A Closer Look at Kit Clubs

Hello Crafts ‘n things friends! It’s Jill Cornell with you today, and I have a very exciting series that I am going to be starting here on the Crafts ‘n things blog and today is our kick-off! For the next few months, I am going to be highlighting a couple of scrapbooking and paper crafting kit clubs, and each club is going to give away that month’s kit!

First, let’s meet Tina Walker, owner of Frog Dog Studio, and get to know more about her fabulous mixed-media kit.

 1) When did you start your kit club? And what made you decide to go into business?

Frog Dog Studio was started in June 2013, so we are ‘the new kid on the block.’ I started Frog Dog Studio because I love creating art and I love to show others how to make pretty things. I believe that everyone has the ability to create, yet may be afraid to try. One of the main goals of Frog Dog Studio is to show others how to create with video and photo tutorials. I want the world to love Mixed Media!

2) Do you offer subscriptions? What does a subscription entail?

Yes, we offer monthly subscriptions. A subscription will guarantee monthly availability of an awesome Mixed Media kit. Each kit will provide a multitude of craft possibilities. Kits may have unique, one-of-a-kind items, exclusive Frog Dog Studio stencils and stamps, and fabulous Mixed Media product.

A subscriber will also receive advance peeks at up-and-coming kits and first dibs on Limited Edition kits. A subscription will automatically renew each month, with a minimum subscription of 3 months.

3) Do you offer a one-time purchase option?

Yes, all kits are available for a one-time purchase option, as long as supplies last.

4) Do you ship internationally?

Yes, effective with new kits shipping July 1st, Frog Dog Studio will ship internationally, to a select group of destinations. Please visit www.frogdogstudio.com for more details.

5) Do you offer add-ons?

Frog Dog Studio does not currently offer the ‘typical’ add-on kit, but offers add-on purchase items for sale in the Frog Dog Studio Shop. Shop Items include a range of basic Mixed Media art supplies to items that supplement your monthly kit. For example, the July kit includes two bottles of Tim Holtz Distress Paint. If you are interested in other Distress Paint colors, the store will carry a limited selection of additional colors. Shop purchases will ship FREE with your monthly kit purchase.

6) What does a typical kit look like (i.e. how many sheets of cardstock? patterned paper? alphabets? embellishments)? Describe it for us.

At Frog Dog Studio, we want to keep our kits fresh, fun, and full of creative expression. Kits may include unique, one-of-a-kind vintage finds, or an Exclusive Frog Dog Studio stencil or stamp set, and will always include an amazing assortment of Mixed Media supplies, such as paint, ink, or spray.

7) What sets you apart from the competition? Do you offer exclusives?

I believe that Frog Dog Studio is unique in that we believe in educating and sharing our creative process with all types of Mixed Media and Paper artists, worldwide. I believe we are the first Mixed Media ONLY kit club. Our focus is Mixed Media, not a Mixed Media ‘add-on’ to supplement a Scrapbooking or Paper Crafting kit. Yes, Frog Dog Studio will offer Exclusive Stencils and Stamp Sets.

8) Do you appeal to a wide range of papercrafters? Who is your audience? (Scrapbookers, Project Lifers, card makers, altered and mixed-media artists?)

Frog Dog Studio’s audience is anyone who wants to create art. We appeal to hardcore Mixed Media artists, to the person who wants to create art, but needs a little help in getting started, to the scrapbooker who loves Mixed Media and wants to incorporate it into their layouts.

9) Do you have a design team? How can subscribers and others find inspiration with your kit?

Yes, Frog Dog Studio has a fabulous design team. The design team has a broad range of experience and project expertise. Our team creates amazing art journal pages, to off-the-page projects, to wonderful canvases and wall art. Every week, our design team shares video and photo tutorials on how they created their kit projects and share hints, tips, and how-to’s on the Frog Dog Studio blog. Frog Dog Studio also has a YouTube channel where you can find all of our amazing video tutorials. Here is a project using this month’s kit from design team member Martha Richardson.

10) Link us up with your website, blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

Website:  www.frogdogstudio.com

Blog:  http://frogdogstudio.blogspot.com

Pinterest:  http://pinterest.com/frogdogstudio

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/frogdogstudio#

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/frogdogstudio

And now the giveaway! Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win July’s Frog Dog Studio kit!

