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The fireworks are going off in the KBS neighborhood! Figuratively and literally, actually. 😉 Now through Monday you can save 20% on all kits and classes. No code needed. Great time to grab some items from your wish list!

(Sale excludes stamps and Weekend Workshops. Cannot be applied to previous purchases.)

Otherwise known as: The Roller Date Stamp That Fits In Your Planner!

I love roller stamps. I have at least 20 of them myself. I love adding that tiny little sentiment anywhere I want. The hard thing with roller stamps is that I can’t see what’s on them without some serious looking–especially with the older I get. ;)

That’s why I thought it would be fun to create a brand new style of ‘flat date+word roller stamps’…if that makes any sense whatsoever. (haha)

Something a little bigger.
Something you can put into your planner or traveler’s notebook.
Something you can see.
Something that’s just plain fun!

Introducing Side By Side and Side By Side Extras!

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I love the notion of combining words with a date you can create yourself. And with this style, if you live in other countries that have the month in the middle… you can totally do that!!!

Awesome right?

There are so many combinations to play with here! Additionally, this year and next year have been included. But have a date in the 2000’s that you need to do? Well? You have the numbers there to do anything 2001 forward by just putting….*ehem*….2+2 together. Or maybe it would be something more like 20 and 02. ;)

It’s all about versatility folks!

Here’s a little peek at the size of the stamp in action on a 4×6 photo.

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As you can see, it’s a little bit bigger, but not too big so you can mix it with words. Or, you don’t have to stack them left and right, but top and bottom too. Or, use just the date or just the words.

seriously.
possibilities.
endless.

Pick ’em up and tuck them into your planner and you’ll always have dates at your fingertips.

sweet.

Please note: We are having technical issues adding the physical stamp set to the store. Hopefully this will be fixed soon. In the interim, the digital stamps (PNG+ABR) have been released on this fine July 1 date. Please watch our social media for real-time updates for when the stamps get added.

  • Julie - July 1, 2016 - 1:06 pm

    Super awesome product!ReplyCancel

  • MichelleB - July 1, 2016 - 5:11 pm

    What a fab idea! Love these!ReplyCancel

The way my past week or so has been can be somewhat like stepping into the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle…only…so much has happened, with the confluence of it all, it surely must have been expanded to a hexagon shape.

Life ending.
Life beginning.
Strange things happening.

I tell ya, my head has been quite tired from the craziness of it all.
It truly just makes you go what?

It started by a fairly close extended family member fulfilling a ‘bucket list’ item of doing a zip line about a week ago. She hit her head at the end, but felt fine for a few hours until it was apparent she wasn’t fine after not being able to speak. A couple surgeries and a few days later, she sadly passed away at 59.

Within the same time frame, my stepmother’s brother passed away from a strange infection–source unknown. He just wasn’t feeling well and went to get checked out. He was only 63.

The day of the first passing, my niece (it was her niece too) had a baby.

My step family was to be here for the holiday weekend and had to delay their trip because of going to Alaska for the second passing.

On our way home from being in the mountains Sunday, the electrical things in my car started flickering. Zach’s girlfriend was with us and works for Toyota/Lexus and knew what the lights meant and what would be of major concern. That provided some comfort. But as we had began our journey home and I noticed the GPS screen flickering, I  told everyone that I had a bad feeling and to please say a little prayer that we make it home safely. Dan, who hadn’t gone with us, called when we were about a half hour away from home and said he thought it was the alternator going–not the battery. We turned off all unnecessary electrical things (ac/radio) and did the 4-60 air (4 windows down going 60 mph), which was a treat as we descended further down into the lovely 95 degrees of the city that afternoon. But by turning those things off, the lights and instrument panel lights stopped flickering. We did make it home safely…and I believe just barely.

Then Monday I woke up to find that I was out $1000 because someone had decided to spend about equal parts at two places in the south Salt Lake area courtesy of my debit card number. My card was not stolen. I had been sent a new card a few days prior because my bank knew that numbers had been compromised, but the letter stated that didn’t mean mine had been compromised at that point. It gave me a couple weeks to cancel my old one and activate the new one. I didn’t see any urgency, so I waited a couple days–especially since I didn’t have a PIN number (which I got on Saturday).

After credit disputes and police reports with three police stations (here, and the two cities it happened in), I was on my way to hopefully recovering my funds. I do believe it will all be okay, especially since the bank knew the numbers were compromised.

