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Sometimes you just don’t need a photo to share your thoughts and feelings. It’s a decorative journal of sorts, and I love that! And Laura has done just that here. She made a list of things that she loves and incorporated them beautifully onto this page! I think I ‘love’ your list too Laura. :)

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[ DesignsFebruary Fourteen ('Love Always') / Background Basics (circle background) / This+That: School (circle rings) ]

( psst. The February Fourteen kit is on sale this week..
Just thought I should point that out. ;) )


I love the two tones of circle backgrounds here…not to mention the tiny intermittent touches Laura includes within those circles. It just gives it a whole different customized look! Fabulous my dear!


Here’s what Laura has to say:

With Valentine’s Day sneaking up on us, I was in the mood to create some sort of “love” themed layout. I thought I would do something a little different than a normal love layout, and created an all-about-me type of layout without any photos. I often do photo-less layouts when it comes to all-about-me layouts, and I love that it really lets you “play” and have fun with the page, while not worrying about fitting in photos or trying to match them to your products.
 

I started out with my favorite circle background from the Background Basics kit, this time cutting it from blue dotted patterned paper and white cardstock, so that I could split my page in half. This gave me one side of the page for my title and embellishments and one side of the page for my journaling. Because I had quite a few patterned papers that I wanted to include on the page, I used the circle ring cut from the This & That School kit to cut circles of varying sizes from the different papers and then pieced the inner circle and the rings together using different papers.


And if you haven’t been over to Laura’s blog lately, you need to go check out the page she made just for fun–no assignment required. When you scrapbook for work, it’s a rare thing indeed to get to scrap a page you want to do without a specific product in mind. It’s quite liberating. :)

Here’s a sneak peek. To see the rest, go HERE.

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Sandra - February 11, 2014 - 12:25 am

Laura’s layout is awesome. Thanks for the inspiration.

yolande k - February 11, 2014 - 2:35 am

C’est superbe !!!!

MichelleB - February 16, 2014 - 6:19 am

Great layout! Love this idea.

friday freebie  •  love this life with you

Hey y’all! Just poppin’ in with a quick Friday Freebie for your loverly month of February. Comes in these colors as well as a black and a white text-only PNG file so that you can put it on a photo. 

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To download this–forever free–click HERE.



Oh, and in case you hadn’t noticed, there’s a new kit available in the store.
I made you all a ‘mixed tape’ for this month of love. :)

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Just some random elementally speaking expressions of love for any project. :)

Rhadonda - February 7, 2014 - 8:54 am

Thanks so much!! Love all your projects too!

Susan - February 7, 2014 - 9:48 am

Thank you!

Renee G - February 7, 2014 - 10:18 am

Thanks Kerri, another good one!

Karen Freeman - February 7, 2014 - 1:38 pm

Thanks so much Kerri

Barbara Ford - February 7, 2014 - 3:16 pm

Thanks for the free files. Quick question–I know that I can use my digital scrapbooking program, Fotofusion, to put a PNG on top of a photo. But surely there is a quicker/easier way? I do not use Photoshop but use lots of other photo editing software programs–is there a quick and easy way to put a png on top of a photo?

yolande k - February 7, 2014 - 5:53 pm

Merci beaucoup Kerri !
Biz’

Julie - February 7, 2014 - 6:53 pm

Thank you for the freebie! Have a super weekend!

Lisa (ThePurplePlace) - February 8, 2014 - 11:32 am

Thanks Kerri!! I love your designs, as well as you amazing generosity!

MichelleB - February 8, 2014 - 2:54 pm

Thank you! Love the new kit!

gwadatiti - February 9, 2014 - 5:57 am

thank you

lemondedis - February 17, 2014 - 3:42 am

these are so pretty ! thanks a lot ! I shared the link here : https://www.facebook.com/LMIlesptitscadeauxPL and there : http://www.pinterest.com/lemondedis/project-life-freebies/

my home decor project

As you may have heard, I’ve been redoing my office–for like a year now. I was down to finding one last piece of ‘perfect’ furniture to finish the trio of work space and it took a while. I’d originally planned to have a piece made like I did with my cabinets and desk, but long story short–after a year–I found a piece that I thought would work. Since it was the wrong color, we refinished in distressed fashion (that’s a whole other post) and placed it in our home.

A blank canvas for me to decorate upon.

I knew I wanted a window or old baby crib springs or something to go above it. Since we happened to have a couple old windows, that’s what I have there for now.

Little by little I looked around my home to see what could be placed. I had a chalkboard from Tai Pan, but decided I wanted to do a little crafting.

