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I have a very special Friday Freebie for you all today. I don’t ever try to be too ‘church-ee’ here, but there are some times that I think the message is special and can apply to all faiths.

If you remember I talked about the new calling I have in church, which is being on a committee to do activities for the women each month. The group of women in our church is known as Relief Society.

A few short weeks ago the president of our church, Thomas S. Monson, spoke to the Relief Society–women all over the world–to enlighten and teach us. Of course he always says profound things. :) His talk was on how we never walk alone. That as we face challenges, we are not ever truly alone. He said, ‘We were not placed on this earth to walk alone. What an amazing source of power, of strength, and of comfort is available to each of us.’

He then goes on to say, ‘My dear sisters, your Heavenly Father loves you—each of you. That love never changes. It is not influenced by your appearance, by your possessions, or by the amount of money you have in your bank account. It is not changed by your talents and abilities. It is simply there. It is there for you when you are sad or happy, discouraged or hopeful. God’s love is there for you whether or not you feel you deserve love. It is simply always there.’

I thought that was an incredible message to share. And being on the committee and us making crafts for the women to do, we summarized that message and I fontified (yeah, it’s a word) it and put it on this adorable photo of Thomas S. Monson, which I did not take. It was taken by Brian Tibbetts. (Research indicated that the photo rights have been released and is okay to use.)

It’s a awesome photo! I love the candid shots like this!

We are putting this on a painted and sanded black block and will then mod-podge it to do as a craft in a few weeks. So for those of you looking for an easy craft to do? Here’s the first part of today’s Friday Freebie.

To  download all four versions, click HERE.

It comes in two sizes and two color variations for whatever your needs may be.

Now, I realize that non-LDS people may like the message, but more than likely wouldn’t want a picture of the president of another faith in their home. :) So I made this word version that you can put on a scrapbook page or in your Project Life album.

It comes in these four colors with and without the name,
depending on if you like to see who quoted it or not.

To download this forever free image, click HERE.

But wait, there’s more! :)

I thought it would also be cool to include the version of the text to overlay onto a photo. So there is a black text and a white text version without any back, so you could make something like this:


Sweet, isn’t it? :) Those versions are in with the cards.

I just really loved this sentiment. It couldn’t be said any better, really.

Have a wonderful weekend!


If you would like to read the entire message from Thomas S. Monson, you can find it HERE.


  • Lara Read - October 18, 2013 - 9:33 am

    This is so awesome Kerri thank you!!! I’d love to see you do something crafty with next years YM YW theme. “Come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness” (Moroni 10:32).ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - October 18, 2013 - 9:39 am

      Challenge accepted. :)ReplyCancel

  • {dawn} - October 18, 2013 - 9:39 am

    Thanks, Kerri! Love this! Especially love your showing us how you put it on a photo of your beautiful Kassi-girl!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Barnes - October 18, 2013 - 10:49 am

    Kerri!!!!!! I totally love this! This is my absolute favorite picture of President Monson. I have been wanting to do something with it for a while. Please share photos of the finished project. I would love to see it. Thank you so much! I can hardly wait to use this quote. It may just become Christmas gifts for my co-workers.ReplyCancel

  • Teryl - October 18, 2013 - 11:04 am

    These have to be my most favorite of all your “Freebies” ever!
    Wonderfully done.
    I can’t wait to make copies at Wal-Mart to give to the ladies I visit every month.
    Thank you so very much!ReplyCancel

  • Michele - October 18, 2013 - 11:42 am


    This is just want I needed today … it’s what I’ve needed all week! I’ve been going through a lot of stress these last few months, some good and some not so good …. they’re all trials that I live through in my life.

    Thank you again, I will be having this in my home as a constant reminder.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Johnson - October 18, 2013 - 12:18 pm

    Thank you so much for the freebie. I will use this quote often!ReplyCancel

  • Elaine Bowman - October 18, 2013 - 12:27 pm

    Love this Kerri! Thanks for the freebie!ReplyCancel

  • Janet Meyerhoffer - October 18, 2013 - 6:15 pm

    You are simply the best!ReplyCancel

  • Sue FitzGerald - October 18, 2013 - 6:31 pm

    What a lovely kind looking face your church leader has and what beautiful words he speaks.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Salazar - October 18, 2013 - 8:29 pm

    Thanks Kerri- Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Michele - October 18, 2013 - 10:08 pm

    Hi Kerri-

    I tried downloading the 2nd option with all of the colors but for some reason it’s not incorporated in the download and there’s only a black with no back or a white with no back. :( Could you let me know if maybe I missed something?


  • Jo - October 18, 2013 - 11:37 pm

    Thank you for this beautiful file. It is a powerful message and I love it! Hope you have a wonderful weekend Kerri!


