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the quirky bird + out of this world

Wow! We’ve been having quite a week here at KBS and the fun ain’t stoppin’ yet. I do have to admit, I can’t believe it’s Thursday already! OH! And hoooooly cow! I just realized it’s May 1!!!!

So if you follow me on Facebook, you’ll se that this new kit came out yesterday.


And if you’ll pardon the similarity, I have to say I’m a little over the moon for it. So much so that I printed out a 3×4 card on photo paper–on my BFF Epson Charm printer–and sent it off to Jordan (who’s on an LDS mission in Florida).

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I couldn’t even wait. Since the mail had come, I even had Kass run to the post office to send it. Thought it was just a fun little somethin’-somethin’ to put into a note card to say i love you.

And I must have been in some sort of ‘flying’ mode, because this quirky bird is what presented itself to my brain when I sat down to do a freebie for today.



 To download this file free–TODAY ONLY–click HERE.

This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can get it in the store.

Still got lots more to share for the rest of the week!

Sandra ltb - May 1, 2014 - 7:49 am

thank you Kerri – I have been bed ridden and this was a sweet surprise to find freebies.
Thank you.
Sandra ltb

Helen - May 1, 2014 - 8:22 am

Thank you! This is so sweet!

Linda G. - May 1, 2014 - 1:13 pm

thanks Kerri for all the freebies this week! I get so excited when I open my mail up and see a Kerri Bradford email. I love the ideas too creative

Nance - May 1, 2014 - 2:31 pm

Thank you dear…………

Renee G - May 1, 2014 - 6:42 pm

Thanks Kerri

Melissa Johnson - May 1, 2014 - 7:24 pm

Love you files Kerri. Thanks for all the freebies this week. Melissa

Bobbie Czajka - May 2, 2014 - 6:23 am

thank you for the birds file!

well traveled + where i live at home

That’s what I want to be….well traveled. I think I’m off to a good start in my life, but I want to travel more. I want to see the world…well, parts of it anyway…I’m not quite that adventurous. I love experiencing new places and new things. Seeing the beauty of our lovely little earth. I always say that if I was rich I wouldn’t want expensive cars or a fancy house. I would want a house with space (but not big) and to travel. Okay, maybe I’d need some nice camera equipment to go with.

But that’s it. Nice home. Well traveled. And photograph it all.

That’s why I love Layle’s page today! That girl was Miss Jet Set this spring! Take a look….

Well Traveled

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Well Traveled - closeup1

[ Designs | Well Traveled (title) / Click (film strip) / Need Directions (arrow)]

Love how she included the airport codes in that rainbow of colors.

Here’s what Layle has to say:

Kerri is SO on trend with her brush script cut files, I seriously can’t get enough of them!  I used the Well Traveled title on this layout, it was perfect to document my WHIRLWIND trip in April – I was in 3 countries – the US, the UK and Mexico – over a period of 11 days.  6 airports, 3 cities and 13,361 miles!  To say it was a tad crazy would be an understatement!  I used a film strip from the Click kit to frame photos from the 3 cities I was in during my trip.  I love how each section of the film strip helps to separate the 3 different photos/main stops of the trip.  To tie everything together, I used different colored letter stickers for the airport codes for each of the 6 different airports I was in over the course of the trip.


And now for today’s one-day-only freebie!


Just a little something that could be used for just about any subject–around home or off to some far off land.

To download it for free–TODAY ONLY–click HERE.

This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can get it in the store.


And now, as part of this week-long celebration across the land–and as part of the Big Picture Classes NSD movement– here’s a revisit at ‘the place where I live’ ….aka, my office/studio. This is where I am when I don’t get to travel. ;) It is still a work-in-progress after the remodel.


Love using a trackpad over a mouse! Got used to it when I got my laptop. I even design with it. It’s awesome and has actually helped with carpal tunnel. My wrists don’t hurt like they used to. Love the ‘no cord’ scenario too! Just wish Apple made an extended keyboard that was wireless. But again, I use my laptop so much that switching to this little one that my big mama mac came with–instead of the corded extended one I’ve used for years–actually keeps  my fingers more consistent in where they wanna go.




