Three days in to our little Brown Paper Packages event.
I can’t even believe it.
You know what I can’t even believe more than that? Those cute girls over at Eighteen25 shared a ’100 Days ‘Til Christmas’ ABC Family photo on Instagram yesterday.
What the french toast?
It’s comin’ folks.
It’ll be here before you can say ‘Bob’s your uncle.’
I know there are tons of you getting ready for Christmas, whether it’s decorations or gifts, there’s been a lot of Christmas stuff flying off the ol’ KBS shelves lately. ;)
Well, this week is the perfect time to start thinking of some fun Christmas ideas in the ‘Brown Paper’ genre. Take a look at what Layle has made!
[ Design | Happy Camper (deer) ]
Layle says: Although this deer cut file is part of the Happy Camper kit, it screamed Christmas to me, so I decided to use it for a Christmas tag. In fact, I cut the head directly on the tag itself, making the tag come together quickly. A little washi tape, Christmas stickers and red bakers twine – it really couldn’t get any easier than this!
I couldn’t agree more Layle! I am in love with this tag for so many reasons. The simplicity. The negative space head. The kraft tag. It’s just wonderful! Awesome for a gift or in your Christmas album…or both. Why choose?
[ Design | Happy Camper (tree) ]
Layle says: A neutral package and another cut file from the Happy Camper kit used for Christmas! I cut the tree from a woodgrain piece of paper, glued a doily to the top of the package, added the tree along with a wood veneer star at the top and wrapped it up (literally & figuratively!) with the tinsel trim.
This is fantastic! Simple, but so festive! Love the look of the tree cut in the woodgrain paper. And wrapped with tinsel? It’s the finishing touch–like putting the star on top of the tree…for which I do love the wood star on top of this tree. :)
And now it’s time for another giveaway!
We’ve got a fabulous Birthday package from the folks at Simple Stories…and that means Layle too. :) Oodles and oodles of fun, brightly colored cards and stickers and such. Perfect for those birthday pages and pocket scrapbooking!
Here’s a plethora of ways to enter. U.S. residents only please.
If you haven’t had a chance to enter in the other two giveaways this week, be sure to do that. All contests will end Sunday and winners will be announced Monday.
(p.s. I’m loving reading all your comments!!)
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I’ve been digging my 40s. Not had a problem with them at all. It’s a good time in life. Kids are a bit older. The pace of life begins to slow down a bit…kind of. It still has its moments, but that may be more self-inflicted due in large part to owning my own business.
At any rate, other than this funky shoulder and getting ‘older vision’, I can’t complain too much.
It’s ‘turning 50′ that I think will get to me somewhat. I always looked at those people in my neighborhood that were that age, and I have to say, it just seemed on the ‘old’ side. Not old, but just a whole different decade of life. Don’t know that I’m ready for that…even though hubby is already 52. ;) Thankfully I still got two years to prepare though.
Can I just take two 40s instead?
But birthdays can bring good things. Great things. For example, our Brown Paper Packages event continues today with some darling bags by our Miss Laura!
[ Designs | Happy Birthday (happy birthday) / Something To Say (celebrate) / Feathers / Banners / This+That: Spring (daisy) ]
How fun is that? Totally customized brown paper bags with a pop of color and foo foo. Love the mix of textured paper feathers with real feathers!
I always have a stash of kraft gift bags on hand, for easy and quick gift giving. It doesn’t matter if I’m giving a birthday gift, a baby gift, a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift, or even a Christmas gift … a kraft gift bag is neutral enough to use for any occasion. I always have intentions of decorating the bag, but 10 times out of 10 (not even kidding), I end up handing over a plain kraft bag. When Kerri brought up the idea of “brown paper packaging”, I knew it was the perfect push to decorate a few of these kraft gift bags.
I played around with quite a few of Kerri’s designs, before finally settling on the feathers and the daisy. I have a large supply of feathers from Bella Blvd, and I knew I could work them in right along her cut files. I ran the die cut feathers thru a chevron embossing folder to add some texture, before adhering them right along with a few of the real feathers. For the die cut daisies, I cut 3 of the flowers, in varying sizes, so I could layer them together. I also added some quick pen lines around the edges of the die cuts, just to break up all of the white and bring in a small touch of black.
Soooo…like, Laura, my birthday is today??? (wink wink)
And now, the giveaways continue!
