Although I consider myself to be pretty darn proficient at digital scrapbooking, I'm afraid the world of designing is a complete mystery to me. Yes, I can make a few elements with techniques I know and using actions, but I have NO IDEA how they create what they do. And even if I did, somehow I've never been very good at putting together color schemes and different pattern paper and stuff like that. So I use kits and am happy to do so. But sometimes, I just can't find a kit that has what I want.
The first time this happened was when I was creating my daughter Afton's book. Her nursery was painted plumb, lavender and lime green. We bought some really cute bedding for it with bugs and stuff. But I wanted a kit that matched that bedding. So I pretty much created my own kit--I scanned in her recieving blankets, parts of her quilt, and other things to create my own elements, ribbons, etc. It worked pretty well. Here are some pages from her book: