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more facebook timeline templates

Having a little fun with the ol’ Facebook Timeline templates once  again. As with most photo templates, I don’t think you can ever have enough, can you? I like me some variety, dontcha know. And this one has some fun ones to play with!

Price: $3

 I love the little tab option. You could write anything in there.
And the square one would be perfect to use with Instagram photos!

Here’s one I did for our family Facebook.

Sorry…I don’t like sharing too much personal information when it comes to names and family. :)

And don’t you love the photos? They were taken by my mom, who passed away a few years ago. She loved the farm and she loved taking photos. It seemed appropriate to have them on our family website. (She would have looooved the digital photography era.)

I like this particular template because you can add a little text above the photos.
I like how there’s some white space…but maybe that’s just me. ;)

Anywho . . . just some more options for your own Facebook fun.

Melanie A. - September 3, 2012 - 1:05 pm

Love the templates but your mom’s photos are beautiful! So glad you have that part of her around.

Tanya - September 3, 2012 - 3:41 pm

LOL, I was playing around with the last set this morning, and emailed you question. It wasn’t too long before I found an answer, but there are MORE new templates to play with! YAY!! :) Thank you Kerri!! :)

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new kit: recipe cards

So, like I mentioned a few days ago, little Miss Nichol had asked me to make some kind of recipe thing-a-ma-bob . . . like a year ago. I know, I’m a little behind. ;) After she sent me her darling recipe album, an idea for some recipe cards popped in my head and I just had to roll with it.

Which brings me to today’s kit:

Price: $5

Now, the real beauty of this kit is that it is totally customizable! As you can see from the composite photo, you get 5 backgrounds, 2 different insets, and 4 label styles. Plus, you get them for three different sizes! They come in 5×7, 4×6 and 3×4. The 3×4 is a really great piece to use in your Project Life too!

And not only can you pick the style of the item you’re using, but you can change them to your own color scheme . . . without having to use Photoshop or Elements! Of course, I did provide layered PSD files for it as well and it’s suuuuuper easy to use in there!

And another fun idea is to move the tab along the top and color code corresponding to whether it’s a dessert, a soup, a main dish, etc.

Now, if you’re just a-wonderin’ how to use all those goodies and change them to the color you want and all that fun stuff, I’ve got some videos you can watch! I’ve separated them into three different categories: using DXFs in the standard Studio edition, using SVGs in the Designer Edition, and using layered PSDs in Photoshop or Elements.

So without further ado…here’s they are.

Using DXF Files in the Standard Silhouette Studio: Part 1

Using DXF Files in the Standard Silhouette Studio: Part 2

Using SVG Files in the Designer Edition

Using Layered PSD files in Photoshop/Elements


CandyW - August 31, 2012 - 3:38 pm

I loved Nichol’s album, and cannot wait to add these to it! I am so excited!!!!!!!

carol in seattle :) - August 31, 2012 - 10:09 pm

These are darling! Thanks for the videos!

Patty G. - September 1, 2012 - 9:22 am

yes, please!

cindy - September 2, 2012 - 11:20 am

Just watched the videos, which were so informative; however, I do have a question. I currently only have Studio, but am thinking of purchasing the designer edition later on, when I can better afford it. Do I need to download both DSX and SVG, or will DSX be all that is needed when I upgrade later on?

Terri Marchbanks - September 3, 2012 - 12:22 pm

Miss. Kerri Bradford, I do beleive you are magic… Love these or I will when you send them lol lol Hugs My Friend

Kerri - September 3, 2012 - 1:07 pm

Hey Cindy! You can still use the DXF files in the Designer Edition, however, the SVG files work better. So since all the file formats come to you anyway, I say hang on to whatever ya got and when you do upgrade, then you’ll have the SVG files available to ya.

weekend recap

Well, this weekend had a few unexpected surprises.

It started off with Dan getting this mostly finished . . . except for the hearth because he didn’t have enough product.

 He smears this stone product on over the brick of the old fireplace and former product that he did several years ago and then forms it into ‘stones’ like you see here.  The mantle is stone as well, but is precast into a foam mold and then we just laid it on top of the old brick. The mantle is kind of L-shaped to go over the top.

