Thumbs Up

April 14th, 2017|pages|

The KBS creative team never ceases to amaze me. I love seeing how their minds work with the designs available–things I would never think to do. Leave it to Paige to come up with gigantic hibiscus flowers using the ‘itty bitty’ Beach Vibes PNG file! Here my mind is stuck on small because, after all, the stamp is small. But Paige in her floralistic wisdom has turned the cute little thing into a gorgeous background for her page!

Take a look….

 

 

 

 

Here’s what Paige has to say:

DESCRIPTION:
This entire layout was inspired by the hibiscus flower in the Kerri Bradford Beach Vibes set!

JOURNALING:
There are the most beautiful and colorful doors all around Europe! I could write a book about it :) I’m so glad you humor me by standing in front of them.

HOW TO:

  • In Silhouette Studio, trace, copy and paste the hibiscus 6 times across space.
  • Die cut the design from the B-side of Paper 05 then spread gesso over the die cuts to soften the background.
  • Take some time to back each piece of each flower with patterned paper from the 6×6 Paper Pad.
  • Splatter white acrylic paint and black watercolors over the flowers.
  • You can barely see it, but on the flower under the photo I machine stitched around each piece – I didn’t end up liking the way it made the flower look flat, so I covered it up with the photo cluster and now I like the little bits of thread peeking out that add some texture.
  • Create the title and embellish with die cuts and an assortment of stickers then journal on the top left side to balance the photo.

 

This is such an amazing page!
I actually give this two thumbs up…and maybe some more fingers and toes. ;)

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For a process video on this page, be sure to check out Paige’s own blog post HERE.

Spring. A Time of Change.

March 8th, 2017|digital shapes, pages|

Before we get started with today’s loveliness, I just wanted to remind you of the Spring Fling sale going on right now. You can save 40% on THESE spring designs on orders of $5 or more by using the code:  SPRING.

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If there’s one thing that spring does, it’s change. Adding new growth to decade-old trees. Bulbs buried deep in the ground change and allow new life to come forth through the dirt. Grass turning from a matted brown mop to a luscious green carpet. It’s all about change. 

And that’s one thing we’ve seen in the scrapbooking world. Change.

Styles come and go. We get better at what we do. We evolve.

Sometimes I cringe at pages I made over the years. In my QVC days, I remember making 50 pages in one week. Yeah. You heard me. Fifty. There may be one or two in that bunch that I would like to change, but considering I have little time to document what I have currently, I don’t see that happening. But you never know…someday I might.

So I can completely understand that desire to want to redo something as Laura is sharing with us here today. Take a look at her wonderfully changed spread.

 

 

[ Designs | Bloom (easter + hunt) / Weathered Door [all] (egg) / Background Basics (circle background) / This & That: Spring (scalloped border) ]

And here’s the story behind it from Laura:

When Kerri asked us to focus on spring projects this month, I knew exactly what I wanted to create. Seeing as how my girls are older, it’s been years and years since we’ve colored eggs or had an Easter egg hunt. So I haven’t had any Easter photos to scrap in years as well. But what I do have is Easter layouts from my earlier days of scrapbooking that I’ve been wanting to re-do. While I have no intention of re-doing all of my earlier layouts, as I know they show the progression of my style, there are plenty of older layouts that really have no meaning or purpose to them. I pulled out an Easter layout from back in 1998, which was actually a three page layout (guess that was a thing back then ;)), and got to work on re-designing it.

Since my photos are from back in my film days, I had to work with what I had. Which meant lots of circle photos, some decorative cut corners, cut out corners, etc. I removed all of my photos from the previous pages, and cropped them as best I could, and worked most of them into a collage across the two page spread. I decided to keep a few of the circle photos as is, and work them into the design of the page.

I love to use white cardstock for my backgrounds, but I also love to add some texture and interest to them, so they’re not too plain. This is why I’m such a huge fan of using Kerri’s background cut files. It’s no secret that the circle backgrounds are my favorite, and I love to die cut them from white cardstock, to create my white-on-white backgrounds for my layouts.

For my title, I used a few handwritten words from Kerri’s Bloom kit, along with the alphas from the Weathered Door [all] kit. I die cut each handwritten word from patterned paper, as well as black cardstock, to layer together and give some dimension.

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Once again, this change involves morphing old into new. Just like spring. I think it’s a wonderful idea. Perhaps it would be a fun challenge even.

