More Kit Clubs and Giveaways

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 have the opportunity to win that month’s kit!

First, let’s meet Noel Fabbri, the owner of Noel Mignon – with fabulous monthly scrapbooking and Project Life-style kits.

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

I started making kits in the Fall of 2006, so it has been seven years now. At the time, I had three little boys at home (my oldest son was 5 and my twins were 3). I had been immersed in all things “baby” for years and found myself really missing adult interaction, and my job, which I had left upon the birth of my oldest son in 2001. After interacting in the online forums of many of the larger scrapbook sites, I decided at first to just open a small online shop, carrying the lines that I most liked to work with. I am lucky that my husband is a “tech guy”, so he built a website for me, I got all my business paperwork taken care of, and off I started on my journey. Scrapbook kits were just emerging at the time, and so I thought I would have a go at that, and seven years later…here we are. The process of designing the kits has really become a passion for me and one that I thoroughly enjoy each and every month!

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

Currently, I offer 6-month subscription spots for my large, monthly kit. The monthly fee also includes USPS priority shipping, or an $11.50 credit toward international shipping per month. Subscription spots for the January–June kits are currently open, and can be secured HERE

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

I always hold a handful of kits each month, for anyone who wants to pick one up.

Here is an example from design team member, Virginia Tillery:

4) Do you ship internationally?

Yes

5) Do you offer add-ons? 

I currently offer a smaller Project Life-type kit each month, which coordinates with the colors and themes I have working in the big kit. I also occasionally offer a class kit, which I also currently have available. This class is a Halloween Mini Album kit/class hosted by our DT member Cassandra Cyr.

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

BIG…lol!  My kits always have 20 pieces of patterned paper with 5 matching cardstock sheets. I always include one Thickers alphabet, and one smaller cardstock-type alpha. While I do not have my own stamps (which seems to be a trend), I always include a set from the top designers (Amy Tangerine, Dear Lizzy, Jenni Bowlin, etc…). I also like to incorporate a “staple” item each month, be it a mist, an ink, a pen…, items that you can add to your arsenal of scrap tools. I include lots of embellishments each month, from ribbon, to stickers, to washi tape, to enamel dots. My embellishment list is usually comprised of 20-25 items, and I like to have it vary from month to month, so the kits don’t feel like a rerun of the last one.

Here is an example from design team member, Julie Bonner, using the Union Square kit:

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

I would say the size and value of the kits is what sets me apart. I am also going to say the way I coordinate items. I have gotten lots of very nice emails and notes about the way I put them together, which I think sets my kits apart from the others. I think they are the perfect way for people who live in an area without a great LSS (local scrapbook store), or who just don’t have time to get out to the store, to have a beautiful box of supplies arrive at the door and to be assured that the one kit they purchase from me is going to be more than enough to last until the next one arrives.

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

I seem to be geared most towards the tried-and-true 12″x12″ scrapbooker. The people who love to crop and just want to grab their kit bags and know they can make 15 LO’s (or more) with their one kit. . . although, the kits are very versatile, and they lend themselves beautifully to mini album making. You will always have leftovers, which are perfect for whipping up some cards. There is really more than enough included to choose your own path with the supplies.

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

Yes, I have a wonderful design team and have always been very lucky with the designers who have agreed to share their talents while using my kits. Currently, my team is comprised of Virginia Tillery, Julie Bonner, Gretchen McElveen, Veronica Milan (Chic Tags), Cassandra Cyr, and Christie Engel Welch (Two Chicks Designs).

Here is an example from design team member, Gretchen McElveen:

10) Link us up with your website, blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, etc. 
The website address is http://noelmignon.webvanta.com/
You can find us on our blog http://noelmignonlayouts.blogspot.com/
We actually have 2 FB pages.  This one is to receive updates and information https://www.facebook.com/groups/274195092712236/
And then we also have a FB member forum, and would love to have you join us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/noelmignonmembers/
The twitter feed is found here https://twitter.com/NoelMignon
I am still working on an Instagram account, but that should be up very soon!
And finally, our Pinterest Boards can be found here… http://www.pinterest.com/noelmignon/

I would like to offer up one of your readers a chance to sample one of my Project Life kits. This one is called “Union Square”, and it features beautiful, brand-new product from MME, Amy Tangerine, Fancy Pants, Crate Paper, and more! Thanks so much to Jill for including us in her write-up! : )

And now the giveaway! Leave a comment on this blog post by October 14th at midnight for a chance to win the Union Square kit from Noel Mignon! The winner will be announced on October 15th.

