Thursday, June 14, 2012

What do you think of my new blog mascot? A blog button mini-tutorial

This is the 2nd or 3rd try…it looks pretty good but I'm still not sure. The last one was also a cat, but there was too much detail that got lost when it was shrunk down. Hope this one will work as a blog button! Of course, it has to be much smaller, like this:
The web site app I used to generate the button code is called the Grab My Button code generator, appropriately enough. First I uploaded this 150 pixel by 150 pixel image into this blog post, then clicked on the image while in the Blogger editor. The blue option bar shown below pops up.
Click on Edit Link, then select and copy the code for the image. 
Paste image code into the Your Image URL box on the Grab My Button page. Follow directions on the page, then paste the resulting code into an HTML gadget on your Blogger blog. 

This mini-tutorial doesn't cover every single step, but I hope it helps somebody.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Let's Write: Pencil and Paper Characters

I just finished another clip art set for teachers, authors, scrapbookers…whoever! This group can be used on worksheets, mini-books, posters, writing workshop materials, cards, and anything else that needs a whimsical writing theme. There's a FREE sample in the Preview to try out on my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with. The pencil character in this clip art group is similar to one from Look at My Book: How Kids Can Write and Illustrate Terrific Books. There is a link to a free writing process poster on that page of my web site, by the way.

As you can see from the picture, each image comes in color, grayscale, and black line art, depending on the end usage. For example, nobody wants to print color images on a zillion worksheets, but probably would for a poster. The line art ones are good for coloring pages.

I want to make related set of borders…maybe with scribbly doodles all around.
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