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8.14.2012

New Kit Club Gossamer Blue






















{Reported by Jennifer Larson}


Hi, it's Jennifer Larson here with a review of the new kit company Gossamer Blue! Kits are $29.95 (US), plus $8 shipping for the US.

Here's what comes with the August kit:


4 pieces of cardstock, 10 pieces of patterned paper, and a sheet of letter stickers. For embellishments:


A set of mistable banners, label stickers, buttons, journaling cards, washi tape, an envelope, and twine (the last two were a part of the packaging. I kept them as embellishments because they seemed useable). There are also purchase-able add-ons, which I did not use, and downloadable tags, which again I did not use.

I always try to get at least 6 pages out of each kit at this price, so I made 6 layouts. I tried to avoid using my stash, but I did make use of some things (mostly tools--sewing machine, DMC, die cutting machine, computer for journaling, punches, mist, solid twine, ink). I just wanted to be up front with what I also used.

What I liked:
1. The variety of papers. I have boys, and there was a healthy amount of pink in here. However, only one sheet also had pink on the back. As a result, this mother of two boys found it fairly easy to use the kit, even with the pink.
2. The varied embellishments. I liked that the kit came with flat and dimensional embellishments. That allowed  me to layer the embellishments, which made the pages look different from one another.
3. Alterable embellishments. The mistable banners and journaling cards very fun to play with. I was able to dip into inks and mists for them, as well as cut and layer them to change their looks.


What I didn't like:
1. Only one small alphabet. I like kits to come with two alphabets so I can get a variety of looks with them. Frankly, without my Big Shot, every title would have been the same. I think this could be a problem for people without a die cut system. That said, this is one month's kit; other kits may have two alphas, and I acknowledge that another alpha would reduce the amount of the other supplies (paper or embellishments).
2. A lot of pink. Again, this may just be the one month's kit, but I am in a family of boys, and pink isn't my favorite color, so I really found myself stretching to use the pink.
3. Alterable embellishments. This is a hindrance as well as a benefit. If you don't have ink or mist, you have to go buy something to use this embellishment. This may not be an issue with future kits though.


What I made:


Here are my pages, in the order in which I made them:




(Note: the blue butterfly button did not come with the kit. I added it as a part of my class at Big Picture Classes called Twelve.)


(Charming Dude is where I  started running out of full sheets of boyish colors. I had to use strips to put together a full 12x12 page. But I like to use strips of patterned paper when I scrap, so I was OK with it.)



(On Joys and Rewards, I used some more packaging: I cut the hearts out from the logo sticker that held the product together.) 


(Another page I pieced together with scraps.)

And here's what's left:


Mostly pink stuff with paper (the floral and zig zag are backed with pink), plus bits of every embellishment and lots of alpha. If I loved making cards, I could really finish up all these supplies easily. Or I'm set the next time I want to do a girl page, LOL!


Bottom Line:
Overall, I found this kit to be cohesive and fun to work with. And though I usually dip into my Stash when I get to the bottom of a kit, I found it creatively challenging to limit myself. I used the kit supplies more creatively as a result. This kit was a lot of fun and very useable, even for this Mother of Boys.


What do you think?  Are you in the market for a new kit club?  Is this the style that you would go for?  Leave a comment by midnight EST on Wednesday to be entered to win a prize from Gossamer Blue!!  US residents only and PLEASE leave a way to contact you if you win!  

38 comments:

Miriam Prantner said...

Love the elements in this kit. I have girls, so it's a good combination if colors for us.

smahrty said...

your pages are beautiful Amy! i cant believe you got so many done with alot left over. (Thanks for showing the left overs) Looks like a fun kit club.

Jennifer Cowan said...

I don't need another kit.... I don't need another kit....BUT this one looks so delish... off to check it out!

Emily Todd said...

You did an amazing job of using the kit even with the pink! I think you really showed off different ways to make a kit work for you even if you don't always like the colors or everything in it. Thanks for your honest opinion and awesome layouts!
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Jojorenee said...
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Jojorenee said...

Though I prefer a kit that has more of the same coordinating papers I think it helps a scrapper to look outside of the box. The embellishments look delicious!
BTW you did a great job with what you had to work with!
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serena said...

love the embellies in this kit. I have never been a kit subscriber.

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Looks like a great kit...putting them on my watch list...thank you for the review! and the chance to win!

ShoppingTamii said...

love this kit, I have two girls and a boy...I don't mind using pink on boy pages as long as it's not an obvious "girl" print (like those flowers)...Pink can be an awesome accent color no matter the subject. And if a girl is in the photo (ie: my three siblings together; wedding photos; mom and son photos), then why can't you use it? of course, this is my opinion ;)

Yaritza said...

