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Monday, November 29, 2010

Make Your Own Christmas Wreath

Make Your Own Christmas Wreath

You don’t have Christmas items ? … and you are dying to decorate especially so because Thanksgiving has left! Well, if you have a little budget to spend, you can make your own Christmas wreath to get into the feeling of Christmas! 


Here’s how:

1. Clear the room you want to use.

2. Use black walls and floor.

3, Get those bushes from YoDepot and arrange them in a circle. You may use a circular rug as a guide.

4. Get 3 fog-o-lanterns and arrange them like berries at the bottom of the wreath. Go to the enchanted line (Living) at the furniture store and get two of the dark green or lighter colored leaf rug. Place them like “leaves” of the “berries”

5. This wreath is already good by itself but if you want to decorate it some more, you can always explore the possibilities. I used the red wall sconce of the whimsical line (living) for this wreath.


6. If you want to tidy up the room a bit you can do so. I used white border along the sides and filled up the other spaces using the lime colored carpet from the pool party line (living).


7. You can also just use black background and “black out” the room using those soiled carpets under the Trailer Home Theme line.

8. The possibility of designing your wreath is endless … My 6 year-old daughter made this wreath using the freebie plushies, campyo bushes she got from the old mystery deals and the mystery gifts …

Happy decorating !!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010



Wanting to buy those doors and windows but not have enough yocash ? Rejoice !!! I have a framework idea that will fit that need. You can make your own doors and windows! Better, make your patio doors opening or overlooking an awesome view. 

Here’s our step by step:

1. Download graphics (sceneries and doors) Be guided by our previous post on choosing your graphics or images. Click here to check on that previous post.

2. Using ordinary MsPaint, open the scenery graphics/image. 

3. Resize your graphics to a workable size, use pixels. You can always resize it again later. Maintain the aspect ratio and remember the vertical pixel size (write it down). 

4. Pull the lower right corner to widen your working area.Click select and select the image area, click cut (image disappears) then click paste (image appears back) 

5. Drag the image towards the center of the working area. 

6. Open another paint (like the way you open the earlier MsPaint) and open up your doors graphics. You now have 2 MsPaint running. 

7. You can crop any way you want the doors to be. I only use one door then flip or rotate it the other way. 

8. Use pixels to resize your door, indicate the vertical pixels (same as the scenery graphics) . Be sure to uncheck the ratio box

9. Select the image, then click copy and paste it on the other paint where the scenery is

10. After pasting, drag the door to the one side of the graphic. Be sure to check for door knobs , they should be facing the right way !

11. Go back to the other paint with the door. Click rotate then flip it horizontally. Click select to select the image. Click copy and paste it on the paint where the scenery is. 

12. Drag the door to the other side of the scenery graphics and you should now have patio doors with a view! Crop the image then resize it for framing .

Be guided by our post on resizing your image for cutting through digital croppers. Click here to view that post. 

Above pic is one of my rooms with patio doors and below are other “patio doors with views” that I made. If you want to download and use them, click on the pic and help yourself. Have fun doing your rooms with them !

Monday, November 15, 2010

Conquering That Black Space Around Your Yoville Rooms


This is a re post of a very early note (Aug 2010) I did in my Facebook Notes and edited a bit. Due to insistent demand for the topic, I am sharing it here. I have a lot of friends passionate about this topic.Que sera sera …

Items Placed on "Black Space"
If you have decorated a room or clicked the edit button to move things around, you probably know by now that there are certain items that can “float” or things that you can place anywhere in the room. To mention a few, carpet, shelves, frames, posters, some plants, some freebies etc. There are also things that you cannot place at certain angles inside the room, like against the wall, near the room edges. So, wouldn’t it be great to use some extra space to give your room the semblance of space and depth? After all, most designers advise to maximize the space, cover that black space, level your room etc etc.

Finished Room

First, let me make this clear — the placement of things on the “black space” may or mat not be a GLITCH that ZYNGA/Yoville Game Developers may or may not be aware of. Meaning — they may fix the glitch (if it is) later and we won’t really be able to place things or fix the glitch the other way around and we can fully utilize the space. So, leaving it a that, let’s try to do the best way possible to utilize that space …. NOW!!! We do not live in caves anymore, everyone knows about this!

