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the beauty of winter

I love winter photos. The stillness of the snow, the contrast as it sits on the trees….it’s magical. My  favorite memory of the most iconic picturesque winter moment was when Zach wanted to go skiing at Sundance for his 12th birthday (I think it was 12). It’s at the end of November and we’d just had a major snow storm. As we were traveling up the canyon, the Heber Creeper–an old timey train–came puffing along through the snow-filled trees. It was the most beautiful serendipitous thing I’d ever seen . . . and I didn’t take a picture. It will be forever imbedded in my mind though. Then, of course, there was the whole moment of skiing up at Sundance that was completely gorgeous. And I did get pictures there.

There’s nothing like it.

So when Naomi sent me her layout on capturing the beauty of winter, I was wowed. I loved the large-take-center-stage photo complemented with a little bit of accents.

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[ Designs | Snowflakes, Etc. / This+That: Winter (snowflakes) / Designer Edition Class Extras (beauty) / This+That: Spring (tree branch) ]


Here’s what Naomi has to say:

I wanted to keep this layout somewhat simple, since I really loved the large photos.  I knew some of the winter shapes would be good for layering on this layout! I decided to cut my branches and snowflakes out of silver “pow” glitter paper (It’s from American Crafts, and the cuts are just AMAZING) and vellum, for a translucent, snowy look. I liked the vellum snowflakes, but wanted to add more dimension, so I stamped over the snowflakes and embossed them with white embossing powder. I really liked the results! I also layered a vellum tree branch under my silver one for extra dimension there. I attached another stamped snowflake to my paperclip and the title word winter, and then cut the word “beauty” out of the silver paper as well.

yolande k - February 4, 2014 - 12:46 pm

Sublime !!!! J’adore !

MichelleB - February 9, 2014 - 3:56 am

This is just gorgeous!

lovin’ the love sale

Hello February.

Haven’t seen you for like a whole year now.

It’s funny how this month makes you start thinking about how spring will be coming next month. Well, supposedly it comes. It’s usually sprinter ’round these parts. But I look at our matted down grass from the snow that’s melted away and just get a crusty look on my face. Can’t wait for that freshness of spring.


It’ll be here soon.

February not only starts the longing for spring, but it’s a month full of love. And in our household, it’s double the love because we have an anniversary on the 12th. This year is year 26. Yowza!

So I thought it would only be appropriate to celebrate this fine month with a little bit of love here at KBS.


Check out the store to see what’s on sale–prices are marked. There’s love-style kits, ‘you’ kits, envelopes, all sort of goodies to help you with your love crafting efforts.

And . . .

 . . . the Hello There class is on sale!

Yup. It’s true. I thought it would be a fun addition to our cards + envelope genre that are currently on sale.

This class isn’t just about ‘card making’. It’s about learning so many fun new techniques that you can apply to any type of creating. Every time I designed a new card, I kept saying, ‘This one is my favorite.’

Well, here are a couple sneaks of those favorites.


It’s so much more than a ‘card’ class.

For all the fun details on this baby, click HERE.

Have a wonderful first day of February and a beautiful weekend!

Lorretta - February 1, 2014 - 9:08 pm

LOVED this class!! I’ve learned how to make so many different card options and learned techniques that I can modify the lessons for even more varieties. AWESOME!

just my type

I love words. I love typography. It truly makes me giddy to see something said in style. And that’s how today’s Valentine or love-related kit has come to light.

It’s called Just My Type.


There are a variety of sentiment styles here. If you notice, there are three sets of script words. One is trimmed perfectly for a 12×12 page. One has all the itty bitties of the rest of the letters. And one is in a long column style. You know me and variety.

And then there are the stacked words you can see there on the left. I liked ‘em staggered and I liked ‘em left aligned. I also liked ‘em with the February 14, but I also thought it would be cool to modify it with your own personal number–like the number of your family. Just choose a bolder font like Georgia or a Times Roman and add it to your stack.

