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It is going to be one exciting week here at KBS with a special Design Team Up with Simple Stories!


Oh happy day, I’d say! Designers from both companies have teamed up to bring you a fabulous week of inspiration combining the use of both products. I do believe it could just knock your socks off. :) I’ve seen what my girls have done and I’ve heard tell from Simple Stories that theirs are just as amazing. It helps when a company–such as Simple Stories–has such amazing products to work with!

i. am. so. excited.

I just can’t wait to see all that goodness!

These designer team ups are some of my very favorite times at KBS.

I’ve been very lucky to have been in this industry, not only have met all these great people who share a similar passion, but to have made so many amazing friends because of it. So when I get an opportunity to work with someone like Layle Koncar, who also works with Simple Stories, I thank my lucky stars to not only get to benefit from her wonderful talent, but I get to call her friend. And that’s a pretty cool thing on account-a she’s pretty awesome.

And speaking her awesomeness, let’s check out the first of this team up and look at her magical page.

lucky starslucky stars 2lucky stars 1

[ Design | Thank My Lucky Stars (title+stars) ]

Totally diggin’ the large ‘paint chip’ style paper! Hello! And I love what she did with the handwritten title and stars.

Here’s what Layle has to say:

This sentiment from Kerri’s Thank My Lucky Stars kit has always been one of my favorite!  I feel so blessed to have these 2 great boys in my life.  I have to be honest though, I never thought I’d be the mom of boys; I always thought there’d be a girl or two in there, but I always say things happen for a reason!

I love the mix of fonts in this kit.  I thought it would be fun to cut the ‘lucky’ and stars from some glitter paper to have them stand out a bit more from the rest of the title, but because the boys are in this photo with me, I thought that might be a bit too much :)  So instead, I cut the title and stars from a woodgrain paper and then used some gold Stickles on ‘lucky’ and the stars after they were cut.  Perfect!  The masculinity of the woodgrain showing through underneath the glitter is a good balance, don’t you think?!

I do, Miss Layle. I do!


And we couldn’t do something like this
with little bit of a sale, now could we?


(does not apply to gift cards or items already on sale)

We are just getting started here this week with this whole shindig,
so you won’t want to miss a day!

Be sure to run over to Simple Stories’ blog and see what they have goin’ on.
I’m headed there right now. :)

  • Dolly - June 16, 2014 - 7:08 am

    Awesome team up!!ReplyCancel

  • Suz - June 16, 2014 - 8:44 am

    Love it. Two of my favs together!ReplyCancel

  • marylouh - June 16, 2014 - 8:53 am

    There is a little bling to satisfy the girlie in us but it doesn’t over-power the masculine side. Love the paint chip paper. Have to have that. Great layout.ReplyCancel

  • Carla Hundley - June 16, 2014 - 12:01 pm

    Love the way this
    layout was made
    using the paint
    sample idea!
    Carla from UtahReplyCancel

  • Marilyn Bronson - June 16, 2014 - 12:02 pm

    Awesome, love both Kerri and Simple Stories. Great combo!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cheri Carlson - June 16, 2014 - 12:39 pm

    Love the woodgrain/glitter combo.ReplyCancel

  • Diane - June 16, 2014 - 1:04 pm

    Oh boy – two of my very favorites – Kerri bradford and Simple Stories!! what could be better? Looking forward to a fabulous week!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda - June 16, 2014 - 1:11 pm

    Love the layout and what a terrific company for you to pair up with – love both of you!!ReplyCancel

  • Heather Thompson - June 16, 2014 - 1:28 pm

    Great layout. I love the title. Great colors.ReplyCancel

  • Theresa - June 16, 2014 - 3:47 pm

    I’ve got to have that paint chip style paper. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Davis - June 16, 2014 - 5:10 pm

    Love all this inspiration! Love the “Lucky Stars” kit and the backgrounds on the Simple Stories layout!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth G - June 16, 2014 - 5:59 pm

    Really fabulous! Perfect paper and design! Thanks so much for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Judy Stiles - June 16, 2014 - 6:45 pm