We’ve been wanting to put our tv on top of the mantle, but the former one we had was too high–the tv almost touched the ceiling. So before we had company come in June we decided to have Dan’s friend make us the mantle, but we didn’t get it for like a month later . . . during the time when company came the second time in July. :) Now the tv is about ten inches lower. Much better.

It’s soooo nice to not have the tv blaring into my ear in my office like it’s been for the past few months–the back faced me. And, now I can see the tv again. It’s the little things in life that make ya happy. lol

So it was really nice to see it all come together. Now we just need to do paint and get new carpet and figure out how to take care of all the wires. Getting excited to see this all come together.

So once we got the tv up where it was always intended when we bought it (at Christmas time), we had ourselves a bit of fun watching movies and such. Why does the location make it seem more like a theater? lol And one of Dan’s favorite things to do on Friday or Saturday nights is to listen to different types of artists on Pandora or by watching YouTube videos on his itty bitty iPod. So, we decided to introduce him to the internet tv so he could see it big and so that we could all hear it too.

That was kind of fun.

He introduced me to someone I’d never heard of before–and because he did Pandora, that’s how he found him. Technology. Gotta love that it can introduce you to so many other people out there. Anyone a blues fan? Have you ever heard of Eric Bibb?  I’m going to have to download some of his music today. Here’s one of the YouTube videos we watched. He’s got a really nice style! Listen to the words. Love it. My favorite is that singer/songwriter style–especially when it’s just a nice sounding guitar.

And speaking of things coming together, part of this whole ‘downstairs’ makeover is that I want to make my office into more of a studio. I want most of the things closed in cupboards and such so you just don’t see the mess when you are in the tv area. This is what my office currently looks like:

What I want to do is to no longer have that right side there in the photo above. It will open the area between the tv area and my office. Additionally, I want a counter with cabinets along the back wall, which is shown at the left under the window in the first picture. I want to do an eclectic blend of old things. And I just keep thinking how awesome it would be to have a wall of antique doors–like a screen door, a french door, wooden doors…just a wall of them. Don’t know if that will happen, but that’s what I’d love.

So ultimately, all my current desk furniture, is going bye bye. If anyone near Utah Valley is interested in buying it. . . email me. :) It’s really nice because as you can see, look how great the white stacking drawers work under there!

But now, this is the desk I’m shootin’ for.

I found it on this website HERE.

Of course, I ain’t sharin’ it with anyone–it’s mine, all mine! 
moowaah ah ah ah ahhhh….

And so speaking of getting ready of things. On a whim we went to The Four Chairs to see what kind of awesome bookcase they might have. We weren’t going to buy anything, just look. And while there is one there that I loooove, we just weren’t out to spend that kind of money that day. However, I did find this little number (ha ha) for my office! And everything was 10% off! Score!

I saw it and just had to have it for my office! I was afraid that if I let it stay there in the land of The Four Chairs that I would miss my opportunity in making it a fabulous edition to my soon-to-be studio. My love of big numbers and alphabets just consumed me with this baby! I’m thinking of buying some crystal knobs fore it too. I think that might look cool.

Oh, and then I needed to pick up one of these cake plates!

That’s just all sorts of fabulous, if you ask me!

And then on Sunday we did our normal going to church routine. In an LDS church we have something similar to a mass, but it’s called Sacrament Meeting. And rather than hearing from a pastor or a father, we hear from members of the congregation–they give a talk for 15 minutes-ish. Most of the time it’s fine, people share good messages and such, sometimes they are a wee bit on the boring side. But not yesterday. We had one couple that spoke and the message and testimonies they shared were just amazing. They mostly spoke on the atonement of Christ. They are a very musical family as well, and he sang a song as part of his talk. This was the song he sang. It was beautiful. Again, just listen to the words.

Truly, one of the best sacrament meetings I’ve been to in a while. So uplifting. And she just called to be in the Primary Presidency with me (I’m the secretary). We’d lost two of our counselors and she’s one of the replacements.

And our ward choir sang too. Loved the words in this one as well. I’m tellin’ ya…it was just an amazing meeting.

I tried to find a version that was similar to how it was sung. It’s close, but of course, in a choir setting, it sounds so much more full. :) I’d hoped there was some Mo-Tab (Mormon Tabernacle Choir) version out there, but there wasn’t one I could find.

