(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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Photo Templates Make Memory Keeping A Breeze!

May 3rd, 2016|pages|

I love photo templates. They allow you to gather a few or many photos and place them nicely and neatly all in a square or rectangle–without cropping, sizing and moving ‘just so’. I remember those days…cropping each individual photo and carefully laying them out on a blank Photoshop page. And then, gosh darn it, I decide I needed different size and have to start all over? gasp. What a pain!

Then I was introduced to the wonderful world of clipping masks in PS and it’s been happily ever after since. I could now bring in a photo to a template page and ‘clip’ it to a shape and size and move it around within the shape…and if I wanted more or less of the photo on second thought? No big deal! It was magical

Recently I introduced a new line of photo templates called Travelers Templates. These are designed with the traveler’s notebook in mind–my favorite way to document of late. And my philosophy is,  you can never have enough configurations.

Therefore, I bring you Travelers Templates #2.

And to top it all off….

All photo templates are on sale for 30% off for today only.

Now is great time to stock up and increase your library of configurations, because really, with so many to choose from, you’ll have a configuration for most any occasion. And be sure to check out the Half Pints (6×8) and Snapshots #3 (4×6). Those are two of my other favorites. I love the Half Pints for when I’m working on 6×8 albums. And the 4×6 templates are awesome for getting more to your photo base.

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Now speaking of the Travelers Templates–and the fact that they can be used for projects outside of a traveler’s notebook, take a look at how Nichol used one from the first release.



[ DesignsTravelers Templates Plan It: Dividers (tabbed journaling and background) / Around Here (title) / Heart Backgrounds. StampsLine By LineTagged ]


Five photos and accents on this simply stunning page! It’s very clean and simple, yet there is so much going on here! Gorgeous colors. And I love the way she accented the journaling with KBS stamps on the top and in the bottom right, with the date and phrase…beautifully blended with her journaling and KBS handwritten title.

Let’s here what Nichol has to say: 

I am a big fan of simplicity in my layouts. Receptive elements, 1-3 color scheme and photo collages. My layout today was inspired by a Facebook post after my daughter and niece recently attended high school prom. I had included recent (NOW) photos with snapshots of them playing dress up with them were little (THEN).  The greeting from the Around Here kit perfectly expressed my feelings for these photos and gave me a great starting point for my journaling. Kerri’s stamps added the perfect additional touches to the text on the page while the tone on tone die cut heart background mixed with a few peachy pink hearts added interest and texture.


Be sure to head to Nichol’s blog for her how-to video HERE.

Photo templates are layered .PSD files that can be used in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. For more information on how to use them, check out Photo Templates in the Tutorials link above.

Get Ready for (i)National Scrapbook Day with Sales, Ideas and Brand New Stamps Today!

May 2nd, 2016|pages|


Oh me, oh my! We are going to have a grand week starting today as we get ready for (i)National Scrapbook day!

And today is rockin’ it all!

First, we have brand new stamps for all those fun little trips you’re gonna be taking this summer!

Say hello to Found and Vacation!


So many delightful words and phrases on these two little stamp sets! I showed you a sneak peek of the Vacation 3×4 stamp on Friday (previous post), but take a look at some of the combinations you can do with the Found 4×6 stamps!


They look awesome when you mix them up with the Ashland and Maxwell sets too!

Those of you who have taken the Here There Everywhere class might recognize that ‘Greetings From’. You know I love a bit of retro. And the Vacation? Yup, from The History Project. I love seeing some of these designs come to life in the form of stamps!

Stamps have a tendency to go quickly ’round these parts and they are on sale for today only, so be sure to pick yours up today!

Tomorrow we’ll have something totally new up for sale, so you don’t want to miss that—and every day through Friday too. :)

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Now I do declare we need some inspiration all this week, yes? I say we kick it off with some fabulousness from our Miss Paige!

Check it out….

Adventures by Paige Evans
Adventures Detail 1 by Paige Evans
Adventures Detail 2 by Paige Evans

[ Designs | Fanciful Phrases ]

I know what you’re thinking…wow. Yeah. Me too!

Love how Paige pairs up the KBS designs so beautifully with her own gorgeous Fancy Free line from Pink Paislee! Those letters look amazing cut in the multi-colored paper!

It’s just so bright and cheery and you just can’t help but smile.

