3 October 2010

Swirlydoos Kit Club

Swirlydoos Summer Serenity Kit Contents:
8 x papers from the Basic Grey ‘Cappella’ collection (double sided)
2 x Anna Griffin papers from the ‘Calisto’ collection
American Crafts Thickers - Subway
Basic Grey Take Note - Journaling blocks
Dusty Attic Decorative Frame #1
Prima Clear Stamp - Paisley
Anna Griffin Cecile - Glittered Die Cut sheet
ZVA Pearl Flourish
Swirlydoos Mini pom pom fringe
Swirlydoos Wine Flw w/Ivory Lace
Swirlydoos Gold - Pearl Buttons
Swirlydoos Organza Flowers with pearl centres
Kaisercraft Soft Pink Rhinestones
Kaisercraft Dusty Pink Flowers
Kaisercraft Rubz

Swirlydoos supply their kits worldwide - The kit costs $44.75 (£28.30)
and shipping is included in the price to the USA, or exact shipping costs to
international addresses.

This kit is a good size with a good amount of papers and embellishments,
and the price is good value for the amount of product you get included.
There are a few exclusive items such as the cute buttons and organza
flowers, and I always think it’s nice to have something different
included in a kit; things you might otherwise not think to use in your

The kit arrived well packaged and in once piece (always a concern when
something travels across continents!) and there was also an informative
newsletter in the box. The products included could easily lend
themselves to all kinds of papercrafts, not just scrapbooking, and they
were well coordinated.

A couple of things I was less enthusiastic about:

1. The majority of the papers were from one manufacturer – although
there were 2 other papers included. This at least means that they worked
well together, and the fact that Swirlydoos had clearly thought hard
about the embellishments and included unique embellishments of their own
in the kit says to me that the lack of variation on papers wasn’t just
laziness, but simply that they wanted to be sure that the kit was well

2. There was no cardstock in the kit. But, honestly, the lack of
cardstock was no big deal, as the patterned papers mostly had plain
reverse sides which worked just as well.

There are add-ons available each month, too – extra papers,
embellishments and also a cardstock add-on, if you feel you need it.

Overall, a good kit with products from great manufacturers. Personally,
I would have like a little more variety in the papers and some
cardstock, but it did not affect the usability and enjoyment of the kit.
Most scrappers have a huge pile of cardstock in their possession already!

This kit would be perfect for paper lovers, especially those who use a
lot of layering and love pretty, subtle colours and a classic style. If
you like big, bold geometric patterns and cutesy characters in your
scrapbooks, then you might want to give this one a miss.

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