Travelers Templates #3

March 2nd, 2017|photo templates, travelers notebook|

aka: The Alternate Route.

I am a girl that likes options….variation…making the most of my goodies.

So when it came to making this kit, I kept thinking ‘I like this, but I want that as well.’

And, when it comes to cake, I always want to eat it too.

Thus, I present to you: Travelers Templates #3!

This blend of templates is unique in that some have predesigned titles and/or alternate spaces for photos. Using the eye in the Layers palette, you can turn off the pieces you don’t want. Or, you could just delete the layer–but remember to save the file as something different first. ;)



This little ensemble of my documented week in Montana came together in minutes. Select photos, clip photos, print photos. Boom. Done. I opted to keep the sweet little title image at the bottom–which, of course, you can turn off and add your own word using your own font. You can also turn it off and include two more photos.

Options. Variation. Making the most of your goodies.

That’s what it’s all about…and cake too.


For more information on how to use photo templates, please check out the KBS YouTube channel.


All Those Photos!

February 23rd, 2017|cuttables, pages, photo templates|

If there’s one thing there seems to a lot of (besides sweets) at Christmas time, it’s photos. Pictures of family, pictures of the gifts, pictures of family opening gifts, eating…all sorts of photo ops.

That’s a whole heckuva lot of real estate in an album….unless you do it Laura’s way!

Laura has a gift for getting many photos into a couple pages using KBS photo templates. This girl rocks the photo templates!

Take a look.

[ Designs |  Out Of This World (stars) / Yuletide Greetings (hello christmas) /
Photo Strips #1 / Storyboard #7 ]

I’m sorry…it has to be said…oh my stars!  love the white-on-white hand-drawn cut stars!!!

Ack! My favorite!

Let’s see what Laura has to say:

After working really hard last year to catch up on years worth of Christmas layouts, and with Christmas 2016 just days away (when this was written), I figured I had better get to documenting last year’s Christmas photos. If you know me, you’ll know that I’m all about getting as many of my photos on the page as I can. So for something like a Christmas family get-together, I turned to one of my go-to two page designs, getting 22 photos on the spread.

If this design looks familiar, it’s because I have used it more times than I can count! I even used it on a few previous Christmas layouts. I use a full 12×12 photo collage on one side of the spread, and a smaller photo collage on the other side, leaving me plenty of room for my title, journaling, and sometimes, even a few more photos. Kerri’s Stoyboard templates are my go-to choices for creating photo collages, and the only ones I even use anymore. While I often tend to use the same ones over and over, she’s got tons of choices to fit whatever your needs are, as far as how many photos, and size and orientation of photos.

I like to keep with a white background on the top half of my first page, since the two page spread is so photo heavy. Rather than a plain white background, I die cut a ton of stars from Kerri’s Out Of This World kit, using white cardstock. The white on white adds interest, without being overwhelming. Kerri has SO many choices for Christmas titles, so it can be a little hard deciding which to use. I usually start by looking for one that fits the space I have left for my title, as that usually narrows things down a bit. I decided on the “hello Christmas”, from the Yuletide Greetings kit, and cut it both from patterned paper and black cardstock, to layer together for a little shadow effect.

Twenty-two photos on two pages.


I love this! Miss Laura is my hero.

Travelers Templates | Photo Templates in Traveler’s Notebook Size

April 12th, 2016|photo templates|

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I don’t know about you, but I needed me some of these! I want to be able to display photos of the week in a collage form if the mood suits me.


These Travelers Templates come in ten different styles, all measuring 4.125″ x 8.25″. Your standard traveler’s notebook is 4.33″ wide, but I decreased the width just a little so that it would fit in better. If you feel like you need to decrease it to 4″ wide while keeping your height, you can do that without really affecting any of the frames.

I can’t believe it’s been about a year since my last set of templates! I’m so excited to have this fresh set for the planner love in all of us. But, of course, you don’t have to have a planner/traveler’s notebook to use them. They can be used for any project!

And just for fun…you can pick it up on sale TODAY ONLY!

For more information on using photo templates in general, check out THESE tutorials. 

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It's Hip To Be Square…Or Of A Rectangular Nature.

April 29th, 2015|laura vegas, pages, photo templates|

Photo templates are one of my favorite scrapbooking tools. They make placing a handful of photos together a cinch. And me, with my love for straight lines and all, adore all things clean–the kind of clean that a template can provide with multiple photos. In other words, you can get a lot of images on a page, without it looking cluttered.

So that’s why I’m so excited that today’s sale is on Photo Templates!

