Another Look at Kit Clubs

Hello Crafts ‘n things friends! It’s Jill Cornell with you today, and I am continuing my blog series where I interview two kit club owners. It’s a great way to learn more about these scrapbooking and paper crafting clubs, plus you have the opportunity to win that month’s kit!

First, let’s meet Kimber McGray, who coordinates The Card Kitchen, to find out more about her fabulous card kit.

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

September 2011. The kit club is owned by the owner of Jillibean Soup, Jill Yegerlehner. We saw a large need for a card kit club. With so many scrapbook kit clubs, we felt that it would be great to have another type of kit offering.

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

Yes, we offer subscriptions for $22.99+$5.25 for priority shipping. The customer receives a kit mailed to their home. We have a 6-month commitment from the customer for the subscriber rate.

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

Yes, we offer a one-time purchase option for $24.00+ $5.25 for priority shipping. The customer that wants to purchase a one-time kit can only purchase after all subscriptions have been accounted for. You have the chance of missing out on a kit if it sells out via subscriptions.

4) Do you ship internationally?

Yes, we do ship internationally at the current rate for shipping. No additional fees.

5) Do you offer add-ons?

Yes, we offer add-ons. A customer can order anything from the Jillibean Soup retail store and have it shipped with their kit for no additional shipping fee.

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

We do not include cardstock. We include 8 card bases and 8 envelopes, usually 8 sheets of 12″x12″ pattern paper. Many different stickers, die-cuts, buttons, ribbons, tags, embellishments to coordinate with the kit.

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

We do not usually do exclusives, but we have done a few exclusive die-cut items in past kits. We offer color photos plus instructions on how to create 8 cards with the kit and only the kit. We make sure that we don’t add items to our final projects so the customer can see what they can really make with the kit.

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 mainly appeal to card makers, but a scrapbooker or project lifer could easily use this kit for their projects.

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

We have myself (Kimber McGray) and Amy Sheffer work with the kit each month plus one guest designer. We have a website and blog that we post to daily for inspiration.
http://jillibeansoup.typepad.com/thecardkitchen/blog_index.html. Here are a couple examples using the August kit from Amy Sheffer.

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

Link to blog: http://jillibeansoup.typepad.com/thecardkitchen/blog_index.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Card-Kitchen-Monthly-Card-Kit-Club/225565447489990?sk=wall%2F

And now the giveaway! Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win August’s The Card Kitchen Kit!

Finally, let’s meet Lori Gentile, owner of Gossamer Blue, and get to know more about her monthly scrapbooking and Life Pages kits. 

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

I started Gossamer Blue in August 2012. It’s something I had wanted to do for many years. I love this industry and it has been a dream of mine to work for myself doing what I love most.

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

We have two subscriptions. One is a scrapbooking kit subscription complete with 12″x12″ papers and embellishments and the other is a Life Pages kit subscription complete with 3″x4″ and 4″x6″ journaling cards and embellishments perfect for creating with divided page protectors. Each subscription includes exclusive Gossamer Blue products, including papers, journaling cards, and stamps, which I’m very excited about. The graphic designers are amazing and they really help make the kits special each month.

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

I do offer a one-time purchase. This is dependent on if kits are left over for the month.

4) Do you ship internationally?

I do. I ship all over and it is very exciting to read international blogs and see Gossamer Blue kits in use in other countries.

5) Do you offer add-ons?

There are three core add-ons each month; a main kit add-on, an add-on #2, and a Bits & Pieces add-on. The first two are additional traditional scrapbooking supplies and include exclusive papers and products. The Bits & Pieces add-on always includes a 6″x6″ paper pad and a stamp set and is geared toward card makers and divided page protector scrapbookers. Starting in October, there will be add-ons for the Life Pages kit, as well.

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

The Main kit has 10 sheets of patterned paper, including 3 exclusive papers, 4 sheets of cardstock, an exclusive stamp set manufactured by Elle’s Studio, alphabets and full packs of embellishments. The Life Pages kit includes 24 exclusive 3″x4″ cards, 6 exclusive 4″x6″ cards, an exclusive stamp set manufactured by Elle’s Studio, embellishments and alphabets.

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

We have exclusive patterned papers, stamps and journaling cards. Both subscriptions include a set of cut files and a printable, both designed to coordinate perfectly.

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

Yes. I believe the kits appeal to a broad range. There scrapbookers, project lifers, card makers, and art journalers as members.

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

The design team is amazing! There are two teams; one for the Main kit and one for the Life Pages kit. There is a full gallery each month and each team member creates a blog post using the kits. We have challenges each month and even have a special album challenge for members where they can earn a free album! That’s a great incentive to use up kits!

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

And here is one from design team member Emily Spahn:

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

http://www.gossamerblue.com
http://www.facebook.com/gbkits
http://www.pinterest.com/gossamerbluekit
http://twitter.com/Gossamer_Blue
http://www.instagram.com/gossamerblue

And now the giveaway! Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win August’s Gossamer Blue kit!

Remember, leave a comment by Monday, September 2nd, 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, September 3rd.

Good Luck and Happy Crafting!

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

24 thoughts on “Another Look at Kit Clubs

  1. These look like wonderful kits filled with lots of great stuff! Thanks for the opportunity to win one of these great kits! Best of luck to everyone!

  2. I love all the card ideas u make, and my seniors at my craft club i teach love new ideas too !!!! keep up the fun, we need U !!!!!

  3. I really liked reading about 2 different kit clubs and being able to make a decision based on my personal needs and choices. I love Jillibean products and now have been introduced to Gossamer Blue. Thanks!

  4. Great kits! I’ve considered both kits for membership, and it’s nice to learn more about the companies and owners. I’d love to win either of these!

  5. The kits look great! Because I just started making cards, I can use all the help I can get. Thanks for the opportunity to be in the running for a kit prize.

  6. Both of these companies are a cut above the rest . I have done the one time purchase from JilliBean card club and I have to say I was very impressed . I was able to make a lot more than eight cards . Thank you JilliBean Soup and Gossamer Blue for a chance at one of these amazing kits .

  7. Wow those are gorgeous kits! I love them both…it would be so hard to pick one lol! I love learning more about companies and how they got their start.

  8. I ABSOLUTELY love getting a monthly kit each month!!!
    The best thing that has happened to scrap booking!!!
    Gossamere Blue is FABULOUS!!!!

  9. wow, beautiful kits! I usually scrap digitally but I often make hybrid cards so I’d love to win the card kitchen. Thank you for the chance!

  10. Both of these kits look like a TON OF FUN! Anyone would be so lucky to win, but I really hope that I’m one of them!! :D

  11. I have been reading Gossamer Blue’s blog for awhile. Their kits look amazing! The DT is the bomb! I would love to win their kit and try it out! Thanks for the chance to win! And thank you Gossamer Blue for the chance too!

  12. my goodness, great designed kit with wonderfully co-ordinated embellishments… both are stunning color combinations

  13. Love the kit clubs. They make it all so easy for us and they get you a nice selection of new stuff to play with each time. Looking forward to having a bit more disposable income soon so I can have some shipped to The Netherlands:-)

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