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This weekend I’ve been playing with my brush script skills…or rather, learning some brush script skills. And the first thing I wanted to make was some words of encouragement for my daughter who’s out in Florida right now. Of course, it kind of turned into my own mantra as I was getting used to how all that brush script stuff worked.

And this was the fruit of my labor.

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It comes as both a printable in the original brushy-looking art form as well as a cut file that’s been modified for better cutting.

And right now you can get it for free if you’ve signed up for the newsletter that will go out tomorrow (Monday). On Tuesday it’ll be available in the store.

To be sure you’re on the newsletter list, go to the My Account in the upper right and scroll down to the Newsletter section. The newsletter is different than getting blog updates by email.

The first newsletter with my first brush script project goes out tomorrow! :)

 

Barbara - February 23, 2014 - 9:06 am

Kerri,
I do not see newsletter under my account. I could be looking in the wrong place. Please help.

Kerri - February 23, 2014 - 11:02 am

Hey Barbara!
Make sure you are logged in and then scroll down. Let me know if the Newsletter option is there for you….it should be. :)

Andrea DeBruler - February 23, 2014 - 11:10 am

Love your work and would like to start receiving your newsletter!

Thanks,
Andrea

Brenda - February 23, 2014 - 11:40 am

I signed up for the newsletter – thanks for the reminder since I thought I already had. Have a great Sunday.

yolande k - February 23, 2014 - 12:53 pm

Merci, merci beaucoup Kerri ! I signed up for the newsletter too !
Bon dimanche chez toi

Cynthia Theriault - February 23, 2014 - 2:25 pm

YES…YES….YES…your brush script is as beautiful as your handwriting…more, more, more !!!!

Barbara - February 23, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Found it – thanks Kerri – I was looking on the right side instead of down the middle. :-) oops. I’m subscribing now.

scrapchick/Carrie - February 23, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Love it! Beautiful work! Can’t wait – thank you!

Jessie - February 23, 2014 - 3:20 pm

What FUN!

jeni - February 23, 2014 - 3:33 pm

i love this!! just signed up for the newsletter!! I love your work girl!!

Stephanie - February 23, 2014 - 6:33 pm

Hi Kerri, I went to sign up but the check box is already ticked for ‘General Subscription’. Is this correct or am I looking in the wrong area? Thanks :-)

Sherry107 - February 23, 2014 - 8:03 pm

Love this!! Can’t imagine how hard it was!!! TFS!!! Just getting to know my Silhouette! So anxious to give this a try!

lacrevette85 - February 24, 2014 - 1:18 am

merci beaucoup Kerri , j’aime ton travail et aimerais recevoir ta news letter,

Nashonne - February 24, 2014 - 8:29 am

When does the newsletter sent out? I signed up today.

Kerri - February 24, 2014 - 8:41 am

It’ll probably go out later today to make sure that everyone who wants to sign up can have a chance. :)

Sandy Evans - February 24, 2014 - 9:57 am

I thought I was signed up for your newsletter….I don’t know where to go to sign up, I am getting emails from you. I can’t seem to be able to download this. ;-(

Sandy Evans - February 24, 2014 - 10:04 am

Kerri, I followed the instructions on signing up for your newsletter, apparently I wasn’t signed up for it, I don’t know why I get emails from you. So I checked the box to sign up for it and got an email that it was successful, BUT how do I get THIS AWESOME script ????? Hoping you are able to check your blog today so I can get it. Thanks
Sandy

Kerri - February 24, 2014 - 10:11 am

It hasn’t gone out just yet…so you are good! :)

Sandy Evans - February 24, 2014 - 10:53 am

thank you so much Kerri. So excited to get your newsletter AND this awesome script. Thank you for sharing.
Sandy

Sandy Lewis - February 24, 2014 - 12:36 pm

Kerri, I get your newsletter (email) and I don’t know how to get the free file. I’ve even taken your Silhouette classes – thank you for teaching me how to use my machine!

