This year I gave up all of my old kit subscriptions and decided to shop my stash but treat myself to some “happy mail” once a month. I tried a lot of kits last year and was never satisfied with what I got, so when Kelly Purkey announced she was doing monthly kits, I jumped on it. I enjoy her design style and I really wanted to get better with stamping, so it made sense for me to commit to a monthly kit.
Details + Perks:
– Subscriptions are 3 ($24.50), 6($22.50), or 12($20.50) months long
– There is a penalty for cancelling but its only $5 per each remaining month left
– You receive 1 4×6 stamp, 16 double sided 3×4 cards, 4 double sided 4×6 cards, 1 4×6 sheet of labels, 1 set of alphas, and 2 badges
– 15% off in the store
– Shop the store early on kit reveal day
– NEW FOR MAY –> subscribers will receive digital copies of their cards
I signed up for the 12 month subscription so the kit + shipping costs me about $25 total and I usually receive my items within 2-4 days. When the kits were being shipped from Portland, it would arrived in Seattle in 2 days. But now that they seem to be shipping from Michigan, it takes 3-4 days. That is not bad at all.
The cards are printed on good quality but not thick paper. The colors are vibrant and pop off the paper. Kelly Purkey’s use of color is really what drew me in, even though my default colors tend to be black, white, and grey, I love bold colors and the contrast they provide against my usual black and white.
The alphas that come with the kit have only been in 3 colors, black, white, and grey. They remind me of a smaller version of the alpha sheets from Simple Stories, but with a glossy finish. You are also sent a 4×6 sheet of labels which also come with a design on the backside if you choose not to use them 🙂
Now the stamps… the 4×6 stamp is probably 75% of why I love the kits. Since I don’t usually add embellishments, stamps are one of the ways I add a little something to my layouts. The color possibilities are endless, you can emboss your stamps, create backgrounds and patterns, and most importantly, they can be used over and over again. I’ve had no major issues with any of the stamps I’ve received from her shop. I did have the line of books on the bookworm stamp rip when I first received it, annoying but not a total deal breaker. Plus, most of the designs are fun yet simple and are applicable to anyone.
Kelly Purkey’s customer service is top notch. Seriously. If I’ve emailed them, I get a response within the day, even if its just a general random question. I’ve heard from others that if they had issues, they were quickly resolved. Last month, she sent a survey out and this week she actually emailed everyone the results. It was awesome to be able to see what others said and what they prefered. Not only did she post the good commentary, but also some of the more critical comments. To me that says that her and her team are fully engaged with their customers and want to provide them with products and service they want. Being open the feedback and taking action on it is crucial the success of a business and its nice to see that my voice was being heard as a consumer.
Even if something is great, there is always room for improvement or change. Since I’ve been receiving her kits for sometime now (even prior to the memberships) I’ve noticed the same patterns and colors are used. I have a pile of cards with stripes, dots, and graph patterns on them. While I don’t totally mind the graph pattern because it works well for journaling, stripes and dots get old fast. Because the stripe width tends to be wider on the cards, it can be difficult to work with, especially if you prefer the photos to stand out.
The only kit that I wasn’t a fan of was the one from Christine Herrin. While the colors were great, the kit was simply too theme based for me and there weren’t enough cards that didn’t have any writing on them. Vacations are few and far between for me and summer doesn’t really exist in Seattle. Plus, not a fan of loopy cursive in my layouts so that kit was kind of a dud. The kit is still useable, but it can only really be used for a small portion of the year. I think it would be have been better as an optional add-on kit.
Overall I have been happy with my choice to subscribe because I am receiving products that actually fit my lifestyle. With other companies or kits I was getting frustrated because I found the childish designs and constant use of “we” and “you” on cards and stamps didn’t fit me at all. Most of my layouts and stories tend to be more about me and what I do on a daily basis. So as a working woman with no kids, I love the fact that Kelly’s items tend to be more about the individual. If this sounds like you, definitely check her site out and also head over to instagram to see the fun projects her design team comes up with.