Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Create a Project or Shop Banner with PhotoScape {Part 2}

Yesterday, I showed you the first part on how to make your project/shop banner. Today, I will be showing you the finishing steps.

1. Open PhotoScape. Click on Editor. Start a new photo by clicking Menu. I usually set my new photo to 1200 x 1200 to give myself plenty of room to work with.

2. Select the Object tab. Click the photo button and add your image that you created yesterday.

3. Reduce the size of your image by moving the corners. When working with images, I use the corners to adjust them for the page instead of the sides, top and bottom. It tends to distort the image. Once you have reduced the image to your liking, click Photo + Objects. This will combine your image with the new photo.

4. Next you can add a box to your image. Click the Rounded Box Mode, select your color choice and draw your box. Tip: I draw my box over the image so that I can adjust the width according to the image I added.

5. Add text by clicking the Text (T) button. Click Photo + Objects.

6. Crop your new image by selecting the Crop tab.

7. Resize your new banner to the size you need. Tip: If using on your sidebar, resize your image to the width of your sidebar while preserving the aspect ratio. My sidebar is at 250 so that is the width that I chose.

8. Save your new banner and celebrate!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Create a Project or Shop Banner with PhotoScape {Part 1}

I really enjoy making my own banners and buttons. I created a project banner for the sidebar on my blog that can also be used to share on Facebook, Google+, etc.

I'm super excited to share this tutorial with you so that you can make one... or a few of your very own. I'm creating two posts for the instructions because there will be several pictures to help you along the way.

I'm leaving the images smaller to try and help with load time. You can click the images to view a larger size.

1. Open PhotoScape. Click on Combine and make sure you select the Checker Tab.

2. Click the Add button and select the pictures you would like to use. Do this for each picture.

3. Once you have added all of your pictures, this is what you should have:

4. Zoom your combined pictures to a smaller size by sliding the Preview Zoom bar. This way you can see the entire set of images that you will be working with.

5. If you would like to separate your pictures a bit, round your corners or have a border around your banner, this is the time to do it. I set the outer margin to 8, rounded my corners to 40 and used the paper full setting.

6. Save your picture. I usually click the Save As button so that I can change the name of my images. Once saved, you should have something that looks similar to this...

Coming up tomorrow, I will show you how to finish up your banner.

Click here for Part 2!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

{How To} Project and Tutorials Page on Blogger

How To: Project and Tutorials Page on Blogger

I gave my Projects and Tutorials page a bit of a makeover today. And I thought... hmmm... why not share how I did it with all of you.

The Not So Functional Housewife - Projects and Tutorials

Make your images. I use PhotoScape to make all of my buttons and tweak my images. Make sure that all of your images are the same size. Take into consideration how many images you are wanting in each column.

Upload your images. I usually upload my images to a post or page on blogger first and gather my URL's via the HTML section. You can also use a photo hosting site such as Photobucket.

Create your new page. To create a new page, click on pages in your blogger dashboard. Then, click new page.

Add your HTML. Click on the HTML tab and insert the following code.
<tr><td><a target=_blank href="YOURPAGEURL"><img src="YOURPICTUREURL"></a></td><td><a target=_blank href="YOURPAGEURL"><img src="YOURPICTUREURL"></a></td></tr>

Make your page all pretty. Replace the capitalized URL's with your blog and image URL's.

The coding above is for two images per section/column. You may need to add more of the <td> coding if you would like to add more images in that section.

<tr><td><a target=_blank href="YOURPAGEURL"><img src="YOURPICTUREURL"></a></td><td><a target=_blank href="YOURPAGEURL"><img src="YOURPICTUREURL"></a></td><td><a target=_blank href="YOURPAGEURL"><img src="YOURPICTUREURL"></a></td></tr>

If you would like to add another row of images, you would start the <tr> coding over again.

<tr><td><a target=_blank href="YOURPAGEURL"><img src="YOURPICTUREURL"></a></td><td><a target=_blank href="YOURPAGEURL"><img src="YOURPICTUREURL"></a></td></tr>
<tr><td><a target=_blank href="YOURPAGEURL"><img src="YOURPICTUREURL"></a></td><td><a target=_blank href="YOURPAGEURL"><img src="YOURPICTUREURL"></a></td></tr>

<tr> starts a new group
<td> starts a new link/image
</td> closes link/image
</tr> closes a group

Add a title to your page. Save and you're good to go!

