All Those Photos!

February 23rd, 2017|cuttables, pages, photo templates|

If there’s one thing there seems to a lot of (besides sweets) at Christmas time, it’s photos. Pictures of family, pictures of the gifts, pictures of family opening gifts, eating…all sorts of photo ops.

That’s a whole heckuva lot of real estate in an album….unless you do it Laura’s way!

Laura has a gift for getting many photos into a couple pages using KBS photo templates. This girl rocks the photo templates!

Take a look.

[ Designs |  Out Of This World (stars) / Yuletide Greetings (hello christmas) /
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I’m sorry…it has to be said…oh my stars!  love the white-on-white hand-drawn cut stars!!!

Ack! My favorite!

Let’s see what Laura has to say:

After working really hard last year to catch up on years worth of Christmas layouts, and with Christmas 2016 just days away (when this was written), I figured I had better get to documenting last year’s Christmas photos. If you know me, you’ll know that I’m all about getting as many of my photos on the page as I can. So for something like a Christmas family get-together, I turned to one of my go-to two page designs, getting 22 photos on the spread.

If this design looks familiar, it’s because I have used it more times than I can count! I even used it on a few previous Christmas layouts. I use a full 12×12 photo collage on one side of the spread, and a smaller photo collage on the other side, leaving me plenty of room for my title, journaling, and sometimes, even a few more photos. Kerri’s Stoyboard templates are my go-to choices for creating photo collages, and the only ones I even use anymore. While I often tend to use the same ones over and over, she’s got tons of choices to fit whatever your needs are, as far as how many photos, and size and orientation of photos.

I like to keep with a white background on the top half of my first page, since the two page spread is so photo heavy. Rather than a plain white background, I die cut a ton of stars from Kerri’s Out Of This World kit, using white cardstock. The white on white adds interest, without being overwhelming. Kerri has SO many choices for Christmas titles, so it can be a little hard deciding which to use. I usually start by looking for one that fits the space I have left for my title, as that usually narrows things down a bit. I decided on the “hello Christmas”, from the Yuletide Greetings kit, and cut it both from patterned paper and black cardstock, to layer together for a little shadow effect.

Twenty-two photos on two pages.

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I love this! Miss Laura is my hero.

Got Christmas?

February 21st, 2017|cuttables, pages, printables|

In November, when all signs pointed to being ‘home for the holidays’, I had my creative team whirl their Christmas magic on some wonderful projects. As the days passed by and it appeared my Christmas wish wasn’t coming true, I shared their beautiful creations on social media.

Now that we’re back and live, these lovelies need to be in their permanent home–where they should be–with all their little details.

So let’s start with Miss Paige, shall we? Cutting–and stitching–this digital stamp tree just totally knocked my Christmas stockings off!

[ Design | Oh What Fun (tree) ]

 

Do you still have socks on your feet? Amazing, right? And all the beautiful colors that she put behind the trees? So bright and cheery! I love it!

Let’s see what Paige has to say:

DESCRIPTION: I’ve made a lot of “1 large icon” layouts recently so I branched out a little bit and made a bunch of slightly different sized images. :)

JOURNALING: I absolutely love our 2015 family photos that we had taken in the uber cute town of Weiden during the Christmas market – so festive and the perfect ambiance!

HOW TO: Trace the Christmas tree from the “OH WHAT FUN” digitals in a new Silhouette Studio document, copy and paste 5 trees, and make them all different sizes.

Cut the trees from white textured cardstock then adhere the die cut page onto colorful striped paper from the Crate Paper SNOW & COCOA collection (everything I used on this page is from that lovely line!).

Cut out the trees leaving about 1/4″ all around, poke holes through the trees, then backstitch through them using white thread. The whole stitching process took about 5 hours… but I LOVE making my own embellishments and stitching is something I enjoy! If stitching aint’ yo thang, just skip that step, or use a sewing machine, or just leave them as is and carry on!

Tear patterned paper strips and adhere them onto the bottom edge of robin’s egg blue cardstock to make “snow hills”. Layer and adhere the trees on top and tuck in a photo. Embellish with chipboard and sticker Christmas trees. Drop white paint in three places at the top, dry, then add die cut and sticker snowflakes to the mix. Journal on the tree and place a few sentiment stickers around to finish.

 

Bring On The Sports!

August 10th, 2016|pages, stamps|

What with school coming back around and the olympics on, I feel like sports is all around us. And I miss the days of Friday night high school football.

So I guess until we have grandkids of our own (that’s still quite a few years away), I’ll have to live vicariously through others…like this fantastic page from Miss Laura!

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[ DesignsStoryboard: Instagram Style / Life Additions Backgrounds (circle background) / Weathered Door [all] (Lady Buffs) / July Four (celebrate) / Simplicities: Best Thing Ever (tab). Stamps | For You ]


What a way to capture a season, right? Wow! Look at all those photos! I love it! I especially love how she kept everything balanced–in design and in the photo templates. I always took a heckuva lot of photos and this is an awesome way to include a bunch of them on a two page spread.

