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12 Days of Christmas | Day 10 | Dashing Through The Snow

want to be dashing through the snow. I don’t need a one-horse open sleigh…just gimme some snow to dash in, alright? This 50 degree stuff in December is ‘nice’, but I need some snow.

I guess until I get some, I can gaze upon the beauty of this little number by Layle.

Our story begins with narration from Layle herself:

Last December, I told my husband and our boys that all I wanted for Christmas from them was an afternoon of snow shoeing together, and that’s what I got (albeit an early Christmas presents)! Kerri’s Hello December kit of 3×4 cards was perfect for capturing our day ‘pocket page style’ with the red, black & a pop of yellow instead of green, so it wasn’t too Christmasy for what I had in mind.

Layle Koncar Week 24
I cut the word ‘December’ from the On the Calendar kit so it would fit inside the label on one of the Hello December cards.

Layle Koncar Week 24 - date card


We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day! I wanted to include one of my favorite scenery photos from the day with the sun peeking through the trees, but I shot it portrait style and I would have had to crop too much of it off to fit in the pocket page. I solved that by printing the photo 6×8″, then cutting it into two 4×6 photos and inserting them in the pockets. Before I printed the photo, I added the word ‘seriously’, from the Grammar School – The Adverbs kit, to the bottom of the photo in Photoshop.

Layle Koncar Week 24 - left page


On the right side of the spread I used the Dashing Through the Snow cut file – Kerri was so awesome to create this for me for this spread, it fits perfectly with the photo of our boys running through the forest with their snow shoes on!

Layle Koncar Week 24 - right page


Layle Koncar Week 24 - dashing


I cut a few snowflakes from the This and That: Just Winter Shapes kit in different sizes out of American Crafts POW glitter paper – sigh…., I just love that paper! I added a few of the snowflakes to the top of the pocket pages to give a little more added dimension.

Layle Koncar Week 24 - snowflakes

[ Designs | Hello December (3×4 cards) / On The Calendar (december) / Grammar School: The Adverbs (seriously) / This+That: Winter (snowflakes) ]

I don’t even know where to begin because I love everything about this spread! Love the 3×4 cards. Love how Layle incorporated so many handwritten goodies. Love the snowflakes in the POW glitter paper….

It’s all just awesome…absolutely awesome!

And now, if you were needing to do a little dashing through the snow yourself, download this one-day-only freebie and you are set! Okay, maybe snow might be required…and maybe we’ll get it some day ’round these parts.


This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can get it in the store HERE.

Sue Walsh - December 10, 2014 - 3:09 am

What a beautiful layout, I really like the photo of the sun shining through the tree tops it looks amazing here!
Thanks for the script Kerri, I’d love to dashing through the snow too :)

marcy e - December 10, 2014 - 5:40 am

what a lovely layout… thank you…

Dolly - December 10, 2014 - 6:46 am

Thanks for the “cool” cutting file and
Great project!

Louise Fortune - December 10, 2014 - 7:29 am

Hi I am having some trouble with the twelves days cut files. I am using a silhouette cameo and studio v.3 and bring to import the SVG file, but am getting the error med that this is an unsupported file type.

I have used files from you before without issue.


Megan K. - December 10, 2014 - 7:37 am

Thank you for the freebies! Love your handwriting :D

Leslee - December 10, 2014 - 7:39 am

Thanks for all the files! We need snow in our part of the woods too. It’s all melted the last couple of days!

Kerri - December 10, 2014 - 7:45 am

Hey Louise!
It might be that your setup or browser is reading the free downloaded file–which comes from a different source– differently than when you purchase a file. See what happens if you go to File/Open in the Silhouette software. Also check the Tutorials/Silhouette link for tips on importing and see if that helps.

Keep me posted.

Lisa - December 10, 2014 - 7:55 am

Thank you.

Julie C - December 10, 2014 - 8:05 am

Love the spread and the cut file!

Maribel - December 10, 2014 - 8:12 am

Love this, thank you so much!

Pam K - December 10, 2014 - 9:07 am

What a lovely LO! Love the photo of the sun … Thank you for the day’s freebie; love the sentiment!

crystalnva - December 10, 2014 - 9:23 am

THANK YOU :) bunches….

Melitta Ball - December 10, 2014 - 9:57 am

I’m not really a PL scrapper but I’m beginning to like the idea of just breaking down my 12×12 page to fit the pockets and I’m really enjoying it! It gives me more places to hide journaling behind while the photos are the focus! Thanks for more inspiration today and for the freebie!

Lorretta - December 10, 2014 - 10:24 am

I love the lay-outs. Thank you for sharing! I bought the Hello December cards and this gives me some fabulous ideas on how to incorporate them. I think I’m going to print one as home décor too. =)

Louise, I’ve had that problem in the past with the Silhouette. It ended up resolving itself when I re-started my Silhouette Software and my computer. I hope that helps. Good luck!

Phyllis B. - December 10, 2014 - 1:22 pm

One more time…Thanks so very much for the “freebie” file! Love it and love Layle’s layout! Many thanks to both of you!

Tracy - December 10, 2014 - 2:20 pm

As soon as I saw the “Dashing through the Snow” cut file on the first pic, I was hoping that was our freebie…thank you so much I love it!! Awesome PL layout! You sure did have a perfect day!

Tracy - December 10, 2014 - 3:55 pm

I’m feeling a bit silly but I thought the 12 Days card set would be printable without using my Silhouette? Is it possible to use any of the files to take to Staples and have them print? Not really sure about the file extensions. Thanks.

Kerri - December 10, 2014 - 4:04 pm

PNG files are what you can use to print an image.
You wouldn’t need Silhouette to do it.
Hope that helps. :)

Tracy - December 10, 2014 - 4:32 pm

Thanks Kerri – you’re always so good at responding! Off to Staples :)

Barbara - December 10, 2014 - 5:35 pm

Thank you, Kerri for sharing your talents!!

Lisa G - December 10, 2014 - 5:50 pm

Thank you! You’re very generous.

Linda - December 10, 2014 - 10:18 pm

Thank you! Love the lettering.

Janet Trapp - December 12, 2014 - 6:26 am

Awesome! Thanks for all the great gifts!

12 Days of Christmas | Day 9 | It’s A Very Merry Hipmas Giveaway!

I feel like Santa came early. Today we have another great giveaway from the ever-so talented and incredibly hip herself, Miss Cathy Zielske!

Apparently Santa’s got a brand new bag…and I think we should check out what’s in it!


So cool and awesome…and dare I use the word…hip. Leave it to Cathy to make such awesomeness.

This hip little gem can be yours by leaving a comment in this post saying what your coolest or best out-of-the-box gift was for Christmas.

I know this is going to sound strange, but when I was nine years old I got a rectangular-shaped flashlight and thought that was one of the coolest gifts I ever got. Oh the days when Christmases were simple.

One lucky winner will be randomly drawn and announced Thursday morning.  

And if, by chance, you haven’t followed me on Instagram, you just may be missing out on another giveaway goin’ on over there. It’s giveaways all around!

Oh what fun, right?


Eight days of one-day-only freebies have passed and we are now on day nine.
Here ya go!


This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can get it in the store HERE.

Sylvia - December 9, 2014 - 1:17 am

Thanks so much!

Sue W - December 9, 2014 - 1:54 am

OH I’ve been looking at Cathies cool Christmas set. Love it!
My most memorable Christmas present would have been when I was 12.
The second eldest of 8 after unwrapping presents I was sent out to the garage with the garbage bag full of ripped of paper to find a brand new bicycle with my name on it…….Fantastic being able to ride to school!

