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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.

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Sometimes you just don’t need a photo to share your thoughts and feelings. It’s a decorative journal of sorts, and I love that! And Laura has done just that here. She made a list of things that she loves and incorporated them beautifully onto this page! I think I ‘love’ your list too Laura. :)

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[ DesignsFebruary Fourteen (‘Love Always’) / Background Basics (circle background) / This+That: School (circle rings) ]

( psst. The February Fourteen kit is on sale this week..
Just thought I should point that out. ;) )


I love the two tones of circle backgrounds here…not to mention the tiny intermittent touches Laura includes within those circles. It just gives it a whole different customized look! Fabulous my dear!


Here’s what Laura has to say:

With Valentine’s Day sneaking up on us, I was in the mood to create some sort of “love” themed layout. I thought I would do something a little different than a normal love layout, and created an all-about-me type of layout without any photos. I often do photo-less layouts when it comes to all-about-me layouts, and I love that it really lets you “play” and have fun with the page, while not worrying about fitting in photos or trying to match them to your products.
 

I started out with my favorite circle background from the Background Basics kit, this time cutting it from blue dotted patterned paper and white cardstock, so that I could split my page in half. This gave me one side of the page for my title and embellishments and one side of the page for my journaling. Because I had quite a few patterned papers that I wanted to include on the page, I used the circle ring cut from the This & That School kit to cut circles of varying sizes from the different papers and then pieced the inner circle and the rings together using different papers.


And if you haven’t been over to Laura’s blog lately, you need to go check out the page she made just for fun–no assignment required. When you scrapbook for work, it’s a rare thing indeed to get to scrap a page you want to do without a specific product in mind. It’s quite liberating. :)

Here’s a sneak peek. To see the rest, go HERE.

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Sandra - February 11, 2014 - 12:25 am

Laura’s layout is awesome. Thanks for the inspiration.

yolande k - February 11, 2014 - 2:35 am

C’est superbe !!!!

MichelleB - February 16, 2014 - 6:19 am

Great layout! Love this idea.