I enlisted the help of Laura with some Bella Blvd goodies to give away this fine birthday week! Take a look at this set….it’s sooooo awesome! I do see some feathers in there so you can make your own foo foo brown paper packages. :)
This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents only please.
Here’s how you can win. All contests this week will end Sunday and winners will be posted Monday. Good luck!
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This song has literally been in my head for months.
At the beginning of this year I bought a roll of brown postal paper. Oh, the thoughts I’ve had in my head for using this.
Hence, the song.
I see the roll. I see something in kraft. I hear the song.
I knew I wanted to personally do a post around this theme, but could never seem to get my ‘packages’ in a row.
There’s a reason for everything and I’m so glad I could never make it happen just for me because it just got sooo much better! I decided to invite my creative team to help play all week long with the Brown Paper Packages theme on account-a it’s my own little birthday this week. (Tomorrow, to be exact. Hello 48.)
It couldn’t have been better timing!
So this week we are going to play!
Brown paper packages, tags, gifts, whatever the girls could think of using this theme.
I am soooooo excited!!!
Let’s take a look at Maggie’s creations.
[ Designs | Tiny Details: Calendar / Grammar School: The Pronouns (yours) ]
While it is all sooooo beautiful, I adore the 27 tag!!! I never would have thought to do that as a kraft tag. See what I mean about ‘things happen for a reason’? This event of Maggie’s is going to be fantastically decked out. Hello???
Here’s a bit from Maggie:
There is just something so elegant about the mix of kraft paper and bright white cardstock. Although they may seem plain & simple when they are used alone…they become just gorgeous when you pair them. I’ve created two different tags that I’m using to dress up some packaging for an upcoming event I’m co-hosting …and I love the way they add so much to the look of the items I’m using them on.
For the first tag, I used Kerri’s Tiny Details: Calendar. I really love to use parts or pieces of a file and then manipulate it to fit when I need. The date of our event is the 27th…so I used that number from the calendar. I cropped the entire file down to just the 27th, recolored it in PSE12 and brought it into my Silhouette software where I traced the number and created a tag around the calendar graphic. I cut everything with my Silhouette and added hole reinforcements and some seam binding to my tag. Then I simply added these tags to the little muslin bags that will hold some of our supplies. I LOVE this look!
For my second tag, I used the ‘yours’
file from the Grammar School: The Pronouns kit. I was unbelievably inspired by Kerri’s All That Glitters is Golden
post from September 3rd…so I decided to cut the file from plain kraft paper and use the negative of the cut (everything that was left over), backed with bright white cardstock as my tag. I reinforced the tag holes on these as well, and added some baker’s twine. Then I simply tucked them behind a little bow on our utensil packages…so cute (and elegant!), right?
You are so right, darlin’!
FYI: There is always more than one way to do things and so I thought I’d mention that while you can recolor the PNG files in PS/PSE and bring it into Studio like Maggie did, you can also add the needed color to the cut files and work with it that way too. :)
Now, as part of this whole ‘brown paper packages’ theme,
I have got the cutest little kit for you!
I obviously cannot get enough of these fabulous little boxes and have been having waaaaay too much fun! You’ll see more from me and these little guys this week during our little week-long party.
These cute little buggers could be use to give earrings or gift cards. Put a circle inset into it yourself, line it with a transparency and fill it with candy. And how awesome would they be for an advent for Christmas??? All done in fun Christmas paper and stacked on display? My mind is a-twirlin’.
I am so excited for this week! Not only is there going to be great gift ideas, but I have got ‘gifts’ for you all this week too!
I’ve enlisted the help of some great friends in this industry to bring you some great giveaways this week!
Can I get a yahoo!
I believe it is much better to give than receive. ;) And besides, it’s my party and I’ll give if I want to, give if I want to, give if I want to….
First on the menu, who would like to win this amaaaaazing class from our sweet friend Cathy Zielske?! (I’m thinking that is a rhetorical question, yes?)
I seriously need to go sign up for this class, but I think it’s a wonderful idea! And Cathy is so much fun…it’s a bonus! :)
Here’s how you can win. All contests this week will end Sunday and winners will be posted Monday. Good luck!
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It’s Flash Friday and the perfect time to stock up on some This+That kits.
Buy any two or more kits from the whole line
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Use code THISANDTHAT at check out.
