The New York Double-Take

September 28th, 2015|travel|

As you may (or may not) know, I’m in NYC right now with Kass for a little grad trip. I’ve taken photos a-plenty, and if you’ve been following me on social media, you will have seen them, including this one I took yesterday and posted while eating our delicious pizza at Julianna’s in Brooklyn:



Within about 10 minutes, Zach tags me in NatGeoTravel’s photo that appeared in his Instagram feed right after my photo.




Seriously!  What are the odds?!!!

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Fall Flash Sale – Thursday and Friday ONLY

September 24th, 2015|everyday life|

You know what happens when the stars align, fall starts
and I feel like I’m neglecting my blog and store?

You get this!


[ Excludes physical stamps, gift cards and the newest classes Said+Done and Designer Edition. No code needed. Prices reflected in store. ]

Now is the time to stock up on some goodies, especially some fall goodies.
Check out some previous Halloween-style posts HERE for some fun ideas!

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London, Baby!

September 23rd, 2015|layle koncar, pages|

There seems to be a travel theme going on here this week. No, I’m not gong to London. (I soooo wish I was!) And I have to say, any time I hear London, it needs to be said in the Joey from Friends way, when he says London, baby!

And I have to say, this page from Layle? Love it, baby!

Here’s Layle to tell you all about it.

Back in May my husband and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary.  I had to go to London for work during that time – or should I say I had the opportunity to go?!  – so we decided to combine work with pleasure and my husband came along.  We spent a good portion of the time in London, and then did some additional sightseeing outside of the city and Wales as well.

When I saw that Kerri had started doing a few popular cities in city stack cut files, I begged her to do one for London for me & being the sweetheart that we all know she is, she did!


I kept this layout super simple so the focus would be on the photos.  I’m a single photo scrapper 99% of the time.  To combat that, I scrap some weeks with pocket pages, Project Life style, so I can include more photos.  In this case, I knew I wanted to do a 12×12 page about our trip vs a pocket page spread so I used this handy dandy little book from Simple Stories called a Photo Booklet in order to include lots of photos.  When I normally use them, I insert them in 4×6 pockets in pocket pages, but I thought it would be fun to use one on a layout.  This puppy allowed me to include a whopping 8 3.5×5 photos on this layout!


Not only did it let me include lots of photos, but I included two more cut files in the insides of the Photo Booklet because I always say, the more of Kerri’s cut files, the better :)

I like you a lot
love you this much

[ Designs | City Stack: London / Just My Type (like you a lot + love you this much.
Stamps | Time Again (twentyfifteen + may) ]

This page just totally rocks in every way. But my favorite is the tiniest of detail, and that is the little twentyfifteen stamp under the word London. You know I love adding words as design elements, and it’s these itty bitty dtails that just take the page to that next level. And all those photos while keeping it clean. mmmm…

Love it Layle! Now, next time take me to London when you have to work. ;)

I'm back…kind of.

September 22nd, 2015|travel|

Wow. Our little family just had an amazing trip to Chicago this past week. Ate great food. Saw many a-fabulous thing. Walked 35 miles (say what?). Lots of laughs. Lots of tired. Just wanna hang out in bed all day…but that could be in part due to the fact that I started coming down with some kind of cold our last night there. Maybe I shouldn’t have been walking in the rain–or maybe I should have at least brought my umbrella.

Woke up this morning and enjoyed a nice simple bowl of Rice Chex. Funny how that can taste so good. But I do have to admit, eating out here is going to be the pits in comparison to all the great places we ate at in Chicago. I think our trip was half photographic and half eating.

I will share all the details of our trip soon, but I actually have to gear up for trip #2 on Friday with my daughter. She and I are headed to NYC for more photographing and eating. ;)

I know what you’re thinking, ‘What the heck are you doing planning two trips like that together??’ 

Yeah. Me too.

Well, Kass and I planned a trip for her graduation from college during a Southwest sale. Like a week later, there was another sale.

Our wanderlusting-daydreaming family should never be allowed to sit around and talk when there’s an airline sale going on because before we knew it, kids were volunteering to pay for their own tickets. And with the prodding of Dan–who never wants to spend money–we were buying tickets to Chicago. Since they all wanted to see a Cubs game, it happened to be right before our NYC trip.

So, I have three days to get my feet to unswell, laundry done, caught up on work and ship stamps, and hopefully kick this cold that’s coming.

So on that note, I’ll leave you with three little words that have been a part of my life for several years, and now it’s a family phrase.

