Saturday, March 28, 2015

DIY: Flower techniques for Spring

Happy Spring to all my crafty friends living in the Northern Hemisphere. We are enjoying Fall weather here in Cape Town, which is bitter sweet for us all. It means shorter days & chilly nights with the bonus of less  I suppose there is an upside to having summer hijacked :D

In honor of Spring, I have a page of our DD to share using a few handmade flower techniques you might find inspiring. This happy color palette, teamed with fresh, candid photos of Cassidy, make for a lovely addition to her teen scrapbook album. 
Your Life by Kim Watson

Supplies: Cardstock+Bazzill Basics Paper ; Patterned paper: +Heidi Swapp , My Minds Eye; Frame, Brag Card, Stickers+Fancy Pants Designs  Die Cuts Accents, Chipboard: Simple Stories; Ink: Heidi Swapp; Adhesives: +TombowUSA , +Thermoweb, +Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L ; Metal Dies: +primamarketinginc . , +Little B  ; Manual Die-cutting machine: +Spellbinders Paper Arts  ; Other: Sewing machine

For the layout, I clustered handmade flowers around the photo arrangement, creating drama, as well as drawing the eye towards the title, then up to the photos & around to the journaling.

Torn paper & stitching flower: 

Pipe Cleaner & Button flower:

Layered die-cut flower & Leaves:

Stitched leaves & Flowers:

Bought Flower:

Here are a few details about each flower:
  1. Rough rose made with torn paper strips & machine sewing.
  2. Pipe cleaner daisy.
  3. Layered patterned paper flower with felt & button center.
  4. Peony created with metal dies.
  5. Real paper bloom from Prima for a splash of yellow.
NOTE: All leaves are created with metal dies.

To further support my idea of a flower garden, I machine stitched leaves & swirls onto my background page, adding subtle texture & interest. 

I am so glad you stopped bay!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Big Reveal...SCT Spring 2015 issue.

Yay! it is finally here...the BIG reveal....

I am so thrilled to be a part of the 2015 spring issue which goes live today in stores, with subscribers around the world and on the SCT website for free download or subscription!  I wanted to share in the excitement by sharing the  links to this issue with you...because it is one not to be missed!

Here are some sneaks of my page included in the magazine:

You'll be needing these important links:

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Mini Book that doesn't require binding ➳ Tutorial

Looking for a great mini book tutorial using a technique that can be used time & time again?

When life is crazy, and your scrapbooking time is limited, do you ever wish you could just finish a project from start to finish?

Then I have just the thing for you to try.

Summer Mini Book by Kim Watson

Let's get started. You will need the following...

Fancy Pants Designs Supplies:

  • Brag Cards
  • Patterned papers
  • Alpha Stickers
  • Embellishments
  • Buttons

Other Supplies:

  • White cardstock
  • Serrated scissors
  • Adhesive
  • Sewing machine
  • x3 colored rubber bands
  • Regular scrapping tools

Mini Book Tutorial with Rubber Band Binding Technique by Kim Watson


1.) Take a variety of the patterned & plain letter sized paper & fold them in half.
2.) Stick the long open sides together of each page as close to the edge as possible.
3.) Once completed, clamp all pages tightly together in a pile.
4.) Mark off a little notch 3/8" from the 'spine'. The notch can be approx. 1/4" wide & 3/16" high. Cut out with sharp craft knife, making sure to cut through all pages, on the top of spine as well as the bottom. The little recess for the rubber bands to hook on to.
5.) Score every page at 11/16" (which should be at the inner most side of the notch). This will allow the pages to fold back easier.
6.) Stretch your rubber bands around the width of the mini book & place in notches. The pages will be completely secure now.

7.) Prepare your 3x4"cover 'card'. I stitched it, matted it onto white cardstock & added stickers for a great front cover. 

Your mini album is ready for filling.
For extra 'space' for journaling & photographs, I filled each page pocket with the extra brag cards Stapling little sticker tabs to the edges of the cards makes it easier to slide the cards in & out of the pockets.

