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Hello! And welcome to the Everyday Storyteller 2 blog hop!

I am so excited to be a part of this amazing ebook! And to be included with this wonderful bunch of  ladies too? So creative and talented? Wow!

As most of my fans know, I’m super passionate about recording stories . . . but specifically our own story. We are mainly focused on recording the day-to-day and current events, which is great, but what about our personal stories? I know you all have quite a few to share!

Having lost my mother a few years ago, I realized that I lost all her stories. She doesn’t have journals written about her young life and now those stories are gone forever. I don’t want that for my kids. I have a story to tell. We all have a story to tell.

And that’s what my little part in Everyday Storyteller is all about. Sharing tips on how to get those older memories out of your head and onto paper so they can be shared with your posterity forever.

But if you read my little book snippet and you’re thinking to yourself, ‘Wait! That’s not enough. I want more!’ Well,I gotta class for that. ;) It’s called The History Project. You can read all about the details HERE (or use the link on the right).

And in the essence of all things fun and good during a blog hop, if you are interested in taking The History Project class, you can save 10% on the class through this week.

Now, about Everyday Storyteller 2. This is a brand new idea book offering more than 100 tips, tricks and techniques for scrapbooking. You’ll go behind the scenes with 33 of your favorite memory keepers to see how they capture moments, tell stories and document their best memories. Sign up for the VIP list to be the first to know when the book is released and receive an exclusive discount.

Additionally, if you use this VIP link or this purchase link on my site, you’ll receive a $10 gift card to use for a little shopping excursion on my site.

To qualify for the gift card, send me an email at with a copy of your order number from the book purchase (using the link on my site) and I’ll get you on your merry way!

And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better?

How’s about a chance to win the book before you buy it!

Each book contributor participating in the blog hop is giving away an eBook copy of Everyday Storyteller 2. Use this entry link or click the graphic below to complete your entry form.

You must enter by 11:59pm PDT on April 30, 2013 to be eligible. You may enter from each stop. Winners will be contacted directly as well as posted at on May 1, 2013.

Oh my freakin’ heck! That is so awesome!


Now, here’s all who is playing in the blog hop–you must check ‘em out!

Tangie Baxter
Kerri Bradford         <—– you are here.
Joscelyne Cutchens
Catherine Davis
Patty Debowski
Lisa Dickinson
Karla Dudley
Leah Farquharson
Karen Grunberg
Jenni Hufford
Donna Jannuzzi
Amanda Jones
Mandy Koeppen
Riikka Kovasin
Kami Leonard
Amy Mallory
Amy Martin
Ann-Marie Morris
Celine Navarro
Lynnette Penacho
Kelly Purkey
Krista Sahlin
Linda Sattgast
Cindy Schneider
Wendy Smedley
Elisha Snow
Amy Sorensen
Neisha Sykes
Jill Sprott
Laura Vegas
Allison Waken
Crystal Wilkerson
Jennifer Wilson
Patty Debowski
Lynnette Penacho
Elisha Snow
Wendy Smedley
Neisha Sykes

  • kristineS - April 30, 2013 - 4:12 am

    Would love a copy-thanksReplyCancel

  • susan kopp - April 30, 2013 - 5:56 am

    thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • KrisP - April 30, 2013 - 5:57 am

    great giveaway, thanks!!ReplyCancel

  • monica - April 30, 2013 - 6:40 am

    thanks for the opportunity!ReplyCancel

  • Khai Lin - April 30, 2013 - 9:24 am

    Awesome :) put my name down for a chance to winReplyCancel

  • Dawn - April 30, 2013 - 11:43 am

    Thanks so much for the chance to win :)ReplyCancel

  • kate blue - April 30, 2013 - 12:03 pm

    definitely need pointers on how to journal MORE…I keep trying to get away with the minimum!ReplyCancel

  • Mamatha - April 30, 2013 - 12:19 pm

    Thanks for the chance.ReplyCancel

  • pjscraps - April 30, 2013 - 2:22 pm

    cool blog!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - April 30, 2013 - 3:43 pm