We love Chicago.

park and water tower web


Send A Card To Brighten The Day

September 11th, 2015|cards, laura vegas|

In this world of ever-increasing technology, the art of sending letters seems to have gotten lost. That being said, I’ve seen a resurgence of people sending pretty cards and letters and pocket letters.

How delightful!

So the next time you need to tell someone something–whether they live ’round the corner or ’round the world, try sending them something that will brighten their day, like these lovely cards that Miss Laura has made!


Take it away Laura!

I recently cleaned out a bunch of my handmade cards, and randomly sent a bunch of them off to friends and family. No sense in keeping them tucked away in a drawer, right? While going through my stash of cards, I came across one that I had created over 7 years ago (I searched the card out on my blog to verify that) and decided to use it as inspiration for a few new cards.


I sized the circle border to fit the length of my card (these cards are 4″ x 9.25″) and cut it from two colors of cardstock. I debated between several of Kerri’s flower shapes, but finally settled on the funky flower from the Hello There class freebies (all of the freebies that come with the classes are reason enough to take them!) and cut several flowers for each card, all the same size. To create my circles, I used one of the backings to an arrow cut file in the Need Directions kit.




I had fun digging out some supplies that I haven’t used in a while, like the paper flowers, puffy paint and Stickles, and my embossing folders (I do actually use those quite often). Since I embossed my cardstock circles, I couldn’t stamp my sentiment, which was my plan all along. So I simple stamped my sentiment onto plain white cardstock, and fussy cut each out before adhering to my cards.


[ DesignsNeed Directions (circles) / Best Thing Ever (circle border) / Hello There: Class Freebies (funky flower). StampsFor You (thank you) ]

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New Class: Said+Done

September 9th, 2015|classes|


I can’t tell you just how excited I am to bring you the brand new class, Said+Done. I’ve had this on my ‘to-do’ list for quite some time and many of you have requested it as well. And now…it’s here.

Words are my life.

There’s nothing I love more on a page than words or numbers. They provide the perfect accent, plus, most of the time they are informative while looking lovely sitting there with your photos. I’m constantly listening for nice words or phrases. That part of my brain never seems to shut off.

I love finding nice fonts.

I love clean typography.

I love great words+phrases.

Put them all together? It makes for one awesome class.

And the beauty of this class is that you DO NOT NEED A CUTTER to take the class.

So you know what that means?

No matter who you are or what you use, you can use the FREE Silhouette Studio software and make ten amazing prints in this class!

This is the first of its kind here, folks. It’s all about taking advantage of the power of Studio and using it to create beautiful typographic designs to print big or small or anything in between.

While it’s designed with ‘Intermediates’ in mind, if you’ve never used Studio, you will still be able to follow along. Not to mention, this will be your chance to see if Studio and the Silhouette is right for you. Because for me, Silhouette + Studio = Complete Freedom.

This class will also have tips and tricks a-plenty! You can’t believe what you can make with free fonts. And I share a boat load of my favorite fresh fonts as well.

When all is Said+Done, you’ll not only be walking away with ten beautiful prints, but you’ll have the skills and the know-how to craft your way with your own creative phrases. You’ll be the talk of the town for sure!

Registration is open now and class starts October 19.
Save 20% off the class if you enroll by the class start date.

Plus, if you enroll by Sunday, September 13, you’ll get the ‘not-released-yet’, brand new Thankful digital brush+stamp set. You can’t even see them all yet since they haven’t been released yet, but here’s a peek. However, if you sign up for the class, the whole 18 brush + digital stamp is yours (a $4.50 value)…and you get it before everyone else on October 1. :)

I can’t tell you how excited I am to share all these type of ideas. (You know it had to be said, right?) Seriously though, my daughter can tell you that I’ve just been bouncing off the walls with the excitement about this class.

It’s gonna be just the type of class you’re looking for. ;)


September 1? Must Mean New Stamps Are About!

September 1st, 2015|stamps|

I can hardly believe we’re in September now.
Summer seriously flew by. I think I missed it.

But with each shiny new month, comes fabulous new stamps.

And here they are!

stamps-decisions-decisions-ex    ashland-ex

Decisions Decisions and Ashland
are available for PRE-ORDER now!

(shipping begins mid-September)

But also, I think I’m starting a new trend here today because I’m feeling saucy.
The first two days of a stamp’s release…they’ll be on sale for 10% off.

So now is a great time to pick them up.
And be sure to watch the first of every month for the next stamp set!

And I just couldn’t help myself.
How awesome does the Ashland stamp work with the Kramer stamp set??


I obviously have travel on the brain. ;)

And then a few of those Decisions stamps will look really cool on a 1 3/8″ x 2 3/4″ tags!


There is much fun to be had with these beauties!