A Year of Favorite Photos

November 30th, 2015|layle koncar, projects|

I don’t even dare admit to how many photos I’ve taken this year. I can’t even believe how many more photos I take now that I always have a phone with me, which is really wonderful! But right now, the only one that gets to enjoy them…is me. And even then, I forget. It’s fun to see them again as I’m looking for ‘this’ or ‘that’ photo. Some I absolutely love and should print them out.

But scrapbooking for me anymore is just too time consuming. You’ve all heard my story there.

So what’s a girl to when she wants to share her favorite photos for the year?

Well, you just know I have to have an answer for you, yes?

Check out the project from Layle!
(And narrated by Layle, too. :) )

Do you take lots of photos on your smart phone?  I know I sure do.  The problem is that’s usually where they stay, on my phone!  As I was looking through my photos a few weeks ago, I realized it’s like a little chronological time capsule.  So I started thinking, wouldn’t it be fun to put together a ‘best of 2015’ project using some of my favorite photos from the this year?

So that’s just what I did!

finished - fronts

My first step was to go through the photos from this year on my phone.  As I found ones I liked, I added them to a 2015 folder.  Once I had the photos I knew I wanted to work with I gathered a few supplies and set out to put something together, assembly line style.


I decided on tags for the base of the project because they were small and easy to work with. I grabbed 2 sets of Kerri’s stamps – Tagged and Time Again – and I set to work.


Each tag was going to start with the same 2 stamps, so that made them easy to put together.  I first stamped the Today sentiment on each tag – that stamp would be perfect for adding a few details from each photo.  I then used the fun border stamp along the bottom with each tag; I stamped in gold to spice things up a bit :) After that I outlined each tag with a black pen and then wrapped a thin strip of washi tape around the front and back of the tag to add a pop of color, and then a 2nd, thicker coordinating strip of washi around the front.

ready for photos

From there I printed 2×2 photos from my Zink printer – they print out on sticker paper so it made it super easy to just peel off the backing and adhere to the tags.


After I added the photos to the front of each tag, I turned the tag over and added the date, a bit of journaling, and then stamped the month the photo was taken with the Time Again stamps.  Because the photos on my phone were date stamped, it made it super easy to ‘remember’ when each photo was taken!

finished - details

Although this was a really quick and easy project, I think it’s one of my favorites I’ve made in a long time.  It’s the perfect little project to capture our year in photos!  I think this is one of those projects I’ll be adding to my ‘to do’ list every year :)

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Can you say wow?

I think the whole key to this project was keeping it all consistent, yet unique, and the whole assembly-line concept. It allows for individuality, but keeping it streamlined to make it quick.

Love this idea!

And love the use of the stamps on the tags too!

What a great idea! And what a fun gift idea for parents and grandparents too!

Fabulous, Miss Layle!

And don’t forget, today’s the last day of the biggest sale of the year!


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Black Friday Sale!

November 27th, 2015|everyday life|


(Excludes the latest Tagged stamps and Said+Done class.)


Did you have a grand holiday?

Are you stuffed?

Got your ‘Thanksgiving pants’ on still?
(Friends reference…just fyi.)

Seems like it takes a couple days to recover, doesn’t it?

Well, we can help ya with shopping comfortably with our big holiday sale here at KBS!
I’m all about staying comfy, ya know.

 This is our biggest sale of the year and the
first time stamps have ever been 20% off!

So don’t delay.

Get the stamps before they are sold out and you’re out of luck. :)

Much To Be Thankful For

November 26th, 2015|everyday life, freebies|


There are so many things to be thankful for.

First and foremost, I’m thankful for my amazing family.

I’m thankful for the simple things, like a roof over my head, hearing my kids laugh and making caramel french toast each night before a holiday.

I’m also so thankful for all of you and the light you have brought into my life.

I’m thankful for modern-day technology that allows us to all be friends–all over the world.

Have a wonderful day with your loved ones, whether it’s a holiday or not.

Get stuffed.

And Happy Thanksgiving!

( P.S. If you’d like to download this image as a free PNG, click HERE. )

Behind The Scenes

November 25th, 2015|everyday life|

My husband. He’s a pretty talented guy. He’s done some amazing work over the years. You may remember when he worked with a bunch of guys to build’ Jerusalem. And then there was the time he worked on a cemetery for Evermore. This is from 2013. I didn’t realize until just now that I never posted the 2014 ones. What?

He’s quite skilled. He’s even been to Italy to learn some of the old Venetian plaster ways.

