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it’s back!

Memorial Day is over and that weekend is generally considered the big kick-off to summer.

So do you know what that means?

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The ‘Summer of the Friday Freebie’ is back!


Every Friday until Labor weekend there will be a freebie for you to have forever and ever. And for today’s  freebie? All I kept thinking of when I thought summer + freebie was…

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To download this–forever free–click here.


Have a great summer! :)

Lysa - May 30, 2014 - 1:07 am

Awesome. Thank you for the freebie! :)

Debbie S - May 30, 2014 - 5:08 am

Thanks Kerri for the awesome file! Another thing to look forward to on Fridays!You are so kind, I love your files! Happy summer to yo too. Great to see your Missionary, it’s such a special time for her–and her family. I know you miss her, but the time really does go by fast! Thanks again!

Dolly - May 30, 2014 - 6:31 am

Thank you so much Kerri!! You’re a Sweetie!

Linda Gronlund - May 30, 2014 - 7:38 am

Thank You so much for your talent!

Pam - May 30, 2014 - 8:25 am

Thank you, Kerri!

Janice - May 30, 2014 - 8:33 am

Thank you, Kerri. I say “heck yes” to summer, too! Bring it on.
:-)

Nicky H - May 30, 2014 - 8:50 am

Thank you!

Judi - May 30, 2014 - 9:12 am

Thanks – love this

Rhadonda - May 30, 2014 - 9:51 am

The outlook for my summer just brightened a little bit more, not that it was bad to begin with but this put it over the edge. WHo knew? Thanks!!

Dawn - May 30, 2014 - 10:56 am

Love it! Thanks.

JUDY W. - May 30, 2014 - 11:25 am

Thanks. Looking forward to Summer and Fridays! : )

Kim Smith - May 30, 2014 - 12:37 pm

Thanks so much!

Diane - May 30, 2014 - 12:39 pm

Thanks so much for sharing your amazing talent!

Kathi Z - May 30, 2014 - 12:51 pm

Thanks so much for sharing Kerri! Love these brush stroke pieces! Have a wonderful weekend!

Wendy Sue - May 30, 2014 - 2:21 pm

Thanks Kerri!! :)

Karen Freeman - May 30, 2014 - 2:48 pm

Thanks so much Kerri!

Renee G - May 30, 2014 - 3:35 pm

Thank you so much Kerri, you just made my summer a lot sweeter. Appreciate you doing this for us.

Christina C - May 30, 2014 - 4:40 pm

Thank you so much!!

Michelle B - May 30, 2014 - 5:32 pm

Thank you – love your Friday Freebies!!

Lisa Posthumus - May 30, 2014 - 7:41 pm

That is awesome that you are doing this again this year. Thanks so much. I really appreciate the time and effort that you put into the friday freebies.

Barbara - May 30, 2014 - 7:42 pm

Awesome! Love freebies!!

Lindsay - May 30, 2014 - 8:11 pm

Thanks Kerri for this free file! Love your style!

Linda G. - May 30, 2014 - 8:17 pm

Thanks Kerri! as always with your freebies!

Donna G. - May 30, 2014 - 8:51 pm

Do I love it! Heck yes! =) Thanks!

Phyllis B. - May 30, 2014 - 9:24 pm

Thank you, Kerri! Love it! You are sweet to do this!

Vero - May 31, 2014 - 5:50 am

thanks a lot for sharing
Kisses from France

SiskiyouSue - May 31, 2014 - 7:20 am

Thanks, Kerri. Yay for summer!

Ruth Tacoma - June 1, 2014 - 1:51 pm

Thank you!

Julie {CalleLillyCafe} - June 2, 2014 - 2:04 pm

Looking forward to these! Thx so much!! Happy Summer!

Jennifer - June 3, 2014 - 12:46 pm

Yippee! This is awesome – thank you!

last week in pictures.

Still on the crazy side of life, but thought I’d share a picture story of a few things that happened last week.

My first rose of the year.

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A beautiful day at a wedding.

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Boys will be boys…will be boys trying to be acrobats.
Otherwise entitled: When cousins get together.
Not the best photo, but shares the story.

