Carole, I think ad hoc means “when necessary”. Joining only when the need to learn a certain technique is needed (example: wanting to learn all there is to know about vectors because you want to make something and vectors is the only way to do it- you would join, do all the vector classes and un-join).
Fiona, I am a diamond member and thought I’d just do it for a couple months at time, pay for a month or two, then not be a member for 3-4 months, then join again. that might work for you. You get 10 free downloads every 6 days I believe. You could download the stuff you want right away and still have 3 more times in your month to choose to download of 10 more items each…techniques you think you might want to learn. Also you can watch the masterclasses (and the labs tutorials and the Creative Scrap ones too!) online to see if you want to download them. It’s really a win-win. the best way to decide on the Diamond membership is the do it for a month and see what you think. that is what I did. It’s really worth it. I am a beginner and need all the help I can get.