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A journey can mean many things. It can be a literal trip from one destination to another or it can mean a path that takes your from one part of your life to another.

I’m coming up on my 50th birthday. Yes. I know. It’s hard to believe when you look this young. ;) But it’s true. I’ve lived hopefully only half my life, but it is definitely quite a few years and quite a few years of experiencing hard times, good times, beautiful places and the comforts of home.

I don’t know about you, but I have random thoughts enter my head. I’ll have an image pop in my head about a place I’ve been and before I know it, introspection creeps in.

Finally, I decided I needed to be writing these moments down.

That’s how the project, A Life Well Traveled, came to be. Thoughts accompanied by photos (when possible) of things I learned or experienced. Perhaps how it changed or affected me. I don’t know exactly where this journey will lead me or for how long, but my intention (I always have good intentions :) ) is to write once a week and share that here on the blog. I may choose a word that encompasses that thought or I may not. It’s all very organic and I’m just gonna go with the flow.

This perspective can also be different than when you’re in a moment. Many times when you document a trip or a moment, you’re recounting more of the time rather than anything introspective. And that’s where I wanted to go with this written and visual journey.

It is about my journeys.
It is about my perspectives.
It is about my life.

And I’d like to invite you to join me on this journey.

So grab a notebook, pen, and come along for the ride.

I plan on using my Webster’s Pages album and Midori traveler’s notebooks. I love the size and the fact that it’s a traveler’s notebook. It seems very apropos.

I wanted my cover to include a map because of all that ‘journey’ and ‘a life well traveled’ implies. And you know me and maps. I opted for the western side of the U.S. since I’ve lived in many of those states–born and spent half of my childhood in Oregon, lived in cities in Utah, Colorado and even Alaska (not shown ;) ) as well as North Carolina.

I found a map HERE, changed it to black+white in Photoshop, and removed the white background to make it a transparent PNG file. You can download what I used for both maps and covers HERE (it’s a large zip file). There are also two variations on the LIFE title cover. Mine says Life well traveled. The other one says Life is a journey. For me, Life well traveled is appropriate in so many ways. But for you, Life is a journey might be a little more vague and may work better for you. Or, you can use the map and make your own title.

I, of course, had to Minc-ify it using the champagne foil. :)

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After goldifying and trimming, I removed the staples from the Midori notebook and stapled on my new personal cover. And you may be asking, ‘Why not just make your own notebook?’ Well, I could have. But I like the weight of  the Midori paper and it’s all trimmed nice and pretty. Maybe someday I’ll make my own with the right paper, but for now…this’ll do.

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While my interpretation of this project will be leaning towards places I’ve been with accompanying thoughts, yours may have a different perspective. But the thoughts and questions you ponder can still apply.

To begin with, I thought I’d share an experience about a trip to Italy almost 20 years ago. I thought this particular moment was a great way to start off this new journey in my life.

 

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[ Designs | Weekend Workshop: The Pocket Book (labels) / Weekend Workshop: Getaway (word strips) / Journaling template (freebie)  Stamps | Maxwell Outline (alpha) and Yesterday (unexpected) ]


My journaling:

Going to Italy was a huge adventure. It was the first time I’d been out of the country (Alaska + Hawaii are far away, but still US). Foreign soil. Many languages. My children were young and I’d never been gone from them for a week, much less two.

While in Venice, Dan and I decided take a boat through the Grand Canal. Not speaking any Italian, we were unable to read the signs. we finally managed to get on a taxi boat, expecting it to go through the canal. Instead, we set off into the ocean. Well, to me it was ‘the ocean’. I believe it was just to go to the mainland stop, but it was open water–away from Venice.

Where were we going?

What did we do?

I said aloud, ‘I feel like I’m all alone.’

Dan reminded me, ‘You’re not alone. I’m with you.’


Eventually we headed back toward the beautiful island of Venice.

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It was sunset. We planned that correctly. As we passed the outside of the city, the buildings were all aglow because of the beautiful sunset. It’s something I’ll never forget. It’s something I never would have witnessed had we not gone the adventurous way, whether it was intentional or not.

