Feb 26, 2011

Angie Pedersen's Book of Me (Book Reviews)

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I am excited to share with you the below video book review of Angie Pedersen's Book of Me books.

There is more inspiration in these books than you can ever imagine! The video is 15 minutes long as I review each book for about 5 minutes each, but I hope it gives you a good idea how valuable these books can be in scrapbooking about your own life.

Angie wrote especially for us a list of journaling prompts for the Book of Me class here at Hummie's World. You can find the prompts and links to Angie online on the guide here.

I do hope you will join us for the Book of Me Class here at Hummie's World. The next class will begin on April 1st.

Rolled Paper Flowers Adventure

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So, I noticed a trend in digital scrapbooking again. It's been a while since I've noticed the trend. I started two Facebook discussion on it and you can read more there and even see some links I share to kits containing rolled paper flowers (unless you read this months from now and they are buried!)

So, I decided to go on a little adventure to see if I could make them myself. I found these two videos which were very helpful.







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I decided to go with a solid green paper because I wasn't sure if printed scrapbook paper was copyright friendly. My thought is to be sure you are copyright friendly, one could make their own paper digitally and print it out and use that paper. Yes, this is already getting complicated.

I did not draw a line, but just started at it with my scissors and tried to do the wavy line as in the one video. I did find that when rolling, the suggestion in the one video to focus on the inner edge and lining it up helped. My circle turned out to be kind of an oval instead. I wondered what that would do to my results.

At first I didn't have a roll going, but rather a flat fold, so I decided to try the suggestion in the one video to try to crumple the paper first before rolling. That just led to more of a disaster as I saw the paper was torn while rolling. Oh, am I having fun yet? Um, keep reading.

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I couldn't find my bottle of craft glue in the desk and did not feel like running downstairs to dig in my craft supplies, so I grabbed my "from-about-1984-classic-it-should-not-be-working-anymore" glue gun. Do you think I should invest in a new one?

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After crumpling the edges down, I decided that rolling the paper so the color of the paper is on the outside as shown in the video was not the best choice for digital scrapbooking element making. My green element (to match my son and daughter-in-law's recent wedding flowers) was all white when looking down on the center.

So this time, I actually drew the spiral so my cutting would not result in an oval and rolled the flower up so the color was on the inside.

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I glued it together and began laughing out loud! My poor flower was like some "awkwardly-built-before-technology-and-machinery-tall-spiral" building from an early time period.

I was beginning to be reminded as to why I digital scrapbook and do not paper scrapbook! This hand crafting stuff is just not in my artistic ability scope!

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So I unrolled it and tried to roll it up a bit looser this time. My fingers were cramping when I was initially rolling, so maybe I was a little bit to strong when rolling. As you can see, it didn't help to flatten my flower at all!

So I went looking for my rubber mallet that my Dad gave me before leaving home for college. It wasn't in my toolbox! Now this is a problem I've always had! My men just won't leave MY toolbox alone! They all have their own, but because mine is always put away as it should be, they come and get my tools and they disappear. They were mine from my Dad and are special to me (especially since he passed away) and I don't want them getting mixed up with all new tools. Now I'm going to have to go on one of those blasted all-point-bulletins and no-one-is-happy-unless-mom-is-happy rants until I get my rubber mallet back! Great. Life with men.

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So I got my hammer out. Yes, this hammer was given to me by Dad, complete with electrical tape to hold the splitting handle together, and has been the most used hammer in the entire house, still going strong. This in a garage sale would be someone else's junk, but it's my treasure! There's a great analogy and lesson in there about life somewhere.

Anyway, back to the story, I hammered the bajeezies out of my flower and it didn't do one thing to it! Goodness, these flowers are strong! There must be another analogy and life lesson in there about how people tightly rolled together make for a stronger unity.


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So I turned the flower over and hammered right on the top of it.
Still didn't do anything to it! Man! Was I laughing at myself so hard now.
It was a good thing I was alone in the house doing this to my rolled paper flowers.

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So, I tried to extract photos of the flowers anyway, even though the actual flowers were horrible results.

I quickly was reminded how hard it is to get good clear photos (or scans) of elements with depth to them. One part of the flower is clear and the other is not.

I saw some Photoshop videos recently (don't remember where they are) with the new CS5 and it's ability to merge (like HDR) 3 or more photos with varying depth of field and it made me think of how useful that would be in making CU elements (commercial use) for sale.

