Document December

Documenting your December has become a rather big thing, thanks to the likes of Ali Edwards and her December Daily concept. It’s a fun tradition capturing all the magic–or the ordinary–before the holidays.

What a treasure, right?

Our newest creative team member, Miss Marcy, is here to show us how to document in delightful fashion. Keeping it simple. Getting it done.

ahhhh……

 

 

[ Stamps | Ashland (alpha) / Better Not Pout (let it snow) / Yesterday (documented) ]

Here’s what Marcy has to say:

Sometimes I just write stuff down.  I’m totally okay with that.  But sometimes I have time for just a little bit more.  For this spread I used the number stamps from Ashland to mark the dates on my pages.  Just a bit of quick journaling, a photo and a quote and another few days are documented.

Such magic in the simplicity. Document your December simply so you can spend more time making holiday memories–and cookies–instead of making holiday pages. ;)

February 24th, 2017|stamps, travelers notebook|0 Comments

All Those Photos!

If there’s one thing there seems to a lot of (besides sweets) at Christmas time, it’s photos. Pictures of family, pictures of the gifts, pictures of family opening gifts, eating…all sorts of photo ops.

That’s a whole heckuva lot of real estate in an album….unless you do it Laura’s way!

Laura has a gift for getting many photos into a couple pages using KBS photo templates. This girl rocks the photo templates!

Take a look.

[ Designs |  Out Of This World (stars) / Yuletide Greetings (hello christmas) /
Photo Strips #1 / Storyboard #7 ]

I’m sorry…it has to be said…oh my stars!  love the white-on-white hand-drawn cut stars!!!

Ack! My favorite!

Let’s see what Laura has to say:

After working really hard last year to catch up on years worth of Christmas layouts, and with Christmas 2016 just days away (when this was written), I figured I had better get to documenting last year’s Christmas photos. If you know me, you’ll know that I’m all about getting as many of my photos on the page as I can. So for something like a Christmas family get-together, I turned to one of my go-to two page designs, getting 22 photos on the spread.

If this design looks familiar, it’s because I have used it more times than I can count! I even used it on a few previous Christmas layouts. I use a full 12×12 photo collage on one side of the spread, and a smaller photo collage on the other side, leaving me plenty of room for my title, journaling, and sometimes, even a few more photos. Kerri’s Stoyboard templates are my go-to choices for creating photo collages, and the only ones I even use anymore. While I often tend to use the same ones over and over, she’s got tons of choices to fit whatever your needs are, as far as how many photos, and size and orientation of photos.

I like to keep with a white background on the top half of my first page, since the two page spread is so photo heavy. Rather than a plain white background, I die cut a ton of stars from Kerri’s Out Of This World kit, using white cardstock. The white on white adds interest, without being overwhelming. Kerri has SO many choices for Christmas titles, so it can be a little hard deciding which to use. I usually start by looking for one that fits the space I have left for my title, as that usually narrows things down a bit. I decided on the “hello Christmas”, from the Yuletide Greetings kit, and cut it both from patterned paper and black cardstock, to layer together for a little shadow effect.

Twenty-two photos on two pages.

Twenty-two!

I love this! Miss Laura is my hero.

February 23rd, 2017|cuttables, pages, photo templates|3 Comments

December Daily, Maggie Style

We’re here today with another blast from Christmas past with the ever-so lovely Miss Maggie! This cute thing decked the halls of her Heidi Swapp album with some KBS goodness in preparation for documenting all things Christmas.

 

Here’s what Maggie has to say:

My first step was to decorate the cover of my album…I chose one of my “NOEL” cuts and a little poinsettia embellishment. I decided to trace inside the letters with a journaling pen – just to give the design a little more depth – and I love the way it turned out. Is it a bit messy? Yep. But that’s just fine with me. I think it really helps the “NOEL” to stand out against the stripes and dots on the cover.

 

I added my little embellishment and then I laminated the 2 pieces. In the past I have found that when I adhere paper layers to the front of an album they don’t always stay stuck. I’m hoping that having just one piece attached to the cover will be a better option for me.

The next thing I did was cut a small 4×4 template from a piece of cardstock to create a “photo frame” on each of my pages. Then I simply traced around my template…easy peasy. I’m so glad I did this…not only have I decided on the size of each of my photos, but I’ve also eliminated the stress of having to figure out where the photo will go and on which page.

Next I added a title page to my album using one of my Christmas tree cuts. Here again I traced around the inside of my tree, just to make the image stand out a bit more.

