Mar 27, 2011

Place that Face

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Oh boy, do we have some fun in store for you! But it will only be as great as you make it to be, so we need your participation on this!!

We'd like to introduce you to "Place That Face"!

Here's how it works:

1. Submit a baby (or youngest age photo that you have) photo of yourself to me at As submissions come in, I will posted them in the forum here.

2. Then, you guess who that baby is! Who is that face? Can you place it? Have fun guessing who is who!

3. On April 7th, everyone who submitted a photo will reveal their identity by:

  • Changing your avatar to your baby photo and posting in the thread containing your baby photo.

  • Sharing a layout made with your baby photo.

We realize everyone is busy, so you will have until the end of the month to upload your layout to the gallery and share it in the forum.

This fun event is open to everyone (not just paid subscribers), so we do hope you join us!

What are you waiting for? Send in those photos and let's get started!

April Class (Christine Smith Sponsors Fun Extras)

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The new 'Site Sponsor' for April is the award winning digital designer and published scrapbooker 'Christine Smith Digital Design'.

About Christine:

I am an award-winning digital scrapbook designer and published scrapbook artist. I have been scrapbooking since 1994 and designing digital scrapbook downloads since January 2006. I enjoy creating designs that have a traditional scrapbook feel to them that are versatile and sometimes theme-focused. I have no shortage of digital scrapbook layout subjects as the mom of six daughters aged 4 - 18.

You can find Christine in her store on her blog on facebook and on twitter.

Christine has chosen "The Fun Extras" Class and she has this gorgeous kit on offer called Basic Red, which you will receive once the class starts on April 1st. Enrollment to the class will be open through April 7th.

Preview and sample Layouts

We are looking forward to working with Christine and hope she enjoys her month as our site sponsor in April.

The classes beginning again on April 1st are:

The Fun Extras
About Me

You can read details about each of these classes on this page.

To see what is available for each class, please review the online guides that can be found through links in the sidebar of this page.

Windows PC Scout

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I found this cool Microsoft website called Windows PC Scout.

It states it is not affiliated or paid by any corporation. The site helps you choose a computer by choosing options in the sidebar which returns various results as images in the middle of the screen.

You can read reviews and more details, as well as mark certain computers to compare.

It looks like it may be a great resource as more people begin using it and writing reviews.

Centering Background Papers - Quick Tip

In this quick tip, you will learn the shortcuts for centering a background on a layout, both as you bring the file in and after the file is already on your layout.

Watch the video below! Have fun!

American Idol Tweets

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Here are my tweets while watching American Idol last Wednesday.

Leave a comment and share your favorite with me. Join me next week as I tweet again! Would love to tweet to you while I tweet.

Casey is unique and good, but not moving me

Thia -- glad to hear her do a faster song.

Jacob is doing better, but my first impression is hard to shake.

Lauren did a song I can get into-good stage presence

Steffano-messed up Lionals's song-too bad cause i liked him.

Haley --good song choice fir bluesy singing

Scotty did what Scotty does!

Pia - snooze - I thought motown was songs that make want to dance

Paul--great sing choice!!! Awesome

Naima is styl'n--sounds too low for what I'm used to-- like the dance

James -- we finally have a song with a beat--crowd ovation

Mar 26, 2011

Gallery Spotlight Shines on . . .

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Come meet Christine (Chrissy) as our gallery spotlight shines on her!

Click here.

I feel like I know her so much better! Be sure to stop by and leave her some love in her gallery or even scraplift her.

Layer Styles in .psd Format


This video shares why I have decided to share my layer styles in .psd format for Photoshop Elements Users and how to use the file.

Here is this file for download (for a limited time, then always in the subscriber area).

Mar 21, 2011

TV Roundup

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Survivor, dinner in my lap, wine glass, & @JeffProbst by my side via twitter
@JeffProbst Are those on redemption ever alone? Or always with camera person?
@JeffProbst did you know I can guess who is going by air time? Need better editing.
RT @pixey109: @JeffProbst But MATT has the strength that God gives him

#americanidol Naima did not do it for me with Tina Turner song
#americanidol Paul doing Elton he's sounds sick. But there's something BGees about him I like.
#americanidol Thia just mived up a notch for me -- still needs some more "Stage flavor"
#americanidol James Durbin -- love how he makes Bin Jovi unique to his style.
#americanidol Haley is good. Rooting for her -- not over the top though
#americanidol Stefano best so far tonight. I think he's growing on America.
#americanidol Pia prived herself once again!
#americanidol Scotty did a little better with country/pop crossover-- needs to keep going that direction
#americanidol Karen redeemed herself from last week
Casey #americanidol takes on Nervana. I think his risk pays off.
#americanidol Lauren did good-but i like Ethridge!
#americanidol Jacob didn't impress me until the last few words.
All the idols have tweet id's ending in 10. Where's the list?

Twitter Round-up

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I haven't had a twitter round-up post for a while, so have fun clicking!

Cool freebie font find

Isn't this a cute recipe book from Kaisercraft ?

I might be able to do those! Pleated Flower Tutorial

Do you "dread" the photoshop pen tool or ignore it?

