Brown Paper Packages | Christmas Style + Yet Another Giveaway!

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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!

deer tag copy

[ 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?


tree copy

tree close up copy

[ 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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2017-05-20T08:00:07+00:00September 17th, 2014|cards, layle koncar, projects|94 Comments


  1. TJ Jay September 17, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Love the tag so cute! What a great idea to cut the deer into the tag. I glued about 100 last year!!

  2. Erinaaaa September 17, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Awesome giveaway!

  3. Amy M. C. September 17, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Biggest birthday surprise…well, it didn’t quite work out as planned, but I was trying to get my husband to a restaurant at a certain time to be surprised by family. A football game was on and he could not figure out why I was in such a rush to leave. Anyway, we made it and he was definitely surprised! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  4. julie September 17, 2014 at 7:36 am

    LOVE this tag!! Love the Simple Stories line also! :)

  5. Michelle September 17, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Love your blog!.Thank you for the chance to win!.

  6. Carolyn E September 17, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Love that dear tag! Might have to make that for my gift tags this year :)
    Thanks for the inspiration and the giveaway!

  7. Maddie September 17, 2014 at 8:25 am

    The biggest birthday surprise is a surprise party, of course!

  8. Katrina H September 17, 2014 at 8:25 am

    I love that tag! Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. Karen S September 17, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Love the tag and Simple Stories line!

    My biggest birthday surprise was for my 50th birthday. My wonderful husband planned a party and had all my family and friends there, complete with picture boards and a fabulous cake!

  10. Carrie/scrapchick September 17, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Love the Reindeer tag!!! SO cute! The biggest surprise was a party when I turned 40…including out of state family! Thanks for the chance!

  11. Melinda C. September 17, 2014 at 8:39 am

    I’m thinking these would be PERFECT for card making!! Such bright wonderful colors! Love them!

  12. jpscraps September 17, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Lovely projects! I don’t think I ever had a “birthday surprise”

  13. Rhadonda September 17, 2014 at 9:12 am

    A bike when i was 16, though i would rather have received a car at least my parents got me some transportation ( :

  14. Judy Stiles September 17, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Such a cute tag and love the package decoration as well! I’m all for simplicity and these would be so quick and easy to make, but still have a big punch! Birthday surprise? Can’t say that I recall any big “surprises.” Just happy to be able to share them with my family!

  15. Carla Hundley September 17, 2014 at 9:19 am

    My husband gave me a
    pair of diamond earrings
    on my first birthday with
    him! Small and dainty,
    just wonderful!
    Carla from Utah

  16. Kris M. September 17, 2014 at 9:52 am

    What a great giveaway! Love all things ‘Simple Stories’. So easy to use all types of projects.

  17. Amy O September 17, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Im seriously thinking about CASEing that tag. Love it!

  18. Jessica Dougherty September 17, 2014 at 10:05 am

    loving the packaging ideas!

  19. Jeanne B September 17, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Love, Love, Love that tag! It is going on the definitely need to make this list.

  20. Jeanne B September 17, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Love that tag! Definitely going on the need to make that list!

  21. Marilyn Bronson September 17, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Yikes, I am so not even thinking about Christmas yet!! Love the tags and the giveaway is awesome. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  22. angela September 17, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Finding out I was pregnant!

  23. Lori P. September 17, 2014 at 10:45 am

    I couldn’t believe store’s here in Michigan had Halloween & Christmas items out in August. Wow! I hope you are having a GREAT birthday week.

  24. Nashonne Newman September 17, 2014 at 10:47 am

    My biggest birthday surprise was my 40th birthday party thrown by my husband.

  25. Nonni September 17, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Love, love the simplicity of this tag and Simple Stories!! I am a big fan of yours. Thanks for the inspiration.

  26. Michelle September 17, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Happy Birthday week Kerri!! My biggest birthday surprise was a diamond heart necklace.

  27. Sally September 17, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    I love it all! I hope you enjoyed your own birthday celebration yesterday!

