I don't have Photoshop or any of those fancy little programs that will slap 2 or 3 hundred of these things out in a day. I do have a photo editing program that came with a printer I got a few years back, but up to this point the only thing I had used it for was to fix red-eye in some of my family pics and maybe do a little resizing.
The only time I really used this program, called Photo Explosion, was about a year ago with my son's Senior pictures. I took all his pictures myself as we just didn't have the $200 sitting fee that all the photographers wanted around here. In fact, I think about half the kids in my son's graduating class did the same thing. The nice thing about Western Nebraska is that there are a lot of beautiful places to take pictures around.
Anyway, I decided to play around with it a little bit today and see what I could come up with. I played around some old coloring pages I've got and created the eye on my photo editing thing, then saved it as a .jpg file. (That's kind of important as I next found out).
Then I went to my favorite banner creating site. If anyone ever wants to put together their own banners, I highly recommend Banner Fans. This has to be the simplest banner making site on the web. I love this site and have created pretty much all my site banners through them. Yes, I'm cheap, I'll admit it. But I'm appreciative too. Thank you to the people who make Banner Fans possible. They let you host your banners and such on their site, but I don't do that. I'll do my part by lessening the bandwidth load a bit. I know my little sites don't do much, but it's my way of thanking them for this service.
Yeah, I'm rambling, I know. But that's why I have this blog. LOL.
My biggest obstacle for not making my own buttons and badges also came in the form of a code. I don't have a problem with code, especially HTML. I taught myself how to do it when I first started playing around with computers in the mid 90's. However, I had no idea how to make one of those cute little text boxes that contain the button code for other bloggers. But, thanks to my sunny little friend, Ruthi, I know how to do that now too. She created the badge for this site, and it's just way too cool. Mine isn't anywhere near that good, but I'm thrilled that I did it.
This is just living proof that even an old dog can learn new tricks. Of course, she'll forget most of them before the end of the day, but at least she can say she learned how to do one more thing.