Feeling so much better about life–it’s amazing how church can do that.
Feeling like my downstairs is coming together.
Feeling good all around.
Now, no one better spoil it for me. ;)

Jane - August 27, 2012 - 1:08 pm

I was really enjoying your post…listened to the songs then your last line almost made me spit out my tea! No one better spoil it for me!

Rhadonda - August 27, 2012 - 1:53 pm

LOVE the numbers cabinet. Can’t wait to see your finished space!

Beth R - August 28, 2012 - 6:12 am

Oh my goodness Miss Kerri !
That new cabinet with the giant numerals is to.die.for !
I must own this. Can you please share the name / model number or some other identifying info so I can see if it’s available to ship?
I am alllll the way in Michigan so it wont even be like I am copying you ( well only a little ) but I do so love it and would smile everytime I looked at it in my “studio” !
And just as a side note, isnt it funny how we can love something so rustic yet absolutely ADORE that amazing cake plate ?
One so rustic and one so girly and pretty ….good to see a famous graphic designer/scrapbook celeb has eclectic taste as well :)

Kerri - August 28, 2012 - 8:30 am

Hey Beth!
They took the price tag that was on it with any information that may have been on it. But on my receipt it says: 385233 Tuscany 9 Drawer. I’m sure if you call them at 801.785.4465 that they could get ya one ordered. I know I took the only one there, but they’d mentioned something about ordering one in our conversation. So it may be that they could order it and ship it directly to your house? You could even tell them I’m the one that bought it and they could look it up under my name. I just got it Saturday.

I love The Four Chairs, especially since they moved to a bigger rustic location–with brick walls and everything. Bigger means more stuff! :) And put it with the brick walls? Awesome ambiance!

And I agree, the number chest is to die for! :)

Sharon - August 28, 2012 - 7:09 pm

Hi Kerri,
Your hubby did an excellent job with the fireplace. We just recently moved into a house that needs a fireplace makeover. I have been on the lookout for ideas, and I love the stone look. Would you be able to share with me the products your husband used? I am in Canada so who knows if we can get the same stuff up here. If not, I can always ask my SIL to check for me in the US and ship it up. Thanks for the inspiration.

Karen S - August 28, 2012 - 7:11 pm

Oh, how I would love to give my niece that cake stand! Where can I find it and can I buy it online? BTW – I love your stuff! I look every day to see what’s new!

Kerri - August 28, 2012 - 8:10 pm

Hey Sharon!
The stuff he used is called ArcuStone. But you have to be a qualified applicator to buy it. It’s not the easiest of processes though. He’s been in this type of business for 25 years and has been to many trainings for specialty plaster and stone–including training in Italy. He said he can buy it and send it to you, if there’s no place to get it up there. There’s also stuff called Tuscan Stone, but he thinks that’s a US place too. Most of these places you have to have a license or be a qualified applicator through them to get it. They are pretty particular about that.

He said if you have pictures of the fireplace he could tell you what might be needed.

Also, this stuff is ground up stone in the form of a plaster-like material–wet and mushy. You ‘smear’ or coat it on like drywall mud and then as it solidifies you can begin to carve it up like you’d like. He even went back through and distressed it more by knocking some of the stone off in places to make it look worn. He says, ‘Tell her that’s your (meaning me) description of the process, not mine.’ lol Just trying to provide a visual. ;)

If you want to email me about it more, you can do that at and we can talk more. :)

Kerri - August 28, 2012 - 8:13 pm

Hey Karen!
They actually had three different sizes there at The Four Chairs and I have the medium one. The smaller one is shorter and has a smaller radius, and the same goes for the bigger one–taller, bigger radius. I don’t see it on their website. You might could try that phone number I mentioned in an earlier comment and see if they can mail you one. The medium one was $40 and the other two were $30/$50 I believe. If they need to know which one, they could probably look that order up by my name too. :)

marianne-g - August 30, 2012 - 1:40 pm

That chest and cake stand are to die for. Love, love em!

dxf tips and tricks

With the recent removal of Studio files from my kits per Silhouette’s request, I thought I might share some tips and tricks on using the DXF file format for those of you with the just the standard Studio edition rather than having the Designer Edition.

