Sunday, August 17, 2008

Editing Your Blog

First, go to your Dashboard, click on Layout.

This is what my basic template looks like:

I have all my scrap blinkies and tags under My Scrap Friend. If I want to add a new friend and her blog, then click Edit.
You will see something like this:

It looks like a foreign language, right? If you already know how to create a web page, then the text will look familiar...a reference to a website (a blog in this case) with an image for your viewer to click. To add someone, go to the end of your existing, hit the return key to go to a new line.
I am assuming you already have uploaded the person's blinkie or tag to your photo sharing site (like Photobucket) and copied the html code for that photo. You can either go to Edit, Paste or simply press the control (ctrl) key and the letter V to paste the code you have copied from the photo sharing site.

At the top right of this box is a link Rich Text. Click that and now you will see this:

Highlight the new person's tag/blinkie. At the top of the box is a little green ball with glasses on top of it.

Click that and you get this box:

type in the link to your friends blog...for example, for mine, it would be
Click Okay and you are back to the main dialog box. Click Save and your box will close. You'll be back at the main edit page, click Save, then view your blog. That is it!

Now let's say you don't have any friends set up yet and you want to make a new list of them for your blog. Click on Add a Gadget.

You will get a new box with a variety of choices. Pick HTML/Java Script (scroll down to find it) by clicking on the words.

You will get a blank box like this:

Type in your title, then follow the steps above that I outlined for adding to an existing list. Just remember when you are all down, click Save for your changes to take place. When get back to the template page, click Save again then view your blog.
Hope this helps. Email me if you have any questions.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Puffy Journaling

I saw this in a kit today and figured I could try to make something similar. I am sharing with you how I came up with this "puffy" journal.

1. Open a new transparent image, 1000x1000, 300 dpi. Flood fill with a bright color so you can see what you are doing. I used a bright blue.
2. Click on your Shapes tool icon, making sure that you are using the "Preset Shape" option. Choose "Callout 8".
3. Set your foreground color off, choose white for your background color. Set your shape to vector and draw out a large callout (see screen shot below)

4. You will notice that there is a long "tail" on your "cloud". Let's get rid of that. Convert your layer to a raster layer. Take your Freehand Selection tool, set at point-to-point, with a feather of 1. Carefully, go around the "tail", paying particular attention to the edge near the "cloud". When it is all selected, hit the delete key several times.

This is what my cloud looked like after removing the "tail".

5. Now you have your base. Save the file as a template for later use! Continuing on to make our journal, go to Select All, Float, then Defloat your selection. Now go to Selections, Modify, contract 30 pixels. Add a new layer, fill the new layer with your preferred color. Again, go to Selections, Modify. Contract 20 pixels this time, then hit the delete key. Now you have a colored border. Keep your selection!

6. I used a plug-in called Jeux de lignes to make the lines. To get the lines the color of your border, first go to the Materials Palette and click on the color you just used to make your border. Write down the values for the red, green and blue. You will need them for the plug-in.

7. The effect in the Jeux de lignes is called "entrelacement". I have forgotten nearly all that I learned in high school French so I am unable to translate this for you. :) See the screen shot below. Move the slider for the red, green and blue to the values your wrote down. "Rouge" is red, "vert" is green and "bleu" is blue (that one was easy! lol). Make sure you are on the WHITE layer or you will not see any changes in the preview! Move the slider for "Espacement" to about 34 (this is the distance between lines). Although it looks very wide in the preview, it will NOT be on your image. Hit Apply and you will see what I mean. If the lines are still too close together for your preferences, Undo and go to the plug-in again and adjust the "espacement" number a little higher. "Epaisseur" is the width of the line. The default is 1 which results in a soft line. Move the slider to a higher number if you wish and you can see in the preview how the line looks. This is your preference, of course. (Please NOTE: I used Filters Unlimited. Your screen may look different than mine. The settings, however, remain the same.)

8. Turn off the selection. Close off the bottom layer (my blue layer here). Merge visible. Copy and Paste as a New Image. I applied a light drop shadow to my tag of horizontal and vertical set at 0, opacity at 50 and blur at 5. Save to your hard drive as a png file. You now have your first "puffy" journal tag!

(Above screen shot has been greatly reduced)