I know when I get that shipping notice in my email inbox, I am always truly excited to receive those new scrapbooking goodies! However, if I still have last month's kit languishing on my desk, it feels good to try to do it justice before the UPS man makes his appearance.
Besides making grid-style layouts, another idea for using up a kit is to make a project with it. I will be the first to admit that I am not much of a mini book girl. Rather, I am usually inspired to make an altered project if it is something I know I can use in some practical way.
This calendar project was created with the September, 2009 Studio Calico kit, Cotillion. I just love how it turned out, and it was something I enjoyed for the entire year of 2010 as well.
I hope this post inspires you to think outside of the 12 x 12 box and consider making an altered item, mini book, calendar, or gift to use up those lovely scrapbooking goodies!