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just my type

I love words. I love typography. It truly makes me giddy to see something said in style. And that’s how today’s Valentine or love-related kit has come to light.

It’s called Just My Type.


There are a variety of sentiment styles here. If you notice, there are three sets of script words. One is trimmed perfectly for a 12×12 page. One has all the itty bitties of the rest of the letters. And one is in a long column style. You know me and variety.

And then there are the stacked words you can see there on the left. I liked ‘em staggered and I liked ‘em left aligned. I also liked ‘em with the February 14, but I also thought it would be cool to modify it with your own personal number–like the number of your family. Just choose a bolder font like Georgia or a Times Roman and add it to your stack.

Gotta have choices people…choices, I tell ya.

And then, you can also combine the arrow with the heart or the ‘I Like You. A Lot.’ to have a wee bit of fun there too.


Ooh. Ooh. And you can even take that fun banner design in ‘You Are My Everything’ and add your own title to it.

Multiple choices on several of those images.
And I like it that way. :)

Kathi Z - January 29, 2014 - 6:17 pm

Love this Kerri! Can’t wait till payday! ;)

Nashonne - January 29, 2014 - 10:06 pm

LOVE IT! Not a Valentine’s person, but I see a lot of uses for referencing my son and husband.

Lucinde - January 30, 2014 - 1:42 am

Wow, this kit looks amazing :)

Dolly/scrapthat - January 30, 2014 - 7:25 am

cool as always Kerri! TFS

Tania K - January 30, 2014 - 1:17 pm

Oh, this one is great!! Love it!

Rachel - January 30, 2014 - 2:40 pm

Love it! This kit just got added to my must have list.


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and you may be wondering just what kind of card to make for your loved ones. Well, look no further because Nichol has got something to share with you today for just such an occasion!


[ DesignsFebruary Fourteen (xo) / BannersLife Additions #2 (frame) ]

love how Nichol used the innards and outards or the xo! Talk about maximizing your art! Two completely unique cards using one cut.



Here’s what Nichol has to say: 

I am loving the look of white on white anything with small pops of color. I thought it would be fun to create a layered Valentine’s card using Kerri’s files. I love the graphic look of text backgorunds with a sentiment layered on top. The “XO” file from Kerri’s February Fourteen Kit makes for an interesting background for the die cut banner with the stamped greeting. To add even more interest to the card I die cut the rectangle and the postage frame from the Life Additions #2 kit for subtle white on white (embossed white cardstock and vellum) layers. Instead of cutting the frame “as is” I instead cut each layer (the rectangle from white cardstock and the postage border from vellum).

After die cutting and assembling the “Sending My Love” card I realized that I had “x” and “o” pieces leftover from the glitter cardstock so I created another card with the leftover pieces so that nothing went to waste!
Amber M. - January 28, 2014 - 2:18 pm

LOVE these cards!!!!!!!!!! Wow!

Phyllis B. - January 29, 2014 - 12:43 am

Love Nichol’s cards! They are both beautiful… but isn’t the postage edge in Life Additions #2, not Life Additions #1? Perhaps I have misunderstood what was used. In any case, the cards are stunning!

Kerri - January 29, 2014 - 8:06 am

Yep, you are correct Phyllis. I wasn’t paying attention that it was written incorrectly. :) It’s fixed now.

Phyllis B. - January 29, 2014 - 4:16 pm

Good, Kerri, but it still needs to be fixed in Nichol’s first paragraph. Don’t want someone to buy the wrong set and be ticked! (I’m an old editor, so I find things like this frequently…) BTW, I love your stuff! I made your “Jingle all the Way” frame for Christmas…used red vinyl for the words (was out of black), and got several compliments (thanks to you)!


I have to say that I am indeed lucky to be out of the winter inversion in Utah–oh the air is so bad–and basking in some glorious sunshine in beautiful Florida. Okay, so maybe it’s not so much basking per se, since I’m indoors working, but I do see beautiful skies here and there.