I really do need and want to get that macro lens I've been dreaming of and I'm not sure how long I can hold out, especially after today's experience!

I'm sharing them anyway, even though the quality is yucky to me in more ways than one! Maybe people who aren't so picky will find them useful. Please know if I were selling, I would not sell these!

Download here for a limited time, then always in my subscriber area.

And if you've read this far, I sure hope you haven't laughed at me too much!

I think I'm sticking to digital scrapbooking and not going back to traditional paper scrapbooking!

Drink, Steal, Swear, & Lie (Four Rules to Live By)

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I met this guy while I was in Albuquerque and he has a motto he lives by everyday. He said listen carefully and live by these 4 rules: Drink, Steal, Swear, & Lie. I was shaking my head 'no', but he then told me to listen while he explained his four rules. So here they are:

1.. "Drink" from the "everlasting cup" every day.
2.. "Steal" a moment to help someone that is in worse shape than you are.
3.. "Swear" that you will be a better person today than yesterday.
4.. And last, but not least, when you "lie" down at night, thank God you live in America and have freedom.

I am not as good as I should be; I am not as good as I could be; but THANK GOD, I am better than I used to be.

Author Unknown

Feb 25, 2011

Hopeful Project

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In my recent post I shared that I purchased a lot of things for the garden and would share them on the blog little bit by bit.

One of the things I couldn't pass up with this wonderful book.

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I wasn't quite sure what I would do with it, but I fell in love with it. I love the "sunshine on a stem" theme. There were wall hangings and other items with the same print on it available, but I couldn't get them all.

My idea is to simply print out photos of my garden flowers and note the date they are blooming and glue them in this book. I want to create a flowering log in photos!

I've had this idea now for years and have started it I don't know how many times, but never followed through with actually making the book or taking photos all summer long. So I am calling this my "hopeful project."

Last year Biograffiti even gifted me with some free templates in exchange for blogging my project and her templates. I had such good intentions, but it never happened and I bet she thinks I'm awful for not fulfilling my commitment. I've never forgotten about it, but I bet Molly thinks I have. My intention at that time was to fill another book someone gifted me and I have yet to do something with it too. She was at ScrapArtist, but that site closed down, Now I see she is at OScraps, another good digital scrapbooking store.

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Here's a photo so you can see what the inside pages look like (inside back cover too).


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This is a photo from inside the front cover. Isn't it so crafty down-to-earth fun feeling?

I'm wondering if the good photo paper would make it too think? But less expensive paper would make the photos fade faster. Hmmm. Maybe I should do a photo on one side and handwriting on the other? Still thinking!

Closed Doors

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We need to learn to praise the Lord as much for a closed door as we do an open door. The reason God closes doors is because He has not prepared anything over there for us. If he didn't close the wrong door, we would never find the right door.

God directs our path through the closing and opening of doors. Once a door closes, it forces you to change your course. Another door closes,it forces you to change your course again. Then, finally,you find the open door and you walk right into your blessing.

The Lord directs our paths through the opening and closing of doors, but instead of praising him for the closed door (which keeps us out of trouble); we get upset because we "judge by the appearances. "

You have an ever-present help in the time of trouble that is always standing guard. Because He walks ahead of you, He can spot trouble down the road and set up a roadblock or detour accordingly. But through our lack of wisdom, we try to tear down the roadblocks or push aside the detour sign. Then the minute we get into trouble, we start crying, "Lord, how could You have done this to me?"

We have got to realize that the closed door can be a blessing. Didn't He say that no good thing would He withhold from them that love Him?

If you get terminated from your job, praise God for the new opportunities that will manifest themselves: it might be another job, it might be school.

If that man or woman won't return your call, it might not be them, it might be the Lord setting up a roadblock (just let it go).

One time, a person had a bank they had been in business with for many years tell them "No!" to a $10,000 loan. The Lord put in their spirit to call another bank. That bank gave them $40,000 at a lower interest rate than the first bank was offering.

We can sometimes trap ourselves in doubt and discouragement through judging by appearances. Be grateful for the many times our Father has closed doors to us just to open them in the most unexpected places.

The Lord won't always say in spoken words: "Go to the left, now to the right" ...sometimes He will just close the doors that are wrong for you.

God Bless You Always!

