Kiki Halbert Designs

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Super Saturday Stretch Inspiration with Amberlee

Welcome back to another Super Saturday Stretch, inspiring you to dive into you digital scrapbooking and play!

There are many photographers out there who would love to be the next Ansel Adams or Anne Geddes. I want to share with you just a handful of some of these amazing artists.

I was recently sent a link for a photographer who is doing staggering work in Hawaii. ClarkLittle Photography is a place to go for awe-inspiring artistry! His work consists of "catching the waves" and the occasional sea turtle on film. Take a look--it is simply breathtaking!

Another wonderful place I found is The Beautiful Nature blog. Many different articles and photos to look at there.

I really liked browsing this gallery over at deviant art by Hugh Schneider aka rad-ix. The snails and mushrooms in particular stood out to me.

This next photographer, MustafaDedeoglu, uses mostly Black and White photography in his work. I particularly enjoyed this photo.

Stephen Heptegon is another photographer whose work I could stare at for hours.

Your photography doesn't have to be this breathtaking, but even just the simplest of shots can capture the essence of a family member or the world around you. Don't be afraid to play and catch the beauty of everyday as well as the sorrow and sadness. I don't want all my scrapbooks to remember only the happy things. How would future generations cope knowing we were so "perfect" or always bright and sunshiny? It isn't always and we shouldn't be afraid to put those days into our scrapbooks.

I hope you enjoyed these sites as much as I did! See you next weekend!


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Abalone Trivia

Since Kiki released her Abalone styles on Friday, I thought I would share some abalone-related trivia:

Abalone is a variety of sea snail.

Abalone is known as Oreille de Mer in France, awabi in Japan, paua in New Zealand, mutton fish in Australia, Loco in various South American countries, and Ormer or Venus ear in England.

The largest variety of abalone is the red abalone found off the coast of California, which can reach 11 inches across.

The viscera of Japanese abalone can harbor a poisonous substance which causes a burning, stinging, prickling and itching over the entire body. It does not manifest itsef until exposure to sunlight - if eaten outdoors in sunlight, symptoms occur quickly and suddenly. Skin lesions may occur on body parts exposed to the sunlight. It is believed the toxin may come from seaweed ingested by the abalone.

Don't forget to go to Funky Playground to buy Kiki's beautiful styles!

Monday, July 26, 2010


It's so sunny and bright here and I hope it is where you are too.
I found this Awesome kit in the store at Funky Playground Design.
Made me think of today.
Here are some Awesome layouts I found in the gallery with this kit. Check them out.

What a fun lo this is. Love the rainbow and the fun design of this page.

Wow I love how the papers are layered here and I like the journaling on the side.
WOW!!! I love these bright sunny Quick Pages too. These can be found here.
Have a great day.

Friday, July 23, 2010

New at FPD: Abalone Shell Styles

I am always on the hunt for cool styles, and Kiki has created a wonderful set of Abalone Shell styles, available at Funky Playground! The colors are beautiful and you could use them on many different elements; the preview highlights but a few uses. I personally love the pale blue color! Wouldn't that be a great look for the frame for a beach LO? And they are both PU and CU OK!
Preview is clickable.

Happy Scrapping,

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Gallery Inspiration--Beauty and Grace

Here are some great Layouts using Beauty and Grace a Collaboration between Kiki and Connie Prince available at Scrapbook Elements.

Here we go.  All images are linked so drop by and give these talented scrappers some loving!

Beauty and Grace by Danny2010 at DSA uses beautiful blending and word are to create both an interesting composition and classic feel.

Ever After by CaroB71 at DSA does a fantastic job of utilizing white space as well as awesome shadowing work.

 Admiring the Flowers by Kim21673 at DST does a great job of picking a photo for this kit that matches beautifully.  She also had great clustering work here.

Last, but certainly not least, Eight9 by Angle2twoangles at DST does a great job with white space as well as using layers of elements to create interest.

Hope you are as inspired as I am.  Happy scrapping--Jess

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Getting the Pretty Back

Yesterday I had an impacted wisdom tooth removed and I was so nervous. I worried because the tooth was so close to a nerve and there was a high possibility that it would be damaged leaving me permanently numb on the right side of my mouth. I did not want to bother with that and besides I thought it might affect the way I eat and it would make me ugly when I ate. The good news is no nerve damage!

Long story short, since I couldn't do much yesterday, I read Getting the Pretty Back by Molly Ringwald. When I picked the book up, I thought it was an autobiography and there are elements of that but mostly it is a "how-to" book: a how-to be pretty book. Not the kind of book I usually read but I am glad that I didn't give up.

