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True Scrap Pocket Pages + Giveaway

Pocket page scrapbooking.

You may also know it as Project Life scrapbooking. It is something I whole heartedly believe in, yet I don’t do it. I don’t know why.  Maybe it’s a mentality thing. Maybe it’s a ‘I never really can scrap anyway’ thing. But I tell ya, I am so thinking of doing it, or a combination of doing it with traditional scrapping. It’s been on my mind a lot with the turning of a calendar year.

Ever since I got my iPhone a year ago, life is so much easier to capture from the spontaneity side of things. I love it. Love it. Love it. And I need to preserve it.

That’s where this will come in handy:

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An event centered around doing just the very thing I want to do???

Awesome!

And that Lain Ehmann sure knows how to put on a show, does she not? And that all-star line up? Holy cannoli! I can’t wait!

Here’s all the details:

True Scrap Pocket Pages is THE event for Project Life/pocket scrapbookers! Whether you’re new to the concept, or you’ve been a PL’er from way back, we’ve got six incredible classes to inspire and educate you. And the best part? It’s online – LIVE! Yup, on January 25, you’ll log in to a state-of-the-art web room where teachers like Marcy Penner, Layle Koncar, and Lilith Eeckels will treat attendees to hour-long classes on these topics:

  • Hybrid Hints for Paper People from Traci Reed
  • Pocket Scrapping 101: Back to Basics from Layle Koncar
  • Do You Hear What I Hear? Including Your Family’s Perspectives in Your Pocket Spreads from Marcy Penner
  • KISS: Keep It Simple, Scrappy! Simplifying the Pocket Page Process from Monica McNeil
  • Playing Big: Adding 12×12 photos and layouts to your Pocket Pages Albums from Lilith Eeckels
  • Outside the Lines: Creative Approaches to Adding Journaling to Your Pocket Pages from Stephanie Bryan

These girls knock my socks off with their creative goodness!

You’ll have plenty of time to interact with the instructors live, asking them all your burning pocket scrapbooking questions. And with sponsors including Simon Says Stamp, Gossamer Blue, Project Life, Studio Calico, and Simple Stories, it’s going to be an incredibly colorful, creative, and community-filled day. Oh, and everything is recorded so you can go back to watch the replays again and again.

True Scrap Pocket Pages is produced by scrapbook superhero Lain Ehmann, founder of the True Scrap events. To date, she’s produced dozens of online virtual events, helping thousands of women find simplicity, inspiration, and fun in their scrapbooking.

Now here’s an awesome special offer!

Save $99 on your True Scrap Pocket Pages registration by using coupon code 99OFF at checkout HERE. You’ll get all six classes, plus replays, plus discounts for only $50! AND if you register before January 10, you’ll receive a special bonus – an exclusive video class from former Project Life creative team member Jennifer Woodbury on “Project Life, Step-by-Step,” a $17.95 value, FREE!


Seriously? Oh my heck. I am so there!

Do you wanna be there too?

Okay! Here’s your chance!

Because I’m doing a giveaway!

One lucky winner will win a spot in this fantastic event! Just like this post on Facebook, leave a comment here with your name, where your from and what your favorite pocket or simple scrapping technique is, and I’ll draw a winner on Thursday.

Good luck!

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Nicole - January 7, 2014 - 3:44 pm

I love project life! It’s the best! And I’d love to take this class to learn more on my favorite topic from some of my favorite project lifers. Thanks for the opportunity!

Michele Draper, UT - January 7, 2014 - 3:45 pm

Well I am trying to get into the simpler way of scrapping. Right now I do the traditional 12×12 pages….scrapping individual books for 4 granddaughters has gotten to be WAY too much for this working gramma! I have been buying Simple Stories paper and still haven’t used it with the pocket method…..I am still talking about it, just not sure how to transition on over! HELP!!!!!!

Susan - January 7, 2014 - 3:56 pm

I’m from Idaho, and my favorite technique is — actually getting a page done! I have been considering simplifying and moving to the pocket pages, though I think I will create them digitally. I could use some inspiration to make the plunge!

Carol F. - January 7, 2014 - 3:57 pm

Carol – Nebraska

I tried to do PL last year and didn’t get very far. I really like the idea, so I’m trying again this year. I just got an iPhone, so I’m hoping that will help capture those day-to-day moments.

JudyJ - January 7, 2014 - 3:57 pm

Hi I’m Judy from Eastern Washington. This would be great to win. I have started Project Life several times over the past few years, but get hung up on doing it perfectly. I think organization is the key.

Vanessa Kelly - January 7, 2014 - 4:10 pm

I love being able to get a two page spread when I don’t have tons of pictures. I can fill the pockets with embellishment I create or memorabilia from the day! I do, however, need to jump start my creativity for 2014 and this is just what I need!!

Tammy - January 7, 2014 - 4:11 pm

O this would be so much fun to win since I know nothing about scrapbooking. Thanks Kerri for the chance

Michell B - January 7, 2014 - 4:19 pm

I’m Michell from Irving, TX! I am just starting PL this year so I would love to get some tips from this awesome class!! I will be using my iphone & canon selphy for most of the pics so I can capture more day-to-day moments :)

Nita K. - January 7, 2014 - 4:19 pm

I love Project Life! It’s taken the pressure off of scrapping for me. I love to add extra stuff like movie tickets, parts of bags, etc. it will be nice to look back some day to see how things have changed.

Rhadonda - January 7, 2014 - 4:20 pm

Rhadonda from frigid Sterling, IL I enjoyed doing digital PL last year though it was a little challenge being an empty nester but am trying to embrace finding many things to photograph! Thanks!

Darlene R - January 7, 2014 - 4:23 pm

My name is Darlene, I live in Griffin, Georgia about 50 plus miles south of Atlanta. I like being able to run my journaling cards through the printer because I can get more information on the day’s activities that way. I use Project Life as an illustrated diary of my life. Thanks for the chance to win a place in the class. :)

Christine - January 7, 2014 - 4:28 pm

Hi, my name is Christine and I live in Alabama. I love the Project Life concept and have been wanting to scrap in this way for awhile now. Well, this Christmas I received a Canon Selphy as a gift and I’m so thrilled that it will print straight from my phone wirelessly. I’ve had an awful time trying to get my cell phone pictures on paper but no more. I love my new photo printer and have started with my second week of Project Life plus took Becky Higgins tip from her blog and preserved all of my Christmas cards from this year in pocket pages. I’m really feeling lost though about how to organize my stuff, what I really need, and how to show the everyday in a meaningful way. I would love to win this class and learn more so that I will continue to be successful throughout the entire year.
Thanks for the chance to win! Lain is such an asset to the scrapbooking community. Thanks to her for making it possible to win too!
Christine

Lynda Callan Griffith - January 7, 2014 - 4:31 pm

Here I am in fidget Wisconsin, would love to learn the Project Life scrap-booking. Thanks for a chance to win.

Melanie S. - January 7, 2014 - 4:39 pm

Hello, My name is Melanie and I’m from Wisconsin.

To be honest I don’t scrap in the “normal” project life like others. I want to use the divided page protectors to go along with my normal 12×12 layouts. Mix and match through out my album. I love the look of the divided pages…honestly I’m stumped and need inspiration!

I have been waiting for an online class, with this topic, for sometime. I’m so happy!!!!

Pamela McGillin - January 7, 2014 - 4:44 pm

My most used, favorite technique (or trick) is to open Photoshop, drag in a 4×6 jpeg I’ve saved with the a guide line straight down the middle. Open two pictures that I want to use as 3x4s. Size them with the Style: Ratio: 3×4. Copy/Paste them onto the 4×6. Use Edit – Transform – Scale & make them fit in the 3×4 grid on the 4×6.
Two 3x4s on one 4×6. Print & trim to fit my pocket.
This method can be used for any size. 2x2s, 2×4, collaged or printed & trimmed. You can also save any size photo jpeg, arrange your guides lines the way you want.

Carla Hundley - January 7, 2014 - 4:54 pm

Carla from Utah
I like the simple
style with PL.

april - January 7, 2014 - 5:00 pm

My name is april, and I am from Denver CO. Unfortunately, I don’t have any favorites, or secrets because I am brand spanking new to this craziness! I hope to learn lots from this great new class!
Thanks for this opportunity!

