Tag! You’re It!

September 30th, 2014|digital shapes|

I’ve been a tag and clip collector for years.


I have quite the pile…or rather, baggie full of assorted bits of paper and piles of various clips. I’ve collected all shapes and sizes and they’ve been sitting there-mostly collecting dust–as a constant inspiration to my little creative world over time. A few have come to fruition here and there and some have been waiting for this day.




When it takes me a while to create a certain subject, I ask myself, ‘Why didn’t I get this done before?’

I guess it’s just a matter of priorities and that sweet little baggie is out of sight, out of mind much of the time.

I have been playing with this fun little kit over the past month while it sat on the back burner yet once again, waiting for me to wrap it up, while I was preparing the Getting To Know You class. You may have seen these sneak peeks on social media though.


I love these ‘take a number’ pull tabs! Use it with or without stripes. Color it. Add your own text to document the event, including using the month as the letter and the date as your number. That S14 tab is getting stapled on a page about our trip to Mirror Lake on September 14.



I think some of my very favorite shapes are the personalizable (yeah, it’s a word) paperclips and tags. You can use them plain, add typed words, or better yet, cut the words like for this On The Way page. FYI, we learn how to make that kind of paperclip in the Here There Everywhere class, if’n you’re interested in knowing how to make you’re own styles. :)

And don’t even get me started on the bread tag! That particular one is reserved for my birthday page. :)

A great tip on these paperclips and tags like the bread tag is to cut them from a glossy photo paper vs. a cardstock. The glossy gives the illusion of plastic and when you double it up with a second layer? Then it looks even cooler!

And then you may remember this hexagon tag during our Brown Paper Packages week.



This tag folds in on itself at the top to keep the full shape of the hexagon, keeping everything as one piece. Love that!

And then the sock tag (top left)? One of my all-time faves…created years ago for another project. Waiting for this very day. Hey, it was out of sight, out of mind. But now it’s here.

So many things to point out. Did you notice the paperclips that say ‘fill in the blanks’? These are awesome for adding your own words! A customizable paperclip. Sweet!  I included a couple of words, but now you can make your own. Add a child’s name, your location, an exclamation…the sky’s the limit!

This little bundle of joy has so many stinkin’ possibilities, I can hardly stand it. Cut up a bunch and make yourself some print+cuts just to have on hand.

And it’s on sale right for 20% off through Friday only.
So now is an awesome time to pick it up!

Flash Friday • Handwritten Words

September 26th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Friday is upon us and that means it’s a great day for handwritten words!

Save 30% on orders of $10 or more on all handwritten goodies.
Use code WRITE at checkout.

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This is our last Friday in September. 
I can’t even believe it.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Birthday Moment #38

September 23rd, 2014|everyday life|

Last week I had many great birthday moments.

Like this one.

Flowers from a friend, that still look like this even almost a week later…as I was so admiring this morning.

That’s happiness in a bunch.


Baby, It’s A Brand New Day • Color Theory Coupon • Winners

September 22nd, 2014|classes|

Well, it’s official.

Getting To Know You Silhouette Version 3 class has begun!

Not only is it a freshly updated class, but the classroom has a fresh new look. Goin’ clean and simple and trying to streamline.

Take a look.


The first section is a little introduction. The second section is what you need to know before you get started. The third section are links to lessons or videos. If you select the lesson heading–like Lesson 1–it will take you to the full content for that day’s lesson. If you click on the links listed below, it will take you directly to that video. And because much of what we do builds off the task before, going in order is highly recommended. :)

You know when you do a bit of cleaning and organizing and you just go ahhhhhh? Yeah, that’s what I’m feeling like with the new classroom. :)

Today is the last day to get this on sale!
You can find it in the Store.

If you purchased the class over the past 2 1/2 years–including from JessicaSprague.com–you have access to this update. The classes will be available on Jessica’s site some time after this week.


And now, if you aren’t the Studio Calico Color Theory winner below, never fear, because I have got some savings just for KBS fans!


Oooooh yeah. Mama likes!


And now, let’s pick some winners!

Cathy Zielske’s class: Me, The Abridge Version
Heidi Gauvin

Bella Blvd Goodies
Melitta Ball

Simple Stories Birthday Package
Madison Broeker

Heidi Swapp September Skies
Angela Keene

KBS $25 Gift Cards
Karen S
Linda Johnson
MzErika Smith

Studio Calico Color Theory Inks
Karen (with an email that’s something like kaaareennn–give or take. lol)

All winners will be contacted via email.

