I have received several emails from people asking about how to create thumbnail archives like I have on my Project Gallery, Recipes, For The Boys, and Holidays pages:
Here is the tutorial for how I do it from start to finish.
1. Using the photo editing software of your choice, open the photo that you would like to use in the thumbnail. Since Picnik moved over to Google+ I started using Pixlr which is kind of a combination of Picnik and Photoshop. This is what I will be using for the first part of this tutorial.
***Check back tomorrow for the recipe for these Chocolate Guinness Maple Bacon Cupcakes! :) ***
2. Crop the photo down to a perfect square. From the cropping menu, choose "aspect ratio" and it will automatically keep your cropping selection in a square shape.
3. Go to the image menu and select "image size" from the drop-down menu.
4. Reduce the image size to 160 pixels and save.
5. For this next part, I like to use the paint program on my computer. Create a new canvas and size to 185 pixels wide and 220 pixels tall.
6. Hover over the paste button and select "paste from" on the drop-down menu.
7. Choose the square photo that you had saved in step four. Move the photo so that there is an even border on the top and sides with a large blank area underneath. Add text underneath the photo with the name of your project or recipe. Save this photo.
8. Create a new page for your archives and add your photo. Click on the photo and then the "link" button. Where it says "To what URL should this link go?" add the url for the post that you want the archive photo to lead to.
9. To get the frame around your photo, you can either add it using your photo editing software or you can get blogger to add them for you. Go to "Template" then "Customize".
10. Select "Advanced" then "Images" and change the "Border Color" to something that compliments the colors on your page.
All done! Now people visiting your page can easily get a sneak peek of your projects. :)