Monday, January 5, 2015

Guest Designer | Kim Watson

I can't say how excited I am to welcome our January Guest Designer Kim Watson!  I have been a huge fan of Kim's work, since I first started scrapbooking, and discovered her work in Creating Keepsakes magazine.  I looked forward to each monthly issue, to see what she had created!  Kim's designs and use of bright colors and cut files are always eye-catching, and I know you will love what she created for us today!  Let's get to know a little more about Kim!

Hi crafty friends!

My name is Kim Watson, and I live on a mountainside with my family, in a beautiful seaside suburb just outside of Cape Town, South Africa. I am married to my best friend who is ever patient with my need to mess with paper and glue, as well as have a camera present whenever possible. My cute kids, both human & furry and my life next to the ocean, give me an endless source of content for my pages. I have been working with Fancy Pants Designs for 4 years as well as many other manufacturers in the scrapbooking industry over the years, including 5 years as a Dream Team member for Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine. I love more than anything knowing that the time and love I have put into my pages will help my children remember how good their childhoods are and that even the ‘not so good times’ leave us with lessons learnt and wisdom gained.

I am excited to be guesting for the Cut Shoppe today! In all honesty I had difficulty choosing cut files to work with because....they are so darn cute! Although I couldn't resist the 'Funky Florals', they really 'spoke to me' & I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. Teamed with 'Freeze Frames' & 'Word Art', I knew I had a winning combination! 

This is the result.

Supplies: Digital Cut files: The Cut Shoppe, Patterned papers, Resin Flowers, Stickers, Tags, Brag Card: Fancy Pants Designs; Wood Veneer, Glitter Tape: Studio Calico; Ink: Heidi Swapp; Adhesive: Thermoweb; Cutting Machine: Silhouette Cameo

Washing over the cut item with ink is a fast way to add color.

Add patterned paper under a few of the cut items for interest.

Collage them, pile them together & create a custom designed bouquet of pretty flowers & butterflies.

Layer your cut items with patterned paper, photos & accents, adding pockets of interest to your layout.

A bright wash of color underneath your cut elements is a fabulous way to make them pop & brightens up your page!

Using the Silhouette Designer software, I regrouped the title to one side on the 'Freeze Frame'  making sure it wasn't obscured once the photo was added. 

Stamps are a great way to add extra pizzaz to any die-cut title.

So I want to say a big thank you to Ashley & The Cut Shoppe for having me over to guest!
Keep the creativity coming for 2015! 
Happy New Year!
Thank you Kim for sharing your gorgeous work with us, and all of the fun ideas for putting your layout together!  You can find more of Kim's work on her Blog, as well as all of her Social Media links!


  1. words cannot describe how much I love this layout! The bright pips of yellow and pink under the cut files are gorgeous!

  2. I adore this white washed look. What a beautiful piece of art:o)