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Four on the Fourth

Four years ago today was a very exciting and monumental day for me. I remember it well. Not only did that day we have lightning hit right by our house–at 5 a.m.–knocking out two televisions and a cable box, but it was the very first time I sold a kit.

Which leads me to this big event for today.

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Can you believe it’s been FOUR years already? It seems like I only started this last year.

It’s crazy!

But before we get this party started, it’s time for a bit of pause and reflection, because that’s what you do on birthdays when you get older. I don’t usually wax philosophical, but on a day like today, it’s called for, right?

I had so many questions that went through my head in the summer of 2010.
   Will this business work?
   Will people actually buy something from little ol’ me?
   Will it become a business that I hoped it can be?
   Can I really do this?

It’s a giant leap of faith to do something like this when you know that you need to help support your family and you don’t have a regular monthly paycheck coming in.

But I always go with my gut, and it was telling me:

Yes. Do this. Do it now.

I still consider myself grateful every single day that I’m able to do what I do. I have been so very fortunate to be able to work from home, particularly in today’s world. The first six year’s of marriage and the birth of three children were not that way though as I worked full-time at WordPerfect during that time. After a three year working hiatus, in 1997, I found myself in the world of scrapbooking. Who knew it would turn into what it has now–both in the industry and for myself. Having the opportunity to help provide for my family and work at home was a blessing. One that I’ve never taken for granted.

It’s not always been easy. Try having a deadline to create a Cricut cartridge, having pretty much a full-time job already creating scrapbook pages for Lisa Bearnson+QVC, and not knowing a thing about Illustrator. Talk about trial by fire! But having the opportunity was truly a serendipitous moment. Previous plans that were canceled while at CHA in Chicago in 2005 led me to dinner with old friends from Provo Craft–Desiree Tanner and Heather Lancaster. If it wasn’t for their faith in me and running into them that night, who knows where I would be.

I believe, everything happens for a reason. 

It may not be done in the best of ways or it may be done in a serendipitous way. We may not always know ‘the plan’, but there’s always a reason.

I’m happy, here and now. 

I’m thrilled that so many of you have been there to support me as friends in this crazy adventure and have been with me all these years–even before little ol’ KBS came into existence. I have made so many new friends and continue to be amazed by all of your wonderful spirits.

It’s been an amazing ride and I hope for many more years to come!

Now let’s get this party started!

But wait…first things first. Just so you know, I only do a sale like this one maybe once or twice a year. So if you wanted to stock up on kits or classes, now would be the time! Also, during these fun party weeks, the Class Extras are available for sale, so if you wanted them but didn’t need to take the class? Now’s your chance. You can find them in the store.

The sale ends Sunday.

We are going to have an exciting week full of inspiration from the KBS Creative Team! But first, I think we should start this party off with a bang! Because you know how I like to give things away….

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A giveaway of FIVE $25 gift cards
to spend on whatever tickles your fancy!

Here’s how to enter.
Contest ends at midnight Tuesday night.
Good luck!

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Pat - August 4, 2014 - 3:38 am

Happy 4th Birthday!!!

Marilyn Bronson - August 4, 2014 - 4:17 am

Happy 4th Birthday and thank you for all the inspiration and teaching me to use my Silhouette. I’m actually getting pretty good!

angela - August 4, 2014 - 4:19 am

Happy 4th Birthday! from Angela in Indy

Carla Crosby - August 4, 2014 - 5:08 am

Love your products and have enjoyed your classes…you rock girlie~

JeannieD - August 4, 2014 - 5:29 am

Congrats!

Jan - August 4, 2014 - 5:42 am

Congrats on 4 years! So glad you went with your gut.

Donna Hooper - August 4, 2014 - 5:46 am

Just dropping by to say hi – all the way from New Zealand!

Donna Silber - August 4, 2014 - 5:46 am

Happy Birthday!

Donna Silber - August 4, 2014 - 5:47 am

I’m Donna and I grew up in England, moved to Chicago, then Orlando, then Boston and now San Antonio!

Lequinta - August 4, 2014 - 5:52 am

Happy Birthday! Just in time for my new adventure with my new Silhouette!

Karen Snyder - August 4, 2014 - 6:03 am

Happy 4th Birthday! Love your work and your designs and your blog! Congratulations!!

Karen Snyder
Plano, Texas

Jaci Nash - August 4, 2014 - 6:15 am

Happy 4th Birthday!! I love your site and your work.
Jaci Nash
White Bear Lake, MN

Danita Rasmussen - August 4, 2014 - 6:15 am

Congratulations on your 4th year! You bring a wealth of knowledge and happiness to the world. Thanks!!!

Sue Alg - August 4, 2014 - 6:23 am

Congrats and thanks for the chance to win. Taken many of your online courses and have most of your “This and That” kits. Keep it up.

TracyM #6773 - August 4, 2014 - 6:23 am

HAPPY 4th Birthday Kerri!!!
Tracy Moloney checking in from Victoria, Australia :)
THANK YOU for sharing your birthday celebrations with us!!!

joan feeney - August 4, 2014 - 6:27 am

I purchased the classes and due to my own time constraints I have only taken one. They are chock full of information and point of views on how to approach the silhouette and manage your file. I can’t wait to dive into the next class!

Denise Bryant - August 4, 2014 - 6:27 am

Congrats on 4 years!
Denise from Penn Valley, CA

Robin - August 4, 2014 - 6:35 am

HaPpY BiRtHdAy!! Thanks for your years of awsomeness!

Rachel - August 4, 2014 - 6:41 am

Congrats on the anniversary!

