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It’s another great big huge honkin’ day here at KBS to help you get ready for National Scrapbook Day. So much going on this week and weekend all over the place, really. And have you heard about the big shindig going on with Big Picture Classes?

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They are making a world-wide collective effort to showcase 10,000 pages from everyone on Instagram this Saturday. Can you believe it? Oh man, 10,000….they should hit it easily, don’t you think? I know I’ll be scrapping for the event…you might even see a sneak peek of the Hello There Everywhere class. ;)

I think it can be done. Don’t you? Are you in?

I remember when there wasn’t really a holiday much less a social media to share our works of art. I feel like I started scrapbooking when scrapbooking was just taking off. My first scrapbook page publication was for the Creating Keepsake’s 1998 Idea Annual.

Magazine infancy.

Just a baby!

After that…it was winning the 1999 CK Hall of Fame–the very first one. Seems like forever ago, really. Remember how awesome it was to get those HoF magazines each year?

But I admit, I have definitely grown over the years. *gasp* My scrapbooking skills were not always so clean and streamlined. Oh yes, I had my fair share of sprinkles made with pens and sticker sneeze. You may have seen this before, but here’s my very first page.

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Ack! I know.

I don’t dare put it much larger for the scariness factor.
(FYI: Coloring is off because it’s still in the Creative Memories album +  page protector.)

We’ve come a long way over the years, have we not? Or maybe not…it appears that I still love a white background. ;)

So after that scariness, I think we need to see some fabulousness from our creative team today. Let’s see what Laura has up her sleeve for us today!

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[ Designs | Happy Stuff (happy birthday, hello there, that’s kind of cool), Life Additions #2 (chevron background), More Background Basics (circle + wave backgrounds ) ]

So many great card ideas! Same basic layout, but all looking so different! I love it!


Here’s what Laura has to say:

I picked out a few sentiments from Kerri’s new Happy Stuff kit that would be perfect for making some cards. I’m always needing birthday cards, love to send out “hello” cards, and I thought the “that’s kind of cool” would be great for a congratulations type card. I also cut a variety of backgrounds to create the card bases from cardstock, and then cut some of the negative pieces from those backgrounds from patterned paper to add to the cards. I wanted to keep the cards fairly flat so they would be easy to mail. By sticking to a background piece, a sentiment, and a few enamel dots, I was able to create simple cards that still have plenty of interest to them.

Great job Laura!

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And now for today’s one day only freebie. Something I feel very passionate about. Finding joy in even the simplest of things–just the ordinary, everyday things. A laugh, a song, the smell of the lilacs, the sunset, you name it….there is always joy to find. Don’t take them for granted. 

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To download it for free–TODAY ONLY–click HERE.

This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can get it in the store.

Have fun using it as a cut out for your page or use it as an overlay on your photo.
possibilites….possibilities….

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  • Tammy Davis - April 29, 2014 - 6:55 am

    I think I have this exact page in my scrapbook (with my kid’s birthday of course)! This was back in the day that Creative Memories was about all you had to work with!ReplyCancel

  • Robin - April 29, 2014 - 7:48 am

    Thank you Kerri.ReplyCancel

  • Sharee - April 29, 2014 - 8:02 am

    As always…darling cards made with darling cut files. Thanks Kerri and Laura!ReplyCancel

  • Megan K. - April 29, 2014 - 8:26 am

    Thank you for sharing your talent with us! I really like your writing :)ReplyCancel

  • KimS - April 29, 2014 - 9:54 am

    We all have those ‘first’ layouts – kudos for you showing yours. I love that we can rejoice in how far we’ve come with our scrapping.

    Those cards and your generous freebie really are giving me Silhouette envy….I may end up coming over to the ‘dark side’ soon, Kerri :). And if I do, it will be all your fault, lol!ReplyCancel

  • Pam - April 29, 2014 - 10:20 am

    Thanks for sharing … your work is always so awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy Evans - April 29, 2014 - 12:39 pm

    thank you for sharing your AWESOME talent.
    Sandy from ukiahReplyCancel

  • Gaby - April 29, 2014 - 1:31 pm

    Thanks! love it!ReplyCancel

  • ChristineB - April 29, 2014 - 4:01 pm

    Thanks for showing your 1st page! And thanks for the freebies!
    You are awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - April 29, 2014 - 4:42 pm

    Thank you Kerri, this is great!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara - April 29, 2014 - 7:00 pm

    Awesome! Thanks again for a freebie!ReplyCancel

  • Nicky H - May 1, 2014 - 8:56 pm

    I know what you mean about starting in the infancy! I used to love those annual magazines and HOF magazines!ReplyCancel

We have a really huge day in store, so grab your favorite beverage and be prepared to be entertained. Okay, maybe not entertained, there’s no tap dancing going on here, but there’s lots to still enjoy.

