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Screen Printing | KBS Style

One of the fun parts of girls camp is having some crafts. Often we make bracelets (and I still have every one of them) and last year we made Harry Potter shirts (see here) using the Silhouette Heat Transfer.

While doing heat transfer is fun, cutting and weeding that many and ironing them took quite a bit of time that day.

This year I was on a quest to see if screen printing would be any better. While we could have used a vinyl and fabric paint route, there were itty bitty details in the design I wanted to use that were not conducive to vinyl on fabric. On top of that, I’d have to cut xx many to make it work for everyone.

That was not an option. Too time consuming and tedious.

So that wonderful thing called YouTube came into play and I found various methods of screen printing.

What to do. What to do.

I knew I didn’t want to go the emulsion route. Chemicals. Messy. Blech. I won’t explain it in detail if you don’t know what it is. Just look it up. You’ll understand. :)

We were camping after all. It needed to be simplified. Cleaning needed to be easy.

In my quest, I found this video. Not only did she use her handy dandy Silhouette, her project was amazingly detailed. And the thought of making a screen from sheer drape fabric and an embroidery hoop? Genius! That way you can save your screens!

Since this was all new to me, I thought it best to use a Speedball Printing Screen, which I purchased at Hobby Lobby with my 40% off coupon. I thought it would be more durable for all the shirts we were doing and such. I also purchased the Speedball paint in black and white.

I think we found our new yearly craft in the t-shirt genre. My mind is already spinning with ideas for next year’s image. :)

One of the biggest tips I can share about this project is:

Make sure you have the right vinyl.

I had some Oracal 631, which I think was the regular old, original-style Silhouette vinyl. I was a bit panicked when it was bubbling when transferring from the tape to the screen. It just wasn’t sticking to the screen. There was no way it would work. Using Oracal 651 or the Premium Silhouette vinyl was the ticket. Luckily Lisa had some on hand because the Premium Silhouette vinyl was nowhere to be found in this valley.

So here’s what worked for me.

This was my first time screen printing, so if any of you have tips or tricks, please share them in the comments. I’d love to hear your experiences of what did or didn’t work for you.

1.  Design your image and cut it in ‘the good stuff’ vinyl (Oracal 651 or Silhouette Premium). I used Silhouette Studio and my Cameo.

Remove the part you want in color.

Repeat that mantra. Refer to your image. You will forget. You want to leave all the negative space.

I used the camper and the ‘CAMPER’ from the Happy Camper kit. The ‘Happy’ is different because it’s a free font…and I can’t sell a free font. :)



2.  Add your transfer tape.  On something like this, I like separating the end and laying that as even as possblie on the end and then slowly pull it away, smoothing down the part that’s getting covered as I go.



3.  Get your screen ready. This is the one that I used. Notice the translucency.



4.  Lay down the vinyl/tape combo onto the inside of your screen. Make sure your image is as straight and evenly placed as possible. It just helps when placing it on your shirt. Smooth it on with a scraper to secure it to the screen.



5. Carefully remove he transfer tape. If a piece comes up, use your finger or the spatula to rub the tape/piece back onto the screen.



Doesn’t it look so pretty? And in case you are wondering about what the bottom two lines mean….3B stands for the three ‘B’ families that go–Banks, Bearnson, and Bradford. And we started this tradition in 2009.



6.  Add blue painters tape around the open outside edges so that no paint will go through.



Now you can see through the screen and where the paint will go.



7. Prepare your shirt. I used a large cutting board as my shirt surface, placing the shirt over the cutting board, like it was being worn by a person. I also used some brown postal paper between the top of the shirt and the cutting board so the paint wouldn’t go through. I had secured that with duct tape on the edges prior to placing the shirt. I didn’t have a paper bag, but I did have that.

Use some kind of ‘binding device’ to hold the shirt and screen in place. I bought some cheap clamps at Harbor freight. Some tiny ones to hold the shirt and some bigger ones to hold the screen. I think I may have spent under $7 on those. Worth it.

You need a pliable scraper. After looking and looking, I opted for this tool in the wallpaper section at Lowes. Speedball does make a squeegee, but I wanted something a little more pliable and smaller so I could work with the smaller bits and not worry about them getting pulled up. It may have still worked, I just opted for this method….and it was only a dollar-something as opposed to the $7 squeegee tool.



8.  Lay the paint and spread. I forgot to take a picture of this, but I took a plastic spoon and just dabbed a line of paint across the top, middle and bottom parts of the image. A little goes a long way! I don’t think I used much more than a teaspoon.

Once you have the paint down, start pulling paint smoothly and evenly with your ‘spatula’ device, working all the angles to be assured  it going through the screen.

