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So for the past little while I’ve had this baby in my hands:

Can I just say FUN??!?!?!

This hAppy printer is something brand new that Lisa is presenting on HSN
come Sunday night/Monday (12 a.m. ET).

Jordan saw it and was like, ‘Can I play with this and make my own collage?’

It works with iPhones+iPads and Androids.

It can pretty much print from any print-enabled app too!

So printing directly from my iPhone?
Yep. Doin’ that.

How ’bout printing in the car?
How ’bout taking it to a family reunion?
How ’bout taking it to a campout?

Oh the possibilities and all the fun!

Can make a person really hAppy!

Lisa will be sharing all the details about this, so you’ll want to be watching HSN for it.
I have a feeling it’s gonna be hot, hot, hot!

And here’s a page I made with it:

[Shapes | July Four (‘july’) / Need Directions (arrow) / Stars+Stripes (star)]

Came together sooooo easily!

Love printing on-the-spot.

And now here’s a little title tip for you.

Take a close look at that title.
I’m not a big fan of gluing and spacing out a bunch of letters especially when they are small like those! They are just over a half inch tall.

Instead of gluing and placing one by one, I added a small long rectangle and welded the letters to it so it became one whole piece that I just tucked under the photos.

Looked a little something like this:

Saves soooooo much time!

Be sure to watch Lisa starting 12:01 a.m. ET Monday morning.
You’re not gonna wanna miss this one!

For more details about this printer, check out the Zink website HERE.

  • MichelleB - August 3, 2013 - 7:33 am

    It’s adorable and the photos look nice! I need to check this out!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth G - August 3, 2013 - 7:36 am

    Wow! What an amazing printer! How fun would that be? Well, I guess you did tell us – fun!!!
    Love the LO and especially the tip for not having to glue down each letter painstakingly…Awesome!!!
    Thanks so much for all you share!!!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon F - August 3, 2013 - 7:52 am

    Wow, what a fantastic new toy — can’t wait to check it out! Your LO is fantastic and the tip about welding the letters…aMAZing! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • ConnieC - August 3, 2013 - 8:13 am

    Does it print true 4×6 prints? I won’t buy the Canon on the market because it’s slightly shorter than 6 inches.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - August 3, 2013 - 8:13 am

    Oh that is a fun little printer. Definitely need to check that out. I love the tip for welding on that little strip to hold your letters. Love your page too, Kerri.ReplyCancel

  • ConnieC - August 3, 2013 - 8:20 am

    I did a search and see it prints small photos. I’ll still have to check it out.ReplyCancel

  • Nashonne - August 3, 2013 - 8:27 am

    I love the layout and thanks so much for the tip! I normally just weld my letters together so I don’t have to place letters individually, but I like the look of individual sometimes.ReplyCancel

  • tammy b - August 3, 2013 - 8:35 am

    i am SO excited for this product, i can not stand it! i have been waiting for something like this for a VERY long time. great tip on the title, btw, thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Dolly - August 3, 2013 - 8:38 am

    Fabulous LO Kerri and DUH!!! WHY THE HECK DIDN”T I THINK OF THAT??!!! That is why I usually weld all my words together. YAY!
    It’s the little things that make a person happy….and that little nugget makes me very happy!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle P. - August 4, 2013 - 9:23 am

    Oh… I am loving that printer!! Need to look into this for sure! How cool!ReplyCancel

  • candy - August 4, 2013 - 10:54 am

    Happy Happy birthday—love all your stuff! Keep it coming!ReplyCancel

  • Dana Marie - August 4, 2013 - 7:08 pm

    Awesome tip about adding a line underneath the title! Thanks so much!! You are amazing!!ReplyCancel

  • Kathi Z - August 5, 2013 - 11:21 pm

    I LOVE the tip of doing the line underneath and I can see doing it different ways depending on the placement of the phrase. If you did it on top…you could put it on the bottom. LOVE the tip! Thanks so much Kerri.ReplyCancel

Okay, so after spending the last few days with a major tooth problem, I’m not so sure about that statement. ;) Tuesday night was spent with considerable tooth pain. Wednesday I took a trip to the endodontist where it was discovered I had a major abscess in a tooth that already had a root canal. That meant surgery there and it was one of the most horrific things I’ve ever experienced. And I’ll just leave it at that. Thursday was the first day on the road to recovery and my decision to not go out to HSN with Lisa. I just didn’t think I should under the circumstances.

But when I thought of the phrase fun can happen anywhere as a Friday Freebie, I surely wasn’t thinking about tooth issues, but rather fun times that you can be having all through your summer moments.

