Send A Card Today

If there’s one thing that spring brings, it’s color and freshness. My mind and soul actually crave it. I mean, how can you blame a gal after a few months of dull and grey. You want those pops of color again–inside your home, what you’re wearing, outside everywhere you look…and even in your mailbox.

How lovely would it be to receive a card like one of these from Miss Nichol!

[ Designs | Borderlines #3.  Stamps | Fresh Air / For You ]

 

It’s like a lovely breeze just drifted through your home if you opened one of these!

Here’s what Nichol has to say:

Clean and simple cards are a snap with just a few sentiments, several ink colors, and die cut borders! I stamped the greetings on 3” x 5 1/2” wide strips of smooth white cardstock using black Ink and the MISTI stamp positioner tool (so I could stamp the same greetings one on top of another perfectly for a bold, black design)! Florals were stamped in an array of springtime colors all over the backgrounds and then each strip was adhered to a standard A2 sized card base and finished with die cut borders to compliment the design colors.

Wow!

Aren’t they simply gorgeous? And I adooore the little ‘bobbles’ on the first card! That touch of dimension is awesome! And I would never have thought to stamp that funky branch upside down as if they were hanging. gasp! 

And the colors? love.

These are truly amazing Nichol!

Be sure to check out Nichol’s video tutorial on her blog HERE.

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And now, this rounds out the amazing sharing during our Spring Fling week. Tomorrow is your last chance to save 40% on spring designs, like the scalloped border Nichol used here on her cards or the Fresh Air digital stamps. (Spend $5+ to save, use code SPRING at checkout.)

It’s been a wonderful week full of creativity from these amazing women that share their beautiful creations here.

I love them dearly.

March 11th, 2017|cards, stamps|Comments Off on Send A Card Today

A New Line: Travelers Notebook Themed Kits

As part of this fresh, new KBS direction– live. write. repeat.–I personally want to focus more on documenting simply and share those ideas with you. And part of that is creating components as part of a system to help you–and me–to do that.

A couple months ago you may have seen the ‘Instagram-minute’ video I shared on what I’m doing with my traveler’s notebook (and a little peek at this new kit). I’m actually going to do something a little more in-depth here soon, but one of the fun techniques I’m doing is binding my book with  a Midori rubber band rather than the staples.. It will allow me to change covers, add typewriting to a page, add a vellum or pocket page, all sorts of things. In other words…I will have flexibility.

Additionally, I love having bits and pieces of themed or coordinating items at my finger tips. I’m always reaching for the pre-printed and pre-cut ‘Little Word’ strips or a stamp or some washi. Simple, everyday items that make the process quick and effortless.

One more thing, you may have heard I’m a huge yellow rose fan. I don’t know why they strike my fancy so, but they do. I think it’s a childhood thing. I always loved the beautiful color of yellow on the miniature rose, but large bush on the farm. I’ve been waiting for someone to come out with that perfect paper and then I was like Duh. I can make it myself! (Sometimes I just have to be knocked in the head.)

So you take all that and wrap it up into a little neat bow and you get a brand new series of traveler’s notebook kits called A Traveler’s Pack, with this first theme being Splendid. It’s all the essentials you’ll need to document your journeys.

The kit comes with seven cover papers sized the same as Midori cover, which is 8.75 “x 8.25”. Of course you can size as needed. You can also use them as paper in the book as well as what they were intended for…covers.

This kit also has two sheets of a variety of printables. All easily trimmed by hand or paper trimmer. The numbers are .75″ so you can use it with that size circle punch. These files come in JPG and PDF files.

The theme is perfect for this time of year. Very home and outdoors related.

 

I took maybe ten minutes to trim out most of the items here. However, I did leave some items uncut. The reason being, I prefer to have something like a card of letters rather than all those itty bitty pieces. It doesn’t take much time to hand cut the pieces a little more when needed.

And if you look closely here, you can see the black rubber band I have that goes around the entire book for the binding.

 

 

I cut out a bag out of glassine paper using the all-new Paper Bag: Flat design that’s available in the store. There are two versions, a regular one like you see here and one that’s a little longer, that would house the decorative strips a little better.

The glassine I purchased HERE. Super cheap and fun to use!

The reason I like the glassine bag is that you can see immediately what’s in there. You can keep the themed kits in their own bag and use them as needed. Of course, if you fancy a different organizational system, that’s groovy too. You do what makes sense for you.

You can tuck this into a pocket or into the back of your album that you’re working on. Always available to you.

I can’t tell you how excited I am about this new series of kits! I love the idea of changing covers throughout the year to match the season–if I want to, that is. I also love the idea selecting a few of those covers to work together for different subjects in my main book.

Lots of ideas and possibilities!

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For printing, I use an Epson Photo Stylus 1400 printer with Epson Premium Presentation Matte Paper. 

 

And to top it all off, you can save 40% on this brand new kit during our Spring Fling sale! You can find all the spring items HERE and use the code SPRING at checkout.

March 10th, 2017|printables, travelers notebook|5 Comments

Take Note

While fall seems to be the time to document what you are grateful for, spring is the perfect time to take note of the favorite things in your life. Everything is fresh and new. You want to freshen up your wardrobe with new spring clothes–I know it made me feel good the other day. ;) You buy new bins and tools to organize your home. You want to watch the new buds grow on your lilac tree.

Spring is a perfect time for documenting what’s new.

Take a look at what Marcy did with a favorite item of hers.

