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Community Deletion or handing it over [September 24, 2006 @ 9:56am]

tasha
Well another failed attempt to have an active layout rating community it seems.

If anyone would like to have this community, I will give it over. I just don't feel like fooling with it. If not, I'll just delete it.
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Member - New Layout [September 16, 2006 @ 4:02pm]

theonlykow
Link to your Layout: theonlykow - it's live!
Title the layout: Undine and Necro.
Free Account or Paid Account: Free.
Approximately how much time did you put into it?: 14 minutes. Honestly, I just threw it up because I needed something to replace my broken old layout, which I loved, but since I'm no longer paid and my domain expired... no more updating that layout, heh. Damn.
Anything extra you wish to say about it? Not really. I know it's not the best ever, but I just wanted something simple and I wanted to use the art I had, haha. Go team.
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Re-applying [September 16, 2006 @ 12:03am]

crownedlily
[ mood | sleepy ]

Basics
Name: Steph
Age: 22
How much experience do you have?: Well I started working with Photoshop back in 1998. Then I discovered livejournal in early 2004 and started working on layouts soon after that.

Your Layout
Title your layout: The Burnout, and The Princess - Hdye and Jackie
Free Account or Paid Account: paid
Approximately how much time did you put into it?: I spent about 3 days off and on working on it here and there.
Anything extra you wish to say about it? I really, really wish I was better at S2.

**Your Opinion**
Pick a favorite layout in this community, link it, explain why: lacelamb - I love the colors. And lets face it. I'm a fan of Amy Lee and Evanescence.
Pick a least favorite layout, link it, and explain how it could be better: musepoetique - It feels a bit to boxy. The header image is just weird. I'm just not feeling it.

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Member - New Layout [September 12, 2006 @ 1:50am]

profoundity
[ mood | sleepy ]

Your Layout
Title your layout: Petbook: XP Style
Free Account or Paid Account: Free.
Approximately how much time did you put into it?: About 1.5 months (I kept working on it, off and on)
Anything extra you wish to say about it? It was heavily inspired by xksoftballgrlxk layout (observe the color scheme) and by another layout off of Livejournal. All of those sources in addition to what little imagination I have were put into this layout :P

Also, this layout was made for a journal which is meant to keep tabs on my family pets, in case anyone happens to be curious ^^

Here's the journal: petbook

The layout is okay in resolutions higher than 1024x768. It works well in IE, however, for an optimal viewing experience, please use Firefox.

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mod (not rated) // new layout [August 14, 2006 @ 8:35pm]

pattiecake
New layout on my journal? haha, never.

pattie_lls1

I'm working on entering Last Layout Standing this season and here is the (beta version) of the layout I came up with. I don't know what it was but this one took me FOREVER. At least 25 hours so far -- I started out using generator, ran into insurmountable problems on Internet Explorer, and started the whole thing over again using Smooth Sailing.

Yeah, that's right, its all S2 stylesheets. I can't tell if that made it easier or harder ... all I know is that I put about 200% more effort in this than I will be able to put into any of the other rounds.

To save you the effort, these are the known bugsCollapse )

So, you guys think I have a chance?
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[August 13, 2006 @ 2:20am]

sopraffina
Basics
Name: Amanda
Age: 32
How much experience do you have?: I used to write my own HTML when I had a WebTV years ago, back when it was called "journalling." Heh. I haven't messed with it in years, but once I got my LJ account in April and discovered sites like premade_ljs, I began fooling around with Paint Shop Pro 9.

Your Layout
Title your layout: Petal Soft
Free Account or Paid Account: Paid (S2 because I wanted userpics)
Approximately how much time did you put into it?: Too much time. :) This was my first time using layers and CSS, other than copying (and crediting!) Spent many nights on everything_lj. Between the graphics and tweaking the layout, I'd say at least 10 hours because of trial and error.
Anything extra you wish to say about it? I know it's plain. I'd appreciate any feedback on giving it more oomph.

**Your Opinion**
(this can be from screenshots or active layouts)
Pick a favorite layout in this community, link it, explain why: What's not to love about xksoftballgrlxk's shark layout? The orange and blue could easily fall flat, but her use of gradients and the thick white border make the page *pop*. It truly took my breath away. It's also neat and easy to read.
Pick a least favorite layout, link it, and explain how it could be better: While the artwork of profoundity is stunning, I'm having a hard time reading the text. If it were just a shade or two darker, I don't think I would notice anything wrong. I actually have to tilt my screen in order to read it, though. I might've made the header image slightly smaller as well to make the viewer's first impression that of a blog and not a splash page.
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Member - New Layout [August 12, 2006 @ 5:59pm]

loveangels
Link to your Layout: loveangels
Title the layout: Untitled
Free Account or Paid Account: Free
Approximately how much time did you put into it?: A few hours
Anything extra you wish to say about it? Not really. Constructive criticism is much appreciated.

