Fling Into Spring!

Even though a snow storm roared and blizzarded (ya, it’s a word) its way in to us yet once again last night, I did manage to spend a few glorious first days of March in the beautiful sunshine! The days are getting longer. The temps will rise again this week. And we change to Daylight Savings Time this weekend. All glorious signs that we are flinging into spring!

Yay!

So with all this going on, it’s the perfect time for us to have a Spring Fling week! with our creative team!

Aaaand, on top of the beautiment (ya, it’s a word) that will be bestowed upon us by our lovely ladies, you can also a save 40% on spring-themed kits –totaling $5 or more–through Sunday. Just use the code SPRING at checkout.

To start off this fresh week of creative goodness, we have Miss Maggie sharing a beautiful page that will just knock your socks off…so you can wear sandals, of course. ;)

Take it away Maggie:

Hello, hello, everyone! Maggie Massey here with a layout that has got me just ITCHING for spring!

I just love the spring…the smells, the colors, the SUN!…the promise of higher temps!

And nothing says “warmer weather is coming” like fresh greens & blues…so I started my page by adding some bright watercolor to a few sheets of cardstock & cutting a whole bunch of leafy branches from Kerri’s Just Add Color: Class Extras cut-files.

 

I layered up and adhered my cut branches, and added my photo on top.

Next, I cut the phrase “one fine day” from the Bloom files, and added that to my page.

Finally, I printed and Minc’d the “I LOVE RIGHT NOW” digital stamp (from Kerri’s Fresh Air Digital Stamp set) and added that to the bottom of my layout.

A few little sequins and my page was done!

I’ve hung this page up in my workspace…and it’s making me so happy!

Thank you so so much for taking a peek!

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Oh my goodness! The texture…the variation of colors…it’s all just sublime.
(Perfect word for this, don’t ya think?)

I am soooo ready for spring and this page just totally hits the spot!

 

Now we have just one more thing to start off our flinging of spring. Get Out. A brand new design–available in the store now–that we’ll be using to adorn t-shirts for our annual girls camp this year!

And of course, I had to try it out on a t-shirt for myself…right…now!
I cut it in vinyl with my Silhouette, used the Speedball paint+screen, and voila!

 

 

If you’d like to know more about how to do your own screen printing,
check out this post HERE from a previous girls camp t-shirt design.

I am now ready to get out….if we can get rid of the snow again, that is.

 

March 6th, 2017|pages|0 Comments

Hand-stitched Holiday Cards

Hand-stitching is something I don’t have the patience for (okay, maybe it’s that I don’t have the skill for it too). This look adds such a charming element to so many mediums, including paper. And nobody does hand stitching on paper better than our Miss Paige!

Take a look at the amazing work she did on these holiday cards!

 

Here’s what Paige has to say:

I just LOVE the Better Not Pout and Oh What Fun holiday designs and chose one image from each set to turn into handmade cards. I used my Silhouette Cameo to draw the images onto white cardstock and then backstitched through using bright colored floss. I did some minimal embellishing (a few stickers on the deer card and a puffy star sticker on the “JOYFUL” card) to really let the stitching shine! We do a family gift exchange with both sets of my family and now I have cards to go along with the gifts.

 
Aren’t they incredible?
They’d be perfect to give or to keep in your December Daily album.
love.

 

March 3rd, 2017|cards|1 Comment

Travelers Templates #3

aka: The Alternate Route.

I am a girl that likes options….variation…making the most of my goodies.

So when it came to making this kit, I kept thinking ‘I like this, but I want that as well.’

And, when it comes to cake, I always want to eat it too.

Thus, I present to you: Travelers Templates #3!

This blend of templates is unique in that some have predesigned titles and/or alternate spaces for photos. Using the eye in the Layers palette, you can turn off the pieces you don’t want. Or, you could just delete the layer–but remember to save the file as something different first. ;)

 

 

This little ensemble of my documented week in Montana came together in minutes. Select photos, clip photos, print photos. Boom. Done. I opted to keep the sweet little title image at the bottom–which, of course, you can turn off and add your own word using your own font. You can also turn it off and include two more photos.

Options. Variation. Making the most of your goodies.

That’s what it’s all about…and cake too.

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For more information on how to use photo templates, please check out the KBS YouTube channel.

 

March 2nd, 2017|photo templates, travelers notebook|5 Comments

Hello March…Hello Brooklyn!

My goodness it’s been a while since we’ve had some stamps, hasn’t it? That’s why I’m so excited to finally announce the  brand new alphabet stamp, Brooklyn!