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Wish these were in my yard.
[ at the temple ]

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Seeing this sweet face via email that I don’t get to see in person for almost another year. (Okay, so this was just yesterday. :) )

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Birthday dinner. My dad, sister and her daughter all have the same birthday.

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Eating the fruits of our labor.

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And the birthday cake.

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Great things in the mail from Simple Stories and Two Peas.

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And that about sums it up. :)

Karen - May 27, 2014 - 3:50 pm

Beautiful pictures! I keep forgetting that you’re LDS too. Which temple is that? It’s so hard to tell the new ones apart. Oh, and your “Sister Bradford” definitely has that cheerful missionary glow. :-)

Kerri - May 27, 2014 - 4:07 pm

Thanks Karen!
And that’s the Bountiful temple. :)

Kirsten - May 28, 2014 - 6:10 am

My husband was just talking about Cactus Cooler and how much he needs one! I didn’t know they still made it!
Oh, and I think we need the recipe for that cake!
Thanks for the beautiful photos!

craziness.

Hey all!

Just popping in to say that I really do exist. Life has just been super crazy this week. Hopefully some normality will resume shortly.

In the meantime, this was my office space yesterday and I so enjoyed finally ‘getting out.’ :)

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Robin Gibson - May 22, 2014 - 9:53 am

What a lovely ‘office’! :)
I too, got to enjoy some outside time here! Soooo nice before the heat & humidity strike! Very excited for Monday!

Lorrie - May 22, 2014 - 9:12 pm

Beautiful Dog! and I love the toenails lol….

Kerri - May 22, 2014 - 9:29 pm

Hey…you weren’t suppose to notice those.
Obviously there’s been no time for pedis either. ;)

Starts Monday

In case you didn’t realize what time of May it is….

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And you can save $5 on the class price if you sign up by Monday.

Tammy Davis - May 17, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Yea! Finally!

CarlajinAR - May 19, 2014 - 5:54 am

Can’t wait

Scale Tool? Workin’ Cool.

There was one thing that really bothered me about the Scale tool in the previous Studio software.

It didn’t work right. 

If you were to rotate a square 45 degrees and change the width, rather than it changing horizontally–from side to side, it still looked at it in that square form and would change it on the diagonal like this:

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Soooooo frustrating!

But now? If you change the width of a rotated square, you know what you get?

A diamond shape! Yahoo!

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I’m beyond thrilled that Scale now works as it should!

elated.

truly.

On that note, have a wonderful weekend! :)

Lynette Ballard - May 16, 2014 - 5:54 am

Oh that is exciting! I had heard a lot of complaints about the new version, and downloaded it without realizing everything had changed. I was worried, and didn’t even touch it for a couple weeks. I finally got brave yesterday, and actually it’s not so bad! I love now that all the cut settings (including choosing cut lines) can be done in one window. SO much better than having to remember to switch windows five times before cutting! Keep these posts coming of the new stuff, because I feel like in some ways, it really is a brand new program!

Penne Beckett - May 16, 2014 - 8:55 am

I have not upgraded yet. I need to do my classes and wasn’t sure if I should upgrade.

Kerri - May 16, 2014 - 9:24 am

If you’re still working on classes, I would remain in the previous version if you want to have a parallel learning experience. I actually have both versions on my Mac, so I can switch between both. The newer version–second release of it–has been working okay for me, but I know it’s still got its quirkiness and other people have still been having bigger issues like the program crashing and stuff.

Eventually classes will be updated, but it’s going to take quite a bit of time. The generalness of the program does remain the same between versions though. Just some enhancements and visual differences have been added.

Penne Beckett - May 16, 2014 - 9:36 am

Thanks, I will do the old, then update later.

Love You To The Moon And Back

I can’t believe we are now half way through May. It’s felt more like March this past week and will feel more like June later this week. Can I just be set with some constant lovely 70s weather for a while? None of this extreme weather on both ends of the spectrum?

70s are my favorite. :)

We have a bit of loveliness coming from Naomi today.