Thanks.
5 comments|post comment

New - Application [August 10, 2006 @ 10:20am]

eskiden
New Applicants
Basics
Name: Cat
Age: 18
How much experience do you have?: About two years or so.

Your Layout
Title your layout: Elsewhere
Free Account or Paid Account: Free
Approximately how much time did you put into it?: I really don't know. I made it about a month ago and kept tinkering with the little details, and finally jut gave up. Tinkering aside, a few hours maybe?
Anything extra you wish to say about it? I like teensy font because it stretches my eyeball muscles.

**Your Opinion**
(this can be from screenshots or active layouts)
Pick a favorite layout in this community, link it, explain why: volonte. It's just so original looking. I can't explain it. It's just clean and unique and well put together.
Pick a least favorite layout, link it, and explain how it could be better: profoundity. I am in love with the header, and the overall prettiness of the layout, but it's heavily misaligned in my browser/resolution. Also, the text is a little light for comfortable reading (for me, on this particular computer at least), but that's not a huge thing.
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New - Application [August 03, 2006 @ 12:05pm]

anya_strange
Basics
Name: Dani
Age: 19
How much experience do you have?: I designed my first website in 2003, but never learned to wirte HTML, CSS etc. professionally. It's all learning by doing, and by reading selfhtml.org carefully. ;-) The layout I present here is my first attempt to work with LJ-overrides.

Your Layout
Title your layout: basic butterflies?
Free Account or Paid Account: free
Approximately how much time did you put into it?: It took me very long to find information on overrides, to process the pictures and finally wirte the whole coding... all in all 10-15 hours, I think.
Anything extra you wish to say about it? I got the whole idea of designing my own layout after looking at Tasha's premade_ljs. That's the reason why I decided to present my "results" in this community, although I think they are not so fancy as many of the other's. The idea of putting sticky tape on my pictures is directly "stolen" from (or "inspired by" ;-)) Tasha's headerswap4.

**Your Opinion**
(this can be from screenshots or active layouts)
Pick a favorite layout in this community, link it, explain why: I am very impressed by volonte's journal, because it's simple and beautiful at the same time. The grey and pink go so well together, and the title "volonte" makes me think of birds and lightness - which is reflected by the whole layout. Well, difficult to explain in English. I just look at it and think: Yes, that's it, it's simply wonderful.
Pick a least favorite layout, link it, and explain how it could be better: Everytime I look at crownedlily's journal, I wonder why it's so full of some movie character. I think this does not reflect the owner's personality. Apart from that, all those skulls in the background make me a little dizzy - I think it would look better if they would not scroll with the entryboxes. So one could design one "line" of skulls and put an "repeat-x" to them. And I would put another heading in the "entries"-box, because there are not only entries but also links, "about me", likes etc. below.

(I'm sorry if my English seems a little strange today... *blush*)
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New - Application [August 02, 2006 @ 9:34pm]

tobey_babey
Basics
Name: Tobey
Age: 19
How much experience do you have?: 6 years

Your Layout
Title your layout: Rounded Default
Free Account or Paid Account: Paid
Approximately how much time did you put into it?: 1 month
Anything extra you wish to say about it? It's S2. & I thought about a header but it makes it look too bulky, what do you think?

**Your Opinion**
(this can be from screenshots or active layouts)
Pick a favorite layout in this community, link it, explain why:
xksoftballgrlxk: very original, very cute love the use of gradients!
Pick a least favorite layout, link it, and explain how it could be better:
lumoslindsay looks a little too default, too wide and too much extra space. I dont like the header or the way the colors are represented, but not completely horrible.
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quick question [July 26, 2006 @ 11:37pm]

volonte
I figured you layout savvy people would know the answer to this.

I've created styles with my paid account, however my paid-ness just expired. :(
I can't buy another year until next weekend. Now, my question is, will my styles be erased? If so, that's really going to suck. I didn't save any of them, I just kept them in my styles. :\
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New - Application [July 26, 2006 @ 10:27pm]

adiaaida
Basics
Name: Chelle
Age: 19
How much experience do you have?: on LJ? 2 years. coding websites... i've been doing it for maybe 4 or so. i started on html

Your Layout
Title your layout: No One Left To Save Me
Free Account or Paid Account: i have a paid account, but it could be used on a free account
Approximately how much time did you put into it?: a while? the graphic was simple enough for me to make, but the coding and getting everything to work right took a lot longer.
Anything extra you wish to say about it? I'm on a wide screen. I'm pretty sure it looks fine on 1024x768, but if you're smaller than that, it might look wrong(i don't really know) and i apologize for that now. oh, and this was supposed to be for the_lj_reboot, but i really liked it and couldn't wait to put it up, so i did.

