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There are so many things to be thankful for.

First and foremost, I’m thankful for my amazing family.

I’m thankful for the simple things, like a roof over my head, hearing my kids laugh and making caramel french toast each night before a holiday.

I’m also so thankful for all of you and the light you have brought into my life.

I’m thankful for modern-day technology that allows us to all be friends–all over the world.

Have a wonderful day with your loved ones, whether it’s a holiday or not.

Get stuffed.

And Happy Thanksgiving!


( P.S. If you’d like to download this image as a free PNG, click HERE. )

  • Dolly - November 26, 2015 - 6:37 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Kerri!! :DReplyCancel

  • Linda Vanorio - November 26, 2015 - 8:44 am

    Thank you Keri for your generosity and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!ReplyCancel

  • Lorretta - November 26, 2015 - 9:54 am

    Happy Thanksgiving, Kerri! = )ReplyCancel

  • Natalie (QSOgirl) - November 26, 2015 - 12:19 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! Thank you for the lovely png!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - November 26, 2015 - 7:04 pm

    Thanks Kerri! Happy Thanksgiving!ReplyCancel

  • Trish - November 27, 2015 - 5:25 am

    I am thankful for you and your kind and generous heart. I am going to print the image with my laser printer and then foil it, oh boy!ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - November 27, 2015 - 5:59 am

      Ooooh! You’ll have to show me how that turns out! :)ReplyCancel

My husband. He’s a pretty talented guy. He’s done some amazing work over the years. You may remember when he worked with a bunch of guys to ‘build’ Jerusalem. And then there was the time he worked on a cemetery for Evermore. This is from 2013. I didn’t realize until just now that I never posted the 2014 ones. What?

He’s quite skilled. He’s even been to Italy to learn some of the old Venetian plaster ways.

Earlier this year he was asked to work on the television series set for the brand new ABC drama, Blood and Oil, starring Don Johnson. Have you watched it? Have you loved the loft and the mansion, just to name a couple sets? You can thank Dan (and others) for that. ;) He actually pretty much worked on all the sets.

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Last week Dan took me up to the studio to see the sets live. It wasn’t all that bright without the set lights–not to mention that we weren’t suppose to take photos, so I thought I’d share a couple screenshots from the episode replays on the ABC site so that you could see just how lovely it is!

lot of hours and hard work went into those sets. He did an amazing job! It was cool to see in person because he was able to share so much in-depth ‘behind the scenes’ information about what went into the sets. I’ve had a little experience with cameras, lighting and sets, having been ‘behind the scenes’ with Lisa Bearnson on QVC and HSN. But it was amazing to see a television set with that much grandeur. Do you see just how high those walls are??? I have to say–and I’m not just being partial to the artist–but those sets were beautiful. So grand.

So if you need some faux brick, a fireplace, or some gorgeous Venetian plastered walls…I know a guy.

His next project is to build me my own little Hogwarts.

And if you want to see more, go out to the Blood and Oil site and watch any episode, except the pilot (and maybe the one after?). He didn’t work on that. ;)

  • Jane - November 25, 2015 - 7:08 am

    That is so cool! Dan is famous AND talented :)ReplyCancel

  • Sue FitzGerald - November 25, 2015 - 3:38 pm

    Wow Kerri, he is one clever guy, and what a creative pair you are between you both.ReplyCancel

This time of year brings on a lot of photo taking, especially family photos and relationships all around.

That’s why I…ehem…adore this page. I love how Laura has taken several photos of her daughters together. Sisters being sisters and all.  It catches just so much love between them. And they grow up so fast. You want to capture those moments of their interaction…and she just did it so well here! Love the combination of colors…especially the pale pink hearts!

But it’s their faces…they are just the best!

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sweetness.

Here’s what Laura has to say:

Back when my oldest daughter Alyssa was a senior in high school (a year and a half ago, but it seems forever ago), I had taken her out to the almond orchards by our house to try and get some senior pictures of her. I took Sarah along with us, with the hopes that she could help get some natural smiles out of her sister. That didn’t work. But I did manage to get some photos of them, together in their element – being weird and goofy!

