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December 12th, 2007


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02:50 pm - New layout~
Whoo~

Finally done.  Been wanting to get a new layout up for awhile now and I finally got around to it @___@  This time featuring Osa and Sakurano in a Christmas-y colour-themed background~  LJ has so many new layout styles, but so few that gives me all the customization options that I want D: 

The only big complaint I have with this new layout is if I upload photos that are bigger than the text box (which is approximately 385 pixels max in width) it messes up the layout super-bad, as in eye-cringingly bad, therefore, I'm going to have to be careful to keep any photos I post smaller than the text box and just link it to a larger version if it's necessary. 

[EDIT]: Ok, played around with it some more after someone pointed out the layout looks quite odd when not in 1024x768 resolution (that's the resolution I have my screen set at so I normally just make all my layouts using that as the criteria ^^;;):

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So, this time I made the layout using both 1024x768 and 1280x1024 resolution as the criteria (switching back and forth between the two resolutions is super-weird on the eyes @___@).  In 1024x768 you should see something like:


and in 1280x1024 resolution you should see something like;


I'm using Firefox, so I can't guarantee if you're in another browser whether it'll look exactly like that or not (not that you'd really care I'm sure lol).  Hmm...well that was fun, hehe, too bad I'm going to have to change layouts in less than a month after the holidays are over XDD  I think I'll probably just get rid of the red and green colours, lessen the swirls but stick with the same pic and the sakura blossom background when the time comes, just to save me some time and headache.

Now to get going making those Christmas-themed icons before the season's over XD

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished

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From:fredgeorgelover
Date:December 12th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
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that's really cute.
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From:koneko_desu
Date:December 13th, 2007 02:48 am (UTC)
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Hehe, I love this pic so much because of its cuteness level, it gives me warm fuzzies everytime I see it ^O^
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From:fredgeorgelover
Date:December 13th, 2007 03:05 am (UTC)
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i agree. it is an extremly cute picture.
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From:mesmerisz
Date:December 12th, 2007 11:12 pm (UTC)
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So chrismassy...lol, is that even a word? Don't think so. Me like ♥
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From:koneko_desu
Date:December 13th, 2007 02:49 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I was kinda worried it might be a bit over-board, but then I figured most people aren't going to be seeing it a lot anyway since most people just check their f-page and not individual journals, and plus it's just until Christmas, so less then a month XD
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From:skye_fall
Date:December 13th, 2007 01:46 am (UTC)
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OSA!!!! GINGER!!!!!

♥♥♥ I love, love, love. It's so cute~~!!♥♥♥

Only thing is it's kind of messed up with my 1280 x 1024 resolution (and I'm in opera...but I don't know if that matters) but that's not a big deal! ^-^

....I need to learn how to do LJ layouts. I can do websites, etc, but these things confuse me so much. ー_ー
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From:koneko_desu
Date:December 13th, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)
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I just switched my resolution to 1280x1024 to test what it looks like and O____o the background image looks so small!! I never realized Windows has so many options for resolutions now...I always thought there was just 3 since most people that make wallpapers make them in just the 3 sizes; 800x600, 1024x768 and 1280x1024. I'm going to try to play around and see if I can't get it to look a little nicer at 1208x1024 res.

It's actually not that hard to play with lj layouts I find. I don't mess with any html stuff or anything, I use the pre-made layout themes lj already offers, then I just customize. So where it asks for a background image I stick in the url of the background image I'd made and uploaded into photobucket and then play with the colour options of the fonts and stuff. Usually I change the size of the text box (the actual blog part where the posts are) and side-bars if there are any (this layout theme doesn't have any sidebars, they stuck all the links at the top instead)since I tend to use big pictures for my background images and I don't want the sidebars/text box to take up the entire page. That's why I was complaining that so many of the new lj layout themes don't give me enough customization options, a lot (probably 80% I'd venture to guess) of them don't let me insert a background image or anything, so basically all you can change are fonts and colours which is no fun D: For my last layout I used the "Refried Paper" theme, this layout is the "Vossnaranja" theme.

