Sep 30, 2007

Hummie's Basics - Staples (Freebie & Tutorial)



Here is the folder at Fotki where you can find the staples. Just right click on each staple and "save as," but make sure it says it is a .png.

I also wrote a tutorial on how to create staples.

I cannot believe I have never made a staple before. I am trying hard not to get distracted by other creating and to work toward teaching myself how to create the basic elements. This will help me make better mini-kits.

You will note that the staples progressively get better in the Fotki folder. That is because as I practiced and thought, I got better. However, I felt even the first staples were unique and give a different feel to a page, so I shared them, but if you want the better staples, head for the last ones in the folder.



Hummie's Basics - Iron Arrows Freebie


Here's the link...at the top of my post, for all those freebie grabbers. Go ahead, grab it and get out of here.

If you want these iron arrows, be sure not to download the ugly thumbnails, but rather the full size originals. Read the instructions here.

Yes, I have an attitude problem this morning.

I feel like giving the whole world a lecture. I am always wondering what the world has come to when so few even bother to take a small moment to leave a comment to say thanks. Why have we become a world of grab-and-go? Why is the world all about me, me me?

My comment settings do not require you to be logged in (either here or at Fotki) and I do not make you do the word verification, so I make it easy, and still only about 6 people out of hundreds left me a thank you with my last freebie.

It seemed to me that I got many more comments using 4shared and people will leave a comment that way where they will not leave one any other way. Why? Why is that?

I do not share to advertise to get you to buy my products. I do not sell. I share because of the joy of sharing. I just love giving to others. However, if I do not get any feedback, how do I know you like what I give? It just zaps all the joy out of it for me.

I am really close to stopping this freebie giving. There are other ways I can spend my time giving of myself.

There are so many people out there giving freebies that I guess if I stop, I won't be missed.

Then there are the people who make those who give freebies feel guilty for asking for comments. How many times have I read people say that they are tired of reading a request for comments. These people need to sit on the other side of the fence in the other person's shoes. It is very time consuming to create items and upload them and share them.

I rarely ask for comments as it just feels wrong to do so, but it really isn't wrong at all. What is wrong with society that they think it is wrong to want a little thanks or feedback? Yes, yes, I know, we should do things without expecting anything in return. Is it so wrong to expect a thanks in return? Why are those who give freebies made to feel guilty for expecting a thanks?

I bet back at the turn of the century it was commonly known that not giving thanks was wrong. I can see in my mind the dialog in movies. It was very unexceptable. So, why the push now to make it exceptable?

Each person should take a moment to look into their own heart and decide what kind of person they want to be. If you have not been leaving comments, then make a choice to change now. Make a commitment to never download without leaving even a one word "thanks." If you don't have time for that, then I shake my head in sadness for what the world is becoming. It makes me fearful for my grandchildren and my great-grandchildren.

Sep 29, 2007

Thoughts Become Actions....

Just sharing another layout to give warm fuzzies!

This quote that Tina Williams shared inspired me to do this layout, so warm fuzzies to her!

I used a freebie kit from ksharonk and just loved it, so warm fuzzies to her!


Wanna know how I did that word "change?" It was simple. I wrote the word, then made a selection of it. Thereafter, I put a 3 px border of the selection on a new layer and added a pillow bevel and drop shadow. Simple and cool, huh?

I have a poem written in my Bible somewhere that goes something like "Thoughts become actions, actions become habits, and habits become character." I am always trying to teach my boys to keep their character in check. If we could only do what God tells us to do and to think only on those things pure, what a better world this would be. Sometimes I try to shake out negative thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts, but sometimes it is such a struggle.




Photoshop Elements Discount

I found this sale good through the end of the year days after I have already placed my order. I am passing this along for others.

Order PSE6 online at a discount.

I have good news! I called Adobe and, although I talked to three people and spent quite a while on the telephone, they pleasantly applied the $30 discount to my order and issued a refund. My first experience with their customer service was very nice.

Photoshop Elements 6 Does Have Styles

Good news! I was elated to read (at ScrapGirls) that Photoshop Elements 6 can have styles. I am still awaiting my copy to come in the mail. (Here is the photoshopelements user thread referred to at SG)

Here is the information:

Place the styles here:

"XP- C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Adobe\Photoshop
Elements\6.0\Locale\\Photo Creations\layer
stylesVista-

C:\ProgramData\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\6.0\Locale\locale>\Photo Creations\layer styles"


Upon an error message saying 'cannot load because file cannot be found:'

If you put something in the wrong place and then launch PSE, you may need
to rebuild the database, but you do it by deleting/renaming the old DB.

To do that, quit PSE, then find \Documents and Settings\All
Users\Application Data\Adobe\Photoshop
Elements\6.0\Locale\en_US\MediaDatabase.db3"



Wendy talks about installing actions:

Installing actions PSE5. First make sure that the "Show hidden folders and files" option is turned on in Windows. Then create a Shortcut on the desk top to:

C: Documents and Settings>All Users>Application Data>Adobe>Photoshop Elements>5.0>Photo Creations>Special Effects>Photo Effects

To install an action (like Grant's tools) and then drop the folder on the shortcut ... restart Elements and the action then shows up in Special Effects>Photo Effects.


Friday Filter Challenge - Glowing Edges

Here is my layout using Rachel Clark's Glowing Edge filter challenge.

It took me a long time before I arrived at something satisfactory using this filter. My steps included, but are not limited to, running the filter and placing it above an original layer of the photos, applying a shadow adjustment, applying a blending mode to the top layer, merging the two layers, extracting the boys from the photo, and putting the same paper layer over and blow the extraction, lowering the opacity to the upper paper layer. Sounds confusing, huh?

I also played a lot with their faces and could not get them to look right, so I eventually arrived at this version with their faces off the page.

As is often my style, I use very little on my pages. The only item on this page is the same orange paper from Rachel's Shabby Autumn RAK she beswtowed on me.



Friday Filter Challenge - Mezzotint

I am enjoying reviewing the filters in Rachel Clark's Friday Filter Challenge and playing with ways in which I can utilize them in layouts.

With teenage sons, I have always found that using filters is one way to please them with "cool" artistic layouts.