Buy 2 or more Photo Templates and save 30%.
Use code NSDPHOTO at checkout.

Now, that’s what I’m talkin’ about!

One of our sweet creative team members is a huge fan of using photo templates and uses them a lot. That would be our Miss Laura. And that’s who’s with us today! Now, while she didn’t happen to use a photo template for her project (what?? ;) ), the 4×6 template with 6, 2″ squares in Snapshots #3 or the 6×8 template with 12, 2″ squares from Half Pints #1 would be perfect for this too. Take a look and you’ll see just what I mean.



[ DesignsSomething To Say (Keep it real) / Just Because (favorite) / Life Additions: Backgrounds (circle background) / The History Project Class Extras (television). Stamps | One Fine Day (seriously, oh me oh my).

So much to love about these two spreads. Love the idea of showing the art of all that you love to watch. I did that with a montage of tv shows growing up too. Love all the little details going on…white on white…hello!

Let’s hear what Laura has to say about these two spreads.

I’ve had this idea to create a 6×8″ All About Me album for quite a while, but have never taken the time to get it started. Sure, I do some layouts about myself here and there. But I wanted to have a place to record a variety of different things about myself, at this point in my life. Whether those things are serious, funny, or just plain random. Kerri has so many words, phrases, and shapes that have always caught my eye, knowing they would work great for an album like this. I figured I had better get started on this album now, so that it will hopefully motivate me to add a few pages here and there over the next few months.

I will most likely create pages very randomly for this album, and that’s exactly how I got myself started. I browsed thru Kerri’s shapes for a few minutes, and went with a few of the first things that I came across. Ever since seeing the cute little television that is part of The History Project class, I knew it would be perfect for documenting some of my favorite TV shows. I looked online to find logos for my favorite shows, making sure to find ones that could also be cropped into squares, knowing I would be using a divided page protector with 2″ pockets. It was a pure coincidence that I managed to find so many photos with the same color scheme! I have a TON of favorite shows, so I ended up adding in an additional divided page protector, and trimming off one row of photos, making it a 4×8″ protector. I love the look of different sized pages mixed into these small albums.

When I came across the “keep it real” cut in Kerri’s Something to Say kit, it gave me the idea to record a few “real” tidbits about myself and my life. I think oftentimes, without intentionally trying, we can give off the illusion that our lives are a bit more perfect that they really are. So this was a chance to “keep it real” and write down a few things that others may not realize about me and/or my life. If you get up close and really, really look, there are plenty of things about me that are “real”, no matter how hard I try to come off like I have it all together.

Fantastic job and fantastic idea Laura!


Now I suppose you’re wondering who the winners are of the $15 download gift cards, eh? Well here they are:

Nashonne Newman
Cori Gillespie

Congratulations ladies! You have been emailed, so keep an eye out for it.

Photo Template Sale!

March 31st, 2015|photo templates|

photo template sale2
In anticipation of  going through the 1400+ photos that I took over the past couple weeks,
I thought it might be fun to have a little sale on photo templates!

Now through Sunday you can save 25% on photo templates
on orders over $10! Use code PHOTO at checkout.

Snapshots #3 Is Here!

February 17th, 2015|photo templates|

Each time I use my cute little Epson Charm printer with multiple photos, I wish and wish I would just make some 4×6 photo templates to make life so much easier.

Well folks, it is done and here it is!


These are all 4×6 photo templates. Some are made for putting multiples on a page and some are made for that ‘instax’ look. There are some that have the usual frame accompaniment. And on the ‘polaroid’ style, there are round and straight corner templates to make it all a piece of cake. (Note: You can increase the size of the template, but do it before you put in your photos.)

When you pull up–what I’m calling–the ‘insta’ frames, you’ll see there are some crosshairs in the file. Little lines made in Photoshop/Elements just for a visual so that you can have a better reference when determining what your little photos will look like. They do not print.


Then, with a simple set cut–in this case–at the 3″ mark and 2″ mark, you get these fun little photos! 


Photo templates take all the guess work out of cropping+placing. They are a scrapper’s BFF. If you’d like to learn more about them, check out the Tutorials/Photo Templates link in the menu above.

Two-Fer Tuesday  •  Create Your Stories Simple-y  •  Giveaway

June 17th, 2014|photo templates|


It’s a big day here on our second day of the Simple Stories and KBS team up!

When all is said and done, we are telling the stories of our photos. That’s why we do what we do. We photographically capture a memory and then need to tell the story behind it. And Simple Stories is all about helping you get the memories recorded quickly with their pocket page system.

Which is what brings us to today’s Two-Fer Tuesday.

