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It’s funny. We were just having the conversation the other day about who had more patience to work with our kids learning to drive. Uh. Yeah. That would be me (see hand waving in the air). I did have my fair share of jerky, fast-moving grips on the dashboard or arm rest or would fancy a nice clench of the knees, mind you. But somehow we managed through the three kids and everyone arrived safely on the other side.

That’s why I love this page from our Miss Laura. She captured the essence of what it truly means to get that little rectangle of freedom in your pocket. Do you remember your first solo drive? Music up. Windows down. The feeling of being all on your own. You were invincible, yeah?

Let’s take a look at Laura’s daughter here…

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[ Designs | Grammar School: The Adverbs (finally), Weathered Door Alpha (licensed), Background Basics (circle background)


Love the colors. Love all the various circles. Love the perspective of her driving and what she’s seeing out the window…. This page is priceless!

Let’s hear what Laura has to say:

As crazy as it is to say this, my youngest daughter just got her drivers license. I can’t believe my baby is out on the road. By herself. Without me. Eek. Anyways. I knew I had to document the moment, as it took her quite a bit longer then planned to be ready for that drivers test. I had taken quite a few photos over the last year and a half of her driving (while parked, at red lights, or at train stops – always safe!), along with a few photos of her taking her required paid driving lessons. I picked out five photos to use, and printed them as 4×4″ pics.

I kept the design pretty simple, turning to a favorite page design that I’ve used before when using lots of 4×4″ photos. Because I had so many photos, I went with a white on white background for the rest of the page, incorporating a die cut background into the base of my page. I added in very small amounts of patterned paper, with a few thin strips along the photos, and then using it for my title pieces as well. For my title, I picked out a fun brush script word from Kerri’s Grammar School: The Adverbs kit to pair with the chunky letters from the Weathered Door Alpha kit.


I also love that Laura wasn’t out to reinvent the wheel (no pun intended) and used a similar design from another layout. You know we don’t have to reinvent every time, yeah?

And now I’m just glad I don’t have to do all that learning to drive thing again. ;)

  • Ruth Gauss - June 24, 2016 - 8:32 pm

    Awesome as always! Great job documenting with wonderful cut files that help make this page even more Laura’s!

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Now is a great time to pick up a couple classes and increase your Silhouette Studio skills. And there’s no need for a cutter in this class as it is all about the prints! Yay! And Studio is a free designing program too! Double yay! :)

Check out all the details on both classes HERE.

  • CarrieH - June 24, 2016 - 11:18 am

    Hi–I purchased The History Project a few months ago and just wanted to thank you, Kerri. What a great class/project/inspiration. So many great ideas and so many great prompts. I love that you also told so many personal stories–they actually helped prompt even more memories. Love, love, love this project. I have a ways to go to the finish line, but that is okay. I’m having lots of fun in the process and I know that my kids will love it as much as I do. Thanks for creating such a wonderful (and easy) project. Just perfect.ReplyCancel

It had to be done, right? A fab font called Summer when we are just days away from the official first day of summer?

 

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What I like:

  • The uppercase style. It has such a casual appearance and just looks really great. The lowercase style? Eh. Not so much. I’d much rather alter size in capitals like what’s shown here.
  • The handwritten, tall and narrow of it all.

Helpful Hints:

  • Use the characters from the font to create ‘decoration’ like the plus signs.
  • Since the free version only comes in a Light font, use a stroke (PS), Line Thickness (Studio), or even Offset (Studio) to create a bolder look like the example.
  • This is ‘craft cutter friendly’ only if you thicken it first.


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  • Tracy - June 17, 2016 - 9:46 am

    Thanks so much Kerri!! My sweet momma’s birthday was on the first day of summer. Since she passed 3 1/2 years ago we have a Celebrate Summer day and remember her and celebrate her beautiful life on that day.ReplyCancel

I hate to admit this, but I have a lot of catching up to do in my travel journal. I document on my computer every day with the plan to get it into my travel journal with photos, but I haven’t been too good about it.

But this week? Yeah, this happened.

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[ Stamps | A Big Month / Nowadays / Time Again (left). Escape / Found / Annie (right) ]


Not only was I happy to finally get a week done, but I was tickled pink to finally use some of the new stamps! And I just realized I didn’t erase my journaling lines yet. Whoops.

I’m so digging those Big Months! And you know what I love about the Annie stamp set? You can spell out all of Kanarraville and stamp just once. Ha!

