Holiday ChangesDecember 19, 2008 at 6:43 am | Posted in Site | 25 Comments
Fourth Banner Up (12/19)
Happy Holidays everyone~ I’m breaking out my seasonal cheer in a series of five banners this year. As you can see, the new banners had to come along with a new theme again.
That’s because at least two (maybe three) of the banners I wanted to use would have clashed with my current theme. But not to worry! The theme change isn’t nearly as annoying as it was last time. Though I still have some minor complaints (my theme is the BEST theme for me, otherwise I’d use something else).
The background is still white, which was the most disruptive thing about my last theme change. The last one also had a disappearing sidebar and it would keep getting rid of the category widget in the sidebar for some reason.
The only remaining problem, same as last time, is a change in the width of my posts. It only goes to 460px (the last one was 450px I think) rather than 550px. I mostly use images that are 400-480 so it’s…mostly fine.
Though the sidebar is really wide. Makes me wonder why they don’t just slim that down a little to make more room for important stuff. But whatever. Hopefully I’m going to get some money that I can buy hosting with for Christmas (or that can be my, “Changing stuff” New Year’s Present since it’s something new that’s…mildly productive for me). Then these things will no longer be a problem~
Outside of the theme and onto the banners though! I have five of them you know. To be changed each week on Friday (yes, that takes me past Christmas I realize, but “Holiday Season” means more than just Christmas you know).
I’m going to just keep updating this post (maybe push it up top each time too) rather than doing a new post on “oh! Look what I changed!” every week. That’s…a little much.
And a certain someone made me want to name my banners too. I guess the urge comes when you don’t add a tagline.
Winter Fantasy (11/28 – 12/05)
Series: Clannad / Character: Furukawa Nagisa
Nagisa~! A Nagisa banner was necessary and this image was just too pretty to let go. Even if there’s nothing about it that reflects Christmas (or any other Holiday). Just some nice Winter scenery.
Unfortunately, you may notice something a little similar to the Sakura Hime Kaden poster I edited. This image had a nice big line in it too (luckily, people are smart not to let the fold go in the bishoujo’s face). There was also a whole bunch of text on one side that I had to edit out, but I obviously did a pretty okay job on that since you can’t really notice it. At least not when the image is resized.
I also did a better job on the line for the part that appeared in the banner.
The clean-up was really the only stuff I had to do. Well along with adding the title over to the side. For the first time ever you get to see a different size for the Simplicity title. It’s still the same font though. Always will be.
I wanted to keep the banner simple because it’s such a pretty image, but there’s not a lot of room for additions because the pages get in the way of the header anyway.
The title, “Winter Fantasy” just came out of me wanting to use the word Fantasy I suppose. I always felt that way when I was little anyway. That Snow was magic and it looked really beautiful when the sun was rising or setting. Well magic = fantasy, so there you go. Though, no fantasy snow for me yet.
Oh yeah, and the color for part of the theme changes for every banner. I’m stuck between two choices for this banner, so you might see it change randomly tomorrow or something. Right now it’s pink.
Twilight Snow (12/05 – 12/12)
Series: Little Busters! / Character: Kamikita Komari
I actually don’t think I have a lot to say about the second baner.
It features Komari from <i>Little Busters!</i>. She’s probably my second favorite out of the girls (not second favoirte character over all) because she’s so cute, but I really wish I could have gotten an official Rin image.
Speaking of Rin, I found the best Christmas image EVER because it features both Rin and Nagisa. How wonderfully epic and cute.
However, (back on track) I think that Komari is better suited for this wonderful image because her blonde hair looks better than Rin’s hair would have.
I didn’t have to do a whole lot for this banner either. I had to resize the image and also make the full size a background for the banner. After that it still looked too plain so I added in a little gradient to the banner and the actual text. Ah…I love the white to blue gradient in the text.
The full size image looks better and more obviously Christmas-y with the wreath, but whatever. I like how the banner turned out just the same.
