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Knock. Knock. Who’s There?

There’s another guest knocking at the KBS door! Let’s open it up and see who it is….

….well hellllooooooo Maggie Massey!!!

Soooo excited to have you here visiting us!

I have to admit, I’m only a fairly recent Maggie ’diehard’ for an–I don’t want to say odd reason, but it’s funny how things happen. I, of course, knew who Maggie was because I’d seen her amazing work that she’d done for Heidi Swapp, but I don’t always make it out to Heidi’s site (or others) as often as I’d like. And when I do, I kind of do the ‘power look’. Love it when there are photos and can see a multitude of pretty things at once. :)

Enter Instagram.

Here’s another confession. I’m just barely getting into Instagram like I should. I actually created an account for my iPoud Touch waaaay back when it first started and then didn’t do anything with it until I decided to start a business one just a year ago. I know…I’m not exactly one to jump on the bandwagon of things and I’m still learning about it. I’m also not one to go Instagram hopping either (except for these past few days). It’s just I spend so much time on my computer that when I’m not working it’s nice not to look at the computer. Ya know what I mean Vern?

Meanwhile back at the ranch….

During the week leading up to National Scrapbook Day I’d participated in some craziness of the week with Big Picture Classes on Instagram–my first real soiree using Instagram–and I think that’s when Maggie first followed me, or at least that’s when I first noticed Maggie in my neck of the woods anyway. And being swept up in the craziness of the week, I followed her in return.

Like I say, it’s funny how things happen. I am sooooooo glad I clicked that little rectangle shaped +person button. I adore her work and I adore her! She just inspires me.

And now, she is here to inspire us all!

Take a look…


[ Designs |  Life is Wonderful / Click (negative strips + love this) / Say What #4 (wow + that's kind of cool) / Urban Dictionary (selfie) ]


Just like the title says….wow is an understatement. I love everything about this page! Her collection of label printouts, the colored negative frames, the white background (go figure, right?)…it’s all just wrapped up into one bit of fabulousness!

Here’s what Miss Maggie has to say:

My kids and I recently conducted a “selfie photo shoot” at a local Baskin Robbins while enjoying some ice cream (I’m sure the staff and clientele were thrilled). So when I saw the film strip cuts in “Click”, I knew I had to use them. What better way to highlight a whole mess of photos?

I usually use white cardstock to cut designs on my Silhouette because I really enjoy using a variety of media to color them in. For the film strips and cut words I used Neocolor II crayons…they are totally easy to use and come in wonderful colors.  I’m LOVING greens and blues right now, so those were the crayons I chose here.

The coolest part? The next time I want to use these cut files I can cut them on white cardstock again and then make them pink…or yellow…or black…or all three. So fantastic.



Lovely, yes?

yes. indeed.

Tune in tomorrow on account-a she’s ‘sleeping over’ and will have something fun to share for ‘breakfast’. ;)


Sarah - July 30, 2014 - 10:47 am

Yayayayay Maggie rocks so hard! Can’t wait to see all of the inspiration she brings, she’s amazing! xoxoxo

Jennifer Evans - July 30, 2014 - 11:00 am

Yeah Maggie! Love this page and love you girl!

Linda Beeson - July 30, 2014 - 3:20 pm

So in love with the adorable film strips, makes the layout so fun.

Stephanie Bryan, Part Deux and Two-Fer Tuesday

I think this should be entitled Three-Fer Tuesday, actually.

Did you ever see the Victor Borge bit where he tells the story and he ‘ups’ each ‘numbered’ word? It’s called Inflationary Language? So instead of saying toodaloo he says threedaloo? Very funny. I found the video….just a little entertainment for you HERE. We like saying threedaloo at our house. :)

Okay, back to business here….

Let’s start off with another beautiful page from our KBS company this week. Stephanie Bryan is here to show off some more dreamy stuff.


