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Otherwise entitled: The Great Debate.

This past Christmas season I kept hearing all about the Canon Selphy printer. It seemed like everywhere I turned, there was someone raving about how much they loved it. I did some more research, saw that it was reasonably priced, and thought, Why not?

I got that tiny little bundle of joy, set it up with my iPhone and printed my first photo. Oooooh, ahhhh. It wasn’t until then that I realized that it wasn’t a true 4×6 photo.

What???

That made no sense.

So I thought about Plan B. All this stuff is a write off (cheesy grin here) and Jordan was leaving for Florida, so wouldn’t this be a great thing to send with her–tiny and portable–and I’ll get the Epson PictureMate Charm instead?

Granted, I didn’t just jump into it lightly. My cute little friend Cathy Zielske had just gotten herself one as well. She told me all about it and I decided, Okay, this baby is coming to my house too.

I’ve had it for a few weeks now.

And well, I’d like you to meet my new BFF.

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Helllllooooooo baaaaaby!

I have printed more photos in the past few weeks than I probably did all last year.

I love it!

LOVE.IT.

Did I say I love it?

It’s so convenient. It’s so fast. It’s so brilliant.

It’s just awesome!

So since I have them both, I thought perhaps I might share my two cents on a little side-by-side comparison:

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Canon Selphy: Pros+Cons

  • Love the tininess factor.
  • Love that I can print directly from my phone. Great for parties or with friends! Teenagers would love it!
  • There’s an app for it for your phone. Not hard to use.
  • Can print over wi-fi.
  • Prints a good photo.
  • Don’t like that it’s not true 4×6.
  • Don’t like that the paper tray sticks out the way it does. Gets dusty.
  • Don’t like that it prints each CMYK one pass at a time–prints Cyan, slides back in, prints, Magenta, slides back in, etc.
  • If you print from your phone–which is a 4.5×6, you don’t have control over what gets ‘cut off’. (At least as far as I can tell.)
  • The cost factor–around $75–is very reasonable, especially for kids. (Okay, I see that there’s a new one out and the cost is a little more–maybe $20.)


Epson PictureMate Charm: Pros+Cons

  • Compact, but a little bigger/bulkier than the Selphy.
  • Love that it folds up to keep the dust out!
  • Plugs into your computer and supposedly I can plug it into my Time Capsule and turn it into a wi-fi printer. Haven’t done that yet. On my list of things to do
  • Don’t like that it’s not a wi-fi already, in this day and age. But you can purchase a bluetooth adapter.
  • Prints a pretty awesome photo.
  • Prints true 4×6.
  • Prints all CMYK at one time.
  • Because you’re probably printing from something like Photoshop, you’ll have greater control over anything that’s cropped. You get to decide.
  • Costs about $100 more than the Selphy.
  • If it were only slightly bigger to print 5×7 too, I’d be in complete heaven. It’s just an inch. ;)

 

The Printout Results

And in case you were wondering about print samples, here’s a  side by side comparison of the complete printouts.

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Granted, this is a picture of pictures, but work with me here. This is the exact same photo printed on both machines.

As you can see here, the Selphy on the left has perforated edges that you can remove. The Selphy’s printout isn’t quite as rich as the PictureMate. I found the PictureMate to be a little sharper and deeper in color. The Selphy still looks pretty good, but the PictureMate is just a little bit better in my opinion. And notice that the Canon photos on the left are slightly smaller than the Epson photos on the right. I’m still just shaking my head over that fact.


I really can’t say enough great things about the Epson PictureMate Charm printer. I’ve used it so many times because it’s so convenient and gives such great results! No more chopping letter-size photo paper. No more having to clean my print heads on my big mama Epson printer because the Yellow keeps getting dirty. It’s portable. It’s simple. Just this weekend I printed those brush script photos for Jordan and Kass printed a photo of her and her cousin and they looked great! A couple weeks before that I needed to print a couple photos for a bridal shower and voila! Done. Loved it! And Kass, who’s become a printing snob–being the photo major that she is–was quite impressed with its color.

