Sunday, October 19, 2014

Hey there, stranger!

Yeah, been a long time, huh? Well, I haven't been completely under a rock and no moss here for sure. I've been  creating although I cannot remember the last time I put together a scrapbook page. Some of you have been with me for practically 9 years and know the last 3 I've been pretty hit and miss but I always come back around with some fantastic stuff or re-issues. When I can I have been updating some kits. I lost my CS3 during a hard drive crash, sadder because my purchased copy was stolen and Adobe wouldn't help me recoup it through my registration (because it's old, big deal, right??). Ugh.

Anyway, I now have my new Lightroom 5, Photoshop Elements 12 and ye old trustworthy Gimp 2.2 (yes, that's a 2.2 - I never could get into the new versions because I had the old one memorized, old habits die hard, very hard).  I've been creating new background images too. I use a variety of resources online from brushes to CC/CU overlays and images as well as my own photography or brush work. I used these in a not for profit setting and that means extending the gift to you, the copyright of said images I used in the creation also is not for profit. Make sense? In other words, do as you wish with the backgrounds, just don't sell them. No need to give credit, unless you desire to or the presentation of such warrants it (some forums still require full credits on each scrap item). I did not put credits on my resources since I've been grabbing CC/CU items for so many years, they are long gone.

It should be noted that in the link below I have posted practically all (and I mean ALL) of my kit backgrounds, even the ones that were in purchase kits. They may be the same as the old background or may have been updated a bit. They will have the same name as in the kit. In theater mode of Flickr they have a down arrow for downloading, choose original size and it'll go to your previously designated download folder (I haven't seen a prompt to change this unless you right click and save but that takes longer).

Other questions I have gotten via Flickr mail:

1. Can you change the color of the background? Yes, of course. Some similar backgrounds are not all there simply because it's the same thing in another color.

2. Can you crop the background? Yes again. Make it work for your project. Alter away baby!

3. Can you use them for printed cards? Yes, as long as you're not selling them or donating them where they can be sold. This is because I have used CC/CU items from other artists.

4. Can you print them out for paper scrapping? Oh yes! Seems like a silly question, but non-digital scrappers ask this often.

5. Who do I give credit to? You don't have to, however if you want to just simply say "Ditters Doodles".

6. Where did the name Ditters Doodles come from?  Jump in the time machine to 1993. My 2 year old twin boys couldn't say "Little Josh". We were video taping them meeting the new baby (the same baby who will be able to buy his own beer soon, scary). My husband said "this is little Josh" (not that we have another Josh in the family, he was newborn). Then both boys said "hi Ditter Dosh"... both of them. So cute. When I had to come up with a unique name for my scrapbooking I was finding many of the possibilities were no longer "unique". That's when I chose to snag my then 11 year old son's nickname. He was most definitely done with it. He was a pre-teen and a little horrified when I used it in public (usually because he was being annoying, because sometimes kids can be annoying, right?).

Last thought before I give you the link:
As far as I know my 4shared links are still active. Occasionally I get download reports showing activity. I'm not sure about any other site, like Dropbox. What's bad, I can't remember the others I've used. Oh, Esnips... they became a turd download site. Adware and popup ads galore, my virus scanner flips out. I think I deleted my files and account. Can't be sure, however if you find a link, might just want to skip it unless you are feeling brave or have your PC secure. Esnips wasn't always bad.

Now for what you've been waiting for:

I hope you have a lot of time, the count is up to 879. Today I'm feeling creative so that number may jump up this week. I don't post during the weekends, Flickr's uploader is like molasses in March and is the only thing that bogs my DSL, not even 3 computers running Netflix and an online gamer can do that, nope, just Flickr, what the heck?

Enjoy and glad to be back, sort of back, it won't be a daily thing like years ago.

You can also follow Ditters Doodles on Facebook. I always announce new content there.

P.S. Yes, the blog got ugly. Smartphones got browser capability and I got complaints it wasn't user friendly so I removed the background images and header. Since then, smartphones got smarter and proved that I didn't have to do that after all. Oy vey. [Side thought, I've always wondered why a digital scrapbooker would want to visit scrapblogs over mobile, not like they could download on the phone. Just found that odd. Not all of my posts are chatty, this one though... giggles.]

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