Impressive!

And check out that title. Laura incorporated the ‘Freakin’ Awesome’ stamp with other letters. What a cool idea!

Let’s hear what Laura has to say:

I’ve had sports on my mind lately, when it comes to layouts! One layout that I’ve been wanting to make is this one here, documenting an awesome season – a freakin’ awesome season – our high school girls varsity soccer team had. Our school mascot is the buffalo, so the varsity soccer players are referred to as the “Lady Buffs”. My youngest daughter, Sarah, was part of this team that accomplished so much this past spring. Seeing as how they took home not one, but two major championships, I knew I wanted to create a layout filled with photos taken throughout the season. 

All but three of my photos are cell phone photos, taken by either myself or my daughter. I had this thing going, where at the start of each game, I would snap a photo of the team getting ready to take the field. I would Instagram them each time as well. So I managed to collect a good amount of photos by the end of the season. I was able to get Sarah to send me some photos she took during the season as well, with a little begging and pleading. I gathered up all of these photos, and arranged them into two collages using a template from Kerri’s Storyboard: Instagram Style kit. My two main photos, both taken by the newspaper photographer, were printed as 4×6″ photos to include on either side of the collages. All in all, I’ve got 24 photos on this two page spread!

I’m sure you all know by now that I love creating white-on-white backgrounds for a lot of my pages. Since I only needed to cover about half of each page with the die cut background, I was able to use a smaller sized background from the Life Additions: Backgrounds kit. Usually, I just cut full 12×12 backgrounds, and then save the extra parts I don’t use for other projects. But it was nice to be able to use just two 8.5×11″ pieces of white cardstock for my two background pieces. 

For my title, I turned to the Weathered Door [all] kit for the “Lady Buffs” part of my title. This kit comes in so handy when you need a word that Kerri doesn’t have in kits. I went back and forth on the first part of my title, and finally settled on “celebrate”, from the July Four kit. I had every intention of using small alpha stickers for the middle part of my title, the “an amazing season”. I’m glad I stopped, just before adhering my stickers, and checked out Kerri’s stamps I have on hand, because the “freakin’ awesome” was perfect for this title! I knew I wouldn’t be able to stamp it directly to the page, with my die cut background, so I stamped it onto a scrap piece of cardstock and simply cut it out and adhered it in place. 


That page packs some serious punch!
I love it Laura!

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Party Guest | Emma Wood

August 6th, 2016|pages|

The one thing I have loved most about having my own company these six years–and being in this business of scrapbooking and craftiness for waaay more than that–is that I have made friends from all over the world…right here from the comfort of my own little studio. I’ve met and admired so many talented people and today’s party guest, Emma Wood–from Australia, is one of them!

Check out this bit of gorgeousness she’s sharing here today at the KBS party!

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[ Designs | Office Tag / Digital Stamps: Side By Side (All) (words on tags) ]

Emma’s use of the office tag is fantastic! Love how she combined with the digital stamps to create a completely unique look! And oh my gosh…boys do the weirdest things, don’t they? So funny! How cute is her son?

Here’s what Emma has to say:

Hi everyone!  First of let me say – HAPPY 6th BIRTHDAY Kerri Bradford Studios!   Congratulations on all you have achieved (in just 6 years!) and I can’t wait to see what the next 6+ years bring us :)

For my page I stuck with a simple grid and used the Office Tag.  I loooove tags; they are easily in my top 5 most used embellishment’s on a scrapbook page.   I love that the design means I can give the details of my photo, but I don’t necessarily need to include any lengthy journaling (which on my 6×8 pages can sometimes be a challenge, there is often not enough room!).  The Side By Side stamps were a perfect fit for those tags also (such #awesome sentiments in the whole set, plus the date/days!).

I’ve printed another dozen of these and have added them into my “tag stash” because I can promise you they’ll be making more appearances in the future.  They’re such a fun and easy way to add the story details to page, either straight on top (like the above layout) or tucked behind your photo (where you could even include more details on the back of your tag).

Thank you so much for having me along to join in on the birthday celebrations! 


The page is just wonderful!

Thanks so much for coming to the party, Miss Emma!

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Finally Licensed

June 24th, 2016|pages|

It’s funny. We were just having the conversation the other day about who had more patience to work with our kids learning to drive. Uh. Yeah. That would be me (see hand waving in the air). I did have my fair share of jerky, fast-moving grips on the dashboard or arm rest or would fancy a nice clench of the knees, mind you. But somehow we managed through the three kids and everyone arrived safely on the other side.

That’s why I love this page from our Miss Laura. She captured the essence of what it truly means to get that little rectangle of freedom in your pocket. Do you remember your first solo drive? Music up. Windows down. The feeling of being all on your own. You were invincible, yeah?

