Kiki Halbert Designs

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Okay, so I was early announcing Earth Day. :) But hey, that's just me. I jump into things head first, on time or not.

We are getting ready for our first real vacation together, and things are starting to get real for me. We leave next weekend. Not this one coming, the following. Yikes! I really have to try and find my spring clothes. It's still spring out there, my father-in-law tells me. And there is still snow in the mountains, so I need to figure out how to pack for 2 different seasons. What a task. The last time I was in Oregon in May, it was the same thing. I had come from Arizona on a conference where it was 102 in the shade, and then went into the mountains in Oregon, where I needed warmer clothing. Layers. I keep telling myself, dress in layers.

So what's on the design front? Funny you should ask. I have a new kit that I've been working on for the guys in your life. Hope you will enjoy that one. Comes out the day after National Scrapbooking Day. And there will more new products in store at SBE before that for sure. I'll leave a little peak here for you tomorrow. I know you'll love it.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Happy Earth Day!

Well, it's been an interesting week. We are finally settling into our new apartment, boxes everywhere still, and I find myself realizing that we still need to purge more. How did I fit all this into a one bedroom apartment? I really don't know.
It seems that Spring has decided to boycott the Ottawa area this year. We went straight from Winter to Summer. It has been 26 degree Celsius the last few days, which is clearly summer weather. So, skip unloading the Spring wardrobe, and pull out the summer stuff. Which kind of bums me out a bit. I was just dying for a pretty, slow spring this year. I love the time of rebirth in this area. Great picture taking opportunities everywhere. Especially the Tulip Fest. All the same, the flowers and plants and trees still have to come out, so I'll have lots of photos to scrap!
Want to see what Spring inspired for me lately?

These are both at my store at Plain Digital Wrapper. I was feeling very springish before the move. This kit took a long time to design, but it was so worth it. And one of my lovely CT guests, Meredith, did an awesome job designing this bracket album don't you think? It just says spring is here!
I'm working on some more mature kits again, for men and older boys. Not having children, I am happy to scrap my husband's adventures, and we'll have plenty of photos to scrap of our trip to Oregon, coming up in 2 weeks. So I'm trying to get a head start on designing a few kits for those pics.
I hope you'll have a lovely Earth Day! Get out and enjoy it!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

I've been tagged! My first tag! Thanks Patricia!

Just copy paste THIS and everything below up until my Five links.
I thought it would be cool to have a meme where we post links.
We can post up to five.
Then we tell five more people to share their links.
If we all share who tagged us, our links are sure to be seen!
They can be business links, favorite sites, affiliate links, whatever you want…
There are Five Rules:
1. MUST be clean. No R rated sites.
2. Only FIVE links.
3. MUST tell 5 people.
4. A link back to the person who tagged you
5. Lara’s Place is the meme originator. (an active link is appreciated)

Here is my list in no particular order.

Blog Carnival: I'm now the coordinator for the digital scrapbook carnival, which is a great resource for digital scrapbookers. You can find links to tutorials, trends and other interesting articles all on one blog post. The next edition is on Flerg's blog.

Our Little Universe: A great general board for gals who are big chatters like me. I found it from a wedding site where I was a member when planning my wedding, and it has a great forum for life journals, photography, finance, home decorating - just about everything.

Sunshine Studio Scraps: Let me just say that you should keep your eye on this site. What a fabulous team of designers and CT members. There's a weekly challenge too.

SJH blog design: This site was given to me as a reference for prettying up my blog. Haven't used it yet, but have every intention.

The Photoshop Roadmap blog: What an awesome site if you are interested in Photoshop resources.

Four people I'm tagging? Well now, that would have to be Amanda Kay, Monica, Nicole and Flergs.

Can't wait to see what's happening with those gals!
ACK! Just when you think things are finally looking up, life throws you a twist...or two. Wait, maybe there's one more!

