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I received this in the mail yesterday.

The final chapter of an iconic magazine. A magazine that was a staple in so many homes in this world. It’s funny how times change. You never think they will. But with this time of instant access via the internet, I can see how certain magazines can have a tough time maintaining a life when styles change so quickly and you can see that reflected currently with just the click of  a button. I know that technically they aren’t ‘going away’, but it’s different. It’s just not the same flipping through the pages of a magazine. Convenient on the computer yes, but there’s something about turning a page. And maybe it’s because I am on the computer all the time that I love the simplicity of a book or magazine page–it gives my brain a rest from looking at the white page of a screen.

Even the course of scrapbooking has changed in and of itself over the past five years with the easier method of doing something like Project Life. You can never take away my desire to create a tangible page, but mixing it with photos slipped in to page protectors? It allows one much more time to create memories vs. preserving the memories.

Lots of changes over the years. Here’s one of my very first published pages in the 1998 CK Idea Annual. Talk about making a scene! That’s what I always did. Oh the painstaking hours to make these.

I do firmly believe that had it not been for my first submissions to that idea annual that I would not be where I am today. It set me on this path–an amazing journey–that took the little spark of creativity that I had in me and made it grow in ways that I never thought possible.

And remember those big ol’ special publications? Didn’t we just eat those up each year? And Hall of Fame too (which I was part of the very first year). I loved pouring through those! It introduced us to people like Heidi Swapp, Ali Edwards, Cathy Zielske, Karen Russell, and soooo many others that contribute to our lives on a daily basis.

Here’s one of those pages from that first Hall of Fame. I told you I liked making a scene. lol 

I just have to laugh at the little boy. When I first made it, it was cool to not have a face on the paper doll. But after I’d given it to CK, it just drove me nuts that he didn’t have a face. So the first thing I did when I got home? Got a face on him!

It makes you wonder what may take the place of our instant access on the internet ten years from now. It’s hard to even imagine what lies just around the corner.

Goodbye Creating Keepsakes Magazine.
You’ve been good to us.

  • Ruth Gauss - October 9, 2013 - 11:47 am

    I love paper! Computers and I have a pretty good relationship, but my heart belongs to paper. I will cherish these last moments with the paper Creating Keepsakes. Then I will say goodbye to whatever comes next since it doesn’t serve my needs to have digital publications. I’m thankful for all the hard work and inspiration that has been provided in the past! It was very good while it lasted.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Bearnson - October 9, 2013 - 12:36 pm

    Oh the memories! Thanks for taking us down memory lane!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda - October 9, 2013 - 1:04 pm

    I have loved Creating Keepsakes for years (and Simple Scrapbooks, sigh) and was so sad to see them make this change. I understand why but since I hate reading books/magazines on a screen it made me sad. I am cherishing my last couple of issues (as small as they were) but have now cancelled my subscription and won’t be following them on this journey. I love your scenes and may have a page or 2 that’s similar in my albums. :)ReplyCancel

  • Dawn N - October 9, 2013 - 1:56 pm

    I didn’t realize this was their official last issue – :(
    I love my CK magazine – it has gotten me through many a waiting rooms, and long distance drives and plane trips. (I still have every issues I received (not from the beginning – I am late to this party)). But for the past 5 years-or-so, they are all dog-eared and flagged, stored in my craft room & and I can not bear to depart with them.

    I agree – what’s next?ReplyCancel

  • Nashonne - October 10, 2013 - 7:23 am

    It will be missed….I have to go out and get this last one.ReplyCancel

  • Renee G - October 10, 2013 - 6:40 pm

    Loved this magazine, sorry to see it go. I have a copy of the first issue that they published.ReplyCancel

  • Pam Talluto - November 20, 2013 - 2:39 pm

    Hi Kerri! I’m just going through your blog archives as I hope to buy a Silhouette soon. I had to comment on this post. I remember fondly those Creating Keepsake days complete with my trips to Utah and getting to spend time with you, as well as our great PCDT days!!! Anyway, I just wanted to drop in and say “hi” and tell you how much I love what you’re doing :)
    .. Fellow HoFer Pam TallutoReplyCancel

In the LDS church we are asked to serve within different roles to help out. So for the past three years I have been serving in the Primary as the secretary. Lots of  ‘secretarial’ type work in the organization that works with the children ages 3-11. Loved doing that. The children are amazing and doing secretary stuff ain’t too bad as far as callings go. :)

This summer I was released from that calling and was ‘calling free’ for a couple months…and you’re never really calling free for very long. Now? I’m on a Relief Society committee (for the women) that  takes care of monthly activities.