Author Unknown

Feb 24, 2011

Footstool Extraordinaire

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You may recall some weeks ago I talked on the Facebook Fanpage about my knee hurting. Actually, it is my leg behind my knee. About 3 weeks ago I had what I thought was a charlie horse in my leg and did not think much about it because I thought it would just go away in a day or so. It hasn't gone away and continues to aggravate me all day long.

It hurts behind my knee when I bend my knee, which is just the weirdest thing to me. You would think it would hurt on the top of the knee.

I think the injury is related to always sitting on my foot or sitting "indian style" which I understand is no longer a politically correct thing to call it, but it's what I grew up with and old habits are hard to break. Apparently it is called "criss cross applesauce!"

I've been making some adjustment to attempt not to sit on my foot or sit criss cross, but then I cannot get my chair just right and the pressure on the back of my legs takes a toll. If I lower my chair so my feet are nicely on the floor, then it is too low or my keyboard.


This is supposed to help. It is my makeshift footstool for me to rest my foot on so it is no longer feeling pressure from the back of the chair.

It's not working.

Resting my leg for a week did not work, so I thought exercise would help and have been trying to go to the gym often.

The water aerobics class and the kicking involved seems to help and stretch out the muscles, as well as the hot tub, but only for that evening.

The pain has been progressing differently as time goes by and I cannot tell if it is healing or getting worse. At first I thought it was healing because I was able to pinpoint the pain to an area on the side-front-under knee area when pushing with my fingers (after initial swelling went down I think). If felt more like a nerve issue to me at that time. Now it just feels like the whole muscle down the back of my leg is tensing up and it feels better after I stretch it, but it needs stretching every time I stand up.

How long will I hold out before going to the doctor this time?

The last time I needed attention I tore a ligament in my wrist and did not have it looked at for six months. It took a year and a half for it to heal.

I feel like I'm getting old. Oh, the aches and pains!

the garden begins

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Last year I did nothing with my flower garden and never blogged much about it as I had in previous years. It was a battle of the spouses over a walkway that had kept me away. I didn't want to look at it or I would get angry at hubby, so I just didn't go out there.

I'm anxious this year to get back into my flower gardening hobby.

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Each year I always buy something new for the garden to decorate it. Hubby and I were at Hobby Lobby and on a whim were inspired to fill the shopping basket. Here's all the stuff we bought. Some of it is for the garden and some of it is for the house.

I want to do a series of blog posts to share each item as it goes into place.

That weekend a few weekends ago, we had wonderful weather and worked cleaning up dead from the garden and yard.

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I've always had a frog and turtle theme in the garden, but the stuff never lasts through the weather and has to always be replaced. Here's a new Mr. Frog that sits on top of the wall.

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This is a metal decorative windmill on a metal rod. I was hesitant to get it because it is a bit gawdy, but remember another one I had and the movement really drew my attention when I looked at the garden from the bedroom window.

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I fell in love with this metal piece. We bought a match trike too which I'll share later when it finds its home. I'm not sure what I'll do with this piece. I could fill it with artificial flowers or real flowers or maybe even just tuck some garden tools in the buckets.

It is setting where the angel that my co-workers gave me when my Dad died used to set. The angel, disappointedly, broke last Fall.

Stay tuned for more sharing! I am hoping for some nice weather!

Feb 23, 2011

God's Wings

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After a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park, forest rangers began their trek up a mountain to assess the inferno's damage.

One ranger found a bird literally petrified in ashes, perched statuesquely on the ground at the base of a tree. Somewhat sickened by the eerie sight, he knocked over the bird with a stick.

When he gently struck it, three tiny chicks scurried from under their dead mother's wings. The loving mother, keenly aware of impending disaster, had carried her offspring to the base of the tree and had gathered them under her wings, instinctively knowing that the toxic smoke would rise.

She could have flown to safety but refused to abandon her babies. When the blaze had arrived and the heat had scorched her small body, the mother had remained steadfast. Because she had been willing to die, those under the cover of her wings would live.

"He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge." (Psalm 91:4)

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Photos on My Wall

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I've shared several times before my ever changing photos on my wall over my couch and so I thought I would share what is currently over my couch.

A month ago I spent a good amount of time getting up the gumption to submit a photo with the local photography group for a display. The group does this monthly at various locations around town. I've never submitted a photo for display before, much less ever printing one larger than a letter size. I am not as confident in my photography skills as other people seem to be of my skills.

