Thursday, June 04, 2015

Exciting news + new layouts!

Hey hey crafty friends...how have you all been?

I have a gazillion updates to post, but wanted to quickly share some exciting news with you!

I am proud to announce that I am now designing my own scrapbooking lines for a well known company in the industry...oh yeah! It has been something I have been wanting to do for a while now & gratefully was given the opportunity a couple of months back. It has had it share of learning curves...but I am thrilled to say it is in China being manufactured as we speak...so watch social media for more about it with exciting sneaks etc closer to the time. 

I am still pinching myself...woohoo!

Another wonderful opportunity was given to me by my scrappy friend, +Kimberly Hutchison who is the talented owner of +Hip Kit Club. I am now designing PL cards for her kits. The pretty June just landed from the printer & I just had to share it with you. I designed to co-ordinate exactly with the June main kit & embellishment kit. 

Here are the cards, just unpacked & looking awesome!

JUNE journal cards for Hip Kit Club as part of their Project Life kit by Kim Watson



HIP KIT CLUB – JUNE 2015 – (main kit)
MainHip Kit Club Member Price:  $29.95
(requires a 3 month minimum subscription) CLICK HERE 
to join!
Individual Kit Purchase Price:  $34.95
Products Included:
  • sheet Elle’s Studio – Let’s Eat – Meal Planner Paper
  • 1 sheet Pink Paislee – Atlas – Altitude Paper
  • 1 sheet Pink Paislee – Atlas – Latitude Paper
  • 1 sheet Fancy Pants Designs – Summer Fun – Floral Paper
  • 1 sheet Fancy Pants Designs – Summer Fun – Sandcastles Paper
  • 1 sheet Fancy Pants Designs – Making Waves – Blazing Paper
  • 1 sheet Crate Paper – Poolside – Sunshine Paper
  • 1 sheet Simple Stories – Summer Vibes – Shine On Paper
  • 1 pkg. Crate Paper – Poolside – Twilight Thickers
  • 1 pkg. Crate Paper – Poolside – Glitter Ephemera
  • 1 pkg. Crate Paper – Poolside – Glitter Chipboard Frames
  • 1 roll Freckled Fawn – Navy Triangle Washi Tape
  • 1 pkg. Crate Paper – Poolside – Layered Embellishments
  • 1 pkg. – Crate Paper – Journey – Cork Stickers
Here is the whole kit at a glance. If you aren't already a subscriber...I urge you to think about changing that...their kits are amazing! Beautifully put together, fabulous colors, great value for money...& the best customer service I have ever experienced.

June 2015 Hip Kit Club


Here are some of my latest pages designed with the April kit.

Hey Babe by Kim Watson
@HipKitClub @KimWatson #hipkitclub #scrapbooking #12x12 #papercrafts
The April papers are amazing! The colors, the patterns… everything Kimberly chose for this kit is so perfectly coordinated, it makes sense to mix them together!
Enjoy These Moment by Kim Watson
@HipKitClub @KimWatson #scrapbooking kit #April2015 #12x12 #layout  @americancrafts @websterspages Inspired by the chevron paper by Webster’s Papers, I decided to play around with diagonals for this page.
And that's it for today...I am glad you stopped by!Be sure to come back later this week for more crafty projects.
Happy Thursday to you!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Capture those Insta photos with Fancy Pants Designs.

Is your phone full of everyday life photos & ordinary stuff, shot on the fly? 
Oh boy mine is...& I am always on the look out for ways to capture a whole bunch of them in one go, on one layout that isn't a double page. 

This was the result, x12 photos- woohoo! By arranging the photos in a square frame & leaving a square free in the middle filled with patterned paper & a few pretty accents from the Office Suite Collection from +FancyPantsDesigns; creates the feeling of space.  

Insta 2013 by Kim Watson ( in hindsight, I might change 2013 in the title to the name of the month when the photos were taken & rename it Insta July, just too lazy to retake this photo) 

Supplies: Insta 2013 by Kim Watson: Patterned paper, Tags, Stickers, Gold Foil paper, Sequins, Vellum Paper: Fancy Pants Designs; Adhesives: Tombow, Thermoweb, Adhesives by 3L; Tools: Fiskars America; Metal Dies: American Crafts, Little B DesignsOther: Typewriter


Don't you just LOVE those over sized patterned die-cut alphas? 


Gold die-cuts & small shapes scattered around the page & effect of the soft colors on the graphic black & white stripe, has a great fresh feeling! Fancy Pants Designs Gold foil paper is the best substrate for die cutting with metal dies! I used Amy Tan & Little B Designs here.

Hands down this page design as my new favorite way to capture an overview of an entire month's photos.

Looking for the Office Suite collection?

You can get it online here: 
Happy Monday to you all!!! 

Monday, April 20, 2015

New layouts + NSD crop ALERT!!

