Feb 29, 2012

Knock knock-- look whose here!

I'm so excited--first daffodil blooming!!



Worship Wednesday





Feb 28, 2012

If a Dog was a Teacher

I know that this really is not Christian oriented, but if you really think about what it says, the things dogs teach us are the way God wants us to be and the things he wants for us. For instance, he wants us to enjoy the fresh air and to take relaxing naps and to have fun daily. And just think what the world would be like if we all treated other as dogs treat their masters. Read on and think about it! Hummie

Psss.....could be I'm just a dog lover. :)

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If a dog was the teacher you would learn stuff like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
When it's in your best interest, practice obedience.
Let others know when they've invaded your territory.
Take naps.
Stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and pout...run right back and make friends.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.
Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you're not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.

Author Unknown

New Photoshop Elements Lessons on Fixing Eyes

Shiny Bright Eyes Compare

I have recorded two brand new videos for the photography class.  This rounds out the 20 necessary for set one to earn an icon, so watch for new icons soon as the students finish the last of set one!

First, there is a new lesson for catch lights (I didn't do a graphic here for that) in the subscriber area.

Second, there is a new lesson for creating shiny bright eyes!  It is for paid subscribers here.

Next up -- we will be exploring shutter speeds in the photography class.

Freebie Alert! Birthday Boy Add-on!


Sheila created this vibrant fun add-on to her birthday kit!  The primary colors are perfect for those young boy layouts.

Sheila is our newest designer here at Hummie's World and she has her first kit in the store.

If you use this freebie in a layout, please do give back by utilizing our gallery and posting in the thread.  Little gestures as this go greatly to encouraging a designer's mojo!

You can find the freebie in the forum here.

When your thoughts are geared . . .

When your thoughts are geared in a positive direction, your feelings are peaceful. Richard Carlson


For all those that appreciate art . .


Is Thijme Termaat a painter, a stop-motion photographer or a wizard capable of shooting art from his fingertips? Maybe all three?

Feb 27, 2012

March Digital Scrapbooking Classes Open for Enrollment

Goodness! What a month February has been! I am looking forward to March and the thought of starting anew. How about you?

Here are the classes open for enrollment.

Here is the page regarding the classes and hope it answers all your questions about classes at Hummie's World. Subscription are $5.50 per month and you will have access to all classes whether you join one or not.

Registration for the below is open through March 7th.

OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR CLASSES THAT BEGIN MARCH 1

Course 1
Course 1 is a great place to start, as it has something for both the newbie and seasoned scrapper. You may think that you know all there is to know about PSE, but you'll be surprised when you learn a new thing or two!

Filters
Take a tour through the filter drop down box in Photoshop Elements. Do you ever wonder what each filter does and how you can utilize it in digital scrapbooking? Each lesson will challenge you to utilize a filter or a group of filters. Push yourself to think outside the box. These lessons might change your scrapbooking style from traditional-layout-realism to artistic.

Templates
Hummie's Templates help you get unstuck! Stuck on a layout? Not sure what to do? Let Hummie's templates help you! (hey- that rhymed!) There are currently over 80 templates available and they are free to subscribers. What a great way to be inspired to just get some layouts done.

Photography
In this class, you will learn more about the settings on your camera, composition, fun techniques, and fixing photos. Some of the lessons will require use of a camera and some will require use of Photoshop Elements. Many of the tools in Photoshop Elements for fixing photos will actually enlighten you to the similar settings in the camera. The comparison between PSE/Photoshop and the camera will bring a whole new understanding to both in a way you cannot get otherwise.


The above five classes will always be visible for viewing to subscribers. Once enrolled, you can continue earning credit for lessons as long as you reach the monthly goal set for you. There is no need to enroll again each month.

The below three classes will only be open for viewing during the month of February and will not be available again until August.  Scrap as many layouts as you can in a month and then join us again in six months to pick up where you left off.  


Book of Me/About Me
Are you the photographer that is always hiding behind the camera and not in front of it? This class is for you! Based on Angie Pederson's books, this course will have you getting out from behind that camera and making a book-- with you as the star!!

Angie Pederson is the author of many Book of Me publications which you can purchase. I recommend them to anyone serious about scrapping your own life history. The inspiration is boundless! For more information, please read bout Angie on the introduction page to the class guide.

There are over 40 challenges available in the forum to get you started in the all-important scrapping-about-you!
 