I love that I can stand with my new desk. It’s just three inches or so higher than your standard desk.


Love standing at this workspace too!


My favorite cupboard. Ain’t it pretty?


Love having my scraps organized in a neat little fridge bin in a drawer. One of my very favorite features of the new workspace.


For more details on these previous office posts, go here, here, and here.


An in case you missed this little announcement nugget on Monday,
this is still happening….all week long. :)


Dolly - April 30, 2014 - 7:43 am

Thanks for the free files Kerri!! and the sale!! :D

Debra Parker - April 30, 2014 - 8:14 am

WOW! Your space is absolutely beautiful and so functional. I love how bright everything is. What a lovely place to enjoy your work and hobby. Thanks for sharing and thank you SO MUCH for the freebies. I love your work!! <3

Sandy Evans - April 30, 2014 - 8:15 am

Love your workspace kerri… have a FABULOUS DAY
Sandy from ukiah

Pam - April 30, 2014 - 9:12 am

Thanks for the freebie … good reminder that no matter where we might be, we should “enjoy”!

KimS - April 30, 2014 - 10:39 am

Love your office space – its HUGE! I couldn’t stand while creating, but I do love the height of your desks/tables. I so need my kitchen counters to be higher.

My favorite part of your space? That gorgeous green piece with the cubbys and drawers!

Thanks for sharing Layle’s layout – gives me ideas to scraplift for my travel photos from long ago.

Love your blog!

Lisa Posthumus - April 30, 2014 - 12:36 pm

I REALLY love the green cabinet!!

Lisa G. - April 30, 2014 - 1:28 pm

Thanks so much for the freebie, love love love the layout and your office :)
Can’t wait to grab up some goodies!

Nylene - April 30, 2014 - 2:04 pm

Thank you so much for the free file today. It is so versatile. Thanks for sharing your talents.

LisaM6 - April 30, 2014 - 3:03 pm

Wow! I love your work space. Wish mine was as organized. I need a maid or an organizer to come play or I mean clean. lol
Makes me energized to straighten up my room. :)

chantal - April 30, 2014 - 8:17 pm

What a marvellous scraproom! thank you for sharing your gorgeous freebies.

blast from the past + fabulous cards + joy in the ordinary

It’s another great big huge honkin’ day here at KBS to help you get ready for National Scrapbook Day. So much going on this week and weekend all over the place, really. And have you heard about the big shindig going on with Big Picture Classes?


They are making a world-wide collective effort to showcase 10,000 pages from everyone on Instagram this Saturday. Can you believe it? Oh man, 10,000….they should hit it easily, don’t you think? I know I’ll be scrapping for the event…you might even see a sneak peek of the Hello There Everywhere class. ;)

I think it can be done. Don’t you? Are you in?

I remember when there wasn’t really a holiday much less a social media to share our works of art. I feel like I started scrapbooking when scrapbooking was just taking off. My first scrapbook page publication was for the Creating Keepsake’s 1998 Idea Annual.

Magazine infancy.

Just a baby!

After that…it was winning the 1999 CK Hall of Fame–the very first one. Seems like forever ago, really. Remember how awesome it was to get those HoF magazines each year?

But I admit, I have definitely grown over the years. *gasp* My scrapbooking skills were not always so clean and streamlined. Oh yes, I had my fair share of sprinkles made with pens and sticker sneeze. You may have seen this before, but here’s my very first page.


Ack! I know.

I don’t dare put it much larger for the scariness factor.
(FYI: Coloring is off because it’s still in the Creative Memories album +  page protector.)

We’ve come a long way over the years, have we not? Or maybe not…it appears that I still love a white background. ;)

So after that scariness, I think we need to see some fabulousness from our creative team today. Let’s see what Laura has up her sleeve for us today!


[ Designs | Happy Stuff (happy birthday, hello there, that's kind of cool), Life Additions #2 (chevron background), More Background Basics (circle + wave backgrounds ) ]

So many great card ideas! Same basic layout, but all looking so different! I love it!

