decisions. decisions.

January 31st, 2013|Uncategorized|

Lots and lots on my mind these days.

Some new and exciting things going on — or ‘wanting’ things to go on.

Always growing.

what to do. what to do.

Lots of decisions to make.

Constantly thinking about this or that.

So much in my head.

Wondering where my ‘road’ will take me next.

Don’t worry, I’m still here doin’ my thing.

Always will be.

Just may be doing more things and/or things differently.

I’m very excited.

(I know. I’m being cryptic. :) )

And still trying to figure out to do  ‘balancement’ word.

Not doing so well with it so far.

Guess it’s a good thing we have a year to work on it.

I keep adding more to my life and rather than simplify.

But maybe my future plans will really end up simplifying me down my little road.

That’s the hope, anyway.

 

A look into The History Project

January 28th, 2013|classes|

I’ve gotten a few requests here and there to expound on what kinds of things are going on within the class.

What are the prompts? What are you doing? 

Obviously I can’t share all the information going on within the class, but if you follow me on Facebook, you do see that I give hints as to what we are doing. So if you don’t follow me on Facebook, here’s a little visual sampling on what we’ve been doing or getting in the class.


Each week I pick a subject to dive into for those memories during our early years (0-20). You can tell what some of these subjects are by the pictures. I also ask questions or provide ideas or fun ways to journal as well as share tips on how to get those memories going in your head.  And let us not forget the PDFs and all the free shapes for each week’s subject too! (as seen above)

But in addition to all that is the Facebook group made specifically for class members to write and share their ideas and memories or approaches to this project. I’m loving that because my way is not the only way (don’t tell my kids that ;) ). And I love hearing other people’s memories of certain subjects.

You don’t have to be a scrapbooker to do this. It’s all about journaling…with a little ‘foo foo’ mixed in (if you want to use it).

Here’s what a couple students have said:

“Loving what we are doing so far. I thought I did not have many childhood memories and can’t believe the memory flashes I have been having over the past day.”

……and……

“I am not a scrapbooker…..I have a very dear friend that introduced me to your website for the history project. I have talked to the whole family and we are so excited about doing the project together. Mom=86……….Me=63……….Both children=44 and 39………grandson=21 and will encourage the new grandson=6mo. I am just excited to have all those “hints” to jolt my memory. Thank you for the excitement going on in my head and my heart.”

Wow!

And there is one group of people that are working on this project together like a book group, which I think is a fabulous idea!

I believe it’s the working together and sharing of those memories that helps inspire us to remember even more moments. And how fun is it to get to do it with your family?! My whole family is doing it too. I haven’t read their memories (yet), but they are reading or hearing about mine….which is the whole reason why I’m doing this. Leaving something of me behind for them.

I’m very excited about that.

If you’ve been wanting a glimpse at what’s going on in there ;), I thought perhaps I’d share a ‘page’ from The History Project PDF.

 

Perhaps this will help you to decide if this project is for you. And remember, you don’t have to have started at the first of the year to do this class. You can pick up and run with it at any time. All the information is saved in the class structure so you can pick and choose from the subjects you haven’t done yet. There is no ‘behind’ in this class.

My motto is, ‘Don’t think. Just do.’

The time is now. Write your story now.

new kits + cha recap

January 25th, 2013|digital shapes, photo templates|

Okay boys and girls . . . today’s a big day! If you haven’t noticed, I got a couple new kits up! The fist is a set of new storyboard photo templates and I also used them to create my photo collages below. This kit is made to work with all square photos—Instagram Style. Not that you have to use them with an Instagram photo (mine aren’t), but you surely can!

Check out all the different templates here!


As per usual, each template has its own frame–straight or rounded corner–to overlay the set of photos if you’d like. And just to remind you, if you want a thicker line? Just add a stroke to the frame and voila! It’s a thicker frame!

And because I’m feeling saucy . . . the storyboard kit is on sale through Sunday night for 20% off!

So if’n ya wanna save a couple bucks, best be gettin’ ’em now!


And the next individual kit would be a-comin’ at the request of Miss Nichol. She has something in mind for these babies and I can’t wait to see what it is!


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So a couple weeks ago I went to sunny California for CHA. A cold California, but still 40 degrees warmer than where I left. It was single digit temps here in Utah and in the 40s in California. Felt wonderful! This was the view right by the hotel (left). I think that street by Disneyland (right) is my favorite street in California. It’s just so pretty with all those palm trees lining the street!