JeanD - December 9, 2014 - 3:00 am

My coolest present was a tea set when I was really little.

melissa thiede - December 9, 2014 - 4:18 am

Best Gift ever was an engagement ring…

Jeannie D - December 9, 2014 - 4:38 am

What a cool set Cathy designed!
I think one of my favorite memories was getting a Heidi doll and her friend Spunky and brother Herbie. They came in the cutest little carrying cases!

Mirjam - December 9, 2014 - 5:53 am

Love this kit! My best X-mas present (as a kid) was a pair of figure skates. I love skating!

Susan L - December 9, 2014 - 5:56 am

One of my favorite presents was the original Lite Bright. I loved creating things with all those colors.

Libby Wiers - December 9, 2014 - 6:06 am

I had a Ginny doll, and one Christmas I got a wardrobe with tiny hangers that my dad made and new clothes made by my mom. 50+ years later, the wardrobe and well-loved doll are still in the attic. No girls in two generations to pass her on to.

This CZ collection is on my wish list…

Amber D - December 9, 2014 - 6:18 am

Love Cathy’s designs – thanks for the chance to win!

Margot Perry - December 9, 2014 - 6:20 am

One of my favorite gifts when I was a little girl was a Spirograph set with different color ink pens. I could sit and design for hours on end! Perhaps that was which originally sparked my love of graphic design today! P.S. Love both your and Cathy’s designs!!!

Dolly - December 9, 2014 - 6:21 am

I would have to say when a neighbor of ours who worked in a store gave me an EASY BAKE oven! Oh boy was that a surprise…chocolate cake anyone?

crystalnva - December 9, 2014 - 6:26 am


Joan - December 9, 2014 - 6:38 am

I remember a year where I got a set of some kind of history books from my grandparents. They were fancy (for a 10 or 12 year old) and I loved them. I still have the books on a shelf in my living room.

SherriS. - December 9, 2014 - 6:45 am

When I opened a digital photo frame from my son Brandon about 7 years ago I knew that he understood my love of photography and family. I’ve had lots of cool and thoughtful gifts but that memory is still treasured.

Claire - December 9, 2014 - 6:53 am

My grade 6 Christmas I was given a guinea pig, which I had been pining over for months. I had borrowed all the books from the library on guinea pigs, caring for them, etc. and I was so excited that I actually got it (we had previously never had a pet). Turns out my mum was deathly allergic to him and we had to sell him within a couple of months, but I thought it was cool that I got to keep the $60!

Britiney Slaughter - December 9, 2014 - 6:54 am

One year my mom gave me a fairly large Santa for my fireplace mantle that completely freaked my kids out!

LynneB - December 9, 2014 - 6:56 am

My coolest present as a kid was a doll house. I loved it because my mom and I worked on it together. As an adult, it’s all the handmade things I get from my kids. LOVE THAT!

Kathleen D - December 9, 2014 - 6:58 am

One Christmas when I was young, my mom won a “fill your shopping cart with as much as you can for free” in a toy store. She had one or two minutes to run through the store and add what she could to her cart. My parents had 5 kids and not tons of money that year. So for my mom it was a dream come true. I remember seeing the presents under the tree that year and being astounded. The funny thing is that by today’s standards it probably just seems normal but to us it was amazing. I got Flintstone Building Blocks (huge styrofoam type of blocks to build with).

Melanie A. - December 9, 2014 - 7:30 am

I’m sure there is something else I’m not thinking of as my sister and I love to try and think of unique Christmas gifts…but it is just way too early lol. SO the only one that comes to mind right now as far as unique or not on a wish list, is that she gave me a ticket so she and I could go to Keith Urban together. We ended up getting a hotel room right next to the venue and had a blast.

Sally - December 9, 2014 - 7:39 am

My most memorable gift was a Strawberry Shortcake house that was fully furnished and the figurine smelled like strawberries.

Julie C - December 9, 2014 - 7:46 am

Best gift as a kid was when my sister and I got a cat for Christmas…..he got out of his box before we woke up and we had to find him! As an adult, my favorite Christmas gifts have been my Christmas decorations because I get to remember all the Christmas’ past when I pull them out each year.

Judy Stiles - December 9, 2014 - 7:46 am

The coolest gift I received as a child was an Easy Bake Oven! I jumped for joy when I unwrapped it!

Megan K. - December 9, 2014 - 7:51 am

I remember getting a doll for Christmas that was really life like. I named her Brenda and I still have her…there were so many cherished gifts that Santa left under our tree over the years. Thanks for inspiring a trip down memory lane! And for a chance to win the kit from the Fabulous Miss Z

Debbie D - December 9, 2014 - 7:51 am

The most special gift was a little tiny birdhouse that my husband helped my daughter make for me and she decorated with fine markers, it still sits on my desk today1

marcy e - December 9, 2014 - 7:55 am

Thank you again for sharing your awesome talents with us… and for the chance to win those “hip” and elegant digi’s…
Travel, weather, service and job responsibilities have at times kept my adult children from all being together Christmas morning for coffee, muffins and gifts from Santa… I am so happy that they will all be here this year… what a lovely gift that will be…

Ashley C - December 9, 2014 - 7:55 am

One year, my siblings and I received finger nail clippers that had a unique designs on them. I didn’t realize how much I enjoyed those until they were lost this year after 20+ years of having them. Now on a search to find some for my kids.

Shawni Reynolds - December 9, 2014 - 8:03 am

thanks for the giveaway! My favorite most unique gift was from my husband one year. We didn’t have a ton of money so we had decided not to get each other presents. He ended up going to Michael’s, reading up on candle making, finding a cute etched glass jar set and turning them into candles! All by himself! I was so touched that he had gone to all of that trouble :) It was awesome!

Dionne - December 9, 2014 - 8:06 am

Love Cathy’s designs, thanks for the chance to win.
Best Christmas gift was the year my husband gave me a new wedding ring because he never liked my other one.

Lynn H. - December 9, 2014 - 8:26 am

My favourite Christmas gift was the Barbie house that my grandfather made for me. He was an electrician, so he had wired it, and each room had flooring, wallpaper, and lights. It was so much cooler than anything that could be bought. I think that, that year, it was the favourite Christmas gift that anyone in my neighbourhood received as all of my friends loved playing with it as much as I did.

Nashonne - December 9, 2014 - 8:30 am

My best out-of-the-box gift was my Candi head. I learned how to do different hairstyles on it. I self-taught myself to French braid on it. It was awesome!

Tracy - December 9, 2014 - 8:41 am

Definitely the huge barbie house my parents built for me! Fully carpeted, funky lampshades from L’eggs panty hose containers, wallpapered in great 70’s style :)

Kimberly Goon - December 9, 2014 - 8:43 am

My coolest gift was actually my brothers six million dollar man “barbie” You could look through his bionic eye. I took it and played with it way more than he did!

Isabel - December 9, 2014 - 8:43 am

The best and coolest christmas presents that I receive was a pink panther and a barbie that my godmother gave me.

Renee G - December 9, 2014 - 8:59 am

When I was 10 I got the most beautiful Madame Alexander doll. She had a blue princess dress and even had pink nylons!

Melitta Ball - December 9, 2014 - 8:59 am

My Donny & Marie barbie dolls & one of their records!! I played with them for hours and still have the record!! I will always remember them fondly :)

Thanks for another wonderful prize and for the awesome gift today!

Kim - December 9, 2014 - 9:02 am

I’m super excited about the cool gift I’m giving my son… Captain Caveman, the complete series, on DVD. I used to love that show and it’s completely what he would think was awesome. He’s a junior in college and loves offbeat stuff.

