In this tutorial I will show you how to create a pink and blue checkered background for scrapbooks and the frames to go with it. This background and frames are created in Fireworks CS3. It looks like it would take a lot of work to create the checkers, but it doesn’t. Most of the checkers are created by duplicating them. I will explain step by step how to create this background and frames. Go ahead and create you a new canvas to work on. Create the canvas the size that you need for the background.
Select your rectangle tool and draw a square on your canvas. Draw the square the size that you want the checkers to be. Change the color fill of the square to #B745CB. Duplicate that square so that the other square will be the same size. We will be doing a lot of duplicating, so to duplicate, you right click, click Edit > Duplicate. Drag the square that you just duplicated beside the first square. Change the color of this square to #3EADD2. Now continue duplicating these two checkers until you have the first row.
Once you have the first row of checkers, select the entire first row. To select all of them, hold down shift on your keyboard and click each checker. Right click on one of the checkers and duplicate the row. Drag the duplicated row below the first row. Now you will need to change the colors of the checkers to opposite of what they are now.
Now you can flatten these two rows and duplicate both rows to finish creating your background. Select all of the checkers. The easiest way to select all of the checkers is hold your mouse down and draw a box over the entire canvas. Start your box off of the canvas so that you select all of them. You can also go to the top of your window and click Select > Select All. Right click on a checker and click Flatten Selection. Now the checkers are turned into one image. You can now duplicate all the other rows that you need.
After you have your background created, you can start creating your frames. You can arrange your frames how you want them on your background. To create the frames, follow these steps. Get your rectangle tool and draw a square on your canvas. Change the color fill to none. Change the stroke fill to #B745CB. Add a drop shadow to your frame by clicking Filters > Shadow and Glow > Drop Shadow. Now you can duplicate all the other frames that you need.… Read the rest
He is a hoary lion with hands as hard as bricks. His laughter is as booming as a thunder god's dirty tricks. His presence is robust, not one can dismiss the man. His kindly, aged eyes, his skin as rough as sand. His scars are plenty, the life he's had to lead. But one thing we have in common is the frequency we bleed. His beard is sage-like, whipping like a bear. His generosity and love are as thick as his hair, white and maniacal. He could crush our face. But he'd rather play with children and include us in his grace. He was a pauper master without an evil thought. I will never forget the man or the wonderful things he taught.… Read the rest
With schools beginning across the country, I decided to review some of the last names of teachers that I have come across. This is not to belittle or make fun of anyone. Ninety nine percent of these individuals were excellent educators. I just wanted to provide a flashback to the days we were in school. Feel free to add to the list in the comment section.
Mrs. English, Mrs. Crabtree, Miss Purdy, Mr. Grump, Mr. Stone, Mr. Washington, Mrs. Chalk, Mr. Lunchpale, Mr. Coffy, Mrs. Carberry, Miss Shoes, Miss Hickey, Mr. Locks, Mr. Crabaze, Mrs. Wright, Dr. Drizzle, Mrs. Stern, Miss Chief, Mr. Ruyle, Mrs. Skool, Mr Hollway, Miss Pleaze, and my favorite of all time is Miss Gititwright.
In today’s economy, computer programmers are needed in almost every business in every region of the world. There will always be a need for computer programmers making the job market very strong for those with the right skills. Computer programmers tend to work in comfortable office environments and receive competitive pay.
The Benefits of A Degree
Over 50% of computer programmers today have at least a college degree, with nearly 20% holding a graduate degree. Most employers will be looking for programmers with who are fluent in a number of programming languages and tools and have experience developing and implementing applications. With a computer programming degree you greatly increase your value to employers and chances of securing competitive jobs.
What you will gain
Whether you are a professional trying to change directions or you are ready to gain the education and recognition to get a rewarding job a degree in computer programming can help. Online colleges and universities offer associate, bachelor, and master degree programs in computer programming that will allow you to develop the skills you need. Whether you want to continue your education over a longer period by taking a few classes at a time, or you want to aggressively complete a degree there are online courses ready to fit your needs.
Are you looking for a protein shake that is not so thick or filling? Here is a great green tea & banana protein shake that is smooth & light and will not be heavy on the stomach. This green tea & banana protein shake is great for a quick breakfast if you are on the go, a mid-afternoon meal replacement shake or a post workout shake. Another great benefit to this shake is that it has less than 300 calories so it is perfect for those of us trying to lose a few extra pounds before summertime.
