Kim Gowdy


Hello and Happy Fall! Kim here with some layouts to share, inspired by the September Sketchy Challenge. It’s no secret that I LOVE a good sketch as a starting place for scrapbooking. It seems to be what my brain seeks to start my creative process. I’m not one to always follow a sketch exactly. I never see absolutes with a sketch. Some folks see a sketch and distinguish what is a photo, paper and embellishment, they want to know what size to print photos and cut paper to make an exact replica, this is not wrong, just not my way. I, however see a sketch and think looser. What if the photo was paper or vice-versa, could an embellishment be a photo, one photo could hold the ‘weight’ of many photos, a photo could be a journal block, etc. I do not look to replicate  the sketch, though sometimes it…

Hello Creative Scrapbookers! Kim here, hope you are settling into a great summer routine and finding time to enjoy these lovely, long days! I love the extra energy the sunshine seems to gift us, I find time to enjoy so much more, and that includes scrapbooking. Even after a busy day, I am ready for an hour or two to unwind in my craft room. This week I pulled out the March Sketchy Challenge again. My first layout with this sketch can be found on the Facebook Sketchy Gallery. I took the scale down to an 8.25 x 8.25, and believe it or not I used an instruction book that came with a recent purchase. It’s a good base to create over, travellers notebook size and a fun way to up-cycle some waste. Once I have figured out where I want my papers and emebellishments to be, I like to…

Good Morning! Kim here, haven’t seen you for a bit!  Last December I officially backed away from Design Team assignments, life was taking up too much time and creative deadlines were harder to meet! I promised Jackie & Katharina that I was still their biggest fan and would send along a blog post whenever time permitted…so here I am! I find myself using up a lot of mixed media stash that I have these days; and there is a lot! This fun card for my nephew is a perfect example. I will often sit a have a gel plate printing session with my Ranger inks, paints and gel plates, they continue to be my favourites. Once complete I store all my prints in a ziplock bag to use in my art journal, card making and scrapbooking projects. That being said I cannot tell you exactly my process for the background,…

Hello Creative Scrapbookers! Kim here with a layout share full of warm, tropical vibes! I am just back from a weekend retreat with some of my favourite people. We shared stories, scrapbooking supplies, laughs and great food…there may have been some wine as well. Most of my friends were so productive…I was not. I do not create well at retreats. I know this and I accept this…yet I keep going to them. Why? Because surrounding myself with creative people, ‘my’ people and craft supplies fills up my mojo. These people feed my energy and my soul! I pack supplies knowing they will only be shuffled around and put back when I get home. Today was my day off. Between laundry, tidying and walking the dog I finished this layout. Little bursts of paper breaks mixed into my day…how about that!? It’s how I create; quietly in my own space, knowing…

Happy New Year! Kim here with a quick layout share! It felt so good to ‘clean up’ Christmas within my house and get back to some routine. By the end of December I have had quite enough of too much food, too much shopping, too much wine, so many events, so many to-dos…this introvert needs to cocoon a bit in January! I managed to find some time to play in my craft room last night! YAH! One thing that has become a ‘thing’ for me is to gather all my Christmas cards and scrapbook/collage bits and parts of them into a layout. It’s a great way to hold on to the sentiments, photos and fun images of the cards from friends and family. It is also a great way to upcycle them into something that will bring us smiles for years to come. It is not in my nature to…

Grab those Christmas photos of YOU and scrapbook them!!! Yep – its that easy!  Get those photos out of your shoebox and make a layout or two or three!!!  Your family will love it!!!!  Check out this layout designed by Kim Gowdy featuring Echo Park Paper Co. Kim’s layout celebrates Christmas morning in 1966! Love it!  The patterned paper and die cuts are from the Eco Park Paper Co. A Lumberjack Christmas collection. The white patterned paper in the background was created using Creative Scrapbooker Super Stock and Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink. The branches were created using Sizzix Tim Holtz dies AND everything was adhered together using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.Kim’s layout was  featured in the Winter issue of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine. Get your copy today! Happy getting ready for the big holiday friends!

Every year I sit down for a little tag making session! I like to gift my co-workers with a little something fun to take home for Christmas and feel I must include a handmade tag as they all know I am passionate about paper crafts. I want my tags to be simple enough to make in bulk, but with enough details to show I care! I started this tag making session with some shipping tags purchased at Staples. I added a small strip of plaid paper [Echo Park Lumberjack Christmas] and then stamped the gift and branches images [Stampers Anonymous Seasonal Scribbles] with Distress Oxide ink.  I coloured and outlined the images with my Nuvo alcohol markers. I choose these markers for two reasons…I LOVE them and they will not reactivate the Distress Oxide ink! A little glitter was added to the gift image with a Nuvo glitter marker. My…

I could live in a world of Octobers! I love the temperatures, colours, pumpkins and I am all over Halloween. My son is off on his own and our house doesn’t get many kids dropping by on October 31st, but I still try to fill my cup with as much of the season as I can. We took in the Pumpkins after Dark event in Edmonton, imagine over 6000 hand carved pumpkins! It was impressive to say the least, and a fun evening to be out with my son and husband. I knew as I pulled out my phone to take pictures that I had the PERFECT, new paper collection at home to create a scrapbook page with. Such a new collection to me that it was still in a bag and not put away! For this fun layout I used the Simply Stated Design “Haunted Halloween” collection. Gorgeous papers…

Zebra Doodler’z Gel Stick Pens will have your journaling or doodling absolutely sparkling! And they glide on like butter! Check out Kim Gowdy’s layout featuring the Zebra Doodler’s Gel Stick pens.  I know its hard to see the journaling that is glittering – BUT IT IS!!!!!! Kim adhered everything on her layout using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Runner Grand and 3D Foam Squares. Love this layout of your sweet Bella Kim!!!!! Here is the complete supply list for Kim’s layout Creative Scrapbooker Super Stock Simply Stated Designs Patterned Paper and Ephemera Ranger Dina Wakley Media Stencil Ranger TIm Holtz Distress Oxide Inks and Blending Foam American Crafts Thickers Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Runner Grand and 3D Foam Squares Zebra Doodler’z Gel Stick Pens Happy Wednesday Friends Speaking of the Wednesday and Fall (giggle giggle) – Be sure to pick up your copy of the Fall issue of Creative…

Kim here with a quick card share! This fun anniversary card came together pretty quick. My background is from a gel print I made last year. I often pull out my Ranger Gel Printing Plate and Ranger Dina Wakley Media acrylic paint and just play. These prints most often become backgrounds for cards, and it’s always great to have them on hand.On top of a black cardstock base, I layered up a piece of ephemera that I had on hand, then stamped some asemic writing [Paper Artsy stamp]  with some Distress Oxide  Ink. I found what I felt was the perfect couple from my Tim Holtz Paper Dolls collection and adhered it with Tonic Studios Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive [current FAV!!!!]. I quickly added soft colour to the bride’s flowers with my Tonic Studios Nuvo Alcohol Markers, they worked perfectly on the shiny surface of the paper dolls. I stained some…

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