And I said this on my social media this weekend, but I also wanted to say it here…


Thank you to all the fantastic companies and friends that made last week so wonderful. I loved reading all your comments and the giveaways we had were just so amazing.

So blessed to be in this industry surrounded by great, great people.

A Birthday Surprise • Studio Calico Giveaway!

September 20th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Now, you just know we couldn’t have this massive birthday week without a birthday surprise, right?

We may be done with the Brown Paper Packages, but…

…we still have one more giveaway to…well…giveaway!

Those fabulous folks at Studio Calico have given me some fun stuff to share with one lucky person. Check out these amazing new additions to their Color Theory Inks line!

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Someone, somewhere, in this beautiful colorful land is going to get this fun little bundle.

Those colors are so cheerful, it would totally make my day to see it in a Studio Calico box upon arrival and openage (yeah, it’s a word) at my home. Okay, so maybe I did just have to order me a few and have some fun plans for it soon! Can’t wait!

Here’s how to enter. You’ll have until midnight Sunday on this one. Don’t forget that the other contests end tonight at midnight! U.S. residents only please.

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Brown Paper Packages Comes To An End? (+ Giveaway and Flash Friday)

September 19th, 2014|cards, projects|

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Say it ain’t so!

This week has seriously gone way faster than I ever expected. I have a feeling the rest of the year is going to do the same.

Sometimes we just need to slow down our pace of life. I think I’ve been better about that this year, but I have my moments still. A little too many lately, it seems.


Okay, that being said, we have a full day ahead! :)

Today I’m sharing a couple projects that I worked on for this week. I wish I could have made the rest that are in my head. I expect you may be seeing more from me over time. I’m not done yet. ;)

Thought I’d give the box from Boxed Up  a little decor makeover using the gold vinyl and a handwritten word. To place the vinyl, I used a small piece of transfer tape. I might use a slightly larger one next time because the vinyl is floppier than it seems. I wasn’t sure how the tape would react to the cardstock either.


I also printed a little ‘It’s Your Birthday’ to go along with Heck Yes (which is a freebie you can get HERE). I also wanted the Heck Yes to be slightly thicker, so I added a .03″ internal and external offset and then welded it together. If you want to know how to thicken handwritten words, read this post.

And then finally, I made my white paint and postal paper tag. This is one of those things that has been in my mind to do for months now. Seriously.

It’s using a tag shape that will be coming out in a kit soon.


To make it, I cut a ‘stencil’ out of cardstock and found some obliging paint and foam brush. To create the stencil, type your words over the top half of the tag. I wanted mine to be larger than the tag so that it extended ‘off the page’, so to speak. 



I used some repositionable adhesive (Herma) and tacked the tag to a piece of paper. I slid and tacked down a small piece of cardstock between the tag halves so that when I painted it, it wouldn’t go onto the bottom half. Next, I adhered the stencil on top.


I painted the letters, without putting it on too thick. I didn’t want it to dry and stick, so I peeled off the stencil while it still had a smidgen of tackiness.

Add a ‘handmade reinforcement’ (aka, a silhouette cut set of circles) and a little twine and voila! You’re done!


Next up, it’s time for Flash Friday!


This week it’s all about Photo Templates.

Buy any two or more photo template kits
and save 35% on them.

Use code PHOTO at check out.
(Discount applies only to photo template purchases.)

This is a flash sale and it’s available for today only.


And now, it’s the final giveaway of the week. 

My own little ‘birthday gift’ to you, so to speak.


I’m giving away a $25 gift card to three lucky people! 

You can get several chances to win using the options below. 
This is open to everyone! :)

And I just want to give a shout out to all of you for making this week so wonderful! 
There’s nothing like spending your birthday all week with friends.


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Brown Paper Packages ala Layle + Heidi Swapp Giveaway!

September 18th, 2014|cards, layle koncar, projects|

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We’ve been having such a grand week so far. Could it get any better?

Uhhh…can I get a big ol’…

…heck yes!

We have some more absolute awesomeness coming from Layle today. She was one busy gal concocting up all these goodies! I’m gonna let all the work speak for itself first and then I will speak at the end. Because…um…wow?