Earlier as I was trying to figure out where to place the image so that the text box wouldn't cover it I used a jpg image of a grid as guidlines, so anyone stumbling on my journal for those few hours would've just seen this grid with one vertical red line and one horizontal red line that kept shifting every few minutes left and right and up and down as I played with the positions XD

Anyway, off I go to play with the b/g image some more XD
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From:koneko_desu
Date:December 13th, 2007 05:10 am (UTC)
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Ok, played around on it, should look a little better in 1280x1024 res...man I love those swirl brushes in photoshop, takes up a lot of empty space XD
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From:skye_fall
Date:December 13th, 2007 06:05 am (UTC)
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Yeah, it does look better now. You know, it's too bad LJ doesn't let you use IFrames (I'm assuming...maybe it does?) 'cause then you wouldn't have the whole blog area scrolling down and blocking the image at the top (the title). But then that's always been a bit of a pet peeve for me (not critisizing you or anything though) and...I'm also biased and love iframes. XD

And I should probably spend some more time figuring out the customizing thing. ...and not try to jump in with doing a whole layout the first time. I'll have to try your method...
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From:koneko_desu
Date:December 13th, 2007 06:23 am (UTC)
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Ah yeah, that'd be sweet if we can get it so that the title area doesn't get blocked even as we scroll (didn't even know that had a name XD I know absolutely nothing about these web things, lj's about as complicated as I can manage ^^;;).

I'm not sure if some of the layouts that allow headers have that function...and I know even less about what lj allows in terms of complete custom layouts that people create from beginning to end. I know there's a few layouts (very, very few) where you can have the option that each individual journal post have their own little scroll thing so even if your entry is super-long it won't stretch your page.

If you're keen to try your hand at layout creations there's a bunch of communities for that purpose, I know a few friends that like stalking those places for new layouts and I'm sure the people there wouldn't mind helping you get started. I'm just too lazy to deal with total html, the thought that one little misplaced period or bracket can ruin an entire layout and I'd have to scour through all the codes to find the mistake makes me cringe lol. My mom tried her hand at some html coding a few years back (she took a course on java and internet and stuff...trying to 'modernize' as she called it...I called it her going through her mid-life crisis XD) and I remember her staying up all night trying to figure out where a code had gone wrong or what-not, didn't look too enticing for someone as impatient and lazy as me x__X;;
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From:skye_fall
Date:December 13th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC)
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Ah but that's the joy of web design! My mum's actually a graphic/web designer, so I kind of learned from her. So now I know Photoshop and HTML and have taught myself some other stuff...just 'cause of her. XD I've made quite a few websites (although they're all closed now XD) and my teacher in grade 8 made me do this contest where we had one day to create a website. >.> I completely screwed that up. ー_ー

You know, I never thought about looking for a community! (duh) I should do that when I've actually got time to sit down and learn it.
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From:sakitokun
Date:December 13th, 2007 03:00 am (UTC)
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Whoa its def different from the last one. I like it!
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From:koneko_desu
Date:December 13th, 2007 03:08 am (UTC)
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Thanks~ Yeah I tossed the old layout right out and started new, although I think I'm addicted to the 'half of page as image half of page as blog' theme so it doesn't matter which layout theme I choose I always play with the customizations until it it all looks similar ^^;;
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From:sakitokun
Date:December 13th, 2007 03:15 am (UTC)
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Whoa the pic changed position lol. Haha I actualkly copied you so I have half in pic and and half in blog ^.^ Well have fun plsying around with it!
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From:koneko_desu
Date:December 13th, 2007 03:33 am (UTC)
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Lol, yeah I'm still messing around, trying to get it to look semi-good in 1280x1024 res...I always wonder what people must think if they just stumble onto this journal just as I'm playing with the layout XDD
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From:sakitokun
Date:December 13th, 2007 03:40 am (UTC)
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Whoa very different than before lol. Yeah when I do my layouts I don't really consider anybody else which is not a good thing, it's just that I want it to look good on my comp because I have to see it everyday. But anyway...Haha it's a bit odd but it gets better lol.
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From:koneko_desu
Date:December 13th, 2007 05:11 am (UTC)
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Alrighty, final version (hopefully) now up~ What resolution is your computer set at?
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From:sakitokun
Date:January 18th, 2008 12:53 am (UTC)
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Haha that loos great...it probably doesn't matter now but my resolution is set to 1480x800.
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From:platinum_ice
Date:December 13th, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
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lollers in ie your font is really super tiny. like un-readable tiny XDD.. hahaha. but it's all good, looks nice :).
i sent you an email! lol!
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From:koneko_desu
Date:December 13th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
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Is it?? I felt that the 'normal sized' font option made the font a bit big for the layout, but I guess allowing readers to actually read the text comes before all else XDD I'll go up the font size.