Angie Coleman - August 4, 2014 - 6:41 am

Happy 4th Birthday! Your creativity and talents are so generously shared with us all! I love to visit your blog and get totally inspired. Your classes have taught me more about the Silhouette than I ever thought I would know. Thanks, Kerri!

Caroline M. - August 4, 2014 - 6:44 am

Big thanks for all you share. You are awesome !!

Theresa - August 4, 2014 - 6:48 am

Congratulations on 4 years! I was recently re-organizing some of my scrapping supplies – especially my cricut cartridges and saw that the Graphically Speaking cartridge was designed by you. How did I not know that???? What rock have I been under? I use that cartridge quite a bit for my PL pages.
Theresa from Ohio

Jacquie Desilets - August 4, 2014 - 6:52 am

Happy 4th Anniversary Kerri!

Cindy K - August 4, 2014 - 6:57 am

Happy 4th Kerri!! So glad your path led you here! You are so talented and have always shared your talents and knowledge to help others so generously. Bask in this milestone for just a little bit!

Tina - August 4, 2014 - 7:10 am

Happy birthday!

Sally - August 4, 2014 - 7:12 am

I am so glad you took that leap of faith and followed your gut! Happy 4th Birthday!
Sally- Woods Cross, Utah

Amy C. - August 4, 2014 - 7:17 am

Amy from Indianapolis, IN

Melissa M. - August 4, 2014 - 7:40 am

Happy 4th birthday! Love your blog

Susan R - August 4, 2014 - 7:43 am

Excited about your giveaway. Love your stuff!

LindaH - August 4, 2014 - 7:44 am

Congrats on four years–and best wishes for many more! One of the best conferences I ever attended was at WordPerfect–my first visit to Utah. Sent from Se Wisconsin.

Debbie J. :) - August 4, 2014 - 7:45 am

Fabulous!! Happy 4th!!

katie Jones - August 4, 2014 - 7:45 am

Happy 4th birthday! I’m so glad that you made that decision and decided to share your talents with us! I just love popping by your blog each day to see what you have here. I’ve learned so much from you!!!

Gaby - August 4, 2014 - 7:53 am

Congratulations!!!!!

Julie C - August 4, 2014 - 7:54 am

Happy Birthday!!! Thanks for sharing all you do…I can only imagine what your 4th year will bring…definitely looking forward to it!

LauraM - August 4, 2014 - 7:55 am

Thanks for the giveaway!
Park Ridge, IL

christi in ma - August 4, 2014 - 7:55 am

Happy Birthday! Here’s to many more!!!

Liz Lumsden - August 4, 2014 - 7:57 am

Happy happy joy joy on your 4th birthday!

Patty G. - August 4, 2014 - 7:59 am

Congratulations bon 4 successful years! Graphically Speaking was my favorite Cricut cartridge! I’ve been buying from you from the beginning. Love your style!
Patty G. From New Jersey

Jenna Hipps - August 4, 2014 - 8:03 am

This is going to be fun!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway and the discount in your store. YAY!!

Jenna Hipps - August 4, 2014 - 8:05 am

Happy 4th Birthday! Thanks for the giveaways!!

Nashonne Newman - August 4, 2014 - 8:09 am

Nashonne, saying ‘Happy Birthday KBS’ from Crete, IL

Lydia - August 4, 2014 - 8:10 am

Happy Anniversary! Owning a business is a scary venture but sooo rewarding! Congratulations!

PaulaJean Kirby - August 4, 2014 - 8:11 am

Happy Birthday!!! Love, love your work/designs!! Huge fan!!!

Robin - August 4, 2014 - 8:17 am

Happy 4th! So glad you took that chance. I’m from San Antonio, Texas.

Judy - August 4, 2014 - 8:20 am

HBD!
Judy Rakes
Westminster, CO

Kirsten - August 4, 2014 - 8:23 am

I’m here often and enjoy your entire site, so thank you for being around for 4 years! Congrats!

Jane - August 4, 2014 - 8:25 am

Congratulations!

Nicole - August 4, 2014 - 8:36 am

Nicole
Pinehurst, NC

Kim H - August 4, 2014 - 8:37 am

Kim H
Ft. Leavenworth, KS

I am such a huge fan of you and your work. Happy Birthday!!!

Jeannie L - August 4, 2014 - 8:37 am

Congrats and Happy 4th! I’ve been a fan since I found you through Nichol.

Greetings from hot & humid Singapore!
Jeannie

Ruth G - August 4, 2014 - 8:38 am

Ruth from suburban Chicago here wishing Kerri Bradford Studio a very happy fourth birthday!

Cindy Trimble - August 4, 2014 - 8:38 am

Congrats! Love your style!

LauraJean - August 4, 2014 - 8:48 am

Happy Happy Fouth! Love your work and thanks for the sale!

Samantha Clark - August 4, 2014 - 8:54 am

Hi! Cindy Trimble sent me here, and I’m excited too be here. Thanks!

Melitta Ball - August 4, 2014 - 8:58 am

Your work is amazing and congratulations on your 4th Anniversary!!
Many Blessings,
Melitta

Dolly - August 4, 2014 - 9:00 am

Happy Birthday KBS….I love ya’! you’re stylish and fun and one of my, and my Silhouette’s Best buds! and you always know the right things to say!! You ROCK!

