Friday, September 26, 2008

Rainy day designs

So today is rather rainy and chilly here in the Boston area, so I threw on my turtleneck and cozied up to the computer for some more designing. Here's what I've done.

Just a reminder, to learn how to put these on your blog click the "How To" label on the right.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

A more masculine touch

So I realized I have been partial to my female market, and haven't been appealing to my more masculine readers. So here's my attempt at more masculine templates.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Someting old, something new....

Here are a few more templates. Some I had posted on my other blog and some are new.

Saturday, September 6, 2008


Here's my debut of my template on my new blog! The links to paste into your own blog are below each picture. To learn How To do this yourself click the How To label on the right. There will be more coming!

How To Create Your Own Blogger Template

So here's how to create your own blog template.

1. You need to download digital scrap booking elements. They are exactly like what you would buy for conventional scrap booking (like ribbons, papers, alphabets, sticker, etc.) but they are digital! You can find them all over the place for free...but I like to use Go to their freebies page, search for things, and it will take you directly to the designer's websites. A lot of websites are in other you might learn a few words like the word "free" in French or German. (WARNING: these files are rather large, because essentially they are pictures...)

2. Figure out which design program works best for you. I think Adobe Illustrator or Photo Shop would work the best, but I don't have either of of those, so I use Microsoft Publisher. You can also use Microsoft PPT or any other program that lets your design things. You need to create a canvas that's abou 14.5" wide and 10" high.

3. Then copy and paste elements into your workbook and start designing! You need to make the middle panel, where your blog posts will be about 7.5" to 8" wide.

4. When you're done bedazzling your design, save what you have made as a picture. In publisher, all you have to do is group all the elements into one object and right click and save as picture.

5. Then create an account on Upload your picture to photobucket, making sure you choose the option to reduce to 1 megabyte file size, which will allow that your template will cover the whole screen.

6. After you have uploaded your picture, underneath it you can copy the direct link for that picture. This is the direct link that I have referred to in the previous post on how to change your blog template.

It's fairly simple, but if you have trouble just send me a note and I will see if I can help you out!

How To Add a New Template

So here's how to add a new template into your blog:

Log into your blog

Next go to ‘customize’ then ‘layout’ then ‘pick a new template’ then choose a minima template. Save.

Then click on "edit HTML:" and scroll down to where it says:

body { background:$bgcolor; margin:0; color:$textcolor; font:x-small Georgia Serif; font-size/* */:/**/small; font-size: /**/small; text-align: center;

Change that part of the code to say this:

body {

background:$bgcolor;background-image:url(direct link);background-position: center; background-repeat:no-repeat; background-attachment: fixed;

margin:0; color:$textcolor; font:x-small Georgia Serif; font-size/* */:/**/small; font-size: /**/small; text-align: center;

Now copy the address of the picture where it says "direct link"

Click Save!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Grand Opening

So lately, since I've had so much time on my hands...I have been delving a lot into the world of blogger template designs. I'm not very good at it, but I am learning a few tricks here and there. I thought I would create a blog just devoted to my templates. I think this is more of a creative outlet for me rather than me providing a service to others. I find a lot of enjoyment in doing this...except when my computer runs slow!

Anyway, I will periodically post my new designs on here for your use. I'm really not looking to gain a profit from feel free to use my designs and give me your feedback.

I will put the directions of how to design and change your templates on the blog so you can do it yourself too.