Tina L - January 7, 2014 - 5:07 pm

I’m Tina, in frozen Minnesota. I never really scrapbooked until I did Project Life 2 years ago. I love looking back at hat album, and had a great time making it, but still fell off the PL wagon last year. I was “too busy” to “keep up”. Becky would tell me that there is no falling behind, and that I was making it too hard if I felt I was too busy. So, my advice would be keep it simple- don’t feel a need to make your album look like the ones you see on blogs.
I had forgotten about Lain’s class and am thrilled to have a reminder as well as a discount. I’m looking forward to the inspiration and tricks to keeping things simple! Thanks, Kari!

Tiffany H. - January 7, 2014 - 5:10 pm

Tiffany H
Irvine, CA
My favorite pocket scrapbooking technique is to us it as it is–write a bit on cards, drop in cards, drop in photos and call it done. ;-)

Cheryl :) - January 7, 2014 - 5:12 pm

Hi. I’m Cheryl from Missouri. My favorite technique is taking a pic and resizing it into 2-4×6 photos to use side by side in PL pockets. Learned this from Catherine Davis. Have been “eyeing” TS Pocket Pages for a while now. Would LOVE to take part in it. Thanks for the chance.

Carrie Pangborn - January 7, 2014 - 5:14 pm

I’m Carrie from California and I just started with PL this year, I love the concept and being able to get the photos off of my phone. Not sure if it is really a technique but I love the ability to use 2×2 all the way up to 4×6 or bigger of photos if I want and it all goes together! Thanks for the chance to win!

Lisa S. - January 7, 2014 - 5:14 pm

Hi this is Lisa from Texas. I just find pocket scrapping so fast, but would love to learn some new techniques. Thanks for the chance to win!

Debbie S - January 7, 2014 - 5:17 pm

Debbie S from Greenville, SC. I would LOVE to win this! I have all the stuff to do project life, but just can’t seem to get started. This would be awesome!

Sharon Gullikson - January 7, 2014 - 5:21 pm

Sharon Gullikson, Santa Ana,CA. I like to make it as simple as possible so I’ll actually do it. I buy the cutest goodies, and create.

jett H - January 7, 2014 - 5:28 pm

Jett from TX here. I just recently tried pocket pages for the first time and I found it very challenging. My normal LOs are 12×12 so working in these smaller spaces was hard. Sounds like this would be a great class for me!

Nicole Norman - January 7, 2014 - 5:35 pm

Nicole Norman – Kingman, IN – I like to put text on my photos in the computer before I print them.

Ginna Cumley - January 7, 2014 - 5:44 pm

Hi this is Ginna.
I live in Colorado north of Denver.
I just got my 1st set of Project Life goodies.
Got the awesome overlays TOO!
I main goal is to “STOP REINVENTING THE WHEEL” every time I sit down to do a scrap book page. Pockets seem like a great solution.

Megan K. - January 7, 2014 - 6:12 pm

Hi. I’m Megan. I’m from Boca Raton FL. I’m pretty new to Project Life, but since acquiring me Cameo over the summer I’ve been making my own filler cards for the sheets in addition to the Honey collection. I’m also looking into doing layouts digitally as well. Thank you for the opportunity for a class!

Karen - January 7, 2014 - 6:15 pm

I’m from the Philadelphia area. I’ve never done Project Life or Pocket Pages but I am intrigued. Thanks for the chance to win a spot in the class.

Casie - January 7, 2014 - 6:17 pm

I love the idea of project life, but just haven’t gotten it to be a part of my routine.

Candy Bryant - January 7, 2014 - 6:25 pm

You’re freezing and I’m sweating. Must be close to 80º here in Kailua, HI. It did get down to 69º last night! Had to get out a blanket! I’m starting my 4th (!!!) year of Project Life and I still love it. Love looking back and sharing. I started yoga in August of 2011 and started keeping a daily diary/planner. I have counted every class and today I finished my 396th!!! Since I was writing in it everyday, with PL it was easy to note what was what that day and to jot down if I took any pictures. Even if I get behind with PL, I can look back and easily fill in those weeks. I don’t have to rely on my foggy memory!
My feeling of accomplishment is off the charts and since doing the History Project I have a way of working on the past and the present while leaving a record for the future! I hope I win this class and maybe even have a few gems of my own to share.
Hugs & Aloha.

Becky Adams - January 7, 2014 - 6:36 pm

I love Project life as it makes’s scrapbooking so simple when one is in a hurry. I even use it for my regular scrapbooking to add extra details and extra enhancements for my projects.

Kelley Baker - January 7, 2014 - 6:47 pm

Hi, it’s Kelley from Fort Worth, TX. I don’t have a favorite pocket/simple scrapper technique because I’ve pocket scrapped. Am really interested in starting project life but am not sure I know where to start other than just jump in….Scared it might be overwhelming. Maybe this event is just what I need!

jeannie Boudet - January 7, 2014 - 6:48 pm

I am about to start my first Project life. Just got a few products but sure could use some inspiration before I get my feet wet! I love the concept that it will be much more faster than regular scrapbooking. So crossing my fingers, this sounds like the right class to get me going! thanks for the chance Kerri.

Von - January 7, 2014 - 6:49 pm

I love adding embellies to my cards!

Judy Parma - January 7, 2014 - 7:01 pm

Judy from Texas. I have bought some of the PL kits, but not sure
how to get started. I scrapbook chronologically, and am VERY
behind with my 2 children’s albums and my grandson’s. I really
think the PL way of scrapbooking would help me get caught up,
and this class would help me get started. Thanks for the chance
to win!

Linda McGregor - January 7, 2014 - 7:10 pm

I’m Linda McGregor from McMinnville, Tennessee. My favorite pocket scrapping technique is mostly Project Life, but I also like to make my own pocket inserts, too. I would love to win, thanks for the chance!

audrey - January 7, 2014 - 7:10 pm

Hi from Queensland, Australia – I love cutting 3×4 fillers with my Craft Robo (Silhouette. I make them with a solid edge and welded object. They can been seen from both sides of the page and save on fillers as well as give a see through effect.

Sue Alg - January 7, 2014 - 7:12 pm

Sue From Wisconsin. I’m starting my third year of PL. I sometimes do traditional using the plastic pockets pages, but often I use PL templates to create 12×12 digital pages. I love using overlays either traditionally or digitally. I create at least one page every week. I think that PL is the best thing ever. I’ve scrapping for over 20 years and I think PL and pockets pages and/or digital templates is the best thing that happened to scrapbooking.

Amie Lamm-Griffin - January 7, 2014 - 7:50 pm

Amie Lamm-Griffin
Fargo, nd
I love using hybrid and taking advantage of the best of digital and paper!

Michelle - January 7, 2014 - 8:18 pm

I don’t have a favourite technique, as I haven’t done this type of scrapping. I totally could have written the beginning of this post… thought about starting this a lot, just somehow can’t get to it… this class sounds great!!!

Brenda Amyx - January 7, 2014 - 8:37 pm

Brenda Amyx from Porterville, CA. I’m new to the whole pocket scrapping thing so I don’t know if I have a favorite technique. I see all the wonderful things people are doing and I want to do it all!

Laurie M - January 7, 2014 - 9:56 pm

Howdy, I’m from Utah. I’m super in love with the photo overlays for the pockets pages. I can’t get enough of them! This looks like a wonderful class. Thanks for the giveaway!

BrendaE - January 7, 2014 - 10:46 pm

Hi! I’m from New Mexico. I’m new to Project Life. I still do the “old-fashioned” kind of scrapbooking, so I’m looking around for ideas and classes to update my “skills.”

Kate Anne - January 8, 2014 - 4:12 am

I’m Kate from Brisbane, Australia. I’m about to embark on my 2nd year of PL, and I love using my Cameo for making accents, definitely cutting down the supplies than I need to use! Thanks for the chance to win!

Donna - January 8, 2014 - 5:29 am

This SO lines up with my goals and intentions for 2014. Winning would be totally awesome!