Got to run around with my dear friend Lisa Bearnson, which was totally fun! We stayed up ‘way past my bedtime’ according to Lisa (she knows I’m not a night owl). Like 1:30 in the morning. Chatting away like girls at a slumber party. It was so much fun getting to really visit with her again. The occasional lunch just doesn’t cut it. ;) And when we used to travel together often, we could conversate more. So it was fun doing that again.

I ran into so many friends there! Heck, I don’t pay to go see the product…I pay to see all my friends that I never get to see! Here’s a peek at a few of the friends I got photos with.

 

I added two actions over the top of that:
Heartland from The Pioneer Woman and Acid Wash from Totally Rad Actions.


Dang…I don’t know what I was thinking when I missed taking one with Elizabeth Kartchner and Heidi Swapp. And dear Miss Shari…she was busy and I was going to go back the next day and get a pic with that cute thing and totally got busy with other things. Next time Shari darling!

All these girls are just amazing. Truly. I’ve known them for years–and some a few years longer than the others. Kristina (from TwoPeas) and I were winners of the very first CK Hall of Fame contest and on the Provo Craft design team. We even had a scrapbook getaway…with Stacy Julian too, before Simple Scrapbooks was really ever anything. Kristina was the first friend I ran into at CHA and it was so fun to see her again. And of course that Ali girl…haven’t seen her in forever. And Teresa…we are Cafe Rio lunch buddies….and it’s been a while. ;) And don’t get me goin’ on Becky and Lisa. And Lori is such a fabulous designer. Worked with her in my CK days. I don’t know how she does all that she does!

I’ve really been lucky to be in this industry for so many years. I’ve made many friends and had many wonderful opportunities. I’m very grateful for all of that. Truly.


And then, of course, I got to see this IRL.
Hey, I can use current TLA (three letter acronym) jargon too. ;)


I tell ya, Becky’s booth was hoppin’ the whole time! Definitely a buzz going on there. Hmmm….wonder why?

Chatted with those American Craft boys and all the fun people that work with that fabulous company–Becky, Maggie, Elizabeth…Studio Calico… Is it any wonder why people want to be associated with AC? They are–and have always been–my very favorite company to work with. Love those guys (and cardstock, of course).

Oh, and little Miss Maggie had these fabulous photo overlays to vintagefy (yeah, it’s a word) your photos. Attach it with some washi tape? Soooo cool! And oh my, I tried to find a photo on AC or Crate Paper (who she’s doing it through–and CP is under the AC umbrella), and even on Maggie’s site, but couldn’t find it. I’m sure you’ll see something soon.

Stopped by the Silhouette booth. Saw that they have new chipboard that you can work with now. That’s awesome for all you chipboard lovers! If you haven’t seen their announcement on their blog, you can check it out HERE.

My Mind’s Eye are another one of my favorite companies. They always have such wonderful scrapbooking goodness. Yum. That’s all I have to say!

Stopped by the Lifestyle Crafts booth and chatted with sweet Michelle Rasmussen…who was my first boss when I started with QuicKutz…but I’d known her prior to that for all the QVC stuff. This girl is a total sweetheart and I miss working with her. She’s so creative and she’s doing an amazing job with her vision for that company. The Letterpress is fabulous!

The trip was quick, but oh so much fun to go again. It’s been about three years since my last trade show. I’d love to go to Chicago…it’s my kind of town. ;) Seriously though, love Chicago.

 

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twentyTHIRTEEN . . . it’s here!

January 23rd, 2013|digital shapes|

I’m so excited to finally get this kit to y’all.
I can’t  believe we are three weeks into the new year already!
It’s been a busy one for me so far. Hope it mellows just a little bit.

pfffffff . . . who am I kidding . . . really. ;)

So, without further ado, here is the new twentyTHIRTEEN kit!

 



The fun part of this kit is not only the mixing and matching within the kit itself, but I also made it to coordinate with the Life Additions: Weeklies #2 kit! I felt like it was time to update the ‘twenty____’ series. Originally I’d made them so that they could all work together . . . and they still can. But I wanted to focus more on making it coordinate with the Weeklies #2 kit. You’ll see some similarities, but I opted for updating some of the fonts and still kept a couple of the ‘regulars.’

Here’s some more examples of mixing it up within the kit itself:

And of course this would work perfectly with the Life Additions: Weeklies #2 kit too!
Fabulous addition to your Project Life!

 

routine: coming to life…in more ways than one.

January 22nd, 2013|laura vegas, pages|

There is nothing more exciting to me to see these two-dimensional pieces of art I make come to life in wonderful ways. And Laura’s page is definitely one of these wonderful ways! It’s just eye candy!

