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I don’t know if it’s that I just haven’t seen enough of it this year or I haven’t gone on enough road trips, but I can’t seem to get enough of looking at the sky. I love to admire its beauty wherever I go. And with the iPhone, capturing it is always just a click away, like with this shot that I took on our way down to St. George this past weekend.

We were coming up a hill and the clouds met the top of the hill in such a way that I found to be magnificent.

Yesterday I pulled this photo up to share it on Facebook. I decided it needed a quick edit in my lovely little RadLab because of the hue of the color cast of the front window. When I entered it, I was still on the Recipes from a previous photo. As I ran my cursor up and over some of the very cool Recipes, I thought, ‘Ooooh. I like that one. Ooooh, but I like that one.’ I couldn’t decide. It was that much fun to see what the Recipes would do to it! FYI, a Recipe is just a saved grouping of settings that you may have chosen from the main editing set of Styles.

I thought that since I was so much in awe of the fun changes and so much in awe of the sky, that I needed to bring both together and share them with you here.




Mary Color | Mine

Mary BW | Mine




I think Typewriter is my favorite out of all of these. I mean, they are all cool, but I like what this one did on this photo best. And the two Mary recipes are ones that I created myself for a photo session I did. Hmm. They appeared to have come in handy here too. :)

Not only are Recipes fun to make, but you can share them too! I got some of these from the Totally Rad Facebook page. So if you and your friends wanted to share? Ya surely could. And I ‘edited’ all these versions and saved them within about three minutes.

  • Kim - October 1, 2013 - 7:10 am

    I ended up purchasing Rad Lab on your recommendation and I so love it!! So much easier for me to use and understand than actions. I love how I can lower the strength of the style. Although I’m noticing that I like to keep the strength percentage high and it ends up making my pics look kind of grainy when I print them out. Guess I’m still learning less is more ha! But I also love seeing all the different looks. Can’t remember their exact names, but I use the lights on almost every single time (what did I ever do without it??) and I also like oh snap and vanilla styles a lot. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - October 1, 2013 - 7:23 am

      I know what you mean Kim. I have the actions, but the RadLab works so much better. I use Lights On all the time too! I don’t know why, but it seems to work better than the action.

      I’ve been eyeing the Replichrome too. I have Lightroom and I’m really interested in how that works. I’m a technological photo junkie, I guess. :)ReplyCancel

  • Candy Bryant - October 1, 2013 - 10:38 am

    Aloha Kerri, How about a little video tutorial on how to fill the pukas (holes) behind those lovely backgrounds like the circles. I made one and it took forever to measure each hole, trim, and glue down. I thought “I bet Kerri knows an easier way”.
    Hugs & Mahalo, CandyReplyCancel

    • Kerri - October 1, 2013 - 11:36 am

      Hey Candy! Email me a photo of what you’re talking about so I can get the correct visual in my head. :)ReplyCancel

  • jessica - October 2, 2013 - 5:52 am

    Kerri, great edits! I love Radlab too! Is Typewriter a recipe you created or one you found? I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Pamela McGillin - December 1, 2013 - 7:06 am

    Hi Kerri,
    Thanks for blogging about Rad Lab, the timing was perfect. I tried out the trial version & by Black Friday had made up my mind to buy the program… at 35% off!
    Thanks very much!ReplyCancel

St. George Utah holds a special place in my heart. I spent many quick trips down there with my mom, visiting my grandparents while they were there during some winters  or just going to get out of the doom+gloom of winter whether they were there or not.  I even lived there for a short time and attended school at the junior high.

We spent many times exploring the land with my grandpa, who worked in the Forest Service or for the Bureau of Land Management, identifying plant life and watching it all his life. I loved going on hikes with him as he’d carefully explain what this or that plant could do. If it could be a plant of sustenance, sickness, or remedy.

It was always an adventure.

And I’d have to say my number one place to go with him or my mom would be to Snow Canyon….and I think you can understand why.

How can you not love that view! And to walk around on those ‘petrified sand dunes’ is awesome! Especially as a child.

