Jan 7, 2010

New Faithbooking Challenge (with prize!)

Karla has put up a new faithbooking challenge and I think you are going to like it!

Please join us in the forum here. The challenge is to use a poem that Karla herself wrote! Isn't that special and cool!
Karla is new to posting challenges in our forum, so please do encourage her by participating. I know she wants to share many more of her poems with us and we all can only be blessed by them.

Here is the participation bonus she is offering! Isn't it great looking?
Karla and I met a long time ago in a Yahoo Group, so we have been digi-buddies for several years now since Aug 6, 2006 . She is a sweet lady and really wants to encourage others to faithbook. She told me that she continues to feel pulled towards Hummie's World and feels God is tugging at her. I am hopeful that she will be just as blessed by her time spent here as we will be her contributions to the community.

Karla Kellum of Lifesong Kreations is a child of God who loves her relationship with her loving Father and strives to live her life pleasing and glorifying him through digital scrapbook designing and poetry writing. She has been designing for 10 years but, only 5 with scrapbooking. She published a poetry book back in 2007 called "To the Praise of His Glory" you can see it here. You can also see her poetry here as she hopes to start writing more often again. She has two children Matthew and Kat, her husband Owen of 7 years and a dog named Gizmo. Here is her Twitter and here is her blog.

Hi Hummie, I have some questions about subscribing.

I received this e-mail the other day and thought it would be a good thing to include on a blog post for where there is one person who is curious and has questions, there are probably others. I will put my answers within below in red text.

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Hi Hummie
I have some questions about subscriptions. I am thinking and considering and typical me: thinking and thinking. A close evaluation of all our expenses.

What do I get for subscribing?

I have a website page just to answer that question! You can read it here. The figures on that page need to be updated with the count I did in a blog post recently. On that page is also linked this page for those who are more graphic oriented. This too needs updating, but you can get the idea from almost a year ago what was available and know there is much more now. Most of the tutorials are indexed (except I'm behind in updating the pages) and you can view the lists here.

I would like to have access to the 60 templates How? I saw posted layouts using your templates . Seeing those encourages me to send you this mail. When I tried to access the template I got: "you do not have permission to access this page."

If you get this message when going to the forum, it means that you are on a page only viewable to Subscribers. Subscriptions are only $5.50 per month to have access to the entire subscriber area. You must first be registered in the forum. Payments are made through Paypal. You can read more instructions on this page.

* Are all the tutorials and templates included once subscribed?

Yes, everything. You immediately have access to everything. There are over 60 templates and you could download them all immediately upon paying the first month's subscription of $5.50. The index previews to the templates are located here.

I see there is a class credits area. I see the scrapping goals in also here. So I was able to do this 'class' section without being a subscriber? Are the scrapping goals part of a course? Must I re-do them again if I subscribe?

Many of the "classes," including the Scrapping Goals Challenges, are for non-paying members as well as paying members. The ones that are for non-paying members are accessible to everyone. You do not have to re-do any of the non-paying classes once you subscribe. You just continue them as you were already doing them. To see a list of all "classes," read this page. When you subscribe, new classes will be available to you that were not available to you as a non-paying member.

Is there a section in the gallery where I can view what has been done in the classes, just to get an idea of what is covered/discussed in the classes. I often see uploads of your templates completed - this started motivating me to think and think about subscribing.

The index pages are a great place to see what is offered. The tutorials are on these indexes and the templates are on these indexes.

* Are the guided e-mail courses included?

Yes, you can take any course available on this page once you subscribe, whether for paid or non-paying members. Do not take too many at once though! Some people jump in and get over their head and then end up realizing they just cannot do it all at once. That's okay. We need a good excuse to keep you around here for a long time.

* What happens if I take longer to complete assignments, due to many fingers in many pies

That's okay, we want you around here for a long time and hope you stay a Subscriber for a very long time to take advantage of everything that is here. All subscriptions are on automatic renewal through Paypal. You do nothing and Paypal deducts $5.50 per month until such time as you choose to unsubscribe. Unsubscription instructions are on this page and unsubscriptions are done by you through your Paypal account. In addition, I am constantly adding new things to the Subscriber Area, whether it be new videos tutorials or downloads, so once you get through everything available, you can stick around for what is to come. However, so far, there has been no one to reach the end of what is all available, although some are trying really hard!

