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Grateful for Family Relationships | Brothers

This time of year there is much to be grateful for. I think, perhaps, for many of us it is the family relationships we have. It’s not always perfect. There is bickering to be heard all growing up, I’m sure. But it’s funny how those little bickering moments turn into funny memories when they are older, as I’ve seen happen with my own children. And there’s nothing better when they are getting along peacefully and you see them offer a helping hand or  a hug when you least expect it. Like Layle happened to catch here in this photo in today’s layout. 

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[ Designs | All In The Family (brothers) / Feathers ]


Ohhhh, I am so in love with this glittery gold! And you probably wouldn’t think that ‘glitter+boys’ would necessarily go together, but it’s absolutely perfect with that wood-grain and white feathers.

gorgeous. simply gorgeous. 

Here’s what Layle has to say:

I snapped this photo a few weeks ago – I just happened to turn around and saw this beautiful moment taking place.  Our 16 year old son was giving his younger 13 year old brother football advice on the sidelines.  So many things ran through my head when I got home and pulled the photo up on my computer.  How lucky we are to have 2 wonderful boys, how special they are to us and to each other, and how successful they both are and will continue to be as they grow older.  But the thing that hit me most was how grateful I am that they have such a strong relationship.  Sure, they’re brothers.  And that means sometimes they don’t get along and they fight and they antagonize each other.  But for the most part, they are more than brothers, they’re friends, and for that I’m so extremely thankful!

Kerri’s ‘brothers’ script word from the All in  the Family kit was perfect for this layout.  I wanted to keep pretty much everything on the layout the same color tone, so I cut the word from American Crafts gold glitter cardstock.  When I adhered it to the woodgrain background, it blended in a little too much, so I outlined the word with a black pen.  I paired the gold word with glittered gold feathers – I made some of these a few months back here and loved them so much that I made them again for this layout.

 

What a moment Layle. And what  a page.

Love does happen here–in your home and in your life–even when you’re not looking.


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And now, heres a brand new kit to help you capture your special home+family relationships this Thanksgiving-ee time of year. Here is Hello November.

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A little design tip. Because the Simply Wicked had some pretty cool fall-related designs, I wanted both to be able to work together, so they have a color scheme that matches up pretty darn well.

Also, there are three cards that include a ‘distressed’ version of the PNG because I just thought it would be fun to mix it up a little. You know me and variety. ;)

Sharing Notes of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is just days away.

Are you ready?

Need another last-minute idea for loved ones to share their sentiments of gratitude?

Check out this altered book that Maggie made.

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[ DesignsConfetti / Subway Art: Thanksgiving / Tiny Details: Calendar (date tag) / Just a Bit Obsessed ]


Can you say lovely? 

Uh huh. Sure. I knew you could.

Love the confetti on a transparency…not to mention, the subway art on a transparency! How awesome would that be in your Project Life album? Yeah. I’m thinkin’ pretty awesome.

Here’s what Maggie has to say:

We host Thanksgiving each year, and each year I try to come up with a way to have my guests reflect on what they are grateful for.

This year I decided to create a little altered-book/album filled with tags and envelopes and bit and pieces. I wanted to be able to have my guests take a tag, write down their thanks and then tuck their tags into the book. After the day is over I will fill it up with photos, anecdotes and whatever else I can scrap about the day.

One (of the many) AWESOME things about Kerri’s files is that they can be manipulated in so many ways to make them truly unique…to turn them into exactly what you need them to be. Don’t be afraid to play and play and play!

For this small book, I decreased the size of the Just a Bit Obsessed file and turned it into a little 3×4 card. I used it right inside the front cover…then decoupaged it, stenciled over it, stamped it and painted it. I LOVE the way it turned out.

I did sort of the same thing with the Thanksgiving Subway Art…but I printed it out onto a transparency. ACK! I love the way this turned out!

The Confetti design that Kerri recently released is absolutely perfect! I used it in EXACTLY the way she demonstrated…with gold vinyl. And it’s gorgeous! I think it’s the perfect addition to this little stack. And I’m postive I will be using this design over and over and over in the next few months…Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day!!!

And do you recognize the “27” tag? I had a few left over from my project back in September and, what do you know? Thanksgiving is on the 27th! Perfect fit…

I’m so excited to have this little book completed…to have it filled with photos and tags and journaling!


It’s gorgeous Maggie!
I also love how the left-over tag was the perfect date! 
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Maggie Massey - November 24, 2014 - 6:40 am

Yay! Yay! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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We’re on the countdown for Thanksgiving folks. I can hardly believe it! Soooo looking forward to the turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes and gravy….and all the other fixins.

mmmmmm…..