Dionne J. - December 9, 2014 - 9:09 am

There are lots of memories of gifts to choose from. One that sticks in my mind from the recent past is the first Christmas with our son my husband gave me a digital camera. He knew how much I loved photography and that this was the perfect gift for me and our family to help us remember all of the special moments we were going to share.

Liz H. - December 9, 2014 - 9:19 am

The best gift I got was a bionic woman doll.

Julie N - December 9, 2014 - 9:31 am

When I was eleven my younger brother bought me a Parrot ink pen that was carved out of wood. It dried up years ago but I still have it. It was a super sweet and thoughtful gift.

Becky Evans - December 9, 2014 - 9:31 am

My coolest gift was a Nikon camera (before digital, back in the ’70s) complete with a zoom lense and a wide angle lense, bag, batteries, tripod, the works. It was wonderful.

kathryn young - December 9, 2014 - 9:37 am

When I was 10 I got my first Cabbage Patch doll and was so surprised! I loved it! My parents had been telling me all year they couldn’t afford one so it meant that much more that I actually got one!

Nerdgrl (Kim S.) - December 9, 2014 - 9:41 am

My best present, believe it or not, was my Gypsy. Why? Because my husband voluntarily suggested it as my Christmas gift. This is a man not normally known for his enthusiastic endorsement of my SBing activities (other than it gets me out of the house so he can have a “man” night…eating what he wants and watching stupid movies on TV.) He saw an ad on the back of one of the SBing magazines when the Gypsy first came out and asked if I might want one. I practically dragged him out of the house on the spot! And, yes, he wrapped it for me, too.

Joan - December 9, 2014 - 9:41 am

Just yesterday I got a completely unexpected gift from an associate at a store here in town – a crystal polar bear. VERY COOL! Very unexpected!

Michelle E. - December 9, 2014 - 9:51 am

What a fabulous giveaway! This best gift I received when I was little was a Baby Brother Tenderlove doll…always received a girl doll but to get a little boy was amazing…still have it to this day in it’s original box…thanks for the chance to win!

Peggy W - December 9, 2014 - 10:00 am

One year my sister and mom did all off dishes on Christmas Eve and there were a lot of them. That act of service has stayed with me all my life. Thanks for the freebies during your 12 days of Christmas. They are fabulous. so kind. thanks for the giveaway.

Nancy B - December 9, 2014 - 10:21 am

I’d have to say I am getting the most enjoyment from my Cameo which I gave myself for Christmas last year! A lot of my enjoyment is because I have learned so much from your classes, Kerri.

Barb Marshall - December 9, 2014 - 10:25 am

The gift I remember the most was the vanity my parents made me from two orange crates and a piece of wood for the top. My mom made a pink and white checked skirt to go around it so you couldn’t see the crates. I was just thrilled. It was so special to me because they made it just for me. I was often overlooked as a child and got the leftover gifts.

Karen P - December 9, 2014 - 10:40 am

My favorite gift was a Smith Corona electric typewriter I got for Christmas as a twelve year old. I was so excited and spent many hours pecking away on it!

LinhC - December 9, 2014 - 10:47 am

A keurig.

Kerry - December 9, 2014 - 11:14 am

My favorite out of the box gift was actually one I gave – a scavenger hunt gift of sorts that led to scrapbook page “clues” which hinted at the actual gift: a concert in Texas [we’re from Cleveland]. Definitely a favorite!

ruth tacoma - December 9, 2014 - 11:16 am

When my middle son was about 12 he went Christmas shopping with a friend’s family to a mall. For Christmas that year I got a Boston CD and it was one of my best gifts ever.

I think mostly because I had not given any indication that I would even want one, but he had paid attention to something I had said somewhere along the line and knew I would love it. Incredibly thoughtful and it was more than a feeling…(I just couldn’t help that one)…

Maiken G - December 9, 2014 - 11:23 am

This is not the best out-of-the-box moment, but it’s my most surprised moment that I’ve ever had.

One year my paternal grandmother got me a Joe Cocker CD (I did want that) with a comment that was something like this: “I’m sorry, when I got around to buy your presents I didn’t have any money left.” She wasn’t joking, she meant it, and couldn’t care less. I was around 10 or 12 at the time.

My sister (my grandmothers favorite out of 5 grandchildren) had gotten all kinds of stuff. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t jealous or anything at her. My parents an expensive potset. Me – who wasn’t a favorite and knew it: a CD.. I still recall my surprise, not disapointment, I was just so surprised by her comment. I don’t remember the rest of the evening. But her a matter of fact comment still stands very clear in my mind.

Kiotegirl - December 9, 2014 - 11:36 am

Western Barbie doll, when I opened up the box I started crying, because I really wanted one even though I was 16, but I had a niece I played Barbies with all the time. I never asked my parents for one either (the days when kids did not ask for things and they also appreciated what they received no matter what it might me). It made them cry, as well, and they did not tear up much. My dad said it was the best Christmas he had ever had and mentioned in often. I have lost both of my parents now and being able to tell this story brings back a happy memory at Christmas.

My computer was having issues and/or so was I, so I only have the last three day of your fabulous freebies and appreciate them very much. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

Jeanene - December 9, 2014 - 11:51 am

I have such fond memories of my Barbie Dream House circa 1981. It’s glorious! I still have it and my daughter plays with it.

Jodi F - December 9, 2014 - 11:52 am

I think my favorite gift was the puppy my sister and I got when we were kids.

Traci - December 9, 2014 - 12:31 pm

My coolest out of the box gift was when my grandparents gave me a car my senior year in high school …they wrapped up keys in a box that was in a box, etc. I was so surprised!!!

Tammy Davis - December 9, 2014 - 12:32 pm

Probably my first sewing machine! My Barbies were in high fashion from that point on! Thanks for the chance!

pruttybird - December 9, 2014 - 12:40 pm

My hubby gave me a cricut way back when they first came out and that was probably the best gift ever because it started all my crafting fun :)

Rachel - December 9, 2014 - 12:46 pm

My favourite memory of a present was a trampoline when I was four.

erin meerzaman - December 9, 2014 - 12:54 pm

My best every gift was a kreg jig!!

angela - December 9, 2014 - 1:12 pm

Honestly, the best gift was 2 years ago–a gift card to a scrapbooking store that is now closed so I could go and craft once a month! Having a time and space to scrap was so wonderful.

RPomeroy - December 9, 2014 - 1:40 pm

the dollhouse my dad built for me and we painted together.

CINDY - December 9, 2014 - 1:54 pm

My Nikon d80!

Marina - December 9, 2014 - 1:57 pm

It’s my first time here, and for sure not the last one!

Lynette - December 9, 2014 - 2:09 pm

I absolutely loved my gerber baby doll. I still have her. Thanks for the giveaway! I think a rectangle flashlight would be way cool, by the way!

Patti T - December 9, 2014 - 2:24 pm

This will definitely age me but….my Tessie doll whose hair grew!

Cindy Trimble - December 9, 2014 - 3:04 pm

I got cannon camera!

Charlene - December 9, 2014 - 3:07 pm

My camera–it has brought me so much joy to be able to capture those special moments of my children.

Karen - December 9, 2014 - 3:10 pm

My best Christmas gift was my shiny red bicycle.

Linda - December 9, 2014 - 3:24 pm

I thought I was getting a new coat. Did I say I love to shake packages? Anyway, the gift from my husband was samples of carpet and linoleum (dating myself)! It was awesome!