Robin Gibson - January 8, 2014 - 6:20 am

I am SO in love with Pocket Page scrapping! Super easy, super simple! I think my favorite technique is just not over-thinking it, does that count? I’m trying to catch up the last few weeks of the year, to get started with this new year, and the overiding theme for me just now, is git her done, lol. I still love it. I still have soooo many photos. It’s all good, and it’s all going in! Pictures, a few bits of journaling, and shazam! A whole year documented!
I would love to have a chance to check out True Scrap for this:) Thank You!

ana roat - January 8, 2014 - 6:59 am

Hi Kerri-I’m starting my 4th year for PL and still love it just as much as I did in the beginning. What I love most is that I don’t need to stress over too many pictures and details or too few for that matter. The ability to use different sized page protectors works so well for me. I also like the freedom that comes with simple one week and fancy the next. And talk about all the lovely choices for core kits and add-ons….what’s not to love!

Thanks for the chance!
Ana
Tracy, CA

Angela Thurow - January 8, 2014 - 7:09 am

OOh this class sounds awesome. Pick me!
Angela Thurow

Tammy Davis - January 8, 2014 - 7:14 am

Tammy Davis
Altus, OK
I think my favorite technique for pocket scrapbooking is labeling or journalling on the photo before printing – if there is enough space!

Thanks for the chance to win!

Suz - January 8, 2014 - 7:25 am

I have no techniques! I have bought cards, albums ,etc., but not used them, yet. :(

Suz in WA

Marilyn Bronson - January 8, 2014 - 9:52 am

Marilyn here from North Carolina! I love using the oversized photos and cutting them to fit the pockets. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Karen P - January 8, 2014 - 10:33 am

Karen P
Richland, Washington

This is the fourth year I’ll be doing Project Life, and I love pocket scrapbooking! These classes sound like just the thing I need to kick-start my year. Thanks for the giveaway!

Susan P - January 8, 2014 - 10:33 am

Wow! This sounds like a great class! I’m from Middletown, VA. I have a Project Life kit all ready to go, but I haven’t started on it yet – so this would be a good opportunity to start out right! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

Karen Antczak - January 8, 2014 - 10:48 am

I’m Karen from Lafayette, Indiana. I just started really doing PL this year. I’ve tried in the past but am just too busy to keep at it with a daily photo and weekly spread. I’m having the best luck though with using PL pages as events come up. I have a two page PL spread for Thanksgiving, Christmas tree hunting, my daughters school dance, etc. I don’t stress over the weekly organizing and better yet, am staying current this way! It used to take me a whole weekend for a single page layout and I was getting so behind with traditional scrapping. PL has put me in a really good scrappy frame of mind! Thanks for the chance at the give away. Your the best!

Cindy Brooks - January 8, 2014 - 1:54 pm

from beautiful NW Montana!

I’ve been thinking hard about a PL project this year, too! I really need to get some memory pages done instead of my photos languishing in a box and the memories fading in my brain. When I want to scrap simply I just use textured cardstock with a simple cut title and handwritten journaling.

someluckydog at gmail dot com

Cherri - January 8, 2014 - 1:54 pm

Pick me! I have been wanting to try this! THANKS

Beth - January 8, 2014 - 1:56 pm

I’m from freezing WI. I wish I had more than cold, snow and more cold to inspire me. I love digital overlays, die cuts, and stamping to add texture and dimension. Thanks.

Tracy - January 8, 2014 - 1:56 pm

Tracy from Idaho, coming from the olden days of layouts taking hours to days to complete, I’m loving the new way of the pocket pages. I am finding I am looking more forward to documenting than ever before and capturing the everyday moments. I’d love to have a chance to learn some newer faster techniques. Thanks for the opportunity.

Beth - January 8, 2014 - 1:58 pm

I’m from freezing WI. I wish I had more than cold, snow and more cold to inspire me. I love digital overlays, die cuts, and stamping to add texture and dimension. Thanks for the chance to win.

Dionne - January 8, 2014 - 1:58 pm

Dionne from Canada. I am starting project life for the first time this year. Thanks for the chance to win.

Delina Wille - January 8, 2014 - 2:19 pm

Totally trying to get into project life this year! It is a slow start but coming along- I am from Wyoming where it is cold and snowy right now- I would love to win and thank you for the awesome opportunity!

Benessi - January 8, 2014 - 2:25 pm

I did Project Life/pocket scrapping in 2013 and this year as well. I have to admit that I scrap less regular pages but I really like it because it’s so simple. And I like to keep it simple, otherwise it just becomes another thing on my To Do-list!

Benessi
Rocklin, CA

Kristin W. - January 8, 2014 - 2:26 pm

I am just getting in to Project Life and I am loving it. I’m from beautiful Richmond, VA!

Katie - January 8, 2014 - 2:28 pm

I’m Katie, from South Australia. I love putting borders on photos, or mounting smaller photos on PL cards.

Kelpad - January 8, 2014 - 2:36 pm

I’m a pocket scrapper with some 12×12 pages occasionally thrown in!
Always looking for inspiration and these lasses sound fabulous, thanks for the chance to win!

Nann - January 8, 2014 - 2:48 pm

Nann D from Utah
I love how simple it is to memory keep. Just love slipping things into pockets.

Karrie - January 8, 2014 - 2:52 pm

I love how you can knock out a bunch of pages in a flash – particularly from a vacation or the like! Thanks for the chance.

Charlotte B. - January 8, 2014 - 3:22 pm

Last year was the first year that I actually finished a whole year of PL! I’m still refining what I like and would love to do this class to learn some new techniques! What I found that I love doing is adding some different die cuts to my pockets! Such fun!

Heather Greenwood - January 8, 2014 - 3:31 pm

I love making the cards reflect me and my creativity and like to add a mixed media touch to my pages

Thanks for the chance!
Heather Greenwood
Aurora, IL

Cathy Doerr - January 8, 2014 - 3:41 pm

I did a year and a half of PL and stopped. Could really use some inspiring to get back into it.

Susan - January 8, 2014 - 3:50 pm

Susan H. From Texas I want to start Project Life! Seems more manageable than traditional scrapbooking.

Shari Dancer-Thomas - January 8, 2014 - 3:56 pm

I am a beginner at the pocket scrapbooking….would love tips!

Michaeli Godi - January 8, 2014 - 4:02 pm

My name is Michaeli Godi, I live in the shire and im a mum of three children that are my passion for scrapping as now I take pics to scrap, to win this competition it would be fantastic..

Dottie J - January 8, 2014 - 4:08 pm

What a fantastic opportunity. I have tried the pocket approach but always feel as if the elements of the page are disconnected. Would love to learn from the pros!

Melisa - January 8, 2014 - 4:41 pm

I’m from Tennessee and I have gathered a TON of supplies to start pocket scrapping, but I need the motivation of something like this class to get me going!
I want to use pocket type scrapbooking mixed with traditional scrapbook pages to get my backlog of photos in scrapbooks!
THANKS!!

Laura K. - January 8, 2014 - 4:45 pm

I traditional do the 12 x12 pages but made the change at the end of last year PL pages because I could not find the one that I like. I love the PL pages and now seem to get my pages done. Thanks for the chance!

Laura
Highlands Ranch, CO

Karen Freeman - January 8, 2014 - 4:48 pm

Hi, I’m Karen and I’m from Wellington New Zealand. I love the ease of pocket scrapping to just capture the story and the photos, keeping it really simple.

Aja - January 8, 2014 - 5:00 pm

Hi, I’m Aja from Philadelphia, PA. I wanted to start Pocket Page scrapping about mid July but was too intimidated AND thought I should just wait until January to try it. Welp, January is here and I am just pulling out my stuff to get started; I believe I’m still a little intimidated.

Amy L - January 8, 2014 - 5:10 pm

I could use the kick start to help get going!! I have not created one yet but I think I love the look of the pocket pages best!

Ami - January 8, 2014 - 5:23 pm

Hi, Ami here in Bellevue, Washington, USA. My favorite technique is using my electric typewriter on some of my journal cards.

Kathryn Britton - January 8, 2014 - 5:35 pm

“Fantastic Event” is an understatement! Wow I am left speechless! What an amazing giveaway!

Brandi - January 8, 2014 - 5:39 pm

I love Project Life, and I would just love to be able to attend this class! My favorite technique is adding interactive flip pockets to both 4×6 and 3×4 to add extra photos and stuff. I am looking forward to using some of the new pockets sizes this year, like the 4×4. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

Kim - January 8, 2014 - 5:43 pm

Kim Jones from Kingston, WA and I love taking the journal cards and adding washi tape and embellishments to spruce them up a bit!

