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There’s some fabulous news–and some sad news–but oddly, it’s all the same news.
(Can you say ‘mixed emotions’?)

I am packing up my Silhouette classes, putting them in a moving truck, and bringing ‘em on over here to my own site.

What?!!!

I’m very excited about this move, but also quite nervous. It’s a whole new world for me, but I’m excited to see where this road will be taking me. I just have all these ideas and know that having all my classes under one roof will be the best thing for all of that.

I guess you could say I’m giving up my apartment in the city. ;)

The sad part of this is that I won’t be working directly with Jessica Sprague and her amazing team anymore. Seriously. Amazing. Love those girls! But that’s not to say that we won’t continue having a wonderful relationship! There truly is no better place to learn Photoshop than with Jessica Sprague. Love her dearly. And all the other nuggets of goodness she offers? Just amazing.

So what does this mean for you Silhouette fans?
It takes time to pack up boxes and set up a new place, so all the Silhouette classes will still be available on JessicaSprague.com until March 15. But it gets even oh-so better than that.

What’s a move without a ‘moving sale’, right?

All classes will be 25% off until moving day. Then, they will be put onto the moving truck and be in transit to their new home right here at KerriBradford.com.

Now what does that mean for those who purchased the classes on JessicaSprague.com?
If you purchased the Silhouette classes on JS.com, you will still have access to those classes for ever and ever. I will continue to pop in with support until June 1. After that, you’ll still have all the fabulous JS Mentors that can help you with questions in the Forum there.

I’m so looking forward to this new adventure. And I hope you’re just as excited to go along for the ride with me!

I just also wanted to give a big ol’ slobbery kiss-full of thank you to Jessica Sprague and her team for the wonderful opportunity they gave me for being a part of their very special place ‘in the city’. Truly. I can’t say it enough. They are amazing.

SewCalGal - February 1, 2013 - 4:53 pm

I’m glad to hear that the Silhouette classes that I purchased at JessicaSprague will still be available to me at Kerri Bradford, after the move. :)

And, I’m looking to more classes with you too!

SewCalGal
http://www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Theresa G. - February 2, 2013 - 6:35 am

Hi!! good for you. I can’t wait to see what you have in the works. i’m sure it means cool things..
Happy Saturday!!!!
=)

Amy A. - February 2, 2013 - 9:31 am

Hi Kerri! Your classes are truely amazing. I would have never taken the plunge and purchased my silhoutte if if were not for you, and your classes have been so helpful. I love all your designs too. Thank you for making them available to us FOREVER!!

CLR - February 2, 2013 - 4:40 pm

I really enjoyed all your Silhouette classes. I have taken a few from other instructors, but your’s are the best! Thanks so much. How soon before we see class number five? I can hardly wait!

Tania K - February 3, 2013 - 6:12 am

So Kerri, if I understand you correctly, the class that I purchased and took over at JS (Silhouette Designer Edition) will always be available for me over at JS? And it’s JS’s team that will help me with any questions after June 1? OR, will I access that class here after your move? Just wondering because I want to take your Just Add Color class and I’m not sure where I should take it… JS or KB…

Kerri - February 3, 2013 - 7:15 am

Hey Tania!
Yes, you are exactly right with the first part. Once the move has been made, you will still have access to the classes you purchased on JS.com. So any questions you have can be addressed within the JS.com forum.

If you purchase future classes on my site, there will be a forum there to chat about things as well. And it’s not like I’m going away. I’m always here to help. I get questions all the time, so I’m always an open book that way. :)

HOpe that helps!