Ingredients: 8oz Diet green tea with ginseng and honey
1- Scoop whey protein powder
1- Banana (126g)
1- Tsp. organic honey
4-5 Ice cubes
Preparation: Combine all ingredients in blender, mix until desired smoothness. Pour in to chilled glass. Serve and enjoy
Macronutrient Breakdown: Total calories: 284
Protein: 26g… Read the rest
The great thing about being a freelance writer is that you can live virtually anywhere in the world and still do the same exact job while enjoying the benefits of becoming a world traveler. If you want to start an overseas writing business, here are a few tips.
Tip #1: Use the Buddy System
If you are planning to move for a brief period of time — one year, for example — then you will want to retain the comforts of certain things from home while still handling your writing business overseas. You can accomplish this much more effectively by using the buddy system. Find a friend or a relative who can receive your mail, deposit important checks and maintain correspondence with your “home country” clients. This will cut down on your need to send IRC’s with every letter you write and will also many it easier to maintain your finances.
Tip #2: Maintain a Local Bank Account
There are a few benefits to opening a foreign bank account when managing a writing business overseas, but it is usually much easier to have a local bank account, instead. This allows you to deposit checks in your “home country” currency and prevents you from having to incur large fees for cashing a check in a foreign country. This also works out will if you’re using the aforementioned buddy system; your friend or relative can simply deposit your checks in your local bank and you can use online banking to pay your bills.
Tip #3: Get American Express
When handling a writing business overseas, it is almost always helpful to have an American Express card at your disposal. You can hang on to the Visa and MasterCard if you’d like, but American Express is accepted in most foreign countries and is actually the preferred method of payment for Americans when traveling (or moving) internationally.
Tip #4: Sign Up for Internet Faxing
Many Internet faxing services, such as eFax (efax.com) are much easier to maintain when handling a writing business overseas than using a LAN line for your faxing needs. For one thing, international lines often interrupt facsimile transmissions; for another, you’ll probably need to fax a great deal of documents to clients and editors and the fees can be enormous.
Tip #5: Get a Local Phone Number
With the advent of telephone services like Vonage, you can make telephone calls from just about anywhere in the country but maintain a local phone number, which cuts down on the fees for international calls and will enable you to itemize your bill so that you can separate business telephone expenses from personal ones. Maintaining a writing business overseas probably will mean calling your editor(s) and clients on a weekly (if not daily) basis, and telephone calls are expensive when dialed internationally.
Tip #6: Research Tax Requirements
Maintaining a writing business overseas does not exempt you from paying U.S. taxes and may require that you pay taxes to the country in which you are living, … Read the rest
My parents had it easy, technologically speaking. I’m 35 years old and I remember when my parents only had to deal with the TV and the Atari games. Currently, I have to deal with my children using the iPad, TV and the DVR, the computer, video games, smartphones and social media websites. I am a fan of technology but I’m trying to find a way to have it all work together and minimize the fighting that goes on between the kids.
My children are eight, four and two. They’re all professionals at using the iPad. I didn’t have to teach any of them how to use it or where to go to find their favorite app. My oldest child knows how to read so she finds her games easily. The younger one can identify the apps by the icons. I let all of my children use the iPad or tablet frequently because I control what games or apps they download. On my iPad, most of the apps are educational with a few dress up and car games. They’re still all too young to have their own Apple IDs and passwords.
Since purchasing the iPad, the computer and video game systems have become obsolete to my children. They still watch TV but it seems off more than on. The TV keeps them in one room while the iPad enables them to move from room to room. Whenever I need to accomplish something in a different room, I prefer them to watch TV versus the iPad.
The iPad and our smartphones are patience-savers especially when you go out to a restaurant. I remember when I was pregnant with my youngest, my middle child was two, we went out to dinner as a family and all she wanted to do was to run around the restaurant. In order to get her to sit in the high chair without screaming, my husband broke out his iPad. Back then, we used to get looks of disdain from other patrons but now it’s the norm. Nowadays, almost every child has their head down playing a game or watching a move in the restaurant. iPads, tablets and smartphones are the perfect going out accessory for children of all ages.
Technology provides excellent learning tools for children. Technology has changed the way parents parent their children and its always changing. It can be hard to keep up with the new gadgets and gizmos on the market but life is always changing so adaptivity is important.… Read the rest