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This time of year I get to spend about three days focusing on love.
One day–on the 12th…yesterday–is spent focusing on this man of mine.

me and dan anniversary 27

Yesterday was pretty low-key. Had lunch at Outback and just spent some time together.
We’ve got some other fun plans coming up that funds need to go to. ;)

And then two days later–tomorrow–I get to celebrate my family with love.

I used to buy some little ‘love’ memento.
Then as they got older, I went to Valentine sugar cookies from the bakery.
But this year they are watching their girlish figures.
What traditions do you have for this day?

Today Miss Naomi is expressing love for her daughter through paper+glitter.

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[ Designs | Just My Type (stacked words) / Mixed Tape (cards) / Lovely Little Words (bees knees) ]

Those glitter-glammed stacked words?
Oh me, oh my!
Love that!

Just a beautiful page.

Now’s my turn to express my love for you all. You help me every day with your kindness and support and comments. I love doing what I’m doing and I love you all for being there with me for this beautiful ride.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with love, whether you’re surrounded by family or truly pampering yourself and loving yourself…because that is just as important–to really love who you are and take time for yourself.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


  • Dolly - February 13, 2015 - 6:51 am

    Oh I love it!! TFS Enjoy all your Celebrations!! Happy Valentine’s Day!! :DReplyCancel

  • Lorretta - February 14, 2015 - 10:31 pm

    Happy Valentine’s Day! Thanks again for all the amazing creativity you share. It’s such a joy and inspiration to see new ideas and have fun elements to buy. =)ReplyCancel

Two things goin’ on folks. Today marks the anniversary of marriage to my eternal BFF. He’s just ever-so amazing and I’ve loved his guts on a daily basis for 27 years now. (27+ really  if you count dating+courtship.)  It’s all happened in the blink of an eye, I swear.

Here’s to another 27 babe!

And now, with Valentines Day just around the corner we have some darling gift ideas from Miss Naomi!

kerri215-8910kerri215-8916kerri215-8915[ Designs | Boxed Up / Lovely Little Words (word strips) / xoxo (i ♥ u ) ]

I’m in love darlin’. They are beautiful!

Those boxes? And their decor?
Perfect for tiny little gifts or candy.


Just a reminder, the sale on select ‘Lovey-Dovey’ items ends on
Valentines Day. You can find details HERE.

And registration for The History Project ends on Valentines Day as well.
You can find details HERE.



  • Kim Smith - February 12, 2015 - 12:51 pm

    Wishing you and your husband a very happy anniversary with many more to come!ReplyCancel

  • Julia - February 12, 2015 - 2:45 pm

    So sweet !ReplyCancel

  • Dolly - February 12, 2015 - 3:08 pm

    Happy happy Anniversary Kerri!!
    and beautiful work Naomi!! :DReplyCancel

  • Marilyn - February 14, 2015 - 7:04 am

    Happy Anniversary Kerri!ReplyCancel

Today is the day. The History Project is now in session. If you’ve been on the fence about this class, here’s a little video that I made last week–I’m teaching a condensed version of this class to my women’s church group  (aka Relief Society) this week.

You have until February 14 to jump in–otherwise, you’ll have to wait until next year to sign up again.

Song: Muzzle of Bees by Wilco

  • Kris H. - February 9, 2015 - 1:09 pm

    Loved the video! I signed up for the class last year but didn’t get too far into it. Hopefully I will pick it back up this year.Thanks for the push!ReplyCancel

  • Wendi - February 9, 2015 - 5:16 pm

    Beautiful video Kerri.
    I took the class in 2013 and loved it! I am still working on some of the prompts even now.ReplyCancel

Did you know that you get well over 50 design elements made specifically for The History Project class for free? All of that adds up to about the cost of the class. Say what?

It’s like double the pleasure, double the fun.

Wanna see?



Isn’t it pretty?

Class starts Monday.

Final chance for registration for 2015 is February 14.

Even if you don’t have time right this minute to do the class, you can still sign up and work at your own pace. The course materials are yours forever and ever, amen. :)

There’s no time like the present to be writin’ about the past.




I’m in the mood for love…and sharing the love. Here are some awesome love-themed designs that are on sale for 30% off. Prices are already reflected in the store. (Click on image to take you to the wanted item.)

smitten    xoxo     love_every_little_thing

february-14    just-my-type    mixed-tape

tt_love1    love-shapes



And don’t forget, The History Project starts on Monday
and registration CLOSES on February 14.

Sign up now and work on it throughout the year, if needed.
You will always have access to the materials.
But it won’t be available to sign up for again until next year.



