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I cannot tell you how much I am loving my new Fuji-XT10! I’m still learning the ins and outs of it all, getting accustomed to the buttons, and all that jazz. But I am simply loving the results! I’m finding that I really need to do very little editing on the photos too. Generally speaking they just come out so beautiful that I may lighten it a little and do a little contrast, but that’s about it. And really, many of them just don’t need any editing…and I’m loving that!

This week we’ve had our annual girls camp with Lisa Bearnson, Kristy Banks and our daughters. Not only do our children continue to grow, but now the families are beginning to grow. A lot can happen in the eight years we’ve been doing this…including Lisa and Kristy both becoming grandmas. What???

So yesterday Lisa asked if I’d take some pictures of her darling granddaughter, Oakley. Of course I was more than happy to oblige. She’s such a cute little stink!

She not even two years old and was having a grand time blowing dandelions!

I think this particular photo is my favorite. I love the shadows and light.


And the amazing thing is, I didn’t even have to kneel down to take the shots. I felt like I was using an ‘old timey’ camera that you hold down at your waste and look through a view finder. Only in the modern-day world, you flip out that screen and hold the bottom of the camera with your fingers and the top with your thumbs–using your thumb to press the shutter button. It was not even obvious to Oakley that I was taking pictures.

I love getting down to get her within the dandelions without having me get down into the dandelions. ;)

I haven’t photographed a toddler in a very long time, much less with a new camera and in this fashion. So it was really quite fun following her around. But also, she was often a fast-moving target. So I still feel like I need to work on the focusing and aperture combinations.

She was just absolutely adorable and if I could share all the darling pictures, I would. But for now, I’ll leave you with one more. And if you’re thinking about that camera, now is an excellent time as they have rebates going on (B&H Photo). No affiliation. Just loving the camera and sharing my enthusiasm. I plan to do a walk through on it soon, but for now, just enjoy this cute little face. :)



  • Rebecca S. - June 9, 2016 - 2:07 pm

    Those photos are amazing and Oakley is precious. :)ReplyCancel


Class starts in just two days folks! Can you even believe it! If you wanted to save a few bucks, now would be the time to do it.

We’re gonna increase your MAD skills by making a little, altering a little and designing a little. The perfect little project for you to do in a weekend!

And don’t forget all the fabulous freebies–like this awesome folder, photo cards and plus sign paper shown here.

It’s gonna be loads of fun! You won’t want to miss it!



Sweet little weekend sale going on to help you jump into summer!

Save 20% on stamps using the code SUMMER.

On sale Saturday and Sunday only.

Make a splash here with your new stamps and then go take a splash in the pool.

Summer is here.

(Sale excludes A Big Month stamps.)

So, I’ll let you in on a little background of these stamps. For the past several months I’ve kept a journal on my computer so that I not only have a copy digitally, but so that I can then transfer it to my traveler’s notebook as a visual journal when I have time. My laptop is always with me and it’s easy just to write a few thoughts at any time.

I write out a few lines of what happened every day and I use a large month, written in bold lowercase letters, at the beginning of the month so that I can differentiate between months. Every time I see it, it just makes me happy. Looks a little something like this:

So, I thought it would be ever-so awesome to make giant stamps of that to use in my journal too! And that’s how the brand new A Big Month stamps came to life.


And what’s really fun to do is to mix up the text. Not only with the little stamps on the sheet, but with A Big Day and Maxwell too!


Pretty cool, right? I can see some really fun stuff happening here. :)

Pick them up today or tomorrow and you can save 10%.

Can you believe it’s June already???





Thought this would be a grand weekend for a bit of a sale!
(Excludes the Weekend Workshops.)

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Be sure to take a moment to remember those that aren’t with you anymore–for those that served and died protecting our country and for those others that were once a part of your everyday life. I don’t think we ever stop missing them.

I have been seeing so many gold embossed/debossed pretty things lately that I decided I needed make my own debossed card!


It’s super simple with a craft cutter, like Cricut or Silhouette and your Minc machine. I even did this without a light box. gasp.

You can probably do this with many designs, but you know I love me some polkadots, so that’s what I had to do. had.

