I’ve had this song stuck in my head for days now. It probably has something to do with all that’s going on in this country right now. I wonder if when Tim McGraw made this song that he would have any idea how much it’s needed right now.
Love one another. Please + thank you go along way too. And one of my favorite lines, bitterness keeps you from flying. It’s amazing what a positive and giving spirt can do for others and yourself. Negativity of any kind–fear, anger, bitterness–will control your life and keep you stagnant.
I’ve been in a bit of a ‘designer’ mood. Preparing classes will do that to a gal. All I’ve been thinking about lately is how fun it is to design. And even more fun, teach others how to do it as well.
A few short years ago, I made a class called Design Secrets where I shared so many of my thought processes when it comes to design–particularly designing with Silhouette Studio. Granted, I am a self-taught designer. Personal computers were barely even available when I was in college. You should have seen the first one I had to use for my lab assignments!
For the last ten years I’ve taught myself how to use these amazing designing tools. It all started with an assignment to create a Cricut cartridge. I took the challenge and plopped down $600 on Illustrator and that was a huge expense for us! (I wished I would have known about the education discount at that time.)
Ten years ago there wasn’t the plethora of YouTube videos, blogs, and class opportunities. You basically needed college to have someone teach you how to use it. And with three young kids, that wasn’t happening. The internet was just beginning to grow too, so really, not a lot of information available.
But little by little I figured things out pretty much by myself…and did some things the hard way, I might add. I did have a sweet friend that I would ask a question when I exhausted all resources.
Maybe that’s why I’m so passionate about teaching others how to design…to give them the power to do it themselves. Hmm. I think I may have just made a discovery. I may have Dr. Phil’d myself.
But designing is liberating!
And so much easier than you’d think!
So I thought it might be fun to offer Design Secrets on sale for $15 off through Wednesday!
It is packed full of information…all my little secrets. And we design just about all the elements we use in Silhouette Studio. Wanna peek at a page? Okay! :)
March 14 is literally just around the corner. I never feel like I’m ready, but come heck or high water or construction or cold…it will be done!
We’re going to learn so many amazing techniques. Whether it’s creative text or amazing backgrounds it all equals up to fabulous prints. Silhouette Studio is pretty awesome like that–it’s like getting Illustrator and a little Photoshop all wrapped up into one program…and it’s free! And this class does not require a cutter…just two little pink hands, Studio, and your imagination.
Be there Monday for all the fun! ( Sign up HERE. )
And just for fun, here’s another little sneak peek. :)
The days are just getting so beautiful outside! 68 today…70 tomorrow? Of course, it never lasts for long when it’s spring in Utah as 42 and snow+rain are suppose to return on Tuesday. I’ll definitely take the beautiful weather when I can get it though. I may have to make outside my office tomorrow though.
loving the sunshine.
And that’s why the phrase ‘Good day sunshine’ had to be included on the Fresh Air stamps. Anything that invoked that feeling of ahhhhhh needed inclusion, yes?
Well, our Miss Maggie has a wonderful page to share with you today! More from the [digital] Fresh Air stamps which she has combined beautifully with the actual Travelogue and Wanderlust stamps!
Can you say love?
Take a look — with commentary from Maggie:
Hey everyone! Maggie here! Spring is right around the corner and I could not be more ready. Even though we’ve had a pretty mild winter here in the Midwest, warmer air and singing birds can not arrive fast enough for me.
I found an older photo of my daughter the other day while I was trying to (ugh.) organize some stuff on my computer and it just brought back so many memories of the days I used to spend in the park with the kids. I love this photo because Kinsley looks so carefree and content…not exactly excited or overly crazy with happiness…but content. And I love it. I thought it would be cool to add a few digital stamps to some of the negative space in the photo, and immediately I thought of Kerri’s brand new Fresh Air digital stamp set.
I opened up my photo in Photoshop CC and, using the brush files included with the digital stamps, I “wrote” over my photo. (Note: you can do the same thing in any photo editing software that allows you to open up .png files…those are also included in the digital version). I used the Stroke function to outline the top stamp – “ENJOY the ride” – and I LOVE how it turned out.
Next I opened up the “Good Day Sunshine” .png file in Silhouette Studio, traced it and cut it from plain old white cardstock. A quick outlining with my journaling pen allows the white letters to stand out a bit from the whitewash background. Don’t look too closely…I’m not a fantastic outline-er.
Then I added some physical stamping to my page with Kerri’s Travelogue and Wanderlust Stamps. Oh man…these stamps. My favorites.
And finally I added a few little embellishments…some enamel dots and a chipboard flower.