Quote Challenge

Our normal scrapbooking flow usually begins with the photos and story. However, occasionally challenges begin with a bit of inspiration and we find ourselves digging for applicable photos.

It is during these times in which we stretch ourselves to think outside the box that the results often are moving and emotional. Some of my favorite layouts are those in which I struggled the most with an idea.

There are over 40 quote challenges (each set of 20 earns an icon by your name in the forum). Let that creativity flow!!
  
Heritage 

Do you know your lineage? Get to know your ancestors as you learn more about your family. You don't necessarily have to have photos to make a layout. Maybe you can find a census online or have some heirloom memories to preserve. This class contains 16 challenges which take you through each generation in order to organize your book for you. Make a book that will be treasured for generations to enjoy!

@scrapbooksetc I love your post on Scanner Ideas for Layouts!

Scrapbooks Etc. has a great post on 21 ideas for scanning for your layouts.  This one is a sample to scan clothing.

You are sure to be inspired, so head on over and view them all!
Follow them on twitter.

Catching shapes and putting them in posts

I recently did a video lesson for Course 2 on utilizing dingbats in titles and all the fun and easy ways to easily to utilize them.  Here's the blog post about it which links you to the forum where the free video is located.  :)  Yeah, you get to travel.

Shapecatcher.com is a great site (fun too!) for quickly putting these shapes into your layouts, facebook, or twitter.

After you draw a shape in the box, click "recognize" and underneath will be a long list of suggested characters.  Just copy the character into your clipboard (highlight, control c) and paste it wherever you want it to go (control v)! 

Here is a twitter post where I pasted in some characters to test it.
See, it even works in blog posts!
Here's a different arrow.
Look at this fun arrow!
Oh, a quirky smile face!

Yes, even you can be a little fun with a little help!

Seeing More on Facebook (The List Factor)

Last week I had a whim and decided to consolidate some of my self-made lists.  I was so glad that I did!  Immediately things started showing up in my stream that I was missing before.  Having a friend or a page in a list must encourage the algorithm on Facebook.

Are you missing Hummie's World on Facebook?
http://www.facebook.com/digitalscrapbooking Oh no!  Don't miss it.  I love chatting with everyone online.

Here's what you can do to help Facebook show you want you want to see.



In the sidebar of you will see a header for "LISTS."  Click on this word or hover to the right of it to see "MORE" and click.

Facebook gives you some default lists, but you can create your own personal lists.

Here is a screen shot of my consolidated lists.  I have all my "friends" in two lists, either friends or family.
Then I have 5 lists for "pages." 

I have one for "local" which also include anything in my state or in St. Louis.  I used to have this separate, but I put them together to make things less cluttered.

I have one for "celebrity" which includes television stations, news, famous people, and television shows, as well as non-Christian music artists.

I have one for "techy" which includes websites like "Mashable," photoshop, photography, and digital scrapbooking pages.  I used to have them separated, but decided to lump them together.

I have one for "Christian" which is my "go to" click for inspiration, whether musicians, pages that share God's word, churches, or those of my denomination.

I have a one for "misc" which includes anything that does not fit in the above categories, such as restaurants and stores.

After a list is created, you can bring it to the top of your sidebar by adding it as a "favorite." Click on "LISTS"as shown above, find a list, right click on it, and choose "Add to Favorites."  All of those facebook-made lists I ignore.

To add pages to a list, click on the list in the sidebar and look for the above image. You can begin typing the name of the page in the field and search will bring up results for you to click on to choose and add.

In the alternative, you can click on "manage list" and choose "add/remove friends" and . . .

. . . .in the dropdown box change it from "friends" to "pages."  Avatars of all of the pages you are following will show and you can click on the avatars to choose which ones to add to the list.  In the alternative, if you click again, it will remove it from the list.


Once I reorganized my lists, I immediately began seeing things show up in my stream I had never seen before.  In addition, I can few the lists from my phone or my iPad.  Something that may have gone down far on a stream may be more easily visible on a divided list than the entire stream.

I say if you are going to utilize the benefits of Facebook, make it work to your benefit.

Oh, and don't miss me!  
I do smile each time you talk to me!  

The Pencil Maker

The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside, just before putting him into the box. There are 5 things you need to know, he told the pencil, before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best pencil you can be.