And how lucky am I to have this piece of art from our lovely Layle.

LuckyLucky - close uplucky - how i did it

[ Designs | More Background Basics ]

I love how cheery that page is! And putting in the pieces of complementary colors reminds me of doing a puzzle. It truly is a piece of art! Fabulous Layle!

Here’s what Layle has to say:

I’ve had this circle pattern on my list of Kerri’s designs that I’ve wanted to work with for quite some time – I just love it!  I decided to cut the circles out of white cardstock and then use a white cardstock background so the color I added to the circles would really pop.  To make the colored circles, I removed the ‘negative’/centers leftover after I removed the outlined circles and then used those as templates.  I layed them on top of the different pieces of colored patterned paper and then trimmed each shape, leaving a thin border around the entire shape in order to adhere it behind the outlined circles.  I added different colored enamel dots to the circles to add a few more pops of color.  I loved how this turned out!!

Me too Layle! :)

Sharon - January 24, 2014 - 5:30 am

I love this .. The pic is perfect the colours are gorgeous ..
its just plain old beautiful!
Thanks for sharing..

hsn coming this friday!

Big day on Friday! Lots of crafting to be shared for sure. Going to enjoy some warmer temps and fresher air. :)

If you haven’t seen this yet? Project Life Cinnamon Edition is on sale for 19.95, including  a big pack of pocketed page protectors.

An amazing deal! Seriously. And when they are gone, they are gone.





Showtimes for Friday are  8:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. ET.

You won’t want to miss it!

Audrey V - January 23, 2014 - 5:12 pm

I love the Cinnamon Edition. I bought it for my husband for Christmas so he can get his childhood photos out of those icky magnetic albums. It’s perfect for a guy, but I also love the kit for myself. If he doesn’t hurry up and use it, I may be sneaking into the box for a few of my projects. :)

what i believe

What I believe is that Miss Laura has done it again. :)


Center stage.


Simplistically and beautifully done.


[ Designs | The History Project (What I Believe) / Pack Your Bags (love) ]

Another one I absolutely adore! The photos from the two pages (yesterday+today) are simply breathtaking. Laura does an amazing job with accenting them in a way that has such character and yet still let’s the photo do the talking.


Here’s what Laura has to say:

Every once in a while, I come across a photo that I just fall in love with. The two photos on these layouts are favorites of mine from a few years back, when I had taken both my daughters out to the almond orchards in our neighborhood when the trees were in full bloom. I printed both of these photos as 8×12′s at Costco, wanting to feature them each in a big way on a layout. I kept both layouts very simple, with a large title on both, some short journaling, a strip of ribbon, and a few embellishments.

(Laura’s second page is in yesterday’s post)

Karen Freeman - January 15, 2014 - 12:43 pm

Absolutely stunning Laura. Thank you for sharing this amazing LO Kerri. Beautiful photo, I see why you love it, personality shining through, and stunning design so simple and effective. Thanks for the inspiration. Karen

Ruth G - January 15, 2014 - 4:07 pm

Love it! Perfect colors, patterns, awesome photo, love the journaling! I always enjoy your projects! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

Sandy Robinson - January 18, 2014 - 10:32 am

Beautiful! I really need to work on my picture taking skills now! Love those little flowers… any idea who makes them?

love this photo  |  love this page

I’m a huge fan of letting the photos do the talking and Laura did just that with the simplistic awesomeness of this page.


[ Designs | Heart Backgrounds / Love This Photo ]

I love everything about this. The choice of paper for the heart shaped background, the pop of color in the title,  the great big photo…all of it. It’s just beautiful.

This is the first of two simplistically lovely layouts, so be sure to check in tomorrow and see what else Laura has to share and say.

i love this page.


Theresa - January 14, 2014 - 7:12 am

Wow! That is the most beautiful layout!!! LOVE IT

Judy Stiles - January 14, 2014 - 7:57 am

This is truly beautiful!