To clean, just run your screen under water and use your hands gently over the surface of each side. You will probably want to clean it after five or six shirts because the paint can start drying in the image and then it won’t pull through as well



This would be on the back side of your shirt or on your cutting board had you not had the buffer. :) Looks kind of cool though, eh?



9. Ready to set. Remove the screen and voila! It”s awesome! Take a hairdryer and get it dry to the touch.

Iron it for 30 seconds over the whole thing on a Cotton/300 degree setting. We placed parchment paper over it and ironed on that.

Kass has washed hers and the paint softened, but seems to look good. This is our first time doing this, so we hoped we’d done it right for wash and wear. :)



And look how pretty it is on Kristy’s pink hoodie! I loved seeing it on all the colored shirts that Lisa and Kristy had brought!



If you have a zippered hoodie, secure the zipper as flat as you can and add painters tape over the zipper. I aligned one edge of the tape and gently used an x-Acto knife to cut the other side for a nice even strip of tape.



I’m not sure why mine didn’t set as evenly. The screen was slightly different, the zipper could have affected it, or the fact that we made a grey from combining black and white could have done something. I want to do this on a green zipper hoodie that I have with just white paint, so we’ll see how that goes



All in all, we had a blast doing this. We had a nice set screen and our own little sweat shop going in Kristy’s trailer. Please note: Do not run the AC and the hair dryer at the same time in your trailer…you can blow a fuse. ;)

Love this bunch of girls! 
(Kass forgot her shirt and Jordan was at work this day)


Elaine B. - August 13, 2014 - 1:00 pm

I love all the ideas you come up with to use the Cameo. I’m definitely going to give this a try!

Diane - August 13, 2014 - 1:22 pm

All I can say is WOW! Those shirts look great! I haven’t tried screen printing so I can’t add any advice but it looks like you have figured it out quite well. Awesome job!

Rene - August 13, 2014 - 2:47 pm

I can’t see step 7

Kerri - August 13, 2014 - 3:24 pm

Oh whoops. That’s just me misnumbering. :)
I shall correct it.

yolande k - August 13, 2014 - 4:12 pm

Woaw !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Merci pour ce tuto !!!! Vos tee-shirts sont trop beaux !!!!!!!

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Clairewa - August 13, 2014 - 8:48 pm

Well, you made THAT look easy! Your shirts look great – and have inspired me to have a go. Thank you so much for the awesome visual tutorial :)

Kristin V - August 15, 2014 - 7:37 am

My cousins, sisters, moms, and I all get together every year to have a great big craft weekend. I’d love to make some shirts like this for our next one. Do you have any kits like your camping kit that would be great to use for a crafting weekend shirt?

Diana Waite - August 15, 2014 - 3:03 pm

this looks AWESOME! I’ve been wanting to do something like this but haven’t gotten on it–couple of questions. Can you reuse the speedball screen print frame? And do your shirts have to be 100% cotton? Thanks!

Patty - August 18, 2014 - 4:06 pm

Fantastic job! I love it!

Ruth G - August 19, 2014 - 8:49 am

OK, now I wanna do this! My daughter always has loved quirky things, so I’ve made so many things for her parties over the years. Now that she’s a teen I think she and I could make some great t-shirts to show some of her passions to the world! Thanks so much for sharing! I’m pinning this for sure!

Two-Fer Tuesday | Happy Camper + Happiness

As you may have heard, this last week I spent the week with my dear friends Lisa Bearnson and Kristy Banks and our girls camping….uhhhh….I mean glamping up in the wilderness (*ehem* five minutes from civilization) up past Midway, Utah. It was a lovely little spot and we had a grand ol’ time playing games and talking and eating and even staying an extra day.

Last year we made these sweatshirts, and so I thought it only appropriate that we continue our shirt-making tradition this year. Last year we used the iron-on transfer, but this year I thought I’d try my hand at silk screening. I will share all these details in tomorrow’s post, but that was the catalyst for this kit….of which I’m very excited to use for recording our trip!


There are seventeen sets of images to play with–and they can go beyond the scope of camping too. You could also have a little fun by taking the ‘That’s Called Nature’ and turning it into a Print+Cut, printing the words and cutting the leaves. Or take it one step further and cut the word ‘Nature’ too! They could look something like this:


I think that would be such a cool element on a page…or Project Life, even!

And now, for the 2.99-er sale items!

Remember, these are on sale for today only.

I was continuing on after my happiness of last week and picked a few kits that kind of revolved around the whole escape/happy theme. In other words…happiness.

 escape     love_every_little_thing    happy-birthday     happy

Here’s hoping you have a happy day too! :)

Ruth G - August 12, 2014 - 10:48 am

I love the new happy camper collection! Makes me a happy camper thinking about all the ways I could have fun with it!