CRAFTY UPDATE!
Have you heard Hip Kit Club is having a crop the weekend of the 1st-3rd May?
NB: You have to join the FB group HERE>> to participate

NDS Crop Graphic

Also...I have two pages to share with you today, using my Hip Kit Club March 2015 kit. Yippee!!!Is it just me or are these kits just gorgeous?! I am totally crushing on the colors & wonderful mixture of accents & papers…sigh! Ok…ok I’ll stop gushing now & get to my projects.
Enjoy Life & Belly Laugh by Kim Watson
@HipKitClub @KimWatson #march2015 #scrapbookingkit #hipkitclub @crate_paper
When planning this page I started with the photographs. They are from our Easter day photoshoot that went a little off topic rather quickly. The kids were so charged on sugar that sitting still just wasn’t on the cards, so I went with it & the results are epic. We all had a blast…and the results are seriously scrap-worthy. I love each & every blurry photobomb & insane pic; they are real… real life. LOL!
Kim Watson+Enjoy Life+HK02
For MORE details of this page check out my blog post on the Hip Kit blog HERE>>>
And another one from the March kit.
I know many of you have used up your March kits & are working with your April kits & Add-on’s. Do not fear…I created this page so it could be lifted easily using any of the beautiful Hip kits. Cardstock as a base is so versatile.
Dear Life by Kim Watson
@HipKitClub @KimWatson @crate_paper #hipkitclub #scrapbooking #layout #12x12
What is it about pastel colors & gold accents that make one feel like smiling?
Kim Watson+Dear Life+HPK05 blog
Have you thought of filling the pretty chipboard jar with sequins? I love how it adds a touch of girliness to the page.
For MORE details of this page check out my blog post on the Hip Kit blog HERE>>>
I am so happy you stopped by...have a wonderful day!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Reveal time: May Hip kit Club ♥

You might want to sit down!!

Main
Hip Kit Club Member Price:  $29.95
(requires a 3 month minimum subscription) 
CLICK HERE to join!
Individual Kit Purchase Price:  $34.95
Products Included:
  • 1 sheet – Pink Paislee – Citrus Bliss – Squeeze Paper
  • 1 sheet – Pink Paislee – Citrus Bliss – Brunch Paper
  • 1 sheet – Pink Paislee – Citrus Bliss – Sour Paper
  • 1 sheet – Pink Paislee – Citrus Bliss – Lemonade Paper
  • 1 sheet – Pink Paislee – Citrus Bliss – Bloom Paper
  • 1 sheet – Dear Lizzy – Fine & Dandy – Cheerful Paper
  • 1 sheet – Dear Lizzy – Fine & Dandy – Let’s Party Paper
  • 1 sheet – Dear Lizzy – Fine & Dandy – Love Fest Paper
  • 1 sheet – Chickaniddy – Yippee – Picnic Paper
  • 1 sheet – Chickaniddy – Yippee – Here’s the Story Paper
  • 1 pkg. Dear Lizzy – Fine & Dandy – Woodland Black Foam Thickers
  • 1 pkg. Pink Paislee – Citrus Bliss – Ephemera
  • 1 pkg. Pebbles – Family Ties – Mini Alphabet Stickers
  • 1 pkg. Evalicious – Life’s Sweet – Wood Veneer Words
  • 1 pkg. Evalicious – Life’s Sweet – Puffy Stickers
  • 1 pkg. – Chickaniddy – Yippee – Enamel Words

HIP KIT CLUB – MAY 2015 – EMBELLISHMENT ADD-ON KIT
EmbellishmentPrice:  $28.95**Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases
Product Included:
  • 1 pkg. – Pink Paislee Citrus Twist – Chipboard Accents
  • 1 pkg. – Dear Lizzy – Fine & Dandy – Acrylic Shapes
  • 1 pkg. Crate Paper – Poolside – Gold Paper Clips
  • 1 pkg. Pebbles – Fun in the Sun – Prismatic Thickers
  • 1 sheet – Chickaniddy – Yippee – Alphabet Stickers
  • Chickaniddy – Yippe – 6×6 Paper Pad (1 sheet of each design)
  • 1 pkg. Dear Lizzy – Fine & Dandy – Washi Tape Strips (8 sheets)

HIP KIT CLUB – MAY 2015 – PROJECT LIFE ADD-ON KIT
Project LifePrice:  $34.95**Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases
Products Included:
  • 1 pkg. – Evalicious – Life’s Sweet Large Journaling Tags (set of 12)
  • 1 sheet – October Afternoon – Treasure Map – Label Stickers
  • 1 pkg. – Dear Lizzy – Fine & Dandy – Gold Rim Circle Tags
  • 1 sheet – Chickaniddy – 365 – Alphabet Stickers
  • 1 pkg. – Evalicious – Life’s Sweet – Puffy Stickers V2
  • 1 pkg. – Evalicious – Cork Alphabet Puffy Stickers
  • 1 Chickaniddy – 365 Clear Stamp Set

