Cooper is quite the character. He’s constantly cracking us up. The more he makes us laugh, the more he wants to make us laugh. I often pick up my phone to find he’s taken a zillion pictures (mostly of himself) or filmed a video or two. It’s always a treat to see what he finds interesting enough to snap a photo of. I created a layout (below) with a collection of Cooper selfies I recently found on my phone. There were about a 100 pictures snapped in a matter of seconds. The silly face is totally Coop.

For the layout, I made a collage of “some” of Coopers selfies using PicMonkey’s collage tool. Totally easy and fast. To make things even easier, I stuck with my current favorites: Just Jaime’s October 2014 Storyteller Kit and a premium template (Nov. 2014) from Simple Scrapper. I think it took me less than 30 minutes to make this page, which is is perfect for my full and crazy schedule. I love easy layouts.

#Selfie | Simple Scrapper | Kimberly Kalil Designs


Someone “borrowed” my phone and took some photos. By some, I mean about 100. And by photos, I mean a series of super silly selfies. Cooper loves, loves to take photos of himeslf. The sillier the better. He’s such a goofball and so full of life. I hope he holds onto this fun, uninhibited part of himself. I adore him so much. I look forward to the next time he “borrows” my phone.


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Society 6 Shop | Kimberly Kalil Designs

I was doing some research the last few weeks since I’ve been interested in making more notecards to sell. I have some new designs and more in my head. I was trying to figure out the best place to have the cards printed and decided in the short term I’d open up a shop over at Society 6, while I figure out the ins-and-outs of producing items other than prints.


Check out my shop and grab all sorts of fun goodies: art prints, tote bags, cell phone cases, notecards, etc. There’s some new designs available there, along with a couple of designs also available in my Etsy shop. More new designs are headed to both shops in the next few weeks.

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I’m not much of an event scrapper. I prefer to focus on little moments and feelings (whatever that means!). But every now and then there is an event that inspires me to get scrapping. This was the case when I looked over our photos from a recent trip to a University of Arizona football game.

We took the kids to see the Arizona Wildcats play there first home game this season. It was a first for both kiddos. We introduced them to college football and the awesomeness that is Wildcat fandom — this was family fun time at its finest. We bought cheap seats. but we didn’t care. It was so much fun. Cooper kept yelling things like “Kick them in the head.” We had to explain to him that such behavior isn’t allowed in football.

Friday Night Lights | Simple Scrapper | Kimberly Kalil Designs

Credits: Simple Scrapper Oct. 2014 Template & Just Jaimee’s Sept. Storyteller Kit


On a whim, Mike and I decided to take the kids to the first U of A football game of the season. Neither one of them had been to a college football game, so we thought it would be a fun Friday night family activity. We got the ultra-cheap seats, which are perfect for families with wiggly kiddos. Shelby’s favorite part was getting a new U of A shirt to wear to the game. Cooper loved cheering and shaking his pom-pom even though he had no idea what was going on. Mike enjoyed the game even though his alma mater (UNLV) got totally stomped by the Wildcats.


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Right Now | October 2014 | Kimberly Kalil Designs

Right now … our life is full, crazy and really good.

Right now … I’m juggling a bunch of books. I just finished The Happiness of Pursuit (so inspiring) and I’m reading The Snow QueenEverything I Never Told You and The Casual Vacancy. I also have Lean In and I’ll Give You the Sun at the ready for when I finish the other three. My goal for 2014 was to read 50 books and I’m almost there (I’ve read 43 so far). I kind of want to blow my goal out of the water and get to 60 or 70 books.

Right now … I’m looking forward to a trip to Vegas later this month. Mike and I are attending the Life is Beautiful music festival again this year, and two of my girl friends are flying to Vegas to join us. I’m excited to introduce them to my second home.

Right now … I’m trying to get back into a walking/running routine. Mike got a bad case or bursitis and that slowed us down in September. I’m slowly getting back at it and am looking forward to completing my second half marathon in December or January.

Right now … I’m marveling at how quickly my kiddos are growing and changing. Cooper lost his first tooth in August and then a second just last week. Shelby is nearly as tall as I am and doing all the things pre-teens do (texting her friends, begging for sleepovers, complaining about homework, talking non-stop about One Direction, etc).

Right now … I’m exploring (and loving) my new iPhone 6. I had a 2+ year old 4S and it was on its last leg: the battery was shot, app were crashing, the reception took a dive … it was time to upgrade. I love, love, love my new gadget.

Right now … I’m loving the library and the ability to check out audiobooks (for free!!!). We took Cooper to get his first library card last weekend and it was such a thrill to introduce him awesomeness of the library. At the same time, I renewed my library card and promptly checked out two audiobooks.

Right now … I’m on the road for work. This week I find myself in a suburb of St. Louis … Belleville, Il. I have a little bit of free time this weekend before I head home, so I’m going to check out the St. Louis Art Museum and the Gateway Arch.

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Hello! How’s it going? I’m GREAT …. except for the sore throat I’ve been nursing for days, but it could be worse, right? I’m crossing my fingers my body will fight this off and I’ll be back to fighting form in no time.

Here’s a new layout. I created this one for Simple Scrapper using a November 2014 template and story starter. This page actually started out as a blog post and I just copied the information from the post I wanted to repurposes as a layout. I wanted my daughter (Shelby) to have physical to remind her of the night we surprised her with a trip to Phoenix and a One Direction concert.
1D Live | Simple Scrapper | Kimberly Kalil Designs


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Hello! Another weekend has passed and it’s time to get back to the grind of work and school. We had a full and happy weekend. Our nephew Andrew turned two and we helped celebrate his special day. Good times!

I have a new layout to share with you. This is one I created for Simple Scrapper using one of the October 2014 premium templates and was inspired by one of the October Story Starters.  The layout  – Papa & Coop – features my absolute favorite photo (as of late). It’s one of Cooper and my dad walking through some trees somewhere in northern Idaho. We took a road trip a few hours away from my dad’s house to check out a potential venue for our family’s 2015 reunion.

Papa and Coop | Simple Scrapper | Kimberly Kalil Designs

Simple Scrapper Template + Just Jaimee September Storyteller kit

Journaling reads:

Even though we live more than 900 miles apart, Papa and Cooper have a very special relationship. The manage to stay connected in spite of the distance, which is pretty awesome since Coop is just five and changing all the time. Thank goodness for modern technology that allows for Skype, FaceTime, text and phone calls. It makes all the difference in the world. Whenever they are together they are like two peas in a pod. There is a lot of wrestling, a lot of silly dancing, some serious belly laughs and lots of snuggles. As Cooper grows and changes I hope he can always have a close relationship with his Papa. There’s nothing quite like grandpa time.


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