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Brand New Class: Here There Everywhere

I have been waiting and waiting to do this class. It’s been percolating for months now. If you didn’t already know this about me….

i love to travel.

And last fall when my hubby and I decided to get out of town for the upcoming winter, I thought that making a travel journal was going to be so cool to do ‘on the road’. But it’s funny how desires change. I think all the traveling we did from September to December completely burned us out and we had no desire to go anymore. Which was a good thing because of all the crazy bad weather the south had. So we chose wisely. ;) But that’s still something I want to do–and take my little Epson Charm printer with me too!

Because of my love for travel, I have done my share of travel journals, including one for Creating Keepsakes’ KOTM. I love the interactiveness that a travel journal can have. But I also love simplicity and capturing my memories quickly. However, with all the products available out there, it isn’t always easy to get the color scheme or the size or the words that you need.

That’s where this class can help you out! 

beauty-shot-everywhere

Here’s a bit of the Description: 
Our proverbial suitcase is practically busting at the seams–over the weight limit for sure. I had to sit on it to get everything to fit and zipped up. But, boy oh boy, we are going to some great places in our little design world!

This class is all about using Silhouette Studio to make elements that can be used for trips from sea to shining sea. We’re talking paper, tags, shapes, special effects, maximizing your art, and everything in between. Expanding your Silhouette skills making specific elements is a must as well. And even if you don’t have an occasion to use ‘that palm tree’ in your vacation memories, the skills you use to create a shape like that can be used for many other designs to come. And I love me some interactive goodies too.


One Size Does Not Fit All
The beauty of this class is that it is adaptable to whatever size or format you’re needing. Take the interactive elements and use them on a page or use them as a page. Decorative elements can be added as dimension to a 3×4 card–or as a graphic element on the card itself that we make in class. You get to choose your color scheme, your sizes, your style…whatever you need to make the album fit you. Of course you can follow along and make your album like mine–with different photos, of course. ;) My album is 6×8 and consists of cardstock pages, photo pages, interactive elements and pocket page protectors. There will be predefined color schemes to help get you started as well.

In addition I will be sharing so many tips and tricks and my own personal–and usually very guarded–collection of titles to help you record your travel memories quickly and efficiently. There will also be a bonus lesson to show how I create handwritten titles and accents to use in Studio. Chances are you may have a similar setup so you can do the same.

Go. Go. Go.
My particular album focuses on all the many places I traveled last year, so we’ll be covering themes that can apply to trips you may have taken or will be taking–like the amusement park, the beach, the great outdoors, the big city, and who knows where else. You’ll come away with so many ideas, you’ll be sitting on your own proverbial suitcase to get it all in.

This class is jam-packed with a variety goodness.
Oh, and let us not forget the usual freebies that always accompany a KBS class (a $10 value).


Book Now and Save!

Book your ‘travel plans’ now through April 15 only, (hey, it’s a good date to remember) and you will receive this travel-themed brush-script style kit for free! 

Let


A $6 dollar value.



But wait, there’s more!

(You know I love to say that.)


If you sign up before class starts on Monday, May 19, you save $5 off the purchase price. 
(Price already reflected in the store.)


That’s a total savings of $11.

Yep. Good stuff! I’m so excited about this class!
Can’t wait!

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Please note: Due to the release of the brand new Silhouette Studio version 3, that’s what I will be recording with. Hopefully within the next few weeks bugs will be worked out–and hopefully I won’t get too much grief either. ;) At this point, I’m not sure what may be differ during the design process, so if you’re using the older version of the software, there may be discrepancies.
Candy Bryant - April 3, 2014 - 11:51 am

Aloha Kerri, Been seeing posts about the new version of Silhouette. Do you recommend we download it now or wait until the bugs are worked out? It sounds like we lost features and the new ones sound confusing. How can there not be a cut line, no cut, perforate, etc? One blogger recommended keeping the last version when updating. How could you do that? Your new class sounds like fun, but could also turn into a “bug hunt” with all the confusion surrounding the new version. I hope you can help us figure it out. Mahalo nui.

Kerri - April 3, 2014 - 12:12 pm

I know…it’s pretty crazy right now! When I saw that a new, quite significant, version was out–knowing what I was going to be doing with a new class–I was a bit freaked, to say the least. lol I really don’t have a choice but to use the new software to make the new class unless I want to rerecord it all again later…and I don’t want that. lol Since the class doesn’t start for 6+ weeks, hopefully the more experienced Studio users will have helped the less experienced users transition it as well as Silhouette will make some improvements to the software as it goes.

Therfore, I probably would hold off updating for at least a couple weeks. There’s no rush. I NEVER jump on the major update bandwagon because there are always bugs, but I had to this time.

I use a Mac with 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion) and so far so good, other than it’s sluggish, which bugs me big time. I hate the animated menus for that same reason. I wish I could turn it off.

When I installed the new version, it recognized that I had the old one still there and gave me the option to keep both, so I did. That’s nice. I don’t know how you can go about reverting back if you needed to other than to look for a similar file that you would have downloaded previously.

I would imagine that for the most part, the features used in the class will be the same between the two versions. There will just be a different look. There may be something new that might be pretty cool to use though. But I would think that overall, the usage should be about the same if you didn’t update.

I’m hoping to stay out of the bugs myself. Could be an interesting few weeks. ;) If you hear some sailor words being yelled out into the universe, it’s just me encountering issues. lol

Sandy Evans - April 3, 2014 - 3:04 pm

Well I just jumped in with both feet and downloaded the new version of Silhouette. I love my Silhouette and have always gotten excellent customer service that I just didn’t even think of having a problem.
But back to the new class, Kerri I have brought every class you have sold (those at Jessica’s and the ones you have added to your blog) and sad to say I have only done 1 and 1/2 of all the classes I have brought. :-( I have told myself I wasn’t going to buy anymore till I finished all the ones I have, but of course I am going right now to order your new class. You are so amazing Kerri. Someday I will get time to do all the ones I have. Really hoping I can start this class when it begins, maybe I could finish it if I did.

Kerri - April 3, 2014 - 3:12 pm

Sandy, I totally hear ya! I’m that way too. Sign up for a class and just kind of lightly do it. It’s like I’m a magazine reader but then really only look at the pics. Books? pffffff. Just never have time to sit and enjoy what’s in front of me. I think it’s that fast-paced A.D.D. thing that makes it hard to just sit down and do something like a class or read a book. I don’t even hardly read blogs…I just look at them for the pictures. lol

Kimberly O. - April 3, 2014 - 3:36 pm

Yay! A new class using the new version of Silhouette Studio! :) I have all of your classes and I just finished “Just Add Color”. I downloaded and installed version 3 this morning. I had heard from a friend that supposedly .studio files created with previous version wouldn’t open, but I was able to open the ones that I tested.

So.. will you be redoing your existing classes? (I’m not saying *I* need that, just curious.)

Sandy Evans - April 3, 2014 - 3:59 pm

Darn, I didn’t think about doing your older classes now that the new version is out. Wonder if I will still be able to figure out how to do them????
That will make me very very sad if I can’t do the ones I have brought…. :-(

Kerri - April 3, 2014 - 4:14 pm

Sandy, yeah…that’s a good thought. My guess is that most of what’s done in class will still be doable in the new software. There may be small changes or advancements in the new software that hopefully won’t make much aof a difference.

But on that note, I’ve posted this to my FB and will do it here:

If you have signed up for any of my classes, I would recommend making sure that you complete the class first before updating so that you can follow along exactly with the video instruction.

I would imagine much will be the same, but I’m guessing there will be some differences along the way.

It will be quite time intensive to re-record all the videos with the new software and I don’t foresee doing it any time soon with a new class in progress combined with the bugginess of the new software. I want to wait until things work a little more smoothly before jumping into re-recording. I have a feeling it’s going to get crazy recording this new Here There Everywhere travel class. I can already see some issues in the software that’s going to give me grief.

You have a few weeks to get your current classes done before this new one comes out. So wait to update until you’re done and then you should be good to go. I would think a few weeks will make a difference on updates with Studio as well.

If you have friends that have signed up for my classes too, please share this thought with them or on your FB page or groups or message boards. I want to get the word out.

Thanks!

Sandy Robinson - April 3, 2014 - 4:19 pm

Yay! I’m in!!!

Sandy Evans - April 3, 2014 - 6:06 pm

:-( I have already downloaded the new version… hopefully when I every get around to doing the older classes I have brought from you Kerri you will be able to help me through them.
Sandy

Kerri - April 3, 2014 - 6:18 pm

I’m always just a keystroke away Sandy. :)

sandy evans - April 3, 2014 - 6:26 pm

Thanks Kerri…:-)
that makes me feel a LOT better.

Kerri - April 4, 2014 - 1:34 pm

Sandy, the old version of the software is available under the Support link on the Silhouette America website. If you wanna go back…go back, my friend. Scroll down the page there and you’ll see it.

Thought that might help ya out. :)

Lori - April 4, 2014 - 2:49 pm

I just signed-up and I am SO excited! I’ve done all your classes and have LOVED them all! I used to be “scared” of the Silhouette machine, but you have changed all of that. :) I downloaded the Designer Software update and it looks amazing–love the fresh interface. One question: do we get the “Let’s Go” brush script titles when class starts? Thanks! Have a lovely weekend.

Lori - April 4, 2014 - 2:57 pm

Just got the download link for the travel themed brush script titles with my store receipt–woo hoo! Thanks, Kerri!

Kerri - April 4, 2014 - 2:59 pm

Thanks for all your sweet words Lori. I”m glad you love your baby. :) It is pretty awesome, right?

As for the Let’s Go kit, you should have a download link for it in your confirmation email. You should also be able to access it through your account online.

Let me know if it’s otherwise though. :)

Kerri - April 4, 2014 - 3:10 pm

awesome! :)

Saundra - April 5, 2014 - 2:39 pm

I downloaded the new Silhouette software V3 also. I like the new look and I like the new features, however, it is slower than molasses and then freezes up and I have to close it. Mind you I have a brand new computer with many gigs of memory and storage space and the only thing I have on it is my Silhouette software, so I don’t understand why it won’t run correctly. It is really irritating to me as I was just about to start the Easter cards for my grandchildren. Grrrrr. I hope they get it fixed soon. You can’t even get anywhere near talking to customer service on the phone either. My husband is a software engineer and he said the way they rolled out this upgrade was insane, they should have notified us first. Also, I didn’t get an option to save the older version when I downloaded the new version, I wish I had.

Kerri - April 5, 2014 - 2:46 pm

Hey Saundra!
Go farther down on that download screen on the Silhouette site and you can get the older version to put back on your machine. :)

Kerri

julie - April 6, 2014 - 5:52 pm

Kerri,
Just to confirm this is a self pace class that will be open forever. I’m on vacation the week it’s released so I’ll be able to take it whenever. Right?

thanks
julie

Kerri - April 6, 2014 - 5:58 pm

You bet! Same as always.
Self-paced…access forever. :)

Tammy Davis - April 10, 2014 - 6:53 pm

Okay, I am all signed up! I couldn’t stand NOT taking the class! We have never been very much into traveling, but surely I can adapt it to a trip to the park, etc. Love your classes, Kerri!

a little quiet here

I know it’s been a little on the quiet side of things here. I’ve got something fun up my sleeve. Won’t be long now. Thought I’d give you a tiiiiiny sneak of what’s been going on in my little studio the past few days….besides having to give a talk in church yesterday. Oy! So glad that’s over. 

hello-florida


Nope. Not in Florida. This was a picture that we took when we were there last fall. :)

Michele - March 31, 2014 - 3:27 pm

:O what a teaser!!! LOL

Kathleen D - April 1, 2014 - 7:18 am

I love it Kerry! Great photo + great art work!

Mary Ann Yost - April 1, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Something fir HSN?

i love color.

What can I say?

I just do.

So many beautiful shades and so many wonderful sparks of creation that it can ignite.

Every once in a while I go on a color hunt, and last night was one of them.

Pinterest. Isn’t it awesome?

I was seriously in heaven.

I pin them all, but you know what else I like to do?
I like to put them all onto an artboard in Illustrator.

In the immortal words of Bert on Mary Poppins, isn’t it beeee-u-ih-ful?

color-montage

(All these are pinned, so if there’s a source you’re looking for, go check it out on my Pinterst board.)


There’s no rhyme or reason. I have no idea what I’ll do with them. Just snagged the deliciousness that caught my eye. I was obviously in more of a spring+summer mood.

Just too many gorgeous colors to not put into my own little color world.

And that would be the fruits of my labor last night.

yolande k - April 7, 2014 - 10:18 pm

Je suis comme toi, c’est pourquoi je laisse Pinterest de côté car j’y passerai des heures…
Bises

send me a postcard

Postcards are great to pick up while on a trip. You can often find a great slice of life where you are without actually having to go to the same vantage point.

I love picking them up just for fun wherever I go.

But what I love even more are the look of vintage postcards.
But those aren’t exactly within your reach.

Or are they….

postcard-montage

[ These were printed on my Epson PictureMate Charm and photographed on my iPhone. ]


While working on a particular project, I thought it would be so cool to have some vintage postcards to be a part of it. But where on earth would I find them???

Then the thought occurred to me . . . make my own. 

It’s so easy to vintagefy (yeah, it’s a word) a photo these days! Just add some words using a retro-looking style font to a photo that you took on your trip–with a retro  filter of some kind added, of course–and voila! You’ve got yourself your very own vintage postcard!

So let’s take a look at this picture from NYC. I use an in-camera app called Camera Noir to give this a vintage black and white feel. I added my text in Photoshop and got this:

photo-nyc-postcard


So easy!

Then I took it one step further. I used Rad Lab to add some various stylets to get a vintage and faded look. Curved my text on this one, added a little border and got this look:

photo-sun-valley-postcard


A couple extra steps, but still, very easy.

Then I decided I wanted to get really creative. Many of those vintage photos are sketches or paintings of the town. I wanted to achieve a similar look–just to see if I could. So I pulled out my trusty Filter Gallery in Photoshop and added a Dry Brush Artistic filter in addition to the Texturizer Texture filter and got started in on this one. Then I pulled up my favorite Rad Lab and started playing away with a whole assortment of filters. When it comes to something like this, the only thing you can do is play because every photo–color, subject, contrast–is different and these filters and stylets will have a different affect on each one.

After all that playing, I added a red section and shadowed title. Next, I added  a paper background and changed Blending Mode to Multiply (taking down the Opacity a little), and this is what I got:

photo-tower-bridge-postcard


And here it is close up so you can see the detail:

photo-tower-bridge-postcard-close


And in case you were wondering what this photo started out as–unedited? Yeah, crazy right?


photo-tower-bridge-normal


Combine my love of travel with my love of photography and mix it in with my other love of all things vintage?

This was fun for me. :)

Rebecca - March 27, 2014 - 4:08 pm

You are just a genius. I’m in love with these.

{dawn} - March 28, 2014 - 7:27 am

Totally love this idea..umm – totally love ALL of your ideas! However, my Photoshop skills are nowhere near yours. Recently (around Christmas when I had bought your “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” file) I found that I can do this on Designer Silhouette. I adjust my photo on Picassa, import it into Silhouette, and bring on one of your files – adjusting the opacity/color, etc. – all skills learned from your classes! Yeah! I feel so talented! Thanks, Kerri!!

