blast from the past + fabulous cards + joy in the ordinary

It’s another great big huge honkin’ day here at KBS to help you get ready for National Scrapbook Day. So much going on this week and weekend all over the place, really. And have you heard about the big shindig going on with Big Picture Classes?


They are making a world-wide collective effort to showcase 10,000 pages from everyone on Instagram this Saturday. Can you believe it? Oh man, 10,000….they should hit it easily, don’t you think? I know I’ll be scrapping for the event…you might even see a sneak peek of the Hello There Everywhere class. ;)

I think it can be done. Don’t you? Are you in?

I remember when there wasn’t really a holiday much less a social media to share our works of art. I feel like I started scrapbooking when scrapbooking was just taking off. My first scrapbook page publication was for the Creating Keepsake’s 1998 Idea Annual.

Magazine infancy.

Just a baby!

After that…it was winning the 1999 CK Hall of Fame–the very first one. Seems like forever ago, really. Remember how awesome it was to get those HoF magazines each year?

But I admit, I have definitely grown over the years. *gasp* My scrapbooking skills were not always so clean and streamlined. Oh yes, I had my fair share of sprinkles made with pens and sticker sneeze. You may have seen this before, but here’s my very first page.


Ack! I know.

I don’t dare put it much larger for the scariness factor.
(FYI: Coloring is off because it’s still in the Creative Memories album +  page protector.)

We’ve come a long way over the years, have we not? Or maybe not…it appears that I still love a white background. ;)

So after that scariness, I think we need to see some fabulousness from our creative team today. Let’s see what Laura has up her sleeve for us today!


[ Designs | Happy Stuff (happy birthday, hello there, that’s kind of cool), Life Additions #2 (chevron background), More Background Basics (circle + wave backgrounds ) ]

So many great card ideas! Same basic layout, but all looking so different! I love it!

Here’s what Laura has to say:

I picked out a few sentiments from Kerri’s new Happy Stuff kit that would be perfect for making some cards. I’m always needing birthday cards, love to send out “hello” cards, and I thought the “that’s kind of cool” would be great for a congratulations type card. I also cut a variety of backgrounds to create the card bases from cardstock, and then cut some of the negative pieces from those backgrounds from patterned paper to add to the cards. I wanted to keep the cards fairly flat so they would be easy to mail. By sticking to a background piece, a sentiment, and a few enamel dots, I was able to create simple cards that still have plenty of interest to them.

Great job Laura!


And now for today’s one day only freebie. Something I feel very passionate about. Finding joy in even the simplest of things–just the ordinary, everyday things. A laugh, a song, the smell of the lilacs, the sunset, you name it….there is always joy to find. Don’t take them for granted. 


To download it for free–TODAY ONLY–click HERE.

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

Have fun using it as a cut out for your page or use it as an overlay on your photo.


2017-10-17T15:30:44+00:00April 29th, 2014|cards, laura vegas|12 Comments


  1. Tammy Davis April 29, 2014 at 6:55 am

    I think I have this exact page in my scrapbook (with my kid’s birthday of course)! This was back in the day that Creative Memories was about all you had to work with!

  2. Robin April 29, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Thank you Kerri.

  3. Sharee April 29, 2014 at 8:02 am

    As always…darling cards made with darling cut files. Thanks Kerri and Laura!

  4. Megan K. April 29, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Thank you for sharing your talent with us! I really like your writing :)

  5. KimS April 29, 2014 at 9:54 am

    We all have those ‘first’ layouts – kudos for you showing yours. I love that we can rejoice in how far we’ve come with our scrapping.

    Those cards and your generous freebie really are giving me Silhouette envy….I may end up coming over to the ‘dark side’ soon, Kerri :). And if I do, it will be all your fault, lol!

  6. Pam April 29, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Thanks for sharing … your work is always so awesome!

  7. Sandy Evans April 29, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    thank you for sharing your AWESOME talent.
    Sandy from ukiah

  8. Gaby April 29, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Thanks! love it!

  9. ChristineB April 29, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Thanks for showing your 1st page! And thanks for the freebies!
    You are awesome!

  10. Cindy April 29, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Thank you Kerri, this is great!

  11. Barbara April 29, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Awesome! Thanks again for a freebie!

  12. Nicky H May 1, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I know what you mean about starting in the infancy! I used to love those annual magazines and HOF magazines!

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