Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Eeekk! + a Tutorial

Have you seen the January issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine? See the pretty cover?? Well I did it :o) It is second time I have had a page grace the cover of Creating Keepsakes magazine...but this one is extra special seeing as it the first issue for 2011. It is also the first of a new magazine format CK is what do you think?

Looking Good by Kim Watson

As seen in the January 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. Copyright Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher.

Supply list: Cardstock: American crafts (Vanilla), Bazzill Basics (White),Patterned paper: Anna Griffin (Cream flocked diecut overlay), Lily Bee (pink flourish/dot), American crafts (white/pink), Bella Boulevard (Pink/ white daisy), Ruffled ribbon: American Crafts,Button: Cosmo Cricket, Die cut chipboard: Little Yellow Bicycle, Stamps: Autumn Leaves (big journal), Pink Paislee (Small journal), Ink: Close to my Heart, Alphas & stickers: American Crafts, Glitter glue: Stickels,Pen: Sakura, Tools: Punches by Martha Stewart & Fiskars, Trimmer & Exacto knife by Elmer's, Adhesives: 3L, Tombo, American Crafts,Paper & Printer: HP

Now for something a little different....
In keeping for Christmas I put this little project together for Fancy Pants. There is a tutorial attached, so prepare for a gazillion step outs :o) ENJOY! If you make one for me up here so we can all take a look.
Kim Watson+Paper purse & tags

Kim Watson+Paper purse cls up

Fancy Pants Supplies:
Tradition patterned paper: Shimmer
Tradition patterned paper: Brrrr
Tradition patterned paper: Strips
Tradition patterned paper: Finishing touch
Tradition patterned paper: Cards
Tradition Trim
Tradition Buttons

Other Supplies:
large eyelets
velcro tape
sewing machine

1. Taking your 12x12" Shimmer patterned paper, follow the template above, and mark out your score & fold lines.
KimWatson+Step 2 
2. Fold along guide lines.
KimWatson+Step 3 
3. Fold your x4 corners inward towards the middle & glue down.

KimWatson+Step 4 
4. Fold inside gusset.

KimWatson+Step 5 
5. Cut & fold bands for top of purse.

KimWatson+Step 6 
6. Punch x2 tabs & sew velcro in place.

KimWatson+Step 7 
7. Punch bands & insert large eyelets.

KimWatson+Step 8 
8. Thread ribbon through eyelets & knot to secure.

KimWatson+Step 9 
9. Cut out red flower from Strips patterned paper & cut x3 other flower shapes for layering.

KimWatson+Step 10 
10. Layer shapes together & secure with button & twine. Add some bright ribbon as 'leaves'.

KimWatson+Step 11 
11. Take your cards patterned paper & cut out tags. Punch & add twine for cute gift tags.

KimWatson+Step 12 
12. Tie cards together & pop into purse. 

You are all done! This sweet gift is sure to make the day of any teacher! I hope you have found this helpful!


  1. I saw this and my heart swelled...I mean I have met the great Kim Watson in the flesh;-D

  2. you are just amazing .. nuff said

  3. I wouldn't have known that was your page on the cover because that's not your child! It's a lovely layout...pastel winter theme? That bag you made is awesome!

  4. Absolutely lovely LO, congrats on the cover and I love that CK used a 12x12 page for their cover! Also, love this idea for a teacher gift, any teacher would definitely LOVE to receive that!! :)

  5. Totally love everything you do...♥

  6. Congrats on the cover KIM!!!!!
    Its gorgeous, i think i wanna be you when i grow up ;)
    You are creative genious!

  7. congrats on the cover Kim! :) and i love that bag, super fab!

  8. Well, it's a beautiful layout! congrats!
    I also thank you for the tutorial on the beautiful purse!

  9. Congrats on your cover! And thank you for the purse tutorial---that is absolutely beautiful and would make a lovely gift!

  10. Hi
    I didn't know your blog... you make so many lovely projects!!! =))
    this little bag is stunning, and the tutorial is very handy!! Thanks so much for sharing

  11. Congrats on the cover. I've been meaning to email you and tell you how much I love it. So soft and pretty. And uh, I don't think I'm that dedicated of a crafter to make my own gift bags. LOL! It's so pretty though. I'd probs make one and want to keep it... ;)

  12. love this! what tab punch did you use?

    1. @debbie Fisher... I used the paper shapers large tab from EK Success


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