Joyful Day by Kim Watson

Yay! Yay! It’s Friday, which means it is sketch challenge day…one of my fave days of the week. Today we have a super cool sketch from the talented Jill Sprot as our inspiration! Be sure to check out our Member Forum on FB for all the details of the contest.

I couldn’t wait to interpret the sketch using the FABULOUS December 2018 kits. My thoughts were to make use of all the red & orange exclusive patterned papers from the main kit cut into strips & piled above the photo/ journaling, just like Jill suggests.

Here is the result: Joyful Day by Kim Watson


Did you notice how I changed the ‘4×6’ photo in the sketch into a 3 x3″ framed photo & journal block? That is the beauty of sketches, they are great to jumpstart a project & can lead you in many directions before settling on a final design.


As you know I love dimension, so to create height, I machine stitched the paper strips leaving the threads untrimmed, then slipped die cut shapes & puffy stickers in between the layers making sure to lift the strip edges. Adhesive along the ‘spine’ of the strip enables this technique.


Cutting a frame for the photo was simple using the orange dot paper which I ADORE. To decorate I layered foil puffy stickers & die cuts with different height foam to create more dimension. Kimberly was a genius to add the big ’25’ puffy sticker number to the exclusive puffy sentiment sheet. Having it on the photo helps me tell my story!


The title is a combination of a foil puffy sentiment, chipboard alphas & a clear sticker sentiment. Arranging them in a linear cluster adds control to the journal block, creating an anchor for the handwritten journaling.


To finish off the page I added a scattering of those teeny wood stars from Jillibean, a few enamel/wood buttons, tags, puffies & die cuts. I am thrilled with how this page turned out. It compliments the vibe I have going on for my December Memories album, where I am trying to focus on the story telling rather than just making pretty pages.

I hope you have found my process inspiring! (I should have the process video up on my channel in a few days, so be sure to watch it for more tips & tricks)

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