Molly does give practical advice like what ten items every wardrobe should have and the ten shades of red lipstick all women should try but her premise for being pretty isn't add a little make-up and you'll be fine. Instead she writes, "Getting the pretty back is about getting back in touch with your essential self: the part of you that knows what you really want, that takes risks... Being pretty can be about style or outer beauty true, but on a deeper more fundamental level, it's about learning to take care of yourself again." To that aim, Molly gives her thoughts about being single, how to pick good friends, hosting a party and parenting.

On Wednesdays, we try to share some tips with you so I am going to give you a few from Molly. Be sure to find her book at your library or bookstore. At the bottom of the post I have a preview of Kiki's Beauty and Grace kit found at Scrapbook-Elements. Click on the preview to go to the site for details.

Avoiding the Five Biggest Mistakes Home Cooks Make

1. Do not be afraid to experiment- with new recipes, new ingredients, or new cooking equipment.

2. Do not use inferior ingredients- fresh, locally grown ingredients may cost more but they pack a punch when it comes to flavor and can make a good recipe incredible.

3. Do not store your foods improperly- storing properly extends shelf-life, preserves flavor, and avoids cross-contamination.

4. Do not skimp when buying kitchen equipment- investing in high-quality cookware and utensils once saves money in the long-run and prepares food better.

5. Do not exclude your children- letting kids help takes some of the work away from you while fostering a willingness to try a variety of foods in the children,

Things Not to Feel Guilty About When You Have a Child

1. The house will be a mess.

2. You'll get mad at your parents.

3. Your kid doesn't play the piano, juggle, speak mandarin chinese and swim competitively.

4. Your kid is a picky eater.

5. You spend time with your significant other.

Fashion Faux Pas That Work

1. White pants in winter.

2. Dirty hair.

3. Silver and gold.

4. Night for day.

5. Mixing seasons.

6. Blue eye shadow.

7. Navy and black.

8. Cheap perfume.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Collage Wall Decor tut

Hi digiland!

It's Sara, bringing you a tutorial put together by scrapmel. She has some awesome info on how to create a collage to hang on the wall. So even though I'm posting this, she gets all the credit for this wonderful tut on how to beautify your walls! :)

Software used:Photoshop CS4
Silhouette RoboMaster
1. Select an image you want to collage with digital papers and place on your wall. Any image can be used--jpeg, png, even a Silhouette design. (To use a Silhouette design, you will need to make a pdf of the image to import into PS. A free software, CutePDF, is available here: )

2. Using Output settings, set Printer to Cute PDF file AND select PRINT CUT LINES (I always forget that and later wonder why my document is blank!)

3. “Print” to CutePDF and then save it when prompted.

4. In order to get a nice, sharp image, I then made it into a custom shape. Custom shapes are vector bases and thus can be scaled up without becoming pixellated. Instructions on how to make a Custom Shape are found in steps 5-9 below. (Skip to step 9 if you already have your custom shape/know how to make one.)

5. Open your image in Photoshop. If using a jpeg you may have to delete your background and do some clean up of the image. If using a PDF from a Silhouette design, you will need to fill your outline shapes (I use black).

6. Select the outside of your shape (Control +click on layer thumbnail).

7.Select the Paths tab and then select the "Make Selection into Path" button.

8. Select Edit,Create Custom Shape. Give it a name. Ta da! You now have a custom shape!

9. Now create a new psd file the size you want your wall design to be. If using a Silhouette, you can only have it 8” wide (or long, depending on your orientation).

10. Click Control+U (custom shapes menu). Select the custom shape tab, choose your design and select unconstrained.

11. Click on your layer and drag out to desired size. If you need to resize after letting go of the mouse, you can still do this easily. Make sure to hold your shift key so as not to distort your shape!

12. Over in the Layers palette, select your design's layer; right click and RASTERIZE layer.

13. Now the fun begins! Select and open the papers you want to use for your ‘collage’. I then pull them into my design file. Everyone can do this part differently. My workflow is as follows – I turn off visibility to all but one paper layer, select it in the layer palette and make sure to place it above the design (shape) layer. I then make a clipping mask (ALT+G on a PC) so that all the papers are clipped to the design layer. Now you can select a paper layer and move your paper around until you get it where you like it. Repeatwith all your papers, or until you are happy with the collage. (I also work with masks so I can show parts of papers that may be hidden by upper layers. This takes a bit of time but it is so worth it!)

14. At this point I add a black stroke at about 6 pixels (helps later in the RoboCraft software).
Once finished, save this as a jpeg, maximum save (12).

