Monday, January 12, 2009

Actual, factual stuff...

I've had a lot (there I go again--exaggerating my importance) okay--a couple of questions about my background so I thought I would take a minute and fill you in.

First, I went to onecuteblog (actually I went to quite a few places, I just liked this one best) and on the right side bar--a little ways down there is a section labeled--Labels & Categories--(very handy) and then I clicked on LDS and it takes you to that section which has 2 backgrounds (handy dandy) That's where it is but to install it you need to click on the blue button in the upper right corner of her blog that says installation and it will take you to a page that says this:

How to add these templates to your blog:

The first thing you MUST do if you haven't already, is change your template to "Minima". From your dashboard, click on "layout", or from your blog, click on "customize". Then click on "pick new template". The minima template is the first template offered. Any one of those will work.

Next, go into your "Page elements". Again, this can be found by clicking on "layout" from the dashboard or "customize" from your blog. It will say "add and arrange page elements" at the top.

Click on "add a gadget" anywhere on the page.

This will bring up a screen of various gadgets you can add to your blog. About 2/3 of the way down you will find one that says "html/java script". Click on the picture next to it, or the plus sign. This will bring up another screen.

Enter this code:

(I cut this out so it wouldn't cause problems)--you really do need to go click on this page!)

Where it says DIRECTLINK, in the above code, leave the parenthesis and quotations in place, and copy/paste the direct link/URL included with each template to that place. The direct link is located UNDER each template picture and will say "direct link". Click on that link and it will pull up another full size version of the template you are selecting. This is the photobucket site I have set up to host the templates. You need to copy and paste that link/URL which will begin with http://i250.photobucket.com/albums etc. into the spot that says "direct link" in the above code.

IF YOUR TEMPLATE CHOICE HAS A TEXT BOX UNDER IT, JUST COPY AND PASTE THE TEXT AS AN HTML GADGET!!!

Then save this and view your blog. I make my templates at the highest quality... 300 dpi rather than the standard 72 dpi, which does mean that they may take a bit longer to load onto your screen so be patient. You will want to also make sure to go in and change your fonts and colors to match your blog, which can also be found from the "elements" page. If you cannot see your blog posts or certain widgets (items on your sidebar), be sure to check your colors first! By adding these templates, you should not lose any of your widgets (pictures and links on your sidebar), though this is not a 100% guarantee... only 99%.

Good luck. If you need any other assistance in figuring this out, let me know at onecuteblog at gmail dot com.

To add the blinkies to your sidebar... go into your "add and arrange page elements" and click on "add a gadget". Find the gadget that says "html/java script" and copy/paste the html img code from the text box under the blinkie. Save it. You can rearrange the gadgets on the sidebar in the elements page so your blinkies and other information will be in whatever order you select.

Soooo--I followed the instructions and wha--la (I just realized that is probably not a real word ...hmmm...) there was my beautiful background. And it was free!! I just had to put her button on my sidebar. I really love it--good luck and go check her out!





22 comments:

::Jan:: said...

You are a really good mentor. I appreciate the lesson. I have never done anything remotely close to that before. This gives me confidence. It looks great in here. Love the temple and header Lisa. Great job.

Mikki said...

Such a pretty background. Thanks for sharing th link. Maybe next month when I get to go to the temple for the first time, I'll have to put it up on my blog! So excited!

onlymehere said...

You do have a beautiful background! I'll have to try this eventually. Have a fabulous day!

McEwens said...

I didnt know they had an LDS section!! THANKS!! I SO very much love the temple in the background!!!

da Bergs said...

THANK YOU!!! LOVE IT!!!

AND... the temple on your side bar... that says, I belong... isn't that the St. George temple? Were you married there? I was! WHERE did you get that cute picture???!!!!

tammy said...

Okay, I read "Actual, Factual" and then that you were giving info on your "background" and I thought we were going to hear some deep dark stuff about your life. Yes, I'm blonde.

Carla said...

It is so pretty! Thanks for sharing the 'how':)

Lisa Loo said...

I usually don't go back and answer in my comments section because I usually forget but here it goes--

Jan--I am but a grasshopper but thanx for the kind words

Mikki--I am so thrilled for you--you have been working so hard--you will have to post about that day for sure!

Onlyme--yeah--I wish I had cupboards for my real life background like yours!

MCcewen--your more than welcome!

da Berg--it is from one cute blog also--at the top of her page click on the left blue button that says blinkies--it will take you there--I had to scroll way down. Yes, I was married in the St. George Temple---good memories!

Tammy--I love you more and more all the time! I am so like that too--you crack me up!

Carla-thanx and your welcome--and i hope your heart is healing from your loss..

Tink said...

I love seeing the background of the temple on your blog! It's beautiful and you did a great job explaining how you installed it. What a wonderful mentor!

Sher said...

I love it when someone else does all the work, and all i have to do is copy/paste!

Sue said...

Gorgeous!

Blog Buddy said...

Lisa-I just read what you commented on over at Meanest Mom blog. Your a hoot! Ghetto places-taking the kid OR the stuffed animal (Ha! You crack me up-♥)

Thanks for the instructions on the layout...this could take all day...for a person like me!

Blog Buddy said...

What do ya' know?-I can figure these templates out :)

Mother Goose said...

awesome! and beautiful

DesertHen said...

I love your background...it is stunning!!

Hope you are having a good week?

((HUGS)) to ya.....=)

nikkicrumpet said...

I love your background...it's wonderful. I also love that topless undershirt idea on your side bar...very clever! Thanks for all the great info!

McEwens said...

YOUR comment on my blog, HAD ME LAUGHING SO HARD!! can you imagine the fun that would be!!!!!!

Merrianne said...

i really love it!!!!!!!

Cynthia said...

It's gorgeous! That's where dh and I were married.

We almost didn't make it though, through no fault of ours. His ex-wife (no kids) was jealous that the guy she had the affair with turned out to be a loser (I know, you could have predicted that? Snicker) Then my dh, whom she always thought she was 'better than', upgraded from her to me.

I guess it just ate at her because she tried to sabotage our temple clearance by withholding her release then writing some long, convoluted, poorly written 6 page diatribe about how everything was his fault. Our Bishop just sort of chuckled and said "I can clearly see why you wouldn't want to be married to THAT".

The First Presidentcy turned the thing around in less than 2 weeks and just 10 days before our wedding we found out we could indeed be married in the temple. If I'd had to miss out on that, something I prepared my whole life for and (unlike HER) been worthy of because of the above scenario? Yeah. It would not have been pretty. It caused so much extra stress for us.

But, all's well that ends well I guess. THAT story was probably way more than you wanted to know!

imbeingheldhostage said...

Gorgeous!! This is perfect considering your goal!!
Now that you've taken this step, do you know that you can substitute your own design (photo)? It's really easy, when you're ready to change again--and if you're interested, shoot me an email.

Mason and Terri's Mom said...

Good for you! I still have trouble doing basic stuff and I've been at it for a few years now! I guess thats why I have have Drea as a friend (dreawd.blogspot.com) and the domesticdiva.org. they do all my designs....

I would love to have the nerve to change mine myself but the last two trys have left me in a html scramble!!! :-(

Shauna said...

Hope you have a beautiful weekend! ♥ Hugs :)