A New Line: Travelers Notebook Themed Kits

March 10th, 2017|printables, travelers notebook|

As part of this fresh, new KBS direction– live. write. repeat.–I personally want to focus more on documenting simply and share those ideas with you. And part of that is creating components as part of a system to help you–and me–to do that.

A couple months ago you may have seen the ‘Instagram-minute’ video I shared on what I’m doing with my traveler’s notebook (and a little peek at this new kit). I’m actually going to do something a little more in-depth here soon, but one of the fun techniques I’m doing is binding my book with  a Midori rubber band rather than the staples.. It will allow me to change covers, add typewriting to a page, add a vellum or pocket page, all sorts of things. In other words…I will have flexibility.

Additionally, I love having bits and pieces of themed or coordinating items at my finger tips. I’m always reaching for the pre-printed and pre-cut ‘Little Word’ strips or a stamp or some washi. Simple, everyday items that make the process quick and effortless.

One more thing, you may have heard I’m a huge yellow rose fan. I don’t know why they strike my fancy so, but they do. I think it’s a childhood thing. I always loved the beautiful color of yellow on the miniature rose, but large bush on the farm. I’ve been waiting for someone to come out with that perfect paper and then I was like Duh. I can make it myself! (Sometimes I just have to be knocked in the head.)

So you take all that and wrap it up into a little neat bow and you get a brand new series of traveler’s notebook kits called A Traveler’s Pack, with this first theme being Splendid. It’s all the essentials you’ll need to document your journeys.

The kit comes with seven cover papers sized the same as Midori cover, which is 8.75 “x 8.25”. Of course you can size as needed. You can also use them as paper in the book as well as what they were intended for…covers.

This kit also has two sheets of a variety of printables. All easily trimmed by hand or paper trimmer. The numbers are .75″ so you can use it with that size circle punch. These files come in JPG and PDF files.

The theme is perfect for this time of year. Very home and outdoors related.

 

I took maybe ten minutes to trim out most of the items here. However, I did leave some items uncut. The reason being, I prefer to have something like a card of letters rather than all those itty bitty pieces. It doesn’t take much time to hand cut the pieces a little more when needed.

And if you look closely here, you can see the black rubber band I have that goes around the entire book for the binding.

 

 

I cut out a bag out of glassine paper using the all-new Paper Bag: Flat design that’s available in the store. There are two versions, a regular one like you see here and one that’s a little longer, that would house the decorative strips a little better.

The glassine I purchased HERE. Super cheap and fun to use!

The reason I like the glassine bag is that you can see immediately what’s in there. You can keep the themed kits in their own bag and use them as needed. Of course, if you fancy a different organizational system, that’s groovy too. You do what makes sense for you.

You can tuck this into a pocket or into the back of your album that you’re working on. Always available to you.

I can’t tell you how excited I am about this new series of kits! I love the idea of changing covers throughout the year to match the season–if I want to, that is. I also love the idea selecting a few of those covers to work together for different subjects in my main book.

Lots of ideas and possibilities!

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For printing, I use an Epson Photo Stylus 1400 printer with Epson Premium Presentation Matte Paper. 

 

And to top it all off, you can save 40% on this brand new kit during our Spring Fling sale! You can find all the spring items HERE and use the code SPRING at checkout.

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.

 

I’ve Been Dabbling

April 18th, 2016|printables|

I had so much fun making the freebie a couple weeks ago that I thought it warranted a few more in the same style. This little three-some of fanciful phrases can now be found in the store.

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They include PNG files as well as cut files so you can modify or cut them in programs like Silhouette Studio or Cricut Design Space. If you’re unsure about cutting them this thin, refer to this tutorial on offsetting in Studio.

And I have to say, I think the ‘Blessed’ version would be darling in a child’s room!

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Scenic Little Words

January 6th, 2016|printables|

You know when you work on something and set it aside and then you kind of forget about it? Yeah…this would be that…again. ;)

Say hello to Scenic Little Words!

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Lots of yummy little words to use not only for your travel pages, but you can use them for so much more!

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I love mixing it all up by changing the colors. It comes in the colored version and the white background with colored titles. But I also changed them to the two black and white versions. Variety. Flexibility. It’s what I’m talkin’ about.

