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Station 22

So the other night, we had the question that we pretty much hear every night:

What’s for dinner?

Oh, how I detest that question. If I was organized and had meals planned, it probably wouldn’t bother me so much.

Well, this night  we opted for eating out. It was Jordan’s pick (she only gets special treatment for so long though) and the three of us just couldn’t stomach the thought of going to Zupas (which we used to like).

So instead she picked a place she enjoyed going to with her friends:

Station 22

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Believe it or not, I didn’t take any pictures of our food, which was very good. A little pricey, but it’s a fun ambiance. What they are known for is their soda wall. Sodas from all over the country.

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Our waitress said she liked this one on the left. She said it’s what sunscreen should taste like. It was a pretty bottle, anyway. Love the packaging on so many of the bottles…like this one that Jordan opted for. Pretty funny.

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Anyway, if you’re in Provo, Utah some time, give Station 22 a whirl. It’s a fun little place.

Michelle Liimatainen - July 3, 2014 - 8:26 pm

AMEN! And THANK YOU so much for saying it out loud!!!! I absolutely DETEST that question. I have a son that asks me first thing in the morning. I haven’t had coffee yet and he’s worried about dinner. Then he asks me again when he gets home from school. I want to rip my hair out. I hate that question.

It’s so nice to see you spending time with your girl. Enjoy.

Cindy Brooks - July 4, 2014 - 12:12 am

This looks like a fun place! We sometimes stay in SLC, but more often are traveling through on our way to St. George to visit family. I’ll have to check the location for convenience. If you like soda walls be sure to check out Pops if you’re ever near Arcadia, OK. They have over 600 sodas! It’s especially fun at night when the giant neon pop bottle is lit!
http://www.pops66.com/38.0.html

Kary - July 4, 2014 - 9:30 am

Thanks for the recommendation! My daughter just moved back to Provo to finish her degree and I am staying with her for a bit to help her settle in. We’ll be sure to try Station 22–our current favorite is India Palace on Center Street. Excellent Indian food.

Two Fer Tuesday: Minus One, Plus One

Gotcha confused by that title?

Well, today’s Two-Fer is minus one Two-Fer.

Which meeeeeaaaaaans, that there are sale items, but no new kit.

And that’s becaaaauuuuuuse of the ‘plus one’ in the house.

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This cute little twink had to come home from her mission in Jacksonville Florida  for health reasons. It has been quite the whirlwind these past few days. We found out on Wednesday that she’d still been struggling to get healthy over the past month and that it was a strong possibility that she’d have to come home to get better. On Thursday we found out that she was for sure coming home and we picked her up Friday night. She can return after six months (it’s a mandatory waiting period for all medical-issue missionaries) and finish the remaining time, but she doesn’t have to. She’s considered to have served a mission.

Her choice of “I’m back and I want to eat at….” dinner location? Had to be Costa Vida, which is where I took this picture of her. And she happened to have come home on a cool day when the high was only 77 degrees and when you’re coming from 90s and 90%+ humidity? Felt good to us and cold to her. :)

I have to admit, it’s fun having her home, but it’s also very emotionally conflicting for them when they have to return home sooner than expected. But everything happens for a reason and she is where she is suppose to be.

So we’ve been spending our last few days getting ready for her to come back as well as just spend some QT with her in general now that she’s home. And therefore, the kit I had been working on last week for today isn’t quite finished.

But I do have a sneak peek at what’s coming. Should be available by the week’s end.

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And now, for the 2.99-er sale items!

Remember, they are on sale for today only.

And because I’m lacking one two-fer, I’m adding a couple extra sale items for the fun of it.
(click on the image to be taken to the kit in the store)


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Just a bunch of fun things for any occasion, but especially Project Life.

Nashonne - July 1, 2014 - 7:38 am

Welcome home Jordan!!!!

Angie Henderson - July 1, 2014 - 8:10 am

God is ALWAYS in control. :) I pray your girl gets better quickly.

Ruth G - July 1, 2014 - 9:51 am

I love the look of your new kit! Super fun to see the PL style card in the mix! <3 that! Lots of great files on sale, too! I'm loving these Two-sdays!!!

I hope everything is OK and that your daughter gets better soon. I guess that's one of those things about kids, you never know what's going to happen next! I sure being at home with help her get better quicker, though.

Take care of you and yours! I know I'll manage until you've got time to give us some fun new files to play with!