While I have traveled many places, nothing ever put me quite out of my comfort zone as that moment. Not only what I saw will be forever embedded in my mind, but what I learned will be forever with me.

I learned:

  • I can be adventurous.
  • Things will work out.
  • If you get on the wrong path you can always hop onto another. (Thank heavens we didn’t have to do that here.)
  • Never be afraid to ask for help.

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Adventure: Your Perspective

Now it’s your turn. Here are some thoughts to get you started on this subject.

  • Was there a time you were outside your comfort zone?
  • How did it make you feel?
  • Was it a good or bad experience?
  • What did you learn from it?
  • Would you ever do it again?

I’m really excited to take on this documenting challenge and I hope you are too!

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A Life Well Traveled is a journey of thoughts, perspectives, and memories in visual form based on events in your life. A play on words, it can be anything from actual travels and afterthought perspective to personal journeys and lessons learned in your life.    

  • Jean Marmo - July 28, 2016 - 7:39 am

    This caught my eye for many reasons – the beautiful pages, your thoughts and the adventure in Venice. We were just in Venice in May with our two children and their spouses. We had an adventure ( not quite as exciting) when ordering dinner. My husband and daughter in law ordered fish. It took us a minute to realize the staff went to the display window and took the fish out of ice and brought them back to be cooked. They got the entire fish.

    I love this idea of a documenting not only this adventure but others.ReplyCancel

Well folks…we’ve come to the final day of our Christmas In July event! Can you believe this week is gone? It flew by…just like summer is flying by. (Shh…you may not know, but August is about a week away. Yeah. I said it.) And Christmas will truly be here before you even know it.

That’s why the time to get some of your Christmas craft-ees done is now.

I’m tagging you.

You’re it.

It’s time to run and and have some fun. I won’t tell your husband you may have put on some Christmas music for an hour either. C’mon. You know you want to do it. I’ve been humming tunes around the house myself. Aw shucks, I do that year ’round anyway. ;)

Here’s one last set of fabulous tags from our Miss Nichol. With the Christmas stamps it’s so easy to make something so fun and original!

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[ Designs | Office Tag.  Stamps | Better Not Pout + Oh What Fun ]

Here’s what Nichol has to say:

Tags are one of my favorite Christmas projects and a perfect project for Christmas in July! I love already having tags on hand when the holidays roll around. I die cut a bunch of Office Tags from white and black cardstock and did the same design on both tags only changing up the inks for the white cardstock set and black cardstock set. On the white tags I used dye inks and on the black tags I stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with multiple colors of embossing powder! I love the idea of creating multiples of a single design but mixing up the inks used for different looks!

I think what I love about this is the variety you can have with a stamp. Same stamps, different looks. And Nichol–as always–does an amazing job with it! I also love the Do Not Open on the bottom of the perforated tags. That just tickles my fancy! The tags are simple and beautiful!

Just a reminder the sale on Christmas kits and free shipping on the five Christmas stamps ends Sunday!

(Use the link on the right to purchase any of the five Christmas stamps or click HERE.)

And a huge shout out to the KBS creative team for doing such a wonderful job this week! They always amaze me with their ideas and creativity! Love them dearly.

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I love vintage things. I’m an old soul art heart. I grew up on a farm with a rich history and many saved items of those years.

So I had this idea to make a home decor item that fit the ‘old sign’ category. But I took it one step farther. If I was going to make a large sign, I didn’t just want it for Christmas, I wanted something that could be kept up in my home for fall and Christmas. A two-fer, if you will.

I found a large wooden tray at Hobby Lobby that was 20×13. It was exactly what I was looking for. Something already stained so that I didn’t have to mess with it. I would link you to it, but they don’t have it on their website. When I inquired with the store about ordering more for another project, she informed me they  have to order them in a stacking set of three–so there are two sizes smaller than this one. You purchase them individually in the store, but if they order some, they have to order the threesome. I’m not sure what the medium size is, ut the small one is 17.28×11.77.

