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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….

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[ 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:

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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:

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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:

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

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


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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.

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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:

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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 !

kendell - May 5, 2014 - 10:33 pm

Thanks for sharing your work, it is really appreciated

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.

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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!

happy st. patrick’s day!

Well, folks. We’ve had an amazing few days this fine long lucky weekend, but it’s now coming to  a close. Of course, the fun never really ends, does it? ;) But the sale does though…fyi…so this is the last opportunity to take advantage it.

So we have one last amazing page to share here from Miss Nichol. I love that for our little weekend both Laura and Nichol used the same title–love seeing it used in two totally different looks. While Laura’s was big and bold, Nichol’s is soft and subtle. Love how they were each so unique and amazing.

Check it out.

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[ DesignsDesign Secrets Class (butterfly) /Click (negative strips, camera) / Something To Say (title) ]


My favorite thing? The monochromatic shades of whites + greys with all the elements. As I may have mentioned–a time or two (ha ha)—I’m a huge fan of white on white. So I love how this all came together. And the butterflies??? Hello!


Here’s what Nichol has to say:

I wanted to scrapbook these old photos of my daughter that I had pulled off an old layout eons ago but I kept having trouble finding the “right” way to record the memory. Then there was the fact that I had cut up the photos into a bunch of odd shapes and I didn’t want to have to go get them reprinted (this was pre-digi days!). After playing around with some color choices from my paper stash I came across the white Dear Lizzy Ruffle Paper and was inspired to go with a white on white layout with touches of gray to highlight the die cut title from Kerri’s Something To Say Kit and the camera die cut from the Click Kit. Negative strip die cuts also from the Click kit hid the fact that my photos didn’t all start out this size plus the photo in the bottom left corner was smaller than the negative opening and by hanging it off the bottom of the page allowed it to “blend in” with the others! A scattering of beautiful die cut butterflies from Kerri’s Design Secrets Class cut from an assortment of vellum and text paper, a sprinkling of gemstones and some white embossed stamping complete the design.


Thank you so much for being a part of our KBS world here Nichol. We are all ever-so lucky to have you share your talents with us each month!

yolande k - March 17, 2014 - 1:32 pm

C’est sublime Nichol !!! Bravo !

Sue FitzGerald - March 17, 2014 - 2:54 pm

She really is incredible…

Gilda - March 17, 2014 - 3:08 pm

This is just awesome! I just love Nichol’s pages.

Barbara - March 17, 2014 - 8:26 pm

Love it!! I so need to try it or a version like it.

Lucinde - March 18, 2014 - 7:09 am

Great page! Love all the fluttering butterflies!

SYLVIE - March 18, 2014 - 10:45 am

This page is just amazing. So soft, delicate and feminin. I just love every détails.

so lucky for friends

I’ve been in this industry for many, many years. It all started in 1999 when I won the very first Creating Keepsakes’ Hall of Fame contest. (Please, don’t go look for the pages. ;) ) Soon after that I became a part of the Provo Craft ‘Dream Team’, as it was called. It was the first time I’d ever been a part of a group that connected all over the world–via dial-up modem. To which, I didn’t even have one at the time and would go over to my sister’s house and use hers.

We’ve come a long way baby!

We live in a grand world now, don’t we? How lucky are we to be able to connect with people all over the world? Friends, family, you name it. Skype. Hello? Did you ever think we’d have personal video conversations on a computer, much less a hand-held computer?

Now, for me, when I say lucky, it has taken on more of a meaning–evolved over time, if you will–and I think it includes meaning blessed. And I have been so lucky–blessed–to have made such great connections over our little world with people whom I’ve never met.

A few weeks ago, the lovely folks at Paperclipping Round Table invited me to have a conversation amongst friends. Five different people from all over, sitting around, having lovely chat about diecutting. Again, grand world we live in. And when I found out who I was going to be chatting with, I was so excited! Not only did I get to visit with Wilna Furstenburg–who is absolutely delightful, by the way, but I got to chat with a long-time KBS regular, Caroline Davis, who’s wit and charm would lighten up my world  with her comments when she visited my neck of the woods. And when I say wit, there were many-a times when I would literally laugh out loud at this girl.

