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I’ve had this song in my head this morning…you know…the one from Les Mis? My theatrical singing daughter would play this (over and over and over) and sing along at the top of her lungs. And sometimes she’d do these little Snapchats, singing the end, her one finger up in the air and pulling a funny face as she mime-belted the last notes.

She’s such a kook.

But that’s all I could think about as I was thinking that due to the few hours of the ‘website outage’ yesterday from my hosting provider, I should continue the sale…one day more. I didn’t want anyone to miss out on the opportunity. Be sure to use the code HOLIDAY at checkout.

Happy New Year!

And just for your entertainment, I thought I would share the scene from someone’s YouTube posting. It’ll get ya goin’ this morning. Definitely makes me think of my little girl. :)

ana roat - January 1, 2014 - 8:38 am

Oh how I love that movie…!

Happy New Year Kerri!

Sally - January 1, 2014 - 10:35 am

Thanks Kerri! You are the best!

Linda J - January 1, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Thanks, Lori! That musical is my favorite of all time. And to think I hated the book when I has to read it in French class!

JulesP - January 1, 2014 - 6:27 pm

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I had been dragging my feet on ordering your History Project class. I woke up this morning and realized that I now had to pay full price. Boy was I bummed. Thank you for the wonderful surprise…and discount. I can’t wait to begin!!!

freebie  |  here’s to 2014

Looking forward to a brand new year.

Looking forward to a much-needed calmer year.

Looking forward to focusing on what’s truly needed and not everything else.

Looking forward to a great year with my family.

Looking forward to a great year with you all.

Happy New Year!

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To download this freebie, click the image or click HERE.


It comes in this PNG ensemble as well as a cut-files so you can take it and edit into any color scheme you’d like to make your own Print+Cut. Sweet.


And if you missed this little share I did on Facebook yesterday, this is going to be printed and put up in my studio to be part of my One Little Word focus mantra for 2014.

Love it.

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Thanks for a great 2013!

Rhadonda - December 31, 2013 - 1:43 pm

I currently can’t see the pictures on your blog but i saw them on facebook! Thanks my friend. Here’s to 2014!!

Roberta - December 31, 2013 - 1:47 pm

Thank you and Happy New Year!

Carrie - December 31, 2013 - 2:11 pm

Thanks Kerri! Happy New Year!

Pam - December 31, 2013 - 2:40 pm

excited to learn of your blog! thanks for the NY 2014 freebie!

Brooke - December 31, 2013 - 2:52 pm

Thanks for helping me be more creative in 2013…blessings to you and your family for a wonderful 2014.

Trish - December 31, 2013 - 3:29 pm

Thanks Keri for the 2014 freebie! I look forward for another year “with” you, your talent, heart and humor!

Amy Myers - December 31, 2013 - 4:15 pm

Thank you, Kerri! Happy new year!

Melissa Johnson - December 31, 2013 - 6:01 pm

Thanks so much for the cut file. Happy New Year to you and your family.

Linda - December 31, 2013 - 11:14 pm

Happy New Year to you too, Kerri. Love your new mantra! So true. Thanks for the freebie as always much appreciated

Susan - January 1, 2014 - 6:56 am

Thanks so much and have a Happy 2014!

Nancy - January 1, 2014 - 8:10 am

Thank you so much for sharing!

Jenny - January 1, 2014 - 1:05 pm

Keri, thanks so much for your generosity in sharing this file! Always a pleasure to see your files! Thanks again! Happy New Year!

Carrie/scrapchick - January 1, 2014 - 1:52 pm

Thanks! Love it! Happy New Year!

Kemly Sc - January 1, 2014 - 6:47 pm

Thanks Kerri!! Happy New year for you!! =D

Rachelsmum - January 2, 2014 - 7:49 am

Thanks and happy new year to you xx

Jen - January 2, 2014 - 10:06 pm

Thank you for the cute files! Happy new year!

j - January 9, 2014 - 1:12 am

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Janet Meyerhoffer - January 13, 2014 - 6:31 pm

Love this Quote ……my OLW is Strive…. ; )

New year = Perfect time to start ‘The History Project’

I am in awe of what I personally accomplished last year in my own life history. I’m just plain happy.

Recording all those wonderful memories of my childhood into one golden nugget of goodness. And I’m still not quite done. Still have a few prompts to complete (got a little behind in the fall madness).

But I love looking at my book. Here’s a 30-second peek into what I did last year.


Knowing what I have left behind for my children makes me happy. I wish–so wish–I had stories like that from my mom before she passed away. The stories that are just plain gone. No one will ever know why she kept this trinket or that piece of paper. Or what her favorite songs were or friends as a child and how they got along. I do have access to some stories from her two remaining sisters, but really, the essence of my mother’s childhood isn’t there.

And I want that.

I want that for my children.