I’m sure there are many surfaces you can use. But I loved the look of this one.

Let’s take a look at how I put the Christmas one together first:

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Nice staining, yes? Didn’t even have to do it. ;)

The first step is to size it for your tray and cut it in vinyl. Weed away the positive space to create a stencil.

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Be very careful of the itty bitties. I did lose a couple letter centers and just chalked it up to a ‘look’. ;) You could always cut just the centers out again, but I was too lazy to worry about it. (haha)

Once you get everything weeded, place your transfer tape on top. I like to only peel back a small portion, lay it down, and then carefully pull away the backing as I lay down the tape. That way you’re not trying to ‘tape’ the whole image.

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After you get it up on the tape, lay it down on your surface and carefully pull it away. Because I was working with wood, the surface isn’t as smooth and the vinyl has a tendency to pull. This project does take a little TLC while making it. You could choose to do the positive space and put it on a different surface, but I wanted the painted look and opted for the negative space to create my stencil.
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I used Delta paint with a foam brush, but didn’t load up the brush much. I dabbed around on the letters and then carefully wiped it horizontally, so as not to make it bleed. I did still have some issues where the wood was rougher than others. So be aware of that as well.

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I decided to do two light coats just to make sure I had a good painted image. I then removed the vinyl before it got too dry so that it wouldn’t peel any paint with it.

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And voila! It was beautimous!

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I loved the results! It wasn’t perfect. But what old sign is?

On the backside of the tray, the surface was unfinished. I decided that for the Pumpkin version that I’d rather have it white with black letters, so I painted it.

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Now remember, this is the back side. It is unfinished, shows nail holes, and is a bit rough. So what. ;) It just added to the ambiance. It was a little more difficult to work with, but it all worked out in the end.

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Two things happened when I did this. First, there was a groove where where the top line was, so it bled into the groove. Oh well. Second, when puling up the last bit of vinyl…it pulled up the paint. I may have done a little cursing, but then chalked it up to serendipitous distressing. I could have touched it up, but decided to leave it. It also ‘distressed’ a bit when pulling out the centers of the letters too. The wood is pretty soft and, well….cheap. So, it is what it is. It’s all part of the art. :) I may sand the edges too, but haven’t decided.

One other part to the art was a rectangle border. Because I was working with soft, unteven wood and placing vinyl wasn’t a smooth process, I opted to not try and make those straight lines. I thought about masking off the lines, but….not sure if I want to do that. We’ll see as time goes.

Those of you that follow me on social media probably saw a little different pumpkin being made. The more ‘delicate’ style is included in the kit–because really, they are my favorite–but they didn’t work so well when cutting in vinyl for a stencil. So there is a version with a bit of a more ‘hearty’ pumpkin to withstand the stencil need.

So there ya go! You can find the Holiday Signs kit in the store now.

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And now for the winner of yesterday’s giveaway?

That would be: b soohoo and friend Lynn

Congratulations! Email me at kerri@kerribradford.com and we’ll get ya all set!

  • Dolly - July 23, 2016 - 8:13 am

    that is just gorgeous Kerri! I think they would make lovely Christmas gifts…I may just have to do just that! :D TFSReplyCancel

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What would a Christmas in July event be without a little gift giving. That would just be so wrong, right? ;)

There are three places for you to enter to win a $25 download gift card for you and a friend. The more the merry-er, yes? Be sure to check out the KBS Instagram and Facebook pages for more places to enter!

To be entered here on the blog, leave a comment with your friend’s name and tell us what you’re most excited for when it comes to Christmas.

Winner will be drawn tomorrow!

  • Rebecca Fellows - July 21, 2016 - 6:48 am

    My friend is Cindy Hardman and I’ve started a new Christmas tradition in that I give my kids something that has to do with our ancestry. Last year I used my silhouette to make a printable of a Swedish quote. This year they’ll all get a Christmas Pickle to out on their Christmas tree. So excited!ReplyCancel

  • Barb - July 21, 2016 - 7:00 am

    My friend’s name is Nina – (just so happens she is my one and only sister and we are the best friends EVER and she is the one who got me into card-making!).

