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round and round and round we go!

You know, sometimes I think it’s just crazy to think I’ve been doing this for over two years now. Seriously. Crazy!

I look back on some of those very first kits with fondness . . . with a memory of starting out on a new adventure. Could I really do this? Could I really start my own business?

It’s amazing to see how this little place has grown. The friends that I’ve made all over the world. You probably don’t know this, but every time I see an order or a comment from a new place in this wonderful world, it gets announced at my house. :) Places like South Africa, Vietnam, Iceland, and my most recent shout out . . . Poland.

So when I saw this page from our newest creative team member, Miss Naomi Atkins, it just brought  back a flood of memories, how I’ve grown as a business and a person, and a deep appreciation for all of you. The ‘Round and Round’ kit was one of my very first kits and I loooove how Naomi uses it here!


[ Shapes | Round and Round (title) / Say What #1 ('this girl) ]


I think I have the same grin on my face that cute little girl right now.
Love the page Naomi!


And at the risk of sounding corny,
it’s all of you–around this beautiful world--that makes my life go round and round and round.
What a ride! :)

Love to you all!

Rhadonda - November 6, 2012 - 9:55 am

We love you too Kerri Bradford. Love your creativity and humor. I am not from an exotic country (well sometimes i feel like i am in a foreign country, no offense Illinois, since moving from Missouri to Illinois, amazing the differences) anyway….i bet it is real exciting receiving all that input. Keep up the good work!

here kitty kitty – it’s not just for cats

The one thing I like about creating kits is when I can make things more universal, particularly so that even if you d0 . . . saaaay . . . have a cat and get the Here Kitty Kitty kit, you can still pull phrases and such from there to use on other pages . . . like our little Miss Laura did here!

[ Shapes | Here Kitty Kitty ]

 
How perfect is that title for that sweet little boy?!

Here’s what Laura has to say:

When Kerri first sent me her new Here Kitty Kitty kit, I honestly didn’t rush to check it out since I don’t have a cat. Lol. But just like her A Dog’s Life kit, there are titles in these kits that can be used for layouts that have nothing to do with pets. In fact, the “I’d really rather not be bothered, thank you” title would go great on a layout about myself and how I love my “me” time ;) When I first saw the title “Yes, I really am that adorable”, I immediately thought of my little daycare boy, Mateo. He’s super cute and we are constantly telling him “you are sooooooo adorable”, all day long. I knew I had to use it on a layout about him, using some of my favorite pictures of him.

FABulous Laura, just fabulous!

Peggy D - November 5, 2012 - 11:44 am

This IS adorable. Is the star border from that set as well?

Ruth G - November 6, 2012 - 8:21 pm

Good point, Laura! I don’t have cats, either, but I do happen to know a few kids that are totally adorable and have quite a few pictures of my daughter who couldn’t be bothered to make nice with the camera…TFS!

new kit: october thirty one

Yes, I am aware that it is November 2. I swear, I’m perpetually behind. I don’t feel like I can ever get caught up. And just when you think there’s a glimmer of hope, something else totally unexpected pops up as a giant obstacle in your way.

Why is that exactly?

I guess it just means we have to roll with the punches and take life as it comes . . . bumps and all.  And, oddly enough, I have the song  ’Come What May’ from Moulin Rouge playing as I’m writing this post. I guess it’s very apropos. You just gotta take life, come what may. Don’t worry about what’s not getting done, just keep moving forward. That’s all we can do . . . keep moving.

So even though it’s now November (what the french toast???), here is the kit that should have been up on October Thirty One. :)

 

Of course, there are a lot of words in there that can be used for projects besides Halloween. Candy . . . beware . . . wicked . . . party . . . and even bewitched for a love-themed page. You can even add your own word with the handwritten word–like ‘birthday’ with ‘party.’

And now, time to go scrap all those kiddos from Wednesday! :)

Is anyone else starting to make mental Christmas lists?

variation on a theme

So in my previous post, I shared a closer look at the pages that we make in my Silhouette: Just Add Color class. And once I took senior photos of my baby, Jordan (what? she’s graduating???), I knew I wanted to show how to use those same techniques and shapes and color matching on a new page.

