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I am a huge fan of white. If you’ve been with me a while here, you know that, right? And I love black and white. I love the classic simplicity there.

But now?

Gold is the new black.

 

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[ Digital Stamps | Twinkle / Thankful / Nowadays ]


I’ve you’ve been following me on social media, you’ll see that the ‘golden’ age of KBS has begun to unfold. It appears that since I got my HP LaserJet 1102w for Christmas, that I can’t stop making shiny things with the printer and my Minc.

It’s pretty funny because on our way home from getting the printer at Best Buy, a commercial came on where two guys were talking about what they were getting their wives for Christmas. One tells the other he bought his wife a printer and his friend responds ‘Dude! You don’t buy your wife a printer for Christmas! That’s what you want. She doesn’t want that! Get her some jewelry from ____ .’ And I’m laughing at Dan saying ‘Yes I do want the printer!’ It gives me shiny stuff on demand and you can’t beat that.

I love this printer! I bought it because Heidi Swapp said that’s the printer she had and it worked beautifully. I’d noticed in other comments that people had other laser printers that didn’t work as well. So I figured, why tempt the LaserJet gods? Just get the same one.

I’d heard rumors of people getting it around $80. I saw it on Amazon for that–give or take–during the holiday season. I really wanted to buy it local though. Something about having a printer shipped from an unknown source unnerved me.  So I began watching my local places that had an online presence. Then one day…Best Buy…had them on sale for 69.99. Bingo! I purchased it online to pick up in the store. The store prices were higher. So watch for that.

Before I had the laser printer, I had my son make copies where he works. They use Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover, 80lb weight. And I’ll tell you right now…I am a paper snob. I love good feeling paper. And this stuff is dreamy! I will neither confirm nor deny some fondling of the open stock at the paper store.

It works beautifully with the printer+Minc combo!
And I’m also loving it for stamping too.

One thing to note. The printer is an older model. It’s been out a few years. On the box it said it didn’t even support my 10.8.5 Mac–which is three years old. And to be honest, I didn’t even look at the box. With most printers you can just get updated drivers online. No such luck with this one–at least for my Mac anyway. Lots of research and frustration led me to call HP for help. I am technically savvy, mind you, so not finding the answer was a bit frustrating. When I called HP, they had me go through the System Preferences/Print+Scan and add the printer there. Additionally, we went into the Utility for the printer which opened a window in Google (not online though) but one that produces a window to make changes so you can add it to WiFi. I never would have figured that out, not to mention I found  no information telling me to do that.

So now it’s all wireless and I’m in heaven! Ever since we upgraded to a Time Capsule for a router a couple years ago, I couldn’t get the old printer to print Wi-Fi…or at all, it seemed. So we’d just plug into my Epson 1400 Photo printer (had for years) and use it as needed. 

But now with my new LaserJet printer, I couldn’t be any happier. And yes, I do have a Minc addiction. I know it. I admit it whole heartedly and without shame. Combine it with my affinity for tags and all things white, and you get this.

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[ Digital Stamps | Tagged / Yesterday (currently+favorite) / One Fine Day (happy stuff) ]

 

My plan is to add kraft reinforcements whenever I get them from Thatch+Thistle.

You know, I thought I loved white, white+white, white+black….but you pop that into shiny gold? Ohhhhh my gosh! I can’t even express how much I love it! The camera…the little plus sign border…the tiny words…holy cow!

And how fun will it be to give the shiny Thank You and To/From tags to friends? They will think you bought them.

The only thing I don’t like about the gold?
Photographing it.
It ain’t easy. ;)

But I’m feelin’ the gold, baby!

  • Pat - January 12, 2016 - 11:28 am

    I am just as in love with the white and gold as you are!

    One thing we did around the holidays though, was use black cardstock with the gold in the Minc. Results were CLASSY.ReplyCancel

  • KathyL - January 12, 2016 - 1:06 pm

    I’ve been looking for a laser printer for the Minc too. Can you feed the paper from the rear? I’m a little nervous of the driver issue. Not sure I would know how to connect it though.ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - January 12, 2016 - 1:14 pm

      Um, not sure on feeding from the rear. I know it feeds from the front. I’ll have to go check on that ‘rear’ thing, but I don’t think there’s that alternative.