I love this layout with Bethany's word art! Who doesn't have a photo like this they could use this wordart on?

Owl Tree Studio made such a good point, I had to share it with you! What do you think of her reply?

Some of you in the forum used to be 2 feet tall. Okay. All of you! (giggle) New image in forum posts is this!

Making a bracket frame tutorial

Creating a realistic drop shadow in Photoshop.

Check this video out -- incredible light show

Making a glitter style with artrage #2

Making a glitter style with artrage #1

MissBehaving's tutorial on extracting using the pen tool

More megapixels, better photos: Fact or fiction?

I'm thinking a photocube would be a fun thing for my desk. Ever tried HP's tool?

A photo of the family in bed - over the bed! how creative!

Check out this easy way to display layouts with curtain rods!

You know I do this, but see what happens with modge podge, a print, & canvas

New digisite to be revealed soon. Shall be fun to watch who it is

When I made the recent site changes, I said I would do some completely free for all limited-time classes-it just hit me what for first one! (March 10)

Easy to make organza flower tutorial. Great for hybrid layouts or even photographing and extracting for digital.

When did Virtual Photographer change it's interface? Took me a minute to figure it out, but I do like it better.

Misty Cato has another tutorial for you! Misty Cato has another tutorial for you! Didn't I do a video recently too? Hmmm...or was it the other technique. I cannot remember. Do you?

Hubby just pulled these from the dryer. Do you think they will work when I plug them in? I need them for class I teach tonight.

Re-covering lampshades tutorial -- decorate to match -- your way!

I think I need to get to MickieDees! 'Tis the season for Shamrock Shakes

Whose participating in the Amazing Digital Scrapbooking Race? registration is open! It's a popular thing!

Will you be installing IE9 or waiting?

What is art journaling to you? How would describe it?


Anyone using Pinterest? Read about it at DST. How is it better than vi-sualize

It's so hard waking up in the dark now! Are you struggling with daylight savings like me? (March 15)

Which Irish Proverbs do you like best

Sing with me -- looking forward to Friday!

I think once the fog clears, it's going to be hard to stay indoors here in Cape Girardeau (March 16)

Got me a shamrock shake!!

Oxalis violacea - A Native Missouri "Shamrock" I didn't know that!

I love the inspiration at Design Seeds! I'd love to have the book, but it's $55

@csmith_digi Thanks for being our site sponsor for April!

I found this GREAT site you could use as inspiration for layouts like a challenge!

I just washed with this. Do you think it's enough to keep me from being pinched today? Happy St. Patrick's Day

Great post! @dailydigi Creating New Looks With Your Digi Papers

I feel done for today. Do I have your permission to be done? I wanna go home and scrap. (March 17)

on days like these
...................... everyone should have a sunroof! Or at least crack a window on the car!... (March 17)

Love it! RT @DigiScrapsDrive Happy St Particks' Day from Australia: flash mob style I love the inspiration at Design Seeds! I'd love to have the book, but it's $55

You can now rent movies on Facebook & watch them! I found this GREAT site you could use as inspiration for layouts like a challenge!

Picture Play tutorial by Penny (video)

What artist medium do you use to express yourself?

What is subway art? You can do it digital too!

Making a photo collage in Picasa

A yummy movie snack Popcorn, brown butter and parmesan

Try some Cheesy Baked Pasta for dinner

Have you ever eaten Boston Brown Bread? Fried in butter & drizzled with maple syrup?

trick- make an alpha out of a font

Check out Action FX's newest eZine. Scroll down a bit to see links to previous issues.

How would you feel if you suddenly couldn't do something anymore that used to give you such joy? What would that something be?

Have you ever wished that people thought more and talked less?

Lol. Just said "I'm gonna check my tweeters" and hubby said "Can I check your tweeters"

Visiting craftbook store

Video of Anne Frank Surfaces on YouTube
Here's a bunch of Hybrid Christmas s! I love this page!

Tutorials in pictures for some must know programs

Has anyone ever tried the free fontcapture?

When is the worst time for a woman to go into labor and give birth?

Lesson #1 in life-Listen to Mom. PS I hate it when cars break down; hate it more when stalled car in intersection could've been prevented

How many times a month does Microsoft need to update Windows? It slows down my computer and I have to restart!

Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters.

Jerry at our site found another great site! It's a free stand-alone program and I'm anxious to play!

Handy little chart to keep tucked in your camera bag regarding how ISO, F/stops, and shutter speed work.

There is a very interesting tutorial about extracting hair at SBG. I've played with methods before similar, but haven't chosen "my" method to teach.

Soft multicolor paper tutorial

I downloaded this free CU texture and it looks nice. Thanks TotallyD Designs!

Digiscrap inspiration from the movies!

There's some great digiscrap inspiration on this card patterns blog.

What is it about teenage sons and 3 a.m.? How is a parent ever to get any good sleep?

25+ free stock photo sites! (via @ScrappinCop) great!

The Brick Testament. This is pretty cool! I like it!

Seriously, how could they keep this legal?

How much wisdom can a person get from losing as opposed to winning?