Melissa Bell - July 1, 2014 - 1:03 pm

Big hugs to your daughter! I came home from my mission after only having been in the MTC for three weeks. But right from the start I could see God’s guiding hand. I actually remained a missionary at home for three months with my mom as my companion. It was a challenging time but a time where I learned so much about myself and what Heavenly Father had in store for me. I wouldn’t change a thing and I don’t have any regrets for not “serving” the mission I had set out to serve. :)

Lynette - July 1, 2014 - 1:48 pm

The new kit looks like a blast! Don’t stress about getting it done super fast. We understand that things happen, especially when it’s involving your family and health issues. I hope that being home can help Jordan get healthy, and that she will be able to do whatever she chooses and feel good about it once the 6 month period is up.

Viv - July 1, 2014 - 3:10 pm

Best to Jordan! She’s such a cutie -she won’t be down for long! I’m sure the time spent out in the field has already been a great learning experience! Miss you guys. :)

finding joy in the ordinary

This is my motto that I pretty much live by.

I don’t take anything for granted and enjoy even the smallest of things or moments.

It’s what I feel creates a happy life because you’re always appreciating….well….everything.

Perspective is key to a happy life.

And that’s why I love this page from Layle that showcases her backyard and the peacefulness it brings to her. I can relate to that. Okay, not my backyard because the dog owns it, but I have other places that do the same thing for me.

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[ Designs | Find Joy In The Ordinary / Life Additions: Backgrounds (circles) ]


I love the lines of the titles and the photos and the circles here.
And the odd circle backed by some patterned paper.
It’s just lovely.


Here’s what Layle has to say:

If you’ve been following Kerri’s blog for a while, it’s no secret that I love her word cut files, especially the hand written ones!  I used the Find Joy in the Ordinary phrase on this layout because it’s something we should all remember to do on a daily basis.  These photos are from our backyard – it’s such a nice, quiet, peaceful place to be.  I always try to take a few minutes every day in the summer to sit outside and enjoy it.  I paired that phrase with the circle background.  I wanted the background to blend in, so it cut it in white and then mounted on white cardstock with pop dots – lots of little pop dots!  I like the look of the tone on tone, raised look.  To finish it off, I used one of the circle insides to trace some circles and tuck them under the circle background.


I’m finding joy in this page Layle…although I’d say it’s extraordinary. :)

Dolly - June 30, 2014 - 8:54 am

Awesome LO Layle! TFS

Friday Freebie: Hand-drawn Envelope

Today’s Summer Friday Freebie is just a sweet little note of a design. :)

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To download this–forever free–click HERE.

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

{dawn} - June 27, 2014 - 5:40 am

This is really cute! Thanks, Kerri!

Dolly - June 27, 2014 - 6:32 am

Sweet Kerri!! that’s so sweet of you!

Barb - June 27, 2014 - 7:06 am

This is so cute! Thanks Kerri!

Cynthia - June 27, 2014 - 7:20 am

Thanks Keri, love it…thanks for all your hard work…love your files…have a great weekend..

Andi Walsh - June 27, 2014 - 7:54 am

Thank you!!! It’s adorable!

Pam - June 27, 2014 - 8:09 am

So cute – thank you for sharing, Kerri!

Linda E - June 27, 2014 - 8:11 am

So cute! Thanks!

LouAnn V - June 27, 2014 - 9:16 am

Cute! Thank you!

janetd - June 27, 2014 - 10:35 am

Adorable! Thanks so much!

Lara Read - June 27, 2014 - 11:51 am

Thanks Kerri! It is SUPER cute!

Lisa Wilson - June 27, 2014 - 12:23 pm

So cute! Thanks!

Ruth G - June 27, 2014 - 2:02 pm

So sweet! Thanks!

yolande k - June 27, 2014 - 2:09 pm

Merci beaucoup Kerri !
Bon week-end chez toi
Bises

3kidmama - June 27, 2014 - 3:24 pm

Such a darling, freebie, Kerri! I love it – it goes perfectly with the cardmaking kit I got this month from SSS. I can also see using it on all sorts of scrapbook pages. Thank you so much!

Jane - June 27, 2014 - 7:09 pm

Oh My Goodness – so cute!! Thanks1

Kathi Z - June 27, 2014 - 10:45 pm

So cute! Thanks Kerri!

stacie D - June 27, 2014 - 11:09 pm

How cute is this!!! Thanks, Kerri!

chris - June 27, 2014 - 11:31 pm

wow … so cute thank you :)

Melissa Johnson - June 28, 2014 - 12:21 am

Thanks it is just so…… cute! Melissa

j - June 29, 2014 - 1:07 am

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Linda A - June 29, 2014 - 2:22 pm

Ok, I found tutorial (thanks) on how to download and get the cut lines.

time well spent

Hey all! It’s a little crazy here in the land of Bradford. It’s been a really weird week–and that was just by Wednesday yesterday. I’m a little nervous to see how the rest of it turns out. ;)

So I’m just popping in real quick with a layout share from Miss Naomi.

