[sticky entry] Sticky: Friends Only

May. 17th, 2013 03:08 pm
timetobegin: (firefly [ zoe ])

It's difficult for me to keep up with a big circle; i only friend when i can manage people


Mar. 4th, 2019 08:19 am
timetobegin: (lots [ kahlan ])
Hi Team

I've just done a bit of a friends cut. I always do this, add more people than i can realistically keep up with and i then feel guilty for not commenting/being a good friend. It's not very nice, but under no circumstances am i removing folks because there is any bad feelings - just didn't jive for whatever reason (probably because i'm not around as much as i'd like)

Plus a few people that haven't updated in a while.

All the best!!


Jan. 20th, 2019 01:34 pm
timetobegin: (hp [ ron & herminone ])

[community profile] lands_of_magic is an interactive challenge comm, lots of challenges of fic, graphics, games, vids, all sorts of carry on! You earn points for each challenge and at the end, there is a winning team. It's low pressure and open to all fandoms, and all sorts of works as well.
timetobegin: (aos [ may & coulson ])
I decided to skip day 6, there is nothing i want/need at the moment that i can think of! cough except more icon challenges lol

Day 7 Try something new. What i've been doing, after seeing some wishes is creating some tutorials! Its something i don't really feel "qualified" to do, but i decided to give it a go anyway. I hope someone is inspired to get into icon making/Screencapping because of it.
Screencapping tutorial : autoscreencapping & grabbing a screenshot in VLC
Icon Basics PART ONE : a guide to software, cropping & uploading
Icon Basics PART TWO : A guide to some colour tools, and sharpening
Tutorial Three : A Guide to Cutouts!

Day 8 Self recs; all my icons are at [profile] thisisagraphicscomm hopefully a new post soon!

Day 9 Act of Kindess; I've spread some joy at the fandom_stocking posts

Day 10 Create a fanwork; i entered the latest [community profile] iconbattles quick battle!

Day 11 My Process; is honestly..see cap, create icon. I don't write, and i guess that's more process involved, but really...cap > icon! that's it.

Day 12 In your own space, create your own challenge. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.
I'd love it if everyone sought out a new comm to create or join! There is so much out here on DW and the more we have, the more likely DW will be sustainable. If you need recs, let me know!!!
timetobegin: (supergirl [ kara ])

I didn't do day 4 officially because i've already interacted with a lot of people due to the challenge.

Day 5
In your own space, promote three communities, challenges, blogs, pages, Twitters, Tumblrs or platforms and explain why you love them.

Icon Challenges
I couldn't really choose three things, most of my time here is spent on icon stuff, and i feel like i rec those all the time!!! [community profile] icontalking, [community profile] iconthat, [community profile] icons10in20 and [community profile] fandom10in30 are all fun and amazing. I recently made [community profile] hp_iconchallenge as well, plus [community profile] iconbattles which i'm not great at keeping up with

Mixed Media Challenges
I love [community profile] lands_of_magic which is where you get sorted into a "court" and create things and play games to earn you points for your court. It's not as pressure filled as it sounds, it doesn't matter how much or little do. I like trying to force myself to do different fanworks, techniques and themes, plus i like the game aspect of it. The same goes for [community profile] starfleet_hq which is similar and also fun.
If you want even more low key, [community profile] challengeme is also fun - similar challenges, without the team aspect.

General Comms
I'm also a member of [community profile] killingeve and [community profile] legendsoftomorrow which i try to keep up with.
timetobegin: (btvs [ me ])
So much catching up to do!!! Will have to do some commenting tonight :)

Day 3

In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favorite interview, a book, a scene from a movie, etc) and explain why you love it so much. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

There are a lot of scenes from a lot of different shows, and there are a lot of scenes i could pick from Buffy, but this scene is it for me. It's just sooooo good and heartbreaking and well done.

So that's it huh, no weapons, no friends, no hope. Take that away and whats left?

This episode is AMAZING and the last few scenes, coupled with Full of Grace by Sarah McLachlan, is perfect. I think SMG's Acting was on point too. The score, Close your Eyes still gives me goosebumps.

timetobegin: (hp [ bored ])
Day 2
Rec at least three fanworks that you didn’t create. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

UGH pressure!!!

