Back To Reality…And Winter.

January 30th, 2015|everyday life|

If you follow me on social media, you know I’ve been in Florida this week. My daughter served her LDS mission there and it was cut short–and sudden–due to some medical issues last summer. So when I happened to find tickets to Orlando for $247 round trip from Utah (thank you JetBlue), I knew we needed to go for her. So Zach, Jordan and I went and we stayed in St. Augustine a few days. Beautiful place!

I plan on sharing more details and photos here, but having got home after midnight and not really getting to sleep until 1:30, I’ll leave you with these two photos. One is of our view from the hotel. I’m going to seriously miss this view. And one is of a spread from the simple travel journal album I made before hand. All will be shared in good time. :)

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Isn't it Lovely?

January 28th, 2015|maggie massey, pages|

When I concepted (yeah, it’s a word) the ‘Little Words’, I’d imagined them being used in their entirety as a background. You can’t imagine my delight when I saw this little number from our Miss Maggie!

I just love to see what this fabulous creative team will do with the KBS designs!

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[ Designs | Lovely Little Words (background) ]


Gorgeousness!

love.


Here’s some words from Maggie:

My layouts are usually created around photos of my kids. And by “usually,” I mean “always.” But, with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought it would be appropriate to create a page about the love of my life.

The minute I saw Kerri’s “Lovely Little Words” I knew I had to use them on my layout…but I wasn’t quite sure at first how I wanted to use them. After some deliberation I decided to print the graphics as they were and use them as my background paper. And I LOVE the result!

I opened up the .png file and recolored each little strip at random…either with black on white or white on black.

**Side note: I think the thing I love the very most about Kerri’s designs (other than that the designs themselves are ridiculously fantastic) is that they can be recolored to suit your needs. That’s so huge for me.**

I copied and pasted a section of the original graphic to increase the size of the final page to 8.5×11 (my go-to layout size right now), and printed out my page onto regular cardstock.

I printed out my photo in black and white and, because the paper itself said exactly what I wanted to say on my page, I didn’t need to go too far with my embellishments…awesome.


The black and white background is awesome. Like I said, I love seeing what these lovely ladies will do. They always surprise me in the most wonderful way. :)

 

Just the Thought of Spring…

January 26th, 2015|layle koncar, pages|

….makes me smile. The thought of warm weather, seeing green all around and pretty blue skies sounds ever-so lovely.

So when I saw this gorgeous spread from Layle, it was like a brush of fresh air. (And boy do we need fresh air ’round these parts with the icky inversion we get each winter).

If you’re in the same boat Layle and I both are–living in Utah and all–take a gander at this and dream of great things to come.

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[ Designs | This+That: Spring (hello spring + grow stacked words) / Click (this day) / Love This Photo ]


ahhhhhhhh….

Beautiful, yes?


Here’s what Layle has to say:

January and February in Utah are two of the dreariest months around!  It’s cold, lots of snow and overcast most of the time.  I put this pocket page spread together from last May to remind myself that spring will eventually get here & we’ll have sunshine, green grass and flowers in bloom.


I used several stacked words in my spread, both from the This & That Spring (Just Shapes) kit.  The first one I adhered over a close up photo of a tree in our backyard.  I wanted the ‘Hello Spring’ design to fit the full 3×4 pocket, so I sized the width to 3″, unchecked ‘ ‘lock aspect ratio’ and set my height to 4″ and voila – perfect to fit in the pocket.  To make it a bit easier to slide in the pocket, I first adhered it with small glue dots to a 3×4 piece of acetate, that way it maintained its shape when I slid it in to the pocket.


Now I’m off to find my own bit of sunshine.


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Hello There Class On Sale Now!

January 23rd, 2015|classes|

With Valentine’s Day coming up, now is the time to learn how to make your own customizable cards–from start to finish–in the Hello There Silhouette Card Class, which is on sale for 30% off through the end of the month.

That makes it just $21. 
sweet!

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Learn how to make 10 unique cards and envelopes that you can customize for any occasion. Here are some cards that Nichol made using her class skills last year.

[Click on the image to take you to the full post on that card.]

It’s a great time to pick up the class!