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[ Design | Say What (title) ]


Love the wispy, ethereal  with a hint of vintage look. Perfect for that phrase! Naomi used the title really big, cut it from white, and inked it with a small gold ink pad.

gorgeous.


Now, I’m off to finish wrapping up the Here There Everywhere class!

LisaM6 - May 15, 2014 - 2:03 pm

That is so cute. Love the use of the gold on the white. Wonderfully done.

printing + color profiles

First and foremost, let me start off by saying I am in no way an expert when it comes to all things Photoshop/Elements and printing. :)

But for some time my photos were printing on the yellow side. And this is strange because my Epson Photo Stylus 1400 printer tends to not print yellow. It’s been something I’ve dealt with for years–always having to clean my print heads because the yellow gets clogged up.

Well, not too long ago I decided to figure out what was going on. I brought my camera-shootin’ photo-printin’ daughter down to see if we couldn’t figure it out. She always says, ‘Let Photoshop handle the color, not the printer.’ Well, that’s all fine and dandy, but even when I had it set for PS to handle the color, it was still yellow.

She was looking at things and when I asked her about the Printer Profile box. This is what it was set as:

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And I believe it just always defaults to that. I’ve never changed it and it seems like that’s what it’s always said, but I could be wrong. You would think I was wrong if my printer used to print correctly. And now that I think about it, I remember doing an update on the printer driver, maybe it changed then.

Aaaaaaanyway, Kass said, ‘Oh yeah. That could definitely be the problem. You need to make sure that you have that set to same paper that you’re using.’

That would be Epson Premium Lustre Photo Paper…otherwise listed as:

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(Make sure that the Color Handling is set to Photoshop to get the drop-down box.)


Did you happen to hear the angels singing last week? Yeah, that’s when this bit o’ magic occurred. Correct printing on the left, bad printing on the right.

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Just look at the difference in the tomatoes and basil alone! So much cleaner and brighter! I was soooo happy, you have no idea.

And in case you are wondering about whether or not this happens in Photoshop Elements? The answer is yes! Here’s where you can find it. When you go into the Print screen, select More Options down on the bottom and it will bring up this dialog box where you can then select Color Management.

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Make sure you change the Color Handling to Photoshop Elements and then go select the paper type you are using for your photos under Printer Profile.


So there you have it. My little amateur printing tip for the day.

I just wished I would have realized it was set incorrectly sooner. :)

 

Sandy Evans - May 13, 2014 - 10:07 am

You never cease to amaze me Kerri…

Tania K - May 13, 2014 - 2:03 pm

So there are different profiles for the PAPER you use. I thought that the printer would automatically select the correct profile when you select the paper type!

Kerri - May 13, 2014 - 2:52 pm

You know, that would seem quite logical, wouldn’t it? I don’t know if there’s a setting I’m missing for it to do that or what. Like I say–amateur here. :)

Cynthia - May 15, 2014 - 6:04 am

Wow, what a difference in the photos, thanks so much for sharing…I will keep this in mind…

sherrygrove - May 17, 2014 - 2:32 pm

thanks, Kerri! I wasn’t unhappy with the color on my printed photos, but the discrepancy bugged me from time to time! Anxious to see how my color prints look now that I’ve changed the settings.

Lida - July 16, 2014 - 7:53 am

That could have been my problem a few years ago, my Epson rx600 printer kept printing redder than it should. Instead of checking the color management like you and your daughter did. I traded it in for another model. Problem was fixed but probably not way it should have been. Wish I knew, now I know! Thanks for posting this.

Collegiate Decisions.

This is an exciting time of year for a few certain 17 + 18 year old kids.  A little thing called graduation just may be right around the corner. In addition to that?

Choosing a college.

Such an important decision. What do they want to do for the rest of their lives? What place will provide the best education…or the best entertainment? So many things to factor in. Sometimes It’s not the easiest of choices either.

I love what Laura has done here to capture her daughter’s collegiate choice. Scoping out the campus and writing up the reasons why she’s excited to go. I  love this idea! 