I want my own story shared for my children and their posterity.

I can’t tell you just how important it is.

And with a class, like The History Project, you can do it in a fun and creative way–without all the foo foo of creating scrapbook pages–but still with a little visual delight.


Working on The History Project in 2014

When I started this project last year, a classroom and message board weren’t even a blip on my radar. Now that I do have a support system there, in 2014 I won’t be doing the weekly emails and PDF/accent mailings. That can all be accessed in the classroom. I will, however, send monthly emails of encouragement and reminders to help you keep motivated to do it.

My philosophy is: There is no behind. Just do it.

Setting aside one day a week to work on it and make it routine, is the best thing to do. I had a tendency to work on mine on Sundays. But maybe Mondays, when the kids have just gone off to school works better for you. Also, keep a notebook and jot down the subjects so that as you think of  a memory, you can write it down. Because I will tell you, as quick as a memory flash comes into your head, it can leave just as fast and be forgotten.


What People Have Said About The History Project

I think that one of the biggest perks of doing this class is hearing how it has affected your own lives. I’m personally passionate about this project, but hearing your stories of what it has meant to you, has touched me deeply. It’s what this project is all about.

Here’s some excerpts from emails that I’ve received:

“Thank you so much I LOVE THE HISTORY CLASS  brings up great memories  had my 2 kids laughing so hard on one entry  worth every penny to see them laughing like that  thank you “ –K

“Ok, so I’m catching up from being behind on this project and I am LOVING getting these memories down on paper! It is turning out so great! Thanks  for this great inspirational project! :)” –J

“My daughter was home from college last week and I found her reading the few posts I have completed in my journal. She looked up and said “Thank you Mommy, this is so great!” Now that is some serious inspiration.” –T

“I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the History project.  It has been so encouraging and fun to write about each subject then ask my Mom if she remembers the same stories.  Most of the time every story had to have “tweeking” to get Mom’s little tid-bits in that I had forgotten.   –It is with much deep sadness that I will have to finish the remainder of my project without Mom’s help.  Mom passed away Wednesday afternoon following complications from Heart valve replacement surgery….” –F


I’m quite emotional about this. Maybe it’s all compounded by the fact I don’t get to see my daughter for the next 18 months, but rereading these few comments touches me yet once again.

It’s why I did this project.

Not just for me, but for all of you.

It’s that important to me.

And at the risk of sounding like a cheesy tv commercial, it’s only a dollar a week and you get all the PDF help–writing + memory tips–as well as an exclusive KBS accent for your prompt. It’ll be something you can use your digital cutter with or print and add it to your book.

I want this to be affordable. I want it to be doable. I want it to be fun. I want it to be memorable.

Like I said, I’m that passionate about it.

This is your story  your way and the time to do it is now.


[ For more information on The History Project, click HERE and HERE. FYI, this is still the same class. ]

Angela - December 27, 2013 - 3:35 pm

Well..after reading that..how could I say no?? Signed up!

Lynette - December 27, 2013 - 5:22 pm

I am seriously thinking about this class! I am only 26, so if I got 1-20 taken care of this class, I’ll be doing good! I am a total journal-er. I have 25+ journals from teenage years and up. I know my kids will want to know stuff about me…but dude, they will probably want the condensed version most of the time! My mom did a scrapbook for me up to age 5….and that’s all I have. This would be a great project to get the stories down, and then just stick the pictures in a separate album and just call it good! :) Thank you so much. I will seriously be considering using Christmas money for this class! :)

Mariah - December 28, 2013 - 1:16 pm

For some reason, that video choked me up. I will check this class out.

Lorraine - December 28, 2013 - 6:33 pm

I participated in the 2013 class (but am terribly behind). Will the prompts be any different? Are the same message boards used for both years?

What would be the advantage of signing up for 2014?

Kerri - December 28, 2013 - 6:34 pm

The prompts are all the same. No need to sign up again. It’s just that now is a good time for anyone who’s been thinking of doing it…new year and all. :) And you’ll have forever access, so no worries there.

TamiF - December 28, 2013 - 7:00 pm

When will we receive the last 15% of the 2013 class? I know you’ve been busy. Just curious when the last 8 lessons will be delivered. Thanks for any info!

Kerri - December 28, 2013 - 7:12 pm

They are coming. :) In fact, the first one of this last group comes out tomorrow (just waiting to photograph in the morning). That’s my whole goal over these next few days. Get ‘er done! :)

Katie - December 28, 2013 - 8:07 pm

For Christmas this year, my mom asked for 10 pages of my personal history. I have to admit that I still haven’t started due in part to the craziness of getting Christmas for my family, but also due to the fact that I have no idea where to start! I will get her the 10 pages she asked for, but next Christmas she’ll have even more, thanks to this class! I’m signing up right now!