    Looks awesome!ReplyCancel

  • LB - April 30, 2013 - 6:02 pm

    Love the Blog Hop – founds some great blogs along the way. Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Jett Hampton - April 30, 2013 - 7:58 pm

    What an awesome blog hop! Hope I’m the lucky one.ReplyCancel

  • Hally - April 30, 2013 - 9:19 pm

    Thanks for the chance!ReplyCancel

  • amy sotolongo - April 30, 2013 - 11:15 pm

    I’d love to win a copy! It looks fabulous!!ReplyCancel

ETA: Due to popular demand, this is still going on through Tuesday. :)

Warning: Get ready to sit back and relax and enjoy some reading. We’ve got a doozie of a day!

We’re gearing up for National Scrapbook Day here at KBS and want to help you get ready for it too! The most important part of what we do in this lovely little crafting universe is document our photos. And I’m all about making that process as easy as possible.

For me?

That’s where photo templates come in to play. I love having a template, printing it out and then accentuating + journaling around it. Photo templates help us keep the focus on where it needs to be . . . the photos. I love the way the block of photos look on a page. It’s clean. It’s easy to see the photos. And with photo templates, you can easily swap photos around without having to worry about sizing or cutting a thing.

That’s sweet.

So for today not only do we have a brand new photo template kit, but we also have a free photo template . . . that’s free for today only. Then it goes into the store where you can purchase it for .99.

So let’s take a look at the new kit!

As usual, each template has a frame with both straight edges or rounded edges. Want a thicker frame? Simply add a stroke to that layer. Lots of fun designs to play with too!

And speaking of playing with it, I just had to add some photos of my own to it. If you’re a fan on Facebook, you’ll have seen that my daughter went to her very last prom on Saturday. I thought they would be excellent to put into a storyboard.

Just thought I’d mention here that Jordan (and I) made her boutonniere. Jordan didn’t think to order it until Friday and the place we  normally buy it from only had red roses left. Well, as you can tell red wouldn’t do. So we went to the grocery store and they had nothing in the rose category either. It was prom for two high schools and BYU graduation, so pickin’s were slim. So we bought a potted plant of white flowers and the florist at the store gave us a little baby’s breath and we brought it home, wrapped it with some ribbon and voila!

Oh, and Jordan is wearing some earrings that I bought while in Ireland a few years ago along with a hair comb that belonged to her great grandmother (on Dan’s side). She’s also wearing her grandmother’s (my mom) ‘J’ pin. A very vintage girl . . . and he dressed pretty retro too. They were the talk of the prom . . . everyone loved their look.

Oh, and another funny little story. In the photo where they are walking to his *ehem* BMW, there is a neighbor in red in the background (you can hardly see him). But he yells over to Jordan “Don’t let him just kiss you! Make him work for it!” Luckily Jordan and this kid are good friends so it wasn’t awkward. ;)

And now, here’s the freebie template.
Remember, you can download it for free today only.


To download it, click on the image or click HERE.

This file is no longer free, but you can purchase it in the store.


But that’s not all the fun for today. Check it out!

That’s right . . . all photo templates are on sale today–and today only. So if you want to get stocked up, today would be that day. :) And when I say ‘all’, that includes the brand new template today too. Woo hoo!

To see all the templates available, click HERE.

And just when you thought today’s post couldn’t get any better, check out what Laura Vegas did with photo templates.


 [ Shapes | Happy (quote) / Storyboard: Instagram Style ]

I think this is a wonderful idea! 
It would make a great mother’s day gift too.