This class uses version 2, but you can still do the class using version 3.
For details on the class, click HERE.

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And let’s not forget the fabulous freebies that come with the class.
Lots of great stuff to work with your cards. :)

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Organization Tip #35: Making Lists

January 22nd, 2015|organization|

By the title you would think I have 34 previous numbered tips, but it’s just a random number pulled out of a hat. Surely I must have shared at least 34 tips by now. ;)


Setting the Stage

For years and years, I used notebooks to carry all my ideas in one location. They are quite handy and were so awesome to hold many thoughts in a given location. Composition books are a favorite as far as notebooks go. Small. Bendable. Comes in so many colors and patterns. Dreamy.

I have an addiction on those really.

I don’t think I would have ever changed my method of madness…uh…I mean recording…until we remodeled the floor where my studio is and I was pretty much without everything for a few months.

That’s when I bought my baby Mac…my laptop.

I won’t bore you with the details as to why I couldn’t use my big mama Mac in another location, but all work efforts were now concentrated into one, pretty much, notebook-sized electronic piece of goodness.

It was then that rather constantly looking for my notebooks, I started keeping information on my laptop. We were literally buried in crap scrapbook items for two or three months. My front room had stuff stacked all in the middle, with two aisles to get to the furniture. And we won’t speak about the garage.

Those were not good times.

And since I was mobile now, I had a hard time keeping up with the location of the notebook.


Enter: Modern-day note taking

While working–and instead of getting up to go find the last place I put my notebook–I became BFFs with the Mac app called Pages. It’s similar to Word.

I found myself jotting down ideas in organized files for different subjects that I could quickly access at any given time. Blog ideas. Class ideas. You name it.

But I think the biggest one of them all is my list of words and phrases.

And this is the point in my life where I started going crazy with capturing words and phrases because I have my computer with me way more than any human should ever have their computer with them. So no matter where I am or what I’m listening to, when I hear something, I just quickly pop over to my list and write it down.

And I hear everything. I’m constantly listening as I work. If the tv is on, I hear a phrase that catches my interest, in it goes. My brain is always multitasking that way.

So you can probably imagine that I have quite a list. So far I’m around 20 pages with two columns on each page. (Is that all?)  But as it continued to get longer and longer, I constantly had the thought in my head, How I can make it more visually organized? Where’d the travel quotes go? I’ve got some Christmas up here and down at the bottom, but their mixed with other random words, so where am I looking? 

ugh.

Then one day it hit me.

Color coding.

Brilliant!

Christmas can be in red. Halloween in orange. Thanksgiving in rust. Travel in brown. Summer in green. Winter in blue. Love+Relationships pink. And on and on and on.

I’ve finally got (or am getting) everything into their own section with each one separated by a page break and a title. That way the columns in subjects stay together and don’t roam between columns.

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The coloring makes it soooo easy to scroll and find now!

I’m loving it.

In what seems to be the year of the planner, I seem to have gone the other way. To top it off, I use my Calendar all the time. It’s great to see it on my computer as well as my phone. One creation appears on both places. love. And it alerts me too! ;)

So, there ya have it. That’s me. One step closer to total control in my life.
(We won’t discuss how many more steps there are to have total control in my life.)

 

The View

January 21st, 2015|laura vegas, pages|

Nope. I’m not talkin’ about all the broo-ha-ha going on in daytime television. You won’t find Rosie or Whoopi here folks.

What you will find is a wonderful ‘perspective’ coming from Laura. It’s a fabulous idea!

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[ DesignsPack Your Bags (the view) / Storyboard Instagram Style (photo template) ]


Here’s what Laura has to say:

A while back, I had been searching thru Kerri’s cut files in my Silhouette library and came across one from the Pack Your Bags kit that said “the view”. It might have come from a travel related kit, but it immediately gave me an idea for a layout about some of my daycare kiddos. One of my favorite ways to take pictures of the little ones is to stand above them and wait until they look up at me, which is when I snap the picture. Or I will have one of them sitting in my lap, and I will hold the camera above us and snap away, hoping that one actually captures us in the frame. I thought it would be fun to gather up a bunch of these photos from over the years for a layout.