Robin - January 14, 2014 - 12:12 pm

Wonderful lay out! Gorgeous photo.

Brenda - January 14, 2014 - 12:41 pm

I love everything about this layout!!!!

Kim Thomas - January 14, 2014 - 7:17 pm

Stunning layout! Thank you for the inspiration. Take care. :)

Karen Freeman - January 15, 2014 - 12:46 pm

I agree, simply awesome. simple and stunning.

Ruth G - January 15, 2014 - 4:09 pm

Perfectly wonderful! What a fabulous photo and what a fabulous way to make it the star! Thanks so much for how you inspire and share!

i blame this thing

Meet Tweety.


My cute little baby bird of a Mac.

This sweet little thing came into my life last February when the downstairs became a shell of its former glory (pfff….not glory…outdated mess).

I always felt chained to my Big Mama Mac (aka, Witch Hazel. Looney Tunes fans here). Always in my office. Sitting in that chair. In the space that existed with the television so that I  could still be a part of the family while working.

I was excited to get my little Tweety bird because it allowed me to fly away from that space–even when it was finished. I could work outside. I could sit in the big comfy chair upstairs and look outside my picture window at the big mountains that I love so dear. I could work anywhere. It felt like freedom.

It was fabulous.

I loved my Tweety.

But with the new year comes new realizations.

Tweety had taken over my life. Or rather, Tweety allowed work to take over my life.

I’ve always struggled with finding balance because I’ve worked at home for about fifteen years. It’s hard because you feel guilty when you’re just watching television or reading a book. ‘You could be doing something productive,’ I’d say to myself.

Well, that compounded ten-fold when Tweety came along. Not only could it be with me outside during the day, but every night in a chair or on my bed while ‘watching tv’ or in the car or on the farm…or…or…or….

It’s strange the guilt you feel when you’re not being productive. Most people work their 9-5 jobs and go home. Mine? It never leaves me.

And a couple Sundays ago, as I was driving out of the parking lot,  leaving church early once again to work on the last of my final push of the work needing to be done, I decided to firmly make a resolution in my efforts to apply ‘focus’ to my life.

No more working on weekends.

This is going to be sooooo hard for me! In 2012 I actually did pretty well with it. Not going to my computer on Sundays, rarely looking at my computer on Saturdays…it was wonderful.

But last year, as I’ve mentioned before, was a year of complete out-of-controlness (yeah, it’s a word). Tweety did rescue me and allowed me more ‘freedom’ in how I did my work, but it also compounded my life because I could work anywhere any time.

Like I say, this will be hard, especially since I’m only going to answer emails on Saturday morning and not again until Monday morning. I know I will have to work the occasional Saturday, but I won’t be working on Sundays anymore. I won’t. I won’t. I won’t. I won’t. [insert visual of the heel of my hand pounding my head here.]

This is one of the first steps towards focusing on all areas of my life to create the balance that got so completely out of whack last year.

I’m feeling pretty good about this. And if I relapse and reply to an email outside of Saturday morning and before Monday morning? You get on my case, will ya? I need help staying in check with my goals.

I’m trying to create a new habit.

A good habit.

One that’s better for my well-being and my family life.

And I have to say, yesterday was the first day on my road to recovery. I focused more on trying to organize my office rather than looking at my computer and working.

I have just one word to say: happiness. 
It felt great!

One Sunday down, 50 more to go.

I can do this.

Rebecca - January 13, 2014 - 6:37 am

You go girl! You got this!

Barb - January 13, 2014 - 7:12 am

Good luck! But ya gotta keep Tweety open for the Jack Johnson music!! I see my very favorite album on your screenshot. That is what’s playing in Ohio right now too!

Nashonne - January 13, 2014 - 7:33 am

Good for you Kerri! We all need work-life balance in our lives.

