You may or may not have noticed, but I have added a few things to the store lately. I’ve made mention of them on Facebook, but have neglected them here. Weirdness.
So if you’ve missed them, here’s a little peek at them now. :)
I cannot tell you just how excited I am today. Today I get to announce this fabulous gal as the newest design team member for our lovely little neck of the woods.
So let’s see what Layle has to say and show us today!
Hi friends! Layle Koncar here. I am so over the moon excited about joining the list of extremely talented designers on Kerri’s team! I’m a relative ‘newbie’ when it comes to all things die cut. I’ve been scrapbooking for more than 15 years, and believe it or not, the Silhouette Cameo was the first die cut machine I purchased. I picked it up last September after hearing and seeing so many great things it could do, and trust me when I say I’m now a convert. I believe!! I’m continually amazed at all of the great things that little machine can do!
I have a pretty clean, simple and graphic style. I’m really drawn to white backgrounds and bright colors. The one thing that’s pretty consistent across every scrapbook page that I do, besides photos of course, are titles. I put a title on everything. Everything. That’s one of the MANY reasons I’m so excited to be joining the team and playing with Kerri’s amazing artwork – she has the best titles!
When I saw this title, I knew it was the perfect title to accompany the photo I snapped on my iPhone of my youngest son at his 6th grade parent teacher conferences last fall.
[ Shapes | Say What #3 (title) ]
When you’re working with cut words, you have the ‘positive’ part of the letter and the ‘negative’ part of the letter. With this layout, I think of the positive parts of the letters as what I had when I pulled my 12×12 white cardstock base from the Silhouette mat. You can see those represented by the teal patterned paper. The negative parts of the letters are the pieces that were still attached to the mat after I removed the 12×12 base – basically the white ‘insides’ of the letters. This tip is a super easy way of placing in the exact right spot the ‘negative’ or insides of the letters.
Here I’ve left the ‘negative’ or inside pieces off of the letters ‘g’ and ‘s’ in the word ‘things’.
When I lifted the segment with the letters ‘n’ and ‘g’ and ‘s’ off of the layout – VOILA – the pieces were exactly where they needed to be!
If you’re like me, getting those little center and connector pieces in the right place is a must have :)
I hope this little tip helps you the next time you’re working with words and titles on your projects!
Great tip there Miss Layle! We are just so thrilled to have you here!
Well folks . . . the time has finally come and I can share the news!
Have you heard about ‘Everyday Storyteller’?
So what is Everyday Storyteller?
You’re invited to take a behind-the-scenes journey into real world, practical scrapbooking. With inspiring contributions from across the scrapbooking industry, Everyday Storyteller idea books are essential resources for the modern memory keeper. Find out how your favorite scrapbookers document their stories, create amazing pages and still have time to make memories.
Everyday Storyteller: 33 Practical Ideas from Real World Scrapbookers is an 81 page idea book from the owner of Simple Scrapper, Jennifer Wilson. It was first released in 2012 and is available in digital download and print versions. Everyday Storyteller 2: 33 More Practical Ideas from Real World Scrapbookers will be released this May.
Be sure to sign up for the free VIP list too so that you can be in on all the inside scoop of this amazing adventure. Plus, you get these benefits:
And have you seen who’s a part of this book? Take a look!
Tangie Baxter, Kerri Bradford (me), Lexi Bridges, Joscelyne Cutchens, Catherine Davis, Patty Debowski, Lisa Dickinson, Karla Dudley, Lain Ehmann, Leah Farquharson, Karen Grunberg, Jenni Hufford, Donna Jannuzzi, Amanda Jones, Mandy Koeppen, Riikka Kovasin, Kami Leonard, Amy Mallory, Amy Martin, Ann-Marie Morris, Céline Navarro, Kelly Purkey, Krista Sahlin, Linda Sattgast, Cindy Schneider, Elisha Snow, Amy Sorensen, Jill Sprott, Wendy Smedley, Laura Vegas, Allison Waken and Crystal Wilkerson.
Wowee! Some really fabulous people! I can’t wait to see what they’ve done!
The book launches on May 4, so be sure to sign up to get yours today!
But wait, there’s more!
(I know. You can hardly stand it, right?)
If you sign up using the link from my site, you will receive a $10 gift card to use on my website. You can use it towards the purchase of The History Project (speaking of storytelling), get yourself some photo templates, or have some fun with some digital cut shapes!
To qualify, just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your PayPal Transaction ID from the book purchase (using the link on my site) and I’ll get you on your merry way!