One evening I spent time going through my photos to choose something for submission and then created the below graphics from them for printing. I rushed to Staples and had them printed in 12 x 12 (first time ever that large!) I decided I wanted them square so that I could actually use them after I spent money to print them. I was so nervous, but was satisfied with how they printed, although they were a little dark. I figured that next time I would just make them even lighter before taking them to Staples.

That night I shared them with hubby and one son and got their opinions on which ones they liked best.

I used my lunch hour to shop at Hobby Lobby for a frame. There were only two available in a square size. I was surprised. I was however happy that they were on sale for 1/2 price and bought a frame for $10.

You may have seen these images below on my blog before if you've been reading here a while.

I took the images to work and asked co-workers which images they liked best.

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This is the image my son liked best. He was the only one to favorite this one.
For me, this image is special because of heritage and the love of Granny for the hills of Iron County, Missouri.

AwakeningtheBuds
No one choose this one as their favorite, but I like the depth of field on it.
I'm drawn into that stick hanging from the branch.

UnbindBreakFree
One person choose this as a favorite because of its simplicity and photography isolation technique.

allthingsbrightbeautiful
This one received the most favorites of all. I'm not so crazy about it other than the bokah which was just happenstance.

sithereanddream
This was the third favorited image.

peace beyond snarls
This was the second favorited image and the one I choose to submit.
I liked this one the best because of the message the photo says to me.

Those that have followed my layouts for a long time know I love seeing analogies in my garden and nature. The above images and the text that came to my head as shared on each image suggest a little bit of who I am. I like being an artist in this way. It's me.

I was very disheartened when I visited the display recently, however, and my image was not up on the wall. Apparently, the frame was too thick and would not stay up. I was disappointed that no one notified me so that I could fix it, but rather than get upset at people (because they are human!), I just took it as a message from God that I just wasn't supposed to be submitting these photos. God is probably protecting me from something and I have no idea what he is protecting me from, so I will just trust in Him for when the timing is right.

I do not plan on submitting any more as this was stressful enough, time consuming enough, and costly enough for naught and I do not want to set myself up for hurt again in the future. I am just not confident in my photography skills enough to put them up on a public display as if they are "professional-like." I'll just share them on Flickr and on this blog and be happy with whoever enjoys them.

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Here's a photo of them as they are displayed above my couch. I have the 5th one setting on the shelf (but you cannot see it in this photo) and the 6th one is whereever it is not hanging up with the photography display.

I hope you have enjoyed my photos and analogies and have gained something, even if ever so small, from them.

Daily Survival Kit

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DAILY SURVIVAL KIT

Items Needed:

* Toothpick
* Rubber Band
* Band Aid
* Pencil
* Eraser
* Chewing Gum
* Mint
* Candy Kiss
* Tea Bag

Why???

1) TOOTHPICK - to remind you to pick out the good qualities in others. -Matt. 7:1

2) RUBBER BAND - to remind you to be flexible, things might not always go the way you want,but it will work out. - Romans 8:28

3) BAND AID - to remind you to heal hurt feelings, yours or someone else's. -Col. 3:12-14

4) PENCIL - to remind you to list your blessings everyday. -Eph.1:3

5) ERASER - To remind you that everyone makes mistakes, and it's OK. -Gen.50:15-21

6) CHEWING GUM - to remind you to stick with it and you can accomplish anything.-Phil 4:13

7) MINT - to remind you that you are worth a mint ! - John 3:16-17

8) CANDY KISS - to remind you that everyone needs a kiss or a hug everyday. - 1 John 4:7

9) TEA BAG - to remind you to relax daily and go over that list of blessings. -- 1 Thess 5:18

Author Unknown

Feb 21, 2011

Hyacinth

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I never can find time to blog the way I want to blog.
But here's the flowers hubby gave me for Valentine's Day.
He brought them to me the Friday before and they have been blooming ever since.
I always love how they smell in the yard when they bloom in the Spring and I'm anxious to plant these now to bloom again next Spring.

Twitter Round-up

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Trying to stay on top of these, so there isn't as many this time. :)

Happy clicking!

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Traci Reed team blog shares "how I shadow."

Awesome tutorial on making grunge textures

We all love Photoshop keyboard shortcuts, but do you ever see yourself use these Facebook shortcuts?

Check out how Kiki Creates made a headboard with shutters.

Free Kaisercraft pdf magazine! Love their hybrid stuff. Hard to get Aussie stuff in states though.