Lisa-Jane Johnson - February 3, 2013 - 3:46 pm

I’m a follower of Nichol Magouirk and fell in love with her cut outs, so much do that I eventually gave in and bought a Silhouette. I loved the designs she used and followed the links to find you and now I’ve bought the class bundle in the sale to get me started. I’ve downloaded many of your freebies too. Just wanted to say, as a new follower, good luck with the move and the new plans and a big thank you for your work, your classes, your freebies and your inspiration” x

Jodi Frede - March 7, 2013 - 10:01 am

Will the same Silhouette Classes be available here on your site once the move is complete? I just got a Portrait and purchased the Designer Edition of the software, so I am interested in all of the classes you currently have at JS, but I don’t have the budget for all of them yet. I’m debating whether I have to buy them now at JS to make sure I can take them, or if I wait, will I still be able to take them on your site later? Thanks.

Kerri - March 7, 2013 - 7:58 pm

Hey Jodi! I will have the Silhouette classes on my site once the move is complete. So if you purchase from Jessica’s site, you will have forever access there. If you purchase them from my site, you will have forever access here.

Hope that helps! :)

decisions. decisions.

Lots and lots on my mind these days.

Some new and exciting things going on — or ‘wanting’ things to go on.

Always growing.

what to do. what to do.

Lots of decisions to make.

Constantly thinking about this or that.

So much in my head.

Wondering where my ‘road’ will take me next.

Don’t worry, I’m still here doin’ my thing.

Always will be.

Just may be doing more things and/or things differently.

I’m very excited.

(I know. I’m being cryptic. :) )

And still trying to figure out to do  ’balancement’ word.

Not doing so well with it so far.

Guess it’s a good thing we have a year to work on it.

I keep adding more to my life and rather than simplify.

But maybe my future plans will really end up simplifying me down my little road.

That’s the hope, anyway.

 

kat-in-texas - January 31, 2013 - 4:05 pm

God always looks after you Kerri! :)

Cindy - January 31, 2013 - 4:57 pm

Hum, makes one wonder what’s up, but I’m confident that you’ll make the right decision for you and it will all work out. Best of luck to you!

margie - January 31, 2013 - 7:08 pm

I bet the decisions will become clear as time goes on. Meanwhile I am excited to see what is on the horizon. I am new to following your blog and have found it so informative.
Thank you.

mmforever - January 31, 2013 - 11:32 pm

OK, that’s cryptic. I’m loving everything you do so I’m sure whatever it is will be great – for you and your customers.

PS. I’m taking The History Project and am adoring it. There are so many little moments coming back to me and it is great to know they are down on paper. Can’t wait for Mondays (Tuesday mornings here for me in South Africa)!

Wendy Verdon - February 1, 2013 - 5:44 am

Hi – I really need to take the Sihouette classes that were offered on the Jessica Sprague website and they are no longer there and her email said you will be doing them here. I don’t see them. Will you still be offering them?

Candy Clay - February 1, 2013 - 6:26 am

Jessica announced you are moving your classes. I purchased all 4 will I still have access to these on your site

Audrey V - February 1, 2013 - 9:45 am

I have the same question as Candy. I have purchased all of your classes, but have not had the time to actually do the classes. Will they still be available on Jessica Sprague’s site?

Deneen - February 1, 2013 - 3:22 pm

Kerri I will be praying for you. God is so very good and has big plans for you my friend! Can’t wait to see what’s next. Big Hugs

A look into The History Project

I’ve gotten a few requests here and there to expound on what kinds of things are going on within the class.

What are the prompts? What are you doing? 

Obviously I can’t share all the information going on within the class, but if you follow me on Facebook, you do see that I give hints as to what we are doing. So if you don’t follow me on Facebook, here’s a little visual sampling on what we’ve been doing or getting in the class.


Each week I pick a subject to dive into for those memories during our early years (0-20). You can tell what some of these subjects are by the pictures. I also ask questions or provide ideas or fun ways to journal as well as share tips on how to get those memories going in your head.  And let us not forget the PDFs and all the free shapes for each week’s subject too! (as seen above)

But in addition to all that is the Facebook group made specifically for class members to write and share their ideas and memories or approaches to this project. I’m loving that because my way is not the only way (don’t tell my kids that ;) ). And I love hearing other people’s memories of certain subjects.

You don’t have to be a scrapbooker to do this. It’s all about journaling…with a little ‘foo foo’ mixed in (if you want to use it).