Carla Hundley - August 4, 2014 - 9:01 am

Carla from Utah

Dolly - August 4, 2014 - 9:02 am

Oh that was from Dolly in BC. I was just so excited to say happy Birthday I got ahead of myself! LOL

Renee G - August 4, 2014 - 9:05 am

Happy Birthday so happy that you started your business. I have used so many of your designs and given away many of the printer trays of”This and That”. Keep up the good work and hope you have many more years creating for us!

Pam K - August 4, 2014 - 9:07 am

Happy 4th Birthday – congratulations on a successful venture! I’m Pam K from La Mesa, CA

Tricia - August 4, 2014 - 9:21 am

HAPPY B-DAY KBS! :)

Kimberly Goon - August 4, 2014 - 9:23 am

Kimberly Goon from Las Vegas Nevada!

Kendra - August 4, 2014 - 9:27 am

Congratulations on four years! I know running your own business is a ton of work but you do a great job. I wish you all the success in the future.

Diane - August 4, 2014 - 9:27 am

Happy Birthday, Keri!! Love your work and your generousity!

Kelli Wells - August 4, 2014 - 9:36 am

Happy Birthday! So glad 4 years ago you took the plunge!!

Gisele - August 4, 2014 - 9:38 am

My friend Kristine Davidson shared me your Instagram post, as I am a newbie to Silhouette Cameo. Can’t wait to create but 1st need some classes! :)

Lynette Ballard - August 4, 2014 - 9:39 am

That’s super exciting that you’ve been doing this for 4 years! Wow! Lynette Ballard, Hurricane UT

Brenda - August 4, 2014 - 9:43 am

Brenda
Dove Canyon, CA

Happy Birthday!! I have several of your kits and love them!!

Missy - August 4, 2014 - 9:47 am

Happy Birthday KBS!!

Rockwall, TX

Lisa P - August 4, 2014 - 9:59 am

congrats on 4 years. That is quite a bit of work and a great accomplishment. I am newer to Silhouette but have already been checking your stuff out. So fun!

Cherri - August 4, 2014 - 10:03 am

Happy Birthday KBS. Thanks for all your silhouette help.

Gwen Lords - August 4, 2014 - 10:03 am

Congrats Kerri! I’m glad you followed your gut and started this, I love your designs!

Renee - August 4, 2014 - 10:06 am

Congratulations on 4 years! You are a talented designer! I’ve taken several of your classes and will add to my collection. Thanks for this sale!!

Kathy W - August 4, 2014 - 10:20 am

Happy 4th Birthday!

Michele Swanberg - August 4, 2014 - 10:27 am

Congratulations on four years of KBS! Wishing you continued success!

Linda Craig - August 4, 2014 - 10:41 am

Happy four years. I’m from PA and taken several of your classes

michele - August 4, 2014 - 10:54 am

happy birthday kerri!!! :)

Stephanie H. - August 4, 2014 - 11:15 am

Happy 4th birthday! And congrats on all the success!

Jeanne B - August 4, 2014 - 11:17 am

Happy Birthday! Love your blog and your products.

Tanya H - August 4, 2014 - 11:23 am

Tanya from OKC here … congrats, Kerri! :) I’ve been here with you from the beginning and I can’t thank you enough for all the great tutorials, advice, freebies and just being super cool and sharing yourself with us! :) I’m so grateful for you responding to my emails with questions, or comments on FB over the years. Keep up the fantastic work! You are one amazing woman, and we all love ya!! :)

Sarah A - August 4, 2014 - 11:36 am

Sarah from Bolingbrook, Illinois, hoping to win and wishing you congrats, Kerri! I’m so glad you took that leap, ’cause now we have all your goodness available at one site!

Tiffany H - August 4, 2014 - 11:51 am

Happy 4th Anniversary!

Mona - August 4, 2014 - 12:04 pm

Congratulations Kerri, I so enjoy your site and the classes I’ve taken have been wonderful. Thanks for all you do. Mona from Florida

[…] 3. Speaking of Miss Bradford, it’s her studio’s fourth birthday! I’m always in love with Kerri’s creativity–her designs are always my favorite. EVERYTHING in her store is 30% off until Sunday. Yep–EVERYTHING! Go here to shop and use coupon “birthday4.” Plus hurry over now and enter a big giveaway! […]

3kidmama - August 4, 2014 - 12:10 pm

Happy Birthday, KBS!

scrapchick/Carrie - August 4, 2014 - 12:20 pm

Happy Anniversary! Thanks for the chance!

Judy Stiles - August 4, 2014 - 12:21 pm

Happy 4th Birthday …. and many more to come!!

Jeanene - August 4, 2014 - 12:23 pm

Happy Birthday! I’m so glad that I found KBS!

Laura T. - August 4, 2014 - 12:25 pm

Happy 4th Birthday! Just LOVE your designs.

Kathleen S. - August 4, 2014 - 12:30 pm

Thanks for the party, Kerri! You’ve certainly made a success of your jump into uncertainty. Glad you took the challenge!

dolly - August 4, 2014 - 12:30 pm

Happy happy 4th birthday!

Angie - August 4, 2014 - 12:33 pm

Happy 4th Birthday. Lino Lakes, MN

JJ Palmer - August 4, 2014 - 12:35 pm

Happy Happy Birthday!

Marcy - August 4, 2014 - 12:35 pm

Oh my!!! 4 already!!! Congrats!!! Can’t wait to see what the future holds! Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent with those of us who are somewhat challenged and need just a little push/inspiration… xoxo, marcy e.

Beth M - August 4, 2014 - 12:38 pm

Thanks for taking the plunge 4 years ago!

Natalie (QSOgirl) - August 4, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Happy birthday! So glad you’re doing this, too! You’ve taught me so much.