[ Designs | Enjoy The Day / Tiny Details (chevron tag, yellow stars +
'everything here is wonderful') ]

Mint+grey….and white. One of my very favorite color schemes and Stephanie has done a fabulous job with it. Once again…so loving the layers of papers and accents combined with the photos and title next to it. And pay close attention to those layers of paper. The chevron design, subtitle and yellow star strip are all from Tiny Details. Love how she incorporated them in not the obvious way, creating patterns or subtitles for her page. Wonderful idea!


I’m so glad you stopped by our little neck of the woods Stephanie! You’ve done an amazing job and we’re so happy to have had you here!

Be sure to check in tomorrow too, to see who’s knockin’ at the door. :)


And now for the brand new kit for today. Just a few travel-themed 3×4 cards that would be great for Project Life. A mix of words and patterns…and the patterns signify movement or maps. You know, travel and all. :)



Once again, these include the cut files so you can bring them into programs, like Silhouette Studio, and alter the colors to suit your needs.

I did have a little fun with the Beautiful Somewhere card. Not only could you use it printed–in whatever color you wanted really–but you can remove the speckles and then cut it out like this.


And in Silhouette Studio you can move the images around to add photos if you like. Or, in the case of the Awesome card, there’s space already there and you can do something fun like this!


Oh yeah.
I think that is pretty awesome. ;)

Lots of fun to be had with this kit!


And now for the 2.99 kits for today….and today only.

Just some fun handwritten words for so many different occasions.

a-beautiful-world    summer-lovin2bloom    oh-babythirty-one-days    today

The sale goes away at the end of the day. :)

Company’s Here!  Hellllloooo Stephanie Bryan!

I’ve been so excited for some special company that’s been ‘planning a trip’ to the home of KBS. And this is the week of their long-awaited arrival.

The first one we are greeting at the door? Wellllll…..

…let’s give a big hello to Stephanie Bryan!

I became a big fan of Stephanie’s when I first saw her amazing work as a Garden Girl earlier this year. Her pages are…well…I would say dreamy. She has such a lovely style. Everything looks so clean and stylish and dreamy. She’s a white background girl too…so of course that just speaks to me! That makes us BFFs right there. ;)

Here’s a gander at one of the beautiful pages she made using a KBS hand-written title.


[ Designs | Happy Stuff (some kind of wonderful) ]

See what I mean about dreamy? How gorgeous is this page??? I love how Stephanie always has just the right touches for her pages. She does a lot of layering and it all comes together so beautifully!

Here’s what Stephanie has to say:

Die cut titles are my absolute favorite. There is nothing better than a few pretty words to add the final touches to a layout. I always love to cut out my words and titles on white card stock. Once they are cut, I can decide if I want to use them as they are, paint them or even emboss them to add a pop of color. When I set my Silhouette up to cut, I usually add as many words or titles as I can onto one page and then cut them out to have on hand. I have a cute little basket in my craft room full of words just waiting to be used!!

For this layout, I decided to use Kerri’s awesome titles as the main focus of my page. I cut it rather large so I could layer it next to my photos. I also decided to leave it as it was so the title would pop off of my patterned paper. You will also notice that I slightly overlapped my title/words with my photos.  I find that this helps to ground my images to my page and draws your eye to both the title and photos.


So thrilled to have you come visit at ‘my house’ Miss Stephanie!
And I’m excited to show off more of that ‘Stephanie goodness’ tomorrow!

Dolly - July 28, 2014 - 7:24 am

So beautiful!! it’s simple yet Oh so pretty!

Nashonne - July 28, 2014 - 11:28 am

Great idea about just cutting a sheet of words/titles, to be used later. I also love the idea of die cutting in white and adding color other ways, more versatility. GREAT PAGE!!!

yolande k - July 28, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Magnifique !

Christmas In July • Christmas Cards

So, confession here. I always have good intentions of doing something with those Christmas cards that we get, yet each year they get filed away in a stack in a page protector.


I love the photos I get each year and have a hard time just discarding them….so I don’t. But I’m not getting them into albums either.

Well, this great spread from Nichol has motivated me to do something with mine! While it’s a calmer and quieter time of year…it’s the perfect time to get it done! And using pocket pages? Makes it so much easier!

