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happy new year!

A brand new year.

A brand new outlook.

A new year always brings hope of good things to come.

It’s promising.

It’s exciting.

Why do you think that is?

It just seems like it’s a flip of the calendar.
But you can’t help be excited about new things to come–what the new year will bring.

I think that’s what’s so fun about doing Ali Edwards’ One Little Word.

Last year my word was grow.

I had no idea at the time just how that would become so significant to me.

In my little business world? grow.grow.grow.
Growth in learning and teaching and meeting new about-the-world friends and all that good stuff.

Personally? Was I a better person and mother?
Eh. I’d say status quo.

Which is what brings me to my One Little Word today.

In typical KB fashion, I’ve got my own word.
Two words that I feel really strongly about–I couldn’t just choose one word. 
I have to focus on both.

So I made it one word.

And here it is . . .

I need to find balance in my life.

I need to not go through periods of totally consumableness (yeah, it’s a word) when working on certain projects for work. When I do that, my home life gets seriously off balance. Not to mention I have days of not showering until late in the day causing what I call, ‘ugly day.’ Creating classes or working on a graphic design job have a tendency to produce consumableness.

That’s why I desperately need to focus on balance.

And then there’s the document side of my word.

Something I am feeling very passionate about and–as you can tell–I am focusing whole heartedly on it this year with my class.

So obviously I was in quite a dilemma when having to choose just one word.
And to stay within the scope of one little word? I made my own.

Because I can.

It’s just what I do. :)

Here’s wishing you all a Happy New Year and that your brand new year brings you everything you hope for!


Melanie A. - January 1, 2013 - 3:10 pm

Happy New Year Kerri! I wish you great success with balancement! and many blessings for the new year.

Tammy - January 1, 2013 - 5:42 pm

I am a good bit older than you I would say and I have yet to figure this one out so when you do, PLEASE let me know. LOL. Love u bunches honey. So glad I found you. Thank you for everything you do and I pray you and your family have a wonderful Blessed New Year.

Val C - January 2, 2013 - 3:01 am

And a very Happy New Balancement Year to you too Kerri!! I should be doing dishes but I am working on your This & that Summertime for my BFFs so I know what you mean…

ana roat - January 2, 2013 - 7:22 am

Balancement…I like that. My word is STOP. No idea what this will hold for the new year but I am excited about seeing the end results. I think there’s more to it than the usual stop complaining, stop sitting on your bum all day, stop procrastinating, stop crying…I think it’s more along the lines of STOP, be still and know that I am GOD!

Balancement…the time between stabilizers and riding free on a brand new bike!

Have a wonderful day Kerri!


Carol - January 3, 2013 - 6:27 pm

Love your word Kerri.

a little video

So, I made this video for the first installment of The History Project. But the more I thought about it, the more I thought I should share it with everyone. I thought perhaps it might give some insight or encouragement for those of you sitting on the fence about this class.

In other words, it’s a little sneak peek into the class. :)

(FYI: I’m having problems emailing, so all the class details will be coming soon. I apologize for the wait.)

ruth tacoma - December 31, 2012 - 12:00 pm

You got me! :) Can’t wait to start.

Joyce - December 31, 2012 - 5:02 pm

I like to talk with my hands too…:)Love your enthusiasm!

Heather - December 31, 2012 - 6:28 pm

I’m in. Just signed up!

ana roat - January 1, 2013 - 8:10 am

Happy New Year Kerri! Thank you for all the wonderful inspiration you provided throughout the last year. Wishing you and your family all the best in 2013 and may it be a banner year all the way around!

ana in sunny Tracy California

the end of the year is almost here!

I can’t believe that we are just three days away from a brand new year. I kind of get giddy at thinking about starting a new year. New resolutions. New plans. New ideas.

Everything is new.

I’m excited for 2013 . . . not that I want it to go fast or anything. Time flies fast enough as it is. But there’s some fun things already that I’m personally looking forward too. My brand new History Project class starts Monday. New Silhouette classes are surely a must. I’m going to CHA for a day in a couple weeks. My husband and I celebrate 25 years of marriage in February. We’re going to NYC this spring to see Jordan sing in Carnegie Hall. Jordan graduates in May.  Well, by golly, there seems to be half the year already. ;)

Guess there’s not a whole lot I can do about time flying . . . it’s going to do it regardless of whether I want it to or not.

This past year my ‘one little word’ was grow. That was such an appropriate word for me. I didn’t even know at the time just how much that applied to my life and my work at the time.

I have a great word for the new year–in typical KB fashion. I’ll be sharing that on January 1.  :)

But there are a few goodies that you may want to take advantage of before this year ends!

If you haven’t heard about this yet, all the details are HERE.

You can save $5 on signing up before January 1. Class officially starts on Monday (Dec 31), but you can join in at any time. It’s regularly priced at $52 (a dollar a week).

And if you missed the sneak peek at the first lesson on Facebook yesterday?
Here it is, just in case. :)

If you got yourself a brand new Cameo/Portrait or maybe you’ve been wanting to get the most out of your little baby, but just haven’t done it yet?, Now is a great time to get classes on!

If you’ve never taken any classes, I might recommend taking Silhouette 1+2 (top 2) for only $39.20 for both. You’re saving $5 with the bundle and right now--through the end of the year–classes are 20% off (=39.20). Hello!

And that Just Add Color class? It’s a pretty awesome little class (if I do say so myself). You learn a lot about using color and the Silhouette color tools, so it’s pretty nifty.

You can see all the classes–and more–at HERE.

Well, that about sums it up for me today. :)

Merry Christmas to all….

Well, it’s Christmas Eve day in a good chunk of the world today.

And something that seems somewhat of a rarity ’round these parts at Christmas time has taken a turn for the good today . . . that would be SNOW! Big ol’ white fluffy flakes of wintery goodness.

Seems like we haven’t had much of it on Christmas and today it’s just a-dumpin’!

Been out driving in it too and it’s been absolutely glorious!

Kept saying to my hubby, ”I’m so happy!”

I’m tellin’ ya, it’s been rare to get a snow storm on Christmas . . . the one day your really want it.

So now I leave you to enjoy your holidays with this page from Nichol. With Santa coming tonight and all, I thought it a very fitting page to share on this Christmas Eve day.

[ ShapesLetters To Santa (mailbox & title) / Star Background (12×12) / PenguinA Dog’s Life (fire hydrant) / This & That: Winter (sled, stocking hat, envelope) / December Addtions: The Extras (Santa envelope) / This & That: Christmas (Santa hat, stack of gifts) / Christmas Countdown (bird) / Here Comes Santa Claus (hanging star) / Snapshots #1 (photo strip)

Oh my gosh! How stinkin’ cute is this???
Eye candy, I tell ya! Eye candy!

I wanna know where this girl’s mind goes at night.
She must have visions of storybooks dancing in her heads or somethin’.

Then penguins and the hats are killin’ me!

 Here’s what Nichol has to say:

I thought it would be fun to cut multiple penguins (one to represent each of my kids) and create a die cut scene of the penguins taking their letters to Santa to the mailbox! I included the awesome new star background to add interest to my page. The envelope pocket was perfect for including my children’s letters to santa. I’m able to “hide” them but still access them at some point. It will be fun to look back at these someday!

I’ll be checking back in with you later in the week.

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas,
Happy Hanukkah and all that good stuff!


Liz - December 24, 2012 - 9:35 am

just wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

{dawn} - December 24, 2012 - 9:47 am

Always a joy to see what Nichol comes up with! She uses shapes I did not realize I even had!

Sounds like you are getting one of those “It’s a Wonderful Life” kind of snows! Love when we have those heavy snow falls…just doesn’t happen that often around here. We MIGHT have an inch of snow by Christmas morning – at least it will be white!

Merry Christmas to you, Kerri! I have really enjoyed these 12 days of Christmas with you. Thanks for all the time you put into the posts and freebies! Have a wonderful Christmas with your family!!

Brenda - December 24, 2012 - 10:41 am

WOW! That is a fantastic layout – so wish my brain would work like that! lol Kerri I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

Tammy Joyce - December 24, 2012 - 11:19 am

This layout is truly spectacular. I love the penguin’s. They still the show. You done and awesome job. Thanks for sharing your talent with us less fortunate. Merry Christmas.