Natalie S, from Ellicott City, MD

Ann McKuin - August 4, 2014 - 12:42 pm

Happy 4 on the 4th! Thank you for making my Cameo fun to use

Melanie Jackson - August 4, 2014 - 12:43 pm

Happy B-day KBS!!! I love your style (Turquoise edition of PL) and your blog is always full of inspiration. Great job and keep it coming.

Sandie - August 4, 2014 - 12:43 pm

Congratulations and Happy Birthday!! I love your classes!

Cindy V. - August 4, 2014 - 12:44 pm

Happy Birthday to you! Love your projects and I NEED your classes!

Shirlee - August 4, 2014 - 12:44 pm

Fun!

"Cathy - August 4, 2014 - 12:45 pm

Happy Birthday KBS, and thank you for the opportunity to win!

hafida - August 4, 2014 - 12:46 pm

Happy birthday KBS !!!!

Lois - August 4, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Prizes, the staff of life

Sherry T. - August 4, 2014 - 12:48 pm

happy 4th…wishing you many more exciting ones…in a good way…LOL.

hafida - August 4, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Happy birthday KBS !!!

Carol S - August 4, 2014 - 12:49 pm

Happy Birthday Kerri – I’m so glad you stuck with it through the hard times!

Michelle M - August 4, 2014 - 12:55 pm

LOVE your products and classes Kerri!

Leslie S. - August 4, 2014 - 1:07 pm

Happy Birthday!! Congrats on your 4 years.

yolande k - August 4, 2014 - 1:15 pm

Joyeux Anniversaire Kerri !!! Longue continuation à ton blog !
Bises

Roxane F. - August 4, 2014 - 1:18 pm

Congrats from Roxane in Illinois

Rhadonda - August 4, 2014 - 1:19 pm

Happy Birthday!! Rhadonda Sterling, IL

Marcie - August 4, 2014 - 1:34 pm

Happy Birthday!!!!

Katherine McKamey - August 4, 2014 - 1:34 pm

Comgrats!!

Susan - August 4, 2014 - 1:42 pm

Happy Birthday! May the “4th” be with you!

April Joy - August 4, 2014 - 1:43 pm

Happy birthday!!

Deborah Northcutt - August 4, 2014 - 1:58 pm

Thank for the awesome giveway!!! Would love to win one!!!

Tiffany H - August 4, 2014 - 2:01 pm

Congrats and Happy Birthday!

Tiffany H
Louisiana

Cathleen - August 4, 2014 - 2:06 pm

Happy birthday! Cathleen, Atlanta, Georgia… And psst… how about a “let it snow” like the jingle all the way?! :)

Andrea D. - August 4, 2014 - 2:08 pm

Congratulations on your birthday. Thanks for sharing your creativity/inspiration with all of us.

Lara Read - August 4, 2014 - 2:16 pm

oh Happy Day! Congrats Kerri! I’m so glad it has worked out for you! Happy Bday! Lara in Pleasant Grove.

Barbara Wilbanks - August 4, 2014 - 2:27 pm

Greeting from near Atlanta, GA. Happy 4 years. Hope for many more. Love your Silhouette tutorials. They are the best!

Susan P - August 4, 2014 - 2:32 pm

Happy Birthday to you! Love everything you make – love all the Silhouette classes! Here’s to many more happy KBS years!

Doreen Dainard - August 4, 2014 - 2:58 pm

Happy 4th birthday and many more too come

Cindy Jacobs - August 4, 2014 - 2:58 pm

Congratulations on your success and thank you for all that you teach and share! Appreciate the chance to win!!!

Betsy - August 4, 2014 - 3:08 pm

Congratulations, Kerri! I’ve loved ALL of your classes and your blog. You are the one!

Kim Smith - August 4, 2014 - 3:11 pm

Hi Kerri *waves*. I’m Kim and I’m from Philadelphia, PA.

Happy Anniversary!!

Robin - August 4, 2014 - 3:13 pm

WHOO HOO! I already wished you Happy Birthday, but I’m happy to do it again! Cuz, I just ordered several kits from you, and I’m SO glad you had this sale, so I could do that! THANKS KERRI!
HaPpY BiRtHdAy!!!

Gild - August 4, 2014 - 3:19 pm

Happy Birthday! Hope you have many more. Gilda from Ontario.

Lynn M - August 4, 2014 - 3:22 pm

Congrats on 4 years! Love your blog and Friday Freebies!! :)

Cathy - August 4, 2014 - 3:28 pm

Hey, my basketball hoop was struck by lightning (which then traveled to my house) two weeks ago! Unfortunately, have a lot more damage than what you did. Finally got my fridge and dishwasher repaired the other day, yay! But it killed my silhouette :( still trying to get ins. $$ for it to get a new one. I’m so sad w/o it!

LaurieM - August 4, 2014 - 3:31 pm

Happy birthday! What a fun par-tay! Love your classes, love your style, love your files, love your giveaways! Thank you! Now….off to do some shopping! Woot!

Mickee - August 4, 2014 - 3:54 pm

Congratulations on this milestone day!

Carol W. - August 4, 2014 - 3:56 pm

Congratulations @ Happy Birthday KBS! Carol W. for Kyle, TX.

RPomeroy - August 4, 2014 - 3:59 pm

R Pomeroy
Coeur d’Alene, ID

Amy Coose - August 4, 2014 - 4:06 pm

What an amazing achievement! Congrats on growing such an awesome business.

Karen C - August 4, 2014 - 4:06 pm

Happy 4th birthday!

