Sunday, August 31, 2008

Monday Freebie for 9-1-08

We hope everyone has a safe and happy Labor Day. Whatever you are doing we hope you are having a lot of fun.

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Have a great week and enjoy your holiday.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Family History Humor and Freebie

Well Deb should have thought twice about telling me to post family history items, lol. Well this weekend is the last so called summer holiday but with gas prices and weather like it has been I am sure there are those of you like me, sitting home this weekend. So, I decided I would do a small post. Well actually it might be pretty long!

I had mentioned my Hodgett line in a previous post. This is my maiden name and a line that took me 5 years to research to the point I am at now. First I remember many, many years ago my father visiting and my Grandmother was with him. While sitting at the kitchen table having coffee one morning I asked Grandma Hodgett if she would tell me some family information on her family. She said she would so I ran and got the notebook and pencil and stated writing what she was telling me. After getting hers I asked her about Grandpa Hodgett's line and if she knew anything about his family since my mother had said that Grandpa's mother had died when he was young. Oh boy, now there ya go with those family stories again. I found out that Grandpa Hodgett's mother did not die whe he was young. Grandma proceeded to tell me all she knew on the Hodgett Family.

Well with raising kids and all the everyday busy schedules my family history was put on the back burner for a while and Grandma's information put into a drawer.
Later when I really got back to researching the Hodgett Family I totally forgot about what Grandma had told me and even forgot where i had put it!

So in researching I started in, asked my father and he told me what he knew, lol, oh yeah. I found out that Grandpa's father was born in Texas and I found him in Arkansas on the 1910 census and it stated that both parents were born in Missouri. So my research for five years took up from the state of Missouri south to Texas and east to the Atlantic. NOTHING! I found nothing for five years I beat my head against a brick wall. I did find where Grandpa Walter married Grandma Rhoda in 1906 but nothing on where he was in 1900 and I could not find them in 1920. The 1920 census was very bad at the library and almost totally unreadable. The 1930 was not yet out.

So I found out I could send for Walter Hodgett's WWI draft record, sent to the Southeast Archives for it, it came back. At this time they still had the old copiers that if exposed to light would drastically fade and this copy was so faded and unreadable, I called them and asked if they could try again and at least write down the info that was on the WWI Card.
In the meantime my father came back for a visit and one day we were sitting there drinking coffee and I started telling dad that I could not find even where Grandpa Walter Hodgett had died. Mind you for five years i had asked this man on the phone many questions on this family and he would tell me he just didn't know much. Well, my father proceeds to tell me what kind of man Grandpa Walter was, that he was quiet and that he only knew of one time of him raising his voice when he stood up and told Grandma, Rhodie shut up!. Was I ever floored, I know if someone had taken my pic my mouth would have been to the floor. I went to stuttering and stamering and I said Dad, you knew Grandpa Walter! Oh yeah did this open up a full conversation in which I could have strangled my father for not telling me these things.

I found out that Grandpa Walter was living with them when he died and dad prceeeded to tell me where he was buried, etc. Five years, five years and my father had more information! I said dad why didn't you tell me this, he said you never asked!
DUH, DUH, I thought that is what I had been doing for five years!

Anyway after about a 2 hour drilling conversation I get on the phone and within an hour I had so much information. Still no parents on Walter but alot of information on Walter. Well the next trip to the library I noticed a sign saying new 1920 Census roll for Crawford County Arkansas had been received. Oh boy did I get a hold of that film. Not as good as it could have been but alot more readable than the one they had and I did find Walter and Rhoda. It did list my Grandfather as Ray and his older siblings and younger ones as well. ALAS, I was thrilled, but what, oh my, it lists him born Texas, yes I knew that but both parents are listed as being born in WISCONSIN! Wisconsin, north, up north, but I had been searching all south. MY goodness I was churning with questions!

The next day even more so because my new copy of his WWI arrived, alot better and the transcribed part as well. It listed nearest living relative as Austin Nelson in Ashtabula Ohio! North, again! About this time I remembered Grandma Hodgett giving me some information on the Hodgett family, where did I put that book. Oh my, we had moved twice since her visit, I know it is here, but where? I proceeded to tear the heck out of my house trying to find where I put that book. I finally found it about a week later, duh she told me Grandpa's parents were from Wisconsin! Why did I not remember that! Sometimes I can be so dense!

Boy had I been researching the wrong area of the country for five years! Now mind you this was before we had internet in our area at all, or even thought about the internet. So everything was done by snail mail or library research. So was this austin nelson an uncle, half brother, what.
Called Dad and this time specifically asked if Grandpa Drew any kind of check. He said yes that was what several family fights was about with my Grandfather Ralph and his oldest sisters husband, was over who was keeping grandpa walter and his check! So I though maybe Grandpa Walter had a social security number. So off I went again in this search. I did receive his SS# and this is what gave me his parents names. Austin Nelson was an Uncle, his mother was Josephine Nelson and Walter's father was Edward K. Hodgett. Well that got me going but there is more to this crazy story, but will tell more later.

So for those that are home this weekend here is a freebie that is graciously given by DD's Designs again. I would like to thank these girls so much for all their gracious freebies that they are giving me the chance to share with you. These backgrounds are from their Earthtone Background Collections at DIP. They are Commercial Use and ready to go for you to add embellishments to make your kits with. Check them out.

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Have a great day today everyone!
Deb S

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Fridays Freebie for 8-29-08

We know you are getting ready for those little spooks so we hope that todays freebie will help out.

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Have a fantastic weekend and a whole lot of scrapping fun!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Family History Thursday

Good Morning! Well I sure hope it is for everyone.
In researching your family history do you search just your immediate lines or do you search the collateral lines?