Kerri - February 24, 2014 - 12:44 pm

Hey Sandy!
So getting the blog updates by email is different than getting the newsletter. To sign up for the newsletter–or to see if you’ve already signed up, log into your My Account (upper right) and scroll down to the Newsletter section. It will let you know yea or nay. :)

fran - February 24, 2014 - 2:08 pm

I get e-mails from you but have been checking all day, waiting to get this wonderful freebie…………has it gone out yet??

Kim Hansen - February 24, 2014 - 5:41 pm

Hi Kerri, it’s Monday afternoon. Is it too late to receive your freebie “You got it.” I’m just noticing this today and went into check the box for the newsletter. Thank you. Kim

Kerri - February 24, 2014 - 6:12 pm

Hey Kim!
Yeah, it’s already gone out. I had to make a cut-off time some time. But you can get it in the store here soon (later tonight or in the morning). It’s only .99, so it’s not a piggy bank breaker. ;)

Amber - February 25, 2014 - 8:31 am

I get your newsletter and received an email that the newsletters were going out. I checked last night and there was nothing there. I checked back this morning and there’s still nothing under “Newsletter” block under My Account. Am I looking in the wrong spot?

Amber - February 25, 2014 - 8:37 am

***Wanted to let you know that the digital file was in the email but I cannot access the newsletter from My Account ;)

Thank you for the awesome file! I’m going to go play!

Lara Read - February 25, 2014 - 12:01 pm

Thank you so much this is amazing! Can’t wait to see what else you paint for us ;) Love it!

video tutorial: creating a two-tone feather

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Hey y’all! Just popping in today with a quick tutorial to show you how easy it is to create a two-tone feather . . . or any two-tone shape, really. I’m using designs from the Feathers kit.

I love having all my scrap cardstock organized now so that I can easily find colors that I need. These feathers were under four inches each, so scraps worked perfectly!

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And in case you missed seeing that new organization glimpse on FB, here it is again.

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It truly is my favoritist thing I’ve done in my new office. It sits in a Fridge Binz that’s 13″ long, so it’ll handle the 12″ length and nothing over 5″ high goes into it. If I have something bigger, it goes back in with my main carsdtock.

Okay, so let’s get to the video now! :)


Easy peasy.

Lori - February 20, 2014 - 1:27 pm

WOW!!! What a great tutorial–thank you for making a video to share these specific techniques and tips. LOVE this!!!

vicki - February 20, 2014 - 1:42 pm

awesome tutorial — thank you!!

yolande k - February 20, 2014 - 1:58 pm

Merci beaucoup pour cette astuce et ton partage !!!

Sandi - February 20, 2014 - 3:34 pm

Kerri, You never fail to make things so very plain to me! This looks so easy when I see you do it and hear the explanation. Have you ever thought about writing a book about the many different things that you can do with the Silhouette? I would buy it in a second! Then I could reference your how-to videos and see in real time what I just read about. Anyway, a girl can wish, can’t she???

Diane S. - February 20, 2014 - 4:02 pm

I love your storage idea. Where can I find those bins? Thanks!

Kerri - February 20, 2014 - 4:10 pm

I bought my Fridge Binz at Walmart. I think they have them at Bed Bath + Beyond too. I’ve seen them on Amazon as well.

And Sandi and everyone, thanks for your sweet words.

Yolande, I love your comments in French. I have a soft spot for French since my son spoke French for two years in Washington DC. It makes me smile when I see it. :)

Susan Kopp - February 20, 2014 - 4:44 pm

Thanks for sharing that info…..those are really cute!!

Cammie - February 23, 2014 - 5:47 am

Thanks so much for sharing this great tutorial.

documenting love

I love pages on love. I feel like it is the truest form of scrapbooking and recording memories that we can do for the ones we hold dearest. And the beauty of it is that it doesn’t have to be a holiday, like Valentines Day, to do it. It can be done year round. Although, Valentines is a great time to have that on your mind and get one done.

