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Several years ago I made a travel book using a Moleskine notebook. I made specialty pages and file folder pages from the pages in the book…all by hand.

Flash forward to present day.

Little Miss Layle asked if I would do her a solid and make a few planner things for her, including divider pages that could be also be used as dashboards.

Knowing how awkward it was to cut one from the paper inside the notebook itself, I was more than happy to oblige…especially since I had plans to do the same thing in my current travel notebook and adhere them with washi tape. Gotta love these days of washi tape, right?

Today I have two brand new kits for all you planner fans.

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These two work in 6×8 albums and the Travelers Notebooks (4.25 x 8.25). Of course there are more configurations coming soon. Hello? A5? Oh yeah.

These dividers will work great as a divider or a dashboard. And not only are there several configurations, but each set comes with a fold-over tab that goes with it, so you can use it plain or use it as a Print+Cut, like I’ve done here.

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P.S. I left the pencil lines on there so you could see how awesome it is to use the free template pictured on the right to draw yourself some lines on your blank pages.


Oh boy. So much fun to be had with these guys. And more fun stuff a-comin’, including some tips and tricks on how to use them. So stay tuned for all that!

  • Alison - June 9, 2015 - 10:07 am

    These are fabulous. Do you plan to make any to fit a Filofax Personal?ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - June 9, 2015 - 10:08 am

      Ohhhh yeah…definitely. :)ReplyCancel

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Not too long ago I took this photo of our dog, Otis. He was looking way too cute not to take the photo.

So, of course he looks cute and you could just look at those big brown eyes as adoringly as he’s looking at you.

But is there more to this photo?

Yes.

Definitely, yes.

I had shared this photo on Instagram with the quick tagline:

Ready to chase a bee or a gnat at a moment’s notice. 

I think living in our Insta-everything world has helped us record more, but also helped us not record enough.

We are capturing moments more than ever, which is fantastic, but are we getting the whole story?

A good chunk of the time, I think not.

I also think it happens in scrapbooking. We are good to get the date and a title and maybe a line of journaling, but what’s the story behind the photo?

It’s those details that capture a greater slice of life.

Here’s what you don’t know about this moment.

We were sitting out front on a fresh spring evening when the weather had finally started to warm up a bit.

I was sucking in as much fresh air as I possibly could while sitting on my tan plastic adirondak Home Depot chair with my computer on my lap.

I was missing The Amazing Race, one of the few shows I watch, and I didn’t even care.

We have to tether Otis to a tree so he won’t run off–or chase the much-despised-by-all-dogs dog that frequents a walk with its masters on most evenings.

He had just been jumping around trying eat a bee and gnats.

Even though he’s five (that’s 35 in dog years) and as big as a horse, he still acts like a puppy and is all cute when he’s playful like that.

Being a lab-rottweiler mix, he has that hound dog in him and loves sniffing everything, including this evening, except he was digging his nose into the grass trying to sniff something out. It was rather funny to watch him do this.

As he finished his intense sniffing, he hunkered down right to the left of my legs looking just like that.

Looking so danged cute, I knew a photo needed to be taken.

Getting up to get the shot I wanted was not an option because he would have followed me and I would have lost the moment.

I knew I wanted a ground shot so I could get him nose-deep in grass, so while sitting in my chair, I grabbed my phone, turned the camera on, and positioned it down on the grass under my leg–not really being able to see the shot I was taking and hoping for the best before he realized a camera was on him and moved…as he usually does, the stinker. How does he know??

Snap. Done. Love.


While the Insta-tagline was cute and fun, it captured just an insta-moment and the whole story is so much better.

So the next time you sit down to document your photos, think about all the little things and include adjectives to describe that moment in greater detail.

It’s a much better story.