Here’s what Laura has to say:

This was a project that has been on my to-do list for quite a while now. I have worked as a daycare provider in my home for 11+ years now, and have been lucky enough to take care of lots and lots of adorably cute kids over those years. I take tons of photos of them, and make tons of layouts with those photos. But I have been wanting to put something together that shows each and every one of those kids together, in one spot. When I saw Kerri’s new Storyboard: Instagram Style templates, I knew they would work perfectly for what I had in mind. I picked up an inexpensive black 12″ x 36″ frame, knowing that I could stack three 12″ x 12″ photo collages inside.
The hardest part of this project was finding the photos of each child, and also choosing just ONE photo of each child to use. I only had 3 kids that I wasn’t able to find photos for, so in the end, I ended up with 31 kids to fit into my collages. I filled one template completely, and I filled the top two rows of the second template, and the bottom two rows of the third template. Once I had the three collages printed (I send them to Costco) and stacked together, that left me with a 12″ x 12″ area to fill in. I kept the design super simple, since this will be hanging in the playroom, which is right at the front of the house. I choose the “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands” quote because quite simply, it makes me happy! It’s also a very common song around this place, since so many of my toys seem to play it ;)




It’s going to be a fantastic week here, so make sure you spread the word to everyone so they can get in on all the fun and preparation for a fabulous NSD Saturday!

  • Sue Alger - April 29, 2013 - 7:02 am

    Just downloaded your freebie…thanks and purchased Storyboard #8. I have many of your storyboards and they make quick work out for my digital scrapping.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth G - April 29, 2013 - 8:14 am

    Wow! Lots of great shares today! I love the prom pics (and story:) and Laura’s project is super fun! Thanks so much for the template! I need to do some shopping now!ReplyCancel

  • Candy - April 29, 2013 - 11:57 am

    What are the sizes for the templatesReplyCancel

    • Kerri - April 29, 2013 - 1:19 pm

      They are a random mix of sizes, leaning towards 11″ on the longest side to 5″ at the narrowest side (give or take). All can be resized to accommodate your page though. I would suggest resizing the template to your liking before you add your photos…just in case. It’s not that big of a deal if you change the size of the overall project after though.ReplyCancel

Hey all! Just wanted to do a quick  reminder to let you know this sale ends Saturday. :)

For more details on this class, use the link to the right.

So about this time couple weeks ago I was in NYC, going off very little sleep. The ‘trip’ started off with a choir concert at the hight school from 6:00 until about 7:30. Then we had to be to the airport by 9:00 pm (it’s a 40 minute drive). Needless to say that was a little crazy to have a concert right before leaving.

Here’s what it looked like at the airport. This is just our group–and not everyone at that!

The entire Jet Blue airplane was ours. There were around 160 kids and 50 chaperones. There were maybe 20+ people that had to take another flight.


Just a little happy to go to NYC. Jordan has been friends with these guys for years. The girl she’s known practically her whole life…since elementary school and the boy she’s been in plays with for several years. All seniors.



So we took the redeye to NYC and I sat in a middle seat. Needless to say I got very little sleep. We arrived at JFK around 6:00, loaded up four buses, and headed into the Big Apple. Our first stop? Breakfast at the Hard Rock Cafe. These are four of the girls that I chaperoned. We (me+two other ladies) actually had another four, but these four were our daughters– as friends they chose to room together.


We got a little bus tour while heading over to Battery Park. I think most of the kids fell asleep. The chaperones were sitting up front so it was much easier for us to stay engaged. Although I do think I may have drifted off about ten minutes before we got to Battery Park.

The funny thing the chaperone said, as he was showing us the LDS Manhattan Temple, was his reference to ‘Captain Moron-ee’ on top of the temple. As a bus full of LDS people, a couple of us let him know it was pronounced Moroni (Mo-ron-eye). He’s said, ‘Are you sure? I’d heard it was Moron-ee’ Um yeah. We were sure. :)

At Battery Park we took a boat cruise around the harbor to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. We couldn’t  get off on the island due to Hurricane Sandy. But it was still lovely to see closeup.


After the boat ride, we headed to do a little sight-seeing. I found a little springtime in New York.


And we saw Wall Street.


About half of us walked to Canal Street. Somehow the logistics of this got totally messed up and we were walking forever to get there. Only had maybe 15 minutes of actually being there before we were off. This day was our first taste of keeping a big group together. It was pretty crazy as people would lag behind between lights and such. Hindsight . . . we should have done things differently.