So is it any wonder that I fell in love with this page from Naomi.

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[ Designs | Photo Strips #1 / Just My Type (side word border) ]


I love all the decorative pieces of love on this page, including the large ‘i love you’ as well as how she inked different sections of the big stack of words for an amazing look!

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Here’s what Naomi has to say:

I first made the collage using the newest Photostrips #1.  I love these storyboards.. they make putting a lot of photos in one layout a snap! Once you get the hang of using them, you will be hooked! I really loved the full and half page text cuts from the Just My Type Kit as well.  I knew I wanted it to cover a lot of my page, but I wanted to do something different with it.  I decided to layer my patterned paper underneath the cut, and for each color of patterned paper, I would make the text match.  I either inked or misted the words to match the patterned paper underneath. I layered some fun elements under my photo strip, stitched around my edges, and then I was done :) Hope you are inspired to try some of Kerri’s new kits! You won’t be disappointed!

 

brand new kit: click

When Nichol asked me to make her some negative strips, I was more than happy to oblige. This girl is the queen of–well, I won’t say stripping–but rather using negative strips. She shared her most recent version of one just a few days ago.

I also thought it would be fun to add a few more camera/photograph related items and Click was born.

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There are twenty frame styles to choose from. They include landscape and square orientations–using square for instagram photos would be awesome! As well as rounded or straight inside frames. There are words to cut or place on photos. You can mix and match styles. And there’s also an overlay you can use on your photo or use as a printout like I did here.

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Kind of excited to play with this one. :)

Patty G. - February 18, 2014 - 12:58 pm

ok, this is awesome! I have been admiring Nichol’s use of the negative strips–this is perfect!

Lori P. - February 18, 2014 - 5:00 pm

YES! Thank you Kerri! I love it and just had to purchase it. :)

{dawn} - February 20, 2014 - 8:05 am

Love this! I used several of these elements on my My Story History Project “This Photo” lesson. Yes, I am one of those hold-overs from last year’s class – a bit behind, I know! Love how the page turned out!!

president’s day sale

Hey everyone! Just popping in with a quick how do you do and let you know that there is a President’s Day Sale going on through today and tomorrow . . .

30% off all This+That Kits!

Use code PRESIDENT at checkout. It ends when President’s Day is over (that’s Monday, in case you aren’t from ’round these parts ;) ).

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scrapchick/Carrie - February 16, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Ohhh I’ve been secretly hoping this would happen!!! Love these kits!!!! Woo hoo!

sharon - February 16, 2014 - 10:36 pm

I just got a cameo for Christmas and don’t know how to use it. I am waiting for the four Silhouette classes to go on sale so that I can break this machine out of the box. When might these go on sale next?

Kerri - February 17, 2014 - 7:25 am

Hey Sharon! It’s hard to say. But you could at least get the first two in the combo pack to get you started. You do save a few dollars by buying 1+2 or 3+4 together. :)

carla - February 17, 2014 - 9:08 am

I second Sharon’s comment!! Would love to see the Silhouette classes go on sale. I want to take them all!!

Kerri - February 17, 2014 - 9:32 am

Well, they were just on sale all through December, so it will probably still be a while before another sale. :)

Lorretta - February 17, 2014 - 12:43 pm

I love these! Thank you for putting them on sale, Kerri!

kiss kiss  •  love you

Ahhh…it’s the day of love. A day of particularly expressing one’s affection to another. A day of chocolates, eating out, hugs, kisses, cards, candy…an all around fun day, I’d say.

I recently went through a little treasure box of things from when I was eight and found these Valentines.

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Nothing says I love like you like a lion wearin’ a crown. ‘No lion.’ And these babies are almost forty years old. Does that make them vintage? (I’m not vintage though.) All but the big girl+hearts one were given to me by boys.

What does that say about my mentality in the 3rd grade?

The big one was given to me by my teacher, just fyi.

