme running through my layouts. Could school have recently started for my family? Hmmmm...I wonder.


My first layout was inspired by the provided sketch.


Materials: Echo Park pattern paper and embellishments, fabric, Shimmerz Vibez and Pearlz, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, Ranger Distress ink, Bazzill cardstock

My second layout has a simpler style.

Materials: Echo Park paper and stickers, micron pen, Shimmerz Spritz and Pearlz

My third layout was just plain fun to create.

Materials: Echo Park papers and embellishments, Prima flowers, micron pen, ribbon, embellishments from My Paper Treehouse kit, Ranger Distress ink, Shimmerz Vibez

Overall, I really enjoyed creating with My Paper Treehouse's August kit. The colors were bright and happy and tended toward fun layouts. All of my projects came together very quickly and I enjoyed creating them. I loved all the textural elements provided and I even made hair clips for my girls with the big Prima flower and butterfly because I couldn't bear to shut them up in a book. (They are so gorgeous!) The only problem that I encountered was that I found myself wanting more embellishments. I started to run out of them after the third layout. However, I would estimate that I could create at least about 3-5 more layouts with the paper provided depending on how heavily I layered. A scrapper with a simpler style would definitely be able to create many more projects than I could. All-in-all there was quite a bit in this kit and My Paper Treehouse is a company worth considering when looking for a well-designed kit.




Where and how much:
Product: My Paper Treehouse August kit
Manufacturer: My Paper Treehouse
MSRP: $45.00
Available online: My Paper Treehouse


What do you think? What do you look for in a kit? Do you like a mix of pattern paper manufacturers or do you prefer to stick with one line? Do you prefer a kit that is heavy on the pattern paper or heavy on the embellishments? Leave a comment by midnight EST on Tuesday and you will be entered to win the September Kit from My Paper Treehouse!

42 comments:

Aicho said...

Looks great! I'd love to try out such a kit. I wonder how far it takes you when you want to make a complete album or mini-albums or things like that...

Diana said...

I prefer a mix of different manufacturers--it helps me to know the people who put the kit together have actually had to expend some effort!

jan said...

Kits can be really fun because they provide items you might not otherwise purchase, they foster working outside the familar comfort zone! you did a nice job showing the versatality of looks one can achieve with the same supplies!

Kelly Massman said...

I think it is nice to have unusual items that you can't just buy off the shelf in a kit! Love the LOs you made. Thanks for the chance to win My Paper Treehouse's generous giveaway!

Rebecca G said...

I love monthly kits! I'm addicted! I love a kit that is heavy on the cardstock and embellishments, as a little pattern paper goes so far for me.

Cindy d said...

Looks like a fun kit! I've actually never worked with a kit before, so I'm not sure what I prefer.

Angela Fehr said...

I just like kits with lots of stuff! I love being surprised by how much I get!

Ann Cicilie said...

Lovely kit! And gorgeous projects you've made!

I prefer kits that includes patterned papers from different manufacturers, because one of the thing I like about kit clubs is that they can put together things from different producers to one coordinating kit, containing papers and embellishments that I haven't seen before or haven't thought about buying.

I, like you, prefer kits with more embellishments than papers. Like you say, I have tons of patterned papers, but are always looking for new embellies!

Arjanne said...

Looks cool! I don't suscribe to a kitclub because I live in Holland and the shipping is most of the time crazy! But this one looks fun!

marla said...

I really havent bought any kits before but I think I would like an equal amount of paper and embellishments. I dont find myself putting to many embellishments on a page but probably using more papers. This kit looks fantastic. It would be fun to have new papers each month to play with!!

Yvonne said...

I prefer kits with a mix of papers and embellishments from various manufacturers. I like it when the kit has a good supply of both patterned paper and embellishments - don't skimp on either!

Dawn said...

The thing I like most about kits is the variety, and fun to play with something new to me.
Great job with the layouts, love all the extra details you used to play up the pages.

Shawninaz said...

You did a great job with your layouts, very nice work! I tend to like my papers to coordinate but I really don't care if they're the same manufacturer or not. I only have a daughter so girly is always good but I do so luv embellishments, ribbons, stamps etc. Nice kit though overall.

Erica Hettwer said...

I actually prefer kits that have most of the paper from the same line. Not sure why, I just do! :)

Court said...

I haven't ordered kits because of the monetary feature. I like it paper heavy as I don't embellish everything - but that ends up making the kits not worth it as while I LOVE all things Echo Park, I can buy the whole line for $12. So I tend to add up everything in the kit and see if I can get it for cheaper with just the things I really "need" from the kit.

That being said, this kit looks to be one of the most useful that I've seen - there is nothing so outrageous that I couldn't see myself using it. So that would be a huge plus.

Thanks for the review!

Martine Labelle said...

I love a lot of embellies, so I look for beautiful items in kits. I like papers from different manufacturers (if I wanted all the same line, I could just go buy them). I like to see matches that I might not have thought of! thanks for the review and the beautiful LOS!

JJ Sobey said...

I have to agree with a lot of your points. I don't like cardstock in a kit - I never use it, so I feel like I'm getting ripped off when it's in the kit (should be an add-on, IMO).