Rachel also RAK'd me with her new kit! What a suprise for me! I used one paper, cut as a mat, and an arrow from her new kit in this layout. The mezzotint filter is applied to the upper right background photo.




Sep 28, 2007

Fotki Download Instructions Now Have Screencaps


If you have had trouble in the past understanding the Fotki download instructions, I have now added some screen caps.

It's easy, my digibuddies!

I'm going to be busy filling every single folder with elements so that newbies will have a one stop place to obtain freebies to get them started.

Sep 27, 2007

Hummie's Basics - Chrome Arrows Freebies

Due to my organizing, I have realized that I have not made many of the basic elements in digital scrapbooking. I have never made any arrows and I use them a lot.

Here are some chrome arrows I made with PSE shapes and Atomic Cupcake Chrome action. These should be versitle for use on many layouts. I plan on making more arrows in other styles.




Also, as discussed in my last post, 4shared is causing many problems for many people, so I am going back to using my Fotki.

It is not a quick download, as each element must be downloaded separately, but it is safer. Please read the instructions to be sure you download the full size element. It is fairly quick once you get the hang of it.

Do not be afraid of the ugly icons!

In addition, space is unlimited and, therefore, my freebies will always be available.

Download here.

7-Up Pound Cake

This seems to be an old, but classic recipe. Anyone ever make this one? I know there are other recipes with soda in them. Do you have a favorite?


7-Up Pound Cake

2 sticks butter
1/2 c. shortening
3 c. sugar
5 eggs
3 1/2 c. plain flour
1 (10 oz.) bottle of 7-Up
1 tsp. vanilla flavoring
1-1/2 tsp. lemon flavoring

Cream butter and shortening. Mix together sugar and eggs, then flour and 7-Up and then flavoring. Cook in the middle of oven for 1 1/2 hours at 325 degrees in a preheated oven.

Adobe's Comparison Chart

Just a quick post to share with you a link to Adobe's comparison chart between Photoshop Elements 5 and 6.

Just Rambling

It has been a while since I've posted a just rambling post about personal life. Sometimes I feel reserved putting my life on the Internet.

I've had so much going on it seems.


MARCHING BAND

The boys and the marching band are off to a GREAT start, better than ever before. Their first two competitions they were awarded 1st place in their division, along with quite a few caption awards. At both competitions, they earned the percussion caption which is important to us as both boys are in the drum line. I thank God for the success of the band and for the talents He has bestowed upon band members and teachers. I pray for their continued devotion and self-discipline so that their skills can continue to grow in order that they may continue to do well at competitions.


MY LITTLE

My Little (Big Brothers, Big Sisters) moved back to town after having moved out of state for the summer and we were re-matched and have been having quite a few meetings. Our first meeting to the parade was a bit awkward as she seemed distant, but we are beginning to warm up to each other again. We went last night to see Shrek 3. I showed her the great joys of photowalking on Sunday and we also plan to meet this Saturday, but then I'll need to slow things down! My Little has quite a few issues going on and they are on my mind a lot. I pray that God give me the wisdom and the words that need to be said to her to help her through her situations.

TV

I've been watching more television lately and really enjoying all the premieres this week. Of course, as a Survivor addict, I'm checking into all the boot lists and such. Maybe some day I'll have time to blog about those spoilers.


TAGGING

I've been having some software issues that I think I've cleared up (just to have my tivo go out on me and be fixed to). I've spent some time tagging in ACDSee, which is so time consuming.


PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS 6

Best Buy did not have the new program and I did order Photoshop Elements 6 last night, but I am having it shipped to my home and the order estimated delivering on October 3. I just feel more comfortable having that disk in hand should my computer crash.

4SHARED AND SHARING FREEBIES

I understand 4shared is giving people problems and even I have had a few problems recently with it redirecting me to what is possibly a spamware page. Some people are complaining that it is setting off their AV virus controls and many people are having to hit the back button just to get to the downloads. This has caused me to think a lot lately on my other options.

Of course, kit elements can always be shared on my Fotki. This caused me to review my account and I have been spending time reorganizing the categories there and deleting everyone else's things but my own. I have decided it is too much responsibility to host other's things. If you have not taken any of my freebies before, many of them are at my Fotki. If you download, please be sure to get the large file (original size) and not the thumbnails. Read my instructions. It is not a quick download like 4shared as you have to get each piece individually, but it is safer.

After I cleaned out my Fotki, I began reorganizing my folders on my hard drive to match my Fotki and will soon be uploading other things that are not now there. This organization has made me note the many types of elements I have never created and I am inspired now to begin creating, so I should be sharing more soon.

However, Fotki does not help me share my templates and I may have to utilize my website space to share those, which means they will only be up for a limited time.

XBOX AND HALO 3

The boys ran out last night and traded in all their previous x-box games to get the new Halo 3, only to be caught playing it at almost 11 p.m. on a school night. I had to be Mom and take it away from them for a week. I do not need their addiction affecting their school work and I really hate when I have to discipline them.

I must head off to work now. I'm sure I have more to ramble about, but as always I have no time.

Sep 26, 2007

Themed Thursday - Reading


This week's theme is "reading." Future themes are in my sidebar!
Upload your layout to any gallery or blog and add the link to where you post your layout in Mr. Linky (in the box below). It may be a layout you already have or a new layout. Late?--Add your link at any time!

Take time to visit and comment on others.



To become a regular participant of Themed Thursdays For Scrappers and get your link to your gallery or blog in the blog roll, just e-mail me! To put the blog roll in your sidebar, get the code here!

At the bottom of Mr. Linky is a link to Technocrati. You can also find participants through this link provided that participants put this URL link somewhere in their post: http://technorati.com/tag/Themed+Thursdays



Here is the code for the Mr. Linky above (code changes weekly). Add it to your post on your on own blog . It is quick and easy to add this same Mr. Linky right into your blog post to watch for new participants from there.

First, if you do not have the necessary code in your html template on your blog yet, you will need to add it, but just once. Put it directly after the "head" code on a new line.


Add this code to your blog post for this week.


