Sunday, December 14, 2008

Another Holiday Look!!

My personal blog had another makeover yesterday and it even matches this blog! It took a lot longer than I am proud to admit but now that it's all complete I am extremely happy with it!! Instead of working on the template here like I normally do, I just tweaked it there! I am realizing that's a lot easier than having to reinstall all my widgets when installing the new template. I wanted to document the makeover here! So go check it out and let me know what you think!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Blog Award

My good friend Amy gave me the "Your Blog is Fabulous" Award!! I was super excited!! It's my first award for this site!! Thank you Amy!! I think your blog is fabulous too!!

If you want to read more about this award I wrote about it and full filled the rules over on my personal blog, Following the Footsteps!!

Go Check it out!!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

How to display unreadable HTML code?

When I first started creating scroll boxes for html code, my computer would read the html code inside the box and display the image inside the box.

Like this:

I realized my computer was reading the html code inside the scroll box! I researched and found you have to alter the html code so your computer doesn't read the html code but display it instead! It's actually pretty simple to fix the code.

Here's what you do!!

So if a code looks like this unaltered:

<a href="">

it will now look like this once altered:

That's all you have to do so your computer won't read the html code in your scroll box! Just change the brackets!!

While researching I also found a really helpful site that will change your code with a click of a button. It's a lot less time consuming and it allows for less errors! All you have to do it paste in your html code and press the convert button. It's that easy!!

Hope this tutorial was helpful! Please give me feedback!! Thanks


How to make a scroll box?

This is how to make a scroll box similar to the one on my sidebar called Grab the Button.

<center><a href=""><img src=""/></a></center>

Here's the code you will need for the scroll box.

<div style="border: 3px solid black; overflow: auto; height:
125px; width: 125px; color: black; background-color: white;">YOUR

You can change the color of your border by changing the color from pink to another color, or the size of your box by changing the number of the height and width. (example: 200px)

You will need to copy this code into your side bar or post where you are needing the scroll box. You will also need to add text that fits your needs where it says YOUR TEXT HERE! If you are wanting to make a scroll box for a "grab the button code" you will then add the code for your button here also. If you want to know how to make a blog button click here!

Once you've added "Your Text" you are now ready to copy and paste the entire code into your blog post or sidebar.

If you are installing it to your Blogger sidebar you will select Add a New Gadget in your layout page. Next you will select HTML/Javascript and paste your code. Click save and enjoy!

FYI: If you are wanting to display HTML code inside your box, such as code for a blog button, you will need to alter the code so your computer won't read the html code. To learn how to alter your HTML code GO HERE!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

JDC Happy Holidays

A Holiday Theme for Jenieshell's Design Challenge!!

Friday, November 14, 2008

TTC Buttons

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Two Coins

I am still working on Jenny's blog, A Tale of Two Coins. Here are some pictures I was working on for her sidebar. Jenny let me know what you think!! We are getting close to the final product!!


Jenny, I am not sure why Blogger is putting a white border abound the picture in with the borders. I am pretty sure I can get it to work right when we put it in the sidebar! I am really tired, I think I am calling it a night for tonight!!


Monday, November 10, 2008

A Tale of Two Coins

I am very excited to be working on my new friend, Jenny's Blog! She is an incredibly strong women and has been through an extremely difficult time in her life recently! Her blog is called A Tale of Two coins. She said she wanted something Whimsy and likes soft colors so We'll see if I am close to what she was wanting!! Jenny here we go!!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Following the Footsteps Grab Button

How to Make a Blog Button

This is an update to a post I wrote a while ago on my personal blog! I've actually realized it's much easier to make a button since I wrote that post!! So here we go! Here's how to make a clickable blog button using html!!

Before we get started on the actual html code there are somethings you will need to do first:
  • First, you need to create an image. I made mine on Adobe Photoshop. There are several websites that specialize in buttons if you don't have photoshop. Google "Blog buttons or chiclets" in order to find these websites. You will then need to save your image to your hard drive!
  • Next, you will need to upload your image from your hard drive to the internet. You can do this by uploading it in a post on your blog. You can also use Picasa, photobucket or Flicker.
  • Then, you will need two URL addresses to insert into the html code. The first address is the site you're linking to. The second is the address where your image is located on the web. (To find this address, click on the image in your published post. Then right click on the image, scroll down, click on properties and copy the URL address.