Here’s what Laura has to say:

I picked out a few sentiments from Kerri’s new Happy Stuff kit that would be perfect for making some cards. I’m always needing birthday cards, love to send out “hello” cards, and I thought the “that’s kind of cool” would be great for a congratulations type card. I also cut a variety of backgrounds to create the card bases from cardstock, and then cut some of the negative pieces from those backgrounds from patterned paper to add to the cards. I wanted to keep the cards fairly flat so they would be easy to mail. By sticking to a background piece, a sentiment, and a few enamel dots, I was able to create simple cards that still have plenty of interest to them.

Great job Laura!


And now for today’s one day only freebie. Something I feel very passionate about. Finding joy in even the simplest of things–just the ordinary, everyday things. A laugh, a song, the smell of the lilacs, the sunset, you name it….there is always joy to find. Don’t take them for granted. 


To download it for free–TODAY ONLY–click HERE.

This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can get it in the store.

Have fun using it as a cut out for your page or use it as an overlay on your photo.


Tammy Davis - April 29, 2014 - 6:55 am

I think I have this exact page in my scrapbook (with my kid’s birthday of course)! This was back in the day that Creative Memories was about all you had to work with!

Robin - April 29, 2014 - 7:48 am

Thank you Kerri.

Sharee - April 29, 2014 - 8:02 am

As always…darling cards made with darling cut files. Thanks Kerri and Laura!

Megan K. - April 29, 2014 - 8:26 am

Thank you for sharing your talent with us! I really like your writing :)

KimS - April 29, 2014 - 9:54 am

We all have those ‘first’ layouts – kudos for you showing yours. I love that we can rejoice in how far we’ve come with our scrapping.

Those cards and your generous freebie really are giving me Silhouette envy….I may end up coming over to the ‘dark side’ soon, Kerri :). And if I do, it will be all your fault, lol!

Pam - April 29, 2014 - 10:20 am

Thanks for sharing … your work is always so awesome!

Sandy Evans - April 29, 2014 - 12:39 pm

thank you for sharing your AWESOME talent.
Sandy from ukiah

Gaby - April 29, 2014 - 1:31 pm

Thanks! love it!

ChristineB - April 29, 2014 - 4:01 pm

Thanks for showing your 1st page! And thanks for the freebies!
You are awesome!

Cindy - April 29, 2014 - 4:42 pm

Thank you Kerri, this is great!

Barbara - April 29, 2014 - 7:00 pm

Awesome! Thanks again for a freebie!

Nicky H - May 1, 2014 - 8:56 pm

I know what you mean about starting in the infancy! I used to love those annual magazines and HOF magazines!

NSD Sale + New Gradients + Video Tutorial

We have a really huge day in store, so grab your favorite beverage and be prepared to be entertained. Okay, maybe not entertained, there’s no tap dancing going on here, but there’s lots to still enjoy.

This coming Saturday is a big day in our little scrapbooking world. It’s National Scrapbook Day, which is really Inter-National Scrapbook Day, right?

So to help you get ready for whatever scrapbooking fun you may be participating in this weekend, we have got the sale for you!


Savings abound!

All classes are already marked to their respective sale price, so just use the code NSD14 if you want to purchase anything else in the store at 25% off when spending $15 or more.


Alright, so that’s goodie number one. How’s about a little of this now. There’s only maybe two or three times a year when the class freebies are for sale for those who don’t need to take any of the classes. And this week would be just such a time!



If you have taken any of these classes, you already have the free designs that correspond to that class….no need to purchase.

All can be found in the store until Sunday night.


And now, we have two brand new kits AND a ONE-DAY ONLY FREEBIE! On account-a they all kind of work together here. :) Oh, and a video on using them to boot!

I told you to grab your favorite beverage, did I not?

First the new kits. These kits are called Radials and come in two different color schemes.

radial-sunshine    radial-neutrals

After all these years, Studio still does not have a Radial Gradient. There are only Linear styles of gradients. Those are good….they are fun…but I love what a Radial gradient can do for designs. It can either give it a darker edge, or enhance the center and move outward. Additionally, Studio does not have the ability to make Transparent an option for the color scheme. And by that I mean, it can’t fade out–or in–to a transparency, it has to be a color.

