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I’m constantly amazed with what people will think of…always wondering, ‘What will they think of next?’

And lately it seems that I’ve been on a quest of discovery to find out how to be the most efficient person I can be and in the quest, I find more and more fun things you can do. The question is, is that a good thing or a bad thing? Adding to my list of things? I dunno. It’s fun though. :)

So I thought it might be fun to share some different things that I learn from time to time that help make my life easier–and perhaps it might help you too.

One thing to note, I’m an Apple girl and do have Macs, so some of this stuff applies to the Apple way of life. But I’m guessing that more than likely, there will often be a PC equivalent way of doing it as well.

Oh, and a little disclaimer here . . . I am not an expert on any of these things. I know there is so much out there as well as so much to learn. So if you have anything to add, it would be most welcome. :)

So today, let’s talk about the app, Pages. 

I discovered this app not too long ago. It’s just a word processor, but so far it has been so easy to use! It seems to be very intuitive–and maybe it’s just because it’s similar to things I’ve already used. To be honest, I hate using Word. I worked at WordPerfect for six years and still love that program. But sadly, they don’t make WP for Mac anymore. So because most of my tasks are fairly simple, I’m often just using Text Edit (like Notebook) to do all my writing for things–including my History Project subjects, thinking out classes, and stuff like that. It’s easy stuff.

But when I got a new laptop, somehow I came across the Pages app. There is an app for the Mac as well as for your iPhone/iPad. It’s $20 for the computer and $10 for the mobile devices, which equals $30 all together. Love that price point. Much cheaper than buying Word and it works over multiple devices!

On top of it working over multiple devices, you can save your files in iCloud (I believe it even defaults to that). So if I’m out and about and I think of something cool, I can start writing it on my iPhone and then go to my computer and pull it up there from my cloud. No saving and transferring of files at all.

I just think that is so awesome and I’m just smitten with the convenience of it all!

Like I’d mentioned, it seems to be very intuitive. I rarely have to do anything elaborate with a word processor. But when I want to fancy something up, there’s a little  blue button in the upper left where you can push it and a sidebar pops out and you get this:

It makes using the ‘everyday’ items so easy to find. I can’t tell you how many times I’m in Word clicking on menus trying to find this or that feature. I love that the most commonly used items are right there when you need them and neatly tucked away when you don’t.

And as you are working on it, selecting Headings and such, you can modify the heading style (font, color, etc.) with just the click of a button. Awesome.

When I first watched the video presentation on it, I thought to myself, ‘Wow, this is almost like using InDesign.’ The way it can handle graphics and text is fabulous. And then, you can also save it as a PDF. I would seriously think about using it for my PDFs that I make. In fact, I may try it on my next PDF project in lieu of InDesign. And when you compare those two price points? Uhhh…yeah, I think InDesign is like $600.

They also have many templates that are graphically designed for you, so if you need to make a newsletter? Just give it a click and plug in your own text and photos. It’s slick, really.

The one drawback to the program for Macs is that you have to use it on OS Lion or later. And on my big Mac, I still have Snow Leopard. (My laptop is Mountain Lion.) I’ve been contemplating upgrading it so I can use the iCloud feature. Need it terribly. Want my Calendars to be all synced too. I can’t believe how much I’m relying on that lately–mostly on my iPhone. I think I must be getting old. ;)

Speaking of The History Project, this would be a great way to keep a type written journal too! That’s how I do it. If you think of a memory while you’re out and about, pull out your Apple device and type it in Pages. Then at home you can finish your entry on your computer, 

This seriously has been one of my most exciting discoveries of late. I know it’s simple and been there for a while, but maybe you’re like me and wasn’t really aware of it and what it  could do.

And now you know too. :)

You can read about the Pages app  for iOS devices HERE.
You can read about the Pages app for Mac HERE. That link also has a video you can watch about it too.


Cindy Sowell - March 14, 2013 - 7:52 pm

Hi Kerri!
Is the free app called Evernote like your Pages app?

wonderful you

Our little Miss Naomi has been rockin’ the shapes lately.
Take a gander at what she’s made!

