If there’s one thing I live my life by, it’s to be grateful and/or appreciate various things in my life every single day. Whether it’s the smell of a lilac, the playfulness of the neighbor kids, hearing my kids laughing together, or just the way the clouds look in the sky….there is always something to be grateful for.
When you have that kind of attitude it’s amazing how you feel! Looking at the positive is so much more empowering than dwelling on the negative.
That’s why I love the title Laura has chosen for her page. Being grateful for family is, of course, number one on my gratitude list–as I’m sure it is for most of you.
i love these people of mine.
Let’s take a look at this cute family Laura took pictures of.
Every few months, I take photos of my cousin’s adorable little family. I’ve gotten into the habit of printing out a few of my favorite photos each time, and creating a layout with them, and this layout is from our most recent photo session. I wanted to keep this layout fairly simple in design, and knew a white-on-white background would make a great backdrop for my photos and a big, bold title.
I went to my all-time favorite circle background cut, from Kerri’s Background Basics kit, and cut it from white textured cardstock. I adhered the background piece onto another sheet of white textured cardstock and then spritzed the entire piece with green and black misting spray. I cut out the center of the text patterned paper and matted it on top of my cardstock background, to create a frame of sorts around the outside edges of the page. I cut my title, “grateful”, from a black diagonal stripe patterned paper and added a subtitle using some skinny alpha stickers. A few hearts, cut from coordinating patterned papers and topped off with either a button, jewel, or enamel, made for simple embellishments on a simple page.
I love all the itty bitty details…especially how she made her top and bottom page borders! yummy. I guess you might say, it’s my favorite. ;)
Here’s what Layle has to say:
I recently skipped town for an impromptu getaway with a friend and her daughters. We ended up stumbling on a Kate Spade Outlet while we were gone which was awesome because I’m a BIG Kate Spade fan. BIG! So when I saw this artwork on the wall behind the counter as I was checking out (had to treat myself to a few things!), I snapped a photo because I thought it was so clever. It’s hard to tell in the photo, but all of the objects are real & stuck to the wall – the shoes, the umbrella, the money, everything!
I used my Epson large format printer to print the photo 12″ wide. I backed the ‘favorite things’ saying with different colors of patterned paper to tie in with the different colors in the photo. I used the fun ‘love that’ tab at the top of the page & ended up cutting out a few more because they’re so fun to use :) After I’d used the tab, I noticed the teeny tiny leftovers from the cut, they were so cute I had to use them – I just put a little liquid glue on a piece of scrap paper & dragged the letters lightly through the glue and stuck them down in the lower left corner . To wrap things up, I used the Time Again stamps in the lower right corner. I love these stamps! They fonts are so clean – they pretty much go with anything. And they stamp SO crisply, especially those small letters – gotta love good quality stamps with great design!!
It’s been a long time coming and I’m so excited to finally announce the brand new class, Custom Made!
This is the second class in the Silhouette series and it’sall new.
New ideas. New projects. New freebies.
Whether you want learn how to alter a design or create a design, this class will take you beyond the very basics of Studio so you can–at the risk of needing a maniacal laugh here–have the power.
The power to custom make what you need…or would that be want?
I tell ya what, there’s a wonderful feeling of freedom when you have that power.
Now, I know one of the biggest questions I’m going to get is:
I took Oh The Places You Will Go, do I need to take this class?
My answer to that is that it depends on what you feel your skill level is. If you feel like you’ve got a pretty darn good handle on how to use the software…then you probably don’t need it. But here’s some perks to taking the class in case you think you want it:
It’s all filmed in version 3. That means we’ll be utilizing its new features and tips+tricks. While many features are still the same between v2 and v3, there are some fun new things in v3. So it may be a good refresher course with a cherry on top.
New projects are definitely in store.
It has all new freebies, which is a $10 value in and of itself.
Purchase by Sunday, April 19, you can get the all-new Around Here handwritten kit for free!
Purchase by the class date and you save $5, making the class price just $21. That’s less than a Dr. Pepper a day–especially when one gets it ‘dirty’. (That’s adding coconut, in case your mind was wandering ‘elsewhere’.)
There’s a bonus video. We like getting something…er…another something for free, right? I’ll be sharing my method of implementing my handwriting into Studio.
It’s just gonna be plain ol’ fun.:)
And in case you sped-read through the list, if you sign up by April 19, you get the brand new Around Here kit for free!
So let’s do some math, shall we?
Class cost: $26. Sign up by May 18: – $5 Sign up by April 19, get free kit: – $4 Savings on freebies: – $10
Total cost for class: $7
Whoa…whoa…whoooooaaaaa… What did I just do???
Just like the grocery store….it adds up fast. Only I’m usually spending, not saving. ;) But those savings won’t last. So, sign up today folks so you won’t forget…like I keep doing these days. :)
It’s going to be a fun class and May 18 will be here before we know it!
When I looked up the definition of dilapidated, it said: disrepair as a result of age or neglect.
