Sunday, August 13, 2017

Use color to scrapbook your mood?

So tell me…what is the color of your mood today?
I love the psychology of Color. Like birth and taxes, there is no escaping color. It is ubiquitous. Yet what does it all mean? Why are people more relaxed in green rooms? Why do weightlifters do their best in blue gyms? There is something so mysterious about the way color tells a story without words. Why does a sunflower put a smile on your face?
So when deciding on my page today…I decided I’d use YELLOW/ORANGE with GREEN ACCENTS but what does it all mean?

YELLOW

Cheerful sunny yellow is an attention getter. While it is considered an optimistic color, people lose their tempers more often in yellow rooms (hahaha…no wonder my headmaster was always grumpy), and babies will cry more if surrounded by yellow. It is the most difficult color for the eye to take in, so it can be overpowering if overused. Yet…yellow enhances concentration, hence its use for legal pads. It also speeds metabolism…seriously…? Well then, yellow yoga togs for me for sure LOL!
Today Was the Best by Kim Watson
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The dominant emotion I feel when I look at this page, remember the memory & look at my photo is ‘overwhelming happiness’!! I love our neighborhood, our beach, our sunsets, the peace in our home, the love we all share for each other. This page reminds me that yes, life is tough…but it is also good in so many ways. Pages like these are always good to have in your albums because they cause you to pause & be grateful.
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Using the AMAZING July 2017 Hip Kits made limiting my palette so easy. The kits are always so well thought out & even though they are built from elements from a variety of manufacturers, they coordinate, compliment & combine so well.
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Starting with bold swashes of Yellow Pasteez from Shimmerz Paints, I created my fun background. The exclusive chipboard I designed, found in the July 2017 embellishment kit has a mixture of frames, sentiments, shapes & tags which once combined with our exclusive puffy stickers, PL cards & patterned paper…create the most fun layered vibe.
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Adding the secondary colors green/teal brings a hint of coolness to the palette, which is just what one needs on layouts about sizzling summer days. Also the addition of graphic black & white patterns & accents brings contrast in the way of anchor points which can be so necessary when designing with a very tonal color palette.
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So I encourage you to grab a bunch of coordinating elements…layer them, pile them together into clusters, and scatter them across your page to create something similar to mine. I hope you have found this interesting? Remember if you join my ‘Color Yellow Challenge’be sure to tag me in the Member Forum, I’d love to see your works of art.
Thanks for the opportunity to inspire today!
Chat soon ~Kim

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Frames? No problem!

Hello Kim here, with a new project based on today’s theme: FRAMES. ‘Frame’ ephemera & die cuts are a big part of most manufactures collections these days & often I end up with a few left over at the end of each month, so I thought today I would find a fun way to use up a whole bunch on one page.
This page YOLO Yeah! was so much fun to put together (I admit I had to look up what YOLO meant haha!)…I mean what’s not to love about the Pink Fresh Studio, Dream on products & Vicki Boutin Frame die cuts?? All found in the June 2017 Hip Kit Club kits!
YOLO Yeah! by Kim Watson
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Ok…so the frames were the focal point of this page. I opted for a mixture of types & sizes…creating great layered interest. Some were filled with photos others embellishments. This allows the eye to travel around the page stopping on points of interest.
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Inspired by the great inspirational quotes included in the Pink Fresh Studio bits…I used them as not only points to mull over but also journaling. Keeping them in clusters, at three points within the design, muted their business. A design trick to note is, by ensuring they touch other elements, creates a feeling of association.
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Throughout the design, you will notice I used repetition for better unity within the page.
There are things that can be successfully repeated:
  • Colors
  • Shapes
  • Sizes
  • Groupings
  • Textures
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Adding height to the different frames with foam adhesive creates shadows and overall interest; this dimension helps one differentiate between the various photos. The photo below clearly shows you what I mean.
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So I urge you to decide on a color palette, grab a variety of frames with different patterns within that palette & play. Fill some with photos, others embellishments & others journaling. The symmetry they bring, help inject order into a busy accent heavy page with great results!
I am glad you stopped by! Thank you!
Chat again next time! ~Kim

Monday, July 31, 2017

Celebrating with Queen & Co! And a gift, just for you!