(Discount applies only to This+That purchases.)
This is a flash sale and it’s available for today only.
Have a beautiful weekend!
We are all unique individuals.
We all handle situations differently.
To be able to express–or not express–our feelings and emotions is how we cope with these situations.
Neither way is right or wrong.
It just is.
It’s who we are.
It’s what makes us these incredibly unique creatures living here on this earth.
Recently, my sweet friend, Cathy Zielske, sent her first child off to college. Sending your first child away is hard…period. And it has been tough for her like for so many of us.
I have sent two children away under much stricter circumstances than college. Sending them on an LDS mission is without a doubt one of the hardest scenarios ever. And there are varying levels of that as well. Luckily my kids were state-side. I can’t imagine having them go to Africa or Argentina or some place where they eat chicken feet. While they are gone for two whole years (18 months for girls), you only have one email communication with them a week and two phone calls a year–Mother’s Day and Christmas. No daily phone calls. No Face Time. No Snap Chat or watching their activities via Instagram. No weekend trips home. Nada.
Gone is gone though. And it’s all tough.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a situation like mine, a child going into the military, one getting married, or sending them off to college. Decreasing your household size by losing one of its people–your people–is hard.
Last week someone made a comment to Cathy about toughening up (read her post yesterday). Obviously that was how this person handles her emotions and that’s alright for her. Other people are different in so many ways and other people are the same. But remember….we are all unique.
The desire to express your thoughts and feelings is only natural. It’s how many people process a situation.
I am not a cryer, but does that make me any less feeling of sending my kids off to be on their own?
After that had happened to her last week, I sent her these two pages I’m sharing today from when Zach left on his mission (below). She had created some similar pages or writings of her own on Aidan leaving. She insisted I share these pages (again) in light of ‘many mamas’ who are sending their child to some far-off land where they can’t even make their child comfort food when they have a bad day.
It’s an emotional time, whether you physically express them or not.
I can tell you–without a doubt–that five+ years later I am so glad that I wrote this and created these pages.
It was crazy when Jordan left right before Christmas. And while I did take photos, I did not write down my feelings at that time. It hasn’t even been a year, but I don’t feel the same things or have the same thoughts that I did at the time she left.
Cathy, my dear, and other parents out there going through this new chapter in your life, write about it. Photograph it. It is important to remember what you are feeling at that moment, however you may be feeling it. It’s the same when losing a loved one. I lost my mother ten years ago and while it took me almost a year to recount the story, I finally did it. Those particular feelings were still fresh, but I knew they would fade as would the memories of those last few months of her life. You think you will remember for ever…and you don’t.
Additionally, social media is a place where you can commiserate…uhhh…I mean feel like you are not alone. And it’s okay to express–or not express–your feelings on your own social media. It is, after all, an extension of who you are and how you retain these thoughts and feelings.
Truly, it’s comforting to know that you are not alone and can receive support among friends and those who may be going through the same chapter.
And that’s a good thing, especially when the number of people in your home just got smaller…and it got a whole lot quieter.
Y’all know what a big fan I am of maximizing my art, right?
Well for the past couple weeks or so, all I could think about is what could I do with designs from the This+That: School kit (on account-a it is the season), a few 3×4 rectangles and a little bit of text.
And this is what came to fruition.
(The large clock face is a printable and comes in the full kit.
The rest of the designs are cuttables or PNGs and come in the full kit or the ‘Just Shapes’ kit.)
Um. I don’t think it can get much easier than that to make your own set of cards! You get to be the boss of the art. You can choose what colors you’d like, the placement, the size, the background….whatever.
You can do this in Silhouette Studio or Photoshop/Elements.
You are in control.
And that’s pretty sweet.
I’m a bit of a control freak myself. ;)
Okay, if you could only hear my grandpa singing that song in a high-pitched voice upon our arrival at the farm, you would be smiling like me.
We have a new visitor here at the KBS house today!
Say hello to Nicole Reaves!
One day, not too long ago, I was having a little fun Instagram hopping and I came across this very creative girl and I just knew I needed to have her over for a visit. I was beyond thrilled when she said she could come!
If you’ve been looking for some great ideas for your travels this summer, Nicole has got some fabulous ones to share with you today! And to top it off, it’s all about Chicago…which is my kind of town. I love Chicago!
