Thursday, January 28, 2010

Bed-blogging…its the new thing

Yes, bed-blogging I tell yah.  I am convinced its the new thing. 

Bed-blogging is appropriate for all and rather comfy.  That is when you don’t have a 65 year old bed that hasn’t been turned in about 34.5 years, and has lovely indentations where we (the hubby and I) sleep. 

Ha!  Take that you new space-age foam, pillow top making mattress companies.  I didn’t need to spend $4,362.11 to have a sweet arse memory foam, body conforming mattress, mine has done it all on its own….after 26 years of sleeping on the same side. 

There’s just one problem.  If I want to lay in another spot or position I'm screwed.  Seems my body doesn’t take to kindly to being laid on the hilly planes that are the middle of my bed.  Never mind you that surrounding those hilly planes are mountainous craters that I am positive I have lost at least one small dog in once, well at least I think that's where my other retro psychedelic fuzzy slipper went off too never to return from the depths that house my legs like the confines of a one-size-to-small bra.

Now before all of you start on me being all like,

dude ur gross, ur mattress is 65 years old?  like double eww.”

and I'm like,

um hello, I have three kids, one husband, two dogs, and a jolly rancher addiction, like, where did you think I was going to get the money to buy a new one?”

and your all like,

seriously, your supposed to vacuum and flip your mattress at least every 6 months, duh.”

and I'm like,

uh, my momma never taught me that.  She was too busy teaching me to eat just the green m&m’s, how to make a fruit basket, and how to dye my hair so when I say something dumb I can use the ‘blonde moment’ excuse.”

and hey, its worked every time!”

I like my momma, she's good people.”

and your all like,

dude, have you never heard of Martha Stewart, she's like, famous.  She could help you with that.”

and I'm all like,

dudette, seriously, I have been in jolly rancher rehab, looking for a long lost dog and slipper, and trying to wake the left side of my butt cheek up for 10 years after sleeping in my bed, so like, there!”

I win


Krazay with a sick kid

Have I mentioned…part 1

That I want to homeschool?  And yes, this is part one of three.  Seriously, I talk way too much. 

Yes I know, some of you are oddly staring at your screen wondering what sort of drug I consumed today that would make me want to do such a thing that would literally make you claw the eyes out of your best friends cat, but please know, I am not crazy nor is this a drug induced post.  There are no drugs in my house, extremely potent cough syrup maybe, but no drugs.  I don't condone drugs, don't do em, never have, never will.  I assure you my elevator goes all the way up (most days) and my happy meal is complete with fries and all thank you very much.

I do, I want to homeschool my kiddos.  Let me explain a few things first so we are on the same page.

My kids are 10, 8, and 3. 

Lets start with the 10 yr old boy. 

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First born, only son, and has been diagnosed ADHD by several peds since he was roughly 5-6 yrs old.  Quick stint on meds (after much soul searching on my part) proved that meds were NOT going to help child #1.  NO meds on board since…yes some days I need them (I often self-medicate with jolly ranchers) to deal with his exponential amount of ticks, twitches, outbursts, and overall hyper speed walking/stomping he does through my home.

He struggles.  Always has.  He needs a space where he can learn in HIS WAY.  I think child #1 would benefit greatly from HS.  He is very unorganized (gee I wonder where he gets that) but that boy can out read a 6th grader.  Math is by far his most difficult subject with science being his favorite subject. 

Lemme tell you something else, I have not seen one iota of homework for science this year.  This bums me out.  He loves science.  I have only been hammered (well he has) by a huge packet of math and timelines etc. for homework.  I would love to explore this more with him.  Rocks, minerals, planets, solar systems, and space really interest him.  He is all ears and asks 50 questions during any Discovery channel program we watch.  I want to do science more with my son and see him explore that more than feel like I have to constantly bombard him with a subject that he finds so frustrating and self esteem killing.  We try with math but there is only so much you can do in a public school system, either they keep up or they have to take “special” classes for kids that aren't right there in line with the others in his class.  