1 You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in someone's hand.

2 You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you'll need it to become a better pencil.

3 You will be able to correct mistakes you will make.

4 The most important part of you will always be what's inside.

5 On every surface you are used on, you must leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write.

The pencil understood and promised to remember, and went into the box with purpose in its heart.

Now replacing the place of the pencil with you, always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best person you can be.

1 You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in God's hand. And allow other human beings to access you for the many gifts you possess.

2 You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, by going through various problems, but you'll need it to become a stronger person.

3 You will be able to correct mistakes you might make or grow through them.

4 The most important part of you will always be what's on the inside.

5 On every surface you walk, you must leave your mark. No matter what the situation, you must continue to serve God in everything.

By understanding and remembering, let us proceed with our life on this earth having a meaningful purpose in our heart and a relationship with God daily.

Author Unknown

Feb 26, 2012

Yesterday's surprise

Hubby hid this card in the lunch he made me--and it isn't even a holiday!



Keeping Flickr Images Off Pinterest

I read that Flickr now had a setting in which you could keep your images from being posted on Pinterest.

In the account settings, there is an option for "allow others to share your stuff," which can be set to "yes" or "no" globally for all your photos.  I wish it were an individual choice.
I wanted to test it, so I found someone's photo and when I clicked to "share" the photo, the icons were grayed out.  I clicked my "pin" bookmarklet in my toolbar and tried to pin the photo and, sure enough, it went straight to the default Pinterest page, rather than the screen which allows me to choose a photo.

I thought this would be helpful information to pass on for those who are concerned about safety on Flickr.

Feb 25, 2012

Welcome Sheila, our newest designer!

We have a new designer! She is super sweet and I know you are going to love her.  She is a dedicated wife to a military husband and loves being a mom to her four amazing children. 

Come and ask her questions and get to know her in this thread

Hi Everyone! I'm Sheila, wife to an awesome military husband and 4 amazing children. I am a new "very humble" designer and am super excited to learn and grow in Hummies World.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to design and could do it all day. I love anything shabby and cutesy, especially for children, and I am also venturing into CU products.

I live way down here in Alabama and I also love to read, design, watch documentaries (I know...."boring"), design, volunteer teaching children's church, design, and, oh yeah, eat.

May God bless you all and I can't wait to get to know everyone

DigiTee Blog | Email | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Store



Sheila's design name is DigiTee Designs.  Her first kit is Birthday Boy and is available in the store here.  If you make anything with this kit, please share your layouts in this thread.

Here are a few great layouts using her kit.






A painting is . . .

Sunlight is painting. Nathaniel Hawthorne


Magnet Bookmark Tutorial


The Little Birdie Secrets blog has this great tutorial for using magnets to make bookmarks.  Click the image source link above to see how she puts a decorative element at the top.  I can see these being made with digital scrapbooking papers too.

Hmmmm... maybe the Easter bunny could make some and sneak them into baskets?

Feb 24, 2012

Happy Friday!

It's Friday and I'm happy and trying to be contagious!
If it isn't a "bag of chips" for you, but rather chocolate or some other type of goodness, substitute it in your mind!

Designer Call


DETAILS
- 85/15 commission
- no paypal fees
- control over product with x-cart
- payments via PayPal monthly
- $5 server fee for sales below $30

REQUIREMENTS
- create really great designs!
- create at your own pace - I know how stress and deadlines can zap your mojo!
- participate in activities as you have time - we all have a busy life and I’m confident you will do your best.
I have a life too and do not have time
to be keep track of your requirements

TO APPLY
send the following to hummie@hummiesworld.com
- designer name and a little bit about yourself
- links to current store(s), blog, Facebook, Twitter or other social networking sites.
- downloadable sample of your work

Giving layered Images the Doodle Look


Ellie Lash has this nice tutorial on giving layered images a doodle look.  Click on the image source link to read the tutorial.

Create a Photo Made of Text



This tutorial shows you have to create a photo that is made of text.  I can see taking this even further in digital scrapbooking with blending into papers.

Feb 23, 2012

Felt Flower Tutorial


Click on the image source link to read a tutorial on how to make these felt flowers. 
I feel a need to make them and extract them for digital scrapbooking elements.
Do you think it would go any better than my rolled paper flower adventure?
It looks so "easter" ready.

Making text with an extracted rose


Here is a photoshop tutorial sharing how to make text with a photo of roses.  You could use any text for your layout or even just a monogram.  Be inspired!

