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hello there  •  hello flip card

I don’t know ’bout you, but I have soooo been enjoying Nichol’s cards this week…and this one is no exception. I love her take on the flip card, especially her adding the white-on-white flower background to it. love. All her touches with the stamps and flowers and such makes this pop in a whole new […]

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hello there  •  floopy flower

Our week-long showcase on the Hello There Silhouette card class continues with Nichol’s rendition of this sweet ‘floopy’ flower card. Love the color choices and the stamped sentiment on the banner. All the extra bits and baubles are just icing on the cake. Here’s what Nichol has to say: I added stamping detail to the ‘floopy […]

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Tammy Davis - April 16, 2014 - 12:37 pm

This is beautiful! Love these examples of different ways to use the cut files!

Candy Bryant - April 16, 2014 - 2:39 pm

Aloha Kerri,
I was wondering if it was possible for you to teach us how to make an envelope to fit any size card? Maybe in the new class or a tutorial on the blog. Silhouette wasn’t very helpful when they replied to me to use the scale window?!? I have ruined envelopes and know there must be an easy way to create one. Hugs & Mahalo.

Kerri - April 16, 2014 - 2:55 pm

Hey Candy!
One of the easiest ways to do it is to draw a rectangle the same size as your card and then size your envelope so that that rectangle fits in the designated card-holding space.

I think I did bring that up once in one of my classes…can’t remember which one.

If you’re talking a square card with an already-created rectangle envelope, then you can do the same thing, but then you’d need to worry about making the envelope fit a square space, if that’s what you’re wanting. Sometimes just moving the side handles, changing just the width (or height) to make it more square can work, but that can alter the design of the envelope too. If the points are few in number, you can always grab the points and move them in on each side.

But that first option is a pretty sure-fire way to make sure your card and envelope pretty much match up.

Does that help at all?

hello there  •  paper bag + envelope

Okay, so you may have seen me get confused previously about which designs are my favorite from the Hello There class–and the confusion obviously continues. This paper bag is one of them…too. I can never truly decide. ;) I love Nichol’s use of it here! I love the all the accents she’s added here. And […]

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Sandy R. - April 15, 2014 - 10:44 am

There is such a thing as a clear glitter marker!?!- OooooH!

yolande k - April 15, 2014 - 1:02 pm

C’est sublime, j’adore ! !

Brand New Class: Here There Everywhere

I have been waiting and waiting to do this class. It’s been percolating for months now. If you didn’t already know this about me…. i love to travel.And last fall when my hubby and I decided to get out of town for the upcoming winter, I thought that making a travel journal was going to […]

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Candy Bryant - April 3, 2014 - 11:51 am

Aloha Kerri, Been seeing posts about the new version of Silhouette. Do you recommend we download it now or wait until the bugs are worked out? It sounds like we lost features and the new ones sound confusing. How can there not be a cut line, no cut, perforate, etc? One blogger recommended keeping the last version when updating. How could you do that? Your new class sounds like fun, but could also turn into a “bug hunt” with all the confusion surrounding the new version. I hope you can help us figure it out. Mahalo nui.

Kerri - April 3, 2014 - 12:12 pm

I know…it’s pretty crazy right now! When I saw that a new, quite significant, version was out–knowing what I was going to be doing with a new class–I was a bit freaked, to say the least. lol I really don’t have a choice but to use the new software to make the new class unless I want to rerecord it all again later…and I don’t want that. lol Since the class doesn’t start for 6+ weeks, hopefully the more experienced Studio users will have helped the less experienced users transition it as well as Silhouette will make some improvements to the software as it goes.

Therfore, I probably would hold off updating for at least a couple weeks. There’s no rush. I NEVER jump on the major update bandwagon because there are always bugs, but I had to this time.

I use a Mac with 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion) and so far so good, other than it’s sluggish, which bugs me big time. I hate the animated menus for that same reason. I wish I could turn it off.

When I installed the new version, it recognized that I had the old one still there and gave me the option to keep both, so I did. That’s nice. I don’t know how you can go about reverting back if you needed to other than to look for a similar file that you would have downloaded previously.

I would imagine that for the most part, the features used in the class will be the same between the two versions. There will just be a different look. There may be something new that might be pretty cool to use though. But I would think that overall, the usage should be about the same if you didn’t update.

I’m hoping to stay out of the bugs myself. Could be an interesting few weeks. ;) If you hear some sailor words being yelled out into the universe, it’s just me encountering issues. lol

Sandy Evans - April 3, 2014 - 3:04 pm

Well I just jumped in with both feet and downloaded the new version of Silhouette. I love my Silhouette and have always gotten excellent customer service that I just didn’t even think of having a problem.
But back to the new class, Kerri I have brought every class you have sold (those at Jessica’s and the ones you have added to your blog) and sad to say I have only done 1 and 1/2 of all the classes I have brought. :-( I have told myself I wasn’t going to buy anymore till I finished all the ones I have, but of course I am going right now to order your new class. You are so amazing Kerri. Someday I will get time to do all the ones I have. Really hoping I can start this class when it begins, maybe I could finish it if I did.