So until the day arrives, here’s some fun options for you to play with. I know I’m going to have so much more fun designing myself!

Here’s a couple of things I was playing with–one of which uses the new one-day only freebie!


As you can see, the radial helps create a whole different dimensional look….which I love!

Here’s a video that kind of shows it all in more detail.

Now today’s one-day only freebie was designed with this new kit in mind.


To download this file for free–TODAY ONLY–click HERE.

This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can get it in the store.

It comes in these three color choices, but also comes in a black PNG as well as cut files so that you can bring it into Studio and use it in whatever color scheme you’d like–mixing it with radials if it tickles your fancy. And because it comes in a cut file, you can also cut the image and do something like this.


Believe it or not, that baby is only 3 1/2″ wide. I like to test my Silhouette whenever possible. :) I was pretty darn impressed!

Woooooooo-wee! Are you done with your drink yet? Wow! What a day, eh? And we’re just getting started on this fabulous week! Lots of Creative Team shares, more tutorials, one-day freebies….just gotta keep checkin’ in every day to see what we got here at KBS to help you get ready for National Scrapbook Day!

Lysa - April 28, 2014 - 12:21 am

Thank you for the freebie- it is fabulous! Can’t wait to play!

Cari - April 28, 2014 - 8:46 am

Thanks, Kerri! Can’t wait to play and see what else you have in store this week!

Vanessa Miles - April 28, 2014 - 9:00 am

Thank you. I have been holding off on the Silhouette update, but this encourages me to give it a go.

Terri Marchbanks - April 28, 2014 - 9:46 am

Thank you so much Miss. Kerri 4 the freebie the sale and all the fun off 2 shop…lol hugs

Annabelle Bulat - April 28, 2014 - 12:53 pm

Bought the radials…LOVE them…can’t wait until tonight when I have more time to play. Thank you, Kerri!

Sandy R. - April 28, 2014 - 1:37 pm

Dang! And I’m here in a hotel room with just my iPad! It is lovely though Kerri!

Megan K. - April 28, 2014 - 1:46 pm

Thank you Kerri!

Sandy_in_MD - April 28, 2014 - 4:32 pm

Genius idea! Thanks so much for coming up with the radial gradient sets. And thank you for today’s free set, too.

Phyllis B. - April 28, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Thanks, Kerri! I look forward to the entire week! You are very generous with your knowledge… Big hugs!

Barbara - April 28, 2014 - 6:11 pm

Kerri – I always love your creations! Can’t wait for more. I’m already behind on classes but will catch up this summer. Thanks for all you do and share!

Linda - April 28, 2014 - 6:48 pm


Sandy Evans - April 28, 2014 - 7:17 pm

Thank you for sharing your amazing talent Kerri…. You are such an inspiration.
Sandy from ukiah

Lisa G. - April 28, 2014 - 7:32 pm

Thanks for the freebie! Going to have to get myself some items on sale as well :)

a ‘tiny’ tip for silhouette cutting

I just made the itty bittiest of cuts using a handwritten cut file from the Happy Stuff kit and thought I’d share a couple tips for cutting the tiny things on your Silhouette.


1.  Add a slight Offset to thicken up the itty bitty parts.
2.  Change your blade depth to one set higher than what you use normally on cardstcok.
       (I set mine to 5, when usually it’s 4.)
3.  Double cut the image.

I did my usual cardstock settings and it was a little more awkward to try and remove. I did all three options listed above and it worked like a charm.

The tallest letter, the ‘h’, is only 3/4″ tall.

Gotta love the Silhouette baby!

[ Need help using Offset to thicken letters? Check out this tutorial HERE. ]

Lizzy Hill - April 25, 2014 - 11:24 pm

Thank you! All help gratefully received & listened to regarding the Silly machine!!! Tips noted & hoping they work as well for me as they did here for you:):)

Luba Andrews - April 26, 2014 - 6:49 am

Can you tell us how to “add a slight offset?” not sure if I understand that….. ;)

Kerri - April 26, 2014 - 7:24 am

I have a little tutorial on how to do that HERE.