Here’s how:

  1. Open a pattern or create your own.
  2. Once you have the pattern for print, fill it with black so you can print it for use with your Minc.
  3. Make a copy of the pattern, Offset it by a very small fraction and delete the original part you offsetted (yeah, it’s a word). You want it just enough bigger so that when you deboss it there is room for the cardstock to depress without taking the gold with it. You want the sides of the deboss to be the cardstock and not take part of your Minc’d image, if that makes sense. In this image you can see the blue dots are just slightly larger than the black.

    debossing silhouette screen
  4. Print + Minc the black. Cut the blue on your craft cutter. Trim as perfectly as possible.
  5. With washi tape handy, hold both pieces up to the light or a window so you can align them up. Once aligned, add washi to keep in place.


  6. Use an embossing tool to carefully depress the gold layer down into the cut layer. I rubbed on the gold and it didn’t come off. Also, I used to have a double-tipped embossing tool with a finer tip than the one I could find. I really wanted that finer tip to give the debossing a more polished look.

That’s it! Pretty cool, right?
I’m sure there are many fun designs to do this with!
Go give it a whirl!

  • lilola - May 26, 2016 - 12:49 pm

    As you so often say, Kerri, AWWWESOME!ReplyCancel

Ohhhh, who doesn’t love a good brush script font?! There are so many out there available…and for free too! And today, we’re talkin’ about Aprillia Script.

The great thing about some of these free fonts is that you can get the main alphabet for free. If you want the swirly twirlies, not only do you buy the whole font (which is usually pretty reasonable), more than likely you’ll need something like Adobe Illustrator to access the extra characters known as glyphs. So keep that in mind.

What I Like:

  • The thick and thin of it all!
  • The playful hand-written look, of course. ;)

Helpful Hints:

  • I’m not particularly a fan of doing a complete sentence in this font. I like mixing just a word or couple words to make the statement. But that’s just me.
  • Try changing the placement of certain letters vertically along the baseline and even changing the size of some of the letters. This is best done once you’ve changed the letters to a path–in Studio or Illustrator (or PS). Note the m’s. The first one has been increased in size a little and moved up the baseline. Not only does it mix up the look, but it allows the letters below to tuck up underneath even more. The ‘es’ in ‘vibes’ have been moved up as well. It just makes it all sit together nicely. I also moved the points of the left side of the left ‘m’ down a little just to add an extra difference to the letter.
  • Increase the size of the bottom word a little, if needed, to fill up more space. With a font like this it’s not so noticeable.
  • Increase the height a little to elongate the letters, if desired. I preferred a little taller look than the its original state.
  • Watch the space where you have an ‘r’. If you notice in the original sample, it doesn’t quite connect to the letter before it. You can move them closer together and Weld (or Merge in AI), and then fix your points to make it look smooth.
  • If you’re spacing is off between the two words you are using, try adding a shape, like an arrow or in this case, a sun. The sun is from the free font Suns and Stars. The left three rays have been removed, so to speak. Rather than flat out deleting them (once converted to a path), I changed them to No Color so that I would have the option of using the whole sun if I didn’t like how ‘eliminating’ the three rays looked.

So as you can see, if you take a little time to alter your letters, you can take your word from fine to that’s sooo much better. You can cut it or add it to a photo like this–and maybe add a little shadow to give dimension and make it pop.



  • Trish - May 21, 2016 - 5:41 am

    Thanks Kerri for this great tutorial and sharing these fonts.ReplyCancel

  • Lorretta - May 21, 2016 - 11:42 am

    Love it! Thanks, Kerri!ReplyCancel

  • Lynne - May 21, 2016 - 2:55 pm

    Great font! thanks for sharing and your tutorial for using!ReplyCancel

  • yolande k - June 4, 2016 - 2:14 pm

    Merci beaucoup pour le partage….ReplyCancel

If you’ve been watching social media, you know that I took a little getaway to California to visit family over the past long weekend. I wanted to make it a goal to take more video and have some fun learning how to do all that–just using my iPhone. I also thought it would be fun to show the actual drive, for those that don’t live ’round these parts.

