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...how do you handle it when one of your designers puts out a kit and you don't have the right gender of child?
I have been thinking about maybe applying to be on a CT or two, but it seems like most if not all of the designers put out maybe 75% girly kits and only 25% boy kits. I'm just not sure what I'd even be able to do with a girly kit, since I only have boys. I don't have any photos that would match most of the kits out there.
How do you handle it? (Sara, you're in this situation, right?)
Ohhh yes, I have this situation. haha! I don't mind using somewhat girly kits on pages for my boys, but if it just can't be done, I will scrap about myself, or do a photoless layout with just a story or something.
Girly kit for a boy layout:
about me (sorta):
I mean, sometimes it's easier than others, and some (most) designers will understand if you just cannot see yourself using that kit. If I'm REALLY desperate I will borrow girly pics from others, but I usually can make a kit work for me.
I don't have the problem, but all the designers I've ever ct'ed for are very understanding when you just can't work with a kit. Many don't ask you to work with every kit that comes out, too.....they just ask that you do a certain number of layouts each month.
As for me, if I don't have the right pictures for a kit, I'll either ask a friend if I can borrow her pics or do a photoless layout.
Before having Bella I actually made quite a few pages for ladies here with pictures of their girls.
But then I have a REALLY had time using even remotely girly things on pages for the boys. Like this, this one was hard for me:
Even adding flowers to this one was hard and Mason isn't even BORN yet. lol
I CT with a lot of ladies that just have one child or 2-3 of the same gender. They just make the kit work for that gender. Like Kimla, she does a lot of girly stuff but a couple CT girls only have boys and they just make it ver neutral feeling. They use a lot of the leafy stuff, the generic papers which there are typically a couple of. They also use filters to mute out the heavier pinks and such to make them feel more neutral.
I know some designers LOVE this because it makes their kits appeal to a lot more scrappers.
Oh wow, I am loving all of these layouts! You guys are so flexible at adapting and making the kit work for the photos instead of the other way around. I think I need to try to step outside of my comfort zone a bit. At this point I'm feeling like I need to go out and get a brand new kit for EACH set of photos that I want to scrap, instead of just using what I already have, which I probably could do if I was willing to adapt.
I don't think I would be quite as comfortable with adapting actually, if it weren't for CT kits. But I LOVE stretching my creativity with a kit and using it in various ways...and a lot of these kits I never would have bought if I weren't on the CT but I do love the pages I create with them. It is a fun way to get out of your comfort zone, that's for sure!