This coming Saturday is a big day in our little scrapbooking world. It’s National Scrapbook Day, which is really Inter-National Scrapbook Day, right?

So to help you get ready for whatever scrapbooking fun you may be participating in this weekend, we have got the sale for you!

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Savings abound!

All classes are already marked to their respective sale price, so just use the code NSD14 if you want to purchase anything else in the store at 25% off when spending $15 or more.


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Alright, so that’s goodie number one. How’s about a little of this now. There’s only maybe two or three times a year when the class freebies are for sale for those who don’t need to take any of the classes. And this week would be just such a time!

 

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If you have taken any of these classes, you already have the free designs that correspond to that class….no need to purchase.

All can be found in the store until Sunday night.


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And now, we have two brand new kits AND a ONE-DAY ONLY FREEBIE! On account-a they all kind of work together here. :) Oh, and a video on using them to boot!

I told you to grab your favorite beverage, did I not?

First the new kits. These kits are called Radials and come in two different color schemes.

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After all these years, Studio still does not have a Radial Gradient. There are only Linear styles of gradients. Those are good….they are fun…but I love what a Radial gradient can do for designs. It can either give it a darker edge, or enhance the center and move outward. Additionally, Studio does not have the ability to make Transparent an option for the color scheme. And by that I mean, it can’t fade out–or in–to a transparency, it has to be a color.

So until the day arrives, here’s some fun options for you to play with. I know I’m going to have so much more fun designing myself!

Here’s a couple of things I was playing with–one of which uses the new one-day only freebie!

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As you can see, the radial helps create a whole different dimensional look….which I love!

Here’s a video that kind of shows it all in more detail.


Now today’s one-day only freebie was designed with this new kit in mind.

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To download this file for free–TODAY ONLY–click HERE.

This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can get it in the store.


It comes in these three color choices, but also comes in a black PNG as well as cut files so that you can bring it into Studio and use it in whatever color scheme you’d like–mixing it with radials if it tickles your fancy. And because it comes in a cut file, you can also cut the image and do something like this.

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Believe it or not, that baby is only 3 1/2″ wide. I like to test my Silhouette whenever possible. :) I was pretty darn impressed!


Woooooooo-wee! Are you done with your drink yet? Wow! What a day, eh? And we’re just getting started on this fabulous week! Lots of Creative Team shares, more tutorials, one-day freebies….just gotta keep checkin’ in every day to see what we got here at KBS to help you get ready for National Scrapbook Day!

  • Lysa - April 28, 2014 - 12:21 am

    Thank you for the freebie- it is fabulous! Can’t wait to play!ReplyCancel

  • Cari - April 28, 2014 - 8:46 am

    Thanks, Kerri! Can’t wait to play and see what else you have in store this week!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa Miles - April 28, 2014 - 9:00 am

    Thank you. I have been holding off on the Silhouette update, but this encourages me to give it a go.ReplyCancel

  • Terri Marchbanks - April 28, 2014 - 9:46 am

    Thank you so much Miss. Kerri 4 the freebie the sale and all the fun off 2 shop…lol hugsReplyCancel

  • Annabelle Bulat - April 28, 2014 - 12:53 pm

    Bought the radials…LOVE them…can’t wait until tonight when I have more time to play. Thank you, Kerri!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy R. - April 28, 2014 - 1:37 pm

    Dang! And I’m here in a hotel room with just my iPad! It is lovely though Kerri!ReplyCancel

  • Megan K. - April 28, 2014 - 1:46 pm

    Thank you Kerri!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy_in_MD - April 28, 2014 - 4:32 pm

    Genius idea! Thanks so much for coming up with the radial gradient sets. And thank you for today’s free set, too.ReplyCancel

  • Phyllis B. - April 28, 2014 - 6:00 pm

    Thanks, Kerri! I look forward to the entire week! You are very generous with your knowledge… Big hugs!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara - April 28, 2014 - 6:11 pm

    Kerri – I always love your creations! Can’t wait for more. I’m already behind on classes but will catch up this summer. Thanks for all you do and share!ReplyCancel

  • Linda - April 28, 2014 - 6:48 pm

    Awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy Evans - April 28, 2014 - 7:17 pm

    Thank you for sharing your amazing talent Kerri…. You are such an inspiration.
    Sandy from ukiahReplyCancel

  • Lisa G. - April 28, 2014 - 7:32 pm

    Thanks for the freebie! Going to have to get myself some items on sale as well :)ReplyCancel

I just made the itty bittiest of cuts using a handwritten cut file from the Happy Stuff kit and thought I’d share a couple tips for cutting the tiny things on your Silhouette.