Swimming Pools are "Black Spaces" Too
It took me a lot of practice to do things this way but once you have “mastered the art” … it would be “easy peasy” like my dear friend Kristi D would say. Kristi D is one of my favorite designers and she has taught me a lot of things and this black space “throwing” is one of them and the very first I learned from her. “Just throw the item to the room until it stays”  … so I did and did and did. Then I realized it meant quick successive pulling of the item from the inventory and tossing it to the space you want the item to stay…

You can also utilize the swimming pool "as a black space" and place things like what I did with my pool bar (with bar stools you can actually sit on!)


This is how I usually do it  … I would place the item on either the leftmost side or rightmost side of the inventory bar depending on where I want the item placed — left or right. On edit, I would remove other items from my inventory bar until the item I want to use is placed on the right or left edge of the bar :) You can do it two ways  —- slow or fast. I find the “fast” method more rewarding (for me). Using the edit function, quickly toss or flick the item to the direction where you want to place it. Since the black space or the edge of the room is almost at the very edge of the inventory bar, it will only take a flick of the wrist  …. say about an inch to two inches toss. You will notice the item is “transparent” and goes back to your inventory bar. Watch the item, it will be “normal color” once it stays. Do it again and again until you get the item in place. You may “feel” the cursor or mouse kinda “sticky” and eventually, you will get it. I usually save the room first before rotating the item, this is to make sure the item stays if in rotating you lose it back to your inventory.
Pool Party House Bathroom On Edit


Now, the slow method. The slow method has the same “principles” as the “quick toss”. Here, you drag the item SLOWLY towards the edge and out the inventory. Again, watch the item till its color turns normal then surely the item stays. The downside here is you can only place the item at the black space at the edge of the inventory bar. Just look at my room pics to give you an idea how far you can throw these things out of your inventory.

More items placed ...

Finished Room

There is a third method (I figure it is some sort of profiler thingy) …. sometimes it works and there are times, it doesn’t. You click an item from the inventory to move it. Hold down the left mouse button of your mouse and click the right mouse button then let it go. You will see the iem in your inventory and it seems to "float" in the inventory bar. Drag the pointer where you want the item to be and click on the right mouse button. The item will supposedly “fly” to that space you want the item to be and stays there. I tried doing this, there were some success and most times, the item goes back to the inventory. This method works better with Internet Explorer (IE) and at times with Google Chrome. And I believe there are times it works and times it doesn't. So when you get it to work, take advantage !!!

Framework: Multiple Frames Part 2 - Digital Cropping of Graphics/Images 2


It has come to my attention that most of you still have not figured out HOW to really cut your graphics using digital splitters. My close friends … and I won’t mention their names. So to put this issue to rest … here’s the key : You have to RESIZE your graphics before you feed it to the splitter! The digital splitter will cut your graphics into your specified rows and columns. If the size of your graphics is not equal to the size and the number of frames you would like to use ---- the resulting cuts may or may not fit your brass frames. Look at this example: 

While the image is fed to the cropper and rows/columns specified, take note that the resulting dimensions for the individual tile will not fit the landscape frame.

So, it is important that you :

1. Decide on how many frames you want to use
2. Resize your image according to the number of frames you will use


For landscape frames -  201 pixels horizontal and 121 pixels vertical

For portrait frames     -  101 pixels horizontal and 161 pixels vertical


Use your better judgment in deciding how many frames to use by resizing your graphics. Be sure not to have your graphic too squished or too stretched out like these examples:
 Let’s start :

If you are using 5 landscape frames across (horizontal) and 5 landscape frames down (vertical), you have to determine the size of your graphics by multiplying the above dimension/configuration to the number of frames you want to use. 


Using the given frames and the above dimensions --- your graphic should measure 1005 pixels horizontal and 605 pixels vertical :        

         201 x 5 = 1005               121 x 5 = 605

You can use MsPaint to resize your image using these dimensions.

Click resize. A pop up will come up the screen . Click on pixels, unclick the box that says maintain the aspect ratio and fill in the required dimension for your graphics

Save your image as a JPEG file. You are now ready to cut your graphics.


You can use any image splitter available online. So long as you resize your graphic based on the frames configuration, you will have no problem. I have tested most of them and have chosen TileMage as the most reliable so far. Click here if you wish to download this free image splitter

Browse for the image file you want to cut, unclick the box that says “Automatch” specify the number of rows and columns then click the SPLIT button. You will be brought to another window. 

Disregard the first two columns and choose Tile Numbers on the drop down menu under “Row Numbers” . Select a destination path for your cut pieces (I usually make a new folder for every file being cut) . Click on the SPLIT button and you are done cutting your graphics/image digitally. 



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