Pam - December 24, 2012 - 11:27 am

Fabulous layout! Nichol is the absolute best. When she uses your products, the projects are beyond spectacular. Merry Christmas, Kerry!

Diane - December 24, 2012 - 1:12 pm

As usual, a totally fantastic layout from Nicole.

Thank you so much for the free 12 Days of Christmas files. I loved each and every one!

Merry Christmas to you and your family and many blessings on the New Year.

Linda Gilbert - December 24, 2012 - 11:04 pm

Thank you so much for all the freebies and new patterns to try with my portrait.

Have a very Merry Christmas, God Bless you and your family Kerri

Terri Marchbanks - December 25, 2012 - 1:41 pm

You are so very sweet to spoil us like this oh how much fun its been… Loved it everybit…MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND TO YOU AND YOURS…HUGS

JLBOhio - December 25, 2012 - 9:06 pm

Merry Christmas!!

Ruth G - December 26, 2012 - 9:32 pm

Amazing! Thanks for filling my world with wonder and delight, Kerri and Nichol and Laura and Sheri and Robyn!! Merry Christmas to you and a very happy 2013!

12 Days of Christmas: Day 12

This is it folks. The very last day. I have to say, this has been one of the most fun times I’ve had here at KBS. Our own little two-week long Christmas party–great company, great conversation, all we needed was a little eggnog.

Thank you all so much for coming ’round these parts and making this Christmas season very merry+bright!

And now, I leave you with one last freebie. It just didn’t seem appropriate to not have one Christmas tree in the mix. So that’s what is up for grabs today and tomorrow.

I kind-a liked the long and skinny version. I even messed with stretching it taller (but not too far) and it looked pretty fun. It’d be awesome going up the side of your page!


To download it for free until Monday morning, click HERE.


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

And now.

What should we put on sale for today?

How’s about this one . . . it’s always been one of my faves.

It’s normally $9, but it’s on sale for half off–making it just $4.50–until Monday morning.

To purchase, click the image or click HERE.

man . . . as I’m writing this I keep feeling like i’m saying goodbye to all my  company at the end of the party.

And now, the last big fun thing for our little party.

If you are a fan of my Facebook page, you already know this baby is up!

A little somethin’ somethin’ for all your Project Life crafts perhaps?

I am so excited about this kit! Love the frames. You can put them over a title card or a photo . . . or even turn them vertically and use them if your photo pockets are obligin’. Lots of fun extra words to mix and match and just have a grand ol’ time!

Yeah . . . . some fun to be had there!

To check it out in the store, click the image above or click HERE.

Well, I guess that about wraps it up folks!
(And no, I did not mean that to be a pun in any way.)

It really has been such a fun past couple weeks!

Now we are all going to focus on our families over the next few days, get stuffed, and get stuffed some more. You know me, I’m all about the food. Of course, I do have one other page to share on Monday from Miss Nichol, so you’ll want to be sure to check in on that when ya gotta a couple minutes between parties, Santa visits, and dreaming of sugarplums dancing in your heads.

Oh and don’t forget, this class brand new class that’s available here on my site!

If this is the first time you’re hearing about it, you’ll want to check out all the details HERE. Additionally, it’s on sale until class starts, which is December 31. So maybe when you can breathe after the 25th, check it out. It’s going to be a fantastic heirloom for you. Truly. I’m very excited about it!

Stacey - December 22, 2012 - 3:04 pm

Thank you Kerri! It’s been a lovely 12 Days!

Rebecca - December 22, 2012 - 3:20 pm


Thank you, thank you for being so generous with your time and talents. I have been so excited to add all your fabulous and FREE shapes to my library. I did buy some shapes from you as well ;).

Merry, merry Christmas!!

Heather Crawford - December 22, 2012 - 3:21 pm

Thanks so much for all the great shapes you shared! I love your store!!

