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We celebrate all sales here at KBS…it’s more fun that way. :)

black-friday-sale

(Sale excludes Oh The Places You Will Go individual class, the newest Santa’s Workshop workshop,
and gift cards.)


Now’s the time to treat yourself during one of the biggest sales of the year.
C’mon. You’ve been good. You know you deserve it.

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And if you’ve been holding out for some Totally Rad photo goodies, now is a great time to do it during their Black Friday sale! I can honestly say I use Rad Lab and Pic-Tap-Go all the time.

Here’s their details. Totally worth it.

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  • Lara Read - December 1, 2014 - 9:32 pm

    Which Radlab products do you use? I have the orginal radlab and love it. Just wondering what else I should get.ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - December 1, 2014 - 9:59 pm

      I have their Totally Rad Actions from years ago and then Replichrome with all the photographers in the home.
      But I use RadLab the most. :)ReplyCancel

Today, it needs to be simply said:

 

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I am grateful for this life.

I am grateful for this wonderful world we live in.

I am grateful to have a roof over my head and food on the table.

I am grateful for my family that I love and hold so dear.

I am grateful for the friends in my life that have been with me through thick+thin.

And I am grateful for all of you that have been here and part of my little world.

You have enriched my life.

I can’t help but feel blessed and truly grateful.

Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Orietta Vélez Dumani - November 27, 2014 - 4:59 pm

    Happy thanksgiving to you, too!
    Congratulations to your daughter on her 20th birthday from the beautiful Por of limón, Costa Rica. Blessings!ReplyCancel

  • Orietta Vélez Dumani - November 27, 2014 - 5:00 pm

    Port of Limón.ReplyCancel

This time of year there is much to be grateful for. I think, perhaps, for many of us it is the family relationships we have. It’s not always perfect. There is bickering to be heard all growing up, I’m sure. But it’s funny how those little bickering moments turn into funny memories when they are older, as I’ve seen happen with my own children. And there’s nothing better when they are getting along peacefully and you see them offer a helping hand or  a hug when you least expect it. Like Layle happened to catch here in this photo in today’s layout. 

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brothers - close up

 

[ Designs | All In The Family (brothers) / Feathers ]


Ohhhh, I am so in love with this glittery gold! And you probably wouldn’t think that ‘glitter+boys’ would necessarily go together, but it’s absolutely perfect with that wood-grain and white feathers.

gorgeous. simply gorgeous. 

Here’s what Layle has to say:

I snapped this photo a few weeks ago – I just happened to turn around and saw this beautiful moment taking place.  Our 16 year old son was giving his younger 13 year old brother football advice on the sidelines.  So many things ran through my head when I got home and pulled the photo up on my computer.  How lucky we are to have 2 wonderful boys, how special they are to us and to each other, and how successful they both are and will continue to be as they grow older.  But the thing that hit me most was how grateful I am that they have such a strong relationship.  Sure, they’re brothers.  And that means sometimes they don’t get along and they fight and they antagonize each other.  But for the most part, they are more than brothers, they’re friends, and for that I’m so extremely thankful!

Kerri’s ‘brothers’ script word from the All in  the Family kit was perfect for this layout.  I wanted to keep pretty much everything on the layout the same color tone, so I cut the word from American Crafts gold glitter cardstock.  When I adhered it to the woodgrain background, it blended in a little too much, so I outlined the word with a black pen.  I paired the gold word with glittered gold feathers – I made some of these a few months back here and loved them so much that I made them again for this layout.

 

What a moment Layle. And what  a page.

Love does happen here–in your home and in your life–even when you’re not looking.


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And now, heres a brand new kit to help you capture your special home+family relationships this Thanksgiving-ee time of year. Here is Hello November.

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hello november cards


A little design tip. Because the Simply Wicked had some pretty cool fall-related designs, I wanted both to be able to work together, so they have a color scheme that matches up pretty darn well.

Also, there are three cards that include a ‘distressed’ version of the PNG because I just thought it would be fun to mix it up a little. You know me and variety. ;)

Thanksgiving is just days away.

Are you ready?

Need another last-minute idea for loved ones to share their sentiments of gratitude?

Check out this altered book that Maggie made.

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[ DesignsConfetti / Subway Art: Thanksgiving / Tiny Details: Calendar (date tag) / Just a Bit Obsessed ]


Can you say lovely? 