Audrey V - January 13, 2014 - 8:53 am

I hear you! My laptop makes it easy to work wherever, and it does take over my life. I also work from home, and sometimes I appreciate the ability to get caught up on my work on the weekends. And a lot of the people that I work with also do the same thing, so some of them have come to expect a response from me on the weekends. I do think it is unhealthy for us. Good for you!

Gwen Lords - January 13, 2014 - 9:32 am

I have been trying to do that also, technology is such a blessing, but also it can be a huge distraction from the things that are most important. Good luck!

Lorretta - January 13, 2014 - 9:44 am

Good for you! As much as I LOVE LOVE LOVE your products and classes, I am still so happy to hear that you are giving yourself some time off. =)

Kathy - January 13, 2014 - 10:31 am

I sent you an email on Saturday and I am very proud of you for not answering it! I bet people don’t hear THAT very often! LOL

Nola Grotegut - January 13, 2014 - 10:37 am

Good for you! When you are tempted, say to yourself “Remember this day is not for work, it is for family” You can do it!!!!

heidig - January 13, 2014 - 11:33 am

I think we all need a little more of the closed laptop and less of the open. I’m with you! Good luck.

Rachel Eliston - January 13, 2014 - 1:25 pm

Yes! This is something I can totally relate to. I am only in my first week of blogging and have seen a massive increase in laptop/smartphone/iPad time and less people time already and I don’t like it! I definitely need to learn to manage my time better and do what you are doing! Make myself have time off and live too, which will probably increase the creative juices for when I do sit down to blog etc. Well done for making a stand! Good luck and thank you for showing this newbie that I have to take time out too!

Kitty - January 13, 2014 - 1:54 pm

Good Luck and I really mean it. I do home daycare and I know what you mean. I work around the clock. My poor garden looked aweful last year Not this year I to am taking off the weekends thanks for the letter it was a great read

vicki - January 13, 2014 - 4:12 pm

I totally get it. I had a home-based business when my kids were small — and I worked ALL the time. ALL. THE. TIME.
I didn’t have a laptop so I was in the office, away from my family. It was much nicer when I got my life in balance. You can do it!

SiskiyouSue - January 13, 2014 - 5:45 pm

Good luck!

Rhadonda - January 14, 2014 - 8:35 am

Right there with ya! I have worked from home for forever as a medical transcriptionist and trust me those doctors dictate 24/7. While i am thankful for my job especially when i had kids at home, now that i am empty nest i find myself becoming a workaholic and not knowing how to relax or enjoy other things. I am praying and searching for just the right schedule that accomplishes much in my life physically, spiritually and workally (i make up words too!) It is so hard to get that balance. Here’s to finding balance (maybe that should be my word for this year)

Kerri - January 14, 2014 - 8:50 am

It’s so nice to know we are not alone in this. Maybe we can all keep each other in check in making sure that we make time to have a life vs. letting work consume it.

Already I’m feeling calmer this year than I felt at any other time last year.

And Rhadonda, I’m afraid of falling into the empty-nester-workally-at-home-all-the-time too. I’m technically there. I do have a college student at home, but she’s pretty self-sufficient. ;) I had balance as part of my OLW last year and failed miserably! That’s why I chose ‘focus’ this year. I thought that would help me achieve the balance, among other things.

Kathy…love the support there girl!

And Barb, the music will always be playing. :)

and the winner is…

The randomly drawn winner of the Studio Calico Life Scripted class is:
    LAURA G - JANUARY 10, 2014 – 1:05 PM

Congratulations Laura! Email me at and I’ll get you on your way!
marcy e - January 12, 2014 - 1:17 pm

yay for laura… enjoy… thanks again for all of your inspiration kerri.

Stella Smith - January 12, 2014 - 7:27 pm

thank you so much Kerri for the History Project Experience. I will dearly miss getting the weekly prompts. It was quite a magical activity in that the prompts often took me to unanticipated places and memories. I encourage anyone who enjoys journalling or writing of any kind to pursue the next one. I highly recommend the experience!
Stella Smith, Sooke British Columbia, Canada