Heather Crawford - December 22, 2012 - 3:22 pm

Oh, and forgot to say, I was enabled by that Laura Vegas to buy that template set this week that she used in her extra cool layout :) sigh,.I love your template sets :)

Marcy - December 22, 2012 - 3:39 pm

Thank you so much for all of these lovely freebies… Your designs always bring a smile to my face… Merry Christmas to you and those whom you love… Can’t wait to see what the new year brings from you… xoxo, m.e.

Cindy - December 22, 2012 - 3:44 pm

Thank you so much Kerri for the wonderful freebies and sales (I slept through one of them – darn it!!). It’s been fun and I grabbed the PL designs ……. they’re awesome. Can’t wait to see what the NEW YEAR brings.
I would like to wish you and yours a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Sue FitzGerald - December 22, 2012 - 4:56 pm

Thank you so much for your generous week of giveaways. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and new year xx

Sue FitzGerald - December 22, 2012 - 4:58 pm

Make that 12 days not a week, lol. a bit early in the morning :-)

Linda H - December 22, 2012 - 5:24 pm

Thank you for the delightful files during this season–I loved seeing what was new each day! Merry Christmas to you and your family–and I’m looking forward to seeing you in history class!

Lynne - December 22, 2012 - 6:40 pm

Thank you so much!

Susan Benivegna - December 22, 2012 - 7:17 pm

Thank you so much for all the wonderful freebies! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

Diane McKenzie - December 22, 2012 - 7:36 pm

Thank you for all your freebies these past 12 days. I love your art work.
Have a great holiday!
Merry Christmas

Jeanette - December 22, 2012 - 8:47 pm

Thanks for all of the downloads! I can’t wait to figure out how to use them. Merry Christmas to you!

Sheri E. - December 22, 2012 - 8:50 pm

Thank-you so much Kerri! I love your shapes and designs, and now I get to use them on my new Cameo. Looking forward to 2013.

Renee G - December 22, 2012 - 9:40 pm

Kerri, thank you so much for sharing your talents with us these past 12 days, awesome. I am going to miss checking out the freebie each morning! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Sylvia - December 23, 2012 - 1:40 am

THANKS so much for these wonderful gifts!!!

12 Days of Christmas: Day 11

On the 11th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me . . . 11 pipers piping . . . Okay, that one isn’t too bad. If you ask my girls–who just went to see The Nutcracker ballet this past weekend because they’d never been–they’d prefer not to see any ‘lords a-leaping’ in tights. Jordan asked if the men could wear shorts.

Enough said.

We’re getting down to the wire folks! Christmas is soooo around the corner!

Need a fabulous last minute neighbor gift idea?
Check out these cute little subway art gifts that Robyn made!

[ Subway Art: Christmas ]

That is such a cute idea! I love it!

Here’s what Robyn has to say:

I have always loved Kerri’s Subway art! She just does it perfectly, every time! I thought it would be fun to spread that love to my neighbors by printing off a red and black version and putting them in this two-sided frame from Ikea (so they can choose which side to display in their homes). The frames are a great price for neighbor gifts and by adding some holiday twine and cute tags – they were perfect. 

Now here’s a little phrase that our Miss Naomi was wanting.
I’m always happy to oblige, particularly when it comes to words.
They are my fave. :)

To download this for free–today only–click HERE.

This kit is no longer available for free, but you can purchase it HERE.

 So, I’ve heard the world may be ending today. So this may be  our very last year here on earth. Might be something we should scrap about. So this may be your last opportunity to take advantage of this kit. :)

To get this for half off (no we are not having a fire sale ;))–just $4–click HERE.

This is no longer available on sale.

Later y’all! It’s been nice knowin’ ya.
If we all wake up Saturday, then I’ll be back for sure. ;)

Sylvia - December 21, 2012 - 5:58 am

Thanks so much!!!

lynne - December 21, 2012 - 6:23 am

Thanks so much for the word art!

Patti Painter - December 21, 2012 - 6:45 am

Thanks for the sweet word art….love the subway art in the frame!

Renee G - December 21, 2012 - 8:36 am

Once again, thank you! Love each and everyone of the freebies!