Jean - December 29, 2013 - 10:12 am

Can you tell us how much digital content is included in the class? A cut file/printable each week?

Kerri - December 29, 2013 - 10:39 am

Hey Jean! There’s two links at the bottom of this post, the second one takes you to a post that shares more of what is in the class. Generally speaking, there’s two pages of content for each prompt, including photos, tips, ideas, memory triggers, actual writing tips, etc. (The page example shown is one page of two.) There’s also one digital/cuttable element. Often it’s a title, but there’s others as well. Hope that helps!

Jolene - December 29, 2013 - 8:07 pm

I just went back and read about the class (again!) and the funny thing that clinched it for me was reading that your Dad’s hometown is Sheridan, WY! I grew up in Dayton, WY and know Sheridan well! That decided it for me. Strange, I know, but there it is. Can’t wait to get started.

Kerri - December 29, 2013 - 8:33 pm

Jolene…that’s awesome! I love that! My mom and dad met in Sheridan–when she lived there for a little while in high school. She worked at the theater there on the main street. Once upon a time I found an old postcard online of Sheridan in the 50s and I imagined my mom and dad being there on those streets, her working at the theater, for which you could see the marquee.

It’s a small world, eh?

And Katie, your mom asked for an awesome gift! Whether you did it through this class or not, I love that idea! Usually it’s the other way around–kids wanting it from their parents. Type it up first and then you’ll always have a copy to pass around. Then if you want to journal it by hand for authenticity, you can do that too. I always find that typing helps my thought process and writing more…plus, it’s then my backup. :)

Nashonne - December 30, 2013 - 10:31 am

I have so LOVED doing The History Project this year! I’m lucky to still have my parents here to ask them things about my childhood so my son would have some insight into his mom as I was growing up. I love the elements too!

I’m almost done, and that’s a little sad. I enjoyed receiving the weekly emails, seeing what the new topic would be. I carried my book and pen with me so when I had a spare moment I could update it, without the need for anything else (I prettied it up later with the element, stickers, and washi tape).

A girlfriend also bought the class and the two of us has kept each other motivated to keep up and complete the project.

Kerri, thanks so much for a GREAT CLASS with positive ramifications for years to come!

Kerri - December 30, 2013 - 12:56 pm

Thanks Nashonne! Your journey sounds like it was an amazing one.
Glad you loved the class! :)

Lisa G. - December 30, 2013 - 4:06 pm

All signed up and ready to start :) Pink book in hand!

Kerri - December 30, 2013 - 4:17 pm

I love it Lisa! Welcome! :)

ana roat - December 30, 2013 - 8:31 pm

Hey, my sister had a Shirley Temple doll just like yours! What fun watching you flip thru your journal. I’ve watched the video several times and smile everytime I do.

Thanks for the peek Karri.

Happy New Year!!!

RHadonda - December 31, 2013 - 1:44 pm

That looks amazing. I can’t imagine writing that much and you have such pretty hand writing. Cool.

Rita - January 7, 2014 - 1:06 pm

Maybe a strange question, but is the sheet that you covered the inside front cover with included with the class? That is something I would love to have documented.

Kerri - January 7, 2014 - 2:17 pm

Yes, it’s the element in Week 8. :)

now that christmas is over

wow.

I feel like Christmas was the final exclamation point to my year. When I started off 2013 I had no idea the kind of year it would bring. I had big plans and big ideas. Some came to fruition and some got pushed by the wayside due to a remodel or a graduation or a new website or a Project Life creation or a last-minute trip or a daughter going on a mission.

It seems like each year–or even each month–I think to myself, ‘It can’t get any crazier than this.’ Yeah. Let’s just say, that I am not going to think that anymore, because that statement is inevitably proved wrong, time after time. I refuse to jinx myself for 2014.

Right now, all I want to do is take my Christmas stuff down, get it all put away and get my house back to normal.

I need normal.

Even if it’s just for a little while…from time to time.

This is going to sound really pathetic, but much of my office stuff that we put into the garage during the remodel? It’s still out there. I just haven’t had time to focus on getting my office back to normal either.

Normal. Is it even possible?

Do we create ourselves a new normal as life gets crazier and crazier?

When will normal be really normal?

Will normal ever be the norm again?

I think this is a paradox of sorts. Much like the ‘How many licks does it take to get to the end of a Tootsie Pop?” The answer? The world may never know.

So what does all this highly intelligent line of thinking mean?

I have no idea.

But I have been pondering what 2014 should mean to me. What do I need in my life? What should my ‘one little word’ mantra be for the year.  Last year it was ‘balancement’–a combination of balance and document. I think I did pretty well with the document part because of The History Project. But I think I was waaaaaay off base on the balance part. I think my life was the complete opposite of balance. I couldn’t find the center balance point if I tried.

