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Hello, my name is Kim Watson or KJ.

I am 42 years old and am very happily married to the most wonderful guy, Tertius. We have two children, Cassidy 13-years-old and Max 7-years-old and an immensely bossy cat called Roxx who calls the shots at in our home with his evil stare.

I have been scrapbooking for almost 7 years.

I started because I was dragged to a creative crop by a scrap-crazy friend, not realizing that I would discover something that would become a life changing passion that day. Scrapbooking became my visual journal and medium by which I could capture special moments in my family and personal life through art.

I scrapbook almost daily - catching snippets of scrapping time in between errands, rather than waiting for consecutive hours to miraculously appear. Adding finishing touches to a project happens at night when the halls are quiet.

I find that I am most often inspired to make a page because of a story I have to tell. Looking back though photographs always sparks the initial idea, reminding me of the story or details of the event, which then transforms into a page design inspired by my product choices.

One of my go-to techniques is definitely layering.

I could NOT scrapbook without the following products/tools:
Silhouette SD (would love a Cameo... it's on my wish list)
Sewing machine
Typewriter
X-acto knife and a metal inch ruler
Liquid glue
Paper piercer, needle and thread

What was the last page you created about? Me... for this class!

What page or story are you preparing to create? A page about the things and activities in my sons life that define his personality.

How and where do you store/display your completed pages? In albums and frames, although there are a couple of full boxes somewhere too.

What page size do you generally scrap? 12" x 12" and 11" x 17".

How often do you create multi-photo layouts? All the time…I find that using multiple photos help to tell the story better and the kids love looking at photographs of the family and events. Single photos just wouldn't suffice all the time.

What is your favorite photography App? Camera + and Pixlr-o-matic for the iPhone.

Which is your favorite adhesive? Tombow and 3L.

What photo software do you use? Adobe CS4.

What is your best advice to someone just starting out? Never be discouraged by comparing your level of creative expression to other scrapbookers out there. Relax in the freedom to create and share yourself though your pages in whatever style or form suits your personality. There is never a right or a wrong way. Be yourself. Make notes, photograph lots and enjoy the process.

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