  • Dawn Howells - June 8, 2015 - 8:18 am

    And here I was totally envisioning you getting down on your belly in the grass to capture this shot! Great story behind the photo!!ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn - June 9, 2015 - 5:13 am

    Such a wonderful picture that you will cherish for a long time and such great memories from this moment!ReplyCancel

  • Orietta Vélez Dumani - June 15, 2015 - 8:37 pm

    Fabulous story, just as the picture. I loved both!!!ReplyCancel

I have to say, we went from the cold spring (upper 60s) one day and jumped right in to saying hello to summer with 85 degrees (and up) the next day!

It seems we never get a consistent ‘in between’ weather. Oy.

So in the spirit of saying hello to summer…here is today’s Friday Freebie Summer design.

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Just a fun little retro summer sign. Cut it out or even throw it onto a 3×4 card.
fun…fun…fun…


And don’t forget, we’re getting down to the final sale days of the Here There Everywhere Silhouette class. You don’t have to be going on a trip to enjoy the ride in this class. There is so much you’ll learn that you can apply to any project.

Pick it up today for 25% off!
(sale ends sunday)

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  • Julie - June 5, 2015 - 7:23 am

    Love this one – thanks!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanene - June 5, 2015 - 7:27 am

    I can already visualize how to use this one. Thanks Kerri!ReplyCancel

  • Jill - June 5, 2015 - 8:16 am

    Thanks! I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia - June 5, 2015 - 9:14 am

    Thanks so much Kerri, have a wonderful Summer…ReplyCancel

  • Melanie A. - June 5, 2015 - 9:47 am

    Love it, thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn - June 6, 2015 - 5:22 am

    Thank you Kerri!ReplyCancel

  • Lora - June 6, 2015 - 8:05 pm

    Thank you for sharing such a fun summer word file to use.

    Happy Summer.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara - June 7, 2015 - 3:38 pm

    Thank you for the freebie – Graduation finally completed – now I can get back to stress free scrapbooking! :-)ReplyCancel

Last weekend we had a few graduations in the family–a nephew and a set of twins (niece+nephew). I hadn’t had much time to run out to get them something and then I thought, ‘Pfffff, what am I thinking? I have the perfect thing to do!’

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I decided to combine two kits into one–the gift card tearaway envelope and the graduation subway art. (Plus I stole a line from Cathy Zielske’s darling grad cards to use on the tearaway because my brain was too fried to think of anything else creative. ;) )

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To make your own graduation adaptation–or with any art, really:

  1. Open the gift card tearaway design and delete the center art, rectangle, and text.
  2. Open the graduation subway art file and copy the text to the gift card window.
  3. Size the subway art to fit into the rectangle space, or you could spread it out over the whole envelope.
  4. Add your text along the tearaway part and fill it with white.
  5. Change the subway art to white.
  6. Change the envelope to black.

Of course colors can be made to whatever tickles your fancy, including the school colors of the graduate.

You can even take it one step further and personalize it by adding the child’s name along the bottom or the side. You will amaze your recipient! Especially if it’s personalized, on account-a…who gets one of those???

This gift card tearaway envelope is truly one of my favorite designs ever.

One other tip, I printed mine on Epson Premium Presentation Matte paper. That black is soooo rich! It’s almost like velvet.

Then you can just prepare it for a print+cut, stuff it with some moola or a gift card, and you’re done…and you didn’t even have to step foot in a store.

That’s my kind of gift!

 

  • Cindy - June 4, 2015 - 11:11 am

    What font is the subway art in if you want their name to be added? Thanks Kerri!ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - June 4, 2015 - 12:42 pm

      It’s a purchased font. But you can use a free font like Bebas Neue from dafont.com and it’ll look great…or any simple font, really.ReplyCancel

  • Dolly - June 4, 2015 - 1:22 pm

    Just faboo girl! :D TFSReplyCancel

  • Cindy - June 4, 2015 - 2:04 pm

    So I don’t have to get all flustered and waste more photo paper than I need to, what setting did you cut at? Sometimes I end up spending more time and money trying to make my own, it ends up easier(to go buy my card)!Eek!ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - June 4, 2015 - 3:11 pm

      Most of the time I leave it at a Blade of 5, Speed of 8 and Thickness of 33. That’s not the recommended setting for heavy cardstock though. I would stick with the recommended setting–which may be a speed of 3. That’s if you’re using cardstock. If you’re using paper, then use the Paper settings.