But for whatever reason, we just haven’t made it a point to take our kids there. Maybe it’s because it’s just a busy town and it’s hard to want to go there with their crazy roads and all. We did take them when they were younger, but only drive through on our way to California.

But Jordan wanted to go so Thoroughly Modern Millie desperately, so we went to see it there at the Tuacahn Theater outside of the city–right next to Snow Canyon, in fact. And not only did we see Millie, but we saw Mary Poppins.

 How awesome to see a play out here! This was the Mary Poppins set.

And this was the Thoroughly Modern Millie set.

All those  sections move around for the different scenes. It’s really quite impressive.

If you’ve ever seen the Broadway version of Mary Poppins, I’d love to hear what you thought of it. It was just a bit too twisted for us. I think because me and my girls are such die hard Mary Poppins fans, the difference was just too much for us. And some parts were like Mary Poppins on an acid trip. They did an excellent job, but when it doesn’t follow the storyline you know so well and only sing a few songs that you know, it kind of puts ya off kilter. But I know a lot of people love it. In fact, the lady sitting near us said to her friends that she loves this much better than the movie. What??? lol

But we all thoroughly loved Thoroughly Modern Millie. Very well done. Lots of laughs. Loved this one.

If you ever go to St. George, you must eat at The Bear Paw. It’s one of those local fabulous breakfast places. We had this little glass of hot chocolatey yumminess.

And this was breakfast. Yeah. Good stuff. And stuffed french toast too! Some vanilla concoction. And no, I did not eat all that! :)


We also did a little visit to the St. George LDS temple.

( by the way, other than adding a teenny bit of crispness to this, the photo has not been edited. i used the hdr feature on my iphone. pretty incredible sky, eh?)

The kids saw it up close when they were young, but mostly see it from the car on our way to California. This is the first time they can really remember being there though. That white building with the blue sky and the red rocks (not seen here) as the background is quite a site to behold.

And imagine it being lit up at night? It makes for quite a night-light. :) We didn’t have a lot of money growing up, so when we would run down to St. George for an overnighter and my grandparents weren’t there to stay with, we’d sleep in the car and my mom parked right here in front of the temple. She would move the car around through the night, but felt the safety of being there. It was comforting.

We did lots of shopping and eating and just having a good time together. I think we should make it a yearly thing, but you will never catch me there in the summer when the daytime temps can get up to 110 degrees! Not my idea of fun. But the weather was perfect for us there this weekend! We left rain and snow down into the benches and got to sunny cooler weather. Perfect.

Here’s a few more shots from the trip . . . just for the fun of it. :)

It’s pretty amazing to see plant life growing in what ever nook and cranny of dirt it can find.

  • Rebecca - September 30, 2013 - 9:32 am

    I love to go to St. George in Febuary for their Parade of Homes. But I am lobbying now to go to Tuacahn with the husband. ;) Love your photos. Thanks for the HDR tip. I turned mine on while we were on a family vaca in St. Louis last week. I can’t believe the difference in my photos. I love seeing the “before” and “after”.ReplyCancel

  • Kimmikaye - September 30, 2013 - 9:30 pm

    So happy to see your post about St. George. We’re headed there on Thursday to see Mary Poppins and Starlight Express. You gave some great ideas for pictures! Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - October 1, 2013 - 7:32 am

      Oooh, have lots of fun! And you’ll have to let me know how Starlight Express is….and what your thoughts on Mary Poppins are. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen D - October 1, 2013 - 8:36 am

    Thanks for sharing all of your photos. We used St. GEorge as our home base for a vacation in Utah and drove off from their to Mt. Zion and Bryce. But I never saw Snow Canyon or did the amphitheater and now I want to go back and visit both of these spots. We did eat at The Bear Paw multiple times and that breakfast held us over during long hikes. Such good food!ReplyCancel

As promised this week, here is my mint+grey page. The week was a little more wonky than expected and I am now off with my girls to St. George to see a couple plays for the weekend, so  it’s the digital life for me today. :)

[ Shapes | More Background Basics (circle background) / Here Kitty Kitty (title+cat) ]

Well, I’m so excited to have some time with my girls before my one girl goes on her mission. Two Broadway-quality plays in a very scenic outdoor venue amongst the red rocks and shopping and good food? Weather should be ideal? Yeah. It’s gonna be a good weekend.