Julie B - January 8, 2014 - 5:44 pm

Gresham, OR
I love to do things in batches on my PL pages. Place a bunch of photos, place a bunch of cards, journal on cards, embellish, then move on to next section. If I do it in batches, it works out faster for me.

Lynne Kramwr - January 8, 2014 - 5:47 pm

This sounds great! I live in Colorado Springs, CO. I like to stick to just two maybe three embellishment types for a week. Make me not get lost in choices and also brings things together design- wise. Thanks for te chance to win!

Michelle huegel - January 8, 2014 - 5:48 pm

Michelle from Texas
My fave technique is editing/ adding digital stamps or frames in photo apps on my phone before even printing my photos for PL :)

Diane Gillen - January 8, 2014 - 5:48 pm

Woodstock, GA
I love the concept behind Project Life and have tried to get started with it several times with no success. Winning this giveaway would be fantastic – thanks so much for offering it!

Carolyn F - January 8, 2014 - 5:55 pm

Carolyn from North Carolina. I’m new to Project Life, but am really loving the simplicity.

Julie - January 8, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Im Julie in New Zealand and I am getting back to basics this year with my scrapbooking. I found I was getting a little overwhelmed with product and I lost the true meaning of scrapping to me! Project Life style layouts are ideal, lots of photos and JOURNALLING!!

Nashonne - January 8, 2014 - 6:22 pm

I have been a PL girl since Becky introduced it in here project 365 kit in 2009. Because I don’t like “traditional” scrapbooking my trips (I take hundreds of pictures, too many to chose from)I use PL to document all the places my family has traveled to.

Nashonne, Crete,IL

Jackie - January 8, 2014 - 6:26 pm

I’m Jackie from Singapore and I love how I am able to document everyday moments through project life.

Susan - January 8, 2014 - 7:27 pm

Hi Kerri – my favorie scrapping technique is smaller books. I would like to simplify and maybe try digital or the technique you are featuring sounds fun!!
Thanks for the chance to win!

Gina - January 8, 2014 - 7:55 pm

Gina from Georgia, and I love doing titles with my Silhouette, such a great tool. We have come so far from buying stickers and die cut…..love it!!!!

esther - January 8, 2014 - 7:58 pm

My name is Esther. I just started doing Project Life. Looking for ideas and techniques. Interested in classes. Thank you.

Michelle EL - January 8, 2014 - 8:06 pm

looks like the kind of class I need to get me started! Slowly building up supplies, just have to take the plunge.

Christine K - January 8, 2014 - 8:11 pm

I am from Texas. I like the mini album pocket pages because it make a cute quick album for a gift. Thanks for the chance to win!

Katrina H - January 8, 2014 - 9:26 pm

When I do Project Life, I like to keep it simple – mainly just words and photos. That way I can stay on top of it. But then other times, I get a little more creative. Thanks for the chance to win!
Katrina from Sandy, UT

Kristen - January 8, 2014 - 10:08 pm

Hi. I’m Kristen from Rochester, New York. This class sounds like just the thing I need to get going with Project Life! I have all the supplies but just can’t seem to get started. I was drawn to PL because of its simplicity and the pockets allow you to easily add things to your album that you may want to take out to look at (brochures, programs). This is the perfect solution for me to document my kids school years.

Kristiann - January 8, 2014 - 10:15 pm

Kristiann from San Jose, CA I like Project Life in its simplest form.

Michelle S - January 8, 2014 - 10:38 pm

I’m in Tampa– yes very blessed with our weather no single digits! I love Project life but haven’t done it. I have several core kits, albums, pages & photos but have never put it all together!! This class looks great and my goal is to get started!! Thanks for the chance to win!

Jenny Rosen - January 8, 2014 - 11:35 pm

Hi. I’m Jenny from Tucson. I have been very intimidated by scrapbooking, cards are how I got started. I’m looking for easier way to ease in, thinking project life or less elaborate ways is a good way to get started.

Lisa H - January 9, 2014 - 1:33 am

I’m new to the whole pocket page thing but I really like how easy it is to just use the photos I have rather than worrying about cropping down or printing out in different sizes. I just use the size of the pockets and that’s it. Makes it a lot quicker. This is a great giveaway!
Lisa from Germany

Beth R - January 9, 2014 - 2:09 am

Beth R
Freezing my rear off in Michigan

I LOVE the PL idea, I have managed to “collect” many of the core kits. Those stinkin’ cards are all so adorable.
BUT……just can not figure out how to start !!!
I don’t know why I’m stuck , I think my life is so ordinary and repetitive that I really don’t have anything to document. I mean how many dog, laundry and snow photos can you document? I have no small children, live alone and work full time. Dull as watching paint dry. Thinking of doing one for my college age daughter who has soooo much going on.
I NEED this class, really need it.

mary lewis - January 9, 2014 - 5:19 am

Hi, My name is mary. I live in Holt, MI. I scrapbook the old way 12×12 pages. Time for something new??

Laura Christopher - January 9, 2014 - 5:51 am

I want to be there too! I need all the help I can get as I start my pocket pages journey!

Nola Grotegut - January 9, 2014 - 6:25 am

I am Nola from Orem, Utah. I am just beginning the Project Life. I love the simplicity of capturing our moments in just moments by writing a few words on a card and slipping it into the pocket. :)

Deneen - January 9, 2014 - 9:13 am

I love project life scrapping but need some serious ideas so that I can actually finish an album LOL. I have printed a 12×12 photo and cut it up to fill a spread and I love it!

Betsy Jay - January 9, 2014 - 3:42 pm

2014 is going to be a bold year for me in learning to use my new Cameo and trying to incorporate mixed media into my layouts. I am a font fanatic and love the new scripted brushstroke font I am seeing everywhere. My word of choice is “Daughter”. The love of my life:)

the history project + the unexpected surprise

I know that many of you have been wondering all about the History Project. I’ve shared my personal reasons for doing this–a good part which was due to the loss of my mother and her stories–and I’ve even shared an excerpt of one of the prompts in PDF fashion  just to give you an idea of what it’s all about.

I now have one more excerpt to share. I felt like it was important to share this story because I think that taking on a journey like this one can produce amazing and unexpected surprises.

I believe that everything happens for a reason. I let my heart guide me on this journey as to the things I wanted–or needed–to share. Many of the prompts I love the most have been inspired by an unexpected moment or a memory or thought process that would not have occurred at any other time than when it was actually written. I am grateful for these prompts and the stories I’ve written. It may just be my own personal gratitude, but I’m hoping that you benefitted from them as well.

I am in the middle of wrapping up the last handful of History Project prompts from 2013. Yes, they are a little late. But like I say, I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. The most visible reason to me was the prompt I had just been working on. It has to do with New Year’s Eve.

Here is my little treasure box.

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And here is my journaling on this unexpected twist of events:

I don’t really have any specific memory of New Year’s Eve. I’m not exactly sure why with the kind of memory I have. But I do have one thing that I saved from New Year’s Eve in 1974. I had this tiara saved in my box that I got my Christmas skates in just the week before. It’s funny that I have had this saved all through these years…almost forty years! The box saved my treasures, including some Valentines from my teacher and my ‘boyfriend’, old empty film rolls and boxes, a stapler, a turquoise bracelet and a few other random things.

When I pulled out the box to find the New Years items (now item) that I knew were in there, I carefully looked at everything in there. Some things I look at and have no idea why I saved them. But I looked at the Valentines and saw one from my first childhood crush and thought that was so cool that I still had that. I thought it was awesome that I’d saved the early method of ‘home movies’. Some paper folding items that I must have thought were cool–I have no idea why. I do remember loving the tiny little Swingline stapler. Even at eight years old I obviously had a thing for office supplies. Don’t even get me started on using the mimeograph machine and the smell of it. 

I thought it would be fun to share some of the items not only in my entry for the day, but also on Facebook, just for fun.

And this is where it got interesting for me and more meaningful than I could ever have even imagined. 