Because I’d made these for our trips last September (yes, I know…I’m just getting them in the store. shhhh….), I didn’t cut them up into the itty bitties. I just trimmed out what I needed and add them to my travel journal as needed…like this:

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They look pretty awesome with the Maxwell, Annie and Travelogue stamps too, right? :)

And I may have been having a little fun with them and my Minc the other day. I changed all the background to black, the text to white, and gave it a shiny new look….literally.  I love using my Minc with all the Little word series!

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And they are just as awesome in gold!  This time I used the Merry Little Words + Lovely Little Words. Again, changed back to white and text to black. Mmm….divine!

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Christmas In July | Tags Made Easy-er

July 15th, 2015|cards, maggie massey, printables, projects|

We’ve seen some gorgeous tags from Miss Layle and Miss Nichol using the brand new KBS stamps. But what if you’re not a stamper and want take tag-making down to simple printing?

Well take a look at these lovelies from Miss Maggie and here what she has to say!
looooove me some black and white!

Take it away darlin’!

The Christmas season is just 5 months away! Now, I know that may seem like a long time from now…but really, with the way time has been flying (at least for me) lately, we’re closing in on crunch-time people.

Come November I usually have high hopes of starting (and finishing!) all my Christmas projects…cards, gifts, decor etc…and then long about the beginning of December I realize that most of what I’ve had planned in my mind just isn’t going to get done…and I’m always really disappointed in myself for not doing what I had originally set out to do.

But this year I’m planning ahead. This year I’m taking care of some of the stuff that usually gets pushed to the side when the holidays roll around.

Now, to me, presentation is everything. I LOVE a pretty package…love. And I love to give pretty packages. But when the time is ticking down to the “big day” and I still haven’t started wrapping, I will admit that I usually end up just throwing some paper on a present and writing the recipients name in black Sharpie (don’t judge).

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Not gonna happen this Christmas, though. Because I’ve already taken care of part of my gift decoration. And it took me just a few hours. I downloaded both the Black+White Christmas & Holiday Labels files and set to work creating some fun tags and stickers for this year’s gifts and cards.

For the white Black+White Christmas tags, I created a little tag shape in my Silhouette software and added some of the .png files. Then I used the Print & Cut feature of the machine and cut out my tags. The black tags required even less work…I simply printed and cut the 3×4 cards that come in the file. Whaaaaat? I know! So easy!

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The Holiday Labels were even easier…Print & Cut these on sticker paper! Done and done.

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I made a whole bunch of these darling little tags and stickers. And now all I have to do is pop one on a gift or on the back of a card and I’ve got a beautiful gift.

Now I have no excuse not to give a pretty package this Christmas…all thanks to just a few hours of work now.

[ Designs | Black+White Christmas / Holiday Labels / Merry+Bright ]


Oh my goodness gracious! I am in love! The black and white is just so classy looking! Simple and elegant in a whole different way.

wow. perfection.

And you know where I live, right? ;)

Good Night + Here There Everywhere

February 27th, 2015|classes, printables|

Popping in today with a couple of items.

First?

A brand new kit!

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I was in a mood.

Is there a full moon tonight or something?

Just some fun 3×4 cards that also include cut files so you can change colors as needed.


And the second thing, since the website was down for a day,
I’m extending the Here There Everywhere sale through Sunday.

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And maybe just one more thing. There’s something really exciting coming, so be sure to follow me on Facebook, Instagram and the blog so you can know as soon as it hits KBS!!


New Kit: Finger Tabs

February 14th, 2015|printables, silhouette, tips and tricks|

I’ve been on a little ‘accent’ kick of late. I think that happens when you have an end goal in sight of something you’re wanting to do. (All will be revealed in good time. :) )

But that’s how these cute little babies came about…the Finger Tabs.

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These little fold-over gems are the perfect little accent to your page.
Print+cut a bunch just to have on hand. 
And you can even create your own combinations like these:

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yeah. fun, right?


And now for a little ‘Did You Know’ moment for the day.

This kit comes in two color schemes–black and the multicolor that you see here.

But what if you want mix up your own color scheme or quickly change out the pink for a different color and then do your Print+Cut in Studio?

Well, in version 3 you can quickly select a fill or line by color and change it as you need!

Make sure it’s ungrouped to individual images, then choose Select By Color either from the pull-down menu or from the icon in the lower left. At which point you’ll get a sidebar menu that allows you to pick from the colors on your image. Looks like this:

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How sweet is that?

It makes modifying your Print+Cuts a breeze.

And when you’re done, you can add them to a photo, card, or your page.
Perhaps a little something like this:

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Can’t wait to use these!