I didn’t realize just how much footage I took of driving down there…and actually wish I would have taken more! I wish I would have captured more of the towns we drive by because I actually think it’s pretty cool to document a road you travel often (in particular). I had just been commenting to my girls about how the freeway used to be a highway through some parts of the state. We used to drive through the town of Nephi on our way to or from St. George and we’d stop to get an ice cream cone with my grandparents. I remember sitting in the shade and eating the cone.

Things change. Places change. The simple life gets more complicated, yet streamlined. I miss the simple life.

I’m also always fascinated by the scenery. I’ve done my fair share of traveling–by road–all my life. I love it. I love seeing what this world has to offer. And I don’t get bored looking out the window either. I’m completely content poring over all the hills and dales of the country. My mom used to even have us count the waterfalls when we’d travel from the west side of Oregon over to visit cousins on the east side (or on to Idaho to see the grandparents).

Good times.

So here is my first video masterpiece (ha ha). It’s my very first attempt using iMovie on my iPhone. It actually works pretty easily! If you haven’t given it a try…do! You could take video of anything. Then just start pushing buttons in the program and you can figure it out pretty easily. :)

I do want to try something more advanced sometime….baby steps though, right?

Oh, and you’ll have to forgive the increasing amount of bug splats on the windshield. It is our actual view. ;) Any guesses as to what song we’re listening to during the ‘head banging’ segment? It’s kind of hard to record and hold the phone at the same time (ha ha). And if you’re wondering what the big tall ‘post’ thing is in there, it’s a giant thermometer in Baker, California. We always guess what the temp will be. 

  • Stacey - May 19, 2016 - 7:07 am

    Very cool, and beautiful. Did you record this in iMovie or in the camera app? I made a mini album about 10 years dedicated to my favourite road. You are right, so many things do change along the way.ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - May 19, 2016 - 7:27 am

      I just used the regular camera app and then brought them into the iMovie app on my phone. :)ReplyCancel

  • Lori - May 19, 2016 - 7:46 am

    I know that drive so well. I’m a Utah girl who’s lived in Southern CA for the past 22 years. I’ve lost count of how many times we’ve driven that route. We’ll have to try taking some video on our next trip.
    I like how it turned out!ReplyCancel

  • Judy - May 19, 2016 - 8:41 am

    I enjoy taking road trips and enjoying the scenery along the way. Thanks for sharing your iMovie project. I need to try that this summer on our vacation. I enjoyed your music selection throughout “our” ride. : )ReplyCancel

  • Betsy - May 19, 2016 - 12:41 pm

    Nice job! I enjoyed your video. I’d like to see a map of the route you took. Would make a good scrapbook page.ReplyCancel

  • Phyllis Beaver - May 19, 2016 - 1:13 pm

    Fun for this mid-western girl to see your part of the country! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Trish - May 19, 2016 - 4:52 pm

    How wonderful! I love that part of the world and this video makes me yearn not only for being there again, but that time with my girls when they were between Grown up and Fully grown up, when we had time together just Mom and her daughters. You didn’t know you were going to make me cry, did you? Tears of joy and gratitude…ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn - May 20, 2016 - 6:08 am

    Very scenic! Thanks for sharing Kerri!ReplyCancel

  • Kary - May 22, 2016 - 2:55 pm

    I’ve long lost count of the number of times I’ve taken that drive–and I also remember when I-15 wasn’t done and I drove through Nephi. We live in Colorado and are heading to Orem (to visit family) and then to LA (to visit more family) next week. No surprise to see that Utah is STILL doing roadwork in the Virgin River Narrows! What’s it been 3 or 4 years now?!! Ha! So fun to see that drive via video–thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • karen peterson - May 27, 2016 - 10:52 am

    How awesome is this!!! I love that you documented this and even included the reluctant parties ;) I have driven from Vegas to points in California many a summer with my kids and my mom; she passed away this past December and I wish I had a capture like this. You have an amazing family and these ordinary moments are such treasures!! I am feeling very inspired to document now!! I’ll start one this weekend with my husband and mines trip to Sitka for king fishing ;)ReplyCancel