And because I am in such a giddy mood over the stamps, today….

There’s a one-day only sale on Annie and Escape!

You can save 20% on these two sets and create the same look. I love words. You know that. I know you do.

They are my favorite accent.

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I found this little grouping in my inventory. If you’ve been waiting so patiently for them, pick them up quick because this is all there is. I will be reordering in the near future, but for now, this is it babe.

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A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to go with two of my very dearest friends and their daughters to hike Kanarraville Falls (outside Cedar City, UT). My daughters sadly couldn’t make it.

As part of this excursion, I told them I would share a few photo techniques. Well, nothing ever goes as planned and so I only managed to squeak out one tip…well, maybe two. Panoramas come in handy in areas like this. But the main tip is pretty darn cool. Have you ever heard of the app Slow Shutter Cam? It is a cool little piece of magic to work with your iPhone! (I don’t know if it’s available for Android.)

From what I understand, smart phones can’t hold a shutter open like a regular camera. So Slow Shutter Cam takes many little photos and ‘blurs them together (if I’m remembering my reading correctly). So you know those beautiful waterfall photos with the soft, ethereal waters? Yeah. You can do that with your phone…and so much more! You can check it out in greater detail on their site HERE.

So that was the plan. Bring our little Gorilla Pods (tripods), set up the shot and play. Um. Yeah. Well? That didn’t pan out like we’d thought. The base of the first falls was all water. No place to put a little baby tripod, not to mention it was quite shaded due to the high rock walls except for one part where sun was brightly beaming. Not exactly the best photo-taking conditions. Up the ladder we went to the second part of the falls. More open. Some dry rocks to sit on, but the falls on the left was in those stark–light and dark conditions, and one was in the shade, but again, nowhere to place a little tripod.

I wasn’t going to let that get in my way. So I took the prop+hold method. I leaned myself and the phone against a rock–that was in the shade–held as still as I could, took a breath and pushed the button. You can set the app to have a delay so that it doesn’t immediately start shooting after pressing the button to avoid any camera shake. I had to do it a few times, but I got a couple good shots where everything was pretty much in focus.

Here’s the result.

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The one on the left is just taken as a straight shot with my iPhone 6s. The one of the right I propped myself and phone against the rock and held as still as possible. I was leaning on the yellowish part of the rock that you see in the photo on the left. Lisa even pushed the button for me a couple times so that I wouldn’t move at all.

Mission accomplished!

How cool is this! You can use different settings depending on the blur effect you want. I won’t go into all those details. You can read/watch them on their site. But seriously…if you want that look, what a way to get it!

And now here’s….the rest…of the story….

We had so much fun on the trip. I wish I was in better shape, but I did the hike nonetheless, albeit a little slow. There were a couple of things that made it a little more difficult for me, but I won’t bore you with that. ;)

If you have an opportunity, I’d highly recommend this hike! The sign says ‘difficult’, but I saw many families with young kids and even a mom with a baby. And most of what I read about it said easy-moderate. It’s a five-mile hike in and out. Loved having my Keen shoes for hiking and getting in the water! I’d also recommend going very first thing in the morning because there wasn’t anyone in the parking lot when we got there at 8:30 a.m. We met two sisters who were there from New Hampshire and a family from Hawaii. So word has gotten around about this little hike. You can park in the parking lot for $10 (worth it!) or park a mile away in the little town (why would you do that??? lol ).

Another suggestion would be to stick to the stream. Not having been there before, we followed a few trails that led us away from that. Walk through the stream, cross the stream, get on the dirt paths by the stream, but stay near the stream. On the way back we walked through a lot of the stream and it was a much easier hike. Also, be prepared for cold water, especially depending on the time of day or the time of year. You do get used to it. Also, this is the water source for the town of Kanrraville, so be mindful of that. Be respectful of where you are.

And now here are some photos of our adventures.

Oh, I ended up using my iPhone a lot because my Fuji X-T10 was in my backpack. So this is a mix of both cameras.

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Beauty, eh? I can’t believe places like this exist and that we can experience them. To say that I was in awe is an understatement. And Lisa, who’s been on many-a hikes, said this was the best hike she’s ever been on.

And then here’s one last peek at what it’s like to walk through those slot canyons. Something I’ll never forget.