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[ Designs | Well Traveled (sunset) / Happy Stuff (time well spent + good stuff) ]


Lots of great fun words to showcase this summery beach-themed layout!
And a wonderful idea to make a border of words down the side of the page!


Okay, now let’s hope my weird week is done being weird.
fingers crossed, eh?

Dolly aka scrapthat/scrapscrapthat - June 26, 2014 - 8:12 am

Awesome summer LO!! TFS it!

yolande k - June 26, 2014 - 3:07 pm

Magnifique ! Une page estivale avec une photo qui fait rêver !

Barbara - June 26, 2014 - 9:27 pm

Adorable – I love it!

Duplicating in Silhouette Studio Just Got Easier!

Duplicating….one of my new favorite features in Silhouette Studio Version 3.

I’m going to let the video speak for itself. After all, it’s only a minute long.
But, boy oh boy…what a minute!!!


Is that not one of the coolest things like ever? 
Something so simple, but so awesome.
Wish Illustrator worked like that.

Patty Andersen - June 25, 2014 - 7:53 am

My favorite way to copy was to Ctrl and drag the item, but that no longer works and I was not a happy camper. This method IS awesome, Kerri, and I thank you for discovering and sharing.

Kerri - June 25, 2014 - 8:00 am

Hey Patty! I always did Alt with the click+drag and that still works. You can do that in Illustrator too, so that’s what I’m used to using. And actually, I just tried the Cmd (ctrl) click and drag and it works for me. I’m on a Mac though. Maybe it’s a glitch for PCs? Or they fixed it in an update?

You can also do Ctrl or Alt Click and it will make a second copy right on top of the shape.

WhamBamPam - June 25, 2014 - 10:27 am

Hi Kerri,
You sound so happy in this video. You brought a smile to my face :D

Nashonne - June 25, 2014 - 10:42 am

Awesome, thanks for the tutorial!

Julie C - June 25, 2014 - 11:38 am

Love this!!!

LisaM6 - June 25, 2014 - 2:28 pm

Cool. I will try it now. Thanks so much! That will make my life much easier.

Sue Kimmet - June 25, 2014 - 3:09 pm

Weird, I just tried it and it did nothing. Can’t imagine why not, such a fast way to work!

Kerri - June 25, 2014 - 3:16 pm

It may be a possibility it’s only available in the latest release that came out at end of May. There were a lot of fixes and enhancements made in that one. Your software won’t tell you there’s an update, but if you haven’t updated in the past month, then it try installing the latest.

Dottie J - June 25, 2014 - 3:23 pm

I haven’t upgraded yet, and I tried this in my old version. It just nudged the shape one pixel at a time.

That’s a valuable move tool and I would hate to see it eliminated. Is there another way to nudge in the new version?

Kerri - June 25, 2014 - 3:31 pm

You mean besides just using the plain ol’ arrow key to move a shape?
Is that what you’re asking? I’ve just always used the arrow only, no key combo.
Works the same in both version 2 and 3.
It’s the Ctrl/Cmd-Arrow that has now changed between the two versions.

Kerri - June 25, 2014 - 4:51 pm

FYI, this works in the latest 3.0.531 that came out May 27 and not before. There is a glitch in the previous version in that it won’t tell you that you need to update. But you can download the latest from their website under the Support link: http://www.silhouetteamerica.com/software/silhouette-studio

Lady Fair - June 25, 2014 - 4:55 pm

Ah, it’s the little things that make us happy. I haven’t upgraded yet, but I truly appreciate those who have and keep us all informed.

Sandy Evans - June 25, 2014 - 7:43 pm

You are so awesome to share things with us Kerri. Thanks

Carrie-Ann - June 25, 2014 - 11:11 pm

Thanks for the tip!

Lynette Ballard - June 26, 2014 - 1:01 pm

Thank you! This is awesome! I could have used it a few days ago, but I can’t remember what I was even doing! :) Thanks for all the awesome tricks, we appreciate it!

Denni - June 28, 2014 - 9:57 pm

Too flippin cool! LOVE this tip! Thank you :)

Two-Fer Tuesday: Words. Words. Words.

It’s no secret, I’m a fan of words and using them as a graphic element on my pages. It’s just so much more expressive than anything you can put on there–it adds journaling, sentiments, people names, dates….you name it.

So today’s Two-Fer Tuesday is all about the words.

And today, there are two brand new kits for that! One summer related and one just for fun.

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I’m seriously on a handwritten kick right now. I just can’t seem to get enough.


And now for the sale items…
on sale for today only for $2.99.

More graphics elements to verbiage up your pages.