Ruth G - December 21, 2012 - 10:48 am

OK, you gave me a really hard Captcha math problem, so I have to try again (love the ones that are like 1+1=)

Thanks for all the joy you bring to my world of crafting with fantastic cutting files that I can use to create things I enjoy and can share with others!!!

ScrappyMama - December 21, 2012 - 1:06 pm

Oh, I had to laugh about your DDs & their Nutcracker experience as my DH & I are going to see The Nutcracker tonight for the very 1st time ever!! I don’t even really know the story of The Nutcracker & we’ve never been to a ballet either (yeah, we live under a rock!) so it’ll be a big night of Firsts for us!! And, yep, I’ll be scrappin’ it…Oh geez, I just thought about somethin’…since we’re exposin’ ourselves to all this culture tonight…maybe the world really IS ending : P !!!!!!!

Beth R - December 22, 2012 - 4:52 am

This 12 days of Christmas has been so fun , I look forward to checking the site each morning. Thank You !
However, I must confess that I have found myself in a pickle:
I LOVE and collect so many of your kits that I have only been able to purchase 1 new kit during the previous 11 days :) I already own all of the half price offerings you’ve featured!
Hahaha , such a horrible predicament I know. But I will stay strong and hang tough. The new year is coming so I will be watching for the “Twenty-Thirteen” kit and anything else that flows from that beautifully creative mind of yours.
Thanks again for everything, your kits and pieces make me happy.

12 Days of Christmas: Day 10

I can’t believe we are winding down! I mean, I wrote that ‘Day 10′ and it just kind of blew my mind that after today there are just two days left! That’s just crazy, I tell ya! Oh but wait, there’s only four more shopping days until Christmas . . . how does that grab ya? ;)

Got some socks on? Are you ready to have them knocked off? Because when I saw these goooorgeous ornaments from Nichol, it seriously knocked my socks off!

[ Shapes | This+That: Christmas Past (ornament) / Christmas Countdown (ornament) / Here Comes Santa Claus (snowflake) / Holly Jolly Christmas (snowflake) ]

Okay, say it with me . . . WOW! I keep looking at those and I’m seeing some shapes, but good grief, I can’t tell just what she did! lol I think we need to be checking HER BLOG for all the detailed instructions on this.



I think that just sums it up.

Here’s some things Nichol has to say about it:

These ornaments were inspired by the paper stamped ornament on the front of the Stampin’ Up Seasonal Holiday Catalog this year. Only instead of stamping my ornaments, I used die cut ornament designs from Kerri’s kits to create the base layer and dimensional pieces for my ornaments. I also die cut snowflakes from American Crafts Glitter WOW paper (which cuts like butter!) and layered them in the center of the design for some glitz and shimmer. These ornaments were a great way to use up some of those bulky dimensional items that I have in my craft supply that I love but don’t often use on my layouts. Plus, I added a couple of beautiful ornaments to my collection this year! So fun!

[ still in wow mode. . .]

Well. With something like that, we just gotta put one of those kits on sale, do we not?

Yes we shall!

So for today only, this is on sale for half off. Just $5.

To purchase it, click HERE.

This kit is no longer available on sale.

 Today’s freebie comes from the wishings and wantings of Miss Laura. She thought it would be lovely to have some little banner shapes to make a very merry accent or home decor piece. I, of course, just had to have the word ‘believe’ as a little extra something to ‘hang’ them from. :)

To download it for free–today only–click HERE.

This is no longer available as a free shape, but you can purchase it HERE.

Sylvia - December 20, 2012 - 9:05 am

Thanks so much, love it!

Renee G - December 20, 2012 - 9:12 am

Thank you for another great design!

kathy (krolski) - December 20, 2012 - 9:18 am

Nichol is A-MAZ-ing! These ornaments are so beautiful!

Lancene - December 20, 2012 - 9:25 am

Thank you for all the holiday goodness.

Sue - December 20, 2012 - 12:45 pm

Thanks so much for the beautiful designs! Merry Christmas!

Ruth G - December 20, 2012 - 1:55 pm

I believe this is such a wonderful addition to all things Christmasy that you’ve created! Nichol is awesome and I’m so glad to hear that I’m not the only one who doesn’t like to use bulky items on layouts! I was beginning to wonder if I was a goofball! TFS!

