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wise words from maya angelou

I must be feeling all philosophical or something this week. This caught my eye and I thought it was worth repeating–or recording–in my neck of the woods.

maya-angelou

Cynthia Larson - July 17, 2014 - 10:04 am

Well Said!

heidig - July 17, 2014 - 12:13 pm

Amen!

Sally - July 17, 2014 - 12:33 pm

This is a favorite quote of mine. Thanks for sharing it here!

Karen Peterson - July 20, 2014 - 12:52 pm

Thanks for sharing this; the older I get, the more I realize how much more I have to learn…

in comparison.

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Soooooo
digging this thought right now.

What is in our nature that we feel like we have to compare ourselves to others? To be better than, to be skinnier than, to be smarter than, to be richer than, to have more toys than….

It’s destructive.

It leaves you always feeling like you’re lacking and wanting more–it’s nothing you need.

It affects self-esteem.

We should be content with ourselves and what we have in our lives.

But if you want to better yourself,  do it for you and/or your family and not to keep up with the Jones’.

There’s always going to be those ‘better’ than you and those ‘worse’ than you.

When you’re at peace with who you are, your perspective on life changes.

I’d much rather feel happy than always feel like I’m not good enough or will never have enough.

Perspective is everything.

It can set you free.

It can create happiness and contentment.

And I’m all for that.

Lorretta - July 16, 2014 - 11:20 am

Well said, Kerri! I completely agree. Thank you for sharing these thoughts. I’ve been thinking these same ideas lately but it was so helpful to see them written so eloquently. =)

Susie - July 16, 2014 - 12:38 pm

Kerri,
Love it! Nicely said.

Chrissy - July 16, 2014 - 2:39 pm

Your words are perfect :)

Darlene - July 16, 2014 - 3:23 pm

How very true! We all need this tattooed on our foreheads!
Darlene

Renee G - July 16, 2014 - 8:22 pm

Really enjoyed this, so true.

Two-Fer Tuesday: Simply Summer + ‘Holiday’ Savings

Before we get to today’s festivities, I just wanted to do a quick shout out for all of you who joined in on the webinar last night. That was crazy fun! Man, all those comments were just flying by. I can speed read, but sometimes, those just flew by so fast!

Just want to thank Lain and Dani for all their efforts in helping me do what I needed to do for y’all. They are just awesome girls and they put on a good show!

Okay, so let’s start off with today’s main kit that’s brand new!

simply-summer

 

Fifteen simply stated 3×4 cards for all your summertime fun. And actually, there are many of those you could use for any occasion, really. Plus, this kit includes cut files so you can change colors in programs, like Silhouette Studio. Sweet!

Oh, and one little addition….the dahlia and dandelion cards both come with a full version of that image if you wanted to use them for something else. Not sure I’d recommend cutting the dandelion though. It’s pretty fragile.

OH! And I just have one other thing to add here. Some of you may see that little sunglasses card and think it is quite reminiscent of Studio Calico’s mood board they sent via Instagram on Sunday. Imagine my huge surprise when I saw something soooooo similar to the card I’d made! I let out a scream and had to show my daughter. I promise, I did not get that idea from that mood board. I just knew I wanted sunglasses in this summer set and have some words with it. We must be on the same wave length. :) It was really kind of weird. lol

And we have a little bonus today. Miss Layle had a request and I was happy to oblige. :)

today-is-a-good-day


The words come all stacked together as well as individually.



And now for the 2.99 kits for today….and today only.

I was feeling in a holiday-ish mood. Next week may just be Christmas in July (wink), but until then, here’s some other great kits to use on year-’round holiday pages or to use just in general. 

smitten   xoxopinch-me   halloween

 

Okey dokey artichokey! You have ’til the stroke of midnight to pick these up for 2.99! Then poof, just like that, the awesome price goes away.

(or something like that. ;) )

PjP - July 15, 2014 - 9:32 am

Thanks for doing the webinar, despite feeling lousy and having to fight with Silhouette Studio a bit. I’ll admit to being somewhat relieved to discover that I’m not the only one with the Steelfish Blues. That font “splits” when I load it (I’ve tried a few times to get it sorted out). I get the outline font in Photoshop (where I really want the solid font) and the solid font in Silhouette (where I really want the outline). Drives me nuts but Font Manager just can’t seem to cope with it. Anyway, thanks for showing the Sil Studio work-around, it was most helpful.

Kerri - July 15, 2014 - 12:13 pm

Another great alternative to Steelfish is Bebas Neue. Not quite as thin, but you could squish it a little. :)

Sally - July 15, 2014 - 1:26 pm

I love two-fer Tuesday! Thanks for the amazing new kits each week and all the discounts. The webinar was amazing too! Thanks for all you do!