Here’s what a couple students have said:

“Loving what we are doing so far. I thought I did not have many childhood memories and can’t believe the memory flashes I have been having over the past day.”

……and……

“I am not a scrapbooker…..I have a very dear friend that introduced me to your website for the history project. I have talked to the whole family and we are so excited about doing the project together. Mom=86……….Me=63……….Both children=44 and 39………grandson=21 and will encourage the new grandson=6mo. I am just excited to have all those “hints” to jolt my memory. Thank you for the excitement going on in my head and my heart.”

Wow!

And there is one group of people that are working on this project together like a book group, which I think is a fabulous idea!

I believe it’s the working together and sharing of those memories that helps inspire us to remember even more moments. And how fun is it to get to do it with your family?! My whole family is doing it too. I haven’t read their memories (yet), but they are reading or hearing about mine….which is the whole reason why I’m doing this. Leaving something of me behind for them.

I’m very excited about that.

If you’ve been wanting a glimpse at what’s going on in there ;), I thought perhaps I’d share a ‘page’ from The History Project PDF.

 

Perhaps this will help you to decide if this project is for you. And remember, you don’t have to have started at the first of the year to do this class. You can pick up and run with it at any time. All the information is saved in the class structure so you can pick and choose from the subjects you haven’t done yet. There is no ‘behind’ in this class.

My motto is, ‘Don’t think. Just do.’

The time is now. Write your story now.

[...] out the class and her intro video HERE. And HERE is a follow-up blog post that explains a little more since the class [...]

Pat Lanter - January 30, 2013 - 7:12 am

What a great idea for a class! As I’m doing scrapbooks for my sons and grandsons, I’ve been thinking about doing something to document my own life. This would be the perfect inspiration.

Susan - January 30, 2013 - 2:31 pm

LOVED your video – you are adorable – I love how simple you are trying to keep it – the most important thing is just to get those stories DOWN on PAPER for future generations!!! I hope to take the course!! :D

Lisa McLean - January 31, 2013 - 7:55 am

Fellow Memory Keepers,

If you are at all thinking about taking this class, stop thinking, and just do it! Kerri has found a way to truly inspire me to get my own stories on paper. I have always been a keeper of memories, hoarding memorabilia from various events, trips, etc. However I have never been a fan of the journalling part. At most, I would jot down a few ideas and forget where I even wrote down the information. A few years ago I began scrapbooking, however I know if I go back and look at my many layouts, very few of them will have detailed journalling included on them, because I just don’t enjoy reflecting. I saw the posting for this class originally and thought, sounds fun, but I will never enjoy it. However after seeing the posting a few additional times (I may or may not be a bit of a Bradford Studio’s blog stalker), I got to thinking – I really DO want to record those memories from my childhood – and having prompts would probably be pretty helpful!

I hate that I have already lost grandparents, and never took the time to get their points-of-view on various events. I have already missed out on adding their voice to my memories. I don’t want to have the same thing happen to my children, or my children’s children (I should add that my son is 8 months old so this may sound a bit dramatic…haha).

So I signed up. And somehow, Kerri has made this manageable. She has made this FUN. And she has kept this simple, which is exactly what I need. She has found a way to prompt my thinking, and get my gears going to bring back old memories that I may never have thought to record! I feel no pressure to keep up each week – however I have my journal ready, and an additional pad of paper around to jot down ideas for whatever topic I am currently on so that when I have time to sit down and properly journal, I have my ideas ready to go!

I truly think that if you enjoy memory keeping, you will enjoy this class. And seriously, for the content we have received so far, the price is a complete bargain! I hope you join me on this amazing journal of self-reflection and personal memory keeping!

Have a great day!
Lisa

[…] For more information on The History Project, click HERE and HERE. […]

new kits + cha recap

Okay boys and girls . . . today’s a big day! If you haven’t noticed, I got a couple new kits up! The fist is a set of new storyboard photo templates and I also used them to create my photo collages below. This kit is made to work with all square photos—Instagram Style. Not that you have to use them with an Instagram photo (mine aren’t), but you surely can!

