Aug 1, 2014

Garden Challenge #digiscrap #hummiesworld

Do you love to photograph your garden?  What about nature at the park?  Do you need some inspiration for scrapping all those photos?  Then the Garden Challenge class is right for you.  I challenge you to do these 20 unique layouts.  It's free!  Put this one on your to-do list and join us in the forum.

Jul 30, 2014

Quote of the Day

Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now. Denis Waitley

Catchlights #photography #tutorial #hummiesworld

Lesson 5K of the Photography Class teaches what catchlights are and how to make them in Photoshop Elements and Photoshop.  You can see the before and after "wow" change before your eyes!  Join the photography class to learn all about your camera.  It's free.  You cannot get any better than that!

Countdown to Celebrating! The Home Stretch!

As those who read the chatter thread regularly in the forum know, I have been working very hard the past few weeks in trying to finalize this project that I have been working on since June 2013, that being at least 13 months of work!

I realized that all my "content" that I had worked so hard on preparing for the classes was in the forum thread and that meant it was all in one database.  If that database should become corrupt, or no longer connect with forum .php pages, all that work would be lost and I would be devastated.

I started with all the classes with videos and it took months and months to upload all the videos and connect them to guide pages.

Then I started on classes which had downloads to either put the download directly on the guide or in my Etsy store.

Now, I'm finally in the home stretch and can see the light at the end of the tunnel!

In recent weeks I've been working at the top and going through the classes alphabetically.  While doing so, I have been cleaning up threads of clutter, such as posts about videos not working, links not working, or other techy help, posts of folks no longer in forum, and posts without layouts.  New students want to see the "good stuff" such as layout inspiration and interesting discussions, not stuff from 7 years ago that is no longer applicable.  Plus, this helps to keep the ever growing database smaller and manageable.

There are 29 classes and I have 12 more to do!  I am cleaning threads and editing class guides to bring the information to the guides (which are public).

Dawn is coming to visit me from Ohio to Missouri in exactly two weeks, so I have made it a personal goal to get this project done before she comes so I can celebrate with her!   That means 12 classes in 14 days or about 1 class per day.  Can I do it?

For such a long project and working on it for so long almost every day, this is going to be such a huge burden relief!  I'm not going to do anything while she's here but play!  I may scrap actually!  We do plan on doing some cooking shows together too.

When she returns home, I will try to jump starting creating new content again.  It's not that I haven't creating any new content in the last year (I did do the entire blending mode class of 40 lessons and other stuff!), but now I will be much free-er.  Plus, I want to spend time doing my genealogy website.

So, toodle-ohhs and root for me as I push through this home stretch!  I appreciate all my cheerleaders and all the patience they give me.  This whole new site is free to anyone and will be so much nicer being all cleaned up and organized.

Everybody Knows #keepingfaith

You can't be all things to all people.
You can't do all things at once.
You can't do all things equally well.
You can't do all things better than everyone else.
Your humanity is showing just like everyone else's.


You have to find out who you are, and be that.
You have to decide what comes first and do that.
You have to discover your strengths, and use them.
You have to learn not to compete with others,
Because no one else is in the contest of "being you".


You will have learned to accept your own uniqueness.
You will have learned to set priorities and make decisions.
You will have learned to live with your limitations.
You will have learned to give yourself the respect that is due,
And you'll be a being that's vitally alive.

Dare To Believe...

That you are a wonderful unique person.
That you are a once-in-all-history event.
That it's more than a right, it's your duty, to be who you are.
That life is not a problem to solve, but a gift to cherish,
and you'll be able to stay one up on what used to get you down.

Author Unknown

Are you a fontaholic? This #digiscrap #scrapbooking challenge class is for you!

Do you love fonts?  Then this is the class for you!  Join other fontaholics in the Font Challenge.  Each challenges is simply to use a different font in each layout.  See in the challenge threads ways other scrapbookers have used the same font for inspiration.

