Thursday, 25 July 2013

Free Digital Washi Tape

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I have seen some wonderful crafts which use washi tape, but have never got around to experimenting with it myself. However, I am constantly thinking about how I can enhance and prettify my blog (even if I don't have a lot of time to put those ideas into action right now) and one of the ways I am considering is using digital washi tape. I have a few different sets and styles in the making, but today I am just sharing my polka dot digital washi tape files.

You can use digital washi tape on your blogs, for things like this:
It can also be used for things like scrap book projects. 

This set of digital washi tape contains 12 .PNG files. There are 6 different colours of tape, each in two different sizes. If there turns out to be a demand for digital washi tape, I might add a greater range of colours into the mix.

Some of the .PNG files are 400 by 100 pixels. 

The others are 250 by 75 pixels. 

Each .png has a transparent background so that you can copy and paste them over any image. The washi tape image is also slightly transparent, so that a little of the picture or pattern underneath with show through too (just like with real washi tape).

Feel free to re-size the images to whatever size you need, and use them in any way you chose on your blog or for your digital scrap booking.  However, please note I do not want them used for commercial use without being contacted first and the files must not be re-distributed in anyway.

Download Free Digital Washi Tape

I will be sharing some more free patterned digital washi tape over the next few weeks.

Friday, 19 July 2013

10 Fabulous Birthday Fonts

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Last weekend was my birthday, so in celebration I have put together a small collection of my favourite birthday fonts. Hope you like them. :)

10) VBDings

Pssst, don't forget to check the terms and conditions if using them for commercial use.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

How To Clean Hair Brushes and Combs

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A little while ago I posted about the amazingly effective new way I had found to clean my make up brushes, and I made a mental note to test out a similar method on my hair brush and comb. At the risk of sounding like a slattern, I only got round to cleaning my hair brush today. This is how I got on...

Step one. First of all, remove all the stray hairs from your brush (I don't do anything fancy for this, I just do it with my fingers). I have long hair and hate finding it all over the bedroom, so I do this very regularly. If it has been a while since you have done it though, you can use a tooth pick to tease out the stubborn hairs.

(Can I just point out that my hair brush didn't look nearly as gross as it appears in the above picture. Honest. The close up photo makes it look way worse than it was!)

Step two. Fill a container with one part white vinegar to one part warm water, and then stir in a couple of tablespoons of shampoo (I use baby shampoo because of the gentle formula). The shampoo and vinegar combination are ideal for loosening dirt and cleaning the build up from using hair products. Submerge the brush in the water and leave for about 15 minutes. 

N.B, you may need to be careful if your brush's bristles are attached to an air filled pad as the water can enter any holes and damage the brush.

Step three. Rinse your hair brush under the tap to remove any lingering residue.

Step four. Leave it to dry on a towel or paper towels. 

I found this method to be every bit as effective for cleaning hair brushes and combs as it is for cleaning make up brushes! Anyone else got a good tip for cleaning hair brushes?

Friday, 12 July 2013

The 15 Best Summer Fonts

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It feels like forever since I shared a new fonts on a Friday post. But today I am making up for it by sharing 15 of the best summer fonts. The UK is finally basking in some beautiful hot sunny weather after what seems to have been the world's longest winter, so I am in a really happy, summery mood!

Don't forget to check the T&Cs for the fonts if you want to use them commercially. Otherwise, all of the fonts are completely free.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

How To Clean A Shower Head With Vinegar

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This post on how to clean a shower head with vinegar is kind of a companion tutorial to my posts on cleaning taps and my DIY shower cleaner. In the previous posts I shared how I used white vinegar as an effective and natural cleaner, but I thought cleaning the shower head deserved its own pictorial "how to". After all, a shower head is a bit bulky for the cotton-wool-and-cling-film method I use for removing limescale and hard water deposits from taps.

Here is my before picture of the shower head:

It isn't too icky because I clean it regularly, but it should be enough to get an idea of how effective the vinegar is at removing hard water staining.

I fill a plastic sandwich bag with one part white vinegar to one part water and secure it over the shower head using an elastic band.

How long you leave it for depends on how bad the build up is. If you clean it regularly, as I do, you probably only need to leave it for an hour or two and once you take the bag off there's no scrubbing required. If, however, your shower head is old and a bit crusty then you may want to leave it overnight and give it a bit of a scrub in the morning.

Here's the after pic:

The water flows much more freely when you clean the shower head frequently! 

Friday, 5 July 2013

College Binder Printables: Organise Your Life

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I couldn't really decide on a tag line for the final part of my college binder printable series, but eventually opted for "Organise Your Life". I have three printables that will help students who live away at college stay in control of various non-academic parts of their lives. Although they are aimed at college and uni students, the printables are actually pretty generic and can be used by anyone.

Organise your social life with this printable! It has a space for home addresses, phone numbers and email. 

If you want to get fit, being organised will make you more likely to achieve your goals. This printable helps you set some fitness goals and the date for when you want to achieve them by. You can tick them off as you go along to stay motivated.

There is also space at the bottom of the printable to plan out a timetable for your fitness regime.

The final printable in my college organisation series is a recipe card, because most students are at an age where they are learning to be independent and cook their own meals. 

I hope you have found the printables in this set helpful!

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

How To Align And Re-Size Blog Buttons

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I've shared a couple of tutorials on blog buttons, including how to add social media icons to your sidebar and how to add buttons to a post signature. Occasionally I get emails from people asking for further tips on how to get the buttons behaving as needed. This means lining up nicely, or fitting in better with the sidebar. So today I am sharing a quick tutorial on how to re-size your blog buttons and set their alignment using simple HTML code. 

This tutorial doesn't just apply to social media icons, you can also use it for getting your link party buttons looking neat and orderly. Actually, these bits of code can be used for any image, not just buttons, but I'm writing the tutorial in this context because it reflects the questions I receive.

How To Re-Size Blog Buttons And Images

What if you have download some pretty blog buttons, (like my free social media icons), but they are slightly too wide to all fit in your blog's sidebar? Having them over two different lines just doesn't look quite as neat! In this sort of situation, you need to know how to re-size an image.

The HTML code for images looks like this:

<img src="">

If you want to alter the size you need to add in a width and height command:

<img src="" width="50" height="50">

And since we are talking about buttons in this tutorial, this is an example of how the entire HTML code for a social media icon might look:

<a href=""><img src="" width="50" height="50"></a>

To help you re-size your buttons, here is a visual guide of what different widths/heights look like in pixels.

How To Align Buttons And Images

If you are adding images or buttons to a Blogger blog post, aligning them is very easy. If you click on the image in Compose mode then it brings up your options for alignment (right, left or centre):

However, adding buttons to a sidebar or signature means using the proper HTML. 

Align your buttons to the left

To align your buttons to the left, you will need the following code:

<div align="left">

The code for the buttons is placed in between the two commands, so that your HTML will look like this:

<div align="left>
<a href=""><img src=""></a>
<a href=""><img src=""></a>
<a href=""><img src=""></a>
<a href=""><img src=""></a>

Align your buttons to the right

If you want to align either icons or an image to the right of the page then the code is:

<div align="right">

As with the previous example, the code for the image(s) goes before the </div> command.

Align your buttons to the centre

Finally, to align your buttons or image to the centre the code is:

<div align="center">
English bloggers, please note that the HTML command uses the American spelling of "center".