**Your Opinion**
(this can be from screenshots or active layouts)
Pick a favorite layout in this community, link it, explain why: xksoftballgrlxk. I really like the overall layout of it. it doesn't really look like an LJ layout to me and that's really cool. plus, i love the header. love it. it's fun and cute, and the colors work excellently together
Pick a least favorite layout, link it, and explain how it could be better: theonlykow. now, this is completely based on the fact that all of the images are dead. or at least, in my browser they are. it was probably a nice layout at some point in time, but i just see a white box in a sea of really bright blue.

i love knowing what other people think, so please, be brutal :D
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New - Application [July 22, 2006 @ 11:28pm]

lumoslindsay
Basics
Name: lindsay
Age: 20
How much experience do you have?: too much! lol - lj addict at ♥ maybe two/three years?

Your Layout
Title your layout: Untitled ;)
Free Account or Paid Account: free layout on a paid account
Approximately how much time did you put into it?: a little last night and all of today!
Anything extra you wish to say about it? the header is randomized! don't forget to click your reload button! and that it was designed for FF - IE 6 might be eating it for dinner (IE 7 beta doesn't though so i'm not sure)

**Your Opinion**
(this can be from screenshots or active layouts)
Pick a favorite layout in this community, link it, explain why: i'm loving __lookitssteve's layout currently. it's the fancy graphics work...
Pick a least favorite layout, link it, and explain how it could be better: musepoetique - it's very pixelated and a little cookie-cutter.
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Modly Note [July 22, 2006 @ 1:52pm]

tasha
Don't forget guys, if you are an accepted member, and you want to move on up on the Member's list, feel free to apply other layouts you've created beside your own. (communities, test journal's, friend's journals, ect.) Your layouts will always be rated objectively though, so don't get butt hurt if it doesn't pass. You'll still be loved for your personality. :P

I'm going to go add a seperate application for accepted members applying new layouts.

Also, if you have friends you think would like this community, pimp it around a bit.

Edit: I just finished spamming a crap load of people off of journal rating community's member lists. Drop me a line if I pissed you off about it so I know not to do it again!
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New - Application [July 21, 2006 @ 10:41pm]

loveangels
Basics
Name: Jenn
Age: 15
How much experience do you have?: I think I've been making graphics/layouts... for almost three years.

Your Layout
Title your layout: Grey blob of doom? Or, if I'm trying to sound more eloquent, I suppose Colorless
Free Account or Paid Account: Free, but I used sponsered to get the links. XD
Approximately how much time did you put into it?: A lot, actually. This was my first S2 layout that I've done on my own, so it took forever to get all the coding right, and after getting it aligned in one browser, it was messed up in another, so finally, I think/hope it's okay now. I didn't time myself, but maybe around a day?
Anything extra you wish to say about it? I guess I should mention that the code I used to replace the LJ icons (locked, private, lj user/community, which incidentally does not seem to work in IE) I got from reversescollide, but everything else was by me (and LJ). :)

Your Opinion
(this can be from screenshots or active layouts)
Pick a favorite layout in this community, link it: profoundity. The header image is just so pretty.
Pick a least favorite layout, link it, and explain how it could be better: I honestly like all of them, but since I need to pick, lacelamb. I just kind of wish it were more colorful. The color used is beautiful, but I wish there were a different hue. And I suppose I'm being somewhat hypocritcal considering my own layout, but uhh, I can't think of a way to explain myself out of this one.

Lots of feedback would be great. Thanks in advance!
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new - application [July 20, 2006 @ 9:19pm]

we_arethenormal
Basics
Name: Livia
Age: 17
How much experience do you have?: About 4 years, I'd say? I've been tooling around with PS and writing html since about then.

Your Layout
Title your layout: Dream Tree
Free Account or Paid Account: Free
Approximately how much time did you put into it?: I've been working for a couple hours each day for the past three or four, but I already had a lot of the codes in place from my last layout
Anything extra you wish to say about it? People always wonder where We Are The Normal comes from or what it means. It's a song by the Goo Goo Dolls that I like.

Your Opinion
(this can be from screenshots or active layouts)
Pick a favorite layout in this community, link it: I loooove xksoftballgrlxk's. It's so cute and fun, but it's really well done, too.
Pick a least favorite layout, link it, and explain how it could be better: I'm not sure if I'm seeing their layout right, but when I look at theonlykow's journal, I see this. There's not much to see, I guess.
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new - application [July 20, 2006 @ 1:11am]

volonte
Basics
Name: Kate
Age: 16
How much experience do you have?: About 3 years with HTML/CSS and Adobe programs.