  28. Michelle September 17, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Love, love, love all the projects this week… and thank you for the giveaways too!

  29. Tammy Davis September 17, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    What a wonderful tag! So creative! thanks for the chance. My biggest birthday surprise was when I was 9. My sister had made me an entire wardrobe for my doll. Beautiful clothes.

  30. Lalitha September 17, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Love the tag and all the projects you do. Thank you for a chance at this giveaway.

  31. Lara Read September 17, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Love when you can use the theme kits in different ways! Thanks for the ideas!

  32. Lynette September 17, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    The biggest birthday surprise…hmmm…I think it was probably me knowing my friends were going to be hiding in my room when I got home from dinner with my family on my 13th birthday. It was kind of a tradition with out friends. We would decorate each other’s rooms and hide out til they came in. I wrote a note to them that said, “Thanks for coming!” They all couldn’t believe I knew their plan. :) It was fun to surprise them.

  33. Miriam Prantner September 17, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    My sister and hubby threw me a surprise birthday party when I turned 25, totally not expecting that!

  34. Becky September 17, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    I was turning 50 and having lunch with all my kids and this young man was our waiter. He was “firting” with me (to get a good tip. It worked), and one of my girls said, “She’s older than she looks!” We all just about laughed ourselves off the chairs. Kind of a backhanded compliment, but a lot of fun.

    I totally love this tag! Gonna go right out and make one/a bunch up!

  35. Linda Craig September 17, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    I always love to read your blog posts and love your work.

  36. RPomeroy September 17, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    My friends throwing me a surprise birthday party in middle school. They were great friends and middle school was hard, so I am glad that I had them.

  37. Judy Parma September 17, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    My grandson has his 3rd birthday next week, this would be perfect, thanks for the chance to win!

  38. Theresa September 17, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Love the tag with the deer head. Definitely going on my to-do list.
    hmmm, biggest birthday surprise….I can think of biggest anniversary surprise, biggest Christmas surprise, but got nothing for biggest birthday surprise!
    Thanks for the chance.

  39. Liz Lumsden September 17, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Great tag and package! Still celebrating strong!

  40. Liz Lumsden September 17, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Oops! Forgot to tell my biggest BD surprise! It was a party given by my sister last year for my 60th BD and all 3 of my grown children were there!

  41. Debbie S September 17, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Happy Birthday! We’re big on celebrating birthdays, but not too much on surprises. But this is great-YOU have a birthday-and WE get the surprises! Thanks for the chance! LOVE the deer tag–and the calendar tag from Monday!

  42. Cynthia B. September 17, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Wonderful giveaway! My biggest birthday surprise was for my 40th…my husband had planned a cruise, just for the two of us! He’d arranged for my sisters to watch my kids and everything. Total surprise in the best way. :)
    Thanks for the chance to win! I love Simple Stories.

  43. Amy R September 17, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Another fun give away! Thanks for the chance.

  44. bernicej September 17, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    The biggest birthday surprise I ever got was a bouquet of 48 red roses. That would not seem surprising to most people, but if you know my husband, it certainly would. He NEVER buys flowers; occasionally plants, yes, because they “last longer”. But even for the births of our kids, he didn’t buy flowers. So it was a totally extravagant gesture on his part.

  45. Denise Bryant September 17, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    I love those awesome tag ideas!
    Biggest surprise…. when I was little, we visited my grandparents in Santa Barbara. Went out for midnight mass on Christmas Eve, and when we arrived back at the house, Santa had come and left a lot of beautiful presents! Did not expect him to come til later in the night while we would be asleep, so that was a huge surprise!

  46. LinhC September 17, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Surprising my daughter with her first car!

  47. Tiffany Hayden September 17, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    I love making my own gift tags. These are adorable!

    I love the bright, fun colors of the Birthday package from Simple Stories!