Alysia H - August 4, 2014 - 4:18 pm

Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your talents!

Tanya P. - August 4, 2014 - 4:48 pm

Tanya P.
Oley, PA

Julie B. - August 4, 2014 - 5:05 pm

Happy 4th Birthday!!

Tiff Firth - August 4, 2014 - 5:07 pm

you’re my first port of call for silhouette cut files. Your da BOMB.

happy birthday.

:)

Karen K - August 4, 2014 - 5:14 pm

I just love your blog and your work. Thanks for sharing and birthday congratulations .

vicki g\ - August 4, 2014 - 5:35 pm

Happy Birthday from San Antonio

Sherry107 - August 4, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Love your site and work!! So glad I found you!!!
sherry107

diane - August 4, 2014 - 5:43 pm

What a wonderful gift. Happy 4th.

Debbie S - August 4, 2014 - 5:43 pm

I love your website and designs! I hope to take advantage of your sale, but the gift card would sure help! HAPPY BIRTHDAY from South Carolina!

LaurieW - August 4, 2014 - 5:56 pm

Congratulations on 4 years- love your teaching style!!

Kristen V - August 4, 2014 - 6:10 pm

Happy Birthday! I’m from Kansas.

LouAnn V - August 4, 2014 - 6:28 pm

Happy Birthday!!

LouAnn from Chino, CA

Veronica Miller - August 4, 2014 - 6:33 pm

Happy, happy Birthday! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this week. Thanks for the fabulous sale!

SammyD - August 4, 2014 - 6:37 pm

A BIG Happy 4th Brithday!!!

Lauren - August 4, 2014 - 6:43 pm

Have been loving the classes! Happy Birthday!

Jackie Kraftchick - August 4, 2014 - 6:52 pm

I have absolutely loved the ThisandThat series – Happy 4th!!!

Nita K. - August 4, 2014 - 7:02 pm

Nita
Round Rock, TX

Kathleen D - August 4, 2014 - 7:23 pm

Happy Birthday Kerri! And congratulations for making your dream into a reality! Not everyone does that so “kudos” to you!

SuzannaL - August 4, 2014 - 7:27 pm

Happy birthday!! So awesome to celebrate with you all the way in Virginia!

Diane - August 4, 2014 - 7:32 pm

You made the right decision. Love your classes!!

Mindy - August 4, 2014 - 7:36 pm

Happy 4th Birthday!

Mindy H
Altoona, Iowa

Tammy Davis - August 4, 2014 - 7:55 pm

Love your classes and your products! I am so happy that you decided to do this!

Sandy - August 4, 2014 - 7:56 pm

Congrats on four successful years! We’re sure glad you went for it!

Tammy Davis - August 4, 2014 - 7:57 pm

Can’t edit my former post!
Tammy Davis
Altus, Oklahoma!

Kary - August 4, 2014 - 8:21 pm

A very happy 4th birthday–and many thanks for teaching me how to use my Silhouette!

Rebekah - August 4, 2014 - 9:07 pm

Happy Anniversary! You’re an amazing designer & teacher! Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

Gina Baj - August 4, 2014 - 9:18 pm

Happy Birthday!!! I love your shop and blog!!

LinhC - August 4, 2014 - 9:26 pm

Congrats from LinhC in Birmingham, AL

Roberta - August 4, 2014 - 10:27 pm

Love your giveaways!

Roberta - August 4, 2014 - 10:29 pm

Love your giveaways in sunny Seattle!

Lois - August 4, 2014 - 11:33 pm

Happy Anniversary – thanks so much for sharing your time and your talents with all of us. Truly!

Laura - August 5, 2014 - 12:10 am

Congrats!! Love your blog and classes!

Brenda Howell - August 5, 2014 - 12:31 am

Congrats!!!!
Brenda Howell
Concord CA

Tara M - August 5, 2014 - 12:42 am

Congratulations Kerri!

Nina Chow - August 5, 2014 - 1:31 am

Happy B day. love your files

Karen Walker - August 5, 2014 - 5:33 am

Happy Birthday! I’ll be back to shop later this week!

Janet - August 5, 2014 - 5:35 am

Congratulations on all this awesomeness!

Cindy - August 5, 2014 - 6:00 am

Cindy
Oshkosh,WI

Penny Grimsley - August 5, 2014 - 6:12 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! YOU ARE AMAZINGLY TALENTED AND FUN! THANKS FOR BRIGHTENING ALL OF OUR SCRAPPY LIVES WITH YOUR CREATIVE GOODNESS.

Marcia Dehn-Nix - August 5, 2014 - 6:26 am

Happy Birthday from Minnesota!

Barbara - August 5, 2014 - 6:30 am

Happy Birthday!! I am so happy I found your blog and classes.

Kim - August 5, 2014 - 6:33 am

Happy Birthday! I love your products. Hope you have many, many more Birthday’s to come.

Kim - August 5, 2014 - 6:35 am

Forgot to say I’m from SW Florida!

Suz - August 5, 2014 - 8:25 am

Happy 4th birthday!
Suz in Washington

Margie Visnick - August 5, 2014 - 8:44 am

Margie Visnick Humboldt, TN

Michelle - August 5, 2014 - 8:47 am

Happy birthday!!!!!

Deneen - August 5, 2014 - 8:55 am

Thanks Kerri! I love everything you make :) Congrats on an idea turned into a wonderful business!

Lisa Posthumus - August 5, 2014 - 9:00 am

So glad you took the leap and started your business. Happy 4th birthday.

