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How to Select Items from a Kit to Create a Themed Layout

Sometimes, you want to create a themed layout, but don’t have items in your craft stash for the project. This is when you need to get a little creative and use what you have on hand. Today, I am sharing how I picked out items from a kit to create a page that fit the theme of the photos.

SUPPLIES | Burnished Limitless Kit, Serenity Paper, Mintay Garage Paper, Mintay Garage Paper Elements, Serenity Tag Set, Ciao Bella One Way Stencil, Burnished Essentials Kit, Mintay Garage Paper Die Cuts, Pewter Metallic Paint, Mintay Steampunk Chippies6×8 Mintay Garage Paper, Fun Times Title, Navy Thickers, Sage Tickets, Nested Circle Dies, Crypt Grit Paste, Grave Texture Paste, Espresso Distress Oxide Ink, Black Paint, Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink,  GlassboardPhoto PrinterSewing MachineSilicone Grip Mat, Craft KnifeHeat ToolSpray BottleBlender ToolFine Point Scissors, Edge DistresserMint TapeT-RulerDie Release ToolFoam DotsSkinny Foam TapeGlue DotsBearly Art GlueTape Runner

To create this layout, I used components from the NJFB Burnished limitless kit and the essentials kit. Both of these are filled with vintage mechanical pieces. Before adhering items in place, I selected patterns, ephemera, and other elements that would complement my photos.

After selecting some patterns to place behind my photo collage, I chose a generic title that I could add to with words or icons. Knowing that this would be placed in the lower left corner meant that I needed to find elements to counterbalance it on the right.

From the kit, I selected a tire tread stencil and chipboard to use as structural pieces around the photo. To create the tire pattern, I used a mix of grit and grey texture paste to produce the feel of dirt on the track.

I continued the grey color onto the chipboard with layers of paint and distress oxide ink. These chipboard pieces were used to frame the photo and created a great statement piece on the page.

Most of the die cuts are not truly motocross themed, but they have a purpose. I chose green tickets to bring focus to the green bike, number plates that match the number, and a few tools.

I also selected this vintage ship piece for the terms that were printed on it. The words full, slow, stand by, and stop were a great set of phrases to place near the starting line photos.

In my video, I show a few other ways that I used this kit and I share some tips for using chipboard elements on your projects.

Even though I didn’t have motocross-themed pieces, I was able to use mechanical parts, chipboard, paint, and bits of ephemera to create an awesome page and record some great memories of my brother. If you would like more ideas for using this kit, you can join the {Not} Just for Boys Kit Club community on facebook and see even more designs.  

I hope this project inspired you to use items in your collection to create something new. If you have any questions about the project or the supplies listed above, feel free to post that in the comments.

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