1. Some recently saved icons

[personal profile] yuffies | [personal profile] negans | [personal profile] alexia_drake | [personal profile] dickinsons | [personal profile] luminousdaze

2. A favourite Vid
Marchin On - Harry Potter I love this because i love harry potter, and that's basically it. It's quite hopeful though.

3. A Couple of Fics nb. I don't read a lot of fic, and most of this is NOT recent.

Its been growing, day by day Stargate, mostly teamy but with a little John/Rodney, I LOVE TEAMY STUFF. It's a very cool fic which could be transferred into a long episode without too much fuss.

Semaphore Avengers, Tony/Steve. <3

Crossroads State Supernatural, Cas/Dean - A reallly lovely AU.

Third Time's the Charm Person of Interest, Root/Shaw :)

many of my fave fics from LJ are deleted ;_;
timetobegin: (stargate [ teyla green ])
I love having time to actually do stuff and that means i'm enabling HARD at the moment. [community profile] iconthat has a great challenge if i do say so myself, and i have two battles up at [community profile] iconbattles a quick on and this:
I know some of you want to make more icons this year, so HERE IS YOUR CHANCE.

Come make some icons for the new year, all stargate, due the 16th of Jan. Beginners welcome :)

And now for your regularly scheduled Snowflake Challenge!! Lots of you are doing this :)

Day 1
In your own space, talk about your Happy Place—the things that give you joy, calms you or keeps you sane. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Surprisingly, or not at all since fandom appeals to some people more than others, i'm a homebody and i've always found a lot of joy hanging out at home watching TV, on the couch/in bed, with a blanket, with my cats and my dog when i had her, and having some alone time. Of course this alone time included hundreds of online people who shared my interests, were there to talk and be excited with me.

It has died down a little lately and i'm still holding on tight (it's really picked up here lately which is great to see) but I am more well balanced now. I go for walks, i get fresh air and i have other hobbies too.

And i still love 100x100 pixels which is the reason i joined LJ, and now DW in the first place LOL. I also find that TV and fandom is an escape so i tend to enjoy happier, more fun fandoms than many of the dark and gritty ones. I'm ok with my mermaids and stargates and silly shows

Being an introvert and my best communication is when i can think about it, and then write it out - blogging has always appealed to me, and honestly this is about the only thing that has been in my life for almost 20 years without fail.
timetobegin: (stargate [ vala peach ])
I've been re-watching Merlin and really want to do an icon battle! So i decided to make a comm for hosting battles, i love battles, but don't want to spam you here all the time!

a Merlin icon battle held at [community profile] iconbattles

Even if you don't like Merlin, but like battles, i'm sure you can tempt me with something else over at [community profile] iconbattles


Mar. 26th, 2018 11:46 am
timetobegin: (orphan black [ alison ])

a fandom comm for challenges; writing, graphics and games!
Lots of fun, if you wanna join tell em i sent ya.
[community profile] lands_of_magic


Feb. 18th, 2018 12:26 pm
timetobegin: (poi [ otp ])
Just while i'm on today, a couple of promos of things i'm trying to get done each week :)

[community profile] starfleet_hq a all-star treks challenge comm with teams to join! I'm in Med Bay, so feel free to join. Writing, graphics & games

[community profile] challengeme a casual challenge comm for writing, graphics and games. earn badges for completing!

[community profile] lands_of_magic a magical/genre comm for challenging yourself, with teams for writing, graphics and games

[community profile] genre_icontest | [community profile] fandom10in30 | [community profile] iconthat all for making icons with bi-weekly/monthly challenges
timetobegin: (marvel [ gamora ])

It's time for a win-win kind of icon battle :) Everyone who wants to sign up picks two caps, and after maybe 2 (? - flexible on this!) weeks everyone makes icons of the caps that are submitted. I'm not going to limit it anymore than that, but good hi-quality caps are appreciated by all.

