All About Family

August 31st, 2015|laura vegas, pages|

I think that there were probably a few of you that may have had a family reunion this summer, right? Did you take a ton of photos? It’s always especially fun when you get the cousins together and take a photo from year to year and see how much they grow and change. I’m constantly amazed every year at all the littles that just grow and grow.

Our Miss Laura had a recent family gathering.

Cousins picture?



[ Designs | Background Basics #3 (plus sign background) / All In The Family (cousins) / Giving Thanks (grateful) / Weathered Door Alpha (#4) / Banners ]

Sooooo love!

Of course I’m doting on that white one white background!

And that big ‘cousins’ title? Fab.

Here’s a bit from Laura:

The two things that I love to use my Silhouette for the most are die cutting backgrounds and titles. And Kerri comes up with such amazing designs in both of those areas. I’ve been slightly addicted to the same circle die cut background for the last year or so, so I was excited to play with some of the backgrounds in the new Background Basics #3 kit. I choose the plus sign background for this layout, documenting a favorite photo of my girls and their two cousins.

For my title, I wanted to go with a longer title, arranging it both above and below my photo. I love mixing and matching words and/or phrases from different kits, cutting each word and/or phrase from different patterned papers and cardstock. The Weathered Door Alpha kit is one that I turn to whenever I can’t find exactly the word I’m looking for. Or in this case, the number I was looking for.

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Friday Freebie | The Unexpected Moment

August 28th, 2015|freebies|

I think that one of my most favorite things is an unexpected moment.

Something that surprises you.

Something that makes you happy.

Something that makes you go wow.

And that’s why this needed to be done.

It’s just a plain black-text PNG file that you can take into Photoshop,
change the color, and print as needed.
(For a video on how to do this, click HERE.)



This is the last Friday Freebie for the summer.

Can you believe it’s over???

And speaking of things being ‘over’, there’s only a couple more days
to sign up for The History Project before registration is ‘over’.


Plan, Plan, Plan!

August 27th, 2015|layle koncar, planners|

It seems like everywhere you turn, there is some sort of awesomeness in the Planner world. I guess everyone wants to get organized in creative fashion, eh?

Well, speaking of creative fashion and awesomeness, here’s some great planner ideas from our Miss Layle. It is truly fabulous.

Take it away Layle!

Back in June I used the Travelers Notebook Dividers in this post to customize my Travelers Notebook and loved them so much that I wanted to create custom dividers for my Simple Stories 6×8 Life Documented Planner that I use for work.

I used the 6×8 Dividers cut file to create 4 dividers with side tabs for my planner.  One of the cool details that Kerri has thought of is that there are different configurations of tabs – top & side – as well as different tab spacing to accommodate the number of tabs that you want – between 2 and 5 tabs.  With each divider, I adhered to dividers together back to back to make them more sturdy.

6x8 Dividers 1

On this 1st divider I printed the ‘you got this’ on the cardstock first using the You Got This PNG file, then cut the divider.  I then decorated the back of the divider because the back sides deserve to be cute too, right?!

6x8 Dividers 2

On my 2nd divider I cut the words from the Oh What Fun cut file, adhered them to the divider and then added a few stickers to jazz it up.

6x8 Dividers 3

And the decorated back of the divider – 

6x8 Dividers 4

On the 3rd divider I sized this fun A OK card, printed, adhered to some white cardstock so it would pop, and then adhered to the divider with washi tape. 

6x8 Dividers 5

And the decorated back of the divider – 

6x8 Dividers 6

For the last divider, I used one of my all time favorite of Kerri’s cut files – Today is a Good Day. I cut it from American Crafts Gold POW! Glitter paper and then ran each word through My Xyron Sticker Maker.

6x8 Dividers 7a

It makes it so much quicker and easier to adhere to things when I do that!

6x8 Dividers 7

The dividers have tabs as part of the set, but rather than using the same pattern I cut the dividers from, I decided to create my own custom tabs.  After doing a quick Google search on how to do what I wanted in the Silhouette, I opened a new instance of the dividers, deleted the dividers so I just had the tabs, then added text to the tab shape, turned the text to white, turned the tab to black and then print & cut.  So easy, and so customizable!

6x8 Dividers 8

And there you have it – my own custom designers for my planner.  I just love that!!