Carla Hoffner - August 5, 2014 - 9:45 am

Hey Happy Birthday KBS!! Love all your kits. I have been a fan of your work since your days with Lisa on QVC! Happy day and many more!! You just keep getting better!

Tasha - August 5, 2014 - 9:58 am

Happy Birthday, KBS!!! Off to see what I can’t live without.

Kristine - August 5, 2014 - 10:58 am

Happy Happy Birthday!!!

Amber M. - August 5, 2014 - 11:22 am

Happy birthday, KBS!!! Love your stuff … keep it coming :) Very inspiring that you went for your dream – way to go!!!!!

Bernice J - August 5, 2014 - 11:34 am

Bernice J from Alberta, Canada

Kristy - August 5, 2014 - 11:44 am

Happy 4th Birthday!! Love your products!!

betty lou - August 5, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Happy 4th from Betty Lou in Gainesville, TX!!!

Chrissy - August 5, 2014 - 12:59 pm

Congratulations from Chrissy! I am Colorado born and raised :)

Deb Lucero - August 5, 2014 - 1:43 pm

AND I’m so glad you started your business. Your designs are all over my scrapbooks!

Debbie D - August 5, 2014 - 1:50 pm

Debbie, from San Jose Ca. Love your products and classes! Happy Birthday!

mitchmac - August 5, 2014 - 2:14 pm

Happy Birthday and thanks for such an awesome giveaway!

Ana Cabotaje - August 5, 2014 - 2:43 pm

Happy birthday! More power to you!

Jennifer Freedman - August 5, 2014 - 4:06 pm

Congratulations on four great years, and here’s to many, many more!

Pam A - August 5, 2014 - 4:16 pm

Happy Birthday Kerri. I love all of your classes and files and can’t wait to see what you come up with next… Perhaps a class with all of the updates and changes to DE and the new mat that you scan???

Youngmi - August 5, 2014 - 4:47 pm

Happy Birthday from Boston!

Debbie - August 5, 2014 - 6:35 pm

Happy 4th birthday KBS! Love your kits Kerr. :-)

Debbie - August 5, 2014 - 6:39 pm

Happy Birthday!! Awesome giveaway!!!!

Lee - August 5, 2014 - 6:49 pm

Congrats on 4 years! Lee from Michigan!

Paula B - August 5, 2014 - 9:06 pm

I wanna win! I love all your stuff Kerri. Congratulations on 4 years. Please continue making great designs!

Shirlee - August 5, 2014 - 9:54 pm

Happy 4th Birthday! You are one of my favorite artists Kerri and your website is the best. Thank you for all you do for your followers!

DianeB - August 5, 2014 - 11:20 pm

My name is DianeB and I am from central valley California.

Tracy Bohman - August 5, 2014 - 11:51 pm

Happy Birthday, Thanks for teaching me so much

Friday Freebie • Going There

The summer of the Friday Freebie continues with a travel-themed freebie….a sort of continuation, if you will, of the Beautiful Somewhere  kit that was released on Tuesday this week.

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To download this–forever free–click HERE.


Of course, this can be used for soooo much more than something travel-themed. You could use it for positive affirmation, going to an event…anything. You could even add other specific words about where there is. :)

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and…

….be sure to tune in Monday because there’s some fun stuff going on next week! 

Christina C - August 1, 2014 - 8:54 am

Thank you for the freebie! I think I will use it for my daughter’s move in day at college!

Lara - August 1, 2014 - 10:34 am

Thank you! super awesome as always.

Hey it looks like you are working on campy type of stuff, i’d love it if you included a cute little cabin your camping kit :)

yolande k - August 1, 2014 - 1:56 pm

Merci beaucoup Kerry pour ce freebie !
Bises

Barbara - August 1, 2014 - 8:27 pm

Thank you!!

Marilyn - August 2, 2014 - 8:44 am

Thank you!

Maggie Massey, Part Deux

Maggie Massey is still here at the KBS house and is sharing some delicious stuff for ‘breakfast.’ :)

Take a look at this yummy album!

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[ DesignsWeathered Door Alphabet / Find Joy in the Ordinary / Tiny Details (tags) ]


I think the way Maggie incorporated the Tiny Details cards is genius! Love how she made a flip card with them! And I also adore the way she cut the giant number outlines and overlaid them onto her photos. It’s just fan-freakin’-tastic!


Here’s what Maggie has to say:

I love making albums and pages that include photos of my kids and their favorite things “right now.” They love looking back on these projects and seeing just what they were loving at the time…(and they often can’t believe they actually liked what they liked…). For this little album I found photos I took of each of the kids on the 4th of July. I added their ages directly onto each photo using the Weathered Door Alphabet and then printed them out at 5″x5″.

I absolutely adore the “Tiny Details” cards…so I sized them to 5″ high and printed out the ones I wanted to use for my project. I journaled on the backs of each card and added them to my photos with washi tape…creating little doors over part of each of the photos.

I cut the “Find Joy in the Ordinary” title with my Silhouette and cut off the “Find Joy” from the rest to use as my album title. I embossed these words with some white embossing powder to make them a little more sturdy…and then I added them to a piece of vellum.

For me, the best part of using digital files in my work is that I can change the sizes, shapes & colors of the elements I use. I mean, really? Is there anything better than being able to use the designs you love over and over in a million different ways?

 

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Thank you so much for coming on over to my house Miss Maggie and sharing your talents.
It’s been absolutely delightful having you here!

Barbara - July 31, 2014 - 9:58 pm

Love it – Now I have a good use for Washi Tape!! Thanks for the cool idea!

julie - August 2, 2014 - 6:38 pm

I loved this little book, the hidden numbers and interactiveness….so cute and fun!