Now we are ready to create the html code and to install it on your blog.
  • Go into the layout section of your blogger account and create a new Gadget.
  • Choose HTML/Java Script.
  • Copy the code below and paste it into the text section of your new HTML/Java Script Gadget.
<center><a href="URL address you're Linking to"><img src="URL address of your uploaded image"/></a></center>

  • Replace the sections in red with the two url addresses that meet your needs.
  • click save.
  • Enjoy your new button!
Hope these steps where helpful!! Let me know if this tutorial was useful, confusing or unclear!! Thanks

Now, if you want to learn how to make a scroll box under your button so others can grab your code GO HERE!

How to Contact me!

If you have any questions email me and I'll get back to you as soon as I can!!


jenieshell at gmail dot com


Everything I have learned about blog design has been self taught and I've learned it through GOOGLE!! As my hubby says, "Google is your friend!" When I wanted to know how to do something in order to improve or tweak my blog I would google it!! I have come across some fantastic tutorials and some that were really overwhelming and confusing! I figured I would start writing tutorials as a way to help fellow bloggers and a place where I keep all my learned knowledge!!

I hope these tutorials are helpful!! Please give me feedback as to what was unclear or confusing! Thanks for stopping by!!


Check back soon for more blogger tutorials!

How to Make a Hyperlink

I just realized creating a Hyperlink is really easy! When you are unable to simply click on the link button, like in the comment section, here's how you do it!!

Copy and paste the code below and change the sections in red to meet what you needs.

<a href="http://URL">word(s) you want be linked</a>

For example:

<a href="">Following the Footsteps</a>

(Don't forget to put the http:// in front of the url address. I forgot to put those little letters when I first started learning how to hyperlink and it didn't work!!)

This is what it will look like:

Hope this tip was helpful!! Let me know if it was useful or unclear!!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Free Blogger Template-Pink Daisies

This template was inspired from the Bubble Gum Template I used on my blog this Summer!! I loved the design so much I decided to make it public!! I started this template from scratch because I feel I've learned so much more since then!! It's a two column template! If you're interested in this template click the download link for the the code and instructions on how to install it on your blog!!

Once again this template is completely FREE, all I ask is you leave me a comment letting me know you grabbed the code and display my blog button on your blog!! Enjoy!!

Working on Another Freebie

Working on another Freebie!!
This one is called Pink Daisies!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Free Blogger Templates

I hope you enjoy these blogger templates!! Please take a minute to review my TOU! Thanks!!

Use of Terms:

These blog templates are for Blogger Blogs only. It is for personal use only! All I ask are for you to leave a comment letting me know you grabbed the code and display the JDC Blog Button on your blog, while you are using my design. You can grab the code for my button on the sidebar.

This template may NOT be used for any blogs that are used to make money. It may not be used on blogs that displays or support pornography, illegal activity or any other immoral behavior.

If you have any questions regarding my TOU please contact me at

I hope you enjoy your new blog look!


Sorry this link is temporarily unavailable.

Check back soon for my templates!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Aqua Marine

For the first time I am working on a design this THIS blog!! Since the conception of Jenieshell's Design Challenge I've NEVER created a template just for it!! The idea behind this blog was to have a place to learn and tweak html without messing up my real blog! When I first created this site I didn't even know if it would see the light of day but now after several new blog templates I've finally decided to give it blog make over!!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Free Blogger Template: Simple Elegance

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am playing around with the idea of making some of my blogger templates open to the public! I finally figured out how to make the template code accessible for download! I'll be adding more templates in the near future but for now enjoy this one I call, Simple Elegance!


If you are wondering this template is FREE!! All I ask is for you display my Jenieshell's Design Challenge Button on your blog and show me a little love by commenting and letting me know you grabbed the code!


Old Templates Revisited

As most of you know over the past several months I've been dabbling in blog design. The word I use is tweak because I am not designing, it's more like tweaking!  I am proud to say I've learned a lot since I started last Spring and now I am considering opening them up to the public!  It's not offical yet just an idea.  That's why I am revisiting some of my old templates that never made it's way anyone's blog!! 

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Keeping Up with the Schultz Family

dMy friend, Amy, has recently started a blog and has asked me to design a blog look for her. So here's what I've come with, lets see how it turns out!!

The Bond of Sisterhood

I am working on a special blog called "The Bond Sisterhood!" It's actually a blog that my sister and I are going to co-author! I am really excited about it and of course love that I get to design another blog!!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Seriously? Fall!

My friend Bonnie has asked for a new look on her blog. She was the VERY first blog I tweaked back in February!! I searched for some cute graphics that had fall colors and Bonnie's favorite color, purple. It wasn't an easy task but I finally found a graphic that had purple!! Not sure if this is what Bonnie had in mind but I think it is definitely FUN!! Let's see how it turns out!!

Here we go!!