Great news!  If you have an A5 Planner or a Personal Planner, you can create your own dividers as well using these two kits here and here

Thanks Kerri for providing awesome cut files for us planner girls! :)

The History Project Starts Today

August 24th, 2015|classes, everyday life|


If this was a family history photo in your world, what would you want to know about it? What would you want to know about this young newlywed  couple? Don’t leave your family wanting to know more about you.

The History Project can help with that.

Don’t miss a wonderful opportunity to get your youthful stories written.

This class not only helps you recall memories, but there are many writing tips and exercises we go through. I am not an English major, but there are ways of sharing a story that help your reader be a part of your experience. Here’s a ‘creative’ excerpt from my journal:

It’s evening time. I decide to go for a walk along the back path to see what my mom is doing, check on grandpa, or just take a nice evening walk in the cool breeze to see another amazing Idaho sunset. They really are amazing sunsets, bursting in color of deep rich oranges and reds as it fades into soft pinks and purples over the crop fields. In the distance I can hear the peacocks calling out from Uncle Gene’s farm . . . a half mile away. They always sound like they are crying ‘heeelllp’! Sometimes it can be eerie if you don’t know what you’re listening to.

I look down the long, simple dirt rows of the garden, seeing them shadowed by the towering pine trees–otherwise known as the windbreaks. In some places you can even see the orange sky and setting sun peeking through the oak leaves in the far windbreak, casting dancing little bits of light across the garden as the leaves move gently in the breeze.

I begin walking down the row, perhaps to eat a luscious white raspberry. My favorite. Or to help pick some red raspberries wearing a paint-style can tied around my waist with a rope. You should really only pick raspberries when it’s cool so they don’t fall apart because they are warm when you pull them off the vine.

I can hear the soft gentle sound of the owl. Where is it coming from?  I look around. I hear a rustling in one of the nearby pine trees and look just in time to see it majestically take off to another tree–its large wings taking flight, gently gliding up and down as it heads to his new location…to spot dinner, I imagine. I stop just for that moment so as not to spook the owl, standing still as I watch it fly by.

It seems like we can never find it in the tree in which it lands. Or if we do, then it won’t stay there long. I want to observe it–to see what it does. But I get the feeling it is observing me instead.

Class begins now.

Start writing your stories…now.

On another note, as I was preparing for the History Project last night, I turned on The Da Vinci Code to listen as I worked. (I was in a Tom Hanks / Hans Zimmer kind of mood.) But I was amazed at his opening words. He said:

“A picture says a thousand words, but which words? … Understanding our past determines actively the ability to understand the present. … How do we write our own histories, personally or culturally, and thereby define ourselves?”

Wow. Those were words I needed to hear. Words we all need to hear. We need to write our stories…our histories.

We are important.

The stories–and who we are–should be remembered.
They need to be remembered.

There’s no time like the present to write about the past.

P.S. That’s my great uncle and aunt on Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia in 1943. He built that ‘tube’ radio for her. Apparently, the first of its kind. 

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Friday Freebie | Naturally

August 21st, 2015|freebies|

I’ve had this word in my head. I don’t know if it’s because of the time of year
or the sarcastic life I lead, but it was screaming to be done.

Use it on an outdoors page, for a meal of fresh produce, or when you’re just feeling cheeky.



Speaking of fresh produce…I had to put it to use on this photo. :)

And don’t forget…The History Project starts Monday!


The History Project Is Almost Here!

August 18th, 2015|classes|

Meet my great grandpa.

Aug. 1945 William Rudolph Gierisch at Redfish Lake, Idaho.

Isn’t he just the cutest?

Wouldn’t you love to know more about him?

The picture probably lends itself to be asked…

Did he love fishing?

Was he a happy soul?

Did he love the outdoors? 

The answers?


But what about the rest of his story?

What did he do daily?

What was life like in 1920?

I can tell you right now, I know those answers because he kept a record. Tiny little brown journals where he recorded the weather and little lines of what he did each day as a farmer in Idaho.

When we came across those journals, it was truly like finding a pot of gold.

I can tell you, without out a doubt, that your life is interesting.
Your life is gold.
Your posterity will want to know all your stories growing up.

You may think you’ve forgotten,
but The History Project can help you recall and write those memories.

Your story is important.

Your story is you.

There’s no time like the present to write about the past.

Class starts August 24 and enrollment ends August 31.

What are you waiting for?

The time is now.