It’s all about the photo template. 

Photo templates have, by far, been my biggest help in getting my memories together nicely, neatly, and most importantly, quickly. I love using them!

So with this big Simple Stories + KBS shindig?
Of course that’s what today’s Two-Fer had to be all about!

Let’s start with today’s brand new kit–a photo template montage. A mix of six different templates with a straight or rounded frame that you can add to it, if you so wish.



Here’s one I whipped up with our weekend trip to Idaho for our family reunion. Seriously, took me like five minutes to put together. 


Oh how I love that Idaho beauty!

And here’s today’s photo tip: When admiring a landscape, such as the one in the bottom-left corner, don’t forget to use your panorama feature on your phone to soak it all in. What a spectacular photo it can make!

And now for today’s 2.99 sale items,
that are on sale for today only!

snapshots1   snapshots2   storyboard7   storyboard8

The first two Snapshot photo templates are perfect for using with Simple Stories Pocket Pages! There are several 4×6 and 5×7 templates to choose from so you can maximize your space by getting more to a page or a photo slot. That’s what I love about templates….more photos without making a mess. :)

The other two storyboard templates are just some other great mixes of templates to play with.  All come with straight and rounded frames to turn on or off as needed.

Remember, Two-Fer Tuesdays mean that these four sale kits are available for 2.99 TODAY ONLY. 

(Note: Coupon does not apply to sale items, but they will count towards your total. All photo templates can be resized as needed, but keep it proportional if you’re using the frames and resize them before adding your photos. There are tutorials under the link above for more information on how to use these.)

And now here’s one last thing to help you on your photographic journey:

A giveaway for a seat in Big Picture Classes’ Phone Photography Project!

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I took this class last year and it was loads of fun. Figured I’d best be taking it again this year too. ;) I love getting all sorts of tips and tricks in one place. For all the details on this class, check out their website HERE.

So here’s how to enter–multiple ways to enter, actually. I’ll be drawing a winner Thursday morning!

After entering, head no over to the Simple Stories blog to see what goodness they have to share today!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

easter freebie + new kit + sale ending

April 19th, 2014|freebies, photo templates|

It’s Easter weekend. I miss the days of basket-filled sweets. Tiny little surprises. Hiding baskets in unusual places the night before–like the dryer or hanging from the ceiling fan. Something fun for the kids to do that morning when they wake up.

I think I’m feeling nostalgic this week for the younger days of my kids…not that I want to go back, mind you, but they are sweet moments.

So instead, today I share some sweets with you.

Let’s start off with this cute little Easter freebie. I call it a funky bunny. I like a little quirky from time to time. :)


And of course there needed to be two–one floppy and one not.

To download these cute little fellers–forever free–click HERE.


Next up. A brand new kit. Miss Laura asked me for a 6×8 photo template kit at the same time I was working on my travel album for the Here There Everywhere class. Obviously we were on the same wave length here. :)


And you know how I like to mix things up, this brand-new kit of 14 templates is 20% off through Sunday, April 27. So be sure to get yours today while it’s on sale.


And last but not least, the sale on the Hello There Silhouette card class ends tomorrow.

We had a fabulous week with Nichol’s renditions, did we not?


Well, that’s it for today folks. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, whether you celebrate Easter or not.

And I’d like to leave you with this video because it’s pretty amazing. My missionary daughter pointed me to it and not only is it a powerful message, but also, all the ‘old scenes’ with Christ were made by my hubby when he worked on ‘building Jerusalem’ a couple years ago. It looks pretty darn authentic, wouldn’t you say?

Happy Easter!


new kit: photo strips #1

February 11th, 2014|photo templates|

Wow. I had no idea just how long it had been since I done a  storyboard photo template.
Last April.

Last April???

Yowza! That’s just too long. ;)

So here is the brand new Photo Strips kit!


This kit has eleven storyboard photo templates dimensionally created to use not only for your scrapbook pages, but also for your Facebook Timeline photo! Save the strip for the Web and change your pixel size to 851px x 315px. Sweet! Oh, and of course you could use them for your blog as well. Just change the width to match your blog width and you are good to go.

As usual with the storyboards, there is a straight frame and a round frame that you can add to it to give it a whole different look. You can change the frame color to black using the Paint Bucket tool, if’n ya wanted.

And because I’m still lovin’ the love here through Valentine’s Day,

this kit is 20% off too!

But you better pick it up by Friday, because the sale price goes away along with the rest of the Lovin’ The Love sale after that day.

Oh, and here’s one I whipped up within maybe five minutes last night.
Kind-a makes me wanna go back to NYC.