      As for the driver, I think if you contacted HP when you set it up, they would be able to help you. I kept my box in the event I had to return it. But alas, all worked out beautifully and it’s totally worth it. :) And I would say that if you can’t get it hooked up right away, don’t waste your time trying to figure it out, just call them.ReplyCancel

      • KathyL - January 12, 2016 - 1:34 pm

        Kerri, I like rear feeding because sometimes the paper is too thick to go through. Did you use 80lb paper? No issues? ThanksReplyCancel

        • Kerri - January 12, 2016 - 2:07 pm

          Oh, that 80lb cardstock goes through just beautifully.
          I haven’t tried American Crafts or Bazzill because I need the smooth for the Minc.
          I’d assume it would work.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - January 12, 2016 - 1:19 pm

    Do you have issues with the HP crashing when you go to print? I was looking at getting a brother since those are more compatible with macs. Currently I have an old hp (11yrs) and that is the issue I have.ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - January 12, 2016 - 2:10 pm

      I haven’t had a problem yet. I hope I don’t either… :)
      I know Heidi has a Mac, so I would think it worked well.ReplyCancel

  • Claire - January 12, 2016 - 1:26 pm

    This might be a dumb question, but how do you get gold ink from a printer?ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - January 12, 2016 - 2:10 pm

      You use a machine called Minc to get the gold. It’s kind of like a laminator. But you print something that uses toner, like this LaserJet, and then you trim yourself a piece of the foil, lay it on top of the image and into the mat. Then run it through the Minc machine and voila! It’s all shiny and new…literally. :) Heidi Swapp has a whole line of stuff and it’s amazing!ReplyCancel

  • katy - January 12, 2016 - 4:21 pm

    Thanks so much for this. I’ve been dying to try foiling, but the need for a laser printer had me hesitating. I too have a 10.8.5 mac and I’m thrilled to know that this printer will work with both card stock and my computer.

    As you have to feed the paper from the front, does it curl much after going through the printer?ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - January 12, 2016 - 4:27 pm

      It does have a little curl to it, but with a slight curl by hand the other way as well as putting it through the Minc, it’s pretty flat.ReplyCancel

  • vicki doyle - January 12, 2016 - 6:24 pm

    OMG I asked for a laser printer for Christmas also – and got it!! And for the very same reason! Happy new year – hope it’s a glittery, shiny year for us both.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Field - January 12, 2016 - 6:37 pm

    I did all of my Christmas cards using my laser printer and the Minc. Everyone thought I had bought them!ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - January 12, 2016 - 6:50 pm

      Ooooh, that sounds amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Kendra - January 13, 2016 - 12:05 pm

    Thanks for the paper recommendation. This paper is also gorgeous. Perfect for the Minc or for beautiful stamping. But now I need to pick up a ream of the other one and compare. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0013VC2NI?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=ox_sc_sfl_title_13&smid=A19O8S2ZV3VYDMReplyCancel

  • SusanP - January 27, 2016 - 9:25 am

    Hi Kerri! I am looking to get this same printer. As far as foiling with your stamps, do you stamp first, then scan it in on your printer to print it out so it has toner, or are you just using the digital stamps to print? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - January 27, 2016 - 12:05 pm

      I use the digital stamps. I think if you were to try and stamp the image and scan it in to ‘make’ a digital image, you wouldn’t get as true of an image. Loving this printer! Loving my Minc! :)ReplyCancel

    • Kay - February 4, 2016 - 10:43 am

      You can foil directly from the stamped image by using either a glue pad or sticky powder.ReplyCancel

  • […] If you don’t have a cutter, you can print it in black onto a transparency–either at home if you have the supplies or take the PNG image to a copy center and have them do it for you. Even more awesome? If you happen to have a Minc, use that toner-created image (laserjet or copy center) with some gold foil and run it though your Minc. If you don’t know what a Minc is, be sure to check out this post HERE. […]ReplyCancel

How many of you got a new Silhouette for Christmas? How many of you have a Silhouette want to get more out of that beautiful machine? Now that Christmas is over and [hopefully] the decorations are put away, it’s a good time to expand your skills because….

Through Wednesday we’re doing a little Flash Sale on the first four classes!

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Good stuff there folks!

And if you don’t happen to have a Silhouette–perhaps you have a Cricut or Pazzles, you can purchase any of the Class Extras right now through Sunday. There are lots of fun shapes in those babies and only make an appearance a couple times a year…like now!

You can find them HERE.

Lots of fun goodies to use…like one of my all-time faves from Custom Made.

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You know when you work on something and set it aside and then you kind of forget about it? Yeah…this would be that…again. ;)

Say hello to Scenic Little Words!

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Lots of yummy little words to use not only for your travel pages, but you can use them for so much more!