  48. Betsy September 17, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Ahhh….can’t think about Christmas yet, but that tag sure is precious. Had to save it as an inspiration.

  49. Angela K September 17, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    One of my son sent me flowers. It was such a surprise as he had never sent me flowers before and was really good at keeping it a secret.

  50. Rebekah September 17, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    My biggest birthday surprise was when my Mom brought my Godmother up on the train to celebrate my birthday. I rarely am truly surprised so it was a great gift!

  51. stacie d September 17, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    My husband planned a surprise birthday party at our house with all of my friends. It was quite a surprise to walk in the front door and see our house full of all my fave people! Love this birthday week on your site and Simple Stories is fab, too!

  52. Melanie Stanczyk September 17, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    I love the inspiration-Layle projects are awesome! The giveaway is pure eye candy sugar with a cherry on top! The colors are so cheerful. I have the perfect home for the collection! I have 3 children and have years and years and years of birthday pictures to scrap. Which, brings me to a thought…your happy birthday cuts would be a perfect match!

  53. Tricia September 17, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    I love everything about the set. The colors are so fantastic and the bike is adorable.

  54. Cindy B September 18, 2014 at 1:37 am

    My biggest birthday surprise was diamond earrings on my 50th (and also the day I retired!) from my sweet husband!

  55. Janet T September 18, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Great birthday celebration, love the kraft ideas!
    Not sure don’t get too many surprises on my birthday…although my 6 kids make it fun!
    ~God bless~

  56. Susan September 18, 2014 at 5:30 am

    Clever idea with the deer tag! Thanks for a chance to win this awesome prize!

  57. Ruth Tacoma September 18, 2014 at 5:44 am

    I just threw a 50th birthday party for my husband and invited 100 of our friends for a pig roast. We had a wonderful time & he was certainly surprised!

  58. Janet September 18, 2014 at 6:39 am

    My husband proposed to me on my birthday.

  59. Karen Walker September 18, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Simple Stories is one of my fave companies. Thanks for a chance to win. Layle’s reindeer tag is simply wonderful!

  60. Marcia Dehn-Nix September 18, 2014 at 7:33 am

    LOVE these, especially that stag’s head tag! Biggest surprise… hubby actually remembered my birthday and bought me a gift one year! I’ve become very good at buying my own gift ;)

  61. Traci September 18, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Best birthday surprise ever was a new car on my 17th birthday!

  62. LisaM6 September 18, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Love the kraft tags. Washi tape and just a little to make them sparkle. :) Great ideas!

  63. Jennifer Greer September 18, 2014 at 9:57 am

    My biggest birthday surprise was a new car for my 40th birthday. Completely unexpected, but we certainly needed one.

  64. Amy O September 18, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    When I was sixteen my mom planned a surprise party for me. All my friends squeezed into our tiny bathroom. my mom asked me to go get her a tissue and boy was I surprised when I opened the door!

  65. Nancy Barnes September 18, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    My “boyfriend” at the time threw me a surprise birthday party! It was so sweet but I really thought we were going to a movie!!

  66. Nicole McNamara September 18, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    My biggest bithday surprise: for my 21st birthday my mother made me a simple scrapbook and just after that I found out I was pregnant with my first. Hence I now scrap her and the him that followed shortly after.

  67. Kathleen D September 18, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    “What the french toast!” You crack me up Kerri. Love, love, love that reindeer tag and love Simple Stories.

    My biggest surprise was at my 50th birthday when I got an iPad. Usually I’m the last one in my family to get the latest and greatest iAnything. So I was shocked when they gave me the most recent version.

  68. Melitta Ball September 18, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    The biggest birthday surprise I was able to pull off….told my husband that we needed to stop over at a friends house to drop something off…when we walked into the back yard all of his friends and family were there to surprise him! He had absolutely no idea, and the icing on the cake was that the children and I gifted him a set of golf clubs that he had been eyeing at the pro shop for years! He was still using the ones he had as a teenager and technology had come a long, long way! Kerri I have both a USA & Canadian address so I hope you would allow me to participate in your giveaway!
    Many Blessings,

  69. Alison September 18, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Prefect for catching up on my pocket scrapbooking and making birthday cards for my daughter’s friends.