[ Shapes | Envelopes / For You (scallop edge envelope) / Borderlines 2 (lace)  ]

It is indeed wonderful.

I love the way she used the envelopes here.
And with the stitching?


Just makes me want to scrap all the more.
Maybe I’ll have some assemblence of an office next week?

A girl can hope, right?

The last big wall and ceilings will be plastered tomorrow.
Next, new moldings.

Then . . .  carpet. I’d much rather have the lighter shade, but the darker (medium) shade is much more practical  . . . curses. Dang me and my practical side. It still looks good. Can’t tell you how excited I am to get rid of the brown 30-year old carpet we have now.It’s been a long-time coming.

Once that’s all done I’ll be moving all my office stuff back into the space, but will have to wait for cabinets and my new desk. At least my stacks of office stuff won’t be in my front room anymore.

Getting very excited to get this done and all organized!

Daniela - March 13, 2013 - 9:19 am

Beautiful page! Where did “wonderful” come from? Is that in the store?

Kerri - March 13, 2013 - 9:24 pm

Hey Danielle!
It’s funny, when I first saw the page I thought it was one of my words too. lol They look similar. But I think it may be an Ali Edwards word. But it’s got me thinkin’ I need to write and make one. :)

latest additions

You may or may not have noticed, but I have added a few things to the store lately. I’ve made mention of them on Facebook, but have neglected them here. Weirdness.

So if you’ve missed them, here’s a little peek at them now. :)






Dolly/scrapthat - March 7, 2013 - 7:37 am

ACK! I had no idea what all I was missing! I don’t do facebook….well I have an account but I don’t do it well! LOL
THANK YOU for mentioning it on your blog! (while I don’t do FB I do LOVE my Google reader!! :D )

introducing: layle koncar

I cannot tell you just how excited I am today. Today I get to announce this fabulous gal as the newest design team member for our lovely little neck of the woods.


I’ve known Layle for a few years now. Many of you may remember her from her Scenic Route days…and I know she’s been around in more places than that. I’ve always admired her style. She’s just awesome! She always does such fabulous work and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that she is now a part of the KBS team!

So let’s see what Layle has to say and show us today! 

Hi friends!  Layle Koncar here.  I am so over the moon excited about joining the list of extremely talented designers on Kerri’s team!  I’m a relative ‘newbie’ when it comes to all things die cut.  I’ve been scrapbooking for more than 15 years, and believe it or not, the Silhouette Cameo was the first die cut machine I purchased.  I picked it up last September after hearing and seeing so many great things it could do, and trust me when I say I’m now a convert.  I believe!!  I’m continually amazed at all of the great things that little machine can do!

I have a pretty clean, simple and graphic style.  I’m really drawn to white backgrounds and bright colors.  The one thing that’s pretty consistent across every scrapbook page that I do, besides photos of course, are titles.  I put a title on everything.  Everything.  That’s one of the MANY reasons I’m so excited to be joining the team and playing with Kerri’s amazing artwork – she has the best titles!

When I saw this title, I knew it was the perfect title to accompany the photo I snapped on my iPhone of my youngest son at his 6th grade parent teacher conferences last fall.


[ Shapes | Say What #3 (title) ]

I cut directly on the white cardstock base for my layout and then used the teal diagonal patterned paper to back the layout.  One of the things I love about this title is that the words ‘you’ and ‘wonderful’ include an outline cut, so they really stand out.


I teach scrapbook classes, so one of things I’m always focusing on when I’m working on my layouts are tips that I figure out that might help someone else.  Here’s a quick and easy tip to help you when you’re working with words and titles like I used on this layout.

When you’re working with cut words, you have the ‘positive’ part of the letter and the ‘negative’ part of the letter.  With this layout, I think of the positive parts of the letters as what I had when I pulled my 12×12 white cardstock base from the Silhouette mat.  You can see those represented by the teal patterned paper.  The negative parts of the letters are the pieces that were still attached to the mat after I removed the 12×12 base – basically the white ‘insides’ of the letters.  This tip is a super easy way of placing in the exact right spot the ‘negative’ or insides of the letters.