I do ask that you remain active in the class to remain in the class. I find myself often removing people from a class due to inactivity. You can always sign up again later. So only take what you feel you can stay active in at any one time.

If anyone has any more questions, please do ask. I do not mind answering them on my blog for all so that we can help everyone to understand. Please remember that all of these pages are linked in the sidebar of every page on my site except the blog, the forum, and the gallery, so they are easy to find. Please take time to cruise about the site to become familiar with Hummie's World. I try to make it as easy as possible to find information, but there is so much here to offer that it does take effort on your part to find it all.

Gallery Commenting

I know I have been a little bit missing on my Facebook Fanpage and Twitter of great finds. Has anyone been missing them?

It is a new year and I want to start it out right. I am dead set on getting the gallery commenting caught up before I do much else! Oh, yes, I want to look at my RSS feeds, but am resisting. That will be my reward when the commenting is done.

I got behind last Spring and have not been able to catch up since then, although I have been continually trying to. I am probably the only crazy digital scrapbooking site owner who is dedicated to commenting on every single layout in the gallery! Do any of the other owners try to do the same? I'm curious.

I often wonder what would happen if the site got even busier than it already is. Would I have to give up this dedication?


I keep a running list of the days I need to comment on in a private forum thread. When I finish the day, I delete it. I have been attacking it heavily this week. I finished all of June, which was a huge feat! Hardly any of the layouts had comments on them. Right now, all of June, August, September, November, and December are done, but I still have many days in July and some in October to complete before I can say I am officially caught up. Meanwhile, the days of January are piling up!



I have been trying to keep up the current commenting. Each time a lesson is posted in the forum, I go to the gallery to comment on it right away. However, I then have to come back later to this handy calendar in the gallery, click on each and every day, and open each and every layout again to make sure that I commented on them all. Occasionally, there are layouts that are not part of the lessons or classes or challenges and I have to pick them up later.

It is those months where I did not keep up with the forum to gallery commenting daily that are looming over me! I only have the month of July looming over me, but October is mostly commented on.

Yes, if you've read my rambling down to here in totality, you are amazing. I am trying to get back into blogging more, especially personal stuff. I do so much that no one ever sees unless I blog about it. My poor blog is looking more like notifications of site stuff only and there is no part of me anymore. I'm working to try to change that! It's on my mind! First thing is first though!

Photoshop Video - Default Settings in Move Tool

This is just a really quick tip that shares some default settings on the move tool that may drive new people crazy until they realize that the default settings are not the same in Photoshop as they are in Photoshop Elements.

Where are those little boxes on the bounding box? Why doesn't the layer become the active layer when I click on the desktop? View video to see why!

Freebie Part 9 of 10 --and Testimonials



Another class for Course 2 began on January 1st here at Hummie's World (read details here), but as always, I allow people to sneak into the classes late for about a week before I close the class off to new registrations. So there is still time for you to join!

Also, there are many self-paced digital scrapbooking courses always open, to paying and non-paying members (see guides here) and we thought it a great opportunity to share a few remarks from the digital scrapbooking students with you in hopes that others would be encouraged to join a class.

We have been sharing some remarks each day for 10 days as you collect this wonderful winter tag collection created by Dawn.

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I joined Hummie’s World exactly a month ago and it has been the best decision I ever made. I have been scrapbooking for several years now but have never been truly satisfied with my completed pages. I didn’t realize that there were so many things I didn’t know until I joined Hummie’s World and began going through the online courses. What is so great though is that what I am learning about color and balance in a layout is applicable to both the digital scrapbooker as well as those who want to blend the digital with the traditional. I am completely hooked on digital scrapbooking and may never go back to traditional scrapbooking. I may however, blend the two.

I am definitely not creative or artistic but thanks to Hummie and Dawn, I have probably completed more scrapbook pages since joining Hummie’s World than I have the entire time I have been scrapbooking. Hummie, you and your tutorials are truly inspiring. I don't know how you find the time to do what you do but you and Dawn are truly blessings. I have learned so much already but I want to learn even more. Thank you for helping me leave my heritage alive and well for future generations.