 

Next, let’s meet Lisa Andrews, owner of Scrapbook Circle, and get to know more about her monthly scrapbooking kit.

1) When did you start your kit club? And what made you decide to go into business?

I started Scrapbook Circle back in 2006. I had been scrapbooking for years and loved the concept of creating a kit each month filled with my favorite products to share with others. We are celebrating 7 years of creating, preserving memories, and sharing ideas with others!

2) Do you offer subscriptions? What does a subscription entail?

Our subscription is very low-commitment – just 2 months! The subscription means that you commit to purchase at least two consecutive kits. The benefits of signing up for a subscription are that you get a $5 discount on the kit each month plus you are guaranteed a kit.

3) Do you offer a one-time purchase option?

Yes!  If you just want to purchase one kit, that is an option at checkout.

4) Do you ship internationally?

Absolutely. We ship a large portion of our kits internationally each month. We love our international subscribers!

5) Do you offer add-ons?

Yes, we offer add-ons every month. We always have an embellishment add-on that coordinates with our main kit, in addition to a cardstock add-on. Sometimes we also offer other add-ons like party kits or seasonal kits.

6) What does a typical kit look like (i.e. how many sheets of cardstock? patterned paper? alphabets? embellishments)? Describe it for us.

Each of our kits comes with 8 – 10 sheets of patterned paper. We always include an alphabet and then pack the kit with our favorite embellishments such as stickers, tags, buttons, trims, rub-ons and more.

We carefully place each kit in a sealed plastic bag and ship it in one of our custom-made pizza boxes.

7) What sets you apart from the competition? Do you offer exclusives?

There are a few things that we hope set us apart from others. First is our customer service. We make our subscribers a priority and have the goal every day of treating everyone just as we would want to be treated.

Also, we love offering exclusive Scrapbook Circle products in our kits! Each kit always has a custom, coordinating printable created that is included with each kit. We also offer a variety of exclusive items made just for us in different kits such as stickers, buttons and tags.

8) Do you appeal to a wide range of papercrafters? Who is your audience? (Scrapbookers, Project Lifers, card makers, altered and mixed-media artists?)

We feel like our kits are perfect for all types of papercrafters. Our kits are filled with plenty of product to create a few layouts and then have plenty left for cardmaking or Project Life pages. We include a variety of things each month in the kit with the thought that the products will work for a variety of projects.

9) Do you have a design team? How can subscribers and others find inspiration with your kit?

We have an amazingly talented creative team who share ideas daily on our blog. We also have a creative team ideas page on our site where you can see everything our creative team has created with our kits.

Here is a project from design team member Jill Cornell, using this month’s kit:

10) Link us up with your website, blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

We hope you will stop by and visit us!

Website: http://www.scrapbookcircle.com

Blog: http://www.scrapbookcircle.com/blog

Ideas: http://www.scrapbookcircle.com/ideas

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scrapbookcircle

Twitter: https://twitter.com/scrapbookcircle

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/scrapbookcircle

Instagram: http://instagram.com/scrapbook_circle

And now the giveaway! Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win July’s Scrapbook Circle kit!

Remember, leave a comment by Monday, July 22nd at midnight to be entered for a chance to win either of these two beautiful kits! Winners will be announced on the blog on Tuesday, July 23rd.

Happy crafting!

Jill Cornell from Blessed Scrapper (www.jillcornell.blogspot.com)

 

24 thoughts on “A Closer Look at Kit Clubs

  1. These both look like such fun kits. I would love to win one of them. I like the idea of this blog that reviews kit clubs, I will be checking in often as I love kit clubs.

  2. I love kit club reviews :) nice to know how they started & what they offer :) thank u for the chance at this giveaway! Both the kits are very different from each other & both looks fun!

  3. I’m so glad to find your blog today. I have never been involved in a kit club so this is all new and exciting to me to get a look at various kits. Thank you for the chance to win one.

  4. Thanks for the chance to win. I have been looking for a kit club I might enjoy and this will help me decide.

  5. What fun kits! I enjoyed reading the interview from both companies as I have never heard of either before. I am just getting back into scrapbooking so I love learning about new sources for supplies.

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