This way, everyone can get lots of icons of some caps they like the look of, and this post will be unlocked and open to anyone who wants to participate, but not too many because so many caps!.

[personal profile] timetobegin | killjoys & wonder woman
[personal profile] negans | solace & grey's anatomy
[personal profile] skieswideopen | dark matter & timeless
[personal profile] tinny | Elementary & Lucifer
[personal profile] luminousdaze | Doctor who & Doctor who

The Spare Caps Pool aka bonus caps if you are bored.
lost girl

due date is Aug 1


Mar. 1st, 2015 11:20 am
timetobegin: (elementary | irene)
I will be deleting most of my friends list. I spent my two hour dog walk trying to think of the right thing to say here, but i decided on its me; its me because i don't believe in facebook friends, i have one friend in real life, and my life has changed so much in the last year or two that i'm just not the same person i was in 2010, in 2004, in 2001 when i first started using LJ. I don't watch too much tv, i'm not a landcomm robot and i don't have as much time for the internet.

All of you at one time or another were good friends, even people i considered best friends. I wish you well and hope to see you around. I really do mean this, and i'm not removing anyone i consider to be someone i dislike, i want to use this journal in a different way, i need to have time for my real life, and i just don't think we're very good friends anymore.

And mostly, that's on me for not commenting and not knowing what to say and the like. For some of you we've drifted apart, for others i just never really made the effort to be the friend you deserve.

So sorry, and all the best.
timetobegin: (marvelverse | steve)

due to time restraints and just being overwhelmed with everything I've decided to do a bit of a friends cut. I'm truly sorry to part ways with many of you, However I feel like I'm a terrible friend lately and its not fair to anyone.

Thank you <3


Jun. 30th, 2014 08:06 pm
timetobegin: (poi [ root ])
I i'm not so great with light textures, but we'll give this a go!

I downloaded the set you gave me, but some of my favourite texture packs are these:
one | two | three | four

I like textures with mostly black backgrounds a lot of the time because screen layers are my favourite and when black goes on screen it disappears. So it means i can just see the other colours and stuff :) Light colours really work best on darker icons, so you need to consider the background of your icon & what colours would suit it.

I downloaded the texture pack you suggested & I have to admit i never use text textures.

this one in particular is quite good because you can set the layer to screen, and the black will go transparent. i LOVE black and white textures set to screen because you can see the different greys make for interesting work.

However the draw back to this particular texture is that you'd have to find a cap that fit it just right because it takes up most of the icon. In the first picture above, i've put the texture straight on, set to "screen". In the second icon, i left that first layer on screen, but erased out the text using a really soft brush so you can't really tell (hard lines show up when you use hard brushes a lot of the time.) i then re-sized the texture and added it as another layer on screen and erased around the text this time. This is probably more likely something i would actually do when using a texture. but that's mostly a personal preference because i don't like text much, or big text.
You can also use a lot of the light textures in this pack on screen. If its not a black background, but a dark coloured background it will give the icon colour as well as texture. eg
01. 02. 03.
01. I used one of the textures in the pack on screen, and i moved it down a bit so you can see the difference between the texture and how it looks without the texture - you can see that the bottom is quite blue & the top still has the natural browns of the cap i used.
2. the space texture was really quite cool. i added it on both sides of the icon and set it to screen. Its handy because 50% of the edges are soft so you can move it around to cover the areas you'd like to cover most.
3. again, this one has red-tones so it gives the icon more red when using it.
I have pretty much put these textures on so you can see how they work, i haven't put any thought into what makes a good icon, so when you are using them you'll need to think about why you're using this texture and if it does add something to it!


Overlay, Softlight & Hard Light do similar things to different degrees - this is kinda the reverse of screen & lighten in that i think it works best when the light colours are the background and the dark colours are the part you want to see. for example, i set the texture to overlay, soft light & hard light and got the following three results:
overlay: softlight : hard light:
overlay messes with the colours too much for my liking, and hard light is a bit harsh sometimes but i like soft light a LOT. its my second favourite after screen. :)

Some other textures and how i'd use them.
1. Is using textures as a background. this is how i like to use textures a LOT too. i just put the texture behind the cap & then erase everything but my subject. quite often i'll paint around the edges as well (i know i'm not going into much detail on this, but i can if you like.
2. My fave screen! i like this texture because i think this texture is the one i'd be most likely to use with this cap (with colouring and editing) because it reminds me of a storm. I'd most likely set it to screen but sort of edit away some of the edges and stuff.
3. This is set to color dodge! just because i didn't really use any of the other layer settings and i DO its just...usually by accident?

