Thursday, February 26, 2015

How to use 6x6 and 8x8 paper pads!

Do you squirrel away your 8x8 & 6x6 paper pads like I do?? I look at them & feel bad that I am not actually using them, so thought I'd challenge myself to try. This is the result!

8x8 pads don't have to be limited to mini books, I used 5 pages from a 8x8 pad to create the entire layered background on this double page. 

I am proud to share it was published in a local print magazine: Scrapping & Kei. Many thanks to Liezel & the team for selecting it.  

It page about one of my closest friends, Lisa. Everything about the page is a reflection of who she is. It is a gift for her birthday to be hung in her bedroom :)
  • She is a girly girl
  • Loves the pretty things in life.
  • Loves gold accessories & home decor accents.
  • Crazy about cute critters.
  • One of the strongest people I know. 
  • Has beautiful, kind & thoughtful personality.

Hello my Name is Lisa by Kim Watson

Supplies: Digital supplies: Actions by Sweet Shoppe; Cardstock: +Bazzill Basics Paper ; Patterned paper: +Cosmo Cricket , +Glitz Design ; Stickers, Paper leaves, Gold Brads: +American CraftsFrame: Jillibean Soup; Tags: Elle Studio; Wooden Veneer: +Freckled Fawn, Cosmo Cricket; Fabric pom-pom: +Basic GreyStamp, Ink: +My Favorite Things Stamps; Mist: Maya Road, +Ranger Ink ; Stencils: The Crafters Workshop; Adhesive: +TombowUSA , +Thermoweb , 3L; Tools: Scissors, Mat & Trimmer: +Fiskars ; Other: Typewriter, Vellum, Buttons. 

How-to create the collage background:

  • Select 'muted' co-ordinating paper designs.
  • Cut the pages into different width paper strips.
  • Layer over one another to create a well balanced collage.
  • Adhere along the top edges of the paper only leaving the bottoms loose for 3 dimensional texture.
  • Mist entire page with opaque white mist. Allow enough drying time. (White takes longer than usual colors.)
  • Splatter with highlight color and paint water color dots in a 3rd color, creating an interesting background.
  • Once dry, add decorative stitching.
  • Complete your page on top of patch-worked background. 

Paper leaves, journaling onto vellum, buttons, brads & tags make this page a winner! 

My title was matted onto a big stamped image by My Favorite Things stamps...isn't it divine! More buttons, a heart badge & glittered bling add lovely focal points to the page.

I hope this technique has inspired you to haul out those smaller pads & get them onto a scrapbook page.

I'm glad you stopped by!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Fun with washi tape!

I cannot get enough washi tape...& have collected tons over the last few years, so thought is was about time & came up with a few ideas on how to use it in creative ways on a scrapbook page. This page was published in the Papercrafts & Scrapbooking 2014 Scrappers Handbook special issue

Washi tape ideas:
  1. Pointed petal folded flower
  2. Little folded origami style hearts
  3. Borders & page edges using overlapping tape in different widths
  4. Chevron detailing on top left corner of left page 
Enjoy This Moment by Kim Watson

 SuppliesCardstock: +Bazzill Basics Paper ; Patterned paper: Sassafras; Tags: Elle Studio; Wood Veneer: +Freckled Fawn ; Decorative Tape: Bella Boulevard, +AmericanCrafts , +Freckled Fawn , +Glitz DesignFancy Brads: Simple Stories; Adhesive: +TombowUSA , +ThermowebCutting Files: +Daniela Dobson, Silhouette, +Heidi Swapp ; Electronic die cutting machine: Silhouette Cameo; Other: Typewriter; Sewing Machine.

Stitching in the center of the chevrons, masks any rough torn edges. 

A wood veneer heart makes the cutest flower center. 

Machine stitching the row of hearts give great texture & adheres them to the page.

I know these ideas barely touch the surface of what one can do. If you have any ideas...I am always keen to learn new please share them with me.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The big reveal- March 2015 Hip Kit

It is here...the big reveal of the  ☆ March 2015 Hip Kit 

You are going to LOVE this one!

Hip Kit Club have a membership forum on Facebook, where everyone chats, shares their latest projects using their Hip Kits & just hang out! And the Hip Kit Club blog is where all the DT members post a project a day throughout the whole month, making sure you have a ton of inspiration to draw upon.

I am waiting in anticipation for my March kit, kit, which will be the and from what I have seen, it is gorgeous, filled with trendy patterned papers, amazing embellishments, puffy stickers, flair buttons & more!

Here's an idea of what I look forward to receiving in my box.

Main kit
Embellishment kit

Paper kit

Color kit
Cardstock kit

*NEW Project Life

If you haven't heard of them, or had a chance to check out the March 2015 Hip Kit & Add-On Kits. They are super value for money, their customer service is outstanding & they SHIP INTERNATIONALLY...(yes South Africa too :D )

PLEASE NOTE: To all my non-American friends who want to order these gorgeous kits. You won't be able to place your order on the website, rather email Kimberly- with your order & she will send you a shipping quote before proceeding. As a member you receive fantastic discounts which helps defray some of the international shipping costs & you can get 2 kits mailed together, or team up with a friend. It ends up being well worth it! 