I hope the City of New Orleans is never allowed to touch the walls of Lafayette Cemetery. I don’t believe the walls are actually neglected–I think they are a result of time. The time it takes for this to naturally occur? It is truly amazing. Obviously it has been ‘repaired’ and worn again through the years. Now it is perfect. And even more remarkable is the plant life that finds a home in the cracks and crevices of the bricks. How can it do that?
I love all things old. There is beauty in it all.
Dan had me take several photos of the walls so that if the need ever arises to make something similar, then he’d have a great ‘live’ reference.
I could go back to New Orleans again just to take more photos of this place.
One of my favorite parts of our trip happened on the very first day. We started off at 5 a.m. and wound our way through canyons and ‘deserts’, through Moab and down into Cortez + Durango, Colorado on our way to Albuquerque.
Finding radio stations to listen to isn’t always easy when you’re in the middle of nowhere, but I happened along a station that was playing classic country in Durango.
I loved country in the 80s. And even enjoy the classics of Waylon, Willie and the boys. A good Don Williams or Ronnie Milsap are pretty awesome too.
They played all sorts of great songs, including Barbara Mandrell’s ‘I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool.’ Who remembers watching the Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters?
Anywho. I was in heaven.
I had a roommate from South Dakota in 1987 that introduced country as a staple into my diet. It was the year I met Dan. And I even had another roommate–that actually introduced me to Dan–who’s brother played with Chris Ledoux.
Country dancing Thursday nights at The Star Palace was also a favorite.
I continued to listen to country–adoring artists such as Clint Black, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and into Tim McGraw, Shania Twain and such. But when my children started getting tastes of their own? Country was no longer allowed.
I would occasionally listen to country when I was alone, but it slowly dwindled out of my life…just listening to a few albums from time to time, like Lady Antebellum and Rascal Flatts. And then recently Jordan remembered how I used to listen to country and wondered why I never listened to it anymore. I said, ‘Kids wouldn’t allow it anymore.’ But she is now actually starting to like country herself.
So on our trip we found several stations along the way that played classic country and I was in heaven. Driving through the south we were inundated with country stations. I tried listening to current country, but I just couldn’t get into it! I enjoyed a song here and there, but for the most part, it started driving me nuts.
I missed listening to my good stuff that I already owned and so wished I’d had it in my iTunes…along with other songs that I’d purchased on our trip. ;)
Hello Dwight Yoakam. When Dan and I were dating, he played at the county fairgrounds which is just down the road from his house. We sat in the house and listened to our own little concert. Good times.
So when I got home, I needed to get my old CDs out and get that music back in my life.
First up…Clint Black.
And I kind of got stuck on that one, enjoying the heck out of his greatest hits.
It’s amazing how much music can lift your spirits and help you remember good times.
I’ve missed ya.
Glad that you and the rest of your classic country buddies are back in my life.
And this was my theme song from that day, mostly because of these lines:
Ain’t it funny how a melody can bring back the memory
Take you to another place and time.
Completely change your state of mind
It can make a right from a wrong, it can make you fall in love
It can get you singin’ along
Chase the clouds away and make the sun shine above.
Well, folks. The second class in the Silhouette series, Oh The Places You Will Go, has been in ‘retirement’ for much too long due to a terrible unforeseen situation that occurred towards the end of last year. Needless to say, the last couple months of the year–when the new class was to be prepared–was instead spent with family and friends. Family will always be the number one priority for me. That being said, it doesn’t do much for a business plan. :)
But you’ll be happy to know I’ve begun work on the new class, which replaces this one, using Studio version 3. It will have all new projects and tips and freebies and all sorts of goodness. This is a whole new class, not an update like the first Silhouette class.
There’s just TWO MORE DAYS to get this class before it goes away for good and you can pick it up at 50% off.
That’s just 15 smackaroos.
(Please note: If you’ve purchased the class, you will still have access to it forever and ever.)
And if you missed the social media news yesterday, you can now get the physical stamps art in the form of digital stamps, using ABR (PS/PSE brushes) and PNG files!
There’s just these two in the store so far, but I’ll be adding more as time goes along.
I’m so excited to bring you the next round of stamps from Kerri Bradford Studio! This month I wanted to mix things up a little and create a sentiment style as well as a spring style. And then I soooo needed to start fulfilling my alphabet cravings.
Please note: Due to somebody taking some kind of extended vacation–and that person shall remain nameless (okay, it was me)–these are on PREORDER. Shipping should begin by end of next week. Additionally, I’m working on international ordering, so be patient with me on that.
So without further ado, here is the April stamp collection!
(Kramer is just over 1/4″ and Annie is just under 1/4″)
My favorite part about designing stamps is making it so they can work together. Here’s a little sampling on how you can combine them to make beautiful new designs.
Use the two tiny alphabets together to make creative titles.
Combine it with a couple of dotted stamps from Line By Line To create another fun version.
Mix and match the conjunctions and little words to get wonderful looks like these.
Combine words within the For You stamp set to create your own sentiment.
Combine the Beautiful Day icons and words like these…that I just adore.
Or again, mix and match stamp sets, including using the alphabets and Line By Line arrows.
As you can see, the sky’s the limit. So many possibilities!