Kerri - April 3, 2014 - 3:12 pm

Sandy, I totally hear ya! I’m that way too. Sign up for a class and just kind of lightly do it. It’s like I’m a magazine reader but then really only look at the pics. Books? pffffff. Just never have time to sit and enjoy what’s in front of me. I think it’s that fast-paced A.D.D. thing that makes it hard to just sit down and do something like a class or read a book. I don’t even hardly read blogs…I just look at them for the pictures. lol

Kimberly O. - April 3, 2014 - 3:36 pm

Yay! A new class using the new version of Silhouette Studio! :) I have all of your classes and I just finished “Just Add Color”. I downloaded and installed version 3 this morning. I had heard from a friend that supposedly .studio files created with previous version wouldn’t open, but I was able to open the ones that I tested.

So.. will you be redoing your existing classes? (I’m not saying *I* need that, just curious.)

Sandy Evans - April 3, 2014 - 3:59 pm

Darn, I didn’t think about doing your older classes now that the new version is out. Wonder if I will still be able to figure out how to do them????
That will make me very very sad if I can’t do the ones I have brought…. :-(

Kerri - April 3, 2014 - 4:14 pm

Sandy, yeah…that’s a good thought. My guess is that most of what’s done in class will still be doable in the new software. There may be small changes or advancements in the new software that hopefully won’t make much aof a difference.

But on that note, I’ve posted this to my FB and will do it here:

If you have signed up for any of my classes, I would recommend making sure that you complete the class first before updating so that you can follow along exactly with the video instruction.

I would imagine much will be the same, but I’m guessing there will be some differences along the way.

It will be quite time intensive to re-record all the videos with the new software and I don’t foresee doing it any time soon with a new class in progress combined with the bugginess of the new software. I want to wait until things work a little more smoothly before jumping into re-recording. I have a feeling it’s going to get crazy recording this new Here There Everywhere travel class. I can already see some issues in the software that’s going to give me grief.

You have a few weeks to get your current classes done before this new one comes out. So wait to update until you’re done and then you should be good to go. I would think a few weeks will make a difference on updates with Studio as well.

If you have friends that have signed up for my classes too, please share this thought with them or on your FB page or groups or message boards. I want to get the word out.

Thanks!

Sandy Robinson - April 3, 2014 - 4:19 pm

Yay! I’m in!!!

Sandy Evans - April 3, 2014 - 6:06 pm

:-( I have already downloaded the new version… hopefully when I every get around to doing the older classes I have brought from you Kerri you will be able to help me through them.
Sandy

Kerri - April 3, 2014 - 6:18 pm

I’m always just a keystroke away Sandy. :)

sandy evans - April 3, 2014 - 6:26 pm

Thanks Kerri…:-)
that makes me feel a LOT better.

Kerri - April 4, 2014 - 1:34 pm

Sandy, the old version of the software is available under the Support link on the Silhouette America website. If you wanna go back…go back, my friend. Scroll down the page there and you’ll see it.

Thought that might help ya out. :)

Lori - April 4, 2014 - 2:49 pm

I just signed-up and I am SO excited! I’ve done all your classes and have LOVED them all! I used to be “scared” of the Silhouette machine, but you have changed all of that. :) I downloaded the Designer Software update and it looks amazing–love the fresh interface. One question: do we get the “Let’s Go” brush script titles when class starts? Thanks! Have a lovely weekend.

Lori - April 4, 2014 - 2:57 pm

Just got the download link for the travel themed brush script titles with my store receipt–woo hoo! Thanks, Kerri!

Kerri - April 4, 2014 - 2:59 pm

Thanks for all your sweet words Lori. I”m glad you love your baby. :) It is pretty awesome, right?

As for the Let’s Go kit, you should have a download link for it in your confirmation email. You should also be able to access it through your account online.

Let me know if it’s otherwise though. :)

Kerri - April 4, 2014 - 3:10 pm

awesome! :)

Saundra - April 5, 2014 - 2:39 pm

I downloaded the new Silhouette software V3 also. I like the new look and I like the new features, however, it is slower than molasses and then freezes up and I have to close it. Mind you I have a brand new computer with many gigs of memory and storage space and the only thing I have on it is my Silhouette software, so I don’t understand why it won’t run correctly. It is really irritating to me as I was just about to start the Easter cards for my grandchildren. Grrrrr. I hope they get it fixed soon. You can’t even get anywhere near talking to customer service on the phone either. My husband is a software engineer and he said the way they rolled out this upgrade was insane, they should have notified us first. Also, I didn’t get an option to save the older version when I downloaded the new version, I wish I had.