Check out all the different templates here!


As per usual, each template has its own frame–straight or rounded corner–to overlay the set of photos if you’d like. And just to remind you, if you want a thicker line? Just add a stroke to the frame and voila! It’s a thicker frame!

And because I’m feeling saucy . . . the storyboard kit is on sale through Sunday night for 20% off!

So if’n ya wanna save a couple bucks, best be gettin’ ‘em now!


And the next individual kit would be a-comin’ at the request of Miss Nichol. She has something in mind for these babies and I can’t wait to see what it is!


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So a couple weeks ago I went to sunny California for CHA. A cold California, but still 40 degrees warmer than where I left. It was single digit temps here in Utah and in the 40s in California. Felt wonderful! This was the view right by the hotel (left). I think that street by Disneyland (right) is my favorite street in California. It’s just so pretty with all those palm trees lining the street!

Got to run around with my dear friend Lisa Bearnson, which was totally fun! We stayed up ‘way past my bedtime’ according to Lisa (she knows I’m not a night owl). Like 1:30 in the morning. Chatting away like girls at a slumber party. It was so much fun getting to really visit with her again. The occasional lunch just doesn’t cut it. ;) And when we used to travel together often, we could conversate more. So it was fun doing that again.

I ran into so many friends there! Heck, I don’t pay to go see the product…I pay to see all my friends that I never get to see! Here’s a peek at a few of the friends I got photos with.

 

I added two actions over the top of that:
Heartland from The Pioneer Woman and Acid Wash from Totally Rad Actions.


Dang…I don’t know what I was thinking when I missed taking one with Elizabeth Kartchner and Heidi Swapp. And dear Miss Shari…she was busy and I was going to go back the next day and get a pic with that cute thing and totally got busy with other things. Next time Shari darling!

All these girls are just amazing. Truly. I’ve known them for years–and some a few years longer than the others. Kristina (from TwoPeas) and I were winners of the very first CK Hall of Fame contest and on the Provo Craft design team. We even had a scrapbook getaway…with Stacy Julian too, before Simple Scrapbooks was really ever anything. Kristina was the first friend I ran into at CHA and it was so fun to see her again. And of course that Ali girl…haven’t seen her in forever. And Teresa…we are Cafe Rio lunch buddies….and it’s been a while. ;) And don’t get me goin’ on Becky and Lisa. And Lori is such a fabulous designer. Worked with her in my CK days. I don’t know how she does all that she does!

I’ve really been lucky to be in this industry for so many years. I’ve made many friends and had many wonderful opportunities. I’m very grateful for all of that. Truly.


And then, of course, I got to see this IRL.
Hey, I can use current TLA (three letter acronym) jargon too. ;)


I tell ya, Becky’s booth was hoppin’ the whole time! Definitely a buzz going on there. Hmmm….wonder why?

Chatted with those American Craft boys and all the fun people that work with that fabulous company–Becky, Maggie, Elizabeth…Studio Calico… Is it any wonder why people want to be associated with AC? They are–and have always been–my very favorite company to work with. Love those guys (and cardstock, of course).

Oh, and little Miss Maggie had these fabulous photo overlays to vintagefy (yeah, it’s a word) your photos. Attach it with some washi tape? Soooo cool! And oh my, I tried to find a photo on AC or Crate Paper (who she’s doing it through–and CP is under the AC umbrella), and even on Maggie’s site, but couldn’t find it. I’m sure you’ll see something soon.

Stopped by the Silhouette booth. Saw that they have new chipboard that you can work with now. That’s awesome for all you chipboard lovers! If you haven’t seen their announcement on their blog, you can check it out HERE.

My Mind’s Eye are another one of my favorite companies. They always have such wonderful scrapbooking goodness. Yum. That’s all I have to say!