SBG has a Valentine blog train!

Correcting Perspective in Photoshop

45 examples of HDR photography

Basic color schemes

Blurring Backgrounds @scrapmatters

5 Situations when Manual Focus is Better

Do you know every single song on this compilation of music from the 80's?

5 ways to scrap I love you by Debbie Hodge

great post re titles! @SirScrapalot

Love inspiration of patterned tape shared by @ScrapGirls

Awesome video by Karen at Alibony - making Industrial Grunge Paper

Take Better Product Photos!

The janitor's revenge -- funny snow shoveling video

Kindle App For iPhone & iPad now shows real page numbers -- I thought it always did that -- maybe just the desktop ap did.

What is the most amazing/hilarious/weird/random thing you have ever overheard someone say?

Why don't people find themselves attractive but other people do? Why don't we see what they see?

Here's a great tag at Flickr about creative spaces. Be inspired!

I'm wondering about the Digital Scrapbook Artist Compact. Seems always new free software for this hobby.

Whooo hooo! Cape Girardeau is the 24th best place to retire! I love this city.

Doesn't Microsoft know that when it takes a half hour out of my morning to do updates I cannot get anything else done? I need my time!

Simple and beautiful inspiration at Jamie Schultz Designs.

Sign up for March Classes! Meet Course 1 Sponsor!

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We'd like to announce a new venture that called "Site Sponsor."

Each month one class will be "sponsored" by someone in digi world. The featured class will vary each month, as will the sponsor.

Our site sponsor will offer a free kit to each person who enrolls in the featured class!

To kick this off, we have the awesome Connie Prince as our first Site Sponsor! You may remember Connie from when she was on DigiScrapMap (video here).

Come by the forum and leave Connie a message here.

About Connie:
I'm Connie Prince and I live in NW Georgia with my husband, William, and our son, Hayden. I'm a full-time designer, and I love my "job." We are a homeschool family and loving it! When I'm not teaching, working, or scrapping, you can usually find me camped out watching my favorite television shows. My other favorite pasttimes include reading, walking/running, crafting, and dining out.

You can find Connie on her blog, on Twitter, Facebook, and her stores at Gotta Pixel, Scrapbook Bytes, and Scrap Matters.

Connie has chosen to sponsor Course 1!

The kit which Connie is offering for free is her Scrap-ortunity Kit which you will receive once the class kicks off the first of March.
(preview and sample layouts)

We are so excited about this and look forward to working with her and others who will be working with us in the coming months!

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Access to the subscriber area is $5.50 per month. You do not pay per class, but rather one fee for access to everything available.

For more information on how to subscribe, click here.

You do not need to take a class to have access to everything here at Hummie's World. You can do the lessons as a lurker without ever posting. However, the classes provide goals to help you complete the lessons as well as the community classroom experience of doing them with others.

It's amazing what earning an icon by your name can do to motivate people!

After subscribing, you can register for any of the below classes here.

COURSE 1
Course 1 has something for everyone! From the beginner scrapper to the most seasoned, everyone will learn something new!! (register for this and receive Connie's kit above!)

COURSE 2
Arguably the most popular class here at Hummie's World, you will learn MANY techniques and tips in course 2

TEMPLATE CLASS
In a scrapping rut? Or just need to get some layouts done? This class currently has over 60 templates for you to use!

FILTER CLASS
Get to know all the filters in PSE (or Photoshop) and use them in your layouts!

SCRAPPING GOAL CLASS
Another great class to take if you're in need of some mojo to scrap!

HERITAGE CLASS
Make a heritage book for yourself or a family member!

THEMED THURSDAY
Use these one word themes for inspiration to get some layouts done! You will be amazed at what just one little word can do. Some of my best layouts were made doing these challenges.

To read a more detailed description of each class, click here.

Patience in Prayer

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When the idea is not right, God says, "NO".
No - when the idea is not the best.
No - when the idea is absolutely wrong.
No - when though it may help you,
It would create problems for someone else.

When the time is not right, God says, "SLOW".
What a catastrophe it would be if God answered every prayer at the snap of your fingers.
Do you know what would happen?
God would become your servant, not your master.
Suddenly God would be working for you instead of you working for God.

When you are not right, God says,"GROW".
The selfish person has to grow in unselfishness.
The cautious person must grow in courage.
The timid person must grow in confidence,
The dominating person must grow in sensitivity.
The critical person must grow in tolerance.
The negative person must grow in positive attitudes.
The pleasure-seeking person must grow in compassion for suffering people.