Feb 22, 2012

Hot Cocoa Container


Click on the image source link to see how Cathy turned a crafty wooden box into a hot cocoa container using WM Squared's kit.  What a great hybrid project!  Cathy's got talent!

What is tilt-shift photography?

Tilt-shift Photography refers to the use of camera movements (or photoshop manipulation) for simulating a miniature scene. Here is the wikipedia page on tilt-shift. Be sure to read about the special lens available for cameras.

Here is a video sharing how to take a normal photo and make it look like a miniature scene.


Worship Wednesday






To see more music, visit this category.

Feb 20, 2012

Character Mapping in Journaling

This tutorial teaches about character maps and how to use them to put characters between words in journaling. There is also a key on your keyboard that I bet you did not know was there!

The Grand Snooze
This layout was made using the From Our Hearts collab available for purchase in the store.

The video begins with some other tips in digital scrapbooking. Go ahead.... click to watch ...

.... the video is in this thread.


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The Good Samaritan Revisited

One day, a priest was walking down a country lane when he heard cries coming from a ditch on the other side of the road.

"Help me! Help me, please!"

The priest stopped and strained his neck to see into the ditch. Then he called across the road, "What happened to you?"

"I was traveling to town when I was attacked, beaten, and robbed. Please help me, I can't move," the voice responded.

The priest paused for a moment. Then he yelled back to the voice in the ditch. "Listen, there's this guy called the Good Samaritan who always helps people in need. He should be coming down the road any time now. He'll help you. I don't know anything about first aid and I wouldn't want to make things worse."

"Wait, you don't understand, I'm..."

But the priest had already gone on his way.

Soon, another man came walking along the road. This man was a Levite.

"Help me! Help me, please!"

The Levite stopped in the road and looked from side to side. "Who was that? Who said that?"

"I did, over here!" called the voice from the ditch on the other side of the road.

"You talkin' to me?" asked the Levite.

"Yes, you! I was traveling to town when I was attacked,beaten, and robbed. I need your help!"

"Oh," said the Levite, gazing into the ditch. "You do sound like someone who could use some help. Wait a minute! Attacked? Beaten? Robbed? What a coincidence. That reminds me of a story a fellow named Jesus told! Ever heard of him?"

"Yeah, I know the story. Now, can you help me?"

"Actually, I'm in quite a rush. But I'm sure that someone else will be along shortly to help you. Someone called...um...the Good
Samaritan! That's it! He'll be along soon. This is a busy road, you know."

"Couldn't you help me? I'm feeling very weak, I can't..."

"I'm sorry, but I'm not the Good Samaritan. I'm the Levite. If I helped you, it would ruin the story. You wouldn't want me to do
that, now, would you?"

"No, I wouldn't want you to do that, but I think it's already...Wait! Come back!"

"Patience there, chap! I'm sure the Good Samaritan will be along shortly," the Levite said as he went on his way.

"Ohhhh...I can't last much longer," the wounded man said softly.

Soon another man came walking along the same road. He ran over to the ditch when he heard the man crying.

"Oh my goodness! What happened?"

"I was traveling to town when I was attacked, beaten, and robbed. Two other men have walked by and haven't helped me. Please help me. I can't move."

The traveler peered in at the wounded figure lying on the ground in front of him. Finally he said, "Wait a minute...you look familiar. Where are you from?"

"Samaria."

"Do you by any chance have a nickname?" he asked, suddenly excited.

"Me? Oh, some people call me the Good Samaritan because I helped an injured man on this road a while back."

"Yes! Yes! Well, sir, I was the man you helped! All this time I have been looking for you because I wanted to pay you back! Wow,this is great! I can't wait until I find my friends and tell them that I actually met up with you again! And now I can finally pay you back!

Look, here are two silver coins--exactly what you gave that innkeeper. I feel so much better having finally repaid you. This is wonderful!"

The grateful man, who had himself once been attacked, beaten, and
robbed, laid the two silver coins in the dust next to the wounded man and then cheerfully went on his way, whistling a happy tune.

"Wait, wait! I don't want your money..." whispered the man from Samaria. But it was too late. The other man was already gone.

And so, the Good Samaritan died quietly in a ditch by the side of the road.

