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nsd: it’s all about the photos!

Goodness gracious.
Where do I even start today???

So many things to share!

When it comes to scrapbooking, there are two key elements:
the photos + the stories.

For me, that’s where my focus is all the time.

And I like keeping things clean so your attention is always drawn to the photos first.
That’s just my thing. :)

That’s why I’m just so excited about all the broo-ha-ha for today!

So let’s maybe start with the sale!

Just look for the items with sale tags in the store!

And remember, these are on sale for today only!

These babies have got to be, by far, one of my most favorite scrapbooking elements.
Speaking of keeping things nice and neat. Of course, you can always add lots of character
to them too.

If you’re new to the site want to see what all the excitement is about,
check out the Tutorials link and you can see just how easy they are to use!

And speaking of just how easy they are to use,
here’s a gorgeous page by Miss Laura Vegas!

[ Shapes | Life Additions #2 (title) / This+That: Spring (flower) / Storyboard #6 ]

Oh that Miss Laura did one of my very favorite things!
I adore white on white! It gives it that faux embossed look. Yummmm. Love it!

Now, here is a little video that Laura created to show you how to manipulate your template!

And one other fun thing from Laura. I asked my fabulous creative team to share their
five favorite whatevers. And here’s Laura’s!


Okay. Next up?
Here’s what Laura wanted me to make.

It also comes with the word ‘thanks.’ Of course you can add whatever words you’d like.
Laura wanted to be able to use them on cards. :)

To download this for free TODAY ONLY, click HERE.

Oops. The day is over, but you’ll be able to buy the set when the week is done.


So, some of you may have noticed a very scenic photo of mine on Facebook that I took this weekend. I told you I’d share some details, and now is that time.

A few months ago I signed up Zach, Kass and myself to participate in a photography excursion through the Conintuing Ed program of the local university. The destination? Capitol Reef (Utah). It’s about three hours from here and very scenic. We’d never been before so we were really excited to get to go and learn some great tips from some photography experts.

Sadly, because Zach’s Del Sol internship to Alaska started that same weekend, he couldn’t go. He was bummed to not be able to do both. But I have a hunch he’ll get to take a few good photos up in Juneau. ;)

Anyway, so off Kass and I went to far off lands. The great thing about Utah is its diversity in scenery. Salt Flats, to majestic mountains with rolling rivers, to wind+rain created red-rock hills and mountains. We were in the latter. Come to find out, the people putting on this little shindig were from our local camera shop…who I’ve gone to several times over the years for my special photos and camera repairs. They have always been wonderful to work with!

Our main teacher was Rex Allen (as well as Tony+Justin who were amazing too). Through conversation, while we were all together, Rex asked if I knew Jessica Sprague.

Um. That would be a YES!

Rex is the owner of

and they partnered with Jessica to bring you a printing site from within
You can find that HERE.
And HERE are some details about printing from

Can you say small world???

And you know, all you photo template fans that like to take your templates to get printed? And there are templates with odd sizes? And often when you send it to a printer they maximize the entire space of the photo size you chose so it cuts it off? And so then you need to save something like a 5×10 template on an 8×10 page so it won’t do that? Yeah. These goes don’t do that! YAHOO! You just need to put in the Special Instructions to ‘Print Full Frame’ and they’ll take that 5×10 template photo and put it onto an 8×10 and leave the 1.5 white space on each side. Can you say Hallelujah?! :)

Here’s a little somethin’ about them just so you can get to know them better too!

As professional printers we take great pride in printing high quality prints for our customers.  Each order is done and inspected by hand to make sure that everything looks great!  We mostly print 12×12 & 8×8 scrapbook pages – which are printed on true photographic paper.  This is awesome because it gives your print archival qualities making them water proof, scratch resistant, and have a shelf life of over 100 years without fading!  What a great way to preserve your memories!! :)  We also offer other great services in addition to our fabulous prints such as gallery wraps, metal art and photo cards and many more.  We offer 100% money back guarantee – if for any reason you are not satisfied we will reprint your print or refund your money.  Honestly, we just LOVE what we do!!  Hard drives fail – so preserve your precious memories by getting them printed and being able to enjoy them with your family and friends for years to come.  

And so what do you think when you get two minds like that together on a week like this?