  • Susan Kopp - February 25, 2014 - 9:59 am

    Thanks for doing this test. I have been thinking about getting the Epson. I have the Epson Artistic 710 for regular everyday use and don’t want to use it for printing pictures because the ink is so expensive. I wanted just a small printer to print as I go and not have to rely on an outside source. This is good information for my future purchase….thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Renee - February 25, 2014 - 10:17 am

    If you purchase the Bluetooth adapter, you will love it even more.ReplyCancel

  • Jen - February 25, 2014 - 10:25 am

    I checked out the Epson and see that you can print two wallets. Can you use the borderless function and print two 3×4 per page to use for Project Life? Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Sue Williams - February 25, 2014 - 10:31 am

    I love my charm!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Walton aka bobbysgirlforever - February 25, 2014 - 11:32 am

    Wonderful comparison Kerri!

    I have long preferred Epson over Canon. I have owned both and was disappointed immediately with the Canon printer’s color quality. I would have to make adjustments in Photoshop before printing and it quickly became very painstaking. Too much time invested!

    In attending many workshops given by professional photographers, it was settled once-and-for-all in my mind when hearing them all tout Epson for print quality even though they shot with Canon cameras. That said a lot. No more questions for this girl.

    Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie S. - February 25, 2014 - 11:34 am

    I have an older version of the Epson one you bought and I love it. The colors are always vibrant and it is so easy to use. I agree, they need to make it so you can use with Wifi, otherwise I have no complaints!ReplyCancel

  • Lara Read - February 25, 2014 - 12:00 pm

    Thanks Kerri! I’ve been wanting to get a charm for a while i’ve seen similar reviews but never side by side so this is awesome. It looks like the Pictureshare app might work to print from your phone. Don’t quote me on that just saw that in a quick google search.ReplyCancel

  • Marie LeJeune - February 25, 2014 - 12:19 pm

    I love my charm and purchased the Bluetooth adapter but could not get it to work. It’s packed up ready to ship back unless someone can tell me how to get it to work. Please I really want it to work. I tried calling epson they told me it wouldn’t work i told them the manual said it would. So anyway I’m going to return it unless someone can tell me how to work it. I really hope I can get it to workReplyCancel

  • vicki - February 25, 2014 - 12:50 pm

    Darn it — I wanted to NOT want a compact photo printer! I love my Epson Stylus Photo printer (Big Mama printer). For what it’s worth, I’d choose an Epson printer for photos every time.
    Thanks for the review.

    I’m with you –what’s up with the weird size?ReplyCancel

  • Vicki Parker - February 25, 2014 - 12:51 pm

    Just what I wanted to know about each of them. The Picture Mate is not available here but am holidaying in Australia in a couple of weeks and it was on my list. :)ReplyCancel

  • Julie - February 25, 2014 - 1:51 pm

    I bought a charm after I was a little disappointed by Santa. I LOVE it too. It has really changed my flow. Pretty awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Rosemary OLena - February 25, 2014 - 2:16 pm

    Ok everyone got me very interested… How is the photo paper? I have seen @ home photo paper can be Crappy.ReplyCancel

  • Laura Whitaker - February 25, 2014 - 5:04 pm

    You are bang on! I have had my Picturemate for a year and it makes me happy every time I use it!ReplyCancel

  • Pamela McGillin - February 25, 2014 - 5:31 pm

    I have the same printer & I love it, but mine does cut off the edges a bit. I just know that & try to avoid anything at the edge of the photo.
    P.S. The best place for the ink + paper (that I’ve found) is Amazon. The package is T5846 the ink + 150 sheets of photo paper is $36.29 w/free shipping.
    Happy Printing :DReplyCancel

    • Kerri - February 25, 2014 - 7:29 pm

      Hey Pamela!
      It’s typical of many printers that print borderless that the photo will expand, even if it’s only a tiny fraction, to ensure that the photo goes edge to edge. Make sure in your Print Settings that Expansion is set to Minimum when using the Borderless setting. This even occurs with regular ol’ print places like Costco or Persnickety.