Here I’ve left the ‘negative’ or inside pieces off of the letters ‘g’ and ‘s’ in the word ‘things’.


I laid the segment with the letters ‘n’ and ‘g’ and ‘s’ that were left on my mat back in their places in the word ‘things’.

With that, it was very easy to see exactly where the center of the ‘g’ and the piece that connected the ‘g’ and ‘s’ needed to go!  I added a quick dab of liquid adhesive to where those pieces needed to go and stuck them down.



When I lifted the segment with the letters ‘n’ and ‘g’ and ‘s’ off of the layout – VOILA – the pieces were exactly where they needed to be!



If you’re like me, getting those little center and connector pieces in the right place is a must have :)

I hope this little tip helps you the next time you’re working with words and titles on your projects!


Great tip there Miss Layle! We are just so thrilled to have you here!



Melissa - March 6, 2013 - 8:45 am

I am totally scraplifting this layout – it’s fabulous!

Brenda - March 6, 2013 - 8:49 am

That’s such a great tip! I have struggled with that and next time I’m definitely giving this a try, thanks!!

Melissa - March 6, 2013 - 8:51 am

One more thing – is this title part of a kit or is it sold on its own? I scrolled through the store but I must have missed it. Thanks!

Brenda - March 6, 2013 - 8:54 am

I was going to ask the same question as Melissa cause I couldn’t find the title either! Thanks!

Kerri - March 6, 2013 - 8:58 am

Okay, so sorry about the confusion there. I need to clarify that. The current issue goes on sale in May. I was confused too. :)

Ruth G - March 6, 2013 - 9:02 am

Talk about wonderful! The layout, the title and tip all fit into that category! So glad you’re here, Layle! Thanks for sharing!!!

everyday storyteller, vol. 2

Well folks . . . the time has finally come and I can share the news!

Have you heard about ‘Everyday Storyteller’?

Some time ago I was asked to be a part of this amazing book. And when I saw what it was all about–being in the ‘documenting’ frame of mind that I am this year–of course I had to say, “Yes, I’d love to!”

So what is Everyday Storyteller?

You’re invited to take a behind-the-scenes journey into real world, practical scrapbooking. With inspiring contributions from across the scrapbooking industry, Everyday Storyteller idea books are essential resources for the modern memory keeper. Find out how your favorite scrapbookers document their stories, create amazing pages and still have time to make memories.

Everyday Storyteller: 33 Practical Ideas from Real World Scrapbookers is an 81 page idea book from the owner of Simple Scrapper, Jennifer Wilson. It was first released in 2012 and is available in digital download and print versions. Everyday Storyteller 2: 33 More Practical Ideas from Real World Scrapbookers will be released this May.


Be sure to sign up for the free VIP list too so that you can be in on all the inside scoop of this amazing adventure. Plus, you get these benefits:

  • Exclusive invitation to our launch party on Friday, May 3 (last year we had more than 500 attend!)
  • Exclusive entry in special VIP-only giveaways (most at the launch party)
  • First notice that the book has been released AND a special VIP discount

And have you seen who’s a part of this book? Take a look!

Tangie Baxter, Kerri Bradford (me), Lexi Bridges, Joscelyne Cutchens, Catherine Davis, Patty Debowski, Lisa Dickinson, Karla Dudley, Lain Ehmann, Leah Farquharson, Karen Grunberg, Jenni Hufford,  Donna Jannuzzi, Amanda Jones, Mandy Koeppen, Riikka Kovasin, Kami Leonard, Amy Mallory, Amy Martin, Ann-Marie Morris, Céline Navarro, Kelly Purkey, Krista Sahlin, Linda Sattgast, Cindy Schneider,  Elisha Snow, Amy Sorensen, Jill Sprott, Wendy Smedley, Laura Vegas, Allison Waken and Crystal Wilkerson.

Wowee! Some really fabulous people! I can’t wait to see what they’ve done!

The book launches on May 4, so be sure to sign up to get yours today!

But wait, there’s more!