I used one of Kerri’s collage templates from the Storyboard Instagram Style kit for my photos. I used the template that had two rows with five photos on each row. I created two of these collages, as my original idea for the page was to have the two collages separate from each other. In the end, I ended up combining them together, so that it actually looks like one large collage. I cut my title, “the view”, from the yellow and red patterned papers and from the navy blue patterned paper as well, so that I could layer them together to add a little dimension. And since I am almost always guaranteed to lose the dots from my i’s when I die cut my titles, I added a little enamel dot in it’s place.


I love the kids looking up. It’s a view you see so often as a mom or aunt or grandma… The look of innocence. Those eyes. Just what are they thinking? They have their whole life ahead of them. The future is theirs.

As my kids are all now in college, I wish I had photos like this of them. Guess I’ll have to settle for taking pics of their kids. They will have awesomely dressed children with amazing photos. I’ll see to that…if they ever get married, that is. ;)

Sharing Some Love

January 20th, 2015|digital kits|

Nothing says ‘I Love You’ like a printed word strip that actually says ‘I Love You’. :)

Which brings us to today’s brand new kit:

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These are set up just like the Merry Little Words.

So here’s how they work:

  1. There are three styles, white, colored and distressed.
  2. The first two come in the form of cut files (and PNG) so you can change the colors to whatever tickles your tinsel.
  3. It comes with a ‘frame’ file for Print+Cuts so that you don’t have to rely on the boxes to cut. Because if you do use the boxes, you’ll get it double cutting where the lines of each box rest against the other. I wanted to leave the boxes in tact so that you could change colors as needed. You can turn off the cut lines for the set of labels and then align the frame–with cut lines on–over the main image and use it that way.
  4. If you use DXF file and like the color choices, use the PNG file with the frame file and Align Top and Align Center. That way there’s no grouping or compound pathing involved. If you want to make it your own color scheme, then you’d have to make the words a compound path to do it–like normal.
  5. You can turn off the Line Color and Thickness if you don’t want any chance at seeing the lines when printing.
  6. You can also just trim these with scissors or a paper trimmer if you don’t have a craft cutter, like a Silhouette.
  7. Another great idea would be to use it as a background paper.

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What’s really awesome is you can print out two different sets on one piece of cardstock (I like Epson Premium Presentation Matte paper) and cut them out. In this little ensemble, I used the SVG file of both and layered them with the frames. I turned on the cut lines for the frames only.

I had also ungrouped the image and removed the ‘readme’ text before aligning with the frames. If I’d used the distressed PNG file, I would have used my Knife tool to ‘slice’ off the ‘readme’ text at the bottom of the PNG file. The readme’s are there so if you need help with your options, then you’ve got them right there as a reminder.

My Print+Cut file ended up looking like this:

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Lots of options here to use year ’round.

I love the thought having all these in a little container that I can pull from on a whim. Great for Project Life, a Valentine pocket page,  or any cards or other crafts. It took all of five minutes to put together, print, and cut. Awesome!

 

Where Are We Headed?

January 9th, 2015|classes|

We’re a few days into our new year already. (And I will neither confirm nor deny that I was looking for sandals the other night.) There is so much to look forward to for this brand new year (like spring, ha ha), but there are things that didn’t get done before the last year ended and need to be rounded up now.

What on earth am I talking about, you say?

Well, to say the last three months of 2014 were challenging is putting it mildly…especially the last five weeks of the year. I won’t go into details, but needless to say, two major projects in my business plan did not get executed as planned.

That would be a revamp of The History Project 2015 and the brand new second class

[insert working title here] in the Silhouette series.

So what does that mean?

THE HISTORY PROJECT 2015
This class is getting a little makeover. Don’t worry, all the content is pretty much the same. But I’ve done two years of this class using 52 weeks in the entire year. So this year I’d like to try it in a condensed class that occurs in ten weeks, give or take. One thing that I’ve noticed in comments–and even from myself–is that a year is a long time to do this. And by that I mean, we can get pretty busy at various times throughout a year. You work on your history, you get busy, it gets set aside and then you have to kind of remind yourself and motivate yourself to get back into it.

