The Missing Link

We watched the grand baby last Saturday morning, and prior to his arrival, hubby and I made sure to straighten up the blankets on the bed so he would have a nice flat surface to play on. While slinging the blankets around, hubby’s NEW tablet went flying through the air and landed face down on our hardwood floor. NO!!! Fortunately, we had purchased the replacement coverage, so it was just a matter of going up and talking to our trusty Geek Squad.

Tablet Catastrophe

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After dropping the grand baby off and picking up a new replacement tablet, we decided to grab  some lunch. We stopped in at the Olive Garden (my favorite!) and low and behold, our waitress was one of my old kids from work. Years ago, before I started teaching preschool, I spent my days and evenings with the school-agers. I had the oldest group (4th and 5th grade) and there were about 6 girls that surrounded me at all times. They loved me, respected me, admired me, and loved our brainstorming sessions. At that time I was still in the “research” phase of my business ventures, so we would come up with different ideas for craft projects, books, games, and so forth. One of my girls loved to draw, so I told her that one day we should collaborate together (as adults) on a book. Who would’ve thought that it would actually come to pass?!

If you’ve been with me for a while, then you know that I’ve had an “Heirloom” picture book (you know, those sentimental books they sell at Hallmark) waiting in the wings for several years now. I even wrote a post about it-Future Best Seller-Check it our HERE.

The 2 factors preventing it’s publication have been:

  •  A Publisher/Funding for Self-Publishing
  •  An Illustrator

Back in July (at my daughter’s birthday party) my step-father expressed an interest in financially backing a self publishing venture, so I tried my hand at putting together some illustrations. Unfortunately, my hand drawn and digital portrayal of the story just doesn’t do it justice! I had sat down again this past Friday evening with a new angle to try my hand at, only to get disgusted and set it aside. I suppose the Universe was trying to tell me something.


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So, throughout the course of our meal, Hope and I caught up, and she shared with us some of her recent drawings (she just so happens to be attending Art School). OMG!!! She’s absolutely AMAZING!!! Her “style” syncs up PERFECTLY with mine; you couldn’t plan out a better match, let me tell you! My missing link, that piece that completes my puzzle, has been placed before me on a silver platter. Needless to say, we are hooking up this weekend to get our collaboration going. I am NOT going to pass up this opportunity! We can rise to the top together…what fun! It’ll be nice to finally have a creative partner. It gets SO lonely sometimes!

I’m hoping to get this bad boy printed up and available in shops in time for Christmas…

The Law of Attraction is finally opening the right doors for me. Do you have any experiences with the Law of Attraction? I would LOVE to hear YOUR story!

The Happy Thoughts Collection

It’s been a SUPER busy weekend my lovelies, but I am proud to announce that there are now 7 NEW Inspirational sticker sheets from my Happy Thoughts collection available in my Etsy shop, Krista Kemp Designs! These are only a few that I have been working on, I have TONS more in the works.

The Happy Thoughts Collection

Inspiring Quotes to Brighten your Day!


While putting these together, I discovered that there is a limited supply of beneficial printables available for Bloggers/Entrepreneurs/Etsy shop owners. So, I’ve added yet another project to my list. Are there any particular items that YOU have been in the market for???

I trust that each of you have had a fabulous weekend! Here’s to an awesome week!!!

Tell All Tuesday Series: Goals in Progress

Q-What goal are you working on right now?

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A-Every waking hour that isn’t devoted to my day job has been spent on my upcoming book.  I live and breathe it!  To see it finally coming together after 12 long years of haunting my mind is thrilling to say the least.  I have been spending a lot of time designing the workbook that accompanies the book, and realized that a lot of the stickers that I have been creating would make a fantastic new addition to my Etsy shop.  Everyone loves stickers!  I anticipate posting my first pack by the weekend.  Anxious to bring some sunshine into the lives of others!

With that being said…

What goal are YOU working on right now?

Exciting Announcement

Are you stuck in a perpetual, never ending rut where you often lose sight of what to think, say, or even do? Do you feel trapped by your present reality with no prospect of freedom in the near future? Do you absolutely loathe rolling out of bed and heading off to your prison (a.k.a. Job) each and every day? Do you feel as though no matter how hard you try, you just can never get ahead? Honestly, how many times have you crouched down into a corner, crying your eyes out, praying desperately for a drastic change in your life?

Exciting Announcement

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If any of this sounds familiar, then I have a valuable announcement for you! For the past 12 years of my life, I have been seeking out and compiling a massive list of all the answers that each of us are ultimately in search of, and it all boils down to just ONE simple question…

What is my purpose in life?