Take a look at what she did with hers.


[ Designs | Hello December (3x4 cards) / TwentyThirteen (2013) / Christmas Countdown (numbers for vellum overlays on photos) / December Addtions: The Dailies (numbers for vellum overlays on photos) / This & That: School (star) / Just My Type (arrow) ] 

First off, loooove seeing this brand new Hello December kit come to life! Love not only how she incorporated it with her photos, but how she added her own personal touches before printing…especially the ‘Christmas’ card where she added an arrow from another kit along with journaling, making it her own.


Here’s what Nichol has to say:

I create yearly layout spreads for the Christmas card photos we receive from friends and family each year. For last year’s cards I decided to take the plunge and create a pocket-style layout using the photos and Kerri’s awesome new Hello December journaling cards! I customized one of the cards with a faux “vellum” overlay and journaling in Silhouette Studio before printing the card(s) with my printer and cutting the card(s) out with my Cameo. I also customized the title card with an arrow from the Just My Type Kit and my own text. I made sure to turn the cut lines off anything I didn’t want cut so that only the card shape was cut on my die cutting machine and not the text or shapes. Vellum number overlays on the photos keep the focus on the photos but coordinate back to my journaling card. Easy peasy!


Two other things I wanted to mention for today. First there’s this.


It’s gonna be a fun week!

And second, if you’re working on Christmas in July yourself,
you may remember this incredibly popular project from last year.


Or if you’re newer to KBS, then this is new to you and you just may want to make one yourself!

Now would be a great time to put some together as gifts.
Hobby Lobby does have their Christmas stuff out. ;)

All the details can be found in the original post HERE.

Friday Freebie: Umbrella





hot. hot. hot.

shade required.

So here’s a fun little umbrella to go with just such a page. :)


To download this–forever free–click HERE.

Denise - July 25, 2014 - 8:59 am

Thanks! I appreciate your generosity!

3kidmama - July 25, 2014 - 1:04 pm

Thank you, Kerri! Your designs always seem to put a smile on my face. Have a wonderful summer weekend!

Jeannie - July 25, 2014 - 1:34 pm

thanks for all you do including the friday freebies!

yolande k - July 25, 2014 - 3:15 pm

Trop mignon ce parapluie ! Merci beaucoup Kerri !

Barbara - July 25, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Thank you – I love the freebies! We love the beach, this one will come in handy!

Kim Smith - July 25, 2014 - 5:35 pm

Thanks Kerri!

Melissa Johnson - July 25, 2014 - 9:45 pm

Kerri, This is so cute. I can use this in many ways. Thanks so much.

LouAnn V - July 26, 2014 - 9:38 am

Cute! Thank you.

j - July 31, 2014 - 5:02 am


A Whole New Light

Do you ever find yourself driving down a road that you drive down hundreds of times and see something that has obviously been there for a while, but you never noticed it before? Sometimes it’s because you’re the one driving and so you don’t see things until you aren’t the driver. Or that one day, you finally look over to see that cute little house tucked back in the trees.

I think we often get so wrapped up in the every day of life, that we don’t stop to appreciate all our surroundings. Additionally, I think that by simply taking a moment to switch things up a little, then we see a whole new perspective on a place or situation.

Which leads me to this moment.


The other morning I got up at 6 a.m. to let the dog out. I had a chest cold pretty much for about ten days and therefore haven’t been sleeping well due to that nagging coughing–ehem…hacking–that seems to be a major part of a chest cold. Go figure.

Six in the morning is awfully early for one who hasn’t had a good night’s sleep and rather than going back up to my cozy little bed, I opted to stay downstairs so that my husband could still get a few more winks of beauty sleep and not be interrupted by the coughing that I knew would ensue because I was awake and could feel that chest irritation. Why is it so hard to try and not cough?

I would say pretty much any time that I get up early, I grab my computer or phone and sit in my usual big comfy chair (the one on the very far left–but same as the one showing). If I feel like I want to rest a wee bit more, I flip out the foot rest and cozy on into the big brown chair and let it absorb me in. I love that chair for it’s versatility in work or sleep. If I do lay down on the couch, I lay on it the same way I sleep on my bed.