(I know. You can hardly stand it, right?)


If you sign up using the link from my site, you will receive a $10 gift card to use on my website. You can use it towards the purchase of The History Project (speaking of storytelling), get yourself some photo templates, or have some fun with some digital cut shapes!

To qualify, just send me an email at with your PayPal Transaction ID from the book purchase (using the link on my site) and I’ll get you on your merry way!

Please note: Volume 2 does not go on sale until May. But be sure to sign up for the free VIP status (using that link) so that you can be in the know with all that goes on with the excitement of the new book. :)

Lara Read - March 5, 2013 - 1:44 pm

Congrats Kerri that is awesome that you will be part of this book! So will we be able to pre order it? You mention if we sign up using your link, do you mean purchase through your link? I don’t see this book available yet I only see book one. Thanks!

Kerri - March 6, 2013 - 10:12 am

Hey Lara! I thought that there was a preorder to the book, but I guess there’s not. I don’t know why I thought that. ;) Anyway, if you still sign up for the VIP list then you’ll get all the info on any other fun things happening around the new book. I’ve made a note in thos post about it too.

Lara Read - March 6, 2013 - 10:47 am

Thanks Kerri, I’ll sign up for the VIP and watch for more information.

a saturday night surprise

Yeah, so my office is pretty much gone right now. Okay, so maybe it’s not necessarily ‘gone’ since all that stuff is now in the middle of my front room. But you know what I mean. And  I sent off my old desk to my sister’s house–found it a new home. So it’s looking pretty empty right now. Oh, and there are carpet samples that I keep flopping around at the various times of the day. Lighting changes and all. Gotta make sure it goes. So excited to get rid of the ugly dark brown carpet.

Feeling a little lost without my big mama Mac. Luckily I do have a laptop that can help me bide my time.

So I went out to dinner with my hubby, just got back from taking the dog for a walk, and I’m finally taking a moment to relax in my bedroom this evening, and I have my laptop . . . well, in my lap, and I’m listening to the last part of Sherlock Holmes. SI I thought it might be fun to take this moment and suprise you all with a page this fine Saturday evening from our darling Miss Nichol.

[ Shapes | Need Directions? (“love it” phrase) / Here Kitty Kitty (“meow”, paw prints, kitty) / XOXO (hearts) / Life Additions #2 (file folder card) / Freebie Negative Frame ]

Nichol has such an amazing way of including so many details. You literally have to pour over her pages to see what she’s done. And all together, it’s just a masterpiece.

Here’s what Nichol has to say:

Here lately I am addicted to using negative frame die cuts on my pages, especially for framing up older photos (pre-digital days!). The ability to resize them to suit my specific photo/layout needs makes them an ideal way of emphasizing the photos, even when they aren’t the best quality of photos. This free file Kerri put up ages ago continues to be one of my all-time favorites! The original has a die cut “u.” along the bottom (wider) edge and one of the frames has the phrase “love this” along one edge. With just a tiny bit of manipulating I ungrouped the image, then removed the letter “u”. I duplicated the plain cut out frame and replaced the frame with the phrase with the plain one. Then regrouped the image for a bit more “plain jane” negative strip! To customize these even further, I added one of Kerri’s more recent designs “love it” from her Need Directions kit to the bottom of one of the filmstrips.
Instead of die cutting the paw prints and adhering them on top of the layout I chose to die cut them from my background paper instead and pop a contrasting paper behind. Makes it much easier than trying to piece the paw prints back together. :)
Ruth G - March 2, 2013 - 9:00 pm

Kerri, thanks so much for sharing this! Not only did it make my hubby, daughter and I giggle (LOL poor kittens!) but it reminded me of a fundamentally positive aspect of using negative space from die cuts – not having to piece images or letters! I hope you have a wonderful evening and hopefully I’ll remember the power of being negative on a LO very soon!

Sandra - March 3, 2013 - 1:17 am

What a stunning page! What a great idea to turn the strips and lay them over each other. Lovely.