  • Susan P - October 19, 2013 - 8:59 am

    Thanks so much for this freebie Kerri! What a wonderful (and true) quote!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - October 19, 2013 - 1:07 pm

    Thank you. There are so many times that I need just these words. And so many people with whom it will be wonderful to share — a RS pass along card — sort of.ReplyCancel

  • Sharee - October 19, 2013 - 5:47 pm

    You are so talented! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • stacie - October 20, 2013 - 2:59 pm

    heehee, this is so wonderful and when i looked at the picture before scrolling down I thought, what a nice looking old man. sorta reminded me of Billy Graham! thanks so much for sharing…both versions! :)ReplyCancel

Hey y’all! Just popping in with a quick video tutorial on how Zoom can affect the outcome of using Move, whether it be with just an Arrow key or a Shift-Arrow key.


  • Annabelle Bulat - October 15, 2013 - 12:00 pm

    Thanks, Kerri! I did know this but I thought I learned it from you in one of your SIL classes!! Wait, now I’m thinking that it was something about zooming in & sizes being different. Well, anyway…ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - October 15, 2013 - 12:06 pm

      Yeah, I seem to remember saying it once in a class.
      But you know how you just forget about it for a while? :)
      I thought it would be good, since I just remembered again, to share it with everyone.ReplyCancel

  • Fran - October 15, 2013 - 12:40 pm

    I didn’t know this. Thanks for your little did you know. I really appreciate it. I’m just trying to learn my Silhoutte.ReplyCancel

  • Trish - October 16, 2013 - 3:29 am

    I didn’t KNOW! Thanks Kerri for sharing that info. Your bits of wisdom really impact my use and enjoyment of my Silhouette.ReplyCancel

  • Lynette - October 16, 2013 - 10:12 am

    I didn’t know until I started taking you oh the places you’ll go class. Thanks for all the tidbits of info, here on the blog and in your classes. Wow! It’s amazing how knowledge is power…especially in software!ReplyCancel

  • Alison - October 17, 2013 - 1:06 am

    Thank you for all your tips, Kerri. I have recently invested in a Silhouette Cameo and really appreciate your tips. I’ve purchased my first class and I’m slowly working through it. You have a very easy to follow style.ReplyCancel

  • Teryl - October 17, 2013 - 3:03 pm

    When I view this page there is no video to click on–just a lot of white space.
    Do you have any idea why it isn’t showing up?
    Thanks in advance.ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - October 17, 2013 - 3:08 pm

      Hmm…not sure. It’s just a You Tube video and it works for me. Maybe try using a different browser and see if that makes a difference?ReplyCancel

Can you believe it?? We are pretty much midway through October!

Right here.

Right now.

Basically only two weeks left in the month!
I’m kind of freaking out a little about that, I’m not gonna lie!

It’s kind of scary.

And you know what else that means?

Three weeks from today,
the next Silhouette class–Hello There–starts!


It’s coming fast!

But first, to get  you into that Halloween mood,
let’s check out a little bit of fabulousness from our darling Layle!

 [ Shapes | This+That: Halloween (bat and spiderweb) ]

I absolutely adore this!

I love the thought of taking pictures of your decorations. Not only for posterity, but to remember how the heck you arranged it the year before! (ha ha)

Here’s what Layle has to say:

I LOVE Halloween!  But it’s not for the same reason that most people love it.  Nope, not for the candy.  I love it for the decorations!  I decorate the entire main floor of our house; it usually takes me a full day to put all of the decorations out.

I don’t scrap events/occasions/holidays.  I can’t.  Every time I try, I freeze up.  But when I saw the “This + That: Halloween [Just Shapes]” – it was so fun, I figured I needed to find a way!  So, rather than scrapping Halloween night or the kids in costumes, I focused on the decorations.

I’m a single photo scrapper, almost exclusively.  As I was putting this layout together, the spider web reminded me of the shelf in our hallway in the horizontal photo.  That got me thinking that I could add multiple photos above the spider web, almost like a shelf.  To make the spider web more dimensional, I added a few of the insides of the web after they were cut out with pop dots.

I am a NOVICE when it comes to Photoshop.  Literally.  Earlier today I figured out how to adjust the white balance in a photo in Photoshop.  The ‘eat drink be scary’ photo on this layout was the 2nd time I played with it.  I have no idea what in the world I did to make the right hand side of the photo orange, but when I printed it out, it reminded me of a piece of candy corn, so I went with it! :)
  • Ruth G - October 14, 2013 - 3:24 pm

    I love this! The idea that the web is a shelf is awesome and the pictures are wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring!ReplyCancel

  • Tanya - October 15, 2013 - 8:17 pm

    I love you layout. It has inspired me to decorate a little more than I have. Thanks for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

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

Today I have a ‘weekend only’ freebie for y’all!
It’s perfect for the holidays, like Thanksgiving, Christmas…even into Valentine’s Day.

To download this for free through Sunday,
click HERE.

After Sunday, it goes into the store,
so you may want to share this post with all your friends
so they can take advantage of it too. :)

Here’s what it looks like all put together.
Please excuse the bad photo. It has been really dark and gloomy.
When the sun decides to appear, I’ll reshoot it.

You can also take the text from the Home card and do this:

Lots of fun things you can do with all the printables, add the barcode to a photo,
put the playing card on a  journaling card for a date…
not to mention the fun that you can have with the banner itself.