      When it doubt, use the recommended settings that Silhouette has preset for you.

      It is a fairly straight-forward cut, so it shouldn’t cause too much grief with intricate details.
      Hope that helps. :)ReplyCancel

My One Little Word for this year is Capture. Capture more love, more moments, more life. As part of my efforts toward that goal, I bought this beautiful Heidi Swapp planner.

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Oh the luscious black+white stripe of it all!

I loved it.

But it sat.

and sat.

and sat.

And then one day…as in Friday, this girl here, finally took it out and really looked through it to get herself organized. (Don’t worry, I don’t talk in the third person that often.)

It was time to make a plan on how to plan.

But as I studied the content and studied what I needed from a planner, it just wasn’t going to fit. I needed a planner that opened to a spread for a week and not one that counted as days on the spread (it could be something like Thurs-Tue and that doesn’t work for me). There’s plenty of space to write and I love the concept of mixing current events with business so that I only need one panner, but those darn numbered days were throwing me for a loop.

I was incredibly sad.

But I figured if I was going to start my trip down Organization Road,  I needed to work with something that would work for me.

I looked at many other planners out there and tried to figure out just what was going to work for me. I started sketching and writing and doing all the things that good planner people do and decided to make generic planner pages that suited my needs.

And then Tuesday morning came and I had an epiphany.

Why not cover the numbers with days of the week stickers?

Say what???

Yeah. So me and my good buddy Silhouette ventured down Print+Cut Lane and came up with this little idea using sticker paper. (Yeah, I know, they got a little off. Shh.)

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And this is how they look covering up the numbers

 

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Simple.

Sweet.

Subtle.

Love.

I finally feel like I am on my organization journey. And I love the idea of including bits and pieces of what I’ve been working on that week, like my very first Minc experiment. (Heidi, Heidi, Heidiiiiii…)

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I do have some more ‘planning’ to do because I also need sheets that coordinate with the different sections of what I do for business and helping me remember the ideas that are often only in my head as well as implementing said ideas. I will be putting those sheets in this album as well (I took out Jan-May on account-a I didn’t use them anyway.)

I’m so happy that I was able to get this to work after all. It’s just too darned pretty not to use and it saddened me greatly that it wasn’t going to work.

Thank heaven for epiphanies. :)

And now I know it’s not Friday, but I thought I’d share this file I made for anyone else that would like to use it. If you’re using the SVG file with the Designer Edition, you can ungroup it and the background and the letters are both grouped separately so that it’s easy to change color.

There are 26 sets to a sheet of the ‘weekend’ version so you can print it on two sets of sticker sheets and have your year’s worth! Plus there’s a version with Saturday and Sunday, if’n ya preferred that lineup.

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This is it. This is my year to get organized and capture more of…everything.
(We just won’t talk about how it’s June now. Shh.)

  • Natalie (QSOgirl) - June 3, 2015 - 7:54 am

    Very cool solution, Kerri! I love planning and organizing– thank you for the sticker sheet download. You’re so generous to share!!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - June 3, 2015 - 8:03 am

    Some times the best ideas are the simplest! So cute!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - June 3, 2015 - 8:24 am

    Kerri, you are a genious! I’ve passed over so many planners that I loved (the design, that is) because they were dated in a way that didn’t work for me. This idea would have been perfect for fixing that. Alas! I settled on a Color Crush and did design my own pages . . . which I love! But I’m definitely keeping this idea on file for future reference!ReplyCancel

  • andrea - June 3, 2015 - 8:26 am

    Kerri…do you have a tutorial on using the print and cut feature with the Silhouette?? I’ve never done it, and I LOVE the idea of these day circles!!!ReplyCancel