Jul 29, 2014

My Attorney #keepingfaith

After living what I felt was a "decent" life, my time on earth came to the end.

The first thing I remember is sitting on a bench in the waiting room of what I thought to be a court house.

The doors opened and I was instructed to come in and have a seat by the defense table.

As I looked around I saw the "prosecutor."
He was a villainous looking gent who snarled as he stared at me.
He definitely was the most evil person I have ever seen.

I sat down and looked to my left and there sat My Attorney, a kind and gentle looking man whose appearance seemed so familiar to me, I felt I knew Him.

The corner door flew open and there appeared the Judge in full flowing robes.
He commanded an awesome presence as He moved across the room; I couldn't take my eyes off of Him.

As He took His seat behind the bench, He said, "Let us begin."
The prosecutor rose and said, "My name is Satan and I am here to show you why this man belongs in hell."

He proceeded to tell of lies that I told, things that I stole, and in the past when I cheated others. Satan told of other horrible perversions that were once in my life and the more he spoke, the further down in my seat I sank.

I was so embarrassed that I couldn't look at anyone, even my own Attorney, as the Devil told of sins that even I had completely forgotten about.

As upset as I was at Satan for telling all these things about me, I was equally upset at My Attorney who sat there silently not Offering any form of defense at all.

I know I had been guilty of those things, but I had done some good in my life-couldn't that at least equal out part of the harm I'd done?

Satan finished with a fury and said, "This man belongs in hell, he is guilty of all that I have charged and there is not a person who can prove otherwise."

When it was His turn, My Attorney first asked if He might approach the bench.
The Judge allowed this over the strong objection of Satan, and beckoned Him to come forward.

As He got up and started walking, I was able to see Him in His full splendor and majesty.

I realized why He seemed so familiar; this was Jesus representing me, my Lord and my Savior.

He stopped at the bench and softly said to the Judge, "Hi, Dad," and then He turned to address the court.

"Satan was correct in saying that this man had sinned, I won't deny any of these allegations.

And, yes, the wage of sin is death, and this man deserves to be punished."

Jesus took a deep breath and turned to His Father with outstretched arms and proclaimed, "However, I died on the cross so that this person might have eternal life and he has accepted Me as his Savior, so he is Mine."

My Lord continued with, "His name is written in the Book of Life, and no one can snatch him from Me.

Satan still does not understand yet.

This man is not to be given justice, but rather mercy."

As Jesus sat down, He quietly paused, looked at His Father and said,
"There is nothing else that needs to be done."
"I've done it all."

The Judge lifted His mighty hand and slammed the gavel down. The following words bellowed from His lips...
"This man is free."
The penalty for him has already been paid in full.
"Case dismissed."

As my Lord led me away, I could hear Satan ranting and raving, "I won't give up, I will win the next one."

I asked Jesus as He gave me my instructions where to go next, "Have you ever lost a case?" Christ lovingly smiled and said, "Everyone that has come to Me and asked Me to represent them has received the same verdict as you,

~Paid In Full~

Author Unknown

Funny Caricature Face #photoshop Tutorial #digiscrap

Lesson 39 of Course 2 is a hilarious Photoshop Elements (and Photoshop) video sharing how to create caricature faces for your digital scrapbooking layouts.  Course 2 has a different technique for your layouts in each lesson.  I would love to have you join us, for free, and do them all, sharing your results in the forum, so we can cheer you on.  Won't you join us?

Jul 28, 2014

Striped Patterned Paper Tutorial #photoshop #digiscrap

Lesson 15 of the Designer Class is a video sharing how to make a simple patterned paper in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, in this case, a striped paper.  You can join the Designer Class and do all the lesson available for free.

What is Faithbooking? #digiscrap #scrapbooking Challenges

What is faithbooking?  You can learn and read more in the Faithbooking Challenge introduction.  I invite you to join us at Hummie's World on the free class, using any products in your stash, to scrap about your faith.  There are currently 21 challenges, with intentions to add more.