Julie

[…] Last week Miss Maggie Massey came to visit my ‘house’, and now, I need to clean out a room because she is movin’ in and here to stay! […]

Knock. Knock. Who’s There?

There’s another guest knocking at the KBS door! Let’s open it up and see who it is….

….well hellllooooooo Maggie Massey!!!


Soooo excited to have you here visiting us!

I have to admit, I’m only a fairly recent Maggie ’diehard’ for an–I don’t want to say odd reason, but it’s funny how things happen. I, of course, knew who Maggie was because I’d seen her amazing work that she’d done for Heidi Swapp, but I don’t always make it out to Heidi’s site (or others) as often as I’d like. And when I do, I kind of do the ‘power look’. Love it when there are photos and can see a multitude of pretty things at once. :)

Enter Instagram.

Here’s another confession. I’m just barely getting into Instagram like I should. I actually created an account for my iPoud Touch waaaay back when it first started and then didn’t do anything with it until I decided to start a business one just a year ago. I know…I’m not exactly one to jump on the bandwagon of things and I’m still learning about it. I’m also not one to go Instagram hopping either (except for these past few days). It’s just I spend so much time on my computer that when I’m not working it’s nice not to look at the computer. Ya know what I mean Vern?

Meanwhile back at the ranch….

During the week leading up to National Scrapbook Day I’d participated in some craziness of the week with Big Picture Classes on Instagram–my first real soiree using Instagram–and I think that’s when Maggie first followed me, or at least that’s when I first noticed Maggie in my neck of the woods anyway. And being swept up in the craziness of the week, I followed her in return.

Like I say, it’s funny how things happen. I am sooooooo glad I clicked that little rectangle shaped +person button. I adore her work and I adore her! She just inspires me.

And now, she is here to inspire us all!

Take a look…

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[ Designs |  Life is Wonderful / Click (negative strips + love this) / Say What #4 (wow + that's kind of cool) / Urban Dictionary (selfie) ]

 

Just like the title says….wow is an understatement. I love everything about this page! Her collection of label printouts, the colored negative frames, the white background (go figure, right?)…it’s all just wrapped up into one bit of fabulousness!


Here’s what Miss Maggie has to say:

My kids and I recently conducted a “selfie photo shoot” at a local Baskin Robbins while enjoying some ice cream (I’m sure the staff and clientele were thrilled). So when I saw the film strip cuts in “Click”, I knew I had to use them. What better way to highlight a whole mess of photos?

I usually use white cardstock to cut designs on my Silhouette because I really enjoy using a variety of media to color them in. For the film strips and cut words I used Neocolor II crayons…they are totally easy to use and come in wonderful colors.  I’m LOVING greens and blues right now, so those were the crayons I chose here.

The coolest part? The next time I want to use these cut files I can cut them on white cardstock again and then make them pink…or yellow…or black…or all three. So fantastic.

 

sigh.

Lovely, yes?

yes. indeed.

Tune in tomorrow on account-a she’s ‘sleeping over’ and will have something fun to share for ‘breakfast’. ;)

 

Sarah - July 30, 2014 - 10:47 am

Yayayayay Maggie rocks so hard! Can’t wait to see all of the inspiration she brings, she’s amazing! xoxoxo

Jennifer Evans - July 30, 2014 - 11:00 am

Yeah Maggie! Love this page and love you girl!

Linda Beeson - July 30, 2014 - 3:20 pm

So in love with the adorable film strips, makes the layout so fun.

Stephanie Bryan, Part Deux and Two-Fer Tuesday

I think this should be entitled Three-Fer Tuesday, actually.

Did you ever see the Victor Borge bit where he tells the story and he ‘ups’ each ‘numbered’ word? It’s called Inflationary Language? So instead of saying toodaloo he says threedaloo? Very funny. I found the video….just a little entertainment for you HERE. We like saying threedaloo at our house. :)

Okay, back to business here….

Let’s start off with another beautiful page from our KBS company this week. Stephanie Bryan is here to show off some more dreamy stuff.

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[ Designs | Enjoy The Day / Tiny Details (chevron tag, yellow stars +
'everything here is wonderful') ]


Mint+grey….and white. One of my very favorite color schemes and Stephanie has done a fabulous job with it. Once again…so loving the layers of papers and accents combined with the photos and title next to it. And pay close attention to those layers of paper. The chevron design, subtitle and yellow star strip are all from Tiny Details. Love how she incorporated them in not the obvious way, creating patterns or subtitles for her page. Wonderful idea!

gorgeous.

I’m so glad you stopped by our little neck of the woods Stephanie! You’ve done an amazing job and we’re so happy to have had you here!

Be sure to check in tomorrow too, to see who’s knockin’ at the door. :)


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And now for the brand new kit for today. Just a few travel-themed 3×4 cards that would be great for Project Life. A mix of words and patterns…and the patterns signify movement or maps. You know, travel and all. :)

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Once again, these include the cut files so you can bring them into programs, like Silhouette Studio, and alter the colors to suit your needs.

I did have a little fun with the Beautiful Somewhere card. Not only could you use it printed–in whatever color you wanted really–but you can remove the speckles and then cut it out like this.

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And in Silhouette Studio you can move the images around to add photos if you like. Or, in the case of the Awesome card, there’s space already there and you can do something fun like this!

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Oh yeah.
I think that is pretty awesome. ;)

Lots of fun to be had with this kit!