I wanted to really keep the focus of this page on the photo, so I kept my colors (or lack of them) and embellishments totally simple…and I love how it turned out.
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Oh man, oh man! I love all the itty bitty lovely things Maggie did with the stamps! My favorite part is how she used the dashed lines in combination with the words. Love, love, love that! I need to remember to do that next time.
Just a lovely page, my friend!
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And don’t forget…today’s the last day of our Spring Fling sale! Be sure to check out THESE ITEMS and save 30% on orders of $10 or more using the code SPRINGFLING.
I so enjoyed all your comments of positivity and acts of kindness! I think the world needs to hear more about the good things rather than hear the–always loud so it can be heard–negative things.
Inch by inch we can make the world better. We’re all in little corners of the world and kindness can spread just as easily–if not more so–than negativity. Someone from The Netherlands posted this on the KBS Facebook page and I wanted to share it here because she said it so well:
“I live in the Netherlands and there’s a lot going on here with refugees and possible terrorism attacks. I feel like everyone lives in fear and negativity instead of seeing the good and enjoying life. Your blogpost made me realize that we only live once and we have to make the best of it and bring others around us joy and happiness.”
It’s the tiny little cups of teas from a co-worker, the helping of the elderly neighbor, the shoveling of your neighbor’s snow that make the world a better place. Tiny little acts of kindness where we help and uplift one another. It brings not only joy to them, but joy to yourself…which is a wonderful byproduct. :)
And now for the winners!
BARBARA – MARCH 4, 2016 – 12:19 PM
PHYLLIS BEAVER – MARCH 4, 2016 – 2:30 PM
NATALIE (QSOGIRL) – MARCH 5, 2016 – 5:29 PM
Congratulations ladies! Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your address and the stamp set you’d like, and we’ll get y’all set!
And because I don’t like having a post without a photo, here’s something fun we’ll be playing with in the new Said+Done 2.0 class that starts next week!
I’ve been very troubled over the past couple of months hearing the craziness going on in our country. Like, as in scared. A lot of it seems to stem from the political side of life, which I won’t get into or share my feelings there. But I will say that I’m afraid for our country. I’m afraid how people are acting…and that people think it’s acceptable. Every day it seems like there is something terrible going on or being said.
Where did our kindness and respect go for one another?
Normally I try not to pay attention to all the crap going on in the Facebook world, but one story caught my eye yesterday. Someone being completely rude and vulgar to another in a drive-thru and the recipient of the rudeness, in turn, paying for the rude person’s meal–and teaching his son kindness in the process. That takes a lot of gumption to ‘turn the other cheek’ and do something kind instead.
About ten minutes later, I’m down in my studio listening to some tunes when this song by John Mayer came on.
I’ve always loved this song. In fact, it reminds me of driving along a two-lane road in the middle of Idaho somewhere near Silver Creek during a trip with my hubs to Sun Valley a few years ago.
The message, the heart of life is good.
I believe that there is much more kindness in this world than the negative we always seem to hear about. We can all be better.
May we always be tolerant. May we always be understanding.
May we always be patient. May we always be positive. May we always speak kind words.
We’re all in this world together. Let’s make it a great and positive place. Let’s love one another.
That’s my challenge to you today. To do something kind for someone, perhaps outside of something that you would normally do. And take it a step further and make it a priority every day.
And now, in my efforts towards all things positive, I’m doing a giveaway of a stamp set of your choice to three lucky people.
To enter, leave a comment here of what you would like to do–or recently did–as an act of kindness. Or maybe share something you saw happen.Let’s feed off of one another’s positivity rather than the negativity.
Winner will be drawn Sunday morning.
And as one more act of kindness from me…the above print (cut file) is available as a freebie for you all.
Cut or print it out. Hang it up. Use it as a reminder that being kind and positive is much better for your life and everyone around you. (The border I added comes from the Christmas Means More.)
Love turns the whole thing around.
After all, the heart of life is good.
On a side note, the sale for the Said+Done 2.0 class has been extended to the end of the week. And I know many of you have been waiting for this–the Lincoln Outline stamp is on preorder, so you can pick that up now. Shipping should begin after March 15. Also on preorder are Nowadays, Escape, One Fine Day and Oh Yeah. Great sets for the upcoming outdoors-ee months!
On top of the madness of class creation (did I just say that?), I do enjoy dabbling with my stamps from time to time. If you follow me on social media, you’ll have seen what I’ve been doing with both old and the new Fresh Air stamps. It’s fun to stop and play once in a while, ya? Thought I’d take a moment and share them here in the immortal world of blogdom.