HIP KIT CLUB – MAY 2015 – COLOR ADD-ON KIT
Color
Price:  $23.95**Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases
Products Included:
  • 1 pkg. – Amy Tangerine – Rise & Shine – Brooklyn Stencils (set of 6)
  • 1 Ranger – Paint Dabber – Lemon Twist
  • 1 Ranger – Paint Dabber – Electric Lim
  • 1 Tim Holtz – Lagoon Mermaid – Distress Ink Pad (3″x3″)

HIP KIT CLUB – MAY 2015 – PAPER ADD-ON KIT
Paper
Price:  $11.95**Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases
Products Included:
  • 1 sheet – Pink Paislee – Citrus Bliss – Squeeze Paper
  • 1 sheet – Pink Paislee – Citrus Bliss – Brunch Paper
  • 1 sheet – Pink Paislee – Citrus Bliss – Sour Paper
  • 1 sheet – Pink Paislee – Citrus Bliss – Lemonade Paper
  • 1 sheet – Pink Paislee – Citrus Bliss – Bloom Paper
  • 1 sheet – Dear Lizzy – Fine & Dandy – Cheerful Paper
  • 1 sheet – Dear Lizzy – Fine & Dandy – Let’s Party Paper
  • 1 sheet – Dear Lizzy – Fine & Dandy – Love Fest Paper
  • 1 sheet – Chickaniddy – Yippee – Picnic Paper
  • 1 sheet – Chickaniddy – Yippee – Here’s the Story Paper
  • 1 sheet – Dear Lizzy – Fine & Dandy – Gold Foil Number Vellum

HIP KIT CLUB – MAY 2015 – CARDSTOCK ADD-ON KIT
Cardstock
Price:  $9.95**Hip Kit Club members receive a 15% off on all Add-On Kit purchases
Products Included:
  • 2 sheets – American Crafts – Marine Cardstock
  • 2 sheets – American Crafts – White Cardstock
  • 2 sheets – American Crafts – Light Kraft Cardstock
  • 2 sheets – American Crafts – White Vellum
  • 2 sheets – American Crafts – Peapod Cardstock
  • 2 sheets – American Crafts – Fountain Cardstock
Tell me this isn't the prettiest crafty sight you've seen all week?
NOW GO SHOP!! ♥

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Mini Brag Book + inside pages

I have a mini book to share, as seen on the Hip Kit Club blog a few weeks ago! 
My Mom loves to brag about her kids & grandkids. Visitors pop around for tea & out come the albums & mini books. Knowing this gives me a legit excuse to make mini brag books regularly, particularly because they are quick & so rewarding to make. I make sure, when I design them I don’t add too much journaling, knowing how much my Mom & her sweet friends love to chat,  it leaves conversation space for my Mom to fill in the details.
Mini Brag Book by Kim Watson
@HipKitClub @KimWatson #hipkitclub @crate_paper #minibook
This is how you can make one for yourself.
Instructions:
  1. Using the gorgeous February kit, grab yourself a selection of pretty patterned papers, the American Crafts foam alpha sheet, enamel dots, ephemera die-cuts & gold rub-ons from My Mind’s Eye.
  2. Cut pages for your mini book 4.5″x4.5″.
  3. Using Heidi Swapp washi tape, join the pages together
  4. Once you have the desired amount of pages, attach x2 white cardstock covers to the outer pages for strength.
  5. Bind the whole book together with a couple of layers of washi tape. The beauty of Heidi Swapp washi tape, is that it has a variety of patterns in one roll which makes for super interesting detail on the book spine.
  6. Finally bind bakers twine around the middle pages of the book, tying on the outside.
  7. Let’s fill those pages!!
@HipKitClub @KimWatson #hipkitclub @crate_paper #minibook
Pages 1 & 2:
@HipKitClub @KimWatson #hipkitclub #minibook
Pages 3 & 4:
@HipKitClub @KimWatson #hipkitclub #minibook
Pages 5 & 6:
@HipKitClub @KimWatson #hipkitclub #minibook
Pages 7 & 8:
@HipKitClub @KimWatson #hipkitclub #minibook
Pages 9 & 10:
@HipKitClub @KimWatson #hipkitclub #minibook
Pages 11 & 12:
@HipKitClub @KimWatson #hipkitclub #minibook
Pages 13 & 14:
@HipKitClub @KimWatson #hipkitclub #minibook
Cover: 
KimWatson+MiniBragBook+02HK
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have found this mini book inspiring!!
If you haven’t had a chance to purchase your February, March, & April kits yet, then don’t miss out!  They are packed full of a beautiful,  well co-ordinated selection of products, you will LOVE!
Visit the Hip Kit Club website, to secure yours today! 
I am so glad you stopped by today!! 

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 wind...so  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: