Okay, if you could only hear my grandpa singing that song in a high-pitched voice upon our arrival at the farm, you would be smiling like me.
We have a new visitor here at the KBS house today!
Say hello to Nicole Reaves!
One day, not too long ago, I was having a little fun Instagram hopping and I came across this very creative girl and I just knew I needed to have her over for a visit. I was beyond thrilled when she said she could come!
If you’ve been looking for some great ideas for your travels this summer, Nicole has got some fabulous ones to share with you today! And to top it off, it’s all about Chicago…which is my kind of town. I love Chicago!
[ Designs | Tiny Details (I have you, Happily Obsessed, Here+There, Discover) / Tiny Details: Calendar (day of the month tags) / Here We Go / On The Calendar (august) / Seven Days A Week (monday, tuesday) / Beautiful Somewhere (green paper, arrow paper, beautiful places card) ]
If only you could see what color I am….because I am tickled pink!
Where do I start?
I love how Nicole stitched the handwritten days of the week across the calendar cards. And how she used pieces of the card elements as paper accents. The giant Here We Go cut in vellum and placed over a photo and then stitched? Divine. And did you catch the ‘Here+There’ card cut to a smaller piece, turned sideways, and stitched to the pockets as a tab? Hello???
So many itty bitty details. You just need to pore over it all. :)
Here’s what Nicole has to say:
I was thrilled when Kerri asked if I’d like to work with some of her product and immediately knew I wanted to create a few Project Life spreads from our recent trip to Chicago with her hybrid travel kits, particularly the Beautiful Somewhere and Tiny Details cards. Both sets go together so nicely, so I chose them as my starting point.
I scaled down the Tiny Details cards so they were about 1″ wide and just stitched them onto my photos as a simple embellishment. Then on each 2-page spread I chose some of Kerri’s handwritten words to create a bold title card. I cut August, Monday and Tuesday from black cardstock to coordinate with the dominant grays from my photos. My favorite cards in these spreads are the day cards where I layered a day of the week cut with a Tiny Details : Calendar card (which I enlarged to 2″ wide) on patterned paper. After trimming off the bottom half of the calendar card, it left me with just enough room to add some journaling below where I listed where we went that day.
I loved using the patterned filler cards like patterned paper and cut scraps to brighten up my journaling cards. I even grabbed the Here We Go freebie Kerri made, sized it to 6″ wide by 8″ high, and cut that on vellum with the Silhouette. I laid it over a photo of downtown Chicago from the Hancock Building and simply stitched along the horizontal lines in the design. I love how you can still see bits of the photo through the vellum.
I am just in love with the Project Life-ness of it all!
Thank you so much for stopping by the KBS house Nicole!
We have so loved having you over for a visit!
It’s a fabulous Friday here at KBS! After having the summer of the Friday Freebie I was feeling a little like I was going through withdrawals or something. So I thought it might be cool to still have some Friday fun all through September!
Each week there will be some kind of fun sale happenin’. So be sure to check in so you don’t miss out.
What’s on sale today, you say?
Save $10 on these individual classes.
Price is already reflected in the store.
Remember, this is a one-day only sale!
And now we have some beautimous work from our lovely Miss Laura!
Check it out.
[ Designs | All In The Family (family), February Fourteen (love), Something To Say (perfect), Say What #3 (date), Life Centrals: Circles (circle backgrounds), Happy Camper (clouds), XOXO (heart) ]
When Laura shared a sneak peek of this on her Instagram, I knew it would take my breath away…and it did. I love everything about it. I love all the little sections of diecuts and how they work so beautifully together with the photos. And with all the stitching? Divine.
Here’s what Laura has to say:
As Kerri’s store grows and grows, with new kits popping up almost weekly, it’s becoming even easier to create layouts using only my Cameo (with a small sprinkling of basic embellishments)! One of the things that I love to do when I sit down to create using Kerri’s cut files, is to pull my photos directly into my Silhouette software to help with the planning of my layouts. I simply open up each photo and size it to the exact same size that I’ve printed that photo. This allows me to move the photos around on my cutting mat (within the software), as I pull in different shapes, backgrounds, words, and phrases, until I come up with exactly what I want.
Another advantage of planning out the page design this way, is that you can size all of your cut files according to how they fit on the page with the photos, so you have a much better chance of cutting them the right size, instead of guessing how small/big they need to be. Once I have the design set up the way I want it, I separate the shapes and start the cutting process. After everything is cut, I use my planning “layout” as a guide to simply place everything where it belongs on the page. I find that if I have it all planned out ahead of time, the page comes together so much quicker. Once I piece it all together, I add my embellishments and machine stitching to finish it off.
This is hands-down my most favorite tip ever in the land of all things good and beautiful in the land of Silhouette. I’ve been doing it for years and talk about it whenever I can. I love Laura’s rendition here.
And how cute is that face???
Gold is the rage right now.
Have you noticed?
It seems that everywhere you turn, there’s some sort of twinkle in the yellow-colored genre.
In my house, I’ve had the MME Market Street paper pack staring at me for a couple months at least (shh….it may have even been longer than that considering I got it from 2Peas).
Yeah, I know. I haven’t put it away. But when you have something like this staring at you constantly, it’s just too pretty to put away.
Well, constantly seeing that beautiful shiny gold combined with a recent addition to my arsenal of some Silhouette gold vinyl and my mind was a-twirlin’ with some things I wanted to try.
Something a little along these lines:
Who can resist the flare of gold with the even the simplest of accessories…aka, white cardstock.
So today I thought I’d share a few tips and techniques on how you can show off your glittery stuff. One of these days I hope to actually use them on a real project. ;)
First, let me start by saying that I am using the Silhouette Premium vinyl. It is very sticky, especially when placed on cardstock. I would like to try the Silhouette Printable Gold Foil because it’s a sticker, but I had what I had and it still worked. You just have to be really careful with it.
When I saw that shiny goodness, I immediately though, ‘Ohhhh, this would be so awesome using the brush script words!’ You may have seen the image I shared on Facebook and Instagram last week.
This time I used the you design from the new Grammar School: The Pronouns kit. Here’s a little video on how I made the designs I was working with.
Circle Image on Card
I love the look of brush script in a circle. I think it’s just ever-so dreamy. So using the technique in the video, here’s what I made with the final cut.
- Cut the design with a square around it. This not only gives you two design elements to play with, but it helps when weeding away excess vinyl. You don’t have to use as much, the image is contained, and you can place transfer tape over it much easier.
- Try to place the image as centered into the grid of the transfer tape. It’s much easier to line up the placement on the card. Like I said, this is sticky stuff. If it touches the cardstock, you might be in trouble.
- I didn’t rub the transfer tape to the cardstock, but rather, I just barely touched where the image is and it stuck. Like I keeps saying….sticky stuff. :) Peel off all the transfer tape.
- Once the transfer tape is gone, you are left with a darling 3×4 Project Life card!
Solid Gold Card
Part of the beauty of this gold vinyl is the possibilities. And I loved the possibilities of making a 3×4 card in pretty much all gold.
- Add a 3×4 rectangle around the you circle and cut two of them from gold. Might as well. Utilize the extra space, right? On something like this, I’ll draw a straight line below the two designs in Studio to make a ‘cut line’ so I can weed it better. I like working with a small space and avoid cutting and messes where ever possible.
- Place the piece of transfer tape from the previous card over the you area to keep it all in order. I figured I didn’t need a full 3×4 section–just one to hold the words in place. And here’s a tip, rather than trying to fit it onto a 3×4 card, put it on a larger piece of cardstock and trim it down. That you’re not fighting with placement with this ultra sticky stuff.
- Remove the transfer tape and trim the card to the 3×4 size.
Faux Debossed Card
I adore the look of a gold inset! So of course that had to be part three of this little ensemble. This one was fairly easy because you don’t have to use the sticky part of the vinyl.
- Using the design created in the video, add a 3×4 rectangle around it and make sure it’s all centered. Cut from cardstock. Trim a piece of gold vinyl to fit behind it. Make it smaller than the card.
- Use a glue pen to add adhesive to the word and around the circle so that it will adhere nicely to the vinyl. Once I put the vinyl down I also used some Scotch tape around the outside edges. The vinyl likes to curl because it’s been in a roll, so the tape helps.
One other cool thing would be to make the card a Print+Cut and add some text to it. I kind of made that observation when I added the word ‘Shiny.’ using Photoshop to the first image. :) My fingers are twiddling wildly in front of my face over that idea.
So there you have it. Shiny. Simple. Sweet.
Apparently, all that glitters is gold(en).