Our Last Day Of The Party

Can you believe our birthday week has come to an end? Our Creative Team has shared some wonderful stuff, have they not? It’s been such a fun week and we still have one bit of amazingness to share from Miss Laura today.

She had a vision to create some great home decor items that you can use for your own home or make pieces for your friend and give them as a gift. She asked if I could write her some delectable words for this project and I was happy to oblige…and the Tasty kit was born.

Check it out!


[ DesignsMagicalness (overlays: chevron, polka dot, diagonal stripe, hearts), Tasty (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tasty, yummy, food, get in ma belly), Happy Stuff (be yourself), Something To Say (gotta love this), Design Secret Class Extras (hand drawn box), Love: Every Little Thing (yellow patterned paper)

Don’t you just want to let out this high pitched AAAAAH!!!!? I especially love the 18×24 prints on her wall!! And what just makes it all even more so cool is those backgrounds. You may recognize the designs from the Magicalness kit. How awesome is that?

Here’s all about this project from Laura:

When Kerri asked us to “think outside the box”, my mind immediately went to wall art. I have quite a few walls that need a little something to complete them, but I decided to focus on the kitchen instead. Well over four years ago, I re-did my kitchen, and I picked out a ton of picture frames to display in the area above my kitchen cabinets. It’s taken me forever to actually fill those frames, and up until this week, half of those frames were still empty. Yes, they were up there completely empty for FOUR years! I’m so glad Kerri inspired me to work on getting them all filled up.

I put in a request to Kerri for a kitchen/food themed kit of her fabulous hand written, brush script words, and she came back a few days later with her new Tasty kit. Because these frames sit high up in the kitchen, I knew that I really didn’t need to spend time cutting out the words and piecing paper products together to fill those frames, as no one would be seeing them up close. So I decided to make some digital prints, using the PNG files of her designs.

I love the chalkboard look that is so trendy right now, and knew that the hand drawn brush script words would give that sort of chalkboard look I was going for. I also love adding in black and white prints, canvases, and photos in my home décor, since I have a lot of light oak furniture that I can’t do much about right now. Adding in lots of black around my home has helped balance out those lighter items. I pulled up two different black digital papers to use as my backgrounds and created the “canvases” I’d be working on, depending on the size of the frames. I added one of Kerri’s overlays from her Magicalness kit to each background as well, lowering the opacity to about 20% to add a fun, subtle touch. I then added my word of choice to the center, changing the color overlay to white and adding a small drop shadow to the word as well. Once I was done, I flattened my layers and uploaded my final prints to Costco to order.

I love how simple and easy these were to complete. Because I stuck to the same basic idea, and used lots of the same elements (the same black digital patterned papers, the overlays, and hand drawn brush script words), I was able to create these in just minutes once I had the idea down. I also created two BIG prints for my family room, using the exact same ideas. I went with two 18×24″ prints, and I just love how they turned out. Knowing that you can use Kerri’s cuts as digital files as well opens up a world of possibilities for creating your own wall art and home décor!

I think this is a brilliant idea! And just making it a print so you don’t need to cut? Fab. I think she definitely thought outside the ‘birthday’ box on this one. :)


And now for the winners of the Project Life goodies:

Winner of the Cinnamon Kit:   Ginger Kentzell
Winner of the Turquoise Kit:   Erin Stevenson
Winner of the Overlays:   Stacie Dietz

Congratulations ladies! I have forwarded your emails on to the fabulous people at Becky Higgins and they will get you hooked up with your goodies!


Thank you all for helping me celebrate this birthday week!

It’s been so much fun and I’ve had a blast. I also want to give a shout out to my amazing Creative Team. They always do such amazing things and I’m lucky to have them be a part of each and every month sharing their talents here.

And just one last quick reminder: Today is the last day of the sale.  :)

Stacie D - August 13, 2014 - 5:53 pm

Love the kitchen art ideas! Thanks for the birthday giveaway! I was so excited to get my email today about the overlays!

Gifts for Teachers

School is coming upon us.

Shut the front door.

It doesn’t affect me so much these days…having three kids in college…wait…maybe I take that back. It does affect me in other ways due to three college kids in college. Oh the agony of paying for it all…  Okay, so they do help out, but still……..three kids in college. 

Anywaaaaaay, I think some kids have started school and most will be starting soon.

Crazy, right?

Well, now would be a great time to start thinking of gifts for teachers–whether it’s a birthday gift, a first day of school gift, a Christmas gift or a thank you gift, Naomi has an awesome idea for just such an occasion!