Vicki - March 28, 2014 - 3:42 pm

What a great idea! I need to start working on learning photoshop.

yolande k - April 7, 2014 - 10:16 pm

Super idée !!! Je n’ai pas photoshop, mais je peux obtenir cet effet peinture avec mon Picas ! Merci encore Kerri !
Bises

more happy stuff

It appears I can’t stop writing these days.
It’s kind of an addiction, really.

It’s like people who crochet while watching tv….
only I’m keeping my hands busy with writing.

As a result? Here’s another happy handwritten kit for y’all.

happy-stuff


Seventeen handwritten brush-script style words to happy up your pages.


And just like the Just Because kit was on sale over the weekend, this one is on sale too! Save yourself  $1.50 through Thursday. The sale price goes away after that day.


These past couple kits are made a little differently in that while it looks like a set of words may be all one connected title, they are actually separate words. This way you can use them individually or rearrange on your page as needed.

So when you open a design, it’ll look a little something like this:

script-sample-1


Separate words that can easily be Welded into one lovely title or used separately. Refer to the image above (also in kit) for an idea of how to layer it all up together. And if you’re using the DXF image? Make sure you turn it into a Compound Path first before welding it together.

And if you wanted a little bolder look? Simply add an Offset like I did here. I used an Offset of .015. Both are filled with black just so you can see it better.

script-sample-2


This way you can mix things up depending on your mood.

And if you’re like me?
Your mood changes frequently. :)

Sue FitzGerald - March 25, 2014 - 5:05 pm

Just keep on writing, I’m happy ;-)

yolande k - April 7, 2014 - 10:10 pm

Merci beaucoup pour cet atuce Kerri !
Biz’

new kit: just because

Poppin’ in real quick with a weekend special on a brand new kit! 
Sixteen handwritten brush-script style words . . .just because.

And you can save $1.50 on this kit
now through Monday!

just-because


I like to keep you on your toes here at KBS.
You never know what surprises I might have up my sleeve.

(Do I insert an evil laugh here?)

Pattu Wnek - March 23, 2014 - 1:44 pm

Yes, I do hear the evil laugh…but it makes me happy. Thanks for the Sunday surprise. I love this kit and can’t wait to use it.

friday freebie  •  spring

Yesterday.

The first day of spring.

It’s coming.

I can feel it.

Mother Nature taunts us with it from time to time.
(Oh she is an evil thing.)

I’m seeing more green, buds…blossoms even.

I can’t wait to sit outside and enjoy some fresh air . . . like every day.

I want to work outside.

And all this can only add up to one thing.

this.

spring-script2


A Friday Freebie.

To download this–forever free–click HERE.


It’s a start, right? :)

Have a wonderful weekend.
Hopefully you’ll have a touch of spring mixed in for reals.

Lenise Braziel - March 21, 2014 - 6:15 am

Thank you!

Susan Kopp - March 21, 2014 - 6:15 am

Thanks Kerri, I desperately need Spring……tired of winter!!!

Ruth G - March 21, 2014 - 6:40 am

I’m with you! It’s been a very long, cold winter! Spring is so wonderful as everything comes back to life! Thanks so much for the fabulous freebie and kind thoughts!

Karen - March 21, 2014 - 6:49 am

Thanks Kerri!

Dolly - March 21, 2014 - 6:59 am

Thanks so much Kerri!

Maribel - March 21, 2014 - 7:38 am

Totally love it, thank you!

Vanessa Miles - March 21, 2014 - 9:34 am

Love it…keeps spirits up even though snow is in the five day forecast for the Northeast AGAIN!

Jeannie - March 21, 2014 - 10:13 am

Thank you! Lovely handwritten word.