 

If you’re thinking this looks a little familiar, you’re right! When I created By The Numbers, I knew it needed an alphabet version too. These are a little smaller though, which is why there’s another number set to go with it. The characters measure about 1 1/8″ high by 3/8″ wide. Perfect for planners and traveler’s notebooks! With these narrow letters you can still make a big impact on your little pages.

This font also reminds me of the sweatshirt I should have gotten in Brooklyn…hence, the name. :)

And how awesome with the Kramer and Kramer Outline sets? Ack! I love it!

 


These two brand new sets are available for preorder and will begin shipping at the end of the month. You can also save 10% on them today and tomorrow.

In addition to preordering Brooklyn, you can also preorder the restock of Beautiful Day and XO. A wonderful collection for this time of year!

 

So excited to have some stamps again. It’s been way too long for me. :)
 

March 1st, 2017|stamps|0 Comments

Daily Writing: It’s The Cool Thing To Do

Part of the end of the year rituals involve planning and documenting. Whether you’re planning your Christmas, preparing to document for a new year, or maybe you’re just documenting the month, having a fun place to write your thoughts and plans is the cool thing to do.

And nobody is cooler at that then our newest creative team member, Miss Marcy Penner! Take a look at the cover she created for her traveler’s notebook!

Okay….like…for reals? This presentation of date stamps for a cover is awesome!


Let’s see what Marcy has to say about it.

Basically I’ve decided to move into my Travelers Notebook for my planning.  I’m tired of carrying around all these books and making things more complicated than they need to be. I’ve converted my daily planner into notebook form and still wanted to have a fun cover.  But a simple fun cover.  Simple and neutral is my jam so I decided to decorate my November notebook with the A Big Day stamps and Versafine.  I love love love using Versafine on kraft paper.  It’s so nice and subtle.

I just stamped the days of the week a slight scattered pattern and voila!

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swoon.
And I’m so with you girl!
No reason to make things more complicated than they need to be.
Who’s got time for that? ;)

February 28th, 2017|stamps, travelers notebook|0 Comments

Creative Holiday Giving

If there’s one thing for sure, bags and cards are a much needed item around the holidays. And strangely, even though we’re sharing our December projects from a couple months ago right now, this would actually be the perfect time to make some and really be ahead of the game!

And today, we have the lovely Laura sharing to tell us all about her amazing holiday creations!

While photo cards have become a favorite of mine when sending out Christmas cards to family and friends, I always like to have a few handmade cards on hand to add a more personal touch for those we’re closer too. I love coming up with a fairly simple design that can be duplicated easily, as the holidays are always a hectic and busy time all around. 

 

I used the 4×6″ confetti card from Kerri’s Confetti kit to create a “stencil” for my card. I laid it over a piece of white cardstock, and spritzed the card with green misting spray. I die cut “holiday”, from the Merry Everything kit, from a black chalkboard patterned paper, and adhered it to the center of the card. I have lots of these older vellum metal rimmed tags, and thought they would be perfect for holding the rest of my sentiment, using some tiny alpha stickers. 

 

I am a huge fan of using gift bags for my gift giving, and I always have a stash of both white and kraft gift bags on hand year-round. They’re easy to personalize to fit any occasion. I wanted to keep these fairly simple, and flat, so I don’t risk anything falling off or getting smushed under the tree with all of the little hands around my house ;)

 

I thought the “oh what fun” sentiment, from Kerri’s Oh What Fun kit, would work perfectly to fit the front of the bag. I sized it so that it was the same height as the bag, and was left with a small space along the side to work with. In looking through Kerri’s cut files, I stumbled upon the “enjoy” border, from the Borderlines #2 kit, and it was a perfect fit for that small space. 

 

To add just a little something to the black chalkboard sentiment, I pulled out my Twinkle stamps and picked out a few stamps that would fit along a few of the letters. I decided to heat emboss them using some white embossing powder. They’re far from perfect (I never claimed to be a great stamper!), but I think they add a fun touch.

 

These look fantastic! I loooove the idea of using the Confetti kit as a misting stencil! It’s perfect!

I’m with you Laura, huge fan of gift bags. They are the gift that keeps on giving…and oh what fun it would be to have a bag like that get used a few times! Plus, it’s always fun to get that little bit of homemade goodness that doesn’t put on the holiday pounds.  ;)

February 27th, 2017|cards|0 Comments

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|Comments Off on Document December

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|Comments Off on December Daily, Maggie Style

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