The only thing about fonts is that I want to use a fancy font that goes more with the theme of the layout instead of plain old Times New Roman or Arial, but every person's computer and browser have different fonts installed it feels like, so what works on my computer more than likely won't work on other peoples', so I guess I'll play it safe and stay with Times. Maybe I'll go play with the colour of the font a bit...make it a dark purple or something so it's not as harsh as the black when the background is so...pink and...girly XD

Anyway, yeah I got your email, been meaning to reply, but I fail at getting things done in a prompt and timely manner. I have my last 2 exams on the 16th and 19th, and if I remember correctly you have time from the 15th-20th? We can maybe go out for dinner on the 17th or something? I've been craving some Vietnamese Pho lately for some reason :D, or we can grab a shawarma from downstairs and eat it at my place while watching some Ouran :D~~ while I sneak in a few Takarazuka clips to try and hook you into the fandom *cough*

Oh and cookies, I'd love some cookies if you go on a baking-frenzy and make too much XDD Home-made cookies always taste better than store-bought ones (I once had a friend in Israel send me cookies ^^;; I was so surprised that 1) they let her send it and 2) it was still edible when it arrived...actually it tasted quite good XD. I think the tubberware container she used to ship it is still sitting in my mom's kitchen lol). If you need help with it or need someone to help you carry bags when you go get ingredients or what-not give me a shout~ Aside from my last 2 exams I literally have nothing to do (study? what study?).

Talk to you soon hopefully~ Keep warm and study hard!!

[EDIT]: Hmm...looks like I can't even change the colour of the fonts in this layout-theme...oh well, black sounds good XD

Edited at 2007-12-13 08:29 pm (UTC)
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From:platinum_ice
Date:December 14th, 2007 05:44 am (UTC)
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well your font is super small in my IE browser, i figure it's just an ie thing. i read your posts, as you say, from my f-page anyway so it's all good! :). if i want to see your lovely layout i'll click on your journal before or after reading the post lol. or... maybe if i changed the font size in my ie. lol.. right now it's set on "smaller". :P.
lol it's okay about not replying email, it IS exam season, and you ARE ... not studying and being obsessed over 'zuka XDDDDDDDDDDDDD. *rubs in your face* XDDDDD. just teasing, i hope you don't mind.. i will stop if you do :P.
omg pho. so good. especially in cold weather bahaha.. my friend eddy (he lives in your building too!) had us go eat pho on december .. hmm. 2? 1? the saturday.. he said it was because it was cold out so he wanted to eat a large bowl of hot soupy noodles lol. but yeah, pho or shawarma sounds good. i actually haven't had shawarma since september lol.. suisse weened me off my shawarma dependency lol XD.
my cookies turned out ugly LOL. but they taste good~~.. well i've only made half the batch; the yield isn't very high. since i don't have cookie cutters, i tried cutting out my own things.. yeah that's where the ugly comes in LOL. i'll stick to basic geometric shapes from now on, like squares and triangles :P. and circles, by rolling the dough into a ball then squishing them with my hands XD.
lol i have a takehome due in 14 hours. w00t! you should study hard too XD (and by study i don't mean watch/download/fangirl over takarazuka ;))
stay warm! i hope you're warmer than me :P.
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From:platinum_ice
Date:December 14th, 2007 05:49 am (UTC)
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ah yeah if i set my font to "medium" it becomes huge. :P
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 14th, 2007 04:15 pm (UTC)
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Hey! I absolutely love the new layout...it really caught me off-guard...hopefully everything is going well for you this final exam season!-James
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From:koneko_desu
Date:December 14th, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
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Thanks~ Had some fun times making it lol, always an adventure when it comes to graphics and me.

Hope you're keeping warm and studying hard too!! Any special plans for the holidays? I'm going home (as in Courtland home) from Dec. 20th - Jan. 5th to spend the season with mom, can't wait!!! *O* Food...big living room that I can take more than 5 steps in...my own room with all my manga...and other hidden stuff XD

I wish greyhound tickets didn't cost so much, then I could go back and visit more often then just during the holidays, sucks. I found a bussing service (Coach Canada) that makes trips from Toronto to Montreal (and back) for just 10 bucks!! But they don't make stops in Ottawa which pisses me off, I mean come ON, I know Ottawa's not considered one of the 'big cities' but it's the freaking capital for crying out loud DX If they stopped in Ottawa I can at least take that bus to TO and then from TO to London or my mom can just pick me up in TO (throw in a day of shopping at the Pacific Mall while we're there lol).

Anyway, let me know if you think there might be a possibility you can make it over here for a visit next semester~ I'm contemplating maybe visiting Montreal for Reading Week, will you be in the city for that week or are you also planning to go somewhere? I thought about going to TO but then figured a big city's a big city and I've been to TO so many times already, plus Montreal's closer (greyhound seats are NOT comfy) and costs less. If you're there for the week I might drop by for a few days (leeching off friends >D That's why all our friends should disperse and settle all around the world, then it doesn't matter where we travel to we can get free lodging XDD).
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From:misori
Date:December 25th, 2007 05:12 am (UTC)
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Eeeee, so awesome. :D

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