I am a one page at a time scrapbooker. I like to make a page or a spread and never really worry about a whole book coordinating. That's what I do for my own books. For gift books, and I am starting the planning for all the homemade Christmas gifts, I want the whole thing to go together.
Is it time for a kit? There are tons of kits available and clubs that coordinate papers and elements for you. When searching "scrapbook kit clubs" on Google I came across an article on Squidoo by Fiskateer Angela Daniels that lists several and a few hints on starting your own.
Should I join a kit club, maybe I should work through my stash first? Whether I join or not I LOVE Scrapbooking from the Inside Out. It's a monthly kit based on one word, this month's word is Acceptance. One of the great features of this club can be found under the "Inspiration tab". They have design team samples, journaling prompts, music and quotes that may help you scrap the month's word. I have on more than one occasion scrapped into the wee hours listening to their play list. Great stuff.