So make sure to visit their website to get yours, before they are all sold out!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

How to make pretty paper gift boxes without a template.

Are you planning on giving gifts to loved ones & friends any time soon? If you are like me, & love personalizing your gifts & gift wrapping; then this project is for you.  

The beauty of these gorgeous little boxes is that they are economical on product using only a sheet of 12x12” patterned paper  to make two boxes. They can be made in 15 minutes which is a wonderful time saver!

Join me as I take you through my step-by-step process. 

One piece Gift Box by Kim Watson

Supplies: Patterned paper, Gold Foils paper, Vellum Paper, Tags, Ephemera, Tickets & Die-cuts: +Fancy Pants Designs Burlap & Bouquets collection. 

  1. Cut a piece of patterned paper 10.5” x 6”.  
  2. Score horizontally: 1.75”, 1.5”, 3”, 1,5”, 2,5”.  
  3. Score vertically: 1.5”, 3”, 1.5”. 
  4. Fold along score lines, snipping all the flaps free to the 1.5”mark. 
  5. Fold & adhere the first box flap closed.
  6. Fold it towards the inside of the box. Fold up side flaps & adhere in place.
  7. Fold top box flap, adhering the sides. NOTE: make sure to place the adhesive out of the way to allow for the flaps to slip into & out of the box easily. 
  8. Die cut a pinked edge vellum circle & layer it together with ephemera, a tag sentiment, punched gold butterflies and twirled twine

Fill your completed box with small gifts or candy. I hope this has inspired you to try making some too! I can’t wait to hand mine out after at our Valentine's day breakfast cook up with a bunch of special friends!

Decorate with sweet little butterflies, punched from gold foil & some paper twine for a pretty touch! They are sure to be a hit with all your special friends & family members!

All done! ENJOY your day!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Scrapbooking your other passions?

As you know, February means Valentine’s Day. This page focuses on one of my greatest loves,
but not necessarily romance. Instead of focusing on a sweetheart, it focuses on where we live; one of the most beautiful places on earth. 

When tackling this article assignment for Papercrafts & Scrapbooking magazine, I found choosing only a few photos from the 100's I have on file, a difficult task. 
The thing that jumped out at me was the amount of breath-taking sunset images I had captured since living here in Kommetjie, so finally settled on 3 of my most recent to use on this scrapbook page. It went without saying that I would have to enlarge one of them to maximise its 'wow-factor'. The shot in question was taken using my iPhone, lenses or effects. It looks like that IRL :)

I feel so spoilt at the sheer amount of beauty that surrounds us merely a 5 minutes drive from our house. 

Our neighborhood has an enormous feeling of space & freedom, having the mountains behind & in front of us, with the Atlantic in between . It makes me happy to wake up every morning, knowing that a moments walk or drive in any direction, and & I can be surrounded by world-class beauty.

Love This by Kim Watson: Supplies: CardstockAmericanCrafts; Patterned paper: Elle's Studio, +Fancy Pants Designs; Chipboard, Tags, Buttons, Envelope, Stickers, Blackboard label+Fancy Pants Designs ; Decorative Tape+Freckled Fawn; Hemp+Close To My Heart ; Stamps+Technique Tuesday , Elle's Studio, Cocoa Daisy; Ink+Ranger Ink ; Pen+Kuretake ZIG ; Adhesive+TombowUSA+Thermoweb+Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L ; Tools: Mini Attacher by +Ranger Ink; Cutting mat, Scissors, Trimmer by +Fiskars

Making the most of a preprinted tag from  Elle's Studio with the addition of a big button, chipboard from Fancy Pants Designs & stamps, creating the cutest accent cluster for the corner of the big photo. 

Adding another accent cluster to the bottom right corner of the large photo, creates movement across the page as well as balance. Don't you LOVE that cute stamp from Technique Tuesday?!

More layering of accents from the Memories Captured collection from Fancy Pants Designs & stamped images from Technique Tuesday.

So I challenge you to try scrapbooking another passion or great love in your life, other than the 2 legged variety :D

Glad you stopped by!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Crafty ways with everyday products! is the week of LOVE!

Yes... it is commercialised......but let's be honest it is fun, and you can be assured, your loved ones on the receiving end of your love gifts & spoils are surely not going to be complaining about commercialism hehe!

The page I am sharing is a scrapbook layout as published in the Feb 2014 issue of Paper Crafts  & Scrapbooking magazine. It is about our cute daughter & one of her (boy) BFF's. Their love & support of each other in an age where life puts so much pressure on one, is refreshing & sweet! Worthy of a scrapbook page.
Love you to the Moon by Kim WatsonSuppliesCardstock: American Crafts; Patterned paper: +Heidi SwappElle's Studio; Tags & Stamps: Elle's StudioButtons: +Fancy Pants DesignsGlitter: Martha Stewart; Mist, Gesso, Ink and Texture Paste+Ranger InkPen: +Kuretake ZIG ; Adhesive: +Thermoweb+TombowUSA ; Stencils: The Crafters Workshop; Cutting mat, Scissors, Trimmer by +Fiskars ; Buttons; Other: Black charcoal pencil.