We are such creatures of habit, are we not?

But this time–with iPhone in hand to give me something to do when the dog was out–I felt the urge to lay down on the couch with my head on the opposite end.

This may seem like such a simple thing, but after I was laying down for a few minutes, I opened my eyes to catch the morning sunshine cascading through the partially opened blinds to create this wonderful view of light in my home…dog included.

It’s not the view I normally see and it was beautiful to me. I know, it may seem silly, but I was so glad I’d opened my eyes for that moment. And luckily, because my iPhone was in hand, I was able to capture the moment without having to get up from my current restful state.

That one little moment meant warmth…peace…gratitude…love…home.

Who knew that one little change could provide an opportunity to invoke a feeling like that?

And now, as I look more ‘deeply’ into the photo, I see our family, places we’ve been, books that belonged to my great grandfather, a victrola that belonged to my mother, a lantern purchased on a trip to Oregon, art that I’ve created and is part of who I currently am, a wall that my husband made with all his skills and learning in Italy and such…all these tiny little pieces of life that range over the span of many decades.

It’s history.

I’m glad I didn’t let that moment of feelings pass me by and so happy that I happened to have my iPhone in my hand or I wouldn’t have visually captured the moment.

And morning light in my home is one of my very favorite feel-good moments–especially when it’s all quiet and I have it pretty much to myself.

So here’s my challenge for you. Sometime during the rest of this week I want you to truly look at everything around you. Stop and take a moment to appreciate a different point of view and capture it. Think about what it means to you and record it.

I promise, it will help you look at it all in a whole new light.


Ruth G - July 24, 2014 - 5:55 am

As I sit here watching the light streaming in the window at the top of our front door, quietly tapping on my keyboard while the kids sleep peacefully, I’m once again struck by how I like how you think. I couldn’t agree more that there is beauty and meaning that can be found in every moment (except perhaps while scrubbing the toilet.) And how important it is to take the time to allow those moments to sink in and enrich our lives. Thanks for that reminder to not let the busy days take away from enjoyment of the little things.
On coughing, as someone who’s lived with asthma for over 40 years, let me just say that coughing many times means breathing. And being a professional cougher, there are ways to prevent a cough that isn’t needed to clear an airway or lungs, but when you can feel it in your chest and you can’t resist, it’s best to let it happen and, as you so thoughtfully did, remove yourself from disturbing others if that is a concern. Take care and I hope you’re feeling better soon! Thanks for all you share!

laura g. - July 24, 2014 - 6:28 am

funny how we think alike! I was thinking and looking around my house this week and seeing new possibilities for it…by digging through my stash of inherited treasures…really appreciating my home and hoping to find the time to make it what it could be…and appreciating it for what it is now…

Judi - July 24, 2014 - 12:07 pm

Love this idea – I will be home alone this weekend and will have early dog duties so will have to make sure I have my iPhone with me – thanks

Two-Fer Tuesday: Christmas in July

I’m still just in awe of how fast this year is going. I know it’s July, but Christmas stuff is already out in Hobby Lobby. How crazy is that???

We just have a week left in this month before August starts and that floors me. Of course, once August hits that means those fall days come shortly after that, and I loooove that! September+October are my favorite two months. :)

Last week I hinted that we might be celebrating a Christmas in July this Two-Fer Tuesday and by golly, we sure are!

Here’s a look at today’s new kit.


Kind of a continuation of the same Summer theme from last week. Just a bunch of fun 3×4 cards to sparkle up your holiday pages. The kit also includes cut files, so you can edit colors in programs like Silhouette Studio.

love variety. :)

And now for the 2.99 kits for today….and today only.

More Christmas goodies! Ho ho ho!

this-and-that-christmas    christmas-shapeschristmas-past    christmas-past-shapeschristmas_countdown    here-comes-santa-claus

Be sure to pick these up today…better do it right now or else you’ll forget….like I often do. :)

Sally - July 22, 2014 - 5:57 pm

Love it all! Thanks!

