Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Use those words!

Hi friends, how are you doing on this pretty Tuesday morning? 

I hope you are feeling creative today because I have a super technique to share with you that is both ‘green’ and fun to do. Not only is it a play on words but the titling seconds as journaling and page interest too.

To get my story across I used catch-phrases, hashtag-style, with meanings that relate to having a kid who is a motor-mouth. In other words, I really used my words well.

What you’ll need to re-create this technique:
  • Completed or partially completed Fancy Pants Designs alpha sticker sheet.
  • Talcum powder
  • Black pen
Step #1:
Take your sticker sheet and separate the backing sheet from the sticker sheet. This will leave you with the negative alpha sticker sheet and the left over alpha stickers on the other sheet. Turn the sticky sheet over and rub talcum powder all over it to remove the stickiness.

Step #2:
Using a fine black marker, use the negative letter shapes as templates to draw words onto your base page.

Kim Watson+SoManyWords02+FPblog

Once your hand drawn words are complete add secondary words either above or below them with small, contrast alpha stickers, creating words or phrases that contribute to the page theme.

I didn’t have enough cardstock sticker alphas, so mixed in Fancy Pants chipboard alphas. At the time I was worried that they might not gel with the rest of the page, but was pleasantly surprised with the result. The change in texture, contributes to the idea of staccato, non-stop talking or conversation.

And yes, in case you were wondering… car trips are cause for earplugs in our family. LOL.

I hope you enjoyed this idea… and remember we’d love to see your versions of it. Remember to post your pages on the Fancy Pants Designs Facebook page, Instagram or Pinterest with the hashtag #fancypantsdesigns. We’ll be watching out for standout pages to feature in our September newsletter.

Thanks for joining me today! Happy Tuesday!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Channelling your scrappy heros!

You have scrappy heros right? I know I have plenty!

Today I wanted to show you how one can successfully lift/ channel someone without a direct copy. For this page I incorporated x2 lifts into one page, with fun results. I used inspiration both from layout, accents placement, color & photo layout ideas.

Many thanks to the very inspirational designers who's pages I used for this demonstration.

Wilna Furstenberg
Yuki Shimada 
 The Things You Do by Kim Watson
You can clearly see evidence of both pages in my final page above. 

Supplies used: +Fancy Pants Designs-Me-ology collection, +Echoparkpaper-Basics patterned papers, +Thermoweb adhesives, +TombowUSA adhesives, +Ranger Ink inks. 

 I used the idea of paint strips like Wilna did & added die cut numbers, with ombre paper underneath for interest. 

Using multiple dies I created a selection of custom made badges as accents on the page. 

All dies from +MFTstamps, check out their on-line store, where you can purchase any of the dies shown below. 

Die-namics LLD Accent It - World Traveler

Die-namics Pinking Edge Circle STAX

Die-namics Happy Hellos

 Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My Creative Scrapbook + Sept kit

I am honored to be Guest DT for +mycreativescrapbook this month!
Such pretty kits, with a great mix of goodies this month from My Minds Eye: Jubilee collection. 

Enjoy & Live by Kim Watson

 Great Adventure by Kim Watson

Live it Up by Kim Watson

Live Life by Kim Watson

For more information on their lovely kits, check out the website. 
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 05, 2014

I [heart] sketches by #fancypantsdesigns!

Yes...it is almost time again, for us at #fancypantsdesigns to select a winner for the #August sketch #contest as seen in our August newsletter!

Need a little inspiration?

This is the amazing August sketch by the talented Jenny Evans. 

My take on the sketch...interpreted into a 8.5"x11"version!
Hello Cut-file: Fancy Pants Designs can be purchased in the Silhouette online store

Collection used: Me-ology by Fancy Pants DesignsVellum Paper by Fancy Pants Designs+Thermoweb , +Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, +TombowUSA adhesive and watercolor crayons, Veneer by +Studio Calico, Other: #Homemade Enamel dots. 

So hurry...you have 5 days to get your entries in. I can't wait to see your awesome work!
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 01, 2014

FREE cutfile + a new Sketch!

Every month #fancypantsdesigns runs a sketch contest in their monthly newsletter/ emag. The amazing this about it is, it is FREE!! You can download from their website, or even easier, have it sent directly to your inbox, all you have to do it sign up.

This is the sketch contest from the July newsletter... to give you an idea of how cool they are. You get a FREE sketch to work from, as well as a bunch of sketch support from the Fancy pants Designers. 

Each month the selected winner not only wins a Fancy pants Designs hamper but also has the chance to be the featured designer in the monthly newsletter too.

Collection used: Everyday Circus by +FancyPantsDesigns

My take on +Jenny Evans  fabulous sketch!

NB: This cutfile is for your personal use only! 

Monday, August 04, 2014

#fancypantsdesigns july sketch + 5th aug deadline

Crafty friends, do you know what day it is tomorrow??
It is the deadline for the July sketch #contest for +Fancy Pants Designs? Have you gotten your entry in yet??

There is a COOL PRIZE up for grabs... hehe! I know what it is...and you are guaranteed to LOVE it! But that is not all, you also stand a chance at being our featured designer in next month’s newsletter!

NB: In order for +Fancy Pants Designs  to view your layouts, post them on their Facebook page, or tag them on Instagram (#fancypantsdesigns) by August 5th (tomorrow), making sure to use this month’s sketch, along with Fancy Pants Designs products.

Here is the #fancypantsdesigns July sketch!

This is my take on the sketch, hopefully it will inspire you to get your crafty groove on...:)

Backyard Stroll by Kim Watson

Come on...hurry...I can't wait to see all your entries.

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) 

Supplies: Simple Stries, +Crafters Workshop, +Technique Tuesday+Thermoweb+Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, Typewriter. 
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 Hodge  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.