Thursday, 25 December 2014

Weekly Planners printables

Hi Crafters

Over on my etsy store you can now purchase two new weekly planners. They are $1.50 each and can be printed as many times as you wish. For personal, non-commercial use only. No selling or sharing permitted.
Copyright 2014 Kerry-Jean Watson

Friday, 19 December 2014

File Folder Mini: Berri, SA Nov 2014

Greeting creative peoples.

AS some of you may know I have not been the best for the last 6 months. Back in June while up in Berri, SA I became mysteriously sick which plagued me for the better part of 5 months. Early November the doctors I was seeing decided after 5 months to finally do some thing and remove my gall bladder. Then came another 2 months recovery.

To help with the healing process a friend and I decided to head back up to Berri for the end stages of my recovery from the surgery. Before leaving I had already started developing a project to do once we return commemorating the closure of the 6 month journey. This is what I came up with.

The entire project proved to be a little tricky to photograph so I did a video instead so you could see how it all worked. The video is at the bottom of the post.

There is further information in the video description when viewed through youtube. 

You are most welcome to leave any comments or questions.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Mixed media Adventures

Hi crafters

Now that I am getting back into crafting mode after my recovery from surgery, I thought I would have a play with some mixed media journaling. 

As a first attempt goes I am rather happy with this. The one downside to doing work with sprays and wet media is waiting for it to dry (and you can't always use a heat tool), so I have worked out a method of working on two projects at the same time. 

Let me know what you think.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Etsy Store: new items

Hello creative people 

This week saw the launch of my paper collections as digital downloads on my Etsy store

There will be many more to come so make sure you check out the store and bookmark it for future visits.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Megs Garden French garden Mini Filefolder book

Hello Crafters 

I finally got to create something with The French Garden Book Kit. I have been out of action for a few months and feel a little rusty of paper crafts but I really like how this turned out. 

I used a file folder mini style for my book style, it was really easy and simple to make. I did change the dimensions of the book to fit the size of the papers from the book kit.

I really wanted to shabby chic this book with the cover especially and I had a lot of the metal embellishments from Meg's Garden in my stash, only they were ...well metal coloured and a bit dark, so I just covered them with gesso using my finger and I LOVE how they came out. There is a bit of everything on the come in terms of charms and metal embellishments really, some Finnabair pieces, some vintage brads, metal charms.

The flowers, lace and flower trim were also from my Meg's garden stash too, which added that gardeny feel to the book cover. 

The in side of this mini has lots of pockets which hold lots of mats and I have able to use of pretty much most of the paper ephemera with the library card pockets, little booklets and matts.

I hope you like this project and if you have any comments or questions please leave them below.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Grandparents wedding day

Hello readers and creative types.

I have been unwell for a few months now and I had some good days recently. As a result I hauled out a couple photos of my grandmother on her wedding day. This one is a lovely photo with the wedding cake, remembering this was taken in 1932.

I wanted too to use Marion Smith's Nirvana Collections from Meg's Garden because I loved the colors which would also match many of flower paper and fabric flowers in my stash which I had added some lovely paper leaves.

Also added to the lay was some dusty attic chippies that I won in a draw a few months back.

I hope you like and please leave a comment or any questions you may have.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

My Grandparents Wedding day

Hello Craters and Readers 

The photo is an informal family picture on my grandparents wedding day in 1932.

Included are some Dusty Attic chippies I won a few months ago.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

A Shabby Chic Sherlock book by Watson

Hello crafters and readers!

So I decided I wanted to do something shabby chic'y with my Sherlock Book by Watson and this is what I came up with.

The aim shabby chic, the method of achieving this is done using.

paper and fabric flowers
metal gear embellishments, Tim Holtz gears
Metal Corners

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

No 36 layout

Last weekend was my birthday and due to being ill for the last 5 and some months and surgery 2 weeks ago, nothing big was planned as we really had no idea how I would be feeling.

In the end I got a free breakfast at Paleo Cafe, walked around Tea Tree Plaza, got some Pixar toys and bought the obligatory cake and went home. This for me was a huge day and I enjoyed every minute of it. Yesterday I did my usual birthday layout to add to my scrapbook collection.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Christmas cards

A friend contacted me asking for some Christmas cards. As I had been ill for a few months, I was unsure if I could get them made in time. Luckily enough I had some good days and got them finished will with in the expected time. Friend was really happy with the final outcome.


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

My New Coloured Filters

Colorimeter vs Irlen Method. 

