Thursday, July 31, 2014

symbolism through motif + masterful scrapbook design

So how do you add energy to your pages? Is there more than meets the eye? Have you ever thought about why you chose the colors you do or why some motifs better suit a page theme than others? 

This page was an assignment for Papercrafts & Scrapbooking where I had to interpret a digital page into a traditional scrapbook page. To me this page is more about the message & emotion of the moment than the techniques. Yet the design techniques are what bring this page to life.

Let's look at my thoughts behind the page:
  • Arrows help create movement. They speak of busy-ness, activity,  action, life according to an 8 year old.
  • The zig-zags speak to me of frenetic directional changes & contrast. The unpredictability of a growing boy who is discovering himself and the world.
  • The underground map mask, I used as a background, speaks of being a city boy.
  • All the different layers I have used speaks, of life here as we know it. A collage of bits that help to mould & shape him. The things that make him happy, like visits to museums, art galleries....yet his innocence allows him to find complete joy in chasing pigeons or flopping down on the grass, arms wide embracing his world. 
  • The title speaks loudly about the carefree trusting attitude of a little guy happy in his own skin. A boy who loves his life and is excited by what the future holds. A person untainted by cynicism. 
  • Using yellow teamed with yellow as the accent palette,  gives the feeling of warms, happy energy mixed with a hint of cool anticipation. 
  • Lastly the x2 arrow shaped journal blocks are part of the grounding elements. By facing them inwards towards the center, they are indicative of how, no matter what our circumstances, our lives are mapped out & will follow the path pre-destined. That each moment is to be treasured, each decision a privilege.
This Life by Kim Watson
 (This page, as seen in the Nov 2013 issue of  Papercrafts and Scrapbooking. Posted with prior permission by the Creative Crafts Group) 

So I urge you to delve deeper into your processes behind your pages. You will be surprised at the subliminal crafting going on without you even realising it. 

Debbie says: 'Motif, typeface, and styling are essential to cuing obvious story elements and for enlarging on character, setting and theme and for evoking the mood that will get your viewers to identify with the reason behind your scrapbook page".

Remember to join us at 11am ET for a live interview with myself, Debbie Hodge & the team @MasterfulScrapbookdesign. I look forward to chatting with you later.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Papercrafts August 2014 issue + a new sketch.

August 2014 issue of Papercrafts & Scrapbooking is out. It is filled with inspiring projects & uber creative ideas too. I am privelaged to have a bunch of projects published in it. Many thanks to the +Papercrafts & Scrapbooking team :)

*Papercrafts August 2014 issue*

Every month Papercrafts & Scrapbooking showcases a sketch with sketch support in the form of cards, tags & layouts. This is the one as seen in the August 2014 issue. 

And this is my take on the sketch. A collage of arrows in different sizes, forms, patterns and textures, acting as a asymetrical border. The busy-ness of the collage is balanced by the presence of white space on the left side of the page which allows the eye to focus on the photographs. 

Live Life & Life will Love you back by Kim Watson
 Supplies: Cardstock: +Bazzill Basics Paper; Patterned paper, Stickers: My Minds Eye; Glitter chipboard, glitter brads, glitter bow, pen: +American Crafts; Sewing kit & twine: +Close To My Heart ; Adhesives: +TombowUSA+Thermoweb, +Adhesives by 3L

 Love that you stopped by.
Thanks for letting me share my love of papercrafting with you.
Happy Thursday!!

Monday, July 07, 2014

Photos with meaning.


I really enjoy taking real-life photos with my iPhone.

I love the freedom and spontaneity of capturing a moment on the fly. No fancy photo shoot, props or coiffed hair, just something I want to remember, poised in time just as it is. So when browsing through my photo gallery looking for a photo for my next page, I was instantly drawn to this one and the explosion of emotion that accompanied it. It spoke to that special place in my heart brimming with gratitude. Living in 3rd world Africa with poverty as my neighbor, I find myself increasing grateful for the life although not fancy, it privileged.