    This is gonna be an exciting week! Kerri Bradford and Simple Stories … can’t get much better than that! The layout today is awesome … really like the paint chip paper idea!ReplyCancel

  • terri d - June 16, 2014 - 7:48 pm

    oh how fun~ not only do I love your products but love and have several of simple stories. fun fun fun! what a great way to make a super layout~ReplyCancel

  • Susan Ringler - June 16, 2014 - 7:58 pm

    Beau u ti fullll! Such elegance and love expressed. Feel good stuff?ReplyCancel

  • Shirlee - June 16, 2014 - 8:42 pm

    These are such great first’s for the week! I cannot wait to see what else you guys have in store for us. The two of you working together like this is going to give my scrapbooking a whole new look just from all the fresh ideas. #IlovethisweekReplyCancel

  • Lyn Kaufmann - June 17, 2014 - 8:23 am

    Love the paint chip style, I’ve never seen it and love it!ReplyCancel

  • TracyM #6773 - June 19, 2014 - 2:33 am

    TOTALLY AWESOME page Layle!!!
    LOVE your “paint chip” design, the colours POP against the B&W photo, FABULOUS fonts for your sparkly lucky & the rest of the title, along with the stars & hearts too … a VERY COOL combo :)
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION!!!

    I’m sorry to confess that I am new to your SVG files Kerri, but now I’ve found your shop, I can say that I LOVE your STYLE and my wish list is FILLED with MUST-HAVES!!!ReplyCancel

Our Summer of the Friday Freebie continues on this fine…well…Friday.

Just a wee little something to help you with a plethora of your own summer fun. 
(Could also double as a flower–layer in different sizes. Cool!)


To download this file–forever free–click the image or HERE.

I hope you all have a fabulously sunny weekend.
Be sure to tune in come Monday as there is some fun stuff going on next week!

  • Susan - June 13, 2014 - 8:28 am

    Thanks so much! So cute!ReplyCancel

  • Sally - June 13, 2014 - 9:20 am

    Thank You!ReplyCancel

  • Dolly - June 13, 2014 - 9:59 am

    Thanks Kerri!!
    Have a rockin’ weekend…AND SUMMER! :DReplyCancel

  • Carol W. - June 13, 2014 - 10:42 am

    Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Karen L - June 13, 2014 - 11:01 am

    Thank you so much. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Diane - June 13, 2014 - 11:48 am

    Thanks your Friday freebies! I love your work and you are so generous to share your talent!ReplyCancel

  • Ruby - June 13, 2014 - 12:00 pm

    Thank you for the “freebie” and for sharing your talent!ReplyCancel

  • Julie {CalleLillyCafe} - June 13, 2014 - 12:39 pm

    Happy summer & thank you!ReplyCancel

  • lynne - June 13, 2014 - 1:07 pm

    Thanks very much!ReplyCancel

  • Kathi Z - June 13, 2014 - 2:56 pm

    Thanks Kerri! Love it! So happy!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - June 13, 2014 - 3:13 pm

    So cute, thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy - June 13, 2014 - 6:09 pm

    Thank you Kerri. I had a horrible day. I came home and found your happy little sun. It is so CUTE. It really lifted my spirits!ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - June 13, 2014 - 11:35 pm

      I just knew you needed a little ‘sunshine’ sent your way. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Jane - June 13, 2014 - 11:42 pm

    Super duper cute!! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Johnson - June 14, 2014 - 1:40 am

    Thank you Kerri, I love this and will be nice on a summer card.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa G. - June 14, 2014 - 9:36 am

    Thanks so much! I appreciate that it’s still here after Friday, I don’t typically get here until coffee time Saturday morning :) Love your designs and your classes!!! I hope you do a new class for the new update, it seems intimidating to us newbies ;)ReplyCancel

  • lauren lebovitz - June 14, 2014 - 2:55 pm

    always love freebie fridayReplyCancel

  • Pam - June 14, 2014 - 4:49 pm

    Thank you for the summer freebie!ReplyCancel

  • Deadra - June 15, 2014 - 11:16 pm

    Thanks! Lovely as always!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra D - June 16, 2014 - 7:35 pm

    Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • j - June 17, 2014 - 1:57 am
  • Kim E - February 22, 2015 - 8:43 am

    Thanks so much for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Marilou - April 11, 2015 - 6:22 am

    Thank you for all the freebies, Kerri!ReplyCancel

Alright. Who had a graduate this year? How many photos did you take? Or more importantly, how many photos did your child take of themselves and/or their friends? The good ol’ selfie, right?