I recently got introduced to them and really like the look of the kits. I probably will not be joining as they don't provide exclusive stamps with their kits. I currently receive a monthly kit club which do offer stamps.

Melissa said...

I really love the style of the kits! This one is very lovely. Thanks for the chance!

AmyBug said...

This kit looks lovely. I have just heard of this kit club and I am watching closely to see a few months worth of kits.

Gabrielle said...

I love looking and drooling over kit clubs. I've a commitment phobe though. I have found that I get a lot of scrapping done when I do have a kit though, so I just subbed to another kit club. It was a tough choice though because I loved the kit released by GB. I want to see what they have next since they are a new company. Thanks for the share!! Great pages, and I loved how you worked outside of the box (for you) to really get the most use of your kit!

Cynthia B. said...

I'm really impressed by the amount of layouts you got out of one kit - especially since you were pulling out the "boy" colors. I have both a boy and a girl, but I tend to scrap with brighter colors, so gender-neutral is usually how I roll.
That said, I love the little Lily Bee letters and the soft blues and greens. I think experimenting with the mistables would be fun too. I think that's one advantage of buying from a kit club - the creative challenges of using things that you wouldn't normally buy on their own!

Thanks for sharing your honest review - and all your fabulous work with the kit!

Heather (goldiecar) said...

I LOVE this kit!! It's bright and pretty fantastic! I love how many pages you got out of this kit, and can imagine myself doing the same. Love them.

Cyndee K. said...

Absolutely love the colors in this kit! And the embellies look awesome!

Melissa D. said...

This is simply a lovely kit! You did a great job with it and a great review too! I am loving the color scheme!
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Brenda Smith said...

I love the look of this kit. If I had money in the budget to shell out on a monthly kit, I'd seriously consider it. Thanks for the chance to win! Your pages are simply beautiful, Jennifer. I like to hear how you made the most of your kit so thanks for sharing.

lynda said...

I'm not interested in joining a kit club due to the cost. I don't like making several projects with the same materials. I like to make just one & then move on to something else. I do like however how clubs supply you with a little bit of several different lines so maybe I wouldn't get bored with a kit the way I do with a whole line.

ruth said...

I really love this kit!!! I'm a mom of 3 grown boys, but still think it's super versatile. I love the mix of papers and embellies....perfect!

Nitasha said...

My interest is piqued! I like colors and variety of elements in this kit! I will definitely be keeping my eye on this new club! Thank you for the fab review!

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laura t. said...

The kit looks beautiful. I love what you created with it. Those letter stickers are too cute.

JAVAGIRL said...

Good luck i like to skip someonths so ill have to see the rules. Its nice to see kit club keep dcrappers going

Jen said...

I've never belonged to a kit club, but I occasionally think I might like to try one and see how it works for me. This is a nice looking kit, and I really love what you have done with it! Thanks for the chance to win! jenray2305 at gmail dot com

Melinda AKA medialady said...

I like seeing the new kits with the more up to date type products and styles.

Melanie said...

It looks like a great kit! Love all the embellishments!

Jessica said...

I love that they have alterable embellishments and downloads to really personalize the kit! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the kit!

Lisa C. said...

Wow - I love this kit! The colors are perfect for me and I love all the variety! Jennifer - you really rocked this kit! Love your layouts!!
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Lisa said...

I do love a good kit club! Thank you for your very honest review. I think you addressed some usual questions I ask myself before subscribing to a kit. I'm off to check them out!

janet said...

Amy- great pages! I am seriously going to go look at this kit. I think it may be right up my alley.
THANKS FOR THE REVIEW- love spying new things!
tomjan@frontiernet.net

Robin B. said...

I really like what you did with the kit. I have a boy and a girl so having pink in a kit would not be an issue for me. I loved the vairety of elements in this kit.

sillypea said...

I have been following this new club and would love a chance to check out their kit - thanks for the chance to win it! And your review was very thorough - the idea that it would encourage me to use my tools more might actually be a plus for this club. Thanks for sharing!

alisonm said...

How cool! I actually have some bits from this kit! The banners come out so beautifully when misted and I would love to have some more! Thanks!

PamSpradlin said...

I love what you did with the kit. It looked like you used everything in the kit. And your pink layout was very pretty.

PamSpradlin said...

Whoops...I forgot to add my e-mail address for the about comment....

mspradlin@cox.net

Kelly Massman said...

It looks nice. I love the Crate P buttons!
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Lori Gentile said...

Jennifer, thank you for your honest review! I love all of your layouts and how you were able to stretch the supplies so well!! I love the hand stitching details. I think you rocked the banners!!! By the way, I'm a mom to two boys, too.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHHH! I love kits--everything works together and I don't have to think about any details! LOVE it!

Great projects shared today! LOVE how many LOs you made:) THANKS for the chance to win:) sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com