There are many friends and family pages to come from this holiday season and so I felt inspired to make a kit about being together and being grateful and love for this time of thanksgiving.

Here is Grateful.

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Eleven words+phrases that are individual, so you can stack them up like this + weld them together to make one cut, place them in a line or add them as an overlay to your photo.

I’m really hungry now….

Leslee - November 22, 2014 - 6:44 am

Love Thankgiving! We celebrate two in our family since I am Canadian. We have one in Oct too!

Dolly - November 22, 2014 - 8:03 am

Great set Kerri! TFS

And Then There Were None

This is my baby.

She’s 20 today. 20 on the 20th.

And in the blink of an eye…I have no more teenagers.

What is this world coming to?

Happy birthday sweet thing.

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Sporting her new birthday outfit and having a birthday breakfast at Kneader’s.

Patty - November 21, 2014 - 5:14 am

She is so beautiful, just like her Mom! You should be proud and I know you are! Cherish the moments. hugs, Patty

Suelynn - November 21, 2014 - 5:25 pm

I’m right behind you and completely understand. So very bitter sweet.

Trish - November 22, 2014 - 6:25 am

Your baby girl is gorgeous and I know your heart is full! How wonderful to celebrate your cherished daughter’s path to adulthood. I am here to say adult children are one of life’s most glorious blessings!

The Pillow Box

Packaging up little gifts is quite delightful, don’t you think? And being able to create your own personalized packaging is even better, right?

Well then, do I have a fun little diddy for you today!

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This cute little pillow box kit is what you’d say…versatile. So many options with this! Not only is there a plain ol’ pillow box design that you use with your favorite patterned paper, but there’s also three awesome designs that you can use ‘as is’ or customize them to fit your needs by switching colors or text.

Oh but wait…it gets even better.

It comes with little pieces to the pillow box puzzle so that you can use them to Crop or Subtract or change colors for one section, or whatever you feel like doing!

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You get to become the master designer of your own packaging. How sweet is that? I think my favorite thing to do would be to type a name in some big letters for the person you’re giving it to. It’s pretty rare to get personalized packaging.

But look how awesome these are with what’s already in the kit.

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These are prefect for the holiday season. And those numbers? Great for birthdays or anniversaries or any type of celebration involving a number…and it’s great just for fun too. :)


Here’s a little video on how you can work with all of it.
The question is now…what are you going to make with it?

 

Susan P - November 18, 2014 - 5:30 pm

What a great kit! Thanks so much for the tutorial – can’t wait to try it out.

Susan P - November 18, 2014 - 5:36 pm

Question for you Keri – can you resize the pillow box (fatter, thinner, longer, shorter – and everything still fits correctly? I am assuming you can.

Kerri - November 18, 2014 - 6:12 pm

As long as you size the box+components together, you should be fine. The included designs probably wouldn’t work though. You’d have to make your own. :)

Michele - November 19, 2014 - 12:01 pm

can this only be done using the Silhouette machine? I have the Pazzles cutting machine.

MIchele - November 19, 2014 - 12:06 pm

BTW i do have the print+cut feature. I just got my new Pazzles machine so I’m not sure how that works just yet but I love this pillowbox idea as it’s perfect for any type of gifts!! (including a babyshower gift) :)

Kerri - November 19, 2014 - 2:34 pm

I’m not as familiar with Pazzles, but a quick look on their home page, I see that there’s some kind of Print+Cut with the Inspiration Vue. There searching and manuals aren’t very informative/user-friendly, so I can’t tell for sure what to do. You might want to check with them and see what the requirements are to do a print+cut with their machine+software. I’d love to know what you find out. :)

Let’s Be Grateful

It’s that time of year. One that starts making you really grateful–or maybe more conscientiously grateful– for the things and people in your life.

November just brings that out in us, right?

I think it’s something we need to have on our mind all the time. I feel like I try to do that on a daily basis all year long–from the smallest moment to the biggest moment. I believe it’s an attitude of positivity. I try to appreciate every little thing that I encounter each day–a hug from my children, a laugh from my husband, an adoring look from my cat or dog, a sunset, the fall smell, a roof over my head, transportation (when my kids don’t have my car), green lights all the way, lunch with a friend …there is much to be grateful for.  I think when you take stock in what you have and are grateful for, it makes you have a better attitude about life which results in being happy. And happy is a good thing. :)

So I’d asked my dear friends and design team–for which I am also very grateful for–to focus their attentions in the ‘grateful’ category. Check out this awesome idea from Miss Laura.

