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This week it’s all about celebrating two amazing countries: America and Canada. Not only do we live by each other, but we celebrate many of our holidays close to each other, including the celebrations of our countries. That’s kind of convenient, eh?

I have a little Canadian friend that goes to a lake in the US where a lot of Canadians go to vacation. I hear it’s one big party and fireworks abound all week between the July 1 and July 4 holidays. Sorry we missed it, my friend!

So in honor of all the fun stuff going on, here’s a little 3×4 freebie for ya.

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I hope you all have a spectacular weekend!


(The Friday Freebie Summer occurs between Memorial Day + Labor Day where each Friday  at KBS there is a brand new free design to share. For more great freebies of this summer and years past, be sure to check out the Freebies section.)

  • Dolly - July 3, 2015 - 6:49 am

    Thanks so much Kerri!! :D and Happy 4th to you!! :DReplyCancel

  • Gilda - July 3, 2015 - 6:59 am

    Thanks for the freebie, Kerri. The Canada Day maple leaf is much appreciated!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Vanorio - July 3, 2015 - 7:23 am

    Thanks Kerri, another great one! Happy 4th Everyone!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie A. - July 3, 2015 - 8:16 am

    Thank you and Happy 4th to you!ReplyCancel

  • Judy W. - July 3, 2015 - 8:38 am

    Thank you and Happy 4th to you!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy W - July 3, 2015 - 9:25 am

    Appreciate the Canada Day freebie! Great style as always :}ReplyCancel

  • Anon - July 4, 2015 - 9:08 am

    thanks
    these are just perfectReplyCancel

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Well yes, yes there are.

But they’re not making an appearance until mid-month for a special occasion.
(wink, wink)


stay-tuned

  • Sally - July 2, 2015 - 7:58 am

    I love the title of this post! Thanks for the update- even though it means I have to wait even longer… I’m excited to see what you have up your sleeve!ReplyCancel

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It’s an exciting day here at KBS!

There’s a brand new Designer Edition class using Studio version 3.

Can I get a yahoo!!

This class is all about learning the great fun found in the Designer Edition of Silhouette Studio. There are so many creative golden nuggets in DE. You will be amazed at what you can do!

So, I know y’all are gonna ask:

‘I took Designer Edition: One. Do I need to take this class?’

Well, perhaps this might assist you with your decision:

  1. It’s all filmed in version 3. That means we’ll be utilizing the new features and tips+tricks that are available in the Designer Edition. 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 along with learning some really great tips.
  2. New projects are definitely in store.
  3. It has all new freebies, which is a $10 value in and of itself.
  4. Purchase by Sunday, July 5, you can get the all-new Background Basics #3 kit for free!
  5. Purchase by the class date of August 17 and you save $5, making the class price just $21.
  6. All the fun features are just gonna knock your socks off. :)


So in case you just breezed through the list, if you sign up by July 5, you get the brand new Background Basics #3 kit for free!

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So what does that all mean for your decision-making moment?
One word: savings.

Sign up by the class date of August 17 and save $5.
Sign up by Sunday and get a kit for free, saving $3.59.
All new freebies, which means $10 worth of stuff.

Subtract all that from the cost of the class?
That makes it just $7.41.

Sa-weet!

I am so excited to take you on this new adventure!
Class starts August 17, so I’ll see you in the classroom then.

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The announcement of the new Designer Edition (v3) class is just around the corner. So to help you get some skills under your belt, we’re having a Flash Sale of up to 20% off Silhouette classes 1, 3 and 4 along with the Combo Classes.

(No code needed….prices are already reflected in the store. )

This is an awesome chance to take advantage of getting that one (or a few) class that you’ve been wanting to take!

 

  • Vianna - July 3, 2015 - 1:47 pm

    I need an honest opinion: I have the ‘original’ Silhouette – from when QK owned it; I pretty much gave up using it 5 years ago … now the question is: can it be used with Windows 8 and version3 of the Silhouette software, or should I trash it and maybe buy a new digital cutter alltogether? I’ve been using Photoshop since 97 and was one of the first to buy the original silhouette because I wanted to design & cut my own embellishments and titles … however, it was such a monster to use back then, there was no manual and support was almost non-existent … eventually I gave up all together and it has been gathering dust for years. WHat do you think I should do at this point? The silhouette people are still not answering my emails … sad, huh?ReplyCancel

Hi-de-ho their people! Friday has arrived and that means freebie time is upon us!