And if you’ve had your eye on that foldover page in my travel mini album?
It’s now available in the store. :)


Okay, so ‘hair care’ is not a usual subject ’round these parts. But after spending a few days in Florida, I felt it just had to be shared.

I have naturally curly hair. It’s not as curly as Jordan’s, which can be worn with such gorgeousness, but it exists greatly. I’ve been to many a-beaches and humid cities in my time and the result has always been the same.

I can literally feel the frizz + curl set in.

And I’m here to tell ya….it ain’t pretty folks. Hats are a must.

My husband, who rarely says anything about my appearance, told me one time in Rome, Italy years ago, ‘You’re hair. It ain’t lookin’ so good.’ Curse that humidity and my curly hair! Of course it was shorter and styled differently, so that really compounded things.

But a few months ago, my sweet hairstylist and friend of 15 or so years quit and had a baby. Happy for her, sadness for me. So I had to find a new one and ended up going to someone I’ve known pretty much her whole life…like since she was two. She lived across the street and she and Kass were BFFs growing up. I’ve used a few different ‘straight’ products, but she introduced me to this amazing stuff.



This seriously is the best stuff…ever. I’ve never had a product that could keep that frizz and curl at bay. I’m in love with Pureology’s Colour Stylist Antisplit Blowdry Styling Cream. It’s a little expensive, but a little goes a long way. As in, I bought this four or so months ago and I’ve used maybe 1/4-1/3 of it. Totally worth it!

Our time in Florida was pretty much by the ocean–including our hotel. And not only that, every day was pretty much windy–as in, I often couldn’t see because my hair was always in my face. I didn’t want it in a ponytail either because then my ears would be cold. Yes, that wind coming by the sea made it quite chilly in certain parts of the day.

But rather than turning into a curly frizz ball, this is what I looked like much of the time…and that’s a rather mild wind-blown moment.

the hair
This was just one of the windy days down on the beach and there’s not a frizz in sight! Of course, I couldn’t see anything with that wind whipping my hair around all willy nilly, but I had to have proof to myself that yes, this is one fan-freakin’-tasic product!

I guess the truest test will be when heat and humidity rear its ugly head (not in Utah though), but I’ve been enjoying the smoother side of life for a few months now and it’s been wonderful!

I think it’ll be ‘smooth sailing’ from now on. :)

ETA: You only need about a dime size amount, depending on your hair length. Also, I’ll blow out my bangs first with a round brush and then with the hair dryer blowing from above, I’ll brush them down to the left and then down and over to the right and repeat that a few times. It helps with making them straighter.

Then I clip up the top half of my hair and dry the bottom half of my hair with a blow dryer and round brush. I don’t go for perfection because then I’ll use a straightener. After quickly running the straightener through, I take the clip out of the top, blow dry with a round brush, and then straighten that with the straightener. It really doesn’t take me a lot of time because the combination of the round brush and  quickly running the straightener through makes it pretty darn straight. I used to round brush my hair straight all the time. I had a hard time using the straightener and having it look good. But with this new product, the straightener works really well.


  • Sherry107 - February 2, 2015 - 1:57 pm

    That sounds great! Will have to give it a try!! I’ll NEVER forget the time we had gone to Fl for a wedding-and I had a new do- longer in the front and shorter in back. My husband said (with my frizz!) that I looked like I had “puppy dog ears!” !!!…I kept hearing that all night while trying to sleep-and couldn’t get to a salon fast enough the next day-thank goodness for my flat iron and product! Sure does make a difference on us curly heads!!!ReplyCancel

  • Danee Kaplan - February 2, 2015 - 1:58 pm

    Thank you. I never can find anything for the days I want to be straight and not curly. So I shall give this a try. Now I have some advice for you. I have naturally curly hair as well but without the right cut and products I have a hot mess of between curly and straight that isn’t pretty. I get my hair razor cut which I suspect makes the ends a tad more jagged and somehow that bring out the curl. But without the right products I look like a bad 80’s chick. Deva Curl will change your life and probably your daughter’s as well. I also twist my hair into ringlets when it is wet and then sorta run my hands through it as it dries to keep it curly without the ringlets being so perfect. Anyway, can’t wait to try the straightening stuff cuz one days I love to straighten my hair and if it is even remotely humid I end up with weird curls near the hairline and everything else straight. Not looking so good.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki - February 2, 2015 - 3:29 pm