Collateral lines are the lines that are from aunts, uncles, siblings and so on. I know many researchers that do just immediate lines and truthfully I feel sorry for them. They are missing out on a lot of information, stories, and possible documents and photographs,

While researching my Great Great Grandmother Josephine (Nelson) Hodgett, I came across a wonderful lady researching her mother's sister. I emailed her and we shared information as this wonderful lady did not know where George and Sarah (Josephine's Parents) had went when they left Wisconsin. In the process of researching this collateral line I received many documents such as copies of wills from
Sarah's siblings that stayed in Wisconsin. I also received photographs of Sarah's parents. I was thrilled to death to receive pictures of my 4th great grandparents.

I received copies of George's Bible that i did not know existed from another source while searching collateral lines. In this information we were able to determine that information on the net was wrong on who George's mother was. If I had not researched these collateral lines I would have missed these awesome photos and documents.

So when you are researching, if you do not research collateral lines, you might consider taking that one night and checking on who might be searching the same family. Email them you may find many hidden treasures by sharing.

Let me know your views on researching collateral lines!

Speaking of sharing, hmmm this might be a great pet peeve for Deb to do, LOL, then again this may be next weeks post!

Deb has graciously offered us a sneak preview of her Childrens Greetings Collections for todays freebie.They are available in her store at a fantastic price.

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Til Next Week!
Deb Sumner

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Fay, Fay Go Away and a From The Heart Freebie :-)

I thought that lightening up a little was in order for today’s "from the heart" Wednesday. Things are looking up a little; the stomach flu has passed (no pun intended), all of the relatives seem to be healthy, and the sun is shining :-)). As you are probably aware, we just took a pounding from tropical storm Fay here in the sunshine state. So grab a cup of coffee and take a few minutes out to laugh with me.

There is something that motivates people (non Florida residents) in times like these to bombard my email box with Florida humor. These have been passed around for years (I know this because I have received them following every storm for several years). Humor never grows old, and I still enjoy reading them; and YES... laughing at the reality of most of them. On the flip side, I will still be laughing in December when I can use my grill and do so while wearing shorts :-).

I am a native Floridian and have always felt that Florida is overrated. Not that I do not love my home is home and I have no plans of leaving. However, there are things that you NEVER get used to. The humidity would top my list of Florida misery. 82 and sunny sounds like a wonderful day, but combine it with 80% humidity and it isn't so great. Our humidity runs high more times not throughout the summer season due to the frequency of storms.

Summer thunderstorms. Tourist love to visit our beaches in the summer and as a native I can assure you that you are wasting your hard earned vacation dollars. If you visit in the summer you can almost count the afternoon out for beach time because that water you love, well it has to come from somewhere and it is normally dropped in huge buckets shaped like thunderheads. The ladle in the bucket; oh well that comes in many shapes but if you can visualize the standard lightning bolt then you will know what it looks like. Combing the beach during these times can prove hazardous to your health. (Not to mention you stick out like a sore thumb and might as well have TOURIST stamped on your face).

If you can get past the summer storms and still wish to visit during the summer season, be certain to pack not only the sunscreen; but the insect repellent. That humidity I mentioned? Mosquitoes thrive in it; hungry ones! Tons of flowers in our beautiful state are home to zillions of bees and wasps and they STING! Of course we cannot overlook the fire ants; aptly named because they will bite the fire out of you. Last but certainly not least; that nuisance that we call the "love bug".

So named because they are attached to a mate more times than not and though their lifespan is a short one, they reproduce at alarming rates. It is stated that damage to your vehicle paint job begins in as little as a few hours if they are not removed. I am probably estimating on a low side here when I tell you that you can count on an average of 500 bug splats per outing in love bug season :-). Catch them on a good day and removal could take several hours. They will not wash off, but scrubbing is necessary for each little splat!

To talk about life in Florida and not mention alligators, tropical storms and full hurricanes would probably be anti-Floridian. I have been trying to convince Deb S. to come and visit next year but she has a fear of alligators. Laughingly I have assured her that they don't run rampant in the streets. Uhoh.. gulp..okay so there have been warnings throughout our most recent tropical storm of alligators and moccasins in the streets; so I ask her only to consider visiting in the short window that is not hurricane season.

As for the hurricanes and tropical storms I am adding all of the Florida humor lines that I have received over the years. Feel free to add any that you may have by responding in a post. I cannot give credit to the authors as all have been received in email form, but I think they may be true Floridians..LOL. I have added my own comments in ( ) to the ends of some. I hope that they will give you a good laugh and make you count your blessings. There isn't a place on earth without some negatives and we just adjust and deal with whatever our areas pitfall happens to be. Tornadoes, hurricanes, alligators, humidity and bugs..still at the end of the day; there's no place like home :-)

