Memorial Day 2-Day Sale

May 29th, 2016|everyday life|



Thought this would be a grand weekend for a bit of a sale!
(Excludes the Weekend Workshops.)

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Be sure to take a moment to remember those that aren’t with you anymore–for those that served and died protecting our country and for those others that were once a part of your everyday life. I don’t think we ever stop missing them.

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Silhouette + Minc = Gold Debossed

May 26th, 2016|tips and tricks|

I have been seeing so many gold embossed/debossed pretty things lately that I decided I needed make my own debossed card!


It’s super simple with a craft cutter, like Cricut or Silhouette and your Minc machine. I even did this without a light box. gasp.

You can probably do this with many designs, but you know I love me some polkadots, so that’s what I had to do. had.

Here’s how:

  1. Open a pattern or create your own.
  2. Once you have the pattern for print, fill it with black so you can print it for use with your Minc.
  3. Make a copy of the pattern, Offset it by a very small fraction and delete the original part you offsetted (yeah, it’s a word). You want it just enough bigger so that when you deboss it there is room for the cardstock to depress without taking the gold with it. You want the sides of the deboss to be the cardstock and not take part of your Minc’d image, if that makes sense. In this image you can see the blue dots are just slightly larger than the black.

    debossing silhouette screen
  4. Print + Minc the black. Cut the blue on your craft cutter. Trim as perfectly as possible.
  5. With washi tape handy, hold both pieces up to the light or a window so you can align them up. Once aligned, add washi to keep in place.


  6. Use an embossing tool to carefully depress the gold layer down into the cut layer. I rubbed on the gold and it didn’t come off. Also, I used to have a double-tipped embossing tool with a finer tip than the one I could find. I really wanted that finer tip to give the debossing a more polished look.

That’s it! Pretty cool, right?
I’m sure there are many fun designs to do this with!
Go give it a whirl!

Fab Font Friday | Aprillia Script

May 20th, 2016|fonts|

Ohhhh, who doesn’t love a good brush script font?! There are so many out there available…and for free too! And today, we’re talkin’ about Aprillia Script.

The great thing about some of these free fonts is that you can get the main alphabet for free. If you want the swirly twirlies, not only do you buy the whole font (which is usually pretty reasonable), more than likely you’ll need something like Adobe Illustrator to access the extra characters known as glyphs. So keep that in mind.

What I Like:

  • The thick and thin of it all!
  • The playful hand-written look, of course. ;)

Helpful Hints:

  • I’m not particularly a fan of doing a complete sentence in this font. I like mixing just a word or couple words to make the statement. But that’s just me.
  • Try changing the placement of certain letters vertically along the baseline and even changing the size of some of the letters. This is best done once you’ve changed the letters to a path–in Studio or Illustrator (or PS). Note the m’s. The first one has been increased in size a little and moved up the baseline. Not only does it mix up the look, but it allows the letters below to tuck up underneath even more. The ‘es’ in ‘vibes’ have been moved up as well. It just makes it all sit together nicely. I also moved the points of the left side of the left ‘m’ down a little just to add an extra difference to the letter.
  • Increase the size of the bottom word a little, if needed, to fill up more space. With a font like this it’s not so noticeable.
  • Increase the height a little to elongate the letters, if desired. I preferred a little taller look than the its original state.
  • Watch the space where you have an ‘r’. If you notice in the original sample, it doesn’t quite connect to the letter before it. You can move them closer together and Weld (or Merge in AI), and then fix your points to make it look smooth.
  • If you’re spacing is off between the two words you are using, try adding a shape, like an arrow or in this case, a sun. The sun is from the free font Suns and Stars. The left three rays have been removed, so to speak. Rather than flat out deleting them (once converted to a path), I changed them to No Color so that I would have the option of using the whole sun if I didn’t like how ‘eliminating’ the three rays looked.

So as you can see, if you take a little time to alter your letters, you can take your word from fine to that’s sooo much better. You can cut it or add it to a photo like this–and maybe add a little shadow to give dimension and make it pop.



Over Hill + Dale

May 19th, 2016|travel|

If you’ve been watching social media, you know that I took a little getaway to California to visit family over the past long weekend. I wanted to make it a goal to take more video and have some fun learning how to do all that–just using my iPhone. I also thought it would be fun to show the actual drive, for those that don’t live ’round these parts.