When creating this page....I was challenged to use everyday...ordinary things found at home & in your junk drawer.

These are the obscure things I used: 
  • Bamboo coaster mat
  • Crossword pages 
  • Ticket strips
  • Mat & beads
  • Dental floss

I gesso'd a bunch of tickets from the strip to knock back the red color, & created paper feathers in different sizes. One I left as is, the other I covered in liquid glue & dredged in fine gold glitter. Gorgeous!!

See the little wooden frame around the sentiment card? I used a bamboo coaster mat, undid it and used the thin bamboo sticks as the supports for my feathers & frame. I took my extra minty dental floss & dyed with lime green became a super color accent for the layout, which I looped & tied across the page.  

BONUS: my page smells all fresh & minty! :)

Using a kiddies art mat & beads, I created a 'love' inspired accent which when ironed melted & sealed together. Using zig-zag scissors, I cut the ironing sheet into a circles, stitched it & matted the bead accent on top. The discarded bead template came in real handy to add 'comb-like' texture to texture paste onto the background before misting & inking. I tore dictionary pages into quarters & gesso'd them onto my background page for texture & interest. 

Left white, I used the dental floss to stitch buttons & hand stitching areas for added interest.

Ok...let me bizarre as this challenge was...I loved it. It stretched me creatively & I loved every moment of designing it.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 01, 2015

A special announcement!!

I am super excited to be joining Hip Kit Club design team and working with these uber talented ladies. They have a membership forum on Facebookwhere everyone chats, shares their latest projects using their Hip Kits & just hang out! And the Hip Kit Club blog  where all the DT members post a project a day through out the whole month, making sure you have a ton of inspiration to draw upon. I am so looking forward to getting to know them better. 

I am waiting in anticipation for my first kit, which will be the February kit, and from what I have seen, it is gorgeous, filled with trendy patterned papers, amazing embellishments, puffy stickers, flair buttons & more!  

Here's an idea of what I look forward to receiving in my box.

The Main kit

 The Color kit
If you haven't heard of them, or had a chance to check out the February 2015 Hip Kit & Add-On KitsThey are super value for money, their customer service is outstanding & they SHIP INTERNATIONALLY...(yes South Africa too :D ) So make sure to visit their website to get yours, before they are all sold out! 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Are you the winner?

Forgive me for posting the winner so late. I have had a sick family & so haven't had a chance to do it yet!

Drum roll please...the winner is:

Congratulations to Letitia Guelpa.....could you please send me your postal details so we can get your parcel sent out to you!

Many thanks to ALL of my lovely visitors, both old & new, who stopped by my blog!
I appreciate your support... here's to a year of new & exciting crafty endeavours!


Saturday, January 03, 2015

Handmade tree Ornaments #4- Cornflour Clay Ornaments

As I mentioned the other day...I decided to make all my tree ornaments this year because my color theme & Christmas decor is so totally different from anything else I have done before & wonder of all wonders I actually got myself organised enough to take photos of my creative process.

Here is no. 4: (Scandinavian style)

#4 handmade cornflour clay ornaments!

  • Cornflour
  • White School glue
  • Mixture of letter stamps
  • Motif stamps or wood veneer
  • Straw to make a threading hole
  • Cookie cutters
  • Decorative twine for hanging

  • Measure out glue & cornflour using the ratio 2:1
  • Mix well together in an old dish. It will be super sticky.
  • Once mixed, tip out and knead well with extra cornflour to coat your hands.
  • Roll out to desired thickness. 
  • You have to work quickly not to obtain well defined imprints.
  • Push doily or doily stamp into clay, making a sharp impression.
  • Using cookies cutters, cut into a variety of shapes.
  • Use a drinking straw to make a threading hole at the top of the shape.
  • Using letter stamps & motifs decorate shapes.
  • Allow to air try for 24 hours.
  • Take glass sand paper smooth off any rough edges, thread with twine & hang.
So glad you stopped by!

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to you all!

Season's Giving Blog Hop

Hi! And welcome to the Seasons Givings Blog Hop. You should have arrived here from Judy Hayes blog (If you’re following the list in order.)
The Seasons Givings Blog Hop is about all of you  and how much we love our readers. Without all of YOU I suppose blogging wouldn't quite be the same it’s so much more fun to have an audience. So THANK-YOU!
Here is a little Christmas inspiration using +Fancy Pants Designs, Oh, Deer! collection:
My Wish List by Kim Watson 

I have a mixed product package to giveaway!

Here's the scoop for a chance to win:

1) You can leave a comment here on my blog for a chance to win.

2) For a second chance, you can "follow" my blog and leave another comment to let me know if you already follow or are a new follower. You can follow my blog by clicking Google's "Join this Site" on the sidebar and/or following by e-mail.

The giveaway will end at 6am ET on 1/7, and I'll announce winners here.

Here is the full list of participants...which means 133 prizes up for grabs. Oh yeah! 
Kim Watson--> you are here

Happy New Year crafty friends!