Tip #1

DXF files cannot handle Print+Cuts. When you bring them into Studio, they are only in an outline form. If you have the multiple file formats to work with, you can use the outline from the DXF image in conjunction with the PNG/JPG image. Just open both, copy one to the other and overlay them.

Tip #2

You can make changes to the way Silhouette imports DXF files into the program by going under Preferences/Import Options and choosing from three different types. Mine is set as shown (middle option):

Please note, if you don’t have the Designer Edition, you won’t see the SVG as an option on this screen.

Tip #3

Some images may be overlapped depending on how it was saved. If it’s not in color, it may not be as apparent. So when you look at the lines and it appears that something is darker, just click on part of the image to see if it moves (you may need to Ungroup it). Here is an example of what one could look. Look at the ‘flowers’ on the stems and notice not only how it’s thicker, but how if you were to cut it, it would cut into the lines of the stems. The thicker lines are a dead giveaway. :)


Tip #4

And last, but not least, I have a video that will show you a very fast work around so that you can do a mass dump of files that originate as DXF into your My Library.



Sheri E. - August 25, 2012 - 12:33 am

Thank-you Kerri! That worked when nothing else would. I’m on a PC and ended up using import to library, saving didn’t seem to work. I also found it still seems to only want to do one at a time, but since I couldn’t get anything to work before I’m fine with that. Will play with it a bit more. You can ignore my desperate call for help email from a few days ago.

Jean Cross - August 25, 2012 - 8:52 am

:) More than one way to skin a cat! Thank you.

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Jane Saxton - September 6, 2012 - 5:41 pm

Dear Kerri – I was thinking this was going to be so hard to download – for some reason I could never do the mass dump anyway, (I use a PC, it never worked & I finally quit trying to discover what I was doing wrong)- so it was all the same just different letters!! YAY!!!!

Ann C. - November 13, 2012 - 1:13 pm

Shoot – this doesn’t work on a PC. When I try to open the .dxf files, the list of programs that comes up doesn’t include Studio. Guess I’ll just have to open and save one by one inside of Studio.

Kerri - November 13, 2012 - 1:21 pm

Hey Ann! It should work on a PC too. Make sure you have the most recent version of Studio going. There were a couple of versions where it didn’t work. But I’ve tried it on a PC and it does work. Hope that helps! :)

Vera - January 12, 2013 - 8:47 am

Hey Kerri, thanks for the tips! I don’t fully understand tip #3. How do you fix the problem of the overlapping images?


Tamekia - January 10, 2014 - 3:53 pm

First of all, let me say that I love your blog and truly appreciate the information that you are sharing. But, I am a little lost. I have been able to import the .dxf files into silhouette studio, but if I view the cut lines they are thicker than cut lines that I see in files that came from silhouette and when I downsized the image to the size I would like to cut the lines seem too close. Am I doing something wrong? How do I cut the .dxf files?

Thanks in advance.
p.s. I haven’t actually sent it to cut yet because it didn’t seem right.

a fabulous recipe book idea!

So, as many of you know, yesterday wasn’t the happiest of days for me. But with so much support from all of you, my day really turned around. You just have no idea what your support means. Truly.

I also decided to take a trip to Archivers to rejuvenate my mind. I needed that visual stimulation . . . and maybe part of it was just a diversion . . .  or denial. I dunno . . . it’s a toss-up. It was good though because I rarely hit the scrapbook stores anymore. And it was perfect timing because I wanted to add to my cardstock pile and it (+patterned paper) happened to be half off! Yay! A sale! I need all the endorphins I can get right now. lol

And then, this little nugget of gloriousness from Nichol showed up in my email.

[ Shapes | This & That Love (cupcake, cake stand) / This & That Autumn (scale, pie, pear, corn, pumpkin, title) / This & That Summertime (lemons) / This & That Family (pitcher) / This & That Spring (peas in a pod) / This & That School (books, apple) / This & That Gratitude (wheat) / Snapshots #1 (photobooth template)/ Escape (“good eats” title) / Educationish (apple)

Talk about a visual treat!
I look at it . . . and look at it . . . and I can’t even pick one part that’s my favorite . . .
 . . .it’s all my favorite!