Stopped by the Lifestyle Crafts booth and chatted with sweet Michelle Rasmussen…who was my first boss when I started with QuicKutz…but I’d known her prior to that for all the QVC stuff. This girl is a total sweetheart and I miss working with her. She’s so creative and she’s doing an amazing job with her vision for that company. The Letterpress is fabulous!

The trip was quick, but oh so much fun to go again. It’s been about three years since my last trade show. I’d love to go to Chicago…it’s my kind of town. ;) Seriously though, love Chicago.

 

twentyTHIRTEEN . . . it’s here!

I’m so excited to finally get this kit to y’all.
I can’t  believe we are three weeks into the new year already!
It’s been a busy one for me so far. Hope it mellows just a little bit.

pfffffff . . . who am I kidding . . . really. ;)

So, without further ado, here is the new twentyTHIRTEEN kit!

 



The fun part of this kit is not only the mixing and matching within the kit itself, but I also made it to coordinate with the Life Additions: Weeklies #2 kit! I felt like it was time to update the ‘twenty____’ series. Originally I’d made them so that they could all work together . . . and they still can. But I wanted to focus more on making it coordinate with the Weeklies #2 kit. You’ll see some similarities, but I opted for updating some of the fonts and still kept a couple of the ‘regulars.’

Here’s some more examples of mixing it up within the kit itself:

And of course this would work perfectly with the Life Additions: Weeklies #2 kit too!
Fabulous addition to your Project Life!

 

Tania - January 23, 2013 - 1:01 pm

LOVE THIS! I don’t do PL, but I still love this!

Cindy - January 23, 2013 - 5:55 pm

Love it and will be picking this up come payday!!

Little Nat - January 24, 2013 - 8:17 am

Yay! I’ve been waiting for this so I can do my PL title page! Tks Kerri!

BTW – LOVING the History Project!!

routine: coming to life…in more ways than one.

There is nothing more exciting to me to see these two-dimensional pieces of art I make come to life in wonderful ways. And Laura’s page is definitely one of these wonderful ways! It’s just eye candy!

 

[ ShapesinFORMS (Report Card, Score Sheet, Library Card) / Need Directions (quirky arrow) / Say What: 1 ("relax") / Say What: 3 ("Today" arrow, "Insane" title) / Life Additions: 2 ("routine") / Life Additions Weeklies: 2 (days of the week) / A Beautiful World ("green grass") ]

 

Here’s what Laura has to say:

I feel like I am the last person in the scrapbooking world that is NOT doing Project Life. At least, not yet. However, I have a large stash of the divided page protectors and never think to use them. I decided to challenge myself to use one when sitting down to work on my project for Kerri this month. My 16 year old, Alyssa, has been extremely busy these last few weeks with all of her school activities, soccer (two teams), band rehearsals and concerts, and normal, everyday life stuff. I thought I would create a page documenting one of her busy weeks and got busy digging through Kerri’s kits to find a variety of shapes to use. I started with the days of the week … an obvious choice, right? I choose a few arrows, along with a few different words/phrases that caught my eye (“routine” for that everyday stuff, “relax” for that one day she had a few minutes of downtime, “green grass” for soccer). When I saw the “2 Words. In. Sane.” shape, I knew it was perfect for my title, since her week’s schedule was truly insane. I used a few of Alyssa’s photos from her iPod. Since the quality wasn’t that great, I printed them on the cards from the inFORMS kit. Since the photos printed BEHIND the forms, it helped hide the fact that the photos weren’t crystal clear or in focus.



Even if you’re not doing Project Life, I think this is fabulous way to document a week of life! Or anything, for that matter. And I love how she printed designs from inFORMS over the top of the photos! Such a cool effect! And if you don’t want to print over it, try printing it onto a transparency and slide it over your pocket items.

I so need to make a page like this!

Thanks Laura! Love it!

Susan Kopp - January 22, 2013 - 12:46 pm

LOL!!! You are not alone in thinking you are late to the PL bandwagon….this is my first year. I love how you used these cuts for your pages and was wanting to see someone do this before I tried it. Great ideas and I will be definitely incorporating these in mine. Thanks for sharing!!