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I have had a rough few days with hormones, worse than normal, almost crippling. The uncontrolable crying for no reason is embarrassing. Although I feel better, the timing was not good for me to go looking through all my old albums searching for a photo of me holding my boys reading to them. I read to my boys way more than the average mom and it is not documented in one photo and that saddened me. In addition, there are only a few photos of me holding my boys. It saddens me to see this false history recorded as I did nothing but hold my boys when they were little, loving them, reading to them, teaching them. I've asked them before and they do not remember all that time I spent with them and I cannot help but feel a tug at my heart. I wish my hubby would have taken more photos, but he was not into cameras and I was camera shy.

I do hope that my loss will be someone else's gain. Maybe someone will read this and realize that they should be in front of the camera.

So, I took this opportunity to journal my thoughts; yet another sentimental, sappy layout from me.

Credit: Yin's template and Jerri Ingalls kits (papers all recolored from various kits)

LAYOUT REMOVED

Photoshop Elements 6 is here!


Adobe made the big announcement yesterday! PSE6 is for sale at Adobe.com. (what a software world it was yesterday!..Halo 3 also came out yesterday and, although we did not purchase the popular new version of the game yet, a friend did and we have already had a convergence of young men in our house playing it.)

I plan on first checking to see if it is at my local Best Buy already (as I just purchased Nero 8 and it was at Best Buy before it was online). If not, then I will probably order PSE 6 online. I can get the lesser price for an upgrade, but am hesitant to do so. I want to make sure I can still use both versions on my computer (although as soon as I upgrade to Vista I understand I will not be able to use PSE 3 any more).

Once I get a chance to test it, I will blog about it. I know many want to know if it is worthy of the cost to upgrade. For me, I will gain the advances already installed in Versions 4 and 5, so I am hopeful.

I did read that Rozanne at ScrapGirls already has a copy of the program and is testing it. She found some bad news. It appears that the Styles are integrated into the program and that new styles can no longer be added.

I must admit that although I have played with styles a lot, and added a bunch of free ones, I rarely use them. Most of the free styles online include drop shadows which are not conducive to digital scrapbook designs. When I would use them, I would have to take time to remove the drop shadows after applying them. I know this must be some bad news especially for Al Ward who offers them for sale and has tried to adapt recently to the digital scrapbooking world.

I am most hopeful that the actions from Atomic Cupcake continue to work as I do utilize those more than styles.

Sue Chastain has a nice article with details of what is new in the program.

Most of the new features are to the Premier Elements 4 which is for videos. I am wondering how this compares to the features in my new Nero 8. It seems everyone is hopping on the YouTube bandwagon so that uploading to YouTube can be done straight from software.

The biggest change seems to be a new selection brush. You can see a video of it working at Adobe.com. I am curious as to how well this does on the fine strands of hair.

In addition, you can see how the new Photomerge tool works with a line-up of three youngsters who will not cooperate for the camera, quickly integrating two photos into one.

Another change seems to be a new interface which is similar to Adobe Lightroom, including a darker color which in theory utilizes the contrast design principle to keep the file you are working on as the focus.

Here is a list of new features in the editor which I've read so far. I am currently not focusing on the Organizer or Premier Elements 4 as my main concern is the creation of digital scrapbooking pages.

  1. New interface.
  2. No ability to add new styles
  3. New easy to follow tabs to reduce clutter.
  4. New quick selection brush (replacing former selection brush), along with a Refine edge dialog.
  5. New guided edit mode to walk you through editing photos, in addition to the full and quick already in former versions.
  6. New Photomerge tool to assist in panoramas and inserting a person from one photo into another.
  7. New feature for converting to black and white.

It appears that our hopes for text on a path may have been smashed into the rocks. I guess they have to keep something from us to get us to upgrade to CS3.

In addition, I have been asked why I do not upgrade to CS3. My goal has always been to write tutorials for the program that the general public can most afford. There are more people who have a version of Photoshop Elements than of the full programs. For me, I am always frustrated when tutorials are written in the full version and are not applicable to the lesser program. I want to be able to help as many people as I can and will probably never purchase the full program.



Sep 25, 2007

Skillet Lasagna

Doesn't this sound easy and yummy? My family does not like tomatoes (although I love them!), so I may substitute tomatoe sauce. Do you think this would work in the crock pot too?

Skillet Lasagna

1 lb. ground beef
1 envelope dry spaghetti sauce mix
1 lb. cream style cottage cheese
3 C. medium noodles (uncooked)
1 tsp. salt
1 16 oz. can tomatoes
1 C. water
1 8 oz. pkg. shredded Mozzarella cheese

Directions: Lightly brown ground beef in skillet; drain
Sprinkle half the spaghetti sauce mix over meat.
Spread cottage cheese in layers over meat and arrange uncooked noodles for next layer.
Sprinkle with remaining spaghetti sauce mix and salt.
Add tomatoes with liquid and water, being sure all is moistened.
Cover with tight fitting lid and continue cooking slowly for 30-35 minutes.
Sprinkle cheese over top and cover and let stand for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Sep 24, 2007

True Heritage Quote

I found this quote today and it really touched me.

Thomas Kinkade, the painter of light:

"Human souls are the only things in this life that continue forever. And therefore my true heritage must be my loving contribution to other human souls."

Of course, digital scrapbooking can be a loving contribution to future generations, but what else can we or are we doing to contibute to other human souls?

What else do we do that makes a lasting impression far beyond the time we will be here on earth? Many things we say and do will leaving a lasting impression.

Often trees and plants and taking care of our environment will last a long time. I have stood at my grandmother's gardens and felt some sort of connection knowing that their hands had planted. Although they are long gone, the flowers and berries seem as if there is a timeless window linking us together.

Credits: Papers - Cafedigi Timeless Freebie (loved them!)
Template: Andrea Gold (swirls were awesome!)




Sep 23, 2007

PPI Sizes in Digital Scrapbooking - A Choice

PPI Sizes in Digital Scrapbooking – A Choice
By: Hummie
*the pdf of this writing is available on my tutorials page

In the digital world, you will generally find two choices for pixels per inch; that being 200 and 300 ppi. Occasionally, I run into scrappers who prefer to never print and only scrap for online purposes that do 72 ppi, but the majority of scrappers do want to print.