I didn’t realize just how much footage I took of driving down there…and actually wish I would have taken more! I wish I would have captured more of the towns we drive by because I actually think it’s pretty cool to document a road you travel often (in particular). I had just been commenting to my girls about how the freeway used to be a highway through some parts of the state. We used to drive through the town of Nephi on our way to or from St. George and we’d stop to get an ice cream cone with my grandparents. I remember sitting in the shade and eating the cone.

Things change. Places change. The simple life gets more complicated, yet streamlined. I miss the simple life.

I’m also always fascinated by the scenery. I’ve done my fair share of traveling–by road–all my life. I love it. I love seeing what this world has to offer. And I don’t get bored looking out the window either. I’m completely content poring over all the hills and dales of the country. My mom used to even have us count the waterfalls when we’d travel from the west side of Oregon over to visit cousins on the east side (or on to Idaho to see the grandparents).

Good times.

So here is my first video masterpiece (ha ha). It’s my very first attempt using iMovie on my iPhone. It actually works pretty easily! If you haven’t given it a try…do! You could take video of anything. Then just start pushing buttons in the program and you can figure it out pretty easily. :)

I do want to try something more advanced sometime….baby steps though, right?

Oh, and you’ll have to forgive the increasing amount of bug splats on the windshield. It is our actual view. ;) Any guesses as to what song we’re listening to during the ‘head banging’ segment? It’s kind of hard to record and hold the phone at the same time (ha ha). And if you’re wondering what the big tall ‘post’ thing is in there, it’s a giant thermometer in Baker, California. We always guess what the temp will be. 

New Weekend Workshop: Getaway!

May 11th, 2016|classes|

Little weekend getaways are the best, aren’t they? A few days to help you rejuvenate and be ready to tackle the week ahead. We all need them once in a while, yes? And we need to be able to document them, yes?

Well, this Weekend Workshop is perfect for just such an occasion!


A simple little 4×6 book to make before you go or after you come back. It’s perfect for sliding into your traveler’s notebook too!

In the KBS Weekend Workshops, it’s all about increasing your MAD (make, alter, design) skills using Silhouette Studio as your creative base. Don’t have a Silhouette? No worries. You can still use this free program to create all your designs and print them out. Almost all images are cuttable by hand (there will be a couple exceptions).

Additionally, all images come in DXF, SVG, PDF and PNG so that you can print what you need to make the project. And if you’re using a Cricut? Learn how to design using Studio, then use the provided SVG file to cut anything that you’d need a cutter for.

The image above shows just a sampling of all the awesome freebies you’ll get in class to make this great project! And even better, you don’t have to use this for a weekend getaway. There are so many great pieces that you can use it for a plethora of projects.

So don’t wait for a getaway…sign up for the workshop now so you’ll be ready! It’s better than doing the laundry. ;)

Not to mention you can save on the cost of the workshop if you sign up by the start date of Thursday, June 9.

Want more info…..


Happy Mother’s Day

May 8th, 2016|freebies|


It’s been 12 years since I lost my mom. She was only 65 at the time. So many times I think, ‘Gee, my mom would get a kick out of this.’

I always miss her. 

So on this, the day of celebrating mothers, be sure to give your mom or your kids–or the favorite women in your life–extra hugs and take a picture with them! I wish I had more pictures with my mom. Today is a perfect time to do it.

It’s your day to be pampered. Enjoy it!

And you can download this freebie to use as a last minute gift tag or 3×4 card.

Happy Mother’s Day everyone!




(i)NSD | Good Day Sunshine

May 7th, 2016|pages|

Ahhh…the big (inter) National Scrapbook Day has arrived! We’ve had an amazing week, yes? Got lots of ideas and designs and templates to get ya goin’ for today? I sure hope you’re ready for this day that celebrates the awesomeness of memory keeping!

Today we have one last page to showcase–to get those ideas spinning–from our friend from down under….Miss Emma!


[ Designs | Good Day Sunshine ]

Ohhhh, this girl is speakin’ my language! There’s nothing dreamier than white on white. Love how Emma popped the title up off the page too! It’s all just beautiful!

Let’s hear what Emma has to say about it:

My page is completely inspired by that gorgeous script title!  It’s 100% the inspiration for this page and I had to search through the photo’s to find just the right one to match.  This photo is on one of our walks with our dog, BJ, who is absolutely crazy for walks down at the football oval – he will run and run and run and then run some more, even if I stand still, he just runs around me in circles on the lead (like in this photo); crazy I tell you!