Cool! I've never seen this trapster site!

Reading: The under-21 texting while driving ban goes into effect today. Now they have to pay older kids to text for them.

Why is it Abbie Rae always wants me to pet her when I sit down on the toilet? Is it because I'm that much lower?

Jerry found this great texture blog!

Brush stroke a path in photoshop tutorial

Seriously, you'd think the house would be quite at 5:30 a.m. so I could record a video. No, an alarm goes off.

Mar 18, 2011

Making Prongs

I made a new video for subscribers in the designer class for making prongs in Photoshop Elements.

As always, I share the freebie on my blog for all for about 24 hours! Thereafter, it can always be found in the Subscriber Area.


Mar 17, 2011

Template #71



Download for a limited time and then in subscriber area (as always)

Credits: Jeri Ingals Douglas Fir kit and my template #71

I really could have journaled so much more on this layout, but there was only so much room. I am just going to have to make companion pages to journal the rest of the story.

Just in case you missed some of the conversation in social networking and the chatbox, I took a hike last weekend, but learned I cannot trust Missouri Conservation guides to read maps! What I thought was going to be a 4 mile hike was actually about 10! I've never hiked that far before and I was in such pain. It took every bit of will power I had to hike out of those woods!

I felt bad for holding up the rest of the group and was so embarrassed, until I got home and read the map for myself and realized their promise that it was only a 4 mile hike was wrong! I actually went about 5 miles okay before I began struggling, but I had 5 more miles to go!

It was a beautiful hike though. Next time, I won't be throwing my map in the car and just following others, no matter who they are.

Mar 16, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Quotes

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St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time , a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic. ~ Adrienne Cook

Anyone acquainted with Ireland knows that the morning of St. Patrick's Day consists of the night of the 17th of March flavored strongly with the morning of the 18th. ~Author Unknown

The problem with some people is that when they aren't drunk they're sober. ~William Butler Yeats

In Ireland the inevitable never happens and the unexpected constantly occurs. ~Sir John Pentland Mahaffy

Ireland is rich in literature that understands a soul's yearnings, and dancing that understands a happy heart. ~Margaret Jackson

O Ireland isn't it grand you look like a bride in her rich adornin? And with all the pent-up love of my heart I bid you the top o' the mornin! ~ John Locke The Exile's Return

Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and fat. ~ Alex Levine

Why should you never iron a 4 leaf clover? You don't want to press your luck. ~ Daryl Stout

Work is the curse of the drinking class. ~Oscar Wilde

Moderation is a fatal thing- nothing succeeds like excess. ~Oscar Wilde

There is no language like the Irish for soothing and quieting. ~John Millington Synge

Ireland is rich in literature that understands a soul's yearnings, and dancing that understands a happy heart. ~By Margaret Jackson.

We are all of us in the gutter. But some of us are looking at the stars. ~Oscar Wilde

Character development is the great, if not the sole, aim of education. ~William O'Shea

Character is formed by doing the thing we are supposed to do, when it should be done, whether we feel like it or not. ~Father Flanagan

Character is the choices a human being makes under pressure. ~Robert McKee

Maybe it's bred in the bone, but the sound of pipes is a little bit of heaven to some of us. Nancy O'Keeefe.

But you must have hope, and you must have faith; You must love and be strong' and so.
If you work, if you wait, you will find the place Where the four-leaf clovers grow.
~Ella Higginson

I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm. ~ FDR

Let us go forth asking His help and His blessing but knowing that here on earth, God's work must truly be our own. ~JFK

Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get. ~ Ray Kroc (founder of McDonalds)

Luck is what you have left over after you give 100%. ~ Langston Coleman

Luck means the long nights you have devoted to work; luck means the appointments you have never failed to keep; luck means the trains you have never failed to catch. ~Max O'Rell

Luck never gives, it only lends. ~ Swedish Proverb

Luck never made a man wise ~ Seneca

The luck of having talent is not enough. One must also have a talent for luck. ~ Louis-Hector Berlioz

The only sure thing about luck is that it will change. ~ Wilson Mizner

The only way to get positive feelings about yourself is to take positive actions. Man does not live as he thinks; he thinks as he lives. ~Reverend Vaughan Quinn

The problem with some people is that when they aren't drunk they're sober. ~William Butler Yeats

Tis better by far at the rainbows end to find not a pot of gold but the heart of a friend. ~Author Unknown~

To a brave man, good and bad luck are like his right and left hand - he uses both. ~ St. Catherine of Siena

St. Patrick's Day Tidbits

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~When law can stop the blades of grass from growin' as they grow, An' when the leaves in summer time their color dare not show, Then I will change the color, too, I wear in my caubeen; But till that day, praise God, I'll stick to the Wearin' o' the Green.
~A toast to your coffin. May it be made of 100 year old oak. And may we plant the tree together, tomorrow.

~Dance as if no one were watching, sing as if no one were listening, and live every day as if it were your last.

~The reason the Irish are always fighting each other is they have no other worthy opponents.

~Here's to a long life and a merry one.
A quick death and an easy one.
A pretty girl and an honest one.
A cold beer—and another one!

