The 1-Hour Gratitude Journal (x6)

November 11th, 2014|diy|

My time has been extremely limited over the past couple weeks–well, the past month, including a trip to DC. Not only have I been preparing for the new workshop, I have two callings in church  that have kept me hopping these past couple months–the biggest one being our ‘Super Saturday’ in which we do several crafts all day. Whew. That one is over at least.

But yesterday we had what’s called Activity Days. The other leader and I meet with the ten-year old girls and do different things. It’s kind of like scouts without the camps and obnoxious cheers.

I allotted myself  one hour to prepare a gratitude journal for six girls…since it’s November and all. I made the base and then gave them product to decorate it with. This is what I came up with. Remember, it needed to be fast and it was only the base so they could add their own embellishments and I worked with what I had on hand–which ranged from newer Simple Stories  + Bella Blvd (thanks Layle and Laura ;) ) to old QVC product…as in older than they were, as we discovered. ( ha ha! )


The girls really had fun with this activity. When we told them it was time to clean up and go, I heard lots of disappointment. So I guess that was good. :) The one girl that made the ultra thick one (pictured) ended up sitting on hers to make it a little flatter. That was kind of funny.

I’m glad it turned out well because when you only have an hour to pull it together? You never know what will come of that. :)

Here’s the nitty gritty on making them.

Supplies needed for 1 journal:
2  3×4 journaling cards from a 12×12 sheet of paper so it can be folded
1 coin envelope for them to glue where they want
1 tag
3 pieces copy paper, cut in half and then folded in half
postal paper, cut into 6 1/8 x 9″ pieces
1 letter cut for their initial
1 phrase of ‘i am grateful’ printed onto photo paper
1 long stapler or some other kind of binding device

  1. Cut two 3×4 cards, copy paper and postal paper, and fold them in half.
  2. Fold the tag about 1/3 and 2/3.
  3. Place the cards in at two pages in and the tag at four pages in. It just adds a little dimension to to the album.
  4. Staple four times along the fold for the binding.
  5. Cut their initials.
  6. Print ‘i am grateful’ onto some photo paper
  7. Gather whatever other supplies, including the coin envelope, for them to decorate with.


The Domino

October 3rd, 2014|diy, projects|


I have this thing with numbers. I love incorporating numbers in different ways and more importantly, making them have significance.

Several years ago I used a tiny domino in a frame sequence for my family. And it then translated to a diecut domino for the This+That: Love kit.

One thing my kids remember about their Grandma Maxwell, who passed away ten years ago, is playing dominos with her.

So is it any wonder that I would have a desire to make a large domino…one that represents the number of our family?

I also thought it would be a wonderful idea to do with our women’s group at church because really, it’s kind of an easy thing to do. And it’s not exactly something you see…except…well…now…you’ll probably see it in a few homes in our neighborhood. ;)

Wanna make one?  It’d make an awesome–and fairly inexpensive–Christmas gift. So unique and so fun. And you could make these as big or as small as you’d like. How awesome would this be on a big board and put in a game room? Or the family room?

Here’s how:



Gather your supplies: acrylic paint, sand paper, foam brush, narrow paint brush and wood. This particular piece of wood is 7″ wide, so you want to double the width and cut a board that’s 14″ long. If you have the ability to groove it in the center, do that. Home Depot can cut a piece of lumber into various widths, but they won’t groove the center. My niece has wood cutting tools, so she’s done this for me. Ain’t she awesome? :) Use the sand paper to smooth the edges and groove.



Using the foam brush, paint white over either the whole board or where you know there’ll be a dot, if you want to save paint. I kind of liked the idea of painting the whole board so that when you sand it, white or wood may appear. I like layers. :) Let this dry before moving on.




Cut THIS template the same width as your wood using something like Silhouette Cameo. With this template you can use any arrangement of dots. I kept mine within the 1-6 values. I know there are double-twelves dominos, but I kind of like the standard simple domino look. I also made my circles on the template just slightly larger than the vinyl dots that I eventually use so that the pencil marks get covered with paint.


Cut vinyl dots using the same circles in the template file. Make them just a fraction smaller than the template circles so that when you place they vinyl dot in the center, the outer pencil circle will get covered by paint. Make sure you get all parts of the vinyl down or it will get paint underneath. As you can see in this photo, I didn’t get it all the way down and yes, I got a ‘hickey’ (printing term) of paint. Silly me.


Paint black over everything, including the vinyl dots. Make sure you go with the grain of the wood (do the same with the white too). In retrospect, I should have painted the groove using a narrow paint brush before painting the rest of the board because it makes it much easier to just paint full across the board and not have to worry about cleaning up paint ‘overage’ from painting the groove. Paint the sides of the board too. I didn’t worry about painting the back.


After the paint has mostly dried, use something like a paper piercer to carefully catch the edge of the vinyl and peel it up so that you can get enough of it up to catch with your fingers and remove. Once it’s all truly dry, use some sandpaper to expose some of the white and wood underneath around the edges, including the center groove.  And you’re done!