Honestly there aren't many tutorials on texture use because it really seems to be a case by case basis - you can't use most textures on multiple icons in the exact same way. this is a good guide

The best thing you can do with textures is to experimentttttt. i really don't use them often, i tend to make simple icons with crop + colour but only because i'm lazy. there are so many beautiful icons that use textures out there! Textures work great hand in hand with grungey colouring, blocking & backgrounds.
The most important thing to remember is that icons should help the icon, not be put on just because! if you don't think a texture adds something to an icon, don't use it.

ICONS I MADE with Textures

ICONS I REALLY LIKE with textures

by : petite_tomate, naive_astronaut, blue_emotion, absolutelybatty & naushika

I'm going to charge 5 points for this, because its long but mostly useless. if you want me to expand further i can, but it'd be best with textures if you could give me an example of what you'd like to achieve, or an icon & i'll show you the steps. unlike colouring, cropping & text it doesn't translate well!
timetobegin: (teen wolf | argents)

Here are the results of an icon battle we did over the weekend! :D 12 icons by 5 different makers YAY fandoms include arrow, teen wolf, once upon a time, intelligence, supernatural, elementary, farscape, agents of shield, thor, haven, the walking dead & being human us

timetobegin: (spn | dean & cas)

Here is how it works

1. Submit a (hi-res) cap here. FIRST IN FIRST SERVE. No more than one cap per fandom, so if your fandom is already taken you'll have to submit a new one.

2. Make icons of the 12 caps (you can start as soon as caps start rolling in.) ANYONE can participate. This post is also unlocked, feel free to bring your friends.

3. You can submit a cap and then not make any/all 12 icons. You can also make icons if you haven't submitted a cap.

4. On Late Sunday i'll post the results of this icon battle. (My Monday night) if you need a little more time keep me posted.

CAPs )
timetobegin: (leverage | team)

I can't decide which cake to get for my birthday. I'm open to getting two. BUT like, overboard is bad because too much cake is not as fun as it sounds.

Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake with Baileys Frosting, Baked Caramel Cheesecake, Double Chocolate & Baileys Gateau, Banoffie Pie

The pictures aren't great because the dessert place is good at cake but not so great at websites. Do you ever just get the urge to be like dammit son let me do your website for you.

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 22


View Answers

Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake with Baileys Frosting
5 (22.7%)

Baked Caramel Cheesecake
7 (31.8%)

Double Chocolate & Baileys Gateau
6 (27.3%)

Banoffie Pie
1 (4.5%)

Something else
0 (0.0%)

goddamnit get it all
3 (13.6%)

poll is dw-only sorry. the post is unlocked but you need an account to vote i think.?
timetobegin: (trek | spock)
I'm sorry but i've had to do a friend cut. I really was wanting to avoid this, and i literally feel awful because i've removed people who are lovely but whom i may not have connected with, or you haven't updated lately, etc.

The reasons are simply so i can keep up with my flist. I really mean no hard feelings.

However if you want to be defriended, feel free to defriend me at any time, i really don't care (well i do, but not like crying about it care, you know? I really am sorry.

I also may be removed people that i either have on LJ OR DW but don't need on both. Its simply a double post thing. let me know if you prefer the opposite to which i have defriended you?

I MIGHT HAVE ACCIDENTLY defriended people whom i don't have on LJ/DW but THOUGHT i did or i removed you in both by accident. If you think thats you, please let me know.

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timetobegin: (elementary | how)
[livejournal.com profile] baldie_troll made me socks. THEY ARE AMAZINGGGGGGGGG. they are literally beautiful and knitted via witchcraft.