[ Designs | Hello There Class Extras (hello) / inForms (library cards) / This+That: School (123, ABC, apple, alphabet background) ] / You Got This ]

I just want to take all those cards and squeeze ‘em or put them on a page or something! They are freakin’ adorable! I am quite partial to the alphabet one. Simple, but sooooo speaks to me. They are all amazing!

Naomi says:  I started with empty Ball Mason Jars, added some coffee beans and instant Starbucks Via Lattes,  attached some tags and burlap twine to the jars!

That really is a wonderful idea! Would be great with hot cocoa and chocolate chips and/or marshmallows in the bottom too!

Not that the weather is ready for hot chocolate…but I may be. ;)

Just one more day after this and then our birthday week is over–or more importantly…the sale will be over. Hope you’ve had a chance to stock up on goodies or classes or all of the above.

Ruth G - August 9, 2014 - 5:29 am

Wow! Quick, easy, thoughtful and clever designs! What more could you ask for! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

Nashonne - August 9, 2014 - 10:40 am

Absoultely LOVE this idea! Will have to do this for my son’s teacher(s).

yolande k - August 9, 2014 - 3:01 pm

Très jolies petites attetions, Karri ! J’adore !

Friday Freebie + Giveaway!

Oh my goodness. This has been such an amazing week so far….it’s Friday and we ain’t done celebratin’ either! We still have a couple more days of goodness coming from our incredible creative team, but today it’s all about what’s free!

It’s Friday and you know what that means. Summer of the Friday Freebie continues! I have been inspired by my week at our girls camp, I do believe. We’ve had such a great time hanging out that we even stayed an extra day. That’s what friends are for, right?

So this could be fun to put on a page that I know I’ll be doing soon. :)


To download this–forever free–click HERE.



And I suppose you are wondering who the winners are of the 5 $25 gift cards. :)

That would be:
Natalie (QSOgirl)
Donna Silber
Debbie Jack
Sue Alger
Pat Hines

Congratulations ladies! I’ll be emailing you later today with all the details.




And now I  do declare, it’s time for another giveaway!

As part of my journey in the wonderful world of creating art and being a part of product development, I had the opportunity to create not one, but three Project Life kits as well as the Photo Overlays kits during my KBS days. I love collaborating with Becky Higgins. Not only is she a total sweetheart, but she has such a clear vision for an amazing system for quickly and easily recording your memories. It’s truly been a life saver for so many people to capture the wonderful moments of their lives.

And to help us celebrate our KBS birthday, Becky and her team have generously given me a Turquoise Core Kit and a Cinnamon Core Kit to give away!



Oh, but wait, there’s more! I have a set of transparencies to give away too!



Say what???!!!

Yes, it’s true!

Oh, and just so you know, the Turquoise Kit is soon to be retired. It has been around a long time and now it must go. It’s on sale too so if you don’t win, you can pick it up for a killer price! It was sure fun to make.

So here’s how you can get a multitude of chances to win.

U.S. residents only please.
Winners will be announced on Sunday.

Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Lillian - August 8, 2014 - 2:09 am

Thank you for all the Friday Freebies !
Plus, thank you for a chance to win.
Happy Birthday KBS !

Shirlee - August 8, 2014 - 4:05 am

I love arrows! Thank you for being so generous Kerri.

Cindy - August 8, 2014 - 5:57 am

Cute freebie!
Glad you had a great time camping!

Theresa - August 8, 2014 - 6:36 am

Thanks for a wonderful week of inspiration!
Theresa from Ohio

Tammy Davis - August 8, 2014 - 7:05 am

Tammy Davis
Altus, OK

Debra Parker - August 8, 2014 - 7:08 am

Thanks for the chance to win such a generous prize!

Jeanine Wright - August 8, 2014 - 7:12 am

Glad ya”ll have had a good week in the woods!! Girl time is awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!!

LynneB - August 8, 2014 - 7:15 am

Thank you for the opportunity!

Lynne – Frisco, TX

scrappynana - August 8, 2014 - 7:24 am

Love your products, ideas, and summer Friday Freebies!

Paula b - August 8, 2014 - 7:32 am

Love your designs, thanks for the freebies and inspirations!

Lequinta - August 8, 2014 - 7:34 am

This will work great for my summer camping pictures this year!

Brooke King - August 8, 2014 - 7:35 am

Happy Birthday to you! Love KBS…and a chance to win – oh my!

Tara - August 8, 2014 - 7:37 am

Love your stuff! Thanks for the great giveaway!

Donna Silber - August 8, 2014 - 7:39 am

I’m Donna and I grew up in England then moved to Chicago, then moved to Orlando, then moved to Boston and now in San Antonio!

Kathleen D - August 8, 2014 - 7:47 am

Awesome Giveaways Kerri!

Kristine in Wa - August 8, 2014 - 7:53 am

Love your designs– Spokane, Wa.