In an interest to see just how numbers can be stolen, we looked up a video news story. I’ve heard about some kind of mechanism going over the slot, but this actually showed them getting inside the machine and setting up shop (so to speak) where you can’t see it–and it’s all bluetoothed to them.

crazy.

There’s a special place in h-e-double hockey sticks for these people that think they need our own money worse than we do.

I had this ‘possibility’ happen to me once before and my bank said the post office (the post office) had had someone stealing numbers from the kiosks. Luckily nothing happened then. This time though, they are not saying who or how they know. I pretty much only shop at Target or Walmart and the grocery stores along with getting gas. Gas stations and ATMs are the biggest targets for this kind of stuff. I also rarely (maybe once or twice a year) get any money from my ATM, but I did three weeks ago and am wondering if that’s where it was compromised… I guess we’ll see if they ever share the information. If they don’t, I will probably believe it was their outside ATM that was hacked. I may never know. But as I was in the bank taking care of my issue, someone else called in with the same problem and the person in charge had said it was a busy morning (after only a half hour of being opened), so I know there were even more.

People say ‘don’t use your debit card’, but they will steal whether you use a debit card or a credit card. The difference is it’s cash over credit. My debit card is protected under the MasterCard label, so I should be fine. It’s just a nuisance losing money over credit. And I’d be filling out reports either way. I just have a hard time using credit cards. And you never think it’ll happen to you.

The silver lining in this story is our wonderful friend and neighbor, who Dan casually mentioned to on Sunday that we needed to get a new alternator, was at our house promptly at 8:00 Monday morning to help Dan take care of it. He truly is a gem of a human being. It’s people like that outweigh the money-stealing monsters in this universe. A little needed sunshine for my day.

And, by the way, the guy at the auto parts store said while the alternator wasn’t dead, it was pretty close, so I feel quite lucky to have made it home without the car dying.

So yeah. I think we are due for some positivity and happiness for a while. It’s been a very strange few days and I’m ready for good things to be in my life. :)

And because I don’t like posting with some visual candy, here’s a place of sheer beauty. I love the Uintas. Spending time in the mountains for two days is medicine for my soul. It doesn’t get much better than being in the great outdoors.

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  • Lady Fair - June 28, 2016 - 7:52 am

    Oh my, Kerri, you’ve had the most terrible time but I’m glad that you shared it with us. We can never be as vigilant as the thieves are clever it seems. I’m so sorry for the loss of your dear family members. Sending hugs and prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Gina - June 28, 2016 - 9:31 am

    Prayers to you and your family that things turn around. What a hard run you’ve had.ReplyCancel

  • Lancene Blackmon - June 28, 2016 - 9:38 am

    So sorry for your troubles – it does seem as if these things tend to happen all at once. Hopefully you are now due for good news.ReplyCancel

  • Tess C. - June 28, 2016 - 2:17 pm

    I am very sorry to hear about your family and extended family’s passing. My condolences to you and your family and friends. I am, however, glad to hear you have some great people in your life and that someone was watching over you and got you home safely. =)ReplyCancel

  • Jane O'Leary - June 28, 2016 - 4:26 pm

    Man I wish I could take pictures like that! Stunning.ReplyCancel

  • lilola - June 28, 2016 - 5:14 pm

    Wow – somebody was watching over you for sure! Love the picture!! Sorry about your losses – will be praying for you.ReplyCancel

  • lilola - June 28, 2016 - 5:19 pm

    Sorry about your losses – will be praying for you. Wow – somebody was watching over you for sure! Love the picture!!ReplyCancel

  • Lilola - June 28, 2016 - 5:25 pm

    Sorry about the double posting – blame it on captcha!!ReplyCancel

  • Nashonne - June 29, 2016 - 7:34 am

    My condolences on the loss of your family members. Glad you all made it home safely. Prayers of healing and comfort, as well as restoration (in terms of your money).

    That is an absolutely beautiful picture!ReplyCancel

It’s funny. We were just having the conversation the other day about who had more patience to work with our kids learning to drive. Uh. Yeah. That would be me (see hand waving in the air). I did have my fair share of jerky, fast-moving grips on the dashboard or arm rest or would fancy a nice clench of the knees, mind you. But somehow we managed through the three kids and everyone arrived safely on the other side.

That’s why I love this page from our Miss Laura. She captured the essence of what it truly means to get that little rectangle of freedom in your pocket. Do you remember your first solo drive? Music up. Windows down. The feeling of being all on your own. You were invincible, yeah?