That’s where the canvas and vinyl projects came about.

I used the Just My Type kit to create to pieces, as well as the image from Just A Bit Obsessed, printed a photo and complemented it with a fold-up ruler and some giant Teresa Collins chipboard numbers, and this is the end result.

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I’m not sure if this is the end of the ensemble. I may be tweaking it from time to time. We’ll see. I especially want to do a real chalkboard image of some kind, but that will have to do for now.

Here’s what I used for the 14×14 canvas and 8×10 ‘frame’:

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Both of these items I purchased at Hobby Lobby (along with the lamp and trunk). You can find them here: Canvas / Glass Clip Frame

When I was originally concepting this all in my head, I wanted to do a huge piece of wall art with the vinyl phrase. I wanted to use one of those–were they 15×15?–clear no-edge frames from IKEA. I thought it would be so cool to do that. But gosh darn it all, they don’t carry them anymore! So since I couldn’t go larger than the canvas, I went smaller so that it worked together better.


The Canvas

All along when I was designing the 12×12 words in the Just My Type kit, I had this canvas idea in my head. You all know what a huge fan I am of white-on-white and I just thought it would be so cool to use Silhouette Printable Cotton Canvas on a canvas. And the beauty of this stuff is that it has adhesive on the back! Love that! Okay, so it’s pretty awesome that you can run it through your printer too. :)

The drawback to the Silhouette canvas is that it only comes in 8.5 x 11 sheets. Curses. That meant I was going to have to strategically cut it to fit my 14×14 canvas. Okay, so I would have still had to cut it even if it was 12×12, but that’s beside the point.

So here’s what I did. I opened up the love_words_background_trimmed_KBS_0185 image and made sure that the entire thing was either ungrouped or the compound path was released. Because this is one mama of a design, Studio did not like chugging through it when I used the Knife tool to slice and dice. That being said, if you cut in an area where there is a ‘hole’, like the center of a ‘y’ or something, select the ‘hole’ and the shape just around it and make that a compound path. It will only be just a small part and Studio can handle that. If you don’t, you will get a cut line where you don’t want one. I don’t know if that’s making sense or what.

Here’s what it looked like in the end.

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If you look in the outlined area, you’ll see where I cut with my knife. Again, On something like the loop of the ‘h’, I would have selected the inner ‘hole’ and its outer line and made it a compound path, so that when I cut, it would separate it like you see it rather than place a cut line all the way through the whole thing.

Some things don’t need to be cut. Some have natural letter/word separations. So you only need to make a few cut marks.

And look how beautifully it cuts! Like buttah…

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I always recommend starting with what Studio suggests for cutting materials. In this case though, it defaulted to using Double Cut as well as to use a mat. Technically, anything that is sticky-backed doesn’t need a mat, but I still used it for this since that’s what it suggested. And then the double-cut cut all the way through the sticky back and I didn’t like that. Even just a single cut went through most of the backing. But it didn’t cut quite enough of it so that as I weeded away the excess it remained on my mat, which is what I wanted. Well, what I really wanted was to be able to pull it all up and put it on my canvas like vinyl–with transfer tape or something, but it didn’t work that way.

Also, I used the fabric blade as suggested.

So since it was cut in sections, I started with it like a puzzle–edges first.

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Even though the canvas is sticky, it’s workable. Loved that. Doing a project like this does take some patience. And a lot patience in getting the backing off the mat. Oy. But just relax and work with it. Since it’s not ultra sticky, it works great for moving it around.

Now, while it is sticky, it isn’t necessarily sticky enough. It does want to start separating from the canvas, but it doesn’t do it too much in my climate. I’m sure it would be different in a humid environment. Who knows, I may still paint it, like I’d originally thought or add Mod Podge to help ensure some more stickiness.

But for now?  Me likey the raw canvas. I can just rub over the areas that look a little loose and it’s good. It’s not enough to bother me.


The Glass Clip Frame

So like I mentioned, I had this idea to put it on a big surface, but that didn’t work out. So Plan B was to do a smaller surface. Should I do it with a frame? Without a frame? Or put it in a dimensional frame and put stuff behind it like Jingle All The Way?

Decisions. Decisions.

I opted to just put it on glass. And I have fuzzy vinyl (not heat transfer) and Silhouette doesn’t make it anymore. Not sure where to get it.

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But then I didn’t know if I should put a photo with the text along side it–same height all around or just put it on the surface and leave it at that. Or wait, perhaps I could attach a photo with a binder clip or clothespin.