And last year she became a member of Silhouette’s design team. Way to go Caroline!

So I thought it would be fun to invite Caroline to play at our house. And when she made her page, she reminded me that she was the one that asked for a ‘wonky’ honeycomb design. So you can all thank her for that (found in Background Basics).

Here it is in action:

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[ Designs | Background Basics (honeycomb) / Monthlies (december) ]


Such a whimsical use of the honeycomb! Love those splashes of color randomly placed. So much fun, Miss Caroline!


Here’s what Caroline said:

Hey Kerri!  Do you remember a million years ago I asked for this wonky honeycomb shape?  I was so excited that you made it!  I still LOVE it!  So much fun to play with and a great way to add random splashes of color.  I don’t do Project Life, but I take tons of Instagram shots, and I’ve decided that I want to have a way to showcase some of my favorite shots every month.  My daughter’s birthday is in December, and her favorite color is orange.  Christmas is documented elsewhere, so this has some red and green, but also snowflakes and hearts and orange.  Also, it’s hard to see in the photo, but the snow plow says “Sno Way” – which is why that photo is labeled funny…it reminds me or Wayne and Garth of Wayne’s World.


Thanks so much for sharing your talent here with us today Caroline! I’ve been lucky to have you be a part of my KBS world for a long time. :)

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And now, who would like to know who the winners are?

Should I announce them now?

Keep you waiting some more?

Oh, alright. :) And just because I was feeling saucy, I randomly picked six winners!

Here they are:
    Yolande K
    Caroline M
    Diane Buckelew
    Jill Felker
    Suzanne Mützelburg
    Tracy Ercole

Winners will be emailed with the details on how to redeem their little shopping spree. :)

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And if you weren’t one of the lucky winners, you can still save a few dollars by taking advantage of the sale. This ends after Monday–when the big green Lucky holiday is over.

So don’t miss out!

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And one more thing. For those who don’t follow me on Facebook–or use Facebook, I shared this card that I made for Jordan for St. Patrick’s Day using the Thank My Lucky Stars kit. Sent it with a box of Cliffs of Moher Bars. She didn’t want junk food, so I had to make it Irish somehow. ;)

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Caroline M. - March 16, 2014 - 2:54 pm

Yay !!! I’m so glad you picked me !!! Thanks a lot !

yolande k - March 16, 2014 - 2:57 pm

Thank you so much Kerry !!!! Je suis contente d’avoir été tirée au sort ! Très belle page de Caroline et coup de coeur pour ta carte !

DianeB - March 16, 2014 - 4:42 pm

Thanks so much! So happy to have won!!!! Thanks Again!!

our lucky weekend continues with ‘gotta love this’

Before we get started, just a quick reminder that the giveaway ends tonight at midnight and the sale ends when the big Lucky Day is over (after Monday). Details on both are in the next two posts from the previous days.

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Okay, today we our so very lucky to have Laura Vegas in the KBS house with her page. I love…love…seeing the brush script come to life here. Check it out:

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[ DesignsClick (‘this look’, negatives) / Something To Say (‘gotta love this’) / Heart Backgrounds / Need Directions? (arrow) ]


Ooooh, did you see the stitching on the negative strip? LOVE!

Here’s what Laura has to say:

I don’t do really large titles very often. But Kerri’s new hand-painted brush script words just call out to be used big and bold, don’t they? I cut my title from brown cardstock, as well as a beige tone-on-tone dotted patterned paper, and then layered them together. To go with the “love” theme, I cut a heart background from white cardstock, layering it directly onto another piece of white cardstock, for a subtle look. I wanted to include several smaller photos and the negative strip worked perfectly to hold three photos that are approximately 3×4″ in size. Kerri’s shapes are also great for using directly on your photos. I used the PNG file for “this look”, from Kerri’s Click kit, and added it onto my photo before printing.

 

We are all so lucky to have you share your talent with us Miss Laura! You are amazing!

Dolly - March 15, 2014 - 7:14 am

Love Laura’s LOs and this one is no exception! So cute!! TFS

yolande k - March 15, 2014 - 2:54 pm

Ta page est superbe Laura !