Please note: Volume 2 does not go on sale until May. But be sure to sign up for the free VIP status (using that link) so that you can be in the know with all that goes on with the excitement of the new book. :)
Yeah, so my office is pretty much gone right now. Okay, so maybe it’s not necessarily ‘gone’ since all that stuff is now in the middle of my front room. But you know what I mean. And I sent off my old desk to my sister’s house–found it a new home. So it’s looking pretty empty right now. Oh, and there are carpet samples that I keep flopping around at the various times of the day. Lighting changes and all. Gotta make sure it goes. So excited to get rid of the ugly dark brown carpet.
Feeling a little lost without my big mama Mac. Luckily I do have a laptop that can help me bide my time.
So I went out to dinner with my hubby, just got back from taking the dog for a walk, and I’m finally taking a moment to relax in my bedroom this evening, and I have my laptop . . . well, in my lap, and I’m listening to the last part of Sherlock Holmes. SI I thought it might be fun to take this moment and suprise you all with a page this fine Saturday evening from our darling Miss Nichol.
Here’s what Nichol has to say:
Here lately I am addicted to using negative frame die cuts on my pages, especially for framing up older photos (pre-digital days!). The ability to resize them to suit my specific photo/layout needs makes them an ideal way of emphasizing the photos, even when they aren’t the best quality of photos. This free file Kerri put up ages ago continues to be one of my all-time favorites! The original has a die cut “u.” along the bottom (wider) edge and one of the frames has the phrase “love this” along one edge. With just a tiny bit of manipulating I ungrouped the image, then removed the letter “u”. I duplicated the plain cut out frame and replaced the frame with the phrase with the plain one. Then regrouped the image for a bit more “plain jane” negative strip! To customize these even further, I added one of Kerri’s more recent designs “love it” from her Need Directions kit to the bottom of one of the filmstrips.
Instead of die cutting the paw prints and adhering them on top of the layout I chose to die cut them from my background paper instead and pop a contrasting paper behind. Makes it much easier than trying to piece the paw prints back together. :)
So I know I’ve mentioned us doing remodeling our downstairs–it’s the third level of a four-split level house. It’s also where my studio resides. Okay, so maybe it’s more of an ‘office’, but soon it will be more studio-esque. :)
Dan did the one wall in my office a couple weeks ago and then did another wall on the opposite side of the room last week. Kassidy–my photography major daughter–is taking a documentary class and thought this would make a good subject. She just got some photos edited last night for her class today and so of course I had to steal them and share them here, right?
She did a pretty darn good job, don’t ya think? And Dan too? He’s making my walls fabulous with his vintage plaster. It’s pretty handy to have a guy like that in the house. ;)
Can’t wait to get get that all done . . . and new carpet! It’s pretty pathetic, but the carpet in this basement is over 30 years old. Probably originally came with the house. We bought it when it was maybe 12 years old and we’ve lived here going on 22 years.
But ever-so excited to get this floor a facelift! We’ve done a lot of the other floors . . . but this one is the beast with all my stuff and with it being my workspace it’s hard to find ‘the right time’. And when I did QVC? Yeah, waaaaaaay more stuff than I have now and I still have a ton. I feel another slimming coming down. I just really don’t want it all back in here. It’s funny how once you get it out, you really don’t care to get it back in . . . until you need that one thing you’ve had for ten years and didn’t need it until now . . . and you can’t buy it anymore because they don’t make it so you can’t get rid of it.
Anyway, this next little bit is going to get really interesting, I think. ;)
Little Miss Naomi is sharing a wee bit of love with us today before our ‘love’ month is over.
Totally love her choice of patterned paper for the feathers!
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and now, some
March is Friday . . . in case you didn’t know.
Slowly working on remodeling the downstairs.
I don’t know how I’m going to work if I move my office for the remodel.
Still working on trying to simplify + find balance . . .
Got cheated with my Sunday afternoon nap due to the creative
Hmm . . . I feel a new class coming on.
Can’t wait for spring!
I got my Christmas stuff down finally . . .
Today’s the big announcement . . . the big reveal . . . check it out!
Goodness gracious . . . Saturday just came and went so fast! Here is the randomly picked winner of the seat in The History Project and choice of a Project Life childhood kit:
LARA READ – FEBRUARY 21, 2013 – 10:16 AM
And I just have to add, reading all of your comments was an absolute delight! Old tv shows, family moments . . . it was just wonderful! And I have to say, I’m a huge Bugs Bunny fan too. It really is the only true cartoon out there–the ones from the 1950s, that is.
Yoiks . . . and away!
The elves are busy!
Pick up the class for $18 through November 30. Click image for details.
New in the store!