    What I’m most excited about for Christmas is our new grandbaby girl, Chloe, and that she makes it the first year to have a little one around for the Holidays. I can think of all sorts of crafting to do along this lines. A baby reminds me that Christmas is so much more than just presents!

    Thanks for the chance!ReplyCancel

  • Carla Jennings - July 21, 2016 - 7:08 am

    I would love to share this with my sister Marla and hope that we could have some playtime before ChristmasReplyCancel

  • Michelle Durheim - July 21, 2016 - 7:24 am

    Great idea to start Christmas projects earlyReplyCancel

  • Michelle Bradtke - July 21, 2016 - 7:26 am

    My friend is Jeannie Dulay, and one of my favorite Christmas traditions is attending her Annual Cookie exchange that always has a fun theme, using plenty of her scrap stash and Silhouette creations in the process.ReplyCancel

  • lenore - July 21, 2016 - 7:32 am

    I would love to share this with my friend Virginia who also is a crafter who like to play with new designs. I am most looking forward to seeing my daughter for Christmas who is working in Florida this year.ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne Boardman - July 21, 2016 - 7:34 am

    My friend is Amy Hass. My favorite Christmas tradition has been to gift my family and friends with a handmade Christmas ornament every year.ReplyCancel

  • Amy McCue - July 21, 2016 - 7:42 am

    Thanks so much for all you inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Laurie - July 21, 2016 - 7:47 am

    My friend is Danyale Lewis.

    What I like most about Christmas is family time. We have a huge family and it is so wonderful at Christmas to have us all together enjoying the holiday, cheer and food. It always a great reminder of how blessed I am! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Terrie - July 21, 2016 - 8:20 am

    I know my friend Pamela would love this as much as I do :) I’m looking forward to the Christmas music and lights! I love driving around and looking at all the lights people put on their houses. Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Thurman - July 21, 2016 - 8:25 am

    I would love to win this and I’m sure my bestie Christine Anderson would too😊.ReplyCancel

  • Gwen Lords - July 21, 2016 - 8:42 am

    Oh I love everything about Christmas, the smells, colors, the decorations. Well I don’t love the craziness of shopping but everything else. Especially gathering the family all together that is the best part of it! My friend is Andrea.ReplyCancel

  • Rae Ramses - July 21, 2016 - 9:02 am

    My friend Claudia and I usually have make and takes at her house for the holidays with our friends. We’d love to add some KBS to our crafty stash!ReplyCancel

  • HavenK - July 21, 2016 - 9:56 am

    Def my friend Pam. I love the spirit of giving and how the holidays can bring out the best and make strangers kind to one another.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina H - July 21, 2016 - 10:02 am

    My friend is my mom, Leslie.
    I’m usually excited for everything Christmas, but this year time has seemed to fly by way too fast and I’m not excited at all. But I do love spending time wth my family and having a few extra days off work.ReplyCancel

  • Peg - July 21, 2016 - 10:28 am

    My friends name is Carole and she is the one that got me into the Cameo Silhouette and to the Kerri Bradford classes. What I love for Christmas is to share with my friends and family lots of crafty items, crackers, tree decorations and home decor. I have already started on some Christmas items.ReplyCancel

  • Monique van Duren - July 21, 2016 - 12:01 pm

    My best friend is my sweet sister. We have so much fun crafting together. Love her very much.

