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What is it about handwritten words? Remember when it seemed that everyone wanted to get away from the hand drawn letters and use fonts? Now, it appears, we’re kickin’ it old school and reverting back to all things written by hand. What goes around, comes around, eh?

There are so many awesome styles out there right now too. I wish I could write like many that I see. But I believe it would require the ‘p’ word, and ‘practice’ apparently isn’t in my vocabulary. It was something I used to do as a teenager. I’d write all the time–just doodling around. And heck, at the risk of being modest (ha), my kids were quite impressed with my first grade writing skills. I really should find time to practice styles of handwriting other than the one I’ve had for 40+ years. ;) Get more ‘artsy’, if you will. Alas, for now, I will just look, admire and dream of a day….

But all this handwritten stuff is fun nonetheless and Laura has used one of the KBS handwritten kits fabulously on her page for our (inter) National Scrapbook week!

Check it out….

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[ DesignsGrateful (forever), This+That: Family (always + star), Simplicities: Best Thing Ever (tab) ]


Oh my stars! (Sorry. Couldn’t resist. It is an accurate statement though.) Isn’t that just wonderful? Love the star background…and her color choices! And one of my favorite techniques is to mix handwritten and plain text together.

grand. just grand.

Here’s what Laura has to say about it all:

This past week, I had one of my favorite daycare dudes, Mateo, leave me as he moves on to preschool. He’s been with me since he was just 4 months old, and is now an awesome 4 1/2 year old. I made sure to get a good photo of him last week, as I was preparing an album full of photos for him to take with him on his last day. I loved seeing one of the first photos I took of him alongside the last photo I took of him, and knew that I needed to create a layout using both of them.

I wanted to create a white on white background for this layout, and knew I wanted to incorporate lots of stars. I used one of Kerri’s basic star cut files to fill an entire page of stars to cut from my white cardstock. I ended up cutting two full sheets of stars, and only had a few leftover. I adhered the stars in rows on another sheet of white cardstock, only adding the adhesive to the center of the stars so that they weren’t fully adhered to the page and had some dimension to them. Once I had all of the stars adhered, I spritzed the entire page with navy blue and green misting spray.

For my title, I settled on using the “forever” from the Grateful kit and “always” from the This+That: Family kit, adding in a few letter stickers to complete the title. I cut a few tabs from the Simplicities: Best Thing Ever kit to tuck under each photo, so that I could add the year and Mateo’s age to go along with the photos.


We love it Laura!

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Now with the way our week has been gong, any guesses as to what might be on sale today? :)

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You guessed it!
(Or at least my ESP is indicating that you guessed it.)

You can save 30% on handwritten phrases today only!

And just for fun, here’s one of my favorite phrases from Seasonably Said that I was just gandering (yeah, it’s a word) at yesterday. It truly is a wonderful world.

(Cut in gold vinyl, adhered to a transparency and placed in a clear frame)

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  • Dolly (scrapthat) - May 6, 2016 - 6:53 am

    So super cute Laura! TFSReplyCancel

You all know I love white, right? It’s just the dreamiest of backgrounds. I’ve been a huge fan for years and years. I love how other colors pop when combined with white, not to mention just how much your photos really stand out when paired with white.

In today’s world, we have more options for adding color to play our whites. Stamps and super fun things like mists!

Check out what our Miss Maggie has been doing with her whites! And note the designs she used. It’s the same one Emma used yesterday. I love it when our creative peeps use the same design unbeknownst to the other. I love seeing the same design used in different ways.

Let’s have Maggie tell you all about it….

Hey all! Maggie here! Happy (Inter-)National Scrapbooking Day! I love this day…all the inspiration flying around out there on the web makes me just so happy!

Today I’m sharing a layout I created using a few of Kerri’s die cut & digital stamp files.

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I started with the Office Tag files…first I brought the .png file into Silhouette Studio, enlarged the tags & used the Print & Cut feature to create my tags…I did the same with the Life Is But A Dream file. I outlined these cuts with some Distress Ink and used them as the background for my page.

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Next I opened the Digital Fresh Air Stamps (again in Silhouette Studio) and enlarged the little twig/berry/leaf stamp and cut out a couple of those…a few spritzes of hot pink & yellow mist make these shapes just the perfect colors! 

 

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A few more little embellishments help to finish out this project.

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Thank you so much for taking a look! I hope you find yourself inspired to create something fun today!


Isn’t that just gorgeous? I love love love how she mixed the Life Is But A Dream and the Office Tag designs! I don’t know that I would have ever thought to use them as a background element. Leave it to Maggie to think of something ingenious like that. And her color additions? Divine.


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So speaking of that whole theory of ‘Just Add Color’. There is a KBS Silhouette class by that name that goes through so much in the coloring world of Silhouette Studio. It’s a wonderful class that teaches you some great color tricks and resources. Plus, you design three pages with all its elements. Sweet!

And lucky you, you can save 25% on all classes as part of our (inter) National Scrapbook week!

(Pocket Book Workshop excluded.)

So many different subjects. So much to learn. And it’s wonderful to have the power of creation in your hands, yes?