When everything is all right, God says,"GO".
Then miracles happen:
A hopeless alcoholic is set free.
A drug addict finds release.
A doubter becomes a child in his belief.
Diseased tissue responds to treatment, and healing begins.
The door to your dream suddenly swings open and there stands God saying, "GO!".

Remember:
God's delays are not God's denials.
God's timing is perfect.
Patience is what we need in prayer.

…..Joe Gatuslao, InspirationDaily

Paper.li (my newest Twitter addiction!)

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Paper.li is my newest Twitter addiction! I try to read it every day since I cannot always keep up with Twitter. Paper.li takes the most tweeted/retweeted posts or whatever other algorithm it uses to create a newspaper like edition of tweets for the past 24 hours (or 12 hours if you choose that setting).

A paper can be created from your main Twitter wall flow, a tag, or a list. I have one for my main Twitter account and one for each of my lists.

You can subscribe to any paper you create or any paper anyone else creates. You can subscribe subscribe to a paper to receive an e-mail each time it is published with new stories or you can click the star to make it a favorite so you can find it each time you visit Paper.li in the favorite drop down menu.

You can use the embed code to put the paper on the sidebar of your blog.



Each paper has many pages to read. Click on the bar across the top of the page. Note that it picks up the top two hashtags (#___) each day and makes them a page.

Any article in your paper can be easily replied to, retweeted, or favorited, right from within the paper, as well as to follow or unfollow the person who posted it.


This is a shot of the favorite drop down menu. Here are a list of my current papers. You can click to go check them out right now.
Digital Scrapbooking
#digiscrap tag
Cape Girardeau

Hummie's World Daily
Christian
Missouri
Music
Techy
Television
Photography

and here are two others I am subscribed to who are digital scrapbookers
Heather Manning
Sara Ellis (who introduced me to Paper.li! - she said it was just my thing and she was right!)


The settings have options to tweet automatically when a new edition of your paper comes out. You can choose to have them daily or twice a day, as well as choose a specific time for the paper to be updated.

I only have two of my papers posted automatically on Twitter right now. I have a feeling that too many of these posts would annoy followers and have them unsubscribe.


This is what it looks like when it is automatically tweeted. It selects the top stories and adds mentions to the post. It's a great way to let others know you like them!

Leave a comment and let me know if you have a paper so I can favorite it.

Template #70

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Download includes both SQUARE and RECTANGLE templates.

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for a limited time, but as always, can be found in the subscriber area with all the other templates and downloads and videos for only $5.50 per month.

Feb 20, 2011

Fern Clyffe State Park, Illinois

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I traveled to Fern Clyffe State Park in Illinois yesterday. It was a little over an hour drive. I'd never been to this State Park, but absolutely enjoyed myself.

I understand the waterfall is just breathtaking during the right season, so we may have to go back in a few months. I could see where the first waterfall we visited could be exciting with its height, but with very little water falling, it was actually a little boring.

Fern Clyffe State Park, Illinois

In fact, I was more excited about taking photos of this moss than I was of the falls. The hike was a half mile down and a half mile back with no hills. It was just beautiful with all the bluffs. I took a lot of photos along the trail, but have not had time to process them yet. (when I share more, you can find them in this Flickr folder)

Fern Clyffe State Park, Illinois

Back at the parking lot we followed another half mile there-half mile back trail to Hawk's cave. When we arrived at the cave, we spent some time playing with light metering to get a good shot from within the cave whereas the inside of the cave was not too dark in the photo as opposed to outside the cave being too light. It was tricky to photograph. There was also water trickling off the cave which made for a wonderful setting.

Fern Clyffe State Park, Illinois

One of our group discovered that if you followed the trail around the corner there was another breath-taking view. We had some discussion as to whether this was the "cave" or whether it would be considered an "alcove." We weren't sure which one was the cave, but nonetheless, each was enjoyable to soak up and photograph.

Fern Clyffe State Park, Illinois

We became adventurers as we drove to the other side of the park and downhill on a long gravel road. We came to a place where water crossed the road and two got out of the car to take a closer look to decide whether it was safe to drive over when they realized that this was the other falls! It was a difficult task to walk the path to get down to the fall underneath the road, but it was well worth it.