Earlier this year he was asked to work on the television series set for the brand new ABC drama, Blood and Oil, starring Don Johnson. Have you watched it? Have you loved the loft and the mansion, just to name a couple sets? You can thank Dan (and others) for that. ;) He actually pretty much worked on all the sets.



Last week Dan took me up to the studio to see the sets live. It wasn’t all that bright without the set lights–not to mention that we weren’t suppose to take photos, so I thought I’d share a couple screenshots from the episode replays on the ABC site so that you could see just how lovely it is!

lot of hours and hard work went into those sets. He did an amazing job! It was cool to see in person because he was able to share so much in-depth ‘behind the scenes’ information about what went into the sets. I’ve had a little experience with cameras, lighting and sets, having been ‘behind the scenes’ with Lisa Bearnson on QVC and HSN. But it was amazing to see a television set with that much grandeur. Do you see just how high those walls are??? I have to say–and I’m not just being partial to the artist–but those sets were beautiful. So grand.

So if you need some faux brick, a fireplace, or some gorgeous Venetian plastered walls…I know a guy.

His next project is to build me my own little Hogwarts.

And if you want to see more, go out to the Blood and Oil site and watch any episode, except the pilot (and maybe the one after?). He didn’t work on that. ;)


November 24th, 2015|laura vegas, pages|

This time of year brings on a lot of photo taking, especially family photos and relationships all around.

That’s why I…ehem…adore this page. I love how Laura has taken several photos of her daughters together. Sisters being sisters and all.  It catches just so much love between them. And they grow up so fast. You want to capture those moments of their interaction…and she just did it so well here! Love the combination of colors…especially the pale pink hearts!

But it’s their faces…they are just the best!


[ DesignsPicture That [Go Long] / Something To Say (adore), Hearts Backgrounds ]



Here’s what Laura has to say:

Back when my oldest daughter Alyssa was a senior in high school (a year and a half ago, but it seems forever ago), I had taken her out to the almond orchards by our house to try and get some senior pictures of her. I took Sarah along with us, with the hopes that she could help get some natural smiles out of her sister. That didn’t work. But I did manage to get some photos of them, together in their element – being weird and goofy!

I arranged a handful of these silly photos in a collage, using Kerri’s Picture That [Go Long] storyboard templates. I knew I wanted to use a large, brush script word for my title, and came across “adore” in the Something To Say kit. I thought it would be fun to combine it with tiny alpha stickers to read “it’s your weirdness that I adore”. I cut the title from both patterned paper and brown cardstock, and layered them slightly offset from each other to give a shadowed look. I also used the Hearts Background kit to add the heart background cut from a subtle pink patterned paper to add in the center of the page

It Bears Repeating

November 22nd, 2015|freebies|


They are quotes for a reason.

They make us laugh.

They make us ponder.

They resonate with our lives.

They give us motivation.

People say some pretty amazing things.

And they bear repeating.

I guess that’s why they become a quote.

I’ve kind of had an unusual past couple weeks.
Dealing with a few kinds of things on the business side of life that I don’t normally deal with.

To be honest, it’s been a little unnerving.

It makes me ask why _____.

I know that’s all a little vague, but when I saw this quote from Gordon B. Hinckley,
one that I’ve seen many times….

I knew it was worth repeating. 

It resonated with me.

No matter what negative outside influences are a part of my life, I can always choose to see the positive. I can have a twinkle in my eye.

I decided to quickly whip it up into a printable that you could use as a bookmark, or put in your planner, or print it big size to have as a constant reminder.

And as I was working on it, I listened to some Michael Giacchino for a while. And gosh darn it, if that didn’t just make me all kinds of happy. Kind of got me out of my funk that I’d been in due to some of that ‘kind of thing’ that I’d had to deal with.

Quotes and music…especially someone like Michael Giacchino.

good stuff.

Have a beautiful Sunday everyone.

And here’s to having a twinkle in your eye and a smile on your face.

Let’s love life.

And let’s love one another too while we’re at it. :)


To download this freebie, click HERE.

Don’t Just Count-Write Your Blessings

November 20th, 2015|crafts|





The countdown is on, my friends!

Are you looking for a little something to help your family or guests count their blessings?

Well Miss Maggie is here to help you with that!


[ Designs | Digital Stamps: Thankful ]

This idea is so amazing! And I love that she didn’t use the conventional ‘thanksgiving’ colors.
It’s bright and cheery and just plain happy.

Here’s what Maggie as to say:

Wow! Thanksgiving is already upon us! I’m so excited…it’s my very favorite holiday…and it’s the start of one of my favorite seasons.