Eventually we made it to Ground Zero. The one half of the group had gotten there on time to tour St. Paul’s Cathedral. Our group had people who got lost and we had to get caught up. I told you it was crazy.

But it was amazing to see it like this. I had been there in 2006 when it was just concrete hole in the ground. They’ve done a beautiful job at making the memorial there.


After Ground Zero it was time to do dinner, so back to the buses and off to the hotel. As we were waiting for 200 people to congregate in the hotel lobby, I saw a person walk by with an umbrella. Me, being in my capris and sandals because it was 77 that day, asked if ti was raining and should I go change into other shoes and get my coat and umbrella (that I’d actually forgotten). Jordan runs out to the sidewalk, holds up her hands and says, ‘It’s not raining!’ So, off we went to Planet Hollywood, which was just a few short blocks away.


sprinkle. sprinkle. spatter.


more rain.

hard rain.

complete downpour with thunder + lightning!

We were all drenched! And me, in my t-shirt and  brand new Born sandals that I’d picked up at TJ Maxx in Tampa for half of what they normally cost. Yes, they’ve been stretched a little.

Here are the girls in the aftermath.

I, on the other hand, do not look good when wet.

(A little sidenote here. The girl in the red coat was Cinderella in the high school play and Jordan was the wicked step mother.)


The next morning, the Chamber and Con Brio (all women) went to sing at Christ Church United Methodist. This was while we were waiting.


And this was the view inside. Beautiful! The sound of the voices was amazing!

After that we got to have a day of  our own bit of sight-seeing. Being the LDS bunch that we were, our group of  girls  (among many other kids) wanted to go to the temple and do some temple work. It was an amazing experience for them!


After the temple, our group hopped in a couple taxis and headed to Serendipities. The funny part of this is that we’d grabbed one across the street and the other half had grabbed one back by the temple. One of the moms went to cross the street to get into the other taxi and saw there wasn’t room and came to get in our taxi and we’d already started to take off around the corner. Our window was rolled down and all of a sudden she reaches in and grabs my arm as he’s rounding the corner and is yelling, ‘Stop! Can I go with you?!’ It was really funny…but maybe you had to be there.

This was Jordan’s first taxi ride.

 I don’t remember where I took this picture  of me+J, but I thought it would be fun to throw it in here. ;)


There were fourteen of us crammed around 2 little round tables, all looking at these monstrous menus! After we ordered, and the people had left long table across the other side, we asked if we could move. It was so much better! I took this photo with the Panorama feature on my iPhone.


I think I need to go back just to try all the desserts!  Or maybe Salt Lake should get a Serendipities. We had the Frozen Hot Chocolate at the suggestion of one of the moms. It was delightful!

And this was lunch. It was divine. Hello bacon! And hello lettuce! Leafy on top and leafy below. It was yummy!

After lunch, we (dan, me, jordan+friend) went back to the hotel so the girls could shower so they could look good for Wicked that night. A lovely couple of free hours. The only quiet two hours we had.

After dinner at Ellen’s Starlight Diner–where the servers karaoke sing and the kids sang+danced with them, we did a little quick shopping around Time Square before heading off to see that marvelous Broadway Show, Wicked!

This was our view from the balcony. Hey, we’re with 160 high school students. I really wasn’t bad though at all.

That sad part of this night is one of the moms got pick pocketed. She’d had her iPhone out–and we’d all been warned–and she just put it in her purse with it open. When several of them got together to take a photo, some random guy came up and was ‘joking around’ about wanting to be in the pic. He kept bumping up against her and she was kind of bugged by it. Turns out, he had his eye on her phone and stole it. She didn’t know it until later that night when she went to look at her photos. Sad.