In only 6 short months, I will be releasing to the world, exactly HOW to go about finding that ONE personalized answer!

When I was just 26 years old, I found myself consumed by a mid life crisis, far sooner than I should have. My sanity, reason, and logic had completely left the building! But, it was during this catastrophic period that I found the answers that I had been searching so desperately for. I unknowingly underwent an intense and emotional self-evaluation session, and soon discovered SO many things about myself that I had previously been clueless to. Since that time I have been progressing forward with pure intention and purpose. This was a very difficult time for me, one fraught with disappointment and heartache, but one that I wouldn’t trade for love or money. This transformation process allowed me to forgive myself and others, and to leave the past back where it belonged. It provided me the tools, insight, and the path that I was intended to travel down next. To say it was a life changing experience would be the understatement of a lifetime!

This step-by-step transformation process is 100% effective (provided you are honest and putting your heart and soul into it), and I am living proof that it really does work, as I have progressed From Food Stamps…to a Future. This discovery quest not only enabled me to make peace with all that had been sent to destroy me, but also presented a single idea on which to grow and prosper from. This was my seed. I planted that idea, watered and cared for it daily, and it has caused me to blossom into the empowered and driven woman that stands before you today. It helped me to realize where my passions lay, what I wanted and expected from myself and others, and which steps I needed to take to get me to my ideal life. In short, it opened that door so I could finally start following my dreams.

Because of this process, I was able to formulate my ultimate 5 year plan. It has served as the foundation of my blog, it fueled my passion to create Krista Kemp Designs on Etsy, and it has inspired me to strive for bigger and better things at each new stage along the way. It is opening doors so that I may expand and branch out into new industries. Speaking, coaching, and leading all stand in my future, and it will eventually allow me to open my organization to help those in need that others turn away. Each idea, each entity that my imagination concocts and entertains all fit perfectly together to construct that grand puzzle which is my future. Each and every avenue that I want to tackle coincides with a project that I’ve already begun. My future, my fate is answering each question before it’s ever even realized or presented. My destiny paved the road for me years ago, and it has been leading the way to accomplishing my dreams since. I no longer dread life, I now look forward to it!

Motivational speakers, life coaches, and your daily influences always want to throw around the idea of following your dreams, being successful in your life, turning your burning passions into future wealth and abundance, and so forth. But, the vast differences among us, our unique lifestyles make it difficult to provide just ONE specific proven way of going about it. There is no such guidebook in existence! What may work brilliantly when executed for one person, may be an utter flop for the next. This step by step process will provide YOUR unique answer, and aid you in realizing what steps YOU need to take to get the ball rolling. If you are serious about changing your present reality, and are willing to dedicate yourself to making the necessary changes to create your ideal life, then you have officially received your Golden Ticket. A professor of mine once said, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life. How are you going to spend it?

Tell All Tuesday Series: Freedom

Q-What would FREEDOM mean to you?


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A-A few nights ago, I ran across a video on YouTube that covered this exact question. A young man and his lovely new wife were up to their eyeballs in student loans and consumer debt. They had just had their first child, and were debating on whether or not to purchase their first home. After all, that IS the traditional order of things. But, everything within them was screaming, “NO! Don’t do it!” as the already existing financial strain was beginning to take a toll on their marriage. They sat down together at the kitchen table and took the time necessary to HONESTLY evaluate this one single question.

They concluded that their idea of “Freedom” was to rid themselves of all but 2 backpacks worth of possessions, and travel around Australia. That night was the ultimate tipping point of their existence, and it opened up doors that have made all the difference in their lives. They got rid of all of their possessions, paid off each loan and debt, and then hopped a plane to Australia with baby girl in tow. They had decided on a change (a drastic one at that), they executed their plan in a timely fashion, and they haven’t looked back since! This experience completely liberated them, and allowed them to follow their dream. They agree that it was BY FAR the best decision that they have ever made!

In my present reality, there are 4 factors that I believe would grant me Freedom…

One: Purge my Possessions:

I have been working on purging my home for a good year now, and have made a dent, but after watching that (and several other) videos, I have concluded that it’s time to increase my speed. While I HAVE been diligently putting my “Sell” items up in the attic as I go through closets and drawers, and have been posting and selling items on numerous online venues, my possessions are at a snails pace getting out that door! People blow up my phone constantly (sometimes waking me in the wee hours of the morning), wanting to meet up (Gotta have it, Can’t wait!!!), then…CRICKETS. I’m on the verge of just donating it all!