Don’t you just love modern technology? More photos are being taken than ever by all of us. That’s just awesome! But what do you do with all of them? Can you include them all? Ohhhh, I think you can make a good dent these days.

Check out what Laura did–using the ‘Selfie’ phrase that was hinted about last week in the release of the Urban Dictionary kit. :)

So this is the main spread:


And this is the spread with the inserts….more photos!




[ DesignsUrban Dictionary (‘But First Let’s Take A Selfie’) / Well Traveled (‘This’ from ‘This Place’) / Sliders (frames); Need Directions (‘Love This’ frame) / More Background Basics (circle background) / Life Additions Backgrounds (circle background, petal background) / Love: Every Little Thing (‘Together’ tab, ‘Here and There’ tab); ‘Let’s Do’ from ‘Let’s Just Do Today’ freebie ]

Wowza! Look at all that cuttable goodness! Love how Laura used a lot of the backgrounds in those little pockets. Fabulous!

Of course, this layout spread could be used for any event with a plethora of photos!

Here’s what Laura has to say:

After my daughter’s high school graduation last week, I was excited that I had gotten some great photos of her and her friends after the ceremony. But I was even more excited when she showed me all of the selfies they had taken BEFORE the ceremony. I love that my girls can capture the moments when I’m not around with my camera (or when they don’t want me around!), and with the quality of camera phones these days, they really do get some great quality selfies that I can incorporate into my layouts. I went straight to Kerri after seeing these photos, and put in a request for a “but first let’s take a selfie” cut, knowing it would be perfect for this project.

I wanted to incorporate the majority of the photos that Alyssa took that evening, and ended up with 31 photos that I printed as 3″x3″ or 3″x4″ photos. I created a two page spread that can stand on it’s own. But I took it a step further, and included two divided page protectors to hold even more photos. I used several background cuts, on a variety of patterned papers, to create the borders on the sides of my base pages. I also cut a handful of 3″x3″ frames and backgrounds to mix into the divided page protectors.
  • Dolly - June 12, 2014 - 5:55 am

    Gorgeous, impressive, it flows great and well…it’s just awesome, I think! TFS :DReplyCancel


Yesterday I pulled out a fresh jar of strawberry jam from the freezer.

I loved it.

I loved the fact that I could go to the freezer and refresh my little stock of strawberry jam.

There’s something about tasting the fruits of your labor (maybe pun intended).

It reminds me of pretty much every summer I had growing up on the farm. Canning. The smell of pickle brine at 10:00 at night. Slicing corn off the cob. Picking raspberries. Seeing my grandpa eat bread, milk and raspberries for dessert.  Making a plethora of jams. Snapping beans on the front porch. It goes on and on…every single summer.

How lovely it was to know that if you needed a tomato for dinner and didn’t have one in the house that you could run to the garden instead of the store.

My favorite summer meal was fresh red potatoes, cucumbers in vinegar, and silver queen corn on the cob. It doesn’t get any better than that. I can still to this day picture sitting in the dining room with the lovely chandelier hanging over our heads and the big brass mirror on the wall and enjoying such a meal on many occasions.

I think canning isn’t the way of life anymore. I kind of miss that. I miss having access to a big garden full of fresh food. Not that we couldn’t do one in our backyard…and we have, but it just isn’t the same.

So for now, I’ll savor the fruits of my little labor with my little jars of strawberry freezer jam. My first ‘canning’ that I’ve done in my 26+ years of marriage.

Who knows, maybe next year I’ll tackle something else.