Beautiful page Laura! And I love the white on white circles too. ;)

The Birds Are Back!

March 7th, 2017|cuttables, pages|

One thing I’ve noticed the past few [warm] days is the significant change in the bird noise level. Yay! It’s a beautiful sound, is it not? A wonderful sign of spring.

And when more birds flew my way via Paige Evans, I was all a-flutter!

Like….mind….blown.

Take a look:

Tell us all about this Paige!

DESCRIPTION: Jane is OBSESSED with birds. Mostly pigeons. She called them “chickens” from about the age of 2-3.5. This love of fowl must be documented.

JOURNALING: You are fascinated with birds and love to chase pigeons in every city we visit. “1,2,3,4,5,6,7!” (inside joke ;) Maybe someday you can have a pet bird.

HOW TO: Die cut the birds from all different patterned papers. Die cut the entire Birds On A Wire (This+That Lucky) from white cardstock two times.

Adhere the patterned paper birds on the white cardstock birds then adhere the other white cardstock birds to the back of the first. Adhere the birds on a wire onto the B-side of Paper 21. Trace the birds on wires with a black pen.

Create a title split into 3 with the Oh My Heart Thickers and stitch them in place.

Layer a photo over a die cut, tuck a scalloped washi sticker under the right side, then stamp a trio of hearts in black on the bottom left corner.

Fussy cut three birds from Paper 03, add them next to the title, then place a chipboard bird sticker over the photo. Journal at the bottom to finish.

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What a perfect pair–the bird on a wire design with Paige’s Pink Paislee Oh My Heart paper line! Wow! I think these birds of a feather and should always flock together. ;)

If you ‘d like to see Paige wield her magic, check out her YouTube video HERE.

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Now I know there are many of you heading to the beach for spring break. Am I right? Perhaps this little design might help you document all those sunny moments. You can find it in the store HERE with the rest of the spring designs on sale through the week (see yesterday’s post for details).

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Fling Into Spring!

March 6th, 2017|pages|

Even though a snow storm roared and blizzarded (ya, it’s a word) its way in to us yet once again last night, I did manage to spend a few glorious first days of March in the beautiful sunshine! The days are getting longer. The temps will rise again this week. And we change to Daylight Savings Time this weekend. All glorious signs that we are flinging into spring!

Yay!

So with all this going on, it’s the perfect time for us to have a Spring Fling week! with our creative team!

Aaaand, on top of the beautiment (ya, it’s a word) that will be bestowed upon us by our lovely ladies, you can also a save 40% on spring-themed kits –totaling $5 or more–through Sunday. Just use the code SPRING at checkout.

To start off this fresh week of creative goodness, we have Miss Maggie sharing a beautiful page that will just knock your socks off…so you can wear sandals, of course. ;)

Take it away Maggie:

Hello, hello, everyone! Maggie Massey here with a layout that has got me just ITCHING for spring!

I just love the spring…the smells, the colors, the SUN!…the promise of higher temps!

And nothing says “warmer weather is coming” like fresh greens & blues…so I started my page by adding some bright watercolor to a few sheets of cardstock & cutting a whole bunch of leafy branches from Kerri’s Just Add Color: Class Extras cut-files.

 

I layered up and adhered my cut branches, and added my photo on top.

Next, I cut the phrase “one fine day” from the Bloom files, and added that to my page.

Finally, I printed and Minc’d the “I LOVE RIGHT NOW” digital stamp (from Kerri’s Fresh Air Digital Stamp set) and added that to the bottom of my layout.

A few little sequins and my page was done!

I’ve hung this page up in my workspace…and it’s making me so happy!

Thank you so so much for taking a peek!

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Oh my goodness! The texture…the variation of colors…it’s all just sublime.
(Perfect word for this, don’t ya think?)

I am soooo ready for spring and this page just totally hits the spot!

 

Now we have just one more thing to start off our flinging of spring. Get Out. A brand new design–available in the store now–that we’ll be using to adorn t-shirts for our annual girls camp this year!

And of course, I had to try it out on a t-shirt for myself…right…now!
I cut it in vinyl with my Silhouette, used the Speedball paint+screen, and voila!

 

 

If you’d like to know more about how to do your own screen printing,
check out this post HERE from a previous girls camp t-shirt design.

I am now ready to get out….if we can get rid of the snow again, that is.

 

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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) /
Photo Strips #1 / Storyboard #7 ]

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.

Twenty-two!

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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