Advantages to Purging:

  • No Clutter
  • Easier to keep house-healthier environment
  • Free up time to focus on more important things
  • Less stress and worry
  • Monetary profit can pay down outstanding debts

Two: Work from Home:

My husband is almost twice my age. The older he gets, the more dependent he becomes on me, both mentally and physically. Plus, I only have a few years left to enjoy having my babies at home. I work from home on all of my business ventures anyway, so why not put myself into the position to focus on these projects full-time?!

Advantages to Working from Home:

  • Be there to care for my children and my husband
  • Sick days-even when I feel awful, I can still make progress and keep the funds rolling in
  • No juggling act to concern myself with in regards to appointments and deadlines
  • Exhaustion-If I NEED a 30 minute power nap, I’ll have that option
  • Need I say…All of the comforts of home

Three: Become a Property Owner:

As a renter, there are always those nagging hypothetical scenarios that plague you in the back of your mind…What if they won’t let us renew…Sure wish I could paint these stark white walls…I wish I could have a pet for the kids…If I could only grow a victory garden…Ah, to have a pool… Not to mention the fact that a mortgage is generally a WHOLE lot cheaper than renting. Yes, if something goes wrong or needs fixed/replaced, it’s all on you, BUT each item that you upgrade ONLY benefits the ultimate cause. You’re making an investment towards your future, and the resale value of your home, if you so choose.

Advantages of Owning Property:

  • Freely making changes to your property
  • It’s an investment for your future, or can serve as estate for your family
  • Saving money each month to use in other directions
  • No chance of hard feelings if a disagreement occurs with your landlord
  • The satisfaction of OWNING in and of itself

Four: Putting Myself on a Pedestal:

Being a mother, a grandmother, and a wife, my natural instinct is to put the needs of those most important to me FIRST. Whatever time, money, or energy that is left at the end of the day, I can devote to my needs and wants. While (in theory) this is a good mindset to have, MY needs are JUST as important as theirs are! I need to start placing myself higher up on that pedestal, and allowing myself the things that I want and need from life. As the old cliche goes… “If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t NOBODY happy!”

Advantages of Placing Myself on a Pedestal:

  • A happy, balanced life
  • I’d be making an investment in myself, which only increases my value to others
  • The more time I spend on me, the less stress and worry I will have, thus the happier and more content I will be
  • I will be better able to appreciate each blessing in my life
  • If I focus more on me, I will be agitated less, have fewer mental/creative blocks, and will increase the years that I have left to live

These 4 categories, I believe, will allow me the freedoms that I need from life. So, what does FREEDOM mean to YOU?

***I do realize that today is Wednesday.  This was my post for yesterday.  My granddaughter got sick at school, and I was tending to her until her mother got done with work.***

My First Product Launch

I decided several weeks ago that today, August 26, 2016, I was going to unleash details about my newest product. I have been compiling information for the past 12 years of my life, and have finally decided on the direction in which I want to use this knowledge. My original game plan was to create an informative guide for those in need, then I thought it would be more appropriate as a detailed e Course, but have decided instead to create the Ultimate Inspiration Pack.

Follow Your Dreams

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We all talk about following our dreams, fueling our passions, but let me ask you this…how do you go about STARTING down this path? My Inspiration Pack will provide you with all the steps necessary to ensure that you start your journey successfully. I will be providing more details as time progresses.

I have been working on an informative breakdown of this new, FANTASTIC product, but my explanation is a bit unorganized at the moment. Last Sunday I spent the day in the Emergency room, and have been on 3 antibiotics since, and then Monday evening my son was involved in his first car accident. So, needless to say, my explanation is clouded by a mother’s emotions and a fuzzy medicated head. This product deserves my best, so I will save it for another day. I wish each of you an exciting weekend worth remembering!

Till next time…

Tell All Tuesday Series: Product Launching

Q-Have you ever launched a product before?

Brainstorm Session

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A-I have created hundreds of products over the years, and have sold more items than I could put a number on, but I’ve always been SO excited to get my finished products into the hands of others, that I have completely skipped the process of “product launching.”  During my research over this past year, I have learned how VITAL it is to properly present a product/service to the community in hopes of achieving the longevity that you desire for the hard work that you have invested.

I have been dabbling with one project in particular, that I KNOW will benefit others, for the past 12 years of my life. I have finally decided to finish her up and place a deadline (launch date) to it. I have a few ideas that I would like to implement during this process, but am open to any and all suggestions that YOU, my loyal community have to offer. What have you or your company done in the past that was beneficial? What do you feel is the best approach to marketing a product launch? I am anxious to hear your suggestions and ideas! I will be sharing more details with you as time progresses.