 

[ ShapesinFORMS (Report Card, Score Sheet, Library Card) / Need Directions (quirky arrow) / Say What: 1 (“relax”) / Say What: 3 (“Today” arrow, “Insane” title) / Life Additions: 2 (“routine”) / Life Additions Weeklies: 2 (days of the week) / A Beautiful World (“green grass”) ]
 

Here’s what Laura has to say:

I feel like I am the last person in the scrapbooking world that is NOT doing Project Life. At least, not yet. However, I have a large stash of the divided page protectors and never think to use them. I decided to challenge myself to use one when sitting down to work on my project for Kerri this month. My 16 year old, Alyssa, has been extremely busy these last few weeks with all of her school activities, soccer (two teams), band rehearsals and concerts, and normal, everyday life stuff. I thought I would create a page documenting one of her busy weeks and got busy digging through Kerri’s kits to find a variety of shapes to use. I started with the days of the week … an obvious choice, right? I choose a few arrows, along with a few different words/phrases that caught my eye (“routine” for that everyday stuff, “relax” for that one day she had a few minutes of downtime, “green grass” for soccer). When I saw the “2 Words. In. Sane.” shape, I knew it was perfect for my title, since her week’s schedule was truly insane. I used a few of Alyssa’s photos from her iPod. Since the quality wasn’t that great, I printed them on the cards from the inFORMS kit. Since the photos printed BEHIND the forms, it helped hide the fact that the photos weren’t crystal clear or in focus.



Even if you’re not doing Project Life, I think this is fabulous way to document a week of life! Or anything, for that matter. And I love how she printed designs from inFORMS over the top of the photos! Such a cool effect! And if you don’t want to print over it, try printing it onto a transparency and slide it over your pocket items.

I so need to make a page like this!

Thanks Laura! Love it!

love is in the air

January 18th, 2013|nichol magouirk, projects|

Valentine’s Day.

Less than a month away.

Can you believe it? I’m just looking forward to some warmer temperatures. This constant below freezing–and below zero–is for the birds. Oh wait…those birds get to fly south…what am I talking about? Lucky ‘ducks.’

Some of you may be thinking about creating some new lovey-dovey works of art to help set the mood in your home. And if you’re like me, you’re gonna wanna make exactly these fabulous framed pieces of love like Nichol made.

Here’s what she has to say:
I’ve been working on adding some new additions to the Valentine decor of our home. I replaced the glass/photos in these distressed wood frames with photo-sized inserts for the holiday. One of the best ways to get multiples in the colors you need for a project (like the first frame shown here) is to use your die cut machine. I was able to use up paper scraps from other projects to cut the hearts and cut all the tags from one sheet of 8.5×11 cardstock. The tags were customized by incorporating the shape from the “XOXO” kit with the tag hole from another kit. You could also just create a circle shape in the Silhouette software instead. I just had both files open, figuring out what tag shape I wanted to use so I created mine this way! ;)






[ Shapes | XOXO (tag+heart) / December Additions: The Extras (tag hole)



 And here’s what she’s a-sayin’ about this one:  

I cut a heart shape and attached all the die cut flowers to the heart with tiny, tiny brads. I layered the stamped & embossed banner across the heart with foam adhesive and trimmed off the excess before placing it inside the frame.



[ Shapes | XOXO (heart) / This+That: Family (flower) / This+That: Freedom (banner)



And this one:

I really wanted to incorporate a Hero Arts clock stamp in my stash into a Valentine’s frame. I was perusing my KBS shapes and came across the clock hands file and it dawned on me how cute the stamped shape would look with the die cut hands layered on top! I love that you can recreate this same idea with any clock stamp you may have by simply changing the size of your clock hands to fit! So fun! The eiffel tower and heart die cuts tie the design together. I needed a banner to stamp the definition on so I just grabbed one of the KBS shapes from a recent file and resized it to accommodate the stamp design.


 [ Shapes | This+That: Love (eiffel tower) / This+That: Halloween (clock hands) / XOXO (hearts) / Letters to Santa (banner) ]



sooooo love.
that about says it all.

thank you miss nichol.

i love this smile

January 10th, 2013|naomi atkins, pages|

We have a special treat coming from Miss Naomi today!
Absolutely gorgeous!



[ Shapes | More Background Basics (diamond background) / Say What #2 (title) ]


I love the way Naomi did that diamond background! Sometimes a ‘harlequin’ design can be a really strong-looking element, but not on this page. Uh uh. It’s so soft and subtle. Mmmmm . . .  love it!

new project life: cinnamon edition

January 7th, 2013|Uncategorized|

Just a few short (short) months ago, our darling Miss Becky Higgins asked if I would like to participate in creating another edition of her amazing Project Life system. Having had so much fun designing the Turquoise edition, of course I had to say yes!

