Friday, April 29, 2011

How to Use Your Maori Blogger Blog Background

I made the Maori backgrounds for Blogger blogs to fit the classic 'Minima' template.

Image Hosting for Your Background

Once you've downloaded your Blogger Blog Background, you need to put it somewhere where your blog can access it. You need image hosting. I chose Photobucket. It's free. You need to register, and upload the image there. Once you've done that, choose 'Direct Link'. Clicking it will copy the link. You'll need it later. Leave it open in its own window so you can come back to it later.




Create Your Blogger Blog

Now you need to create your Blogger Blog.
Choose a starter template, don't do anything here, just press the orange 'Continue' button

Your blog has been created. Choose customize how your blog looks.
You end up at the Blogger Template Designer.
Choose 'Back to Blogger' in the top right corner.
Choose Edit HTML

Scroll to the bottom and choose 'Revert to Classic Template'
Press 'OK' to revert
Choose 'Pick Classic Template'
Choose the 'Minima' template
Choose 'Edit HTML'

Find this piece of code:
It's located near the top of the template, so won't be too hard to find. Click the pic if you need to see it better.




Replace with this code:


body {
background: url(YOUR PHOTOBUCKET DIRECT LINK) no-repeat center fixed #FFFFFF;


Go grab (copy) your 'Direct Link' piece of code from your open 'Photobucket' window or tab.

Replace YOUR PHOTOBUCKET DIRECT LINK by pasting in the link you just copied. Those brackets need to stay in the code.

Scroll down and 'SAVE TEMPLATE CHANGES'



Now you can view your blog! (Click pic for a bigger view).


Well Done!


Of course, you can play around with the HTML to change font colours and sizes etc.

If you use these backgrounds I would love to see your blog!

:)

Maori Background for Blogger Blogs #1

Maori Background for Blogger Blogs #1.

 This is what the background and download looks like before it's implemented.


Here's a screenshot of the background in action, complete with a fake post. Click on it for a better view.

Download Maori Background for Blogger Blogs #1

Info you need to implement it: How to Use Your Maori Blogger Blog Background

If you use this I'd love to see your blog!


More Maori Backgrounds for Blogger Blogs

Maori Background for Blogger Blogs #2 

Maori Background for Blogger Blogs #3

Maori Background for Blogger Blogs #4 

Maori Background for Blogger Blogs #5

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Heraldic Shields

Heraldic Shields. Badges for your pages!

Came across these cool Heraldic Shields at easyvectors.com. Thought they would look cool with some words and colour changes. They have a Free for Commercial Use license. Click on the pic to see it better. Click on the link if you want to grab them and have a go at making something yourself.


Translation

The top two read: 100% Maori, the middle ones read Aotearoa (New Zealand) and the bottom ones read Whakahìhì (Pride/Proud).

Download Heraldic Shields

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Mother's Day Card to Print

Mother's Day Card to Print. Just trim and fold along the center guidelines.

Translation

Ki a Màmà           To Mum
Me te aroha          With Love

Download Mother's Day Card to Print

:)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Girl Card Topper

Girl Card Topper. Cut these out and attach to card bases. Or paste onto six by four inch pieces of cardboard to use as postcards. Suits any occasion. Plenty of room for your own message.


Download Girl Card Topper

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Mother's Day Shapes

Mother's Day Shapes. This is the final Mother's Day series of mix 'n match graphics to make cards or scrapbooking pages with.



Translation

Whaea        Mum, Aunty, Lady
Màmà         Mum
Aroha         Love

Download Mother's Day Shapes 

:)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Girl Poster Colouring Page

Girl Poster Colouring Page


Download Girl Poster Colouring Page

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Boy Card Topper

Boy Card Topper. Made this while I was mucking about with some Maori themed backgrounds for Blogger blogs.

Cut these out and attach to card bases. Or paste onto six by four inch pieces of cardboard to use as postcards. Suits any occasion. Plenty of room for your own message.


Download Boy Card Topper

:)

Mother's Day Gift Tags

Hope your Anzac Day is going well and you got a sleep in today. For those that went to the parades, you might get a rest this afternoon. Failing that, get an early night!

Mother's Day Gift Tags. Some vintage-type gift tags with floral accent.


Translation

Ki a Màmà             To Mum
Whaea                    Any lady you respect

Download Mother's Day Gift Tags

:)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Mother's Day Greetings

Mother's Day Greetings to mix and match in your card making efforts. These words look like metal and have a drop shadow to give them a little depth.