Terri Marchbanks - December 20, 2012 - 6:02 pm


Val C - December 21, 2012 - 3:27 am

Thank you again for a great Christmas freebie. I have just finished 2 this+that Christmas trays for my BFFs and I am looking forward to doing the summertime one next for them ( oh yes I live in Melbourne & it is summer over here 36C or 96.8F forecast for Sunday ) Have a very Merry Christmas…Regards Val

12 Days of Christmas: Day 9

Wow. Wow. Wow! Do I have a day for you!
Some exciting news to announce today, but first let’s get to the regular 12 Days goodies.

Today’s idea comes from Miss Robyn. She wanted this song written,
and so I did it in the usual KB style and put it in Subway Art form!

Print it as an 8×10, place it in a frame and give it as a gift. Or, print it small and put it in your December Daily.
Lots of great places to use it!


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

I included cut files with this, but more than likely you’ll want to just print the PNG file on this freebie.

So, I’m thinking there are going to be many of you working on your December Daily or your Project Life or maybe you still haven’t sent off that photo card (like me!) or maybe you’re simply going to want to add more photos to your page.


That’s what I’m thinkin’.

So why not put this little guy on sale!

To download it for half off–just $5 today only–click HERE.


Okay, you have no idea just how hard it’s been for me to stay quiet about this next item
because I’m just that excited!

I have been really passionate about this subject for a while and now I’m bringing it to you in the form of a class right here on my site.

Introducing . . .

I can’t tell you just how excited I am about this class!

It has been something stirring in my mind for quite some time–one of those thing I always think. “I need to do this someday…”

Well, NOW is the time.

What is The History Project?

We are the storytellers. We tell the story of our lives. We are all at different places in recording our current lives, some of us have been doing it for a few years and some of us may have been doing it for a few months. But generally speaking, we are in the process of recording our life as it happens now, which is great!

But what about your story? What about the things that happened to you as a child or as a teenager?

We never seem to have time to write these stories down because we are busy scrapping more current events.

We all have a different story. Different ways of growing up. Different family situations. Mine is very unique as compared to even my own children that have lived in the same house their whole lives.

Your story is important. Your story is interesting. Your story needs to be recorded simply and efficiently, without spending all the time worrying about product and laying out pages and finding photos like you do when scrapping. It’s all about the stories, not the foo foo.

It’s all about your history.

Why do The History Project?

Let me share a couple of personal examples with you.

My mom passed away at age 65 due to a series of strokes. Much too early, if you ask me. She shared stories here and there of her life, but do I remember them? Not very many. Did she write them down? No. Those stories are now gone with her. I am sad about that. We have boxes and boxes of stuff that we’ve gone through–tiny little reminders of who she was and what she liked, but no personal stories behind those items. I’m really sad about that.

want  my kids to know those stories about me. I don’t want them to be left with nothing that says who I am or how I became who I am.

I think one of my most treasured things I have is a list of different stories from my dad. I had a ‘family tree’ assignment for Creating Keepsakes several years ago and I thought it would be fun to have the grandparents and parents share their lives at the same age as my 8 year old son. Now, I basically grew up without my dad in the home because my parents divorced when I was nine. I didn’t get to hear those random stories about childhood like my kids do. So when I got a handful pages of different stories from his childhood? I was in heaven. It is pure gold. On top of that, we got to go with him to his childhood hometown, Sheridan Wyoming, for his 55th high school reunion. My sister brought a tape recorder so we could record the flood of memories that came from being there. Again….gold.

So what will we leave behind for our children? Yes, many of us make scrapbooks and maybe even keep journals, but I didn’t necessarily scrapbook or journal when I was nine….did you? And what we think now can be different than what we thought then. Perspective and all.

The important thing is to write it down.
And that’s what this class is all about. Getting those memories down on paper in a fun and unique way.

I want to help you gather those moments in time and collect them in a book. A book that’s all your own, to design how you want to do it. There is no rhyme or reason, only a starting point with a subject and ideas each week. It’s all about letting those thoughts flow. Freedom to express what’s only been in your head.