Please utilize this tutorial to educate yourself in how ppi functions in layouts so that you may choose for yourself and be aware of the various file sizes before using products and freebies in the digiworld. Before making the choice, be informed.

PPI VS. DPI

With regard to resolution, ppi is an acronym for “pixels per inch.” ppi was originally associated with screen viewing indicating how tightly each dot of color sets next to the dots near it. The more little dots that are contained in one inch, the better the graphic. In general 72 ppi is adequate for screen viewing and web pages, but not for printing.

This is often confused with dpi, which is an acronym for “dots per inch.” dpi was originally associated with printing. The default settings in most printers are generally sufficient and most people do not need to be concerned about dpi. In other words, if your graphic (layout or element) is created with sufficient ppi, the default dpi settings in the printer should be optimized adequately for printing.

I have noted that many programs and/or camera specs do utilize the term dpi instead of ppi and, therefore, more and more these terms are used interchangeably. Do not fret should you not be able to find the correct terminology while working with graphics.

HOW TO DETERMINE THE PPI OF A FILE

It is important to learn how to determine the ppi size of a file. In Windows XP, right click on a file and choose properties. Click on the “Summary” Tab. If necessary, choose the “Advanced” button.

Note the width and height and the resolution fields. The resolution field should indicate either a 200 or a 300 ppi. However, the width and height fields are just as important to observe. These fields are directly correlated to resolution and can be confusing.

A COMPARISON CHART

A paper created in 300 ppi (note, the properties utilizes dpi terminology) with a size of 12 x 12 has a height and width of 3600. This is the industry standard in digital scrapbooking.

A paper created in 200 ppi with a size of 12 x 12 has a height and width of 2400.

A paper created in 300 ppi with a size of 8 x 8 has a height and width of 2400. Therefore, these two settings actually result in the same size image.

A paper created in 200 ppi with a size of 8 x 8 has a height and width of 1600.

To better understand the concept, bring each size of paper into a 12 x 12 300 ppi file and observe.
Of course, a paper created at 300 ppi at 12 x 12 fills the entire file.

However, a paper created at 200 ppi at 12 x 12 and a paper created at 300 ppi at 8 x 8 are the same size when brought into a 12 x 12 300 ppi file.

A paper created at 200 ppi at 8 x 8 is very small when brought into a 12 x 12 300 ppi file.

As you will note, for a rectangle scrapper such as I, the 2400 x 2400 size papers would work fine for my purposes; however, I have made the personal choice to stick with only 3600 x 3600 papers regardless, mostly because this is the industry standard.

Another very important reminder from the above charts is to note that 200 ppi products made in 8 x 8 are too small. It is important if your choice of size is 200 ppi to also look into what size paper (12 x 12 or 8 x 8) the 200 products were created in. This is difficult to determine with elements. What a hassle this could be, especially if downloading freebies from unknown designers. Of course, sticking to your favorite designers would resolve this problem.

Frequently, cameras take photos at 72 ppi. I know I became nervous when I first looked at the properties of my photos. However, it is important to remember, as indicated above, that the size of the file and the ppi are linked together. Therefore, a large file size at a lower ppi equals a satisfactory height and width. Do not panic! It is all in the math and I do not like math and have no desire to analyze and figure the math on this one! To feel more comfortable with your photos, simply test them as I did the files above in the charts by bringing them into a 300 ppi at 12 x 12 file to see how large they open up.

Mixing and matching different size elements can be frustrating. The same element made in two different ppi’s (300 or 200) brought into a layout will open up in a different size (as indicated in the above chart). Designers always try to do their best to create elements which are sized realistically for layouts so that digital scrapbookers do not need to resize the elements for their pages. Utilizing more than one size ppi elements in a layout defeats this purpose, causing a digital scrapbooker to constantly resize elements. In addition, for beginner scrappers who have not yet gained an eye for realistic sizes, this can be discouraging. I would encourage new scrappers to stick to one size.

One digital scrapbooking site and shop has made the up-front choice of only providing 200 ppi products. This site has been around a long time and has many useful resources for digital scrapbookers, but I feel it is important that new scrappers be aware that Digital Scrapbook Place only offers 200 ppi. Their products are excellent and if your choice is 200 ppi, then this would be the perfect place for you.

What does irritate me is when someone is not up front with the size of their products. It is frustrating to take the time to download a file, unzip it, organize it, tag it, and such, only to later realize it is a lower ppi than originally thought. With the industry standard being 300 ppi, I feel this is most important for those that offer 200 ppi freebies or products.

The use of 200 ppi vs. 300 ppi is a huge controversy in the digital world which may some day work itself out. The industry standard (based on the majority of products sold) is 300 ppi. However, there are many proponents that strongly feel 200 ppi prints just as well as 300 ppi, having done tests and thoroughly investigated the issue. The debate continues.

Personally, I feel they are right that 200 ppi would print adequate, but on the other hand, my personal choice has been to stick with 300 ppi. The hassle of checking what size file a 200 ppi documents was created in is not worth it for me. In addition to the frustration of mixing and matching element sizes, my instincts continue to remind me how quickly technology continues to advance and that the unknown of future graphics may have me some day regretting the use of smaller sizes. Remembering you can always resize down, but cannot resize up, I tend to lean on the safe side. I am preserving memories and want to be careful with this important task.

I commend those who step forward and stand up for the use of products less than the industry standard. I believe people should be allowed the freedom to push for new standards. America would not be the same if we did not allow that. For instance, women would never have been allowed to vote. Sally Beacham is a strong advocate for 200 ppi and she has a free script for PSP to convert the 300 ppi items quickly to 200 ppi.

There are several good points made for the use of 200 ppi. First, higher resolution graphics require higher RAM (resources) on a computer. When processing files (resizing, running filters, etc.) a higher resolution graphic can cripple older computers. Second, smaller graphics take up less hard drive space. More hard drive space equals more cost. The 300 ppi graphics are considerably larger than the 200 ppi graphics. Since the graphics are smaller, bandwidth in downloading is conserved and the cost savings could be passed onto purchasers. In addition, downloading smaller files could be very important to someone on dial-up. Another good point is that 200 ppi designs do not need to be compressed to make the file size smaller as compressing files does damage them.