So this year, I’d like to try a different approach and rope it in to a class of several weeks and see how that goes for people for 2015. I also have a really fun add-on in the works for anyone who has taken the class, so watch for all of that coming soon.

THE BRAND NEW [insert name] SILHOUETTE CLASS
The second class, Oh The Places You Will Go, that is currently available in the store is on sale because it’s being retired. The information and skills you learn there are still fabulous and it’ll help you become a Silhouette guru no matter what version (v2 or v3) you are using. So much of the software is still the same in both version, so it’s still an excellent class.

But it’s been almost three years now since its first appearance (what???) and it’s time to make new projects and use that fun new version 3 of the Studio software.

This is not an update like the Getting To Know You class, but rather it’s a brand new class with brand new projects. We will still be learning many of the same types of skills, but now it’ll be done in version 3. If you feel like you learned great stuff in the current Places class and are wielding your Silhouette like no other, then you don’t need to purchase this new class again. But if you like just following along, making new things, and getting a refresher course, then feel free to join in on the fun. :)


So there you have it.

I have quite a busy couple months ahead of me, but it will be so worth it in the end.

Watch for more details and the new sign up for The History Project 2015 coming soon. Please note, if you’ve already taken the class in the past two years, no need to sign up for it again–you will always have access to the same PDFs and elements you’ve had access to. But this year’s class will now be available only to students that sign up for the 2015 year (the content is pretty much still the same, but reorganized). If you signed up for The History Project after October 1, 2014, you will automatically be a part of this new class.

And because I hate posting without a photo, here’s a random photo that I came upon when spot checking what photos I was looking at in my list of photos. It caught me off-guard and almost made feel like I was doing something I ought not to be doing. But I love the photo still the same. :)

And besides, it makes me feel like he’s pointing at me and saying in a deep billowy voice, “Get ‘er done!” ;)

There’s some motivation.

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Hello New Year…and Last Year

January 8th, 2015|digital shapes|

As you may have noticed, I love numbers and words. They ‘speak’ volumes to me. And including a date on a page is not only informative, but it can be a wonderful embellishment!

For the past few years, I’ve made a ‘year’ kit. Something happened in 2014. I don’t even know what, so don’t ask. But I never got one made. So this year, we’re doing a little two-fer with a kit honoring 2015 and 2014.

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Not only is there quite an assortment of things to choose from to use all by their lonesome, but they work together too!

Here’s a little sampling of what you can do.

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Take the ‘twenty-fifteen/fourteen’ and add it along side a month tag. Staple a month tag ‘as is’ over the top of a large year. Combine the script-ee month with a block year. Add your own color to the month labels or you can even remove the word it comes with and replace it with a script-ee word instead!

Soooo many possibilities!

Not only are there PNG files, but the cut files are included too so that you can change colors on the tabs and labels in your cutting software to suit your own color scheme. And what would be awesome is to make a few different colored Print+Cuts and set place them in a container just to have on hand when you need them.

oh yeah.

And I just had to print some out too, ya know….and cut them out.
They are just so much fun!

Oh, and they would be awesome for Project Life! In case you wanted to know, the month tab also happens to be proportionate to the 3×4 size. :)

 

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I Have A Problem

January 6th, 2015|digital shapes|

I can admit it.

I have a ‘creative A.D.D.’ issue.

It’s a result of having too many ideas in your head that are bursting to come out. Or because when you’re working on one idea, you’re sparked with another idea and ‘the other’ is something quicker to create, so you do that first.

Welcome to my life.

Here is today’s ADD moment:

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I couldn’t help myself.

It had to be done.

And you probably think I spent a lot of time creating a hand. Well, here’s a little trade secret: It’s my real hand. Took a picture of it in front of my bedroom window so it was backlit , opened it in my software and then traced it. (Of course there’s fine-tuning that occurs, but the base is there to start with.)

Crazy, right?

Oh yeah, and how cool would that be printed/painted on a pillow?

And here’s a sneak peek at what I was distracted away from:

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And here’s another little secret…because I never seemed to have gotten a twentyFOURTEEN kit done? (What was up with that???) This is gonna be a two-fer year. :)

Back to work…