This is the second Mother's Day download. Save up the downloads so you have plenty to work with.


Translation

Ki a Màmà               To Mum
Whaea                      Mum, Aunty, Lady you respect
Me te aroha             With Love

Download Mother's Day Greetings

:)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Maori Doodle Kids - Girl Waving 'Hi' Stickers

Maori Doodle Kids - Girl Waving 'Hi' Stickers. Give these girls a bit of colour with your paints, pens, pencils or crayons, or just use them as is!


Download Maori Doodle Kids - Girl Waving 'Hi' Stickers

:)

Mother's Day Teddies

Mother's Day Teddies - a page of teds in three colours to cut and use for your projects.



The image was made in Picnik - an online photo editing application I was playing about it. Free to use, it is a great place to 'make' clipart.

You get nine large teds and six small teds.

Download Mother's Day Teddies

:)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Maori Doodle Kids - Girl Waving 'Hi' Envelopes

Maori Doodle Kids - Girl Waving 'Hi' Envelopes


Download Maori Doodle Kids - Girl Waving 'Hi' Envelopes

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Maori Mother's Day Goodies

Hope you guys are having a wonderful Easter! I'll have to go to the gym to work off those Easter Eggs - (yeah right).

Eek! Mum's Day on the horizon. Whatever shall we do? Never fear, ideas are here. Get out the scissors and glue and some regular office paper, construction paper or card.

This one's for the Mums, Nans, Godmothers, Aunties - any significant woman in your life. Mother's Day is on Sunday 8th May - so get busy!

Just mix and match images and greetings to make your own Mother's Day cards or crafts.


These were meant for  are only available in the Maori Printables Newsletter. But I haven't worked out the software yet and we ain't got time to waste, so they'll be available on the blog.

Here's what you'll get soon:

* One page of Mother's Day Greetings
* One page of Mother's Day Gift Tags
* One page of  'Mum' Teddy Images
* One page of Mother's Day Shapes
* A Mother's Day Card

:)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Boy Poster Colouring Page

Boy Poster Colouring Page. A4 size for the wall or whatever.


Download Boy Poster Colouring Page

:)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Maori Doodle Kids - Girl Waving 'Hi'

Maori Doodle Kids - Girl Waving 'Hi'


'Right Click' and 'Save Image As' to your own machine.
Some writing paper to match.

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Maori Printables Newsletter

Subscribe to the Maori Printables Newsletter and get this wee gift to print and make:


Paper Marae Model with Two Paper Dollies

Cut and fold where indicated on the download page. There is a suggested gluing order, but you don't need to follow that. I used PVA or craft glue, holding and resting between each stage for a couple of minutes or so before going onto the next glue stage. This helped the thing stay in shape. PVA worked better for me than a glue stick.

Choose whether or not to glue the paper dollies inside or outside of the marae. You might want to cut the windows out and along the top and down one side of the front door, so you can see them in there.


Maori Printables Newsletter

Subscribing to the newsletter will get you free stuff not available on the Maori Printables blog. The aim is to make a fun, club type of thing - we'll see how it grows and see how it goes!

At this stage, it is thought there will be a newsletter once a month-ish. If there's something special afoot there will be more.

Sign up or use the form on the right hand side (near the top) of the page. See you there!

:)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Maori Poi Easter Eggs

Maori Poi Easter Eggs. How yummy and different are these? Quick and easy to make. Thought I'd better get this arts and crafts project done pronto because each time I go to the fridge, the Easter eggs mysteriously have reduced in number!



You Need:

* Easter Eggs (chocolate and marshmallow Yum!)
* Kowhaiwhai border strips
* Glue
* Small length of yarn in three colours
* Small piece of cardboard (approx 2 inches by half an inch)
* Cellophane or clear plastic
* String or rubberband


Making the Poi Cord:
Cut three lengths of different coloured yarn. (I used double knit - an arm-span in length was plenty for four finished poi).


Attach the middle of the yarn to the cardboard. The cardboard anchors the cord and keeps it falling out of the finished poi.

Put the colours together, that is in the case above, white with white, red with red, green with green, and plait until the cord is about three inches or so in length. (Three plait).

Tie a knot to finish the plait, and trim evenly to make a tassel.

Cover the egg with the cellophane, drawing the cellophane to the top of the egg, remembering to tuck the cardboard end of the cord beneath where you have gathered it at the top of the egg.