The bottom line is that at this point in time, with our technology today, there is really no right or wrong answer to this debate. It is best to understand and be informed regarding the issue and weigh the pluses and minuses for yourself to make an educated decision that works best for you and your resources. For instance, certainly those with slower computers and dial-up connections may want to strongly consider 200 ppi. I would suggest that go back through this tutorial and possibly open up your program and bring in various size elements until you understand how ppi functions. Then make a list of pluses and minus for you and choose for yourself what is best.

Sep 22, 2007

DSD Tailgate Party Winner #27

Congratulations Christine! You are our final winner and you have won Linda Vich 's $5.00 coupon to her new store. (E-mail) Please e-mail her to claim your prize.

I hope everyone had a lot of fun and was inspired by the many heirloom layouts!

Please take the time to visit our many sponsers and be sure to mark Digital Scrapbooking Day on your calendars for November 3rd! It is only about 6 weeks away!

Now that this is over, I plan on getting The Kudos Team back up and running. I know I have had requests to do so and do hope it kicks off well again.

MapMuse - Find it near you

MapMuse is a great place to find places of interest near you.

For instance, I did a search for corn mazes in Missouri and found 43 places. You can search by zip code or metropolitan city also.

You can search for everything from garden centers to drive-in movie theatres to brand name stores, to scrapbook stores and clubs.

Although there are many sites listed, I did notice some missing from my area. However, there are features to add missing links and new links are being added all the time. This site is already a great resource, but over time, should continue to become more comprehensive.

PS> Whew, finally had time for a techy internet find post. How long has it been? I have so much saved up to share and no time to share!

Sep 21, 2007

Hummie's Freebie Circlet!

Hey everyone! I have been SO busy with marching band and family this week that I am getting behind on my posts! The marching band had a great start to the season with a first place and three captions. Wish them well tomorrow!


I am SO enjoying sharing with you layouts made with my tutorials, templates, and freebies that have been shared with me.




Lori made this awesome layout of her daughter with my template. I love the fun photos and the combinations of papers.










Sandy made this beautiful layout utilizing my background paper and other papers and elements from the DSS Outdoor Challenge Kit.










Tina made this fun layout of her son with my template. This is a great example of how to convert my rectangle templates to square. She coordinated the papers to balance perfectly on the layout.









Here is another layout Tina did with my templates andutilizing the DSS Lucious Fall Designer challenge kits. Look at all that great journaling on there!












Tina used another one of my templates! She is so good to me to encourage me and I appreciate that so much.












And, yet another one from Tina using another one of my templates! Does she not rock? She found the perfect photos for this layout and the focal photo seems to speak a lot without words.









And check this out? Tina used my first template to create this very whimsical layout. Can you feel it? She is so good at the clustered look and tis amazes me!










Please, please, please share with me if you use my stuff! It is more than enough payment in return for my sharing. If you do not want it shared on my blog, please do be sure to tell me so, otherwise I can share it here to give others inspiration and ideas.

DSD Tailgate Winner #26

Congratulations, Holley VanDenBerg, you have won, Karla Kellum 's coupon for 50% off of one order at my store, Lifesong Kreations. (E-mail) Please e-mail her to claim your prize!

It looks like tomorrow will be the last day of the tailgate party unless someone comes forth with more prizes.

We have had a ton of great volunteers for prizes and I appreciate them all so much!

Hummie's Freebie Template 11


You can see my layout with this template and a few digital scrapbooking techniques (that go with my tutorials) in use on this page. You can also learn how to apply a double Rule of Thirds to your photos.

The paper and the rope are from my Fall Mini Kit (I left them in the template too).
I wrote the quote myself to go with my layout, but left it in the template. Of course, feel free to delete the quote and add one to fit your photo.
Download expired--this may be purchased in my store.

Sep 20, 2007

Themed Thursdays (Gentle) (and lots of examples of techniques!)

To become a regular participant of Themed Thursdays For Scrappers and get your link to your gallery or blog in the blog roll, just e-mail me! To put the blog roll in your sidebar, get the code here!

This week's theme is "gentle."

Future themes are in my sidebar!
Upload your layout to any gallery or blog and add the link to where you post your layout in Mr. Linky (in the box below). It may be a layout you already have or a new layout. Late?--Add your link at any time!

Take time to visit and comment on others.




At the bottom of Mr. Linky is a link to Technocrati. You can also find participants through this link provided that participants put this URL link somewhere in their post: http://technorati.com/tag/Themed+Thursdays


Here is the code for the Mr. Linky above (code changes weekly). Add it to your post on your on own blog . It is quick and easy to add this same Mr. Linky right into your blog post to watch for new participants from there.

First, if you do not have the necessary code in your html template on your blog yet, you will need to add it, but just once. Put it directly after the "head" code on a new line.


Add this code to your blog post for this week.


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Oh my goodness! I am SO busy! I have for the first time not gotten this up on time.

Here is my layout! I know digiscrappers will identify with me when I say that I felt a huge satisfaction in getting my "artistic need" out with this layout.

I used my freebie Fall Mini Kit with this layout. This is why it is so hard for me to design as I always use so few elements. I will have a freebie template of this layout available too.

I used the Rule of Thirds art and photography rule to create this layout.
The original photo was much smaller. I used the nine grid block in PSE shapes to target the area I wanted to fill in to make this photo applicable to the rule of thirds. Thereafter, I used the clone tool on the trees and foilage to create "something from nothing" to fill in to the left and above the photo.

Next, I used my tutorial for blurring backgrounds on my newly created photo.

I created the frame to further enhance the rule of thirds concept on the photo. There are now "two" rule of thirds concepts on this photo. In the first rule of third (without frame) my son's head is at the intersection of the grid. Within the frame, the arm is in the intersection of the grid, bring focus to the caterpillar.

Isn't that awesome how two rule of thirds can be combined?

I was happy with my photo, rope, and text, but something was not quite right. It seemed a bit off balance. Then I remember my dotted lines for balance tutorial and it was the perfect touch to fill in the blank areas, ground the layout, and finish the layout off to a T.