Friday Freebie: Here We Go

Pinterest. It’s an awesome thing, is it not? Just a bubbling brew of creative inspiration….seeing things you may never see or maybe never have noticed. (And don’t get me started on handbags.)

Case in point.

This week while doing a little Pinterest perusing of my own, there was a movie poster that caught my eye. And in retrospect, I believe I’ve seen others like it.

But of course my diecutting brain thought the overall look would make an awesome design as a layover for a photo.

Looks a wee bit something like this.


Of course you can use this title for multiple occasions….a new marriage, the birth of a new baby, a brand new adventure….so many things! I had vacation in mind when I made it. Oh, let’s face it, I just always have vacation on my mind. ;)

But what if you want to add your own set of words?

Gotcha covered there too. :)


This comes designed in letter-size and square dimensions. Plus, there is a version of just the blocks and lines so that you can easily add your own text and Weld together to create your own overlay…or you can use it all plain like over some patterned paper too!

And one other idea? Use a different photo in each section. Cool.

To download this–forever free–click HERE.

Have a beautiful weekend!

j - July 18, 2014 - 5:35 am


Sandra - July 18, 2014 - 6:00 am

Thanks for the download ♥.

Tammy Davis - July 18, 2014 - 6:49 am

Thanks, Kerri!
Love this!

Glen - July 18, 2014 - 6:59 am

thank you!

Susan - July 18, 2014 - 7:31 am

Thanks so much-so cute!

Vivina - July 18, 2014 - 7:51 am

Thank you, Kerri! You are so talented and so generous.

Rhadonda - July 18, 2014 - 8:11 am

Die-cutting brain–I love it!!! You are truly a genius. Having become a photography addict lately i view all things now from a photographic perspective. Funny how minds work? Thanks for the freebies. I haven’t thanked every week.

Susan - July 18, 2014 - 8:43 am

Love this! Thank you!!!!

Pam - July 18, 2014 - 9:10 am

Awesome – thank you for sharing!

Bernice J - July 18, 2014 - 10:13 am

Great! Thanks so very much for this and your other freebies!!

Ruth G - July 18, 2014 - 10:32 am

I love it! It’s perfectly awesome! So many possibilities! I’m so glad you saw that poster (and that you shared your creation!!!!)

Giuli - July 18, 2014 - 10:39 am

Thank you Kerri.
It will be perfect for my next travel album!!!

Ruby - July 18, 2014 - 10:49 am

Love your work! Thank you for the freebies :)

Cynthia B. - July 18, 2014 - 1:04 pm

Cool! Thanks so much for the freebie. :)

Margo - July 18, 2014 - 2:21 pm

I LIKE! Thank you!

Alison - July 18, 2014 - 3:21 pm

This is fabulous. I’m scraping my trip to New York last year, plan to use this in my scrapbook.

Liza - July 18, 2014 - 4:11 pm

Thank you. :)

MJ - July 18, 2014 - 4:34 pm

Thanks so much. Love your stuff!!

Katie - July 18, 2014 - 5:18 pm

Thank you so much! This is perfect for my recent holiday photos! You’re amazing, and wonderful and generous and I love what you do.

Joan - July 18, 2014 - 7:10 pm

Thank you! So sweet and generous of you!

Marilyn - July 19, 2014 - 6:38 am

Thank you Kerry! I can’t wait to experiment with this!

Linda A - July 19, 2014 - 8:36 am

Love this. Thanks you for giving it to us.

Christina C - July 19, 2014 - 9:13 am

Love it! Thank you!!!

Barb Ghig - July 19, 2014 - 10:13 pm

Thank you so much!

Melitta - July 20, 2014 - 5:04 pm

Love Pintrest and love your file! Thank you so very much!

yolande k - July 21, 2014 - 1:35 pm

Merci beaucoup Kerri !

Youngmi - July 23, 2014 - 4:01 pm

Love it! Thank you so much for sharing :)

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laura - September 25, 2014 - 7:25 am

Thank you so much! Perfect for my summer road trip album!