For this page I wanted a much softer look than the bright pink I went with before so I settled on mint with a light woodgrain pattern (both Heidi Swapp papers).  And although I’m a big fan of white on white, I added a few Color Shine splats in black to the background of my page so that the title would stand out more. I also added foam dots behind it so that it sits right off the page and I love the extra dimension they give the title; really helps it stand out (well I think so, haha).

I believe I need to scraplift this one Miss Emma! Thanks for coming to our neck of the woods to play this week!

And I also want to give a huge shout out to the KBS Creative Team. I am always in awe with everything they make and can never express enough how much I love them and their incredible talents. They are wonderful women that I have the privilege of calling friends.

Lucky, indeed.

Now just for fun, the handwritten words are on sale for one more day. :)

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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(i)NSD | Words of a Handwritten Nature

May 6th, 2016|pages|

What is it about handwritten words? Remember when it seemed that everyone wanted to get away from the hand drawn letters and use fonts? Now, it appears, we’re kickin’ it old school and reverting back to all things written by hand. What goes around, comes around, eh?

There are so many awesome styles out there right now too. I wish I could write like many that I see. But I believe it would require the ‘p’ word, and ‘practice’ apparently isn’t in my vocabulary. It was something I used to do as a teenager. I’d write all the time–just doodling around. And heck, at the risk of being modest (ha), my kids were quite impressed with my first grade writing skills. I really should find time to practice styles of handwriting other than the one I’ve had for 40+ years. ;) Get more ‘artsy’, if you will. Alas, for now, I will just look, admire and dream of a day….

But all this handwritten stuff is fun nonetheless and Laura has used one of the KBS handwritten kits fabulously on her page for our (inter) National Scrapbook week!

Check it out….


[ DesignsGrateful (forever), This+That: Family (always + star), Simplicities: Best Thing Ever (tab) ]

Oh my stars! (Sorry. Couldn’t resist. It is an accurate statement though.) Isn’t that just wonderful? Love the star background…and her color choices! And one of my favorite techniques is to mix handwritten and plain text together.

grand. just grand.

Here’s what Laura has to say about it all:

This past week, I had one of my favorite daycare dudes, Mateo, leave me as he moves on to preschool. He’s been with me since he was just 4 months old, and is now an awesome 4 1/2 year old. I made sure to get a good photo of him last week, as I was preparing an album full of photos for him to take with him on his last day. I loved seeing one of the first photos I took of him alongside the last photo I took of him, and knew that I needed to create a layout using both of them.

I wanted to create a white on white background for this layout, and knew I wanted to incorporate lots of stars. I used one of Kerri’s basic star cut files to fill an entire page of stars to cut from my white cardstock. I ended up cutting two full sheets of stars, and only had a few leftover. I adhered the stars in rows on another sheet of white cardstock, only adding the adhesive to the center of the stars so that they weren’t fully adhered to the page and had some dimension to them. Once I had all of the stars adhered, I spritzed the entire page with navy blue and green misting spray.

For my title, I settled on using the “forever” from the Grateful kit and “always” from the This+That: Family kit, adding in a few letter stickers to complete the title. I cut a few tabs from the Simplicities: Best Thing Ever kit to tuck under each photo, so that I could add the year and Mateo’s age to go along with the photos.

We love it Laura!

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Now with the way our week has been gong, any guesses as to what might be on sale today? :)

You guessed it!
(Or at least my ESP is indicating that you guessed it.)

You can save 30% on handwritten phrases today only!

And just for fun, here’s one of my favorite phrases from Seasonably Said that I was just gandering (yeah, it’s a word) at yesterday. It truly is a wonderful world.

(Cut in gold vinyl, adhered to a transparency and placed in a clear frame)

wonderful world

(i)NSD | Just Add Color + Class Sale!

May 5th, 2016|pages|

You all know I love white, right? It’s just the dreamiest of backgrounds. I’ve been a huge fan for years and years. I love how other colors pop when combined with white, not to mention just how much your photos really stand out when paired with white.

In today’s world, we have more options for adding color to play our whites. Stamps and super fun things like mists!

Check out what our Miss Maggie has been doing with her whites! And note the designs she used. It’s the same one Emma used yesterday. I love it when our creative peeps use the same design unbeknownst to the other. I love seeing the same design used in different ways.

Let’s have Maggie tell you all about it….

Hey all! Maggie here! Happy (Inter-)National Scrapbooking Day! I love this day…all the inspiration flying around out there on the web makes me just so happy!

