Kiwi Lane Templates Review

FullSizeRender (10)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.

FullSizeRender (12)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:

Final thoughts

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!


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