Sincerely,
ConnieL (conniel)

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Jan 6, 2010

Scraps of Candy January UseIt! Challenge (Freebie Template)


I tell ya, Candy just keeps getting better and better at creating templates! Join us in the forum here to pick up your free template. Thereafter, please give back to Candy simply by using the template, uploading it to the gallery, and sharing it in the same thread.

We want to encourage all those that are sharing and contributing to this forum, so please give back if you take!

You can use any products, so there are no excuses not to join us!

Bringing Files into a Digital Scrapbooking Layout in Photoshop CS4

I have been promising for a year now to try to do some videos for the full version of Photoshop and I am happy to let you know that I am beginning that work today finally! I have so many things on my to-do list that I think my tasks here will never end!

I am going to be doing add-on videos to my existing tutorials and videos for digital scrapbooking with Photoshop Elements so that those taking my courses may watch the PSE video tutorials, but find add-on videos to help them see where the differences are in the full version.

This first video is on adding files to a digital scrapbooking layout in Photoshop CS4.

Some videos will be offered on my blog via YouTube and some will only be available in the Subscriber Area.

Jan 5, 2010

January Designer Challenge


We welcome ANYONE to join us in creating and designing something to share with our January color palette.

Here is the thread.

Create in any theme. Create a lot of things or a few. Just be inspired!

Don't design? Anyone who shares things made in this thread gives their permission for you to make a quick page with their things to share in the same thread. This way, everyone can participate!

Freebie Part 8 of 10 --and Testimonials



Another class for Course 2 began on January 1st here at Hummie's World (read details here), but as always, I allow people to sneak into the classes late for about a week before I close the class off to new registrations. So there is still time for you to join!

Also, there are many self-paced digital scrapbooking courses always open, to paying and non-paying members (see guides here) and we thought it a great opportunity to share a few remarks from the digital scrapbooking students with you in hopes that others would be encouraged to join a class.

We have been sharing some remarks each day for 10 days as you collect this wonderful winter tag collection created by Dawn.

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Hummie is awesome and the effort she puts into helping each person goes beyond anyone i have ever seen before. I have had trouble with some of the lessons and she has been patient and receptive to helping me even to the point of private IM'ing me a great effort on her part I'm sure, but way beyond what anyone else has ever done for me. I am astounded at her lessons which are so clear and understandable. God certainly has gifted Hummie with a wonderful gift and an exceptional way of getting along with others to the point of sticking by me when the going got touch. Hummie I love you and appreciate you so very much from the bottom of my heart.

Charlene (charlenereeves)



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Jan 3, 2010

Freebie Part 7 of 10 --and Testimonials



Another class for Course 2 began on January 1st here at Hummie's World (read details here), but as always, I allow people to sneak into the classes late for about a week before I close the class off to new registrations. So there is still time for you to join!

Also, there are many self-paced digital scrapbooking courses always open, to paying and non-paying members (see guides here) and we thought it a great opportunity to share a few remarks from the digital scrapbooking students with you in hopes that others would be encouraged to join a class.

We have been sharing some remarks each day for 10 days as you collect this wonderful winter tag collection created by Dawn.

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This is so nice---thank you for thinking of it. I have been a subscriber of Hummies since March, 2009. I have learned so very much about digi-scrapping and even a bit of photography from her lessons. I think her lessons are well thought-out and as clear as can be. (I taught school for 33 years so I know what I'm talking about!) She is so patient to take time explaining and re-explaining if necessary. I really don't know how she keeps up with it all. I do know we are very lucky to have Hummie in our lives!

Diane (Belle33)


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Freebie Hunters

I know it may be old news to you by now, but IkeaGoddess announced on December 17, 2009, that she would no longer be a Freebie Hunter. I think it rocked the worlds of many people, both those who benefited from downloading her finds and those who were shared by her (like me) who will no longer get the traffic from her blog.

It is a little sad to me. Mostly because I think of her and how in r ealility, she was sort of taken advantage of. People took her for granted. I cannot imagine how much work that must have been for her to keep those freebie lists going for so long (3 years). They were selectfully chosen, not like the computer generated lists like Digifree (whom we appreciate so much too! -- not knocking computer generated lists, just pointing out the difference). The digital scrapbooking community will miss her greatly. She provided a wonderful service and touched the lives of more people than she can ever imagine. She will forever be a part of the digi-history.