We will be doing this on a weekly basis so that it will always be in the forefront of your mind. It will help you to complete your project within a year. And if you get behind a week? There’s no worry because this is not a chronological memory book.

By doing this together we support each other. We give each other that drive to leave something of you behind.

What you get in the class each week? (52 weeks total)

  • You’ll receive a PDF by email with all the journaling prompts and tips on how to journal the subject for that week. Sometimes I’ll even suggest a photo or ephemera idea to include. All this will be in the PDF to make those ideas and thoughts flow easily into your journal. FYI: The email used will be your PayPal email unless otherwise noted.
  • Additionally the PDF will include my own page examples so you have a base to start with.
  • You’ll receive an exclusive KB-designed graphic element to add visual interest to your journal. Like I said previously, this isn’t about the foo foo, however, I do like a little visual interest. :) But that can be done in a simple fashion.

This graphic element may be a cuttable word image or a cute little decorative card or whatever. Please note, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE A CUTTER to do this project. Anything that can be cut can also be printed onto transparency or paper using the PNG version and included in your entry.

What is the cost of the class?

$52. That’s $1 a week for the whole 2013 year for the PDF and graphic element. More than anything, I wanted this class to be affordable, easy, and fun with a little visual goodness mixed in. That’s my vision.

And you know how I like to offer savings, so if you sign up by December 31,
the cost is only $47.

On January 1 it goes up to its regular price of $52.

[ To buy this class, click HERE. ]

What do you need for the class?

A notebook or journal and a pen. That’s all you need.

I’m using a composition notebook because there’s no better sound to me in the office supply world than a crinkly notebook. But that’s what I’m doing. Is it the most archivally safe? Probably not. But I really don’t care. :) Hey, if my great grandfather can write in a journal using just an ordinary pen on paper that surely wasn’t archivally safe and have it last 100 years, so can I.

What would be fun to use for the class?

Here is a list of a few things that I’ll be using:
Washi tape! Hello! So easy and fun and visual…and affordable…and thin.
Date stamp(s). Okay, so I may have a variety of those. ;)
Cardstock if you’re cutting elements. Paper or transparencies if you’re printing.
Alphabet stickers.

Remember: Keep it simple.

Do I have to start right at the first of the year?

No. You don’t. Even though the class officially starts on December 31 (a Monday), you can jump in at any time and will have access to all the PDFs and prompts up to that point. This is not a chronological set of memories. We will be all over the place with our memories. It’ll be like one of those compilation children’s storybooks. :) However I will be focusing on the ‘pre-adult’ years, 0-20.

The Moral of the ‘Story’.

When all is said and done, this is your story, your way. It’s your history. You have complete freedom to do it how you’d like. It’s meant to be simple. It’s meant as a solution to recording your life. It doesn’t matter what your age is. You can even get your kids or your husband doing it along with you. Put all your answers in one ‘family’ book or keep your own books.

The important thing is to share your story.

Let’s do it together. I’m so excited! :)

Sylvia - December 19, 2012 - 4:53 am

Awesome! Thanks so much!

Patti Johnson - December 19, 2012 - 5:16 am

Kerri, thank you for the great idea and class! I’ve taken other classes of yours and always learn so much!
I’m looking forward to this journey and thank you for the discount too, that’s awesome!

{dawn} - December 19, 2012 - 8:40 am

I have been so wanting to do something like this for a while. Your class will be the “nagging” I need to get it done!! And, I always love your creativity – sure to be a great project!! Thanks, Kerri!

rachel kokes - December 19, 2012 - 9:28 am

thank you so much for all the freebies!!!!

Tania K - December 19, 2012 - 10:04 am

I love the concept of this class… but my life really seems so boring most of the time. My daughter is 19, in university and never at home anymore. I work full time and my spare time is spent golfing, gardening, scrapping or doing the everyday chores that most people do. It seems to me that I wouldn’t have much to say at the end of the day… but like I said, I do love the concept of the class…

Kerri - December 19, 2012 - 10:29 am

Hey Tania!
Just to let you know, this class is all about YOU. It will be focusing on your life–your stories–up to about age 20. And I want to tell you from personal experience and historical facts, your life is important. You think it may be boring, but I (and I’m getting kind of emotional about this) can tell you without a doubt that your family will love the stories about YOU when you are gone. I know that sounds a little morbid of sorts, but it’s important. My sister has been in the women’s studies field at the university level for some time. She can tell you too, your life, your recorded history is important beyond your own family as well.