LAYOUT REMOVED

DSD Tailgate Winner #25


Congratulations, Bianca, you have won Maggie's $10 coupon to her store (E-mail). Please e-mail her to claim your prize!
There are only two more winners left unless someone donates more prizes!


Sep 19, 2007

Campbell's Cheddar Potato Bake

Oh, potatos are my enemy! I love them so much and cannot resist them. This simple recipe looks yummy and I may have to try it some day.



Campbell's Cheddar Potato Bake

3 cups mashed potatoes*
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) Campbell's Condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup
1/3 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
Generous dash pepper
1 green onion , chopped

MIX potatoes, soup, sour cream, pepper and onion. Place in 1 1/2-qt.
casserole.
BAKE at 350F. for 30 min. or until hot.

*Cook 2 lb. potatoes (peeled and cut into 1" pieces) in water to
cover. Add salt if desired. Heat to a boil. Cover and cook over low
heat 10 min. or until tender. Drain. Mash potatoes with 3/4 cup milk
and 2 tbsp. butter or margarine. (Season to taste.)

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Thanks, Kristine, for sending me your favorite recipe. I am glad that reading the broccoli recipe sparked your remembrance and I am sharing your recipe with the readers.


one head of cauliflower
1/2 cup crispy, crumbled bacon
1/2 cup parmesan
up to 1 cup mayonaisse (depends on how creamy you like it)
3/4 - 1 tsp of horseradish (depending on taste)
1 tbs fresh chopped chives
Toss it all together and chill.

When my mom first made this many years ago, she put the salad on a bed of shredded lettuce and then has also mixed shredded lettuce IN the salad. Now she doesn't even bother with the lettuce, because we all fight over the salad. Twenty five years later, we still fight over it....LOL

Fall Mini Kit Freebie



This is my contribution for Claudette's Lucious Fall Challenge. She provided a great color palette.

There are six papers, 2 tags, 1 sticker, 2 mats, 1 brad, and 2 borders in my mini freebie. The papers are all similar, but each slightly different.

I wanted to do so much more, but I have to watch the time I spend on designing. Click here to download. Please read my instructions and do now download ugly, small thumbnails.

As always, if you use this kit, please e-mail me and I will share on my blog your layout as inspiration for other readers.

As always, credit to Atomic Cupcake actions.



Freebie Circlet Slideshow

I have always said that giving to others is like a big circle. When I give to others, I hope that they would pass those warm fuzzies on by giving to someone else in another way. Eventually, the warm fuzzies will return to me from someone unexpected, in a way least expected.

I have taken this idea to create "Hummie's World Freebie Circlet." When I share templates or freebies or tutorials, you can give back to me by sharing with me when you use them in a layout, but then I can give back to you by sharing your layouts on my blog. Others can share warm fuzzies by praising layouts through comments. Ah! Doesn't giving just bring so much joy to everyone?

Just e-mail me your layouts!



Feel free to leave love in the comments for these wonderful layouts. I sure do appreciate seeing them! May you be inspired!


Sep 18, 2007

Photoshop Elements 6 Coming Soon!



I am SO excited! Adobe has registration up for two classes for Photoshop Elements 6. The first class in October 2nd and the second class is October 23rd.

Why does this make me so excited? It means that it will only be a matter of weeks before the next version of Photoshop Elements is available! I have enough donations and plan to be one of the first to purchase it and I will be sure to make some tutorials with it right away.



Freebie Template #10


I am having trouble finding time to work on my mini kit freebie, so I whipped up another template because they are so quick and easy to share.

This one I used for a heritage layout.

Download Expired.

As always, please e-mail me your layouts with this template and I will share them with my readers on the blog in the Freebie Circlet.

Broccoli Salad

Has anyone tried this recipe? I think this is one that I've tried that I really liked, but never made.

2 bunches of broccoli - cut into bite-sized pieces
2 medium red onions - thinly sliced
1/4 cup raisins (optional)
8 slices bacon - fried and crumbled
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp. vinegar

Mix broccoli, onions, raisins and bacon together gently. Blend mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar thoroughly. Fold dressing into vegetable mixture and refrigerate 1-2 hours before serving.

The Resume of Jesus Christ

Address: Ephesians 1:20
Phone: Romans 10:13

Website: The Bible. Keywords: Christ, Lord, Savior and Jesus

Hello. My name is Jesus -The Christ. Many call me Lord!
I've sent you my resume because I'm seeking the top management position in
your heart. Please consider my accomplishments as set forth in my resume.

Qualifications

* I founded the earth and established the heavens, (See Proverbs 3:19)
* I formed man from the dust of the ground, (See Genesis 2:7)
* I breathed into man the breath of life, (See Genesis 2:7)
* I redeemed man from the curse of the law, (See Galatians 3:13)
* The blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant comes upon your life through me, (See Galatians 3:14)

Occupational Background
* I've only had one employer, (See Luke 2:49).
* I've never been tardy, absent, disobedient, slothful or disrespectful.
* My employer has nothing but rave reviews for me, (See Matthew 3:15-17)

Skills Work Experiences
* Some of my skills and work experiences include: empowering the poor to be poor no more, healing the brokenhearted, setting the captives free,healing the sick, restoring sight to the blind and setting at liberty them that are bruised, (See Luke 4:18).
* I am a Wonderful Counselor, (See Isaiah 9:6). People who listen to me shall dwell safely and shall not fear evil, (See Proverbs 1:33).
* Most importantly, I have the authority, ability and power to cleanse you of your sins, (See I John 1:7-9)

Educational Background
* I encompass the entire breadth and length of knowledge, wisdom and understanding, (See Proverbs 2:6).
* In me are hid all of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, (See Colossians 2:3).
* My Word is so powerful; it has been described as being a lamp unto your feet and a lamp unto your path, (See Psalms 119:105).
* I can even tell you all of the secrets of your heart, (See Psalms 44:21).

Major Accomplishments
* I was an active participant in the greatest Summit Meeting of all times, (See Genesis 1:26).
* I laid down my life so that you may live, (See II Corinthians 5:15).
* I defeated the archenemy of God and mankind and made a show of them openly, (See Colossians 2:15).
* I've miraculously fed the poor, healed the sick and raised the dead!
* There are many more major accomplishments, too many to mention here.
You can read them on my website, which is located at: wwwdot - the BIBLE. You don't need an Internet connection or computer to access my website.