Serendipity by Kim Watson

Serendipity by Kim Watson | Supplies: Serendipity by Kim Watson | Supplies: Cardstock by +Stampin' Up!; Patterned paper, Corrugated card, Die cuts, Stickers, Buttons, Cork arrow, Chipboard, Decorative bag by +FancyPantsDesigns, Wood veneer, Enamel dots, Sequins, Cork chevrons by +Studio Calico, Adhesive by +TombowUSA , +Thermoweb, & +Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L , Sewing machine, Font: Veteran Typewriter

Amazingly I didn’t have to edit this photo taken into the early morning sun. The usual blue silhouette effect beautifully catches the drama of Max and Luma (our Schnauser cross Staffie pup) running free, on the endless stretch of wet sand, against the mountain backdrop. 
I wanted to ensure it remained the focal point of the page so paid special attention to the placement of the title and page accents. Maximizing ‘white space’ within the photograph was my solution, keeping the page design uncluttered. 

Blending the journaling directly onto the photograph and using asymmetrical placement, simplified the design perfectly.  The repetitive use of double cork chevrons, creates directional anchors and visual symmetry. 

For a more in depth look at my creative process behind the page, check out the Masterful Scrapbooking class. Remember you have to be a subscriber in order to see the full class. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 05, 2014

The beauty of the hand Inked font.

I designed this page for the class Process Play for Masterful Scrapbooking.

When planning this page, I thought I’d tackle it from a different angle. I knew I wanted to use a large, show-stopping hand painted title I’d seen on Pinterest by Kal Barteski. Her distinctive hand painted quotes have been trending in the art world for some time now. 

Being dominant and larger than my usual title sizes, it determined and influenced the division of the page and how I incorporated the other page elements, as well as the overall composition.

There is something to organic and authentic about the hand font in black like this to create a focal point. 

Do Incredible Things by Kim Watson


Do Incredible Things by Kim Watson | Supplies: Cardstock by +Stampin' Up!; Patterned paper, Flair by American Crafts, Decorative Envelope, Vellum paper by Fancy Pants Designs; Cork Accents, Vellum Die Cuts, Wood veneer by +Studio Calico, Enamel dots by Close to my Heart; Wire house by Maya Road; Cork paper by +DCWV Inc.; Stamps, Journal card by +Technique Tuesday; Ink by Close to My Heart; Spray Ink by Tattered Angels; Pen & Adhesive: +TombowUSA; Adhesive by +Thermoweb & 3L, Sewing machine, Die cutting machine by +Silhouette America; Digital brush by Ali Edwards; Other: Neon Construction paper.

For a more in depth look at my creative process behind the page, check out the Masterful Scrapbooking class. 

Friday, July 04, 2014

Sketchy Summer + a FREE cut file.

I recently submitted a page for a sketch call for a Canadian magazine... it wasn't selected so I thought I'd post the page here :) When the mag came out I realised why they didn't take it... because my fellow Fancy Pants DTér, +Diana Fisher, had submitted one using the same collection. hahaha! Isn't her page just fab?!

Cut files: My own FREE for your personal use. [LINK]


Summer Longbeach 2014 by Kim Watson (simple version)
I thought I might have some fun with this sketch & do another version of the page with more detailing. The differences are subtle but I think I prefer the busier one. Which one do you prefer? 

Summer Longbeach 2014 by Kim Watson (detailed version)


Summer by +Diana Fisher 
This is the sketch in question.
                 {Sketch as seen in Scrapbook & Cards Summer 2014 issue designed by Becky Fleck}

Ha! The things we paper crafters do to challenge ourselves??
Glad you stopped by! Enjoy the FREE cutfile!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

DIY: Make your own enamel dots!

If you are like me & are having a HUGE problem paying R76.00 (retail) for a teeny pack of gorgeous coloured MME emanel dots, then this post is for you.

My scrapping budget is tiny....so paying almost R100 for a few enamel dots just doesn't sit right with me :) I thought, best I get off my lazy, scrapbooking butt & put some of my years of scrapping experience to good use & try & make my own DIY emanel dots.

To get my head in the game, I hit Pinterest, which had loads of different ideas...from melting Perler beads (which I can't get here in SA without a huge amount of effort), painted googlie eyes, hot glue, blobs of texture paint etc etc.

This is the result that worked best for me.

Supplies:

  • Glossy Accents from +Ranger Ink 
  • Wax paper
  • Cheap nail varnish

Step #1
Use the squeeze, lift & pull technique to get puffy glue dots.

Step #2
 Once dry.... you have to be patient here. (Too soon & you'll get a mangled dot.) Carefully apply different colours of nail varnish.

Step#3
The result: Piles of  pretty 'almost free of charge' enamel dots.