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And then I just felt compelled to whip up a cute little tag to throw on a page.
Take a tag, add a little Beautiful Day sentiment…and voila!

simplicity.

love.

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And don’t forget…it’s June 26, which means there are just four days left to order this great class for 40% off. You will have forever access to it, but we’re making way for a brand new class using all the great features that version 3 has to offer!

It’s just $18 until Wednesday, when we say goodbye for good.

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  • susan smith - June 26, 2015 - 4:19 am

    Awesome thank you so much = love it

    SueReplyCancel

  • Dolly - June 26, 2015 - 7:18 am

    Thanks Kerri! :DReplyCancel

  • Julie - June 26, 2015 - 7:20 am

    Fridays were always good – now there GREAT! Love the freebies – thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • Judy W. - June 26, 2015 - 9:36 am

    Thank you. Enjoy your weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - June 26, 2015 - 8:42 pm

    Thank you very much for the freebie!ReplyCancel

  • Joanne - June 27, 2015 - 1:02 am

    Thanks Kerri This will work in so many ways.ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn - June 27, 2015 - 6:34 am

    Thanks Kerri! I love this and have several ideas how I will use it! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • jill - June 30, 2015 - 2:44 am

Probably the most common way of altering a design to fit the size you need in Silhouette Studio is to grab those handles and pull and tug at them. But did you know there’s another way you can do it on many designs that doesn’t distort the shape?

Welllll, check it out!
(This technique is perfect for the planner kits too. :) )

  • vicki - June 24, 2015 - 5:28 pm

    awesome video! thank you! great tip that i wouldnt have tought of myself!ReplyCancel

  • Simona MacAngus - June 24, 2015 - 9:12 pm

    Very, very helpful!ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn - June 25, 2015 - 6:01 am

    Thank you for sharing such great tips!ReplyCancel

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With summer in full swing and the Fourth of July and Canada just around the corner, this is the perfect time to have a summer celebration!

And to start things off with a bang,
here’s a brand new holiday kit that you can pick up on sale for this week only.

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Be sure to check out all the kits in the store that have a sale price.
It only lasts until Sunday!

Planners have been around for a long time. Heck, I even made pages specifically for the group of people I worked with at WordPerfect over 20 years ago.

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I know. Wow, right? That’s some pretty high-tech work for waaaay back then. You try getting them printed right for duplexing properly for the month. :)

There’s something about organizing…about office supplies…keeping records…. I think many of us are in this boat–the love of supplies and what we can do with them. It’s kind of a craze, really.

But I think part of working at home has changed my way of thinking in that I don’t organize my thoughts and my work like I used to. I need to get back to basics and plan just to get things done. 

So this year I had plans to plan, but still haven’t got it all planned. But I’m starting. Baby steps, right?

And then when Layle asked for some specific planner items, I was more than happy to oblige. I had had some similar things I wanted to make for a travel album, but her ideas for using it in a planner setup?

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You can only imagine my absolute delight when I saw this creation I’m sharing here today. I’m going to let Layle do all the talking, but I completely adore this whole thing! Not only that, she’s making me even more motivated to get to a place that works for me. I need to get what’s in my head and out onto paper so that it’s visual and I won’t forget. I also may or may not even be ordering me more supplies. Can we ever have enough? 

She is sharing so many amazing tips here. Hello? The old playing card for washi tape???? Soooo going to do that!!!

I seriously love everything about this!

And now, without further ado, take it away Layle!

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I’ve been a habitual list maker all of my life.  Seriously.  If it needs to be done, I write it down on a list.  When it’s done, I check it off.  Sometimes, if it’s already done, I’ll still add it to my list and check it off.  Come on, I’m not the only one out there that does that, right?!  Makes me feel like I’m more productive when I do it that way :)  I even save some of my lists.  Call me crazy – my husband sure does! – but I have saved some lists that date back to more than 20 years ago!  That would be the list of people invited to our rehearsal dinner.  I also have the lists of baby names we were considering when we were pregnant with both of our boys, 18 and 16 years ago.  Like I said, call me crazy!