References
* Believers and followers worldwide will testify to my divine healings,salvation, deliverance, miracles, restoration and supernatural guidance

In Summation
Now that you've read my resume, I'm confident that I'm the only candidate uniquely qualified to fill this vital position in your heart.
In summation, I will properly direct your paths, (See Proverbs 3:5-6),
and lead you into everlasting life, (See John 6:47). When can I start?
Time is of the essence, (See Hebrews 3:15).

Send this resume to everyone you know,! you never know who may have an opening! Thanks for your help and may God bless you!

DSD Tailgate Winner #24


Congratulations Poohbear (Judy)! You have won Debb Cozzi 's prize of a free 3-month membership to the Scrapbook Artisan Guild. Guild membership entitles the member to a monthly Guild kit, a monthly mini class and a monthly on-line magazine (The Artisan Notebook). (E-mail) Please contact her to claim your prize!


Sep 17, 2007

Stewardship Principle #2

Well, my bathroom fixtures, after much ado and a bite out of the pocketbook are finally restored and I can hope for a better day tomorrow. A friend reminded me the importance of teaching my children and, therefore, I set out to complete the task with my son. It was a lot of work! That stuff was stuck on pretty good! But we did not quit and kept at it until we took everything apart. We got to where the big pipes in the back had to come apart and gave in and called the repairman who brought his big tools and flaming torch who finished the job right up for us. Finally, at 10:30 p.m, or task was complete and behind us.

I have tried desparately to make a freebie for several days, but life is preventing it. I've got it started though!

My brother-in-law will be in town any hour now, but only for a few days before he leaves for Iraq. Our family get-togethers may prevent me from being a great blogger too this week, as well as marching band, but I will try.

As I wind down tonight and have a very short time on hand, I could not decide what to do, so I thought a little time with God be best and I am studying the 2nd stewardship principle. You can download the study and read more for yourself.

2. God's Stewards are Managers, Not Owners.

When I first read this, my first thought is as to how God has entrusted my children to me to guide and teach them, and that they are not "mine," but "His."

The study points out that although we work hard for the things we are surrounded by, the ability to work hard, our health, etc. comes from God.

Ps. 24:1 The earth is the LORD'S, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.
Another key word I see is that we are to be joyful in our stewardship. It is a privelege to be entrusted with God's resources and life and, although it is work to care for what we have been entrusted with, we must always do it chearfully and enjoy it. Yes, we must wash those dishes joyfully.

1 Tim. 6:17-19 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
Another point that caught my attention was that it is not wrong to own things, not even to own them in an abundance, but that God simply expects more from us the more we own. If we are gifted and talented in many areas, then we are expected to use our gifts. If we have more money, then we are expected to share more with the poor or utilize our wealth in a variety of ways to help others.

Luke 12:48b From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
So I must ask myself what I am doing with the things and talents and people that God has entrusted me with? Am I doing enough? What can I do better? Am I pleasing God?

Why didn't I marry a handyman?

Why didn't I marry a handyman? Why did I marry for love? Maybe God knew that love would get us through?

If anything is going to ruin our marriage, it is going to be the fact that I enherited handyman genes and he did not. When I fix something that he cannot fix, it insults his manhood to no end and makes him grumpy for a week or more.

So, whenever there is something that needs repairing, I merely try to stay out of the way and let him fix it. Yesterday, after having noticed for several days that the water came shooting straight out of the cold water pipe when the water was turned on (like he would ever even notice it), I pointed it out to him. He said he would fix it, then soon after announced he was going out (to goof off). I reminded him again and he declared he'd already forgotten about it and would get right on it.

The entire afternoon I listened to him carry on and yell while trying to fix it. He made 3 or 4 trips to the hardware store and spent $40 and finally, into the evening, he declared "it is fixed, but we will probably need new fixtures soon."

What I surprise I got when I went to take a shower this morning.

Not only was the water still shooting out from the pipes, but the entire contraption stuck out farther from the wall than the hot water side, and a hole was exposed so that water from the shower could get into my bedroom closet on the other side of the hole. I was so mad! This is what he calls "fixed?"

And to boot, he spent $40 on parts to "fix" it. Why? If we have to buy a whole new set of fixtures anyway, why not just put that good money toward brand new parts all around rather than spending $40 for something that will be a temporary "fix" (if you can call it that) for only a day or so.

I do not understand! Please help me understand why he thinks this way?!!!!! I've heard woman are from venus and men are from mars and that I just don't understand the way he thinks, but this surely does not fit into that, does it?

It is times like this that God really seems to be testing me. I am not supposed to get angry. I am supposed to be a supportive wife. I am not supposed to complain. I just want to scream!

I've been in this situation many times before and I still do not know what to do or how to react as nothing seems to work. For instance, the time the pipes under the sink needed fixing I was patient for 4 days without a bathroom sink while he struggled and struggled to fix it. He finally gave up and, including a trip to the store, I had everything fixed in an hour. Then he was grumpy for days to come in embarrassment and knocked-down self-esteem.

So, what should I do? Should I be patient and wait for him to fix it? Should I go ahead and fix it? I never know what to do! Any choice I make turns into ugliness.

I ask God to please give me wisdom so that I can discern what to do!
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all
without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

Or maybe I should pay lots of money to hire a handyman to come in and fix it?

Save my marriage, send donations so that I can hire a handyman! The button is in the sidebar! (Just kidding, sigh)

DSD Tailgate Winner #23!


Congratulations KatieMac Scrap! You have won Heather Manning 's prize pack consisting of "The Folded Flowers," "Jordan's Sandy Beach," and 1 other kit from her store (personal use only) (E-mail)
Wow, what a big prize! Thanks Heather and thanks everone who has played. We only have a four more prizes to give out unless more come in. I wish everyone well in having their number drawn!
Are you having fun yet? Have you been inspired by all of the heirloom layouts yet?


Digital Scapbooking Blog Carnival is Up!