I’ve never really given much thought to Labor Day. I know why we celebrate it, but in my mind, it’s usually just the end to summer. Or better yet, the day that signifies the last time you can wear white. Because we all know what a fashionista I am.
This year, I kind of took it to heart.
What is Labor Day?
It’s a day dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers.
Well, I think that pretty much applies to everyone in the work force. But it hit me deeper than that this year, being the ‘CEO’ of my own company and all.
If you would have asked me ten years ago what I’d be doing at this stage of my life, ‘owning my own company’ would not have been the answer coming out of my mouth.
I love doing what I’m doing.
There are times when I look online and see so many people in the same boat as me–entrepreneurs in their own little corner of the world. I am constantly amazed by the talent and the way we can share them in this internet-lovin’ world. I think when they coined the term Labor Day–defining it as a dedication to the social and economic achievements of workers–today’s world of social media mixed with economic accessibility would never have entered their minds.
I think about the four years that I’ve been my own little ‘CEO’ and know that this has truly been a labor of love.
A love of creating.
A love of connecting.
A love of being a working mom at home.
A love of the beauty that I see from so many people every day in this industry.
So much creativity out there…I am constantly wowed.
And so today, in honor of Labor Day, this little KBS company has something fun–if you’ll pardon the pun–in store for you today!
Let’s start with a one-day only freebie.
This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can get it in the store.
I thought that phrase was very apropos for today in so many ways. And you can use it in so many ways too!
Be sure to get it downloaded because it goes into the store tomorrow.
And now, what would a Labor Day be
without a wee sale.
You can also add these two Grammar School kits to your shopping list.
I had to stop somewhere–especially with the Adverbs…oh my goodness! And on many of those words, you can trim off the ‘ly’ and give yourself an extra word–like changing wildly to wild.
You can have lots of fun with the Pronouns by combing them using the ‘and’ that’s been included in the kit. Or, simply had the word ‘she.’ to a page about your daughter.
Try combining them with other words that you type up so that you have a script word and a solid sans serif word. Maybe a little something like this:
Sooooo many possibilities! Even combining the words from both kits would be awesome. Positively you. Definitely him. Yours truly.
The list could go on and on.
One last thing–speaking of entrepreneurs–if you haven’t heard, sweet little Rhonna Farrer has launched a new app and it’s now in the iTunes store.
This app is a whole lotta fun! It lets you add bokeh, light leaks, color variations, textures and so much more! On top of that, you can easily switch between her apps, so you can add some of her fabulous words and icons in her first app.
I played with it a little this weekend and thought I’d share a little before and after.
I love how it took one of my favorite photos ever (so in love with those colors!) and truly turned it into something magical. There is a reason why this app is called Magic!
Here is a screen shot of the layers that I used, which included light leaks, bokeh, blur, texture and color (from bottom to top).
It’s so easy to use and the creative possibilities are endless! See what I mean about the talent out there?
I hope you have an amazing Labor Day!
And hello? September???
It always seems like I’m thinking of my favorite this or my favorite that.
a pair of pants.
So many favorites out there. That’s why this little 3×4 card is perfect for just about any occasion. It can be for a child or your family or a moment or a vacation spot…anything.
To download this–forever free–click HERE.
And because this also includes the usual cut files, you can bring it into Silhouette Studio and mix it up with some other cut files, like maybe turning it into month cards for your Project Life using a brush-script word from the On The Calendar kit.
How fun is that?
You know how I like to maximize my art. :)
In the previous version of Silhouette Studio, you could only do a mass import of files if you were working with SVG files and the Designer Edition.
But all that has changed now with version 3.
You can now mass import DXF and JPG/PNG files into the Standard Studio edition.
I just want to get up and dance! (Okay, maybe that has something to do with So You Think You Can Dance being on right now.)
like way exciting.
The other major improvement to Studio version 3 is the ability to easily add your own keywords and descriptions.
even more exciting.
This is huge stuff for me…and I’m sure for you too.
And so now, with all this good stuff rolled up into this sweet little package, I thought it would be a grand idea to update my importing video…on account-a…some things have changed. Some great things!
This video is a from-start-to-finish process of using files from sources outside of the Silhouette store. Explaining how they come, which files you’ll want to use, and what you may need to do to use them, as well as how to create your own properties for each design.
This video is especially great if you are new to the Silhouette world or new to purchasing files from outside sources.