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I love mixing it all up by changing the colors. It comes in the colored version and the white background with colored titles. But I also changed them to the two black and white versions. Variety. Flexibility. It’s what I’m talkin’ about.

Because I’d made these for our trips last September (yes, I know…I’m just getting them in the store. shhhh….), I didn’t cut them up into the itty bitties. I just trimmed out what I needed and add them to my travel journal as needed…like this:

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They look pretty awesome with the Maxwell, Annie and Travelogue stamps too, right? :)

And I may have been having a little fun with them and my Minc the other day. I changed all the background to black, the text to white, and gave it a shiny new look….literally.  I love using my Minc with all the Little word series!

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And they are just as awesome in gold!  This time I used the Merry Little Words + Lovely Little Words. Again, changed back to white and text to black. Mmm….divine!

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  • Dolly (scrapthat) - January 6, 2016 - 6:55 am

    When I saw the Bean but no foiling I literally said “what? no foil Kerri?”
    LOL
    Looks awesome girl!TFSReplyCancel

    • Kerri - January 6, 2016 - 7:12 am

      Ha ha! That was before I had all my current setup of laser printer + Minc where I can now foil on demand.
      Maybe I should switch it out though…. :)ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - January 6, 2016 - 1:25 pm

    Which laser printer did you purchase? I’m finding that the local printing place is inconsistent on their amounts of toner of the prints.
    Love the new words!!ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - January 6, 2016 - 1:28 pm

      I have the one that Heidi Swapp uses–the HP LaserJet 1102w.
      I happened to get it for $69 a week before Christmas at Best Buy.
      LOVE it!ReplyCancel

  • Sue FitzGerald - January 6, 2016 - 2:20 pm

    Oh how I love little words, thank you Kerri :-) xReplyCancel

  • […] all the shininess of my Little Words of late (see THIS post from a few days ago), I’ve had a few questions on how to change the colors…and […]ReplyCancel

  • Minc tutorial // Foiling printed words - February 3, 2016 - 8:17 am

    […] I was inspired by what I saw Kerri Bradford doing with her little words here. […]ReplyCancel

Another month as arrived and with it brings new stamps to KBS! At the request of many of you, there is a new alphabet in town–some big, bold beautiful characters! They match A Big Day, standing just under an 1″ tall.

Here they are in all their glory…the new Lincoln alphabet in a fun set of styles!
Please note, due to all the holiday hullabaloo, these are all preorders.

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Order them by Wednesday (since I’m off to a late start) and save 10% on these four stamp sets!

And don’t forget the Yesterday stamp set that was released in December. You can save $3 on the purchase price if you’ve purchased The History Project. (Check your new orders or email for past students for your personal coupon code.)

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One other reminder, The History Project has started today! This time of year is perfect for working on a project like this. You will never get your stories written if you keep saying, ‘I don’t have time for this right now.’ It’s never going to be a ‘good’ time.

Make the time.

Make it a priority.

Work on it once a week or more often as time permits.

It’s so important. And this class goes beyond the ordinary. It gets you really thinking about the stories of your past. It’s amazing what comes to mind!

 

 

Just popping in with a new little number for the year (in store) and to wish you all a very happy and healthy new year! Thank you all so much for being a part of an amazing 2015. Here’s to more grand adventures in 2016!

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Had to make a little print out of the Twenty Sixteen Brush Script using the Burst of Hipster kit too. :)


And if you’re here looking for the January stamps–on account-a it’s the first and all, check back on Monday. I kind of wanted to enjoy the holiday season and start fresh with the new stamps come Monday.

  • Dolly - January 1, 2016 - 7:37 am

    HAPPY NEW YEAR Kerri!!
    May 2016 find all your fondest wishes come true!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Meredith - January 1, 2016 - 10:44 am

    Happiest New Year Kerri! Looking forward to the excitng things you will bring to us in 2016!ReplyCancel

  • Michele - January 1, 2016 - 12:35 pm

    Happy New Year!! Is this a font we can purchase??ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - January 1, 2016 - 2:48 pm

      It’s actually my handwriting. :)
      But you can by words+phrases that I’ve written in the store.ReplyCancel

  • Kim Heggins - January 1, 2016 - 12:40 pm

    Happy New Year! Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us in 2016!ReplyCancel

Many of you may be wondering what The History Project is all about. Wondering if it’s the right project for you. I thought that today we could go through a little exercise with a sampling of the style of the class. 

It goes beyond just the ordinary Where did you work? and What schools did you attend? kinds of questions. The questions asked are designed to get you thinking beyond a typical answer. Beyond the simple answer. So that your readers will know more about who you really are.