Hello Queen & Co friends, Kim here.
I am excited to share my latest project for Queen & Company. Inspired by the FABULOUS Pretty Presents kit, I decided to capture the happy moment of my little friend Callan getting ready to blow the candles out on her birthday cake. These dies, papers & toppers were tailor made for this page.
Hip-hip Hooray layout by Kim Watson
​Using my Silhouette Cameo, I die-cut a pie chart, reason being is I wanted to use a pretty variety of patterned papers from the Pretty Presents 6x6 paper pad. The pie chart allowed me to use eight different pattern papers...the perfect way to create a colorful mat for my photo. 
The sweet gift dies made the perfect accents for this page. To make them less busy on an already busy page, I made sure to make them mono tone in color: Pink, yellow, orange & green. To create the 'open me tag' I trimmed down one of the larger stamps. 
The title is made up of a combination of three of the stamps that came in the Pretty Presents kit. By stamping them in different colors onto flag shapes, then attaching them to a striped drinking straw, I not only made a fun unique title but also a festive page accent.
Patterned paper circles folded in half and placed along the top of the page with turquoise bakers twine, not onto adds a ceiling to the page but really gives one the feeling of a celebration!
To make the page extra special I selected a mixture of pretty bling bits to co-ordinate with the patterned papers in each segment. The result is super fun, colorful & festive....Callan can't wait to have her page, in a frame, in her bedroom. 
If you like cut files, I have a gift for you today. 
Enjoy, for your personal use.  Go to our website HERE to download this fabulous FREE cut file!
I​ am so glad you stopped by, I am so happy to be given the opportunity to inspire you.  

Friday, July 21, 2017

July Hip Kit Club exclusives products are in DA house!

PINCH ME SOMEONE!! The #july2017 Hip Kit Club kits are in da house!! LOOK 👀 at how fabulous my exclusives turned out.
* puffy stickers
* die-cut chipboard stickers
* epoxy die-cuts
* journal cards for project life

A huge shout out to Irit Landgraf for her cool watercolor papers & Kimberly Krater Hutchison for her awesome alpha stickers & wood veneer. If you are looking to grab some of these AMAZING kits!! I suggest you hurry, there aren't too many left 


Scrapbook SUMMER~ Inspiration!


The April kits from Hip Kit Club were so inspiring & had all the elements needed to capture the start of a gorgeous summer!! 

Love this Place by Kim Watson


Happy Weekend by Kim Watson


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Find Peace & Sunshine by Kim Watson 



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Sea, Sun & Soul by Kim Watson


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The Best Beach Day by Kim Watson


There are a few April kits still available...do yourself a favor & grab one whilst you can!

BONUS!




Monday, April 24, 2017

Celebrate with glitter & glam with Queen & Co

Hi everyone! Kim Watson here with some of my latest projects to share that focus on the lush Queen & Co glitter washi tapes & regular wash tapes. Let me walk you through my processes.

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Not having any 12 x 12 paper, I created my own using x4 6x6 sheets from the NEW Delightful dots & Stripes paper pads. The color blocked effect is so visually striking and the perfect canvas for my page.


Using black & white bakers twine, I adhered a circle shape onto the background page to ground the design. It is from this circle that everything else radiates. Clusters of flowers made up of Iridescent flowers, Pom flowers & die cut flowers using the Flowers shaker kit. Leaves made from collaged washi tape then die cut, Buttons, Pinwheels & Lollies. The result is a pretty & highly dimensional floral bouquet.


Two strips of washi tape on the top right corner, helps with visual balance, and again a sweet, floral cluster adds tons of interest. To fancy up the washi circle, I added a few little items from our new Bling collection: Lollies, Iridescent pearls, Pinwheels, Petite Posies & Rivets. This helps the eye travel around the circle to different parts of the page.