15. At this point you can just print your collage (I suggest on Matte Photo or Presentation Paper--colors are vivid!) You can cut out by hand if you don’t have an electronic cutter.
(If you have a Silhouette, see bold print below for further nstructions.)

16. Apply a temporary adhesive to the back (I used Zig 2-way glue) and place on wall. Now, stand back and admire your hard work!

If you have a Silhouette to cut your printed collage piece, open up RoboMaster software and create new project. Click Use Registration Marks!

Open your jpeg.

Autotrace. Select the outer edge only and play with the settings: threshold and .

Paste then exit.

Your cut lines will appear over your design.

Print off – change printer settings as needed. I usually do a test print to be sure all looks okay!
Place the print into the Silhouette and cut – change settings for cutting your paper and a print and cut!

Now follow finish your project using Step 16 above.

There a a lot more tutorials online if you have problems. For Photoshop, use either the tutorials at
For RoboCraft/Silhouette, visit

Have fun!

-Sara (and scrapmel)

More Hybrid Inspirations for your Super Saturday Stretch

Welcome back to Super Saturday Stretch!

Last week I was showing you how gorgeous these papers print out onto plain old cardstock. This week we are finishing up the layout using the paper set Juicy.

First I printed out 8X11 sheets of the papers I wanted to use. Then using my handy dandy Cricut (great birthday present--thanks hubby!) and my Walk in My Garden cartridge I cut daisy-3 in multiple sizes for each sheet I was using for the flower. For example on the pink paper with the green vines I did a 4 inch flower and a 3 inch flower. On the pink and white paper I did 3.5 and 2.5.

Once I had what I needed to make a layered flower I took all the pieces, turned them upside down and using my mini mister from Tim Holtz I sprayed them with water. It is just water.

Then crumple the flowers up. Be careful not to rip them. I let them sit crumpled up for about 5 minutes which gives them time to dry a little bit, but not all the way.

When they are just damp it is time to uncrumple them, don't flatten them all the way you want some texture.

Once the flowers are completely dry you can add stickles (a Ranger product) glitter to the edges of the flowers. I decided to do this to the leaves as well, although I didn't crumple the leaves. I let the glitter dry overnight just to be sure.

Next layer your flower the way you want it to be and using an awl or needle (you could use a punch too if you wanted) place a small hole in the center for the brad. If you wanted more bling you could use a large rhinestone instead, skipping the hole punching step. You will also want to tack each layer of flower together if you don't use a brad. Once the brad is placed you can use pop dots in between the layers if you want a more 3D look.

Next I attached the flower to the layout and added the leaves under the flower. There you have a gorgeous flower using Juicy papers adding just the right finishing touch to my layout.

See you next week for more inspiration!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Super Saturday Stretch for inspiration--Hybrids

You see a gorgeous new paper by Kiki and say to yourself "WOW I wish I had matching paper to go with that. I would LOVE to have that paper in my album/for a paper layout/actual card..." Well you can! I wanted to show you all how beautifully this paper, from the new Watermelon Splash kit, prints on an inkjet printer.

As you can see I printed the paper out then tore it and used it for my layout. I love how rich the colors stay when printed out onto the white cardstock. The black background makes the fun colors pop as well. Here are a couple close ups of the details in the green and pink papers. I love how it looks like there is glitter even though it is just the paper!

I wanted to show you what the layout looks like after adding ink, photos and embellishment. I am waiting for a flower to dry that will be put on in the upper right corner by the photo.

Using your digital kits for paper layouts and projects is so easy and will save you time and money when you need something fast and gorgeous! To print on cardstock be sure to check your printer dialogue and choose "cardstock" and "Best" for color prints. If you have the option to print borderless paper it will save you from having to cut around the edges. If you are using the paper for an 8X8 page I would still print the paper 8.5X11 and cut it to size. That way you aren't wasting paper. Have fun!


Friday, July 16, 2010

SBE is Back from the Brink!

SBE is back. YEA! To celebrate, they're having a 35% off sale now through Monday, July 19 (see ad for sale exceptions). Check out Kiki's store here.
Look at a few goodies on sale (images linked):

Now what are you waiting for?! Get on over to SBE and happy shopping! :)

Staycation Blog Train

Welcome to the Funky Playground Designs Staycation Blog Train! The designers from Funky Playground got together and made mini kits with the theme of stay-cations. I don't know about you, but I could sure use any type of 'cation right now, hehehe.

And here is Recherche staycation freebie, Dans Un Jardin. Isn't it fabulous? Can't you just see yourself sitting on the porch, looking at all the flowers in your garden, iced tea in hand on a hot summer day?
Remember, this kit will only be free through July 22. After that it will go into the store at Funky Playground Designs for $3.50, so grab it now! You can get it here.

