For the Love of Homemade Kits (homemade Stash kit)

Aloha My scrappy friends!!

My scrappy bestie Crafty Meggy or Megan are doing another challenge together. We are hoping to do a few of these Homemade kits before the packers come to pack and move my stuff (whenever that we be). This is a good way for us to use of some of the stash we have building up. Or use up some products that have been laying around our scrap space a little too long.

We put together a basic recipe kit and picked out One paper to start building our own versions with this recipe. Our goal is to see two people use the same recipe and a starting out paper and how different a kit could look because of the products you have in your stash.

Here is the Recipe we used for making our Homemade Kit

Inspiration Pattern Paper (paper we pick out together as Inspiration starting out point)             1 geometric patterned paper                                                                                                                                 1 Texture patterned paper (i.e., woodgrain, fabric texture, etc)                                                        1 Stripe patterned paper                                                                                                                                 1 Freebie Patterned Paper (any kind of pattern of our choosing)

We also added a 6×6 or scrap type of paper in here for fun

A Silhouette Cut File

Wood embellishments

Phrase Stickers

An Ephemera Pack (or die cuts)


Free Embellishment choice

2 Alpha’s (Thickers)

Megan and I are doing 3 layouts with this kit we made. I am actually hoping to get 4 or maybe even five with this kit. I added quite a bit, I tend to go a little crazy when making a kit. We really tried to keep the recipe simple so that we could make a small kit. This will make it easier to get through the product in the kit, but still use some product up.

We will making a few of these homemade kits. We may change the recipe up a little, maybe not. I like the idea of switching a few things up but basically keeping it the same.

I am really excited for this series. I love making small kits. I love figuring out what papers go together and finding embellishments that match too. I am hoping to also helping give a few tips into homemade kit building too.

So Now that I have talked a little about this basic kit recipe, thats get into the good stuff. Sharing the First kit I made for this series.  (There will be tons of photos!!)

Here is a look at the full kit I made


It is a jammed packed homemade kit, isn’t it. I really tried to add a variety of different textures and products. I wanted to be able to use my kits for a different types of layouts I would need to make, girl, boy, dog, an outing, my travel to New York. Knowing I didn’t have pictures picked out yet for this series I wanted to leave myself room for whatever stories I might be able to tell. That is always something to keep in when when building a homemade kit. Do you know ahead of making the kit what photos you are using? This could really help in picking out embellishments or papers.

Let’s talk a little about the different things I picked and why.


Our Inspiration paper was “Blossom” from Dear Lizzy Documentary. It’s the pretty watercolor floral paper in the picture above. By having a main paper it makes it easy to pick other papers to go along with it. We picked a busier pattern that had multiple colors as well. This helps with being able to match papers from other collections that have similar colors.

My texture paper was Pink Paislee C’est La Vie paper 09. I really love the grain in this wood grain, and that pink color is so sweet.

My Geometric paper was Amy Tangerine Stitched “Map To My Heart” paper. I thought the watercolor theme was being carried over from the inspiration paper.  They are similar colors also. I thought it was a fun take on a geometric pattern, the V’s.

My Stripe paper was Maggie Holmes Bloom “Sunlit”. It really is a plaid or gingham type of pattern which I kinda twisted to fit how I wanted this kit to look. I really love how fun and spring this paper is. It reminds me of sunshine.

My Freebie papers are (and yes I picked more than one, but one is not a full sheet and one is a 6×6 piece) Pink Paislee C’est La Vie O6, Maggie Holmes Bloom “Adore”, and a 6×6 page from Maggie Holmes Bloom (Newspaper and Aqua streamer cut paper). I picked the Pink Paislee paper because it had similar colors as the flowers but were in dots. I like all the white on it but would let me add a little more color to the page in a small way. The “Adore” paper I picked because I thought it would be fun to use, and it’s cute with all it’s swans!!

I tried to add some papers from similar collections to add a cohesive look. I think it’s easy to see I am in a spring mood with this paper kit.

I will say I had a hard time stop adding papers and even embellishments. In the end though I had to remember that this kit is only to make a few layouts. Megan and I thought by making a smaller kit, then We would be able to actually scrap more because the kit wasn’t overwhelming. I am thinking though that I can actual make 1 or two more layouts with this kit then the three we set out to make. If I do actually make extra layouts with this kit, I will definitely share it in a few weeks when we switch a new kit.

Let’s talk Embellishments.


These are my Alpha’s for this kit. The gold Thickers are the new Maggie Homes Bloom thickers, “Happy” and the black alpha’s are Studio Calico Seven Paper alpha stickers. Those are super fun, half of them actually are colored. I love the chunky glitter on the Thickers.


For die cuts I picked an opened pack of Pink Fresh Studio “Up in the Clouds” I had leftover. I thought the colors were fun and spring like. I also thought it would be nice to use them up! I also picked an opened pack of Dear Lizzy Serendipity Die Cuts. I love the watercolor feel of this pack, which I thought would match well with the papers I choose. I also had tons of these die cuts leftover in my Stash. I had had three full packs when the collection came out last year, this is my last pack.


Word/Phrase stickers are so popular right now and I have tons now. I really don’t use them as much as I should. I thought that this addition would add something fun and trendy in our homemade kit. I think when making a homemade kit, it’s a fun idea to use something trendy. Even if it’s just a little bit in the kit. The longer sheet is from Fancy Pants Designs Happy Place. The colors were really the reason why I picked them. The Maggie Holmes sheet I just want to use it up.


These are my Freebie embellishments!! I picked the Serendipity puffy Stickers to match the die cuts I picked. I think adding embellishments from the same collections really does help it match and work well together. Plus you know the colors will match better. I picked the rubber charms from the Maggie Holmes Bloom collection. These are really cute!!  Then lately I picked these JilliBean Soup sequins that already have adhesive on them. The pink color I thought would add a good pop of color on the layouts I am making. I thought these would be a good alternative to enamel dots.

I am going to be using the Wood Embellishments from Hello Love. I have been having a hard time using them because they are so big. I think adding them to this kit will help me try to use them up a little too!! I think another fun thing about kits you can buy through kit clubs is that they usually have something that makes you have to think about how to use. These wood pieces is this for me.


Megan and I wanted to add some media to our homemade kit. We choose to use paint. I picked that yellow acrylic paint and my water color palette. It’s a basic watercolor set, with a variety of colors, so I have tons of choices. I also decided to challenge myself to use sprays on my page. I am so bad about adding sprays except for splatters.

We are also having to use a silhouette cut file in the kit. I hadn’t picked what one I want to add yet, but I have a new Silhouette and I really want to use it.

Here is one last look at my kit. I am so excited to use it up!! I will after three weeks share what I have left too. Our Videos/layouts will be posted on Tuesday starting today.



I hope this is a fun look at making a homemade stash kit. I also hope if you want to join Megan and I that you link and tag us on social media!! I really hope you play along. I am going to be using the hashtag #fortheloveofhomemadekits on Instagram.

Look forward to another blog post sharing my first layout with this kit!! It’s coming soon!

Have an Inspired Day

Aloha, Hannah





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