Kerri - April 5, 2014 - 2:46 pm

Hey Saundra!
Go farther down on that download screen on the Silhouette site and you can get the older version to put back on your machine. :)

Kerri

julie - April 6, 2014 - 5:52 pm

Kerri,
Just to confirm this is a self pace class that will be open forever. I’m on vacation the week it’s released so I’ll be able to take it whenever. Right?

thanks
julie

Kerri - April 6, 2014 - 5:58 pm

You bet! Same as always.
Self-paced…access forever. :)

Tammy Davis - April 10, 2014 - 6:53 pm

Okay, I am all signed up! I couldn’t stand NOT taking the class! We have never been very much into traveling, but surely I can adapt it to a trip to the park, etc. Love your classes, Kerri!

the history project + the unexpected surprise

I know that many of you have been wondering all about the History Project. I’ve shared my personal reasons for doing this–a good part which was due to the loss of my mother and her stories–and I’ve even shared an excerpt of one of the prompts in PDF fashion  just to give you an idea […]

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Stacey - January 6, 2014 - 11:23 am

Very cool Kerri! I have enjoyed the class.

heidig - January 7, 2014 - 10:32 am

What a great story! I’m always saying everything happens for a reason. I signed up for this class knowing I wouldn’t be able to tackle it in 2013 (and I had no idea you’d run it again), but I didn’t want to miss out. I’m doing it this year though and I’m excited to start! Thanks for the class Kerri.

Gaby - January 10, 2014 - 11:13 pm

OMW this is just beyond cool! Awesome! Thanks for sharing. I am so behind writing my history. Love the prompts and keep looking at them… loving the flood of memories that come to me .. I know, I should be writing them. I am just enjoying all I am remembering!

New year = Perfect time to start ‘The History Project’

I am in awe of what I personally accomplished last year in my own life history. I’m just plain happy. Recording all those wonderful memories of my childhood into one golden nugget of goodness. And I’m still not quite done. Still have a few prompts to complete (got a little behind in the fall madness). […]

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Angela - December 27, 2013 - 3:35 pm

Well..after reading that..how could I say no?? Signed up!

Lynette - December 27, 2013 - 5:22 pm

I am seriously thinking about this class! I am only 26, so if I got 1-20 taken care of this class, I’ll be doing good! I am a total journal-er. I have 25+ journals from teenage years and up. I know my kids will want to know stuff about me…but dude, they will probably want the condensed version most of the time! My mom did a scrapbook for me up to age 5….and that’s all I have. This would be a great project to get the stories down, and then just stick the pictures in a separate album and just call it good! :) Thank you so much. I will seriously be considering using Christmas money for this class! :)

Mariah - December 28, 2013 - 1:16 pm

For some reason, that video choked me up. I will check this class out.

Lorraine - December 28, 2013 - 6:33 pm

I participated in the 2013 class (but am terribly behind). Will the prompts be any different? Are the same message boards used for both years?

What would be the advantage of signing up for 2014?

Kerri - December 28, 2013 - 6:34 pm

The prompts are all the same. No need to sign up again. It’s just that now is a good time for anyone who’s been thinking of doing it…new year and all. :) And you’ll have forever access, so no worries there.

TamiF - December 28, 2013 - 7:00 pm

When will we receive the last 15% of the 2013 class? I know you’ve been busy. Just curious when the last 8 lessons will be delivered. Thanks for any info!

Kerri - December 28, 2013 - 7:12 pm

They are coming. :) In fact, the first one of this last group comes out tomorrow (just waiting to photograph in the morning). That’s my whole goal over these next few days. Get ‘er done! :)

Katie - December 28, 2013 - 8:07 pm

For Christmas this year, my mom asked for 10 pages of my personal history. I have to admit that I still haven’t started due in part to the craziness of getting Christmas for my family, but also due to the fact that I have no idea where to start! I will get her the 10 pages she asked for, but next Christmas she’ll have even more, thanks to this class! I’m signing up right now!

Jean - December 29, 2013 - 10:12 am

Can you tell us how much digital content is included in the class? A cut file/printable each week?

Kerri - December 29, 2013 - 10:39 am

Hey Jean! There’s two links at the bottom of this post, the second one takes you to a post that shares more of what is in the class. Generally speaking, there’s two pages of content for each prompt, including photos, tips, ideas, memory triggers, actual writing tips, etc. (The page example shown is one page of two.) There’s also one digital/cuttable element. Often it’s a title, but there’s others as well. Hope that helps!

Jolene - December 29, 2013 - 8:07 pm

I just went back and read about the class (again!) and the funny thing that clinched it for me was reading that your Dad’s hometown is Sheridan, WY! I grew up in Dayton, WY and know Sheridan well! That decided it for me. Strange, I know, but there it is. Can’t wait to get started.

