I saw these templates mentioned was in a scrapbooking group on Facebook and I was curious. The claim was that you could use them to plan out your scrapbook pages and cards before ever cutting a single piece of paper. That’s an interesting concept to someone like me, who is not much for planning. I’m REALLY not a planner…of anything! I love to be spontaneous and just throw things together to see what happens.
However, even I have felt that crafty mojo disappear on occasion, so I figured it was worth a shot. So, for my birthday, I treated myself to a handful of template packs, trying to get a variety of borders, shapes, and sizes. I knew I wanted to try these out on layouts as well as cards to get a feel for them. Side note: I paid for these myself and was not asked or offered anything to review them, just satisfying my own curiosity.
The templates come in sets and most have 3-8 pieces in them. The borders come with 2 pairs because you are supposed to trace the curvy side of piece 1, then put piece 2 alongside piece 1 and cut a straight line. Then, when you fussy cut the curvy line, you have two borders that mirror each other. Here’s the layout I pre-planned out using the Paisley Place borders and a few tiny accent pieces.
And here is the final layout and two cards that I made using the Kiwi Lane templates:
I think these templates are a lot of fun to use and are good for stimulating a sleepy mojo, but I’m not thrilled with them for layouts. The cards are fantastic because simplicity works on the smaller scale, but on a 12×12 layout, it feels rather plain. Perhaps it’s the papers I chose, but I can’t help but feel that this style of scrapbooking isn’t really a great fit for me. It’s very basic and doesn’t challenge me or push me out of my comfort zone, which I definitely need in my crafty world!