The green-blue water and the double falls was a little bit of hidden paradise in the middle of nowhere! We really enjoyed photographing this fall called Bork's Fall.

Fern Clyffe State Park, Illinois

Here is the layout I made of this photo. I used the watercolor filter in Photoshop Elements on the background in preparation for recording a video for the Filters Class.

Fern Clyffe State Park, Illinois
I discovered what a wonderful paper this photo could also make! I am just going to have to use it now!

I decided to challenge the Designer Class at using their own photos to make digital scrapbooking papers. Sometimes the photo is recognizable and sometimes not (as in my papers).

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What Is Love

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In a survey of 4-8 year olds, kids share their views on love. But what do little kids know about love? Read on and be sur-prised that despite their young and innocent minds, kids already have a simple but deep grasp of that four-letter word.

Love is that first feeling you feel before all the bad stuff gets in the way. When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love.

When someone loves you, the way she says your name is different. You know that your name is safe in her mouth.

God could have said magic words to make the nails fall off the cross, but He didn't. That's love.

Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.

Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your french fries without making them give you any of theirs.

Love is what makes you smile when you're tired.

Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is ok.

Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents for a minute and look around.

Love is hugging. Love is kissing. Love is saying no.
When you tell someone something bad about yourself and you're scared she won't love you anymore. But then you get surprised because not only does she still love you, she loves you even more.

Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.

Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they've know each other so well.

Love comes from people's hearts, but God made hearts.

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Feb 18, 2011

The Limits of Love

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After the divorce, her teenage daughter became increasingly rebellious. It culminated late one night when the police called to tell her that she had to come to the police station to pick up her daughter, who was arrested for drunk driving. They didn't speak until the next afternoon. Mom broke the tension by giving her daughter a small gift-wrapped box. Her daughter nonchalantly opened it and found a small piece of a rock.

She rolled her eyes and said, "Cute Mom, what's this for?" "Here's the card," Mom said. Her daughter took the card out of the envelope and read it. Tears started to trickle down her cheeks. She got up and gave her mom a big hug as the card fell to the floor. On the card were these words: "This rock is more than 200 million years old. That's how long it will take before I give up on you."

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Feb 16, 2011

Vellum Layer Style Freebie

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I made this freebie for the Elements Class.

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Feb 14, 2011

Flame of Love

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"I can master it," said the Ax. His blows fell heavy on the hard, strong steel. But each blow only made his edge more blunt until he ceased to strike.

"Leave it to me," said the Saw. With his relentless teeth, he worked back and forth. But to his dismay, all of his teeth were worn out or broken off.

"Ha!" said the Hammer. "I knew you could not do this. Let me show you how." But with the very first blow, his head flew off, and the steel was unchanged.

"Shall I try?" asked the Flame. And it curled itself gently around the strong, hard steel, embraced it, and would not let it go. And the tough steel melted.

There are hearts that are hard enough to resist the forces of wrath and the fury of pride. But hard is the heart that can resist the warm flame of Love.


"'For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them. But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.'" Matthew 13:15-17 (NIV)

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Designer Class Shares

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Oh, it's been a while since I've shared what the designer class has shared for the public.
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You can find these downloads beginning in the forum here.

Feb 12, 2011

Twitter Round-up

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Oh...happy happy clicking!

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Check out Gina Miller's valentine hits!

What do you think of the new Canon Rebel T3i and T3? Here's the first look. Is it as good as the 600D? Here's another video review of them.

What are your thoughts about the new paywithatweet.com, whereby once you tweet/facebook about the download, you receive the link

Adorable love mini album at Peppermint Creative.

Lauren Bavin of DPS shares her first test with Topaz Adjust

Using the High Pass Filter to Soften Photos

Living the Dash Inbetween Shares some cute Valentine hybrid projects.

Blog Train Blog freebies with a heart theme!

Valentine's flowers delivered from hubby!

RT @dailydigi: Super cute, free project by @kalodesigns valentines robots.

He says "let's have lemon wars"

What U want? Lol RT @oldguycomedy: Sometimes I get turned upside in the company of beautiful woman! My wife! I consider it my good pleasure.

Awesome! RT @annaaspnes: Layout Deconstructed No. 5

I love your post! I feel the same way! RT @csmith_digi The Wow Factor of Digital Scrapbooking

Love it! Wish I had time! @thedigichick Make your own Valentine's Day treat boxes with the help of The Hybrid Chick!