 

Once I’d finished that I was ready to add some numbers to my pages.

 

As you can see my pages are quite plain. And that’s OK! I’m not worried about how fancy they are…I’m more concerned with getting those memories documented. I will add some journaling and a few more embellishments as our days play out, but, for right now, they are just perfect.

 

 

 

 

 

I’m so so excited for next month to get here so that I can start filling in these pages! This is further along than I’ve ever been in a December album at this time, and I’m really confident that I’ll be able to stay on track.

 

[ Designs | Christmas Countdown (elements). Stamps | Twinkle.

(To see this all come together, check out Maggie’s Instagram feed in December 2016 @maggiemassey )

 

Okay…those trees! Love the trees! And I love how Maggie took many of her components from the Christmas Countdown and turned it into an amazing album!

Well done, my friend!

February 22nd, 2017|cuttables, travelers notebook|0 Comments

Got Christmas?

In November, when all signs pointed to being ‘home for the holidays’, I had my creative team whirl their Christmas magic on some wonderful projects. As the days passed by and it appeared my Christmas wish wasn’t coming true, I shared their beautiful creations on social media.

Now that we’re back and live, these lovelies need to be in their permanent home–where they should be–with all their little details.

So let’s start with Miss Paige, shall we? Cutting–and stitching–this digital stamp tree just totally knocked my Christmas stockings off!

[ Design | Oh What Fun (tree) ]

 

Do you still have socks on your feet? Amazing, right? And all the beautiful colors that she put behind the trees? So bright and cheery! I love it!

Let’s see what Paige has to say:

DESCRIPTION: I’ve made a lot of “1 large icon” layouts recently so I branched out a little bit and made a bunch of slightly different sized images. :)

JOURNALING: I absolutely love our 2015 family photos that we had taken in the uber cute town of Weiden during the Christmas market – so festive and the perfect ambiance!

HOW TO: Trace the Christmas tree from the “OH WHAT FUN” digitals in a new Silhouette Studio document, copy and paste 5 trees, and make them all different sizes.

Cut the trees from white textured cardstock then adhere the die cut page onto colorful striped paper from the Crate Paper SNOW & COCOA collection (everything I used on this page is from that lovely line!).

Cut out the trees leaving about 1/4″ all around, poke holes through the trees, then backstitch through them using white thread. The whole stitching process took about 5 hours… but I LOVE making my own embellishments and stitching is something I enjoy! If stitching aint’ yo thang, just skip that step, or use a sewing machine, or just leave them as is and carry on!

Tear patterned paper strips and adhere them onto the bottom edge of robin’s egg blue cardstock to make “snow hills”. Layer and adhere the trees on top and tuck in a photo. Embellish with chipboard and sticker Christmas trees. Drop white paint in three places at the top, dry, then add die cut and sticker snowflakes to the mix. Journal on the tree and place a few sentiment stickers around to finish.

 

February 21st, 2017|cuttables, pages, printables|1 Comment

Please Welcome……Miss Marcy Penner!

oh. my. goodness.

oh. my. goodness!

I’ve waited for this day for quite some time now!

I have waited and waited (very impatiently, mind you)  to be back up and live to announce this and do it right….because she sooo deserves to have it done right!

The ever-so lovely and my simple-journaling sistah, Miss Marcy Penner, has joined the KBS Creative Team!!!

Ack!

I’m so excited!

Take a look and you’ll see just why this gives me such joy.

[ Stamps | XO ]

First off, puppy….sooooooo cute!

But the traveler’s notebook spread?

divine.

There is such great art in simplicity…and this girl has a talent for it for sure!

I can’t believe how lucky we all are to get to see Marcy wield her magic with us on a monthly basis now. It’s going to be so exciting to see what she does! I’ve also loved using her TN printouts!

I thought it would be fun for Marcy to introduce herself.
So Marcy…take it away!

  • I live in a white farmhouse on the Canadian prairies.  I’m a total introvert and homebody so living out in the country fits me perfectly!
  • I homeschool two of my three kids and my oldest graduates this year!  Eep!
  • I crave simplicity.  From my home to my journal… keeping things simple is key.
  • I am currently obsessed with my chickens and dreaming about my future garden (says the girl who hasn’t had a successful garden yet).
  • All my memory keeping and planning takes place in my notebook.  I’ve moved into one book for everything this year (again… simplifying) and it’s just so stress free!
  • All I need for documenting is my notebook, washi tape and stamps.  That’s all I need.  For real.
  • I live in jeans, plaid shirt and a sweater.  Summer, winter, whatever.  The wardrobe’s always the same.
  • I would love to travel more, but only where I can get by car.  Planes give me the heebie-jeebies.