Bonita Norris - December 9, 2014 - 3:33 pm

I’d have to say my best Christmas gift was my Nikon camera a few years ago from my sweet hubby. The nicest camera I’ve ever had. Not the fanciest camera out there but the best I’ve ever had. It’s bumped my photos for memory keeping on up there :)

Vanessa babin - December 9, 2014 - 3:46 pm

As a child my sister and I loved our Barbie clothes that were lovingly made by my mom. She made the prettiest clothes so our Barbies were the best dress dolls in the area! :)

Melissa Cummings - December 9, 2014 - 4:01 pm

Probably the best was the year my parents gave me a dollhouse. I was 10 and had always wanted one but we didn’t have the money. Turns out my step dad (and no he and my mom had only been together a year then) spent a month with his friends putting this together every night after work. I’d hoped to pass that dollhouse to my own daughter, but sadly, the years of sitting in a shed took their toll on it. She got to see it, but it was not in shape for playing. At least I have the memories.

Julia Valley - December 9, 2014 - 4:03 pm

Best present as a kid: GE portable record player, light blue, and it only played records when you closed the lid. LOL, Records, aging myself there. It was pretty “hip” if I do say so myself. Best present as an adult: A copy of my favorite children’s book, “Never Tease a Weasel”. I guess I am still a kid at heart. Thanks for the chance to win, but more importantly thanks for the trip down memory lane. :)

Judy - December 9, 2014 - 4:19 pm

I was 50 years old and got my first Christmas puppy. We drove 3.5 hours to Ogallala, NE, to pick her up. We barely made it home in time to make dinner! Let me just tell you…the magic of a Christmas puppy is not lost on us old people!

Pam K - December 9, 2014 - 4:34 pm

First I want to thank you for today’s gift; love the star!
The coolest gift I’ve received would be the year when my husband gave me my first laptop. I had been wanting one, but my husband isn’t one to get all the latest technology devises. We already had a couple of desktop computers, so I figured I would never get a laptop. Surprise!

ArlaMo (Michelle) - December 9, 2014 - 4:37 pm

Definitely my cello. And my camera :)

Marcia Dehn-Nix - December 9, 2014 - 5:22 pm

Cathy’s work is always amazing as is yours Kerri! Thanks for the freebie. Best Christmas present is anything from my hubby. He only makes the effort every 5 years or so, but when he does it is always amazing. He bought me a Silhouette 2 years ago :)

Trish - December 9, 2014 - 5:40 pm

Thank you Kerri for the star ornament cut file. It is my most favorite, and they are all really good. My most precious gift under the tree was my Tiny Tears doll and she is still precious to me knowing what it took for my parents to afford it!

bdaiss - December 9, 2014 - 5:55 pm

One of my mist cherished Christmas gifts was the heritage book my mom made of her family. Her parents both died when she was in high school so I never knew them. She gave me the book nearly 10 years ago and I still look at it all the time.

Stephanie - December 9, 2014 - 6:18 pm

When I was about 13 my mom’s best friend bought me a phone for my room. Knowing that my parents wouldn’t rush to pay for the jack to be installed she paid for the phone company to come out and install the jack in my room to connect the phone to our house line.

3kidmama - December 9, 2014 - 6:26 pm

I was an American kid raised in a rural 3rd world country because my parents were expat teachers. I returned to the USA when it came time for college but every yr for CHristmas, my parents made sure to fly my siblings and I “Home” so we could spend Christmas together as a family even if we were in separate counties during the rest of the yr! It wasn’t easy financially during those yrs, but I cherish those memories of KNOWING that we would always spend Christmas together! That was the best gift!

traci severson - December 9, 2014 - 7:04 pm

oh what fun digital goodies! I don’t recall any gift that I could say was out of the box, which is quite sad when compared to the awesome flashlight you received! Boo to that. :(

Carol F. - December 9, 2014 - 7:18 pm

I loved my Easy Bake Oven. It’s what got me started with my current love for baking. Thanks for the chance to win.

Debra - December 9, 2014 - 7:29 pm

My best memory was a little ironing board and iron! I loved it!!

Kristy - December 9, 2014 - 7:44 pm

Love the kit! My Thumbelina doll, I loved dolls!

Melanie L. - December 9, 2014 - 7:53 pm

Cathy has really fabulous stuff! I own quite a lot of it, but not this kit–yet! My coolest gift was actually for my birthday, which is the week before Christmas. My husband went ahead of time to the restaurant we were going to eat at that evening and gave them a beautiful crystal vase with roses in it, so they could put it at our table. When we got there, it took me a while, but slowly I realized that our centerpiece was different from everyone else’s. He doesn’t usually try to surprise me because I usually am too much of a control freak to like surprises, but that one was the best one ever!!!

stacie d - December 9, 2014 - 8:01 pm

I think it would be the surprise trip to Hawaii my husband planned. Totally unexpected and just what I needed that year!

Mandy - December 9, 2014 - 8:52 pm

I like a clean window and when I was finishing up college in Buffalo, NY my friend gave me a case of windshield wiper fluid! My windows were clean and I could see amongst all that snow.

Karen Peterson - December 9, 2014 - 8:53 pm

Coolest out of the box was my Macbook Pro (a bit early and with substitute teaching money ;)

bernice j - December 9, 2014 - 8:57 pm

As a child, I always got a new pair of handmade pajamas every year, which I always thought was so boring. But one year I got a paint-by-number kit of a horse’s head. I still have it to this day, some forty or so years later!

Bev - December 9, 2014 - 8:57 pm

Best out of the box gift that I have given was Google Chrome. My husband absolutely loved it! I also gave him 3 months of Hulu and Netflix. Won’t be able to top that this year. Thank you for the awesome files.

Happy Holidays to all.

Cindy Brooks - December 9, 2014 - 9:16 pm

The coolest gift I ever got was a photo album put together by my Dad He included family photos from the time he and my Mom married up till that Christmas, so it includes photos of when my oldest son was born.

Lara Read - December 9, 2014 - 9:48 pm

My Grandma would give me a Madam Alexander doll every year. I loved just looking at all the detail. I still get one once in a while but they are way more expensive now.

Mari Matt - December 9, 2014 - 10:14 pm

The KEYBOARD! I was in my early teens, and wanted to just become the cool that is assoicated with playing on an electric keyboard as opposed to the piano. My parents didn’t ahve a lot of money so I really didn’t think I was going to get it and when I opened it…..I can still feel the bliss! Christmas=Joy

Barbara - December 9, 2014 - 10:22 pm

Cathy is so awesome and has some cool designs. I did already purchase this so I’m not leaving a note for the giveaway. I spent the evening working on my cookies for the cookie exchange and crocheting on my daughter’s Christmas gift – less than two weeks before she comes home from College. I went to bed late and was laying there and all of the sudden, I remembered I forgot to visit your site and get my freebie! Whew! Thankfully I remember – Thank you for all the cool freebies!

Julie - December 9, 2014 - 10:29 pm

Thank you so very much for all of the freebies! They are awesome!

Michelle - December 9, 2014 - 10:29 pm

When I was 12 years old, we had no money for gifts or a Christmas meal, but on Christmas Eve a local church brought a box of food and one wrapped gift for each of us kids. Mine was a calculator. I loved it, mostly because of the thought that people who didn’t know us wanted to help. What a great memory of people loving people.

mitchmac - December 9, 2014 - 10:55 pm

My best Christmas present ever was a Silhouette Cameo. I bought it wrapped it and put it under the tree for me and gave my husband the bill!

Leslee - December 9, 2014 - 11:10 pm

Best gift ever was my Silhouette. Bought it and gave it to my husband to wrap and put under the tree!

Kerri S - December 9, 2014 - 11:46 pm

My parents bought me a reel to reel tape recorder when I was 12 – they had fun on christmas even recording messages to me (which I heard) and was puzzled as I was in bed!! It all clicked on christmas morning when I heard the same messages!!!