I’m not exactly a big fan of reinventing the wheel every time, so this was fun away to modify my wheel–rather than reinvent it. I like the idea of using the same elements over and over, but in a different way or in a different color scheme. Which leads me to today’s page:



[ Shapes from Store | Need Directions? (arrow) / inFORMS (report card)/ Summer Lovin' ('hello') ]
[ Shapes from Class | leafy branch, diagonal strip, 'ready for anything' banner, file folder tab ]


So, let’s see what we can chalk up to the class.

White background?  ….check.
Creating a color scheme?  ….check.
Similar layout?  ….check.
Same shapes, different colors/words?  ….check.

As you can see, within Studio you can design a page simply, pick your color schemes, alter your embellishments, change appearances . . . all right there within the program (this is all covered in class).

One of my favoritist (yeah, it’s a word) ways to scrap is to do it all by using Silhouette. You never run out of embellishments and you can customize them for your own needs. Keep it clean + keep it simple. Love the white background so that you can totally keep your *ehem* focus on those photos! And scrapping this way makes it go much faster so you can be done in a jif. Okay, so maybe this wasn’t so ‘jiffy’ for me this time. Lots of problems as a result of ‘the crashing hard drive’. I even had to reinstall Studio. Good grief. But it should have been a jif. :)

Oh, and one other thing to note. See that ‘hello’ on the page? I included it as a graphic element with my text. Just colored it red. These shapes ain’t just for cuttin’ baby!  You could use the PNG or bring it into Silhouette and use the cut file, size it, fill it with color, and turn off the cut lines. Just a fun little twist. I love to maximize my shapes, ya know. :)

Sally - October 31, 2012 - 3:07 pm

Love this page!
Jordan is such a beautiful girl!
And thanks to you and all of your amazing classes, I put together a mini album in a jiffy! Thirty two pages in just a couple of hours using Studio. Easy peasy! Even my husband was impressed :)

Susan Kopp - October 31, 2012 - 3:42 pm

I love this layout and was thinking of ways I could switch things up. Thanks for your great work it really was the catalysis to get me scrapping again.

Andi Sexton - October 31, 2012 - 8:01 pm

Kari I love this page! I really like the yellow and red and white.. And your daughter’s shoes are adorable!!!

OK, here’s one of those questions… Are you telling me you printed your journaling using the silhouette???? I only have the cutting blade, no color stuff (Cameo). What do I need to do to print journaling like this?

Thanks in advance!

Kerri - October 31, 2012 - 8:48 pm

Hey Andi!
It’s actually your own printer that does the printing. So while in Studio you would fill in the text (vs. its usual outline form) and then send it to your printer. If you were to do it as a print+cut, you would add the registration marks (upper right corner on the toolbar) before sending it to print. Then you would run that printed item through your Silhouette.

Does that answer your question? :)

Caroline D - October 31, 2012 - 10:22 pm

You had me at hello. Seriously, I’ve wanted to do the class since you announced it. Heck, *hinted* at it. but that red hello has me drooling!

Alas, I have to wait until the end of the semester and after the craziness of Christmas at work. But come December 26, this baby is All. Mine.

Kathleen D - November 1, 2012 - 7:19 am

Now I’m intrigued! So we’ll learn all of this in your new class? I see that it’s an “at your own pace” kind of class. Are you active on the forum too for any questions? Beautiful daughter and beautiful layout. Those red shoes are priceless! Love them.

Kerri - November 1, 2012 - 9:44 am

Hey Kathleen! Yes, you learn all about that stuff in the class. It focuses on using color in general and using the color tools in Studio. I do keep up on the boards, but there are also mentors in there that might answer before I do.

And yeah, those red shoes are pretty awesome, aren’t they? :) I bought them for her last year for her birthday.

And Caroline, you crack me up girl! Just FYI, that ‘hello’ is in the ‘Summer Lovin” kit, so you may already have it. :)

Andi Sexton - November 4, 2012 - 6:39 am

Thank you for the reply, Kerri. I don’t have Studio, but it makes perfect sense (now)!!!

a closer look at ‘just add color’

I thought that today might be a good day to share the full pages from my Silhouette class, Just Add Color. Each of the items you see here for these pages are made or modified all within the class. I also show you how to get colors to match your photos or to create fun new color schemes from different resources.

Basically, when all is said and done, this class is all about getting the most out of your shapes, your colors, learning how to create new shapes, using great fonts, and all sorts of good stuff! With the exception of the background paper in the ‘beautiful’ page, everything is created–or already made and can be modified–within Silhouette Studio.