Luckily we don’t have to wait for Valentines Day to express our love. I hope that every day you give your kid or spouse a hug, tell them you love them, give them the sign language ‘I Love You’ (I do that a lot here), hold their hand for a minute, or any other gesture.

Love is what makes the world go around.

And that’s what brings us to today’s page by the lovely Miss Nichol. Capturing expressions of love between a grandma and a child. Love doesn’t get much simpler and sweeter than this.

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[ DesignsDesign Secrets Class Extras (camera) / February Fourteen (‘kisskiss’) / ‘Love You’ FreebieJust My Type (hearts) / This Moment Captured (flag banner) / Filmstrips (Kerri’s design from Silhouette Store) ]

So seriously. Pore over this page and notice all the tiny little details. I think my favorite thing has got to be that camera! Love the stripes! I also love the blend of the ‘kiss kiss’ and ‘love you’. That’s awesome together.


Here’s what Nichol has to say:

One of my favorite ways to scrapbook older photos from my pre-digital days is to frame them up. Because I can’t alter these photos in editing software framing takes the emphasis off of the less than perfection of the photos and allows for the memories and emotion to take center stage. I used an old cut file Kerri created for the Silhouette Store on my page to frame up these photos of my oldest son when he was little with my mom. I only had three photos for the six frames so I filled the open frames with die cut embellishments that helped tell my story. Hearts and the camera make for fun embellishments and a good title always makes the page, IMO! I paired Kerri’s “Kiss Kiss” title from her February Fourteen Kit with one of her free cut files. I am always a big fan of mixing and matching cut files to make one-of-kind page and paper crafting designs!

Adore.


And if you were wanting to pick up that February Fourteen kit, or any other lovey dovey items–including the Hello There class, today is the last day of the sale.

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You have been warned. ;)

I hope you all have a wonderful day full of love.

Happy Valentines Day!

DIY  •  Photo Puzzle

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When I saw this done on another person’s blog, I knew I needed to do it and send it to Jordan for a cute Valentine. I just loved the cleverness of it all. Simple. Sweet. Fun.

I couldn’t find a canvas bag, so I opted to work with what I had, including the paper bag shape we made in the Hello There Silhouette class. I also used the chevron design from Background Basics to create the print+cut design for the paper bag design.

This is what I started out playing with. 

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As you can see, I loved the idea of lace and such. Lots of fun goodies to have added to it. But when I took off the wrapper for the craft sticks, for some reason, I just loved that look and thought it would make a great background for a cut title.


So here’s what you can do to make it.

1. Lay out the sticks to match the length of your photo.

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2. Mod Podge the back of your photo.

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3. Lay the sticks evenly across the back. Be sure to keep the top/bottom lines of the sticks as straight as possible.

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4. Apply Mod Podge to the front of your photo and let it dry.

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5. Write a sentiment on the back. I used a Sharpie marker.

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6. Use an X-acto knife to cut the photo into pieces. I used a metal ruler to help me keep a straight line. 

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7. Voila! It’s marvelous!

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8. Decorate your holding device. In this case, I used the paper bag element from the Hello There Silhouette class as my holding device. I decided to use the craft paper that held the sticks together as a background to the cut cardstock title ‘Love You To Pieces.’ Then I accented with a couple of 3D embellishments.

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I’m really excited to send this to Jordan.
I think she’s going to love it!

And today is my 26th anniversary. 
Love this guy.

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Tammy Joyce - February 12, 2014 - 1:00 pm

You did an awesome job. It turned out great. I know she will love it. Thanks for sharing.

Valmay Court - February 12, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Congrats on 26 years I know how great the feeling is I have been married to the love of my life for 41 years & going strong. Love the puzzle photo & I am sure Jordan will too Cheers from Oz Valmay :-)

Heather Parry - February 12, 2014 - 1:35 pm

Great project! Congratulations on your anniversary!

kelly thompson - February 12, 2014 - 2:58 pm

really love this – very easy and great fir kids!