Nice Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial RT @ScrapGirls How to Easily Create a Sketched Photo Look
inspirational s @GingerScraps It's Crafty Thursday!

Simple is good! RT @DoubleDNews New Template Challenge

Apparently sitting "indian style" is not politically correct any more! I'm having some pain behind my knee for a week now and I'm researching the internet and keep running into my errors!

RT @jenniferswilson Beautiful! RT @kellyraeroberts: seriously loving viv's way of promoting her photo ecourse.

RT @scrapgeek 40 Outstanding Examples of Conceptual #Photography

Photoshop users are laughing! RT “@TFTenney: Sometimes our background overwhelms our foreground.”

Check out this simple, yet cute, pyrimid box

http://itstartswith.us/ Just signed up for the "love bomb" ...what a great concept!

My thoughts are with #digiscrap Jazzy's family and friends, who I understand passed away in Dec 2010

I'm honored that so many people trust me to peek into their personal lives, but I'm unfriending everyone and will not sign into my other Facebook account.

Yawn: an honest opinion openly expressed.

My microwave is as pesky as my hubby; it keeps beeping at me until I come to give it attention.

http://www.openbible.info/topics/ I like this topical Bible

She photographed 100 strangers and asked them to define "love."

Tutorial - Text from Photos in CS5

Happy 5th Birthday Sweet Shoppe!
http://www.sweetshoppedesigns.com/sweetshoppe/home.php

40 Amazing Pictures Of The Blizzaster Of 2011.

RT @DigiShopTalk journaling prompts. RT @thecraftyscribe: Are you feeling crafty?

What do you think the demographics of HW's Facebook page tell about digital scrapbooking?

You can download mollyscraps brushes she used to make this cool paper!...

Join Cape Girardeau Library newsletter

Make your Facebook more secure! Use https!

heck out Vinnie Pearce's cool wall hybrid box

I feel inspired just reading this 33 page book "Color and Forms" What is it that does that to me?

Do you ever wonder how the professionals do lighting? Do you ever think you'd go to these lengths to photograph?

Whooo hooooo! We finally got a good snow for the first time this winter! Looks beautiful outside! Cape Girardeau

RT @photojack The number one person i am trying to ultimately please with every click of the shutter...is myself

Finish this sentence: The latest survey shows 3 out of 4 scrapbookers . . . .

I just say my first Spring Robin! I ran to grab my camera, but missed photographing it. Shucks. I guess the Groundhog dude was right! (Feb 6)

RT @semissourianbiz razy for a good cause! Polar Plunge benefits Special Olympics

Mozy no longer has unlimited backup.

Anita has gathered a nice list of Project 365 resources in the forum.

Chrissy shared some links to some free PSE actions -- shares example of photo in fan

On whim, hubby decided to take Polar Bear Plunge! He has one day to collect donations for registration fee (for special olympics)

Nann's layout gives us inspiration to scrap our child's artwork (and allows us to ditch the original eventually!) Now tell me, how many of you have boxes of your child's artwork?

Here's some inspiration. Check out how Chrissy put the flowers in the fold of the paper

Cool video on how to photograph the stars!

Has anyone every tried mcp actions? They are now for Photoshop Elements.

A great reminder for us all! Learning to Love Me layout

Check out this creative baby in a pendulum layout

My niece blames the Steelers and the Packers for bringing the snow to Texas!

Checking out the free photography forum shared by Jerry

Digital Scrapbooking Tips and Tricks: How to Determine and Change the Document Size
What a great hybrid ! Memory verse holder.

Name 3 items that closest to you. Not counting computer stuff.

Sharing ColorSuckr with you

Video - How to use Patterned Paper - for inspiration!

Check out this online magazine! 174 pages of decorating and home inspiration! Links are clickable in magazine.

Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. Abraham Lincoln (I'm not so sure this is true)

A mother understands what a child does not say.- Jewish proverb Please share you examples!

Collection of Christmas projects from Kaisercraft! Be inspired!

If we were born with two additional hands, do you think we could get things done twice as fast?

Vintage Photos in Photoshop - video at YouTube

Keep in mind not what you are, but Whose you are.

Greatness is in serving the weak and helpless. / Being humble is not telling yourself you are worthless-you are not a doormat.

We have an excuse for all of our pushing and shoving in life; even if it is at the expense of others.

The Daily Digi tutorial on coloring greyscale images

want to learn more? Check out the How To channel on Adobe TV