Hello there! My name is Kim Mathura. I am so excited and honored to be your guest designer for the month of September. It has been a dream of mine to be a part of October Afternoon’s family. I can now check it off of my bucket list! Checked!
I was born in Bangkok, Thailand. I moved to south Florida in 1997 to pursue a degree in Business Management. It was at the college, where I met the love of my life. We have been together for eighteen years but married for thirteen!
I was so fortunate to be born into a family, where art and creativity were always encouraged. For as long as I can remember, I have been collecting papers and stickers. Even though I have been doing some type of crafting all my life, I started scrapbooking when we moved to Tampa, Florida in 2007. My signature style has to be the ability to incorporate real vintage object findings with my work. I like to layer different products and embellishments on my projects while maintaining a clean and organized look.
You can see more of my work at the following links:
Instagram - @kim_mathura
Facebook - Kim.Mathura2015
I am so lucky to be working on the brand new Under the Tree collection. I love Christmas! I hope you will enjoy looking at my projects throughout the month of September.
Let’s get started with a little Q&A…
Are you a layout person, a card person...or both?
I love making cards! There’s something special about sending handmade cards to my friends and family. In addition to making handmade cards, I LOVE making mini books. I love the fact that there is a beginning and an end to the mini book. I always look forward to making a mini book after taking a trip.
What is on your scrapbook desk right now?
Right now, I am working on my weekly journal, which is a mini book, filled with notebook pages. In addition, I have the three October Afternoon – Under the Tree projects, which I will be sharing with you throughout the month of September. My desk is filled with pictures and embellishments and is messy when I am working on a project, but I usually clean it up as soon as I am done.
What is your favorite October Afternoon line or product?
I knew this question was coming! It is so hard to pick one, but if I have to, it would be the Travel Girl collection. I love the little girl with glasses in this collection! My October Afternoon favorite product is the Miscellany pack. Opening a bag of Miscellany pack is like opening a gift. My heart starts to race because I get so excited to go though the fun bits and pieces that come in the bag.
What can you NOT scrapbook without?
I could not scrapbook without my Fabri-Tac glue. I have one bottle on my craft table and one spare bottle in my drawer at all time. It’s my to-go adhesive when it comes to making mini books. Nothing bugs me more than having a page lifted from my chipboard cover after a short period of time.
What is your favorite source of inspiration?
Most of the time, the collection itself inspires me. When I see a collection that I like, it sparks the creativity fuse in my brain. I also find ideas from reading through magazines, blogs and Pinterest.
And a few more…
What is your favorite movie or TV show?
My favorite TV show is The Walking Dead. My husband and I usually record and watch most of our favorite shows at a later time in order to skip the numerous advertisements. However, we often find ourselves watching The Walking Dead on live TV because we just cannot wait to see it.
What is your favorite food?
Naturally, I love Thai food. I also have an insatiable love for sushi.
What is your fondest childhood memory?
My fondest childhood memory was when I traveled with my family internationally. Because of the nature of my parents’ business, my brother and I had many opportunities to visit several countries. It was so much fun traveling to various countries and experiencing different cultures.
If you were a superhero, what would your name be and what power would you possess?
My name would be “The Transpacific Traveler.” My superpower would be the ability to travel back and forth from Florida to Thailand in a wink of an eye so that I could see my family in Thailand more often. I try to visit them at least once every eighteen months.
If you could have dinner with anyone, living or deceased, who would it be and why?
I would have dinner with my family in Thailand. Whenever I go there, I usually stay for two months and we always have dinner together every single night.
Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my interview with October Afternoon. I will be sharing my projects with you every Friday throughout the month of September. Hope to see you there!