  • andrea - June 3, 2015 - 9:22 am

    Yeah…and I don’t have the deluxe edition software, so nothing on my screen matches what you’re showing. Thanks anyway.ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - June 3, 2015 - 10:45 am

      Oh, it’s v2, that’s why it probably doesn’t look the same.
      But the information applies over both programs. It works the same.ReplyCancel

  • Allison Kimball - June 3, 2015 - 9:46 am

    Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Candace - June 3, 2015 - 10:54 am

    Thank you, Kerri! I’ve had my Heidi Swapp planner sitting here since March (and I even took her Capture30 class). This was just the incentive I needed to get it out and start getting organized. The days stickers are perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Daniela Dobson - June 3, 2015 - 12:44 pm

    Thank you!!ReplyCancel

  • Judy W. - June 3, 2015 - 1:13 pm

    I LOVE it when things click and solutions to our problems are created. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Lorretta - June 3, 2015 - 1:17 pm

    I love this idea! Thank you SO much for sharing the epiphany and the stickers!ReplyCancel

  • Pamela McGillin - June 3, 2015 - 7:48 pm

    Thank you Kerri, amazing as always.ReplyCancel

  • Sue FitzGerald - June 3, 2015 - 8:16 pm

    I hope you are going to share snippets of your planner from time to time because I know it’s going to be awesome and inspirational. Oh, and thank you for the days of the week too :-) xReplyCancel

  • Karen Peterson - June 3, 2015 - 9:26 pm

    And it’s not even Friday…lucky day today!ReplyCancel

  • Jewel - June 4, 2015 - 6:30 am

    Thanks for the download Kerri! I too bought this adorable planner but it has been sitting on my desk for months unused as I was trying to figure out how to make it work for me. I will give your idea a go and see how it goes!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie A. - June 4, 2015 - 12:59 pm

    Awesome sauce! You are brilliant!ReplyCancel

  • Andi Walsh - June 6, 2015 - 2:48 pm

    Pure genus! I have the same planner and the way the weeks and the calendar are layout totally mess me up!!!!ReplyCancel

June 1 is here folks. I can hardly believe it! It’s especially odd when I feel like we’ve jumped right into summer with 70 degrees one day and 88 the next. I’d like my in-between weather please.

But with the first of each month comes more stamps to the KBS store. And this has been one of my most requested stamp designs since Kramer came out. Seems like there’s quite a few of you who want the companion outline alphabet. :)

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They would look awesome alone, overlaid or even mixed with the Kramer alphabet! Both alphabets are just over 1/4″ tall. So perfect for so many projects.

FYI, May was a bit insane, so this little lovely is all by its lonesome this release.
But it’s a fantastic one to stand on its own. :)


The second part of our fabulous two-fer day is…

Here There Everywhere Silhouette class is on sale all this week for 25% off.

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This is one of my most favoritist classes and projects I’ve ever done.
It is jam-packed with all sorts of ideas and things to learn!
And right now is the perfect time to prepare for your summer vaca.

Wanna peek?

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This video was prepared+shared on Instagram yesterday…and brought here.
Music is ‘California’ by Mindy Gledhill.  

Monday was Memorial Day…the official start to summer.
And you know what that means here at KBS!

 

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Every Friday from now until Labor Day weekend there is a Friday Freebie every Friday!

Can I get a YAHOOOOOOO….

Here is the very first one to get us *ehem* GO-ing!

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This little ‘go’ is probably one of the most asked about items ever since I made my Florida album. It may be simple, but I think there’s something about that ‘g’.

I love this little guy.

I hope you’ll get a lot of use out of it for all your summer activities!


(If you’re new to KBS, be sure to check out all the freebies HERE.)