Hope you have a fabulous one too!

  • Rhadonda - September 27, 2013 - 8:20 am

    I LOVE your page!! You know how to do digital (and everything else for that matter!) Funny we both focused on our cats ( : Sounds like an awesome weekend, have fun. I can’t wait for the next challenge. I have ideas in my head for some unique projects.ReplyCancel

  • {dawn} howells - September 27, 2013 - 8:51 am

    So beautiful, as always! Love what you did with your title! Makes me wish I had a cat!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth G - September 27, 2013 - 9:40 am

    Sweet LO! And enjoy your time with your girls! Sounds like some wonderful memories will be made!ReplyCancel

  • Trish - September 27, 2013 - 1:02 pm

    I know you will have a wonderful weekend with your girls, those times together are so sweet! I had my once a year manicure/pedicure with my daughter and I felt as if I was channeling you with my mint green fingernails and gray toenails color scheme! I did do a card layout, too. Thanks for your inspiration (in many ways!)ReplyCancel

  • Paula - September 27, 2013 - 2:11 pm

    Fabulous page, Kerri. I love cats & I love mint & grey so this ticks all the boxes for me in eye candy.

    Have a fantastic weekend with the girls, do some really girly stuff. I have my 4 weekly full body massage tomorrow afternoon to look forward to!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy Evans - September 27, 2013 - 2:26 pm

    I love your layout. Super super cute.ReplyCancel

Sometimes I just marvel at what we can do now in our own homes with paper crafting. I worked with Desiree Tanner at Provo Craft about fourteen years ago. I remember when they first came out with the lacy paper accents (Laser Layouts, if I remember right). It was an expensive process. And now we can do it ourselves? And let’s not forget title making! Who remembers printing a title in reverse on cardstock and using scissors an x-acto knives to cut the out…just for the look of something unique.


Digital craft cutters?

Ohhh, the ease of it all! I love it!

Here’s a little something from our darling Miss Laura using all those things that were so pain-stakingly and expensively done just a few years ago. Makes ya appreciate what we have now, right?

Loved this. :) 

[ Shapes | Storyboard #1 (photo template) / Background Basics (circle background) / Pack Your Bags (“Loved This”) / Life Additions #2 (file folders) ]

Here’s what Laura has to say:

I created a layout a few months ago that ended up being one of my favorite layouts in a long time. It wasn’t just the page design that I loved (which included one of Kerri’s Storyboard Templates and a few of her words pieced together for my title), but the photos and the meaning behind the story as well. I decided that since I loved it that much, I would use it as inspiration for this layout. The overall page design has the same look and feel (except the other layout is about football!), and I even used the exact same Storyboard Template to create my photo collage as I used on my original layout.

I keep trying to branch out and use different background cuts for my projects. After all, Kerri has so many great backgrounds to choose from in several of her kits. But I always seem to come back to that circle background. It’s a favorite of mine, and I’m pretty sure I use it more than any other background in my collection. I cut two of the tall file folders from the Life Additions #2 kit, and I had every intention of using those to hold my journaling. But I came across the chipboard jar piece and it just fit there to nicely, along with a little embellishment cluster. So I simply moved my journaling to the bottom of the page, which is where I had it on my original layout as well.
  • Ruth G - September 26, 2013 - 7:28 pm

    Wonderful! I love the column of elements with the outer edges being background and the colors and textures are just so fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing! Laura is one of my favorite designers because she always uses tons of photos and keeps her layouts easy to dissect and emulate!ReplyCancel

  • Sue FitzGerald - September 27, 2013 - 2:30 am

    Oh I remember the days of the old exacto knife (and it doesn’t seem that long ago), thought I was very clever. Gorgeous layout.ReplyCancel

  • Jana Eubank - September 27, 2013 - 8:49 am

    Such a gorgeous page! LOVE all the texture the cuts give! YUM! :)ReplyCancel

  • Paula - September 27, 2013 - 2:13 pm

    Love the title & all the colour.ReplyCancel

I have been so excited about launching this new series of tutorials! A couple times a month or so I will be sharing a quick little tip on how you can utilize your resources and maximize your art. I’m a big fan of maximizing one’s art. Huge fan. I love to see your goodies used in something other than the obvious way. So this is all about taking one item in your arsenal or from a KBS kit and mixing it with a completely different item and making something new.