FYI, when I first made this, I did it late on a Saturday night and couldn’t run to get some black acrylic paint. Zach had some from an art class and let me borrow it. It’s definitely a higher quality and doesn’t dry near as fast as the typical .99 acrylic paints, like the white that I used. I used what I had at home, which was Oyster White–a slight ivory color. I thought I would have wanted white-white, but I think that slight ivory color gave the domino a more vintage feel.

I’m totally loving this new home decor item in my home!

domino-set1(p.s. this is a sample domino i made for our church group. i haven’t decided where I want my ‘five spot’ dominoto go yet. :) )

Party! Party! Party!

August 6th, 2014|diy, nichol magouirk, projects|


The KBS Birthday party continues with another fabulous gift idea from Miss Nichol! And having just ventured into the art of stenciling on fabric, I was fascinated to see Nichol’s way of doing things. Let’s check it out:


[ Designs | Something To Say ]


Perfect for the teenager in your house, right? I think it’s awesome! And I love the fabric she chose for it as well.

Here’s what Nichol has to say on making this lovely item:

I love the look of painted text on throw pillows and I absolutely adore the handwriting in Kerri’s Something To Say Kit (it’s used in many of her other recent kits as well) and thought a phrase from this kit would look awesome stenciled on a throw pillow. I’ve made several new things for my daughter’s bedroom and throw pillows will complete the ensemble. Her room is aqua + black + white so I went with a black and white theme for this throw pillow using a solid fabric for the front where I stenciled the text and a fun text print fabric on the back. I sewed my own pillow cover but this technique would work just as well with a pre-made pillow cover as long as it can be removed from the pillow and place a piece of cardboard inside while painting so that the paint doesn’t seep through!

Just love it Nichol!

Don’t forget, it’s a party all week long here, so be sure to keep tuning in each day!


diy: banner picks

March 11th, 2014|digital shapes, diy, projects|

You’re having a party.

You’re making a cupcakes.

You want some festive picks to top that lovely mound of tasty confection. Picks that come in your special color scheme.

And you want a personalized sentiment too.

We never want much, do we.

Well, I’ve got something that can help you with your wants.
A brand new DIY Banner kit!



What’s fun about this kit is that you choose a background and a design, color them, align, and make yourself a sweet little print+cut! Everything is set up as a ‘cuttable’ image, so it’s easy to add whatever color you need. Everything fits perfectly together and I love that.

When you open the DXF file (using Standard Studio), it’ll look like this:


I would recommend selecting all the little pieces of each design–including the titles–and turn each one into a Compound Path (right click). Turn off the cutlines as well too. Then, resave it and add that to your library. That way you only need to do it once and it’s ready for you the next time you need it.

Simply copy however many pieces you need, alter your colors, and make yourself a print+cut like this.


Then you can just wrap them around a little toothpick and voila! Your own little picks! Just how you want them! And you don’t have to use these for cupcakes…you could totally print out a whole bunch of these to keep on hand for tons of scrapbook pages and cards! Tons of uses!



Now, I chose to just print these on plain ol’ printer paper. I could have chosen to do it on a Premium Presentation Paper (cardstock) and the colors would have been a little more vibrant (mainly red+orange), but since I was doing several sheets, I thought that they looked fine enough as they were. I’d also contemplated using Silhouette Sticker paper, but decided I needed to keep that for myself. ;)

You could make them two-tone, add a child’s name, a birth date on one side, whatever floats your boat.

It’s all up to you.



DIY  •  Photo Puzzle

February 12th, 2014|diy, projects|


When I saw this done on another person’s blog, I knew I needed to do it and send it to Jordan for a cute Valentine. I just loved the cleverness of it all. Simple. Sweet. Fun.

I couldn’t find a canvas bag, so I opted to work with what I had, including the paper bag shape we made in the Hello There Silhouette class. I also used the chevron design from Background Basics to create the print+cut design for the paper bag design.

This is what I started out playing with. 


As you can see, I loved the idea of lace and such. Lots of fun goodies to have added to it. But when I took off the wrapper for the craft sticks, for some reason, I just loved that look and thought it would make a great background for a cut title.

So here’s what you can do to make it.

1. Lay out the sticks to match the length of your photo.


2. Mod Podge the back of your photo.


3. Lay the sticks evenly across the back. Be sure to keep the top/bottom lines of the sticks as straight as possible.


4. Apply Mod Podge to the front of your photo and let it dry.


5. Write a sentiment on the back. I used a Sharpie marker.


6. Use an X-acto knife to cut the photo into pieces. I used a metal ruler to help me keep a straight line. 


7. Voila! It’s marvelous!


8. Decorate your holding device. In this case, I used the paper bag element from the Hello There Silhouette class as my holding device. I decided to use the craft paper that held the sticks together as a background to the cut cardstock title ‘Love You To Pieces.’ Then I accented with a couple of 3D embellishments.


I’m really excited to send this to Jordan.
I think she’s going to love it!