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1.  Add a slight Offset to thicken up the itty bitty parts.
2.  Change your blade depth to one set higher than what you use normally on cardstcok.
       (I set mine to 5, when usually it’s 4.)
3.  Double cut the image.

I did my usual cardstock settings and it was a little more awkward to try and remove. I did all three options listed above and it worked like a charm.

The tallest letter, the ‘h’, is only 3/4″ tall.

Gotta love the Silhouette baby!


[ Need help using Offset to thicken letters? Check out this tutorial HERE. ]

  • Lizzy Hill - April 25, 2014 - 11:24 pm

    Thank you! All help gratefully received & listened to regarding the Silly machine!!! Tips noted & hoping they work as well for me as they did here for you:):)ReplyCancel

  • Luba Andrews - April 26, 2014 - 6:49 am

    Can you tell us how to “add a slight offset?” not sure if I understand that….. ;)ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - April 26, 2014 - 7:24 am

      I have a little tutorial on how to do that HERE.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten - April 26, 2014 - 10:47 am

    By “higher” do you mean deeper or shallower? Is 5 your usual setting or the adjusted setting? (Adjusted=you usually cut at 4?) Thanks for understanding my babbling!ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - April 26, 2014 - 10:55 am

      Yup, I usually cut at a 4, so I upped it to 5. :)ReplyCancel

  • yolande k - April 26, 2014 - 1:35 pm

    Merci pour ce tuto, tr-s utile ! Ta découpe est superbe !
    BisesReplyCancel

  • Lindy - April 26, 2014 - 2:11 pm

    Thank you for these tips, Kerri! I’m always trying to cut tiny things and it’s a challenge. Slowing the speed down can help, too.ReplyCancel

  • Dianne Judalet - September 24, 2014 - 12:05 pm

    Interested in your classesReplyCancel

It’s funny how things work out. I love the word serendipity for that very reason.

A fortunate accident.

Something that happens just out of a mere accidental moment.

That’s what happened to me last night when I accidentally put the transparent image over the top of the photo. It turned out like this and by golly, I thought it was rather fun!

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So then that spurred these little bits of magicalness (yeah, it’s a word) with these random photos on my computer.


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So yeah. Next time you want to add a little bit of magicalness to a photo? Throw a shape on in a row and see what kind of fun you can have!

  • yolande k - April 23, 2014 - 2:08 pm

    Tes effets sur tes photos sont superbes ! J’adore !
    Biz’ReplyCancel

  • Dixie Cravens - April 23, 2014 - 5:38 pm

    Oh, AWESOME! I going to have to figure out how to do this in the Studio software (because that is my only photo editor right now…I’m a photo weenie:)). What a happy accident indeed.ReplyCancel

  • Patricia Miller - April 24, 2014 - 11:07 am

    Hi Kerri !!
    I absolutely love this!! Can you explain what you mean by transparent images, ie..
    Where do you get them and how you applied them over your photos?? Is this in Adobe ?? I was completely lost when I read your post today and I would love to learn how this was created !!
    Thank you:)
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    • Kerri - April 24, 2014 - 11:19 am

      I will be sharing more about this next week, so keep an eye out for it. :)ReplyCancel

  • Patricia Miller - April 25, 2014 - 8:21 am

    Thank you Kerri!!
    I’ll definitely be looking out for your posts next week !! So excited that you’ll be sharing more on this topic. I love photography and have a new Canon DSLR that I’m trying to get competent with, I have a lot to learn. I’m also wanting to understand and learn more about digital photo editing, lots to do!! Thanks again I always look forward to your blog posts.
    Best Regards,
    Patricia MillerReplyCancel

I’ve heard the tales.

I just couldn’t ever believe it.

I’ve never had allergies in my life. I mean, heck, I practically grew up on a farm, spent many summers there as well.

Never had a problem.

As I’ve gotten a little more seasoned, I find that I’m just a little more ‘achoo-ee’ lately in the spring.

It couldn’t be allergies. I’ve never been allergic to anything.

But this year seems to be the kicker.

I walked out of the mall into a courtyard of white blossomed trees and the sneezing began. Not intensely, mind you, but enough to draw attention to the fact that I could put 2+2 together and get 4….aka…allergies.

Not the answer I was looking for.

I don’t know if the pollen is just insane this year or what. I mean, our cars are covered in it. But all I know is when the windows are shut, sneezing is very minimal.

Open ’em up?

