I just spent most of the morning working on making my other blog, The Gloworm Letters, a little more ascetically pleasing. I’ve said before that I love reading blogs and I have some major blog envy; there are some SERIOUSLY well-designed blogs that I go to just to stare at the graphics and lust over the clever little buttons. My skill set is small, but I try to do my best using pre-made themes and dream of the day when I can hire someone to overhaul my labors of love.
Until that day comes, I can get some help from super sweet Amy over at A is for Ampersand! Not only does Amy frequently create free downloadable blog clip art for her readers, but today she featured a tutorial about how to use a free program called Fotoflexer to utilize that clip art if you are lacking Photoshop, or any discernible graphic design skills (ahem). Even though it’s painfully simple, I haven’t quite gotten the hang of layering the images (I think it might not work as well with my browser? I’m getting to the bottom of it), but I did take time to play with some other Fotoflexer magic, such as adding borders and text to images. I’m aware that most of the internet-using public has been adding borders and text to their images since Livejournal was the premier blogging platform, but this was a breakthrough for me, okay?
I messed around with adding some belly shot images to my pregnancy blog. Here is an example of the cute results:
I think the borders make it look a little more special, especially in this case where the page is image-only. I really liked this font that came standard with the text adding feature.
I also added a cute little picture border to the image for “Gloworm Family”:
Very subtle, but adds just enough that I feel like I’ve spruced things up.
I can’t wait to spend more of my first week of summer vacation playing with Fotoflexer and trying to make use of the real star of the show, Amy’s free clip art- the picture frames are my favorite, and I love the banners. I really am thrilled that such a talented lady is so open to sharing and making this incredible hobby more accessible to more people- thank you!
People, talk to me: Hop over and let me know what you think of The Gloworm Letters’ new look. What photo-editing software do you use? How did you learn to make your blog personalized? Do you still livejournal? (I hope so.) Have a great day!