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[ Stamps | Kramer Outline, Line By Line (arrow), Yesterday (childhood) ]


Yesterday I was fiddling around in my studio when this caught my eye.

My grandpa’s hat.

He wore it all the time to work in the garden. It’s one of the few things that I’ve received as a memento of the farm and I treasure it greatly.

Like I said, it’s in my studio.

Sometimes your surroundings become oblivious to you…and sometimes, there’s something that brings back memories. Many objects you have on display can be there for a reason, such as this.

When I see it….

I think of him wearing light cotton long-sleeve shirts and khaki pants to work in–in the summer too..

I think of him whistling.

I think of his quite little laugh.

I think of him eating bread + milk with fresh raspberries.

I think of him taking a rest laying on his back on the front room floor–often with his knees up.

I think of him bringing in fresh vegetables to eat.

I think of him driving the old tractor.

I think of him giving us kids rides on the flatbed–that was a treat!

I think of his tiny little ‘grandpa-isms’, like ‘Hello everybody, this is Kate Smith!’, in his ‘girlish’ voice.

I think of him doting on my grandmother.

I think of him setting tubes for watering, and teaching me how to do it too.

I think of his respect for this land–not just the farm, but all land (he was in the Forest Service and worked for BLM).

I think of him knowing the name of every single plant–and showing us how to taste Indian paint brush.

I think of his kindness.

I think of him being the perfect example of a human being.


All these thoughts and so much more come back with great fondness.

My grandpa passed away over 20 years ago. I wish my kids could have really known him. He was an amazing man.

It’s amazing how one little object can create a flood of memories.

Good times.

And now my challenge to you is to to find an object in your home and write some memories about it. Take 15 minutes and you’ll be amazed at what you’ll remember!

 


You can find tips like these and dozens of prompts in The History Project, a personal history class taught by Kerri Bradford.

 

  • lolola - March 23, 2016 - 1:57 pm

    What a lovely tribute to your grandpa! He must have been quite the man!ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne - March 23, 2016 - 5:48 pm

    I loved the memories!

    AND, taste Indian Paint Brush? Is it Edible? It’s in bloom right now here!ReplyCancel

I have this uncontrollable urge to call this the Kramer vs. Kramer sale.
Some of you may be too young to remember that movie reference. ;)

But today, it’s all about the two Kramer alphabet sets. These two lovelies, unlike the movie, like each other very much and play very nicely together.

kramer oh yes web

 

And just for that…

Both sets–Kramer + Kramer Outline–are on sale for 20% off
through Thursday!

(while supplies last)

I tell ya…I love these little beauties. They have multiple letters and you can write out so much in one foul swoop. You may remember this tag I shared a couple weeks ago. Something I made for our now-cancelled trip back east. Bummer.  I know I’ll find a good use for it. But the letters are just over 1/4″ tall. Dreamy. One of my favorite alpha sets.

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  • Phyllis - March 22, 2016 - 2:20 pm

    I am old enough… I remember it well. It was a good movie—sad, but good!ReplyCancel

  • Jane O'Leary - March 22, 2016 - 6:22 pm

    Hi Kerri,

    What stamping block are you using with the grid lines?

    Thanks
    JaneReplyCancel

    • Kerri - March 22, 2016 - 7:49 pm

      It’s a set from Bo Bunny. Love having the grids! :)ReplyCancel

      • Jane O'Leary - March 24, 2016 - 11:08 am

        Thank you!ReplyCancel

Even though a chunk of my day was spent indoors, I did manage to get out yesterday and enjoy that first day of spring and its 72 degree weather. A walk with the dog and a couple kids up to Bridal Veil Falls can do wonders for the soul. It’s pretty amazing that I have something like this just ten minutes away. Hubs also mowed the lawn on Saturday and there’s nothing better than the smell of fresh cut grass and the sound of the mower.

bridal veil falls
Spring has arrived.
(And we won’t speak of the snow coming in a couple of days.)

I can’t even believe that Easter is this weekend! When it’s early, it just seems so strange. There isn’t quite enough green in the area yet. I also miss the days of buying Easter outfits and hiding baskets. The kids are a little old for that now. ;)

So when this gorgeous Easter page from our Miss Paige showed up on my ‘doorstep’, I was absolutely delighted. I can live vicariously through her. :)

Cutest Easter Bunny by Paige Evans web
Wow, right? I don’t know if I’ve ever seen my handwriting stitched. Looks pretty awesome, yeah?

I’m gonna let Paige show you how it’s done.

I love the Bloom kit — perfect for spring, Easter, April showers, May flowers, and more! On two separate occasions my kids put on the same pair of bunny ears at the store and asked me to take their picture to send to Grandma – it’d be my pleasure! I paired those photos with two of the phrases in the Bloom kit – “Easter” and “Bunny”.

Cutest Easter Bunny 1 by Paige Evans web2

In Silhouette Studio I enlarged the words, tilted them slightly, and used a pen to draw the words onto white cardstock. Then I used a paper piercer to poke a hole every 1/4″ all around the words.