I love how this week kind of turned into ‘what else can you do with the this+that kits’. 
It wasn’t even planned! :)

Here’s what Nichol has to say:

I’ve been wanting to create a recipe album for ages now. I’ve even started one a couple of times only to find it too hard to keep up with. I’m going the super simple route with this album. I designed the cover insert (4×4) and the title page (8×8) in this 8×8 red Doodlebug Album and then I’m using divided page protectors inside that will hold 2 recipe cards per page (or if I want to, a 4×6 photo and a 4×6 recipe card. I’m filling my album with all of our family’s most favorite home cooked recipes/meals.

I have said it before but I will say it again: I love looking at Kerri’s designs as individual pieces rather than part of a certain “themed” kit. This way I can mix and match designs to create one of a kind pages and projects. I would love to see a food themed kit sometime in the future (hint, hint! hee….) for even more foodie themed goodness!
The books from the This & That School Kit are one of my most used die cut designs. I get so much out of this versatile design. School pages for school “books” and for this page recipe “books”. You can change the theme by adding some fun stamping to the spine of the books for a custom embellishment.

To die cut all the small pieces for the die cut “scene” on my title page and cover, I used small sized designs on 6×6 sheets of patterned paper. The 6×6 paper pads so many manufacturers have to go with their collections are the perfect size for die cuts!
A few strategically placed dimensional embellishments (twine, ribbon, gems) and coordinating stickers complete the project.

And oh my freakin‘ heck!

About a year ago, my sweet Nichol asked me to do something in the recipe book arena.
Apparently she got tired of waiting and made something herself. lol
Yeah, hon. Sorry that never came to fruition . . . yet. :)

As I was getting ready this morning, I had a fabulous idea for some recipe cards!
(I always get my best ideas when getting ready for the day.)

Okay, so I’m just a little bit excited about this idea.
Have to do it now. Just gotta go with that inspiration when it strikes.

Look for it soon! Maybe Monday?

Dolly - August 23, 2012 - 12:06 pm

Well Nichol certainly never disappoints! I can’t wait to see what she has inspired you to come up with! I SO look forward to whatever it is! (I have a recipe box I bought in Gingham and would love to work on it further! (I think I have two recipes in it done! LOL)

Linda Sweeney - August 23, 2012 - 3:51 pm

Nichol’s book is so beautiful I’m speechless!

Cindy - August 23, 2012 - 7:25 pm

My goodness, that Nichol is something else! I’m always in awe of her work and how she’s able to pick something from this set, or that set, and make it look so amazing!! What an inspiration

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random things

It’s been a while since I just blathered on about different things. Today is as good as day as any, eh? ;)

Thing ONE.

I will be switching out the kits by morning. So today will be your last chance to get them with STUDIO files if you want them . . . unless by some small miracle the folks there at Silhouette will say, ‘Hey Kerri! Have we got a surprise for you! Here’s written consent for ya.’ Think it will happen? A girl can hope. ;)

Thing TWO.

(feeling a little like Cat in the Hat)
Dan was working a specialty job in Boise for two weeks. Since he went up with someone, he really had no mode of transportation. And since they weren’t done and he had things to do back at home, he asked that I go and get him. Yeah. Five hour drive. And because he didn’t really want to stay overnight there and spend a little day trip (he’d had enough), we’d thought about staying in Burley, which is two hours away. But then, what the heck, let’s just drive all the way back home…it’s only three hours more.

I was trying to remember when the last time I drove anywhere for that long just by myself–no kids or hubby. Two hours, maybe. But five? Not that it’s all that long, but it is kind of strange after all these years to drive by yourself for that long. I think the most I’ve ever driven completely by myself was 3 hours when I was in college. Back then (showing my inner geek here) I have to admit that I enjoyed plugging in my Carpenters cassette tape and singing along the whole way. Karen Carpenter was definitely in my vocal range.

And I’ve driven to Burley and back in one day–3 hours each way, but never anywhere that’s 5 hours away. Was that crazy or what? Not exactly how I planned to spend a Friday.

Thing THREE.

Well, it happened. Today is Jordan’s last first day of school . . .  one that she absolutely has to go to (not college). Crazy. And she’s crazy. Try getting a normal picture from this one.


She’s hoping that no one else has her backpack. They had some really cute ones in. . . a secret local place ’round these parts. ;) Let’s hope it lasts all school year long.