Secure the top of the cellophane near the top of the egg with a rubber band, or string (double knot).

Trim cellophane and string ends.

These look great in a small basket.

Variation
If using plain Easter Eggs (no foil covers), stick the kowhaiwhai border patterns on the outside of the cellophane. They look fine too.

Enjoy!
 
:)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Koru Panel Example

Here is an idea of what you can do once you've done the very easy Koru design lessons. Bright and funky it is a good way to practice the koru shape.


This piece of cardboard is a side from a fridge box, asked for nicely, from an appliance store. It's five foot tall or thereabouts.

It is a nice thing to do with kids anybody, lots of people can work on it at the same time and get a result fairly quickly. I used acrylic paints and chalk pastels, then sealed it with hairspray.

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Maori Easter Egg Shapes

Maori Easter Egg Shapes. Stick onto your Easter Cards or use as gift tags or scrapbooking tags. Just pop your message on the back.


Download Maori Easter Egg Shapes

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Maori Easter Card 3

Maori Easter Card 3. Just trim the card, and fold along the guidelines to make your card.


Download Maori Easter Card 3

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Kowhaiwhai Easter Egg Shapes

Kowhaiwhai Easter Egg Shapes. Stick onto your Easter Cards or use as gift tags or scrapbooking tags. Just pop your message on the back.


Download Kowhaiwhai Easter Egg Shapes
:)

Maori Easter Card 2

Maori Easter Card 2


Just trim the card, and fold along the guidelines to make your card.
Download Maori Easter Card 2

:)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Maori Easter Egg Shapes to Colour

Maori Easter Egg Shapes to Colour. Mix and match for your Maori Easter card making. You could use these as gift tags. Just pop your message on the back.


Download Maori Easter Egg Shapes to Colour

:)

Maori Easter Card 1

Maori Easter Card 1. Just trim the card, and fold along the guidelines to make your card.


Download Maori Easter Card 1

:)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Maori Easter Greetings - Drawn

Maori Easter Greetings - Drawn. Use these for card making or scrapbook pages.


Download Maori Easter Greetings - Drawn

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Maori Easter Greetings - Blue

Maori Easter Greetings - Blue. More greetings to mix and match with Maori Easter craft projects.


Get out the scissors and glue!

Download Maori Easter Greetings - Blue

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Maori Easter Greetings - Gold

Maori Easter Greetings - Gold. Greetings to use for your Easter Card making efforts. Ngā Mihi O Te Aranga means Easter Greetings literally, but (more loosely) this is also to say Happy Easter in a very polite way.


10 greetings to a download page.
Download Maori Easter Greetings - Gold

:)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Maori Doodle Kids - Aue Boy Stickers

Maori Doodle Kids - Aue Boy Stickers. A page of 20 kids that don't know what to do!


Download Maori Doodle Kids - Aue Boy Stickers

:)

Maori Doodle Kids - Aue Boy Envelopes

Maori Doodle Kids - Aue Boy Envelopes to go with the paper in the previous post.


Download Maori Doodle Kids - Aue Boy Envelopes

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Maori Doodle Kids - Aue Boy

Maori Doodle Kids - Aue Boy. Time to meet Aue Boy.  He's not quite sure what he wants to do next (bit like me!)
To keep him, 'right click' and 'Save Image As' to your own machine.
He has his own line of writing paper, lined and unlined.

:)

Maori Easter Eggs

Easter will be upon us soon, so here's a quick, easy project. Maori Easter Eggs. Easy for the wee ones.


Just trim the kowhaiwhai border patterns, then trim to fit around the eggs and glue the ends to seal.


Of course, these Maori borders can be used in regular projects.
Download Easter Strips for your Maori Easter Eggs (or other crafting)

:)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Easter Bunny

Well, I just couldn't help myself. An extra post. I'm in Bunny-mode. Here's an Easter Bunny animated gif for you.


Right click and Save Image As to your own machine.

:)

Maori Easter Bunnies to Colour

Maori Easter Bunnies to Colour for those that want to do their own thing. Colour them how you like or leave them plain, it's up to you!


Download Maori Easter Bunnies to Colour

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Maori Easter Bunnies

Maori Easter Bunnies. For Easter, let's start out with these bunny rabbits! Plonk them on your cards or gift tags. Cut them out and stick onto foiled covered chocolate easter eggs. Nice and bright.


Sixteen Maori Easter Bunnies in a variety of colours to a page.
Download Maori Easter Bunnies

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