Tracy - July 15, 2014 - 2:35 pm

The webinar last evening was awesome!!!! I hope you get feeling better and take time to kick your feet up. Thanks again,
Tracy

Lara Read - July 16, 2014 - 5:10 pm

The summer cards are way cute. You amaze me all the time. I really needed the good day quote. Yesterday was particularly hard for me and as I received some really bad news. Then I saw your IG feed and it made me smile. Thanks for sharing your talent you are awesome!

Thank My Lucky Stars

That’s what I say all the time when I think about these amazing girls on my team. They do such wonderful things and I’m always in awe.

Today’s page from Laura is no exception.

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[ DesignsThank My Lucky Stars / Storyboard #6 ]


Love how she cut everything out of the patterned papers. So fun and engaging! Perfect for these photos!


Here’s what Laura has to say:

I’ve always loved these photos of my girls with one of our favorite daycare boys, Mateo, and finally decided to do something with them. I had a lot of photos that I wanted to include, so I used one of Kerri’s storyboard templates to create a photo collage using 8 of my favorites. Kerri’s Thank My Lucky Stars kit was perfect as it provided me with not only my title, but with the fun stars to embellish the rest of my page with.


love.

Friday Freebie: Dragonfly

I knew I needed a dragonfly for a Summer Friday Freebie.

knew it. 

And when I started making it, my mind wandered to making a Project Life style card, because, let’s face it…it would be cute in a little pocket, right?

So here is today’s freebie for y’all.

dragonfly_card_example


To download this–forever free–click HERE.


I also needed some text with it too. And ‘there is beauty all around’ seemed only fitting. Of course you could change it up and add your own text. Or make it a ‘thank you’ card (or some other sentiment) to send someone.

So here’s my little rendition of it. Just needed to add me a photo.

Now I just need to put it in a pocket. ;)

friday-freebie-flower

Elina - July 11, 2014 - 6:01 am

Oh this is so beautiful! I love the freebie – will use it for my summer themed projects! Thanks so much for sharing it with us <3

Cindy - July 11, 2014 - 7:08 am

Your photo just “makes” that card, Kerri! Beautiful! Love love dragonflies!

Cindy - July 11, 2014 - 7:20 am

Kerri,
When I downloaded the file I had some problems. Now that I have it downloaded the svg file doesn’t automatically open the silhouette. How do I get it to open or put it in Silhoutte? Is it me having a senior moment?
Thanks!

Kerri - July 11, 2014 - 7:30 am

Have you been able to double-click on the SVG file before to open it in the program automatically? It may be that you’ve changed some setting in your operating software. I think you can right click on the filename and tell it to always open Silhouette Studio.

Otherwise, you can just do File/Open within Studio or do Import To Library and that would get it in too.

Tricia - July 11, 2014 - 8:55 am

THANKS! :)

Patti Painter - July 11, 2014 - 8:56 am

Kerri, Love this dragonfly…thanks so much for the Friday Freebie, another reason to love the weekend.
Have a great one yourself.

Cynthia Larson - July 11, 2014 - 9:06 am

absolutely love the dragonfly. thanks so much!

Lisa Posthumus - July 11, 2014 - 9:23 am

I love dragonflies. Thanks so much for the freebie. I noticed you cut it out in white…again, LOL.

Kerri - July 11, 2014 - 9:39 am

You know it Lisa! :)

Diane - July 11, 2014 - 11:51 am

Thank for the Friday Freebies. We appreciate them and you!!

Sylvia - July 11, 2014 - 12:37 pm

Love it! Thanks so much!

Pam - July 11, 2014 - 1:53 pm

Lovely! Thank you for sharing it!

yolande k - July 11, 2014 - 2:52 pm

Il est sublime ce freebie ! Merci beaucoup Kerri !
Bises

Pam Scott - July 11, 2014 - 3:17 pm

Thank you, such a sweet freebie!!!!

Barbara - July 11, 2014 - 3:28 pm

Thank you Kerri! This is beautiful and yet so simple.

Sandy Evans - July 11, 2014 - 3:51 pm

Thank you Kerri, I love dragon flies…

Trish - July 11, 2014 - 4:58 pm

Thanks Kerri for this beautiful dragonfly. Your designs are some “beauty all around”!

Marilyn - July 12, 2014 - 7:39 am

Thank you for this beautiful freebie!

Véro - July 12, 2014 - 8:35 am

Thanks a lot for shaing your design
kisses from France

Julie - July 12, 2014 - 12:41 pm

I just saw a dragonfly yesterday and thought geez those are so pretty. and here you are. We call that a ‘double’ in our house.
thanks
Julie

Melitta Ball - July 15, 2014 - 11:40 am

Hi Kerri!