Let’s take a look at Laura’s daughter here…

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[ Designs | Grammar School: The Adverbs (finally), Weathered Door Alpha (licensed), Background Basics (circle background)


Love the colors. Love all the various circles. Love the perspective of her driving and what she’s seeing out the window…. This page is priceless!

Let’s hear what Laura has to say:

As crazy as it is to say this, my youngest daughter just got her drivers license. I can’t believe my baby is out on the road. By herself. Without me. Eek. Anyways. I knew I had to document the moment, as it took her quite a bit longer then planned to be ready for that drivers test. I had taken quite a few photos over the last year and a half of her driving (while parked, at red lights, or at train stops – always safe!), along with a few photos of her taking her required paid driving lessons. I picked out five photos to use, and printed them as 4×4″ pics.

I kept the design pretty simple, turning to a favorite page design that I’ve used before when using lots of 4×4″ photos. Because I had so many photos, I went with a white on white background for the rest of the page, incorporating a die cut background into the base of my page. I added in very small amounts of patterned paper, with a few thin strips along the photos, and then using it for my title pieces as well. For my title, I picked out a fun brush script word from Kerri’s Grammar School: The Adverbs kit to pair with the chunky letters from the Weathered Door Alpha kit.


I also love that Laura wasn’t out to reinvent the wheel (no pun intended) and used a similar design from another layout. You know we don’t have to reinvent every time, yeah?

And now I’m just glad I don’t have to do all that learning to drive thing again. ;)

  • Ruth Gauss - June 24, 2016 - 8:32 pm

    Awesome as always! Great job documenting with wonderful cut files that help make this page even more Laura’s!

    TFS!ReplyCancel

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Check out all the details on both classes HERE.

  • CarrieH - June 24, 2016 - 11:18 am

    Hi–I purchased The History Project a few months ago and just wanted to thank you, Kerri. What a great class/project/inspiration. So many great ideas and so many great prompts. I love that you also told so many personal stories–they actually helped prompt even more memories. Love, love, love this project. I have a ways to go to the finish line, but that is okay. I’m having lots of fun in the process and I know that my kids will love it as much as I do. Thanks for creating such a wonderful (and easy) project. Just perfect.ReplyCancel

It had to be done, right? A fab font called Summer when we are just days away from the official first day of summer?

 

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What I like:

  • The uppercase style. It has such a casual appearance and just looks really great. The lowercase style? Eh. Not so much. I’d much rather alter size in capitals like what’s shown here.
  • The handwritten, tall and narrow of it all.

Helpful Hints:

  • Use the characters from the font to create ‘decoration’ like the plus signs.
  • Since the free version only comes in a Light font, use a stroke (PS), Line Thickness (Studio), or even Offset (Studio) to create a bolder look like the example.
  • This is ‘craft cutter friendly’ only if you thicken it first.


here and there fabfont web

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Please be sure to check the license before using it commercially as licenses are subject to change. 

  • Tracy - June 17, 2016 - 9:46 am

    Thanks so much Kerri!! My sweet momma’s birthday was on the first day of summer. Since she passed 3 1/2 years ago we have a Celebrate Summer day and remember her and celebrate her beautiful life on that day.ReplyCancel

I hate to admit this, but I have a lot of catching up to do in my travel journal. I document on my computer every day with the plan to get it into my travel journal with photos, but I haven’t been too good about it.

But this week? Yeah, this happened.

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[ Stamps | A Big Month / Nowadays / Time Again (left). Escape / Found / Annie (right) ]


Not only was I happy to finally get a week done, but I was tickled pink to finally use some of the new stamps! And I just realized I didn’t erase my journaling lines yet. Whoops.

I’m so digging those Big Months! And you know what I love about the Annie stamp set? You can spell out all of Kanarraville and stamp just once. Ha!

And because I am in such a giddy mood over the stamps, today….

There’s a one-day only sale on Annie and Escape!

You can save 20% on these two sets and create the same look. I love words. You know that. I know you do.

They are my favorite accent.

always will be. 

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p.s.

I found this little grouping in my inventory. If you’ve been waiting so patiently for them, pick them up quick because this is all there is. I will be reordering in the near future, but for now, this is it babe.

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A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to go with two of my very dearest friends and their daughters to hike Kanarraville Falls (outside Cedar City, UT). My daughters sadly couldn’t make it.