So that’s why this year, my word is:

one-little-word-focus


I need to focus on what’s important to me, my family, my sanity, my business, and my church. I can’t get distracted with outside sources. As with many of you–I’m sure–I find that I have the ‘disease to please’ and have a terrible time at saying ‘no.’ I had a few moments of ‘no-ness’ last year and it felt great. That even though I really wanted to do this or that project, deep down I knew what it would ultimately do to my sanity, not to mention my own business. I have this belief that I can do it all. I think we all do as women and moms, don’t we? But here’s a little secret, we can’t do it all….and it’s okay!

Just let it go. It is what it is and it’s alright. Really.

Here’s a bit of what I’m looking forward to to make my life a little better in 2014:
  focusing more on my own business
  focusing on new classes
  focusing on being with the family
  focusing on a trip or two
  focusing on organization 
  focusing on simplifying my home. simplify, simplify, simplify.
  focusing on a bathroom remodel (hopefully)
  focusing on re-landscaping the backyard–including a sprinkler system!
  focusing on learning to balance life and not let it consume me

I’ve  been formulating two new classes specifically over the past couple months that I’m very excited about. One that’s been a long-time coming and one that…well…has also been a long-time coming so to speak, but it’s been near and dear to a part of who I am and what I’ve done over the years and I’m excited to do something brand new the KBS way.  Now I’m just having a hard time deciding which should come first. Maybe I should focus on that and make a decision. ;)

Anyway, the end of the year or the starting of a new year always brings out these kinds of feelings. It makes you feel fresh and new and ready and empowered to tackle a new year.

But when all is said and done, we really have to remember to live each day in each new year. Don’t let life consume you to the point where everything else is pushed aside.

That’s what I’m focusing on.

janel - December 26, 2013 - 10:27 am

Cannot wait to see what your new classes are…as I am planning on taking a KB class, and a new one…may be just what I need. I have had the word focus for my OLW a couple of years ago…it was great, and really kept me on track. This year….my word is “discover”, and am excited to discover new ideas in your classes. Happy New Year.

Lori - December 26, 2013 - 3:42 pm

NEW classes coming soon?!?! Now that is a great belated Christmas gift to me! How exciting; thank you! Wishing you a wonderful new year!

Gina - December 26, 2013 - 6:50 pm

New classes I can’t wait, although this year I am going to try and finish the classes I paid for and haven’t finished yet. Trying to find time to balance a new job, children, an aging parent and church is a challenge. I love your word, but I may have to go with balance this year.

Claire - December 26, 2013 - 11:40 pm

Kerri – I know EXACTLY how you feel – I chose FOCUS as my word for next year too (with a sub-word of ‘organise’) I shall be focussing on ME – my health, my weight loss journey, my exercise routine and organising meals, my office, my classes that I haven’t finished, my LIFE but focussing every day (possibly find an hour the same time every day to go away and do this). I have just been existing and lurching from crisis to event to packaged food!
So, I am with you :)

Paula - December 27, 2013 - 2:21 am

I know just how you feel! Life well & truly ran away with me this year. Work, as always took over but being single, I am solely responsible for all bills etc.
However, rather late, but better than never, I set aside some “me” time & had great fun. I took two Tim Holtz classes to satisfy my mixed media side & dived in to your silhouette classes :)
So glad that I did & now I holding out for more!!!! Very excited that you have other classes in the pipeline.:)

Trish - December 27, 2013 - 4:07 am

Kerri, Your heartfelt comments resonated with me, too. Maybe with FOCUS as a mantra all of those other things (like balance and sanity) will come naturally. I feel as if I am an organized person, but events which I have no control over threaten that peaceful mindful and fulfilled life I am reaching for. I guess if life were TOO peaceful, there wouldn’t be growth and enlightenment? Anyway, life is good and I will look forward to your new classes and all things KBS this year. You enrich my life with your creativity and your goodness. Thank you and I wish you wonderful 2014!

Aja - December 27, 2013 - 6:56 am

Kerri,

What you have shared makes sense to me. I really hope that you find a way to focus. Before even writing your post, I had chosen focus as my word. What I realize I need to do is focus on what I’m trying to focus on…and seeing how you have gotten specific has helped me remember how to get started. Thank you!

Sue - December 28, 2013 - 1:46 am

Kerri, I had FOCUS as my word last year; its a great choice! I am rubbish at focusing on anything, flitting from one thing to another, never getting anything done. And I certainly got more done with this mantra, than if I hadn’t chosen it :) Wishing you lots of luck with your year of focus!

Stacey - December 29, 2013 - 10:38 am

Focus sounds like a perfect word for you. Isn’t it great how one word can just find you and help you so much?

I just picked my OLW for 2014. I’ve done a rough draft of my blog post and will look forward to sharing it next week.