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And now for the 2.99 kits for today….and today only.

Just some fun handwritten words for so many different occasions.


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The sale goes away at the end of the day. :)

Company’s Here!  Hellllloooo Stephanie Bryan!

I’ve been so excited for some special company that’s been ‘planning a trip’ to the home of KBS. And this is the week of their long-awaited arrival.

The first one we are greeting at the door? Wellllll…..

…let’s give a big hello to Stephanie Bryan!


I became a big fan of Stephanie’s when I first saw her amazing work as a Garden Girl earlier this year. Her pages are…well…I would say dreamy. She has such a lovely style. Everything looks so clean and stylish and dreamy. She’s a white background girl too…so of course that just speaks to me! That makes us BFFs right there. ;)

Here’s a gander at one of the beautiful pages she made using a KBS hand-written title.

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[ Designs | Happy Stuff (some kind of wonderful) ]


See what I mean about dreamy? How gorgeous is this page??? I love how Stephanie always has just the right touches for her pages. She does a lot of layering and it all comes together so beautifully!

Here’s what Stephanie has to say:

Die cut titles are my absolute favorite. There is nothing better than a few pretty words to add the final touches to a layout. I always love to cut out my words and titles on white card stock. Once they are cut, I can decide if I want to use them as they are, paint them or even emboss them to add a pop of color. When I set my Silhouette up to cut, I usually add as many words or titles as I can onto one page and then cut them out to have on hand. I have a cute little basket in my craft room full of words just waiting to be used!!

For this layout, I decided to use Kerri’s awesome titles as the main focus of my page. I cut it rather large so I could layer it next to my photos. I also decided to leave it as it was so the title would pop off of my patterned paper. You will also notice that I slightly overlapped my title/words with my photos.  I find that this helps to ground my images to my page and draws your eye to both the title and photos.


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So thrilled to have you come visit at ‘my house’ Miss Stephanie!
And I’m excited to show off more of that ‘Stephanie goodness’ tomorrow!

Dolly - July 28, 2014 - 7:24 am

So beautiful!! it’s simple yet Oh so pretty!

Nashonne - July 28, 2014 - 11:28 am

Great idea about just cutting a sheet of words/titles, to be used later. I also love the idea of die cutting in white and adding color other ways, more versatility. GREAT PAGE!!!

yolande k - July 28, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Magnifique !

Christmas In July • Christmas Cards

So, confession here. I always have good intentions of doing something with those Christmas cards that we get, yet each year they get filed away in a stack in a page protector.

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I love the photos I get each year and have a hard time just discarding them….so I don’t. But I’m not getting them into albums either.

Well, this great spread from Nichol has motivated me to do something with mine! While it’s a calmer and quieter time of year…it’s the perfect time to get it done! And using pocket pages? Makes it so much easier!

Take a look at what she did with hers.

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[ Designs | Hello December (3x4 cards) / TwentyThirteen (2013) / Christmas Countdown (numbers for vellum overlays on photos) / December Addtions: The Dailies (numbers for vellum overlays on photos) / This & That: School (star) / Just My Type (arrow) ] 

First off, loooove seeing this brand new Hello December kit come to life! Love not only how she incorporated it with her photos, but how she added her own personal touches before printing…especially the ‘Christmas’ card where she added an arrow from another kit along with journaling, making it her own.

sigh.


Here’s what Nichol has to say:

I create yearly layout spreads for the Christmas card photos we receive from friends and family each year. For last year’s cards I decided to take the plunge and create a pocket-style layout using the photos and Kerri’s awesome new Hello December journaling cards! I customized one of the cards with a faux “vellum” overlay and journaling in Silhouette Studio before printing the card(s) with my printer and cutting the card(s) out with my Cameo. I also customized the title card with an arrow from the Just My Type Kit and my own text. I made sure to turn the cut lines off anything I didn’t want cut so that only the card shape was cut on my die cutting machine and not the text or shapes. Vellum number overlays on the photos keep the focus on the photos but coordinate back to my journaling card. Easy peasy!


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Two other things I wanted to mention for today. First there’s this.

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It’s gonna be a fun week!


And second, if you’re working on Christmas in July yourself,
you may remember this incredibly popular project from last year.

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Or if you’re newer to KBS, then this is new to you and you just may want to make one yourself!

Now would be a great time to put some together as gifts.
Hobby Lobby does have their Christmas stuff out. ;)

All the details can be found in the original post HERE.

Friday Freebie: Umbrella

summertime.

picnics.

beaches.

ballgames.

hot. hot. hot.

shade required.

So here’s a fun little umbrella to go with just such a page. :)

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To download this–forever free–click HERE.

Denise - July 25, 2014 - 8:59 am

Thanks! I appreciate your generosity!

3kidmama - July 25, 2014 - 1:04 pm

Thank you, Kerri! Your designs always seem to put a smile on my face. Have a wonderful summer weekend!

Jeannie - July 25, 2014 - 1:34 pm

thanks for all you do including the friday freebies!

yolande k - July 25, 2014 - 3:15 pm

Trop mignon ce parapluie ! Merci beaucoup Kerri !
Biz’

Barbara - July 25, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Thank you – I love the freebies! We love the beach, this one will come in handy!

Kim Smith - July 25, 2014 - 5:35 pm

Thanks Kerri!

Melissa Johnson - July 25, 2014 - 9:45 pm

Kerri, This is so cute. I can use this in many ways. Thanks so much.

LouAnn V - July 26, 2014 - 9:38 am

Cute! Thank you.

j - July 31, 2014 - 5:02 am

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