this+that: family

It’s finally here! Yippee! I was so excited at how fast this came together (as opposed to last month’s kit) and that I was going to get it done early and then a multitude of things came along. Still, I am happy that it came together quickly for a change. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that I’d actually started jotting down notes and a picked color scheme for it a couple months ago too. ;)


Here are a few tips about the kit:

The Spool.
My original intent for this shape was something like this.

I’d planned on using rub on words along the top and bottom and wrap a lace around the entire spool. But in my search for some fun word rub ons, I came across an old 7gypsies set of rub ons that had the image you see on my actual spool on the tray. I fell in love with it….not only was it perfect, but it was almost exactly the same size! It was meant to be. I had to use it.

The image came from the 7gypsies Rubbings Elements Fragrments, which I tried looking for online and couldn’t find it.


After releasing the kit, someone suggested the little transparency images that I do instead. Well….DUH! Don’t you just wonder, “Why didn’t I think of that???” I think I was just stuck in the groove of my original plan and didn’t allow for other alternatives to enter the ol’ noggin’.


This is what I came up with instead.

You’ll just print this baby along with the other pieces on a transparency and overlay it onto your spool shape.

Thanks for the suggestion Susan! :)

(And the pin is from Making Memories.)

Vintage Instant Photo.
Layer brown background, photo (see size below), green mat, and “love” onto the calendar background. Staple on the right edge, if desired.

Email & Stamp Ensemble.
My intent was to use a real purple pansy Love stamp from the post office. However, when I went in to buy it at the post office, the line was waaaay too long to wait. In the interim I just used the image from the USPS site. You can also order them from HERE.

Add  some distressing around the edge of the email with a black or dark brown stamp pad.

Play Bingo Card.
Tie a string around the star and tie it in a knot.

Intant Photo.

  • Add frame over photo.
  • Use a tiny bit of adhesive to add the “Good Life” transparency.
  • Tie ribbon around a paperclip and add to photo.
  • Adhere to background
  • Select a number circle that represents the amount of kids you have, how many people are in your family, etc. The numbers go up to 9, so if you happen to have 12, then you’ll have to make your own.
  • Staple as shown.

Individualized Name & “Est” Date.
Choose a narrow font (Franklin Gothic Demi, Swiss Compressed, Impact, etc.) type & cut your name. Make sure it doesn’t exceed 3.75″ x 1″ in size so that it will fit in the space.

The “est.” is provided in the kit, so again, choose a serif font, like Georgia, to type & cut the date that you started your family.

Vintage Gate.
While looking through my stash for buttons and brads, I came across an American Crafts Dear Lizzy rosette brad. Bingo! Love it! But my first thought was to use a silver button with a string tied in it.

Layer white flower, photo, key, and “always” title. Add a rhinestone to the key if it tickles your fancy.

Pitcher & Flowers.
After assembling pitcher with leaves and flowers, attach “delight” transparency with a tiny bit of adhesive.

Vintage Sign Post.
I put adhesive everywhere but where the “rings” are and attached the signpost to the background first so that I would know exactly where the photo needed to be and then just tucked the photo underneath the rings.

Use a small bit of adhesive to attach the “Priceless” transparency.

The teeny tiny flower shapes on the owl’s bellies are ever-so much fun. However, they can be a little delicate to work with at this small size. Most of the holes worked fine for me, but there were a couple that were persnickety. If it’s too much for whatever combo of things you have going on, you can remove them from the image if you’d like.

Also, if I weren’t working with such a small image, I probably would have done the eyes with black centers. But for simplicity’s sake in our little miniature world, just having the eyes as one white piece with a hole in them seemed the better thing to do. If you use the owl shape outside this kit–and bigger, I would move the center of the eyes and make them a different color. Black does look good. :)

Enjoy The Ride.
Again, the “enjoy” is a bit delicate at this size, but with a little TLC it does produce such a nice result. I contemplated changing it, but I soooo like that look!

Key Hole.

  • Tie a ribbon around the right edge of the keyhole.
  • Add a word to the small white tag by writing, stamping or using rub ons.
  • Thread a white string through the hole and through the ribbon.
  • Use brads or screw eyelets/brads to “secure” the keyhole to the background.

Photo Sizes.
This particular kit actually has a photo template that you can work with to make sure you have the right photos for the right spots. Pretty sweet. It looks something like this when it’s done. (For photo mask tutorials, refer to the two links on the right of my blog.)

There is extra space between them so you can give your photos a white border.

Now, if you don’t want to compile your photos this way, here are the sizes you’ll need:
2 1/8″ x 1 5/8″
1 1/2″ x 1 3/4″
1 1/8″
2″ x 2 1/4″
1 1/2″ x 7/8″
1 5/8″ x 1 1/8″
1 1/2″

Not to self: Must get new family photos! We haven’t had any since before Zach left. We need new ones desperately!

My next post will have the “break it down”. Files for preorders will go out later tonight.

Is it time for another vaca? ;)

On another note, I just wanted to say thank you for all the support with yesterday’s post. We all knew Dan’s niece was going to have a little boy that was just meant to be here on this earth for a quick moment  in time, but he surprised us all with a slightly earlier delivery (vs. the delivery they were planning). So we spent some time with that tiny little boy before he went back to heaven. It was a sweet and special time to spend with all the family.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

2018-02-28T19:32:35+00:00 April 28th, 2011|this and that|3 Comments


  1. luvmysilhouette April 29, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Kerri I am totally at a loss for what to even say except How Very Sorry I am… It was such a Joy for Zach to come home and this news is just awful… You as well as your entire Family will continue to be in my Prayers…Huge Hugs my Dear Friend… The kit is PERFECTION…XOXO

  2. Rhadonda April 29, 2011 at 1:18 am

    I am so sorry too. Even though you knew i can't imagine how hard all that must have been. Glad for supportive, loving family. How timely for a family kit. Once again you have outdone yourself. And the photo template, genius!!! This will make me take some new photos too. At least all your family is home now so go take that picture! Job well done you creative wonder woman!

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