Now I wanna go play with it… ;)

  • Vanessa Miles - October 11, 2013 - 8:44 am

    Thank you. I really enjoy your work and the option ideas.ReplyCancel

  • Michele - October 11, 2013 - 8:50 am

    thank you for the freebie.. love it..ReplyCancel

  • Rhadonda - October 11, 2013 - 8:56 am

    Thanks so much, very cool!ReplyCancel

  • lynne - October 11, 2013 - 8:57 am

    Thank you! Love your stuff and this freebie is so awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - October 11, 2013 - 9:00 am

    Thanks so much! i’m going to enjoy using this set. Happy Thanksgiving (from Canada)ReplyCancel

  • Susan Kopp - October 11, 2013 - 9:09 am

    Thanks Kerri, love this and it is just the perfect addition to my family wall!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lee - October 11, 2013 - 9:29 am

    Many thanks. What a great freebie!ReplyCancel

  • Nola Grotegut - October 11, 2013 - 9:54 am

    Thank You so much for the freebie. I appreciate you sharing with us.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Alg - October 11, 2013 - 11:27 am

    Thanks for sharing this file. I’ve wanted to create a banner for the Fall and like this idea. I can use right until I put up a Christmas banner.ReplyCancel

  • Terri J Marchbanks - October 11, 2013 - 11:34 am

    Thank You Miss. Kerri Love it so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!xoxoxoReplyCancel

  • Sue A - October 11, 2013 - 11:51 am

    Thanks so much for the Freebie! Love your designs!ReplyCancel

  • Angie Coleman - October 11, 2013 - 12:58 pm

    Thank you so much, Kerri! I can’t wait to make this for the holidays!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn N - October 11, 2013 - 1:14 pm

    Thanks Kerri – this is very generous & will look great in my dining room :)ReplyCancel

  • Karen - October 11, 2013 - 1:17 pm

    Thank you so much! Looking forward to making this my family.ReplyCancel

  • Pam S - October 11, 2013 - 1:34 pm

    Thank you, love it.ReplyCancel

  • Trish - October 11, 2013 - 2:04 pm

    Thank you so much Kerri! What a wonderful freebie- so many ways to use it! You are the best…ReplyCancel

  • Linda G - October 11, 2013 - 2:08 pm

    thanks Kerri for the nice freebie, this is so much and nice to use for tags etc. so nice you do this for your following!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - October 11, 2013 - 2:13 pm

    You are so generous! Thank you SO much, Kerri! I love it! And my family will love that I don’t have to steal a Rook card from our deck! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Sally - October 11, 2013 - 2:18 pm

    This is fabulous! Thanks a million!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa (ThePurplePlace) - October 11, 2013 - 2:27 pm

    Thanks Kerri! You are always so generous and I am very thankful for your sharing ways! :)ReplyCancel

  • Sue FitzGerald - October 11, 2013 - 5:03 pm

    Thank you so much Kerri, love this.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie S - October 11, 2013 - 6:26 pm

    Thanks Kerri! Awesome freebie! So kind of you to share like this! :)ReplyCancel

  • melinda - October 11, 2013 - 8:09 pm

    This is awesome! Love how versatile it is! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Judy Stiles - October 11, 2013 - 8:57 pm

    Thanks so much for the freebie … so cute! Can’t wait to make one!ReplyCancel

  • Charlene - October 11, 2013 - 11:02 pm

    Thanks so much–love the freebie:)!ReplyCancel

  • Suzzi - October 12, 2013 - 4:26 am

    This is so adorable. Thanks for sharing your talents and this download.ReplyCancel

  • MichelleB - October 12, 2013 - 5:06 am

    Love this! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki Parker - October 12, 2013 - 12:45 pm

    Thank you very much. :)ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Davis - October 12, 2013 - 1:43 pm

    Kerri, I love this! You are SO sweet! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • evelyn williams - October 12, 2013 - 7:58 pm

    Thank you for this lovely banner.ReplyCancel

  • Lynette Ballard - September 25, 2014 - 3:42 pm

    I can’t believe I snagged this as the freebie nearly a year ago, and finally sat down and made one! I simplified it quite a bit because my string had to be shorter, and it was going to look crowded. I love how it turned out, and I made it to match my home so I honestly could keep it out all year…since I totally have slacked on decorating due to being pregnant this year. I’m working through a series of a few small projects to refresh my decor before baby comes. Thanks for such a cute banner kit! I love how the back piece folds over the smaller mat. They look like envelopes or something, such a fun and fresh look!ReplyCancel

I’m so excited to finally bring you two new combo packs for the online Silhouette classes offered here at KBS! It’s always nice to save a buck or two, eh?  Just click on the image and it will take you to it in the store.


And now, tomorrow…Friday. I think I might have a little ‘weekend only’ freebie coming your way! It’s only available Friday-Sunday and then it goes into the store. It’s perfect for the upcoming holidays, like Thanksgiving (hello Canada on Monday!).  You don’t want to miss it! Wanna a little digital mock up sneak peek?


Check my Facebook page for a real live sneak peek later on. ;)
(Of course, with all these clouds–darkness, it may be hard to get that photo. ha ha)


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