Hello there. Happy, happy Monday to you. I’m back home on Arizona, which means warmer weather and lots of snuggles from my kiddos. It’s always great to come home after being away for a week or so. Trips away put life into perspective and makes me more grateful for all that I have, both through my career and at home with my family.

Today I have a newish layout to share with you. This is one I created for The Daily Digi using a kit that was included in the August Digi Files. You can’t get the August Files anymore, but you can get a whole new batch of awesome kits for a steal of a deal. Seriously, this is the BEST deal in all of digital scrapbooking. It’s so worth it. You get more than $50 of product for about $7.50 a month. It’s a great way to try new designers and play around with products you may not normally buy. Anyway, enough evangelizing The Daily Digi … just trust me, totally awesome site and product

This page is pretty simple, but if features one of my favorite photos from this summer. It’s of me and Shelby when we dropped her off at Girl Scout Camp. She’s so happy and so excited. It makes me smile just looking at it. It’s such a treat to capture such a moment and save it forever. She won’t be 10 and going to camp forever …

Happy | The Daily Digi| Kimberly Kalil Designs Journaling reads:

It’s the little things in life that make me happy. My sweet family. My girl. Her bright smile. Trips to Mt. Lemmon for Girl Scout Camp. Air conditioning in the summer. A pretzel bun for my hot dog. Fuzzy new socks. A good book. A freshly made bed. Brightly colored flowers. Staying up late and sleeping in.

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Hello there. Happy Monday. Today I’m in the Pacific Northwest doing some work at the Bellingham, WA newspaper. My kiddos, of course, are at home … in school. So, in their honor, I have a school-themed layout (created for Simple Scrapper) to share with ya today.

I took the photos from this year’s first day of school and created a layout featuring both kiddos. I used bright, neon colors along with a “chalkboard” background to make it both unisex and school-ish. I totally love the happy look of this page, since it captures the happiness both kids were feeling about going back to school.

Back to School | Simple Scrapper | Kimberly Kalil DesignsSimple Scrapper Premium Template + Rock Paper Scissors kit, Jenn Barrette

Journaling reads:
Another summer comes to a close and it’s back to school for the Kalil kiddos. This is kind of a big year, since Cooper started kindergarten and Shelby is going into 5th grade. I’m still not sure how the suddenly got this big! They are going to the same school this year – woo hoo for easy drop off – and are in Jackie and Mrs. Chris’ classes, Coop and Shelby respectively. Both love their teachers – so far – and we’re hoping for an awesome, productive year. We’re happy to be with our Satori Family for another year and are so blessed to have such an awesome school.

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Social media has made it beyond easy for people to hide behind their screens – I’ll be the first admit I’m 100 perfect guilty of this. In the beginning, I assumed social media would allow me to foster greater connection with family and friends. In some ways it does. However, it’s become a bit of a crutch for me. Why call someone when you send them a quick text? Why leave a comment on a blog or someone’s Facebook status when you can “like.” Emails go unanswered, because I’m spending too much time “favoriting” Tweets and liking Instagram pics.

I read a couple of different articles lately about the negative impact social media is having on out relationships. We “like” things, but do we actually reach out? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve found myself mindlessly “liking” everything I see on Facebook or Instagram. It becomes less about interacting with those we love and more about clicking.

With all of this in mind, I decided to say yes to more thoughtful interaction online. I told myself no more “liking” photos, articles and status updates. If I felt the urge to “like” something then I would leave a meaningful comment. When I went to blogs and found helpful content, then I would leave a comment, rather than just tweeting about it or “pinning it.” It obviously takes me more time to do this, but it also makes me think about what I’m putting out there in the world and how I want to connect with others.

I’m only about a month into this little experiment of mine and I can’t tell if it’s changed much about my Facebook newsfeed. I can tell you it’s made me feel less like a machine and more like a person. It’s made me more thoughtful. And most of all, I feel like I’m connecting more to the people in my social media feeds. I think this will be a long term process. And I’m hoping it will continue to shape how I feel about social media and make me a more compassionate and thoughtful online.

One of my goals is to say no more and be extra thoughtful about when I say yes. “Say Yes” is a series featuring the things or experiences I’m saying yes to and why.

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Lava Love | Creating Art | Kimberly Kalil Designs

I was having lunch with my awesome friend Laurie last week. I spent the better part of our lunch complaining about my creative block and my inability to light a “creative” fire under my butt. I’ve had a rough few months (physically) and it’s take a toll on me creatively.