Your Layout
Title your layout: libre comme l'air
Free Account or Paid Account: paid
Approximately how much time did you put into it?: Eh, around three days.
Anything extra you wish to say about it? This is my first S2 attempt. I figured I needed to give it a shot since it seems to be pretty popular at the moment. I'm not sure how S2 layouts are rated around here, but a good friend of mine suggested I apply. :]

Your Opinion
(this can be from screenshots or active layouts)
Pick a favorite layout in this community, link it: currently, tasha
Pick a least favorite layout, link it, and explain how it could be better: There aren't many to chose from at the moment, so I'd have to say my least is lacelamb just because the color scheme is a little boring.
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New - Application [July 19, 2006 @ 2:03pm]

profoundity
[ mood | bored ]

Basics
Name: 'Rika.
Age: 15.
How much experience do you have?: I started making layouts the summer of last year...so I guess about a year.

Your Layout
Title your layout: Kaleidoscope.
Free Account or Paid Account: This layout is a paid layout; however, my current account is free; I need to renew it :(
Approximately how much time did you put into it?: Honestly, I don't know. It took a while for me to make the header and then find out a way to incorporate it into a decent layout, but that's all I know.
Anything extra you wish to say about it? I'd made two versions of this layout. The first version didn't have a round-cornered sidebar, round-cornered entries, or round-cornered floating boxes (which were inspired [in general] by tigersky's layout). I also remembered theonlykow referring to the floating boxes in the first version as "Google ad boxes," which fueled on the urge to change it.

And please...this layout is better viewed without LJ's navigation bar... ^^;

Your Opinion
(this can be from screenshots or active layouts)
Pick a favorite layout in this community, link it: Each layout here has a little bit of something that I like, so I guess I'm not liable to pick favorites now.
Pick a least favorite layout, link it, and explain how it could be better: Statement made above still applies.

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[August 08, 2006 @ 1:20pm]

eskiden
Basics
Name: Cat
Age: 18
How much experience do you have?: About two years now, I think. Of course, my layouts from two years ago were horribly Mozilla-incompatible, but hey, I tried. :)

Your Layout
Title your layout: Hah, I actually call this one "Untitled" but I guess if you really want a title I'd call it "All These Things That I've Done". It was inspired by the (The Killers) song.
Free Account or Paid Account: Free
Approximately how much time did you put into it?: I really don't remember. I made this...months ago, and it took me a long time for the graphical elements to fit together. I tinkered with it on and off for a while, and then got sick of tinkering and just put it up.
Anything extra you wish to say about it? I have to be honest; I'm really not a huge fan of this layout, mostly because it's very Discovery Channel-ish. I've been meaning to change it forever, but laziness is taking over my life.

Your Opinion
(this can be from screenshots or active layouts)
Pick a favorite layout in this community, link it: xksoftballgrlxk or tasha. The former because it's unlike a lot of layouts I've seen, which gives it a freshness that makes it appealing. The latter because it's simple and still aesthetically pleasing. I like simplicity, but it's so difficult to pull of sometimes without bordering on sheer boringness.
Pick a least favorite layout, link it, and explain how it could be better: I'm not sure whose accepted at this point - and at any rate I'm in no position to criticize most of the layout-ers in here. So of the applicants I'd have to say crownedlily I'm not a fan of the multitude of different fonts (the links, the subject, and the entries, the header, the fo banner), particularly not together. And the background is a bit much imo. But then I am a strictly S1 sorta gal, so S2 is an entirely different realm for me.
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New - Application [July 19, 2006 @ 10:22am]

__lookitssteve
[ mood | hopeful ]

Basics
Name: Steve
Age: 16
How much experience do you have?: Not much, lol. About a year with LJ coding and 3/4 of a year with PS.
Your Layout
Title your layout: KH2, how original?
Free Account or Paid Account: Free
Approximately how much time did you put into it?: Hm, hard to say. I worked on the layout a little bit each day for a week, then coded it in one night.
Anything extra you wish to say about it? Well, I made the layout on a friend's computer
when I went to his vacation home. Since he didn't have the internet there I used the pictures he had on his computer along with default brushes and fonts. It was actually kinda fun to make something without the luxury of finding your own pictures.
Your Opinion
(this can be from screenshots or active layouts)
Pick a favorite layout in this community, link it: They're all so good! But I really like xksoftballgrlxk's layout(How'd you hide the ads on your sponsored+ account?).
Pick a least favorite layout, link it, and explain how it could be better:
There's not really a bad layout here.

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