Ruthie Lopez - March 21, 2014 - 11:09 am

Thank you! lovely title!

Sandra ltb - March 21, 2014 - 12:44 pm

Thank you!
have a great weekend!
Sandra ltb

vicki - March 21, 2014 - 5:51 pm

Thank you!!

Paige - March 21, 2014 - 6:52 pm

Cute! Thanks!

Kathi Z - March 21, 2014 - 11:08 pm

Thanks so much Kerri! Have a great weekend!

Kathy N - March 21, 2014 - 11:44 pm

Thank you! Happy Spring!

Sue Kment - March 22, 2014 - 12:09 am

Thanks!

Patty G. - March 23, 2014 - 12:01 pm

Love this, Kerri! Thanks for all your freebies! Off to pick up that new brush script word kit of yours, too!

Angela Daly - March 24, 2014 - 6:26 pm

Thanks a lot , love your designs

yolande k - April 7, 2014 - 10:07 pm

Merci beaucoup Kerri !

my favorite things  •  fiskars scissors

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I can’t remember exactly when I bought my first pair of Fiskars Soft Touch Micro Tip scissors. I’m thinking 12 or 13  years at least.  Maybe even longer. And I have to say, I have never and will never use another pair of scissors for crafting again.

That little spring-loaded handle of perfection is ideal for precise cutting. Now granted, I don’t have to do as much precise cutting as I used to. Hello? Remember when we used to cut our own titles of cardstock using stencils or reverse printing? But there’s something magical about being able to hold those scissors in the palm of your hand.

scissors2


Sooooo much more control!

There’s no holes to fumble your fingers into or work with by holding them. You simply hold them in the palm of your hand and squeeze.

It’s delightful!

I think if you had hand issues–like arthritis or something–that these would be perfect.

Squeezing your hand rather than controlling a couple of fingers is like night and day.

That’s why these are my favorite.

And here’s another tip. I always have at least two of everything that I use most frequently. There’s many-a times they get buried under mounds of projects and I can’t find them immediately.

No worries. I always have a spare.
And I keep them handy in my drawer.

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If you haven’t ever tried these scissors, I highly recommend them. No I do not work for Fiskars. :) I just love these scissors because they are just ever-so awesome.

kathy - March 19, 2014 - 8:34 am

i have had these for many years as well and they are DA BOMB. they have stayed very sharp and are very comfortable. my only complaint: the latch that keeps them closed quit working very early on.

Jennifer Harkema - March 19, 2014 - 8:38 am

OMG…I commented on your FB post as well but I agree 100% on everything you said! I had my first pair for a very long time and I did a lot of dry embossing so these babies were a MUST!!! I will never use anything else and always have an extra pair! Love the control and precision you get with them. Love that we love the same things! :) Oh and for those of you who don’t own these…you must give them a try, they might feel a little awkward at first but trust me…totally love.

Nashonne - March 19, 2014 - 8:57 am

I love these scissors! They are all I’ve used in the 11 years I’ve been scrapbooking.

Michele - March 19, 2014 - 9:11 am

HAVE them … LOVE them :)

Vicki - March 19, 2014 - 5:55 pm

Once again, I totally agree with you which is why I think that if this were the real world, we could actually be friends ;) I mean that in a non-stalkery way!!

Seriously, I had hand surgery a few years ago and these were a life safer. I also have two pairs (because I have two of all my favorite things also) and one safety latch bit the dust..

Lynette - March 19, 2014 - 8:50 pm

I have my degree in special education, and at first thought, I thought, wow this would be great for someone needing adaptive scissors! And then you mentioned arthritis–totally on the same page. I also just realized these would be great for me since I am left handed. I will totally have to give these guys a try! Thanks so much for sharing!

Jennifer S. - March 21, 2014 - 7:26 am

I have quite a few scissors from this line of Fiskars and LOVE them! They are the only kind of scissors I have in my craft room!