I look forward to getting to know Marcy even more as she plays here and shares all her beautiful work. This girl so speaks my language and we’ve even been known on occasion to share the same brain. Isn’t that right Marcy? :)

So happy you’re here!!! It’s official! 

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To see more of Marcy’s amazing work, check out her website here.

February 17th, 2017|travelers notebook|1 Comment

Oh me, oh my!

Wow! It has been a crazy few days here at the all-new KBS! I just want again say thank you for your patience as we work out the kinks and transition ourselves into our new home!

If you want real-time updates, please check out our Facebook page.

We started sending codes out to those classes affected by the import glitch (see Friday’s post below). The rest should go out today. They need to be staggered a bit because it causes an unusual high amount of traffic on the site, as you can imagine. :) Makes it run a bit slower when that happens.

And because I don’t like posting without a photo, I thought today would be a great day to share another weekly spread out of my travel journal.

[ Designs | Snowflake. Stamps | Ashland (alpha) + Thankful (now).

I used some drafting tape like washi tape and stamped over it. Funny thing is, no matter how much you practice for a perfect stamp, it always seems to mess up when you need to do it for reals. Doh.

I also cut the snowflake out of vinyl so I could transfer the delicate shape into the book adhesive-free. Love vinyl! And sometimes I like to type my text, print it + trim it, and adhere it on a page. I like variety, plus it keeps it even more simple than handwriting.

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And great news! The sale on kits and classes has been extended through Presidents Day! Use code HELLOAGAIN at checkout to save 40% on orders of $15 or more.

February 16th, 2017|stamps, travelers notebook|2 Comments

Happy Love Day + More

Now that I have a blog again, I can wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day here! Yay!

And it couldn’t come at better as I wanted to express my love to you all. To say that I am overwhelmed by the love and support–and patience ;) — over these past few days is a bit of an understatement.

truly.

deeply touched.

I have appreciated all the wonderful comments and emails of encouragement and happiness that you have shared with me. You make this part of my life a joy to do–even when insanity is about. :)

Go give your loved ones a hug now and enjoy the day.

Big smooches to you all.

_______

FYI:  To keep everyone updated, class codes for those ‘import glitch’ classes listed in Friday’s post should be going out today and tomorrow. Please be sure to add the email addresses listed in that same post to your Contacts so you don’t miss the emails.

Thank you! :)

February 14th, 2017|everyday life|3 Comments

Is This Thing On?


oh. my. gosh.

 

I am so excited to be live again!

I don’t even know where to begin!

Let’s talk fun stuff first and then we’ll talk about the crazy stuff. ;)

The Fun Stuff

A New Look

Shortly after I got my new site up four years ago, I decided I wanted a more clean and simple look. Short version, I could only change my blog and couldn’t ever get anyone to change the store and message board to match. But that’s a story for another day. Now, I LOVE that I have full control over aesthetics because I am a tweaker. ;)

I wanted something that was a reflection of my style in my new home. If you’ve followed me over the past ten years, you know how much of a white background fan (fanatic?) I am. I love a clean, fresh palette sprinkled with color. Simple, with a little bit of character.

And that’s what you see here now in the site I’ve always wanted.

Just like my personal pages, I want my focus here on photos and words. No blog sidebar. No popups. No chaos. I don’t like distraction.

I’m very happy about this refreshing look!


A New Brand

The upside to being down (haha) all this time is the opportunity to contemplate.

Where do I see myself going?
What do I want to share from this little cyber home?
What’s important to me?

And the biggest answer has been my new mantra:
live. write. repeat.

Many people think that being self-employed is a dreamy profession. Don’t get me wrong. It definitely has its perks. Even as I type I’m sitting comfortably in my Lay-Z-Boy chair in my pjs–sans bra, of course. But what many people don’t realize is that many self-employed people put in more hours in their workday than your average person. Many hours. And the guilt that comes in the evening when you do something frivolous when you know you could be being productive? The struggle is real folks. I have battled with this for as long as I’ve worked from home….until about a year ago.

Last spring I was simply burned out. Too many hours of sitting in my chair, longingly looking out my giant window and dreaming of being outside. The pressure for work was never ending.