I don’t remember the circumstances of getting the turquoise bracelet. I didn’t even remember why it would have been special and placed in this box among all these random things. But when I posted it on Facebook, my aunt commented on it, like I hoped she might. I hoped she would have the memories behind this bracelet, but I had no idea just how cool they would be. 

It was a bracelet given to her by my mother–her oldest sister–when she was visiting her in Ashland one year. She was in high school and apparently wore it often on dates. She thinks my mom gave it to her somewhere between 1964 and 1966. I thought it was only 40 years old, but apparently I needed to slap on a decade, give or take.

How amazing. Just simply amazing. I would never have thought when I started this particular prompt that it would have turned out to be such a wonderful gift to me. It seems only fitting that the whole reason why I did this project–the loss of my mother’s stories–would end (almost) with something so unexpected and incredibly meaningful to me. 

A little gift from my mother above, perhaps. 

My treasure at the end of this journey.

Believe me when I say, I had different ideas going in my head about all this. But this particular Saturday, as I was trying to wrap up the prompt, I had thoughts in my head that I hadn’t had before. Thoughts about sharing the items in the box–besides the tiara–and sharing them on Facebook. I had no intention of doing that before. Had I not done that, I would not have discovered the true meaning behind that bracelet. And I am now forever grateful for how the events unfolded. It was more than I could have even hoped for.

Who knew that a topic on New Years–a topic I have very little memories on–would lead to a treasured item bought by my mother.

It’s funny how these little things can happen in our lives if we listen to our hearts and promptings. I’ve always listened to what my heart says to me and I don’t think it’s ever steered me wrong.

This class has meant more to me than anyone can ever know. Even if all I did it for was for myself, it was still the best journey I could ever have hoped for…bumps and all.

I have so enjoyed taking this journey through 2013 with so many of you. Your personal stories of what this has meant to you has touched me very deeply. I hope for another fabulous 2014 with the veterans, who may not have finished, along with a whole new group of ya!

Don’t give up on it.
Don’t ever feel behind.
There is no behind.
Just do it when you can.

It’s totally worth it.

 

Stacey - January 6, 2014 - 11:23 am

Very cool Kerri! I have enjoyed the class.

heidig - January 7, 2014 - 10:32 am

What a great story! I’m always saying everything happens for a reason. I signed up for this class knowing I wouldn’t be able to tackle it in 2013 (and I had no idea you’d run it again), but I didn’t want to miss out. I’m doing it this year though and I’m excited to start! Thanks for the class Kerri.

Gaby - January 10, 2014 - 11:13 pm

OMW this is just beyond cool! Awesome! Thanks for sharing. I am so behind writing my history. Love the prompts and keep looking at them… loving the flood of memories that come to me .. I know, I should be writing them. I am just enjoying all I am remembering!

ahhhhh, white on white….

….my all-time favorite.

I’m a huge white background fan, but make it white on white?

heaven.

Nichol is sooooo speaking my language here.
Take a look!

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[ DesignsMerry & Bright (title) / Snowflake, Etc. (snowflake) / Christmas Countdown (snowflake) / December Additions: The Extras (tag, snowflake) / Here Comes Santa Claus (snowflake) / Holly Jolly Christmas (snowflake)  This+That: Christmas Past (snowflake) / This+That: Winter (two snowflakes) / Background Basics ]


Absolutely delightful! Love all the snowflakes and all the tiny touches. Pour over this lovely thing and notice every single detail.

divine.

Here’s what Nichol has to say:

I am currently having a love affair with the look of white on white in my paper crafting and when I set out to scrapbook this photo card from almost nine years ago and had trouble finding the right color “fit” it suddenly dawned on me how elegant a white page might be to really make the photo take center stage. I couldn’t keep just a plain white cardstock background, though, so I die cut one of Kerri’s Background Basics designs at 12″ square and layered the die cut cardstock on top of the same color of background cardstock for a subtle background tone-on-tone texture. Then I die cut a bunch of tags from white and the hole reinforcements from a light beige and set to adding snowflakes die cut from patterned papers to each tag. Embellishments in silver and gold complete the snowflakes a to make my title really POP I die cut it 5x from the beige cardstock and layered them one right on top of another for a dimensional, almost chipboard looking title. The end result just may be one of my favorite pages of all time!


Me too, Nichol. Me too. :)

heidig - January 2, 2014 - 9:17 am

Probably the best layout I have ever seen! Ever!

Barbara - January 2, 2014 - 8:04 pm

I love it! I may have to try something like that!

debbi - January 2, 2014 - 8:27 pm

Oh, that is sooooo pretty!

Rhadonda - January 3, 2014 - 9:53 am

Nichol’s work always leaves me speechless. A true talent. And along with your talent it makes for stellar pages. Wow! Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

one day more

I’ve had this song in my head this morning…you know…the one from Les Mis? My theatrical singing daughter would play this (over and over and over) and sing along at the top of her lungs. And sometimes she’d do these little Snapchats, singing the end, her one finger up in the air and pulling a funny face as she mime-belted the last notes.

She’s such a kook.

But that’s all I could think about as I was thinking that due to the few hours of the ‘website outage’ yesterday from my hosting provider, I should continue the sale…one day more. I didn’t want anyone to miss out on the opportunity. Be sure to use the code HOLIDAY at checkout.

Happy New Year!

And just for your entertainment, I thought I would share the scene from someone’s YouTube posting. It’ll get ya goin’ this morning. Definitely makes me think of my little girl. :)

ana roat - January 1, 2014 - 8:38 am

Oh how I love that movie…!

Happy New Year Kerri!

Sally - January 1, 2014 - 10:35 am

Thanks Kerri! You are the best!

Linda J - January 1, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Thanks, Lori! That musical is my favorite of all time. And to think I hated the book when I has to read it in French class!

JulesP - January 1, 2014 - 6:27 pm

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I had been dragging my feet on ordering your History Project class. I woke up this morning and realized that I now had to pay full price. Boy was I bummed. Thank you for the wonderful surprise…and discount. I can’t wait to begin!!!

freebie  |  here’s to 2014

Looking forward to a brand new year.

Looking forward to a much-needed calmer year.

Looking forward to focusing on what’s truly needed and not everything else.

Looking forward to a great year with my family.

Looking forward to a great year with you all.

Happy New Year!

2014_KBS

To download this freebie, click the image or click HERE.


It comes in this PNG ensemble as well as a cut-files so you can take it and edit into any color scheme you’d like to make your own Print+Cut. Sweet.


And if you missed this little share I did on Facebook yesterday, this is going to be printed and put up in my studio to be part of my One Little Word focus mantra for 2014.

Love it.

progress

source


Thanks for a great 2013!

Rhadonda - December 31, 2013 - 1:43 pm

I currently can’t see the pictures on your blog but i saw them on facebook! Thanks my friend. Here’s to 2014!!

Roberta - December 31, 2013 - 1:47 pm

Thank you and Happy New Year!

Carrie - December 31, 2013 - 2:11 pm

Thanks Kerri! Happy New Year!

Pam - December 31, 2013 - 2:40 pm

excited to learn of your blog! thanks for the NY 2014 freebie!

Brooke - December 31, 2013 - 2:52 pm

Thanks for helping me be more creative in 2013…blessings to you and your family for a wonderful 2014.

Trish - December 31, 2013 - 3:29 pm

Thanks Keri for the 2014 freebie! I look forward for another year “with” you, your talent, heart and humor!

Amy Myers - December 31, 2013 - 4:15 pm

Thank you, Kerri! Happy new year!

Melissa Johnson - December 31, 2013 - 6:01 pm

Thanks so much for the cut file. Happy New Year to you and your family.

Linda - December 31, 2013 - 11:14 pm

Happy New Year to you too, Kerri. Love your new mantra! So true. Thanks for the freebie as always much appreciated

Susan - January 1, 2014 - 6:56 am

Thanks so much and have a Happy 2014!

Nancy - January 1, 2014 - 8:10 am

Thank you so much for sharing!

Jenny - January 1, 2014 - 1:05 pm

Keri, thanks so much for your generosity in sharing this file! Always a pleasure to see your files! Thanks again! Happy New Year!

Carrie/scrapchick - January 1, 2014 - 1:52 pm

Thanks! Love it! Happy New Year!