The sneezing and minor sniffling commences.

What the french toast???

I’m 47, for cryin’ out loud. They say you can get them as an adult, but I just didn’t believe it.

I’m not digging it.

But at least I can breathe in this explosion of loveliness–deeply, mind you–without any external reaction besides ahhhhhhhh.

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  • Just Me - April 22, 2014 - 12:16 pm

    Allergies are typically a sign of immune deficiency. Build up your immune system and you’ll be surprised how your allergies will disappear. Hope you get to feeling better!ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - April 22, 2014 - 12:22 pm

      Interesting…. Would probably help if I ate a little better. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - April 22, 2014 - 12:24 pm

    I just read that in the afternoon or evening is the best time to have windows open.Make sure you wash your hair every night.And wash clothes as soon as possible including pillowcases!.This season could be the worst!.Beautiful flowers by the way!.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth G - April 22, 2014 - 12:39 pm

    Sorry to hear that you’re getting allergies. I have had an allergy to animals since I was 7 and that has grown into a number of others, including seasonal. I had an older man once tell me that at age 40 his asthma and allergies went away! All I have to say is “lucky him”, mine just got worse, sigh!
    I will enjoy your lovely lilac ohotos, though! Just gorgeous and the smell is heavenly (BTW – if you look at allergy forecasts, it’s for trees that don’t have showy flowers. If the flowers are showy, then the insects do the pollinating. If there aren’t bright, colorful flowers [think oaks, maples, most conifers] the tree has to release all sorts of pollen in the hopes that it’ll find another tree!)
    I hope you feel better soon!ReplyCancel

  • lorene holbrook - April 22, 2014 - 1:56 pm

    I am so sorry to hear this, but welcome to the club! earlier this year I lost my voice for 3 WEEKS! finally went to the DR and he told me the same thing. you have allergies! geeze oh pete! I don’t have allergies and was born and raised here. a friend of mine told me they looked up pollen count and for AZ. this is the highest pollen count since they started recording it. thank you very much! Hope you don’t suffer too much. a little medication and I am doing much better. hope it goes well for you.ReplyCancel

  • Candy Bryant - April 22, 2014 - 2:34 pm

    Dear Kerri, Try adding probiotics to your daily supplements. Theralac from the health food store is one of the best. Hope they help. Hugs & Aloha.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly - April 22, 2014 - 3:54 pm

    Same here. Developed allergies in my 30’s. Baa humbug!ReplyCancel

It’s Easter weekend. I miss the days of basket-filled sweets. Tiny little surprises. Hiding baskets in unusual places the night before–like the dryer or hanging from the ceiling fan. Something fun for the kids to do that morning when they wake up.

I think I’m feeling nostalgic this week for the younger days of my kids…not that I want to go back, mind you, but they are sweet moments.

So instead, today I share some sweets with you.

Let’s start off with this cute little Easter freebie. I call it a funky bunny. I like a little quirky from time to time. :)

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And of course there needed to be two–one floppy and one not.

To download these cute little fellers–forever free–click HERE.


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Next up. A brand new kit. Miss Laura asked me for a 6×8 photo template kit at the same time I was working on my travel album for the Here There Everywhere class. Obviously we were on the same wave length here. :)

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And you know how I like to mix things up, this brand-new kit of 14 templates is 20% off through Sunday, April 27. So be sure to get yours today while it’s on sale.

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And last but not least, the sale on the Hello There Silhouette card class ends tomorrow.

We had a fabulous week with Nichol’s renditions, did we not?


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Well, that’s it for today folks. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, whether you celebrate Easter or not.

And I’d like to leave you with this video because it’s pretty amazing. My missionary daughter pointed me to it and not only is it a powerful message, but also, all the ‘old scenes’ with Christ were made by my hubby when he worked on ‘building Jerusalem’ a couple years ago. It looks pretty darn authentic, wouldn’t you say?

Happy Easter!

 

  • Tammy Davis - April 19, 2014 - 8:37 am

    Thank you, Kerri! These are SO cute!ReplyCancel

  • Lenise Braziel - April 19, 2014 - 8:43 am

    Thank you – Happy Easter!ReplyCancel

  • Jen L - April 19, 2014 - 9:13 am

    cute, cute bunnies. thank you!!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Clinkinbeard - April 19, 2014 - 12:46 pm

    Thank you so much for the cute little bunny freebie! It will be fun to use. Have a blessed Easter.ReplyCancel

  • Teryl - April 19, 2014 - 8:29 pm

    So adorable! Love the bunnies–thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Gilda - April 20, 2014 - 8:47 am