There are some new sites emerging in efforts to replace what we miss now at Ikeagoddess.

Here is my linkroll for Freebie Hunters. I went through and removed those that were no longer hunting and added new ones.




I've thought about sharing freebies I find and linking you up on my blog, but am not sure I want to get into it. I would be very selective because I download very few things. I would only share things that I download and choose to keep myself. My list would probably be much smaller than any of the other sites that offer lists. I use very few things on my pages and, therefore, download very few items.

In addition, I never have time to look for freebies and to find the time to search for them would be difficult.

Then there is the possibility of offending someone when I do not post their freebie.

Then there would be all the e-mails of people asking me to share their freebies that I would have to surf through.

What do you all think? Do you want me to try to post some or should I just not get into it? Do you want to know my opinions of what I consider something useful and high quality for me. Do you really value my opinions that much?

For starters (in case I start) here is one that I found from Bren Boone. She has been around a very long time and is well known. She indicates that she is coming back to designing.

Jan 2, 2010

Happy 2nd Birthday, Hummie's World!

I was SO busy yesterday working in the forum that I forgot to celebrate the 2nd birthday of Hummie's World! It officially launched January 1, 2008. I cannot believe it has been two years!

Stop by the forum here to celebrate with us.

Hubby and I celebrated today with a cake and want you to sing along with us in the video.



Here is the 1st birthday wishes post a year ago with stats in it. You can read a bit about the history of Hummie's World on that post.

The stats January 1, 2009, were:
188 videos
125 downloadable files
754 readers subscribed to my blog
2,623 registered users in the forum

The stats January 1, 2010, are:
243 videos
186 downloadable files
1,252 readers subscribed to my blog
3,463 registered users in the forum (Threads: 3,405, Posts: 56,184,)

and the Facebook Fanpage was new in 2009 now with 630 members.

and Twitter was new in 2009 now with 1019 followers.

and in 2009, we began offering official classes and keeping credits for assignments done, so here are the first statistics on the classes:

34 students finished Course 1
8 students finished 20 lessons in Course 2
6 students finished 40 lessons in Course 2
3 students finished 60 lessons in Course 2
2 students finished 20 templates
4 students finished 40 templates
3 students finished 60 templates
6 students finished 20 Themed Thursday Challenges
1 student finished 40 Themed Thursday Challenges
9 students finished 20 Variety Challenges
1 student finished 40 Variety Challenges


32 students enrolled in the first designer class, but it is still new and undergoing.
11 students are enrolled in the Book of Me class, but it is new and undergoing.
7 students are enrolled in the Heritage Challenges, but it is new and undergoing
16 students are actively participating in the scrapping goals challenges


Looking back gives me a surreal feeling as I see how much the site as grown and how many new things have begun with the site in 2009.

Congratulations to all the great successes here at Hummie's World! Thank you to all that are actively participating to make this site the great place that it is! You sure have kept me super busy with these new classes this year and I can only wonder at how far the site will grow in another year.

Thank you to each and every person who has ever subscribed, whether for a long period or just one month, as it has helped financially to keep the site running.

....and I'm also tired just reading all of this as it makes me realize how much work it is to run this site! The people here make it all worthwhile, though. I am blessed by each and every one of you who has partcipated in the site, commented on my blog, Fanpage, or Twitter, chatted on the Pinbox, e-mailed, or in many other ways communicated with me.

Sign up for the Variety Challenge Classes! (For Paying and Non-paying Members)


As I recently did with the Themed Thursday classes, the Variety Challenge class is also now self-paced class. You may now go back and begin with the first set of classes if you would like to join us. I think that there are some ready and waiting to join us!

You can find the new index guide and instructions on this page. We keep track of crediting your layouts and award you an icon in the forum for completing the class, but your real reward is the treasure created through the digital scrapbooking layouts that will last for lifetimes to come.

We have many challenges here at Hummie's World--for both paying and non-paying members.

Everyone is welcome. You can use any products as long as your layouts in the gallery are a part of the activity in the forum, so there are no excused not to join us!