Our very last Twelve Days of Christmas

I thought it would only be appropriate to end our 12 Days of Christmas event by sending you off with some Christmas Cheer. I have thoroughly enjoyed these past couple of weeks and hearing from all of you. I want to express my gratitude for all your support, sweet comments and just plain ol’ fun that we’ve had these past couple weeks–and whole year, really. You have added such sweetness to my life and I am just in awe of all of you!

Thank you so much. I’m looking forward to another great year. I hope you all have the merriest of Christmases or whatever holiday you may be celebrating this time of year.

Love to you all and to your families this holiday season!
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christmas-cheer


To download this file for free–today only–click HERE.

This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can get it in the store.

Carrie - December 24, 2013 - 9:03 am

Thanks for all the great files Kerri! I can’t wait to start using them! Happy Holidays!!

Sharon Frewen - December 24, 2013 - 9:06 am

Thanks for all the freebies !!
Merry Christmas to you and yours :)

all the best in 2014!

Debbie S - December 24, 2013 - 9:07 am

Thanks Kerri for the wonderful, fun 12 days of Christmas! It’s been great! Merry Christmas to you and your family, and a special blessing out to your missionary!! Thanks again!

Gwen Lords - December 24, 2013 - 9:08 am

Thank you for all the freebies Kerri! Have a wonderful Christmas!

Lori - December 24, 2013 - 9:12 am

Kerri, thank you for all the freebies. I love your work and am so grateful you share it with us! Merry Christmas and all the best in 2014 :)

Karrie - December 24, 2013 - 9:22 am

My favorite one yet! Thank you & Merry Christmas.

Chris H - December 24, 2013 - 9:26 am

Thanks for sharing files with us!
Merry Christmas!

Judy Stiles - December 24, 2013 - 9:45 am

Thank you, Kerri, for all of the Christmas freebies! I love your style and can’t wait to incorporate them into projects that I’m working on. I am so happy that I found your web site … in the process of taking your classes which I absolutely love! Merry Christmas to you and your family, and blessings to you in 2014!

Dawn McF - December 24, 2013 - 9:48 am

Thank you! Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Marilyn in Michigan - December 24, 2013 - 9:52 am

Thanks, Kerri! Wishing you and yours the merriest Christmas.

Sally - December 24, 2013 - 9:54 am

Thank you for sharing your time and talent with all of us! Have a Merry Christmas!

Lorna - December 24, 2013 - 9:58 am

I have a brand new cameo so all of this paper crafting is new to me. Thank you so much for some beautiful designs and I look forward to making many of these next year!

LinhC - December 24, 2013 - 10:00 am

Merry Christmas! Thank you for blessing us with your creative and generous heart.

Linda V - December 24, 2013 - 10:13 am

Thank you Keri for your thoughtfulness. Happy Holidays to You and Yours!

Pam A - December 24, 2013 - 10:22 am

Thank you Kerri for sharing your talents and creativity with us! I hope you enjoy your Christmas, even with your daughter being far away…

Cindy - December 24, 2013 - 10:41 am

Thank you, Kerri! Santa is bringing a Silhouette, and I hear nothing but good things about your classes. Thank you for sharing so generously with us!

Cori - December 24, 2013 - 10:57 am

Thank you for the freebies! I started taking your classes earlier this year and I just love them! They have really helped me take my Silhouette skills to the next level. Merry Christmas!!

Katie Jones - December 24, 2013 - 11:03 am

Thanks so much for all of your Christmas freebies! I used several yesterday when I was down to the wire with my wrapping! Thanks for all of the inspiration that you give us every day! My winter break has begun and I’m looking forward to having the time to do week 2 of your card class. Yay for uninterrupted crafting time! Merry Christmas, Kerri!!!

Terri Marchbanks - December 24, 2013 - 11:04 am

Much Much Thanks to you my Dearest Kerri for another Fabulous year can’t wait for 2014!!!! Merry Christmas to You And Your Family…xo

Charlene - December 24, 2013 - 11:34 am

Thank you so much for the 12 days of Christmas. Thanks for sharing your talents with us–you’re amazing! Merry Christmas.

Melanie - December 24, 2013 - 12:06 pm

Thank you so much Kerri,you are fabulous! Love all the free shapes. Merry Christmas!

Trish - December 24, 2013 - 12:38 pm

Thanks Kerri for this latest of 12 wonderful days. You are so generous with your talent and time. I love your style, both what is in your heart and what we see on paper! Thank you again and the sweetest holiday season is my wish for you!

Marcy E - December 24, 2013 - 12:38 pm

Thank you for all of the wonderful Christmas treats… May God bless you and those you love during this most Holy Season and throughout the New Year…

Judy W. - December 24, 2013 - 12:41 pm

I appreciate your generosity and your talent that you share. Merry Christmas!

