Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Makeover Madness

It's week 1 of the TPT Seller Challenge and I'm loving this first challenge!  The challenge is to make over a product cover. 

Making over my store product covers is actually on my "to do" list this summer.  My goal is to change all my cover thumbnail images to a consistent square size in my store. I'm hoping it will make a more cohesive and consistent look. Here is the first one I have done:

I'm trying to steer out of my comfort zone a bit and use patterned paper.  But the chevron of my "before" product cover is a little too distracting.  The softer toned patterned paper of the "after" cover is a little more appealing to me. I also like the look of the larger clipart boy. 

The font is KG The Last Time which is a hollow font, meaning that it is has no fill. This was my first time using the font.  I experimented with outlining and filling in a font by clicking on the text box where the font was and then clicking on format in the drawing tools option in PowerPoint. I'll show how I did that:

After choosing the font (KG The Last Time) I clicked on "text outline" in the drop down menu of the drawing tools option and chose the color outline and thickness of the outline. 

Next, I clicked on "text fill" and chose the color I wanted to fill the outline.

That's it!  Super easy!  So easy in fact, that I then changed a few of the graphics within the product and re-uploaded the product.  I'm thrilled. 

To celebrate the new and improved "Vowel Teams" product it is on sale for the remainder of the week at half off.   You can grab it in my store here or by clicking on the image below.

Are you up for a challenge?  Come join us and link up! Head over to one of these fabulous blogs featured below to link up. I'd love to see what you make!


  1. All Things Special Ed.- Tales From a Resource RoomJune 16, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    Love your makeover cover! I agree that the chevron was a little distracting- still cute but the makeover cover really stands out!! Thank you so much for the font/fill tip!! I will need to try that out!!! Lisa

    1. afirstforeverythingJune 16, 2015 at 10:42 PM

      Thanks so much Lisa! Glad the tip was helpful too! :)

  • Teach MitchellJune 17, 2015 at 12:10 AM

    Very cute! I definitely like your makeover item - you did a fabulous job! I think I may need to check out the hollow font; I love the idea of changing the inside colors and the trim :) Thanks for sharing!

  • CourtneyJune 17, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    The new font looks great! I'm a fan of bigger clip art on covers as well. All the pieces you chose really work nicely together.
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  • Kristen SullinsJune 17, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Thanks so much for the tip about filling hollow fonts. I will definitely be trying it out! I was also glad to see that product makeovers was on someone else's to-do-list as well this summer !


  • Sarah NicoleJune 17, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Love your makeover! It looks awesome. Definitely more eye catching with the new cover!

  • MicheleJune 17, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    Very cool! I haven't worked with hollow fonts much. Thanks for sharing!
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  • kristina harjoJune 17, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    I'm glad you came out of your comfort zone. The new cover is very eye catching and bold. It looks great. I also like how it is so simple

  • MissWoodwardsClassJune 20, 2015 at 12:16 AM

    Great makeover, Julie! I love that this challenge is giving all of us the motivation boost we need! :)

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  • Room 308June 20, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Great makeover! I really like the new patterned paper and the cool color scheme as well. It's bold, but not busy.

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