Disclaimer/Disclosure: We were given an item to review. Any and all opinions are our own.
Hello Guys and Dolls! It's your friendly neighborhood DragynAlly and Dr. Fronkensteen here. One of the things we like to do is review things together. Especially fun things like the Crayola Design Pro Fashion Collection (there is a car edition that we keep hoping Crayola will send our way). Why review together? Well that way you get 2 perspectives for the price of one. We may agree or disagree but that way you can hear all about it and decide for yourself. FYI the Crayola Design Pro kits retail for about $30 but we saw them at one store for $35.
He Says: I love the portability! It got us from Mays Landing all the way to Atlantic City and nothing was out of place. Everything was exactly as we had it when we opened up the box the first time.
She Says:I love that it's portable and very durable. It's not small so that means it takes up a whole lot of table space to use.
He Says: The markers don't blend and the paper allows the ink to bleed through onto the next page. So you have to be very careful how hard you press and know what color you want the next design to be. It doesn't give you any "oops room" either. A smudge on the design is a smudge on the final project.
She Says: I like it a lot but the bleed through ruins the design on the next page. The markers provide great color saturation but again the bleed through makes you not want to press down very hard for fear of ruining the picture on the next page.
The Whole Kit
He Says: I love that you have a lot more color pencils and markers choose from. There are a lot of colors and styles to choose from all in one convenient carrying case.
She Says: Epic. I would love lots more color. I would even love lots more media. Crayons/Pastels and the like. I LOVE he pencil sharpener.
She Says: The stencils are helpful but the markers don't catch every edge and you need a very sharp pencil to use them.
He Says: I love/hate the stencils. Some are fun and helpful, especially if you're trying to do stripes or curves. Others like the chevron or basketweave pattern seems impossible to get the kind of detail you want out of it.
The Design Pro Book/ Templates
She Says: I wish that you could create your own templates somehow and download them online. But I do love that you can download men's fashions now and that when you sign the corner it comes up in the fashion show.
He Says: Crayola gives you a good design kit for your money but the book with the templates needs to be a bit sturdier and made of heavier paper or card stock like a traditional sketchbook. And it's the exact same book you get with the cheaper kit so you don't get an upgrade or any special designs. Upgraded kit but not an upgraded book.
What we'd love to see
She Says: I would love to see pro designs in it. Wedding dresses, prom dresses, even Halloween costumes! Come on let's get creative now! I wish you could upgrade your models' hair and makeup a lot more.
He Says: I do think you should be able to buy the car design or other design books without buying another app or kit . If you have a kid that likes cars and another that likes fashion why wouldn't you just buy one design kit and two books and save your money?
She Says: I have loved the app since the beginning. I wish there were a few more model types to choose from. Also it would be great if there were a bit more to do than walk a runway. It would also be really cool if kids could pic their own backgrounds and locations.
He Says: I wish there were better social media connectivity. It would be great to share directly to Facebook or Twitter. Even if the picture could be save directly to your device it would make sharing a lot easier. Love that the app is free.
All in all Dr. Fronkensteen and I are huge fans! I know it's way to early to talk about the gift giving season BUT if I were looking for a fun and interactive gift this would be a great choice! What do you think? You can check out more of our designs on Instagram: @dragynally.