The title, “Twilight Snow” should be obvious. It’s night, but not very dark, and it’s snowing.
Hm. Well this might be my least favorite out of my holiday banners, but I still like how it turned out with the little additions of gradients. I think it adds a little something.
Orange Sugar and Spice (12/12 – 12/19)
Series: Shinshi Doumei Cross / Character: Otomiya Haine
Geh. I’m late on it today. Spaced out because I’m sick. Also explains my lack of activity lately…that and the Holiday shopping season (2 more presents to go!!!).
I had to use an Arina Tanemura image and since Shinshi Doumei Cross is the manga that ended this year, that is the one we will use. Plus, I love the Holiday images Arina-sensei made for ShinKuro. Yellow, orange, and gold aren’t that common at all in holiday images. At least in manga and anime ones.
The banner was really simple to make, so there’s no real reason explain it. Used two layers of images and added in a gradient at the bottom. It was all really easy to make it match since the colors were the same no big deal. But oddly enough, despite how easy it was and how little I had to do, this one ended up being my favorite. It just looks nice. I think its owed to Arina-sensei using such a nice unique color.
So this one is named Orange Sugar and Spice. Orance Spice is the name of the color theme that goes with it actually. I saw that and it reminded me of the orange sugar cookies that my mom makes every year for Christmas (We used to give them to Santa. ^_^; Those and some rasberry cookies.) and the title came out pretty easily.
Christmas Eve (12/19 – 12/26)
Sakura and Syaoran are so cute. >////<
I’ve had this image sitting in a folder in my computer since…I had a different computer. And I had nothing to use it with! Agh! So one of the best things about having a blog is that I finally have a way to get all of my graphics-making out of my system. And omg doing it so much actually gives me so small hope that I am…improving!?
Of course, I generally stay away from brushes and stuff, anything outside of working with images that are already made seems like too much effort and therefore…I do not do it. It’s kind of a Christmas miracle that I even bothered to add some snowflakes in the background to the right.
Now, as for the banner and the reasoning (the less boring part of these posts), I’ve been progressively making my banners Christmas-ier as we get closer to the holiday. Now next Friday will be the day after Christmas, so this is it. This is the Christmas banner. We finally have Santa style and some red in there.
Its title is simple for a reason. Christmas Eve fits both images in there. Santa-Sakura delivering present and Sakura and Syaoran on their Christmas Eve date (as is so popular in our shoujo anime~). Ah that Christmas Eve date image. I love it so.
Now then, this will be my last Christmas banner, but I did mention five banners total, which will be making the next one a…New Year’s Banner! Yes! Which means I’m just going to do a completely new post next time. I mean…why not?
I’m a little worried about my theme right now though. It’s looking quite odd in firefox. I made the last banner to match this theme as well, so I’m hoping that the problem gets worked out (I’m looking into it now). I could still fix the banner to go with another theme…but I don’t want to. I’ve grown rather fond of my current one (not enough for it to be year-round, but still fond enough to keep it around for more variety).
Bah. Hopefully all of these problems will be solved anyway when I get my own hosting sometimes in the coming year. But more on that in a later post. For now, just enjoy adorable Sakura and blushing Syaoran (also adorable).
Well, somehow I managed to hold myself off until now (12/28), even though I’ve been a Christmas mood for weeks. Before Halloween actually. It got held off a little thanks to my no-money depression, but I ended up with enough to buy gifts, so I got more in the mood a couple of weeks ago. It’s the best Holiday EVER and there’s nothing wrong with enjoying it as long as possible.
But to avoid the grumpy moods of people who don’t like that Christmas is starting to engulf 1/4 of the year, I held myself off until Thanksgiving was over. Santa only arrives at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade after all. We have him in America and the rest of you can’t have him until Christmas Eve! Then not again for another year.
For the record, if you take me seriously, I’m going to need you to leave for the North Pole and let humanity go on without you.
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