I arranged a handful of these silly photos in a collage, using Kerri’s Picture That [Go Long] storyboard templates. I knew I wanted to use a large, brush script word for my title, and came across “adore” in the Something To Say kit. I thought it would be fun to combine it with tiny alpha stickers to read “it’s your weirdness that I adore”. I cut the title from both patterned paper and brown cardstock, and layered them slightly offset from each other to give a shadowed look. I also used the Hearts Background kit to add the heart background cut from a subtle pink patterned paper to add in the center of the page

  • Dolly (scrapthat) - November 24, 2015 - 7:07 am

    Love Laura’s LOs! Always funReplyCancel

Quotes.

They are quotes for a reason.

They make us laugh.

They make us ponder.

They resonate with our lives.

They give us motivation.

People say some pretty amazing things.

And they bear repeating.

I guess that’s why they become a quote.

I’ve kind of had an unusual past couple weeks.
Dealing with a few kinds of things on the business side of life that I don’t normally deal with.

To be honest, it’s been a little unnerving.

It makes me ask why _____.

I know that’s all a little vague, but when I saw this quote from Gordon B. Hinckley,
one that I’ve seen many times….

I knew it was worth repeating. 

It resonated with me.

No matter what negative outside influences are a part of my life, I can always choose to see the positive. I can have a twinkle in my eye.

I decided to quickly whip it up into a printable that you could use as a bookmark, or put in your planner, or print it big size to have as a constant reminder.

And as I was working on it, I listened to some Michael Giacchino for a while. And gosh darn it, if that didn’t just make me all kinds of happy. Kind of got me out of my funk that I’d been in due to some of that ‘kind of thing’ that I’d had to deal with.

Quotes and music…especially someone like Michael Giacchino.

good stuff.

Have a beautiful Sunday everyone.

And here’s to having a twinkle in your eye and a smile on your face.

Let’s love life.

And let’s love one another too while we’re at it. :)

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To download this freebie, click HERE.

  • MorningDew - November 22, 2015 - 5:35 am

    Thanks for the quote and the reminder to smile 😊ReplyCancel

  • Renee G - November 22, 2015 - 8:58 am

    Thank you Kerri, I needed this todayReplyCancel

  • Joanne H - November 22, 2015 - 9:02 am

    That’s just brilliant, Kerri. Thanks so much. May your twinkle last forever.ReplyCancel

  • Lancene Blackmon - November 22, 2015 - 12:26 pm

    Love this quote – we all need to be reminded from time to time that life is mostly what we make of it. BUT – for some reason I can’t download it – and I don’t know how to fix it! Still have a smile on my face though – thanks for any help you can provide.ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - November 22, 2015 - 1:00 pm

      Oh goodness. Not exactly sure what happened there, but the ZIP file is there now. :)ReplyCancel

      • Lancene Blackmon - November 22, 2015 - 1:35 pm

        Thanks – you’re the best!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - November 22, 2015 - 2:02 pm

    This is one of my favourites also:)
    Thank you so very much for sharing.
    Have an Amazing day:)ReplyCancel

  • Sue FitzGerald - November 22, 2015 - 2:35 pm

    This is awesome, thank you for sharing xReplyCancel

  • sandy evans - November 22, 2015 - 2:49 pm

    Kerri, did you make this out of vinyl? Thank you for the freebie… would love to make it, but not sure how you did it.
    SandyReplyCancel

    • Kerri - November 22, 2015 - 6:05 pm

      This particular image could be cut in vinyl, but I wouldn’t. Just way too many letters and I’m too lazy. If you tried downloading and only got the image, download it again. I didn’t realize the actual zip file wasn’t connected. So if you download it again, you’ll get the cut images too…if you want them. Or you could use them to create your own print with your own colors using Studio too.ReplyCancel

  • Suze - November 22, 2015 - 4:04 pm

    Love this quote – thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Marla - November 23, 2015 - 8:24 am

    Thank you for this quote! A great one for you and all of us should live by.ReplyCancel

  • Helen - November 23, 2015 - 10:22 pm

    This is a new quote for me. I love it! Thanks for sharing it and for the printable. Hope things are getting better for you.ReplyCancel

  • Dee - December 30, 2015 - 8:57 am

    Love your work! Thanks for sharing and being so generous! :)ReplyCancel

Thanksgiving.