She just keeps saying, ‘Mom! I’m a senior!’

Thing FOUR.

The other day I did a little restock of candles. There’s always been one place that I buy my candles–for many, many years. And if you’re in Utah Valley, Ashman Candles is a fabulous place to get your candles! Not to mention, the regular price on the 25 oz. candle is only $15–and then when they go on sale? I think they are 10.50. Pretty sweet deal.

This one has got to be–by far–my most favorite candle scent ever . . . ever.

It’s called Romance and has got to be one of the freshest smelling candles. According to their website, they describe it as ‘Crispy cool cucumber enhanced with juicy melon blend that is perfect for any personal moment.’

Personal moment or not, all I know is that when spring rolls around, this is my candle of choice! I’ve been using it for maybe 15 years now? I dunno…for however long they’ve been in business. lol

It is divine.

Other favorites of mine? Pumpkin Spice aaaaand, it’s a ‘Christmas’ one that I don’t see on the site. But it’s a Cinnamon scent and it’s usually called something else during the year, but I buy it in the winter so it’s always Christmas something. I’m not a super sweet or super fruity kind-a gal. I also like Lemon Creme, particularly in the spring.

Thing FIVE.

Why is it a chocolate chip cookie only tastes the best on the day you make them? They just don’t have the same pizazz as that first day. Dang it. That’s just wrong.

Thing SIX.

What? What is this that I see? Is that . . . desk space? I haven’t seen that for soooo long. Oh desk space, how I’ve missed you! You’re just gonna get all messed up again here soon. It’s nice while it lasts….

And hopefully soon, the rest of my office will follow suit! Actually, I’m hoping to turn it into a ‘studio’ with an eclectic blend of old things. Here’s my latest item that I’ve acquired for the place.

The side on the left has a hint of pink in it. I need to figure out how to make it a little whiter looking. White wash? Anyone have any suggestions?But I loooove the aqua blue!

So, here’s the question for the day: how do you use a door when you like BOTH sides???

CarolineD - August 22, 2012 - 7:58 pm

Sometimes, when I want to highlight both sides of a door, I hang it from these hinge-y things. :P

I love Jordan’s bag. I’m back in school myself, and the two things that I *need* to reflect me are my bag and my sneakers. So yeah, I get that.

I respect your love of your brand of candle, but if you ever want to stray a little, try Woodwick candles. Not only do they smell amazing, they crackle, so it sounds like a fire going. LOVE THAT!

I can’t wait until you’re done your conversion and can get back to playing around. Always love a new KBS set of designs to mull over!

Kerri - August 24, 2012 - 9:57 am

Thanks Caroline! I will have to check out your favorite brand of candle!
Good luck with school! :)

silhouette changes for KBS

In case you missed the posts about the changes regarding .STUDIO files being removed from kits sold,
please read THIS post and THIS post. For tips on using DXF files, please go HERE.

and so it begins

So true.

This is it. Jordan has started her senior year.
(it officially starts tomorrow, but she had to go for sophomore day today)
She’s having a bit of anxiety over it. She’s a high school lover.
I’m sure it’s gonna go by really fast for her too.

I’m sure I must have mentioned that we will be going to NYC so she can sing at Carnegie Hall for A Capella too, didn’t I? That should be fun–especially since Dan and I will be chaperoning. ;)

So, how many of your kids have started, or are starting this week?
What are your ‘first of the school year’ traditions?

For us, there’s always the usual school shopping.
And we also take our kids out to dinner at the start–and the end–of the school year.

Whether it’s your first going to kindergarten, a child starting junior high, or anywhere in between, there’s always many emotions for both parent and child. The dreaded homework, quiet time at home, school activities, routine again . . . there’s always something to be thankful for and some things you aren’t. ;)

That’s why I love this page that Laura did! I love that she wrote down her feelings about her daughter starting her junior year in high school.

Time just flies, doens’t it?

Let’s check out her page . . .

[ Shapes | This+That: School / School Years: Add Ons (titles) ]

Now that little Miss Laura has a great tip to share with us as well!