    I look forward to decorate the tree. Then when we come home from work the Christmas tree with its cute lights on it, lit up our room and it is so cozy. Always love that.ReplyCancel

  • Karen K. - July 21, 2016 - 1:03 pm

    My “friend” is Laura Waltz. For me, Christmas is all about celebrating our Savior and the love He has for us. I celebrate by spending time with those I love, especially my family.ReplyCancel

  • Susan - July 21, 2016 - 1:09 pm

    I LOVE all of your ideas and products! Thanks for all the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Patterson - July 21, 2016 - 1:51 pm

    Thanks Kerri – Christmas is a time where all creativity comes flowing out – and giving is such a joy. I’m happy you have so many wonderful files to use for Christmas – makes for awe and joy!! My friend would be my daughter in law Kristi – we gave her a silhouette last year for Christmas – thanks for the chanceReplyCancel

  • Michelle ach - July 21, 2016 - 2:00 pm

    I’m most excited to celebrate with my 3.5to son and new baby girl! My friend is Lynn Reloza.ReplyCancel

  • Julie McMillin - July 21, 2016 - 2:16 pm

    My friend is my daughter Heather. We love crafting together – especially at Christmas!!ReplyCancel

  • BMartin - July 21, 2016 - 2:48 pm

    Scott is my best friend- we do everything together. I love just having time together and enjoying the moment.ReplyCancel

  • Jaci Nash - July 21, 2016 - 2:49 pm

    My friend is Kristen, we love making cards together. My favorite thing about Christmas is making gifts for people and watching my grandkids open their presents.ReplyCancel

  • Christi - July 21, 2016 - 3:00 pm

    My friend is Leah. She makes the most creative cards.
    I love everything about Christmas – the lights, the music, the decorations, the gatherings, the food…..ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Allcock - July 21, 2016 - 3:15 pm

    My friend Starla is probably the only person crafter than I am (in my circle). She does calligraphy, etches glass and rocks, scrapbooks and paints. She bought my smaller electronic cutter when I stepped up to the 12″ Cameo, and uses it frequently to make stencils for her designs.ReplyCancel

  • Peggy - July 21, 2016 - 3:26 pm

    Love your products @kimrod00ReplyCancel

  • Ericka Strange - July 21, 2016 - 3:41 pm

    My friend is Jessica who also loves crafting. The thing I’m looking forward to about Christmas is making Christmas cards and Christmas cookies!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen - July 21, 2016 - 4:39 pm

    My friend Sheree and myself are so looking forward to making Christmas tagsReplyCancel

  • Lynette - July 21, 2016 - 4:58 pm

    Seeing my two young kids get super excited about the season, and then telling me that we celebrate Jesus’ Birthday in the midst of the celebration! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kerrie - July 21, 2016 - 5:18 pm

    My friend is my daughter Jade & what I love most about Christmas is seeing her again.ReplyCancel

  • Nashonne - July 21, 2016 - 5:39 pm

    My friend’s name is Nicole Davis. I’m most excited about documenting the Christmas season. I did December Daily for the first time in 2015 and LOVED it! Have been preparing already for 2016.ReplyCancel

  • 3kidmama - July 21, 2016 - 5:46 pm

    My friend, Cheri and I love making crafts for Christmas time. When I got married 30yrs ago, we lived on a shoestring budget and that first Christmas had very little to decorate our little place for Christmas. That led to a family tradition when our children came along of gifting them an ornament every yr so they would have a collection of Christmas items to use in their own homes one day.

    Last yr, I also made each of my 3 girls a KB “Jingle all the way” shadow box! They LOVE them!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Davis - July 21, 2016 - 6:19 pm

    I choose my sweet daughter-in-law, Mary Davis! She loves her Silhouette also! I enjoy getting out that tree the weekend after Thanksgiving (Friday if possible!) and we decorate and eat left-over Turkey, etc.! This year I will have 4 grandbabies helping to decorate! Thank you so much for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - July 21, 2016 - 6:27 pm

    I chose my daughter, Dana, because she helps keep me inspired. She is the creative one, I just copy, by the way thanks for all your inspiring ideas!!!! I love Christmas, we decorate early too but I love getting out my Dickens Houses and making them come to life.ReplyCancel

  • Lara Read - July 21, 2016 - 6:45 pm

    Jana Mangum is my friend. I just love having family all together.ReplyCancel

  • Cindee - July 21, 2016 - 7:11 pm

    I inherited the crafting gene from my mother Peggy, who is over the top talented in everything she does. I love your digital cut files and I can’t wait to use the Christmas ones I bought during the sale this week. I’m thinking a day of crafting with my mom and daughters is the perfect way to kick off the Christmas season!ReplyCancel