And because I have this thing about liking something this way or that, I’ve included both ways that I was playing with. My philosophy is: why choose?  :)

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

  • Beth - August 2, 2013 - 7:10 am

    I just have to say “Thank You!” for all of your wonderful freebies! The way you share your talent with all of us speaks volumes about your heart and soul. Love everything you do!ReplyCancel

  • Dolly - August 2, 2013 - 7:43 am

    Sorry to hear about the tooth Kerri!
    but thank you for the free file! LOVE it! :D
    Feel better girl. :DReplyCancel

  • Lynne - August 2, 2013 - 7:59 am

    Thanks so much for this! So sorry about your tooth issues, but glad to hear you’re doing betterReplyCancel

  • Kitty - August 2, 2013 - 8:04 am

    THANK YOU !!!!! love itReplyCancel

  • Shannon Fralish - August 2, 2013 - 8:15 am

    Thanks so much — these sentiments are fab! Hope you’re feeling better very soon!ReplyCancel

  • LinhC - August 2, 2013 - 8:16 am

    Ouch!! I had a dental implant done last year and didn’t have much pain afterwards, which is a huge indication that it was performed by a skilled doctor.

    Thank you for the freebie!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Posthumus - August 2, 2013 - 8:24 am

    OMG! That sounds awful. Get better really soon!!! Thank you for the wonderful Friday freebie.ReplyCancel

  • Rhadonda - August 2, 2013 - 8:27 am

    So sorry about the tooth. Isn’t it amazing a little area can cause such pain? Rest and recover my friend. Thanks for the freebie!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda - August 2, 2013 - 10:41 am

    Thanks so much for the freebies Kerri! So sorry to hear about your tooth problems and missing your trip to HSN with Lisa, hope you feel better soon!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Davis - August 2, 2013 - 11:19 am

    Thank you so much for these wonderful Friday Freebies! You have truly turned the Silhoutte into a magical machine for me! Thank you for sharing your talent.ReplyCancel

  • Terri Marchbanks - August 2, 2013 - 12:44 pm

    Oh my dear Kerri hope your tooth is better soon sorry you missed going with Lisa,take care of yourself and thanks so much for all the Fabulous Freebies…Hugs My FriendReplyCancel

  • Sandy_in_MD - August 2, 2013 - 4:19 pm

    Both versions are awesome – thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Thomas - August 2, 2013 - 4:24 pm

    Oh Kerri, I’m so sorry to hear about your tooth problem. I had similar problems and ended up getting implants after my root canals got infected. The implants were soooooo easy. It’s a bummer you won’t be going to HSN with Lisa though. I hope you do next time. Take care, and thank you for the freebie. :)ReplyCancel

  • Ruth G - August 2, 2013 - 8:46 pm

    Praying you’re feeling better.

    Thank you so much for this awesome file! I hope it took your mind off of your agony, maybe just a tiny bit?

    Take care!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - August 2, 2013 - 9:09 pm

    Thanks Kerri for another awesome freebie!!ReplyCancel

  • Trish - August 3, 2013 - 2:52 pm

    Thank you so much Kerri for sharing this great file with us even as you are recovering from a bad dental experience. I hope that by now you are recovering and the fun times return for you! Sending healing thoughts and thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Kathi Zc - August 4, 2013 - 11:36 am

    LOVE my Cameo and wouldn’t love it anywhere near as much unless I had found you! Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • j - August 8, 2013 - 12:47 am
  • Stephi Dueck - August 8, 2013 - 12:41 pm

    Thank you so much for the wonderful cut file, you’re so very generous and talented!ReplyCancel

  • Lorita - August 10, 2013 - 10:55 am

    Thank you so much, Kerri. Lovin’ it.ReplyCancel

  • yolande k - February 24, 2014 - 2:45 am

    Merci beaucoup Kerri, j’adore !ReplyCancel

  • kendell - May 5, 2014 - 10:41 pm

    Thanks once again for another awesome fileReplyCancel

This spring I bought this darling yellow bag from TJ Maxx whilst in Tampa. Love it. I’ve not been a big purse user of late and can often be found just carrying my debit card, driver’s license and phone in my pockets. But I still love–and need–a purse now and again.

And who can say no to this!

Love it. Makes me ever-so happy. :)
Not only is it a great functional purse, but it also perfectly fits my 13″ MacBook Pro.

It’s accompanied me a time or two on a trip where I needed to take my computer. Okay, let’s face it–I can’t leave home for more than a day without my computer so it’s been more than a time or two. But I’m always very careful with my things and do whatever I can to keep any marks from occurring on my silver baby.

Kassidy had made herself a crafty computer sleeve for her computer and so I enlisted her help to make mine. The look is all about being crafty + somewhat unfinished or raw.

So I went in search of some fabrics and found these two lovelies.

