I subscribe to Studio Calico, and love it! I got my start in kits years ago, with my first DT being a kit club. I loved the challenge of creating 5 layouts that didn't all look the same.
I am really picky though about using the kit. I am not into hoarding supplies (although the husband may disagree.) I try every month to use the kit from the previous month before the next one arrives. Most months are successful!
I have to preface this post with a confession though. I am a simple scrapper. And while I respect and admire the works of art put out by the DT at Studio Calico every month, I have to stay true to my style. So this method will probably only work if you're simple like me. (OK, that doesn't sound good. You know what I mean, right?)
Here's what I do. I take out the kit and my stash of pictures. I always have a stash on hand already printed. Sometimes I have to go looking, or convert a favorite to black and white.
I then start cutting and laying out 4 layouts. I even cut up the embellishments and place them on the page where I think they will go. The entire process takes me about 1 - 2 hours. Tops.
Here is the view on my table. Nothing is glued down, and the embellies are just laying on the pages. I usually do this on the weekend. Then through the week I pick a layout and assemble it, adding glue, ink the edges, and finishing it off.
Here are these four layouts completed.
Then, before I put the remaining contents of the kit into my stash, I do one more layout. It usually involves using up the scraps that are left. Here it is for January.
That's it! I use very little else besides the main kit. Some months I do buy the digi files and fill in with those.
Tomorrow I will show the same process with the February kit. I killed that in an evening!