From Marcy:

Sometimes I just enjoy the smaller “mini book” type size for random things.  Things that aren’t recording our day… more just random thoughts and photos.

[ Supplies: One Fine Day (take note) and Side by Side (date) ]

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A photo, a bit of journaling, a label and a date.
Perfection. 

So your challenge today is to take stock of what is new in your life right now.
What are your favorites?

Keep it simple. Get it done.

March 9th, 2017|planners, stamps, travelers notebook|Comments Off on Take Note

Spring. A Time of Change.

Before we get started with today’s loveliness, I just wanted to remind you of the Spring Fling sale going on right now. You can save 40% on THESE spring designs on orders of $5 or more by using the code:  SPRING.

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If there’s one thing that spring does, it’s change. Adding new growth to decade-old trees. Bulbs buried deep in the ground change and allow new life to come forth through the dirt. Grass turning from a matted brown mop to a luscious green carpet. It’s all about change. 

And that’s one thing we’ve seen in the scrapbooking world. Change.

Styles come and go. We get better at what we do. We evolve.

Sometimes I cringe at pages I made over the years. In my QVC days, I remember making 50 pages in one week. Yeah. You heard me. Fifty. There may be one or two in that bunch that I would like to change, but considering I have little time to document what I have currently, I don’t see that happening. But you never know…someday I might.

So I can completely understand that desire to want to redo something as Laura is sharing with us here today. Take a look at her wonderfully changed spread.

 

 

[ Designs | Bloom (easter + hunt) / Weathered Door [all] (egg) / Background Basics (circle background) / This & That: Spring (scalloped border) ]

And here’s the story behind it from Laura:

When Kerri asked us to focus on spring projects this month, I knew exactly what I wanted to create. Seeing as how my girls are older, it’s been years and years since we’ve colored eggs or had an Easter egg hunt. So I haven’t had any Easter photos to scrap in years as well. But what I do have is Easter layouts from my earlier days of scrapbooking that I’ve been wanting to re-do. While I have no intention of re-doing all of my earlier layouts, as I know they show the progression of my style, there are plenty of older layouts that really have no meaning or purpose to them. I pulled out an Easter layout from back in 1998, which was actually a three page layout (guess that was a thing back then ;)), and got to work on re-designing it.

Since my photos are from back in my film days, I had to work with what I had. Which meant lots of circle photos, some decorative cut corners, cut out corners, etc. I removed all of my photos from the previous pages, and cropped them as best I could, and worked most of them into a collage across the two page spread. I decided to keep a few of the circle photos as is, and work them into the design of the page.

I love to use white cardstock for my backgrounds, but I also love to add some texture and interest to them, so they’re not too plain. This is why I’m such a huge fan of using Kerri’s background cut files. It’s no secret that the circle backgrounds are my favorite, and I love to die cut them from white cardstock, to create my white-on-white backgrounds for my layouts.

For my title, I used a few handwritten words from Kerri’s Bloom kit, along with the alphas from the Weathered Door [all] kit. I die cut each handwritten word from patterned paper, as well as black cardstock, to layer together and give some dimension.

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Once again, this change involves morphing old into new. Just like spring. I think it’s a wonderful idea. Perhaps it would be a fun challenge even.

Beautiful page Laura! And I love the white on white circles too. ;)

March 8th, 2017|digital shapes, pages|1 Comment

The Birds Are Back!

One thing I’ve noticed the past few [warm] days is the significant change in the bird noise level. Yay! It’s a beautiful sound, is it not? A wonderful sign of spring.

And when more birds flew my way via Paige Evans, I was all a-flutter!

Like….mind….blown.

Take a look:

Tell us all about this Paige!

DESCRIPTION: Jane is OBSESSED with birds. Mostly pigeons. She called them “chickens” from about the age of 2-3.5. This love of fowl must be documented.

JOURNALING: You are fascinated with birds and love to chase pigeons in every city we visit. “1,2,3,4,5,6,7!” (inside joke ;) Maybe someday you can have a pet bird.

HOW TO: Die cut the birds from all different patterned papers. Die cut the entire Birds On A Wire (This+That Lucky) from white cardstock two times.

Adhere the patterned paper birds on the white cardstock birds then adhere the other white cardstock birds to the back of the first. Adhere the birds on a wire onto the B-side of Paper 21. Trace the birds on wires with a black pen.

Create a title split into 3 with the Oh My Heart Thickers and stitch them in place.

Layer a photo over a die cut, tuck a scalloped washi sticker under the right side, then stamp a trio of hearts in black on the bottom left corner.

Fussy cut three birds from Paper 03, add them next to the title, then place a chipboard bird sticker over the photo. Journal at the bottom to finish.

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What a perfect pair–the bird on a wire design with Paige’s Pink Paislee Oh My Heart paper line! Wow! I think these birds of a feather and should always flock together. ;)

If you ‘d like to see Paige wield her magic, check out her YouTube video HERE.

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Now I know there are many of you heading to the beach for spring break. Am I right? Perhaps this little design might help you document all those sunny moments. You can find it in the store HERE with the rest of the spring designs on sale through the week (see yesterday’s post for details).

March 7th, 2017|cuttables, pages|Comments Off on The Birds Are Back!

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|Comments Off on Fling Into Spring!

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|Comments Off on Hello March…Hello Brooklyn!

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|Comments Off on Daily Writing: It’s The Cool Thing To Do