You might be a Floridian.....
-You have more than 20 C and D batteries in your kitchen drawer.(I keep mine in the freezer, they last longer)-
-The freezer in your garage is full of homemade ice.
-You flinch when you are introduced to a person named Charley, Frances, Ivan,Jeanne, Andrew or Fay.
-You find yourself dropping words like "millibar" and "convection" into everyday conversation.(Doesn't everyone?)
-Your pantry contains more than 10 cans of Spaghetti Os.(and tuna fish, sardines, vienna sausage and potted meat)
-Making coffee on your propane grill does not seem like an odd thing to do.(It can be mastered)
-When describing your house to a prospective buyer, you say it has three bedrooms, two baths and one safe place.
-You are on a first-name basis with the cashier at Home Depot. (We can even name their family pets)
-The road leading to your house has been declared a No-Wake Zone.
-You decide that your patio furniture looks better on the bottom of the pool.
-You have the number for FEMA on your speed dialer.
-You own more than three large coolers.(Well one large and three medium)
-You can wish that other people get hit by a hurricane and not feel the least bit guilty about it.
-Three months ago you couldn't hang a shower curtain; today you can assemble a portable generator by candlelight.
-You catch a 5-pound catfish. In your driveway.(We won't eat tuna fish tonight!)
-You can recite from memory whole portions of your homeowner's insurance policy.
-At cocktail parties, women are attracted to the guy with the biggest chain saw.
-You have had tuna fish more than 5 days in a row.(Been there, done that)
-There is a roll of tar paper in your garage.
-You can rattle off the names of three or more meteorologists who work at the Weather Channel.
-Someone comes to your door to tell you they found your roof.
-Ice is a valid topic of conversation. (Had never appreciated the value of those little cubes before we got pounded with 4 storms in a row)
-Relocating to North Dakota does not seem like such a crazy idea
-Your freezer never has more than $20 worth of food in it any given time
-You're looking at paint swatches for the plywood on your windows, to accent the house color
-You think of your hall /saferoom as "cozy"
-Your pool is more accurately described as "framed in" than "screened in"
-You no longer worry about relatives visiting during the summer months (One of those silver linings :-)
-You, too, haven't heard back from the insurance adjuster
-You now understand what that little "2% hurricane deductible" phrase really means
-You're putting a collage together on your driveway of roof shingles from your neighborhood
-You were once proud of your 16" electric chain saw.
-Your parrot can now say "hammered, pounded and hunker down"
-You recognize people in line at the free ice, gas and plywood locations (This one is laughable; these things are always sold out if a storm is coming in)
-You stop what you're doing and clap and wave when you see a convoy of power company trucks come down your street (Oh YEAH)
-You're depressed when they don't stop (OH YEAH)
-You have the personal cell phone numbers of the managers for: plywood, roofing supplies and generators at Home Depot on your speed dialer
-You've spent more than $20 on "Tall white kitchen bags" to make your own sand bags
-You're considering upgrading your 16" to a 20" chainsaw
-You know what "Bar chain oil" is
-You're thinking of getting your wife the hardhat with the ear protector and face shield for Christmas
-You now think the $6000 whole house generator seems reasonable (A month with no electricity can quickly convince you that a generator at ANY price is reasonable)
-You look forward to discussions about the merits of "cubed, block and dry ice"( My preference would be blocked)
-Your therapist refers to your condition as "generator envy"(My therapist is a Floridian, he suffers from it as well)
-You fight the urge to put on your winter coat and wool cap and parade around in front of your picture window, when you finally get power and your neighbor across the street, with the noisy generator, doesn't get electric (This is NOT realistic; we are Floridians we do not own winter coats and wool caps!)
-And finally, you might be a Floridian if:You ask your sister up north to start saving the Sunday Real Estate classifieds! (NEVER)
-"Down South" means Key West."
-Panhandling" means going to Pensacola.
-You think no-one over 70 should be allowed to drive.(They shouldn't)
-And no-one should be allowed to drive under 70 miles an hour.(They shouldn't)
-Flip-flops are everyday wear.
-Shoes are for business meetings and church.No, wait, flip flops are good for church too.
-Socks are only for bowling.
-Orange juice from concentrate makes you vomit.
-Tap water makes you vomit.
-Sweet tea can be served at any meal. (Darned right it can)
-An alligator once walked through your neighborhood. (Through my yard to be exact)
-You smirk when a game show's "Grand Prize" is a trip to Florida.
-You measure distance in minutes.
-And no matter where you want to go, it's half an hour away.(So true, this is WHY we drive at 70 and above)
-You have a drawer full of bathing suits, and one sweatshirt.
-You get annoyed at the tourists who feed seagulls.(Don't they realize that seagulls fly overhead and that food has to go SOMEWHERE..HELLO?)
-You never use an umbrella because you know the rain will be over in five minutes anyway.
-All the local festivals are named after a fruit.
-A mountain is any hill 100 feet above sea level.
-A good parking place has nothing to do with distance from the store, but everything to do with shade. (Try leather seats in 95 degree heat in a vehicle parked in the sun when you are clothed in shorts and you will understand this one)
-Your winter coat is made of denim.
-You can tell the difference between fire ant bites and mosquito bites.(Yes I can)
-You're younger than thirty but some of your friends are over 65.
-You know the four seasons really are: almost summer, summer, not summer but really hot, and Christmas.(LOL, this is TRUE folks)
-It's not "pop." It's "soda" or "coke."Anything under 70 is chilly.(I hibernate at 60 and lower)
-You've hosted a hurricane party.(Nope, but I have attended a few)
-You go to a theme park for an afternoon, and know when to get on the best rides.
-You pass on the right and honk at the elderly.(That is because they are over 70, driving below 70 and more times than not; they are the snowbird we LOATHE)
-You understand the futility of exterminating cockroaches.
-You can pronounce Okeechobee, Kissimmee, Withlacoochee, Okahumpka and Loxahatchee
-You understand why it's better to have a friend with a boat than have a boat yourself.(YES, my Dad has always said that the two best days of being a boat owner are as follows: the day you purchase it, and the day you unload it on someone else)
-You've driven through Yeehaw Junction. (Hasn't everyone?)
-Bumper stickers on the pickup in front of you include various fish, the NRA and a confederate flag.(As well as support our troops and proud to be an American)
-You were 8 before you realized they made houses without pools. (They do?)
-You were 12 when you first met someone who couldn't swim.
-You've worn shorts and used the A/C on Christmas.(Almost every year)
-You know what the "stingray shuffle" is and why it's important!
-You could swim before you could read.
-You have to drive north to get to The South.
-You know that no other grocery store can compare to Publix.
-Every other house had blue roofs in 2004-2005(For those of you that didn't get this one, it is in reference to our 4 storm hit; many houses were covered with blue tarps due to roof damage)
-You’ve gotten out of school early on Halloween to trick or treat before it got dark.(Aren't we lucky??)
-You know that anything under a Category 3 just isn't worth waking up for.
-You dread love bug season. (Oh do we ever)
-You are on a first name basis with the Hurricane list. They aren't Hurricane Charley, Hurricane Frances...but Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jean.
-You know what a snowbird is and you hate them.(Snowbird defined: Northerners that visit on a yearly basis that will NOT obey any of the speed limit signs. They tend to drive and sightsee during rush hour. Our biggest complaint is their rudeness, negativity and better than you attitudes. They COMPLAIN about EVERYTHING and we hear "up home we do it like ___. Snowbird by no means refers to all tourists, just the visitors that fall into the above definitions and YES, we hate them.)
-You know why flamingos are pink.(No cheating on this one..give me an opinion here by responding back to this post :-))
-You think a six-foot alligator is actually pretty average. (They are)
-You were twelve before you ever saw snow, or you still haven't.

