Sunday, August 30, 2009

Blog Makeover: Help with Scrapblog

Here's the long awaited scrapblog tutorial post! I am, by no means, an expert on this, but I'm going to try to answer some of the questions you all had about scrapblog in this post...

And for those who don't care, just ignore this post!
Sorry to interrupt my normal blog postings!

Part 1: HUH? What do I do?

Ok, step one, set up an account on the scrapblog website. Once you've done that and you're signed in, click on "Create New Scrapblog", this is on the left side of the screen. A new window will pop up that will look like this.

The main elements I use are stickers, backgrounds, frames, and texts. Browse through these, play around, and find what you like. I've found that this is a program that works best if you have time to really sit down and play with it.

Part 2: Free or Not Free?


Scrapblog has some elements that are free, and some cost money. Once you make an account, I recommend you just play around for a little bit. You'll notice that some items when you roll your mouse over them get big and you will see nothing in the top right corner. This means that the object is free. So, as you can see below, the flower I rolled over is free. I'd just have to click on it and it will then be available for me to add to my page.

As you can see here, this Friends Forever sticker has a little coin in the right corner. When you see that coin, it means you'll have to buy credits from scrapblog to use that sticker or item. The credits aren't much, but if you're like me, you'll be cheap and use the free stuff!


Part 3: How do I save?


First, you have to publish. That is at the top of your screen. Once you've published go to File, Export as JPEG. Then just download like you normally would.


Afterwards, if you have a mac, just go to iPhoto (or any other photo editing software, like Picasa, which is a free download) and import the JPEG. Once you are in iPhoto (or another editing program) you can crop and resize the image to fit and work on your blog.

Once you've edited the JPEG down to the size you like, go to the blogger layout tab and click edit where the header is. This is what pops up:


You will want to change the setting to "Instead of title and description" and "shrink to fit". This will work best for the header you just made.

Now, some of you may notice and box surrounding your banner. If you want to get rid of it, you will need to go to "Fonts & Colors" under the layout tab.

Change the border color to whatever your blog background color is...for instance, my blog is white, so I make the border color white. This eliminates the box from showing up.

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Hopefully, this will be some help for those of you who have been trying to figure out scrapblog and how to fix up your own blog. Again, I'm not a pro, everything I've done on my own blog has involved a lot of trial and error. Just play around with it, and you'll come up with something you like!

7 comments:

  1. Wow I definiely made it harder than it was. This will help a lot of people out!

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  2. thanks so much! cant wait to try it outt

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  3. Thanks for the tutorial! I am sure I will get sick of my look sooner or later :)

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  4. This is a good tutorial, I love scrapblog! Picnik.com is also a good site for adding a little something special to pictures :)

    I just found your blog, super cute!

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  5. Thanks for this! Whenever I find sometime I'll definitely have to try this out!!

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  6. Thank you so much for this info! It really helped me figure it out! :) Love your blog!

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  7. i get how to make my header. but how do you make your cute little headings for the sidebar?? is there html involved?

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