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Oh yeah, and the winners of last week’s giveaways are:

The Phone Photography Project 2
  Kelly Ware

Simple Stories Good Day Sunshine Kits
  Darla Siebert
  Karen Peterson
  Lisa Posthumus-Harper

Congratulations ladies! You have all been contacted, so if you didn’t get an email, holler. :)

 

Kathi Z - June 27, 2014 - 10:48 pm

You can’t do enough of these words…love the font and they’re just fun! Keep ‘em coming! :)

Gwen Mangelson - June 30, 2014 - 7:09 am

I would like to purchase these 4 kits but I cannot find a link in your post for them

Kerri - June 30, 2014 - 8:39 am

Hey Gwen!
If you click on the image, it will take you directly to each kit in the store. Or, you can click on the Store link above and it will take you to all the items in the store. :)

my son: the wildlife photographer

So Zach just went to Yellowstone this past weekend–with the intention of doing a lot of fishing. Instead, he and his friend were having much more fun watching the wildlife in the park. They saw probably just about every animal imaginable that weekend…and what a show it was! They even had  a scope and hung out with some of the people that watched the wolves that were like two miles away. No way to get pictures of them, but boy oh boy, just check out the pictures he got of the animals that were closer to him! And he does have a 500mm lens, so some weren’t too close. ;)

These two owl ones are my favorite! These two young things were fighting over a squirrel. How awesome is that??? Well, maybe not so awesome for the squirrel.

And if you’re interested in following his outdoor adventures–because that’s what he often shows being the enthusiast and fly fisherman that he is–you can follow him on Instagram with the name: zachbradfordimages.

Warning: These photos will make you want to take your summer vacation to Yellowstone. :)

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Dolly - June 23, 2014 - 10:06 am

Your son is very talented, I would say he takes after you but your hubby seems to also be a talented artist so I will say…it runs in the family obviously! :D

Renee G - June 23, 2014 - 11:13 am

These pictures are really good, thanks for sharing them.

Cindy K - June 23, 2014 - 11:42 am

Such great shots!!! Makes me miss our vacation to Yellowstone!

Laura K - June 23, 2014 - 12:29 pm

Oh if I had that picture of the fox it would get framed and hung in my daughters room. She is seven and obsessed with foxes right now, probably because of “that song”! Gorgeous pictures. Thank you for sharing them!

Amber M. - June 23, 2014 - 12:54 pm

These photos are amazing! Your son is very talented ;-) My family has been to Yellowstone once a few years ago, but we realize now we underestimated its beauty and have been talking about trying to make another trip there this year. Zach’s photos are inspiring!

Lili - June 23, 2014 - 1:05 pm

Beautiful! Bears oh my! I don’t like bears:)
On my way to Yosemite this week, can’t wait
To go and on my return take your class Here There
Everywhere. Maybe I should take it first.

DebbyS - June 23, 2014 - 3:28 pm

AWESOME photos Zach!!

Ruth G - June 23, 2014 - 4:56 pm

I love these! What fabulous photos and it’s awesome that he was able to stay safe since he had such a great zoom lens (also probably helped to keep the animals from reacting to him!) Thanks so much for sharing!

Our family went to Yellowstone a number of years ago and it was amazing what we could see just from the roads. It could take a lifetime to explore the entire park and we plan on going back again some time.

Have a great day!

jane - June 23, 2014 - 7:54 pm

Wonderful pictures of nature! Your right it does make me want to take a trip to Yellowstone in the near future.

Tracy - June 23, 2014 - 10:32 pm

Wonderful photos!!! My husband and I went up to Yellowstone and Teton National Park last week for our Anniversary. We saw so many animals(most we have ever seen). I think the cooler weather had alot to do with it. Maybe we crossed paths with your son, small world. Really enjoyed looking at his photos.
Tracy

TracyM #6773 - June 24, 2014 - 3:18 am

WOW – TOTALLY AWESOME photos!!!
I love watching documentaries about Yellowstone and think that it is AMAZING that Zach got to see so much in just a weekend, a real wildlife adventure – THANK YOU for sharing them :)

Michelle Wedertz - June 24, 2014 - 8:00 am

AMAZING photos!

Sarah A - June 25, 2014 - 6:28 pm

All great shots-the ones of the owls fighting over the squirrel are one-of-a-kind! He has a great eye! My favorite is the photo of the bear cub hiding in the tree. (reminded me a little of our trip to Denali last year, even though those were different breeds of Ursines

Suz Gray - June 26, 2014 - 1:04 am

Great photos he really has the eye & talent

julie - June 29, 2014 - 11:17 am

To close for me to those bears. lol

Beautiful photos, he’s very talented.

Julie

Lida - July 16, 2014 - 7:40 am

Zach’s photos are exceptional! Really enjoyed looking at his work. Wish I had the patience to shoot photos like these.