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I tell ya. I think it takes a special kind of person to do daycare…or tending of any kind. I had enough on my plate with just my own three and work. But our sweet Laura not only does beautiful work for KBS, but Bella Blvd and she does daycare.

I do not know how she does it all.

I believe it is definitely a labor of love.

Look at this beautiful page she made about her ‘day job’ and one little munchkin that requires a bit more attention than the others. ;)

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[ Designs| Storyboard: Instagram Style / A Labor Of Love. Stamps: One Fine Day (absolutely) / Oh Yeah (dashed line) ]

Don’t you just love the sweetness of it all? Love the colors and how the title just pops. And the little stamp accent? swoon.

Here’s what Laura has to say:

I recently made a comment to my oldest daughter about how I don’t take that many photos of my daycare kids anymore, and she said “just all of your rocking chair photos with Derek”. I said that I take so many of those because I’m stuck in the rocking chair with him all the time and I get bored, and then said that I should probably print them all out and make a layout about it. And that’s exactly what I did, as I knew it would be perfect for my next layout to share here.

I started by collaging all of my photos together, using a template from Kerri’s Storyboard: Instagram Style kit. I tend to take photos on my phone in the square format, for whatever reason, and I have also shared each one of these photos on my Instagram, so the rows of square little photos were just what I needed. I ended up finding twelve photos, so I arranged them by date taken, leaving three spaces of the template empty, which is where I planned up placing my journaling.

As I browsed thru Kerri’s kits for a good title, I came up with several different options. I ended up going with “a labor of love”, because I don’t think I would be willing to spend so much time rocking this adorable baby boy, and helping him sleep, if I didn’t love him a ton ;) I also did a teeny, tiny amount of stamping with a few of Kerri’s stamp sets, adding the “absolutely” to go along with my title.


That makes me want ….  wellllll … a grandkid, maybe. My cat won’t let me hold it like that. My dog would definitely let me do that, but I don’t need 120 pound ‘child’ on my lap. ;)

Beautiful job Laura!

  • lilola - April 13, 2016 - 3:53 pm

    OH, Laura, you have so much patience! Love t!ReplyCancel

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I don’t know about you, but I needed me some of these! I want to be able to display photos of the week in a collage form if the mood suits me.

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These Travelers Templates come in ten different styles, all measuring 4.125″ x 8.25″. Your standard traveler’s notebook is 4.33″ wide, but I decreased the width just a little so that it would fit in better. If you feel like you need to decrease it to 4″ wide while keeping your height, you can do that without really affecting any of the frames.

I can’t believe it’s been about a year since my last set of templates! I’m so excited to have this fresh set for the planner love in all of us. But, of course, you don’t have to have a planner/traveler’s notebook to use them. They can be used for any project!

And just for fun…you can pick it up on sale TODAY ONLY!


For more information on using photo templates in general, check out THESE tutorials. 

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Had a little fun with the It’s A Party stamps over the weekend. Thought perhaps you might like to have so me fun too!

And when those kind of thought enter my head?

A sale is in order!

Save 20% on these cute little stamps Monday and Tuesday only.

Now, I want some birthday cake…. ;)

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And if you missed this little announcement on social media, you can now get theses cute Office Tag cut files in the store–two tag styles with that cute little reinforcement and some fun little words to make print+cuts if you so desire.

And if you’re taking the brand new Pocketbook Workshop, the basic tag shape and reinforcement (only) is included in the class.

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And speaking of The Pocketbook Workshop, the sale price has been extended until the class start date of April 28. So you can pick it up for $14 until then. It’s going to be a sweet little workshop with oodles of goodies! A great project for Mother’s Day or National Scrapbook Day!

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Oh boy! There is some fun to be had with today’s font! Very whimsical, yet kind of clean and very ‘on trend’ right now.

Say hello to Weem from FreeDesignResources.net.

 

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What I like:

  • It looks like you’ve handwritten your words.
  • So many ways to use it.
  • The lowercase g. love. I have a thing for awesome g’s.

Helpful Hints:

  • Many fonts show examples. Use them as a source of inspiration to make your own thing.
  • Change heights and cases to make it whimsical.
  • Add Line Colors (Silhouette Studio) or Strokes (PS/PSE)  to even out the weights, unless you like having some look heavier and some look lighter. Or, add even heavier Line Colors and Strokes to make the different weights even more pronounced. It’s all great!
  • As long as you outline this font to thicken it a little, it would be great to cut a title with.

 

While I do have a more clean+simple style when it comes to typography, I still love stand-out prints like this. It’s always fun to mix your style up a little, right? Keeps things interesting? And call me crazy, I would categorize this as whimsically clean+simple. ;)

You’ll find all three styles of the print in today’s download…because...why not?


 

And if you want to make it all shiny and pretty….use your Minc!
(…if you have one.)

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  • Rachel - April 8, 2016 - 7:24 am

    Thank you so much for providing this weekly inspiration and information.ReplyCancel

  • Marla - April 8, 2016 - 11:37 am

    I do this all of the time, but never have the original font. Will try to save each change and look back to see how it looks. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn - April 9, 2016 - 5:49 am

    I love it! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • LUcy - April 9, 2016 - 10:25 am

    thanksReplyCancel

  • Lorretta Shughrue - April 9, 2016 - 4:24 pm

    Love it! Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • sherrygrove - April 12, 2016 - 11:25 am

    This is adorable, and I can’t wait to use it (as always)! I also have a THING for like-formed Gs; love them!ReplyCancel

  • Maria - April 13, 2016 - 4:37 am

    Hi,

    I am having trouble downloading the Always Believe quote.

    Could you help please?

    Best Regards

    Maria xReplyCancel

I’ve been feeling this word of late. I’ve been cooped up just a bit too long. On top of that, today is the day we were suppose to leave for our trip back east. We had to cancel it because my husband was suppose to start a big job. Well, it was suppose to start in March and maybe even February…but as of yesterday, we found out the wait continues. Which means, of course, we could have taken our little vaca.

sigh.

Oh well.

Still needing to get out of this place. Even if it’s for a couple days.

I hear Moab calling my name….

So is it any wonder why I relate so well to our Miss Paige? I have to say I’m a teensy bit jealous of her trips to far-off lands. Of course, living in Europe makes them not as ‘far off’ as it is for me. I suppose I’ll just have to live vicariously through her. ;)

That’s why I love this page!

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Just Go Detail 1 by Paige Evans web
Just Go Detail 2 by Paige Evans web
Just Go Detail 3 by Paige Evans web

[ Digital Stamps | Go ]

When I design things, I have a vision of how I want to use them…or do use them…and I’m constantly blown away by my team with their own vision and creativity. And this page rocks!


Let’s hear what Paige has to say about it:

t’s no secret – we LOVE to travel! So when I saw the new “GO” stamp set and coordinating digital images I decided to make a layout that will be perfect as the opening page of our 2015 travels scrapbook! I die cut the “go” from white cardstock then outlined the inner and outer edges of the pieces with a black marker to help define the edges. Next I printed a collage made from all of our 2015 travels and used that to back the die cut. I used the positive “go” shape as a template to replace the inner pieces. Then I watercolored in three places to create a visual triangle using a pink, teal, and yellow pulled from the C’est La Vie collection by Pink Paislee. I trimmed a border from one of the C’est La Vie papers and stitched it on top. After adding a few embellishments to the watercolored areas I journaled below the title and stitched “JUST” chipboard letters above to finish!

Just fabulous, right? The tiny photo collage inside that ‘go’? Hello! Love it!

And, oddly enough, yesterday I was playing with the physical Go stamp set. Just simply done. White embossing powder. That kind of thing. Always love me some tags.

And now, I need to go…somewhere.

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  • Cynthia Baldwin - April 6, 2016 - 7:57 am

    Sorry about the cancelled vacation! Hopefully that big job will come through.
    I just had to say that I LOVE this page! Gorgeous.ReplyCancel

    • MARILAUR GARNER - April 6, 2016 - 12:31 pm

      Yes i love this page , especially for all the extra pics i have, that i don’t know how to use them all. When you “go” , i know i get photo happy & take too many but who’s counting ???..ReplyCancel

I am so excited to bring a new style of ‘class’ to KBS!

Welcome to the wonderful new world of Weekend Workshops.

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(This is just a sampling of items you’ll get or make in class!)

 

Weekend Workshops are–more or less–scaled down versions of KBS Classes and created to help you increase your MAD (Make, Alter, and Design) skills. They are also designed to be more project based.

And the kicker…they are designed to all be done in a weekend! 

Some components we’ll design.
Some components we’ll alter.
Some (okay…many) components will be provided.
And we’ll make the whole glorious thing together!

We’ll watch a few videos, learn some new things, have a few laughs….

So excited!

Our first project is this cute little Pocket Book–a little book made of envelopes to create little pocket pages, each with a little twist, if you so desire. It would be so great to use as a travel book, a mother’s day gift or your favorite photos, like what I’m using it for. And what’s great is that it’s expandable in a variety ways, that will cover in class, of course. There will be so many printables to make the project all your own.

Additionally, while we are designing or altering those few components in Silhouette Studio, most images can be trimmed by hand–you won’t have to have a cutter. There will be printables to use as well. For example, you can cut the envelope we make using the provided outlined image that you print on your printer. So you can have the benefit of using Silhouette Studio to design in or just print and trim most of the components and still do the project. Oh, and if you have a different cutter? Well, all cuttable images we make or use in the workshop will have the additional cut files included (SVG, DXF and AIv8). That way if you want to learn how to design in Studio and want to still be able to cut from  your own cutter, you can.  Sweet!

Since these workshops are meant to be done in a timely fashion, it is highly recommended that you have a decent understanding of the essentials learned in the first four Silhouette classes as I will not be doing as much explaining of the general items or continually repeating shortcut keystrokes, like I normally do. Although, that being said, I have a feeling that habit will still make appearances. ;) But unless it’s a technique that we’ve never covered or needs explanation, we’ll just plug along with a little less commentary.

So when does this new shindig begin, you ask?

That would be April 28…which is a Thursday! 

I know what you’re thinking…that’s a little odd, right?

Well, since this is designed to be done on a weekend, Thursday seems like the perfect day to release it! Then you have a day to gather your supplies, sit down and have some fun for the weekend. It would be a great project for a crop too!

And if you sign up by the class start date, you can save $3.

I can’t tell you how excited I am about these workshops! I’m so excited that I have a feeling I’m over designing fun stuff to work with it. But c’mon, is there such thing as too much stuff? My excitement is your benefit. ;)

 

  • Tammy Davis - April 4, 2016 - 12:25 pm

    Love it! Can’t wait!ReplyCancel

  • dondi may - April 4, 2016 - 4:33 pm

    Not sure I understand what a “workshop” means.

    Will this will be similar to other classes, in that I can watch it over and over again if need be?

    OR

    Is this a a limited viewing, or live – one shot deal on the 28th?

    Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - April 4, 2016 - 7:19 pm

      It’s the same as the classes–all access, self-paced–it’s just a little shorter. :)ReplyCancel

  • Daniela Dobson - April 6, 2016 - 7:47 am

    This sound fun!!! I might have to give it a try.ReplyCancel

  • Janay - April 24, 2016 - 10:11 am

    Does the Office Tag come with this class purchase or do I need to buy it separately?ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - April 24, 2016 - 9:09 pm

      The one ‘typical’ office tag + reinforcement itself comes in the class.
      It’s the other style and the text that’s on them that won’t be in the class. :)ReplyCancel

This is no April Fool’s joke, folks.

We’ve got two very awesome things happening on the same day!

Let’s start off with our brand new stamp set…Go!

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All these words and phrases and camera and arrow? sigh.

I had such great plans for using these on our now-cancelled trip back east…that we were suppose to leave for in a few days here. Of course, one really doesn’t have to wait for a trip to use them. You can use them for so much more than that. But…I really wanted to use them for it. :)

Hopefully we’ll make plans to go again…. In the meantime, I’ll play with it elsewhere.

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And as the brand new stamp in the bunch, they are on sale today and tomorrow only for 10% off.

eta: these are already half gone. if you don’t want to wait for a preorder-reorder, then you might want to pick them up soon. :)


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And now…a little Fab Font Friday!

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This font is known as Vacer Serif from dafont.com. It’s awesome, right?


What I like about it:

  • Love how certain letters look in fonts and will often choose a font because of that letter….and vice versa. If I don’t like the look of a letter and I’m using it in my phrase, I won’t use it for that phrase. …in this case, I love the e and c
  • Love that there are several weights to the font so that you can choose the one that works best for you.
  • Several weights also means mixing them up for a great typographic look!

Helpful hints:

  • You may need some minor character space adjusting in programs like Photoshop or Silhouette Studio. For one example, the n and the d were a little too far apart for my tastes. So just kind of watch out for anything that might look a little too close or too far apart.


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Can you hear the music in your head?

Y’all ready for this?

Maybe you need some help?


There is something a little different and new headed to KBS and we want to help you get your game on with your MAD (Make/Alter/Design) skills!

So take advantage of our three-day class sale on what we like to call ‘the essentials’. These four classes will improve your skills so you can be ready for what’s next!

Coming soon!

(Just s little ever-so excited.)

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  • Tammy Davis - March 28, 2016 - 8:07 pm

    Cool! I need to review the old classes to get ready for whatever is coming!ReplyCancel

  • Lorretta - March 30, 2016 - 8:21 am

    Lol! Can’t wait to see what’s new! Can you give us a hint?! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Sally - March 30, 2016 - 3:52 pm

    I have loved all your classes! I can’t wait to see what you’re coming up with next!ReplyCancel