You've gotta love the fact thatbecause they cost virtually nothing, you don't have to ration yourself to a few per page! 

Go wild...& add dots to everything I say. (Erm... yes....I have that problem right now. Every project coming off my craft table is covered in dots :)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Pocket Scrapbooking + Metal dies.

Have you tried incorporating the ever trendy pocket scrapbooking vibe into a regular scrapbook page?

For a recent blog hop with Fancy Pants Designs & Taylored Expressions I did just that, using some of their amazing metal dies!


Hello Gorgeous by Kim Watson






For more info on the fantastic Me-ology collection, check out Fancy Pants Designs!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Fancy Pants Designs Craft Vol.2 is HERE!

Hooray!

Volume 2 of Fancy Pants Designs Craft EMAG went live yesterday! It is filled with amazing 'never-seen-before' projects, tutorials, tips & downloads.

                                                  [click on the image for the link]

I urge you to sign up for it, download your own FREE copy, then grab a cuppa & a sofa.
It's as easy as that.... :)

Well done to the team at Fancy Pants Designs, it is another winner!


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Scrapbooking with faux chalkboard techniques

During a recent interview with +Debbie Hodge  over at #MasterfulScrapbooking, we were discussing a faux chalkboard technique on my page Wild Child created for the Process Play article, where I used a white gel to transform plain black alphas.

As promised this is the other page I mentioned featuring a few #fauxchalkboard techniques I used for an assignment for the +Papercrafts&Scrapbooking May 2014 issue seen on page 44.


Live Life by Kim Watson
Supplies: Cardstock: +Bazzill Basics Paper ; Patterned paper, Decorative Bag, Buttons, Stickers, Die Cuts: (Memories Captured) +Fancy Pants Designs; Metal Flair: Evalicious; Clear stamps: Autumn Leaves (live Life- old), My Minds Eye (and), +MFT Stamps (enjoy the awesome journey, stars, triangle border), +Hero Art Stamps (speech bubbles), +Technique Tuesday (arrows), Cocoa Daisy Designs (arrows, chevron); Date stamp: American Crafts; Ink: Close to my Heart, +Close To My Heart; Stampin’Up; Embossing Powder: Stampin’Up; Color media: (pencils) Tombow, (white gel pen) Sakura; Adhesive: Tombow, Thermo web; Twine: +Close To My HeartTools: (mat, trimmer, scissors, punch) Fiskars American, (acrylic blocks, paper piercer, sewing kit) Close to My Heart, (heat gun) American Crafts, Sewing Machine

Idea #1:
Draw a double line border around your page & hand-write your journalinhg using a white gel pen. For an authentic chlakboard feel, shave actual chalk dust onto the page & gently rub it in in areas around the page, giving a chalky smudged effect. 

Idea #2:
Stamp speech bubble images onto black cardstock then emboss with white embossing powder for crisp white images. 

Idea #3: 
Create a chalkboard style conversational title using a mixture of fonts & sentiment stamps. Emboss with white embossing powder for crisper images. Using soft colored pencil crayons like the ones I used from +TombowUSA, work into your design using a crosshatching & rubbing technique for an authentic chalkboard vibe. 

I hope you feel inspired to try some techniques of your own....it is a fun creative technique to try!
Happy crafty Tuesday friends!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Fantastic news + going double!

I’ve got something FABULOUS to share with you!  

I am honoured to have created the first official e-magazine newsletter for Fancy Pants Designs, featuring work from the talented design team and a special guest designer!  Each month, there’ll be FRESH, never before seen ideas and inspiration and FREE downloads included… so be sure to sign up now to receive the emails/newsletter to your inbox (you can sign up HERE)!  

I know you will love it!  
Check out the MAY 2014 Issue now by clicking on the image below!

This is a sneak of our monthly sketch challenge designed by the talented Jenny Evans, for a chance at winning an amazing prize pack. 

Download the newsletter for more info. 
Today I also thought I'd share x2 double page layouts I created a few months back.  As you know I love the 17"x11" double page format. I find the size great in terms of storage, as well as the perfect size for memory keeping, allowing me extra space for photos as well as journaling & a creative technique or two. 

Which size do you prefer?

Chill by Kim Watson
Collection used: Timber Grove by Fancy Pants Designs


Comforts of Home by Kim Watson
Collection used: Timber Grove by Fancy Pants Designs

Thanks for stopping by!