30 Things Floridians have learned from storms

-An oak tree on the ground looks four times bigger than it did standing up. (MUCH bigger!)
-Even after all these years it is still nice to spend time with Colonel Mustard in the ballroom with the lead pipe.
-When house hunting look for closets with lots of leg room.
-Water from the shower is much colder than water from the kitchen sink, and tastes just as bad.
-AA, C and D are the only alphabet we need.
-The four way stop is still an ingenious reflection of civility.
-Radio can be the best way to watch television.
-Chainsaw wielding men are nothing to be afraid of.
-SUV's are the best makeshift tents on the market.
-You can use your washing machine as a cooler.
-It's your God given right to sit on your back porch and eat Chinese takeout by candlelight in your underwear.
-We shouldn't complain about "useless" tools in the garage-- we actually DO need a generator
-You can't spell "priceless" without I-C-E.
-Downed power lines make excellent security systems.
-Lake Eola can generate waves.
-Gasoline is a value at ANY price
-Cell phones: Breaking up isn't hard to do.
-The life blood of any disaster recovery is COFFEE
-The need for your dog to go out and take care of business is inversely proportional to the severity of the storm.
-Candlelight is better than botox--- it takes years off your appearance.
-Air Conditioning: BEST INVENTION EVER. (AMEN!!)
-Water is a comfort food. But 3 day old Cheetos are too.
-Shadow animals on the wall---Still fun.
-No matter how hard the wind blows, roadside campaign signs will survive. (Telemarketers use smoke signals during these times)
-You should never admit to having power at your house in the presence of co workers or neighbors who do not.
-There's a plus to having NOTHING in the refrigerator.
-Getting through the day should be an Olympic event.
-The movie theater can be a most pleasant place, even if the feature is Alien vs. Predator
-Somebody's got it worse.
-Somebody's got it better.
-Obviously, they are getting preferential treatment.

Top 10 Reasons Hurricane Season Is Like Christmas

10. Decorating the house (boarding up windows)
9. Dragging out boxes that haven't been used since last season (camping gear, flashlights)
8. Last minute shopping in crowded stores
7. Regular TV shows pre-empted for "specials"
6. Family coming to stay with you
5. Family and friends from out-of-state calling
4. Buying food you don't normally buy ... and in large quantities
3. Days off from work
2. Candles
And... the number one reason Hurricane Season is like Christmas ...
1. At some point you know you're going to have a tree in your house!

Or this three-step hurricane preparedness plan: Step 1. Buy enough food and bottled water to last your family for at least three days. Step 2. Put these supplies into your car. Step 3. Drive to Nebraska and remain there until Halloween.

This finally concludes today’s "from the heart" Wednesday..thanks to all of my twisted, humorous friends that have provided me with so much of my material. When you are all freezing in a few months and you receive my email Christmas card of a December beach outing..don't hate me; say "I asked for this" ..LOL. To my readers here on the blog, thank you for visiting, have a great day and enjoy the freebies :-)

I'm outta here-
Deb Adams

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Tuesday Pet Peeve 08-26-08 Copyright Chaos

Hi everyone. In our last pet peeve Tuesday we covered the complexity of "terms of use" and how irritating they can be. Your comments were appreciated and I hope that you will continue to participate in our pet peeve Tuesdays. I guess I should do a pet peeve day about the way blogs are designed where I cannot respond to specific postings; but I do read and appreciate all of your comments.

If terms of use get under your skin, I think I can top that one with this week’s pet peeve. I thought that we would touch on false copyright claims...GRRRRR. Let me begin by saying I am not by any means an expert on the subject. However, I do believe that I have a better understanding of the basics than the average person. If you have visited our website (Digital Imagery Plus) then you are probably aware that we sell public domain image collections. In order to do so and not get the pants sued off of us; I had to explore the ever changing world of copyright.

As if this subject were not confusing enough on its own; lets throw in the millions of false copyright claims found throughout internet websites. You can see where this can get extremely complex and frustrating. I am going to give some very basic copyright facts in hopes of clearing up some of the enigma for my readers. This information is FACTS that have been taken directly from the government copyright circulars, and I may be mistaken; but I think these folks would have the scoop.

1. What Is Not Protected by Copyright?Several categories of material are generally not eligible for federal copyright protection. These include among others:
Works that have not been fixed in a tangible form of expression (for example, choreographic works that have not been notated or recorded, or improvisational speeches or performances that have not been written or recorded) Titles, names, short phrases, and slogans; familiar symbols or designs; mere variations of typographic ornamentation, lettering, or coloring; mere listings of ingredients or contents Ideas, procedures, methods, systems, processes, concepts, principles, discoveries, or devices, as distinguished from a description, explanation, or illustration Works consisting entirely of information that is common property and containing no original authorship (for example: standard calendars, height and weight charts, tape measures and rulers, and lists or tables taken from public documents or other common sources)
2. Can a work that includes works in the public domain be copyrighted? Yes. However, the copyright protects only the original contributions added by the author.
3. How do I protect my idea?Copyright does not protect ideas, concepts, systems, or methods of doing something. You may express your ideas in writing or drawings and claim copyright in your description, but be aware that copyright will not protect the idea itself as revealed in your written or artistic work.
4. Before an infringement suit may be filed in court, registration is necessary for works of U.S. origin.