Each year I try to do something a little different with my dinner guests…something we can do together to celebrate and to remember exactly what we are celebrating – all that we are thankful for. This Thanksgiving I’ve created a little “project” I’d like us all to do after we eat, while we wait for the pie and coffee…(mmmm, pie).

Each of my guests (including the littles) will be getting one of these cards…complete with a colorful pencil!

I used Kerri’s “THANKFUL” digital stamps to create these, and they came together pretty quickly! I LOVE that they come in both .png and .abr formats so I can manipulate the colors and sizes however I need to to fit my design.

After all of the cards are filled-out I will bind them with a book ring and they will go into my holiday binder. I love reading what everyone writes year after year…

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!


And now, a quick little shout out to this cute little stink who turns 21 today!
Happy birthday Jordan!

When your kids are little, you never really know how they will turn out.
It’s been quite a lovely surprise.

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International Shipping…Let's Get This Show On The Road!

November 18th, 2015|stamps|

Alrighty folks. It’s been a long time coming.

But here’s a rather large announcement for y’all!

international-shipping-webI’ve been holding off doing this until my new website is up and running,
but I just could wait no  longer.

I know, you’re thinkin’ the same thing, right? ;)

Due to the nature of things, right now I only have this available for these few countries.


Please bear with me as I am venturing into this…if you’ll excuse the phrase…uncharted territory.

I’m hoping that all is well when it comes to the shipping part.
On one little test that I could do, it seems like all should be well.

Right now it’s a flat rate contingent upon how many you order.
I checked shipping rates with the US Postal Service to find a balance.

I’m hoping that in my new store there can be real-time shipping costs calculated,
but we’ll have to cross that road when we get to it. :)

So many of you outside the US have been asking for the stamps.

I’m so excited to finally bring them to you!
(If all goes well in the store, that is. ;) )

Take Time To Stop and Smell the Embossing Powder

November 17th, 2015|cards|

I’ve been in the middle of a big project. It’s exciting. It’s nothing ‘creative’ in the ‘buy me’ sense, but it’s huge and thrilling, nonetheless.

Yesterday I decided that I needed to stop what I was doing and create something. I was having too many choices thrown at me and the decision making was overwhelming.

I decided I needed to do something simply.

I had purchased these tags from Thatch and Thistle on Etsy and they were screaming at me to make some Christmas tags!


With the help of some KBS stamp combos and some American Crafts embossing powder, I made these up in no time!


For the first tag, I used the bottom of the 25/Christmas stamp and combined it with the tree–both from Twinkle. Loved the simplicity of how it came together. And how perfect does HO HO HO (Believe) and Be Merry (Holiday Magic) go together? Then I took a bigger star from Wanderlust and combined with with Twinkle.


simplistic perfection.

Now back to the big task at hand…

Can someone else come make some decisions for me? ;)

Got Holiday Photos? + Another Giveaway!

November 14th, 2015|pages|


This Bella Blvd and KBS team up shebang has been so amazing so far, right? I am loving all the major inspiration going on at both blogs. Incredible. Just incredible.

On top of all that, I can’t believe it’s the 12th of November already! We’re almost half-way done…and just two more weeks until Thanksgiving.

Say what?

Christmas is coming folks.

What are you going to do with all those photos, eh?

Welllllll, I think we got something here that might help with that from the darling Miss Nichol!


[ DesignsClick (filmstrips + click) / Seasonably Said (christmas) / Attach It (tag).  Stamps | Twinkle ]

Can you say, freakin’ adorable?!
Love the filmstrips with all the photos and accents.

Here’s what Nichol has to say:

One of my favorite ways to showcase older, less-than-perfect photos is to frame them up and add clusters of simple embellishments to showcase the story. The filmstrips from the Click Kit are some of my all-time favorite shapes and make creating an eye-cathing layout both quick and easy! Don’t feel like you have to include photos in all the openings. I filled the empty spaces with Christmas-themed patterned papers and embellished those frames for a fun and festive holiday layout!

Yup. Great way to showcase those older less-than-perfect photos!

And the winners of the download/class gift cards are…

Michelle Pastoor
Karen Snyder
Rhonda Steed

Congratulations ladies! I’ve emailed you, so keep an eye out for it.

And now, it’s a great day for another giveaway!

This time it’s a ‘social media’ giveaway!
So head on over to Instagram and Facebook to enter to win one of these cuties!
Anyone…anywhere…can win!

giveaway stamp fall

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