What does that mean for me? More creating, but in a different way. Which also means more Pinteresting to help me find ideas to do that more creating.

Is more Pinteresting a good thing or a bad thing?
I’m still up in the air on that one.

You may have noticed a new board on my Pinterest called Homemaking Ideas. Yep. That’s where I’m collecting ideas now. You think I can think up these ideas on my own? Ha! Okay, maybe some things. But crafts in general? I guess that’s where Pinterest is a good thing.

Here’s a few things I pinned and have been eyeing to make.

mason jar soap dispenser / flower pillow / paper pumpkin / monogram

Lots of loveliness out there!

So I’ve been trying to decide if this calling is a good thing or not. I feel like I’m always in the ‘creating’ mode, but just not in the home realm. (pfffff…I just buy my ‘crafts’.) And it’s not that you do something crafty every month, but I have a hunch it will be often.

I was just starting to feel good. Feel like I can handle the pace of life that had finally come again after this crazy year. Now, with having to get on the homemaking creative side of things? It’s starting to stress me out a little. But I just keep reminding myself  that if I do what I’m suppose to do, things will work out. If I am earnest in my calling and fulfill it to my best capability, that everything else will fall into place just fine.

Yeah. I keep telling myself that.

I guess the big perk to this is you all will benefit from it too.
You know I can’t make things like this and not share. :)

  • Joanna - October 8, 2013 - 7:29 pm

    You’ll do GREAT at this calling! I know that for me Pinterest is 50/50. Fifty percent of the time it’s a great thing, and 50% of the time it stresses me out. There are just too many options out there!

    GOOD LUCK!ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - October 8, 2013 - 9:28 pm

      Thanks Joanna! :)ReplyCancel

It’s October. I can hardly believe it! Just pulled out my Halloween ensemble that resides on my piano. Looks a little something like this:

( You can read my post on how to make this HERE. ) 

It’s so fun to come to this time of year and put up my cute mantle [er…piano] scarf that my bestie made for me. She also made a Christmas one and so it’s just the beginning of a fun time of year. I’m still just shaking my head that it’s October! I have a feeling it’s going to go by a whole lot faster than I think it will….and kind of freaks me out, I’m not gonna lie.

Which brings me to today’s Mix+Match video. I’m a huge fan of utilizing your resources and this video is all about just that. It shows you how to take several cuts and make it a Project Life or decorative card for a page.

[ Shapes | Life Additions: Backgrounds (polka dot card) / This Is Halloween (title and hat) / All Hallows’ Eve (poison label and spider web ]

Pretty sweet to maximize your art that way, eh? Now I want you to start thinking outside the box with whatcha got in your arsenal and see what other fun things you can make!

Here is the color scheme referenced in the video in RGB values:

And so like, I couldn’t put something like this up
and not have some Halloween things for sale, now could I?

You can find several Halloween items for
20% off through Sunday, October 13 HERE

The ‘special’ price is reflected to the applicable items on the page.
No coupon required.

  • Calli - October 3, 2013 - 1:37 pm

    Well look at you, Miss Crafty-pants. You are amazing. My offer from long ago to play the piano while you create still stands! lolReplyCancel

  • Joni - October 3, 2013 - 9:15 pm

    I love this decor! Where did you find that cute black frame? Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Rhadonda - October 4, 2013 - 9:24 am

    I love to watch you create!! I totally appreciate you taking the time to make a video, love it! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Gail - March 27, 2014 - 2:50 pm

    Is there a website that gives the RGB codes for paper manufacturing companies, such as Echo Park, Bazzill, etc.
    I have bought a lot of digital papers and the colors don’t match the original papers when I print them

    • Kerri - March 27, 2014 - 9:08 pm

      I’m not familiar with any. Usually paper companies keep their color ‘formulas’ pretty guarded. Not only that, what you see on your screen and what prints varies from setup to setup. There’s way too many factors on both ends of your setup to get an accurate match even if you had their formula.