I have chosen the above four facts because I feel that they cover much of what the average person needs to know to stay out of trouble; as well as to make their own decisions concerning false claim to copyright that we so often run across here on the net.

I am going to try to quickly give you examples of the above in hopes that you will better understand the dos and don’ts. Lets use our own packages as an example for #2. We have what is termed a compilation copyright on our image packages. This means that we hold copyright on the collection as a whole and well we should. Endless hours go into both securing our images as well as compiling them. If you purchase and resell our package collection we can take you to court and win the suit with no litigation necessary; cut and dried, you have violated our copyright. However, our images are public domain images.

Copyright protects our collection as a whole NOT the images themselves. In other words I cannot keep you from reselling the individual images. Public domain means that the images belong to all of us and we (the public) can use these images for whatever purpose we choose. (For those of you that are curious, anything published prior to 1923 is automatically in the public domain!) We also have packages such as our scrapbook packages that are entirely our creations or those of other artists. These are protected fully by copyright as they were created solely from our imaginations and hard work. We fully own these images. If you use these for purposes other than what we have agreed to; then you have fully violated our copyright.

I included # 3 in this post, because I feel this statement would cover what I see happening in many forums concerning tutorials. Sorry if I step on any toes here, but I didnt create the laws. Bottom line - if you create a tutorial the tutorial itself is copyrighted at least as far as your actual text and expression; however the concept itself is not. Just as a list of ingredients for a recipe cannot be copyrighted; neither can a method of doing something. If there are files included that are creations of the writer then of course those files would be copyrighted; but NOT the method. I cannot use your files in my own creations without your permission, but I can create my own files to use. There are tons of tutorials with the following stipulation..I am the creator of this tutorial and you cannot use it for profit in any manner, blah, blah, blah.

This translates simply in my opinion. If you cannot legally claim copyright on the method, then you darned sure can't tell me that I can't profit from anything that I produce from following your instructions. This is where I bring # 4 into this scenario. If you feel that I have indeed infringed on your copyright then of course you can take me to court. However, your work must be legally registered with the copyright office in order to do so. Now contemplate the above information for a minute. I see three major roadblocks here for tutorial writers.

1. Go to the government copyright website and read what filing for copyright entails and you will quickly see that jumping through the loops can be both time consuming and expensive. The term "government red tape" wasn't coined for no reason.2. Attorneys are expensive. If you have ever hired a lawyer for even a small issue, you can understand why the thought of hiring one to fight a copyright infringement lawsuit frightens me.3. If you get past that huge retainer to an attorney, he/she is going to tell you that you have no case. You CANNOT copyright a method of doing something.

In other words, there are many on the net that are blowing smoke; and many more of us that are breathing it. My money is on the clearly stated guidelines above and I hope that I have made a few of our readers smile with this knowledge. You are now better armed to determine fact from fiction while you surf. By no means am I advocating true copyright infringement; but I know that millions on the net are claiming copyright when they have no legitimate leg to stand on. It can't be infringement if the claimant has no legal copyright claim. It took me a few years of research to figure that out, and hopefully I have saved you some time today by putting the truth out there.

I'm outta here-

Deb Adams

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Monday Freebie for 8-25-08

Well we still have the holidays coming up so todays freebie is for thanksgiving.

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Have a great week!

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I love working with the images there is so many things I can think of I want to make with them. Sometimes I get carried away. And the images this week are aw some I will have a ton of things made using these. Oh and Deb you need to keep them storms your way. To much of them coming this way to Ga. LOL

Friday, August 22, 2008

Its Raining Freebies

I know that our blog has been chaotic as of late and we are running behind on everything. The other Deb has had obligations out of her control and me ..well between death, a horrible stomach virus and tropical storm hasn't been a very good week. Yes, I am in Florida and if you have followed the weather then you are aware of the fact that we are WET! I am one of the fortunate ones that still has power and internet service; though that can always change. We are trying to get back on schedule and hope that our freebies make it worth the wait!

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Skeletons in The Family Tree

Well I am late again. I can tell you one thing for sure, I am
getting OLD, lol. My daughters daycare has been shut down due to
ill health for 2 weeks now, so AMA has been going down and keeping
that little ball of energy, Daleigh, my 13 month old grandaughter and mercy
I have found out that I am getting way too old to be crawling
around in the floor. Ah well AMA will survive, I hope!

Well I thought I would talk a bit about being a family history
killer, lol. Oh Yeah, I have killed more family history than you
can imagine. You know those family stories you have been told all
of your life that were the absolute truth!. Well, I have a
tendency to kill those sometimes, lol. It is the unearthing of
family skeletons!

Oh, now mind you my family has many, many skeletons! But, you dust
them off and they all look the same, one thing about it, my family
history makes for very good reading! Kind of like one of those
Peyton Place stories or a good mystery novel. They could make a
show about my family and it would be one of those well what is
happening next, it can't get worse can it, type stories.

So what do you do if you have killed a family story that has been
passed down through generations? Do you tell the truth or do you
continue to write the fictional story in your books?

I do both, I write what has been passed on through the generations
and then I chop it up and demolish it with documentation and my
reasonings for knowing the story could not be true. Then of course
the older generations may never talk to me again, lol.

But most everyone has some sort of skeleton, some may be just a
minor one, such as marrying when they were very young and lying
about their age, or someone not mentioning that they were married
before. Then you have those that had an ancestor or someone in the family
that was a chicken thief, or horse thief. Someone that deserted
the military, or someone that shot and murdered someone.
Did you have an outlaw? My Great Grandfather was put in jail for stealing
fence posts, lol, they were old ones and he wanted to use them for
firewood, but alas so did the man that replaced the posts with new
Let me know about some of your family stories! I love to hear them!