Here’s a little ‘how-to’ from Paige:

  1. Cut the “Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures” file from paper #12 in Fancy Free and then adhere the letters down the B-side of paper #10. Leave a space for a photo in the center.
  2. Fussy cut flowers from paper #7 and layer them on the top left and bottom right edges.
  3. Add chipboard, transparency, and puffy sticker flowers over the paper flowers.
  4. Sprinkle chipboard flowers (cut apart from one cluster) over the letters.
  5. Journal on the left and drop black and white paint across the layout to finish.

It ’tis divine.

Alright folks! This is just the beginning of a grand week. You don’t want to miss a day of ideas and sales, so stay tuned to the blog and social media so you’re always ‘in the know’. :)

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A Labor Of Love

April 13th, 2016|pages|

I tell ya. I think it takes a special kind of person to do daycare…or tending of any kind. I had enough on my plate with just my own three and work. But our sweet Laura not only does beautiful work for KBS, but Bella Blvd and she does daycare.

I do not know how she does it all.

I believe it is definitely a labor of love.

Look at this beautiful page she made about her ‘day job’ and one little munchkin that requires a bit more attention than the others. ;)


[ Designs| Storyboard: Instagram Style / A Labor Of Love. Stamps: One Fine Day (absolutely) / Oh Yeah (dashed line) ]

Don’t you just love the sweetness of it all? Love the colors and how the title just pops. And the little stamp accent? swoon.

Here’s what Laura has to say:

I recently made a comment to my oldest daughter about how I don’t take that many photos of my daycare kids anymore, and she said “just all of your rocking chair photos with Derek”. I said that I take so many of those because I’m stuck in the rocking chair with him all the time and I get bored, and then said that I should probably print them all out and make a layout about it. And that’s exactly what I did, as I knew it would be perfect for my next layout to share here.

I started by collaging all of my photos together, using a template from Kerri’s Storyboard: Instagram Style kit. I tend to take photos on my phone in the square format, for whatever reason, and I have also shared each one of these photos on my Instagram, so the rows of square little photos were just what I needed. I ended up finding twelve photos, so I arranged them by date taken, leaving three spaces of the template empty, which is where I planned up placing my journaling.

As I browsed thru Kerri’s kits for a good title, I came up with several different options. I ended up going with “a labor of love”, because I don’t think I would be willing to spend so much time rocking this adorable baby boy, and helping him sleep, if I didn’t love him a ton ;) I also did a teeny, tiny amount of stamping with a few of Kerri’s stamp sets, adding the “absolutely” to go along with my title.

That makes me want ….  wellllll … a grandkid, maybe. My cat won’t let me hold it like that. My dog would definitely let me do that, but I don’t need 120 pound ‘child’ on my lap. ;)

Beautiful job Laura!


April 6th, 2016|pages|

I’ve been feeling this word of late. I’ve been cooped up just a bit too long. On top of that, today is the day we were suppose to leave for our trip back east. We had to cancel it because my husband was suppose to start a big job. Well, it was suppose to start in March and maybe even February…but as of yesterday, we found out the wait continues. Which means, of course, we could have taken our little vaca.


Oh well.

Still needing to get out of this place. Even if it’s for a couple days.

I hear Moab calling my name….

So is it any wonder why I relate so well to our Miss Paige? I have to say I’m a teensy bit jealous of her trips to far-off lands. Of course, living in Europe makes them not as ‘far off’ as it is for me. I suppose I’ll just have to live vicariously through her. ;)

That’s why I love this page!

Just Go by Paige Evans1 web
Just Go Detail 1 by Paige Evans web
Just Go Detail 2 by Paige Evans web
Just Go Detail 3 by Paige Evans web

[ Digital Stamps | Go ]

When I design things, I have a vision of how I want to use them…or do use them…and I’m constantly blown away by my team with their own vision and creativity. And this page rocks!

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

t’s no secret – we LOVE to travel! So when I saw the new “GO” stamp set and coordinating digital images I decided to make a layout that will be perfect as the opening page of our 2015 travels scrapbook! I die cut the “go” from white cardstock then outlined the inner and outer edges of the pieces with a black marker to help define the edges. Next I printed a collage made from all of our 2015 travels and used that to back the die cut. I used the positive “go” shape as a template to replace the inner pieces. Then I watercolored in three places to create a visual triangle using a pink, teal, and yellow pulled from the C’est La Vie collection by Pink Paislee. I trimmed a border from one of the C’est La Vie papers and stitched it on top. After adding a few embellishments to the watercolored areas I journaled below the title and stitched “JUST” chipboard letters above to finish!