I’d also thought about calling this 1+1=fabulous, but thought Mix+Match had a better ring to it. ;)

So for today’s tutorial, it’s all about Lines+Letters.

Take a look!

And on a completely unrelated note, apparently my hosting site was having issues and so there were some account access problems in addition to my site being down all together. It appears we are back up on the blog side, but not on the store/class/message board side of things.

Please be patient with me on this. I’ve already gotten an ulcer over it this morning with everything going on with it. :)

  • Judy Stiles - September 25, 2013 - 11:59 am

    I love this tip and immediately went to my Silhouette to try it out! So cool! Thank you so much for the tutorial! And I’m looking forward to seeing more of them!ReplyCancel

  • Annette Abrahamson - September 25, 2013 - 12:26 pm

    i just wanted to take the time to say thank you soooo much for the videos you post! i know that it takes time for you to do and it is very appreciated :) i have learned loads about what i can create with my silhouette because of what you have so generously shared. thanks again, and pretty please keep up the amazing and inspiring work!!!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Kopp - September 25, 2013 - 12:31 pm

    I love this tutorial and can’t wait to try it. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Fran - September 25, 2013 - 12:37 pm

    That’s a really neat technique. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Barbara Johnson - September 25, 2013 - 12:48 pm

    Wonderful tutorial. I can’t wait to give it a try.ReplyCancel

  • Dixie Cravens - September 25, 2013 - 1:11 pm

    What a great idea! You are a genius!ReplyCancel

  • rita timmons - September 25, 2013 - 2:27 pm

    great tutorial! I am very excited about this new series!ReplyCancel

  • Debby - September 25, 2013 - 3:14 pm

    Great tutorial Kerri! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Tania K - September 25, 2013 - 3:55 pm

    Awesome video/tutorial! Thank you so much Kerri! I have learned everything I know about the silhouette software from you! You make it so easy! And by the way, I’m really excited about your next class!ReplyCancel

  • Margaret R - September 25, 2013 - 4:09 pm

    Excellent tutorial Kerri. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Alg - September 25, 2013 - 4:45 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial. Excellent. I’m going to create some Project Life cards using this techniqueReplyCancel

  • Patricia - September 25, 2013 - 4:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing your talents with us!! I learn so much from your tutorials.ReplyCancel

  • Linda V - September 25, 2013 - 5:48 pm

    What a fantastic tutorial!!!! Have learned something new yet again. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Sylvia Gross - September 25, 2013 - 6:06 pm

    Thanks so much. You make things so easy.ReplyCancel

  • Darlene - September 25, 2013 - 6:45 pm

    Thanks so much, this will be a really cute accent to pages or PL.

  • Dawn N - September 25, 2013 - 6:49 pm

    This is a great tutorial – you explain everything and make it look so easy – I can’t wait to try an “hb” for my next birthday card!ReplyCancel

  • Trish - September 26, 2013 - 8:40 am

    Thanks Kerri for this great tutorial I am heading to my Studio software to make my own lined accent!
    PS Please don’t get an ulcer. We can be patient!ReplyCancel

  • LouAnn V. - September 26, 2013 - 2:47 pm

    Great tutorial! I always learn something new. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Davis - September 27, 2013 - 7:19 pm

    I just got the chance to watch your “Lines & Letters” tutorial. What a great project! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome tablet! If it weren’t for you, I would never have learned how to use this wonderful tool!