I too prefer kits that mix manufacturers. Anyone can just pull the entire collection from a line and call that a 'kit', so why pay for a kit club to so that?

I prefer embellishment heavy kits as well, and I'm willing to pay for it.

Jennifer said...

This looks like a cute kit! I don't typically match papers from different company lines so if someone else does this for me, I think its great. Love embellishments

julie.schellin said...

I LOVE KITS! This one looks lovely. I would prefer a MIX of manufacturers though, and a variety of embellishments. You said you don't like cardstock in a kit, and I just realized that I agree. Give me a coordinated bunch of patterned paper with embellies, and I am HAPPY!

Gabi said...

That looks like a really great kit. I've personally never purchased a kit before, but I've been tempted on more than one occasion!

If I did buy a kit I would want it to be papers from differing companies that complement each other, and I would want it to be PP heavy. I can buy my own card stock to match. Also I want more embellishments. Some kits just don't come with enough pizazz.

I want the best of both worlds in my kit PP and Embellies!!

-Gabi from Savannah, TX

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

This looks like a fun kit!! I love how you spelled your words with the twine/string! SO clever:) I normally get kits when the colors "speak to me" or when they have embellies that are unique. I always love looking at everyone's creations with kits--gets my mind thinking! LOVE it:)

vegetablog said...

I like kits a lot-- it's sometimes really nice for someone else to do the work of coordinating things... I usually prefer to have mixed manufacturers-- otherwise I would have just bought the paper line! I also like to have a lot of embellishments, too.

Scrapamum said...

Love kits!!! I agree with you... less paper more embellies. I treat kits kind of like an intro to all of the fun new goodies on the market. Then if I like a paper or something else they used I'll buy more of it later.

Kim said...

I am horrible at mixing papers so I prefer a kit to stick with one line, I like several sheets mixed with several different embellies. I don't care if it has cardstock or not, if it is in there, great but if not, that's okay cause I have a good stash.

Theresa kiwicanuck said...

I like when there are several manufacturers featured in a kit; it saves me the work of mixing it up (which I don't do) and also it introduces me to manufacturers that I may not know about. I prefer kits to be equally heavy on patterned paper and embellishments as I already have a 14" stack of cardstock.

Melinda AKA medialady said...

I like a kit that has more embellishments because I am like you, I have a pile that is hip-high!

Melinda AKA medialady said...

I like a kit that has more embellishments because I am like you, I have a pile that is hip-high!

smahrty said...

I will definately look into this kit club, i like what i see so far. I like the mix from different companies with lots of embellishments, that way i can get a taste of many places to see if i want to buy more.

Cynthia B. said...

I'd prefer a kit to have products from different manufacturers. That's something I can't do myself very well: match. It just takes me too much time to decide.
So if a kit company can do the work for me, plus include cute and cool embellishments, that would be the best deal for me.

serena said...

I too also like to mix my papers from different manufacturers. I think it makes my projects more unique. Personally I like more paper than embellies. more possibilities!

kismet art said...

I have bought a few kits over the years from one company and I love it when they have unique embellishments (most are unique to me as we don't have a LSS anymore, I have to order embellishments online), love when the pp is from different manufacturers but still coordinating, and since I am a single page scrapper I don't mind if there are only singles of pp or cardstock. I love the idea of kit clubs and I'm glad you are showing some different ones here on The Scrap Review.

Anonymous said...

I prefer mixing papers but I like lots of embellies...tags, journal cards, bling, flowers, ribbons, lace, buttons, brads etc. Like the sketches or idea sheet too.

Kathy R

Scrapycandy said...

I like the new embellies too and would probably buy the add-ons if a kit site had that available.

scrapper al said...

I like kits with new releases, but not necessarily trendy stuff. Sometimes the trendy stuff is too difficult to work.

ScRaPbOoK said...

I would love a good mix of patterned papers and embellies. I'm like you and have a hard time saying no to gorgeous paper...you can do soooo much with it. If I loved the paper line, I wouldn't mind all the papers being from one manufacturer although I love a mix. Having newer, trendier items that are hard to find here are a plus, as are exlusive items to the kit club only.


Fabulous layouts! Love the girlie pages! Thanks for the chance to win!

Hannie Chung said...

What beautiful layouts you did! Love them!

Nitasha said...
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Nitasha said...

This kit is really cute! I like kits that include exclusive items like things from Etsy shops, stamps, or digital downloads and whatnot. I also like kits that provide a mix of coordinated papers from various companies! And I like to have a set of letters included too. Ok, you didn't ask for a dissertation, but I'm a huge fan of kit clubs!

Donna said...

I love kits...they take me out of my usual comfort zone which is always fun :)

Christine said...

First of all, your layouts are beautiful! Love the colors and vintageyness of this kit.

Oward(e) said...

I prefer a balanced kit: Beautiful papers or even cie cie different suits me. If the papers do not contain too many reasons it is preferable to have a good amount of embellishments.

Magnificent your layout!

~~Mia~~ said...

ohhhhh, love!!!!! i love how it is so pretty and feminine but in colours that would so work for boy pages too!!!