I have enjoyed some of your classes through the Jessica Sprague site and your awesome video tutorials through Lain’s True Scraps & Stamps events and I’m so excited to have found your site today! I just finished watching your To Die For Seminar through Lain’s site which directed me here!

I have filled my wish list with your classes and I found all of these wonderful freebies that you have gift everyone and I wanted to take a moment to tell you how thankful I am for you! You have taken my Silhouette-ing to a whole new level and I can’t wait to learn even more with the new classes I found today! Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for you!
Blessings,
Melitta Ball
BC Canada

Kerri - July 15, 2014 - 12:11 pm

Thanks Melitta! That is music to my ears.
I want everyone to love their ‘baby’ as much as I love mine. :)

Layout a Day + KBS Webinar….and it’s FREE!

That Lain Ehmann. She is such a hoot! If you don’t know who she is, she is the queen bee over all things True Scrap. I marvel at her creativity and wit with each new event that she plans. I’d like to know where her mind goes at night….or maybe I wouldn’t. ;)

If you’ve been part of those events, you know I’ve done a couple make-n-takes for it, which have been really fun.

And when she asked if I’d do a webinar….or excuse me….scrapinar with her, of course I had to say yes!

So here’s a peek at what we’ll  be making Monday (July 14) evening.

nyc-closeup


It’s all about designing your diecuts. Otherwise entitled: Diecuts To Die For.

It’s all about utilizing your resources to customize your own printable art. You’ll get all the goodies to make the embellishments and I’ll be showing you how to do it all.

And you know what’s cool? You can use Silhouette Studio  to design with even if you don’t have a Silhouette. It’s like a smaller version of Illustrator, which is pretty sweet.  So all but the ampersand will be an easy cut without the machine.

So go get yer-self registered now HERE

If you pre-register by the live Monday event, you’ll have access to the replay for a limited time–but you have to pre-register!

The day: Monday, July 14
The time: 6 p.m. MT / 8 p.m. ET

Be there or be square.

And leave me a comment here and let me know if you’re comin’ so I can be sure to ‘say hi’! :)

Cynthia Larson - July 9, 2014 - 9:08 am

I’ll be there unless it is too early and I am still at work, then I will watch the replay. Anyhoo, I am all signed up. Cant Wait!!!

Cindy - July 9, 2014 - 9:15 am

Just signed up! Love the title…Diecuts to Die for!!! Can’t wait!

Linda Vanorio - July 9, 2014 - 9:40 am

I “can’t be square”, so “see you there!” Can’t wait to see what you have in-store for us.

Nashonne Newman - July 9, 2014 - 9:56 am

I’ll be there!!!!

Sally - July 9, 2014 - 10:18 am

I signed up as soon as I read the email from Lain! I can’t wait!

Dawn McFarland - July 9, 2014 - 10:36 am

I’ll be there.

Michelle - July 9, 2014 - 11:57 am

Yes I’m in all the way from South Africa!

kathy wade - July 9, 2014 - 11:57 am

I’m comin! Yay! I signed up today. :)

marcy e - July 9, 2014 - 12:20 pm

see ya there… I’ll be the one with the big smile on my face!!!

Darlene - July 9, 2014 - 12:39 pm

I plan to attend the class. And Kerri, somebody MAKE me sit down and finish the classes I have signed up for here! I really want to use that Silhouette machine gathering dust on my table. :(
Darlene

Janeen - July 9, 2014 - 1:18 pm

I’m so excited for this class. I have learned SO much about my Silhouette and all the amazing stuff I can do with it thanks to your classes! You rock Kerri! :)

Janet Trapp - July 9, 2014 - 1:27 pm

I’ll be there! Can’t wait! I have a cricut and have SCAL so I can design or use svgs but do not have the silhouette, so hoping I can get something out of the class!
~God bless~

Kerri - July 9, 2014 - 1:36 pm

I think a lot of the information can transfer to SCAL. I’ve played with SCAL and while some things you do differently, the principles are still the same. So I think you’ll be okay.

You can always download Studio and play with it there during class.

And Darlene, I’m coming over and you can’t get up until you are done. ;)

Sue FitzGerald - July 9, 2014 - 3:29 pm

ohhhhh, this sounds exciting, looking forward to it.

dolly - July 9, 2014 - 4:02 pm

Can’t wait

Linda A - July 10, 2014 - 1:21 am

Traveling so may not make it but I am a member of Lain’s ScrapHappy family so I can watch the replay. Love your stuff!