  • Nita K. - July 21, 2016 - 7:14 pm

    My friend is Katey. I most look forward to music and movies for the Christmas holidays.ReplyCancel

  • Mel H - July 21, 2016 - 7:33 pm

    My friend is my niece Jennifer. I’m looking forward to Christmas cookies!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Brooks - July 22, 2016 - 1:00 am

    My friend is Corki and I’m looking forward to sharing an American Christmas with our Chinese exchange student!ReplyCancel

  • Lycia - July 22, 2016 - 6:15 am

    My daughter Emily will be giving birth to my 2nd grandchild (and first granddaughter) right before Christmas. What better gift could I wish for???? <3ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Smith - July 22, 2016 - 7:06 am

    I would love to share this with my mom, Kimberly who shares my love of Christmas. Looking forward to taking some time off work and spending quality time with my family.ReplyCancel

  • Carri - July 22, 2016 - 7:41 am

    My friend Kim would love to win. I am looking forward to decorating the house and making the gifts look beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • b soohoo - July 22, 2016 - 7:46 am

    My friend Lynn and I craft together. I’m looking forward to family reunions during the holidays!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Scott - July 22, 2016 - 8:23 am

    My friend is Randall Scott. I am looking forward to making holiday goodies for my family and decorating!ReplyCancel

  • Stacie D - July 22, 2016 - 10:20 am

    My friend’s name is Jessica Frank. We both love Christmas and creating fun projects in our classrooms with our students! They are so proud of what they make for their family!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy Lewis - July 22, 2016 - 6:42 pm

    My friends name is Laine and she is just learning to use her Silhouette Portrait. She would really learn a lot from your Silhouette videos… Please choose us!!ReplyCancel

  • Megan Harp - July 24, 2016 - 12:59 pm

    My friend’s name is Dawn Freeman! I’m always excited about Christmas! Think I’m most looking forward to spending time with loved ones!!ReplyCancel

Before we get started, if you’re looking for the Christmas stamps, including the two that are brand new this week, please use the link to the right. All is explained there.

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Not only did I put the challenge out to my beauty of a creative team to make items you can prepare ahead of time–like tags or cards, but I also loved the thought of Christmas decor or gift giving, even. Anything you can do now to save you time later is the best!

And our Miss Laura took that challenge and ran with it! Her canvases are beyond amazing. I’m going to let her tell you all about it….

 

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I’m not one to do altered projects very often, but when Kerri mentioned “home decor” as something fun she’d like to see for this week, I had the perfect idea. I have two 12×12″ frames that hang by my front door year-round. I like to keep our Christmas decor super simple, and one of the three areas that I actually decorate in the house is our entryway by the front door. I had the idea to create two 12×12″ altered canvases that could be hung in place of those frames during the Christmas holiday.

 

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I knew I would keep the canvases pretty simple, overall, but I did want to make sure they had some texture and interest to them. This is where a few cut files from Kerri, along with some Silhouette chipboard, came in. I also used chalkboard paint, texture paste, silver metallic paint, silver glitter paint, and some black misting spray. All of these combined gave me just the texture I was looking for.

I picked out a circle background from the More Background Basics kit, and cut two of them at 6″ in size. While it would have been much easier to work with one large piece, to cover the entire canvas, the circles would have been much larger than I wanted if I had cut it at 12″ in size. So I just used the 6″ background piece as my stencil, and move it around as needed. I also picked out two Christmas words from Merry Everything kit to feature on my canvases, and cut each one three times from the chipboard. The Silhouette chipboard is on the thin side, but it’s easy enough to layer 2-3 pieces together, to make a thicker word.

 

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1.  Cut circle background (to use as a stencil) and words from Silhouette chipboard; cut 3 of each word to layer together for extra thickness.