He often feels singled out for this reason.  I feel for him I really do.  He begs me to be homeschooled.  That in turn does something to my womb.  Then I cry and pout to his father (who doesn’t agree with HS at this point), then I stampede into the kitchen like one of Pioneer Womens cows, and instantly start sifting for some watermelon jolly ranchers.  If that aint self-medicating I don't know what is.

Up next…child #2.  She is all fun and games lemme tell yah. 


The Jolly Rancher Queen

DSD Course Outline – and music

Those of you that read my blog will know that I have been working on getting a “learn to become a digital scrapbook designer course” together. 

Just wanted to share a bit more information on what to expect in the course so that you can see what things will be touched on within the course. 

Here is a brief outline about the course.  Please note: This is not finished so things may be changed during the process of making the course.

1. Backgrounds

  • solid colors
  • patterned
  • grunge
  • dotted
  • collaged

2. Elements

  • brads
  • ribbons bows
  • journal papers
  • paper strips for journaling
  • hanging items
  • pinned down items
  • folded corners
  • torn edges
  • shapes
  • hand drawn look
  • frames
  • bling bling

3. Word Art

  • regular text
  • text on a path
  • quotes
  • fancy
  • miscellaneous

4. Picking a Color Scheme

  • how many colors?
  • how to choose coordinating colors
  • breaking the rules with color!

5. Working within Photoshop

  • your workspace
  • the  move tool
  • the rectangular marquee tool
  • lasso tool
  • magic wand tool
  • the crop tool
  • the brush tool
  • clone stamp tool
  • pattern stamp tool
  • eraser tool
  • paint bucket and gradient tool
  • blur tool
  • sharpen tool
  • smudge tool
  • dodge tool
  • burn tool
  • pen tool – in detail – multiple lessons on using it
  • text tool
  • path and direct selection tool
  • shape tool
  • eyedropper tool
  • zoom tool
  • working with swatches tool
  • quick mask mode
  • screen modes
  • working with filters – multiple filters – each with its own lesson
  • liquify tool – how mastering it takes time and an overview
  • liquify tool – how its unmatched in its ability to make your elements look real
  • overview of the menus – file, edit, image, layer, select, view, window
  • quick overview of using bridge with Photoshop
  • using the different palettes  - paths, history, actions, channels etc.

6. Working with your kit

  • the process and workflow of designing
  • where to start and how I setup my workspace to begin designing
  • how to file your kits
  • what you need to design
  • saving our backgrounds
  • saving your elements
  • making actions to increase your workflow and save time
  • working with layers

7. What is my style?

  • Finding your design style
  • working outside of that comfort zone of styles

8. Marketing yourself

  • I'm a designer now what?
  • starting a blog
  • give it away and they will come
  • joining top sites
  • being consistent

9. Joining Forces

  • finding a position
  • what to expect when you apply

10. Your done, now what?

  • keep designing!
  • how long till i am there?
  • what's the secret?
  • where do i go from here?

Ok well, that wraps up the course outline so far.  Whew that was a mountain to type LOL.  Hope you find some of this stuff interesting enough to catch a lesson or two! 

Always grateful for any feedback or suggestions.

Oh, and please note, sometimes I have some awesome background music from the 3 yr old. 


She is highly advanced in percussion instruments (banging my wooden spoons on my table and chair while I am recording), as well as highly adept at singing (if you consider being serenaded with twinkle twinkle wittle star, often off key, to be singing.  Hey I do…its my midget. Kapeeesh?) and often times she comes to me wanting to eat something!  The nerve! 

Hellllo, I am working here midget. 

I hope you can forgive the sometimes in the background additions she provides, I do my best to make these videos as high quality as possible but sometimes all my efforts don't pay off and then I overdose on watermelon jolly ranchers and instantly I feel better about the world. 

That’s it.  The end.  I am dead tired.  Goodnight.

hmmm…speaking of jolly ranchers……

Friday, January 22, 2010

New Free Video Class coming soon!