The chevron, which is a canvas-style material, was for the outside and the floral was for the inside. I found the chevron at Hobby Lobby (it comes in several fun colors) and the floral at JoAnn’s. I had seriously thought about getting the yellow chevron, but then thought it was too matchy matchy. But I don’t know, I still think it’d be fun in the yellow bag. Who knows. I may still end up with it just for variety. ;)

There is no pattern for this.  To start, trim one fabric to the size of your computer plus maybe an inch extra on each side and whatever excess for the top flap.

Depending on how much protection you want, include one or two layers of batting. I wanted mine not very thick because it was going in my purse. If I were to put it in a backpack like Kass does? I might have used two layers of batting like she did.  Kass also made the inside floral a smidgen longer so that it would peek out from under the chevron on the flap.

Pin it all together and get ready for sewing.

Stitch around the outside edges.
Again, ‘perfection’ doesn’t matter because it’s all about being homestyle. :)

Once it’s stitched, put the right sides together (chevron) and stitch it up. It’s okay that it’s uneven moving from the sleeve to the flap because it needs to flap over. Always keep double checking your project by having the computer handy.

Kass unstitched where the twine went–but you could plan ahead and have them in place before hand. Sew on the buttons first so that you’ll know just how long you need your twine.

Use a heavy zig zag stitch over the twine and voila you’re done!
This would be a really simple project for your kids too.

And actually, the computer sits down nicely in my bag–it doesn’t peek out like you see in the top photo. I just had to have it peeking so you could see the sneak. :)

Thank you Kassidy for making my computer nice and cozy in my bag now. :)

  • Lillian M - July 30, 2013 - 6:03 am

    How cute it that !
    I love it, Kassidy and you did a great job :)
    I’m going to have to give it a try.
    Thank you for sharing both your ideas and talent.ReplyCancel

  • Penne Beckett - July 30, 2013 - 8:25 am

    Think I’ll use this for my new Kindle fire HD!ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Larson - July 30, 2013 - 12:10 pm

    Super Cute computer bag!!! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • donna c - July 30, 2013 - 12:27 pm

    Clever Kassie!!! (i see a great name for her website…girl has talent!….wonder where it comes from?! ;))ReplyCancel

I can tell you right now, I’m kind-a glad ‘freedom’ had to stop ringin’ by this past Saturday night. In the state of Utah we are a firework-shootin’ state for a good chunk of July. Ya got the 4th and then we have the 24th, which is our state holiday. Not so happy to hear fireworks going off at 12:30 at night when ya wanna sleep, ya know?

But then you see something like this from Nichol and it makes ya just tickled pink for letting freedom ring, doesn’t it?

[ Shapes |  This & That: Freedom (fireworks, uncle sam hat) / Stars & Stripes (‘let freedom ring’) / July Four (handwritten words) / Giving Thanks (‘family’) / Star Background / Storyboard #7 ]

Love how Nichol interspersed all those handwritten cut files with stamped letters.
Looks a-mazing!

Here’s what Nichol has to say:

I love all the script-style words and text digi kits in Kerri’s store and thought that it would be fun to combine them with stamped text to create unique and eye-catching journaling for this 4th of July layout. I knew I had a lot of photos I wanted to use so I chose to place them all in a 12×12 KBS storyboard collage on the right side of the page, adding some stamped accents for interest and kept the left side of the 2-page spread free of photos to concentrate on the die-cut/stamped journaling and decorative die cut and stamped title work. I love the way the 12×12 star background gave me “invisible lines” for my journaling!

  • Elaine Bowman - July 29, 2013 - 1:33 pm

    Totally, Freakin’ Awesome! I LOVE this sooo much! I was born on the 4th of July, so I’m pretty partial to all things Americana. Love*Love*Love!ReplyCancel

The Summer of the Friday Freebie continues today with this totally fun frame.
It’s got the look of a Polaroid, but with a ‘twist of  line’. ;)
I’m totally digging negative space these days, so this just hits the spot for me. 

To download this frame, click on the image or click HERE.

And to showcase the frame, I had to use the cute photo of my daughter that I shared on Facebook the other day. If you missed it, this is the photo (only headshot-ish) that she’s using for her [LDS] mission papers, which should be going in very soon!

So crazy!

