I recently discovered Picasa, a photo sharing, photo editing program by Google. I know. It’s been around for eons, but I’m just now taking the time to investigate it. It’s free and it is SO fun! I have had a blast creating photo collages for my blog. I made some for my “About Me” tab, as I mentioned in an earlier post.
I’ve been wanting to play around with trying to make a collage using Paint Shop Pro, but it takes a while to locate, open, and re-size several photos. That’s where Picasa is so wonderful! It pulls up all of the photos on my hard drive and allows me to pick from various albums with ease. I’ve been wanting to make a collage for a while now because it’s a quick way to display a group of photos. And, I like “quick”. I mean, I love blogging, but I can’t just sit around and do it all day. 😉 
My first collage was this one of Matthew. I hadn’t figured out how to put a border around each photo when I made this one! I love these photos I snapped of him on his brother’s bed, playing with Elmo. 🙂
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I’ve also been having fun teaching myself some web design. Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely not ready to start my own business, but I feel good about what I’ve learned. It has really stretched my brain, something house work just doesn’t do – though some may be surprised at that news. lol!

 Let’s see…this week, I’ve learned how to make a photo collage, create a scrolling marquee of my blog buttons (bottom of page), change the color of my footer (behind the scrolling marquee. It used to be gray. I don’t know why.), add meta tags to the HTML of my template (to make my blog easier for search engines to find), and I’ve been trying to learn how to make a tab box so that I can save some space. I’d like to combine “recent posts”, “recent comments”, and “archives” into a box with tabs. On WordPress, you just get a plugin like that. Apparently not so with Blogger. I’ve read tutorials and worked and worked on a test blog. I always get stumped when it tells me to locate the code for “sidebar wrapper”. I can find no such thing, so I’m stuck.
If anyone has any words of wisdom, please, PLEASE let me know. 🙂

I love this hobby! Thank you for supporting it by reading. You are like the cherry on top of the sundae. Without you, blogging is good, but with you, it’s perfect!


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