  • lilola - June 15, 2016 - 8:34 pm

    Kerri, these pictures are OUTSTANDING!! Well done!!ReplyCancel

  • vicki - June 15, 2016 - 9:22 pm

    It blows my mind how the topography differs in our country! We have nothing that looks like those rock formations in New York – at least not to the best of my knowledge. It looks gorgeous and I hope I can do that hike some dayReplyCancel

    • Kerri - June 16, 2016 - 6:47 pm

      I know, right? The crazy thing is–the topography where we live looks nothing like two or three hours south of us either! High mountains here, but go down south a little and in areas it turns into red rocks, hoo doos, slot canyons….a completely different world. I love what this world…and this nation…has to offer. There is beauty in it all!ReplyCancel

I think when people typically hear the word graduation, they automatically think of high school. It’s such a monumental occasion. But I had two nephews that graduated from sixth and eighth grades, transitioning into middle and high school. And then there’s preschool or kindergarten graduations. My kids did those too. Plus, I have one college graduate (just last year).

It’s a big moment for sure. A right of passage from one part of your life and into another.

That’s why I just loooove this page from our Miss Paige on her son Fox’s graduation! Look at all the detail here!

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[ Designs | Subway Art: Graduation 2016 ]


Gorgeousness abounds, right? I love seeing what the KBS Creative Team comes up with. I never would have thought to color+stitch this! I actually think with this modern-day adult coloring going on these days that this page would actually be quite therapeutic. :)


Here’s how to make it according to Paige:

The Subway Art Graduation 2016 cut file was perfect for pairing with Fox’s recent pre-school graduation pics!

  1. Draw the Subway Art Graduation 2016 onto white cardstock using a black Silhouette Sketch Pen and then paint in each letter, except the “2016” and “Graduation”.
  2. Backstitch through the unpainted letters using white thread.
  3. Add small photos down the right edge along with some journaling and a few embellishments from the Fancy Free collection!


She makes it all look so easy, doesn’t she? And the colors just make me happy!
I think I need to give this a try…. :)

I cannot tell you how much I am loving my new Fuji-XT10! I’m still learning the ins and outs of it all, getting accustomed to the buttons, and all that jazz. But I am simply loving the results! I’m finding that I really need to do very little editing on the photos too. Generally speaking they just come out so beautiful that I may lighten it a little and do a little contrast, but that’s about it. And really, many of them just don’t need any editing…and I’m loving that!

This week we’ve had our annual girls camp with Lisa Bearnson, Kristy Banks and our daughters. Not only do our children continue to grow, but now the families are beginning to grow. A lot can happen in the eight years we’ve been doing this…including Lisa and Kristy both becoming grandmas. What???

So yesterday Lisa asked if I’d take some pictures of her darling granddaughter, Oakley. Of course I was more than happy to oblige. She’s such a cute little stink!

She not even two years old and was having a grand time blowing dandelions!

I think this particular photo is my favorite. I love the shadows and light.

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And the amazing thing is, I didn’t even have to kneel down to take the shots. I felt like I was using an ‘old timey’ camera that you hold down at your waste and look through a view finder. Only in the modern-day world, you flip out that screen and hold the bottom of the camera with your fingers and the top with your thumbs–using your thumb to press the shutter button. It was not even obvious to Oakley that I was taking pictures.

I love getting down to get her within the dandelions without having me get down into the dandelions. ;)

I haven’t photographed a toddler in a very long time, much less with a new camera and in this fashion. So it was really quite fun following her around. But also, she was often a fast-moving target. So I still feel like I need to work on the focusing and aperture combinations.

She was just absolutely adorable and if I could share all the darling pictures, I would. But for now, I’ll leave you with one more. And if you’re thinking about that camera, now is an excellent time as they have rebates going on (B&H Photo). No affiliation. Just loving the camera and sharing my enthusiasm. I plan to do a walk through on it soon, but for now, just enjoy this cute little face. :)

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  • Rebecca S. - June 9, 2016 - 2:07 pm

    Those photos are amazing and Oakley is precious. :)ReplyCancel

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Class starts in just two days folks! Can you even believe it! If you wanted to save a few bucks, now would be the time to do it.

We’re gonna increase your MAD skills by making a little, altering a little and designing a little. The perfect little project for you to do in a weekend!

And don’t forget all the fabulous freebies–like this awesome folder, photo cards and plus sign paper shown here.

It’s gonna be loads of fun! You won’t want to miss it!

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