JeanD - July 10, 2014 - 4:31 am

I’ll be watching the replay, unfortunately it’s not at a time I can make (I live in Australia). Thank you for catering for people without a Silhouette too.

Tricia - July 10, 2014 - 10:50 am

YEP! I signed up. :)

Jeannie L - July 10, 2014 - 12:24 pm

I’m definitely not gonna miss it but will be watching the replay for the later portion due to time diff (I live in Singapore). Looking forward.

marileew - July 10, 2014 - 6:44 pm

The scrapinar sounds like fun….thanks for making it available!

Robin - July 11, 2014 - 6:12 am

I plan to be there, just signed up! Might have to watch the replay though, we’ll,see :) very excited!

Michelle - July 11, 2014 - 6:57 am

I hope to be there!!

Pat - July 11, 2014 - 8:09 am

Looking forward to it!

Barbara - July 11, 2014 - 3:18 pm

I’m in!

Barbara - July 11, 2014 - 3:20 pm

Looking forward to this.

Dee - July 12, 2014 - 11:05 am

Can’t wait!

Karen Peterson - July 12, 2014 - 11:15 am

Signed up; hopefully can get home from work in time to catch it!!

Iris Schimke - July 12, 2014 - 1:22 pm

I’ll be there Monday night! Looking forward to it – :-)

Alison - July 13, 2014 - 2:30 pm

I’ve signed up, will have to watch it on replay though. It will be 1am here!

Pam - July 14, 2014 - 1:28 pm

Thanks Kerri and Lain. I can’t wait for the scrapinar tonight. How long is the class? I have a baseball tournament at 8 CST. I’ll catch what I can live and then have to finish with the replay. So glad that option is available.

PjP - July 14, 2014 - 2:08 pm

Totally signed up for the scrapinar as soon as I found out about it. Only one problem: the Spousal Unit’s going to be running stairs with his relay team so I’m not going to be able to foist the evening dog-walk off on him, as I had hoped to do. I sure hope the event will be recorded so that I can watch it later.

Carol - July 14, 2014 - 2:30 pm

I’ll be there!! :)

Kathleen D - July 15, 2014 - 6:53 am

Signed up.

Two-Fer Tuesday | Photo Templates + Tiny Details: America

Did y’all have a good Fourth of July…or Canada Day?

I don’t know about where you live, but we still have people doing fireworks. Like I mentioned before, we have a 24th of July holiday that ‘requires’ fireworks, so they pretty much go all month long, even though they aren’t suppose to. :)

Well, if you have some photos to scrap, like I do, these Tiny Details will come in handy. 

america


There are some that are more generically loving the country rather than Fourth of July specific. That way you can use them for the holiday or if you go on a trip in this amazing country. And because I liked both ‘love this place’ and ‘i love america’….I included them both.

And, they aren’t just PNG files, they also include ‘cut’ files, even though you probably wouldn’t use them for cutting, but you can use them for changing colors to match your own color scheme. Sweet!


And now for the 2.99 kits for today….and today only.

Since I know you have a plethora of photos to scrap, here are more photo templates on sale.

storyboard-1    storyboard-2storyboard3    storyboard4storyboard5    storyboard6


Don’t forget. These prices go away tomorrow.

Dolly - July 8, 2014 - 6:42 am

LOVE LOVE LOVe the tiny details!! those are fabulous little details at that Kerri!!
Oh my I do wish I had a clue how to do the storyboards, I know you have full instructions…they just intimidate the heck out of me! LOL
looks like a quick way to get some photos scrapped so as soon as I get a new printer (don’t think selphy is gonna cut it LOL) I may have to give them a whirl!

Ann Rhoads - July 8, 2014 - 9:13 am

If I get these I would like to try using the cut files with a sketch pen! I hope someone can try.

The County Fair Has Come To Town.

Ever since summer started and we started getting brochures for the upcoming summer events for our local city and county, the fair or carnival has been on my mind.

The rides. The food. The games. The craft booths.

It’s just a grand ol’ time, is it not?

And that is what inspired me to make this kit.

county-fair

 

Lots  of fun possibilities here. You know me and variety. :) And on those lights? There are two versions–one where you can layer colors on top of a base and one where you can cut vellum circles for a translucent look.

And those 3×4 cards? Yeah, cut it from white…it’s my favorite thing right now.

And how cool would that ticket/candy booth be going up the side of your page?

county-fair-card


Now I need to go to the carnival so I can take some photos ;)

Dolly - July 6, 2014 - 12:10 pm

GREAT kit Kerri! You always make the cutest cut files!! TFS!!

yolande k - July 6, 2014 - 1:01 pm

Superbe ! J’adore !!!