Next, let’s meet Trina Craig, owner of Citrus Twist Kits, and get to know more about her monthly scrapbooking and “Pocket Life” kits.

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

I started Citrus Twist Kits in May 2012. I come from a long line of female artists and after my mom passed away in January of 2012, the idea for CTK was born. We both shared a love of scrapbooking.

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

We offer our Main and PL kits as subscriptions. Our minimum length subscription is 3 months. The Main kit is $32.50 per month for a 3-month subscription and $30.50 per month for a 6-month subscription (plus shipping). The PL kit is $18 per month, plus shipping. We call our PL kits “Pocket Life.”

Here is an example from Citrus Twist Kits’ design team:

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

Our Main kit is offered as a one-time purchase at $35 (plus shipping). Our PL can be purchased one time as a past kit, if we have past kits in inventory.

4) Do you ship internationally?

Yes. All international shipping is $19. Subscribers can include add-ons and store items in with their kit shipment at no additional shipping cost.

5) Do you offer add-ons?

Yes! We offer 1 coordinating patterned paper add-on, a solid paper add-on, an embellishment add-on (1 for scrapbookers and 1 for PL’ers), and a full kit add-on. All the kits coordinate with the Main and PL kits, except for the full kit add-on.

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

Our typical main kit has 8 sheets of patterned paper and 4 solids, plus lots of embellishments. We offer great value for the amount of product our subscribers get. Our typical PL kit features a 6″x6″ paper pad plus lots of other goodies.

Here is an example from Citrus Twist Kits’ design team:

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

Our customer service is top notch. We love to give the kind of customer service that makes people happy. We also offer exclusives including flairs, stamps, wood veneer, PL cards, and a special, handcrafted vintage embellishment included in with each main 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 do appeal to a wide range of papercrafters, including card-makers. Many of our subscribers get both the main and PL kits together.

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

We have a 12-person design team of which almost half are international. They play with our kits and give our blog readers and their own blog readers lots of inspiration with the art they create with their kits.

Here is an example from Citrus Twist Kits’ design team:

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

www.citrustwistkits.com 

http://citrustwistkits.blogspot.com 

And now the giveaway! Leave a comment on this blog post by midnight on October 14th for a chance to win October’s Citrus Twist Monthly Kit AND the Pocket Life Kit. One winner for each kit! Winners will be announced on October 15th.

Trina would also like to offer a new subscriber special for those who sign up on or before October 31st: a free welcome packet of Citrus Twist Kits stamps (set of 3 stamp sets total). Just mention Crafts ‘n things in the comments at checkout to get the trio of stamp sets.

Good Luck and Happy Crafting!

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

37 thoughts on “More Kit Clubs and Giveaways

  1. I LOVE the Noel Mignon kits. They are packed full of stuff (and she’s amazing at getting the latest and greatest!!) and enough to keep me scrapping ALL month long!!

  2. Wow! Wonderful looking
    collection kits! I’d like to
    win any of them and try
    it out. Thanks for making
    me aware of them.
    Carla from Utah

  3. Beautiful kits!!! I did not realize that kit subscriptions could be short term. I thought they were for 1 yr & I did not realize that kits could be bought without a subscription. I am definitely going to add these websites to my shopping list.

    Pam

  4. Thanks for the giveaways. I love Noel’s kits. They are always packed with so much product and fun finds. I haven’t tried Citrus Twist but I have read good things about the kits.

  5. The amount of little embellishments that are in the Union Station kit is fantastic and the photo sliders in PL kits are a great touch for any scrapper!

  6. Both companies offer such wonderful selections in their kits. I love that they both offer shorter terms for those of us with a limited scrapbooking budget.

  7. I have adored Noel’s kit for quite some time – absolutely love the variety of product and care she puts into each and every one! I’ve heard a lot about Citrus Twist and I’m impressed with the kits I see here. Looks like two great kit clubs!

  8. Wow… those kits are fabulous, especially Noel’s!! I would love to give her gorgeous kit a try! Thank you for the chance.

  9. I sub to Noel’s scrap kit; it is packed full of lovely papers and embellishments and well worth the money! Though I don’t sub to Trina’s kits, I want to! They are lovely. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  10. I am a new subscriber to the Citrus Twist Pocket Life kit and have been very happy with them so far. They are a great value with little commitment. Noel’s kits looked like they are actually packed full!

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