Kemly Sc - January 1, 2014 - 6:47 pm

Thanks Kerri!! Happy New year for you!! =D

Rachelsmum - January 2, 2014 - 7:49 am

Thanks and happy new year to you xx

Jen - January 2, 2014 - 10:06 pm

Thank you for the cute files! Happy new year!

j - January 9, 2014 - 1:12 am

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Janet Meyerhoffer - January 13, 2014 - 6:31 pm

Love this Quote ……my OLW is Strive…. ; )

New year = Perfect time to start ‘The History Project’

I am in awe of what I personally accomplished last year in my own life history. I’m just plain happy.

Recording all those wonderful memories of my childhood into one golden nugget of goodness. And I’m still not quite done. Still have a few prompts to complete (got a little behind in the fall madness).

But I love looking at my book. Here’s a 30-second peek into what I did last year.


Knowing what I have left behind for my children makes me happy. I wish–so wish–I had stories like that from my mom before she passed away. The stories that are just plain gone. No one will ever know why she kept this trinket or that piece of paper. Or what her favorite songs were or friends as a child and how they got along. I do have access to some stories from her two remaining sisters, but really, the essence of my mother’s childhood isn’t there.

And I want that.

I want that for my children.

I want my own story shared for my children and their posterity.

I can’t tell you just how important it is.

And with a class, like The History Project, you can do it in a fun and creative way–without all the foo foo of creating scrapbook pages–but still with a little visual delight.


Working on The History Project in 2014

When I started this project last year, a classroom and message board weren’t even a blip on my radar. Now that I do have a support system there, in 2014 I won’t be doing the weekly emails and PDF/accent mailings. That can all be accessed in the classroom. I will, however, send monthly emails of encouragement and reminders to help you keep motivated to do it.

My philosophy is: There is no behind. Just do it.

Setting aside one day a week to work on it and make it routine, is the best thing to do. I had a tendency to work on mine on Sundays. But maybe Mondays, when the kids have just gone off to school works better for you. Also, keep a notebook and jot down the subjects so that as you think of  a memory, you can write it down. Because I will tell you, as quick as a memory flash comes into your head, it can leave just as fast and be forgotten.


What People Have Said About The History Project

I think that one of the biggest perks of doing this class is hearing how it has affected your own lives. I’m personally passionate about this project, but hearing your stories of what it has meant to you, has touched me deeply. It’s what this project is all about.

Here’s some excerpts from emails that I’ve received:

“Thank you so much I LOVE THE HISTORY CLASS  brings up great memories  had my 2 kids laughing so hard on one entry  worth every penny to see them laughing like that  thank you “ –K

“Ok, so I’m catching up from being behind on this project and I am LOVING getting these memories down on paper! It is turning out so great! Thanks  for this great inspirational project! :)” –J

“My daughter was home from college last week and I found her reading the few posts I have completed in my journal. She looked up and said “Thank you Mommy, this is so great!” Now that is some serious inspiration.” –T

“I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the History project.  It has been so encouraging and fun to write about each subject then ask my Mom if she remembers the same stories.  Most of the time every story had to have “tweeking” to get Mom’s little tid-bits in that I had forgotten.   –It is with much deep sadness that I will have to finish the remainder of my project without Mom’s help.  Mom passed away Wednesday afternoon following complications from Heart valve replacement surgery….” –F


I’m quite emotional about this. Maybe it’s all compounded by the fact I don’t get to see my daughter for the next 18 months, but rereading these few comments touches me yet once again.

It’s why I did this project.

Not just for me, but for all of you.

It’s that important to me.

And at the risk of sounding like a cheesy tv commercial, it’s only a dollar a week and you get all the PDF help–writing + memory tips–as well as an exclusive KBS accent for your prompt. It’ll be something you can use your digital cutter with or print and add it to your book.

I want this to be affordable. I want it to be doable. I want it to be fun. I want it to be memorable.

Like I said, I’m that passionate about it.

This is your story  your way and the time to do it is now.


[ For more information on The History Project, click HERE and HERE. FYI, this is still the same class. ]

Angela - December 27, 2013 - 3:35 pm

Well..after reading that..how could I say no?? Signed up!

Lynette - December 27, 2013 - 5:22 pm

I am seriously thinking about this class! I am only 26, so if I got 1-20 taken care of this class, I’ll be doing good! I am a total journal-er. I have 25+ journals from teenage years and up. I know my kids will want to know stuff about me…but dude, they will probably want the condensed version most of the time! My mom did a scrapbook for me up to age 5….and that’s all I have. This would be a great project to get the stories down, and then just stick the pictures in a separate album and just call it good! :) Thank you so much. I will seriously be considering using Christmas money for this class! :)

Mariah - December 28, 2013 - 1:16 pm

For some reason, that video choked me up. I will check this class out.

Lorraine - December 28, 2013 - 6:33 pm

I participated in the 2013 class (but am terribly behind). Will the prompts be any different? Are the same message boards used for both years?

What would be the advantage of signing up for 2014?

Kerri - December 28, 2013 - 6:34 pm

The prompts are all the same. No need to sign up again. It’s just that now is a good time for anyone who’s been thinking of doing it…new year and all. :) And you’ll have forever access, so no worries there.

TamiF - December 28, 2013 - 7:00 pm

When will we receive the last 15% of the 2013 class? I know you’ve been busy. Just curious when the last 8 lessons will be delivered. Thanks for any info!

Kerri - December 28, 2013 - 7:12 pm

They are coming. :) In fact, the first one of this last group comes out tomorrow (just waiting to photograph in the morning). That’s my whole goal over these next few days. Get ‘er done! :)

Katie - December 28, 2013 - 8:07 pm

For Christmas this year, my mom asked for 10 pages of my personal history. I have to admit that I still haven’t started due in part to the craziness of getting Christmas for my family, but also due to the fact that I have no idea where to start! I will get her the 10 pages she asked for, but next Christmas she’ll have even more, thanks to this class! I’m signing up right now!

Jean - December 29, 2013 - 10:12 am

Can you tell us how much digital content is included in the class? A cut file/printable each week?

Kerri - December 29, 2013 - 10:39 am

Hey Jean! There’s two links at the bottom of this post, the second one takes you to a post that shares more of what is in the class. Generally speaking, there’s two pages of content for each prompt, including photos, tips, ideas, memory triggers, actual writing tips, etc. (The page example shown is one page of two.) There’s also one digital/cuttable element. Often it’s a title, but there’s others as well. Hope that helps!

Jolene - December 29, 2013 - 8:07 pm

I just went back and read about the class (again!) and the funny thing that clinched it for me was reading that your Dad’s hometown is Sheridan, WY! I grew up in Dayton, WY and know Sheridan well! That decided it for me. Strange, I know, but there it is. Can’t wait to get started.

Kerri - December 29, 2013 - 8:33 pm

Jolene…that’s awesome! I love that! My mom and dad met in Sheridan–when she lived there for a little while in high school. She worked at the theater there on the main street. Once upon a time I found an old postcard online of Sheridan in the 50s and I imagined my mom and dad being there on those streets, her working at the theater, for which you could see the marquee.

It’s a small world, eh?

And Katie, your mom asked for an awesome gift! Whether you did it through this class or not, I love that idea! Usually it’s the other way around–kids wanting it from their parents. Type it up first and then you’ll always have a copy to pass around. Then if you want to journal it by hand for authenticity, you can do that too. I always find that typing helps my thought process and writing more…plus, it’s then my backup. :)

Nashonne - December 30, 2013 - 10:31 am

I have so LOVED doing The History Project this year! I’m lucky to still have my parents here to ask them things about my childhood so my son would have some insight into his mom as I was growing up. I love the elements too!

I’m almost done, and that’s a little sad. I enjoyed receiving the weekly emails, seeing what the new topic would be. I carried my book and pen with me so when I had a spare moment I could update it, without the need for anything else (I prettied it up later with the element, stickers, and washi tape).

A girlfriend also bought the class and the two of us has kept each other motivated to keep up and complete the project.

Kerri, thanks so much for a GREAT CLASS with positive ramifications for years to come!

Kerri - December 30, 2013 - 12:56 pm

Thanks Nashonne! Your journey sounds like it was an amazing one.
Glad you loved the class! :)

Lisa G. - December 30, 2013 - 4:06 pm

All signed up and ready to start :) Pink book in hand!