Turkey.

Stuffing.

mmmmmmm…..

The countdown is on, my friends!

Are you looking for a little something to help your family or guests count their blessings?

Well Miss Maggie is here to help you with that!

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[ Designs | Digital Stamps: Thankful ]


This idea is so amazing! And I love that she didn’t use the conventional ‘thanksgiving’ colors.
It’s bright and cheery and just plain happy.


Here’s what Maggie as to say:

Wow! Thanksgiving is already upon us! I’m so excited…it’s my very favorite holiday…and it’s the start of one of my favorite seasons.

Each year I try to do something a little different with my dinner guests…something we can do together to celebrate and to remember exactly what we are celebrating – all that we are thankful for. This Thanksgiving I’ve created a little “project” I’d like us all to do after we eat, while we wait for the pie and coffee…(mmmm, pie).

Each of my guests (including the littles) will be getting one of these cards…complete with a colorful pencil!

I used Kerri’s “THANKFUL” digital stamps to create these, and they came together pretty quickly! I LOVE that they come in both .png and .abr formats so I can manipulate the colors and sizes however I need to to fit my design.

After all of the cards are filled-out I will bind them with a book ring and they will go into my holiday binder. I love reading what everyone writes year after year…

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!

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And now, a quick little shout out to this cute little stink who turns 21 today!
Happy birthday Jordan!

When your kids are little, you never really know how they will turn out.
It’s been quite a lovely surprise.

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  • jean marmo - November 20, 2015 - 8:32 am

    This is such a wonderful idea! They do grow up quickly, don’t they?!ReplyCancel

Alrighty folks. It’s been a long time coming.

But here’s a rather large announcement for y’all!

international-shipping-webI’ve been holding off doing this until my new website is up and running,
but I just could wait no  longer.

I know, you’re thinkin’ the same thing, right? ;)

Due to the nature of things, right now I only have this available for these few countries.

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Please bear with me as I am venturing into this…if you’ll excuse the phrase…uncharted territory.

I’m hoping that all is well when it comes to the shipping part.
On one little test that I could do, it seems like all should be well.

Right now it’s a flat rate contingent upon how many you order.
I checked shipping rates with the US Postal Service to find a balance.

I’m hoping that in my new store there can be real-time shipping costs calculated,
but we’ll have to cross that road when we get to it. :)

So many of you outside the US have been asking for the stamps.

I’m so excited to finally bring them to you!
(If all goes well in the store, that is. ;) )

  • Monique van Duren - November 18, 2015 - 12:21 pm

    Oh Kerri, I am so happy worth this news. And the Netherlands are on your list too, Woohoo!!!!
    Thank you so very much. 😃😃😃ReplyCancel

    • Monique van Duren - November 18, 2015 - 12:23 pm

      with this news I meantReplyCancel

  • Ruth Parmentr - November 18, 2015 - 12:53 pm

    This is such great news – I’m in the UK. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Gina - November 18, 2015 - 4:21 pm

    I’ve so been waiting for this!!! Thanks Kerri.ReplyCancel

  • Sue FitzGerald - November 18, 2015 - 7:53 pm

    Oh Kerri, you are awesome, thank you. I will test it out later this afternoon when I get home from work ;-) XReplyCancel

  • Ms Scrapmess - November 19, 2015 - 12:52 pm

    YAY!!!! WOOHOO!!! I’ll be putting in a big order to Gothenburg soon :DReplyCancel

I’ve been in the middle of a big project. It’s exciting. It’s nothing ‘creative’ in the ‘buy me’ sense, but it’s huge and thrilling, nonetheless.