New Colorimeter Filters 
When looking into Irlen Syndrome I did a bit of research on it all before I went for my screening last year. I came across Irlen filters offered through a Irlen Diagnostician and also Intuitive Colorimeter which seemed to be done through an optometrist. It was hard to find testimonials but I did find one pages saying Intuitive Colorimeter was a much more inferior process to the Irlen Method and at the time I didn't pay much attention to the site I was reading this information from. It wasn't until I had issues with my last pair of Irlen Spectral Filters that stopped working after a month and then proceeded to give me an excruciating headache through the left side of my head as a result I stopped wearing my Irlen Spectral Filters all together. 

My First pair of Irlen Spectral Filters the morning I got them before an Exam

The pair of Irlen Spectral Filters that should never have been

The last Irlen Spectral Filters that stopped working after 4 weeks
 I then went and did the Cellfield remediation and for a few months after that I had no need for any filters at all. I noticed though that I was experiencing the same symptoms and sensitivity to lighting like I used to before my Irlen Spectral Filters. I then looked in to Intuitive Colorimeter again as I had been referred to a Behavioural Optometrist here in Adelaide. It was then that I realised that the original sight I read saying that Intuitive Colorimeter was an inferior process to the Irlen Method was actually an Irlen site and the content has since been taken down. I dug further and found some wonderful testimonies about the outcomes of using colourimeter filters. I also read much of the research and studies done into Meares-Irlen Syndrome and the development of Intuitive Colorimeter

I took the plunge and am very happy with the outcome. 

I've had my new Colorimeter filters for 6 weeks and they are good! Glad I didn't throw in the towel entirely after my experience with the Irlen Method. The best part for me is knowing I have a 3 month warranty with these filters, meaning that if for ANY reason I feel they are not working quite right, I can go back and have the color changed at no charge. And not be told it was because of my chiropractic adjustment that the filters stopped working after a month, because one other client had that happen, and be charged $400. 

Another great thing with Colorimeter was the selection process was much more efficient and no where as fatiguing as the Irlen Method. Also I got my filters in a week rather than waiting 4 weeks. 

What did shock me is the closed mindedness of the Irlen "industry" out there, who feel that the ONLY way to successfully treat visual stress is exclusively with Irlen filters, cost to the families be damned. And who ignored and disregarded the science and success of Colourimeter to those who went in that direction. It just sickens me. What I did notice on many of those support groups though, many parents writing in saying their child won't wear their Irlen Spectral Filters because they can't see right, or they make them sick, or they get headaches. These parents are then told their child didn't listen when making their selection or that their child has had a colour shift and needs new glasses. I was so hounded about my suggestion to some of these parents to look into Colourimeter that I left the facebook groups that I decided to leave this support groups on Facebook. Then we have other groups that hound and berate those that even suggest the idea of coloured filters to help children and people with reading issues and dyslexia because of the "official" classification of dyslexia and there being no official research or classification for visual stress. It is just so sad that this happens, when something like this may actually help a child or even adult cope better in life and help them function better.

My advise is do you research go and see various practitioners and ask questions. What works for me, may very well not work for you, but you won't know if you don't research it. 

Monday, 29 September 2014

Terrariums and broken pot gardens... 10 months on.

Hello readers.

At the end of last year I started getting back in to gardening and created a few broken pot gardens and terrariums. It was loads of fun and now 10 months on the out come is wonderful.

Over the last 10 months some plants dies which I swapped out for new plants with would lasted better in the pot conditions.

You might be able to see some small while little man which are kodama's (from Princess Mononoke) which I created from Glow-in-the-dark Sculpey.

This was taken Boxing day 2013, the day I made this broken pot garden

This one was taken today.

This was taken boxing day 2013 when I made this one

This is the same pot today.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

The 2015 Sherlock Planner by Watson

Hello creative creatures. I have my official first project for The Sherlock Book by Watson to show you. 
I wanted to make a planner for 2015 and I thought The Sherlock Book would be a great thing to use. I wanted a sturdy cover so I bought a file folder and cut it down to size. This was then covered with a strong craft paper and covered with the kit's cover and then sealed with a varnish. From there I added some Tim Holtz Corners and a bookplate and also one of Meg's lovely Lions Head door knocker charms

The inside of the book was a bit tricky as I wanted a lot of pages for the planner.  I ended up having double the pages. This gave me around 36 pages to have in my planner. 12 were turned into a calendar and the rest were added the the divided sections. The back of the pages (because this was a printed kit rather than the download) I inked misted and splodge to add some distressing. 

The ephemera I added here and there to the sections of the planner to later use which they are held in with paper clips. I also used some extra ephemera from the Vintage Ephemera Packs

The closure of the book is really simple, two islet holes on the front and back cover and some twine attached which just get tied together when the planner is in my bag. 

Here is a video of a flick through of the planner.