toolbox

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RESOURCE ROUND-UP #5

Halftone Creator Photoshop Plugin



Clipping Magic (Online alternative to Photoshop that removes the background from images)

CSS3 Text-Shadow Effects (A project on CodePen, neat way to learn new tricks)

Magnific Popup (jQuery pop-up plugin)

CSS Tube Map by John Galantini

Free PSD: Flat File Icons

CSSmatic (Generator for gradients, border-radius, box shadow and noise texture)

Wooden Backgrounds & Textures (shared by ninpen)

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RESOURCE ROUND-UP #3

jQuery (Tumblr) Photoset Grid

(

linked to here as well)

Koken

(not tumblr related but for anyone planning on hosting a site or alike)



Lorem Pixel (I’m sure everyone is familiar with Lorem Ipsum, this is the image placeholder)

Coffitivity (my personal favourite - recreates a coffee shop vibe to help creativity)

CSS Beautifier

Imageloader.js

CSS Only Alternative to the Select Element

Custom Google Background (not theme related but I’m sure we have a lot of Google/Chrome users)

Recovery Kit/Grounding Box/Self-Help Box Thingy!

So, there are several different names we could call this, like grounding box, comfort box or coping skills toolbox.  I’m going to go with recovery kit because…idk why. In any event, I made a self-help box thingy, and it was actually sort of fun doing it. It reminded me of those rainy-day boxes we had to make in elementary school.

For those of you haven’t done something like this before (including myself, until yesterday), making a recovery kit is sort of like making a first aid kit for your mental health. When you’re in a moment of crisis, or just having a bad day, you can take out the box and use it to soothe yourself. You can put whatever you want in it, as long as it makes you feel good.

I was inspired by these posts, but there are probably a lot of other sources for inspiration, too. I tried to get an item to represent each of the five senses, as well as items that fostered creativity and mindfulness. Things that serve as a distraction, funny items, reminders of loved ones, and emergency phone numbers are also helpful. Honestly, I’ll probably wind up taking a few things out of it before an emergency strikes, like my ginger and sandalwood candle from the Body Shop (which smells rididiculously good).

Contents (and the function it plays)

  • One miniature sock monkey. Touch.
  • One ginger and sandalwood candle. Smell.
  • Two mini bottles of white musk shower gel and satsuma body lotion. Smell and taste.
  • One mindfulness-based stress reduction CD. Sound and mindfulness.
  • One packet of Starbucks’ salted caramel hot chocolate (hyfr!!!) Taste.
  • One Luna bar. Taste.
  • Two containers of cheap-ass nail polish (hot pink and black, because I’m apparently tapping into my inner scene kid???) Sight and creativity.
  • Small pocket Sudoku book. Distraction.
  • One blank composition notebook and two small pens. Creativity/self-expression.
  • One box of watercolor pencils. Creativity/self-expression.
  • One Lolcat Poetreez magnetic poetry kit. (I can has recovery box?) Silly/fun stuff
  • Multi-colored foil star labels. Because I love them, okay?!?!
  • One index card containing seven phone numbers (parents, three friends, therapist and psychiatrist)

If you guys have done recovery boxes or plan to do one, I’d love for you to share them with me. You can submit stuff or send me a message with your post and I’ll reblog it here :) What’s in your box?

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I finished my toolbox \(^-^)/

I think it turned out nicely :3 and it is very light too :D

I had to remove 4 mm in thickness from the lid to get a usable surface again and I didn’t have enough wood to make a diagonal part for it (-_-)

I like how the handles look on it :3

I used some paste wax on top of the Kakishibu to finish the toolbox :)

I didn’t apply any Kakidhibu to the inside of the toolbox because I didn’t have enough to do so and because I kind of like the contrast :D

I intended to put my beech toolbox on its side and use the lid as a sliding door but it didn’t work out that well because I couldn’t access my tools the way I wanted to so right now I need to put my new toolbox away whenever I want to access it which is kind of cumbersome but I don’t have enough space do do it in a different way (^-^;) I realized how heavy my beech toolbox is (°_°;) 