Yesterday I decided that I needed to stop what I was doing and create something. I was having too many choices thrown at me and the decision making was overwhelming.

I decided I needed to do something simply.

I had purchased these tags from Thatch and Thistle on Etsy and they were screaming at me to make some Christmas tags!

minimalist.

With the help of some KBS stamp combos and some American Crafts embossing powder, I made these up in no time!

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For the first tag, I used the bottom of the 25/Christmas stamp and combined it with the tree–both from Twinkle. Loved the simplicity of how it came together. And how perfect does HO HO HO (Believe) and Be Merry (Holiday Magic) go together? Then I took a bigger star from Wanderlust and combined with with Twinkle.

yep.

simplistic perfection.

Now back to the big task at hand…

Can someone else come make some decisions for me? ;)

  • heidig - November 17, 2015 - 9:19 am

    Love these tags – going to buy some now and get the embossing powder out. Thanks!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Bradtke - November 17, 2015 - 11:12 am

    Just ordered those little gray tags. Awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Gauss - November 17, 2015 - 6:54 pm

    Super cute tags! They are perfectly awesome! Loves me some white embossing powder – magical stuff! I’m glad it took you away from the tough decisions you had to make. Sorry I can’t help with the decision. I’m sure whatever you decide will be great!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - November 19, 2015 - 7:29 am

    YES! These are very pretty.
    YES! Sometimes you have to step away from decisions and do something else.
    YES! for you recognizing they play time is good for decision making
    YES! on International shipping. This doesn’t apply to me but I’m happy for you.
    Go you!

    JulieReplyCancel

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Wow. I can’t believe our team up week with Bella Blvd is over! It has been a grand week! There has been so many amazing things shared in both places. I’m just in awe.

So a quick shout out to everyone who shared their talents this week.
You are all freakin’ amazing!

And now, last but not least, is little ol’ me with something to share.

But first, a little background, if you’ll humor me.
(Now would be a good time go get that hot chocolate and sit a spell.)

My one little word for this year as been Capture. I wanted to capture more love, moments and life. I’ve done well with it here and there, but I’ve not been very good in documenting things, which is an area I really wanted to do.

I had high hopes of doing something in the Project LIfe arena, but it’s now…ohhhh…November 12 and welllllll…yeah. Pages done: 0.

You’d think that I could at least manage doing something for Project Life!

It’s so simple.

But when all was said and done, it still ‘overwhelmed’ me. Something to do with thinking of filling up pockets with photos and getting it documented every week…my head could still not simplify it to the point of having it be easy.

So then I bought a planner. Still having great intentions of not only documenting, but planning work and keeping track of tasks. Let’s see, it’s November 12 and wellll, yeah. Pages done: 0.

I’ve actually been working on trips in my Traveler’s Notebook since the beginning of the year-ish. It’s dreamy. I love the idea of quick writing, little photos and some foo-foo from the trip. Still have some work to complete them. All journaling has been typed, so no worries there.

But then one day I saw Miss Marcy Penner (Hello Forever) post her 2016 Traveler’s Notebook printout. And I thought, I think I can do that. That feels like something doable. I don’t have to be overwhelmed with photos. I don’t have to write all the bits of the day. If all I did worth writing was see a beautiful sunrise, then that’s all I need to do.

I am in love with it.

I love the idea of writing lines of ‘did this, love that’ and keep it short and sweet. Our family has these tiny little journals from my great grandparents that do that exact same thing. And it’s a treasure! They’d say what the weather was, if they went it to town, did ‘all the baking’…and things like that. Just snippets of their day.

And that’s what I want to leave behind.

I am recording now.

I am so happy.

I actually type it on my computer first and then write it into the book. That way I have another copy just in case. Not only that, I’m pretty much tied at the hip to my laptop, so it’s super convenient for me to just jot notes there.