      And Fatima…I am the world’s best enabler. ;)

      Rosemary, the photo paper is great. In fact, my Photo major daughter was talking about how she wanted to print something for a class at home because the paper was similar to what they used at the school, which they print photos for portfolios, so it’s really good. I’ve always been huge Epson printer fan, particularly for photos. Like, I’ve had one for years–well the R300 and then the Photo Stylus 1400. They just don’t disappoint.

      Marie, we’ll have to keep an eye out for the Bluetooth options. Don’t give up on the printer for the Bluetooth factor just yet because it’s an awesome printer.

      And Linda, I am a Canon camera person and an Epson printer person. I can totally relate!

      seriously. awesome printer.ReplyCancel

  • Fatima M. - February 25, 2014 - 5:48 pm

    Okay… I may just have to unlike you on Facebook and stop following your blog! LOL. You make me want all these wonderful toys!!! I’m now the proud owner of a Silhouette Cameo and now I want an Epson printer! It’s a good thing all these things are necessities or else I really would unlike you. Thanks so much for the post and comparison. The “little” printer is now on my wish list. Hmmm… maybe for Mother’s Day.ReplyCancel

  • Sami P - February 25, 2014 - 7:10 pm

    THANK YOU!! I have so needed this comparison. Excellent job & you’ve finally made up my mind for me. I am getting that PictureMate Charm as soon as possible lol.

    Hugs,
    SamiReplyCancel

  • Betsy - February 25, 2014 - 9:00 pm

    Thanks for the awesome comparison! I have the selphy but I also do not like that they are not true 4×6 prints-crazy! I do have a question about the ink cartridges for the PictureMate and how you think it compares to the selphy cartridge? I like how the ink comes in one pack and you know how many prints you are getting with the selphy…does the Epson work the same way or do you have to change out individual ink cartridges like a larger epson? Does that make sense? I really like the ease of the selphy in that respect…thanks for your help…I now have the PictureMate on my wish list :)ReplyCancel

  • Lancene - February 26, 2014 - 9:22 am

    I’m on my second Picturemate (I had the original and now I have the Dash) and I absolutely love its versatility and the quality of the photos. What I do not love is how fast it goes through the ink! And I don’t like that you have to buy an entire print pack when all you need is the ink. I always run out of ink long before I run out of paper – I already have enough paper to last for years. Epson will refund you part of the purchase price for unused paper, but you have to keep really good records and the original packaging to send back to them and I’m not so good at that. Having said that, I’m pretty sure I’ll keep using PictureMate/Epson products because you just can’t beat the quality of the photos.ReplyCancel

  • Jamie Kaufmann - February 26, 2014 - 7:26 pm

    Thank you for this review! I just got the Selphy 900 and I’m quite happy. I knew about the quirks but for my budget, saving $120 was worth it. And I DOOOOO love the Wifi! I went to a camp out in the boonies for a scrapbooking crop and I was able to easily tote the SElphy there AND was able to print, without wifi. It was awesome and all the ladies went to buy one after the event was over. Ha, ha. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Michele - February 27, 2014 - 10:44 am

    Hi Kerri,

    could you tell me what would be the best bluetooth device to use with the Picturemate printer? I just got mine as an early birthday present on Sunday and I’d love to be able to have it bluetooth if possible.

    any feedback is appreciated.
    THANKS! :)ReplyCancel

  • Tenika - March 7, 2014 - 10:48 am

    Can you connect this to your computer (so i could print from Photoshop?)ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Bunch - March 8, 2014 - 7:37 am

    Thank you so much! This is absolutely perfect. You have sold me on the PictureMate. Woohoo!! SO glad I don’t have to spend any more time deciding :)ReplyCancel