Gotta have choices people…choices, I tell ya.

And then, you can also combine the arrow with the heart or the ‘I Like You. A Lot.’ to have a wee bit of fun there too.


Ooh. Ooh. And you can even take that fun banner design in ‘You Are My Everything’ and add your own title to it.

Multiple choices on several of those images.
And I like it that way. :)

Kathi Z - January 29, 2014 - 6:17 pm

Love this Kerri! Can’t wait till payday! ;)

Nashonne - January 29, 2014 - 10:06 pm

LOVE IT! Not a Valentine’s person, but I see a lot of uses for referencing my son and husband.

Lucinde - January 30, 2014 - 1:42 am

Wow, this kit looks amazing :)

Dolly/scrapthat - January 30, 2014 - 7:25 am

cool as always Kerri! TFS

Tania K - January 30, 2014 - 1:17 pm

Oh, this one is great!! Love it!

Rachel - January 30, 2014 - 2:40 pm

Love it! This kit just got added to my must have list.


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and you may be wondering just what kind of card to make for your loved ones. Well, look no further because Nichol has got something to share with you today for just such an occasion!


[ DesignsFebruary Fourteen (xo) / BannersLife Additions #2 (frame) ]

love how Nichol used the innards and outards or the xo! Talk about maximizing your art! Two completely unique cards using one cut.



Here’s what Nichol has to say: 

I am loving the look of white on white anything with small pops of color. I thought it would be fun to create a layered Valentine’s card using Kerri’s files. I love the graphic look of text backgorunds with a sentiment layered on top. The “XO” file from Kerri’s February Fourteen Kit makes for an interesting background for the die cut banner with the stamped greeting. To add even more interest to the card I die cut the rectangle and the postage frame from the Life Additions #2 kit for subtle white on white (embossed white cardstock and vellum) layers. Instead of cutting the frame “as is” I instead cut each layer (the rectangle from white cardstock and the postage border from vellum).

After die cutting and assembling the “Sending My Love” card I realized that I had “x” and “o” pieces leftover from the glitter cardstock so I created another card with the leftover pieces so that nothing went to waste!
Amber M. - January 28, 2014 - 2:18 pm

LOVE these cards!!!!!!!!!! Wow!

Phyllis B. - January 29, 2014 - 12:43 am

Love Nichol’s cards! They are both beautiful… but isn’t the postage edge in Life Additions #2, not Life Additions #1? Perhaps I have misunderstood what was used. In any case, the cards are stunning!

Kerri - January 29, 2014 - 8:06 am

Yep, you are correct Phyllis. I wasn’t paying attention that it was written incorrectly. :) It’s fixed now.

Phyllis B. - January 29, 2014 - 4:16 pm

Good, Kerri, but it still needs to be fixed in Nichol’s first paragraph. Don’t want someone to buy the wrong set and be ticked! (I’m an old editor, so I find things like this frequently…) BTW, I love your stuff! I made your “Jingle all the Way” frame for Christmas…used red vinyl for the words (was out of black), and got several compliments (thanks to you)!


I have to say that I am indeed lucky to be out of the winter inversion in Utah–oh the air is so bad–and basking in some glorious sunshine in beautiful Florida. Okay, so maybe it’s not so much basking per se, since I’m indoors working, but I do see beautiful skies here and there.

And how lucky am I to have this piece of art from our lovely Layle.

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[ Designs | More Background Basics ]

I love how cheery that page is! And putting in the pieces of complementary colors reminds me of doing a puzzle. It truly is a piece of art! Fabulous Layle!

Here’s what Layle has to say:

I’ve had this circle pattern on my list of Kerri’s designs that I’ve wanted to work with for quite some time – I just love it!  I decided to cut the circles out of white cardstock and then use a white cardstock background so the color I added to the circles would really pop.  To make the colored circles, I removed the ‘negative’/centers leftover after I removed the outlined circles and then used those as templates.  I layed them on top of the different pieces of colored patterned paper and then trimmed each shape, leaving a thin border around the entire shape in order to adhere it behind the outlined circles.  I added different colored enamel dots to the circles to add a few more pops of color.  I loved how this turned out!!