I love me a lacy flower background! This image is part of the class and comes in both letter and 12×12 sizes.
And all those elements? Yeah, we make all of that!


 One of my favoritist (yeah, it’s a word) shapes ever? A poloroid. And they are soooo easy to make in Studio! And see that ‘Genuine’ tag? Yeah, you get that and you can customize the colors in Studio to create a print+cut that fits your needs.

With this part of the class, I show you how you can create your color scheme using a background paper too. 


 
More fun with this part of the class!
If you only knew what you could do with that amazing thing called color!

The things you can do in Silhouette to simplify your process? It’s crazy.
This class shows you many-a tips.

You’ll be coming away with a whole new appreciation for designing your own stuff!

Oh, and don’t forget this cute little set of freebies. :)

 

If you want more details on the class, you can read this post HERE or see what’s up on JessicaSprague.com.


Stay tuned for a page I’m making with Jordan’s senior pics using some of the stuff from this class. It’s just ever-so versatile.

And if you’ve taken this class? I’d love to hear from ya! :)

Honey Bristow - October 29, 2012 - 12:14 pm

OMG – Can someone please tell me where that element in the top LO is from? The one that says “A girl and her Daddy”. Love it :)

Kerri - October 29, 2012 - 12:22 pm

Hey Honey! We make that in the class! :)

Honey Bristow - October 29, 2012 - 12:27 pm

Ohh bummer!!! for me, I don’t have a silhouette. It’s GORGEOUS!!!

Linsay - October 29, 2012 - 2:07 pm

I wrote a (really nice) review on the course page because I enjoy your classes so much. I hope you have plans for more of them!

Candy - October 29, 2012 - 3:16 pm

Can I just say you run rings around the other ‘instructors’ who try to teach the Silhouette? Keep these classes coming!

Susan Kopp - October 29, 2012 - 4:33 pm

Love these and I love the classes even more! I too second the idea of more classes…..you rock Kerri Bradford!

Gina - October 29, 2012 - 7:59 pm

Hi Kerri,
Love your newest class, I am slowly working my way through it. I like to take classes slowly and practice after watching each lesson. Just helps me learn to do this on my own. Love your classes and love that we can take our time working our way thru it!!!!!

Cindy Sowell - October 30, 2012 - 5:50 am

I love all of your silhouette classes Kerri! I haven’t used white as a background much…now you’ve converted me! LOL! I love how the colors pop off the white page! I also like learning how to make my own page elements! Thank you, and please keep these classes coming!

Susan - October 30, 2012 - 3:11 pm

I’ve taken all the silhouette classes you offer on Jessica Sprague. They are amazing!!!! I have learned so much. Keep them coming.

Kerri - October 31, 2012 - 2:34 pm

Thanks for all your great comments!
You are allllll amazing!!!!
xo
k

Erin - November 1, 2012 - 6:49 pm

Hi, Kerri. I definitely want to take this class! But I don’t know how to do print+cut on the Silhouette yet and it looks like you do some of that (from what I can guess). Do I need to know how to do that before I start on this class? Or will the instructions in this class be explanatory enough for me to get through that part?

Kerri - November 3, 2012 - 11:25 am

Hey Erin! I don’t go over the Print+Cut so much in this class. I do show what the screen in Silhouette could look like with the elements and registration marks. I actually cover all sorts of details of the P+C feature in Oh The Places You’ll Go (it’s considered the Silhouette 2 class).

Hope that helps! :)

Erin - November 4, 2012 - 5:54 am

Kerri!
I started it yesterday and did the first three sections. This class is fantastic. It’s worth the cost just in cut files alone, but all the knowledge is worth it alone, too. Being able to go back and re-do a section whenever I want is such a great feature of the Jessica Sprague classes. I also really like having the PDF to refer back to, with all those layout ideas at the end. :) It’s really well laid out and I appreciate all the organization and time you put into it. I’m definitely doing The Places You’ll Go on my next free weekend!

Thank you!!

Janet Wright - October 5, 2013 - 6:39 pm

This is probably a stupid question, but…. I am saving for my Silhouette and downloaded the software so that I could “practice” and see if I could do the things I want to do before I spent the money on the machine. (And so that when the machine arrives I don’t get too frustrated!)