As part of this excursion, I told them I would share a few photo techniques. Well, nothing ever goes as planned and so I only managed to squeak out one tip…well, maybe two. Panoramas come in handy in areas like this. But the main tip is pretty darn cool. Have you ever heard of the app Slow Shutter Cam? It is a cool little piece of magic to work with your iPhone! (I don’t know if it’s available for Android.)

From what I understand, smart phones can’t hold a shutter open like a regular camera. So Slow Shutter Cam takes many little photos and ‘blurs them together (if I’m remembering my reading correctly). So you know those beautiful waterfall photos with the soft, ethereal waters? Yeah. You can do that with your phone…and so much more! You can check it out in greater detail on their site HERE.

So that was the plan. Bring our little Gorilla Pods (tripods), set up the shot and play. Um. Yeah. Well? That didn’t pan out like we’d thought. The base of the first falls was all water. No place to put a little baby tripod, not to mention it was quite shaded due to the high rock walls except for one part where sun was brightly beaming. Not exactly the best photo-taking conditions. Up the ladder we went to the second part of the falls. More open. Some dry rocks to sit on, but the falls on the left was in those stark–light and dark conditions, and one was in the shade, but again, nowhere to place a little tripod.

I wasn’t going to let that get in my way. So I took the prop+hold method. I leaned myself and the phone against a rock–that was in the shade–held as still as I could, took a breath and pushed the button. You can set the app to have a delay so that it doesn’t immediately start shooting after pressing the button to avoid any camera shake. I had to do it a few times, but I got a couple good shots where everything was pretty much in focus.

Here’s the result.

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The one on the left is just taken as a straight shot with my iPhone 6s. The one of the right I propped myself and phone against the rock and held as still as possible. I was leaning on the yellowish part of the rock that you see in the photo on the left. Lisa even pushed the button for me a couple times so that I wouldn’t move at all.

Mission accomplished!

How cool is this! You can use different settings depending on the blur effect you want. I won’t go into all those details. You can read/watch them on their site. But seriously…if you want that look, what a way to get it!

And now here’s….the rest…of the story….

We had so much fun on the trip. I wish I was in better shape, but I did the hike nonetheless, albeit a little slow. There were a couple of things that made it a little more difficult for me, but I won’t bore you with that. ;)

If you have an opportunity, I’d highly recommend this hike! The sign says ‘difficult’, but I saw many families with young kids and even a mom with a baby. And most of what I read about it said easy-moderate. It’s a five-mile hike in and out. Loved having my Keen shoes for hiking and getting in the water! I’d also recommend going very first thing in the morning because there wasn’t anyone in the parking lot when we got there at 8:30 a.m. We met two sisters who were there from New Hampshire and a family from Hawaii. So word has gotten around about this little hike. You can park in the parking lot for $10 (worth it!) or park a mile away in the little town (why would you do that??? lol ).

Another suggestion would be to stick to the stream. Not having been there before, we followed a few trails that led us away from that. Walk through the stream, cross the stream, get on the dirt paths by the stream, but stay near the stream. On the way back we walked through a lot of the stream and it was a much easier hike. Also, be prepared for cold water, especially depending on the time of day or the time of year. You do get used to it. Also, this is the water source for the town of Kanrraville, so be mindful of that. Be respectful of where you are.

And now here are some photos of our adventures.

Oh, I ended up using my iPhone a lot because my Fuji X-T10 was in my backpack. So this is a mix of both cameras.

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Beauty, eh? I can’t believe places like this exist and that we can experience them. To say that I was in awe is an understatement. And Lisa, who’s been on many-a hikes, said this was the best hike she’s ever been on.

And then here’s one last peek at what it’s like to walk through those slot canyons. Something I’ll never forget.

  • lilola - June 15, 2016 - 8:34 pm

    Kerri, these pictures are OUTSTANDING!! Well done!!ReplyCancel

  • vicki - June 15, 2016 - 9:22 pm

    It blows my mind how the topography differs in our country! We have nothing that looks like those rock formations in New York – at least not to the best of my knowledge. It looks gorgeous and I hope I can do that hike some dayReplyCancel

    • Kerri - June 16, 2016 - 6:47 pm

      I know, right? The crazy thing is–the topography where we live looks nothing like two or three hours south of us either! High mountains here, but go down south a little and in areas it turns into red rocks, hoo doos, slot canyons….a completely different world. I love what this world…and this nation…has to offer. There is beauty in it all!ReplyCancel