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Brief tutorial on how to add a frame & text box in a Word document. Free download.

Add fancy borders to your photos Big Huge Labs has an online tool that lets you upload a photo and then instantly apply your choice of border to it. Try it here.

Open an online store I bookmarked Big Cartel awhile back because it seemed potentially useful. It's a site that allows you to create your own online shop (kinda like etsy). Looks like it's most popular with people selling clothes, art, and music—three wonderful things.

Beautiful initial caps Typographer and illustrator Jessica Hische has created the The Daily Drop Cap project. Each day she posts "a new hand-crafted decorative initial cap for your enjoyment and for the beautification of blog posts everywhere." Or the loveliest ransom notes ever assembled. A great resource for design-savvy kidnappers.

Make your own patterned backgrounds BgPatterns.com is an online tool for creating customized patterns for websites, desktops, or Twitter pages. You can choose the color, design, texture, and size of your image, test it as a tiled background, and download a jpeg of the image you made. Nifty.

How to take better pictures Blog reader Andrea wrote a post this week summarizing what she learned in a digital photography class. She kindly made her notes available right here. Anyone interested in product photography might find this DIY collapsible light box tutorial useful, compliments of Amy Kingman. I myself am not a stellar photographer, but as for my two cents, I got a new digital camera for Christmas this year. So far I love it. It's a Canon Digital Rebel XSi. (This picture is my old camera taken with my new camera.) My single best tip for taking decent photos: study the instruction manual that came with your camera. I know you're squirming with dread at the thought, but seriously, it will help you. Update: More useful tutorials here, at I Heart Faces. 47 comments See more: resources February 23, 2010 Vintage clip art source The Graphics Fairy posts a free piece of vintage clip art every day, perhaps useful for your next craft project. There are more than 1,000 graphics to choose from, plus tutorials showing different methods for transferring images—a lovely example is this drawer knob project. 23 comments See more: resources February 10, 2010 100 free backgrounds for Twitter or websites Web Design Ledger has links to tons of free seamless patterns you can use for Twitter backgrounds or websites. Most are free to use personally and commercially; just remember to check the usage rights. If you like the examples above, you can find them here (clockwise): birds, security envelope, stripes, plaid. 26 comments See more: downloads, resources January 19, 2010 How to be a fabric designer Everyone wanting to know how to get into the quilting textile design industry: listen up! Designer Lizzy House has written an e-book called How to Enter the World of Textiles: For the Quilting Industry. It covers what to design and how to present your work to a manufacturer. So now, everyone who has ever emailed me and heard me essentially say, "Duh, I dunno," I happily send you over to Lizzy to get the real answers. The e-book is available Feb. 1. Update: The book is now available right here. 19 comments See more: resources January 07, 2010 Make your own patterned backgrounds BgPatterns.com is an online tool for creating customized patterns for websites, desktops, or Twitter pages. You can choose the color, design, texture, and size of your image, test it as a tiled background, and download a jpeg of the image you made. Nifty. 39 comments See more: downloads, resources December 08, 2009 Avoid holiday panic with Trolley Cards If you're short on time and gifts have you stumped, Trolley Cards might be the answer. You can shop online for a boutique card from those studios we know and love (Snow & Graham, Egg Press, Hello Lucky, and more). Then "write" your own message inside, add an optional gift card, and mail it, right from your computer. Trolley even adds a wax seal to the envelope. Try it out right here. (Thanks for the tip, Amy!) Update: Use the discount code LETTERPRESS during the month of December to get 25% off your first card order. 8 comments See more: resources October 22, 2009 Beautiful initial caps Typographer and illustrator Jessica Hische has created the The Daily Drop Cap project. Each day she posts "a new hand-crafted decorative initial cap for your enjoyment and for the beautification of blog posts everywhere." Or the loveliest ransom notes ever assembled. A great resource for design-savvy kidnappers. 28 comments See more: downloads, fonts, resources September 29, 2009 Free texture images If you need texture photos but have no budget, check out Texture Lovers. The site's photographs are "free to use in commercial and personal work" with no attribution required. Find pictures of fabric, metal, paint, wood, and more. 19 comments See more: downloads, graphic design, resources Newer Posts Older Posts Home Subscribe to: Posts (Atom) Sponsors Designerly Inspiration apartment therapy bloesem brand new decor8 design work life design*sponge designspiration grain edit oh joy print & pattern share some candy swiss miss the scoop DIY and Crafty Inspiration all about paper cutting craftgawker craftzine blog curbly instructables mod podge rocks one lovely day (wedding DIY) one pretty thing purl bee young house love Food and Party Inspiration at home with kim vallee bakerella catch my party cupcake bakeshop everybody likes sandwiches group recipes hostess with the mostess simply recipes smitten kitchen tastespotting the italian dish

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    bring me cake

  • kris ladd

    I know this if off topic but I'm looking into starting my own weblog and was curious what all is required to get setup? I'm assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny? I'm not very internet smart so I'm not 100% sure. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. Kudos

  • kris ladd

    I know this if off topic but I'm looking into starting my own weblog and was curious what all is required to get set up? I'm assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny? I'm not very internet savvy so I'm not 100% sure. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. Cheers

  • kris ladd

    I know this if off topic but I'm looking into starting my own weblog and was wondering what all is required to get setup? I'm assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny? I'm not very web smart so I'm not 100% positive. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks

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A new way to search Etsy Good news for impatient people like me. PicClick.com has released its Etsy browser, where you can search for items and see bazillions of results all at once. Instant gratification! Use the slider to set the size of images you want to see, and the number of results will fill your browser window. Let's say I'm shopping for, oh, orange housewares. Searching on Etsy shows me 33 results per page. Searching on PicClick shows me.... um, all of them on one page? As long as I keep scrolling down, I get more. Then I just click the item I like and it opens in a new window at Etsy. Browse eBay the same way right here.

Make your own plaid background patterns You never know when you might need some digital tartan. Customize your own weave and colors right here, then download a square to tile seamlessly. Make your Twitter page Scottish or take your website on a picnic. This is the traditional Jones clan tartan, above.

More ways to view blogs You're a free spirit. You need choices. Scrolling linearly through blog posts is so old school. Do you know about Blogger's dynamic viewing options? You can view any site powered by Blogger in one of five different ways: Flipcard, Mosaic, Sidebar, Snapshot, or Timeslide. Click here to test Flipcard with How About Orange. You'll see a photo from each post. Click on any picture to read the entire entry. Use the drop-down menu at the top to change views, and to see other blogs, click the "How About Orange" title and enter another URL.

how to add your portfolio to linked in ------------if you're an artist, a designer, or a maker of nice things, you might be interested in Behance's LinkedIn portfolio application. It allows you to add images and video to your LinkedIn profile. Read an overview at SwissMiss or sign up here.

Really, really awesome!