KBS_LauraVegas_HelloUOP_spreadKBS_LauraVegas_HelloUOP_page1aKBS_LauraVegas_HelloUOP_page2a[ DesignsLet's Go (hello), Happy Stuff (you make my heart sing), Weathered Door [All] (UOP), Need Directions? (arrow), Storyboard #6 (template) ]

Besides the way she created her titles, I think the photo spread is one of my favorite parts about this. I love that there’s a collage of great photos on the school on the right and it extends over to a large photo on the left.  It almost looks like a magazine spread. So clean, yet so fun!

Here’s what Laura has to say:

My oldest daughter, Alyssa, is graduating from high school in just three short weeks. I still can’t wrap my head around that, let alone the fact that she’ll be headed off to college in a few short months. The entire college process was a big part of Alyssa’s senior year. And while it was a hard process at times, in the end it came down to an easy decision for her. I wanted to document her college choice and how she came to decide on the amazing college that she will be spending her next 4 years at.

Kerri has so many fabulous brush-script handwritten words available in her recent kits, and I knew that I wanted to incorporate a few of those into my title. I played around with at least 27 versions of a title for this layout, trying out a mix of words and phrases from many different kits. It finally dawned on me that the “you make my heart sing”, from Kerri’s Happy Stuff kit, was the perfect subtitle to use, as Alyssa is attending college as a music major. I loved the idea of the large “hello”, and then adding her college choice directly after it. I used the Weathered Door alphas to spell out her college choice, UOP (University of the Pacific). I also wanted to include some photos of the college, but didn’t have any of my own to pull from. So I did a Google search for images, and used those to create a collage using a template from Kerri’s Storyboard #6 kit.


Fabulous job, Miss Laura!

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And speaking of our kids, I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day! My two oldest that are in the area came to church with me instead of going to their singles wards with all the other youngsters.  And Kass gave me this card.

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Hey, if it’s said in style, it’s okay. :)

And then after dinner with Dan’s parents, this was the highlight of my day.

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A 90-minute video chat with my girl in Florida. It was the first time I’ve gotten to see her talk in five months. We’ve chatted via email and we have had a couple phone conversations for various reasons (you don’t usually get to call), so this was a real treat. I won’t get another one of these until Christmas. She shared tons of stories and we had lots of laughter–the kind where you just can’t stop. It was so much fun. She’s doing great and loves the people she is serving there in Florida.

I’m sure Christmas will be upon us before we even know it…time is just flying by so fast! Not that I’m wishing for it to be here already, mind you. :) I just can’t believe we are already in the middle of May!

And in case you’re wondering how we got Jordy-girl up on the big screen there, we have an iPad and Apple TV. The two can do what’s called AirPlay which means you can wirelessly play whatever is on your iPad through the Apple TV, which is connected to the television. Pretty awesome! So we sat the iPad next to the tv so she could see all four of us lounging around on the couches and talking. Gotta love technology. :)


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A couple more things:  

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First, the Here There Everywhere class starts one week from today! Oh my heck! If you wanted to save $5 on the class price, this is your last chance to do it. It won’t be on sale again for a while.  We’ll be learning all sorts of tips and tricks to utilize Studio to your advantage to create your own travel album.

And second, f you’re tuning in for the ‘Color Profile’ post that I mentioned would be here today on Facebook this weekend, I’m a space cadet and forgot I had this post from Laura scheduled today. Color Profile talk….tomorrow. :)

Ruth G - May 12, 2014 - 10:09 am

Laura, you always knows how to do it up right! Great layout! I always love how you have “compartments” for everything! The effect is fabulous! And then I love your subjects, too! How fun that you used pictures from the internet to fill out your page (I am glad I’m not the only one!)Thanks so much for sharing, Laura!
Kerri, I’m so glad to hear that you had a great Mother’s Day, including getting a chance to chat with your missionary! It’s nice when special things happen on special days!!! I called my Mom and it was really nice to be able to talk to her (she’s in Idaho and I’m in Illinois – she moved away when I was expecting my oldest, but it’s nice to be able to spend time checking in with her, especially on Mother’s Day.)
Have a great week!