  • Kathy Wade - September 30, 2013 - 6:18 pm

    Love this tutorial! Learned a lot. Thanks!ReplyCancel

Can you even believe it!
There’s a brand new Silhouette class all on card making
that is now open for registration!

Class starts November 4,
just in time for you to get ready for the holidays.

I’m so excited to to teach you even more about using your Silhouette. To empower you to create and modify your own cardmaking to fit your needs? To put the skills of all that into your own two little hands? It tickles me pink! And not only that, the techniques you learn in this class can be applied to paper crafting in general, so your new-found skills aren’t just limited to card making.

Here’s just a little sample at one of the card+envelope combos that we’ll be making.

And in case you were wondering, that is a double-sided print+cut shape!

We are making ten card+envelope combinations,
so that means ten sets of video lessons plus the usual set of freebies!
It’s gonna be awesome!

This is an intermediate class, so you should have at least taken Oh The Places You Will Go or have equivalent knowledge. And you do not need to have the Designer Edition to take the class.

Oh! Oh! Oh! One more thing.
You can save $5 on the purchase price

until class starts on November 4!

So step right up and let’s get ready to add to your repertoire of skills!

  • Ruth G - September 23, 2013 - 9:43 am

    This looks like so much fun! I love that you made the print and cut envelopes! I still need to go through your other classes and get my printer to work with my Silhouette dedicated laptop so I think I will probably be taking this at a later time, although the $5 discount makes it very tempting to sign up right now even though I won’t be able to do much…
    Thanks so much for making it so hard to choose ;-)!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa (ThePurplePlace) - September 23, 2013 - 10:06 am

    Yippee! My wishes have come TRUE!! Thanks Kerri!!ReplyCancel

  • Paula - September 23, 2013 - 10:27 am

    I’m all signed up ready :)
    I’ve now taken 3 of your classes & I would recommend them to EVERYONE!!!! Seriously I have never learned so much, had such fun & felt so utterly confident in such a short period of time.

    I do have printing issues which I have posted a question about in the forum “Just Add Color”.

    I bought “Design Secrets” first, then half way through decided I needed the others first, so I have now worked my way through “Getting to Know You”, “Oh The Places We’ll Go” and am almost at the end of “Just Add Color”. I can go back to “Design Secrets” feeling better equipped to deal with the class and can’t wait to learn more about cards. I LOVE my silhouette now you have taught me to use it ♥♥♥ReplyCancel

  • Sandy Evans - September 23, 2013 - 12:03 pm

    I signed up…. Kerrie is totally awesome. I still have a few classes I haven’t done . But know Kerri will be there if I need help when I get time to do them.. Always so excited for her classes. I have them all, she is an awesome teacher…ReplyCancel

  • Shawn Wenrich - September 23, 2013 - 12:54 pm

    So excited for class to start! I’ll share the news with my Silhouette buddies:)ReplyCancel

  • Jeannie Phillips - September 23, 2013 - 5:33 pm

    OK, might have skipped this one – – except for that two-sided cut and print. Absolutely, positively just HAVE to know how to do this. Thanks Kerri!ReplyCancel

  • Katie Jones - September 24, 2013 - 6:36 am

    Super excited! Just signed up!!!ReplyCancel

I just watched this video and found it utterly fascinating. The sheer talent and work that went into the making of all this.

Plus, it was for John Mayer?

All the more better.

Yes, I’m a fan. :)

And I love how he shares how he knows what he wants for his album cover, but just can’t quite see anything that can be a frame of reference…but he’ll know it when he sees it. I’m soooo like that! I thought I was the only picky one there. You have a vision for something (regardless of what it is) and if you can’t see what you want, it’s so aggravating.

I am completely wowed by this whole process. The artist is freaking amazing!

It is lengthy (18+ min), so sit back with your favorite beverage, just be amazed and enjoy.