I have been steadily working on getting through the course outline for the new Video Classes on how to become a digital scrapbook designer.  Wow is it going to take a while to get this course complete. 

Let me break it down for ya:

The amount of coke zero consumed while at my keyboard should equal a part ownership of the company.  Well, they could at least give me some free stock.

When this is all said and done my dr bills are going to be high due the multiple carpel tunnel surgeries I will have to endure given the 82,368 words per day I am typing. 

I'm going to need major Botox to get rid of the nice number 11 between my eyebrows from constantly frowning at the computer.

The dentist will love my bill because 693,563 jolly ranchers (I only eat watermelon, apple, and cherry.  When I am desperate blue raspberry somehow finds its way to my mouth.  Grape never gets near me unless I am in a state of panic) I will have consumed during the writing of this course will likely rot all the teeth I have right outta my head.

Macaroni and cheese has never sounded so good.

Hotdogs have found their way onto the menu.

my hair need a dye job.

I have FBS = Flat butt syndrome from sitting in this chair for way too many hours.

I  need the laundry fairy. 

Ponytails have taken the place of my flat iron.

Yoga pants and t-shirts are currently what I live in.

See what I do for you cuz I wanna help you?  Not to mention that a lot of the video lessons are going to be free. 

Someone please send a jolly rancher deprived, no makeup wearing, non-laundry doing women something will yah? 

Just kidding.  Just show me some love on my blog by leaving a comment or suggestion for a lesson.  And please become a follower as random followers will be given some goodies!

And no, I didn't forget about the announcement of a new course.  I am not suffering from jolly rancher depravity that bad yet.  The new lesson will be on how to make a paper clip realistically clip together your items of choice.  In this lesson I am using two papers to digitally clip together but it will work for any purpose.  Coursework materials will be downloadable when I post the lesson. 

Happy learning


jolly rancher momma


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Free Video Tutorial – Realistic Drop Shadows

Whew….its finally done! 

Earlier in the week I mentioned that I am currently working on putting together a Designer Course that is chalk full of video classes and corresponding coursework to teach those of you wanting to become a digital scrapbook designer but just don't know where to start.  This class is going to be huge I have now realized and will definitely take longer than I anticipated to complete.  So to give you a taste of what's to come I have decided to put one of the classes up here for free!  This lesson in the course focused on making a realistic drop shadow by introducing you to the warp mode and create layer technique so that you can manipulate your shadow on its own layer giving you much more control how it looks without disrupting your element. 

Please give me some feedback and if you have any other lessons you would like to see, let me know and I will do my best to add them to the course and add them up for free. 

So without further ado check out how to make a quick realistic shadow in Photoshop cs3.

Please note:  I am still working out the kinks on how to get the full size video up here without having to change my blog layout again. 

Digital Scrapbook Designer Course :: In this lesson: Realistic Drop Shadows

Friday, January 15, 2010

Homeschooling vs. public…just sayin


Thought this was interesting for those of you who are wondering about socialization with homeschoolers.  Pretty interesting stats. 


Socialization: Homeschooling vs. Schools

By Michael F. Haverluck

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Many homeschoolers share this sentiment when it comes to public schools, believing that the moral relativism, violence, peer pressure, drugs and promiscuity found inside their gates provide an inadequate setting to properly socialize their children.

Yet 92 percent of superintendents believe that home learners are emotionally unstable, deprived of proper social development and too judgmental of the world around them, according to a California study by researcher Dr. Brian Ray .

What makes homeschool socialization such a hot topic?

With approximately 4 million children currently being homeschooled in the U.S., along with a 15- to 20-percent yearly growth rate, many professional educators and school boards are concerned that this exodus will keep funds from entering the public education system.

Many teachers also believe that successful home instruction by uncredentialed parents undermines their expertise and jeopardizes their jobs.

Questions about inadequate socialization are often brought up as a means to disqualify homeschooling as a viable alternative form of education, but are the arguments valid?

A look at the research on this socialization debate shines further light on the issue.