      What I might suggest is to create your own swatch palette to match the cardstocks, writing down your formula underneath so you can have a better representation of what your particular set up will do with the cardstock you love.

      Hope that helps. :)ReplyCancel

  • Gail - March 27, 2014 - 10:35 pm

    Thanks Kerri. Love your ideas and the website.ReplyCancel

I know you’ve been dying to hear this (ha ha).

I can remember with each step that I’ve taken into the social media world that it was a big decision. I’ve never been one to be ‘first’ with anything. I’m much more methodical and watch and think and wonder . . . is it for me?

My first jump into the social media world was starting a blog. While many people had blogs, I never thought I would have anything important or interesting enough to say or share. It took me a few short years before I finally started in July 2008. (I still need to get that original Typepad blog imported to my WordPress blog. :) )

It’s fun to look back on the things that you write. It’s a journal of sorts. So whether or not you do it for yourself, family, or for work, give it a try because it’s really kind-a worth it.

That kept me happy and content for a while.

Fast forward to fall 2009 when I finally joined the ranks of Facebook. I told you I don’t jump into things. It even took me a whole year after I started my own business before I started a business Facebook page. (In case you need help with the math, that would be 2011–just two years ago.)

And now I love using Facebook for work. I never thought I would say that . . . ever. It allows me to share sneak peeks, reminders or just fun stuff at any time of the day or night. I don’t have to wait for the next day for a post. It’s real time. And I love that. And if you always want to be ‘in the know’ about KBS in real time and see other fun stuff that I don’t post on my blog? Follow me on Facebook. :)

Then came Pinterest…only earlier this year. Yeah. I know. It’s 2013. I told you I was slow to jump on any bandwagon, didn’t I? It’s not that I didn’t let my fingers do the walking through the gloriousness of visual goodness found there. I just didn’t have my own boards. But now I do. I’m building it slowly but surely. Pinterest is a great resource, but I find that I just don’t have the time to really utilize it like I should. But I’m trying. :)

And last but not least, we have Instagram. I actually tried out Instagram almost three years ago when it first came out. What??? But I only messed with it the one time and never used it again until I started using it this summer. Why is it so easy for some people to use and not so easy for others? And by that I mean, I have a hard time remembering to use Instagram. Help me to remember to use it, will ya? ;)

So if you’re feeling like adding one more bit of social media to your own social media, just so you can be completely social mediaed (yeah, it’s a word), then you can follow me here as well as the blog:

facebook  –  pinterest  –  instagram

And I just have to add one more thing. I share so much more of the everyday me on Facebook. I share things that I see–scrapbook related, photos, etc. Like I say, it’s real time and it’s easy to have a thought or a photo and share it in the moment. That’s the real me. Living in the moment, right then. (Okay, maybe it might have more to do with the fact that I forget about it 30 minutes later so I need to write it down right then…) For example, this was a photo I took bright and early today and shared it on Facebook.

So if you want to see and hear more of the everyday casual me? Then follow me on Facebook. That’s where I feel like I can quickly share more of me an what I see…my personality…the carefree me. :) Oh, and I should add that if you want to be sure that you see everything from anyone on FB, go to Liked and choose Settings/All Updates.

And that’s the end of the social media story…until the next big thing…which will take me two years to start doing.

  • Kary - October 2, 2013 - 8:36 pm

    That photo belongs on Instagram, not Facebook! Really, does anyone look at Facebook anymore? Even my teenagers have given up on it. Try using Instagram–much nicer. No political opinions, no junk, just lovely photos.ReplyCancel

I don’t know if it’s that I just haven’t seen enough of it this year or I haven’t gone on enough road trips, but I can’t seem to get enough of looking at the sky. I love to admire its beauty wherever I go. And with the iPhone, capturing it is always just a click away, like with this shot that I took on our way down to St. George this past weekend.