I decided it was enough. It’s taken some mental reprogramming–and the guilt is still there–but I am out to live my life. Summer was amazing with my quest to see waterfalls. I got out and hiked. I made the effort to enjoy life. I started crocheting…for reals. And with my new one little word for 2017, illuminate, I started reading.

My soul has been rejuvenated.
I have new focus.
I have ideas.
I feel creative.
And I’m making time for me to live.

But what good is living if you don’t write down these stories? The day-to-day life, the weather, the gratitudes, the memories, the every part of you. Therein lies the second part of the motto.

write.

For almost twenty years I have scrapbooked without any consistency. Project Life should be simple enough for me to do, but I could never make it work. But for a year and a half now I have written daily snippets in a journal. For some reason, the simplicity of the traveler’s notebook journal has worked for me. Can I get an AMEN!

I type a minimal amount of sentences on my computer every day and then transfer them to my notebook with a photo or two for the account of the week.

The important part has been to keep it simple and get it done.

I’m on a mission with that concept and even have my best friend doing it now and she’s loving it! It’s gotten her excited to document and take more photos. I’ve also heard from many of you who have started this and have expressed similar feelings.

It’s wonderful!

I am deeply passionate about this and so I’m sure you will see a lot from me on this subject over time. :)


So how’s about we take a little video tour here through the site now!

 

Now on to the next subject….

The Crazy Stuff

All of you that have been a part of this crazy journey with me these past few months know a little about what it’s been like as I’ve kept you updated. But there is so much that goes on behind the scenes of building a new website–particularly one that’s already been established–that most don’t even know. It seems simple, but it’s not. It’s seems like it should be quick, but it’s not. Heck, I had my own timeline and it was shot to heck with the unexpected. I had to laugh at an email that I received from MCP Actions (selling photoshop actions) a short time ago. They mentioned how they thought their new website would be a three-week gig and three months later, they finally had it. I get that. Oh boy, do I get that.

Building a brand new website in general isn’t too difficult. But when you’re already established and you throw in a classroom environment with a dozen-plus classes on top of that, it throws in many other wrenches.  And while building and preparing the website itself seemed to come together in a fairly timely fashion, it was getting in the thousands of customers and those thousands and thousands of orders in to coordinate with the hundreds products that became the major story in this huge delay. The short version: an outside company was hired with a promise of two weeks to complete (before Christmas), and several weeks later they finally got it done. I could use some words here, but I’ll keep it professional. ;)

In a perfect world I would have built the site while the other site remained going strong. But life isn’t perfect and you have to work with the cards you’re dealt.

As with most things, nothing can ever be perfect, and our new little home does have a few hiccups that we need to work out. Part of that is some of the orders. Rest assured, orders made over the years are still accounted for on our end, but some either didn’t transfer or the links may not work. It’s easily fixable with a quick email to us at hello@kerribradford.com.

Here’s what we know:

  1. You will need to create a new password for the login email used on the old site. Please make sure you also add kerribradford.com to your list of contacts, specifically, orders@kerribradford.com, hello@kerribradford.com and kerri@kerribradford.com to avoid correspondence going into your junk mail or getting rejected by your email server.
  2. A few of the classes didn’t transfer in properly. We can see that it was purchased on our side, but it won’t be in your list of classes. For those customers we will be sending emails with a class-specific, one-time-use unique code so they can ‘repurchase’ it for free. The classes affected by this are: The History Project, Hello There, Oh The Places You Will Go (retired), Designer Edition: One (the original using v2/retired), Weekend Workshops: The Pocket Book...aaaaand any classes purchased in combo packs. I know. Crazy. If you’re in a super hurry to get back into any of those classes, feel free to drop us a line. Otherwise, please wait for an email to arrive over the next few days.
  3. Any one that purchased something where there was a commercial license option for it (whether it was commercial or not) probably won’t see it in their orders either. We might see if we can do the same thing here as the classes, but again, you can always email us and we can get it added if you can’t find the download on your own computer.
  4. All History Project students are now in one classroom for the sake of consistency and a one-stop classroom. If, by chance, it’s not listed in your My Classes, shoot us an email.
  5. We are aware that some download links for products from the old store work and some don’t. We have no idea why that happened–there’s no rhyme or reason that we can see, but we are fixing it.
  6. Links to products within blog posts (like the supply lists) will need fixing too. Please bear with us we correct them.