My kids are all older too–18-23. This is not about them. It’s about me and my childhood.

I’m not saying all this just to have you take a class. I’m saying all this because it is important to your family, to your posterity. Like I said, your story is important regardless of how boring you think it may be.

I just have to add, that we found our great grandfathers tiny little daily journals that he kept. Said what the weather was, tiny little notes about what he did that day. I’m sure he wondered why he did it. But I can tell you with 100% assuredness that that is a true treasure. I think it’s amaaaazing to hear what he did on a daily basis…what he thought was probably boring.

I just can’t help but keep saying, your story IS important. Everyone has a story to tell.

Okay, I’m done with my soapbox. :) I told you I was passionate about this subject. lol

Candy - December 19, 2012 - 10:31 am

This class sounds great and very timely for New Year resolutions. Mahalo Kerri!

Tania K - December 19, 2012 - 11:19 am

Ahh Kerri. Thanks so much for your message. I love that idea. I think I skimmed through the class information far too quickly and somehow I had the idea that this would be about documenting the upcoming year… I love this idea and the fact that I’ll be prompted each week to write something sounds fabulous! You convinced me that I need to do this!

Kerri - December 19, 2012 - 11:28 am

I love it! I’m so happy! You won’t regret it…I promise! :)

Jane - December 19, 2012 - 11:41 am

I don’t have any children and am the youngest with 4 brothers. I am not sure who will readmy story someday but I really want to get it down.
Thanks Kerri. I will be signing up.

Katrina H - December 19, 2012 - 11:54 am

That class sounds awesome! I think I will sign up, and I’m hoping to convince my parents to do some of it with me. Thank you!

Deneen - December 19, 2012 - 12:45 pm

Kerri, I will be signing up for this class by the 31st. This is something that is so very important to me. My mom died at 43 suddenly and my father died at 65 from Cancer. Because my mom had died much too soon my dad and I talked about many many things that I wanted to know about him. However even though I knew he had served in the Navy I didn’t know that he was actually a firefighter in the Navy. I found out when we were preparing for his funeral. How I wish I knew more about his time in the Navy. Thank you thank you thank you for offering this class.

linda gilbert - December 19, 2012 - 3:27 pm

I am excited about this, I wish my g-p’s shared more about their child stories. I did ask my g-pa about the family tree some stories out of him, that was when he was in his 90’s and had his memory. It will be fun, I did do a little scrapbookk bought from Hallmark and put my little pieces of memories in there. Now that they have so much for scrapbookers its like going back to kindergarden coloring, pasting, and writing, but FUN!!!!I want to fell challenge and also be fun too!

Audrey V - December 19, 2012 - 3:37 pm

Hi Kerri,
I have subjected myself to a ban on taking new classes, lol, because I have some classes I need to finish first. Yet … this subject is tugging at my heart, I really need to write down more of my personal history, because, I am forgetting it as I get older! And I can’t resist a class from you, and a sale! So I’m sitting on the fence, but I’m sure I’ll jump down and sign up before the 31st. Great idea, btw. We all make gads of layouts about our kids, and too few layout about ourselves.

Cindy - December 19, 2012 - 4:35 pm

I’m probably going to take the class, but frankly, I don’t remember very much about my childhood at all (it wasn’t very good) and most of what I do remember I wouldn’t want my kids to read. Both my parents passed away in their early 70s, within the last few years, and while my mother didn’t talk much about her life, my dad told me stories about his life in the few months we had before he passed away.
Anyway, my journal may be fairly empty, but I’ve always been a little curious about my parents, so I can only assume that my son or grandsons may be interested when I’m no longer around.

Terri Marchbanks - December 20, 2012 - 6:09 pm

Have no fear my dear I’m in like flynn will be purchasing this one next week,4 sure xoxo hugs Miss. Kerri and Merry Christmas