Uhhhh . . . yeah.
That would be this:

They are graciously giving one lucky winner an 11×14 gallery wrap.
It would look something like this (baby not included ;) ):

Can you imagine giving that away as a Mother’s Day gift?
How perfect would that be??

To enter, leave a comment in today’s post with your name and where you’re from
(U.S. residents only again–sorry),
and I’ll draw a winner on THURSDAY morning.

And don’t forget that yesterday’s Project Life giveaway is still going and ends tomorrow!
Check it out in yesterday’s post.

And I will share more photos later of my trip…on account-a the post just gets even longer than it is, but here’s a photo of one of the places we saw, Temple of the Sun….and Temple of the Moon is to the left of it. The whole trip was a lot of fun and if you live locally, you should do it next year. We also did light painting and star trails, which were cool. I’d never done it before. Like I say, I’ll share more on all my trip next week some time. But for now, take a gander at this leave-at-4-am-go-over-hill-and-dale-in-the-dark-on-the-dirt-road-less-traveled photo. Seriously, that road was crazy! Let’s just put it this way, Rex wanted people with 4-wheel drive to drive that 26-mile dirt road. I can see why. ;)

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  • Kathy M - May 1, 2012 - 8:06 am

    Kathy M, Marion ,ARReplyCancel

  • Lissa - May 1, 2012 - 8:14 am

    I’m Lissa from Lincoln, Nebraska. I’m checking out all the great sale stuff today – thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • Peggy W. - May 1, 2012 - 8:21 am

    Thanks for another amazing giveaway.
    Peggy W. from Lehi, Utah.

  • Terria - May 1, 2012 - 8:33 am

    Beautiful giveaway thanks for a chance to win!!
    Have a great day from Terria in North Richland Hills,Texas.ReplyCancel

  • Cheri C. - May 1, 2012 - 8:40 am

    I am from Champaign, IL. Thanks again for a chance to win a wonderful giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • Keianna - May 1, 2012 - 8:41 am

    Love your photo. I have been thinking about an in person photo class. Glad you had a great time. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. It would be great for a family photo.

    Keianna P.
    St. Louis, MOReplyCancel

  • Nancy C - May 1, 2012 - 8:42 am

    Nancy from Bardstown, KY. Thanks!!!ReplyCancel

  • Judy - May 1, 2012 - 8:47 am

    This is beautiful,and I even have a new grandson to put on it!
    Judy in TexasReplyCancel

  • Dolly/scrapthat - May 1, 2012 - 9:20 am

    Thanks again Kerri and again…don’t put my name in the hat…I’m CDN eh.ReplyCancel

  • Roshni Patel - May 1, 2012 - 9:20 am

    I love the gallery wraps! Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • LindaH - May 1, 2012 - 9:43 am

    The gallery wrap would be a wonderful Mother’s Day gift for someone in SE Wisconsin!ReplyCancel

  • Kristy - May 1, 2012 - 9:52 am

    Beautiful photo + Awesome giveaway. Thanks for a chance to win.
    Kristy from Eden Prairie, MN.ReplyCancel

  • Becky Aarvig - May 1, 2012 - 10:11 am

    Woo hoo another great giveaway! Becky from KYReplyCancel

  • lori lewis - May 1, 2012 - 10:18 am

    What Fun. And thanks for the chance Lori from IllinoisReplyCancel

  • krafting kelly - May 1, 2012 - 10:43 am

    Gorgeous photo! Thanks for the freebie and the giveaway. Kelly from Centerville, UT.ReplyCancel

  • Denise Noe - May 1, 2012 - 10:49 am

    Denise, Rockford, ILReplyCancel

  • Carolyn E - May 1, 2012 - 10:52 am

    Gonna have to check them out!
    Carolyn from Middleburg, FloridaReplyCancel

  • Brenda - May 1, 2012 - 10:58 am

    Brenda Meilak
    Dove Canyon, CA

    Kerri – love that photo!! That would actually make it worth getting out of bed so early. :)ReplyCancel

  • Connie O. - May 1, 2012 - 11:06 am

    Beautiful picture! What a great giveaway! Thanks Kerri and ScrappingSimply!ReplyCancel

  • Elaine Bowman - May 1, 2012 - 11:07 am

    What a Fantastic Giveaway! But, I actually want one WITH the baby included! Lol
    Elaine Bowman
    Kanab, UTReplyCancel