Kirsten - April 26, 2014 - 10:47 am

By “higher” do you mean deeper or shallower? Is 5 your usual setting or the adjusted setting? (Adjusted=you usually cut at 4?) Thanks for understanding my babbling!

Kerri - April 26, 2014 - 10:55 am

Yup, I usually cut at a 4, so I upped it to 5. :)

yolande k - April 26, 2014 - 1:35 pm

Merci pour ce tuto, tr-s utile ! Ta découpe est superbe !

Lindy - April 26, 2014 - 2:11 pm

Thank you for these tips, Kerri! I’m always trying to cut tiny things and it’s a challenge. Slowing the speed down can help, too.

magical photos

It’s funny how things work out. I love the word serendipity for that very reason.

A fortunate accident.

Something that happens just out of a mere accidental moment.

That’s what happened to me last night when I accidentally put the transparent image over the top of the photo. It turned out like this and by golly, I thought it was rather fun!


So then that spurred these little bits of magicalness (yeah, it’s a word) with these random photos on my computer.


So yeah. Next time you want to add a little bit of magicalness to a photo? Throw a shape on in a row and see what kind of fun you can have!

yolande k - April 23, 2014 - 2:08 pm

Tes effets sur tes photos sont superbes ! J’adore !

Dixie Cravens - April 23, 2014 - 5:38 pm

Oh, AWESOME! I going to have to figure out how to do this in the Studio software (because that is my only photo editor right now…I’m a photo weenie:)). What a happy accident indeed.

Patricia Miller - April 24, 2014 - 11:07 am

Hi Kerri !!
I absolutely love this!! Can you explain what you mean by transparent images, ie..
Where do you get them and how you applied them over your photos?? Is this in Adobe ?? I was completely lost when I read your post today and I would love to learn how this was created !!
Thank you:)
Patricia Miller

Kerri - April 24, 2014 - 11:19 am

I will be sharing more about this next week, so keep an eye out for it. :)

Patricia Miller - April 25, 2014 - 8:21 am

Thank you Kerri!!
I’ll definitely be looking out for your posts next week !! So excited that you’ll be sharing more on this topic. I love photography and have a new Canon DSLR that I’m trying to get competent with, I have a lot to learn. I’m also wanting to understand and learn more about digital photo editing, lots to do!! Thanks again I always look forward to your blog posts.
Best Regards,
Patricia Miller

allergies. say what???

I’ve heard the tales.

I just couldn’t ever believe it.

I’ve never had allergies in my life. I mean, heck, I practically grew up on a farm, spent many summers there as well.

Never had a problem.

As I’ve gotten a little more seasoned, I find that I’m just a little more ‘achoo-ee’ lately in the spring.

It couldn’t be allergies. I’ve never been allergic to anything.

But this year seems to be the kicker.

I walked out of the mall into a courtyard of white blossomed trees and the sneezing began. Not intensely, mind you, but enough to draw attention to the fact that I could put 2+2 together and get 4….aka…allergies.

Not the answer I was looking for.

I don’t know if the pollen is just insane this year or what. I mean, our cars are covered in it. But all I know is when the windows are shut, sneezing is very minimal.

Open ‘em up?

The sneezing and minor sniffling commences.

What the french toast???

I’m 47, for cryin’ out loud. They say you can get them as an adult, but I just didn’t believe it.

I’m not digging it.

But at least I can breathe in this explosion of loveliness–deeply, mind you–without any external reaction besides ahhhhhhhh.


Just Me - April 22, 2014 - 12:16 pm

Allergies are typically a sign of immune deficiency. Build up your immune system and you’ll be surprised how your allergies will disappear. Hope you get to feeling better!

Kerri - April 22, 2014 - 12:22 pm

Interesting…. Would probably help if I ate a little better. ;)

Michelle - April 22, 2014 - 12:24 pm

I just read that in the afternoon or evening is the best time to have windows open.Make sure you wash your hair every night.And wash clothes as soon as possible including pillowcases!.This season could be the worst!.Beautiful flowers by the way!.