  • Elaine Bowman - July 26, 2013 - 9:35 am

    Thanks for the great freebie Kerri! And YAY! for Missionary papers in! My first missionary will be out 4 months tomorrow! He is serving in the California San Fernando Mission and is Spanish Speaking. LOVE having a missionary!ReplyCancel

  • Gwen Lords - July 26, 2013 - 10:13 am

    Thanks for the freebie Kerri, I love it! Good luck to your daughter on her mission! We adored our sister missionaries!ReplyCancel

  • Val Court - July 26, 2013 - 1:59 pm

    thanx Kerri for your continued generosity. Have a great weekend Cheers Val From Melbourne Australia :-)ReplyCancel

  • Debbie G. - July 26, 2013 - 2:11 pm

    Love your freebies! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Pam - July 27, 2013 - 3:49 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing. I really like the frame.ReplyCancel

  • kendell - May 5, 2014 - 10:49 pm

    Thanks once again for sharing your files so freely, they are really appreciatedReplyCancel

In the History Project I talk about memory flashes. Those tiny little bits of a memory that flashes in your head when you hear a song, or smell a flower, or see something that reminds you of ‘the time….’

These types of things need to be written quickly, because as fast as they come into your head, they can leave and never return. That’s when you need to record this random memory moment.

I recently had one of those. Okay….so maybe I actually have them a lot considering my mindset on this History Project coupled with the fact that we seem to be going through a lot of my mom’s stuff lately .(Yeah, it’s been nine years since she passed, but the stuff keeps coming.)

Anyway, my sister found some boxes of dishes that belonged to my mom and this glass was in one of them.

I don’t really remember these glasses from my mom, but rather, my aunt had some similar glasses and that’s where the flash came–that random memory moment.

When I lived with my aunt in North Carolina she had several types of plates and goblets and every Sunday we got to pick from these special sets of dishes and use them for Sunday dinner. She had some glasses similar to this and it just reminded me how fun it was to pick a different set of fun patterned dishes and crafted glasses for that extra special meal…every week.

It makes me wish I’d have started that tradition with my own family. Why didn’t I ever think about doing that? 

So next time you have a memory flash, be sure to take a couple minutes to just write it down–even if it’s just a couple sentences on your smartphone, because chances are you won’t remember it later. And if it’s something you can take a photo of to help the memory? Do that too.

Needing a fun and fresh idea for some quick cards?

Well, look no further.

Check out what Laura has made with the Sliders shapes!


[ Shapes | Sliders (frames)/ Summer Lovin’ (hello) / Say What #3 (happy) / Design Team Picks (hello, thanks), This+That: Summertime (butterfly) / This+That: School (house) / Love: Every Little Thing (flower) / ‘Home’ Freebie ]

Those are so awesome!
I love the variety and simplicity behind them.
You could whip these up to have on hand in no time.

Perfect, just perfect Laura!

Here’s what Laura has to say:

I wanted to whip up a simple batch of cards, and I thought the polaroid frames from the Slider kit would be a great starting point for all of the cards. I used a few 6×6 paper pads from Basic Grey for all of the pieces on these cards, as the smaller scaled patterns are perfect for cards. I arranged four 6×6 pieces of paper on my cutting mat at once, which allowed me to cut pieces for multiple cards at the same time. I adhered each polaroid frame on a white card base that I misted lightly with tan spray mist. I dug around in Kerri’s kits to find sentiment words and a few basic shapes, such as the butterfly, flower, and house. I added a threaded button to most of the card to finish them off. Super simple and now I have some cute cards to add to my stash for sending out to family and friends.

  • Sue Alg - July 23, 2013 - 5:43 am

    Love them. You are right–they are simple but what a nice variety. Off to my Silhouette to create some of these. Thanks, Laura, for the wonderful ideas.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth G - July 23, 2013 - 1:49 pm

    Fabulous! Sweet, but meaningful and who could dislike something that comes together so quickly and is still so great? Thanks so much for sharing, Kerri and Laura!ReplyCancel

  • Helen G. - July 23, 2013 - 2:18 pm

    These are wonderfully done! Thank you for the inspirations, Kerri and Laura!ReplyCancel

Jill Letempt – JULY 20, 2013 – 11:09 PM
Hi I am a huge fan!! I am from Sheridan WY and I love my cameo, my favorite feature is being able to size things to fit in just the right spot. Thanks for the awesome contest…can’t wait for the class.

Hilary – JULY 21, 2013 – 1:48 AM
Hi. I’m from the UK, currently living in Malaysia, moving back to the UK in 3 weeks. Betcha can’t guess what’s going in my case and not my shipping? Yep, my Silhouette – i love it THAT much, because it can create virtually anything I want. I’ve done two of your classes so far, I’m currently doing the third (Just Add Colour), and they have really helped me to get the most of it. So thanks – and if you fancy giving me a housewarming present, the new class would be perfect…. ;-)

Melissa S – JULY 21, 2013 – 9:16 AM
Melissa from Nova Scotia, Canada
I’d love to win a spot in your new class. It sounds amazing. I love being able to re-size objects to whatever size I need. Thanks for the chance to win!

Congratulations! You randomly drawn lovelies have won a seat in my new Design Secrets class! Email me at and I will get you all hooked up!