  • Sandy R. - June 11, 2014 - 11:21 am

    I’m with you! Miss the freshness of grabbing a carrot right out of the garden and washing it off with the hose, and raiding the rhubarb patch to eat with a little bowl of sugar… I always hide some veggies in my perennial garden, but it’s not the same as the huge plat we had when growing up. I tried my hand at jelly this year too… Grape frame the vines I planted. I was proud, and the neighbours were grateful (it made a lot!)ReplyCancel

  • PaulaJean - June 11, 2014 - 1:26 pm

    I wondered if you got to make the freezer jam! I posted on your instagram about it awhile back… what recipe did you end up using? I miss those days as well. My grandfather always had a big garden and cold storage in the cellar. Miss those days.ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - June 11, 2014 - 2:39 pm

      Hey Paula!
      I think I used that same recipe…it’s the Pectin recipe. I think there was one that you cook and one that you didn’t have to cook. I opted for the ‘no cook’ one. Maybe I’ll try the other way some day.

      It may be runny-ish, but tasty. It’s great on German Pancakes too…with whip cream, of course.ReplyCancel

  • Laura K - June 11, 2014 - 2:15 pm

    I can every summer. I love it. My mother was a full time working mom and never had any interest in things like canning but I have an aunt who canned every summer and I would help her so it became part of my tradition. I wish I had a place to grow a substantial garden but a balcony in a condo isn’t really conducive to that so I get fresh produce from the farmer’s markets around the valley and sometimes go up to the downtown Salt Lake farmers market. We never have store bought jams or jellies. I hope it is a tradition my girls will keep up. Thank you for sharing your story!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki - June 11, 2014 - 8:28 pm

    I love to make jams and jellies! I do it almost every year. I love to do combos that you can’t find in the store – like strawberry banana and peach amaretto. YUM! My mother used to can a little – but my next door neighbor canned a TON and I always helped her. I love it. My husband had cancer last summer so I didn’t get a chance to do too much — Thank God he’s doing well and they sky is the limit this year :)ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Tacoma - June 11, 2014 - 9:00 pm

    Former city girl here (Chicago) who married Farmer Boy 29 years ago. We still plant a rather large garden filled with pontiac red potatoes, spring peas, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, rhubarb, raspberries, melons and Bodacious sweet corn, even though the kids are gone and we give most of it away now. I love running out to the garden for super fresh veggies. We should have peas ready soon…Michigan is way behind this year.

    Now our oldest son and his wife have their own home and are planting their first garden…kind of fun to watch them plant, water & hope! They are city kids with big dreams. :)ReplyCancel

It’s Two-Fer Tuesday here in KBS Land.
And we’ve got a great new kit for you!


This little bundle has eight tags designed to add a tiny little detail to any project. Need a different color to match your project?  Well, these are not only PNG files, but the cut files have been included as well so you can alter colors within Silhouette Studio.

Yeah, you heard me. :)

If you have the Designer Edition, they will import in color and be grouped for better handling. If you have the standard edition, you can use the DXF file, but you will have to turn letters and such into compound paths so you can add color to them. A little more work, but it can be done.

But wait, there’s more! There’s this little set of calendar days that would be a great page accent as well! And if you don’t want to write any details then wrap the card in half (around your page maybe) so that all you’ll have left is the date part and staple it on. So fun. 


And now what’s on sale for the $2.99 gig today, you say?

Well, I was feeling like y’all might need to get ready for the 4th of July, so I thought I’d just help ya along there. :)

july-4   stars+stripes

freedom-just-shapes   freedom1

[ To clarify the difference between the two This+That kits. The ‘Just Shapes’ has only the shapes from the main tray kit for those that like the shapes, but don’t want to make the tray. The tray includes printables and the shapes to make the tray or to use on other projects. You don’t need both. ]


Remember, these four kits are on sale for $2.99 on Tuesday only. So if you were thinkin’ ya needed one…ya best not wait.

Price goes back to normal on Wednesday.