Here’s the layout (above) that came before the cards that I already shared (see the post before). I started this layout, wanting to use the Print files from the This & That: School Kit as my patterned paper. While all of the pieces making up the patterned paper border along the left side of the layout are cut straight from the Print file sheet, I also wanted to cut a few of my titles from those same patterns, so that they would match perfectly. This is where I had to get a little creative, since I needed pieces that were much larger to cut from.

I started by pulling up one of the Print files that I wanted to work with, and choose which paper shape I was going to use for my cutting.


Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool, I select the paper that I want, by dragging a box around it and then selecting Copy from the dropdown menu (under edit).

I open up a new canvas to work on. I choose an 11” x 8.5”, since my printer only prints standard paper sizes.

From the dropdown menu (under Edit), choose Paste, which will paste the image you copied onto the blank canvas. You will go to your dropdown menu again (under edit), and choose Free Transform. Normally, I would hold down the Shift button while dragging one of the corners in or out to make the images smaller or larger in size, but still keeping the general shape intact.

However, I wanted to make this image larger, but also wider so that the ruled lines didn’t end up too far apart. So I didn’t worry about holding down the Shift button, while dragging out the edges of the shape to make it stretch across the page.

Since I was going to be cutting out a few different titles, I wanted to cover my entire paper with the black ruled patterned paper. Had I just made my original shape larger, to fill the page, the ruled lines would have been very far apart. So this is why I made the shape shorter and wider, and then simply copied and pasted it, so that were actually two on the sheet. When finished, just flatten the image, and send it through your printer (I used textured white cardstock).

Here’s a look at what I was cutting out on my Silhouette. The “And so it begins” and the “Junior Year” were for my layout, and the two “ABC” were for my cards.



And here’s a look at how it all cut out of my printed paper.

I also needed to cut the “And so it” and “Junior” to add to my layered titles, and I wanted to cut them from papers that matched the ones that were on my layout from the original Print file. So I pulled up the second Print file, and choose the two papers that I wanted to use to cut from.

I choose this lined yellow paper.


And this grid blue paper.

I used the same steps that I used before. Selecting the Free Transform from the dropdown menu (under Edit), and dragging out the edges of the paper until the size looked right for what I was going to cut.


 You could easily enlarge several of the paper shapes from the Print files, and combine them onto a sheet or two to print out.


You can see here that I had plenty of room to work with once I cut out the titles I needed. I could have added more shapes to cut, use the extra on another card or layout, or even use it with punches for embellish my layout or cards.


While Kerri’s This & That kits are fabulous for their intended purpose, which is for creating the gorgeous altered trays, keep in mind they can be used for lots of other projects as well. Break them down, and think of other ways to get the most out of them. And if you’re looking for a fun alternative to your regular patterned paper stash, really take a good look at the Print files, as you have a good selection of patterned paper right there. And you only have to print what the amount of paper you need!

Jane - August 20, 2012 - 9:01 am

What a great idea! Off to look at my print files!!!!

Connie O. - August 20, 2012 - 9:21 am

What a great LO and awesome tip! Thanks for sharing the step by step directions…Love them! My only starts middle school this year but that is a biggie for me……

Beth - August 20, 2012 - 9:54 am

OMGosh, this tutorial is AWESOME!! I can’t wait to look through all my This and That kits and find ways to use them this way! SO COOL!! Thanks to Laura for sharing this!

Cynthia Larson - August 20, 2012 - 2:32 pm

My daughter also is starting her Senior year on Wednesday. Althought she was back at school last Thursday for the Freshman b-que. The senior leadership sponsors the bque. Her dad and I were saying we remember her going when she was a freshman. Time Flies!!!

Sue FitzGerald - August 20, 2012 - 2:53 pm

Oh the possibilities that are swirling through my head right now…

Michelle - August 21, 2012 - 5:23 pm

Laura’s page is fabulous, as always. I love the printed papers!!!
As far as kids in school… I have a 24 yr old in college that just moved back home. I have my middle starting high school. I know these last 4 yrs are going to go at warp speed. And, my last one my sweet little boy is starting kindergarten. Am. Not. Thrilled. I love having him around all the time. I am not looking forward to the obscene amount of homework my middle will have. I think I will see her next June when school lets out. My girls were in 1/2 day kindy (MN). I am now in WI with the mandatory all day 7+ hr day. My house will never be the same come 9/4.

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