Here is a mini kit for you from DD's Designs at DIP. I would like to thank them for giving me the kit for you today, remember it is for personal use.

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Til next time!
Deb Sumner

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Monday Freebie

Well it is the beginning of a new week and alot of children are headed back to school or have already started. This might give some a bit more time to scrap, lol. But, you always have a list of things to do, cleaning house, errands, that ugly four letter word, WORK. Hopefully you can find some time to play this week. Here is a preview of this Mondays Freebie.

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Hope everyone has a good week.

A Preview of Thursdays

First of all I am honored that Deb has asked me to do posts on my favorite subject. Family History!
Those that know me will tell you, that is my number one obsession, LOL. Digital Scrapbooking and graphics would come next.I have been involved with Family History for over 30 years. I was a bit tied up on Thursday so I am going to give you a preview today of what Family History Thursdays will be about.
Will I teach you what to do, No, there are enough of those sites out there. What we will do is just have a nice gab session on Family History and I will pass on some tips. Feel free to ask questions and I will answer if I can.
I actually started incorporating my digital scrapbooking into my family history books a few years back. I find it makes my books look so much better with some color added to all the documentation. I always try to journal on my pages so that when reading the books you have information on who, what, when, where, and possibly why the photo was taken.
I have photographs in boxes with no names, no dates. I wonder all the time, who are you, where do you fit in? Many times my husband will come into my office and he will ask, "Are you talking to dead people again?" LOL, I have to answer yes. He told me one of these days they might start answering me, I told him no way, because they know I have a ton of questions and would start asking. I could only hope they would start talking to me, whew, I might get some long awaited answers!
So, I love journaling on my pages, telling small stories, telling about when the photo was taken, who is in the photo. Sometimes I may not be able to tell it all, but I will tell all I can. So when doing old family photographs or even those that were taken yesterday, do some journaling on your pages, bring the photo to life with all of the info.
So, Do you do family history and do you incorporate your digital scrapbooking or paper scrapbooking into your history books?
How many have heard the new idea that everyone is connected by 6 people? Believe it or not, I think in family history this might actually work, lol. You never know who you are related to within 5 generations or closer. I would love everyone to create some 4 or 5 generation pedigree charts and fill what you can and join DIP Gallery and post them. I will have an album created for pedigree charts. You never know who you might find related to share your joys and upsets with.

Below is a page I have finished for one of my books, I do them in 12x12 format then resize and print at 8x8. This allows them to fit nicely in my family history top loading sheets and binders.

Here are 2 pedigree charts from 2MrsSumners Designs. They are for personal use.

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Well we will talk more Thursday.

Deb Sumner

Friday, August 15, 2008

Friday Freebie

Well we finally got it up , although it is a tad late. Please forgive but with the weather and then all of the family things going on we are late with the Friday Freebie.
We hope that you will forgive the tardiness. There is still time to enter the background contest and we would love to see what you have created.
Here is a preview of this Fridays Freebie.

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Have a great weekend and we hope that everyone gets a bit of time to scrap this weekend.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Value of Three Minutes

We have designated Wednesday our "from the heart" day. This is the day when I will share something meaningful that has touched me in the last week. I share these things with you not in an attempt to judge others or lead; simply to allow you to get to know who I am and what I believe in. If I can offer some comfort to you or leave you with a smile, then my postings have served to touch another heart and that is what our "from the heart" day is meant to do.

If you have read last weeks post then you already know that I have been dealing with the loss of a close friend. Death has touched my life in some aspect not once, but five times in the last two weeks. Death is a natural part of our existence and something that we all must face.

I was led to my writing today by the death of my father-in-law who passed away eighteen hours ago. We arrived at the hospital three minutes too late to say good bye to him. I had never contemplated the value of three minutes.

One hundred eighty seconds.

Less time than it takes to grab a snack.

Less time than it takes to open my gate when I'm leaving my home.

Less time than it takes to fully restart my computer.

What can possibly be accomplished in that short amount of time? Today I can sadly answer that question. Everything that truly matters and is important.

Standing in the hospital room with the remains of my father-in-law I recalled a time not so long ago when I was angry with my mother. Two years passed without a phone call, a visit or a letter. This was my choosing and at the time I felt it validated. I realize now that I can never recapture those two years.

I took a moment yesterday to give thanks to God. I thanked Him for blessing me with wonderful parents and siblings. We fight, we have our disagreements, but we are bound with the ties of love. Above all I thanked Him for letting my Mother live long enough for the two of us to mend our fences. Standing there yesterday, faced with the finality of death; I realized that had I lost her during those two years that I could never have possibly forgiven myself for my own part in our problems.

Looking down on my dead father-in-law I was overwhelmed with the knowledge that disagreements with family members are often very minimal in the grand scheme of things. No amount of pride and anger and hurt feelings would have been worth those two years; had they been my last two with my Mother.

My mind processed all of those thoughts, all of those feelings, all of those regrets in less than three minutes.

We as humans take time for granted. We put things off and prioritize our hours with the concept that there is always tomorrow. We avoid things that are painful, things that torture or agonize us and prefer to neatly tuck those feelings away and simply not deal with them. We point fingers in accusation and by doing so, we allow ourselves to make excuses for not making changes. We wait on the other person to make the first move, the first call, the "I'm sorry", because we all want to believe so strongly that our opinion is the correct one.

As I write this I look around at the friends and loved ones in my life that are preparing to or have buried parents in the last two weeks. Death has never touched my life so heavily in such a short span of time. I see red rimmed eyes and pain in the hearts of so many that I genuinely love and care about. In death there can be rebirth; there can be new life. Life in those left behind that can take from the sorrow and go forward a little more aware of the true value of the difference that three small minutes can make.

In three minutes we can do many, many things;
We can share a hug with a loved one.

We can offer a smile to a stranger.