Check ’em out HERE!

 

After a week of gloomy, cold + rainy weather, yesterday’s taste of spring and hope of summer has swept me away. It swept me away high in the mountains with my husband at Strawberry Reservoir where he went fishing and I sat in my reclining camp chair…and didn’t do a darn thing, even though I’d brought work and even a book. I basked in the sunlight, feeling the warmth on my face. I listened to the sounds of the birds–particularly enjoying the Canadian geese and loons. The sound carries for long distances, so you could even hear the guys chatting in their pontoon boats clear out on the lake.

It was glorious. Just what I needed.

And when I came home, I’d noticed the first iris of my big iris plants had opened and displayed its beautiful state.

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After all that, I had a church planning meeting where everything came together so wonderfully–and quickly. I walked out after and noticed the most glorious evening. Came home and couldn’t stand the thought of being inside, so I grabbed the dog and went outside with him and took him for a walk.

To say yesterday was rejuvenating is an understatement. I needed it.

outdoors. i need more of it.

And it’s making me hungry for consistent weather terribly. I’m not a ‘hot’ weather person, so I’m not looking for anything in the 80s. 70s would be perfect, thank you.

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So today, we are celebrating the possibilities of the beautiful weather to come, by saving 30% on spring + summer designs!

Prices are marked, so take a gander through the store and see if there’s something you need to help you get ready for that lovely weather too!


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And now in all things good and fabulous in the world of (inter) National Scrapbook Day, we have a happy springy page from our Aussie guest, Emma Wood!

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[ Designs | Fresh Air Digital Stamps (funky branch) / Modern Nature (circle funky branch) / This+That: Summertime (flowers).


I love the color combination here. That bright pink–which normally isn’t my color–has just been…wellllll…tickling me pink of late! And I love how it pops on the white background. The page is just pure happiness!

Here’s what Emma has to say:

I’m on a real flower kick at the moment – I want to put them everywhere!  And the weird thing is, it’s not even Spring over here (in Australia) which is what you might think kick starts the flower craze!  And if you know me at all, you’ll know I’ve got a thing for pink, black, yellow and whites.  So I went with 3 our of my 4 faves for this one!

I went through and found a few favourite flower/leaf type die-cuts and cut away on the Cameo like a mad woman.  I can honestly say I have at least 10 times as many spares (of each!) left over as I do one this page.  Completely smitten by them all and plan on using them over and over.  I created a bit of dimension by adding layers to each flower and adding a brad to the centre of a few flowers. A brad?! I know right!  I honestly couldn’t tell you how old they are, been in the stash for a while..

 

I am so with you on cutting out multiples Emma! If I need ‘one’ of something that I love or is a staple, I might as well cut more and have a stash. Best tip out there!

Thanks so much for playing with us!

We will actually be seeing a little more from this darling girl and her amazing talents later in the week too. Yahoo!

 

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I love photo templates. They allow you to gather a few or many photos and place them nicely and neatly all in a square or rectangle–without cropping, sizing and moving ‘just so’. I remember those days…cropping each individual photo and carefully laying them out on a blank Photoshop page. And then, gosh darn it, I decide I needed different size and have to start all over? gasp. What a pain!

Then I was introduced to the wonderful world of clipping masks in PS and it’s been happily ever after since. I could now bring in a photo to a template page and ‘clip’ it to a shape and size and move it around within the shape…and if I wanted more or less of the photo on second thought? No big deal! It was magical

Recently I introduced a new line of photo templates called Travelers Templates. These are designed with the traveler’s notebook in mind–my favorite way to document of late. And my philosophy is,  you can never have enough configurations.

Therefore, I bring you Travelers Templates #2.

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And to top it all off….

All photo templates are on sale for 30% off for today only.

Now is great time to stock up and increase your library of configurations, because really, with so many to choose from, you’ll have a configuration for most any occasion. And be sure to check out the Half Pints (6×8) and Snapshots #3 (4×6). Those are two of my other favorites. I love the Half Pints for when I’m working on 6×8 albums. And the 4×6 templates are awesome for getting more to your photo base.

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Now speaking of the Travelers Templates–and the fact that they can be used for projects outside of a traveler’s notebook, take a look at how Nichol used one from the first release.

ah-ma-zing!

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KBS_NSDNowandThenLayout5KBS_NSDNowandThenLayout4[ DesignsTravelers TemplatesPlan It: Dividers (tabbed journaling and background) / Around Here (title) / Heart Backgrounds. StampsLine By LineTagged ]

 

Five photos and accents on this simply stunning page! It’s very clean and simple, yet there is so much going on here! Gorgeous colors. And I love the way she accented the journaling with KBS stamps on the top and in the bottom right, with the date and phrase…beautifully blended with her journaling and KBS handwritten title.

Let’s here what Nichol has to say: 

I am a big fan of simplicity in my layouts. Receptive elements, 1-3 color scheme and photo collages. My layout today was inspired by a Facebook post after my daughter and niece recently attended high school prom. I had included recent (NOW) photos with snapshots of them playing dress up with them were little (THEN).  The greeting from the Around Here kit perfectly expressed my feelings for these photos and gave me a great starting point for my journaling. Kerri’s stamps added the perfect additional touches to the text on the page while the tone on tone die cut heart background mixed with a few peachy pink hearts added interest and texture.


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Be sure to head to Nichol’s blog for her how-to video HERE.


Photo templates are layered .PSD files that can be used in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. For more information on how to use them, check out Photo Templates in the Tutorials link above.

  • Dolly - May 3, 2016 - 6:34 am

    when I saw the sneak for this I thought that’s Nichol’s LO! and then I thought…is it? could it be?? YES! It is SO nice to see a LO again from you Nichol!! You certainly haven’t lost your magic touch for creating GORGEOUS LOs Nichol!
    Thanks so much for sharing! :DReplyCancel

  • heidig - May 3, 2016 - 9:46 am

    Love these templates! And I always love Nichols pages – just gorgeous! Such talent!ReplyCancel

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Oh me, oh my! We are going to have a grand week starting today as we get ready for (i)National Scrapbook day!

And today is rockin’ it all!

First, we have brand new stamps for all those fun little trips you’re gonna be taking this summer!

Say hello to Found and Vacation!

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So many delightful words and phrases on these two little stamp sets! I showed you a sneak peek of the Vacation 3×4 stamp on Friday (previous post), but take a look at some of the combinations you can do with the Found 4×6 stamps!

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They look awesome when you mix them up with the Ashland and Maxwell sets too!

Those of you who have taken the Here There Everywhere class might recognize that ‘Greetings From’. You know I love a bit of retro. And the Vacation? Yup, from The History Project. I love seeing some of these designs come to life in the form of stamps!

Stamps have a tendency to go quickly ’round these parts and they are on sale for today only, so be sure to pick yours up today!

Tomorrow we’ll have something totally new up for sale, so you don’t want to miss that—and every day through Friday too. :)


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Now I do declare we need some inspiration all this week, yes? I say we kick it off with some fabulousness from our Miss Paige!

Check it out….

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Adventures Detail 1 by Paige Evans
Adventures Detail 2 by Paige Evans

[ Designs | Fanciful Phrases ]


I know what you’re thinking…wow. Yeah. Me too!

Love how Paige pairs up the KBS designs so beautifully with her own gorgeous Fancy Free line from Pink Paislee! Those letters look amazing cut in the multi-colored paper!

It’s just so bright and cheery and you just can’t help but smile.

Here’s a little ‘how-to’ from Paige:

  1. Cut the “Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures” file from paper #12 in Fancy Free and then adhere the letters down the B-side of paper #10. Leave a space for a photo in the center.
  2. Fussy cut flowers from paper #7 and layer them on the top left and bottom right edges.
  3. Add chipboard, transparency, and puffy sticker flowers over the paper flowers.
  4. Sprinkle chipboard flowers (cut apart from one cluster) over the letters.
  5. Journal on the left and drop black and white paint across the layout to finish.


It ’tis divine.


Alright folks! This is just the beginning of a grand week. You don’t want to miss a day of ideas and sales, so stay tuned to the blog and social media so you’re always ‘in the know’. :)

Just popping in to say that there is no Fab Font Friday today because I’m gearing up for a really great week next week in preparation for Saturday, which is (i)National Scrapbook Day!

That means new stamps too.

(and maybe some sales??? ;) )

It all starts Monday and you won’t want to miss a day!

Here’s a sneak peek at one of the set of stamps. Some of you may recognize the image from The History Project freebie that first made its appearance a few years ago. Yup. Needed to be a stamp. :)

See ya here bright and early Monday!!!

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  • Carla Hundley - April 29, 2016 - 1:55 pm

    Looks fun and
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Having a little fun today and tomorrow with a sale on digital stamps…no code needed.

With all the fun art in these kits you can make some awesome printables or even turn them into cut files! They come in PNG and ABR (brush) formats.


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And we are just three days away from The Pocket Book Workshop!
It’s your last chance to save on the class, so be sure to get in on that action.

Here’s a little sneak peek. :)

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Just the name alone makes me want to be outside. Is it any wonder that this came spilling out?


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You can pick up this awesome Lumberjack font in a few places, including dafont.com.


What I like:

  • Comes in four styles. Regular, which will be great for cutting, as well as Rough and Rough Shadow, which gives it an awesome distressed look and would be best printed. It also come in Inline. That being said, I got a ‘serious error’ when installing that one and so I opted not to install it because my Mac said ‘Don’t install it.’ I take heed to those warnings. Bummer, because I liked that style.

Helpful Hints:

  • When combining with the shadow, type the phrase in Regular or Rough first, copy+paste it, change it to Shadow, and if you’re in Silhouette Studio or Photoshop/Elements send it to the back. Or, if you can select the back one, change it to Shadow.
  • Try using a different color for the shadow. Looks great in the same or a different color.
  • Mix it with an awesome script font. (This will be featured next week.) It just needed it because it went so well with it. :)
  • Try mixing your letter sizes on the ends just for fun.
  • Looks really great with the bursts from Burst of Hipster!


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