  • Cindy - June 10, 2014 - 8:19 am

    What’s the difference between the just shapes and the this +that kit? I know I can go read both and then try to decifer, but thought it may be quicker just to ask you? If I would purchase the this + that kit, would I be getting the other kit in it in essence? I have the designer version of silhouette. Thanks for your help.ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - June 10, 2014 - 8:24 am

      Last night when I went to bed I thought ‘Oh, I better add clarification on that’ for those who are unaware. :) The ‘Just Shapes’ are for those who want the shapes in the main kit but don’t want to make the tray or have any printables. The tray kit includes everything to make it. You don’t need both.

      Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - June 10, 2014 - 8:32 am

    Got it! Thanks my dear!ReplyCancel

  • Linda - June 10, 2014 - 9:10 am

    Will the Tiny Details blow up to Project Life card size? I can’t read all the messages; tried blowing up in Word but too distorted. These old eyes can’t pick up detail! Thanks for doing this summer special!ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - June 10, 2014 - 12:13 pm

      Hey Linda!
      They were designed with a size of 1.5 x 3″ in mind, but they can be made bigger. I also increased the images on the product image, so hopefully that’ll help a little. :)ReplyCancel

  • Linda - June 10, 2014 - 1:59 pm

    Thank you so much, Kerri! I can read them with no problem now! As always, love your work!ReplyCancel


So a little bit ago I was helping a neighbor with her Silhouette that she’s had for two years and hadn’t used. Her daughter had used it for her, but that was about it.

In showing her how to use the Text tool in version 3, a sweet little box caught my eye. It’s funny how I’d been using the new software for a few weeks and I hadn’t noticed it. I guess that’s what happens when you are laser-focused on a project. :) Not only that, I’m just so accustomed to using points, I never thought anything of it.

But I realized that there was now a box around the ‘pt’, which is next to the numbers to enter a value for the point size.

A box?

Hmm…that makes me think that there just may be a drop-down involved.

Low and behold….it was!


Now you can enter Inch values for your fonts!

Ohhhhh happy day!

There were two observations I made though:

  1. When I entered a value of 2.5″, the bounding box around the word said 2.75″. That accounts for the line (+character) spacing that is built in to the creation of a font.
  2. When I converted it to a path, the bounding box indicated that it was 2.25″ tall.

So it appears that there is some discrepancy if you were hoping for accuracy. I guess it at least gets you in the ballpark while it’s still in an editable form.

It’ll just be so nice not to have to do the math anymore. 72 points equals an inch, so I’d always multiply my size by 70 to get me in the ballpark. 3″= 210pts, give or take. Gets more complicated if you want 3.25″ Fuhgeddaboutit. 

But, there ya have it. Something so little can be such a big thing.


  • Vicki - June 9, 2014 - 4:27 pm

    Thanks for posting this! I’ve been holding off updating my software, waiting for the bugs to be worked out. Well, I’m not waiting any longer! First of all, I had no idea that 72 pts was about an inch … and now I don’t even have to care about that! Love your blog!!ReplyCancel

  • Linda - June 9, 2014 - 6:43 pm

    So, is now a good time to upgrade?ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - June 9, 2014 - 7:24 pm

      With the exception of it crashing when creating a word background, I haven’t had problems. There are a few glitches here and there, but nothing that’s bothered me too much. If you upgrade and find that there’s issues with your system, you can always go back using the Legacy version under their Support link. :)ReplyCancel

I’m feeling the spirit of summer and all that it has to offer. Every year about this time we have a celebration of the city. In fact, every town in this valley has its own celebration, which means carnivals and fireworks and food all summer long.

I can’t help but think of the long banners that are put up as part of the decorations for the big days.

Which is what brings us to today’s freebie….and perhaps some other fun fair items down the road. I told you I’m in a  mood. ;)

To download this–forever free–click the image or click HERE.

Have a beautiful weekend!