Today I’m sharing a layout I created using a few of Kerri’s die cut & digital stamp files.


I started with the Office Tag files…first I brought the .png file into Silhouette Studio, enlarged the tags & used the Print & Cut feature to create my tags…I did the same with the Life Is But A Dream file. I outlined these cuts with some Distress Ink and used them as the background for my page.


Next I opened the Digital Fresh Air Stamps (again in Silhouette Studio) and enlarged the little twig/berry/leaf stamp and cut out a couple of those…a few spritzes of hot pink & yellow mist make these shapes just the perfect colors! 



A few more little embellishments help to finish out this project.


Thank you so much for taking a look! I hope you find yourself inspired to create something fun today!

Isn’t that just gorgeous? I love love love how she mixed the Life Is But A Dream and the Office Tag designs! I don’t know that I would have ever thought to use them as a background element. Leave it to Maggie to think of something ingenious like that. And her color additions? Divine.

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So speaking of that whole theory of ‘Just Add Color’. There is a KBS Silhouette class by that name that goes through so much in the coloring world of Silhouette Studio. It’s a wonderful class that teaches you some great color tricks and resources. Plus, you design three pages with all its elements. Sweet!

And lucky you, you can save 25% on all classes as part of our (inter) National Scrapbook week!

(Pocket Book Workshop excluded.)

So many different subjects. So much to learn. And it’s wonderful to have the power of creation in your hands, yes?

Check ’em out HERE!


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(i)NSD Week| Spring and Summer…Here We Come!

May 4th, 2016|pages|

After a week of gloomy, cold + rainy weather, yesterday’s taste of spring and hope of summer has swept me away. It swept me away high in the mountains with my husband at Strawberry Reservoir where he went fishing and I sat in my reclining camp chair…and didn’t do a darn thing, even though I’d brought work and even a book. I basked in the sunlight, feeling the warmth on my face. I listened to the sounds of the birds–particularly enjoying the Canadian geese and loons. The sound carries for long distances, so you could even hear the guys chatting in their pontoon boats clear out on the lake.

It was glorious. Just what I needed.

And when I came home, I’d noticed the first iris of my big iris plants had opened and displayed its beautiful state.

strawberry and iris web
After all that, I had a church planning meeting where everything came together so wonderfully–and quickly. I walked out after and noticed the most glorious evening. Came home and couldn’t stand the thought of being inside, so I grabbed the dog and went outside with him and took him for a walk.

To say yesterday was rejuvenating is an understatement. I needed it.

outdoors. i need more of it.

And it’s making me hungry for consistent weather terribly. I’m not a ‘hot’ weather person, so I’m not looking for anything in the 80s. 70s would be perfect, thank you.


So today, we are celebrating the possibilities of the beautiful weather to come, by saving 30% on spring + summer designs!

Prices are marked, so take a gander through the store and see if there’s something you need to help you get ready for that lovely weather too!

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And now in all things good and fabulous in the world of (inter) National Scrapbook Day, we have a happy springy page from our Aussie guest, Emma Wood!



[ Designs | Fresh Air Digital Stamps (funky branch) / Modern Nature (circle funky branch) / This+That: Summertime (flowers).

I love the color combination here. That bright pink–which normally isn’t my color–has just been…wellllll…tickling me pink of late! And I love how it pops on the white background. The page is just pure happiness!

Here’s what Emma has to say:

I’m on a real flower kick at the moment – I want to put them everywhere!  And the weird thing is, it’s not even Spring over here (in Australia) which is what you might think kick starts the flower craze!  And if you know me at all, you’ll know I’ve got a thing for pink, black, yellow and whites.  So I went with 3 our of my 4 faves for this one!

I went through and found a few favourite flower/leaf type die-cuts and cut away on the Cameo like a mad woman.  I can honestly say I have at least 10 times as many spares (of each!) left over as I do one this page.  Completely smitten by them all and plan on using them over and over.  I created a bit of dimension by adding layers to each flower and adding a brad to the centre of a few flowers. A brad?! I know right!  I honestly couldn’t tell you how old they are, been in the stash for a while..


I am so with you on cutting out multiples Emma! If I need ‘one’ of something that I love or is a staple, I might as well cut more and have a stash. Best tip out there!

Thanks so much for playing with us!

We will actually be seeing a little more from this darling girl and her amazing talents later in the week too. Yahoo!

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