Let’s use this photo as a starting point to remembering snippets of life.

me and jon st george 1979

I do not remember this moment. But does that matter? The question I would pose to myself is, what else do I remember about that time or about that kind of scene? Or maybe even the clothes I was wearing. Was it a favorite outfit? What were other favorite outfits? You don’t have to remember ‘the moment’, but rather, use it as a springboard to help you remember other parts of your life.

For example:

I remember going on walks in the desserts near St. George and into Arizona, with my grandpa, who worked for the U.S. Forest Service and BLM. He also discovered a brand new plant and it was named after him.

I remember him telling me the names of all the plants that we’d see, and searching for some endangered species as well. I miss that terribly about my grandpa…and his quiet little laugh.

I remember visiting my grandparents when they lived in apartments across from the St. George Temple when Dan and I were first married. She made a browned roast and gravy in her old square electric skillet. She made the best roast+gravy!

I remember going to St. George with my mother and maybe Jon and/or David because she needed to get away from the winter weather. Listening to John Denver on cassette tape. This was a time when my grandparents weren’t there during the winter. We didn’t have much money, so we’d sleep in the car. She’d park by the St. George Temple and move it intermittently around during the night. We’d then go hike around the red rocks of Snow Canyon. A family favorite as children and something I still do with my children today.

I remember having Christmas down there at my grandparent’s house they were renting one year (maybe I was 9 or 10?) when I got my first Kodak Instamatic camera, with flash bulbs and everything.


I could probably go on and on. When I start recalling one memory, it makes me think of another. And before you know it, you have this long list of memories…stories…about your life. I could go back and embellish those stories even more with more ‘sensory’ details (we cover creative writing in class), but this is just more of an example.

The beauty of journaling like this is that you don’t have to remember stories and place them in chronological order. I don’t remember how old I was on some of those moments and that’s okay. When you remove that restriction of remembering year by year, your mind is much more free to let those memories flow. Our brain isn’t wired to remember chronologically, right? One thought spurs another. Go with that flow! Of course, if you’re typing it up before making a final copy, then you could always make it a little more chronological by moving stories. 

But that one photo stirred up so many random memories!

Whether or not it’s a part of that particular moment, remember to include additional facts to not only help your reader understand more about the moment, but also to sneak in other facts that might not otherwise be shared. For example, I shared that my grandpa worked for the Forest Service and BLM, which wasn’t necessarily a part of the moment, but will be interesting to know for those who are reading it.

Also, if there is a connection between then and now, include that too!

I know I’m pretty much a broken record on this, but sharing your stories is so important. I can never express enough how important this is. I will never have those stories from my mother. And you never realize just how much you want to hear the stories until they are gone. 

I will never know them. That makes me incredibly sad.

I did not want that for my children. They will know who I am and what childhood was for me. My childhood was very unique in that my parents divorced when I was nine. A single mother with five children in the 70s was not an easy task. I lived not only with my mother, but would also live with various aunts+uncles during the school year to ease her burden and the challenges she faced. (I was the easiest-going child. ;) ) I lived in many places, but by doing that it helped me remember better because I associated places with my age and things that I did or received. My youth provided a great perspective and memory for me to help you now to recall your memories. (There’s a reason for everything.)

Do I regret the childhood I had? No. It’s made me who I am and I like who I am. I had so many wonderful opportunities that I might not otherwise have had. That being said, I love that my children have grown up in the same home with life-long friends. That was important to me. Additionally, living in many different places, combined with my mother’s spontaneous road-tripping, created an enormous wanderlust spirit in me and has now transferred to my children. We were just talking about how we travel more than a lot of people. Seeing ‘the world’ and experiencing all that it has to offer and appreciating it has always been a part of who I am and how I grew up.  And you don’t have to go far or spend a lot of money for that either. You can find it in your backyard, up the canyon, to the beach, a three-hour drive…it can be anywhere. 

So hopefully this exercise has given you a little glimpse into The History Project. Take a few minutes now and look at a photo or maybe an item from your childhood or even just that thought that entered your head right now and write about it.

Let the thoughts flow and see what stories appear!

You will be surprised!

  • Orietta Vélez Dumani - January 3, 2016 - 9:03 pm

    Wonderful project!!! I love your memories and how you express them!ReplyCancel

You know how you start on a project a few months ago, get maybe two-thirds or even three-quarers done and then it kind of gets pushed aside? Yeah, this is like that.

So glad to finally have this fun little grouping of hand-drawn ‘bursts’ done!