Jesus told the original story of the Good Samaritan to teach us how to love. But like the grateful man in this take on the parable, we sometimes miss the point. Love is more than words; it's more than a feeling; more than doing what's easy and convenient. Love means getting down in the ditch with someone to give them what they really need. It means getting dirty and being inconvenienced. Sometimes it means laying down your life for a friend (John 15:13). Jesus did that for us.

by Wayne Rice

Feb 19, 2012

What is Love

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, "What does love mean?" The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think:

"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." Rebecca- age 8

When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth." Billy - age 4

"Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other." Karl - age 5

"Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs." Chrissy -age 6

"Love is what makes you smile when you're tired." Terri - age 4

"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." Danny - age 7

"Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss" Emily - age 8

"Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen." Bobby - age 7 (Wow!)

"If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,"
Nikka - age 6 (we need a few million more Nikka's on this planet) "Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday." Noelle - age 7

"Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well." Tommy - age 6

"During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore." Cindy - age 8

"My mommy loves me more than anybody . You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night." Clare - age 6

"Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken." Elaine-age 5

"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford." Chris - age 7

"Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day."
Mary Ann - age 4

"I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones." Lauren - age 4

"When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up! and down and little stars come out of you." (what an imagination) Karen - age 7

"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's gross."
Mark - age 6

"You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget." Jessica - age 8


Author Unknown

Feb 18, 2012

How to "color in" your doodles



How to "color in" your doodles and digital stamps using digital scrapbook papers by suzyqscraps.com.Tutorial works for both PSE and PS.

The Bible in 50 Words - Video



Love the video images. I've seen the text before, but this was well put together.

I exercised to this video today!



I just did this 19 minute video without the impact (no jumping) and I'm sweating up a storm! Wow! ... I need to exercise every day to feel better. I need to make it a part of my daily routine badly. I'm SO out of shape.

Feb 17, 2012

30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself

This article at Mark and Angel Hack Life is a must read!  Before we can move forward, we must stop doing things that are holding us back.  What things are holding you back?  Does this list make you aware of any things holding you back?

Some of them I need to work on:
Stop putting your own needs on the back burner
Stop trying to hold onto your past
Stop looking to others for happiness
Stop doing the same things over and over without taking a break
Stop trying to make things perfect
Stop trying to be everything to everyone.

Which ones do you need to work on?  Leave me a comment because I'd love to hear.

Feb 16, 2012

February Take 12

If you are doing the Take 12 challenge, come chat with us in the forum here.

I was SO not with it on February 12 that the month slipped by me.  So today I did a surrogate 12th day and here are my photos.  What an interesting day it was!

Take 12 February #1
This morning when I stepped in the door at work, a wonderful smell of baked cinnamon filled the air. I thought it was someone's breakfast tantalizing me, but was surprised to find a treat for everyone in the office.

Take 12 February #2
Two kinds of juices to kick start my day: one high in caffeine and one high in vitamins.

Take 12 February #3
It is a constant fight with my filing. I am going to put on a strong-hold attack today, but the filing always wins the fight.

Take 12 February #4
Lunch duty is really not my favorite thing. I am not good at finding all the buttons. Our receptionist has job security!

Take 12 #5
Spring is near when these onion weeds begin popping up and need mowing.

Take 12 February #6
I see another sign of Spring!!! These tulip plants have bulbs beginning to make their appearance.

Take 12 February #7
I really need to get rid of this 15 year old Maytag dryer. I think I should take time out of my day to "pay it forward" for recent kindnesses to me and freecycle it.

Take 12 #8
We had snow accumulation that melted by ends day followed by much rain the next day. It's just standing there with no heat to evaporate it.

Take 12 February #9
I should never mess with habits! I moved my acid reflux meds to this bottle attached to my purse thinking it would remind me to take them daily every time I stuck my phone in the pocket. I've now missed taking them for several days and my stomach reminded me.

Take 12 February #10
They are trying to make me fatter today! We celebrate birthdays at the office with a brief break in the lounge with yummies. Two sweets in one day, oh my!

Take 12 February #11
We got a little too friendly today. I think my knotted tummy from a week worth of stress was unknotting.

Take 12 February #12
Doesn't this just top the day off? It describes it well.

and the winner is . . .

Thank you to all who participated in the grand opening challenge!

Thanks to Janet and Jodiann for their hard work in putting it together.

I have a winner to the challenge . . .


and the winner is!