I can’t wait to roll your thoughts, experiences, and input around in the ole’ noggin!

A Little Motivation for your Day…

For those of you who are unaware, I have been burning the candle at both ends lately. I have finally committed to my book, and will be announcing soon, my anticipated launch date. I will tell you that I have given myself just 6 months to complete it. Every time that I put a specific date on a project, something inevitably gets in my way, and I feel like an utter failure for not getting it done “on time.” But, whether I stick to said date, or whether I’m a few days off, the important thing will be that the 1 single project that has haunted my mind for 12 years, will finally be complete. It’s been a LONG time coming!

So, with that being said, I wanted to do something just a bit different than normal today, and I hope that it inspires you in the ways that it has me. I have decided that I am going to live my life from here on with positivity and purpose, and I am welcoming The Law of Attraction into my day to day. I will Ask, I will Believe, and I WILL Achieve!!! I have always been a realist, but I know that I need to embrace optimism into my life. The vibes that I am tossing out into this vast planet will not disappoint! I WILL be successful in all that I pursue, and I WILL conquer my dreams!  On Christmas Day, I will be hitting my 4 year mark in my ultimate 5 year plan. I have been saying since last year that 2016 is GOING to be my year, and I believe, DOWN TO MY CORE, that I am correct in saying this.  The wheels have been placed into motion, and there is NO going back now! I love each one of you for the contributions that you have made in my life! I am SO blessed to share this life with you!

YouTube has an abundance of inspiring, thought provoking, and emotionally gripping videos available for the taking, and I have decided to share 2 of these videos that spoke to my soul with you today. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I did!

Become a Lion

Most People

I am anxious to hear your thoughts on these videos!

How to Make a Never Ending Card

So, I’m sure that you’ve seen those wicked cool cards that flip, and flip, and flip, and…

Yeah, those. How cool are they, right?! So, I finally ran across a tutorial on YouTube that explains, step by step, how to create one, so I took notes (on dimensions) and discovered just how super easy they really are to make. To see the video, click HERE.

A lot of people draw on them or throw some pics on them and give them to their special someone for Valentine’s Day. Me? I grabbed some patterned scrapbook paper and inked up the edges to give a distressed look, and will include them in my exploding boxes. A little something extra for that overall “WOW!” factor that I’m going after. Here are some pics of where I’m at with them right now. I’m sure that I’ll do something more to them before it’s all said and done.

Well, let’s get to those dimensions so you can throw a few together for yourself. If you have any questions, throw them my way; I love helping others out!

First, know that you will have 4 sides to display whatever you choose. For the “base” of the never ending card, you are going to need 2 squares that measure 4 inches x 4 inches (or bigger/smaller depending on your needs). I used a heavy duty Kraft card stock from Hobby Lobby. I don’t want a dinky piece of paper that will rip after only a few uses! Once you have these, you are going to want to score both squares vertically at 1 inch and again at 3 inches. Crease these in both directions with a brayer or bone folder to ensure flexibility within the card. Once you’re happy, you are going to cut both squares in half (at the 2 inch mark). NOTE: You are cutting horizontally-NOT between your score lines; you want those on all 4 of your new 2 inch x 4 inch rectangles.

Once you are good to go, I want you to place your new rectangles like this Never Ending Card Construction 2 in front of you.

Next, grab your choice of adhesive-most folks use their double sided tape dispensers (a.k.a. snails), but I opted to use a little tacky glue instead to prolong the life of the card-it’s a good thing my “practice” one had tape on it though, as I adhered too many sides together and it wasn’t working properly, so pay close attention to this next part…

You are going to add a small corner’s worth of adhesive:

Never Ending Card Construction 3

Now, lining up the corners, place your “landscape” rectangles on top of your “portrait” rectangles like so…

Never Ending Card Construction 4
and apply pressure.

If using glue, allow to dry. Now, you’re going to want to make sure that she works properly. Open and turn, open and turn, open and turn, open and turn. How cool is that?! AND, the best part is that YOU created it!

All that’s left now is to decorate. If you choose to use scrapbook paper, you are going to need:

  • 8-2 inch x 2 inch squares
  • 8-1 inch x 2 inch rectangles
  • 8-1 inch x 1 inch squares

NOTE: Make sure that you plan where each of them go if you are using multiple styles of paper to ensure that they coordinate properly.