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[ Designs | Holly Jolly Christmas (tag) / This+That: Gratitude (leaf) / Banners (banner), Giving Thanks (thanks) / Weathered Door Alpha (give) ]


I love this idea! And I love how Laura stapled the banners onto the tags….love the look. I think this is a must-do while you’re waiting for the turkey to get done. 

Here’s what Laura has to say:

I think it’s such a fun Thanksgiving tradition to have each member of the family write down what they’re thankful for. The last time my family did this, however, was five years ago. I thought I would create some fun tags for everyone to write on this year. To start, I cut a handful of tags, using Kerri’s Holly Jolly Christmas kit, from kraft cardstock. I ran each tag thru a dotted embossing folder and then spritzed it with brown misting spray. I machine stitched around the outside edges of the tags a few times, and then I also decided to draw some rough lines around the outer edges with a brown pen.

I picked out some fall patterned papers and used a leaf cut from the This & That: Gratitude [Just Shapes] kit to cut leaves from both the patterned papers and some white cardstock. I ran the white cardstock leaves thru a woodgrain embossing folder, even though it’s not that noticeable when I layered the leaves together on the tag. I also cut some little banners from white cardstock, which I layered over the leaf on each tag. I used tiny alpha stickers to add family member’s names to each tag. Everyone will know exactly which tag is theirs, and they can write on the backside of the tag, listing the things they’re thankful for this year.

I also wanted to have a place to store these tags, and came across this cute little burlap bag at the craft store. It was the perfect size to slip all of my tags into. I cut a piece of kraft cardstock for the front of the bag, and glue dots to lightly to position it on the bag where I wanted it. I then hand stitched a button to each corner of the cardstock to secure it to the bag. I don’t plan on this being handled a lot, so having only the corners secured is ok with me. If I was worried about it staying in place, I would probably add some more hand stitching around the edges to really make sure it stayed in place.


The burlap bag is the perfect touch!

The 1-Hour Gratitude Journal (x6)

My time has been extremely limited over the past couple weeks–well, the past month, including a trip to DC. Not only have I been preparing for the new workshop, I have two callings in church  that have kept me hopping these past couple months–the biggest one being our ‘Super Saturday’ in which we do several crafts all day. Whew. That one is over at least.

But yesterday we had what’s called Activity Days. The other leader and I meet with the ten-year old girls and do different things. It’s kind of like scouts without the camps and obnoxious cheers.

I allotted myself  one hour to prepare a gratitude journal for six girls…since it’s November and all. I made the base and then gave them product to decorate it with. This is what I came up with. Remember, it needed to be fast and it was only the base so they could add their own embellishments and I worked with what I had on hand–which ranged from newer Simple Stories  + Bella Blvd (thanks Layle and Laura ;) ) to old QVC product…as in older than they were, as we discovered. ( ha ha! )

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The girls really had fun with this activity. When we told them it was time to clean up and go, I heard lots of disappointment. So I guess that was good. :) The one girl that made the ultra thick one (pictured) ended up sitting on hers to make it a little flatter. That was kind of funny.

I’m glad it turned out well because when you only have an hour to pull it together? You never know what will come of that. :)

Here’s the nitty gritty on making them.

Supplies needed for 1 journal:
2  3×4 journaling cards from a 12×12 sheet of paper so it can be folded
1 coin envelope for them to glue where they want
1 tag
3 pieces copy paper, cut in half and then folded in half
postal paper, cut into 6 1/8 x 9″ pieces
1 letter cut for their initial
1 phrase of ‘i am grateful’ printed onto photo paper
1 long stapler or some other kind of binding device

  1. Cut two 3×4 cards, copy paper and postal paper, and fold them in half.
  2. Fold the tag about 1/3 and 2/3.
  3. Place the cards in at two pages in and the tag at four pages in. It just adds a little dimension to to the album.
  4. Staple four times along the fold for the binding.
  5. Cut their initials.
  6. Print ‘i am grateful’ onto some photo paper
  7. Gather whatever other supplies, including the coin envelope, for them to decorate with.

 

Trish - November 11, 2014 - 3:34 pm

What a great project! I have a 9 year old granddaughter who would love to do this with her friends, so thank you for the directions and sizing. I am grateful for you!
PS I am enjoying Santa’s Workshop class:)

angela - November 12, 2014 - 11:35 am

Love this. Am going to try with my 4 year old later this week and see how it goes. I think I have everything on hand except the postal paper so will use something else.

Kerri - November 12, 2014 - 12:42 pm

A paper bag would work great too…or just cardstock. :)

Class Is In Session + When Things/Life Is Out Of Your Control

First off, I just wanted to shout from the the snow-free rooftops that the Santa’s Workshop workshop is in session!