  • Karen - May 1, 2012 - 11:08 am

    Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

    Cleveland, OHReplyCancel

  • Connie O. - May 1, 2012 - 11:08 am

    Ooops…meant to add I am from Washington!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie S - May 1, 2012 - 11:14 am

    What an awesome give-away! Your picture is gorgeous also. Can’t wait to see more. :-)

    Debbie S.
    Pearl River NYReplyCancel

  • Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy - May 1, 2012 - 11:26 am

    Thank you for this fun NSD celebration! That gallery print would look fabulous on my wall in MD!ReplyCancel

  • Melinda T - May 1, 2012 - 11:29 am

    Ooh, yes, I’d definitely love to win an 11×14 gallery wrap! Thanks for the chance!ReplyCancel

  • Youa - May 1, 2012 - 11:31 am

    Having fun this week Kerri!

    Maplewood, MNReplyCancel

  • Kim Thomas - May 1, 2012 - 11:34 am

    Hi Kerri! I’m such a fan of yours, always have been since your ck days. Thank you so much for the giveaways. Take care! Kim from Perkasie, PA :)ReplyCancel

  • Abbigale Joseph - May 1, 2012 - 11:38 am

    Love your photo Kerri. The photo processing sounds awesome will check them out.

    Abbigale Joseph, TexasReplyCancel

  • Alissa Yoder - May 1, 2012 - 11:42 am

    Midland, MIReplyCancel

  • Karalyn - May 1, 2012 - 11:42 am

    Cooperstown, NDReplyCancel

  • Misty M - May 1, 2012 - 11:45 am

    Misty M
    Sumrall, MSReplyCancel

  • Judy - May 1, 2012 - 12:05 pm

    Westminster, COReplyCancel

  • Brenda - May 1, 2012 - 12:07 pm

    Aiken, SCReplyCancel

  • Marilyn Bronson - May 1, 2012 - 12:15 pm

    Wow, what a gorgeous photo! Thanks for the opportunity to win and I am just loving your sale this week. I am feeling the need for storyboards :)ReplyCancel

  • Kimberli Sarsfield - May 1, 2012 - 12:31 pm

    Kimberli from Phoenix, AZ. I am having such a super fun week with you and your sales and inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Johnson - May 1, 2012 - 12:33 pm

    ♥ that it’s such a small world!
    Lisa Johnson
    Allen, TXReplyCancel

  • Charlene - May 1, 2012 - 12:45 pm

    I’m Charlene from Austin, Texas. Incredible photo–would love to be able to be there with my camera!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley C - May 1, 2012 - 12:49 pm

    Ashley from Lehi, UT.ReplyCancel

  • Stacie - May 1, 2012 - 12:58 pm

    Wow, I have a new baby (lots of pics) and would love something so awesome like this on my wall!
    Stacie from Waseca, MNReplyCancel

  • Kimberly W. - May 1, 2012 - 1:12 pm

    Kimberly W.
    Denton, NE

    Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Hanna - May 1, 2012 - 1:38 pm

    Would love to win the gallery frame for my daughter’s nursery. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

    Friendswood, TXReplyCancel

  • melissa thiede - May 1, 2012 - 1:52 pm

    This would be great to Win…
    I’m from Grand Rapids, MichiganReplyCancel

  • Jen D. - May 1, 2012 - 1:54 pm

    Great giveaway! Thanks, Jen from Quakertown, PAReplyCancel

  • Brandy S - May 1, 2012 - 1:56 pm

    I have my own baby and would LOVE to have a beautiful big picture of him. thanks for sharing and the chance to win.
    Brandy S from South DakotaReplyCancel

  • Lynne - May 1, 2012 - 1:59 pm

    Colorado Springs, COReplyCancel

  • Lisa - May 1, 2012 - 2:07 pm

    I’m from Hot-lanta…ReplyCancel

  • Cindi - May 1, 2012 - 2:11 pm

    My name is Cindi and I live in Joshua, TexasReplyCancel

  • Jeannie L - May 1, 2012 - 2:18 pm

    Awesome pic and definitely can’t wait to see more.

    Love the freebie download and the tutorial from Laura and what a great giveaway. Thanks for the chance.