Cheryl :) - February 12, 2014 - 3:36 pm

What a fun project!!! Jordan will love it. AND Have a wonderful Anniversary!

Trish - February 12, 2014 - 4:55 pm

Congratulations on your anniversary! A long and happy marriage is one of life’s beautiful gifts! Your Valentine to Jordan is wonderful, can’t wait to make one for my sweet daughter!

yolande k - February 12, 2014 - 7:32 pm

Félicitations Kerri !!! et merci pour cette idée que je trouve géniale !
Biz’

Cherri - February 12, 2014 - 7:59 pm

What a fun project and you did a great job. She will love it! Thank you for sharing it. I’ll make one for my granddaughter for Easter I think.

Lorretta Shughrue - February 12, 2014 - 9:12 pm

Love this! What a great idea. Thank you for sharing it. Happy Anniversary! = )

Katie Jones - February 13, 2014 - 5:35 am

What a fabulous idea! Jordan will just love receiving this! You dressed up your little chevron envie so cutely. I need to make more of those – I just love them! Congrats on your wedding anniversary!

Nashonne - February 13, 2014 - 6:27 am

LOVE THIS….won’t be able to do in time for V-day, but may adapt as a “thinking of you”/”missing you” puzzle.

Hope you had an awesome day celebrating 26 years!!

Nita K. - February 13, 2014 - 7:36 pm

That is such a cute puzzle! Will have to do this for my kiddos.

Happy anniversary to you!

Pamela McGillin - February 14, 2014 - 1:18 pm

Lovely, lovely gift.

Anna - February 14, 2014 - 3:06 pm

Happy Anniversary! You guys are such a cute couple! Hope you have much happiness always :) And Happy Valentine’s too!

Rhadonda - February 15, 2014 - 4:02 pm

This puzzle was a genius idea!!! Thanks for sharing. Would love to do this for my niece and nephew. Belated Happy Anniversary!!!

new kit: photo strips #1

Wow. I had no idea just how long it had been since I done a  storyboard photo template.
Last April.

Last April???

Yowza! That’s just too long. ;)

So here is the brand new Photo Strips kit!

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This kit has eleven storyboard photo templates dimensionally created to use not only for your scrapbook pages, but also for your Facebook Timeline photo! Save the strip for the Web and change your pixel size to 851px x 315px. Sweet! Oh, and of course you could use them for your blog as well. Just change the width to match your blog width and you are good to go.

As usual with the storyboards, there is a straight frame and a round frame that you can add to it to give it a whole different look. You can change the frame color to black using the Paint Bucket tool, if’n ya wanted.

And because I’m still lovin’ the love here through Valentine’s Day,

this kit is 20% off too!


But you better pick it up by Friday, because the sale price goes away along with the rest of the Lovin’ The Love sale after that day.

Oh, and here’s one I whipped up within maybe five minutes last night.
Kind-a makes me wanna go back to NYC.

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P.S. You can use these on your own blog or FB if you’re doing it for your own personal use. That’s totally cool. But if you’re a professional photographer wanting to use them for various projects, then a commercial license would be in order.

Diane S - February 11, 2014 - 1:29 pm

Hey Kerri, Thanks for the new template. I plan to use if for scrapbooking but what size is it? Thanks!

Kerri - February 11, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Technically, if you look under Image/Image Size it’s 11.82 x 4.375. But you can make it a full 12″ wide by changing that image size. It’s just those dimensions–when done in pixels–equated exactly to the 851px x 315px that FB uses.

You can also make it smaller too. :)

Elaine - February 11, 2014 - 6:56 pm

You mentioned above that this can be used in Photoshop Elements or Photoshop. Do you know if these storyboards can be used in the Creative Memories Storybook Creator software?

Kerri - February 11, 2014 - 7:50 pm

As far as I know you can’t. Unless it can now handle layered PSD files, which I don’t think it can, you’d have to use PS/PSE.

elaine - February 12, 2014 - 5:41 am

Ok, thank you. :( Love the designs.