~An Irishman is never drunk as long he can hold onto one blade of grass and not fall off the face of the earth.

~Here's to beefsteak when you're hungry, Whiskey when you're dry, All the women you'll ever want, And heaven when you die.

~May the leprechauns dance over your bed and bring you sweet dreams.

~Life is like a cup of tea, it's all in how you make it. Irish Proverb

~May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future. Irish Proverb

~Oh, Paddy, dear, an' did ye hear the news that's goin' round?
The shamrock is forbid by law to grow on Irish ground!
No more St. Patrick's Day we'll keep, his colour can't be seen, For there's a cruel law agin' the Wearin' o' the green. ~Author Unknown

~When a twig grows hard it is difficult to twist it. Every beginning is weak. ~Irish Proverb

~Be kind to those that meet you as you rise, you may pass them again as you fall. ~Irish Proverb

~May the leprechauns be near you to spread luck along your way. ~Irish Proverb

~Your My Pot of Gold!

~You will never plough a field if you only turn it over in your mind. ~Irish Proverb

~Tis better by far at the rainbows end to find not a pot of gold but the heart of a friend. ~Author Unknown

~God invented whiskey so the Irish wouldn't rule the world.

~An Irish Lullaby
Over in Killarney, many years ago,
Me Mother sang a song to me
in tones so sweet and low.
Just a simple little ditty,
in her good old Irish way.
And I'd give the world if she could sing that song to me this day.
Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, Too-ra-loo-ra-li.
Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, Hush now don't you cry!
Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, Too-ra-loo-ra-li.
Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, That's an Irish lullaby.
~Author Unknown

~An Irish Lullabye
Over in Killarney
Many years ago,
Me Mither sang a song to me
In tones so sweet and low.
Just a simple little ditty,
In her good ould Irish way,
And l'd give the world if she could sing That song to me this day.
Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, Too-ra-loo-ra-li, Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, hush now, don't you cry!
Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, Too-ra-loo-ra-li, Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, that's an Irish lullaby.
Oft in dreams I wander
To that cot again,
I feel her arms a-huggin' me
As when she held me then.
And I hear her voice a -hummin'
To me as in days of yore,
When she used to rock me fast asleep
Outside the cabin door.

~An Irish Prayer
May God
Grant you always...
A Sunbeam
to warm you,
A Moonbeam
to charm you,
A Sheltering Angel
so nothing can harm you.
Laughter to cheer you,
Faithful friends near you,
And whenever you pray,
Heaven to hear you!

~An Irishman is never drunk as long he can hold onto one blade of grass and not fall off the face of the earth.

~Anyone acquainted with Ireland knows that the morning of St. Patrick's Day consists of the night of the 17th of March flavored strongly with the morning of the 18th. ~Author Unknown

~Be kind to those that meet you as you rise, you may pass them again as you fall. ~Irish Proverb

~Blarney Spoken Here

~Dance as if no one were watching, sing as if no one were listening, and live every day as if it were your last.

~For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way,
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.

~I know a place where the sun is like gold.
And the cherry blooms burst with snow;
And down underneath is the loveliest nook, Where the four-leaf clovers grow.

~ One leaf is for hope, and one for faith.
And one is for love you know;
But God put another in for luck--
If you search, you will find where they grow.

God never shuts one door unless He opens another. ~Irish Proverb

~Here's to a long life and a merry one. A quick death and an easy one. A pretty girl and an honest one. A cold beer—and another one!

~Here's to fine wine, women, and song.

Words by Mort Dixon, music by Harry Woods
I'm looking over a four-leaf clover
That I overlooked before.
One leaf is sunshine, the second is rain, Third is the roses that grow in the lane.
No need explaining, the one remaining
Is somebody I adore.
I'm looking over a four-leaf clover
That I overlooked before

~Life is like a cup of tea, it's all in how you make it. ~Irish Proverb

~Oh, did you ne'er hear of the Blarney,
That's found near the banks of Killarney?
Believe it from me,
No girls heart is free,
Once she hears the sweet sound of the Blarney, Once she hears the sweet sound of the Blarney.

~Oh say, would you find this same Blarney, There's a castle not far from Killarney, On the top of the wall But take care you don't fall, There's a stone that contains all this Blarney, There's a stone that contains all this Blarney.

~Like a magnet its influence such is,
That attraction it gives all it touches, If you kiss it, they say, That from that blessed day, You may kiss whom you plaze, with your Blarney, You may kiss whom you plaze with your Blarney.

!Oh, Paddy, dear, an' did ye hear the news that's goin' round? The shamrock is forbid by law to grow on Irish ground! No more St. Patrick's Day we'll keep, his colour can't be seen, For there's a cruel law agin' the Wearin' o' the green~ Author Unknown

~Leprechauns, castles, good luck and laughter Lullabies, dreams and love ever after.
Poems and songs with pipes and drums
A thousand welcomes when anyone comes...
That's the Irish for you!