.................... sorry, you've got to watch the video to find out who!

Or just watch the video to see all the inspiration from the layouts!

Here goes.....



Santa forgot me! I still want one!

I am always loosing my lens cap on my dSLR camera.  I either put it in my pocket or in a bag or invariably set it down somewhere.  I haven't totally lost it -- yet!  It's always been a temporary loss.

I wanted one of these lens cap strap holders from PhotoJoJo for Christmas and I didn't get it.  Maybe someone will send it to me for my birthday in July.

The Most Important Body Part

My mother used to ask me what is the most important part of the body. Through the years I would take a guess at what I thought was the correct answer. When I was younger, I thought sound was very important to us as humans, so I said, "My ears, Mommy." She said, "No. Many people are deaf. But you keep thinking about it and I will ask you again soon." Several years passed before she asked me again.

Since making my first attempt, I had contemplated the correct answer. So this time I told her, "Mommy, sight is very important to everybody, so it must be our eyes." She looked at me and told me, "You are learning fast, but the answer is not correct because there are many people who are blind." Stumped again, I continued my quest for knowledge and over the years, Mother asked me a couple more times and always her answer was, "No. But you are getting smarter every year, my child."

Then last year, my grandpa died.. Everybody was hurt. Everybody was crying. Even my father cried. I remember that especially because it was only the second time I saw him cry. My Mom looked at me when it was our turn to say our final goodbye to Grandpa. She asked me, "Do you know the most important body part yet, my dear?"

I was shocked when she asked me this now. I always thought this was a game between her and me. She saw the confusion on my face and told me, "This question is very important. It shows that you have really lived in our life. For every body part you gave me in the past, I have told you were wrong and I have given you an example why.

But today is the day you need to learn this important lesson." She looked down at me as only a mother can. I saw her eyes well up with tears. She said, "My dear, the most important body part is your shoulder." I asked, "Is it because it holds up
my head?" She replied, "No, it is because it can hold the head of a friend or a loved one when they cry. Everybody needs a shoulder to cry on sometime in life, my dear. I only hope that you have enough love and friends that you will always have a shoulder to cry on when you need it."

Then and there I knew the most important body part is not a selfish one. It is sympathetic to the pain of others. People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will NEVER forget how you made them feel.

Author Unknown

Still waiting on my Twitter Brand page

Back in December, Techcrunch shared about Twitter Brand pages

Only the big companies have the abilitiy currently to use them.  For instance, check out the top banner on McDonald's twitter.  In addition, there is an ability to pin a tweet at the top of each brand’s stream.

How long do we have to wait until we can get ours?  Or did I miss something?

Get your focus back and be more productive

7 Things Highly Productive People Do - Way back in December, Claudette tweeted this article from Inc. and I've wanted to find time to share it with you.

We all know how digital scrapbookers talk about "loosing their mojo" and trying to get it back.
I've never thought of it this way, but "mojo" could be replaced with "productivity."  We all want to stop feeling overwhelmed and feel productive, even with our scrapbooking.

When I read this article and got to "stop multitasking—it’s just another form of distraction," my thoughts were peaked.  I multitask constantly!

Yes, I do read every thread in the forum and find myself hitting a thread, commenting on a layout, then returning to another screen (ie. PSE) to do some more work.  In fact, I bounce around like a pinball machine, from one broswer, to my e-mail, to my project, to Facebook, to answering hubby's interruptions, etc.

I need to think about these 7 tips a bit and get back to focusing!

Love Shack Kit Freebie!

Jodian put a complete kit in the forum as a freebie!  Wow!  She says it will be going in the store after this freebie cycle has ended.  Isn't she generous?

You can read her blog post here -- she's such a fun person!

Follow her on facebook here.

For as long as there's a . . .

Keep your heart open to dreams. For as long as there's a dream, there is hope, and as long as there is hope, there is joy in living." Unknown


Feb 15, 2012

May You Always Feel Loved

May you find serenity and tranquility in a world you may not always understand.

May the pain you have known and the conflict you have experienced give you the strength to walk through life facing each new situation with optimism and courage.

Always know that there are those whose love and understanding will always be there, even when you feel most alone.

May you discover enough goodness in others to believe in a world of peace.

May a kind word, a reassuring touch, a warm smile be yours every day of your life, and may you give these gifts as well as receive them.

Remember the sunshine when the storm seems unending.