I hope you have found this inspiring! Let me know if you use the technique...I'd LOVE to see your version.

ENJOY your Tuesday!!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Scrapbooking idea: Honour your ❤ Mother ❤

It was my lovely Mum's birthday this weekend. She is generous, kind hearted & we appreciate her so much.

It sparked a simple scrapbook page, where I mentioned all of her qualities in a creative way. One centrally placed photograph, lots of white space, some hand doodled flowers & understated texture. I love how this page turned out.

Mother by Kim Watson

Supplies: Cardstock: +Bazzill Basics Paper  ; Patterned paper: +studiocalico , My Mind's Eye ; Corrugated Cardstock, Gold Foil Paper, Resin Flower: +Fancy Pants Designs ; Wood Veneer, Enamel dots, Washi tape: +Freckled Fawn ; Chipboard, Labels: My Minds Eye; Brads: +Simple Stories  ; Flowers: +Bazzill Basics Paper ; Flair & Glitter tape: +AmericanCraftsInk: +Ranger Ink ; Adhesives: +TombowUSA , +Thermoweb , +Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L ; Metal Dies: +Spellbinders Paper Arts , +Little B , +Technique Tuesday ; Manual Die-cutting machine+Spellbinders Paper ArtOther: Sewing machine

Arranging doodled flowers & vines around the photo, frames it beautifully. Corrugated cardstock adds visual interest to the white color scheme.

The corrugated background perfectly showcases the floating jewels. These act as anchors for the character trait journal strips as well as being symbolic of Mothers everywhere being treasures.

A few gold splatters, finish it off nicely!  I appreciate you stopping by!

Have a wonderful day go HUG your Mum!! ツ

Sunday, March 15, 2015

April 2015 @Hipkitclub reveal!!

                                       ★THE APRIL HIP KIT CLUB REVEAL

Oh my goodness...just when I thought the kits couldn't get any better....take a look at the crafty loveliness put together by +Kimberly Hutchison  for the Hip kit Club April kit!

It is filled with gold foil, wood veneer, die-cut accents, x2 kinds of alpha stickers, gorgeous trim, and BEAUTIFUL color....I hope you have yours booked, because they are going to fly out of the store :D
Products Included:
  • 1 sheet – American Crafts – Amy Tangerine – Rise & Shine – Amelia Paper
  • 1 sheet – American Crafts – Amy Tangerine – Rise & Shine – Claire Paper
  • 1 sheet – American Crafts – Amy Tangerine – Rise & Shine – Ella Paper
  • 1 sheet – American Crafts – Amy Tangerine – Rise & Shine – Lana Paper
  • 1 sheet – Elle’s Studio – Cienna – Confetti Paper
  • 1 sheet – Webster’s Pages – Dream In Color – Life is Good Paper
  • 1 sheet – Webster’s Pages – Dream In Color – Snuggle Paper
  • 1 sheet – Webster’s Pages – Dream In Color – Dream in Color Paper
  • 1 sheet – Webster’s Pages – #Happy – Classy Paper
  • 1 pkg. – Crate Paper – Maggie Holmes – Confetti – Sequins
  • 1 pkg. – American Crafts – Amy Tangerine – Rise & Shine – Alyx Thickers – White & Silver Foil
  • 1 pkg. – American Crafts – Amy Tangerine – Rise & Shine – Phrase Stickers (includes 8 sheets)
  • 1 pkg. – American Crafts – Amy Tangerine – Rise & Shine – Wood Veneer Tags
  • 1 pkg. – American Crafts – Amy Tangerine – Rise & Shine – Grace Phrase Thickers
  • 1 pkg. – American Crafts – Amy Tangerine – Rise & Shine – Ephemera

Embellishment kit

 Paper kit

Cardstock kit

 Color kit

 *NEW Project Life

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 every day throughout the whole month, making sure you have a ton of inspiration to draw upon. 

So if you haven't heard of them, or had a chance to check out the April 2015 Hip Kit & Add-On Kits, I suggest you do. 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 directly - 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, March 12, 2015

2 new collections & 3 new pages!