~St. Patrick's Day
Oh, my mother isn't Irish
And my father isn't too,
But today I feel as Irish
As the really Irish do.
For today I wear a shamrock
That is green in every way
And though I am Canadian,
I am Irish -- for today!
~ Aileen Fisher

~St. Patrick's Day
Leprechauns peeking,
Around a willow tree,
Pussy willows waking,
Longing to be free.
Colleens and shamrocks
Put them all together
To make St. Patrick's Day

~The Croppy Boy
It was early, early in the spring
The birds did whistle and sweetly sing
Changing their notes from tree to tree
And the song they sang was Old Ireland free.
It was early early in the night,
The yeoman cavalry gave me a fright
The yeoman cavalry was my downfall
And I was taken by Lord Cornwall.

~'Twas in the guard-house where I was laid, And in a parlour where I was tried My sentence passed and my courage low When to Dungannon I was forced to go.

~As I was passing my father's door
My brother William stood at the door
My aged father stood at the door
And my tender mother her hair she tore.

As I was going up Wexford Street
My own first cousin I chanced to meet;
My own first cousin did me betray
And for one bare guinea swore my life away.

As I was walking up Wexford Hill
Who could blame me to cry my fill?
I looked behind, and I looked before
But my aged mother I shall see no more.

And as I mounted the platform high
My aged father was standing by;
My aged father did me deny
And the name he gave me was the Croppy Boy.

It was in Dungannon this young man died
And in Dungannon his body lies.
And you good people that do pass by
Oh shed a tear for the Croppy Boy.

~The Leprechaun
Near misty stream in Ireland
in the hollow of a tree
Live mystical, magical leprechauns
who are clever as can be
With their pointed ears,
and turned up toes and little coats of green The leprechauns busily make their shoes and try hard not to be seen.
Only those who really believe
have seen these little elves
And if we are all believers
We can surely see for ourselves.

~The Shamrock
For each petal on the shamrock,
This brings a wish your way,
Good health, good luck, good happiness,
For today and everyday.

~ The three leaves of the Shamrock are said to represent the Holy Trinity (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit). If there is a fourth leaf it represents God's Grace. According to legend, Eve carried a four-leaf clover when she left the Garden of Eden

~There once was a leprechaun green
Who thought he was witty and keen
His hat was so tall
And his buckle quite small
He was funny and shockingly lean

~Wee Bit O' Irish
You're the flash and sparkle in dark Irish eyes.
You're the whimsey and charm of leprechaun guise.
You're the treasured gold at the rainbow's end.
You're the beauty and mystery of emerald glens.
You're the top o' the mornin' ~ my cup of tea.
You're springtime adornin'...blessings on thee.
~Author Unknown~

~Wee Little Patrick
Patrick is a leprechaun
He has a sack of gold
He hides it in a special place
Between two stumps, I'm told
I think I once saw Patrick
Out in the woods at play
He smiled and laughed and winked his eye And then he ran away
Don't try to follow Patrick
To find his treasure sack
He'll twist and jump and run away
And he never will come back.

~When Irish Eyes are Smiling
When Irish Eyes are Smiling,
Sure it's like a morn in spring
In the lilt of Irish laughter
You can hear the angels sing.
When Irish hearts are happy,
All the world seems bright and gay
And when Irish eyes are smiling
Sure they steal your heart away.

~Whether ye be orange,
or whether ye be green,
Your rainbow has a pot of gold
and shamrocks have four leaves.
Wishes, blarney, little folk,
upon your family tree,
Irish in your history
and luck shall follow thee.
--Brenda Darlene Kijowski

~Will ye go, Lassie, Go
Oh the summertime is coming
And the trees are sweetly blooming
And the wild mountain thyme
Grows around the blooming heather
Will ye go, Lassie go?
And we'll all go together
To pluck wild mountain thyme
All around the blooming heather
Will ye go, Lassie go?

I will build my love a tower
Near yon' pure crystal fountain
And on it I will build
All the flowers of the mountain
Will ye go, Lassie go?

If my true love she were gone
I would surely find another
Where wild mountain thyme
Grows around the blooming heather
Will ye go, Lassie go?

~You will never plough a field if you only turn it over in your mind. ~Irish Proverb

~You've heard I suppose, long ago,
How the snakes, in a manner most antic
He marched to the County Mayo,
And trundled them into th' Atlantic
~Author Unknown

Mar 15, 2011

Quick Tip - Color Picker

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When I first opened Photoshop Elements 9, the color picker through me for a loop! Has it confused you too? It is slightly different from previous versions of Photoshop Elements, but then again, not!

I am going to guess that you probably didn't realize all versions do this -- watch - -

Facebook for Digital Scrapbooking Designers

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Hopefully, all digital scrapbooking designers have already learned how to create a fan page and use it regularly for their business.

Many fanpages had created additional tabs at the top, but Facebook recently did away with the tabs and moved them as links in the sidebar. I read many complaints about the same, but I did not see any problem with it. People just need to learn to go to a different location for the information. Actually, it is a good thing similar to when a grocery store rearranges their shelves and you no longer know where everything is and have to hunt for it. In hunting, it is their hopes you will see new products to buy. (Don't you just hate it when they do that?) For instance, the "Youtube" link in my fanpage sidebar used to be a tab at the top.