And today is my 26th anniversary. 
Love this guy.


my home decor project

February 5th, 2014|diy, projects|

As you may have heard, I’ve been redoing my office–for like a year now. I was down to finding one last piece of ‘perfect’ furniture to finish the trio of work space and it took a while. I’d originally planned to have a piece made like I did with my cabinets and desk, but long story short–after a year–I found a piece that I thought would work. Since it was the wrong color, we refinished in distressed fashion (that’s a whole other post) and placed it in our home.

A blank canvas for me to decorate upon.

I knew I wanted a window or old baby crib springs or something to go above it. Since we happened to have a couple old windows, that’s what I have there for now.

Little by little I looked around my home to see what could be placed. I had a chalkboard from Tai Pan, but decided I wanted to do a little crafting.

That’s where the canvas and vinyl projects came about.

I used the Just My Type kit to create to pieces, as well as the image from Just A Bit Obsessed, printed a photo and complemented it with a fold-up ruler and some giant Teresa Collins chipboard numbers, and this is the end result.


I’m not sure if this is the end of the ensemble. I may be tweaking it from time to time. We’ll see. I especially want to do a real chalkboard image of some kind, but that will have to do for now.

Here’s what I used for the 14×14 canvas and 8×10 ‘frame’:


Both of these items I purchased at Hobby Lobby (along with the lamp and trunk). You can find them here: Canvas / Glass Clip Frame

When I was originally concepting this all in my head, I wanted to do a huge piece of wall art with the vinyl phrase. I wanted to use one of those–were they 15×15?–clear no-edge frames from IKEA. I thought it would be so cool to do that. But gosh darn it all, they don’t carry them anymore! So since I couldn’t go larger than the canvas, I went smaller so that it worked together better.

The Canvas

All along when I was designing the 12×12 words in the Just My Type kit, I had this canvas idea in my head. You all know what a huge fan I am of white-on-white and I just thought it would be so cool to use Silhouette Printable Cotton Canvas on a canvas. And the beauty of this stuff is that it has adhesive on the back! Love that! Okay, so it’s pretty awesome that you can run it through your printer too. :)

The drawback to the Silhouette canvas is that it only comes in 8.5 x 11 sheets. Curses. That meant I was going to have to strategically cut it to fit my 14×14 canvas. Okay, so I would have still had to cut it even if it was 12×12, but that’s beside the point.

So here’s what I did. I opened up the love_words_background_trimmed_KBS_0185 image and made sure that the entire thing was either ungrouped or the compound path was released. Because this is one mama of a design, Studio did not like chugging through it when I used the Knife tool to slice and dice. That being said, if you cut in an area where there is a ‘hole’, like the center of a ‘y’ or something, select the ‘hole’ and the shape just around it and make that a compound path. It will only be just a small part and Studio can handle that. If you don’t, you will get a cut line where you don’t want one. I don’t know if that’s making sense or what.

Here’s what it looked like in the end.


If you look in the outlined area, you’ll see where I cut with my knife. Again, On something like the loop of the ‘h’, I would have selected the inner ‘hole’ and its outer line and made it a compound path, so that when I cut, it would separate it like you see it rather than place a cut line all the way through the whole thing.

Some things don’t need to be cut. Some have natural letter/word separations. So you only need to make a few cut marks.

And look how beautifully it cuts! Like buttah…


I always recommend starting with what Studio suggests for cutting materials. In this case though, it defaulted to using Double Cut as well as to use a mat. Technically, anything that is sticky-backed doesn’t need a mat, but I still used it for this since that’s what it suggested. And then the double-cut cut all the way through the sticky back and I didn’t like that. Even just a single cut went through most of the backing. But it didn’t cut quite enough of it so that as I weeded away the excess it remained on my mat, which is what I wanted. Well, what I really wanted was to be able to pull it all up and put it on my canvas like vinyl–with transfer tape or something, but it didn’t work that way.

Also, I used the fabric blade as suggested.

So since it was cut in sections, I started with it like a puzzle–edges first.


Even though the canvas is sticky, it’s workable. Loved that. Doing a project like this does take some patience. And a lot patience in getting the backing off the mat. Oy. But just relax and work with it. Since it’s not ultra sticky, it works great for moving it around.

Now, while it is sticky, it isn’t necessarily sticky enough. It does want to start separating from the canvas, but it doesn’t do it too much in my climate. I’m sure it would be different in a humid environment. Who knows, I may still paint it, like I’d originally thought or add Mod Podge to help ensure some more stickiness.

But for now?  Me likey the raw canvas. I can just rub over the areas that look a little loose and it’s good. It’s not enough to bother me.

The Glass Clip Frame

So like I mentioned, I had this idea to put it on a big surface, but that didn’t work out. So Plan B was to do a smaller surface. Should I do it with a frame? Without a frame? Or put it in a dimensional frame and put stuff behind it like Jingle All The Way?

Decisions. Decisions.

I opted to just put it on glass. And I have fuzzy vinyl (not heat transfer) and Silhouette doesn’t make it anymore. Not sure where to get it.


But then I didn’t know if I should put a photo with the text along side it–same height all around or just put it on the surface and leave it at that. Or wait, perhaps I could attach a photo with a binder clip or clothespin.

Okay, so that was the solution.

So there ya have it. My little home decor project for the year. ;)