Is it necessary to have the machine to get anything out of the classes? I know that I (duh!) won’t be able to cut (unless by hand, which is what I do now), but I could learn about a lot of the functions. I have been trying to come up with ideas on my own to try to do and sometimes miss and sometimes succeed. I think that with a more “formal” set of instructions (as opposed to opening YouTube, watching for a minute, switching screens to Studio, back and forth) might be more helpful. Thanks if you have time to answer.

Kerri - October 5, 2013 - 6:43 pm

Hey Janet!
Nope. You don’t have to have the machine to learn how to use the software. Like you said, you wouldn’t be able to create the end result, but most of what’s learned is all about the software, cutting it out is the icing on the cake. :)

Hope that helps!

new kit: inFORMS

You know, I love having options for journaling. I like being able to use something beyond just the ordinary ‘type it up and print it out’ method. Combine that with my love for office supplies? Um yeah, this is what you get:

 

This kit is perfect for working with Project Life because the journaling cards come in 4×6 and 3×4 sizes. But of course you can use these for your pages, cards, projects…whatever floats your boat!

But wait . . . there’s more! (you know how I love to say that)

Not only can you use these as a PNG file in your photo editing software, but it also includes the cut files so that you can bring them into your cutting software and manipulate your colors there, change the corners to a rounded corner, or even add a fun edge border like from the kit On The Edge . . . like this.


You can put multiples on a page and run them off as print+cuts as well.

And wait….there’s even more! Because they are a cut file and created with lines and dots and all that good stuff, you can change the colors how you want them. Perhaps a girls’ game night would warrant a more girly colored score sheet journaling card, like this?

 

Now, if you have the Designer Edition of Studio, when you bring the SVG file into Studio, the image will be in color like you see above. If you have the Standard Edition, the DXF will all come in a that raw outline look–just lines, no color. What I would recommend doing is grab any text and turn it into a Compound Path (select the word/phrase, right click, choose Make Compound Path). That way it will change the text as it needs to be so that when you fill it with a color, it will do the right thing.

I might even recommend that you color them like you see and then save it as a STUDIO file and keep that one on file before adding it to your Library.

You may have noticed that there are some designs that I’ve made for kits like This+That in there. That’s because I loved the design so much that I thought it would be awesome to have it perfectly formatted in the 4×6 and 3×4 to make them easy to use. I also made the lines for these cards so that they are about the same as a piece of notebook paper so that you’ll have room to write.

Okay then . . . that’s all she wrote . . . so to speak. :)
With this kit, now you can now journal inFORMS.

Lorraine M. - October 25, 2012 - 4:29 pm

LOVE!!! I’m always on the lookout for the perfect journaling spot! I think I may have found it! ;)

Helen - October 25, 2012 - 7:13 pm

Super cool! That’s all I have to say about this. Super cool!

Patty G. - November 1, 2012 - 5:03 pm

Seriously, girl?!? You’ve done it again! Love these–can see using them in many different ways–loved how you used the report card one on the layout of your daughter!

Michele - March 4, 2013 - 4:49 pm

Hi Kerri…..I’m wondering if you can print your journaling on these cards while using it with the Silhouette software? As I’m not nearly as fortunate as you with your beautiful hand writing!!!!

Thanks Michele

what’s old–or broken–is new again

Or at least I hope so.

I have to say, I’ve had a very interesting past few days.

I was feeling so danged good on Saturday when we cleaned out the garage and I did some cleaning in my bedroom…getting rid of the stacks of things that had accumulated on my dresser. And lest we not forget the major purging of my closet that I’d done just a few days before.

I was so happy.

Then chaos began.

We’d been having phone-cable-internet problems in that it just wasn’t working, or it would pop up for a while and then get all wiggy again. It’s something that had been happening intermittently and then had progressively gotten worse. And weirdly enough, it was something that would begin happening later afternoon and into the evening until close to 10:00.

On Friday morning, Comcast came out to ‘fix’ it . . . and didn’t. They told me they’d come back out . . . and didn’t. Needless to say I wasn’t happy waiting around all that time. Nor was I happy when it went out for a good part of the 1st quarter of the BYU-Notre Dame game.

