Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Making a Blog Button in Photoshop

You might have noticed that I haven't been blogging a lot lately. I've been really busy with photography mentoring and preparing for my editing mentoring which starts next week!! So I asked a couple of my friends to write a guest post for me. This one is from my awesome friend Sarah...


Hello, my name is Sarah and I write over at In the Moment with... Thanks so much Faith for asking me to guest post for you. I was really honored! I do a little blog designing, including my own. I do not have a business but I am self taught and love playing around in photoshop. I am selling blog header/button packages for $15 to help me get to Blissdom. Let me know if you are interested. Now I am going to tell you just the basics on how to make a blog button in photoshop. First you want to make a new document. I always start at 500px by 500px with a transparent background.

  newdoc

I decided to use the ellipse tool to make a circle. I typed in the width and height that I wanted so that it would be a perfect circle. You can always make the background a different color or a photo, etc. There are a lot of options!

  eclipse

Then you will want to add a stroke or outline so that it will stand out if you are putting it on a blog. You really never want to have a button without an outline unless the whole button is a photo.

  stroke

I went to Design Seeds to be inspired for the color. I love that it puts colors together for you so the only decision you have to make is which photo from there to use. I picked some cool winter colors. Then right clicked and chose save image as.

  designseeds

Then I opened this up in photo shop so that I could use the eye dropper tool when choosing colors. I picked the light brown for the outline of my button.

  strokecolor

For my fonts I always go to dafont.com and look for cool new fonts. They are mostly free and there are a lot to choose from.

  fonts  

Add the text that you want onto the button. Again, I used the colors in the photo from Design Seeds. The fonts here are BEBAS and Janda Elegant Handwriting. I also rearrange the text and change the sizes until I get it the way I want.

  text

When I am completely done I usually resize the button to 200px by 200px. Again many options you can do here.

  resize

 When I go to save a button, especially a circle or odd shaped button you will want to save as a .PNG so that if you put the button on a background other then white you will not have white around your button. Basically it will keep the background transparent.

  saveas

Here is the final button.  

button
 
If you have any questions or problems feel free to email me. I am always willing to help someone out when they need it. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Here I sit

We pull out of the Library parking lot, Eli screaming in his car seat.
I take the long way home and he is asleep in minutes.
I thought so.

I pull through the drive-thru and pick up some lunch.
Josiah's order is exactly opposite of what we ordered
and we get to exercise being happy with what we have,
even though the happy meal toy is for a girl
and we share our lunches with each other and enjoy the quiet of the car.


Just around the corner and we are home.
I will Eli to stay asleep with every cell in my body.
Just five minutes of quiet is all I'm asking for.
But the weather has turned cold again and as soon as he feels it his eyes snap open and I sigh a long sigh.
Josiah has plopped himself down on the couch, flopped off his shoes and fallen asleep.
I set Eli's seat in a quiet corner, hoping he falls back asleep but no such luck, he's crying for me.


I pick him up
and we sit down,
like so many days this week.

I wonder why my boys don't like to sleep in their beds.
Josiah asleep on the couch, Eli asleep in my lap.
And here I sit, again.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

My day

The day begins
guns blazing
Both feet on the floor
Running, full-tilt
No time for coffee,
sipped quietly
to ease into the day.

Breakfast!
Backpacks!
Bus stop!
Kiss my girls and they're off!

What's for dinner?
Dishes in the sink.
Chicken in the oven.
Hope I don't undercook it again.

Boys need to get busy
Backyard
Stick-word fight
Dirt
Bath time

Lunch with my loves
We eat:
Bow ties
Butterflies
Boats made of bread, peanut butter and maple syrup
And thin, red-lipped apple smiles
"Don't tell sisters or they'll freak" he says "and want some"

Naps
Dishes
Mess
Continually cleaning up mess
and more mess
Hurry, get as much done before naps are over!
Hurry, so much to do!

Awake
I've barely begun and he is awake
Sits on my lap
Falls back asleep
Here I sit.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

winterizing my garden


I have a little garden outside my window. It's nothing much but it has this one beautiful hydrangea bush, my one constant source of inspiration and, besides my family, a favorite subject for my photography.

Last year that bush looked crazy. It bloomed and the flowers died but the bush never let go of them so for part of the season it was a beautiful green bush with brown dead flowers. It looked so odd that when the lawn fertilizer salesman knocked on our door he asked me what was wrong with my bush. After I realized the bush wasn't going to do it itself I finally cut the dead blooms off. It bloomed again, briefly before winter. Yesterday I finally got around to pruning it back.

There's nothing like gardening to bring Scriptures to mind, and as I was chopping away I was thinking of John 15 "every branch that bears fruit He prunes so that it will bear more fruit". I cut off a branch and think how I hope for this branch to grow back twice as strong, twice as beautiful. I think about the things in my life that have been pruned. The dreams that have died, the plans I have had to let go of. I think about God as my gardener, planing for me to grow back twice as strong, more beautiful than if He had let me be. I realize how true this is. The things God has taken away have made me stronger, as a person in general and especially in my faith.



As I sit here writing, Eli toddles into the kitchen with a sleepy smile on his face. I smile as I bend down to scoop him up. I hold him tight and kiss his soft hair. He has changed my life in so many unexpected aways. I've said this before but it bears repeating - going back to the baby stage has been hard. Really hard. As much as I wanted this, as much as I love my baby, I am still exhausted and frustrated by this season. I had to give up a lot when I got pregnant, I don't have as much energy for writing or blogging or serious photography. I have so little time for the things I want to do

It's worth it. 

Everything I have had to give up and that has been pruned away is making me more beautiful. Some things have just been irritating, others have been heart breaking. All are making me more into the person that God made me to be.


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