Ruth G - April 22, 2014 - 12:39 pm

Sorry to hear that you’re getting allergies. I have had an allergy to animals since I was 7 and that has grown into a number of others, including seasonal. I had an older man once tell me that at age 40 his asthma and allergies went away! All I have to say is “lucky him”, mine just got worse, sigh!
I will enjoy your lovely lilac ohotos, though! Just gorgeous and the smell is heavenly (BTW – if you look at allergy forecasts, it’s for trees that don’t have showy flowers. If the flowers are showy, then the insects do the pollinating. If there aren’t bright, colorful flowers [think oaks, maples, most conifers] the tree has to release all sorts of pollen in the hopes that it’ll find another tree!)
I hope you feel better soon!

lorene holbrook - April 22, 2014 - 1:56 pm

I am so sorry to hear this, but welcome to the club! earlier this year I lost my voice for 3 WEEKS! finally went to the DR and he told me the same thing. you have allergies! geeze oh pete! I don’t have allergies and was born and raised here. a friend of mine told me they looked up pollen count and for AZ. this is the highest pollen count since they started recording it. thank you very much! Hope you don’t suffer too much. a little medication and I am doing much better. hope it goes well for you.

Candy Bryant - April 22, 2014 - 2:34 pm

Dear Kerri, Try adding probiotics to your daily supplements. Theralac from the health food store is one of the best. Hope they help. Hugs & Aloha.

Kimberly - April 22, 2014 - 3:54 pm

Same here. Developed allergies in my 30′s. Baa humbug!

easter freebie + new kit + sale ending

It’s Easter weekend. I miss the days of basket-filled sweets. Tiny little surprises. Hiding baskets in unusual places the night before–like the dryer or hanging from the ceiling fan. Something fun for the kids to do that morning when they wake up.

I think I’m feeling nostalgic this week for the younger days of my kids…not that I want to go back, mind you, but they are sweet moments.

So instead, today I share some sweets with you.

Let’s start off with this cute little Easter freebie. I call it a funky bunny. I like a little quirky from time to time. :)


And of course there needed to be two–one floppy and one not.

To download these cute little fellers–forever free–click HERE.


Next up. A brand new kit. Miss Laura asked me for a 6×8 photo template kit at the same time I was working on my travel album for the Here There Everywhere class. Obviously we were on the same wave length here. :)


And you know how I like to mix things up, this brand-new kit of 14 templates is 20% off through Sunday, April 27. So be sure to get yours today while it’s on sale.


And last but not least, the sale on the Hello There Silhouette card class ends tomorrow.

We had a fabulous week with Nichol’s renditions, did we not?


Well, that’s it for today folks. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, whether you celebrate Easter or not.

And I’d like to leave you with this video because it’s pretty amazing. My missionary daughter pointed me to it and not only is it a powerful message, but also, all the ‘old scenes’ with Christ were made by my hubby when he worked on ‘building Jerusalem’ a couple years ago. It looks pretty darn authentic, wouldn’t you say?

Happy Easter!


Tammy Davis - April 19, 2014 - 8:37 am

Thank you, Kerri! These are SO cute!

Lenise Braziel - April 19, 2014 - 8:43 am

Thank you – Happy Easter!

Jen L - April 19, 2014 - 9:13 am

cute, cute bunnies. thank you!!

Karen Clinkinbeard - April 19, 2014 - 12:46 pm

Thank you so much for the cute little bunny freebie! It will be fun to use. Have a blessed Easter.

Teryl - April 19, 2014 - 8:29 pm

So adorable! Love the bunnies–thank you!

Gilda - April 20, 2014 - 8:47 am

Thanks so much for the cute bunnies! Looking forward to the new class. Happy Easter, Kerri.

LisaM6 - April 20, 2014 - 12:40 pm

Thanks! These bunnies are too cute. My daughter can’t wait to get them cut out. Thanks!

Debbie - April 20, 2014 - 9:16 pm

Thank you, these bunnies are so cute!

Sally - April 21, 2014 - 11:07 am

Thanks Kerri! I love it all!

j - April 23, 2014 - 1:47 am