Peek at the Week

This is the second week in a row that I've managed to post my Peek at the Week – ‘A’ for improvement!
Well, what’s been happening this week?
I've been having some troubles with my laptop and decided I would try to fix these problems myself – given that I'm a PC technical whizz etc!!  I have two internal hard drives and these were both almost full and had been glaring RED at me for weeks.  For any IT specialists, I advise that you skip this section – bahaha!
I removed every program that had lain redundant for 6 months to clear up some space. (Of course, I needed one of said programs today and had to re-download and re-install!)
I utilized 2 external hard drives and a dinky 32GB pen drive and removed all my pictures and documents to these fabulous portable devices.  I kept checking what was taking up most storage space and realised it was loads of folders called ‘Program Files’.  Patting myself on the back for cleverly working out what was taking up my storage, I swiftly removed everything to my pen drive and deleted all the folders – UH - OH!  I was so pleased to see both internal drives showing green and thought whoohoo – everything’s so much faster now!  I closed down, happy in the knowledge that I had solved a problem – hahahahahahah!  Later that day.......why won’t this load?  Honey, why won’t this program load?  Luckily (after much panicking!) I realised what I had done wrong and was able to retrieve what I needed from the trash! (For some reason it wouldn't work when I tried to use what I had transferred to the pen drive). I hope I am not the only person who would do something this stupid!
I also decided it was important to look inside my laptop, as it seemed the fan was struggling and making funny noises.  This is also not recommended if you have sausage fingers like me – thirty tiny screws later and lots of %$$^$%^&%$&^%$&^, I almost got the lid off, only to find it was still attached by wiring!!  Back to finding the TINY screws and putting them all back in – well, that was a fun hour I will never get back!  The moral of the story is ring someone who knows and get them to do it!!  Back to square one......
I haven’t created anything new for TpT this week, as I really needed to go back to my earliest creations and check them - *RED FACE* -  at the time I did not know how clever PPT was and was using Word and Publisher to create and then using an AWFUL free program to save everything in PDF format.  Unbeknownst to me, the formatting of my wonderful creations was mucked up and I hadn't checked!  *HANGS HEAD IN SHAME*  I am so glad those kindly souls did not mark me down at the time.  If you have bought any of the following from me, please go back and re-download, with my sincere apologies!

Speaking of Powerpoint, I thought you might find the following mini tutorial useful.  I am totally addicted to clip art and often find myself buying it because it looks cute, not because I need it.  I have tons of papers and when buying I have been guilty of not reading the relevant information.  Like me, I am sure you have loads of papers in ‘scrapbook’ size, i.e. square, instead of ‘letter’ size (8.5” x 11”) for your TpT creations.  Mostly this is not a huge problem, as the papers can be easily resized.  However if your paper has an object on it or something circular, of course it looks totally out of shape.  Many of my papers have lain redundant because I didn't know what to do to solve the problem – perhaps I was absent for POLKA DOTS 101 and everybody else knows, but just in case, I thought I would share with you what I found out.  The following is pic heavy – be warned!
Pic 1: So, you've inserted your paper and realise you need to resize.

Pic 2: ......and this happens!  Wonky polka dots!  Remove your paper and start with a clear slide.
The solution (in most case) lies below!

Pic 3: .....Go to 'insert', 'shapes' and 'rectangle'

 Pic 4: .....and draw yourself a snazzy rectangle.

Pic 5: on 'format'.....

Pic 6: 'no outline' and you will have this:

Pic 7: won't see that there is no outline immediately as we still have to deal with the 'fill' problem.  Make sure the slide is selected, click on 'format', 'shape fill' scroll down to 'picture'.

Pic 8: .....find your file and insert the paper you wish to use.

Pic 9:  You can see in the pic below, it now looks like it did originally - out of shape, but remember we have encased the paper in a shape, so we can format it.  Right click on the paper, scroll down to 'format picture'.

Pic 10:  Select 'fill'.

 Pic 11: Check the box 'tile this picture as texture' and you will see your paper change shape!

Pic 12:  Ta-da!  Now your paper looks as it should and it is the correct size for your document - magic!  Although this takes some time to read through, formatting your paper is done in a matter of seconds, once you get the hang of it!

I would love to know if this mini tutorial has helped you or was I the only person left in the dark?!!
My lovely friend, Samantha over at Ms. Smarty Pants is having a giveaway - there is a $50 TpT certificate up for grabs! Just click on the pic below to check out her blog post.
Lastly, a little freebie.  While I was giving myself a mini break, I was playing around with some BRIGHT papers!  Just right click and save as:

Leaving you with best wishes for the week ahead!


  1. You taught me something new! Thanks! LOVE the bright papers!

    My Kind of Teaching

  2. You are very welcome, Cynthia! I hope you are going to practice, like a good student! Hehe!

  3. Replies
    1. Thank you, Christi! Don't you just love coming back to look at this wonderful blog you created?! I'm still totally in love! :)

  4. Thank you! I never knew how to resize ~ nor did I realize ppt is better for creating units!!!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by - I'm so glad I was able to help! Once you start creating with PPT, you'll never look back, I promise! :)

  5. I didn't know this... thanks for enligtening me... no more wonky papers!

  6. Sorry to hear of your computer woes! Another great way to do that polka fixing (for backgrounds) is to right click the slide, click format background, and select picture from file. When you've selected your picture click the tiny little "tile" checkbox then unclick it right away. The paper will resize perfectly!

    Mrs. D


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