Kerri - December 30, 2013 - 4:17 pm

I love it Lisa! Welcome! :)

ana roat - December 30, 2013 - 8:31 pm

Hey, my sister had a Shirley Temple doll just like yours! What fun watching you flip thru your journal. I’ve watched the video several times and smile everytime I do.

Thanks for the peek Karri.

Happy New Year!!!

RHadonda - December 31, 2013 - 1:44 pm

That looks amazing. I can’t imagine writing that much and you have such pretty hand writing. Cool.

Rita - January 7, 2014 - 1:06 pm

Maybe a strange question, but is the sheet that you covered the inside front cover with included with the class? That is something I would love to have documented.

Kerri - January 7, 2014 - 2:17 pm

Yes, it’s the element in Week 8. :)

now that christmas is over

wow.

I feel like Christmas was the final exclamation point to my year. When I started off 2013 I had no idea the kind of year it would bring. I had big plans and big ideas. Some came to fruition and some got pushed by the wayside due to a remodel or a graduation or a new website or a Project Life creation or a last-minute trip or a daughter going on a mission.

It seems like each year–or even each month–I think to myself, ‘It can’t get any crazier than this.’ Yeah. Let’s just say, that I am not going to think that anymore, because that statement is inevitably proved wrong, time after time. I refuse to jinx myself for 2014.

Right now, all I want to do is take my Christmas stuff down, get it all put away and get my house back to normal.

I need normal.

Even if it’s just for a little while…from time to time.

This is going to sound really pathetic, but much of my office stuff that we put into the garage during the remodel? It’s still out there. I just haven’t had time to focus on getting my office back to normal either.

Normal. Is it even possible?

Do we create ourselves a new normal as life gets crazier and crazier?

When will normal be really normal?

Will normal ever be the norm again?

I think this is a paradox of sorts. Much like the ‘How many licks does it take to get to the end of a Tootsie Pop?” The answer? The world may never know.

So what does all this highly intelligent line of thinking mean?

I have no idea.

But I have been pondering what 2014 should mean to me. What do I need in my life? What should my ‘one little word’ mantra be for the year.  Last year it was ‘balancement’–a combination of balance and document. I think I did pretty well with the document part because of The History Project. But I think I was waaaaaay off base on the balance part. I think my life was the complete opposite of balance. I couldn’t find the center balance point if I tried.

So that’s why this year, my word is:

one-little-word-focus


I need to focus on what’s important to me, my family, my sanity, my business, and my church. I can’t get distracted with outside sources. As with many of you–I’m sure–I find that I have the ‘disease to please’ and have a terrible time at saying ‘no.’ I had a few moments of ‘no-ness’ last year and it felt great. That even though I really wanted to do this or that project, deep down I knew what it would ultimately do to my sanity, not to mention my own business. I have this belief that I can do it all. I think we all do as women and moms, don’t we? But here’s a little secret, we can’t do it all….and it’s okay!

Just let it go. It is what it is and it’s alright. Really.

Here’s a bit of what I’m looking forward to to make my life a little better in 2014:
  focusing more on my own business
  focusing on new classes
  focusing on being with the family
  focusing on a trip or two
  focusing on organization 
  focusing on simplifying my home. simplify, simplify, simplify.
  focusing on a bathroom remodel (hopefully)
  focusing on re-landscaping the backyard–including a sprinkler system!
  focusing on learning to balance life and not let it consume me

I’ve  been formulating two new classes specifically over the past couple months that I’m very excited about. One that’s been a long-time coming and one that…well…has also been a long-time coming so to speak, but it’s been near and dear to a part of who I am and what I’ve done over the years and I’m excited to do something brand new the KBS way.  Now I’m just having a hard time deciding which should come first. Maybe I should focus on that and make a decision. ;)

Anyway, the end of the year or the starting of a new year always brings out these kinds of feelings. It makes you feel fresh and new and ready and empowered to tackle a new year.

But when all is said and done, we really have to remember to live each day in each new year. Don’t let life consume you to the point where everything else is pushed aside.

That’s what I’m focusing on.

janel - December 26, 2013 - 10:27 am

Cannot wait to see what your new classes are…as I am planning on taking a KB class, and a new one…may be just what I need. I have had the word focus for my OLW a couple of years ago…it was great, and really kept me on track. This year….my word is “discover”, and am excited to discover new ideas in your classes. Happy New Year.

Lori - December 26, 2013 - 3:42 pm

NEW classes coming soon?!?! Now that is a great belated Christmas gift to me! How exciting; thank you! Wishing you a wonderful new year!

Gina - December 26, 2013 - 6:50 pm

New classes I can’t wait, although this year I am going to try and finish the classes I paid for and haven’t finished yet. Trying to find time to balance a new job, children, an aging parent and church is a challenge. I love your word, but I may have to go with balance this year.

Claire - December 26, 2013 - 11:40 pm

Kerri – I know EXACTLY how you feel – I chose FOCUS as my word for next year too (with a sub-word of ‘organise’) I shall be focussing on ME – my health, my weight loss journey, my exercise routine and organising meals, my office, my classes that I haven’t finished, my LIFE but focussing every day (possibly find an hour the same time every day to go away and do this). I have just been existing and lurching from crisis to event to packaged food!
So, I am with you :)

Paula - December 27, 2013 - 2:21 am

I know just how you feel! Life well & truly ran away with me this year. Work, as always took over but being single, I am solely responsible for all bills etc.
However, rather late, but better than never, I set aside some “me” time & had great fun. I took two Tim Holtz classes to satisfy my mixed media side & dived in to your silhouette classes :)
So glad that I did & now I holding out for more!!!! Very excited that you have other classes in the pipeline.:)

Trish - December 27, 2013 - 4:07 am

Kerri, Your heartfelt comments resonated with me, too. Maybe with FOCUS as a mantra all of those other things (like balance and sanity) will come naturally. I feel as if I am an organized person, but events which I have no control over threaten that peaceful mindful and fulfilled life I am reaching for. I guess if life were TOO peaceful, there wouldn’t be growth and enlightenment? Anyway, life is good and I will look forward to your new classes and all things KBS this year. You enrich my life with your creativity and your goodness. Thank you and I wish you wonderful 2014!

Aja - December 27, 2013 - 6:56 am

Kerri,

What you have shared makes sense to me. I really hope that you find a way to focus. Before even writing your post, I had chosen focus as my word. What I realize I need to do is focus on what I’m trying to focus on…and seeing how you have gotten specific has helped me remember how to get started. Thank you!

Sue - December 28, 2013 - 1:46 am

Kerri, I had FOCUS as my word last year; its a great choice! I am rubbish at focusing on anything, flitting from one thing to another, never getting anything done. And I certainly got more done with this mantra, than if I hadn’t chosen it :) Wishing you lots of luck with your year of focus!

Stacey - December 29, 2013 - 10:38 am

Focus sounds like a perfect word for you. Isn’t it great how one word can just find you and help you so much?

I just picked my OLW for 2014. I’ve done a rough draft of my blog post and will look forward to sharing it next week.

Our very last Twelve Days of Christmas

I thought it would only be appropriate to end our 12 Days of Christmas event by sending you off with some Christmas Cheer. I have thoroughly enjoyed these past couple of weeks and hearing from all of you. I want to express my gratitude for all your support, sweet comments and just plain ol’ fun that we’ve had these past couple weeks–and whole year, really. You have added such sweetness to my life and I am just in awe of all of you!

Thank you so much. I’m looking forward to another great year. I hope you all have the merriest of Christmases or whatever holiday you may be celebrating this time of year.

Love to you all and to your families this holiday season!
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christmas-cheer


To download this file for free–today only–click HERE.

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

Carrie - December 24, 2013 - 9:03 am

Thanks for all the great files Kerri! I can’t wait to start using them! Happy Holidays!!

Sharon Frewen - December 24, 2013 - 9:06 am

Thanks for all the freebies !!
Merry Christmas to you and yours :)

all the best in 2014!

Debbie S - December 24, 2013 - 9:07 am

Thanks Kerri for the wonderful, fun 12 days of Christmas! It’s been great! Merry Christmas to you and your family, and a special blessing out to your missionary!! Thanks again!