Soon after the elimination of tabs, Facebook began the process of eliminating FBML and directing fanpage owners to use iFrames for their "fangate." Facebook just keeps changing and you have to keep up with it. Do you like "fangate" landing pages as a reader or are you like me and just wish they all went to the wall?

FBML is "facebook markup language." (HTML is HyperText Markup Language for building website pages). Facebook used Facebook Query Language (FQL) first which allowed you to create applications from Facebook data. FBML was introduced on May 24, 2007, which allowed you to embed your application in Facebook as a "widget."

Many fanpage owners used this application called Static FBML to create a special tab on the top of their fanpage wall to insert HTML so that it looked like a webpage, complete with graphics and links, to tell more about their website. Fanpage owners can choose to have a different "landing" or "fangate" to their fanpage so that when someone visits the fanpage, it will take them to the tab telling about the website first, rather than the fanpage wall. Thereafter, one would have to click to go to the wall.

However, even though Facebook is no longer supporting the static FBML ap, I understand that if you have it currently, you can keep it, but cannot create new pages, but can edit current ones, but no new users are allowed. Facebook is no longer accepting new aps from developers with FBML. As of March 11, 2011, no one can create new FBML aps.

Facebook is now encouraging developers to use "iFrames" instead. iFrame applications enable you to embed an external web page into fanpage. The difference is that the FBML pages were "hosted" by Facebook, but the iFrames are "hosted" whereever you choose on your own hosting, such as your web server.

There is worry that embedded external pages might be abused by the "bad guys." As always, I would suggest using caution when clicking on links.

There are plenty of developers that offer aps. See here:

There are other ap developers who offer the ability to put html (custom pages) on your fanpage. So I'm not too concerned myself about the loss of FBML. There are ones that offer iFrame html pages already and I'm sure there will be more offered now with Facebook making this push. People will just have to use a different developer ap and make a few changes. It's not taking the ability of html totally away, just causing people to make changes.

Feel free to leave a comment and link us up to the fanpage aps you use.
Here's one:


Many digital scrapbooking designers are not aware of the rules on Facebook regarding advertising, more commonly referred to as "promotions" by Facebook.

Did you know that you cannot give a freebie directly on your fanpage and condition it on people "liking" your page? Having a give-a-way for everyone, without condition, may be allowed, but it takes a lot of reading and comprehending of the rules and even I am not sure if this is okay or not after I spent some time digesting the voluminous rules. For me, I would prefer not to take the risk and loose my fanpage.

You cannot have a contest on a fanpage either, such as requesting people to upload images to a fanpage and choosing a random winner, or requesting people to comment on a post and choosing a random winner.

It is okay to give something away on, for instance, your blog and post on Facebook a link to your blog, but I understand it is not okay to put the download link right on your fanpage and then tell everyone to go to your fanpage.

At first, Facebook's had no rules regarding promotions, then they tightened them, and now they are loosening them.

Some designers are giving away using a tab/page with a code that requires you to like the page before the freebie can be seen. For instance, this Create Reveal Tab ap would do the same. However, I am not comfortable after a quick read through the rules that this is even safe to do.

From the Facebook rules, I read in Section 3. Administering a Promotion through the Facebook Platform that "You may not administer any promotion through Facebook, except that you may administer a promotion through the Facebook Platform with our prior written approval" and more particularly in 3.1 "You will only administer the promotion through an application on the Facebook Platform, as directed by us."

This is the "loosening of the rules" which I mention above. Facebook is now allowing promotion, but only through applications.

The question is whether or not any application can be used, such the Reveal Tab mentioned above. Since I am not certain, I choose not to use it at this time until further investigation to see if it is on the below mentioned list.

Facebook has made it easy on us to comply with the policies by providing us with a list of application providers to choose from who have reached an agreement with Facebook to comply with the policies.

I would suggest that you find and utilize one of these to keep on the safe side.
I have not had time to click on anything in the list. I am curious as to whether there are any free applications on this list.

In addition, be careful when creating graphics to advertise as indicated in the ad guidelines, i. "Ads cannot mention or refer to Facebook, its site or its brand in any manner, including in the title, body, image, or destination URL;" and ii. "Ads cannot use Facebook logos, trademarks, or site terminology (including but not limited to Facebook, The Facebook, FacebookHigh, FBook, FB, Poke, Wall, and other company graphics, logos, designs, or icons)."

How many people do you think are breaking this rule? It almost makes me scared to use Facebook at all other than to post a link back to my own blog. I just do not have the time to investigate and keep up with all of these changing terms. Do you?

Self, it's Done!

Self, it's done!

A recent conversation made me recall this and I just knew I should share it on my blog because I know how much it has helped me through the years and maybe it will help you too.

A wise person (Glenda Ketchem at Digitals) once told me when I first started digital scrapbooking that sometimes you just have to say "self, it's done."

I immediately put that on a sticky note on my moniter and it changed my habits forever.

I learned to just let it go as a "memory perserved" and go onto the next layout.

I am one who just "has to" make a layout the best that I can. I just cannot stop playing with it.