  • Irene - May 29, 2015 - 4:24 am

    Thanks for your generosity!!!! Love the style of this!ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen D - May 29, 2015 - 6:42 am

    I love your Friday Freebie Summer’s! Thanks Kerri.ReplyCancel

  • Carrie - May 29, 2015 - 7:22 am

    Thanks Kerri! I just finished watching your new class Custom Made. It was awesome. I learned so much!ReplyCancel

  • Judy W. - May 29, 2015 - 7:28 am

    Thanks so much. Looking forward to this summer and the Friday Freebies!ReplyCancel

  • Sally - May 29, 2015 - 8:24 am

    Thank you Kerri! What a fun surprise! Today is the last day of the school year for my kids so it definitely feels like the beginning of Summer!ReplyCancel

  • LouAnn V - May 29, 2015 - 8:26 am

    Yahoooo. :) Thanks Kerri!ReplyCancel

  • Susan - May 29, 2015 - 9:02 am

    Thank you so much!ReplyCancel

  • Linda G. - May 29, 2015 - 3:07 pm

    Thanks Kerri! i just love this g, reminds me of old fashioned type writers when I was in high school.ReplyCancel

  • Dolly - May 29, 2015 - 3:24 pm

    thanks Kerri!! You’re the best! Have a happy summer girl!ReplyCancel

  • Nicky H - May 29, 2015 - 7:24 pm

    Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - May 29, 2015 - 7:38 pm

    Thank you, Kerri. Beginning of winter down here, but your summer freebies help keep out the cold!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda - May 29, 2015 - 9:55 pm

    LOVE this freebie – simple and so many possibilities! Thanks for doing this!ReplyCancel

  • LinhC - May 29, 2015 - 10:08 pm

    Another reason to LOVE summer! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn - May 30, 2015 - 5:20 am

    Thank you Kerri!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie (QSOgirl) - May 30, 2015 - 3:17 pm

    Hooray! Thank you so much, Kerri!ReplyCancel

There’s nothing I love more than a mix of words on a page…well, except maybe a mix of words in different mediums on a page.

And Laura’s page today is a fine example of all that!

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[ DesignsSomething To Say #2 (hilarious), Oh Baby (face), Stars & Stripes (star border), Storyboard #8 (collage template) ]


Love that she used those super large foam stickers. I may or may not have had a hand in designing those way forever ago when I was with Creating Keepsakes. ;)

Add in layers of handwritten cut words?

sigh.


Let’s see what Laura has to say:

A week or two ago, I saw Kerri share a photo on Instagram of these 4″ foam alphas that she designed for a kit years and years ago. She mentioned that she felt like she should pull them out and use them, and that some things never go out of style. And she’s right. Those alphas are still amazing, years later. And I still happen to have two sets of them, so I thought it would be fun to incorporate them into my next layout for her. I love a big and bold title, but knew that I’d have to keep it fairly short, since the 4″ letters did fill up the page more than I thought once I laid a few out.

I’ve had these photos of my youngest daughter, Sarah, in mind for a layout for at least the past year. I knew some sort of “game face” title would work great, so I collaged the photos together using a template from Kerri’s Storyboard #8 kit, and sized the collage to fit below my title. I cut the word “face” from Kerri’s Oh Baby kit, keeping it on the smaller side, so that I could layer it right over my foam letters. I also cut the word “hilarious” from Kerri’s Something To Say #2 kit, because I do in fact think that Sarah’s “game face” (or faces) is pretty hilarious.

I also used a star cluster from Kerri’s Stars & Stripes kit. I sized it to almost 12″ in length, and tucked it under the striped patterned paper to turn it into a border. I ran the yellow bottom layer of the star die cut thru a dotted embossing folder, before adhering the black piece on top.

 

Fabulous, sweet thing!

  • Dolly - May 21, 2015 - 6:33 am

    Awesome LO!! TFS :DReplyCancel

  • Carolyn E - May 21, 2015 - 8:20 am

    Absolutely LOVE this!! I so wish I had those letters, but I’m sure I could come up with something to mimic the look! Laura rocks!ReplyCancel