Don’t leave this life with your family yearning to want to know more about you like I do about my mom. Because when you’re gone, your stories are gone too because you didn’t write them down.

What an amazing gift–and Christmas gift–this would be.

Friday Freebie | Love Is Why We Are Here

August 14th, 2015|freebies|

I saw this written somewhere and thought this was quite appropriate for the week.


I just want to say thank you to everyone for all your wonderful support this week! You are truly amazing! I also thought I’d just clarify that business is doing very well in all aspects–stamps, classes, everything. It was just one of those other Avenues in Business City that was being ventured down and it apparently got shut down due to circumstances beyond one’s control.

So no need to worry, I’m not going anywhere.

And can you believe the time is almost here!
The Designer Edition class starts Monday.
You have until then to save $5.


And as with all KBS classes, freebies are involved.
Here’s a sneak peak at one of them.
Welcome to the cosmos.

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Struggles + Sweetness + Amsterdam

August 12th, 2015|everyday life|

For the past week I’ve been having some struggles on the business side of life. Something that is out of my control. It’s something that’s been eating at me, but last night I think it finally got to me. I went to bed feeling so much anger + frustration and then of course woke up with the same anger + frustration. These kinds of feelings are not normal for me. I’m usually a very easy-going, go-with-the-flow kind of gal. I usually have the attitude of ‘it is what it is’ as well as ‘there’s a reason for everything.’

But I think it all came to a head and I just couldn’t take it anymore.
Lots of ‘whys’ and ‘I just don’t get its.’

It was my own little contained moment of anger in the darkness of my room and the comfort of my bed, but not the best medicine for trying to get to sleep. Finally I had to turn on Netflix on my iPhone to take my mind off my feelings.

This morning I still had those feelings, but not quite as strong.
Perhaps an anger hangover?

Then I received this sweet message from someone in my email when I opened my computer:

Kerri, I can’t wait for the newest DE class for Silhouette. I love love love your classes! So perfect for my style of learning. I appreciate your gift and I am so glad to learn from you. Besides, it’s coming at a time that I’ll need to be preoccupied – kids going back to school and off to college and all. I get a little ‘down’. So this class will perk me up and give me stuff to look forward to.

It was just what I needed. I get many sweet comments, but this was what I needed…right now…right this morning…when I needed it most. She thinks I’m helping her, but it’s actually she that helped me…in a way she’ll never truly know.

It touched me in a way that brought me back to reality and to know that there is no doubt that I love what I do and that it has purpose.

This is proof that we are all here for each other in this life. Whether it’s work or home, or family, friends or strangers, we can uplift one another in the smallest of ways and make the world–and each other’s lives–better.

Today’s challenge is to be positive. Give someone a compliment or some words of encouragement. Go with your feelings because more than likely, who you are thinking of is the one really needing it.

And now, because I don’t like having a post without a photo, and yesterday I was daydreaming about spending a month in Amsterdam or Paris or both and was actually looking at prices on Airbnb (is that avoidance?), here’s a picture of Amsterdam. A city I didn’t get to spend near enough time in. And this is a photo I took eight years ago and have hanging in my front room :)


Friday Freebie | Hello Little Tree

August 7th, 2015|everyday life, freebies|

This week is our girls camp where my besties, Kristy Banks and Lisa Bearnson head up to the mountains with our daughters and talk and play games and make stuff and just have a good ol’ time. And this year, we get to listen to this the whole day.


So is it any wonder why this needed to be the freebie for today?



And you know how I love to see what my little machine can do. One is just under a half inch and one is just over a quarter inch. Pretty sweet, right? Cut with American Crafts cardstock, of course


So yesterday I was off to the mountains and didn’t get the winners announced for the gift cards,
so today, we do it all!


The winners of a $25 KBS gift card are:

MELANIE A. – AUGUST 4, 2015 – 7:57 AM
SÍLVIA SILVA – AUGUST 4, 2015 – 10:42 AM
IRMA W. – AUGUST 4, 2015 – 1:13 PM

The winners of the stamp set of choice are:

US: MARLA LAGOSKI – AUGUST 5, 2015 – 11:15 AM
UK: GINA – AUGUST 6, 2015 – 2:24 PM

Congratulations! Email me at and we’ll get you all set!

And then I just want to say thanks for all the wonderful comments this week.
I loved sharing my little KBS birthday with you all!