Welcome to week 2 of Monday's Buttons. I'm so excited to show off three very different buttons this week. But first, I have to address a question about my own button that a few readers have asked me, "What in the world is that yellow thing on your button?" Wow! That question put a little chink in that initial feeling of success I first felt by actually figuring out how to make a button all by myself. But I'm tough, and I can take a little helpful criticism. :) So . . . for those who are wondering, that yellow thing on my blog button is supposed to be a star on top of a Christmas tree. Keep in mind: I'm not a blog designer and I've never ever used GIMP before. (Using GIMP, by the way, was more difficult than child-birth. And I've endured 18 hours of labor, emergency surgery and a blood transfusion, so that's saying something. Too much information?)
Okay, on to some buttons I've admired this past week.
I have to be honest, when I spotted this first button, I was just interested in the button. I e-mailed Kristi, the blog's creator. Then after I read her reply, I actually went back to her blog and read it. I'm hooked. Check out The Speckled Dog and you will be too. Here's what Kristi had to say about her button:
The Speckled Dog caught my eye because it is a stand out graphic, but this next blog button for Running with Scissors caught my eye because of it's adorable background photo. I wondered what the significance of the picture was, and my momma always told me that it never hurts to ask a question . . . so I did. This is what Jessica had to say about her adorable blog button:
1) What do you like best about your button?
I probably like the photo, it's my son in his Halloween costume for his 2nd Halloween when he was 18months old. He's Max from Where the Wild Things Are. Out of all my photos I've posted on my blog, this one has always been a favorite. I wanted to use a photo from my projects, mainly because I don't have graphic design skills to make an original graphic, but I wanted the button to show something I've made and give you a taste of what you'd see if you chose to click on the button.
My blog is a mix of mommy blog meets crazy woman blog. I write on themes, memes, post pictures and crafts. I also randomly toss in creative writing in the mix too.
3) Did you craft your own button or did you commission/inspire someone else to craft it? If you crafted it, what program/software did you use?I did make my own button, header, layout and all. I use two free programs. Primarily I use Paint.net, but also enjoy using GIMP. Both are free online.
Thanks to AJ, Kristi and Jessica for sharing a bit about your buttons. Go take a look at the blogs behind the buttons to be even more inspired and . . .