    I laughed out loud when I read the comment your husband made about your hair — he must know my husband!! I have just enough wave in my hair to make it frizzy so I will try this stuff. I recently tried Wen conditioning cleanser – which made a huge difference in my frizz factor. Pricey also but I love the way it makes my hair feel.
    Thanks for the fun post!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Bornstein - February 2, 2015 - 9:26 pm

    OMG thanks for the tip, I ran out and bought it today! Fingers crossed and your hair looks GREAT!ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen D - February 3, 2015 - 6:34 am

    Oh thank you! I’m going to run and get some. Hoping this works for me as well.ReplyCancel

  • Julisa - February 13, 2015 - 7:05 pm

    Thank you for sharing. It is so hard to find good products to control frizz. I am looking forward to checking this out.ReplyCancel

  • Lorretta - February 14, 2015 - 10:34 pm

    Oh la la! Look at that fabulous hair! I have tried so many different types of hair conditioners to control frizz only to have disappointing results. This one works. Thank you so much for sharing this!ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - February 15, 2015 - 8:02 am

      Yay! I’m so glad it works for you too! I can’t believe how much I love it. I really want to test it in a summer humidity sometime–like what you get in the south or east…but I really don’t fancy going ANYWHERE when it’s hot AND humid. ;) We’ll see if the opportunity ever presents itself.ReplyCancel

If you follow me on social media, you know I’ve been in Florida this week. My daughter served her LDS mission there and it was cut short–and sudden–due to some medical issues last summer. So when I happened to find tickets to Orlando for $247 round trip from Utah (thank you JetBlue), I knew we needed to go for her. So Zach, Jordan and I went and we stayed in St. Augustine a few days. Beautiful place!

I plan on sharing more details and photos here, but having got home after midnight and not really getting to sleep until 1:30, I’ll leave you with these two photos. One is of our view from the hotel. I’m going to seriously miss this view. And one is of a spread from the simple travel journal album I made before hand. All will be shared in good time. :)

Have a wonderful weekend!



  • Kelly - January 31, 2015 - 12:05 am

    Ohh! St Augustine! We were there for a couple of nights when travelling in the US for five weeks back in 98. Hubby’s twin brother and his wife were living in ft lauderdale …and had met us in new orleans so we could take a road trip back to their home. Had one of our best ever meals there and stayed in a cute hotel. Loved our few short days there! The vase made it safely all the way back to NZ as had luggage and still has pride of place on our main bookcase. Look forward to seeing your pics as I’m sure it’ll bring back memories of our visit!ReplyCancel

  • Julia - February 12, 2015 - 2:44 pm

    Nice !ReplyCancel

  • Angie Murray - February 21, 2015 - 11:17 am

    LOVE this mini album! Is this going to be a class or just something you made for you personally….cannot wait to see more of this cute album!ReplyCancel

When I concepted (yeah, it’s a word) the ‘Little Words’, I’d imagined them being used in their entirety as a background. You can’t imagine my delight when I saw this little number from our Miss Maggie!

I just love to see what this fabulous creative team will do with the KBS designs!


[ Designs | Lovely Little Words (background) ]



Here’s some words from Maggie:

My layouts are usually created around photos of my kids. And by “usually,” I mean “always.” But, with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought it would be appropriate to create a page about the love of my life.

The minute I saw Kerri’s “Lovely Little Words” I knew I had to use them on my layout…but I wasn’t quite sure at first how I wanted to use them. After some deliberation I decided to print the graphics as they were and use them as my background paper. And I LOVE the result!

I opened up the .png file and recolored each little strip at random…either with black on white or white on black.

**Side note: I think the thing I love the very most about Kerri’s designs (other than that the designs themselves are ridiculously fantastic) is that they can be recolored to suit your needs. That’s so huge for me.**

I copied and pasted a section of the original graphic to increase the size of the final page to 8.5×11 (my go-to layout size right now), and printed out my page onto regular cardstock.

I printed out my photo in black and white and, because the paper itself said exactly what I wanted to say on my page, I didn’t need to go too far with my embellishments…awesome.

The black and white background is awesome. Like I said, I love seeing what these lovely ladies will do. They always surprise me in the most wonderful way. :)


  • Karen Freeman - January 28, 2015 - 1:52 pm

    This is awesome. I really love the way Maggie has used it as a background. So many options. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • 3kidmama - January 28, 2015 - 11:14 pm

    Love, love, love this! Gorgeous layout – and I love seeing how your team uses your designs, Kerri. It just makes my mind “see” how much more can be done with not only the file they are using on the current project but with so many of the other KBS files I own (and have on my “need this” list!

    Great page!ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen D - January 29, 2015 - 7:41 am

    They look great in b/w!ReplyCancel