Elizabeth - December 10, 2014 - 12:12 am

When we were little, If any of us were naughty, my mother would threaten that we would get for Christmas the same presents as one of the neighbouring families. Every year the neighbour’s children would receive an orange and a new baby. As a family of ten children, we were suitably scared by that idea. Not exactly a present for me, but certainly one out-of-the-box!

Karen Freeman - December 10, 2014 - 2:11 am

A kitten. I named him twinkle toes I was 10 years old and so so happy.

Kathy - December 10, 2014 - 8:31 am

When I was about 7 my aunt made me a crocheted purse that converts into a small doll cradle for Christmas. I loved that purse and my little red-headed doll. Last year (at age 52)I was looking thru my sentimental treasure box and found it. In bad shape, with no hope of repairing it I had to throw it away. But i will never forget my cherished doll purse.

jules m. - December 10, 2014 - 11:39 am

i got a himalayan salt lamp :)

Brandi H - December 10, 2014 - 4:00 pm

My best gift was a homemade “cabbage patch” doll the year they came out and it was so hard to get one. My mom didn’t want to disappoint us, so she found a local person to make a doll that looked just like a cabbage patch. I still have her. :)

Jenell - December 10, 2014 - 4:35 pm

I think the coolest present ever was the year my parents surprised my sister, brother and me with our first ever brand new puppy! We screamed so loud when we got to open our eyes that the puppy cried! That was a wonderful present!

Shirlee C. - December 11, 2014 - 2:26 am

Thank you so much! My favorite out of the box Christmas Gift was my Hippity-Hop! Yeah my parents bought 5 of them for us and we went wild in the basement playing with these crazy things. It was one of those gifts that my parents my have regretted buying after the fact gifts! lol It seemed like all our friends got them too. Spring was a blast that next year with the whole neighborhood hopping around. Gotta love the memories!

12 Days of Christmas | Day 8 | The Weather Outside Ain’t So Frightful


It’s been hard getting into the Christmas groove, in large part due to the fact that it’s been in the 50s here in Utah. As in, I even open my window from time to time.

That’s just plain crazy.

I was looking at photos from this time last year. Hello snow and cold. It definitely felt like Christmas with the proper weather. And I always find it fascinating for those that have sunny weather at this time of year or all my friends ‘down under’ where Santa can be found in bermuda shorts. At this rate, our Santa will be in the same attire in this neck of the woods.

We still have a couple weeks to dream of a white Christmas. Hopefully it will happen soon. In the meantime, I think we are dreaming here today with some real snow of the paper kind.

Like from a fabulous new friend that’s visiting for the holidays.

Everyone say hello to Paige Evans!

Paige and I had a mutual friend respond to our Instagram comments at the same time a few weeks ago. A quick peek at her lovely creations and I knew I needed her to come visit for the holidays. (Isn’t this electronic world wonderful?) She has such an amazing way of creating little works of art. I also have to admit, I am now living vicariously–and jealously–through her Instagram posts of her time living in Europe. I know it’s not always easy being a military wife, but sometimes, it has its perks. ;)

So let’s see what ‘wintery weather’ Paige has brought to us today!

Baby It
Baby It

[ Designs | December Additions:  The Pages (snowflake background) / Black+White Christmas (it’s cold outside) ]

When I saw this page I was in awe. I would never have thought to create a middle section of snowflakes using the December Additions Pages.

Hello???  Brilliant!

How gorgeous is that?

And backed with that fun paper?


Here’s what Paige has to say:

When I saw these snowflakes I immediately knew what I wanted to create! And then when I was picking a collection to use I saw the Brighton Pier collection by Studio Calico and thought it’d be fun to branch out from the traditional red and green.

To create it:

  1. Die cut the snowflake background found in the December Additions: The Pages from white cardstock using your digital craft cutter (I have a Silhouette Cameo).
  2. Back the open spaces of the snowflakes with colorful papers from the Brighton Pier collection by Studio Calico.
  3. Back the layout with a white patterned transparency followed by white cardstock and staple a few of the snowflakes in the center.
  4. Adhere two photos on the left side and tuck a mask under the edge.
  5. Stitch through a wood veneer word with black floss and place it under the photos.
  6. Die cut the “Baby it’s cold outside” phrase found in the Black+White Christmas set from black cardstock and glue just the “it’s cold outside” above the photos.
  7. Stitch silver foil Thickers at the top to complete the title.
  8. Place a few pink sentiment stickers around the layout and apply a few silver star rub ons as well.
  9. Journal on the top right corner with a black pen and stamp the date below in black ink.
  10. Drop black India ink around the layout to finish.

Journaling reads: It’s so fun to see Fox be the protective big brother. When Jane ran away in the parking lot Fox immediately went after her and hugged her until we could grab her.

I’m dying to make a page like that now! Thanks so much for visiting us here at KBS for the holidays Paige. It was so much fun having you here.

Now my question to you is, where are we going to next in Europe? ;)


Now since we’re all thinking about walking in a winter wonderland,
I thought it only appropriate to bring  you this little lacy number today.

This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can get it in the store HERE.


One last thing.
The winner of the Tallulah Boutique fingerprint necklace is SueinMtVernon.
I have emailed you, so keep an eye out for it.

Nicky H - December 8, 2014 - 4:22 am

That is a cute page! Great idea with the snowflakes as a background!
Thank you for the lovely freebies!

Melitta Ball - December 8, 2014 - 6:01 am

Thanks so much for the great tutorial Paige & to Kerri for introducing us! Love the snowflake Kerri!

crystalnva - December 8, 2014 - 7:15 am

THANK YOU :) bunches…

Melanie A. - December 8, 2014 - 8:10 am

I just do not have the ability to think outside the box like that. I SO wish I could. I LOVE that page but never would have envisioned that when looking at that set! When I see clever things like that it always make me wonder what else I’m missing. Love the snowflake, thank you!

Sylvia - December 8, 2014 - 8:42 am

Thanks a lot!

Pam - December 8, 2014 - 9:24 am

I love snowflakes (most likely because I live where it never snows!) … so thank you for today’s gift; beautiful!!

Kim Smith - December 8, 2014 - 10:10 am

That layout is too awesome! I really have to get a Silhouette and your classes soon!! Thanks for today’s freebie!

Tracy - December 8, 2014 - 2:33 pm

Thanks!! Wow I LOVE that page! What an awesome idea

kathy - December 8, 2014 - 2:48 pm

Thank you for the lovely snowflake :)
Love the cute page too!

Trish - December 8, 2014 - 3:12 pm

Thanks Kerri for the beautifully lacy snowflake. It might be the only kind we get here in Tennessee this Christmas season! Those precious little ones on Paige’s page are perfect with your beautiful cut files!

Barbara - December 8, 2014 - 8:48 pm

adorable! Thank you for the snowflake and the cool idea for using it.

Sue W - December 8, 2014 - 9:38 pm

Ahh I’m thinking cool Christmas looking at this sweet LO!
Nothing like the 30+ degrees and severe storm warnings here :)

Thanks for the beautiful snowflake Kerri!

Betsy - December 9, 2014 - 2:53 pm

My dad gave a HUGE HUGE weather balloon to my brothers and me. It took forever to blow up but was so fun. I have no idea where he got it.

