Hola, hola! Popping in to share a new layout with you all.

This is one I created for Simple Scrapper using a December 2014 Premium Template. It’s a celebration of me and Mike … and captures how thankful I am for us.

Let’s be honest … marriage and relationships can be hard. I love my husband and I’m so grateful for our relationship, but it hasn’t always been perfect or easy. This year has been a bit of a turning point. We’ve weathered the storms. We’ve struggled. We’ve had hard times. And in the end, we’re stronger; we love each other more; and we we’re grateful for our deep friendship.

I Am Thankful For Us | Simple Scrapper | Kimberly Kalil Designs

Journaling reads:

Sure, when Mike and I got married I loved him … but the longer we’re married, the more I love him. We’re even better friends that we were at the beginning. We actually like being with each other. I feel like we bring out each other’s the best qualities. I’m so grateful to have such an awesome life partner.


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Say Yes |To Detours | Kimberly Kalil Designs

During finals week – April 1998 — Elizabeth and I should have been studying. Instead, we were watching “Dirty Dancing.” Over the course of the semester we’d memorized pretty much every bit of  the movie’s dialogue. When the final dance scene came on, we acted out the moves in our apartment kitchen. We slid across the linoleum in our socked feet. Beth’s feet came out from under her and she fell into a heap of giggles. I laughed so hard I peed my pants.

Man, those were some good times and Beth was the best roommate a girl could ask for. Until this summer, I hadn’t seen Beth since 2005. Such a bummer. Especially since there were a number of times I was just a couple of miles away from her house, but I “thought” I was too busy to stop.

Up until recently I had a strict personal policy: if I was traveling for business I’d take the last possible flight that would get me to my destination in just enough time to make my first meeting or training session. Then, on the end of the trip, I’d take the very first flight home as soon as I was done with work. I felt so much guilt being away from home and my family, so I wouldn’t let myself enjoy the places or people I’d visited.

This summer – when I was coming back from Idaho (the kids and I went up to see Papa and Mama Shelley) – I decided to take my time getting home and drop by to see one of my college roommates. Beth (and April) are the very best parts of my college years. They are the kindest and warmest ladies in the world. I was so blessed to randomly land in an apartment with them my first semester at BYU. Post college, we’ve kept tabs on each other thanks to social media, but I haven’t seen either one of them for YEARS. I pass by the town Beth lives whenever I go to Idaho, but I’m always in a rush. That’s sort of the story of my life — rush here, rush there … rush everywhere. And as I rush, I miss out on so much. But not anymore. I’m saying yes to taking detours — detours to see more and to connect more.

While we sat in Beth’s living room and chatted about life, our kids ran around the house playing and laughing together. Our girls went on a mini-adventure around Beth’s neighborhood. Even though I hadn’t seen Beth since Shelby was one, it was like no time had passed. And I was struck by one thing: this is what matters. Reaching out to the people who hold space in our hearts. What matters in connecting with the people who make us laugh, who make us feel at home, who make us feel loved … who make us feel whole.

I will say yes to taking detours to connect with kindreds … it’s so worth the time and effort.


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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Right Now| Washington DC| Kimberly Kalil Designs

Washington DC 2014: Honest Abe photo-bombing our selfie.

Relishing … a good night sleep in my own bed. Last night was the first time I’ve slept in my bed in almost three weeks. I love my comfy bed and am so glad we sent the extra money to get that fancy Tempur-Pedic (memory foam) mattress. It’s so worth it.

Bracing … for another two weeks on the road. I hit the road again today (I was home a whopping 22 hours), this time for business. I’ll be back home on Friday, for two whole nights (I say that with joy, since most of my stops at home have been just a few hours) …. and then back out for my last trip of the month. I’ve been traveling (for work and pleasure) every week since early October. I’m ready for a break.

Sorting … through the 1000+ photos Mike and I took during last week’s family vacation to Washington DC. We hit DC hard and tried to show the kiddos as much as we possibly could in a week. We did the monuments. We went to museums. We saw forts. We ate yummy food. It was all around awesome.

Washing and folding … five loads of vacation laundry. My little family of four makes a lot of dirty clothes. I’m grateful Mike doesn’t mind folding laundry, since it’s the household chore I like the least.

Already thinking about and planning … our next family adventure. I love traveling with our kids. Even though it can be more working than traveling with just Mike, it’s such an awesome feeling to introduce them to fun and exciting places. In my opinion, making memories through travel is priceless. I didn’t travel much as a kid and I’ve made it a goal to expose my children to more through travel. 2015 is going to have some pretty awesome adventures. I can’t wait.

Reading … Amy Poehler new book, Yes Please. Oh my goodness, it’s so good. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, but it’s also thoughtful and inspiring. Totally love it.

Struggling … with all the changes my body has gone through since my surgery in May. My thyroid took a dump. My hormone replacement therapy has caused me to gain weight (my already ample chest, is even more ample) and it’s brought back my headaches with a vengeance. I’m ready to quit my hormone supplement cold turkey.

Dreading  … my birthday, which is now less than a week away. I’m having a hard time with 40 and am not ready for it to come. I’ve never been bothered by my age, until a few months ago. Now I suddenly feel old. I think it has a lot to do with my health issues as of late.

Gearing …. back up for half marathon training. In an effort to combat my health issues and my “feeling old” anxiety, I’m getting back on track for my half marathon in January. Exercise helps me so much … that and eating clean. I’m going to work on staying on top of my diet and exercise, and hopefully I can get out of my funk.


What’s going on with you right now? I’d love to hear all about it. 

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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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