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It’s funny, because according to what I like, my kids would refer to me as hipster. Just because you like the vintage style of lettering, and have liked it for many, many years–before ‘hipster’ was even a thing–does not label you a hipster. It’s all these young pups putting a label on liking vintage things…when some of us were liking it long before they were–and most likely before they were even born.

so there.

That being said, it only seemed fitting to call this kit Burst of Hipster. ;)

I love the idea of using the whole burst to outline a word or two in the center, or using just pieces of it to accentuate another piece of a title. Use the image as a base and then move the pieces as needed to fit your art.

This has so much potential!

And just for fun, I even included an already-made title within the kit.

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You can also take a Radial image from the Radial Neutrals or Radial Sunshine kits to give it a sun flare look. I overlaid two on top of each other to make this look.

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As you can tell, there is some fun to be had with these bursts!

  • Yvonne - December 30, 2015 - 7:49 am

    So, hipster is a bad thing????ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - December 30, 2015 - 9:34 am

      Ha ha. Well, it all depends. The style of hipster is awesome. But my kids–who do appreciate many things deemed ‘hipster’– tease about people being ‘hipster. So, go figure. :)ReplyCancel

      • Yvonne - December 30, 2015 - 9:50 am

        LOL Too funny! :) I like the bursts! So perfect for New Years!ReplyCancel

  • Heather Bogaty - January 2, 2016 - 9:46 am

    I love it! The first thing I want to do is use this as a template for embroidering a sunburst beneath my photo on my New Year’s layout. (Or maybe I do it in blue and put it under my photo of my family going to the new Star Wars movie…) Thank you for sending this along!ReplyCancel

….yes, I’m still here.

Are you guys having  a hard time working or doing the things you should be doing? Boy…all I want to do is play! And play we have. Family parties, ‘friendly’ games of Sorry (ha ha), Star Wars…so many fun memories this holiday season. And maybe a few extra pounds too. ;)

So sadly I really do have to start thinking about work…that four letter word that nobody really cares for, right?

I’m trying.

Motivation.

Come on.

I did want to let you all know that there are only a couple more days left of this amazing sale!

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If you got a new Silhouette, this would be an awesome time to pick up some classes! Or maybe you do have one and you just want to learn more.

And stamps? Yeah, you don’t see them on sale very much, so now is the perfect time to pick up the ones you’ve been wanting…uhhhh…needing. :)

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Also, we’re extending the sale for The History Project through the end of the year as well. Class starts on Monday. I cannot express enough just how important it is to get your childhood stories down on paper. This is first and foremost a journaling class. No scrapbooking skills needed. And the class will help you remember things you never knew were still in your head. I promise. I have heard that from so many people who have taken the class…it’s not just me.:)

It’s all self-paced now, so the content is all available to you starting January 4. You can jump around as you feel inspired to work on a given subject. Come and go as you have time for.

There’s never been any ‘behind’ in this project.

The important thing is to just do it. No matter when you can.
So now the question is….do I work or play today? ;)
What are you going to do?

  • Ilona - December 29, 2015 - 8:58 am

    Hey Kerri!

    Finally Santa brought me Silhouette! Yeah!! And I bought all your 4 classes to get to know my new toy :-)… Now I’m in the middle of class 3 and… wow!!! Thank you soooo so much for those classes and pointing out all the tipps and tricks!
    Love all of it and can’t wait to learn more.
    Maybe this is a little motivation kick for you ;-)

    Have a great day and a fabulous start to 2016!

    IlonaReplyCancel

    • Kerri - December 29, 2015 - 9:08 am

      You must have been a really good girl this year. :)
      Glad you’re enjoying the classes. Nothing like having all that ‘power’ in your own hands, right?
      I’m feeling a little more motivated. ;)
      Thanks Ilona!ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne - December 29, 2015 - 10:11 am

    Will you have a digital stamp set for the History Project or just the physical acrylic stamps?ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - December 29, 2015 - 10:16 am
      • Yvonne - December 29, 2015 - 11:08 am

        Super! Thanks! I am guessing the discount code is not valid on the digital stamps, correct?ReplyCancel

        • Kerri - December 29, 2015 - 9:28 pm

          Nope. :)ReplyCancel

          • Yvonne - December 29, 2015 - 10:00 pm

            Thank you. :) The stamps are great! And of course, I love the History Project! :)

          • Ilona - December 30, 2015 - 1:59 am

            hmmm… meaning “no, it will not work” or meaning “no, you are not correct, it will work”?

            Ilona