I keep the tools I use the most in the toolbox that is on top :D

For everyone wondering whats in the small carrying case :) It is the case I use for my multimeter :) I’m an mechatronics engineer after all :D

Also I do agree that a toolbox doesn’t need to be perfect but I wanted to set myself a challenging goal and this was the only project that I needed at the time :) Also it is the first project I used Paulownia or きりand this served as a guinea pig for future things :D

I wish everyone a great week and fluffy things (^-^)/

Hey I took this picture of me and I have no makeup on and my rolls are on display and my big huge belly is out and you can see my super duper fat chest/shoulders (one of my least favorite parts of me) and I really really really love it and I think that’s a pretty big deal. I honestly think I look beautiful here, and I want to remember this and document it properly.

(NOT FOR YOUR PORN BLOG.)

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RESOURCE ROUND-UP #1

Inspirational Theme of the Moment:
Ninpen’s About Me Page

Promoting Resource Blogs:
House of Buttons
A collection of great UI buttons for inspiration but also links to PSD’s and tutorials.

How to Make a Tumblr-powered News Ticker


How To Create HTML5/CSS3 Columns for All Browsers
Getting Started With Modernizr
Freebie: Valentines Vector Pack
Browser Awareness Day
Free Font: Fénix - (Use @ Google)


*If you’re a resource-related blog and want to be promoted here, message us.

Useful Stuff Masterpost for Creators

I’m starting up a masterpost for content creators, featuring tools for artists, animators, voice actors, etc. The list’ll start out small but I’ll update it occasionally. If you have suggestions on things to add, just shoot me an ask.

Audio

Audacity (software): Hands down the best free open-source audio manipulation tool. Use it to record voice samples and polish them up a bit with basic and straightforward functionality.

Foam Factory (equipment): Need to bring your recording space up to a semi professional level, and dampen any reverb and surrounding noise? Foam Factory sells factory-direct noise-canceling foam, being the most cost-effective seller available.

Art

Posemaniacs is a solid reference and practice site. They have a lot of basic references, but one of their best tools is their 30-second drawing practice, used to help train you in referencing and gesture sketching.

Lazy Nezumi (software): I’m gonna preface this suggestion with this statement: do not overuse stabilizers. (In Sai, if you’re setting it beyond 2 you risk crippling your drawing ability. If you want stability, make confident strokes, not slow, careful, stabilizer-manipulated ones. Stabilizers should overcome program lag and hardware limitations, not your own drawing (in)ability.) With that out of the way, many people prefer Sai to Photoshop specifically because it has a stabilizer built in. Lazy Nezumi is an external stabilizer with a huge host of other settings, and is compatible with any program, including Photoshop. Personally it was amazing for the sole reason of preventing the beginnings/ends of my lines from getting damaged when drawing. A full license is $35

Sculptris (software): Sculptris is by the makers of Zbrush, and it’s free. It’s a great beginner-level program for practicing 3D modeling, especially of organic creations. It can be great for making a 3D reference of a character to help you in drawing them at other angles as well.

Krita (software): Krita is an open source art program that actually is pretty capable. It may not be as amazing as Sai or Photoshop, but it’s definitely viable and focused specifically on digital art.

Animation

My animation toolbox has a HUGE collection of plugins and programs to help with animation. There’s too much to summarize here. If you animate in flash or even just output to .swf, go check it out, you won’t be sorry.

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We set out to design the best made steel toolbox, and along the way we made a breakthrough: in order to access the bottom hold of any standard toolbox, you have to unlatch and open the lid, and then remove the top tray, and in the heat of the moment setting a heavy tray of tools aside, let alone finding a clear spot to put it down, is a pain. So working closely with a legendary American metal fabricator we designed a toolbox that would do away with this extra step: with the front loading door you can access all your tools without having to grapple with the top tray. 

Front Loading Toolbox