Kerri - December 29, 2013 - 8:33 pm

Jolene…that’s awesome! I love that! My mom and dad met in Sheridan–when she lived there for a little while in high school. She worked at the theater there on the main street. Once upon a time I found an old postcard online of Sheridan in the 50s and I imagined my mom and dad being there on those streets, her working at the theater, for which you could see the marquee.

It’s a small world, eh?

And Katie, your mom asked for an awesome gift! Whether you did it through this class or not, I love that idea! Usually it’s the other way around–kids wanting it from their parents. Type it up first and then you’ll always have a copy to pass around. Then if you want to journal it by hand for authenticity, you can do that too. I always find that typing helps my thought process and writing more…plus, it’s then my backup. :)

Nashonne - December 30, 2013 - 10:31 am

I have so LOVED doing The History Project this year! I’m lucky to still have my parents here to ask them things about my childhood so my son would have some insight into his mom as I was growing up. I love the elements too!

I’m almost done, and that’s a little sad. I enjoyed receiving the weekly emails, seeing what the new topic would be. I carried my book and pen with me so when I had a spare moment I could update it, without the need for anything else (I prettied it up later with the element, stickers, and washi tape).

A girlfriend also bought the class and the two of us has kept each other motivated to keep up and complete the project.

Kerri, thanks so much for a GREAT CLASS with positive ramifications for years to come!

Kerri - December 30, 2013 - 12:56 pm

Thanks Nashonne! Your journey sounds like it was an amazing one.
Glad you loved the class! :)

Lisa G. - December 30, 2013 - 4:06 pm

All signed up and ready to start :) Pink book in hand!

Kerri - December 30, 2013 - 4:17 pm

I love it Lisa! Welcome! :)

ana roat - December 30, 2013 - 8:31 pm

Hey, my sister had a Shirley Temple doll just like yours! What fun watching you flip thru your journal. I’ve watched the video several times and smile everytime I do.

Thanks for the peek Karri.

Happy New Year!!!

RHadonda - December 31, 2013 - 1:44 pm

That looks amazing. I can’t imagine writing that much and you have such pretty hand writing. Cool.

Rita - January 7, 2014 - 1:06 pm

Maybe a strange question, but is the sheet that you covered the inside front cover with included with the class? That is something I would love to have documented.

Kerri - January 7, 2014 - 2:17 pm

Yes, it’s the element in Week 8. :)

announcing class combo packs!

I’m so excited to finally bring you two new combo packs for the online Silhouette classes offered here at KBS! It’s always nice to save a buck or two, eh?  Just click on the image and it will take you to it in the store.       And now, tomorrow…Friday. I think I might […]

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hello there . . . it’s a brand new silhouette class!

Can you even believe it! There’s a brand new Silhouette class all on card making that is now open for registration! Class starts November 4, just in time for you to get ready for the holidays. I’m so excited to to teach you even more about using your Silhouette. To empower you to create and […]

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Ruth G - September 23, 2013 - 9:43 am

This looks like so much fun! I love that you made the print and cut envelopes! I still need to go through your other classes and get my printer to work with my Silhouette dedicated laptop so I think I will probably be taking this at a later time, although the $5 discount makes it very tempting to sign up right now even though I won’t be able to do much…
Thanks so much for making it so hard to choose ;-)!

Lisa (ThePurplePlace) - September 23, 2013 - 10:06 am

Yippee! My wishes have come TRUE!! Thanks Kerri!!

Paula - September 23, 2013 - 10:27 am

I’m all signed up ready :)
I’ve now taken 3 of your classes & I would recommend them to EVERYONE!!!! Seriously I have never learned so much, had such fun & felt so utterly confident in such a short period of time.

I do have printing issues which I have posted a question about in the forum “Just Add Color”.

I bought “Design Secrets” first, then half way through decided I needed the others first, so I have now worked my way through “Getting to Know You”, “Oh The Places We’ll Go” and am almost at the end of “Just Add Color”. I can go back to “Design Secrets” feeling better equipped to deal with the class and can’t wait to learn more about cards. I LOVE my silhouette now you have taught me to use it ♥♥♥

Sandy Evans - September 23, 2013 - 12:03 pm

I signed up…. Kerrie is totally awesome. I still have a few classes I haven’t done . But know Kerri will be there if I need help when I get time to do them.. Always so excited for her classes. I have them all, she is an awesome teacher…

Shawn Wenrich - September 23, 2013 - 12:54 pm

So excited for class to start! I’ll share the news with my Silhouette buddies:)

Jeannie Phillips - September 23, 2013 - 5:33 pm

OK, might have skipped this one – - except for that two-sided cut and print. Absolutely, positively just HAVE to know how to do this. Thanks Kerri!

Katie Jones - September 24, 2013 - 6:36 am

Super excited! Just signed up!!!