Above all else we can say "I'm sorry and I love you" and in doing so we may one day realize that that those were the most valuable three minutes in a lifetime.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Freebies With Strings

We all have pet peeves; those little annoyances that drive us up a wall. These differ person to person, but I have tons of them. Here at the blog we are attempting to designate weekly themes to consistent days so that our readers can hopefully contribute. If you have a pet peeve that you would like for me to cover be sure to leave it in a comment and I will do my best to embellish on your particular irritation.

Though our site and blog are digital scrapbook based, your peeve can be about any subject. For example while trying to make a decision concerning this first post, my thoughts have ranged from public school holidays and their frequency; to Kirstie Alley and her continual need to call Jenny get the idea.

My husband deserves the credit for this weeks pet peeve. NO, I'm not angry at him, and the peeve isn't something that he does or does not do; though I feel certain that we will cover that territory ..LOL. His idea probably stems from living with me any hearing my angry complaints concerning what I call "freebies with strings".

The dictionary defines the word free as "without restriction, obstacles and interference".
A freebie at least in my opinion, should fall loosely into following those guidelines. How many times have you not so patiently waited for a file to download, ONLY to find that wonderful thing we refer to as a TOU? (Terms of Use). As a designer I fully understand the need to set loose rules for the few that are blatantly going to abuse your gift. However, many go OVERBOARD; and it seems to be more frequent than not.

Gift is defined as "something given voluntarily with nothing in return". I do not consider a freebie with so many rules that an attorney is needed to explain to me what I can and cannot do with a cookie cutter tag, FREE! I wish someone would enlighten me about how I can possibly add a link in the scrapbook that I am making for dear old Aunt Suzie. I suppose I can always add a list of credits on one of the "freebie" tags and paste it in like a table of contents :-)

If I have to provide a link to someone in order to use their "freebie", I consider that a trade off or business transaction. I do not like feeling as if I have been taken advantage of; and advertising a freebie with strings leaves me with that opinion. At least have the courtesy to post the rules in plain sight so that I don't have to waste my time downloading a file that I cannot possibly use. It reminds me of high expectations on Christmas morning when you open that really big box under the tree only to find the gift inside is a new laundry basket...uuugghhhh.

We digital scrappers are image fanatics. Our hard drives are continually moaning with overload and we add and delete at a terrifying pace. How in the heck am I supposed to remember where and from whom I received a particular image...hmmm..I check the date; oh goodness I have had that image for three what site was I visiting on July 18, 2005? You get my drift. I do not keep TOUs. They take up valuable space that I could use for that next freebie that I cannot possibly scrap without!

I spend a lot of time downloading and deleting. I unzip, read the terms and more times than not the entire file goes immediately to the recycle bin. I do not visit the site again. I somehow feel that I have been duped and it leaves a resentment that is slow to subside.

I fully understand stating personal or commercial use, but can't that be the extent of it? Aunt Suzie doesn't even own a computer and I doubt if she is going to care that the little flower in her scrapbook was provided by a no name artist in Alaska. When I purchase scrap supplies at my local Wal-Mart I don't have to provide a linking strategy and credits back to the designers and suppliers in my scrapbook; nor do they require that I register and give them my personal information and blood type!

I feel that I have thoroughly ranted on this particular peeve, but just so there are no misunderstandings let it be said that I HATE FREEBIES THAT AREN'T FREE. I'm outta here. Have a good week and be certain to leave your own peeve in a comment :-)

Deb Adams

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Monday Freebie is Early and New Background Contest

Well we told you that you never knew what we would do here at DIP. We are giving away our Monday Freebie a little early and kicking off our new background contest. No, you do not have to enter the contest to get the freebie; and we really hope you enjoy being creative with them. This weeks freebies are taken from our newest package additions at our Digital Imagery Plus store. These are vintage wallpaper images from the 20s and thirties. Have fun!

As you know all contests have rules so here we go.

Background Contest Rules

The Vintage Wallpaper Background Contest will begin on Sunday August 10, 2008 12:00 AM CST (or earlier if we really get excited), and end on Sunday August 17,2008 midnight CST. Judges will judge all entries and winners willbe notified and posted on Monday, August 18, 2008.

1. Backgrounds must be created from the vintage freebie wallpaper package.

2. There is a limit of five background entries per person.

3. Images must be uploaded to the Digital Imagery Plus gallery in the "Background Contest" folder. If you have not registered in our gallery you will need to follow the instructions on the left for doing so.

4. All entries must have a detailed report of what was used and how the backgrounds were created. This file will be placed in the description area when uploading entries.

5. All backgrounds must be created entirely from one image. (You cannot combine overlays or other images with the background image). However, the wallpapers do have borders therefore you can use those anyway you want. You may also remove a section of a wallpaper and make an entirely new background from that, such as the removal of a flower or flowers. These are simply suggestions of course so that you understand what you may or may not do on your background entries.

6.The use of brushes, filters and other program tools is allowed.

7 .Winners agrees that their winning entries can be added to our scrolling slideshow that features images created with our products. These items will not be sold or given away by Digital Imagery Plus; they are simply used for promotional purposes. The artists still retain their full copyright and may use the image as they so desire.

8. Backgrounds will be judged on a point system by the judges. Points being 1 to 5 for creativity, originality and overall looks. The less it looks like the original the better your chances of winning.
9. Be creative; but above all else, have fun :-)

Three winning entries will be chosen and will be awarded as follows:

First Place: Winner will receive two vintage wallpaper packages (winners choice) from our Digital Imagery Plus store. The winning entry will also be featured in our blog post and a link provided in that post to the artist blog/store if applicable.

Second Place: Winner will receive one vintge wallpaper package (winners choice) from our Digital Imagery Plus Store and an honorable mention in the blog.

Third Place: Winner will receive one vintage wallpaper package of our choosing.

Now with that done here is the freebies for this Monday.