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[ Design | Feathers ]

Layle says:  I love these feathers!  I wanted the package to be fairly neutral, so I cut the feathers from white card stock.  When I laid them down on the front of the package, I thought it was far too boring, so I added a little glitter to the tops of the feathers to spice things up a bit :)  This package could be used for virtually any occasion.

I painted a thin layer of Mod Podge on the top of each feather and then dumped glitter on top.  Super easy technique that packs a punch!

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[ Design | Happy Camper (clouds) ]

Layle says: This was such a fun project to do!  And in keeping with the theme of my post & projects, another easy one to do.  For this project, I created my own wrapping paper by painting clouds on the paper itself.  I started by creating a stencil in Silhouette Studio using the clouds from the Happy Camper kit.  I ungrouped the clouds and then moved and rotated them so they would be randomly spaced/placed when I painted.

I used a white Martha Stewart acrylic paint along with one of her Foam Pouncer Tops.  You just screw the pouncer top onto the paint, dab it on a piece of scratch paper a few times to get the paint flowing, and you’re off to the races

A few recommendations if you want to do something similar:
  1. Keep your stencil to a manageable size.  The one I created here is 4.5″x12″.  I wouldn’t recommend going much taller than 4.5″ or it might be hard to hold onto the stencil when you’re painting each shape.
  2. Use a sturdy material to create your stencil.  I used regular card stock, which was no problem considering this was a ‘one and done’ project, meaning I don’t have plans to use this stencil again.  If you think you might want to reuse a stencil, use a heavier material so the design keeps it’s shape over time.
  3. Paint from the outside of the design in towards the center.  That’s especially helpful if your design comes to a sharp point in places, so your stencil retains it’s shape and doesn’t lose those points.  It will also help prevent paint from bleeding under your stencil.
  4. Rotate your stencil.  Rotating your stencil in different directions on the paper gives it more of a random, whimsical, handmade look.
This would make a great craft project for kids!  With a little supervision (mainly to help hold the stencil in place with one hand while trying to paint with the other hand), the options for creating custom wrapping paper are limitless!

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 [ Design | Just Because (love you) ]

Layle says: When I started sketching ideas for this month’s projects, I pulled out a bunch of different kraft colored products I had in my stash, including a kraft card.  I love Kerri’s handwritten words and thought it would be fun to make a quick card using ‘Love You’ from the Just Because kit.  Again, I used white cardstock because I love the stark contrast against the kraft background.  I inked a wood veneer heart to add a bit of color.  Quick and simple design, you could make up a bunch of cards like this for all occasions to have on hand.  Hey, I need to take my own advice and do just that!

Okay, did I say wow already? I think it bears repeating, yes? The gold tipped feathers? Oh so divine. The ‘happy little clouds’ (please excuse the Bob Ross reference–couldn’t help it) are so sweet–and perfect–with that big blue ribbon. And the love you card? I want one. :)

Layle, you outdid yourself this week girlie! A bundle of inspiration for sure!

We’ve got another giveaway today!

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This one comes from that sweet thing Heidi Swapp. And I have to tell you, when I opened the package to take a photograph, all I kept wondering is, would anyone would notice if I kept it for myself?  ;)

Her new September Skies line is to die for! I need a whole pack of that grey+white stripe myself.

And you know…September is my favorite month of the year. It may have something to do with it being my birthday month, add school starting, fall coming…it just all rolls up into one month of awesomeness in my book. So when Heidi came out with her new September Skies line, I knew already I’d like it, site unseen. ;)

Thank you Miss Thang for helping me celebrate this week!

Here’s a bazillion ways you can enter. The more you do, the more chances you have to win. U.S. residents only please. 

If you haven’t had a chance to enter in the other giveaways this week, be sure to do that. All contests will end Sunday and winners will be announced Monday.

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Brown Paper Packages | Christmas Style + Yet Another Giveaway!

September 17th, 2014|cards, layle koncar, projects|

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Wednesday already.

Three days in to our little Brown Paper Packages event.

I can’t even believe it.

You know what I can’t even believe more than that? Those cute girls over at Eighteen25 shared a ‘100 Days ‘Til Christmas’ ABC Family photo on Instagram yesterday.