When Laurie asked me how I wanted to to spend my creative energy, I answered “writing and painting.” Then I launched into a big, long excuse as to why I couldn’t do either since I couldn’t seem to pick which one was the “right” one for me. For some reason, I’ve felt like I have to pick one or the other. I can’t do both. I’m not sure where this idea came from, but I’ve been telling myself I had to pick a single creative outlet otherwise I wasn’t a “true” artist. That’s just crap … and was holding me back in countless ways.

In the process of talking this out, I realized something: I don’t want to write or paint. I want to tell stories. I can tell stories through my paintings, as well as through the written word. Heck, I could combine the two and add words to my paintings as a storytelling technique.

Calm The Fuck Down | Creating Art | Kimberly Kalil Designs

That night, I tackled a blank canvas for the first time in months. With a black Sharpie I scrawled words that resonated most with me in the moment: Calm the fuck down (sorry for the profanity, but that’s really what I was thinking, especially since I had just read this). Then I proceeded to paint over the words. I created an abstract piece that signifies what it feels like to smother the angst and calm the fuck down.

Since then, I’ve started two more canvases and finished working on a large mixed media piece – done on reclaimed wood from my dad’s barn – I’ve been working on since July. I feel more inspired than I have in ages. The overarching lesson I’ve learned in the whole process? I can often make things harder than they need to be. I just need to get out of my own way; get started; and tell stories using all the tools available to me.

It feels so good to get out of my own way and tell stories. What story are you going to tell today? And how are you going to tell it? There is no wrong answer … just start.


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Hello, happy, happy  Monday to you. It’s Labor Day here and we’re taking full advantage of our long weekend … swimming, U of A football game, hiking and lots of family time.

I have a new layout to share with you. My goal is to post a new layout each Monday. I’m trying to get more organized and actually plan my blog content and stick with the plan.

Anyway … here’s a new layout I created for The Daily Digi using a kit from Jenn Barrette that was included in the August edition of The Digi Files. For this layout I couldn’t help but highlight the photo, since it’s absolutely adorable. The photo fills the whole 12×12 page and then I just added a few embellishments and journaling in the white space. Super easy page, but it’s easily one of my favorites.

Perfect Fit | The Daily Digi| Kimberly Kalil Designs

Journaling reads:

Slipper style: Father and son edition. Some day soon, your little feet won’t be so little any more and they won’t fit perfectly in your daddy’s feet. But you’ll always fit perfectly in his heart.


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Say Yes | To Healthy Choices | Kimberly Kalil Designs

I’ve never met a bowl of ice cream I didn’t like. I’m pretty sure I could eat ice cream for every, single meal. But … that’s also not the healthiest choice, right?

I had surgery in May to remove pesky growths (thankfully they were benign). I had a second surgery in June because of complications related to my first surgery. This has been a tough year for me physically, so I’ve made it a priority to say yes to making healthy choices.

The most important healthy choice I’ve made is to exercise daily. Yep, every day. We (Mike and I) alternate between running and walking each day. We started doing the Couch to 5k Program, which has been helping us run more and do so without killing ourselves or getting burned out.

We’re wearing FitBits to make sure we get at least 10,000 steps each day. All this exercise has made me feel more relaxed … it sort of wears me out and helps my mind to relax. It’s also helped both of us lose a little more weight, which isn’t a bad thing.

Making healthy choices becomes addicting. When we first started, we committed to walking, hiking or running a mile a day. At the time, that was all we could manage. We’ve quickly worked up to about 3.5 miles a day, but when we’re short on time we are just happy to get out there and so whatever we can – something is ALWAYS better than nothing. Don’t let a lack of time keep you from exercising. Start small, it will make a huge difference.

Once we started exercising daily, I wanted to make better choice when it came to the food I eat. I’ve rededicated myself to a gluten free diet, which helps with my arthritis. I’ve also been limiting my daily caffeine intake and upping my water consumption. I’ve gotten to the point that I crave water and don’t need or what much caffeine.

In the next few months, we’re planning on working up to running a 10K, with the ultimate goal of completing the Tucson Half Marathon in December. We’re also going to continue tweak our diets to add more fish and healthy proteins to our weekly menu plans.

What healthy choices are you making? Any suggestions on how to make those choices stick (that’s kind of where I’m at …. working hard to make my changes stick)?


One of my goals is to say “no” more often and be extra thoughtful about when I say yes. “Say Yes” is a new series featuring the things or experiences I’m saying yes to and why. Each Friday, I’ll post about what I’ve been saying “Yes” to and what I’ve learned in the process.


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