To read more about all the classes and challenges that you can join here at Hummie's World, each to earn an icon by your name, please see this page: http://www.hummiesworld.com/lists.html

Busy Owner Commenting on Digital Scrapbooking Gallery Layouts


THIS is how Firefox balks at me, as a busy owner of a digital scrapbooking site who is committed to commenting on every layout that comes into the gallery, because there are too many active windows open.
I just found it funny when it came up with that message and had to pass it onto you!

Freebie Part 6 of 10 --and Testimonials



Another class for Course 2 began on January 1st here at Hummie's World (read details here), but as always, I allow people to sneak into the classes late for about a week before I close the class off to new registrations. So there is still time for you to join!

Also, there are many self-paced digital scrapbooking courses always open, to paying and non-paying members (see guides here) and we thought it a great opportunity to share a few remarks from the digital scrapbooking students with you in hopes that others would be encouraged to join a class.

We have been sharing some remarks each day for 10 days as you collect this wonderful winter tag collection created by Dawn.

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I also was a Paint Shop Pro user until I met up with Hummie. I still do use PSP 10 sometimes. I have them all up to 12, but like 10 the most. I started using Photoshop Elements with Hummie and now am totally hooked on it. I use 8 right now, but I do some of the work in Photoshop 4. Hummie is a great teacher and I love to learn. I love the way Hummie teaches a technique and then tells you to make a layout to go with the technique. It makes you think out of the box. Every technique she teaches is down to a level that you can understand and if you don't understand it she will help you with it. She is a great teacher and a great person to give her time so freely. Margaret (Margaret)

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Jan 1, 2010

Freebie Part 5 of 10 --and Testimonials



Course 2 begins today here at Hummie's World (read details here), but as always, I allow people to sneak into the classes late for about a week before I close the class off to new registrations. So there is still time for you to join!

Also, there are many self-paced digital scrapbooking courses always open, to paying and non-paying members (see guides here) and we thought it a great opportunity to share a few remarks from Subscribers with you in hopes that others would be encouraged to join a class.

We have been sharing some remarks each day for 10 days as you collect this wonderful winter tag collection created by Dawn.

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I imagine my 'testimony' is similar to many others: I obtained Photoshop Elements; I went through some training DVDs and created some pages; but once I discovered Hummie's tutorials I learned SO many new things!

Since coming to Hummie's World, I've had my first 120 page book printed, and I'm half-way through my next one! : )

I appreciate the organization of her tutorials. I've not been a fan of video tutorials before, and still really like to have written ones to refer back to, but I've learned to appreciate her careful instruction, and sometimes I do like being able to back up the video and watch a section again.

I appreciate her teaching style - she goes at a speed that lets me catch details I can really use. I've learned so many 'shortcuts,' and even hard-drive conserving tips, from Hummie.

I also appreciate her feedback. Her encouraging 'warm fuzzies' have made me keep moving forward. Getting comments from Hummie and all of the rest of the community at Hummie's World is a highly motivating factor for me.

I also appreciate VERY much the fact that Hummie has an 'open' gallery. It's so nice to scrap with what I think will best bring out the photos, rather than trying to find a 'legal' item from my collection to use, as I've had to do in other galleries in the past. Since I can't afford to buy a kit just to post a layout in a gallery, this is a pretty big deal.

I also appreciate Hummie as a person. Her posts often 'hit the nail on the head' in expressing things I've felt. Her personal testimony as a Christian, as a mother, as a flower garden person - all of these add to the appreciation I feel for her.

Blessings!

Anita Bennett (AnitaB)

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Sign up for the Themed Thursday Classes! (For Paying and Non-paying Members)


I worked hard yesterday setting up the Themed Thursday classes as a self-paced class. You may now go back and begin with the first set of classes if you would like to join us. I know there are several people who have been anxious to join this class.

You can find the new index guide and instructions on this page.

It's New Year's Day! What a better time than to re-commit to your scrapping goals and join some classes.

We have plenty of them here at Hummie's World--for both paying and non-paying members.

Everyone is welcome. You can use any products as long as your layouts in the gallery are a part of the activity in the forum, so there are no excused not to join us!

To read more about all the classes and challenges that you can join here at Hummie's World, each to earn an icon by your name, please see this page: http://www.hummiesworld.com/lists.html