And that sums up the first two days. I’ll share the next couple days here soon…I hope. ;)

  • Phyllis Beaver - April 24, 2013 - 4:28 pm

    Thanks for sharing! Sounds and looks like a wonderful trip, except for the thief!ReplyCancel

  • kat-in-texas - April 24, 2013 - 4:36 pm

    What a fun trip!! Bummer someone got pick-pocketed, but I would love to see Wicked in NY!!! These are great pics. I just had to check out my iphone–didn’t know we had a panoramic view!!! Thanks for letting us know!!!ReplyCancel

  • Karen at Little Red House Designs - April 25, 2013 - 6:52 am

    Amazing! I had my first trip to NYC (from Boston, we drove) Wed, Thursday and Friday!
    We caught Newsies and Peter and the Starcatcher. Tried for discounted tix to Wicked. The weather on Wed was beautiful and I see you went out on the boat. We enjoyed the bus tours at lot. I enjoyed your post!!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Hershey - May 4, 2013 - 3:02 pm

    What a simply gorgeous kit!!

    Boise, IdahoReplyCancel

I was just amazed at how fast Layle whipped up this little work of art using the new Say What 4 kit! I loved that the kit inspired her to create this bit of awesomeness. :)

[ Shapes | Say What #4 (titles) ]

Just lovin’ all that goodness together!

Here’s what Layle has to say:

I just LOVED “Say What #4″ the minute the email from Kerri popped into my inbox – so much so that I used not 1, but 2 titles from the kit in this layout!  I love the mix of cursive and print in the ‘that’s kind of cool’ hexagon – the mix adds so much visual interest to the hexagon shape.  I first cut the ‘Love This’ title from red patterned paper, then cut the background piece again from yellow chevron patterned paper to really make the title pop off the page.  I love it that Kerri thinks of those fun little details like including the title separate from the background piece – things like that make working with her kits so easy.

  • Kim Thomas - April 22, 2013 - 7:46 pm

    Awesome layout! TFS Take care. :)ReplyCancel

So happy to finally have a new kit for y’all! More great titles to help you get ready for National Scrapbook Day in couple weeks! (And don’t forget about The History Project sale–info in the previous post.)

Lots of great shapes that you can use with the title or even for something else. I love maximizing art. :)


  • Dolly - April 21, 2013 - 8:33 am

    An awesome kit it is too!
    LOVE the “Nothing short of amazing” title piece-it kinda has a vintagey feeling to it and the “Love that” piece is adorable as well as versatile enough to go on pretty much any page.
    Love the “Love this” as well! Okay, let’s just say I love the whole darn thing…as I do all the say what kits.:DReplyCancel

National Scrapbook Day is just two weeks from now and I believe in being prepared early! So I’m going to help you get ready for that day dedicated to recording memories with a bit of a fabulous kind of sale. 

That’s right. The History Project will be on sale through next Saturday. And after that? Who knows what else might be on sale to help you get going with your National Scrapbook Day madness!

If you’re like me, you want to go and have fun with all your crazy friends, but you wind up chatting more than you do creating. Creating sometimes takes too much thought for me and I never can seem to bring the right stuff–not to mention I don’t like having to carry the whole arsenal of supplies I’d like to use. With The History Project you can cut or print your titles before hand, bring a notebook or a computer and type up your memories. It might even be fun to do as a group and you can all reminisce together…spark those memories!

Now you can get all your supplies and be ready for that first Saturday in May and have a worry-free time at your scrappin’ party!

Click HERE for more information about The History Project.
Click HERE to buy The History Project.

We are on an Easter roll here this week so far! More springtime fabulousness from our darling Miss Nichol!

[ ShapesThis+That: Spring (chick) / Bloom (“easter”, “eggs”) / Design Team Picks (thought bubble) / Life Additions #2 (file folder) ]

Oooooh, the layers…the layers…and the layers. Always scrumptious!

Here’s what Nichol has to say: 

 One of my favorite die-cutting techniques is to use multiple shapes on one page to create maximum effect. I die cut 11 file folders from different patterned papers and then embellished each almost as an individual “page” and then adhered them to my page background. I intentionally left one space “empty” and instead added a grouping of a cute die cut chick, thought bubble and words for the title. 

  • Linda Sweeney - April 18, 2013 - 8:59 am

    Nichol is always so creative! I love it when she shares that creativeness with us!ReplyCancel

  • Cara - April 18, 2013 - 1:02 pm

    Super cute!ReplyCancel