Always, just when I upload it to a gallery or share it on a Yahoo Group or Facebook, I see something I should have changed that I missed! It happens every time!

I try to avoid that, but no matter how long I look at it before sharing, there is always something that I see to fix right after I share. Why is that?

However, this "self, it's done" principle works for more than just digital scrapbooking.

In fact, just today I put up a new list of St. Patrick's Day scrapbooking titles. I kept sitting there trying to be creative to think of more to add when finally I had to tell myself that it was good enough, that people would appreciate it enough as it is, and that I did not have to make it over-the-top great. "Self, it's done! Just post it!"

Should I include one more thing for dinner just to make a healthier meal? No! Self, it's done!

Should I do one more exercise at the gym because every movement counts? No! Self, it's done!

Should I move the chair when vaccuming everytime? No! Self, it's done!

Should I tag every element of every digital scrapbooking kit? No! Self, it's done!

Should I pull every single weed from the garden? No! Self, it's done!

Special Twitter Round-up

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I actually tweeted just for fun recently. I wish I had more time to do that.

I tweeted while watching Survivor and American Idol and thought it would be fun to save my thoughts.

Maybe you can leave a comment and share your thoughts?

I also had a fun conversation with Dawn (below)

@CBSTweet @JeffProbst CBS renews SURVIVOR for 2011-12 season, host @JeffProbst signs new deal to return for 23rd and 24th editions!

I knew it! lol RT @mayh7: @JeffProbst are votes read in order of ppl who cast them during TC? No I arrange them for the drama!

@JeffProbst reading everyone's #survivor tweets by search of your name on iPhone!

@JeffProbst I'm glad Russell left his markj on the future game. I like the guy.

@JeffProbst we need a merge so the smart and brave people can get out Rob

RT @anetdotnet: @JeffProbst Didn't know Survivor could be more fun to watch but now it is with Jeff in my virtual living room!

Lol RT @Jentastik: I wish I could dance like Paul McDonald #idol he is like a Leprechaun

#idol How many times did they say 'flavor' what do I win if I guess? James Durban stood out most for me.

cool RT @AmericanIdol: Ever wonder where @RyanSeacrest hangs during the #Idol performances?!

@freifamily @votefortheworst picked Paul -- that may save him

#idol Didnt get Lauren. Casey got 'felt'!

#idol Ashton good-but not wowed. /Us Paul half Rod Stewart/half BG's--not sure what i feel.

#idol Pia is amazing. Love how James's twitch disappears when he sings. Nice clear voice.

#idol love love Haley --wish she hadnt done country - boring is right. Sad for that.

#idol Jacob is very talented, but something rubs me wrong. Maybe how he says hard consanents.

#idol Thia is good--but I'm indifferent. Steffano --thus us a pop show--he sounded pop

#idol Karen sounded flat -- think she is going home

#idol Can Scotty cross over to pop like Alabama? Kenny Rogers? Naimi--good dancing stage presence--not good tone--not clear.

Dawn and I have our settings so our tweets come to each other's phones. Each time they come, they make our phone beep. So we had "beep beep wars." The below is not an exact timeline (I don't have time to put that together!), but you get the idea the fun we had.


DAWN SAID: This tweet is just cause I want to tell @HummieIsMe that she is a great friend! (oh, and cause I thought I'd make her phone go off again ha)

War is on! RT @digiscrapfun do U really want to start playing the "beep beep wars"? hahahaha
@digiscrapfun beep beep beep ()

Beep Beep back at you! @digiscrapfun I want to tell @HummieIsMe she is a great friend! (oh, and cause I thought I'd make her phone go off

DAWN SAID: @HummieIsMe oh my, now that is too funny!!! OK, here ya go!

@digiscrapfun crushing that beep beep! (oh, road runner!)

lol great minds think alike! RT @digiscrapfun .

@digiscrapfun That last one you shared was same song I shared first. beep beep onto your cell again!

DAWN SAID: @HummieIsMe OH!! Beep sound efects! Now why didn't I think of that!?!??! You're one smart cookie!!! ;)

@digiscrapfun I think I'm winning this beep beep war!

DAWN SAID: @HummieIsMe OH!! Beep sound efects! Now why didn't I think of that!?!??! You're one smart cookie!!! ;)

DAWN SAID: @HummieIsMe too funny!! Mine is similar. You've had me laughing so hard, people were coming into my office to make sure I was ok lol!

Spatt -- gotcha again @digiscrapfun My beep sounds like this (1st seconds of:

DAWN SAID: @HummieIsMe TAKE THAT!!! giggle

@digiscrapfun Are you ready to cry uncle and declare me winner of beep beep wars!

DAWN SAID: @HummieIsMe *waving white flag* I surrender!! You win!! giggle

Mar 14, 2011

Has it really been a week?

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I cannot believe I have not blogged in a week! What happened! Wow!

Can you believe it?

I have been busy trying to set up a brand new website for a local photography group.

New website building is so time consuming.
I'm anxious for people to just use the site now for all the time I've spent on it. I've still more to do, but I think it's pretty well ready to go for now, tweaking later as we go along.

Anyone can post and use the forum, but the local information will be on the homepage.