We were coming up a hill and the clouds met the top of the hill in such a way that I found to be magnificent.

Yesterday I pulled this photo up to share it on Facebook. I decided it needed a quick edit in my lovely little RadLab because of the hue of the color cast of the front window. When I entered it, I was still on the Recipes from a previous photo. As I ran my cursor up and over some of the very cool Recipes, I thought, ‘Ooooh. I like that one. Ooooh, but I like that one.’ I couldn’t decide. It was that much fun to see what the Recipes would do to it! FYI, a Recipe is just a saved grouping of settings that you may have chosen from the main editing set of Styles.

I thought that since I was so much in awe of the fun changes and so much in awe of the sky, that I needed to bring both together and share them with you here.




Mary Color | Mine

Mary BW | Mine




I think Typewriter is my favorite out of all of these. I mean, they are all cool, but I like what this one did on this photo best. And the two Mary recipes are ones that I created myself for a photo session I did. Hmm. They appeared to have come in handy here too. :)

Not only are Recipes fun to make, but you can share them too! I got some of these from the Totally Rad Facebook page. So if you and your friends wanted to share? Ya surely could. And I ‘edited’ all these versions and saved them within about three minutes.

  • Kim - October 1, 2013 - 7:10 am

    I ended up purchasing Rad Lab on your recommendation and I so love it!! So much easier for me to use and understand than actions. I love how I can lower the strength of the style. Although I’m noticing that I like to keep the strength percentage high and it ends up making my pics look kind of grainy when I print them out. Guess I’m still learning less is more ha! But I also love seeing all the different looks. Can’t remember their exact names, but I use the lights on almost every single time (what did I ever do without it??) and I also like oh snap and vanilla styles a lot. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - October 1, 2013 - 7:23 am

      I know what you mean Kim. I have the actions, but the RadLab works so much better. I use Lights On all the time too! I don’t know why, but it seems to work better than the action.

      I’ve been eyeing the Replichrome too. I have Lightroom and I’m really interested in how that works. I’m a technological photo junkie, I guess. :)ReplyCancel

  • Candy Bryant - October 1, 2013 - 10:38 am

    Aloha Kerri, How about a little video tutorial on how to fill the pukas (holes) behind those lovely backgrounds like the circles. I made one and it took forever to measure each hole, trim, and glue down. I thought “I bet Kerri knows an easier way”.
    Hugs & Mahalo, CandyReplyCancel

    • Kerri - October 1, 2013 - 11:36 am

      Hey Candy! Email me a photo of what you’re talking about so I can get the correct visual in my head. :)ReplyCancel

  • jessica - October 2, 2013 - 5:52 am

    Kerri, great edits! I love Radlab too! Is Typewriter a recipe you created or one you found? I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Pamela McGillin - December 1, 2013 - 7:06 am

    Hi Kerri,
    Thanks for blogging about Rad Lab, the timing was perfect. I tried out the trial version & by Black Friday had made up my mind to buy the program… at 35% off!
    Thanks very much!ReplyCancel

St. George Utah holds a special place in my heart. I spent many quick trips down there with my mom, visiting my grandparents while they were there during some winters  or just going to get out of the doom+gloom of winter whether they were there or not.  I even lived there for a short time and attended school at the junior high.

We spent many times exploring the land with my grandpa, who worked in the Forest Service or for the Bureau of Land Management, identifying plant life and watching it all his life. I loved going on hikes with him as he’d carefully explain what this or that plant could do. If it could be a plant of sustenance, sickness, or remedy.

It was always an adventure.

And I’d have to say my number one place to go with him or my mom would be to Snow Canyon….and I think you can understand why.

How can you not love that view! And to walk around on those ‘petrified sand dunes’ is awesome! Especially as a child.

But for whatever reason, we just haven’t made it a point to take our kids there. Maybe it’s because it’s just a busy town and it’s hard to want to go there with their crazy roads and all. We did take them when they were younger, but only drive through on our way to California.