19 Card by Kim Watson


Beginning with the Candle Shaker card kit, I filled the different candles with Metallic Pearlies, then sealed the shakers with Metallic washi tape, even the flames got the same treatment. The black card front creates fabulous drama, offsetting the gorgeous & sophisticated color palette of Black, Magenta, Silver & Gold. Iridescent flowers, Pom flowers, Lollies, Petite Posies & Wallflowers add glam & twinkle.


21 Card by Kim Watson


This card is a real event...fitting for a 21st birthday, being a big milestone birthday. I started with the white card base, adding a black panel & magenta Delightful dot patterned paper panel. I then created the 3 tiered cake accent. Remember by collaging strips of washi tape onto a piece of cardstock, you make it more manageable when creating an accent like this one. Once layered & adhered together, I made a cute little bow tie from black & white dotted washi tape. Pinwheels add the necessary bling to the top tier.
Using jewellers wire, I made 4 wobblers to 'jump out' of the cake...an Iridescent flower, punched stars glammed up with Sequins & Pearlies and a gold glitter number 21 really make a 'wow!' statement. Bunched up tissue paper into the top of the cake was the perfect way to hide any workings within the cake :)
I LOVED this months assignments, & I hope you do too? Sigh...so many Queen & Co pretties and only so many hours in a day to craft! Aren't you just loving the new lines? Well if you are & want to purchase some for yourself, the items I used are listed & linked below.
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Thanks for stopping by today & have yourself an awesome week!
~ Kim`

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Washi Tape ideas you are going to love!

Hi everyone! Kim Watson here with my latest Queen & Co projects to share with you. This month the focus is the lush Queen & Co glitter washi tapes & regular washi tapes. I can't wait to show you what I came up with.

Celebrate Card by Kim Watson
Having my Father's 70th birthday this week, was cause enough for me to create something especially geared towards a guy. Knowing he wouldn't appreciate pastel colors, I selected the blue, gold & silver glitter tapes to decorate my Star Shaker card kit. Laying the tapes diagonally across the card really makes the most of the stripe effect, I especially love how by leaving gaps at regular intervals between the tapes, allowed me to stamp 'CONGRATULATIONS' sentiments, adding to the interest & texture to the card.
Filling the stars was tricky initially because I just couldn't settle on what color would look best to fill the shakers. I decided on the best of both & used both gold and silver, the effect is masculine with a hint of sparkle.
Lastly I die cut a title in black cardstock & stamped a happy Birthday sentiment (from Fiskars USA). The extra contrast is what exactly what I needed to finish off the card.


Just Saying Hello Card by Kim Watson

Beginning with the Windows Shaker card kit, I filled the different quadrants with Metallic Pearlies & Sequins, then using watercolor paper, created a pretty gradient color wash making sure to match the topping colors in each window.






























The black cardstock surround with the white windows are the perfect canvas to show off my layered, black, patterned washi tape & sentiment tabs. A stamped flower (from Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine) painted in vibrant colors, is the perfect embellishment for such a striking card!

Now & Forever Card by Kim Watson

This card is a real event...fitting for my brother's up & coming wedding. I started with the white card base, adding a gorgeous floral cut file for some fancy, understated texture. I then collaged strips of glitter washi tape onto a piece of cardstock, making it more manageable to punch out an entire family of gorgeous shimmery butterflies.


Arranged around the card with lilac, Iridescent Pearls & an appropriate sentiment stamp from Paper Smooches, the effect is breathtakingly glamorous!!

Best Wishes Card by Kim Watson



Beginning with the Candles Shaker card kit, I filled the candles quadrants with pastel Metallic Pearlies, then using striped washi tape, covered the candles before adhering the card onto the back.The flames were filled with tiny diamonds & covered with silver metallic washi tape making them all sparkly & fun!






























The front was decorated with Iridescent flowers & Pom flowers and other colorful bling bits. A sweet sentiment stamp from Paper Smooches in the form of a little flag creates a great focal point but it is the turquoise bakers twine adhered around the edge of the card that gives the card the finishing touch.

Another month of gorgeous assignments, & I really hope you like them as much as I do. Once again Queen & Co pretties make my job of designing so easy! Be sure to use the linked list below, to grab some of the supplies I used yourself.
Have a fun, craft filled day further!