The minute she asked–and before I knew for sure I was going to do one, mind you–my brain started spinning with ideas and color schemes and all that gloriousness. I was on overload! I just had this urge to do something that wasn’t the necessarily the current trend. I wanted to do something that I knew would be usable regardless of girl or boy. Something that was very graphic with words and such . . . ’cause we all know how I like to do that. :) And when Becky said, ‘Okay, go for it. Cinnamon is yours,’ I was ecstatic! Her vision for the kit was right along with all those ideas in my head.

It was meant to be.

It’s tough keeping a secret like this when you just get so darned excited about it! And then, you start seeing all the other artists’ fabulous renditions and you just about burst at the seams!

If you haven’t been to Becky’s blog to see the full announcement, you should do that HERE. She is sharing the catalog PDF and all I can say is oh my freakin’ heck! How do they expect people to choose???

Fabulous. Just fabulous.

It was wonderful to be amongst all these amazing designers!

Kimberly Church – Wedding Mini Kit
Nisa Fiin – Rain Edition
Tiffani Smith – Kraft Edition
Kerri Bradford – Cinnamon Edition
    (hey, that’s me!)
Lili Niclass – Jade Edition + Seasons Mini Kit + Baby Mini Kits
Lori Whitlock – Honey Edition + Childhood Mini Kit
Liz Tamanaha – Midnight Edition
American Crafts in-house graphic designers – Blush Edition + Holidays Mini Kit

 

So you know, I’ve just been dying to show you this kit for some time now.
You got to see a little sneak of it in the catalog, but here’s an even bigger look at it!



 
Okay, whew. It’s grand to get that ‘secret’ off my chest now.
I’m gonna go see this in person on Sunday at CHA.
Kind-a excited about that. :)

i can see clearly now

January 4th, 2013|Uncategorized|

Do you all find this weird? So, I know I’ve mentioned my eye sight issues that I’ve had the past few short months. Finally went to the eye doctor yesterday and not only did the astigmatism go away, but my eye sight got better–as in one eye went from 4.0 to a 3.5 and the other eye went from 5.75 to 5.

Um . . . what???

Has anyone ever had that happen??? I just find that very strange, especially to that significant of a change. And he said that it’s not usual for an astigmatism to go away, but it can happen. Weird!

And I am 46, so the closeup reading is getting a little worse, but it actually got better with the properly prescripted contacts, but I also learned another ‘duh’ thing.

I keep my computer screen fairly far back and with the eye issues I was having, it was getting hard to read. Tried my daughters’ 1.0 reading glasses and that totally didn’t work.

Well duh, as he explained, reading glasses are meant to be used at a distance to where you would normally hold a book. Duh! So I’m suppose to bring the monitor closer and use reading glasses if that’s what I’ll need to do eventually. My husband and I were both banging the heel of our hands to our head. Duh. lol

I’m just curious if any of you have encountered this whole vision getting better thing. I wouldn’t mind if it kept going so I could have perfect eye sight, but I’m not holding my breath. ;)

happy new year!

January 1st, 2013|Uncategorized|

A brand new year.

A brand new outlook.

A new year always brings hope of good things to come.

It’s promising.

It’s exciting.

Why do you think that is?

It just seems like it’s a flip of the calendar.
But you can’t help be excited about new things to come–what the new year will bring.

I think that’s what’s so fun about doing Ali Edwards’ One Little Word.

Last year my word was grow.

I had no idea at the time just how that would become so significant to me.

In my little business world? grow.grow.grow.
Growth in learning and teaching and meeting new about-the-world friends and all that good stuff.

Personally? Was I a better person and mother?
Eh. I’d say status quo.

Which is what brings me to my One Little Word today.

In typical KB fashion, I’ve got my own word.
Two words that I feel really strongly about–I couldn’t just choose one word. 
I have to focus on both.

So I made it one word.

And here it is . . .



I need to find balance in my life.

I need to not go through periods of totally consumableness (yeah, it’s a word) when working on certain projects for work. When I do that, my home life gets seriously off balance. Not to mention I have days of not showering until late in the day causing what I call, ‘ugly day.’ Creating classes or working on a graphic design job have a tendency to produce consumableness.

That’s why I desperately need to focus on balance.

And then there’s the document side of my word.

Something I am feeling very passionate about and–as you can tell–I am focusing whole heartedly on it this year with my class.

So obviously I was in quite a dilemma when having to choose just one word.
And to stay within the scope of one little word? I made my own.

Because I can.

It’s just what I do. :)


Here’s wishing you all a Happy New Year and that your brand new year brings you everything you hope for!

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