  • Sue Kment - September 22, 2013 - 11:18 am

    Thanks for sharing this morning Kerri! I loved it and hopped over to his blog to browse his amazing talent!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Paula McCown - September 22, 2013 - 1:28 pm

    Wow! Wow! That is so incredible, thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Shirley - September 22, 2013 - 3:33 pm

    That is absolutely amazing! I am a total JM fan, too. Love the video. Thanks so much for sharing it!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Kopp - September 22, 2013 - 4:34 pm

    WOW, just WOW!!! I was riveted and it didn’t seem like 18+ minutes. I am in awe of a master craftsman. Thanks for sharing this!ReplyCancel

  • Sue FitzGerald - September 22, 2013 - 5:47 pm

    Wow, wow and wow. A most amazing talent. Thank you for sharing this Kerri.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Alg - September 22, 2013 - 8:05 pm

    What an amazing talent. Wouldn’t you just love him to design something for you. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Denise - September 22, 2013 - 10:59 pm

    that was fantastic, but I can’t believe he doesn’t have a Silhouette to help him cut some of that white vinyl he was cutting by hand!! Oh it must take forever to make a piece. cheersReplyCancel

So last week I invited y’all to participate in a little mint+grey inspiration and then send them to me to share Well, welcome to Mint+Grey Friday! You all shared some wonderful creations!

Check ’em out!

Andi Walsh
[ Shapes: Escape (road trip) / Design Team Picks (seriously) / ‘Getting To Know’ Mini Album Project (‘Laugh’ bingo card) ]

Dawn Nudi
Dawn is showing off her class skills here. She’s used the ‘just because’ from the Designer Edition 1 class, and her new ‘gradient’ technique from the Design Secrets class. 

Katie Lawton

Katie Lawton

Katie Lawton

Rhadonda Sedgwick (ala digital style!)
[ Shapes/PNGs | Here Kitty Kitty (paw prints, fish bone, titles) / Background Basics (circles) ]

Sophia Allison
[ Shapes | ‘The Gang’ Freebie ]

And then we have some from our fabulous design team too!

Naomi Atkins
[ Shapes | Need Directions (arrows) / Pack Your Bags (loved this) / Summer Lovin’ (beach)

Nichol Magouirk
Shapes | This & That: All Hallows Eve (moon) / A Dog’s Life (“boy”) / Oh Baby (“baby”) / Say What #3 (“Love You To the Moon & Back”) / This & That: School (stars) ]

Here’s what Nichol has to say:

Mint is my all time favorite color and you throw in a little grey and I’m in heaven. I had to play along with Kerri’s mint inspiration this week and scrapped some older photos of my youngest when he was just six months old. The best thing about mint + grey, IMO? It works with anything and everything. I showcased baby photos with a baby-esque layout but this color scheme works for girls, boys, weddings, everyday life and so much more! 
The Cameo cut out the fabulous KBS title from some American Crafts POW Glitter Paper like butter! I’ve been wanting to use this title since Kerri designed it and this was just the perfect page for it.  I used some of Kerri’s other shapes in unconventional ways (since they came from kits completely un-related to babies!) however it was a good reminder to look at the individual shapes rather than the theme of the kit. I took the moon from a Halloween kit and the word “boy” from the dog kit.  It’s amazing what you can mix and match!


Thanks everyone who participated! It was just lovely to see what you made! I think we need to do this more often…and maybe next time I’ll do the little ‘link up’ thing.

And so the randomly drawn winner is . . . Rhodonda!
Congratulations girlie! I’ll email you with your little shopping spree!

Watch for my page next week.
And speaking of next week, there’s something super fun coming Monday!
Can’t wait!

  • Kim Thomas - September 20, 2013 - 11:41 am

    They are just gorgeous projects, I’m drooling! Thank you for the inspiration. Take care. :)ReplyCancel

  • Rhadonda - September 20, 2013 - 12:20 pm

    Sweetness! Thanks so much. I need to push myself more often and participate in more challenges to grow in my skills. Can’t go wrong with good product for sure ( : Great inspiration here!ReplyCancel

  • Andi Walsh - September 25, 2013 - 2:58 pm

    I loved this challenge and the big reveal of all the entries… such great inspiration. Please, do have more!ReplyCancel