Skip to main content

The 'Perks' of Blogging Part 2

4) So now you've got your background up. You've got your photo program and you've found some dang cute digital papers you'd like to use. You're tweaking around with it all as your kids tear the house apart behind you but you've discovered one really, really frustrating thing. Times New Roman is the most boring font ever created. What do you do now?

Two words--Free Fonts! It's the truth. You can find fonts all over the web, kevinandamanda.com (not only do they have fonts, but free digiscrapping stuff) and dafont.com (this website has some unsavory fonts on it so be careful) are two places I've been (the same rules usually apply to fonts as they do with digiscrapping things... personal use only)

But then you find the one font you like, you download it and nothing happens! You can find your answer in here. If you have an option for True Type Fonts (ttf) or Open Type (otf) download both, sometimes one works in one area and not in the other. If you don't have the computer space to download both then learn more than I have. ;)

5) Crowding in my sidebar bugs me. I get annoyed if my sidebar is longer than my post bar. I remedy this by making links to things. I'm sure there's an easier way to do this, but all I do is make a post about something like places I love, then I go down to 'post options' and post it waaaaay back in my blog. Like two months before (that way no one see's it right away). Then I create a link in my sidebar by adding a picture I've made-
(notice that it's not rectangular)

-and linking it to my post. Very easy.


6) Finally! Last but not least is how do you want your blog to look? Do you like the typical minima template? If so, great! you don't need to read any more. If not... I may be able to help.

a) You can make your minima 3 column by following instructions found online. This part of the process can be sorely tedious at first. But I've discovered that if you hit ctl-f a search bar will pop up and you can look for key words on the site you are at (go ahead... try it).

b) If you want a 3 column stretch minima you can also google that phrase and find a tutorial.

c) Remember to save your current html code and become best friends with the preview button. Other than those two things html is very safe and you can play around until you get it to work right. Plus there are all kinds of tutorials to help you on your way. Think of it as a big puzzle.

d) As for how my blog is now. I have a 3 column background on a two column minima, but it doesn't look like that because I made my post area larger! I found the tutorial by googling "minima with a wider post area" (or something like that) and was sent to a very easy how-to.


Was I any help to you guys? Most of these things could have their own full tutorials so it's hard to give you the most information in the least amount of space. Ask me questions if you want and I'll maybe be able to answer some.

And as always, come back and read more.

P.S. If you want to know how to make your very own widget (grab box) go here.

Comments

Cannwin-just had to tell you I have been back at these two posts several times now. Today I am feeling fairly serious about acting upon it...Ugh! It gets so technical and I lose my stamina for it. Just wanted to say thank you again for posting all your blog-making wisdom. You are my mentor, Oh Bloggy Oracle. *bows down* No. But seriously. You are.
cannwin said…
You are sweet. Thanks. Now... put one of my widgets up on your blog so people will come over here! ;)

Popular posts from this blog

Altered Shoe Art: Ring Holder Shoe Tutorial

This was my week two craft for So You Think You're Crafty. I placed third that week for this one. I thought you might enjoy finding out how I made it.


I tried about a million different decorations before settling on one that didn't drown out my rings. I wanted them to the focal point. This is also why I went with black fabric and not something more vivid.

Don't be intimidated by the lack of 101 I'm giving you. It really is a straight forward sort of project. If you know how to use a glue gun without burning yourself you can do this. Just be sure to dust off your imaginative brain space first. :)

The one important thing you might be wondering is how I got the pink fabric to stick to the shoe. I really just Mod Podged it on.

There are several different ways to make ring tubes that you can find online. One I saw used that colored foam paper stuff that you find in the kids craft section. I thought that might have been easier, but I had scraps of batting lying around so I …

How-To Pretend You Work For Anthropologie

The problem with Anthropologie is that they cost way too much money. WAY TOO MUCH! I mean, come on--these book boxes:

Cost $68-$188!

Do you have that kind of money?

I don't, but you know what I do have? I have a library with a cart full of free books that no one really cares about! So guess what I did... I made my own (and then I gave them away because I really don't have anywhere to put them).

Here's how.
















What do you think?

Car-Seat Cover Tutorial

Choose your fabric. It's fine to buy something a little cheaper for the back, since no one is going to see it. In fact I got both of these fabric pieces in the clearance section at Wal-Mart. You will also need, matching thread, batting for the middle, and binding for the edges. And alot of pins.


Take your old car seat cover and lay it flat on the paper you've chosen to use. You will have several sections you need to trace: A top, a bottom, and any sides or overhanging areas.


Now draw around the first section of the layed out car seat.. Generally speaking you can assume that the binding is hiding your seam so you don't need to make an allowance for it, but be aware that the issue might arise.


Be sure to mark any parts that lie on the inside of the pattern, like strap holes and any extra stitching.


Your patterns will start looking something like this.


When you cut out your pattern sections, remember to write what each line is for, and cut any holes so you can m…