Friday, March 13, 2015

March 19

Assignments for March 19:

1. In class we watched the instruction video about Lesson 20: Sighting an Open Doorway. Do this exercise at home, being sure to give yourself plenty of time to complete it and do a good job.  You'll find the instructions in your book on pages 70-74.
Have fun with this!

2. Keep working on your Artist Trading Cards!!! A few of you showed your trading cards in class and they were fantastic!!! Keep 'em coming! And those of you who have yet to do some, we highly encourage you to do so! They are so much fun to make and to trade!

3. We also passed out a schedule to work on getting your magazines ready for publication. Be sure to keep up with the schedule so you'll be ready to order it by April 23rd! You can certainly go faster than this schedule suggests, but please don't go slower! :)

Magazine Schedule

Start working on: Due by: Upload to Blurb, gather content:
03/12/15 03/19/15 Short story, photos/images to illustrate it, etc
03/19/15 03/26/15 Poetry, photos/images to illustrate it, etc.
03/26/15 04/02/15 Photography, Personal Narrative, photos/images to illustrate it, etc
(2 weeks)
04/16/15 Art and anything else you'd like to add
Work on design and layout
04/16/15 04/23/15 Add your Special Feature, photos/images to illustrate it
Make finishing style touches, until you are satisfied with your work!
04/23/15 Order Magazines so they will arrive before May 7!!! Woohoo!
(This is also the date you will be presenting your Special Feature in class)
05/07/15 Magazine Showcase in class!!!

Here are the instructions handed out in class about how to download Blurb Bookwright free software and to set up templates, add pictures, and text for your magazine:

How to download Blurb Bookwright free software on your computer to create your magazine.

  1. go to
  2. click the blue box with the DOWNLOAD BOOKWRIGHT written in a box
  3. follow the directions on your computer from there.

Tip: I took the orange “bookwright” application icon and placed it on my desktop for easy access. 

How to use Bookwright to set up the template for your magazine:

  1. After you have created a new magazine project and given it a name, the program will open up to a screen with the pages of your project on the left and the layout options that you can choose from on the top. In the middle will be your blank page surrounded by pink. The pink are your “cut lines” - make sure none of your photos or text that you want included in your final print are in those pink areas.
  2. You can choose the page you want to work on by clicking on it on the left hand side. Then you choose the layout you want for that page by clicking on it at the top and dragging it to the blank page in the middle of your screen. 
  3. To add a picture go to the icon that is orange at the top left that is a picture of a mountain with a + sign. When you click that it will prompt you to pick images from your computer files. If you are using an apple, you can just drag a photo from iphoto directly to the picture place holder on your page. The picture place holder is filled with an “X”.
  4. To add text,  see the directions below from the Blurb website titled "Linking Flowing Text Containers".
  5. If you want to create your own layout, simply click on the blank page you want to work on from the list of pages on the right. For a picture, click on the orange icon to the top left with a picture of a mountain with a pen. Then go where you want your picture on your page and drop a picture box. You can resize and move it as you want. To create a text box do the same thing but instead click on the orange icon with a “T” (for text) and a pen.
Tip: In class we found that Method Two was the most reliable way. But you are all smart and tech savvy so you can play around and find the method you like best! :)

Linking Flowing Text Containers
BookWright allows text to flow from one text container to another seamlessly across pages, great for inserts large amounts of text. You can do this two ways:

Method one:
1. Draw two or more text containers across pages
2. Hover over the first container to see the text flow icon
3. Click on the text flow icon in the first container and then click anywhere on the second container
4. Type or copy and paste text into the first container and click ‘Update Text Flow’ to see your text flow into the subsequent containers

Method two:
1. Draw one text container on a page
2. Type or copy and paste text into the first container
3. When done, create new text containers by clicking on the text flow icon and drawing the container on another page
4. Repeat until there are enough text containers for the text

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