Let’s take a look at Laura’s daughter here…

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[ Designs | Grammar School: The Adverbs (finally), Weathered Door Alpha (licensed), Background Basics (circle background)


Love the colors. Love all the various circles. Love the perspective of her driving and what she’s seeing out the window…. This page is priceless!

Let’s hear what Laura has to say:

As crazy as it is to say this, my youngest daughter just got her drivers license. I can’t believe my baby is out on the road. By herself. Without me. Eek. Anyways. I knew I had to document the moment, as it took her quite a bit longer then planned to be ready for that drivers test. I had taken quite a few photos over the last year and a half of her driving (while parked, at red lights, or at train stops – always safe!), along with a few photos of her taking her required paid driving lessons. I picked out five photos to use, and printed them as 4×4″ pics.

I kept the design pretty simple, turning to a favorite page design that I’ve used before when using lots of 4×4″ photos. Because I had so many photos, I went with a white on white background for the rest of the page, incorporating a die cut background into the base of my page. I added in very small amounts of patterned paper, with a few thin strips along the photos, and then using it for my title pieces as well. For my title, I picked out a fun brush script word from Kerri’s Grammar School: The Adverbs kit to pair with the chunky letters from the Weathered Door Alpha kit.


I also love that Laura wasn’t out to reinvent the wheel (no pun intended) and used a similar design from another layout. You know we don’t have to reinvent every time, yeah?

And now I’m just glad I don’t have to do all that learning to drive thing again. ;)

Documenting Graduation

June 14th, 2016|pages|

I think when people typically hear the word graduation, they automatically think of high school. It’s such a monumental occasion. But I had two nephews that graduated from sixth and eighth grades, transitioning into middle and high school. And then there’s preschool or kindergarten graduations. My kids did those too. Plus, I have one college graduate (just last year).

It’s a big moment for sure. A right of passage from one part of your life and into another.

That’s why I just loooove this page from our Miss Paige on her son Fox’s graduation! Look at all the detail here!

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[ Designs | Subway Art: Graduation 2016 ]


Gorgeousness abounds, right? I love seeing what the KBS Creative Team comes up with. I never would have thought to color+stitch this! I actually think with this modern-day adult coloring going on these days that this page would actually be quite therapeutic. :)


Here’s how to make it according to Paige:

The Subway Art Graduation 2016 cut file was perfect for pairing with Fox’s recent pre-school graduation pics!

  1. Draw the Subway Art Graduation 2016 onto white cardstock using a black Silhouette Sketch Pen and then paint in each letter, except the “2016” and “Graduation”.
  2. Backstitch through the unpainted letters using white thread.
  3. Add small photos down the right edge along with some journaling and a few embellishments from the Fancy Free collection!


She makes it all look so easy, doesn’t she? And the colors just make me happy!
I think I need to give this a try…. :)

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(i)NSD | Good Day Sunshine

May 7th, 2016|pages|

Ahhh…the big (inter) National Scrapbook Day has arrived! We’ve had an amazing week, yes? Got lots of ideas and designs and templates to get ya goin’ for today? I sure hope you’re ready for this day that celebrates the awesomeness of memory keeping!

Today we have one last page to showcase–to get those ideas spinning–from our friend from down under….Miss Emma!

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[ Designs | Good Day Sunshine ]


Ohhhh, this girl is speakin’ my language! There’s nothing dreamier than white on white. Love how Emma popped the title up off the page too! It’s all just beautiful!

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

My page is completely inspired by that gorgeous script title!  It’s 100% the inspiration for this page and I had to search through the photo’s to find just the right one to match.  This photo is on one of our walks with our dog, BJ, who is absolutely crazy for walks down at the football oval – he will run and run and run and then run some more, even if I stand still, he just runs around me in circles on the lead (like in this photo); crazy I tell you!

For this page I wanted a much softer look than the bright pink I went with before so I settled on mint with a light woodgrain pattern (both Heidi Swapp papers).  And although I’m a big fan of white on white, I added a few Color Shine splats in black to the background of my page so that the title would stand out more. I also added foam dots behind it so that it sits right off the page and I love the extra dimension they give the title; really helps it stand out (well I think so, haha).


I believe I need to scraplift this one Miss Emma! Thanks for coming to our neck of the woods to play this week!

And I also want to give a huge shout out to the KBS Creative Team. I am always in awe with everything they make and can never express enough how much I love them and their incredible talents. They are wonderful women that I have the privilege of calling friends.

Lucky, indeed.

Now just for fun, the handwritten words are on sale for one more day. :)

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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(i)NSD | Words of a Handwritten Nature

May 6th, 2016|pages|

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.

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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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(i)NSD | Just Add Color + Class Sale!

May 5th, 2016|pages|

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!

 

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(i)NSD Week| Spring and Summer…Here We Come!

May 4th, 2016|pages|

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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