  • Michele - March 19, 2014 - 9:14 am

    Tenika-

    Last night I’ve tried printing from Photoshop and saw that it wasn’t an option for me to do so. This adorable Picturemate comes with a CD that can be installed on your computer. With that, after you’ve enhanced your photo in PS, you can go to this program for Picturemate and print it out. I’m pleased to say, results were impressive. Hope this helps! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kathi Z - March 21, 2014 - 11:15 pm

    Just an FYI unless someone else has figured it out. There is no software for Windows 8. The disc doesn’t work and the Canon website doesn’t have it there either. :( (RE: Canon Selphy) Wish I’d seen this first.ReplyCancel

  • Morgan - April 20, 2014 - 9:45 pm

    I saw someone on amazon commented: “ALWAYS RUNS OUT OF INK before paper.And Epson doesn’t allow you to buy the print pack without the paper.” I would like to know if you have encountered this problem, thank you very much:)ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - April 21, 2014 - 7:33 am

      I have seen that comment in a few places, but I just barely went from the starter pack that comes with it to the new pack that I bought. I’d actually switched to the new pack of paper for a handful of sheets and was still using the starter ink. I left the cartridge in until it told me I absolutely had to change it. It tells you that you should change it, but the pictures still looked great up until I had to change it.

      I also saw that if you keep your box/upc and maybe the receipt too that Epson will supply you with another ink if you contact them with this info. So that’s always good.

      Why they don’t sell the two separately is just silly.ReplyCancel

  • MORGAN - April 22, 2014 - 4:13 pm

    Thank you so much,KERRI!Your reply is very helpful.
    I finally decided to buy selphy CP910. Because it sounds to be more consistent image quality. I think Epson’s marketing strategy has some unkind and silly which is I hate.ReplyCancel

  • Lynn - June 23, 2014 - 10:38 am

    I too have been comparing the Sephy to the PictureMate and had decided to buy the PictureMate because: 1) Selphy’s print resolution is only up to 300 x 300 dpi and the Picturemate resolution is 5700 x 1440 dpi, 2) the Selphy’s 4 x 6 is actually 3.94 X 5.83.ReplyCancel

  • robb - June 23, 2014 - 5:59 pm

    Hi, Lynn.
    Not sure if you’re familiar with dye sublimation (Canon Selphy CP-910), but a 300dpi image on a Dye Sublimation Printer is equal to 4800dpi on an Inkjet Printer (Epson PictureMate Charm). A 400dpi image is equal to 6400dpi on an Inkjet Printer. It takes a tad longer to print, but it prints out a pretty impressive photo.ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - June 23, 2014 - 6:07 pm

      Wow! I did not know that…that’s good info to have here! I didn’t really pay attention to either machine’s DPI printing specs to be honest–just looking at the photos, so all that’s good stuff. And that would make sense as to why the Canon still looks like a good photo regardless of what it says the dpi is–and in comparison with the Epson.

      Thanks guys!ReplyCancel

  • robb - June 26, 2014 - 3:50 pm

    No problem, Kerri.

    Additionally, I printed a picture on one of my better color printers, then tried to replicate it on the Canon Selphy. By turning “Image Optimize” to “Off” and changing “My Colors” to “Vivid”, I was able to pretty much accomplish this.

    My only quibble with the Selphy is I wish the photo paper was a standard 4×6, instead of 3.94″ x 5.83″.

    My main reason for purchasing the CP910 is the direct access point. It’s pretty cool to be at a party without wi-fi and still print wirelessly to the printer with it’s own built-in wi-fi access point. Plus, it’s small enough to pack and travel!ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - June 26, 2014 - 6:34 pm

      I totally agree on the direct access! That’s what I love about the Canon too. Bugged by the weird size though. I probably wouldn’t have even thought about getting an Epson had the Canon printed true 4×6.