So sit back, relax, and enjoy the goodness that’s now in version 3.
I can hardly believe it’s time.
A good chunk of kids are back in school now.
Even Kass had her very last first day of school yesterday. She’ll be graduating with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at the end of the school year.
Summer is pretty much over, I’d say.
Believe it or not, the leaves on several trees around town are already changing–including the big maple tree in our neighbor’s yard across the street. Yes, there is definite orangeage. Kind of strange for August.
I thought I’d save the best for last and have a school themed Two-Fer Tuesday.
Today’s kit includes all the days of the week for all your activities and goings-ons throughout the school year.
And now, for the 2.99 sale items!
Remember, these are on sale for today only.
More school supplies that I’m sure you’ll need. :)
( Please note, you do not need both versions of the This+That kits. If you want all the art, including the printables, choose the ‘tray’ kit. If you don’t fancy making the tray and just want the diecuts, choose the ‘Just Shapes’ version. )
I love numbers (and letters). It’s one of my most very favorite items to use as accents on a page. It’s simple–almost seems like a no-brainer–but it adds so much. It might explain why so much of what I create revolves around words and numbers. ;)
So I thought perhaps I’d share a few ways of how to incorporate numbers in a little different fashion.
1 | The Bigger The Better
I remember there was a life before Silhouette–if you can call it that. It was called the Dark Ages. If we wanted a hand-cut title, we had to print text in reverse and cut it with an X-Acto knife. Simple shapes were only cut by using templates. How did we even get anything done with all that tedious cutting?
I was at the mercy of the industry. My wants and needs were only met if, and only if, the industry was able to satisfy them. It was a sad time. Full of despair. I wanted what I wanted. I wanted instant gratification.
I was denied, always denied.
One day, while at a trade show, I came across a company that sold large diecut numbers. Oh how the number gods smiled on me that day. We’re talking 7″ tall…9″ tall…..they were divine. The company allowed me to pick a number or two and I chose 3 and 9, because that’s what I was turning that year. (If I could find this page, I would include it, but alas, it’s in some stack somewhere.)
I love big numbers and I cannot lie.
Not only are they a marvelous accent for your page, but they’re also informative. And with our digital craft cutters, we can now do any number in any size in any color or pattern.
Can I get an amen!
One of my favorite looks is to use that large number as an accent, background or even flying solo in a Project Life pocket 3×4. I like them both in positive and negative (in white cardstock is divine) or printed extending beyond the boundaries…looking a little something like these.
(Font: Poster Bodini or Gourmandise)
And just because I like them big, doesn’t mean they have to consume the page, but they can be a focus or key element.
Here’s where I used a similar style number for a page in the Design Secrets class. Aaaaand notice the number border going along the side.
So this may seem an obvious choice in using numbers, but it’s one of my favorite ways of using an accent.
2 | Do As The Romans Do
Part of my obsession with numbers has to be with using them in unique ways. And my latest fascination is creating a date–a year, in particular–using a Roman Numeral style. Okay, so maybe that is combining my love of alphas and numbers, but you get the gist.
I was playing with some different options for some dates. I have to admit, I like the 1900 dates because you get to use MCM to make 19 and oodles of other letters to make up the very big year. 2014 doesn’t have as much meat to its look, but it’s still fun nonetheless.
You could make some really cute stacked styles.
I’m partial to a black and white color scheme myself.
You could staple them to a photo or to other tags, looking something like this:
But then you could also just make one line of letters and put it on a cute tag shape too!
Yes, this is the year Dan+I got married…and yes, that’s us. ;)
I just had to show off how long that number is! You figure it out.
3 | Location. Location. Location.
Now we get to combine two of my favorite passions: numbers and travel.
In this modern age of you know where everyone is because your phone knows where you are, GPS coordinates are a great addition to the numbers family.
In my recent Here There Everywhere class, I used GPS coordinates of locations that I’d been to, like on this page here:
I think this is seriously one of my favorite accents in my whole album. Simple, but just adds something totally fresh and different. Nothing you could ever buy–specific to Silver Creek, Idaho? Maybe some of the big cities. But this way you can make something totally personal for your own needs by just using a few little ol’ numbers. Search for GPS coordinates online and you’ll find something you can plug a place into and get numbers.
Needs. Wants. Instant gratification.
We live in a marvelous world, indeed.
I give it a 10.
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