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Changing Borders to Frames: Tricks of the Trade #2

If you guys are anything like me, you're always on the lookout for cute frames to make your teaching products more attractive and appealing.  However, I had made the mistake of buying several products that I thought were frames but found out they were borders after the purchase.  This latest addition of Tricks of the Trade #2 is going to show you how to change some of your borders to frames.



If you don't know the difference, a frame typically has a white background in the middle that makes it easier to add text and pictures on.  A border has a transparent middle so that your text and pictures can still be seen.  Sometimes I want just a border, but most often I like to use frames.  

Here's an example of a border I bought and wanted to use but it didn't work right for this file.  You'll see the red arrow is pointing to a cute border but my text and pictures don't look right on the blue dotted background. 

If you click on this tutorial, I'll show you how I changed the border and made it into a frame.


Once I got done with the tutorial, my cover page now looks like this.  Now my text is easier to read and it looks more appealing.  And best of all, I don't feel like I wasted my money buying a border when I really wanted a frame!

Kinder-Craze has a great tutorial on how to add a favicon on your blog.  I did mine yesterday.  I believe I have it working (even though I can't see it myself).  Can anybody see if I have a brown puzzle piece on an aqua background as my favicon?  If you want to add a favicon to your blog, check out the tutorial by click on her button.


I'm kinda enjoying myself making these tutorials.  I have a few in mind that I want to make during the next few weeks.  Does anybody have any requests of things you might like to see?  I hope you're all enjoying your summer and not sweltering too much in this heat!



44 comments:

  1. Can you post how to make a tutorial! Lol, I know you want me to show how I make backgrounds, but I don't know how to make a video;)

    Aloha,
    Corinna
    Surfin' Through Second

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    1. I'd love to show you! Do you have a Mac or a PC? I have a Mac and the only thing is I'm not sure if it's the same on a PC. And I definitely would love to know how to make the backgrounds! I love the red ones you posted.....I'm trying to think of something patriotic I can make with them!

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    2. I would love to see how to make backgrounds too! I loved this tutorial, Thanks So much!

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  2. I love this tutorial! This is great! I may have to steal this tutorial and post it on Technology Tailgate! Would that be acceptable??

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    1. Absolutely! Please feel free to share!

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  3. Angelia,
    Great tutorial! I was wondering how to do this, and I had never seen the website you used.

    Farrah
    ThinkShareTeach

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  4. Angelia-
    What an awesome tutorial! Thank you so much for doing that! I didn't even know pixlr was out there! I'm already in love! I've done a lot of work on Photoshop, but I can't afford to buy it for my Mac! A lot of the tools are the same! Thanks again!

    ~Lisa from Tales of an Education Major

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    1. I can't really bring myself to shell out the money for Photoshop either. Pixlr has been great for me!

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  5. Thank you for the great tutorial AND for the shout-out!
    I can still see your favicon :)

    Maria
    There’s a Giveaway at Kinder-Craze

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    1. YAY!!! So glad it's there. I'm going to have to borrow someone else's computer just so I can see it!

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  6. Wonderful!!! I have been wanting to make my own printables, but I was so mad tha tI couldn;t figure it out on my Mac, but you solved that!!! Where do you get your cute pics of people?
    I'm a new follower thank you again!!
    -Abby
    saunderslovelies.blogspot.com

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    1. I get a lot of clip art from Scrappin Doodles at http://www.scrappindoodles.com/. She does fabulous work!

      Angelia

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  7. Great tutorial. I have oftentimes found myself wanting my frames to be borders. This is definitely handy :) Thanks for sharing. I can see your favicon exactly as you described it :)

    Heidi
    My (Not So) Elementary Life

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  8. This is fabulous. I wish I had color picket but I'm on a dell. One day I'm going to invest in a MAC. Thanks for sharing your fabulous tips.

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  9. I am your newest follower!! Thanks for the tutorials. I am new to this and want to start creating stuff. This is a big help!!! Come check out my blog!

    Happy Sunday!
    Christa
    sweetlifeofsecondgrade

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  10. This is a fantastic tutorial!!! I've been creating things & I'm always looking for tips on how to make it better. Thank you so much!! :)
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  11. This is brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing! I have yet to create any items, but I'm feeling like this might be the week :)

    Kate
    EduKate and Inspire

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  12. Awesome! Thanks for taking the time to share with us.
    Krissy
    Mrs. Miner's Monkey Business

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  13. Thank you for this tutorial! I'm going to practice what I've learned today!
    Diane
    schoolhousetreasures

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  14. I see your puzzle piece! Thanks for the tutorial, that is terrific!
    ~Fern
    Fern Smith’s Classroom Ideas!
    Fern Smith’s Pinterest Boards!

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  15. I see your puzzle piece! :) AND this is AWESOME!! Thanks for sharing!! :)

    ღDeAnne
    First Grade and Fabulous

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  16. I noticed that many people say "Grab my button" I haven't grabbed their buttons, don't know IF I'm supposed to grab their buttons, or WHY I would grab someone's button, or HOW to put it somewhere, and WHERE to put it. . . maybe that's a tutorial you could show me!

    And if you'd like to see a tutorial on how to get rid of the word verification thingie when someone posts to your blog, you can look at the labels on my blog and see a tutorial there for removing that. They do get annoying!

    Patty
    Second In Line

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  17. This is GREAT! Thanks for sharing your knowledge!!

    Lori

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  18. How cool is this to know!!! ��Thank you so much for sharing!

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  19. I can't see or find the tutorial. Is it because I'm using Safari?

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    1. Stacey, you should be able to click on the youtube video. It's in between the two snapshot pictures of the Rain, Rain Go Away pictures.

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  20. Awesome tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Thank you for sharing! I am in the process of creating and planning to open my own special education blog and I continually find yours filled with many useful tips and ideas.

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  22. Awesome tutorial! Thank you for sharing!
    Jessica

    Apples and Papers

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  23. This is a fabulous tutorial! I just used it to make a set of Daily 5 posters that are much cuter now. Thanks so much!
    Chrissy
    First Grade Found Me

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  24. Angelia ... What a great post!! I have just started making some borders and frames for my TpT store, and here I was thinking that everyone WANTED the border. I am glad to know that oftentimes people want a "white middle." I think that I will go back and create both options. Then, I won't have any disappointed purchasers. Thanks again ~ Sonya

    P.S - If you're anything like me, you love a few border freebies ... I have a free sampler at my TpT store. Think that I will go add some white middles NOW :)

    http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Ladybug-Borders-Frames-Sampler-by-Berry-Good-Designs

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  25. Hi! I am a new follower. GREAT BLOG! I am new at blogging. Check out my blog at www.seaoflearning.blogspot.com

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  26. This is a great tutorial. I'd love it if you would link it, or a post of your choosing, to my Tips for Newbies Linky.

    Mercedes
    Surfing to Success
    http://surfingtosuccess.blogspot.com/2012/07/tips-for-newbies-linky.html

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  27. Awesome tutorial! Thank you for sharing :)

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  28. Ginger snaps, that was brilliant!!!

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  29. This was a great tutorial. It was easy to follow and understand. Thank you!!

    Dawn
    adventuresinfirstwithmrskey.blogspot.com

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  30. So easy!! Thank you for sharing! I pinned and now I am off to update the pack I've been working on!
    Heather
    Kickin' It With Class

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  31. Thank you so much for this awesome tutorial! I am brand new to making things on TPT and this is exactly what I needed to know!!

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  32. If you don't know the difference, a frame typically has a white background in the middle that makes it easier to add text and pictures on. cornici

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