If I have one photo, I can put that in. If I have multiple photos, I can make a collage print.

There are no rules.

I feel like it’s taking Project Life down a notch to an even more basic level.

And that, I think, is going to work for me.

This is exciting stuff. :)

So here’s what I have to share today. Remember, I’m documenting simply. But I also love the idea of including designs of things that I have made as well. I think that’s an important piece of my history.

When I saw the Just Add Color kit from Bella Blvd it didn’t just speak to me, it screamed to me. Hello? Black and white? Yeah. Love.

And the polkadots…just ever so dreamy. I knew they needed to be the cover to my new documenting endeavor. I want to add something to the front, but it hasn’t revealed itself to me just yet.

Aren’t those dots just awesome!!!
I’m a little bit of a crazed polkadot junky.
Just sayin’.

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So on this spread above, I had many photos that I wanted to share. Love Instagram for documenting too! What a great resource. I had one extra photo that I wanted to include, so I turned the photo collage into a pocket, put the photo on a tag, and voila. It’s been included! I added a little Bella Blvd This is Happening sticker and a little washi.

Boom.

Done.


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Now, when you have nothing to say on a given day, just fill it with something shiny for distraction. ;) It was actually a great space for sharing the weekend file that I made for that Friday.

I also ordered some shiny gold vinyl from SignWarehouse and had to use it!

Love the black and white numbers. Hello. More Bella Blvd Just Add Color paper! Topped it with one of their stickers too. It was perfect for what I’m currently in to…which are sunrises and sunsets! We’ve been getting some amazing ones lately!

Added a little BOO design from Something Wicked and a This Is Just Neat stamp from Tagged.


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And here we go again. Perfect opportunity to share stamps and the printable that we did in Said+Done that week. (Stamps: Tagged, Time Again + Line By Line)

I love the idea of writing my snippets all week and taking maybe 30 minutes on Sunday to write it out and add some photos. Keeping it short and sweet.

This is my speed.

I think I can do this.

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Be sure to check out Instagram and Facebook
for the winners of the stamp set.

And if you didn’t win?
Welllll…..

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  • Jean Marmo - November 13, 2015 - 12:46 pm

    Wow- that is gorgeous! No – didn’t win the stamps:)ReplyCancel

  • Gina - November 13, 2015 - 1:28 pm

    I love the look of this. Great solution!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Fletcher - November 13, 2015 - 3:43 pm

    I so could have written your intro! As I read, I said to myself, yes…that is totally me. Yup, had great intentions, 0 pages done. Drat! I want to do something that expresses my creative side, yet needed it to be more bitesized. Love this idea…and will give it a try. Did you create the cover too?

    Thanks for your honesty Kerri!!ReplyCancel

  • Claudia Schneider - November 14, 2015 - 3:25 pm

    This is probably a silly question…how do you print your photos in a small format?ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - November 14, 2015 - 9:06 pm

      I actually used a photo template from the Snapshots #3 kit (in the store) and printed it onto a 4×6 sheet. The photo templates are layered PSD files that you can use in Photoshop or Elements. They are a pretty nifty + helpful thing to have. :) If you’re not familiar with them, check out the tutorials here: http://www.kerribradford.com/tutorials/photo-templates/ReplyCancel

  • Katrina H - November 15, 2015 - 9:47 pm

    I love your way of documenting your life! But I’ve gotta say – this is more complicated than my Project Life albums. I just do a photo and write on a journaling card and call it good. I just thought it was funny. 😀 If PL didn’t work for me, I would definitely try something like this!ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - November 16, 2015 - 5:47 pm

      Ha ha! That’s so funny. :) I think for me it’s the photos that become daunting. When I take that element out, then documenting becomes the easy thing and then I only put in a photo here and there. Fluff it up a little more, if I have extra time or keep it super simple. We’ll see if I can keep up with it though. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Maggie - November 16, 2015 - 11:56 am

    This is absolutely perfect. I just love the way it looks!!!ReplyCancel