Digital scrapbook layout using Polkadoodles Belle Papillon collection

This is my first scrapbook layout for ages - totally digital, using my creaky old Photoshop CS2. Thank goodness it still works on Windows 10! I'm using paper, ephemera etc from the Polkadoodles Belle Papillon CD Rom. (No affil, etc)

The only let-down is me squinting in the sun, but this was the best of a bunch of photos (so you can imagine how bad the others were, lol).

The only pieces I added (apart from photos of Himself and me) are the stitching, some staples and a ribbon. Every single other item is from the CD.

This did take me a while, mostly resizing and adding drop shadows etc, plus the text, as I'm a bit rusty.

Have to say, this was fun! And I'll be doing a lot more.

Change the Photobucket images in the HTML in your Blogger blog to Flickr

For Blogger blogs only, here's how to change Photobucket images embedded in your blog code - and move them to Flickr, eg: a custom signature. 

 Scroll down for the video

I also show you exactly how to back up (and reinstall) your Blogger blog template. I've used a very old saved template on my Freebies blog as the example.

Here's a pic from my blog, showing the signature blocked by Photobucket.

Here's the same one, but with the image code now on Flickr - signature restored!

I made a short video here on YouTube, showing exactly what to do.

Step by step:
  1. Go to THEME, then back up your blog as explained in my video. 
  2. Save this to your desktop or into a folder (but don't change the title of the template under any circumstances, or it won't work).
  3. Click on the HTML button under the pic showing 'Live on Blog', which is next to the orange Customise button.
  4. You will now see the actual code of your blog.
  5. Click inside the box (see my video) and click CTRL + F on your keyboard (COMMAND + F on a Mac). This will bring up the Find (search) box.
  6. Copy and paste this code in:
<div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-1'>
You'll see it highlighted. 

Immediately BELOW this line, you should see your image code, which will have the word Photobucket in there somewhere, with a load of letters & numbers, something like this:
<img src='' style='border: none; background: transparent;' />
If for some reason you can't find the image, even though that piece of code highlighted, try deleting that and pasting the image code in - it should show up nicely (see my video for 2 different methods of finding it). All you need is the bit starting http and finishing jpg.

Next step is to find your original picture on your computer, and post this to your Flickr account. Find the BB Code as per my video instructions, and replace the Photobucket code with this.

How to move your blog pix from Photobucket to Flickr

Have you got those awful black '3rd Party' symbols from Photobucket showing up on your blog? Do they look like this:

What this means is that you either pay Photobucket a monthly amount to host them - or you need to move them! I've moved mine to Flickr, and here's a video on how I did it.

It's really important that you pay attention to the coding - and be very careful not to delete the " symbols. Don't leave any spaces between the symbols either!

I Totally Earned This - coffee & cake pic

Hi all - feeling very virtuous as I've consolidated my website and TWO blogs - so now you're looking at just the one. I might even be able to keep up with things now.

So I feel I totally earned my coffee and cake!

Took this in a cafe over a year ago (so of course I can't remember which one as I didn't label the photos at the time) and photoshopped the text. Feel free to use if you want.

Fauxdori - handpainted Traveller's Notebook refill

The front

First of all, I have to apologise for not posting for so long - due to another funeral (my husband's close friend of 23 years) and yet another eye operation (the 6th on my tearduct). So I haven't felt very much like doing anything! So here's a Traveller's Notebook refill I made earlier...

The back

I've used acrylics, rice paper, my own hand-drawn and hand-painted girls, and added decoupaged butterflies, flowers etc. And real lace down the edges.

I've used a simple 3-hole pamphlet stitch (you'll find tutorials online - my own video tutorial for Colouricious is here).

Pockets inside front cover

Inside back cover

I also added pockets etc inside the covers, and doodled round the edges.

One thing to remember - using acrylic paints and gel mediums means the covers are waterproof and pretty indestructible when you're carrying the TNs around in a bag or pocket. If using watercolours, you need to add some kind of protective surface, whether a wax or a spray - or even clear sticky-back plastic! Otherwise, all your hard work may not last very long.

Hope you like them!