There's no place like home

Why is there such a dichotomy in the socialization experienced between homeschoolers and conventional students? It all has to do with the learning environment.

The National Home Education Research Institute disclosed that the 36 to 54 hours that students spend in school-related weekly activities make peers and adults outside of the home the primary influences in children's lives - not the parents.

Realizing the harm that this constant exposure can produce, especially if it's not countered by involved parenting, most homeschoolers are well aware of their children's need for close one-to-one contact throughout the education process.

Jesus understood the importance of continual intimate contact with His students, as He ate, slept and fellowshipped with His disciples 24 hours a day. It is unlikely that Jesus would have entrusted their training to strangers.

So how do these different settings affect children? Dr. Thomas Smedley believes that homeschoolers have superior socialization skills, and his research supports this claim. He conducted a study in which he administered the Vineyard Adaptive Behavior Scales test to identify mature and well-adapted behaviors in children. Home learners ranked in the 84th percentile, compared to publicly schooled students, who were drastically lower in the 23rd.

Welcome to the real world

Many school socialization advocates argue that homeschooling precludes children from experiencing real life.

Instead of being locked behind school gates in what some would consider an artificial setting characterized by bells, forced silence and age-segregation, homeschoolers frequently extend their everyday classroom to fire departments, hospitals, museums, repair shops, city halls, national parks, churches and colleges, where real community interaction and contacts are made.

Dismantling the stereotype that home learners spend their days isolated from society at kitchen tables with workbooks in hand, NHERI reports that they actually participate in approximately five different social activities outside the home on a regular basis.

Furthermore, researcher Dr. Linda Montgomery found that 78 percent of high school home learners were employed with paying jobs, while a majority engaged in volunteering and community service.

Research presented at the National Christian Home Educators Leadership Conference divulged that homeschool graduates far exceeded their public and private school counterparts in college by ranking the highest in 42 of 63 indicators of collegiate success. They were also ranked as being superior in four out of five achievement categories, including socialization, as they were assessed as being the most charismatic and influential.

Biblical or worldly socialization?

When most home educators and school administrators speak of successful socialization, are they referring to the same thing?

Education researcher Dr. Michael Mitchell found that being popular, aggressively competitive, materialistically driven and self-confident are traits promoted in conventional schools.

His study shows that these campus ideals are discouraged by Christian home educators in favor of building their children's character and dismantling selfish ambitions. Integrity, responsibility, respect for others, trust in God, biblical soundness and an amiable disposition topped the ideal social qualities they desired their youth to embody.

Many Christians who homeschool believe that the greatest socialization their children can have is to be trained to emulate Jesus, who is a servant of man. Home educators examined by Mitchell strive to dismantle any selfish ambitions and self-aggrandizement seen in their children, as opposed to cultivating them.

Getting ahead of one's peers is not consistent with Jesus' urging in Matthew 20:25b-28, which calls for Christians to seek a lowly and servile role to those around them. However, this does not mean that Christians are called to underachieve, as Colossians 3:23 exhorts readers to push for peak performance in every endeavor, but for the glory of God rather than for selfish ambition.

Pride is also promoted in the public schools. It is often repackaged as self-esteem in programs such as "Here's Looking at You, 2000," in which education researcher Dr. Amy Binder reports that students are instructed to believe that they are "the most important person in the world."

Many Christian home educators assert that the kind of pride being taught in the schools is discouraged throughout Scripture by Jesus and Paul, who preach against lifting oneself up or putting oneself first in favor of assuming a lowly position among others, as seen in Luke 14:10-11 and Romans 12:3.

They often contend that traditional students are driven to achieve high marks in order to attain lucrative and prestigious jobs that can lead to lives of self-indulgence, while the Bible calls man not to be overcome by material concerns.

Even though God enjoys prospering His children, He also warns us in 1 Timothy 6:10 that "the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs."