  70. Jenn B. September 18, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    My biggest birthday surprise was a trip to Disney World. Thanks for the chance to win!

  71. Katie B. September 19, 2014 at 1:26 am

    Love the tinsel, christmas tree and doily wrapping! Forgot the question… Thanks for the giveaway! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  72. Karen Peterson September 19, 2014 at 4:18 am

    My husband threw me a 40th bday party!

  73. Celeste B September 19, 2014 at 5:08 am

    My biggest birthday surprise was a trip to Italy for 2.5 weeks for my 50th birthday.

  74. Jane Tiefenthaler September 19, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Love the packages.

  75. Ruth G September 19, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Wonderful tag! So awesome to have the reindeer’s head and I love the great layered parts of the tree tag! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring!

  76. Carolyn E September 19, 2014 at 9:34 am

    My biggest birthday surprise was many moons ago, my DH and I were out in the boat on my birthday. And he said he needed to go to the bathroom, so we were going to stop at his sister’s house…okay. As we were walking from the dock I noticed lots of familiar cars, he threw together a surprise party for me :) He’s done that many times over the years, and has always surprised me!

  77. Ruthie Lopez September 19, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Beautiful work!
    Thank you for the chance to win!!

  78. Margie Visnick September 19, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    My biggest birthday surprise was a pair of diamond earrings from my hubby!

  79. Alysia H September 19, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    My biggest birthday surprise was the year my parents bought gave me ruby and diamond necklace. ❤️

  80. Bethany September 19, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    My biggest birthday has to be for my 40th birthday when my cute husband surprised me with an awesome totally surprise party !! It was so fun and he totally got me !!

  81. Lindsay F September 19, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    I’m loving the reindeer tag!

  82. Kelly Humby-Tulk September 20, 2014 at 8:31 am

    My biggest surprise was recieving my cameo for my birthday last year!!

  83. Lynne Kramer September 20, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Love that tag! So cute!

  84. Lindsay September 20, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Sadly, I can’t think of a birthday surprise! Thanks for all the fun giveaways!

  85. Tami September 20, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Love these tag!

    My biggest birthday surprise or the biggest birthday surprise you’ve blogged? Hmmm…

    Yours, in giveaways, are probably the giveaways! They have been awesome! Thank you for sharing your birthday with us! : )

    Mine, on the other hand, is hard to pinpoint. I’ve had a lot, but one of the funniest is the year both my husband & my dad gave me a birthday cake! Neither of them ever do that, but the year each decided to, they both did! (communication…ha!) *Now, if I see my mom on my birthday, she’ll always make me one! ; )

  86. Erin S. September 20, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I love Simple Stories. can’t get enough of them!

  87. Erin S. September 20, 2014 at 9:49 am

    My biggest surprise was years ago on my fifth birthday. My dad was in the Air Force and had been up in Nome, AK for three weeks and wasn’t due home for another three. He switched with someone and drove 7 hours home to Anchorage in Feb. to be there for my birthday party. I had no idea he was going to be there.

  88. Samantha Clark September 20, 2014 at 10:28 am

    My biggest surprise was from my hubby. He got tickets to Michael Buble for us. He wrapped them in multiple boxes so there was no way I could guess beforehand.

  89. Cindy September 20, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Surprise spur of the moment trip for my birthday to NYC and spent my birthday on top of the Empire State building at midnight! Priceless.

  90. Laura BC September 20, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Love the colors!

  91. Sarita September 20, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    On my 21st birthday my parents gave me a surprise party.

  92. Linda September 20, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Great tag. Got me thinking of new ways to do this cutting machine stuff!

  93. Elisa December 6, 2015 at 1:47 am

    awesome giveaway

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