If you follow me on Facebook you’ll know it’s actually been up just a little longer than I’d anticipated due to an accidental button push called Update.

Oh well. It was Monday somewhere even though it was 10:30 at night Sunday for me. :)


And now I’d like to talk a little bit about this ‘out of my control’ part of my life.

I’ve been an independent person my whole life. I do my best to try and be as responsible as possible. Because sometimes life is out of control, I may not be as on the ball with every aspect of my life, including my business, but I try to be. And I also understand that it happens to everyone. I’m good with reasonable delays. I don’t judge. We’ve all ‘been there done that’, right?

There are perks to running your own business–you can go have lunch with a friend, run to support your kid in a play, or have Casual Friday, which can actually occur on any day really and consists of pajama pants and often braless attire. But it’s also hard when you are the CEO, social media director, creative team leader, graphics designer, pseudo accountant, ‘web designer’, and janitor all wrapped up into one.

A lot of time and effort and working many more hours than the average Joe occurs when you are a teeny tiny company. I do have the most awesome of design teams and a little part-time help from child number two as well.

But being the independent ‘just do it yourself and get ‘er done’ kind of girl, it’s been really hard for me to have to rely on the work of others. One of these is my website. Stores and message boards and all that goes into them are beyond my wealth of knowledge–and that kills me. Granted, I do understand a little coding–I did create macros (a form of coding) many moons ago at WordPerfect. I’ve even taken a community ed class to help me understand the current stuff just a little bit more. Totally worth it!

But I ain’t got the skills, baby.

So without going into too much detail, I’ve had to rely on  the skills of others to get my store and message board to match the new look of my blog…which I changed almost a year ago. Granted, I did want to live with it a month or so before having to pay someone to change it to match, so there’s that.

The guys are great, don’t get me wrong. But somehow we’re coming up on a year now and my site is still a mish mosh of old and new. I’m hoping this is coming to a close soon. I can’t wait for cohesive bliss.

But this is one of those things in my life where it’s out of my control.

The other thing that is out of my control is updating the Getting To Know You class for all of you who have purchased it on JessicaSprague.com. 

I get asked about when this will happen on a daily basis. I just thought I’d let you know that the dynamics of their company changed from when I first spoke to an employee there about it a few months ago, in which they were so excited about the fact that I would share the videos over there for all of you had purchased it there. This person has since moved on from the company, so I’ve been patiently waiting to hear from the other person who needs to do this for me and for everyone. I’m not sure what the delays are on their end, but I’m ready when they are. :) Just know that I’m still working on making it happen.

So that’s part of my ‘out of control-ness’ going on right now. I guess I have a lesson to learn here. Must be patience or something. But surely there’s  a time limit on learning patience, isn’t there? ;)


And because I don’t like to post without some kind of visual goodness, here’s a shot from Evermore, the place Dan worked on last year and this year. I want to do a whole post on this, but here’s  a little taste for now. This statue is the work of an artist named Cory, but you can see Dan’s obelisk in the background. I just loved the mix of the statue with the yellow and red leaves and mountain in the background. And check out the little statue at the left too.

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Sue Kimmet - November 10, 2014 - 4:30 pm

Life has a funny way of keeping us on our toes… or often of knocking us on our keesters! This too shall pass.

Melitta Ball - November 11, 2014 - 1:49 pm

Kerri my heart & prayers are yours! I feel terrible knowing that I asked twice about the JS update, not thinking that you would be getting the same 2 or more questions from hundreds of other people too! I’m so sorry to have added to your burden girl! You do so very much for us, give us the best of you and we are just thankful for you!

Have you considered not waiting around for JS any longer and perhaps offering a ‘coupon code’ which would allow us free access to the classes on your site instead of over at JS. I’m sure everyone can print off their receipt from their purchase history at JS, email it to you for proof of purchase then you could send them a pass code? It would be so wonderful to have all of my KBS classes all in one place anyway! So much easier!!

Regardless my friend, you are a remarkable woman, doing remarkable things and you are appreciated!

Many Blessings,

Melitta

Kerri - November 11, 2014 - 2:02 pm

Oh dear, Melitta…the ‘asking’ is not an issue at all.
It’s the ‘I can’t do anything about it’ that’s an issue for me. :)
I’ve thought about doing something like you’ve suggested.
thinking…thinking…thinking.
You are so sweet.
Thanks!

Lycia - November 13, 2014 - 3:12 pm

I could almost write a carbon copy of Melitta’s comment. I’m so sorry that you’re suffering stress due to things not in your control. I can really identify with that.

Yes, it would be GREAT to have all our classes in one place (your site). I’m almost to the point that I’d buy them again just to make that happen.

Hang in there!