12 Days of Christmas | Day 7 |Another Guest Has Arrived

I just love the holiday season and having friends over. They always have such fun ‘decorating’ ideas. And our friend, Marcy Penner, always has some of the best ideas!

kbs christmas 2014
kbs christmas 2014-4
kbs christmas 2014-3
kbs christmas 2014-2

[ Designs | Seven Days A Week ]

Oooh la la! Love the stack of the days of the week…with white-on-white  words (which I’m a sucker for) and one ‘highlighted’ word. That’s just awesome. And while this isn’t ‘Christmas’ per se, it could easily be adapted for that! Include the days and ‘highlight’ the day of Christmas.

Way too much fun!

Thanks for stopping by the House of KBS, Miss Marcy! I love the treat you brought. :)


And now for the one-day-only freebie.
Something simple+sweet. Includes PNG and cut files for maximum editability.
(yeah, it’s a word)
Made in the Tiny Details fashion, but could be sized however big–or small–you need.


This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can get it in the store HERE.

I chose to make it with the date of December 24, but you could change it to whatever text you want in there. My philosophy was that the phrase ‘All Is Bright’ was referring more to Christmas Eve and therefore…December 24. But since the image is editable, you could take it off and stamp a date or type a new one for your needs.

Sue W - December 7, 2014 - 1:46 am

Lovely page layout. Really like the white on white too.
Thank you for another little Christmas goodie Kerri :)

Ms Scrapmess - December 7, 2014 - 2:37 am

Thank you for making an element with the 24th of Dec. Very much apprechiated from us who celebrate on the 24th (like Sweden)!!

Kim Smith - December 7, 2014 - 8:57 am

Wonderful layout and thanks for the great freebie!

Sylvia - December 7, 2014 - 9:18 am


Linda Vanorio - December 7, 2014 - 9:59 am

Thanks Kerry, I Love your designs and you generosity!!!

Pam - December 7, 2014 - 10:23 am

Lovely – thank you!

Tracy - December 7, 2014 - 10:27 am

I look so forward to your freebies for Christmas, love everyone of them. Thanks so much and have a wonderful holiday season.
Still working on and loving the history project, thanks again for all the hard work and time you put into this class.

Melitta Ball - December 7, 2014 - 12:08 pm

Thank you for another inspiration filled post and another great gift! You are a true Blessing Kerri, to all of our lives that you touch!

Linda Johnson - December 7, 2014 - 2:30 pm

Thank you. Getting to a late start on Christmas, and this will help! Fun layout!

Julie - December 7, 2014 - 4:52 pm

Marcy has such interesting work, making me look and look to see the details.

Loving all the visitors to your sight Kerri. Lots of ideas.

Anne - December 7, 2014 - 9:36 pm

Thank you!

12 Days of Christmas | Day 6 | Brand New Christmas Words


Sing with me now….

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
loooovely Christmas wooorrrds!

Okay, so technically they aren’t being ‘given’ away…work with me here. 

So many festive words and phrases for your December Daily or Project Life. It even includes a little 3×4 Fa La La card, because–gosh darn it–I couldn’t help myself!


And what be the one-day-only freebie, you say?

Well that would be this fun card. Use big or small. It’ll be darling either way.


This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can get it in the store HERE.

I just have to add one little note here. My mom passed away a little over ten years ago. And when we were going through her many boxes of ‘life bits’ that she kept over the years, we came across a Christmas list or two that she’d written. It was golden. I thought it was the coolest thing. I think I’ve kept most of my lists that I’ve made for my family over the years. I hope they will treasure the sentiment as much as I treasured my mother’s hand-written notes for our gifts.

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway in yesterday’s post!
It ends at midnight.

Sylvia - December 6, 2014 - 1:17 am

Wow! Thanks so much!!!!

crystalnva - December 6, 2014 - 5:13 am


marcy e - December 6, 2014 - 5:39 am

what a fabulous freebie!!! Thank you…

Tina Joergens - December 6, 2014 - 6:12 am

Thank you Kerri! Merry Everything is just what I need to complete my Christmas cards! Thanks, too, for all the fabulous freebies!

Amy Rohl - December 6, 2014 - 8:39 am

Adorable, thank you!! Merry Christmas!

Sylvie Sancé - December 6, 2014 - 12:17 pm

Such a lovely set

ruth - December 6, 2014 - 1:12 pm


Judy Wilson - December 6, 2014 - 6:03 pm

Thanks so much for this one delightful gift and for the others this week. : )

Sue W - December 6, 2014 - 7:24 pm

So many lovely Christmas products to choose from. Thank you!

Anita - December 6, 2014 - 8:46 pm

Dear Kerri,

I’m so glad you have your Mum’s notes to cherish. Hope you enjoy a safe and lovely Christmas.

Katherine - December 6, 2014 - 10:37 pm

Thank you!

12 Days of Christmas | Day 5 | Tallulah Boutique Giveaway!

Once upon a time three little girls set out over hill and dale to a quaint little town called Midway. In this town they celebrated the days of Swiss with food and goods a-plenty. In one such place, under the shade of the trees, the three little friends found a beautiful place of silver and gold. Not only was the silver and gold sparkly and dreamy, but it had special meaning.

Many of the round discs of metal had fingerprints embedded into the shiny metal.

“Oh what a glorious idea!”, said the three little girls.

Three months later, the one little girl needed such a beautiful piece of jewelry for some special friends and she called the Queen of Tallulah-land to request such jewelry. The queen was incredibly sweet and kind. The one little girl was grateful for the special care in which the queen helped the little girl and wanted to share in the good fortune for the coming Christmas season.

Alas, the queen and the little girl decided that a bit of silver should belong to a fair maiden in the land of Bradford.

What is the gold and silver, say ye? Here is just a sampling.

photo 1
Like I said, I actually saw these up close and personal and they were beautifully done. I thought they’d make an amazing Christmas gift for a new mother of her baby’s tiny finger, a grandfather’s print for a keepsake for grandmother, a print of a military husband for his wife, or just one of your husband’s for yourself …so many great ideas.

These are also amazing for those that lose a loved one.

How it works is, when you purchase from her site, she sends you a kit of to use to take a fingerprint impression, the epoxy–or whatever the compound is–hardens to create the mold and you send it back to her to construct the jewelry.

Side By Side Handwriting 2 web

Another amazing idea is to take the note of a loved one–especially if they’ve passed on–and you can have a necklace made with a sentiment they’ve written.

I’m just in awe.  How would you like to have a handwriting by your mother who had passed in the form of jewelry…always saying ‘I Love You.’

What a treasure.

Animal Print

Okay, so this last one cracks me up.

Can you guess what kind of a print it is?

To look at it, I wouldn’t have a clue.

But for all you animal lovers out there? It’s a dog’s nose print.

So today Tallulah Boutique and I are celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas with a giveaway of a fingerprint necklace!

Here’s how you can enter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Connect with Tallulah Boutique: Store | Instagram | email:


And now for today’s one-day-only freebie.

A fun title for photos on decking your halls.

And boy do I need my halls decked. I haven’t even started yet. Maybe this weekend.


This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can get it in the store HERE.


And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better…

Check out what’s new in the store. 


If you follow me on social media…you just knew this had to be done, right? Kass needed an envelope like this for a school (university) project. Check out my Facebook or Instagram if you want to read about it.

This particular tearaway envelope is a little different than those in the Signed.Sealed.Delivered. kit and it has been sized to perfectly fit a gift card. Of course you could use it for other things as well.

But check out how adorable they are printed and cut!!


And in case your counting the la, la, la’s, yes, I know that there was a dyslexic moment with my L’s and A’s. It’s correct in the kit.

Of course you can do whatever you’d like with it. You don’t have to use the text. I also included a rectangle that’s the same size as the text so that if you needed a frame of reference for creating a pattern or set of words, then it would be there.