  • LouAnn V - June 6, 2014 - 9:33 am

    Thank you! I love banners.ReplyCancel

  • Lancene Blackmon - June 6, 2014 - 10:13 am

    Thank you Kerri – you’re very generous with your time and your gifts – it’s much appreciated.ReplyCancel

  • Carla Hundley - June 6, 2014 - 11:04 am

    Thanks for the free
    Carla from UtahReplyCancel

  • Wendy Antenucci - June 6, 2014 - 11:17 am

    Thanks so much Kerri, I love all of your cuts!ReplyCancel

  • Patti Wnek - June 6, 2014 - 12:10 pm

    Between Freebie Friday and Twofer Tuesday this is going to be one great Summer! Thank you so much!!!ReplyCancel

  • Renee G - June 6, 2014 - 5:27 pm

    Thanks KerriReplyCancel

  • Lisa - June 6, 2014 - 6:11 pm

    Thank you!!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - June 6, 2014 - 8:52 pm

    Thanks so much for the freebie! Enjoy the weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa McWhite - June 6, 2014 - 11:13 pm

    Thanks Kerri! This is so cute and can be used so many ways! MMReplyCancel

  • Lisa G. - June 7, 2014 - 12:39 pm

    Thanks so much for the banner!!ReplyCancel

  • Carole M - June 10, 2014 - 9:08 am

    Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Taylor - June 10, 2014 - 10:58 am

    Thanks for the freebie – much appreciated! (from a very chilly Cape Town, South Africa)ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Doerr - June 10, 2014 - 12:13 pm

    Thanks Kerri!ReplyCancel

  • yolande k - June 10, 2014 - 1:06 pm

    Merci beaucoup Kerri !

  • Tish - June 10, 2014 - 5:49 pm

    Thanks Kerri for this fun banner. It will be good for summer cards!ReplyCancel

  • Cindi - June 18, 2014 - 2:12 pm

    Thank you Kerri I can use this often.ReplyCancel


If you haven’t heard the shot heard ’round the world….oh wait, that’s another story, but equally as pivotal in all things Silhouette Studio related…but if you haven’t heard about the greatest thing added to the May 27, 2014 release….

You can now add search words to the library and it is soooooo easy!

Take a look:

  • Lynette Ballard - June 4, 2014 - 12:46 pm

    I had no idea there was another update! For some reason, when I checked in “check for updates,” it said, “nope!” I just went to the website to get it. I can’t wait to use this feature! So fantastic! I also like this because if it’s a picture set (such as: sun, tree, clouds, swing), I can add a keyword for each! Thank you for showing us!ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - June 4, 2014 - 1:35 pm

      It did the same thing for me too. Weird.
      Just another bug for now, I guess. :)ReplyCancel

  • Natalie (QSOgirl) - June 4, 2014 - 1:41 pm

    Awesome tip!! Thank you so much for showing the video. I was always frustrated before that I couldn’t add/modify tags once I’d imported an image into my library. This is a wonderful step toward a solution (now if only they’d add that “X”! ;-))ReplyCancel

  • Claire - June 4, 2014 - 2:23 pm

    Does this only work in the Designer software? I do not have the option to “edit properties” in mine.ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - June 4, 2014 - 2:31 pm

      Have you updated to the May 27 release?
      It’s version 3.0.531.ReplyCancel

  • Claire - June 4, 2014 - 3:31 pm

    The website informs me I have the latest software….ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - June 4, 2014 - 3:46 pm

      It did that for me too–and someone else that’s commented, but it wasn’t up to date. And if you haven’t updated in the last week, then yours isn’t updated either. If you look under About Studio, it’ll tell you what version you have.

      The release notes don’t say that the this new feature is only for DE, which means it’s available across the board.ReplyCancel

  • Claire - June 4, 2014 - 3:59 pm

    My version is: 3.0.343ss. And I don’t know if that is the latest ? I do not know how to get an update if the website doesn’t offer it.ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - June 4, 2014 - 4:41 pm

      It’s 3.0.531 and you can go out to the Support link on their website and download what you need. :)ReplyCancel

  • Claire - June 4, 2014 - 6:05 pm

    The update was found and installed and I can now edit properties. It is a very useful update.
    Thank you for your help.ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - June 4, 2014 - 6:13 pm

      Awesome! :)ReplyCancel

  • Gilda - June 5, 2014 - 7:27 am

    Thanks for this info, Kerri. Silhouette keeps getting better and better! I’m almost finished the ‘Here, There & Everywhere’ class and loving it.ReplyCancel