P.S. You can use these on your own blog or FB if you’re doing it for your own personal use. That’s totally cool. But if you’re a professional photographer wanting to use them for various projects, then a commercial license would be in order.

it’s all about the photos

April 29th, 2013|laura vegas, photo templates|

ETA: Due to popular demand, this is still going on through Tuesday. :)

Warning: Get ready to sit back and relax and enjoy some reading. We’ve got a doozie of a day!

We’re gearing up for National Scrapbook Day here at KBS and want to help you get ready for it too! The most important part of what we do in this lovely little crafting universe is document our photos. And I’m all about making that process as easy as possible.

For me?

That’s where photo templates come in to play. I love having a template, printing it out and then accentuating + journaling around it. Photo templates help us keep the focus on where it needs to be . . . the photos. I love the way the block of photos look on a page. It’s clean. It’s easy to see the photos. And with photo templates, you can easily swap photos around without having to worry about sizing or cutting a thing.

That’s sweet.

So for today not only do we have a brand new photo template kit, but we also have a free photo template . . . that’s free for today only. Then it goes into the store where you can purchase it for .99.

So let’s take a look at the new kit!

As usual, each template has a frame with both straight edges or rounded edges. Want a thicker frame? Simply add a stroke to that layer. Lots of fun designs to play with too!

And speaking of playing with it, I just had to add some photos of my own to it. If you’re a fan on Facebook, you’ll have seen that my daughter went to her very last prom on Saturday. I thought they would be excellent to put into a storyboard.

Just thought I’d mention here that Jordan (and I) made her boutonniere. Jordan didn’t think to order it until Friday and the place we  normally buy it from only had red roses left. Well, as you can tell red wouldn’t do. So we went to the grocery store and they had nothing in the rose category either. It was prom for two high schools and BYU graduation, so pickin’s were slim. So we bought a potted plant of white flowers and the florist at the store gave us a little baby’s breath and we brought it home, wrapped it with some ribbon and voila!

Oh, and Jordan is wearing some earrings that I bought while in Ireland a few years ago along with a hair comb that belonged to her great grandmother (on Dan’s side). She’s also wearing her grandmother’s (my mom) ‘J’ pin. A very vintage girl . . . and he dressed pretty retro too. They were the talk of the prom . . . everyone loved their look.

Oh, and another funny little story. In the photo where they are walking to his *ehem* BMW, there is a neighbor in red in the background (you can hardly see him). But he yells over to Jordan “Don’t let him just kiss you! Make him work for it!” Luckily Jordan and this kid are good friends so it wasn’t awkward. ;)

And now, here’s the freebie template.
Remember, you can download it for free today only.


To download it, click on the image or click HERE.

This file is no longer free, but you can purchase it in the store.


But that’s not all the fun for today. Check it out!

That’s right . . . all photo templates are on sale today–and today only. So if you want to get stocked up, today would be that day. :) And when I say ‘all’, that includes the brand new template today too. Woo hoo!

To see all the templates available, click HERE.

And just when you thought today’s post couldn’t get any better, check out what Laura Vegas did with photo templates.



[ Shapes | Happy (quote) / Storyboard: Instagram Style ]

I think this is a wonderful idea! 
It would make a great mother’s day gift too.

Here’s what Laura has to say:

This was a project that has been on my to-do list for quite a while now. I have worked as a daycare provider in my home for 11+ years now, and have been lucky enough to take care of lots and lots of adorably cute kids over those years. I take tons of photos of them, and make tons of layouts with those photos. But I have been wanting to put something together that shows each and every one of those kids together, in one spot. When I saw Kerri’s new Storyboard: Instagram Style templates, I knew they would work perfectly for what I had in mind. I picked up an inexpensive black 12″ x 36″ frame, knowing that I could stack three 12″ x 12″ photo collages inside.
The hardest part of this project was finding the photos of each child, and also choosing just ONE photo of each child to use. I only had 3 kids that I wasn’t able to find photos for, so in the end, I ended up with 31 kids to fit into my collages. I filled one template completely, and I filled the top two rows of the second template, and the bottom two rows of the third template. Once I had the three collages printed (I send them to Costco) and stacked together, that left me with a 12″ x 12″ area to fill in. I kept the design super simple, since this will be hanging in the playroom, which is right at the front of the house. I choose the “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands” quote because quite simply, it makes me happy! It’s also a very common song around this place, since so many of my toys seem to play it ;)




It’s going to be a fantastic week here, so make sure you spread the word to everyone so they can get in on all the fun and preparation for a fabulous NSD Saturday!