    Greetings from Mountain Home, Idaho.ReplyCancel

  • Heather Newman - May 1, 2012 - 2:24 pm

    Heather Newman
    Anchorage, AKReplyCancel

  • Karen Freedman - May 1, 2012 - 2:37 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! Your photo is beautiful.
    Karen from Maple Glen, PAReplyCancel

  • Sandy - May 1, 2012 - 2:46 pm

    From New Castle, IN

    Thanks for this opportunity! Gallery wraps are awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Robin Walston - May 1, 2012 - 2:50 pm

    Robin from Saint Anthony in southern IndianaReplyCancel

  • Karen S. - May 1, 2012 - 3:01 pm

    Great giveaway!!
    Karen – Plano, TexasReplyCancel

  • Cynthia B. - May 1, 2012 - 3:05 pm

    Beautiful photo!
    Thanks for the freebies and the chance to win a canvas.
    Cynthia from Cypress, TXReplyCancel

  • Trisha - May 1, 2012 - 3:16 pm

    Thanks for the great download. This will be great for so many things. Love the gallery wrap and thanks for the chance to win. I am from upstate New York. patnbobcuddy @ gmail dot comReplyCancel

  • KimH - May 1, 2012 - 3:20 pm

    HOLY COW! I’m so excited about that site….I’m off to check it out now….and thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer S - May 1, 2012 - 3:21 pm

    New to your blog – it’s lovely! Monticello, ILReplyCancel

  • msecor - May 1, 2012 - 3:42 pm

    Hi Kerri,

    Help. I tried downloading the freebies, but it’s not working. Is anyone else having trouble? Not sure what to do.ReplyCancel

  • DebB - May 1, 2012 - 3:44 pm

    Thank you for the free file from me, Deb Burroughs, in the quaint little spot of Schnellville, IN… And the opportunity to win the neat photo! Have a great day!ReplyCancel

  • Rhadonda - May 1, 2012 - 3:49 pm

    Cool. Thanks so much. Rhadonda. Oak Ridge, MOReplyCancel

  • sandi m - May 1, 2012 - 4:28 pm

    I love gallery wraps, thanks for the great giveaway!

    Sandi M, Wichita Falls, TXReplyCancel

  • Kathe K - May 1, 2012 - 4:55 pm

    Hi. Thanks for the giveaway. I’m from Glen Burnie, MarylandReplyCancel

  • ruth tacoma - May 1, 2012 - 5:21 pm

    I’d love to have a big canvas of my family! :)

    Ruth from McBain Michigan!ReplyCancel

  • Sue Alg - May 1, 2012 - 5:33 pm

    What an awesome giveway. I use Simply Scrapping for all my layout printing. They are reasonably priced and their service is terrific. I highly recommend this printer.ReplyCancel

  • Tirzah Shirley - May 1, 2012 - 5:36 pm

    You are awesome…and you know awesome people! Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Karen W - May 1, 2012 - 5:40 pm

    Great photo and what a great experience, something I’ve always wanted to do.

    Karen W – Mebane, NCReplyCancel

  • kathy northup - May 1, 2012 - 5:42 pm

    love the photos and the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Issy Scotland - May 1, 2012 - 5:57 pm

    WOW!….That landscape is magnificent! You are so lucky to be able to visit there! Guess where I’d love to come for a wee vacation jaunt? It looks absolutely stunning…Awesome! And thanks for the freebie Kerri! Love from Scotland xoxoReplyCancel

  • Jennifer h - May 1, 2012 - 5:59 pm

    Jennifer from Duluth, MnReplyCancel

  • Sheri S - May 1, 2012 - 6:00 pm

    love the pages and the pics! Warren, OHReplyCancel

  • Karen S - May 1, 2012 - 6:10 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win. Federal Way, WAReplyCancel

  • Amy - May 1, 2012 - 6:18 pm

    Ohhhh! Photo templates! I’m off to your store for the second day in a row! You’re going to get all my money this week. :)

    Thanks for the chance at the giveaway today! I’d love a canvas like that…maybe of my own little baby! :)ReplyCancel

  • LinhC - May 1, 2012 - 6:36 pm

    What a great way to learn photography!