2. Lay die cut circle stencil on canvas and spread texture paste over stencil; lift stencil carefully and move around canvas until entire canvas is covered.

3. Once texture paste is dry, paint entire canvas with 2 coats of metallic silver paint.

4. Paint entire canvas with 2 coats of silver glitter paint.

 

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5. Once glitter paint is dry, spritz canvases with black misting spray.

6. Adhere chipboard words together; paint each word with black chalkboard paint.

7. Once paint dries, “condition” chalkboard paint by rubbing a piece of white chalk over paint.

8. Using a slightly damp rag, rub chalk in a circular motion until you get the look you desire.

 

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Once the canvases and my chipboard words were painted and dry, I adhered a word to each canvas, in the bottom right corner using glue dots.

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I wanted to add a little something else to the canvases, but nothing that stood out too much. I remembered these silver glittered enamel dots that I’ve had forever, and they were the perfect, simple embellishment. I adhered a handful of the enamels to each canvas, adding them to the centers of the circles.

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Okay.

Seriously?

seriously.

Those are absolutely stunning! These girls never cease to amazing me. I never in a million years would have thought of that. Laura makes it look so easy and wonderful!

Beautiful job Laura!

  • lois paulo - July 21, 2016 - 4:38 am

    oh my God this is the most amazing project ever! thank you for sharing your creativity and the “how to”.
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Before we get started, if you’re looking for the Christmas stamps, including the two that are brand new this week, please use the link to the right. All is explained there.

 

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I think that half of gift giving is the packaging. You want to dress up that awesome little gift, but you may not have the time to do that come December and so you wind up doing what I do, which is tissue paper and a bag.

Well, that’s what this week is for. To help you get ahead of the game so that come the holiday season, you have several things prepped and ready to go.

And that’s what Miss Maggie’s project is all about!
Let’s have her tell us about this beauty of an idea:

Merry Christmas (in July!) 

Maggie here with quick & easy idea for creating completely customizable tags that can be used for all of your gift-wrapping this holiday season! 

*OK…confession…typing that last sentence (in the middle of summer) made me a little bit panicky.*

Now, one of my very favorite things about Christmas is the gift-wrapping, so I’m always looking for fun ways to make the packages that I’m giving look beautiful.

This year, the Merry+Bright & Hollyberry Wreath files will be helping me do just that…

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To create this tag (which can also be used as an ornament!),

I started by opening the .png files of both designs in Silhouette Studio.

I eyed-up the sizes I thought would look good and traced and outlined both designs.

Now, I knew that I wanted to create foiled looks for my tags so I added the extra step of filling in my designs in black and using the print and cut feature to print my words & wreaths on my laser printer. I cut my designs with my Silhouette & foiled them with my Minc machine.*

*you can see in Kerri’s post here on how the Minc & Kerri’s designs work together. No Minc? No worries! Use patterned paper or colored cardstock to create beautiful tags!

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After my designs were cut & foiled I assembled them.

I cut some vellum circles and used them as a background for my “merry AND bright” – I love the way the vellum acts not only as an inconspicuous background to glue my words to, but it also kind of breaks up the foil-on-foil look of the two designs together.

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A simple piece of baker’s twine threaded through the wreath and vellum and my tag is done!

And I love that I can make these tags coordinate with any gift I’m giving!

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Brilliant, Miss Maggie! I love the idea of making an image into a print+cut you can foil! Everything is better in shiny stuff, right? ;)

These are just beautiful. So make yourself a little stack of these babies, put them in an envelope, and you are good to go come the holiday season.

perfection!

  • Linda Vanorio - July 19, 2016 - 7:12 am

    Love, Love, Love these wonderful tags!ReplyCancel

  • christi in ma - July 20, 2016 - 12:56 pm

    Did the foil on the cardstock make it harder for the Silhouette to cut the images?ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - July 20, 2016 - 5:56 pm

      I believe she printed and cut it in the black from a laser printer and then ran them through her Minc. So the Silhouette never actually cut the foiled part. :)ReplyCancel

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Oh this is going to be one very merry week! This is the time of year many people start wanting to get ahead of the Christmas game and get a little preparation done while in the lazy days of summer.