Rhadonda - January 22, 2013 - 3:31 pm

Love it all!!! So creative.

Candy - January 22, 2013 - 5:42 pm

Love it–great job Laura. Kerri I’m in withdrawal for some new PL goodies. This is my first year doing it and I have all your stuff.

Cindy - January 23, 2013 - 1:33 am

Awesome! I love this!

Katie Jones - January 23, 2013 - 6:21 am

What a fabulous way to use all of these cuts! They really capture the craziness of her week, and this will be a wonderful layout to look back on in the years to come!

Little Nat - January 24, 2013 - 8:18 am

So cool! Love how you’ve used the report cards – I’d never thought of that…

love is in the air

Valentine’s Day.

Less than a month away.

Can you believe it? I’m just looking forward to some warmer temperatures. This constant below freezing–and below zero–is for the birds. Oh wait…those birds get to fly south…what am I talking about? Lucky ‘ducks.’

Some of you may be thinking about creating some new lovey-dovey works of art to help set the mood in your home. And if you’re like me, you’re gonna wanna make exactly these fabulous framed pieces of love like Nichol made.

Here’s what she has to say:
I’ve been working on adding some new additions to the Valentine decor of our home. I replaced the glass/photos in these distressed wood frames with photo-sized inserts for the holiday. One of the best ways to get multiples in the colors you need for a project (like the first frame shown here) is to use your die cut machine. I was able to use up paper scraps from other projects to cut the hearts and cut all the tags from one sheet of 8.5×11 cardstock. The tags were customized by incorporating the shape from the “XOXO” kit with the tag hole from another kit. You could also just create a circle shape in the Silhouette software instead. I just had both files open, figuring out what tag shape I wanted to use so I created mine this way! ;)






[ Shapes | XOXO (tag+heart) / December Additions: The Extras (tag hole)



 And here's what she's a-sayin' about this one:  

I cut a heart shape and attached all the die cut flowers to the heart with tiny, tiny brads. I layered the stamped & embossed banner across the heart with foam adhesive and trimmed off the excess before placing it inside the frame.



[ Shapes | XOXO (heart) / This+That: Family (flower) / This+That: Freedom (banner)



And this one:

I really wanted to incorporate a Hero Arts clock stamp in my stash into a Valentine's frame. I was perusing my KBS shapes and came across the clock hands file and it dawned on me how cute the stamped shape would look with the die cut hands layered on top! I love that you can recreate this same idea with any clock stamp you may have by simply changing the size of your clock hands to fit! So fun! The eiffel tower and heart die cuts tie the design together. I needed a banner to stamp the definition on so I just grabbed one of the KBS shapes from a recent file and resized it to accommodate the stamp design.


 [ Shapes | This+That: Love (eiffel tower) / This+That: Halloween (clock hands) / XOXO (hearts) / Letters to Santa (banner) ]



sooooo love.
that about says it all.

thank you miss nichol.

Rhadonda - January 18, 2013 - 11:01 am

Wow, totally gorgeous. How does she find time to do all of this?

Cindy - January 18, 2013 - 7:11 pm

Wow………..that Ms. Nichol is something else! I wish I had an nth of her talent. (I kept missing that capcha and had to do this 3 times – HA!)

Tammy - January 18, 2013 - 8:23 pm

Such a cute project. I really liked all three but my favorite was the first with all the tags and hearts. Good job. TFS

i love this smile

We have a special treat coming from Miss Naomi today!
Absolutely gorgeous!



[ Shapes | More Background Basics (diamond background) / Say What #2 (title) ]


I love the way Naomi did that diamond background! Sometimes a ‘harlequin’ design can be a really strong-looking element, but not on this page. Uh uh. It’s so soft and subtle. Mmmmm . . .  love it!

Kim Thomas - January 10, 2013 - 11:50 am

It’s just stunning! ♥