The next stop is Fe Marini Designs blog. And if you get lost the whole list can be found at the Funky Playground Designs Blog.

Have fun on the train and enjoy the stay-cation kits!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Magic of Flutterby

To me, there is something magical about summer. The days grow longer and bedtimes disappear. Lightening bugs shimmer in the night air making us wonder if we are seeing a bug or a secret and mysteriously magical fairy dance. When I saw Flutterby, I was enchanted. It's perfect for scrapping those summer evening memories. This gorgeous fantasy kit can be found by clicking on the preview or the LO below:

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Are You Hot Yet?

It sure is hot here in my neck of the woods! And we have just about reached the mid mark of summer and hot days. I have the air on and have been cruising the web looking for some ways to cool down for you and your families. Have fun with them!

1. Get the kids in their swimsuits, grab some paint bruses and water color paints or finger paints and head outdoors. Let them paint each other and then run through the hose or sprinkler to wash off. Repeat as many times as needed.



1 1/2 pounds Oreos, crushed fine

6 ounces melted butter

1 quart, vanilla ice cream


Line the bottom and sides of an 8-inch spring form pan with parchment.

Combine cookie crumbs and butter; press half of the mixture into prepared pan.

Fill pan with vanilla ice cream, making sure to smooth out the top.

Add remaining Oreo crumbs and gently press to form a top crust.

Place cake into freezer for at least 4 hours.

To unmold, allow cake to warm for 10 minutes. Remove pan sides. Flip cake onto a plate. Remove parchment. Slice and serve.

3. Play Sponge Tag

Gather as many sponges as possible (the larger ones work the best) and a few buckets and fill them with water.

Choose a person to be "it". That persons tries to "tag" people by throwing the wet sponges at them. Once "tagged" that person becomes "it".

4. Water Balloon Fun (with a twist)
Fill up several balloons with water and place them in a bucket or kiddie pool. Use the safety pin to poke a hole in one balloon. This will create a time bomb with a slow leak.

Have kids stand in a circle and toss the balloon around.

The person who is left holding the balloon when it runs out of water is eliminated.

Keep playing until one player is left standing.

If you have extra balloons at the end of the game, then simply use them for an old-fashioned water balloon fight.

I hope these ideas will help you and the kidlets to cool off on these hot summer days. And as always, make sure you have the camera, take lots of photos, and then scrap those fun cool times! And we would always love to see them, so if you make a layout with photos from any of these ideas, be sure to come and link us up! We love to go and leave comments!

Have fun!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Bohemian Blush

WoW!!!! Did you all see this Beautiful Kit?
I love the layout's that were made from this kit.
You can find this Awesome Kit at Funky Playground.

So much you can do with this fantastic kit. Love all the creative lo's. Hope you all had a great day!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Gallery Standouts--DST Style

Looking for some inspiration?  Here are some great LO's over at DST!  All images are linked so go leave these scrappers some loving!

First up is Run Free by Harmony

I love the great use of white space on the Layout as well as the wonderful composition of the photo.  It was created using Glimpse of Twilight available @

Next in our inspiration gallery? Love this by Mrsduke2u.

This page does a fantastic job of using layers to create visual appeal as well as paying attention to all of the little details.  This page was created with Beauty and Grace Collab by Kiki Halbert and Connie Prince available at SBE.

Last but certainly not least, is My Garden by CaroB71.

This page has a beautiful composition.  I particulary like how the poem has been placed and the vines are repeated.  This was created with Springdipity by Kiki Halbert Designs at Scrapbook Elements.

Happy scrapping! -Jess

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Inspiration with Super Saturday Stretch

It is hot and humid here in Pennsylvania! Whether you are having a heatwave, walking through the haze of humidity or living in cooler climes, there is one thing that brings us all together....Ice Cream!!!! It keeps you cool when you are hot, it tastes amazing, comes in a variety of flavors and colors and can be eaten any time of the year thanks to modern technology! (sounds sort of like digi-scrapping doesn't it?!?).

This weekend scrap about ice cream or your favorite frozen treat. Be sure to write about why a particular flavor or treat is your favorite--what memories does ice cream spark? For me it is memories of my father. He loved his mint chocolate chip ice cream, although Death by Chocolate made by a local dairy where we lived came in close second. He enjoyed many flavors but he usually went back to mint chocolate chip.

So give us the SCOOP! What is your favorite flavor or treat and why?

Be sure to check out Bohemian Blush, Bright Skies Ahead and the Watermelon Splash mini kit all available at Funky Playground Designs. Perfect for your summertime ice cream scrapping needs!