Karen C - August 8, 2014 - 7:54 am

Love the arrow! Thanks for the freebie and the giveaway.

LaurieM - August 8, 2014 - 7:59 am

Great giveaway! Love your birthday week…so fun! Thanks!

EllyMae - August 8, 2014 - 8:01 am

Thank you for the chance!

Jeanene - August 8, 2014 - 8:03 am

Thanks for the chance to win!

Vanessa Babin - August 8, 2014 - 8:15 am

Great Giveaway and Happy Birthday!

Jill Jackson - August 8, 2014 - 8:23 am

What a fun giveaway, thanks so much for the chance to win!

Amber D - August 8, 2014 - 8:26 am

I’ve always loved that Cinnamon set! Thanks for the chance to win!

Kathy Meredith - August 8, 2014 - 8:39 am

I love your stuff so much! You have been a life-saver for me in actually taking advantage of my Silhouette!! Happy 4th birthday.

Audrey V - August 8, 2014 - 8:57 am

I have both the Turquoise and Cinnamon kits and I have to say that they both ROCK! I am currently using Turquoise and after looking at all of the newer kits, I picked Turquoise and every week when I work on my PL book, I just love the cards! I bought Cinnamon to make a book for my husband and I love those cards so much that I am constantly “stealing” them to use in other projects. I don’t want to win either kit, just want to pass on that you did a great job with them! I would love the transparencies!

Dana H - August 8, 2014 - 8:58 am

Happy Birthday! I love this giveaway :)

Carolyn E - August 8, 2014 - 9:01 am

Love Fridays!! Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

Dayna - August 8, 2014 - 9:02 am

Thanks for the giveaways.

Jill F. - August 8, 2014 - 9:08 am

Jill and I’m from Lexington, Kentucky. Thanks for the freebie and the chance!

Lisa Posthumus - August 8, 2014 - 9:11 am

Mmmm, I love cinnamon.

Laurel - August 8, 2014 - 9:15 am

I’m from Farmington, Utah, and am a new Project Lifer. I’ve been a traditional scrapbooker for most of my life! I love your designs!

LouAnn V - August 8, 2014 - 9:15 am

Chino, CA

becky - August 8, 2014 - 9:29 am

Thank you for all of the friday freebies. Love your designs! Thanks for the chance to win!

Mickee - August 8, 2014 - 9:30 am

I’d love to win the cinnamon kit or the transparencies. Thank you for this chance!

Tricia - August 8, 2014 - 9:32 am

Great giveaway. Thanks for the freebie!

Judy Sstiles - August 8, 2014 - 9:39 am

Such an awesome giveaway … and thanks for the freebie!

Barb Mc - August 8, 2014 - 9:52 am

Awesome giveaways! Happy Birthday!

Kathy - August 8, 2014 - 10:31 am

lovin’ a chance to win some PL!
kathy from PDX OR

Ashley N Newell - August 8, 2014 - 11:02 am

Ashley from California

Denise Foor - August 8, 2014 - 11:06 am

Love your blog….the giveaway is awesome!

Melitta Ball - August 8, 2014 - 11:09 am

Hi Kerri!

Thank you so much for sharing your anniversary celebration with us!
I am in Canada but have a USA address to mail to so may I still enter your giveaway please?

Carla Hundley - August 8, 2014 - 11:17 am

Carla from Utah

Carla Hundley - August 8, 2014 - 11:19 am

Liked and shared
on FB. Thanks!
Carla from Utah

Kimberly Goon - August 8, 2014 - 11:42 am

I would love to win. Thank you!

Ruthie Lopez - August 8, 2014 - 12:04 pm

Thank you for the freebie!! and for the chance to win!

Lydia - August 8, 2014 - 12:05 pm

Thank you for the Friday Freebies and a chance to win these great PL Kits!

Laura T. - August 8, 2014 - 12:07 pm

Love those kits, and those transparencies are awesome!

Julie Rosenberg - August 8, 2014 - 12:15 pm

Thank you so much for the Friday Freebie and the chance to win the goodies!

Susan W - August 8, 2014 - 12:16 pm

Thanks for a chance to win! Happy Happy Birthday!

Nashonne Newman - August 8, 2014 - 12:30 pm

Nashonne from Crete, IL

marcy e - August 8, 2014 - 12:36 pm

too kind as usual… Thanks for the chance…

Jenn B. - August 8, 2014 - 12:47 pm

I’m from Princeton, NJ!