I would have preferred to have everything perfect to launch, but sometimes it’s just out of your hands. I believe this will take care of the bulk of the issues. That being said, I have a feeling we are going to receive more than the usual amount of emails these first weeks of our new site as we work through the hiccups that will inevitably occur. Hopefully we’ve accounted for solutions for the bulk of the issues, but please be patient as we work through the rest. As much as we test to make sure everything works, there are always scenarios that sneak up on ya. Please give us 48 hours for an email turnaround.

For live updates on issues that may arise, please check out our Facebook page.

 

What does the future hold?

Good things. Oh so many good things. Since I now have major control over this new site (as opposed to the old store), there’s so much more I can do. I look forward to properly incorporating gift cards, for starters. You will also see aesthetic changes as time goes on, I’m sure. The Message Boards for the classrooms will hopefully be up and going soon too. If you have a class question, don’t hesitate to email it to us.

On another note, I just want to thank you all for your patience. I know it’s been frustrating not being able to access your classes. But we are now back on our way to many new adventures in a wonderful new home.

I can’t wait to see what happens next!

And, as part of a thank you and a celebration combined, all kits and classes are 40% off on orders of $15 or more through President’s Day!

Sharing my love for you all. :)

Use code HELLOAGAIN at checkout. I’m still trying to figure things out with this new setup, so if you wish to order stamps or the two classes that are retiring, please do it in a separate order as I cannot figure out why it doesn’t like it if they are in the cart too. :)

here. we. gooooo!

February 10th, 2017|planners|22 Comments

Say Hello To 50

Another decade of my life has passed.

I’m moving on to the 50s.

Today is, in fact, my birthday.

The big 5-0.

I thought that I might feel or write something big and profound, but ya know, I think I might be in denial that I finally reached 50. It always seemed so way off in the distance all my life…until about a month ago. And then reality set in.

And, as my daughter told me yesterday, you’ve lived half a century! Thanks for that Jordan. It’s just what I needed…not.

I mean, with the 50s comes more freedom, I suppose. Kids are grown. I can leave for two weeks if I want to (like last year’s cross-country trip). I don’t feel any different than when I was 30, to be honest. A few more aches and pains and vision issues. But that all happened in the 40s too, so really, what’s the difference?

And, I always told my kids I could never be a grandma before 50. I do (finally) have a child getting married in a couple months, so the children listened and have accommodated my grandma timeline. Thank you.

So to celebrate a bit of this rather monumental day, I’m doing something that will only ever happen once in my lifetime.

fifty-fifty sale.

5050

 

Because I am fifty, you get to save fifty percent on orders over $10 for one day only.

(No code needed. Cannot be applied to previous purchases.)

This birthday shindig ends at the strike of midnight on the first day of my fifties. 

Better spread the word, because this monumental day will never happen again. :)
(But when I turn 60 will I have to do 60% off? ;) )

Now where’s my cake?

September 16th, 2016|everyday life|10 Comments

Personal Time vs. Work Time. The Struggle Is Real.

crochet


I’ve been self-employed or worked from home pretty much since Jordan was 3. And now that I do the math, that’s nineteen years. She’ll be 22 in November.

I’ve always had the hardest time choosing to do something creative or relaxing when I know that I could be being productive. Even something as simple as watching tv–when technically ‘work hours’ are through for most people–isn’t easy. Laptops, ya know? It’s easy to type up a blog post or answer emails or make some designs as you’re listening.

I’ve struggled with finding balance between personal time and work time. You’d think that after 19 years I’d have found a way to get rid of the guilt associated with shutting the computer and shutting off the brain. That’s not to say that I work 24/7, so to speak. I do take time off. I will go to lunch with my bestie or run errands with my family, etc.. But it’s stuff like this, taking a few hours to read a book or like in my latest endeavor–crocheting this afghan–the guilt of knowing that I could have been working inevitably sets in. And now that I’m processing what I’m saying, it’s particularly the guilt associated when I do something that only involves me. A personal, singular activity.

How do you allow yourself to say it’s okay to read a book or crochet and not design or scrap (in my case)?

How do you shake that guilt?

Am I alone in this boat?

What do you do to change your mindset?

Is it just a matter of doing it and letting go of it all? Will the guilty feeling just naturally start going away when you say your work hours are done?

Are we just so hard on ourselves that we’ll always feel that?

I don’t wanna always feel that. But seeing the nineteen year record….apparently I haven’t learned how to get rid of the guilt and know that it’s okay.

 

September 8th, 2016|everyday life|4 Comments