The latest edition of the Digital Scrapbooking Carnival is up at Scaps of Mind! Pop on over there to read some great articles and I thank her for doing a wonderful work at such a fun post.

Our next Carnival will be hosted by Lisa at the Scrap Princess on October 1st.

I am still working hard to educate and hope people understand how easy it is to participate in making this a great blog carnival. We can only make it greatif everyone joins in. You do not have to have a blog to join in. Just find a great article by a blogger and use the widget in the sidebar to submit the article.

What better way to give other's warm fuzzies than by submitting their article?!!!!

And the more articles we have, the more interesting the carnival will be for all of the digital scrapbooking readers.

A few people cannot do this alone! We need your help!

Sep 16, 2007

My Kaboodle

I am trying to move some of my widgets to pages so that my site loads faster, especially for those on dial-up. You can always find my Kaboodle from the sidebar link!

I welcome anyone who wants to be my Kaboodle friend!

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This is my digital scrapbooking kaboodle. Yep, I want a lot! It piles up because I watch my pocket book closely.



This is my hankering for wish list for items other than digital scrapbooking kits.



Here is my "Got it" list of things I've purchased and I love and recommend. What are you waiting for? Go get them!




Faithbooking - Prayer Journal

It has been a long time since I have found time to do another prayer journal page. This one has been on my heart to do for a while now.

My sons do not always care for the things God has entrusted them with as they should; however, often I do not either. These bedroom photos do not exemplify what the rest of our house looks like, but I tend to get exasperated and cannot fight anymore and allow their space to be their space. Of course, I have my certain areas of the house, such as my desk and bills, my van that needs vacuuming, and other areas, so I am no better than them.

I want to utilize my prayer opportunity to study my Bible more about stewardship and the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod offers Eight Biblical Stewardship Principals for me to review, along with a leaders guide and Bible verses that can be downloaded. As I study these, I thought I might blog a short bit about each one.

The first principle is: God's stewards are God's stewards.
Sounds like a twist, huh? Basically, this reminds us that we (as God's stewards) belong to God because he created us and because we are renewed daily as a new creation through Baptism. This reminds us that God created everything, even us.

We do not own anything that surrounds us, not even ourselves. Everything belongs to God.

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

If you would like to follow along with me, read more applicable Bible verses in the download, as well as more points to take to heart.

I wonder how often I fail to give God the credit for the things I own. I know my hubby gets upset with me when I say "my bedroom" instead of "our bedroom" in conversation. In all actuality, it is neither of ours, but "God's bedroom," but that does not come out right in normal conversation.

Of course, one way to recognize and give credit that which is God's is to thank Him for what He has given us. How often do I complain about aspects of my body or things that I own? If I only would change my perspective and look at these things as that which God created for me and entrusted to me, especially for me, maybe I would not complain so much.

It makes me think about hair. I complain that my hair is flat with no body and often want other's hair type. However, those with lots of body and/or curls complain that their hair is unmanagable and want hair like mine. We often never want what we have, but what others have.

I remember a little prayer by song that I like to sing.

God is so good, God is so good;
God is so good, He's so good to me.

He cares for me...
I'll do His will...
He loves me so...
He answers prayer...

Here the song over at Youtube.







I used freebies made by Tina and Claudette and you can find the links here. I plan on making some contributions with this color palette when I have time, but their contributions are awesome!

I used Chris Greiser template from her Sketch Me If You Can blog. I converted it to rectangle and did move a few of her elements around, but I loved using this template and thank her too. The template I used was a layered template (in her sidebar, choose 3 photo templates to find it) and I would love for her to share more of her sketches in this manner.

DSD Tailgate Winner #22


Congratulations, Iris! You have won Tina Williams 's And Love Word Arts. (E-mail). Please e-mail her to claim your prize!


Whew, I am sorry I did not get a winner up yesterday. This has been one of "those" weekend for me...troubles abound to solve and I've gotten nothing else done. ever have one of those days?

Sep 15, 2007

Designer Technique - Sara Ellis (Extractions)

Please allow me to introduce to you today Sara Ellis! I have only recently met Sara, but I my initial thoughts were as to how sweet she seemed! You can learn more about Sara and her precious children on her blog.

She sells at DigiScrapBoutique, as well as One of a Kind Scraps (OAKS). In addition, she contributes to the charity kits at Scraps For Charity -- isn't that a great concept?!

For layout inspiration from her, take time to visit her galleries at OAKS, The Digi Chick, and DST.

Sara shares with us how to utilize the magic extractor in Photoshop Elements 4.
Watch out below for a 40% off coupon!

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Hi there….
I’m very honored that Hummie asked me to be one of her featured designers.

After lots of pondering, I decided to talk about extractions. Extracting an image out of a photo is a fabulous way to take care of a picture with a very boring or extremely busy background that just doesn’t do any justice for the subject you’d like to focus on.

Take this picture for example. The plain white hallway and shadow do not do anything for this adorable picture of my son, Griffin.












Click on “Magic Extractor” and that will bring you to a screen like this.
Then use the foreground brush tool to color in the subject that you’d like to keep…it will be in red…………







Feel free to alter the brush size to fit the area to your liking.










Then you will use the background brush tool to color in everything you wish to delete…it will be in blue.









Then you may click on the smoothing brush and slowly go over the edges of the keeper image and what you’d like to discard….this will iron out some of the rough pixels

After those few steps, click on preview….it may take a few minutes for the altered photo appears



Closely look at your picture to make sure it has been altered to your liking……you might have to add a little back into your picture by clicking on the “add to selection” or by clicking on the “remove from selection” tool ………… you can then paint or erase the targeted areas……




…..then once it looks perfect to you……….click on “ok” and it will look similar to this


now you can save this image as a PNG or just go ahead and start playing with it …….




Here’s the LO that I made back in July using this picture of Griffin
you can find all of the credits here













now……Hummie asked me to also share a favorite product of mine…….my newest favorite isn’t in the store yet, but it should be within the next 24 hours….it’s a collaboration with Faith True called Not So Spooky………..

soooooooo….here’s my Livid Vivid Morning Papers and Elements…. I absolutely love these also













You can find them at OAKS and DSB.















thank you so much for taking the time to read my rambling about extractions… I really appreciate it.