Janet - August 8, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Janet from OH

Sue Alger - August 8, 2014 - 12:55 pm

Sue from Wisconsin

angela - August 8, 2014 - 1:06 pm

Happy Birthday!
Angela from Indy

Myra Merritt - August 8, 2014 - 1:08 pm

Myra Merritt
Lees Summit, Missouri

Linda Craig - August 8, 2014 - 1:12 pm

I love your stuff and your classes. Hope to win this. I have not tried Project Life yet but it does intrigue me since I do not keep up with my scrapbooking.

Sherry T. - August 8, 2014 - 1:12 pm

Happy Birthday!!!
Sherry from Dodge City, Kansas…

Lisa H - August 8, 2014 - 1:25 pm

Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!

Lisa from Germany!

kelly thompson - August 8, 2014 - 1:33 pm

hello, kelly from edmond, ok- holla!

nonni - August 8, 2014 - 1:37 pm

Love your blog and all the freebies and incredible ideas! Thanks and Happy Birthday KBS. Nonni from California

Krista - August 8, 2014 - 1:54 pm

Kronenwetter, WI

Yvonne - August 8, 2014 - 2:01 pm

Yvonne–currently in Dallas, TX but wherever he camper is parked! :)

Susan - August 8, 2014 - 2:02 pm

I would love to win! Just started Project Life since Kerri’s class! Thanks Kerri!

Lynette Ballard - August 8, 2014 - 2:15 pm

Thanks for the giveaway! Lynette Ballard Hurricane, UT

Sarah A - August 8, 2014 - 2:23 pm

Oh, Kerri, you don’t have to bribe us with giveaways to visit your site, we love it anyways! But I will take the chance to win that Turquoise PL kit. (I do already have your Cinnamon one!)
Sarah from Bolingbrook, IL

Angela Ke - August 8, 2014 - 2:40 pm

Holbrook, AZ

Becca Hill - August 8, 2014 - 3:11 pm

Hi. My name is Becca and I’m from the Oregon Coast where the sun is actually shining today!

Trish - August 8, 2014 - 3:17 pm

Thanks Kerri for the great outdoors arrow cut file. Outdoors is where I want to be, just wish I could bring my craft room with me. It has been a beautiful summer here in Nashville, TN, only a few really hot days. I love summer and YOU! Thanks again!

Lauren Lebovitz - August 8, 2014 - 3:18 pm

My birthday was on August 6th!!!wp What another great way to celebrate!!!

linda - August 8, 2014 - 3:25 pm

As always!!!!!!!!! thanks Kerri for the freebies! I love them and thank you for being generous!!

jpscraps - August 8, 2014 - 4:04 pm

JamieP, Pittsburgh, Pa

Love these kits!

Sally - August 8, 2014 - 4:07 pm

Thanks Kerri! For the freebies and for the amazing giveaway!

Diane - August 8, 2014 - 4:12 pm

Thank you again for the Friday Freebie. I always look forward to Fridays and the weekends but you make it even better. I haven’t done Project Life but would love to try. Thanks for the opportunity. I guess I need to get on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram stuff to increase my chances but haven’t quite figured them out yet. haha

Kelly Humby-Tulk - August 8, 2014 - 4:20 pm

Kelly from Knoxville, TN.

Shari Dancer-Thomas - August 8, 2014 - 4:27 pm

What fun! Cool goodies!

LaurieW - August 8, 2014 - 4:38 pm

Thank you so much for the great- freebie (s) I love that you share your talent and inspire us!

Diane Porrazzo - August 8, 2014 - 4:53 pm

Thank you for all your hard work and for letting us have a chance to win some of the great products!

Celeste B. - August 8, 2014 - 5:28 pm

Celeste B., Fishers, IN

Debbie S - August 8, 2014 - 5:48 pm

Greetings from Greenville, SC. Love Project Life, love both great editions, yes Please! Thanks for the chance!

Marilyn Bronson - August 8, 2014 - 6:18 pm

Marilyn From North Carolina here and I am loving this week.

Linda Johnson - August 8, 2014 - 6:25 pm

I live on Cape Cod!

Tracey Magner - August 8, 2014 - 6:27 pm

Hi, Thank you, Thank you, for the Friday freebies and Thank you for the chance to win the Project Life products I love her products and have made several albums.

Ruth Tacoma - August 8, 2014 - 6:58 pm

Ruth Tacoma, McBain, MI

Susan P - August 8, 2014 - 7:02 pm

Love project life! Thanks for the chance to win! Happy Birthday KBS!

Cynthia B. - August 8, 2014 - 7:29 pm

Thank you for the sale this week, thanks for the freebies, thanks for the giveaway (have always liked Turquoise, and those transparencies are AWEsome!), and thank you, thank you for sharing your talent and creativity with us! Love your designs.

Michele Clay - August 8, 2014 - 7:43 pm

Thanks for the freebies, as always, Kerri! And now for the giveaway, too! Happy, Happy 4th Birthday to KBS!