Michelle Liimatainen - March 3, 2013 - 8:08 am

Nicole is AMAZING. This layout is phenomenal and I LOVE how she brings older photos to life in a new and inspiring way. Just adore her pages and her.

Tanya - March 5, 2013 - 5:01 am

You hit the nail on the head, exactly how I feel about Nichol’s layouts – so many details to pour over. I am literally brought to TEARS at how beautiful her work is!!! I would LOVE to have just a smidge of her creativity and vision … I try so hard to layer how she does, and it never looks right to me. I am in AWE yet again of such a gorgeous layout!!! :) Thanks for sharing!

dan: documentary style

So I know I’ve mentioned us doing remodeling our downstairs–it’s the third level of a four-split level house. It’s also where my studio resides. Okay, so maybe it’s more of an ‘office’, but soon it will be more studio-esque. :)

Dan did the one wall in my office a couple weeks ago and then did another wall on the opposite side of the room last week. Kassidy–my photography major daughter–is taking a documentary class and thought this would make a good subject. She just got some photos edited last night for her class today and so of course I had to steal them and share them here, right?

She did a pretty darn good job, don’t ya think? And Dan too? He’s making my walls fabulous with his vintage plaster. It’s pretty handy to have a guy like that in the house. ;)

Can’t wait to get get that all done . . . and new carpet! It’s pretty pathetic, but the carpet in this basement is over 30 years old. Probably originally came with the house. We bought it when it was maybe 12 years old and we’ve lived here going on 22 years.


Pretty sad.

But ever-so excited to get this floor a facelift! We’ve done a lot of the other floors . . . but this one is the beast with all my stuff and with it being my workspace it’s hard to find ‘the right time’. And when I did QVC? Yeah, waaaaaaay more stuff than I have now and I still have a ton. I feel another slimming coming down. I just really don’t want it all back in here. It’s funny how once you get it out, you really don’t care to get it back in . . . until you need that one thing you’ve had for ten years and didn’t need it until now . . . and you can’t buy it anymore because they don’t make it so you can’t get rid of it.

Anyway, this next little bit is going to get really interesting, I think. ;)

kat-in-texas - February 27, 2013 - 7:59 pm

Sounds like you need to have an online garage sale! ;)

a little more love for february

Little Miss Naomi is sharing a wee bit of love with us today before our ‘love’ month is over.  

[ Shapes | XOXO (‘love you’) / Feathers ]


Totally love her choice of patterned paper for the feathers!
gorgeous girl!

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and now, some

Today I get to (get to???) do my taxes. 
Oh the joy of it all.

March is Friday . . . in case you didn’t know.

Slowly working on remodeling the downstairs.
Blinds have been out of the windows for a few days.
It’s been glorious with the morning light beaming in!
Makes me happy.

I don’t know how I’m going to work if I move my office for the remodel.
oh boy.

Still working on trying to simplify + find balance . . .
but I keep adding to my work load.
How does that happen???

Got cheated with my Sunday afternoon nap due to the creative
process party that occurred in my head when I laid down.
(soooo not fair)

Hmm . . . I feel a new class coming on.

Can’t wait for spring!
(so tired of snow)

I got my Christmas stuff down finally . . .
*ehem* like only a week ago.
(sad, I know)

Okay, that’s all the stuff I think I have in my head at the moment.
Best be getting all my tax stuff together now . . . procrastinating.

Rhadonda - February 26, 2013 - 11:30 am

Actually you are ahead of the game with taxes, it is not April 15th yet!

kat-in-texas - February 26, 2013 - 7:06 pm

Gotta do our taxes too….bleh! :)

Susan Kopp - February 27, 2013 - 7:48 am

Truth be told, I still have some ornaments out that are in my lanterns. I love the pop of turquoise in them and I don’t know if I really want to put them away. I may just put away the “wrapped candy” looking ornaments and just keep the balls in the lanterns with a bit of ribbon and flowers and just turn it into Easter “round” eggs. Taxes are not going in until the 15th of April…..don’t want to pay until I have to. I envy your remodel but not the mess it brings. We are in Snowmageddon revisited right now so we are thinking spring. Have a great one!