And boy do we have some great stuff all week long to help you there!

The first item of business are two brand new stamp sets: Better Not Pout and Oh What Fun!

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What I love about some of the options on these two stamps is that you can mix them up. For example, there are two additional choices to work with Holidays. Add HAPPY or THE to the upper left side above the H in Holidays to change the sentiment. You can also use just the word JOY and combine it with TO THE WORLD. You could use just the word CHRISTMAS with the word CHEER.

And I think my favorite design in the whole bunch is the Christmas tree made from hand-drawn lines. I like when I use an actual pen to make something. ;)

As usual, these come in both physical and digital stamps. The digital stamps can be found in the store, but to order the physical stamps, we have to do a little work around due to glitch in the store that’s proving to be more of an issue than anticipated. You can purchase the physical stamps from THIS PAGE–bypassing the KBS store and purchasing directly through PayPal.

You’ll also find last year’s three Christmas stamps there because this glitch affects stamps we’ve reordered too.

And right now you can get free shipping on all five of these stamps during our Christmas In July week! Yahoo!

Additionally, you can save 30% on Santa’s Workshop and all Christmas kits through Sunday as well! No code needed. You can find all these goodies in the KBS sleigh HERE.

yeah, baby!

Now, wanna see these stamps in action? Yeah, me too. And we have something absolutely amazing from our Miss Paige!

Check it out!

Christmas Tags 1 by Paige Evans
Christmas Tags 4 by Paige Evans

[ Designs | Digital Stamps: Better Not Pout + Digital Stamps: Oh What Fun ]


I know what you’re thinkin’….oh me oh my!

Yeah, me too!

Love all the wonderful colors. They are all so simple yet full of so much character. Love ’em! Great use of the digital stamps! (To make a cut file, bring PNGs into Silhouette and do a Trace on them.)


Here’s what Paige has to say:

To make these tags I used an assortment of festive images from the Oh What Fun and Better Not Pout sets. Sometimes I moved the words around to better fit on the tag space, but most of the time I just centered them and then die cut them from white cardstock. I also cut some plain white cardstock tags to back the tags once I finished decorating them. I backed all of the die cuts with patterned paper first and then worked on each card one at a time to embellish. The last step was tying ribbon through the holes. Quick and easy and they’ll be so fun to add to presents!

Can you imagine having these already to go in your stash? Your recipient will be in awe! And if they like crafts, they’ll keep it to put in their December album. ;)

love.

It’s gonna be a really great week folks!

  • Dolly - July 18, 2016 - 8:44 am

    SO stinkin’ cute! TFS Kerri!ReplyCancel

  • Anna - July 22, 2016 - 6:33 pm

    So inspiring! I’ve been trying NOT to think of Christmas approaching but this makes me feel like I can actually be excited about it :) Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful ideas!ReplyCancel

Alright. I know so many of you have been anxiously awaiting to get this month’s stamps. This forever long weekend has had me all in a whirl with IT people on vacation and such. And it could still be a couple more days before the issue can be resolved.

So until we can get this little store issue fixed, we’re kickin’ it old school where you can purchase Side By Side and Side By Side Extras using PayPal directly vs. going through the KBS store.

You can purchase these two physical stamp sets only using their corresponding Add To Cart buttons here in this blog post.

Please note: This is for U.S. Residents Only.
Shipping/Handling is added at checkout.

We appreciate your patience with us on this and hopefully this will work until we can get it added into the KBS store.

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Side By Side | $16.99




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Side By Side Extras $14.99




  • Kary - July 5, 2016 - 9:22 am

    You might want to add a price to this post :)ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - July 5, 2016 - 10:49 am

      Done. Sorry, not used to including the prices because it always shows in the actual store. :)
      And it does show it in PayPal after clicking on the Add To Cart button.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - July 6, 2016 - 7:39 pm

    Thanks Kerri! Can’t wait to get the stamps!!ReplyCancel