Cutest Easter Bunny 2 by Paige Evans web

I painted stripes (using colors from my Fancy Free collection with Pink Paislee) diagonally across the page and then backstitched through the words with white thread.

Cutest Easter Bunny 3 by Paige Evans web

I dropped some watercolors over the dried paint to break up the straight lines and then finished the title with patterned Thickers, a cluster of photos/embellishments at the bottom, along with journaling.

Cutest Easter Bunny Detail 1 by Paige Evans webCutest Easter Bunny Detail 2 by Paige Evans web

 

Boy! That page knocks my frilly Easter socks right off! I love the bright happy colors and seriously…that stitched title…just wow! Will you do some for me darlin’? ;)

 

Now, do you want to recreate the look?

Today you can get the Bloom kit for $5!

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And if you want to know more about thickening hand-written words, check out THIS post.

 

 

  • Erika Alvarez - March 24, 2016 - 12:01 pm

    I am in love with this bright, cheerful layout! I might try it smaller scale on a card. Thanks for sharing the how-to.ReplyCancel

When you love fonts and all things text as much as I do–not to mention anything that has the word free associated with it–it only seems fitting to have a regular feature on the blog. I’ve done a lot of showcasing of free fonts in certain classes, like the Said+Done series and others, but I thought it might be a grand idea to feature a favorite free font…mmmm….I don’t know that I should commit to every week, but we’re going to shoot for most Fridays at least. :)

Here’s the first of many to come!

 

 

What I like:

  • The mix of script and caps in one font = perfection .
  • Both play nicely together.
  • The script is just the right touch of script.

Helpful Hints:

  • You might want to decrease character spacing between some letters, like the ‘k’ (see sentence–letters were adjusted).
  • Add a stroke in black or white when using various font sizes to balance the weight of the font (see example). If you’re using Studio, you could use Offset, but it since it probably isn’t a cutter-friendly font, adding a line color would be easier. I added a white stroke to the top row and a black stroke to the rest.


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Haiku’s Script
is a wonderful handwritten free font from dafont.com.

  • Ginger - March 18, 2016 - 9:45 am

    Thank you Kerri for this fun find … and i love the inspiration and application you share with us. I’m sorry to be so dense but would you mind clarifying what you mean by “add a stroke”. I really have learned so much and realize there is so much MORE to learn, so i appreciate all the inside tips and tricks you so graciously share with us. Blessings! and Happy Font Friday!ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - March 18, 2016 - 9:56 am

      Oh…it’s a great question. :) A stroke is something like a Line Color in Studio. It’s what you would use in Illustrator or Photoshop to thicken (or lighten) the look of a font.ReplyCancel

  • Cori - March 18, 2016 - 10:38 am

    Thank you! This is awesome! I had the same question as Ginger. Once I read your answer, I realized I knew what a stroke was, but I just hadn’t put it all together. Thank you for being such a generous designer!ReplyCancel

  • Candy - March 18, 2016 - 4:27 pm

    Kerri
    Kerri Bradford rules!
    She teaches with all the tools.
    She is just too cool!
    5-7-5 Haiku just for you.ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - March 18, 2016 - 5:07 pm

      Oh my freain’ heck! I love it!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tania K - March 18, 2016 - 6:07 pm

    Ok I LOVE this font! I’m a font “junkie”… I hoard fonts… and this one has been downloaded AND installed! Thank you for this post and the super tips! And YES YES YES to making fonts a regular feature on your blog! Super idea!ReplyCancel

Being in such the springy mood, that I’m sure most of us are, when I saw this page from Laura, I let out a heavy sigh and went ahhhhh….

It truly is beautiful in every sense–from the colors, to the accents, and to especially the girls.

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[ Designs | Something To Say (beautiful) / Life Additions #2 (floral 3×4) ]

 
Here’s Laura to tell you all about it.

I recently re-organized some of my albums, and in the process I came across a handful of layouts that I pulled out with the intention of re-scrapping them. The original layouts were extremely bulky and took up a lot of space in my albums. While I don’t feel the need to re-scrap each and every layout that has a little bulk to it, there were some that were just way too bulky for my taste now. And quite honestly, with the massive amount of albums that I have accumulated from 22+ years of scrapbooking, I really like to be able to squeeze as many layouts into each album that I can.

These photos of my girls, from 10 years ago when they were flower girls in my cousin’s wedding, were on one of the layouts that I wanted to re-scrap. I was browsing thru Kerri’s cut files and came across the floral piece from her Life Additions #2 kit. It could be sized as a 3×4″ cut, and I knew it would be perfect for this layout, since I could print several of my photos in the same 3×4″ size and collage them all together in my favorite style – a clean and linear grid design.