* You can use the same coding for sponsor banners on your sidebar.
* Check your work in Compose after finishing your html to check that things are perfect.
* Preview your page before publishing to make sure nothing is wonky. (Hopefully my eyes didn't deceive me on this part for this post)
* Click on picture... then properties to change the title and alt text of your images.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Oh Christmas Tree... Oh Christmas Tree...

Too early?

Christmas songs are already bouncing around in my head. Maybe it's all of the goodies that are lining the shelves in the stores, the ads online or the fabulous magazines that are arriving in our mailbox.

When do you start decorating for Christmas?

Last year, we didn't put up our tree until around the first of December. This year, I've had to force myself not to put it up until at least after Thanksgiving.

How do you decide on your tree decorations each year?

Do you have a color theme?


Do you decorate in a Shabby theme?



 Do you add a lot?
Or a little?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Altered {Winter} Wooden Birdhouse

This birdhouse was a lot of fun and I can't wait to start putting out our Christmas decorations!

Altered Winter Wooden Birdhouse

I started with a plain wooden birdhouse that I picked up from the craft store. After sanding the unfinished wooden birdhouse, I painted everything that would not be covered in scrapbook paper... white.

Once the paint was dry, I... what I call "eye measured"... the scrapbook paper pieces to fit the front, back and sides.

After applying Mod Podge, I pressed the paper into place.

Once the Mod Podge was dry, I lightly sanded all edges to remove any extra paper and applied a top coat of Mod Podge.

I waited about 30 minutes until the glue was dry and started on the snow! My favorite part!

I didn't have any fake snow on hand so I created my own using salt and baby powder. It's super simple to make! Mix equal parts of the two. If you are not happy with the texture, you can add more salt. Tip: I used Kosher salt.

Brush on a layer of Mod Podge and sprinkle, sprinkle, sprinkle your snow! So fun!!

Lightly tap off extra "snow", let dry and enjoy!

This would be super cute displayed on a mantle, shelf or hung on your tree!

Extra bonus... your birdhouse will smell great!

Shared at:
Transformation Thursday ~ Shabby Creek Cottage
Under $100 Linky Party ~ Beyond the Picket Fence
Made U Look Thursdays ~ Made in a Day 

Monday, November 12, 2012

10 Things I'm Thankful For

I've been seeing a lot of updates on Facebook of people sharing things that they are thankful for.

We (I know that I do) take a lot of things for granted. Even the smallest blessings in life.

I'm Thankful For:

* My Husband. He's my rock. Without him... I'd be lost. If I need a shoulder to cry on, someone to talk to or someone to make me laugh...he's always there for me. He's the love of my life!

* My Kids. They are my world. I'm blessed to have them in my life. They've shown me how to be more compassionate, caring, loving, understanding and patient. They make me smile I love their hugs!

* My Parents. I love them! Without them... I don't know where we would be. They've always been there for us. Always! I can't thank them enough!

* Our Home. It's true! There's no place like home. It doesn't matter how big, how small, or what type of home we live in... It's our home!

* Dishes. Yes! I said dishes! Having dishes to clean means that I was able to cook a meal for my family in them. I'm so thankful for dishes!

* Laundry. Never thought you'd hear me say that, huh? I'm thankful for laundry because I have clothing for my family.

* Bills. I know. I know. Bills?! Yes! I'm thankful for my electricity, water, cable (etc.) bills. We have cold air in the summer, it's warm in the winter, we have water to use for all our needs, I can talk to you lovely people via internet and we have a home to pay for.

* My Husbands Job. I'm so thankful that he was able to find a job so quickly after having been out of work for so long. It's definitely a blessing!

* Family Gatherings. I'm thankful that we have family to visit with on the holidays.

* My Readers. I seriously ~heart~ all of you! I'm so thankful to those of you that come back time after time to visit me! Thank YOU!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

House Makeover Update

We're just about done! We have to do a couple of things on the outside, carpet, blinds and clean up.

In all the rooms, we've...

* Patched
* Sanded
* Textured the ceiling
* Painted the walls
* Painted the ceiling
* Painted the trim
* Painted the doors

I apologize for the grainy pictures. I took them with my phone.

In the hallway, we painted the folding doors as well. They were a dark brown and I like them so much better now.

The kitchen was the worst (well, along with the bathroom)! We painted all the cabinets along with the ceiling and walls. I, of course, didn't take pictures of those because I'm smart like that!

I'm definitely ready to have my weekends back! :-D

By the way, this is what happens when you spray paint in your flip flops...

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Happy Halloween

I hope you all had a fun and safe Halloween!

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