But Jordan wanted to go so Thoroughly Modern Millie desperately, so we went to see it there at the Tuacahn Theater outside of the city–right next to Snow Canyon, in fact. And not only did we see Millie, but we saw Mary Poppins.

 How awesome to see a play out here! This was the Mary Poppins set.

And this was the Thoroughly Modern Millie set.

All those  sections move around for the different scenes. It’s really quite impressive.

If you’ve ever seen the Broadway version of Mary Poppins, I’d love to hear what you thought of it. It was just a bit too twisted for us. I think because me and my girls are such die hard Mary Poppins fans, the difference was just too much for us. And some parts were like Mary Poppins on an acid trip. They did an excellent job, but when it doesn’t follow the storyline you know so well and only sing a few songs that you know, it kind of puts ya off kilter. But I know a lot of people love it. In fact, the lady sitting near us said to her friends that she loves this much better than the movie. What??? lol

But we all thoroughly loved Thoroughly Modern Millie. Very well done. Lots of laughs. Loved this one.

If you ever go to St. George, you must eat at The Bear Paw. It’s one of those local fabulous breakfast places. We had this little glass of hot chocolatey yumminess.

And this was breakfast. Yeah. Good stuff. And stuffed french toast too! Some vanilla concoction. And no, I did not eat all that! :)


We also did a little visit to the St. George LDS temple.

( by the way, other than adding a teenny bit of crispness to this, the photo has not been edited. i used the hdr feature on my iphone. pretty incredible sky, eh?)

The kids saw it up close when they were young, but mostly see it from the car on our way to California. This is the first time they can really remember being there though. That white building with the blue sky and the red rocks (not seen here) as the background is quite a site to behold.

And imagine it being lit up at night? It makes for quite a night-light. :) We didn’t have a lot of money growing up, so when we would run down to St. George for an overnighter and my grandparents weren’t there to stay with, we’d sleep in the car and my mom parked right here in front of the temple. She would move the car around through the night, but felt the safety of being there. It was comforting.

We did lots of shopping and eating and just having a good time together. I think we should make it a yearly thing, but you will never catch me there in the summer when the daytime temps can get up to 110 degrees! Not my idea of fun. But the weather was perfect for us there this weekend! We left rain and snow down into the benches and got to sunny cooler weather. Perfect.

Here’s a few more shots from the trip . . . just for the fun of it. :)

It’s pretty amazing to see plant life growing in what ever nook and cranny of dirt it can find.

  • Rebecca - September 30, 2013 - 9:32 am

    I love to go to St. George in Febuary for their Parade of Homes. But I am lobbying now to go to Tuacahn with the husband. ;) Love your photos. Thanks for the HDR tip. I turned mine on while we were on a family vaca in St. Louis last week. I can’t believe the difference in my photos. I love seeing the “before” and “after”.ReplyCancel

  • Kimmikaye - September 30, 2013 - 9:30 pm

    So happy to see your post about St. George. We’re headed there on Thursday to see Mary Poppins and Starlight Express. You gave some great ideas for pictures! Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - October 1, 2013 - 7:32 am

      Oooh, have lots of fun! And you’ll have to let me know how Starlight Express is….and what your thoughts on Mary Poppins are. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen D - October 1, 2013 - 8:36 am

    Thanks for sharing all of your photos. We used St. GEorge as our home base for a vacation in Utah and drove off from their to Mt. Zion and Bryce. But I never saw Snow Canyon or did the amphitheater and now I want to go back and visit both of these spots. We did eat at The Bear Paw multiple times and that breakfast held us over during long hikes. Such good food!ReplyCancel

As promised this week, here is my mint+grey page. The week was a little more wonky than expected and I am now off with my girls to St. George to see a couple plays for the weekend, so  it’s the digital life for me today. :)

[ Shapes | More Background Basics (circle background) / Here Kitty Kitty (title+cat) ]

Well, I’m so excited to have some time with my girls before my one girl goes on her mission. Two Broadway-quality plays in a very scenic outdoor venue amongst the red rocks and shopping and good food? Weather should be ideal? Yeah. It’s gonna be a good weekend.