Yes, my last few weeks have been nutso! I expected some downtime from the internet with my recent move. Who doesn't. We can't honestly expect a well-paid, over-charging internet/telephone service provider to be anything but punctual and courteous now do we? :)

I didn't have internet or phone service at my new apartment for nearly a week. I was informed that they don't do Sunday phoneline transfers, when originally I was told they did, and then they apparently had trouble reading my file or something, because I was told that the line would be activated Monday, then Tuesday, then Wednesday. Come Wednesday I was informed that I had an inactive line and a technician would have to come to the neighbourhood to install a new line, but I wasn't required to be home. Good thing. I am NOT taking a day off work to have someone take all day to get there, take 5 minutes to work on the outside of the house, and then pull every last hair out of my head because I really wasn't required to be at home. Wednesday I asked to speak to a supervisor, because I certainly was not going to be inconvenienced for one more day. I was promptly put on hold, and not so promptly (30 minutes later), cut off. Nice. Finally they sent someone to my home on Friday. I was told I would need to be home, so I arranged for a 5:00 p.m. visit with the supervisor. Upon arriving at home at 4:30, I picked up the phone, and voila! We had a line. Apparently, as I suspected, I didn't need to be home. The line was fixed from the outside at 9:00 a.m. that morning. Internet connected, I frantically surfed. :) Until the next twist came along.

The next twist was the demise of my LCD monitor. It started to flicker, and then wave, and then by Tuesday, it started doing the Macarena. Icons were no longer visible. Text was unreadable. I frantically backed up my hard drive to my new EHD (remind me to buy a computer with eSATA next time), and hoped for the best when bringing it into the shop last night. Turns out, it's not my motherboard, as I suspected. It's definitely the monitor, which is still under warranty. My sweet brother lent me his humungous 19 inch CRT monitor until I get mine back. So I am once again with internet, able to read, see icons, and heaven forbid, I might actually get to scrap today.

The reason I am so anxious to scrap? Well, I recently was announced as one of the Sunshine Sweeties!!! I'm one of the lucky ones, and I'm dying to work with Ellie Lash's products and also enjoy some of Monica's lovely stuffs.

Now, onto the blog carnival news. The next carnival is being hosted by none other than the lovely Flergs. You'll really enjoy the next edition, and remember, if you find any great articles on a blog somewhere, submit the article using the widget on my blog here so that other can enjoy it as well.

Thanks for reading my internet/phone rant, and keeping up with the news! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Welcome to the April 1, 2008 edition of digital scrapbooking. Sorry for the delay of one day. I was supposed to have internet access at home on Monday, but still don't have it up. Thank goodness for borrowing internet time from work on break!

Kelly-Ann Halbert presents Jane's Make A Matchbook posted at, saying, "Learn to make a hybrid matchbook layout"

Kelly-Ann Halbert presents Creating text on a Custom Path in ACDSee Photo Editor 2008 Beta posted at Digital Scrapbooking Info, saying, "Learn how to make a text path in ACDSee Photo Editor 2008 Beta"

Hummie presents a new Hybrid challange posted at The Hub, saying, "This hybrid box is just so cute!"

Hummie presents >Colors and Kuler posted at Scrapin and Stampin with Savitri.


Lori presents Digital Chatter - Heaven Graphics posted at Digital Chatter - Heaven Graphics, saying, "Resource. All completely free printables, digital scrapbook papers and graphics for download"


Kelly-Ann Halbert presents Photoshop Friday! Designing with Rings posted at Jessica, saying, "Layouts using rings"


Kelly-Ann Halbert presents Glitter Tutorial posted at Welcome to my world, saying, "Learn how to use Flerg's glitter styles"

Kelly-Ann Halbert presents Altered Notebook Tutorial (Hybrid) posted at Scrapbook Ideas, saying, "Hybrid Notebook Tutorial"

Kelly-Ann Halbert presents Fun with Layer Masks posted at Misty Cato Designs, saying, "Layer mask tutorial"

DreamScrapper presents How to Make Great Scrapbook Titles Using Digital Alphabets and Layered Text Boxes posted at Lettering Delights - PRWeb Press Release Account Feed, saying, "Article appropriate for hybrid scrappers as it details how to layer elements in Microsoft Word to create effective titles."

Kelly-Ann Halbert presents IOD Build a Frame tutorial posted at IOD, saying, "Video tutorial to build a frame"

Kelly-Ann Halbert presents Tutorial- Blending an image into a background using ACDSee Photo Editor 2008 Beta posted at Digital Scrapbooking Info.

Hummie presents Tut: Weathering and Antiquing posted at Scrapin and Stampin with Savitri.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of
digital scrapbooking using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.