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We would like to congratulate the winners of the overlay contest. They sure did not make it easy to choose and we ended up with a tie for first place, so both ladies won the floral pack a.
Congratulations to Terrigrace and to Tib. We really appreciate your willingness to participate in our contest and we hope that you both will continue to play along in our fun!

Have a great Week!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Fridays August 8, 2008 Freebie

Well here is a small preview of this Fridays Freebie. We sure hope that you are creating alot of great things. Remember we will showcase them if you put them up in DIP's Gallery. We appreciate everyone visiting our blog very much, it is a joy to read your comments, Thank You.

Our overlay contest is coming to a close but be on the lookout we have another one that will start just anytime. We are always full of suprises here at DIP and you never know what will come next.

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Wishing everyone a safe and well rested weekend.

I have thought of all kinds of things to make with these images. I will have my Christmas kit done in August lol.


2 Backgrounds for this week

I created 2 backgrounds from this weeks freebie. The first I already have plans for as well as the second one. Just love creating from DIP's images so much. There is always something you can create from any image.

I would like to Thank Ms. Deb (yep we are both Deb's) for the wonderful things she said (blushing here). I am just an ordinary person, nothing special, but we sure hit it off from the start. LilSky is also another one that from the very start we just were friends. Both of these ladies were like I had known them forever, and both are wonderful.

Ms. Deb has been going through some bad times, most of us have had those, and I feel pleased that I have been there for her, because I know if the tables were turned she would be there for me in a heartbeat. That is what friends are for, good, bad, foul moods, you name it, they are there to listen, help, nurture, whatever they can. I will be there for these girls always because I feel a very dear closeness to them and I do love them dearly.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

True Friendship and Friendship Freebies

For those of you that have been visiting our blog THANK YOU for helping us to make our kickoff a success! This blog was actually a surprise gift to me from a very dear friend. Debra Sumner (2MrsSumners) has been one of the biggest blessings in my life. I can never thank her enough for all of the help, mentoring and just downright fun that we have shared. Kim (Lilsky) also offered her assistance in making this blog happen and I extend my gratitude to her as well. (Kims kits are available in our DIP store)

At the time that these two ladies were working on the blog, I was losing a friend of twenty years to a 3 year battle with cancer. As I sat with her in hospice, Deb and Kim were working on this gift without my knowledge. As God claimed one friend and took her home; He blessed me with the realization that tomorrow truly does hold promise if we will only allow ourselves to recognize it.I will always miss my friend.

If God has ever allowed an angel to walk this earth, it was her. My strongest memory of her is that during her own battle with cancer, I too had a cancer scare and the talk of chemo following surgery had been discussed. Sitting in a wheelchair with no hair; her arms and feet numbed from her own chemo she assured me that she would be there holding my hand every step of the way.
I simply recall looking down on her and thinking that I had been blessed with my very own angel. That at a time when she was losing the battle for her own life, she could think of nothing more than trying to calm my fears and ease my pain. I did not have cancer, but I do not doubt that she would have held true with her promise had the results been different.

I have known Debra Sumner for less than a year. Though we have never met face to face, my heart has witnessed a beautiful lady. Her friendship continues to mean more to me everyday and having her in my life has genuinely helped me accept the loss of another true friend. I know that I have been blessed so much more than I deserve. One friend cannot replace another; but Deb being in my life has made my loss easier to accept. I still have someone to share with, someone to laugh with and someone to go forward with.

If we have any wishes answered, any gifts or rewards offered once we leave this earth; I do believe that my dear friend of so long would have wished this for me. She knew that losing her would leave a tremendous hole in the hearts of the people that she left behind. Even in death she is still holding my hand and trying to ease my pain.

In celebration of life and friendship I have combined the following scrapbook pages. Using kits from 2MrsSumners that can be purchased at the DIP store. I do this to recognize how much I appreciate all of the hours of work that Deb has devoted to making our little place a success. She isn't on my payroll, we don't have one. She is simply my best friend and gives constantly of both her time and knowledge. I can think of no better way than to showcase her work here in the blog that she has worked on relentlessly since its creation. The kit choices represent our friendship and the photos of my son and grand baby represent life and moving ahead.

I do not know where this blog may lead. I hope to meet many new friends and share our love of digital scrapping. I hope that our blog can eventually become a place that is much like our favorite neighbors dining room table; where we can share our thoughts while we drink a cup of coffee with those that will accept us and be happy that we are together. This blog has been one of the greatest gifts that I have ever received because it truly represents the coming together of hearts; and the unselfishness of friendship.

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Who says an Easter kit has to be used strictly for Easter scrapping?
This page was created with 2MrsSumners Easter kit and is available in our store.

What better way to celebrate summer than with vibrant colors full of life and boldness? This page was created with 2MrsSumners Stars and Stripes kit and is available in our store.

Maybe they aren't quite babies any longer, but a mother's heart knows that some things never change. It seems only yesterday that my son was no bigger than my grandson here in the photos. The following two pages were created with 2MrsSumners Sweet Baby Boy kit and is available in our store.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Monday Freebie

Well we hope everyone had a great weekend and got a whole lot of scrapping done. Here is a preview of todays freebie.

Remember we still have the ongoing overlay contest. The ones that have entered needs some competition. Of course, they don't think so! LOL

If you have created something from our graphics and you would like it showcased here on the blog then register at DIP Gallery and upload it, in the description put that it is for showcasing on the blog and we will definately showcase it here.

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Have a great week!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

My creation from this Mondays freebie

I am really pleased that Digital Imagery Plus has asked me to show what can be done with each weeks freebie.
I used image CHR03582 from the freebie and created the poinsetta group then used that to create the background.
These freebies are really fantastic to use for designing. Thank You DIP!

It's looking like Christmas

There are so many things you can do with this package. I just love it and getting a head start on my Christmas kit.