What the french toast?

It’s comin’ folks.

It’ll be here before you can say ‘Bob’s your uncle.’

I know there are tons of you getting ready for Christmas, whether it’s decorations or gifts, there’s been a lot of Christmas stuff flying off the ol’ KBS shelves lately. ;)

Well, this week is the perfect time to start thinking of some fun Christmas ideas in the ‘Brown Paper’ genre. Take a look at what Layle has made!

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[ Design | Happy Camper (deer) ]

Layle says: Although this deer cut file is part of the Happy Camper kit, it screamed Christmas to me, so I decided to use it for a Christmas tag.  In fact, I cut the head directly on the tag itself, making the tag come together quickly.  A little washi tape, Christmas stickers and red bakers twine – it really couldn’t get any easier than this!

I couldn’t agree more Layle! I am in love with this tag for so many reasons. The simplicity. The negative space head. The kraft tag. It’s just wonderful! Awesome for a gift or in your Christmas album…or both. Why choose?


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[ Design | Happy Camper (tree) ]

Layle says:
A neutral package and another cut file from the Happy Camper kit used for Christmas!  I cut the tree from a woodgrain piece of paper, glued a doily to the top of the package, added the tree along with a wood veneer star at the top and wrapped it up (literally & figuratively!) with the tinsel trim.

This is fantastic! Simple, but so festive! Love the look of the tree cut in the woodgrain paper. And wrapped with tinsel? It’s the finishing touch–like putting the star on top of the tree…for which I do love the wood star on top of this tree. :)


And now it’s time for another giveaway!

We’ve got a fabulous Birthday package from the folks at Simple Stories…and that means Layle too.  :) Oodles and oodles of fun, brightly colored cards and stickers and such. Perfect for those birthday pages and pocket scrapbooking!

Here’s a plethora of ways to enter. U.S. residents only please.

If you haven’t had a chance to enter in the other two giveaways this week, be sure to do that. All contests will end Sunday and winners will be announced Monday.

(p.s. I’m loving reading all your comments!!)

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Brown Paper Packages….or Bags + Another Giveaway

September 16th, 2014|laura vegas, projects|

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It’s happened.

Goodbye 47.

Hello 48. 

I’ve been digging my 40s. Not had a problem with them at all. It’s a good time in life. Kids are a bit older. The pace of life begins to slow down a bit…kind of. It still has its moments, but that may be more self-inflicted due in large part to owning my own business.

At any rate, other than this funky shoulder and getting ‘older vision’, I can’t complain too much.

It’s ‘turning 50’ that I think will get to me somewhat. I always looked at those people in my neighborhood that were that age, and I have to say, it just seemed on the ‘old’ side. Not old, but just a whole different decade of life. Don’t know that I’m ready for that…even though hubby is already 52. ;) Thankfully I still got two years to prepare though.

Can I just take two 40s instead?

But birthdays can bring good things. Great things. For example, our Brown Paper Packages event continues today with some darling bags by our Miss Laura!


[ DesignsHappy Birthday (happy birthday) / Something To Say (celebrate) / Feathers / Banners This+That: Spring (daisy) ]

How fun is that? Totally customized brown paper bags with a pop of color and foo foo. Love the mix of textured paper feathers with real feathers! 

Laura says:

I always have a stash of kraft gift bags on hand, for easy and quick gift giving. It doesn’t matter if I’m giving a birthday gift, a baby gift, a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift, or even a Christmas gift … a kraft gift bag is neutral enough to use for any occasion. I always have intentions of decorating the bag, but 10 times out of 10 (not even kidding), I end up handing over a plain kraft bag. When Kerri brought up the idea of “brown paper packaging”, I knew it was the perfect push to decorate a few of these kraft gift bags.

I played around with quite a few of Kerri’s designs, before finally settling on the feathers and the daisy. I have a large supply of feathers from Bella Blvd, and I knew I could work them in right along her cut files. I ran the die cut feathers thru a chevron embossing folder to add some texture, before adhering them right along with a few of the real feathers. For the die cut daisies, I cut 3 of the flowers, in varying sizes, so I could layer them together. I also added some quick pen lines around the edges of the die cuts, just to break up all of the white and bring in a small touch of black.

Soooo…like, Laura, my birthday is today??? (wink wink)

And now, the giveaways continue!  