Fancy pants have such cool new collections. I love the new textured papers, & embellishment lines. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!! 

I made a page with each of them last much FUN!!

Hi Hello Life by Kim Watson

Life Is Waiting by Kim Watson

Happy Memories by Kim Watson

 So great that you stopped by!!

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Sharing some great news!!

Some exciting updates from +Fancy Pants Designs

The reveal of the 2015 Design team!!

Woohoo...I am so thrilled to have another year with Jodi & the team. Congratulations to the returning & new designers...friends, you are all in for a treat with these fabulously creative gals!

AND the reveal of their newest collections!!

:Making Waves & Summer Sun:

There are new color palettes, new embellishments, tag packs, the ALL NEW Insta-albums & co-ordinating accents, fabulous ephemera packs & even silver foil die-cuts. 

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Hip Kit Club- Layouts & a Tutorial.

The 2015 February Main kit from the +HipKitClub is rocking my world!!!

Looking for more inspiration from Hip Kits? Here is a link to my Hip Kit Club Pinterest board filled with amazing projects from the DT.

I have had x2 pages up on the blog so far...check them out!

When playing with the patterned papers on my desk, I was immediately drawn to the doors paper. Firstly, isn’t it seriously cool & secondly, isn’t the paper quality super interesting? It lends itself to mixed media & is substantial enough to withstand water, ink, gesso & other ‘wet’ treatments.
It spoke to me, sparking the following thoughts in my brain in reference to my 10 year old:
  • Future
  • Destiny
  • Open Doors
  • Life Choices
  • Colorful Memories
  • Growing up
These ideas came together, as this page :)

Dream Big by Kim Watson
For the title I roughly cut ‘Dream Big’ from the We R Memory Keepers- Love Notes- Dear Diary paper, using a craft knife & doodled the edge in fine black marker for definition.
 To start, I grabbed water-colour paints & licked some funky colors onto the doors, giving them a cheerful vibe. Once dry, I cut them out & arranged them in an overlapping row creating a border for the journal block. The central page layout worked well here, allowing ones eye to travel down the page from the title, to the photograph & lastly resting on the journaling.

For more detailing check out this blog post >>

 This is my other page:

For this post, I shared a super way to transform patterned paper into something gorgeously ‘bling-ified’ (In case you were wondering, yes that is a real word in the vocab’ of every crafter who likes gold glitter)…like me- LOL.

To do this I am going to be using the February 2015 Hip Kit & Add-On Kitsas well as the pretty turquoise tissue wrapping paper our February 2015 Hip Kit came wrapped in.
Girl Powa by Kim Watson

To create that cool glittered strip, I used the wonderfully ingenious invention, called adhesive sheets from +Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 
This is how I did it:
  • Lay the edge of the paper triangle onto the sticky side of the adhesive sheet.
  • Trim off the excess.
  • Remove the top, protective layer.
  • Sprinkle liberally with fine gold glitter.
  • Press down firmly, making sure the glitter is secured well. You don’t want it falling off :D
  • Tap off any loose glitter…& you are done.
  • NOTE: I left a little glittered strip at the bottom of the triangle, which I trimmed off & cut into mini triangles for accenting elsewhere on the page.

Tissue Bloom Tutorial by Kim Watson
  • Fold the tissue paper into squares in x2 (or more) different sizes. I made x20 layers in total by cutting them in piles of about 6-8 layers.
  • Once you are happy with the amount, pile them on top of each other.
  • Using a stapler, secure the pile together with criss-crossed staples.
  • Place your flower on one hand & gently scrunch with the other. Pinching layers onto a clump.
  • Place the crunched flower on your craft mat & work with the petals. Flatten some, crinkle others & arrange until you have a lovely, puffy bloom.
  • Using a little water, lightly spray the flower before spritzing with turquoise Dylusions Ink, adding vibrant color.
  • Allow it to dry & secure to your page using a strong adhesive.
All done….a striking page that will make your teenage daughter happy.
I appreciate you stopping by!! 

Happy Tuesday!

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!!