Susan - December 24, 2013 - 12:58 pm

Thank you so much for the beautiful freebies. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas! I think I might be crazy, I think I might have missed one. Are there only 11?

Kerri - December 24, 2013 - 1:06 pm

You had me goin’ for a minute.
I recounted (twice) and there are 12. :)

Diane - December 24, 2013 - 1:46 pm

Thanks for the freebies – your creations never disappoint! Merry Christmas to you and your family and many blessings in the New Year!

Pam - December 24, 2013 - 2:07 pm

I came across your blog via Cathy Z, so I missed most of the 12 Days … it all looks so wonderful! I love what I was able to “open”! :D
Thanks for your generosity … your files are beautiful! Have a wonderful holiday & Merry Christmas!

Vanessa L - December 24, 2013 - 2:09 pm

Thank you for sharing your beautiful files! Have a very merry Christmas!

Teryl - December 24, 2013 - 2:26 pm

It’s been so “Fun” receiving all the free shapes daily.
Thank You and Merry Christmas!

Linda A - December 24, 2013 - 2:40 pm

Thanks for the 12 days of downloads. I loved them.

I took the beginner class you offered when I received it. In 2014, I plan to review it and then I can take another one of your classes.

Merry Christmas!

Michelle - December 24, 2013 - 2:41 pm

Thank you so much for your generosity in sharing the 12 days of Christmas files with us. Loved each and every one of them.
Wishing you all the best over this festive season and a wonderful 2014 – can’t wait to see what designs you come up with next.

Sandy_in_MD - December 24, 2013 - 2:43 pm

Thanks so much, and a very Merry Christmas to you & your family.

Donna - December 24, 2013 - 3:36 pm

Thank you and Merry Christmas!

Julie - December 24, 2013 - 3:49 pm

Thanks for 12 wonderful days and for sharing the story of your missionary. I have two waiting for their calls. We’re thrilled and love to see others shining the gospel through their actions. You do that so well. Thanks!

Karen Walker - December 24, 2013 - 3:57 pm

Thanks, Kerri, for all the wonderful freebies! I managed to capture almost all of them, and have already put some to use for tags!

Lindy - December 24, 2013 - 4:09 pm

This has been such a treat, Kerri! I love your designs! Thank you, thank you, thank you and Merry, Merry Christmas!!!

Barbara - December 24, 2013 - 4:14 pm

Thank you for all the freebies! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Kathy N - December 24, 2013 - 4:58 pm

THANK YOU! Merry Christmas!

Jamie Harder - December 24, 2013 - 5:29 pm

Thank-you so much Kerri! You are the BEST!!!

Serena - December 24, 2013 - 6:05 pm

Thank you for the fun freebies! I hope you have a very blessed and Merry Christmas!

Carrie/scrapchick - December 24, 2013 - 6:12 pm

Thanks so much! Thank you for your classes and teaching me to USE and LOVE my Silhouette! Not to mention your designs ROCK! Merry Christmas to you & yours!

lynne - December 24, 2013 - 6:12 pm

Thanks so much! Have a wonderful Christmas!

Dell - December 24, 2013 - 6:50 pm

Just want to say thank you for all 12 days of wonderful freebies. Merry Christmas!

Cari - December 24, 2013 - 6:56 pm

Thank you, Kerri! It’s been such a treat to check in here everyday and find some new creative goodness. Merry Christmas!

Cynthia - December 24, 2013 - 7:39 pm

Kerri, thanks so much for all the freebies, greatly appreciated…love your ideas…have a wonderful Christmas, and a Healthy and Happy New Year…

Virginia - December 24, 2013 - 8:46 pm

Kerri, Thank You so much for the wonderful freebies. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Sandra ltb - December 24, 2013 - 9:11 pm

Thank you.
Same to you!
Sandra ltb

Julia C - December 25, 2013 - 1:15 am

Thanks for all the freebies, Kerri. Hope you and your family have a very Happy Christmas and wonderful new year :)

Ms Scrapmess - December 25, 2013 - 1:15 am

Thank you for everything you’ve done this year! Love it!!! Merry Christmas and happy new year to you and all your readers too.

Melissa - December 25, 2013 - 6:13 pm

THANK YOU SO MUCH for these freebies. I missed a few, but that’s okay. I don’t even have a new Silhouette (my old one is still in the box – probably far from useable). Anyway… ‘wanted to let you know that these were very sweet and very much appreciated!!

betty - December 25, 2013 - 10:13 pm

Thanks a lot.

Patty - December 26, 2013 - 8:25 am

Thank you, Kerri for all these beautiful files you designed and shared with us. You are so generous and it is very much appreciated. Now that Christmas is over, I have time to get back toad finish up my latest Silhouette class, Hello There.
Hoping you had a lovely Christmas.