Tracy Bohman - August 8, 2014 - 8:35 pm

Thanks for the awesome giveaways and sell this week. Also, Happy Birthday!!!!!
Thanks again,

Beth M. - August 8, 2014 - 8:37 pm

Love 365 day projects. Thanks for the chance to win.

Amy P - August 8, 2014 - 9:28 pm

I’ve been interested in trying out project life. Now would be the perfect time if I won!

Cindy B - August 8, 2014 - 9:31 pm

I live in beautiful NW Montana!

Julia from Staunton, Illinois - August 8, 2014 - 9:37 pm

Happy Birthday to KBS and thanks for the freebies and chances to win the giveaways.

Stacie D - August 8, 2014 - 9:59 pm

Happy birthday! Love your awesome work!

Melissa Johnson - August 8, 2014 - 11:11 pm

Thanks so much for the file. Love it.

Debbie D - August 8, 2014 - 11:23 pm

Love the core kits and overlays!!!!!!!!!

Korey - August 9, 2014 - 1:00 am

Awed by your talent. Have a happy birthday!

Jaci N - August 9, 2014 - 4:55 am

These are so cute, love the transparencies!

Ruth G - August 9, 2014 - 5:46 am

Waving “hi” from western suburbs of Chicago!

Karen K - August 9, 2014 - 7:37 am

The arrows are so fun. Thanks for all the wonderful freebies.

Veronica Miller - August 9, 2014 - 7:55 am

Wonderful giveaway. Love the back to school ideas!

Ashley W - August 9, 2014 - 9:23 am

What a great giveaway! Would love to have either of these collections! Thanks for the chance to win!

Ashley W - August 9, 2014 - 9:24 am

Batesville, AR

Dee - August 9, 2014 - 10:45 am

Thanks for the chance to win!

Kim Warne - August 9, 2014 - 10:49 am

Beaverton, OR

Thanks for a great giveaway!

Katrina H - August 9, 2014 - 1:23 pm

Katrina from Sandy, UT

Elaine Bowman - August 9, 2014 - 1:40 pm

Elaine B. from Kanab, UT

Judy W. - August 9, 2014 - 3:50 pm

Enjoying this giveaway opportunity from Dallas, Texas! Thank you!

Pam K - August 9, 2014 - 4:07 pm

Awesome giveaway!
Pam K from Rancho SD (La Mesa), CA

Mindy - August 9, 2014 - 5:52 pm

Happy birthday! Love those PL kits!

DianeB - August 9, 2014 - 6:53 pm

Happy Birthday from California.

Nola - August 9, 2014 - 11:16 pm

I would love to win. Thanks for the chance. I am Nola from Utah

Maggie Massey: One Great Birthday Gift

I told you we just might have a surprise for this week. It’s a KBS birthday just for me…and you! I think this is one of my best KBS birthday presents ever. 


maggie head shot

Last week
Miss Maggie Massey came to visit my ‘house’, and now, I need to clean out a room because she is movin’ in and here to stay!

I am so excited to have her here as a KBS Creative Team Member. I can’t wait to see what great things her creative little mind will come up with.

Wait…I don’t have to don’t have to wait…
because she’s got something to share with us today!

It’s a double birthday gift for us all! :)


[ DesignsFeathersBeautiful Somewhere ('love this') / More Background Basics (circle background) ]

I love the unique way Maggie created her project. Love that she used the sketch pens in conjunction with a cut. Just a fabulous way to make something different from your regular ol’ diecuts. Love the unique gift packaging…it’s just awesome!

Here’s what Maggie has to say:

I really enjoy trying to think outside the box when it comes to projects like this…I love trying to see if I can use the files in unconventional and fun ways!

When it comes to decorating packages I like to try to make my own wrapping paper and embellishments…and Kerri’s backgrounds are the perfect place to start! I used my Silhouette Sketch Pens to draw a background onto my paper and then I colored in the negative space with my Neocolor Crayons.

For the feathers, I first sketched them out…again with the Silhouette Pens…and then went back in an cut them out using the offset function on the machine. Finally I colored around the outside of each feather.

PNG files are probably my favorite kinds of files to work with because I can change the shape, color, or background of the design. That’s exactly what I did with Kerri’s ‘LOVE THIS’ card in the new Beautiful Somewhere Collection. I enlarged the card, cropped out the middle circle, colored everything black and cut it out. Then I simply adhered it to a doily and added it to my package!

Welcome Miss Maggie! You are going to be an amazing addition to our little corner of the world. :)

And just a reminder…don’t forget to catch the sale going on.
It ends Sunday!

Jennifer Chapin - August 8, 2014 - 12:55 pm

Awesome! I love Maggie’s work!!!

