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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tried It Tuesday {TPT Store Banner}

This week my Tried It comes from another blogger's Tried It just a little over a month ago!
I love learning so many tips, tricks, and ideas in this link up!
I am always inspired to try new things. :)
It's Time for Tried It Tuesday! 
What have you tried recently at school or home?
My Tried It:
Banner for TPT Store
I am excited to share a technology tip for TPT sellers that I first read about in January from my sweet friend Jessica's blog at Literacy Spark here. I am not even sure how long it took me to realize that I could make a banner for my TPT store to dress it up and add a more professional look. Sometimes I am the last to figure things out! Haha!
I started with this free template by Camping Teacher that Jessica suggested.
It is a banner in PowerPoint that is already sized to the specifications on your TPT store page.
 First, I tried placing my header in the banner. That didn't work.
 Then, I played around with different clipart and changed things until I had them to how I think I wanted it. Of course, I changed my mind again later. :)
 When you are done, go to File and "Save as Pictures".
 I saved my file in the JPEG format.
 I changed the design again and this is how it turned out.
 I went to my dashboard in TPT and chose "Dress Up Your Store" just as Jessica stated in her clear directions.
 Then, I selected my JPEG file and linked it to a free product from my store. You cannot link to your blog or FB page outside of TPT.
Once I clicked "Save" my store was updated immediately. Jessica said her banner had to wait for approval, so this might be something that TPT changed.

 Voila! Here the banner appears in my store.

 So, just in case you were wondering if it is easy to make a banner for your store, I am telling you that it is! Check it off your "to do" list today! It will probably take you even less time than it took me because I just kept playing with the design for too long. :)

Before you check out other link ups, here are a few giveaways to check out:
My friend, Diane, at Fifth in the Middle is hosting a March Madness giveaway (no basketball knowledge necessary to win!). Stop by to enter the contest and earn chances to win!
 Another bloggy buddy, Nick, at Sweet Rhyme & Pure Reason is celebrating his One Year Blogiversary! Check back at his blog beginning March 8th for a giveaway with many prizes!


  1. This is totally awesome! I can't wait to try this out! :)

  2. I made a banner this summer and it it turned out super weird. I had to wait for approval too. Since I have a Mac now...maybe I will try it again and it will turn out normal. I read Jessica's post and thought for sure I was going to take care of it...then I forgot. I'm going to finally commit this time. Lol! Yours turned out great!!! XO
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  3. Your Banner looks amazing! I can't wait to try this out today!

    Tales from a Naturalista Teacha

  4. I've had this on my to do list for a long time, but now I feel like I can actually attempt it. Thanks for the great tutorial.:)

  5. I am so going to work on this during Spring break!

    Hodges Herald

  6. I read Jessica's post on this, so why haven't I done this? There's no excuse now! I've had two buddies help me and show me! I love your banner, want to make mine??!! :)
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  7. Thanks for the awesome tip! I made a banner a while back... definitely not the right way, but it looks ok. I will have to clean mine up sometime now that I know the right way! ;)
    Dirt Road Teacher

  8. I have another project to add to my list! Thank you so much for sharing this.

    Third Grade Galore

  9. Thanks for sharing! This is fantastic!!!

  10. Your banner turned out amazing! I just made mine recently too! Love the look it gives the stores - although my store is not so great. It needs a lot more work in the future! Thanks for hosting another addition of Tried it Tuesday!

    My Shoe String Life.