Me too Layle! :)

Sharon - January 24, 2014 - 5:30 am

I love this .. The pic is perfect the colours are gorgeous ..
its just plain old beautiful!
Thanks for sharing..

hsn coming this friday!

Big day on Friday! Lots of crafting to be shared for sure. Going to enjoy some warmer temps and fresher air. :)

If you haven’t seen this yet? Project Life Cinnamon Edition is on sale for 19.95, including  a big pack of pocketed page protectors.

An amazing deal! Seriously. And when they are gone, they are gone.





Showtimes for Friday are  8:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. ET.

You won’t want to miss it!

Audrey V - January 23, 2014 - 5:12 pm

I love the Cinnamon Edition. I bought it for my husband for Christmas so he can get his childhood photos out of those icky magnetic albums. It’s perfect for a guy, but I also love the kit for myself. If he doesn’t hurry up and use it, I may be sneaking into the box for a few of my projects. :)

what i believe

What I believe is that Miss Laura has done it again. :)


Center stage.


Simplistically and beautifully done.


[ Designs | The History Project (What I Believe) / Pack Your Bags (love) ]

Another one I absolutely adore! The photos from the two pages (yesterday+today) are simply breathtaking. Laura does an amazing job with accenting them in a way that has such character and yet still let’s the photo do the talking.


Here’s what Laura has to say:

Every once in a while, I come across a photo that I just fall in love with. The two photos on these layouts are favorites of mine from a few years back, when I had taken both my daughters out to the almond orchards in our neighborhood when the trees were in full bloom. I printed both of these photos as 8×12′s at Costco, wanting to feature them each in a big way on a layout. I kept both layouts very simple, with a large title on both, some short journaling, a strip of ribbon, and a few embellishments.

(Laura’s second page is in yesterday’s post)

Karen Freeman - January 15, 2014 - 12:43 pm

Absolutely stunning Laura. Thank you for sharing this amazing LO Kerri. Beautiful photo, I see why you love it, personality shining through, and stunning design so simple and effective. Thanks for the inspiration. Karen

Ruth G - January 15, 2014 - 4:07 pm

Love it! Perfect colors, patterns, awesome photo, love the journaling! I always enjoy your projects! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

Sandy Robinson - January 18, 2014 - 10:32 am

Beautiful! I really need to work on my picture taking skills now! Love those little flowers… any idea who makes them?

love this photo  |  love this page

I’m a huge fan of letting the photos do the talking and Laura did just that with the simplistic awesomeness of this page.


[ Designs | Heart Backgrounds / Love This Photo ]

I love everything about this. The choice of paper for the heart shaped background, the pop of color in the title,  the great big photo…all of it. It’s just beautiful.

This is the first of two simplistically lovely layouts, so be sure to check in tomorrow and see what else Laura has to share and say.

i love this page.


Theresa - January 14, 2014 - 7:12 am

Wow! That is the most beautiful layout!!! LOVE IT

Judy Stiles - January 14, 2014 - 7:57 am

This is truly beautiful!

Robin - January 14, 2014 - 12:12 pm

Wonderful lay out! Gorgeous photo.

Brenda - January 14, 2014 - 12:41 pm

I love everything about this layout!!!!

Kim Thomas - January 14, 2014 - 7:17 pm

Stunning layout! Thank you for the inspiration. Take care. :)

Karen Freeman - January 15, 2014 - 12:46 pm

I agree, simply awesome. simple and stunning.

Ruth G - January 15, 2014 - 4:09 pm

Perfectly wonderful! What a fabulous photo and what a fabulous way to make it the star! Thanks so much for how you inspire and share!