I picked out the word “beautiful” from Kerri’s Something To Say kit, because – well, because I think my girls looked beautiful in their flower girl dresses and pinned up hair! I finished off my title with some simple white alpha stickers and then added a few enamel dots to the centers of the floral pieces for simple embellishing.

 

It’s just lovely, Miss Laura! And I can understand the desire to want to de-bulkify (yeah, it’s a word). While I did try to keep my pages fairly ‘flat’ over the years, there were a few trends and QVC products I may have dabbled in.

  • Dolly - March 17, 2016 - 6:50 am

    ALWAYS love Laura’s LOs :D TFS!!ReplyCancel

Last night we had a wonderful night with ladies in our women’s church group. The theme was ‘Bee Anxiously Engaged’ based on an LDS General Conference talk by M. Russell Ballard (here). The summary of his talk: Great things are brought about and burdens are lightened through the efforts of many hands “anxiously engaged in a good cause.”

My mother-in-law, who is better than an internet search on any subject, came and spoke about bee keeping and the lives of bees. If you’ve never really heard or learned about bees, I highly recommend finding some kind National Geographic or Planet Earth or something! Their world is absolutely fascinating. (Side note: My mother-in-law taught at UVU for many years and also started the Women’s Center there to help women get back on their feet. She’s a go-getter, this one.)

In keeping with the theme, a few of us made wonderful honey delights…to taste of the fruits of their labors, right? There was Basil Garlic Honey Butter, Nutella Honey Butter, Cinnamon Honey Butter and my contribution Raspberry Honey Butter. All tasted on Kneader’s delicious white bread. All the honeys were wonderful!

I got my recipe from The Lion House (a local ‘top of the building’ type of restaurant). It’s yummy…and simple!

raspberry honey butter 4x3 web

 

Raspberry Honey Butter

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup red raspberry preserves
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Beat butter until soft; add honey and preserves while mixer is running. Add vanilla and beat for 10 minutes. Store, refrigerated, in plastic container.

It’s been a hit in our house so far…after not even 24 hours. :)

We then ended the night with cupcakes from Sweet Tooth Fairy and little bee-themed banner picks that I made using the Minc.

It really was a lovely evening. :)

bee picks

I’ve had this song stuck in my head for days now. It probably has something to do with all that’s going on in this country right now. I wonder if when Tim McGraw made this song that he would have any idea how much it’s needed right now.

Love one another. Please + thank you go along way too. And one of my favorite lines, bitterness keeps you from flyingIt’s amazing what a positive and giving spirt can do for others and yourself. Negativity of any kind–fear, anger, bitterness–will control your life and keep you stagnant.

May we always remember to stay humble and kind.

 

  • T - March 15, 2016 - 12:13 pm

    Love these words. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • LisaM6 - March 15, 2016 - 2:05 pm

    Wonderful song and reminder. :)ReplyCancel

  • Lorretta Shughrue - March 15, 2016 - 2:24 pm

    Thank you for sharing this song. It’s such a beautiful message. Thanks for all you do to make this world a more beautiful place!ReplyCancel

  • Jane O'Leary - March 15, 2016 - 7:15 pm

    That song just gets me every time I hear it!
    Visit Grandpa every chance that you can
    Won’t be wasted time…..ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - March 16, 2016 - 7:02 am

      And it’s such a true line Jane! My kids go down to visit their grandparents all on their own at least once a week. They live 20 minutes away, which isn’t that far, but they love going to visit. They are in their 80s now and you never know what may happen.ReplyCancel

I’ve been in a bit of a ‘designer’ mood. Preparing classes will do that to a gal. All I’ve been thinking about lately is how fun it is to design. And even more fun, teach others how to do it as well.

A few short years ago, I made a class called Design Secrets where I shared so many of my thought processes when it comes to design–particularly designing with Silhouette Studio. Granted, I am a self-taught designer. Personal computers were barely even available when I was in college. You should have seen the first one I had to use for my lab assignments!

For the last ten years I’ve taught myself how to use these amazing designing tools. It all started with an assignment to create a Cricut cartridge. I took the challenge and plopped down $600 on Illustrator and that was a huge expense for us! (I wished I would have known about the education discount at that time.)

Ten years ago there wasn’t the plethora of YouTube videos, blogs, and class opportunities. You basically needed college to have someone teach you how to use it. And with three young kids, that wasn’t happening. The internet was just beginning to grow too, so really, not a lot of information available.

But little by little I figured things out pretty much by myself…and did some things the hard way, I might add. I did have a sweet friend that I would ask a question when I exhausted all resources.

Maybe that’s why I’m so passionate about teaching others how to design…to give them the power to do it themselves. Hmm. I think I may have just made a discovery. I may have Dr. Phil’d myself.

But designing is liberating!
And so much easier than you’d think!

So I thought it might be fun to offer Design Secrets on sale for $15 off through Wednesday!

It is packed full of information…all my little secrets. And we design just about all the elements we use in Silhouette Studio. Wanna peek at a page?  Okay! :)

It’s one of my favoritst pages ever.

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