Just fabulous, right? The tiny photo collage inside that ‘go’? Hello! Love it!

And, oddly enough, yesterday I was playing with the physical Go stamp set. Just simply done. White embossing powder. That kind of thing. Always love me some tags.

And now, I need to go…somewhere.

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Easter Bunny + ‘Bloom’ Savings

March 21st, 2016|pages|

Even though a chunk of my day was spent indoors, I did manage to get out yesterday and enjoy that first day of spring and its 72 degree weather. A walk with the dog and a couple kids up to Bridal Veil Falls can do wonders for the soul. It’s pretty amazing that I have something like this just ten minutes away. Hubs also mowed the lawn on Saturday and there’s nothing better than the smell of fresh cut grass and the sound of the mower.

bridal veil falls
Spring has arrived.
(And we won’t speak of the snow coming in a couple of days.)

I can’t even believe that Easter is this weekend! When it’s early, it just seems so strange. There isn’t quite enough green in the area yet. I also miss the days of buying Easter outfits and hiding baskets. The kids are a little old for that now. ;)

So when this gorgeous Easter page from our Miss Paige showed up on my ‘doorstep’, I was absolutely delighted. I can live vicariously through her. :)

Cutest Easter Bunny by Paige Evans web
Wow, right? I don’t know if I’ve ever seen my handwriting stitched. Looks pretty awesome, yeah?

I’m gonna let Paige show you how it’s done.

I love the Bloom kit — perfect for spring, Easter, April showers, May flowers, and more! On two separate occasions my kids put on the same pair of bunny ears at the store and asked me to take their picture to send to Grandma – it’d be my pleasure! I paired those photos with two of the phrases in the Bloom kit – “Easter” and “Bunny”.

Cutest Easter Bunny 1 by Paige Evans web2

In Silhouette Studio I enlarged the words, tilted them slightly, and used a pen to draw the words onto white cardstock. Then I used a paper piercer to poke a hole every 1/4″ all around the words.

Cutest Easter Bunny 2 by Paige Evans web

I painted stripes (using colors from my Fancy Free collection with Pink Paislee) diagonally across the page and then backstitched through the words with white thread.

Cutest Easter Bunny 3 by Paige Evans web

I dropped some watercolors over the dried paint to break up the straight lines and then finished the title with patterned Thickers, a cluster of photos/embellishments at the bottom, along with journaling.

Cutest Easter Bunny Detail 1 by Paige Evans webCutest Easter Bunny Detail 2 by Paige Evans web


Boy! That page knocks my frilly Easter socks right off! I love the bright happy colors and seriously…that stitched title…just wow! Will you do some for me darlin’? ;)


Now, do you want to recreate the look?

Today you can get the Bloom kit for $5!



And if you want to know more about thickening hand-written words, check out THIS post.




March 17th, 2016|pages|

Being in such the springy mood, that I’m sure most of us are, when I saw this page from Laura, I let out a heavy sigh and went ahhhhh….

It truly is beautiful in every sense–from the colors, to the accents, and to especially the girls.


[ Designs | Something To Say (beautiful) / Life Additions #2 (floral 3×4) ]

Here’s Laura to tell you all about it.

I recently re-organized some of my albums, and in the process I came across a handful of layouts that I pulled out with the intention of re-scrapping them. The original layouts were extremely bulky and took up a lot of space in my albums. While I don’t feel the need to re-scrap each and every layout that has a little bulk to it, there were some that were just way too bulky for my taste now. And quite honestly, with the massive amount of albums that I have accumulated from 22+ years of scrapbooking, I really like to be able to squeeze as many layouts into each album that I can.

These photos of my girls, from 10 years ago when they were flower girls in my cousin’s wedding, were on one of the layouts that I wanted to re-scrap. I was browsing thru Kerri’s cut files and came across the floral piece from her Life Additions #2 kit. It could be sized as a 3×4″ cut, and I knew it would be perfect for this layout, since I could print several of my photos in the same 3×4″ size and collage them all together in my favorite style – a clean and linear grid design.

I picked out the word “beautiful” from Kerri’s Something To Say kit, because – well, because I think my girls looked beautiful in their flower girl dresses and pinned up hair! I finished off my title with some simple white alpha stickers and then added a few enamel dots to the centers of the floral pieces for simple embellishing.


It’s just lovely, Miss Laura! And I can understand the desire to want to de-bulkify (yeah, it’s a word). While I did try to keep my pages fairly ‘flat’ over the years, there were a few trends and QVC products I may have dabbled in.