Twelve Days Of Christmas | Day 11

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Oh my! We are down to the final two days of our Twelve Days of Christmas! *gasp* That actually means that Christmas Eve is tomorrow. Holy cannoli! Are you ready? I’ve got a few itty bitty details that I need to take care of.

Well, let’s get this show on the road so I can go finish up those itty bitties. :)

Here is today’s freebie. In typical KB fashion, I couldn’t decide what I liked best, so….include them all. Something different for several designing possibilities.

oh-holy-night


To download this for free–today only–click HERE.

This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can get it in the store.


And now, a little sneak peek at what Layle has been doing with her December Daily on her blog using a few KBS goodies. I’m in love with her use of the new Holiday Magic card from the B+W Christmas kit! She also used the freebie Love This Photo, the December Additions: The Pages, and December Additions: The Dailies.

december-daily-layle


For details on all her pages, check out her blog HERE.

Renee G - December 23, 2013 - 10:00 am

Kerri, thank you so much for sharing your time and talents with us again this Christmas. You are awesome, Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Marilyn in Michigan - December 23, 2013 - 10:25 am

Thanks, Kerri! I can’t pick a favorite either!

Heather - December 23, 2013 - 11:59 am

Thank you! Love the skinny version.

Wendy - December 23, 2013 - 12:23 pm

You are so incredibly generous. I really love today’s free cut. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

vicki - December 23, 2013 - 12:27 pm

Thank you so much for the free files – you are very generous! Wishing the Blessings of the Season to you and your family.

Dolly - December 23, 2013 - 12:46 pm

Thanks Kerri! Like you, I like them all…if I had to pick I think the tree is cute but five minutes from now I may pick another! LOL

SiskiyouSue - December 23, 2013 - 1:11 pm

Thanks. Your freebies have been lots of fun. Happy holidays!

Sandy_in_MD - December 23, 2013 - 2:56 pm

Great set – thanks for giving us all three ways!

Cindy - December 23, 2013 - 7:15 pm

Thank you for today’s freebie……….it’s my all-time favorite Christmas song.
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Lindy - December 23, 2013 - 8:16 pm

Thanks so much, Kerri!!!

Karrie - December 23, 2013 - 8:56 pm

Thanks for all the great freebies! I can’t wait to open my Cameo from Santa ;) and start using my new files!

MizDenise - December 23, 2013 - 10:06 pm

VERY nice- Thanks!!

Cindy Burke - December 24, 2013 - 8:18 am

Merry Christmas Kerri
Many many thanks for all your AWESOME AWESOME blogs and creative ideas. You are so inspiring for the newbie on Silhouette and I like many others, thank you for your generosity. Hope you have a fabulous Holiday and that 2014 is a fabulous year for you and your family.

Laurel - December 24, 2013 - 11:02 am

Drat! I missed this one, but I can’t find it in the store to buy it. Can you help me out with a link? Thanks so much for all the awesome freebies! :)

Kerri - December 24, 2013 - 11:14 am

It’s out there now. :)

Laurel - December 24, 2013 - 11:15 am

You’re the best, Kerri! Merry Christmas! :)

new freebie, new kit, new tutorial, new winners

It’s one fabulous day of newness here at KBS!
Lots of stuff going on today, so let’s get to it.

I think we shall start off with today’s freebie, shall we? This is totally inspired by what I see every time I walk through my front door during Christmas–a lovely red hollyberry wreath. It makes me smile when I look at it on my white door.

It just had to become a design to use. Had to.

hollyberry-wreath


To download this file for free–today only–click HERE.

This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can find it in the store.


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Next item on the agenda is a new kit! Finally! Only been working on this one for a while. Well, I started it a while ago, but then the whole ‘Jordan going on a mission’ thing sort of ruled my life for a bit. But it is now completed and here for your using pleasure.

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Now, I just have to add my two cents here because the overall feeling of this kit is a little different than what you normally see from me–in that you’re used to seeing things in color. I’m a huge fan of black and white. Love it. Love the simplicity and basicness (yeah, it’s a word) of it all. And when I was making this retro-looking kit, all I could think of was black and white. I just loved the way it looked…but maybe it’s just me. ;)

Therefore.

Even though it comes in black and white–just as you see in the above image–you can modify it to any color scheme you so desire. Which is true for any PNG file, really.  I showed you one way you could do this in the Love This Photo video tutorial. I simply used the paint bucket tool to fill in a couple of colors. But as with everything in life, there is more than one way to do something like this. And because there is a bit more to many of these images, I thought I should show you another way.

And that leads me to today’s new tutorial.

So as you can see, it’s super simple to alter a color of any PNG files like this. Now, go play with it and have some fun!

Oh yeah, and I was using Photoshop Elements 10…just in case you were wondering.


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Okay then, let’s pick some randomly drawn winners of the CZ Cool Yule greatness!