    Thanks so much for the cute bunnies! Looking forward to the new class. Happy Easter, Kerri.ReplyCancel

  • LisaM6 - April 20, 2014 - 12:40 pm

    Thanks! These bunnies are too cute. My daughter can’t wait to get them cut out. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - April 20, 2014 - 9:16 pm

    Thank you, these bunnies are so cute!ReplyCancel

  • Sally - April 21, 2014 - 11:07 am

    Thanks Kerri! I love it all!ReplyCancel

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  • Susan - February 28, 2015 - 9:23 am

    Is Half Pints #1 the same as Half Pints? I already have Half Pints, but you are saying that Half Pints #1 is a new kit. Could you please explain?ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - February 28, 2015 - 9:24 am

      This is the post from 2014, but it’s where you get the link to the freebie.
      I wondered if it might confuse people. :)ReplyCancel

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You know, it’s been strange this year not having any kids in–the traditional sense of the word–school. You don’t think about the holidays when all the kids are out. Spring break? Yeah, when’s that? No graduations to attend or have your kids go to for their friends. You kind of become oblivious to it all which is really weird when it was a part of your life–or rather, pretty much all  your life for like 20 years or so.

It’s really weird.

But, it is that time of year and has Nichol got the grad card idea for you! This pop-up card was originally the one that said ‘Thanks.’ Awesome that you have the skills (said in my Napoleon Dynamite voice) to create your own sentiment, eh?

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Turned out fabulous, darling!
Can you imagine the oohs and aahs over receiving that grad card?


Here’s what Nichol has to say:

I changed the greeting for the “thanks” pop up card to “graduate” and used the freebie design “congrats” for the outside of my card so that it reads “congrats graduate”. I added a graduation cap from Kerri’s Graduation Kit to the letter “o” in “congrats”.

A note about cutting the inside pop up: I had originally tried cutting the pop up from cardstock however I found it a bit too bulky to work with and liked how the patterned paper I ended up using looked instead. :) I used stamping to accent the die cut elements on my card.


It is divine, Miss Nichol! Thank you so much for sharing your card talent here with us this week!


Don’t forget, the Hello There class will be on sale for 20% off through the rest of the week!

  • Bernice J - April 18, 2014 - 8:27 am

    This card is great, but how cute would it be to hang a little mini-tassel toward the side off the horizontal piece above the word (it looks so much like the flat part of a mortarboard)on the first card!ReplyCancel

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I don’t know ’bout you, but I have soooo been enjoying Nichol’s cards this week…and this one is no exception. I love her take on the flip card, especially her adding the white-on-white flower background to it.

love.

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All her touches with the stamps and flowers and such makes this pop in a whole new way! And I think I need to get my hands on that stamp that says, ‘Definitely Not Junk Mail.’ That is darling!

Here’s some words from Nichol: 

I loved learning how simple it can be to create my own flip cards! While I kept to Kerri’s class lesson and used the circle “flip”, I can see how easy it will be to create many other shapes of flip cards! I used Kerri’s freebie designs from the class (flowers, “hello”) for my card and also used a background design from her Background Basics kit to give my card base some “texture”. I used the same color of cardstock as the flip card to not take away from the flip design! I love combining a large die cut word (in this case the “hello”) with a stamped phrase for a card greeting. :)


Sooooo very adorable!

And in case you were wondering what the freebies were in this class–the ones that Nichol keeps using, here they are:

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Lots of fun sentiments and itty bitties to help you with your card-making fun.


Just one more day of card shares (class sale ends on Sunday though).
I can’t believe it’s Thursday already!!

  • Melissa Owen - April 17, 2014 - 2:04 pm

    Love the sentiment freebies from the class. Is there a way to purchase those without the class?ReplyCancel

  • Pat - April 17, 2014 - 2:17 pm

    I would love to know if these could purchase these too since I didn’t take the class. Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - April 17, 2014 - 2:42 pm

      Because they are a ‘perk’ of taking the class, they aren’t normally for sale. However, I do recognize that others don’t need or want to take the class so there are two or three times that I offer them for sale…usually around ‘big’ days, like Black Friday/Cyber Monday and others…. You never know what might appear for any big scrapbooking ‘holiday’ that might be coming up soon. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly O. - April 17, 2014 - 5:01 pm

    O.M.G. How did I miss this flip card in the class?! Seriously. I would have bet money that I had completed all the lessons in this class but OBVIOUSLY, I must have missed a few. (How did THAT happen?!) No.. instead I buy a metal die to make this kind of card. Okay, so the die IS cool… but I could have saved myself $30! Oh well, at least I know I have a class or two to catch up on. :)ReplyCancel