Gwen Lords - December 24, 2013 - 9:08 am

Thank you for all the freebies Kerri! Have a wonderful Christmas!

Lori - December 24, 2013 - 9:12 am

Kerri, thank you for all the freebies. I love your work and am so grateful you share it with us! Merry Christmas and all the best in 2014 :)

Karrie - December 24, 2013 - 9:22 am

My favorite one yet! Thank you & Merry Christmas.

Chris H - December 24, 2013 - 9:26 am

Thanks for sharing files with us!
Merry Christmas!

Judy Stiles - December 24, 2013 - 9:45 am

Thank you, Kerri, for all of the Christmas freebies! I love your style and can’t wait to incorporate them into projects that I’m working on. I am so happy that I found your web site … in the process of taking your classes which I absolutely love! Merry Christmas to you and your family, and blessings to you in 2014!

Dawn McF - December 24, 2013 - 9:48 am

Thank you! Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Marilyn in Michigan - December 24, 2013 - 9:52 am

Thanks, Kerri! Wishing you and yours the merriest Christmas.

Sally - December 24, 2013 - 9:54 am

Thank you for sharing your time and talent with all of us! Have a Merry Christmas!

Lorna - December 24, 2013 - 9:58 am

I have a brand new cameo so all of this paper crafting is new to me. Thank you so much for some beautiful designs and I look forward to making many of these next year!

LinhC - December 24, 2013 - 10:00 am

Merry Christmas! Thank you for blessing us with your creative and generous heart.

Linda V - December 24, 2013 - 10:13 am

Thank you Keri for your thoughtfulness. Happy Holidays to You and Yours!

Pam A - December 24, 2013 - 10:22 am

Thank you Kerri for sharing your talents and creativity with us! I hope you enjoy your Christmas, even with your daughter being far away…

Cindy - December 24, 2013 - 10:41 am

Thank you, Kerri! Santa is bringing a Silhouette, and I hear nothing but good things about your classes. Thank you for sharing so generously with us!

Cori - December 24, 2013 - 10:57 am

Thank you for the freebies! I started taking your classes earlier this year and I just love them! They have really helped me take my Silhouette skills to the next level. Merry Christmas!!

Katie Jones - December 24, 2013 - 11:03 am

Thanks so much for all of your Christmas freebies! I used several yesterday when I was down to the wire with my wrapping! Thanks for all of the inspiration that you give us every day! My winter break has begun and I’m looking forward to having the time to do week 2 of your card class. Yay for uninterrupted crafting time! Merry Christmas, Kerri!!!

Terri Marchbanks - December 24, 2013 - 11:04 am

Much Much Thanks to you my Dearest Kerri for another Fabulous year can’t wait for 2014!!!! Merry Christmas to You And Your Family…xo

Charlene - December 24, 2013 - 11:34 am

Thank you so much for the 12 days of Christmas. Thanks for sharing your talents with us–you’re amazing! Merry Christmas.

Melanie - December 24, 2013 - 12:06 pm

Thank you so much Kerri,you are fabulous! Love all the free shapes. Merry Christmas!

Trish - December 24, 2013 - 12:38 pm

Thanks Kerri for this latest of 12 wonderful days. You are so generous with your talent and time. I love your style, both what is in your heart and what we see on paper! Thank you again and the sweetest holiday season is my wish for you!

Marcy E - December 24, 2013 - 12:38 pm

Thank you for all of the wonderful Christmas treats… May God bless you and those you love during this most Holy Season and throughout the New Year…

Judy W. - December 24, 2013 - 12:41 pm

I appreciate your generosity and your talent that you share. Merry Christmas!

Susan - December 24, 2013 - 12:58 pm

Thank you so much for the beautiful freebies. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas! I think I might be crazy, I think I might have missed one. Are there only 11?

Kerri - December 24, 2013 - 1:06 pm

You had me goin’ for a minute.
I recounted (twice) and there are 12. :)

Diane - December 24, 2013 - 1:46 pm

Thanks for the freebies – your creations never disappoint! Merry Christmas to you and your family and many blessings in the New Year!

Pam - December 24, 2013 - 2:07 pm

I came across your blog via Cathy Z, so I missed most of the 12 Days … it all looks so wonderful! I love what I was able to “open”! :D
Thanks for your generosity … your files are beautiful! Have a wonderful holiday & Merry Christmas!

Vanessa L - December 24, 2013 - 2:09 pm

Thank you for sharing your beautiful files! Have a very merry Christmas!

Teryl - December 24, 2013 - 2:26 pm

It’s been so “Fun” receiving all the free shapes daily.
Thank You and Merry Christmas!

Linda A - December 24, 2013 - 2:40 pm

Thanks for the 12 days of downloads. I loved them.

I took the beginner class you offered when I received it. In 2014, I plan to review it and then I can take another one of your classes.

Merry Christmas!

Michelle - December 24, 2013 - 2:41 pm

Thank you so much for your generosity in sharing the 12 days of Christmas files with us. Loved each and every one of them.
Wishing you all the best over this festive season and a wonderful 2014 – can’t wait to see what designs you come up with next.

Sandy_in_MD - December 24, 2013 - 2:43 pm

Thanks so much, and a very Merry Christmas to you & your family.

Donna - December 24, 2013 - 3:36 pm

Thank you and Merry Christmas!

Julie - December 24, 2013 - 3:49 pm

Thanks for 12 wonderful days and for sharing the story of your missionary. I have two waiting for their calls. We’re thrilled and love to see others shining the gospel through their actions. You do that so well. Thanks!

Karen Walker - December 24, 2013 - 3:57 pm

Thanks, Kerri, for all the wonderful freebies! I managed to capture almost all of them, and have already put some to use for tags!

Lindy - December 24, 2013 - 4:09 pm

This has been such a treat, Kerri! I love your designs! Thank you, thank you, thank you and Merry, Merry Christmas!!!

Barbara - December 24, 2013 - 4:14 pm

Thank you for all the freebies! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Kathy N - December 24, 2013 - 4:58 pm

THANK YOU! Merry Christmas!

Jamie Harder - December 24, 2013 - 5:29 pm

Thank-you so much Kerri! You are the BEST!!!

Serena - December 24, 2013 - 6:05 pm

Thank you for the fun freebies! I hope you have a very blessed and Merry Christmas!

Carrie/scrapchick - December 24, 2013 - 6:12 pm

Thanks so much! Thank you for your classes and teaching me to USE and LOVE my Silhouette! Not to mention your designs ROCK! Merry Christmas to you & yours!

lynne - December 24, 2013 - 6:12 pm

Thanks so much! Have a wonderful Christmas!

Dell - December 24, 2013 - 6:50 pm

Just want to say thank you for all 12 days of wonderful freebies. Merry Christmas!

Cari - December 24, 2013 - 6:56 pm

Thank you, Kerri! It’s been such a treat to check in here everyday and find some new creative goodness. Merry Christmas!

Cynthia - December 24, 2013 - 7:39 pm

Kerri, thanks so much for all the freebies, greatly appreciated…love your ideas…have a wonderful Christmas, and a Healthy and Happy New Year…

Virginia - December 24, 2013 - 8:46 pm

Kerri, Thank You so much for the wonderful freebies. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Sandra ltb - December 24, 2013 - 9:11 pm

Thank you.
Same to you!
Sandra ltb

Julia C - December 25, 2013 - 1:15 am

Thanks for all the freebies, Kerri. Hope you and your family have a very Happy Christmas and wonderful new year :)

Ms Scrapmess - December 25, 2013 - 1:15 am

Thank you for everything you’ve done this year! Love it!!! Merry Christmas and happy new year to you and all your readers too.

Melissa - December 25, 2013 - 6:13 pm

THANK YOU SO MUCH for these freebies. I missed a few, but that’s okay. I don’t even have a new Silhouette (my old one is still in the box – probably far from useable). Anyway… ‘wanted to let you know that these were very sweet and very much appreciated!!

betty - December 25, 2013 - 10:13 pm

Thanks a lot.

Patty - December 26, 2013 - 8:25 am

Thank you, Kerri for all these beautiful files you designed and shared with us. You are so generous and it is very much appreciated. Now that Christmas is over, I have time to get back toad finish up my latest Silhouette class, Hello There.
Hoping you had a lovely Christmas.