      More great tips too. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn - September 25, 2014 - 12:07 pm

    Thanks for the great info! Do either of these printers print any different size other than 4×6? Is it possible to crop and edit in either printer?ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl :) - September 26, 2014 - 9:47 pm

    Kerri have you tried the bluetooth adapter for your printer yet? Wanting to get one, but wondered if it worked…ReplyCancel

  • ivone - November 2, 2014 - 10:57 pm

    Whats estimated price per picture on epson ?? With paper and ink estimated in each pic, I’m looking for adorable pics since I print so manyReplyCancel

    • Kerri - November 3, 2014 - 6:21 am

      Good question. I looked online for that info rather than figure the math for myself. lol PC Mag’s review says this:
      For glossy photos, the cost works out to just 25.3 cents each, based on the $37.99 (direct) price for a print pack with enough ink and paper for 150 photos. For matte photos, the cost is 32.3 cents per photo, based on a $32.29 (direct) price for enough ink and paper for 100 photos. The cost for other current small-format photo printers we’ve tested ranges from 27.8 cents to 32 cents for a glossy photo.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Mealiea - December 25, 2014 - 12:44 pm

    Kerri – I just got the PictureMate for Christmas and was wondering if you had any additional “tips” after using it for a year.

    Great review, Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Stef - March 29, 2015 - 9:40 am

    Can someone tell me what the difference is between the Matte & Glossy paper for the Epson Picturemate, other than the cost. How glossy are we talking? Any way to get a picture comparison?ReplyCancel

  • Jaque - April 7, 2015 - 10:52 am

    Hello, I am not getting good printing quality on my images using my PictureMate (the colors don’t match what I see on my screen).
    I am printing from Photoshop.
    Any advice?ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - April 7, 2015 - 11:36 am

      Make sure that you let Photoshop control the Color Handling for your printing rather than the printer. There are also Printing Profiles that you can choose to match your printer as well. That’s usually what I do for the best result.ReplyCancel

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.ReplyCancel

    • 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. :)ReplyCancel

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

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

    Thanks,
    AndreaReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

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

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

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

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

  • 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.ReplyCancel

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

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

  • Jessie - February 23, 2014 - 3:20 pm

    What FUN!ReplyCancel

  • jeni - February 23, 2014 - 3:33 pm

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

  • 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 :-)ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • lacrevette85 - February 24, 2014 - 1:18 am

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

  • Nashonne - February 24, 2014 - 8:29 am

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

    • 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. :)ReplyCancel

  • 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. ;-(ReplyCancel

  • 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
    SandyReplyCancel

    • Kerri - February 24, 2014 - 10:11 am

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

  • 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.
    SandyReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

    • 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. :)ReplyCancel

  • 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??ReplyCancel

  • 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. KimReplyCancel

    • 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. ;)ReplyCancel

  • 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?ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

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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!!!ReplyCancel

  • vicki - February 20, 2014 - 1:42 pm

    awesome tutorial — thank you!!ReplyCancel

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

    Merci beaucoup pour cette astuce et ton partage !!!ReplyCancel

  • 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???ReplyCancel

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

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

    • 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. :)ReplyCancel

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

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

  • Cammie - February 23, 2014 - 5:47 am

    Thanks so much for sharing this great tutorial.ReplyCancel

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!

 

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!ReplyCancel

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

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

  • {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!!ReplyCancel

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!ReplyCancel

  • 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?ReplyCancel

    • 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. :)ReplyCancel

  • 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!!ReplyCancel

    • 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. :)ReplyCancel

  • Lorretta - February 17, 2014 - 12:43 pm

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

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!

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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.ReplyCancel

  • 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 :-)ReplyCancel

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

    Great project! Congratulations on your anniversary!ReplyCancel

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

    really love this – very easy and great fir kids!ReplyCancel

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

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

  • 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!ReplyCancel

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

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

  • 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.ReplyCancel

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

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

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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!!ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

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

    Lovely, lovely gift.ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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!!!ReplyCancel