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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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class-sale

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

Today’s Fab Font comes to you from dafont.com…a sweet little script of a font called Adefebia. When I saw it, I was somewhat smitten.


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What I Like:

  • The extra little swirls on some of the letters. Check out the ‘n’ and ‘d’!
  • The fact that it looks uneven instead of a ‘perfect’ script.

Helpful hints:

  • Add a stroke (AI/PS) or Line Color (Silhouette Studio) to some of the letters to make it look more authentic.
  • Change the baseline–or placement–of some letters vertically so the words are more uneven.
  • Make some letters larger.
  • Some free fonts, such as this, are a scaled-down version of a much larger version…the one with the glyphs or ligatures…or as I like to call it, the swirly twirlies. If you follow through the artist’s links, you can often find the full version of the font for fairly decent price. That being said, you have to have something that can access the additional characters, like Illustrator. So be careful in purchasing the font. Make sure that you can access the swirly twirlies first.


Pay close attention to he helpful hints used in the example above.

This font says 100% free. In most cases that means for personal+commercial use. Often the readme file that comes with the font states that. I didn’t see it specifically stated with this font, but I believe you’re fine to use it commercially.

 

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  • Pam K - March 25, 2016 - 9:57 am

    Gorgeous font! Thanks for sharing it & for the sample!ReplyCancel

It’s funny how things come to fruition in the world of organization. You have a need and you search for a solution.

For example…

I do plenty of stamping little 3×4 cards. But I never like to cut the card shape before I stamp because gosh, what if I screw up the placement? But then I go to cut the card and then…I still screw up the placement.

Being the perfectionist that I am, that’s not an option.

So what’s a girl to do?

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Well, a nice 3×4 cut piece of plastic paper does the trick! I can place it over my image and pencil off the edges and make my perfect cut.

I know. I’m a little cuckoo for perfectionism…but it works!

Then the other day I was looking for a certain. I pulled out my stack of stamps from the drawer and shuffled through them. Nope. Not there. What did I do with that thing? A couple piles later and I found it.

Oy. I needed something more organized!

Out comes my Studio Calico 6×8 Handbook that I bought at Christmas time during the American Crafts sale, along with some 2-up 4×6 page protectors.

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Bingo! I love flipping through them … as shown here. ;)

 

We’ll see if this method holds. I also like the idea of them going into a bin and categorizing them by subject–alpha, Christmas, travel, etc.–but for now, I like this. I like seeing that it has a spot to go back into.

And as I flip through all these stamps, I’m amazed at what the last year has brought me. Never in a million years would I have thought I could produce live product on my own. Technology and time has changed so many things. There are so many other things I would like to produce too…

….hopefully in time. :)

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And don’t forget, the sale on the Kramer stamps ends today!
(seen in above photo too)

  • Betsy - March 24, 2016 - 12:27 pm

    Kerri, I’d love to see a quick video on how you use a plastic sheet to perfect your stamping.ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - March 24, 2016 - 1:15 pm

      Will do for next week, k? :)ReplyCancel

  • Kitty - March 24, 2016 - 2:50 pm

    thank you so much for for tipsReplyCancel

  • Tracy - March 24, 2016 - 7:01 pm

    Love this idea Kerri! I have mine in an old Techniques Tuesday binder but i love your idea of the divided page protectors. Think I’m gonna get some and a new album!ReplyCancel

  • Lois - March 25, 2016 - 9:01 pm

    Kerri, that looks like a neat way to keep your stamps. Mine are in plastic sleeves by categories, but I never put them away! I think I will have to work on developing that habit!ReplyCancel

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[ Stamps | Kramer Outline, Line By Line (arrow), Yesterday (childhood) ]


Yesterday I was fiddling around in my studio when this caught my eye.

My grandpa’s hat.

He wore it all the time to work in the garden. It’s one of the few things that I’ve received as a memento of the farm and I treasure it greatly.

Like I said, it’s in my studio.

Sometimes your surroundings become oblivious to you…and sometimes, there’s something that brings back memories. Many objects you have on display can be there for a reason, such as this.

When I see it….

I think of him wearing light cotton long-sleeve shirts and khaki pants to work in–in the summer too..

I think of him whistling.

I think of his quite little laugh.

I think of him eating bread + milk with fresh raspberries.

I think of him taking a rest laying on his back on the front room floor–often with his knees up.

I think of him bringing in fresh vegetables to eat.

I think of him driving the old tractor.

I think of him giving us kids rides on the flatbed–that was a treat!

I think of his tiny little ‘grandpa-isms’, like ‘Hello everybody, this is Kate Smith!’, in his ‘girlish’ voice.

I think of him doting on my grandmother.

I think of him setting tubes for watering, and teaching me how to do it too.

I think of his respect for this land–not just the farm, but all land (he was in the Forest Service and worked for BLM).

I think of him knowing the name of every single plant–and showing us how to taste Indian paint brush.

I think of his kindness.

I think of him being the perfect example of a human being.


All these thoughts and so much more come back with great fondness.

My grandpa passed away over 20 years ago. I wish my kids could have really known him. He was an amazing man.

It’s amazing how one little object can create a flood of memories.

Good times.

And now my challenge to you is to to find an object in your home and write some memories about it. Take 15 minutes and you’ll be amazed at what you’ll remember!

 


You can find tips like these and dozens of prompts in The History Project, a personal history class taught by Kerri Bradford.

 

  • lolola - March 23, 2016 - 1:57 pm

    What a lovely tribute to your grandpa! He must have been quite the man!ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne - March 23, 2016 - 5:48 pm

    I loved the memories!

    AND, taste Indian Paint Brush? Is it Edible? It’s in bloom right now here!ReplyCancel

I have this uncontrollable urge to call this the Kramer vs. Kramer sale.
Some of you may be too young to remember that movie reference. ;)

But today, it’s all about the two Kramer alphabet sets. These two lovelies, unlike the movie, like each other very much and play very nicely together.

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And just for that…

Both sets–Kramer + Kramer Outline–are on sale for 20% off
through Thursday!

(while supplies last)

I tell ya…I love these little beauties. They have multiple letters and you can write out so much in one foul swoop. You may remember this tag I shared a couple weeks ago. Something I made for our now-cancelled trip back east. Bummer.  I know I’ll find a good use for it. But the letters are just over 1/4″ tall. Dreamy. One of my favorite alpha sets.

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  • Phyllis - March 22, 2016 - 2:20 pm

    I am old enough… I remember it well. It was a good movie—sad, but good!ReplyCancel

  • Jane O'Leary - March 22, 2016 - 6:22 pm

    Hi Kerri,

    What stamping block are you using with the grid lines?

    Thanks
    JaneReplyCancel

    • Kerri - March 22, 2016 - 7:49 pm

      It’s a set from Bo Bunny. Love having the grids! :)ReplyCancel

      • Jane O'Leary - March 24, 2016 - 11:08 am

        Thank you!ReplyCancel