I'd love to have you join me and share your photography knowledge and your photos.

On Saturday I took a hike . . . a ten mile hike!
It wasn't my choice.
It totally wiped me out for two days and I'm still recovering.

If I can find time, I'll share more, but I really need to start focusing on things for HW. I've kept up in the forum, but I know you all demand new stuff from me all the time or you stop visiting because you forget about me!

Sigh. Such a shame that that is the way of the world and the internet.

Mar 7, 2011

Twitter Round-up

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Here's a twitter round up!

I know some of you like clicking and surfing and reading!

Happy clicking!

Digital painting video -- I wish I had this natural talent. Do you...

Something Blue Studios tutorial for children - with name made in photoshop! Making a digital sticker tutorials from "my digital stash"

Bunny posted Trash to Treasure – Spice Rack

Creativesuite quick #PStip using #photoshop's Pass Through mode tutorial

Got me some mojo's!

Eclipse, the new Journey album, will be released on May 24 -- Do you think it will be the same without Steve Perry? Any other 80's fans here that might feel a twinge of excitement and wonder?

Create a Realistic Vintage Ticket Stub in Photoshop

Little Dreamer Designs is closing...Michelle Coleman will be missed!! (thanks for passing that on Malinda) (posted Feb 21, 2011)

Morning all. The bedroom window is open and I'm waking to the sound of birds chriping!

Have you ever finished a layout only to realize what felt like a burden was really a blessing?

I think I found my inspiration for a Christmas card! The checkmark will be "Do Christmas card.! Cracking up here! (posted 12/15/09)

This thread at DST for large photo layouts totally rocks!

Anyone making their own Christmas cards? Another video by Designer Digitals -- awesome site!

What's up with all the digital scrapbooking sites sending out a countdown to Christmas daily e-mails? My inbox is is flooded (posted 12/12/09).

Deb (scrappen cop) recorded a video...and then gave me kudos for teaching on my blog....yep...she can keep designing as she's better than me!

Awesome looking #digiscrap tags by @scrappincop!

Making the season bright with Ella ezine! Check it out. (posted 12/9/2009)

Were you uncool before it was cool to be uncool? And if your children think you are uncool, does that mean you're really cool?

10 Polaroid Holiday Decor Ideas from A Beautiful Mess.

Katie! What great inspiration! Why not scrap a page about how Christmas makes you feel. Share how you feel in this Facebook post too.

Digital Scrapbooking Magazine In Your Pants ....naaay...doesn't work, but I'm seeing some other funnies on my bookshelf! How about you?
Great post of hybrid gift s to inspire you.

Hubby is SO funny, "I guess I'll just sit around here and watch myself get middle-aged."

Be inspired to use Teal in your digiscrap layouts!

How to Organize Layers into Folders.

Mar 5, 2011

Kind of like drippy rained-on grass

When I was thinking of a name for this alpha I made, I was thinking of how it looked so much like drippy, rained-on grass. I think that I'm really wanting Spring to get here full force! It's effecting my thoughts even!

I have a strange urge to roll around in some drippy, rained-on grass - - - green grass - - -

- - - - - - - while the rain is coming down on me.

Download (limited time on my blog, always in subscriber area)

I made this for the elements class challenging them to use alphabets in a unique way. As with all elements challenges, I try to offer them a free item to work with, but they can use any item that fits the theme.

Spring Desktop Background

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I still had snow on my desktop! I decided I needed to bring on a little Spring! Here's my new desktop and you are welcome to grab the full size copy and use it yourself!
It's in this Flickr folder. Be sure to click on the "actions" drop down menu and then choose "view all sizes."

Mar 4, 2011

Welcome Chrissy!

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I want to take this opportunity to welcome Chrissy to the staff here at Hummie's World. She will be offering her services as Editor of the newsletter, as well as some other tasks.

We have needed help around here for a long time as it has just been so overwhelming for two people to run. I think back and remember when I did all of this as one person. There was no way I could continue without help and now we have three!

I have been training Chrissy this week and she helped to put out her first newsletter and did a fabulous work. To sign up for our site newsletter, click here.

Learn Digital Scrapbooking

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Here is Dawn's layout using the free kit that Connie Prince is offering to all those who sign up for Course 1. (in gallery).

You can still sign up for the class through March 7th. You can read more about Connie and see the kit preview on this blog post.

The students have been so excited and they are almost all going through the course so fast that they have kept us hopping! It's grand!

Mar 2, 2011

Designer Collab

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The designer class has put together for you a wonderful Apple Blossom collab!
You can find the download links in this thread in the forum.

You may leave them thanks directly in the thread (if you are signed in you can click the "thanks" button below each person's post too!), but I encourage you to give back even more by visiting their blogs and leaving them a little warm fuzzies. Many of them are new to designing and their blogs are lonely and it would really make their day to have you comment on their blog.

If you make something with anything, feel free to use the gallery to upload your layout and then post it right in this same thread. That's the best way to give back for their hard work!

Have fun!

This is something new we are trying and we are already beginning to plan next months kit! Any subscriber can participate in contributing, although the focus is on the designer class.