Hope you have a fabulous one too!

  • Rhadonda - September 27, 2013 - 8:20 am

    I LOVE your page!! You know how to do digital (and everything else for that matter!) Funny we both focused on our cats ( : Sounds like an awesome weekend, have fun. I can’t wait for the next challenge. I have ideas in my head for some unique projects.ReplyCancel

  • {dawn} howells - September 27, 2013 - 8:51 am

    So beautiful, as always! Love what you did with your title! Makes me wish I had a cat!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth G - September 27, 2013 - 9:40 am

    Sweet LO! And enjoy your time with your girls! Sounds like some wonderful memories will be made!ReplyCancel

  • Trish - September 27, 2013 - 1:02 pm

    I know you will have a wonderful weekend with your girls, those times together are so sweet! I had my once a year manicure/pedicure with my daughter and I felt as if I was channeling you with my mint green fingernails and gray toenails color scheme! I did do a card layout, too. Thanks for your inspiration (in many ways!)ReplyCancel

  • Paula - September 27, 2013 - 2:11 pm

    Fabulous page, Kerri. I love cats & I love mint & grey so this ticks all the boxes for me in eye candy.

    Have a fantastic weekend with the girls, do some really girly stuff. I have my 4 weekly full body massage tomorrow afternoon to look forward to!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy Evans - September 27, 2013 - 2:26 pm

    I love your layout. Super super cute.ReplyCancel

Sometimes I just marvel at what we can do now in our own homes with paper crafting. I worked with Desiree Tanner at Provo Craft about fourteen years ago. I remember when they first came out with the lacy paper accents (Laser Layouts, if I remember right). It was an expensive process. And now we can do it ourselves? And let’s not forget title making! Who remembers printing a title in reverse on cardstock and using scissors an x-acto knives to cut the out…just for the look of something unique.


Digital craft cutters?

Ohhh, the ease of it all! I love it!

Here’s a little something from our darling Miss Laura using all those things that were so pain-stakingly and expensively done just a few years ago. Makes ya appreciate what we have now, right?

Loved this. :) 

[ Shapes | Storyboard #1 (photo template) / Background Basics (circle background) / Pack Your Bags (“Loved This”) / Life Additions #2 (file folders) ]

Here’s what Laura has to say:

I created a layout a few months ago that ended up being one of my favorite layouts in a long time. It wasn’t just the page design that I loved (which included one of Kerri’s Storyboard Templates and a few of her words pieced together for my title), but the photos and the meaning behind the story as well. I decided that since I loved it that much, I would use it as inspiration for this layout. The overall page design has the same look and feel (except the other layout is about football!), and I even used the exact same Storyboard Template to create my photo collage as I used on my original layout.

I keep trying to branch out and use different background cuts for my projects. After all, Kerri has so many great backgrounds to choose from in several of her kits. But I always seem to come back to that circle background. It’s a favorite of mine, and I’m pretty sure I use it more than any other background in my collection. I cut two of the tall file folders from the Life Additions #2 kit, and I had every intention of using those to hold my journaling. But I came across the chipboard jar piece and it just fit there to nicely, along with a little embellishment cluster. So I simply moved my journaling to the bottom of the page, which is where I had it on my original layout as well.
  • Ruth G - September 26, 2013 - 7:28 pm

    Wonderful! I love the column of elements with the outer edges being background and the colors and textures are just so fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing! Laura is one of my favorite designers because she always uses tons of photos and keeps her layouts easy to dissect and emulate!ReplyCancel

  • Sue FitzGerald - September 27, 2013 - 2:30 am

    Oh I remember the days of the old exacto knife (and it doesn’t seem that long ago), thought I was very clever. Gorgeous layout.ReplyCancel

  • Jana Eubank - September 27, 2013 - 8:49 am

    Such a gorgeous page! LOVE all the texture the cuts give! YUM! :)ReplyCancel

  • Paula - September 27, 2013 - 2:13 pm

    Love the title & all the colour.ReplyCancel