CHRYSTAL - DECEMBER 20, 2013 – 9:21 AM
Chrystal from Houston, TX. My favorite thing is to send packages to my office address so my husband can’t peek!! :)

LOIS - DECEMBER 20, 2013 – 12:39 PM
As usual, Cathy has designed something killer. Thanks for the chance to win.

Congratulations ladies! Email me at kerri@kerribradford.com and I will get you on your merry way!

And I so loved reading your favorite ‘cool yule’ things to do. That was awesome!

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And now, one last thing. I had hoped to have an actual automated, fancy shmancy, gift card procedure in place in my store by now, but it just didn’t happen. I know that there are many of you who were wanting to give gift cards, so we’re going to do it the old fashioned way–the way that I know how to do and how we did it in my old store.

These are perfect stocking stuffers to redeem for classes and other KBS goodness. Especially for those of you who are getting a certain cutting tool (aka: Silhouette) under the tree this year!

FYI, gift cards are never on sale :)

You can purchase a gift card in three values:  $15, $25 and $50. 

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For your recipient to redeem it, all they need to do is email me along with your name (the person who bought it) and I will get them all set up.

lynne - December 22, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Thank you so much for the wreath!

Linda V - December 22, 2013 - 3:18 pm

Thank you Keri for the great free designs and the wonderful tutorial!!! Happy Holidays!

Sandra ltb - December 22, 2013 - 3:24 pm

lovely – thank you!
Sandra ltb

Jocelan - December 22, 2013 - 3:33 pm

Thanks Kerri for the lovely cut file.
May your family have a very blessed Christmas.
Blessings Jocelan

Sheila Miller - December 22, 2013 - 4:09 pm

Thank you so much for the Berry Wreath. I love it! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Sandy_in_MD - December 22, 2013 - 6:06 pm

Thanks for the lovely wreath!

Lindy - December 22, 2013 - 11:50 pm

Thank you for the Hollyberry Wreath! There are so many cool elements to your Black + White Christmas set!

Trish - December 23, 2013 - 4:52 am

I was fascinated by the photoshop tutorial, Kerri. I am thinking I need to spend some time and learn photoshop. Thanks for the jumpstart. And I love the berry wreath, can’t wait to cut it! Happy Holidays to you and your family. May it be sweet.

Dolly - December 23, 2013 - 6:40 am

Thank you so much Kerri!! You’re such a doll!

Twelve Days of Christmas   |  Ornaments

Just popping in with a quick share of the ol’ free shape today!

A couple of fun ornaments to deck your 2D halls.

christmas-ornaments


To download these ornaments for free–today only–click HERE.

This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can get it in the store.


Oh, and two more things. One, don’t forget to enter to win some CathyZ goodness in yesterday’s post. I’m drawing a winner tomorrow. And two, there’s another fabulous giveaway going on Becky’s and Lisa’s blogs…not to mention the most awesomest of sales on HSN! Go check them all out!

LouAnn V. - December 21, 2013 - 8:55 am

These are so cute! Thanks Kerri!

Judy W. - December 21, 2013 - 9:26 am

So cute! Thanks.

Dawn McF - December 21, 2013 - 9:33 am

Thank you! Merry christmas!

Kimberly Pate - December 21, 2013 - 9:41 am

Another great file! Thank you so much!

Cindy - December 21, 2013 - 9:43 am

Thanks Kerri, I’m really enjoying your freebies!!
MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Kris - December 21, 2013 - 10:04 am

Thanks!!

Margot Perry - December 21, 2013 - 10:52 am

Hi Kerri,

I was wondering if you knew how to edit or update a studio file to add your name as the designer or artist? When I download your files, I typically drag and drop them into my open Silhouette Studio Designer Edition. However, when I do this it does not keep your name as the artist or designer.

Thanks!

Tammy Davis - December 21, 2013 - 10:56 am

Thank you! These are so cute!

Vanessa L - December 21, 2013 - 12:09 pm

Thanks for the freebies!

Ruth G - December 21, 2013 - 12:17 pm

Fun designs! Thanks again for sharing!!!

Pam S - December 21, 2013 - 12:18 pm

Thank you for all the wonderful freebies. Merry Christmas

sherrygrove - December 21, 2013 - 1:31 pm

Kerri, Merry Christmas to you. And thank you so much for your free Christmas cut files. I love your designs!

Sandy_in_MD - December 21, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Thanks for the freebie set!

MizDenise - December 21, 2013 - 5:05 pm

Thanks for another great gift – hope you are having a good day today!

Kathi Z - December 21, 2013 - 11:42 pm

Thanks Kerri! Happy Holidays!

Lindy - December 22, 2013 - 1:09 am

Such cute ornaments! Thanks, Kerri!

Lana Graham - December 22, 2013 - 10:44 am

Thanks so much for the free files. Merry Christmas