Okay, so that was the solution.

So there ya have it. My little home decor project for the year. ;)

Dolly - February 6, 2014 - 10:56 am

It looks AWESOME Kerri!! Love it girl TFS!

Kathy - February 6, 2014 - 12:50 pm

Looks good!

Also love the lamp! Can you tell me about it?

Thanks!

Kerri - February 6, 2014 - 1:33 pm

I bought it at Hobby Lobby too. I liked the fact that the shade was movable and can be secured in a different position. Thought made for a good crafting light. :)

Karyn Halter - February 6, 2014 - 6:43 pm

Love it, isn’t Hobby Lobby wonderful! I really like the addition of the old wooden measuring tape, reminds me of the one my dad used to use!

the beauty of winter

I love winter photos. The stillness of the snow, the contrast as it sits on the trees….it’s magical. My  favorite memory of the most iconic picturesque winter moment was when Zach wanted to go skiing at Sundance for his 12th birthday (I think it was 12). It’s at the end of November and we’d just had a major snow storm. As we were traveling up the canyon, the Heber Creeper–an old timey train–came puffing along through the snow-filled trees. It was the most beautiful serendipitous thing I’d ever seen . . . and I didn’t take a picture. It will be forever imbedded in my mind though. Then, of course, there was the whole moment of skiing up at Sundance that was completely gorgeous. And I did get pictures there.

There’s nothing like it.

So when Naomi sent me her layout on capturing the beauty of winter, I was wowed. I loved the large-take-center-stage photo complemented with a little bit of accents.

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[ Designs | Snowflakes, Etc. / This+That: Winter (snowflakes) / Designer Edition Class Extras (beauty) / This+That: Spring (tree branch) ]


beautiful.


Here’s what Naomi has to say:

I wanted to keep this layout somewhat simple, since I really loved the large photos.  I knew some of the winter shapes would be good for layering on this layout! I decided to cut my branches and snowflakes out of silver “pow” glitter paper (It’s from American Crafts, and the cuts are just AMAZING) and vellum, for a translucent, snowy look. I liked the vellum snowflakes, but wanted to add more dimension, so I stamped over the snowflakes and embossed them with white embossing powder. I really liked the results! I also layered a vellum tree branch under my silver one for extra dimension there. I attached another stamped snowflake to my paperclip and the title word winter, and then cut the word “beauty” out of the silver paper as well.

yolande k - February 4, 2014 - 12:46 pm

Sublime !!!! J’adore !
Biz’

MichelleB - February 9, 2014 - 3:56 am

This is just gorgeous!

lovin’ the love sale

Hello February.

Haven’t seen you for like a whole year now.

It’s funny how this month makes you start thinking about how spring will be coming next month. Well, supposedly it comes. It’s usually sprinter ’round these parts. But I look at our matted down grass from the snow that’s melted away and just get a crusty look on my face. Can’t wait for that freshness of spring.

Soon.

It’ll be here soon.

February not only starts the longing for spring, but it’s a month full of love. And in our household, it’s double the love because we have an anniversary on the 12th. This year is year 26. Yowza!

So I thought it would only be appropriate to celebrate this fine month with a little bit of love here at KBS.

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Check out the store to see what’s on sale–prices are marked. There’s love-style kits, ‘you’ kits, envelopes, all sort of goodies to help you with your love crafting efforts.

And . . .

 . . . the Hello There class is on sale!

Yup. It’s true. I thought it would be a fun addition to our cards + envelope genre that are currently on sale.

This class isn’t just about ‘card making’. It’s about learning so many fun new techniques that you can apply to any type of creating. Every time I designed a new card, I kept saying, ‘This one is my favorite.’

Well, here are a couple sneaks of those favorites.

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It’s so much more than a ‘card’ class.

For all the fun details on this baby, click HERE.

Have a wonderful first day of February and a beautiful weekend!

Lorretta - February 1, 2014 - 9:08 pm

LOVED this class!! I’ve learned how to make so many different card options and learned techniques that I can modify the lessons for even more varieties. AWESOME!

just my type

I love words. I love typography. It truly makes me giddy to see something said in style. And that’s how today’s Valentine or love-related kit has come to light.

It’s called Just My Type.

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There are a variety of sentiment styles here. If you notice, there are three sets of script words. One is trimmed perfectly for a 12×12 page. One has all the itty bitties of the rest of the letters. And one is in a long column style. You know me and variety.