Then it went downhill from there. Pretty much lost the bundle all weekend long. Not a great way to spend your weekend when you lose ALL entertainment resources–no TV, no Netflix, no internet…no one can even call us.

Yesterday they came out again and hopefully it’s been fixed. You wouldn’t believe what they did…and still have yet to do.

So there’s that. And then, next up . . . my Mac. On Thursday I got an email from Apple saying that they were recalling the 1T Seagate hard drives in the 27″ iMacs if purchased between a certain date. Yes, that meant mine. My computer would chug from time to time, but I thought it was because I’d used 700G and only had 300G left.

Turns out, my hard drive was beginning to crash. On Sunday, I could barely do anything. Everything was slowing terribly. When I tried to reboot it took for-e-ver. I seriously didn’t think it was going to boot again. But eventually it did and then it got a little quicker. But it was not a happy camper–it was very ill–and when I couldn’t do one more Time Machine backup? I got very ill.

I had made a brand new kit that I finished Friday that just need a tiny bit of fine-tuning and then I was going to save the files Monday morning. When I didn’t think I could boot, I was just sick at the prospect of losing that work and having to re-do it. My last backup was a week prior.

Alas, I was able to copy my files to a portable hard drive before taking it into get repaired on Monday.

So now, my baby is back and it looks a little something like this:

 

Ohhhhh happy day! But I have to tell ya, this whole mess wasn’t easy. Because there was a discrepancy in the Time Machine used disk space with my computer used disk space, I suddenly had a panic attack that I would never be able to retrieve any possible lost data on my old hard drive because they send it back to Apple. After several phone calls, transfers, constantly repeating my story–over and over and over again–Apple allowed me to keep the hard drive in the event there’s a data recovery needed.

Talk about peace of mind. It’s not like I couldn’t access the data on my old hard drive, it was just beginning its crash scenario.

Anyway, between the Comcast and Apple multiple phone calls and situation retelling, I was just spent. I was so sick of saying everything over and over again.

Not a good past few days.

But on the other hand, while I was still on the high from my cleaning endeavors, I’d come across some more things that could be reused or worn by Jordan or worn by me. I’d been in a mood to start pulling out earrings that I hadn’t worn for a while. And then when Jordan and I were taking a tour through my jewelry box, I came across this necklace.



This necklace used to be one of my very favorite necklaces to wear many years ago. But, as with most things, you get tired of jewelry pieces and need to wear something else fun and new.

But since I hadn’t worn it for a while, I gave that sterling silver a little polish and wore it for the first time in a looooong time yesterday. The reason why I love it so is because it reminds me of our family farm. The windbreak consists of these huge, huge, huuuuugely tall pine trees. So it’s just something special for me.

And Jordan has not only taken some of my old sweaters to wear–before I purged them for good–but now she’s pilfering my jewelry. ;) Oh, and I decided to use one of my most favorite wallets ever that I bought in Rome, Italy like 12 years ago. 12? Was it more than that? 15? I can’t remember. But Jordan keeps insisting on letting her use it. Um, no. That’s real Italian leather from a very nice store baby. I love it. Want to go back to Italy to buy another one. ;)

I love it when you can give new life to something. When something old is fun and new for someone else.

So, there ya have it. My life in a nuthouse–uh, I mean, nutshell for the past few days. I feel so behind on emails and such. I couldn’t really even use my daughter’s computer because first of all we had no internet, but also because she needed to take her computer to school.

Makes me feel a need to get a laptop someday… ;)

Once I get my Mac back up and going–which will still be a few hours of the file transfer–I will start answering emails and all that fun stuff.

I appreciate your patience with all of this!

Glad to finally get back to normal. Of course, I don’t want to jinx myself and have the internet go out again.

And speaking of, what are the odds of getting that Apple email and my hard drive taking a nose dive right soon after and my phone/internet/cable going out ALL at the same time?

Is that what’s known as the Bermuda Triangle?

Susan Kopp - October 24, 2012 - 2:40 pm

I have had that very thing happen with our cable/internet. AT&T UVerse hates when I call now and they just bite the bullet and send a Tech cause they know I won’t be a happy camper unless it is fixed immediately. Our problems started at the junction boxes a mile away, traveled up the line and into the house where previous techs cut necessary wires, wired things up backward or just plain didn’t know what they were doing. This went on for 3 weeks………works like a champ now! Hang in there it does get better. As for the computer……..I hate when they go down, withdrawl is not pretty!