Uh huh. Sure. I knew you could.

Love the confetti on a transparency…not to mention, the subway art on a transparency! How awesome would that be in your Project Life album? Yeah. I’m thinkin’ pretty awesome.

Here’s what Maggie has to say:

We host Thanksgiving each year, and each year I try to come up with a way to have my guests reflect on what they are grateful for.

This year I decided to create a little altered-book/album filled with tags and envelopes and bit and pieces. I wanted to be able to have my guests take a tag, write down their thanks and then tuck their tags into the book. After the day is over I will fill it up with photos, anecdotes and whatever else I can scrap about the day.

One (of the many) AWESOME things about Kerri’s files is that they can be manipulated in so many ways to make them truly unique…to turn them into exactly what you need them to be. Don’t be afraid to play and play and play!

For this small book, I decreased the size of the Just a Bit Obsessed file and turned it into a little 3×4 card. I used it right inside the front cover…then decoupaged it, stenciled over it, stamped it and painted it. I LOVE the way it turned out.

I did sort of the same thing with the Thanksgiving Subway Art…but I printed it out onto a transparency. ACK! I love the way this turned out!

The Confetti design that Kerri recently released is absolutely perfect! I used it in EXACTLY the way she demonstrated…with gold vinyl. And it’s gorgeous! I think it’s the perfect addition to this little stack. And I’m postive I will be using this design over and over and over in the next few months…Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day!!!

And do you recognize the “27” tag? I had a few left over from my project back in September and, what do you know? Thanksgiving is on the 27th! Perfect fit…

I’m so excited to have this little book completed…to have it filled with photos and tags and journaling!


It’s gorgeous Maggie!
I also love how the left-over tag was the perfect date! 
seriously.

We’re on the countdown for Thanksgiving folks. I can hardly believe it! Soooo looking forward to the turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes and gravy….and all the other fixins.

mmmmmm…..

There are many friends and family pages to come from this holiday season and so I felt inspired to make a kit about being together and being grateful and love for this time of thanksgiving.

Here is Grateful.

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Eleven words+phrases that are individual, so you can stack them up like this + weld them together to make one cut, place them in a line or add them as an overlay to your photo.

I’m really hungry now….

  • Leslee - November 22, 2014 - 6:44 am

    Love Thankgiving! We celebrate two in our family since I am Canadian. We have one in Oct too!ReplyCancel

  • Dolly - November 22, 2014 - 8:03 am

    Great set Kerri! TFSReplyCancel

This is my baby.

She’s 20 today. 20 on the 20th.

And in the blink of an eye…I have no more teenagers.

What is this world coming to?

Happy birthday sweet thing.

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Sporting her new birthday outfit and having a birthday breakfast at Kneader’s.

  • Patty - November 21, 2014 - 5:14 am

    She is so beautiful, just like her Mom! You should be proud and I know you are! Cherish the moments. hugs, PattyReplyCancel

  • Suelynn - November 21, 2014 - 5:25 pm

    I’m right behind you and completely understand. So very bitter sweet.ReplyCancel

  • Trish - November 22, 2014 - 6:25 am

    Your baby girl is gorgeous and I know your heart is full! How wonderful to celebrate your cherished daughter’s path to adulthood. I am here to say adult children are one of life’s most glorious blessings!ReplyCancel

Packaging up little gifts is quite delightful, don’t you think? And being able to create your own personalized packaging is even better, right?

Well then, do I have a fun little diddy for you today!

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This cute little pillow box kit is what you’d say…versatile. So many options with this! Not only is there a plain ol’ pillow box design that you use with your favorite patterned paper, but there’s also three awesome designs that you can use ‘as is’ or customize them to fit your needs by switching colors or text.

Oh but wait…it gets even better.

It comes with little pieces to the pillow box puzzle so that you can use them to Crop or Subtract or change colors for one section, or whatever you feel like doing!

Hello?

You get to become the master designer of your own packaging. How sweet is that? I think my favorite thing to do would be to type a name in some big letters for the person you’re giving it to. It’s pretty rare to get personalized packaging.

But look how awesome these are with what’s already in the kit.