Teach love to those who know hate, and let that love embrace you as you go into the world.

May the teaching of those you admire become part of you, so that you may call upon them.

Remember, those whose lives you have touched and who have touched yours are always a part of you, even if the encounters were less than you would have wished.

May you not become too concerned with material matters, but instead place immeasurable value on the goodness in your heart.

Find time in each day to see the beauty and love in the world around you.

Realize that each person has limitless abilities, but each of us is different in our own way.

What you may feel you lack in one regard may be more than compensated for in another.

What you feel you lack in the present may become one of your strengths in the future.

May you see your future as one filled with promise and possibility.

Learn to view everything as a worthwhile experience.

May you find enough inner strength to determine your own worth by yourself, and not be dependent on an others judgments of your accomplishments.

May you always feel loved.

Author Unknown

Join the Recipe Group

During the chat last Friday, we discussed food!  Well, isn't that what people always talk about?

This reminded me of the lonely "Recipe Group" at Hummie's World and Janet and Debbie jumped right in to kick off the group!  Come join us in sharing your recipes.  If you have them in layouts, you can share those too.

Clustering is fast and easy!

This video shares a sample of clustering and how easy it is to cluster. There are tutorials on this in Course 2, but it is always good to see more samples. In addition, note how I used the three clusters in the rule of thirds to carry the eye around the layout.

You can see the video in the forum here.

Oh, modern technology! What else do you watch on a Friday night?

I found this draft post from February 5! I really haven't had time to do much of anything, even sleep, lately.



I had what I was going to say about the new washer and dryer all in my head, but now that is gone.  For those that digital scrapbook, this is a reminder to journal as soon as possible because the memories fade fast!

We had to get a new washer and dryer as our 16 year old washer had died and our 15 year old dryer was just old.  Actually, we were going to keep the dryer, but then the combo deal price was too difficult to pass up.  The old dryer is still on our carport and I need to decide what to do with it.


When we first got them, we spent about a half hour on a Friday night just watching the washer do its thing!  Ah, who needs a movie for entertainment on a Friday night when they have new appliances to watch!

Without the agitator, it sure did function differently.  We no longer have a setting for low, medium, or high water levels, but it senses the amount of clothes in the load.  I wish I had that years ago when the boys constantly changed my load level and I occasionally washed a full load on low water level!  Oh, let the re-washing begin!  No more re-washing for us!  The washer starts out with a lot of jostling back and forth as it appears to spread the clothes out evenly around the bin and distribute the detergent.  I began wondering if it would ever do anything that remotely made me think that the clothes were actually getting clean and then finally it took off.  Oh, all the fun lights to watch too! Whooo hoooo!

We've figured it out that our first set last about 10 or 11 years and this set lasted 15/16 years, so we are just beginning our third and I'm hoping last!

We learned somethings while shopping that I will pass on.

We learned that our old washer which was listed as "super capacity" is 3.3 cubic inches which isn't so super anymore!

We also learned that they have something now called "direct drive" which means something about a magnet and an engine instead of belts and all those parts that normally go wrong with a washer. So if you need to shop, that's the new thing to look for that's supposed to make them not break down. That is, if the electronic boards don't go out!

We went to Sears and Lowes and found a Maytag we liked which was 3.6 cubic feet (which was what we had), but then the Lowes guy told us all 4.6 or so had the direct drive now.  So we were torn between direct drive or less money. Then we went to Best Buy and found a 3.7 that had direct drive! So it was less money and then we debated on the name band of LG as we did not know much about it.  There was so much to think about.

We got them at Best Buy because I had a rewards for $85 and over a $100 on a gift card from I think an old phone that they gave us money for when we upgraded. Then my rewards zone wouldn't print out because of a site error, so they took another $85 off and told us to keep the rewards for another time when we could get it to print! It was a good thing too because it took two weeks before customer support answered my reply with regard to the rewards zone.

We were going to just get a washer, but they were both on sale.  In addition, if we bought a pair, we received 15% off, so the sale was $100 off each and the 15% was $100 more off each, so buy buying them together, we actually got a really low price on the dryer. If we sell our working dryer, we might be able to take even some more off the price of that.

Now we've got another monthly payment .... sigh.

Let's hope our really old refrigerator holds on a little longer.   We had anticipated replacing it this year before it went out, but now we need it to remain a faithful a little longer.