Party! Party! Party!


The KBS Birthday party continues with another fabulous gift idea from Miss Nichol! And having just ventured into the art of stenciling on fabric, I was fascinated to see Nichol’s way of doing things. Let’s check it out:


[ Designs | Something To Say ]


Perfect for the teenager in your house, right? I think it’s awesome! And I love the fabric she chose for it as well.

Here’s what Nichol has to say on making this lovely item:

I love the look of painted text on throw pillows and I absolutely adore the handwriting in Kerri’s Something To Say Kit (it’s used in many of her other recent kits as well) and thought a phrase from this kit would look awesome stenciled on a throw pillow. I’ve made several new things for my daughter’s bedroom and throw pillows will complete the ensemble. Her room is aqua + black + white so I went with a black and white theme for this throw pillow using a solid fabric for the front where I stenciled the text and a fun text print fabric on the back. I sewed my own pillow cover but this technique would work just as well with a pre-made pillow cover as long as it can be removed from the pillow and place a piece of cardboard inside while painting so that the paint doesn’t seep through!

Just love it Nichol!

Don’t forget, it’s a party all week long here, so be sure to keep tuning in each day!


Ruth G - August 6, 2014 - 5:58 am

Great idea for a project! One of the things I love about digital files is that you can make them whatever size works for what you want to do with it! This sentiment is definitely perfectly sized for this pillow and are wise words, especially for teens.
Thanks so much for sharing! It’s so fun seeing these gift ideas from the team!

notoes - August 6, 2014 - 6:44 am

I also use cardboard inside to prevent bleeding through (nice to know someone else does it). But you can also use plain old indoor/outdoor spray paint which works just as good.

Susan P - August 6, 2014 - 8:01 am

Love this pillow! Two questions for Nicole or Kerri though:
What kind of material did Nicole use for the stencil, and what type of paint? Thanks for the inspiration!

Bab's - August 6, 2014 - 2:35 pm

What kind of material did you use for the black stencil? Ink, Paint or what? Great idea to do with my grandkids.

Maggie - August 7, 2014 - 3:18 am

so so fantastic!

I’m totally doing it.

The Party is in Full Swing!


Woooowee! We are having some fun! This party is just a-rockin’! If you haven’t entered for a chance to win some yummy gift cards, do that in yesterday’s post.

I gave my girls the assignment to think outside the birthday box for this party. I gave them the challenge of making a fun gift or packaging or cards or anything that would be awesome for a birthday for that special someone in your life.

Layle asked if I could make a phrase for her project: Today Is A Good Day To Have A Good Day.

I, of course, was happy to oblige…because look what she made!

today is a good daytoday is a good day close up

[ Designs | Today Is A Good Day ]

i. love. this.

The whole ensemble is just beautiful! Love the combination of the frame with the gold lettering….and the star on top. I would love this as a birthday gift. (hint hint. ;) )

Here’s what Layle has to say:

You know when you see something and it spurs an idea and you just can’t get it out of your head?  That’s this project! A few months ago I was watching a show on HGTV and I saw the saying ‘Today is a Good Day to Have a Good Day’ on a piece of wall art.  That was the first time I’d seen/heard the saying; I love the meaning of it – it’s up to you to decide what kind of day you’re going to have, every day.  I emailed Kerri right away and asked if she would create a cut file with that saying and voila, she did!  Just love that about Miss Kerri :)  Anyhoo, I knew I wanted to take that saying and frame it.  I picked up the white frame at Michaels and used that lovely piece of sky patterned paper (by Simple Stories) for the background.  I cut the saying out of gold glitter cardstock, adhered to the paper and inserted it behind the glass.  I thought the frame needed a little something, so I added the metal gold heart to the top.  Quick and easy project, but super meaningful.  This now sits front and center in our family room to remind me, and hopefully my husband and our 2 teenage boys, that it’s up to you to make today a good day!

So true Miss Layle! Attitude is everything. And now, I think I need to go make me one of those. :)


The normal Two-Fer Tuesday is on hiatus this week due to our current monster sale, but we do have a brand new kit for ya! It is a possibility we may see this in action. It was requested. But sometimes things don’t always work out like we plan, so I’m not making any promises. :)


Just some yummy words to use for a plethora of projects. And they don’t even have to be food related. :)

Got more great stuff comin’….all week long, so stay tuned!

Dolly aka scrapthat/scrapscrapthat - August 5, 2014 - 11:03 am

Nice kit Kerri!! TFS!

Ruth G - August 6, 2014 - 5:54 am

Definitely an awesome project all around, from the design of the sentiment to the papers and elements that Layle chose! Love it! Thanks so much for sharing! This is definitely a gift-worthy project!