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pillow box closeup web


These are prefect for the holiday season. And those numbers? Great for birthdays or anniversaries or any type of celebration involving a number…and it’s great just for fun too. :)


Here’s a little video on how you can work with all of it.
The question is now…what are you going to make with it?

 

  • Susan P - November 18, 2014 - 5:30 pm

    What a great kit! Thanks so much for the tutorial – can’t wait to try it out.ReplyCancel

  • Susan P - November 18, 2014 - 5:36 pm

    Question for you Keri – can you resize the pillow box (fatter, thinner, longer, shorter – and everything still fits correctly? I am assuming you can.ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - November 18, 2014 - 6:12 pm

      As long as you size the box+components together, you should be fine. The included designs probably wouldn’t work though. You’d have to make your own. :)ReplyCancel

  • Michele - November 19, 2014 - 12:01 pm

    can this only be done using the Silhouette machine? I have the Pazzles cutting machine.ReplyCancel

  • MIchele - November 19, 2014 - 12:06 pm

    BTW i do have the print+cut feature. I just got my new Pazzles machine so I’m not sure how that works just yet but I love this pillowbox idea as it’s perfect for any type of gifts!! (including a babyshower gift) :)ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - November 19, 2014 - 2:34 pm

      I’m not as familiar with Pazzles, but a quick look on their home page, I see that there’s some kind of Print+Cut with the Inspiration Vue. There searching and manuals aren’t very informative/user-friendly, so I can’t tell for sure what to do. You might want to check with them and see what the requirements are to do a print+cut with their machine+software. I’d love to know what you find out. :)ReplyCancel

It’s that time of year. One that starts making you really grateful–or maybe more conscientiously grateful– for the things and people in your life.

November just brings that out in us, right?

I think it’s something we need to have on our mind all the time. I feel like I try to do that on a daily basis all year long–from the smallest moment to the biggest moment. I believe it’s an attitude of positivity. I try to appreciate every little thing that I encounter each day–a hug from my children, a laugh from my husband, an adoring look from my cat or dog, a sunset, the fall smell, a roof over my head, transportation (when my kids don’t have my car), green lights all the way, lunch with a friend …there is much to be grateful for.  I think when you take stock in what you have and are grateful for, it makes you have a better attitude about life which results in being happy. And happy is a good thing. :)

So I’d asked my dear friends and design team–for which I am also very grateful for–to focus their attentions in the ‘grateful’ category. Check out this awesome idea from Miss Laura.

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[ Designs | Holly Jolly Christmas (tag) / This+That: Gratitude (leaf) / Banners (banner), Giving Thanks (thanks) / Weathered Door Alpha (give) ]


I love this idea! And I love how Laura stapled the banners onto the tags….love the look. I think this is a must-do while you’re waiting for the turkey to get done. 

Here’s what Laura has to say:

I think it’s such a fun Thanksgiving tradition to have each member of the family write down what they’re thankful for. The last time my family did this, however, was five years ago. I thought I would create some fun tags for everyone to write on this year. To start, I cut a handful of tags, using Kerri’s Holly Jolly Christmas kit, from kraft cardstock. I ran each tag thru a dotted embossing folder and then spritzed it with brown misting spray. I machine stitched around the outside edges of the tags a few times, and then I also decided to draw some rough lines around the outer edges with a brown pen.

I picked out some fall patterned papers and used a leaf cut from the This & That: Gratitude [Just Shapes] kit to cut leaves from both the patterned papers and some white cardstock. I ran the white cardstock leaves thru a woodgrain embossing folder, even though it’s not that noticeable when I layered the leaves together on the tag. I also cut some little banners from white cardstock, which I layered over the leaf on each tag. I used tiny alpha stickers to add family member’s names to each tag. Everyone will know exactly which tag is theirs, and they can write on the backside of the tag, listing the things they’re thankful for this year.

I also wanted to have a place to store these tags, and came across this cute little burlap bag at the craft store. It was the perfect size to slip all of my tags into. I cut a piece of kraft cardstock for the front of the bag, and glue dots to lightly to position it on the bag where I wanted it. I then hand stitched a button to each corner of the cardstock to secure it to the bag. I don’t plan on this being handled a lot, so having only the corners secured is ok with me. If I was worried about it staying in place, I would probably add some more hand stitching around the edges to really make sure it stayed in place.


The burlap bag is the perfect touch!