Laura K - October 25, 2012 - 11:09 am

Wow what a crazy week! I know how that feels. I had one or two of those recently. We had to go nine days with no hot water a month ago. We live in a condo and the hot water heater in the unit above ours was leaking like crazy. It caused it to look like it was raining in our hot water heater closet. The water soaked all the electrical components in our hot water heater causing it to fry and not work anymore. Needless to say their insurance didn’t want to cover it and come to find out the guy who we are renting from has the same insurance company! Then they had to fight back and forth about who needed to pay for it and finally our landlord just had to pay to put in a new hot water heater and fight with the insurance company to get his money back. It was the longest week of my life! Constantly boiling water on the stove to wash dishes or bathe a la Little House on the Prairie is not fun!

need directions?

I’m an arrow collector.
I think they add such a fun element to your project.
So many styles, so many designs. It’s never-ending.

So that’s why I’m so excited about this new kit:

Need Directions?


And I have to say, speaking of never-ending, I could have gone on and on with this kit.
Will probably warrant a ‘Need More Directions?” someday. ;)

Lots of possibilities to play with this!

And you know me and variety, I like both a straight edge and a rounded edge. I couldn’t decide which one I wanted when designing, so, by golly, I just included both!


Design tip here.

This set of arrows come in three ways: one solid shape and two shapes
that overlap so that you can make it a multi-color set of arrows.

But wait, there’s more!

See that side bar? While you can use them all together with the sidebar, what I really designed it for is so you can lay down those arrows perfectly and then just cut off the edge without you having to align a single arrow! So it might look a little something like this:

Not to be like all pattin’ myself on the back or anything, but I love this idea. Not having to individually place them all? Hello! And, they are much more movable as you are laying out your page, trying to figure out where you want to place things . . . and I’m all about convenience there.


Also, I included some text on a couple of the shapes, but the intent is for you to add your own text.
So you can just delete the text that’s there and put in whatever you’d like.

Wanna see how it works on those frames?

Well here’s a video that shows how you can do that . . . in addition to how to manipulate some of those arrows to fit your needs . . . if’n ya need to make some modifications, that is.

 

fun. fun. fun!

can’t wait to use ‘em!

Cynthia Larson - October 18, 2012 - 4:37 pm

HA! you have been a busy beaver lately. I am loving all the new additions to the store. This arrow one is totally cool!

Jeannie L - October 18, 2012 - 4:47 pm

Awesome kit! Definitely gonna get this kit in my hands. Thanks for the tutorial on how we can customize it further.

Jane - October 18, 2012 - 4:52 pm

what a handy-dandy piece of information!! Love the kit & thanks!!!

K - October 18, 2012 - 5:26 pm

Supper cool tutorial. I will be able to do a lot with this kit.

Caroline D - October 18, 2012 - 8:42 pm

Wow. I loved it before I watched the video. But after the video I’m chomping at the bit to go play!

Caroline D - October 18, 2012 - 8:43 pm

Wow. Love. Great video!

Susan Kopp - October 19, 2012 - 6:30 am

love, Love, LOVE this file and I can’t wait to be able to purchase this one. I was thinking of trying to do something like this and voila…..you have done the work for me. Thanks!

Leslee Barrow - October 19, 2012 - 6:37 am

I think you will find this entertaining.
B with an arrow is our signature mark with our name.
So, I am always looking for arrows to use with scrapping.
Will have to get these when my Silhouette arrives.

Leslee Barrow

Heather Crawford - October 19, 2012 - 7:32 am

Wow, Kerri, you thought of everything…this kit is awesome!!

Honey.B - October 25, 2012 - 4:44 pm

Hi there. I love these but don’t have a Silhouette (yet lol). Can these be used in photoshop? I’d love to use them in my Project Life album.
Thanks in advance :)

Kerri - October 25, 2012 - 5:19 pm

Yep…they totally can! There are PNG files that will work just dandily (yeah, it’s a word) in Photoshop/Elements. :)

Honey.B - October 25, 2012 - 5:26 pm

Thanks so much for the quick reply Kerri. Yay – that’s the answer I was soooo hoping for. I’ve been drooling over them since you released them last week. I’ve just purchased inFORMS, off to get this one now. Thanks again :)