[ Designs | Tiny Details (I have you, Happily Obsessed, Here+There, Discover) / Tiny Details: Calendar (day of the month tags) / Here We Go / On The Calendar (august) / Seven Days A Week (monday, tuesday) / Beautiful Somewhere (green paper, arrow paper, beautiful places card) ]
If only you could see what color I am….because I am tickled pink!
Where do I start?
I love how Nicole stitched the handwritten days of the week across the calendar cards. And how she used pieces of the card elements as paper accents. The giant Here We Go cut in vellum and placed over a photo and then stitched? Divine. And did you catch the ‘Here+There’ card cut to a smaller piece, turned sideways, and stitched to the pockets as a tab? Hello???
So many itty bitty details. You just need to pore over it all. :)
Here’s what Nicole has to say:
I was thrilled when Kerri asked if I’d like to work with some of her product and immediately knew I wanted to create a few Project Life spreads from our recent trip to Chicago with her hybrid travel kits, particularly the Beautiful Somewhere and Tiny Details cards. Both sets go together so nicely, so I chose them as my starting point.
I scaled down the Tiny Details cards so they were about 1″ wide and just stitched them onto my photos as a simple embellishment. Then on each 2-page spread I chose some of Kerri’s handwritten words to create a bold title card. I cut August, Monday and Tuesday from black cardstock to coordinate with the dominant grays from my photos. My favorite cards in these spreads are the day cards where I layered a day of the week cut with a Tiny Details : Calendar card (which I enlarged to 2″ wide) on patterned paper. After trimming off the bottom half of the calendar card, it left me with just enough room to add some journaling below where I listed where we went that day.
I loved using the patterned filler cards like patterned paper and cut scraps to brighten up my journaling cards. I even grabbed the Here We Go freebie Kerri made, sized it to 6″ wide by 8″ high, and cut that on vellum with the Silhouette. I laid it over a photo of downtown Chicago from the Hancock Building and simply stitched along the horizontal lines in the design. I love how you can still see bits of the photo through the vellum.
I am just in love with the Project Life-ness of it all!
Thank you so much for stopping by the KBS house Nicole!
We have so loved having you over for a visit!
It’s a fabulous Friday here at KBS! After having the summer of the Friday Freebie I was feeling a little like I was going through withdrawals or something. So I thought it might be cool to still have some Friday fun all through September!
Each week there will be some kind of fun sale happenin’. So be sure to check in so you don’t miss out.
What’s on sale today, you say?
Save $10 on these individual classes.
Price is already reflected in the store.
Remember, this is a one-day only sale!
And now we have some beautimous work from our lovely Miss Laura!
Check it out.
[ Designs | All In The Family (family), February Fourteen (love), Something To Say (perfect), Say What #3 (date), Life Centrals: Circles (circle backgrounds), Happy Camper (clouds), XOXO (heart) ]
When Laura shared a sneak peek of this on her Instagram, I knew it would take my breath away…and it did. I love everything about it. I love all the little sections of diecuts and how they work so beautifully together with the photos. And with all the stitching? Divine.
Here’s what Laura has to say:
As Kerri’s store grows and grows, with new kits popping up almost weekly, it’s becoming even easier to create layouts using only my Cameo (with a small sprinkling of basic embellishments)! One of the things that I love to do when I sit down to create using Kerri’s cut files, is to pull my photos directly into my Silhouette software to help with the planning of my layouts. I simply open up each photo and size it to the exact same size that I’ve printed that photo. This allows me to move the photos around on my cutting mat (within the software), as I pull in different shapes, backgrounds, words, and phrases, until I come up with exactly what I want.
Another advantage of planning out the page design this way, is that you can size all of your cut files according to how they fit on the page with the photos, so you have a much better chance of cutting them the right size, instead of guessing how small/big they need to be. Once I have the design set up the way I want it, I separate the shapes and start the cutting process. After everything is cut, I use my planning “layout” as a guide to simply place everything where it belongs on the page. I find that if I have it all planned out ahead of time, the page comes together so much quicker. Once I piece it all together, I add my embellishments and machine stitching to finish it off.
This is hands-down my most favorite tip ever in the land of all things good and beautiful in the land of Silhouette. I’ve been doing it for years and talk about it whenever I can. I love Laura’s rendition here.
And how cute is that face???
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