    Birmingham, ALReplyCancel

  • rkokes - May 1, 2012 - 6:38 pm

    thanks so much for another freebie! great giveaway!!!

    Colorado Springs, COReplyCancel

  • Christi - May 1, 2012 - 7:10 pm

    Thank you for the giveaway and the great freebie file.
    Christi in Canton MAReplyCancel

  • Tracie - May 1, 2012 - 7:38 pm

    another great freebie and amazing giveaway!!!ReplyCancel

  • Candy Clay - May 1, 2012 - 8:01 pm

    Kansas City MO
    It is a small world! They say we are all connected within 6 degrees!ReplyCancel

  • Janet skotnicki - May 1, 2012 - 8:06 pm

    I’m Janet from Alabama. Love photos of family and friends. This would be great somewhere in our house.ReplyCancel

  • Christy - May 1, 2012 - 8:39 pm

    I would love, love, love to win this!!! My name is Christy and I am from Iowa.ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - May 1, 2012 - 8:56 pm

    Awesome picture!
    Stacy, Shakopee MNReplyCancel

  • Beth R - May 1, 2012 - 9:26 pm

    Beth R
    saginaw, michigan
    P.S. I am very grateful for all the fun things going on here this week, but I can not download the freebies, at all.
    I continually get ths error message:
    This content cannot be displayed in a frame

    To help protect the security of information you enter into this website, the publisher of this content does not allow it to be displayed in a frame.

    What you can try:
    Open this content in a new window

    I have tried to download the entire file and still get this same thing. Any ideas?ReplyCancel

  • Maria W. - May 2, 2012 - 5:29 am

    I would love the opportunity to win this~thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Andi Sexton - May 2, 2012 - 5:43 am

    Stunning picture! And what a great freebie and giveaway!!!

    Eastern Oregon (current temp is 35 degrees!)ReplyCancel

  • joni a - May 2, 2012 - 5:57 am

    Wow, what a great photo…I can just imagine all the beautiful photos you took! My daughter lives in SLC and I’ve been to Utah once…gorgeous!!! Thanks for all the great freebies and tips this week! I’m learning! I’m from Holly, MIReplyCancel

  • Karen - May 2, 2012 - 6:39 am

    Beautiful photo, and I’m always glad to find out about a reliable online printer. Thanks for all the freebies and videos this week. Like your classes at JS, I’m learning a lot here as well.ReplyCancel

  • carol barol - May 2, 2012 - 6:46 am

    Hi! Carol Wehner, St. Louis, MOReplyCancel

  • Tina - May 2, 2012 - 8:24 am

    The Gallery wrap is beautiful. It would make a great wedding present for my sister. :-)

    i am from Chicago and so is my sister. Her future hubby is from the UK and drumroll….they met in Russia on mission.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy - May 2, 2012 - 9:40 am

    Fabulous giveaway! I’d love to win!

    We’re going to Southern Utah next month. I can’t wait to capture some of the beautiful landscape myself!

    Sandy from Lakeland, FLReplyCancel

  • Michelle L. - May 2, 2012 - 9:47 am

    Love all that’s happening on your blog this week!ReplyCancel

  • jennifer T. - May 2, 2012 - 11:32 am

    Love scrapping Simply! (Salem, Utah)ReplyCancel

  • Mollie - May 2, 2012 - 1:30 pm

    Saratoga Springs,UTReplyCancel

  • Pamela Joy K - May 2, 2012 - 3:48 pm

    This would be an amazing Mother’s Day gift! Thanks for the chance to win.

    Lewis Center, OHReplyCancel

  • Dana Marie - May 2, 2012 - 5:44 pm

    I would love to win that canvas to use for my twin girls’ Easter portrait. :)

    Dana in Lehi, UTReplyCancel

  • Susan - May 2, 2012 - 7:40 pm

    Who would’nt love this? WOW! Thanks for a chance to win!
    From Beautiful Blaine, Minnesota!


  • Phyllis B. - May 2, 2012 - 9:16 pm

    Gorgeous photo! I live in Macomb, Illinois—no mountains or salt flats…just flat…ReplyCancel

  • benessi - May 2, 2012 - 11:41 pm

    I live in Rocklin, CAReplyCancel

  • leslie o. - May 3, 2012 - 12:07 am

    leslie o.
    Chicago, ILReplyCancel

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