For those of you who are in a hurry and just looking for the dimensions, here they are again:

  • Base Paper-4 inch x 4 inch (2 squares)
  • Optional Scrapbook Paper:
    • (8 squares) 2 inch x 2 inch
    • (8 rectangles) 1 inch x 2 inch
    • (8 squares) 1 inch x 1 inch

Well, that just about does it. What did you think of this project? Have you ever made these before? Do you think you’ll try it out? If so, I’d love to see it! Drop me a line…

Blessings in Disguise

Hello my friends! I trust that you had a wonderful Father’s Day weekend. Mine was QUITE eventful to say the least!

Black Screen of Death

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So, for those of you who follow me on Facebook, you are already aware that my trusty PC has finally given up the ghost. My daughter borrowed it one day, and she wouldn’t boot properly the next. I have concluded that there is a hardware issue, and suspect that the solder on one of the components has broken loose, which is NOT something that I feel super comfortable tackling as a DIY project, despite my A+ training. I am hoping that our computer whiz down the road can get this issue resolved, and if so, my kiddos will have a “new” laptop to work on for school projects. But, in the meantime, I needed a reliable PC. I have way too many things going on daily that require a dependable computer! So, I applied for a store credit card and purchased the “perfect” PC for me. I didn’t need all the bells and whistles, and was able to find a great deal on a new HP. I am anxious to get it all set up the way that I need it.

In addition to this fiasco, my hair dryer went out (the very next morning might I add) and our PS3 has been on the fritz for the past several months, AND my hubby’s new tablet that he got for Christmas has been going haywire. So, we went ahead and upgraded to a PS4, and I will probably replace his tablet with a Samsung Chrome Book (after I do some research) that has a stellar price tag on it while I’m at it. Also, my “Big” Christmas gift this past year (we were actually able to buy each other a few things) was an external hard drive that I’ve been eyeballing for the past 12 years. I almost lost my pics of the kids growing up back in 2008, and I refuse to put myself in that position again, thus the need for an external. But, it was a dud! I sent it back with full intention of replacing it, but an unexpected bill popped up (go figure!) that needed that money, so I was out my gift. I figure since I’m charging, I may as well cross all my t’s and dot all my i’s. I have quite a collection of saleable items that I’ve been compiling for my household liquidation, so I should be able to get this card paid off pretty quickly. PLUS, it will help boost my credit score even more, so when we go to apply for a home loan (which is coming soon…) it will work in our favor.

It’s super scary to make multiple large purchases like this, but when you’ve got all the details mapped out and a game plan in mind (like I do), it will end up being a blessing in disguise.

So, I know that I missed my Tell All Tuesday question this week (as well as my Wednesday post), but it is next to impossible to compose a post on my little iPhone. I do hope that you will forgive me.

But, my question for the week was this…

Q-In regards to large purchases, are you an impulsive shopper?

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A-Oh my no! I spend months (sometimes years) contemplating the purchase, and I ensure that I cover all my bases. Research, specs, customer reviews, and so on. The couple of times that I have been backed into a corner (like with my vehicle) with a lack of any other options, I have gotten burned financially, and I do mean fried to a crisp! Overall, I am very methodical in ALL that I do. Spontaneous travel…now that’s another story for another day.

When life throws chaos in your path, you have to cope the best way that you know how, and I’m hoping that this weekend offers me the opportunity (mainly the time) to get all of my ducks back in a row. As I’ve mentioned before, I am the cog that keeps this family running efficiently, and I need to get all the kinks ironed out and get us back to a somewhat “normal” schedule again. It’s hard enough keeping 2 teen work schedules (in addition to mine) on track without a TON of wasted gas and back peddling. I have too much going on to waste what little time I’m given each day.

Okay, so as you know, I’ve been spending a lot of time working on my latest creations (my Exploding Boxes for my Mama and my Grandma). I have been having an absolute blast with them, but they are SUPER time consuming! I honestly thought that I’d be damn near finished with them by now! My newest addition (my Flower Pop Up Envelope) has been an extremely tedious process. Was going to create a line of them for my Etsy shop, but am STRONGLY reconsidering! Ready to move on to the next item on the list! Anyway, I thought that I would put together a couple of posts/tutorials on how to create some of the items that I have been creating for these boxes. I learned these techniques from fellow bloggers, and felt it only appropriate to pass along the information. Make sure to stay tuned. Good stuff is in the NEAR future…


-SIDE NOTE: Hubby ended up getting a new Samsung tablet for a GREAT price, and I ended up getting a 5 TB external hard drive (only a few dollars more than the 2TB I got at Christmas!!!). I saved SO much money…great sales!!!