And then there are the stacked words you can see there on the left. I liked ‘em staggered and I liked ‘em left aligned. I also liked ‘em with the February 14, but I also thought it would be cool to modify it with your own personal number–like the number of your family. Just choose a bolder font like Georgia or a Times Roman and add it to your stack.

Gotta have choices people…choices, I tell ya.

And then, you can also combine the arrow with the heart or the ‘I Like You. A Lot.’ to have a wee bit of fun there too.

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Ooh. Ooh. And you can even take that fun banner design in ‘You Are My Everything’ and add your own title to it.

Multiple choices on several of those images.
And I like it that way. :)

Kathi Z - January 29, 2014 - 6:17 pm

Love this Kerri! Can’t wait till payday! ;)

Nashonne - January 29, 2014 - 10:06 pm

LOVE IT! Not a Valentine’s person, but I see a lot of uses for referencing my son and husband.

Lucinde - January 30, 2014 - 1:42 am

Wow, this kit looks amazing :)

Dolly/scrapthat - January 30, 2014 - 7:25 am

cool as always Kerri! TFS

Tania K - January 30, 2014 - 1:17 pm

Oh, this one is great!! Love it!

Rachel - January 30, 2014 - 2:40 pm

Love it! This kit just got added to my must have list.

xoxo

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and you may be wondering just what kind of card to make for your loved ones. Well, look no further because Nichol has got something to share with you today for just such an occasion!

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[ DesignsFebruary Fourteen (xo) / BannersLife Additions #2 (frame) ]


love how Nichol used the innards and outards or the xo! Talk about maximizing your art! Two completely unique cards using one cut.

seriously.

love.

Here’s what Nichol has to say: 

I am loving the look of white on white anything with small pops of color. I thought it would be fun to create a layered Valentine’s card using Kerri’s files. I love the graphic look of text backgorunds with a sentiment layered on top. The “XO” file from Kerri’s February Fourteen Kit makes for an interesting background for the die cut banner with the stamped greeting. To add even more interest to the card I die cut the rectangle and the postage frame from the Life Additions #2 kit for subtle white on white (embossed white cardstock and vellum) layers. Instead of cutting the frame “as is” I instead cut each layer (the rectangle from white cardstock and the postage border from vellum).

After die cutting and assembling the “Sending My Love” card I realized that I had “x” and “o” pieces leftover from the glitter cardstock so I created another card with the leftover pieces so that nothing went to waste!
Amber M. - January 28, 2014 - 2:18 pm

LOVE these cards!!!!!!!!!! Wow!

Phyllis B. - January 29, 2014 - 12:43 am

Love Nichol’s cards! They are both beautiful… but isn’t the postage edge in Life Additions #2, not Life Additions #1? Perhaps I have misunderstood what was used. In any case, the cards are stunning!

Kerri - January 29, 2014 - 8:06 am

Yep, you are correct Phyllis. I wasn’t paying attention that it was written incorrectly. :) It’s fixed now.

Phyllis B. - January 29, 2014 - 4:16 pm

Good, Kerri, but it still needs to be fixed in Nichol’s first paragraph. Don’t want someone to buy the wrong set and be ticked! (I’m an old editor, so I find things like this frequently…) BTW, I love your stuff! I made your “Jingle all the Way” frame for Christmas…used red vinyl for the words (was out of black), and got several compliments (thanks to you)!

lucky

I have to say that I am indeed lucky to be out of the winter inversion in Utah–oh the air is so bad–and basking in some glorious sunshine in beautiful Florida. Okay, so maybe it’s not so much basking per se, since I’m indoors working, but I do see beautiful skies here and there.

And how lucky am I to have this piece of art from our lovely Layle.

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[ Designs | More Background Basics ]


I love how cheery that page is! And putting in the pieces of complementary colors reminds me of doing a puzzle. It truly is a piece of art! Fabulous Layle!


Here’s what Layle has to say:

I’ve had this circle pattern on my list of Kerri’s designs that I’ve wanted to work with for quite some time – I just love it!  I decided to cut the circles out of white cardstock and then use a white cardstock background so the color I added to the circles would really pop.  To make the colored circles, I removed the ‘negative’/centers leftover after I removed the outlined circles and then used those as templates.  I layed them on top of the different pieces of colored patterned paper and then trimmed each shape, leaving a thin border around the entire shape in order to adhere it behind the outlined circles.  I added different colored enamel dots to the circles to add a few more pops of color.  I loved how this turned out!!


Me too Layle! :)

Sharon - January 24, 2014 - 5:30 am

I love this .. The pic is perfect the colours are gorgeous ..
its just plain old beautiful!
Thanks for sharing..