Usually my lists are on scratch pieces of paper, on sticky notes, on notepads, in spiral notebooks, in my planner – really whatever I have handy.  But recently I bought something to remedy all of those lists in all different places – a Faux Dori (a Midori is a specific brand, others are loosely called Faux Doris) and Traveler’s Notebooks.  If you’re not familiar with Traveler’s Notebooks, you can give them a quick Google search.
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I knew I wanted to spend some time customizing it to fit my specific needs, so I thought about how I wanted to customize it & how I wanted to organize all of my lists.  Then I emailed miss Kerri and asked her if she would consider creating some cut files, specifically for Travelers Notebooks.  And because she’s so awesome, she did!  And this is what I made – customized just the way I want it!
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I have 4 Travelers Notebooks in my Faux Dori, one for each type of lists I’m currently using.  The beauty of the Faux Dori and Traveler’s Notebooks is that you can easily slide them in and out through elastic bands, so you can constantly change things up.  I love that!

I started by cutting 4 different dividers using the Traveler’s Notebook Dividers set.  When cutting dividers, you’ll want to pay attention to which pattern you want on which side, these shown here ended up having the wrong side up, based on how I wanted to use them, so I ended up re-cutting!
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That Kerri, so brilliant & always thinking ahead!  When she created the Dividers set, she included different configurations for the number of tabs you might want to cut (from 1 tab to 5 tabs) and even tabs on the top as well as on the side!
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The dividers have tabs as part of the set, but rather than using the same pattern I cut the dividers from, I decided to create my own custom tabs.  After doing a quick Google search on how to do what I wanted in the Silhouette, I opened a new instance of the dividers, deleted the dividers so I just had the tabs, then added text to the tab shape, turned the text to white, turned the tab to black and then print & cut.  So easy, and so customizable!
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Here’s a little hint when you’re folding the tabs, or anything else you make, for that matter, that requires a fold.  I fold towards the inside first, then fold it back, the way that I want it to appear.  Why?  Have you ever noticed when you fold patterned paper, or paper that you’ve printed on, that the fibers of the paper break apart a little bit and the edge looks a little raw?  If you fold towards the inside first, the inside will have the raw edge and the outside will be (and stay!) nice and smooth!  Another hint – I ran the tabs through my Xyron to create stickers that way they should hold up to lots of handling and stay put!
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Once I had my tabs created, I cut a few folders from the Traveler’s Notebook Folders set.
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I used washi tape to adhere the folders to the Notebooks – that way I can remove and switch in and out as I want/need.  These folders are so handy to have in my Traveler’s Notebooks – perfect for holding things I might want to have handy when on the go.
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I love the slits Kerri has added on the front of the folders – they hold smaller bits and 3×4 cards fit perfectly.
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I love using washi tape in my Notebooks.  Here’s a hint to make your washi portable – I use old playing cards to wrap small amounts of washi.  As long as the playing cards are coated, you’re good to go!
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I added a scored 3×4 card to the inside front cover of the first Notebook in my Faux Dori.  When opened, I have my name and phone number in case I happen to lose it.  I stamped it with the ‘thank you’ stamp from the ‘For You’ stamp set – hoping that if I did lose it, that little preemptive ‘thank you’ might convince someone to call me to return it :)
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Let’s face it, ‘to do’ lists aren’t very exciting, and depending on what you have on them, they can even be daunting.  I spiced up my first to do list with a few stamps (from the One Fine Day and For You stamp sets) , stickers & die cuts.  And yes, I will do a little decorating on every page, even if it’s just a sticker or a stamp.  Gotta make it fun in order to get it done!
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As I mentioned, I have 4 different Travelers Notebooks in my Faux Dori right now.  My next step is to decorate them so they’re fun to work in, too!
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I cannot tell you how happy this Faux Dori makes me!  I love having Kerri’s cut files to be able to easily customize my set up to fit my needs, in a really fun & functional way!
  • Dolly - June 22, 2015 - 6:16 am

    Awesome planner Layle! So pretty TFSReplyCancel

  • Lorretta - June 22, 2015 - 8:52 am

    Thanks so much for sharing, Layle! This is just the inspiration I needed this morning. I’m headed on a trip with my sisters and wanted to make them each a little something. This is it! =)ReplyCancel

  • Sue FitzGerald - June 22, 2015 - 6:39 pm

    Love how the faux dori has been dressed up.ReplyCancel