Negative socialization

The mass socialization conducted within schools has brought about a proliferation of delinquent behavior within this nation's youth, reports education researcher, Dr. Michael Slavinski. He notes that student bodies are increasingly riddled with violence, drugs, promiscuity, emotional disorders, crime, contempt for authority, desperate behavior, illiteracy and peer dependency - just to name a few.

Today, parents are not as surprised to see reports of fifth-graders having sex in class; hear about school shootings; find drugs or condoms in backpacks; receive phone calls from the police and principals; or witness defiant, apathetic and unrecognizable tones in their children's voices.

"Live and let learn," say many parents. Most home educators are fine with this, as long as their children's learning comes from mature, seasoned and embracing adults who have the children's best interests at heart - above political or economic agendas. They believe that such training shouldn't come from peers either, which amounts to the blind leading the blind.

When the Direct Observation Form of the Child Behavior Checklist was administered by education researcher Dr. Larry Shyers to identify 97 problematic behaviors in two groups of children, traditionally schooled students exuded eight times as many antisocial traits than their homeschooled counterparts. This lies in direct contrast to claims by public school advocates that exposure to campus life leads to proper socialization.

Light of the world

Many Christian parents are concerned that homeschooling would not allow their children to fulfill the great commission of sharing the gospel with non-believers. They often site Matthew 5:14-16 about being the light of the world.

Some Christian homeschool parents argue that even though young believers are to reach out to the lost, they are not called to immerse themselves daily in a hostile setting that constantly works to influence them in the ways of the world. They recognize that those with strong Christian upbringings are still vulnerable to the ungodly climate of the schools.

In Proverbs 4:11-15, King Solomon realized the vulnerability of his son, proclaiming his responsibility to train him in godly teachings and keep him from stumbling over the vices of this world.

Just as parents know that children are not prepared for war, many Christians believe that youth are not equipped to fend for themselves in the spiritual warfare taking place within schools.

A nationwide survey conducted by The Barna Group shows that 80 percent of Christian families send their children to public schools where their faith is attacked. Based on the study's findings, it appears that their kids are the ones being "evangelized" by the religion of secular humanism. More than half of their Christian teens believe Jesus actually sinned and only nine percent hold to moral absolutes, while 83 percent of children from committed Christian families attending public schools adopt a Marxist-Socialist worldview, reports the group.

For more statistics on Christians in education, click on The Barna Group.

Consistent with these figures, Christian producer and occult expert Caryl Matrisciana reports that 75 percent of public-schooled American youth brought up in Christian households disown their Christian faith by the first year of college. NHERI finds that this is only true for less than four percent of homeschooled youth.

Most home educators would not trade the blessings that homeschooling brings their families and society for the world.

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, The Barna Group, NHERI, Dr. Michael Slavinski, Dr. Brian Ray, Dr. Thomas C. Smedley, Dr. Larry E. Shyers, Dr. Michael Mitchell, Dr. Linda Montgomery, Dr. Rhonda A. Galloway, Dr. Amy Binder

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Digital Scrapbook Designer Course!

Coming soon!  I am putting together a list of subjects and classes that I feel will benefit anyone wanting to become a digi scrap designer.  I went through the ranks learning as I went and getting alot of help and now looking back on it I wish that there had been a course that walked me through the process that a designer uses to make a complete kit, how the process of getting hired works, how to market my skills and how about getting a blog? 

There are many many things that are asked but never answered in the designing world when it comes to digital scrapbooking so here it is! 

The first ever ( I think….I hope!) complete course that takes you from wondering how on earth to  make a realistic ribbon to setting up your blog and marketing yourself and getting a job!

Any input or skills/classes you all would like to see be a part of the course please scream it at me while I get this thing together.  Its going to be huge ( I don't mean like I'm going to be a millionaire huge I mean the course is going to be very big with alot of information) with pdf files, word files, design files, freebies to get you started, tips, tricks and most exciting each major component will be covered in a step-by-step VIDEO tutorial!!!!

I am excited I hope you all are too!!!!!



slaving away with carpel tunnel from writing this course LOL


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