I enlisted the help of Laura with some Bella Blvd goodies to give away this fine birthday week! Take a look at this set….it’s sooooo awesome! I do see some feathers in there so you can make your own foo foo brown paper packages. :)


This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents only please.

Here’s how you can win. All contests this week will end Sunday and winners will be posted Monday. Good luck!

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Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String + Giveaway

September 15th, 2014|cards, maggie massey, projects|

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This song has literally been in my head for months.


At the beginning of this year I bought a roll of brown postal paper. Oh, the thoughts I’ve had in my head for using this.

Hence, the song.

I see the roll. I see something in kraft. I hear the song.

I knew I wanted to personally do a post around this theme, but could never seem to get my ‘packages’ in a row.

Until now.

There’s a reason for everything and I’m so glad I could never make it happen just for me because it just got sooo much better! I decided to invite my creative team to help play all week long with the Brown Paper Packages theme on account-a it’s my own little birthday this week. (Tomorrow, to be exact. Hello 48.)

It couldn’t have been better timing!

So this week we are going to play!

Brown paper packages, tags, gifts, whatever the girls could think of using this theme.

I am soooooo excited!!!

Let’s take a look at Maggie’s creations.




[ Designs | Tiny Details: Calendar / Grammar School: The Pronouns (yours) ]

While it is all sooooo beautiful, I adore the 27 tag!!! I never would have thought to do that as a kraft tag. See what I mean about ‘things happen for a reason’? This event of Maggie’s is going to be fantastically decked out. Hello???

Here’s a bit from Maggie:

There is just something so elegant about the mix of kraft paper and bright white cardstock. Although they may seem plain & simple when they are used alone…they become just gorgeous when you pair them. I’ve created two different tags that I’m using to dress up some packaging for an upcoming event I’m co-hosting …and I love the way they add so much to the look of the items I’m using them on.

For the first tag, I used Kerri’s Tiny Details: Calendar. I really love to use parts or pieces of a file and then manipulate it to fit when I need. The date of our event is the 27th…so I used that number from the calendar. I cropped the entire file down to just the 27th, recolored it in PSE12 and brought it into my Silhouette software where I traced the number and created a tag around the calendar graphic. I cut everything with my Silhouette and added hole reinforcements and some seam binding to my tag. Then I simply added these tags to the little muslin bags that will hold some of our supplies. I LOVE this look!

For my second tag, I used the ‘yours’ file from the Grammar School: The Pronouns kit. I was unbelievably inspired by Kerri’s All That Glitters is Golden post from September 3rd…so I decided to cut the file from plain kraft paper and use the negative of the cut (everything that was left over), backed with bright white cardstock as my tag. I reinforced the tag holes on these as well, and added some baker’s twine. Then I simply tucked them behind a little bow on our utensil packages…so cute (and elegant!), right?

You are so right, darlin’!

FYI: There is always more than one way to do things and so I thought I’d mention that while you can recolor the PNG files in PS/PSE and bring it into Studio like Maggie did, you can also add the needed color to the cut files and work with it that way too. :)

Now, as part of this whole ‘brown paper packages’ theme,
I have got the cutest little kit for you!



I obviously cannot get enough of these fabulous little boxes and have been having waaaaay too much fun! You’ll see more from me and these little guys this week during our little week-long party.

These cute little buggers could be use to give earrings or gift cards. Put a circle inset into it yourself, line it with a transparency and fill it with candy. And how awesome would they be for an advent for Christmas??? All done in fun Christmas paper and stacked on display? My mind is a-twirlin’.


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I am so excited for this week! Not only is there going to be great gift ideas, but I have got ‘gifts’ for you all this week too!

I’ve enlisted the help of some great friends in this industry to bring you some great giveaways this week!

Can I get a yahoo!

I believe it is much better to give than receive. ;) And besides, it’s my party and I’ll give if I want to, give if I want to, give if I want to….

First on the menu, who would like to win this amaaaaazing class from our sweet friend Cathy Zielske?! (I’m thinking that is a rhetorical question, yes?)

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I seriously need to go sign up for this class, but I think it’s a wonderful idea! And Cathy  is so much fun…it’s a bonus! :)

Here’s how you can win. All contests this week will end Sunday and winners will be posted Monday. Good luck!

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