Day 5. Pretty awesome, right?
Are we having fun yet? :)

LionaChinky Guzman - December 5, 2014 - 12:46 am

The personalized handwriting necklace look amazing! Someday, I hope t be able to get that too. The idea of having the handwriting on it really warms my heart <3

Sue W - December 5, 2014 - 2:11 am

Thank you Kerri!
I love the little math question on your comment form :-)

crystalnva - December 5, 2014 - 6:40 am

THANK YOU :) bunches….

Karen S - December 5, 2014 - 6:56 am

What a neat idea! Happy Holidays Kerri!

Carolyn E - December 5, 2014 - 8:16 am

Love the gift card tearaway, so different than just an envelope!
Beautiful giveaway, love those necklaces with the fingerprint (so would do my husband’s, a great reminder when he’s deployed) but I also love the infinity bracelet/necklace!

Lynne - December 5, 2014 - 8:24 am

Love the free file for today! Love the website – especially the initial necklace and the handprint bracelet! And love the gift card envelope!!

*Alison* - December 5, 2014 - 8:31 am

Thank you so much for the adorable freebies.. The new boxes look amazing! hugs

Kim Smith - December 5, 2014 - 8:58 am

Thank you for today’s freebie!

Pam K - December 5, 2014 - 8:59 am

What unique jewelry! … & thanks for the gift today. Starting to Deck the Halls here :)

nerdgrl (Kim S) - December 5, 2014 - 10:39 am

Love the one of the nose print. Just wish our little one was still with us. She passed over the Rainbow Bridge last June.

Karen - December 5, 2014 - 1:07 pm

I love the little gold handprint necklace! What a sweet way to keep your baby close to your heart!

Sandy_in_MD - December 5, 2014 - 4:39 pm

The fingerprint bracelet is so delicate – I think that is my favorite. Thanks for today’s freebie!

Barbara - December 5, 2014 - 6:19 pm

Love the freebies!! I am amazed by the tear away envelope! Now why didn’t I think of that!!!??? You are soo creative!!

Thanks again!

SherriS. - December 5, 2014 - 6:50 pm

Thanks for Deck the Halls – I’ve got to put the tree up tomorrow!

Anne - December 5, 2014 - 6:56 pm

Thank you!

Liz Lumsden - December 5, 2014 - 10:48 pm

I love the key fob, but a necklace with a pet’s noseprint would be awesome!

Lynn Desroche - December 6, 2014 - 1:32 am

I absolutely love the thumbprint necklace, but I also love the Cancer Awareness necklace. As the niece of a Survivor and the friend of someone who has lost her mom to breast cancer, this necklace holds a very special place in my heart.

Marla - December 6, 2014 - 8:28 am

So hard to pick a favorite. Lots of items I would love to have or give.

Melanie F - December 6, 2014 - 11:56 am

Oh my goodness… these are so special, I adore the thumbprint necklace! I also especially love the infinity initial bracelet & the hand print necklaces… okay I LOVE everything) Lol) Thanks for the uber sweet chance!

Candy Bryant - December 6, 2014 - 6:18 pm

Those are such a neat and sentimental idea. Hugs & Aloha!

12 Days of Christmas | Day 4 | My Early Christmas Present



Our 12 Days of Christmas event continues with a little unconventional Christmas present. It’s a little present to myself. The gift of recording…just for me.

I honestly can’t remember when the last time was that I scrapped something because I wanted to. While I’ve done many pages and it’s great, there’s always been some kind of reason that it needed to be done.

This is something I need to change.

I need to record just because I want to.

For a long time I’ve been longing to just get things printed and recorded. I’ve had the hugest hankering to use the Project Life method as the primary way. I have even been stocking up on various page protectors. Heck, I even got my little Epson Picture Mate Charm last year so that I could do it. And while I’ve used the heck out of it for work, I haven’t used it just for me.

So last week, in the middle of a ton of stuff going on, I was determined to carve out a little time to prove to myself that I could really do it.

A little gift to myself. 

I think we all need something like that, don’t we?

I can’t tell you how happy it made me! I felt a sense of accomplishment in a way that I haven’t felt for a long time. It meant a great deal to me that I was able to do something without any other ulterior motive than I just wanted to do it.

I don’t get that often.

This past September we took a Sunday drive up to Mirror Lake and had a wonderful time! We packed stuff to make lunches, packed the dog, and ran up to the mountains about an hour+ away. We met Zach and his friend up there. They’d been camping and fishing. We ‘hiked’ around to some smaller ponds above Mirror Lake and it was just gorgeous!

While we did have our dog on a leash, this was his first real experience at being taken somewhere up in the mountains. Eventually we did just let him go because we were all alone. I know, sweet, right?  He was really good to stay with someone, and if we got out of sight, he got worried and would wait or look for us. He’s a pretty awesome dog. :)

The boys enjoyed their hands at fishing while we watched and visited and sat with the dog.

If I could just sit out in the mountains all day, I would.

Here’s a visual picture for y’all. It was all about keeping it simple and getting it done….I will neither confirm nor deny it took me longer than it should have. ;) But there were a lot of photos. I also have another 6×12 set of photos that aren’t included in this little ensemble. 

mirror lake page 1 web
mirror lake page 2 web
mirror lake page 3 web

[ Designs | Dragonfly Card / Tiny Details (discover label) / Grateful (i love today) / File Folder Label (Here There Everywhere class) / Beautiful Somewhere (explorers wanted) ]

When I got that little Fee Area pass, I knew it had to go into this ensemble someday.  I mean seriously…perfect size! I did trim the top of it off–the part that hangs around your mirror. I also used a woodgrain star from my Studio Calico sequin stash. Love those!

I also liked the idea of mixing the spread up by including photos with white space–not just a white border–but white space. I think it adds a whole other level to what you’ve got goin’ on.

Again…kept it simple and sweet. And I love it.

It’s my early Christmas present to myself. And I think it’s going to become a New Years’ resolution.

I need to document more.


And now for the one-day-only freebie.


Just a sweet sentiment for recording all your Christmas events.

This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can get it in the store HERE.

Melitta Ball - December 4, 2014 - 9:42 am

Good for you to take some time for yourself Kerri, you should make a weekly habit of it! Love the layout too, you did a great job!
Thanks for another great gift, I will make sure to put it to use!
Many Blessings,

Sylvia - December 4, 2014 - 10:24 am

Awesome! Thanks!!!

Rhonda J - December 4, 2014 - 10:39 am

Thank you so much for the scrap inspiration and the free download.

Lorretta - December 4, 2014 - 10:48 am

Good for you, Kerri! I hope you keep it up. = )

I love the layout and the Christmas freebies. The first thing I look forward to in the morning is checking your site for inspiration with a hot cup of coffee. “Making Spirits Bright” sure is a great statement for what your work does for me.

marcy e - December 4, 2014 - 10:51 am

Good for you Kerri… It looks lovely… Living in the Chicago area, we don’t get to see mountains very often! Thanks for sharing… and for another fabulous freebie.

Melanie A. - December 4, 2014 - 1:04 pm

Really love this one, thank you! I have really been missing my scrapping. I haven’t been able to get to my stuff because we have been remodeling bathrooms. I cannot wait to be able to dig in again and your layout has made me want to even more!

PaulaB - December 4, 2014 - 1:10 pm

Love it! Thanks for the inspiration. Good for you to carve some time for you! Great work.

Sue W - December 4, 2014 - 2:35 pm

It’s amazing how taking some time out to just relax with family can lift your spirits! Thanks for that reminder and for sharing your beautiful pages. Love the ‘clean and simple’ look let the pictures tell a story, perfect!
Thank you for another pre Christmas gift…….who needs Santa?

Sharee - December 4, 2014 - 4:05 pm

I’m hearing you on making time to do what you love. I made a goal in January to make SIGNIFICANT progress on my kids scrapbooks and sad to say, I haven’t got much done this year. As I think about that goal and why that didn’t happen, I can give you all kinds of reasons…some within my control and others not. But I do know that when I make time to scrapbook, that feeling returns of how much I love messing with photos, paper, and adhesive. For me there is great joy in reliving and recording those stories. As I scrapbook, I am always taken back to when my kids were younger and all of the memories and fun times we have created as a family. (and all of the great memories that are happening now while they are teenagers) These are moments I don’t want to forget. I need to be better about guarding a day a week to do what I love. I need to recommit myself that those things that I love to do matter. They are worth postponing or bumping something else on my calendar. Thanks for the reminder to do what you love! And as always…thanks for the great freebies. Merry Christmas!

Betsy - December 4, 2014 - 4:38 pm

What wonderful pages, Kerri! I just love them. Certainly looks like a day to remember.

Thank you for the bright and cheery cut file!

Cindy - December 4, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Before I forget I want to thank you for these wonderful freebies!
I’m sure it doesn’t really matter how long (or not) it took for you to make your PL pages, at least you got your pictures PRINTED and you were able to TELL your story. That’s most important! I must say, you did a terrific job and I’m loving your layout. Looking forward to seeing more next year. Besides, we all need to do a little something for ourselves.

Trish - December 4, 2014 - 5:57 pm

What gorgeous pictures of your glorious day! Thank you for sharing and thank you for another wonderful freebie!

Tracy - December 4, 2014 - 6:30 pm

Thanks so much! Awesome photos…love your layouts! Thanks for the inspiration.

sherrygrove - December 4, 2014 - 7:28 pm

good for you! It’s exciting to sit down with paper and photos; I too need to do it more often! So glad it was a great experience. And thanks once again for the freebie.

12 Days of Christmas | Day 3 | Guests Bringing Tidings Of Joy

One of the amazing parts of the holidays is having guests over. New friends, old friends, and everyone in between. We apparently like to party here at KBS. ;)

And we love having guests when they bring us the sweetest Christmas desserts!

Everyone say hello to Miss Stephanie Bryan!

Stephanie has brought us great tidings of joy to KBS…some very sweet treats indeed. Check it out.

Hi there!! I’m so excited to be here on Kerri’s blog ringing in the month of December! I had so much fun playing around with some of Kerri’s designs! You really can get lost in her sweet little shop, right?? Her script words are by far my very favorite and I couldn’t help myself from cutting out a bunch! I took two different approaches with my these projects, but as you will see, the lovely script Christmas words just make everything pop!!

I began by cutting out a few words on a piece of glitter paper. The sparkly gold glitter paper in combination with Kerri’s words was just fantastic! And they just screamed Christmas to me! After I had a few cut out words, I mod podged a some of them to several pieces of white chipboard. I contemplated creating a mini album of our past Christmas pictures, but then I decided I really wanted to create a Christmas card album. I say that I’m going to create one every year, but I never get around to it!! Not this year! I’m all ready to go!! After my words were adhered to the chipboard, I ran the chipboard through my sewing machine to create a fun, handmade look to the book. Then I added in a few rings and some of the Christmas cards we’ve already received this year!! I just love this little book! It’s so easy to put together, and so easy to leave sitting out in our living room for everyone to see!!



I had a few more words leftover after my Christmas card book and decided to put together a sweet little layout from our very first Christmas as a family of four. My precious son was only a few days old in these pictures, so it really was awesome to reminisce on these days!! I created three little flip up cards using extra patterned paper and my photos! I love adding interactive bits and pieces on my layouts! I included my journaling under the photos, as well as the date and little embellishment!! To finish the page, I added Kerri’s glitter “Christmas” hand drawn word and a few vellum stars. I felt like the delicate word paired so nicely with a few transparent stars!



Thanks so much for joining me today!!! I am ever so grateful to Kerri for inviting me to play along at her holiday party!! Merry Christmas everyone!

[ Designs | December 25 (words) ]


Um. Yeah. Can you say beautiful?

The simplicity of all the pages with the words is just amazing. And I really should buy me some sparkly paper. Did I just say that out loud? Those are not words you hear coming out my mouth…like ever. She just makes it too darn gorgeous to not want to do it.

And I simply adore the book idea for all the cards and photo cards we get each year. That is a brilliant idea!!

Thanks so much for coming to the KBS house for the holidays Stephanie! Next time I’ll be sure to get the hot cocoa on–mini marshmallows will be a must.


And now it’s time for the one-day only  freebie!

I have to admit. I’m having small love affair with trees. First yesterday, and now today. And I think this little pair has got to be my current fave–especially the tall two-layer tree.



This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can get it in the store HERE.

Sylvia - December 3, 2014 - 1:04 am

Awesome book! And thanks a lot for the freebie!

Sue W - December 3, 2014 - 4:21 am

What a beautiful project! Great idea to save those special Christmas cards too.
thanks Kerri for your beautiful trees, I can’t wait to play with them.

crystalnva - December 3, 2014 - 6:10 am


Kim Smith - December 3, 2014 - 7:42 am

Oh my today’s inspiration was so gorgeous, clean and simple and elegant! Thank you for that as well as the goodie!

Carrie - December 3, 2014 - 8:24 am

Thank you so much for the freebie everyday. I am enjoying them so much

marcy e - December 3, 2014 - 8:45 am

Thank you Kerri… Your designs are always so very inspiring…

lynne - December 3, 2014 - 8:47 am

Gorgeous project from Stephanie! And thanks for the tree freebie

Marla - December 3, 2014 - 9:16 am

Your book is fabulous!! Thank you for sharing your inspiration!
Thank you also for today’s great freebie!!!

Renee T. - December 3, 2014 - 9:35 am

Thank you! I have a new silhouette portrait on its way from the Black Friday sale, and I am so excited to learn how to use it! These trees will be the first I cut.

yolande k - December 3, 2014 - 12:20 pm

Magnifique, Stephanie !!!
et merci Kerri pour la découpe !

Melitta Ball - December 3, 2014 - 12:33 pm

Simply breathtaking! The most beautiful work that has made me look over & over again! Well done! And thank you so much for the awesome freebie today!

Phyllis B. - December 3, 2014 - 12:52 pm

Stephanie’s ideas are awesome! Her Christmas card book idea is wonderful—I never know what to do with cards from year to year! Wish I had begun doing this years ago! Thanks to Stephanie for this idea, and thanks to you, Kerri, for the great little trees! Love them!

Trish - December 3, 2014 - 1:54 pm

Thank you Kerri for these, my new most favorite trees to cut! And Stephanie your book is scrumptious, love it’s simple beauty!
PS Kerri, you do need some sparkly paper to cut your wonderful words! :)

Mary Miller - December 3, 2014 - 2:19 pm

Thank you Keri! You are so generous.

Tracy - December 3, 2014 - 8:39 pm

Love this idea!! I have Christmas cards from past years that I’ve been hanging on to and now I know exactly what I’m going to do with them! Thanks so much for the awesome idea. And sparkly paper is the way to go…on the white chipboard…perfect! Thank You for the winter trees!! I think I will be making some of them with gold sparkle paper!! ; )

stacie D - December 3, 2014 - 10:59 pm

Love these trees! Thanks so much for creating the fun!

Manuela Diz - December 6, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Es un proyecto precioso, Stephanie siempre logra sorprendernos con sus álbumes tan sutiles…. Felicidades.