Convert Quark to InDesign

Convert Quark to IndesignThis is not really shopping related, but it’s a service I’m providing that is related to my prepress and print production work, which I have had very little of lately. I’m doing this via Fiverr.com.

Have you moved on from Quark XPress to Adobe InDesign like herds of other graphics professionals? Are some of your files still stuck in Quark, but it would be too time consuming to rebuild them in InDesign? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

I will convert your file from Quark versions 3.0 to 9.3 to Adobe InDesign. There are a few things to be aware of, however. Local formatting (bolding, italicizing) will be lost since InDesign doesn’t support it. You may get reflow due to the various differences in the way Quark and Indesign handle font spacing. Some features/effects of later versions, like drop shadows, may not correctly carry over to the new InDesign file and may need to be recreated. Also among other things, ligatures, Quark applied styling and runarounds can be problematic.

Click here now to get your Quark file converted to InDesign for only $5.00

If you are interested in having me do something beyond the scope of the Fiverr gig, or if you have some prepress/print production work you need, please click here to contact me.

Claire’s 10 for $10 Sale – No Coupon Needed


Shop Our 10 For $10 Sale @ Claires.com
My two little girls just Looovve Claire’s! Whenever we go in there, it takes them forever to pick out a few things. I wish I could afford to tell them to just get one each of everything.

Claire’s is a mall shop specializing in fashion accessories, and they also do ear piercing. Two of the most painful moments of my life happened at Claire’s, when my daughters got their ears pierced.

Anyway, Claire’s is having a 10 items for $10 sale from 3/13 to 3/17. Also, if you spend $45 or more, you get free shipping. If you are a dad of girls, buy them something from Claire’s now and then. It’s fun to watch them go crazy in the store, plus you’ll get lots of extra hugs!  Enjoy!

Click here to go to Claire’s 10 for $10 Sale! No Coupon Needed!

Hot Christmas Toys 2011

Well, I have not put up a list of the hottest Christmas toys in a few years, so here is some of what I found for the 2011 season. This is a mixed up year and it’s hard to get a handle on what are really the hottest toys.

In my opinion of the hottest Christmas toys this year seems to be the LeapFrog LeapPad. This thing came out a few months ago and has been on a big push for this Christmas. Keep up with changing prices by clicking LeapFrog LeapPad.

Here is a list of some of the top hottest Christmas toys this year, as well as few old favorites mixed in. This list is not in any particular order, since it is essentially a composite of many lists found during my research of the hottest Christmas toys. Click on each link to go to an updated page for that toy.

FIJIT Friends
Air Swimmers
Let’s Rock Elmo
Skylanders
Barbie Holiday Doll
LEGO Harry Potter
Rock Star Mickey
Angry Birds
Scrabble Alphabet Scoop
Lalaloopsy Dolls
iPod
iPad
iPhone
Pokemon
Webkinz
Wii
Xbox 360
Playstation 3
Spongebob
Neopets
Bratz
ProTunes I Am T-Pain Mic
LeapFrog LeapPad

For continually changing availability and prices, go check out the hottest Christmas toys for 2011. Note that the “home link” is the same as the LeapFrog LeapPad link.

Restaurant.com Deal – $25 for only $2

Here is a great deal I got from Julia over at Frugal Find. You can get $25 worth of meals at any participating restaurant on Restaurant.com for only $2.

Remember to read the fine print for each restaurant, ie. some can only be used on certain days or your total has to reach a certain amount before you use the certificate. Even with the different restrictions this deal can’t be beat!  These certificates make great gifts as well!  Right now you can get a $25 certificate (normally $10) for only $2!

Use code SAVE at checkout.  Offer ends 7/31/2011

It’s very simple to buy and use these certificates.  Once you’ve purchased a certificate all you have to do is print it out and you’re ready to go! Click here to check it out!

Lady GaGa Bad Romance Video

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Nothing to buy here, but you have to see this video. My wife says she likes Lady GaGa. I say “lady what?” I hear a few songs on the radio, whatever. But then I come across this video. This woman is a huge talent. It’s time for the old school divas like Cher to step down and let Lady GaGa take the throne.

Before this, I’ve only heard Just Dance and Poker Face. Bad Romance is a phenomenal song. It has some great changes in it that really hook you. I can’t hear it enough.

This is hands down the best music video I have ever seen. Brilliant production, choreography, direction, editing and characters. It’s not for everyone, but that’s part of the appeal for me. I have become a huge Lady Gaga fan on just seeing this video. I am floored by her talent.

I only hope that most of the songs of Lady GaGa’s that I have not yet heard can come close to the greatness of Bad Romance.

Scott

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Happy Holidays 2009 from iDirectShop.com

Well it’s December so Happy Holidays!

It’s been a long time since I’ve done anything here. I have spent the last year buying a bank owned fixer-upper home and selling our previous house at the worst point in the real estate downturn, and in so doing we lost over $70,000. The good part is that we moved to a far better area, we downsized and now our housing and almost every other living expense costs less, including car insurance. I have spent almost every minute of my time working on our 1956 ranch style fixer-upper.

I got the Bendaroos for my six year old daughter that were featured in my last post way back in February. They were a huge hit. They promote lots of creativity and keep her busy for a long time.

I hope to be more active here this holiday season and post some good buys and recommendations.

Happy Holidays!

Bendaroos

BendaroosWith Bendaroos, keep the kids happy whenever and wherever – at home, in a restaurant or even in the car! Forget messy crayons, markers and pens. Just bend any color and watch the fun begin! Build, draw, decorate and transform ordinary objects into incredibly fun toys! When you’re done, peel off your drawing to bring it to life!

Bendaroos includes

* 250 Rainbow Colored Bendaroos®
* Plus 250 More Bendaroos® in Neon Colors
* Bendaroos® Fun Guide

Click go get Bendaroos now!

Christmas Recipes, Treats and Goodies

Home Made ChristmasWhat would Christmas and the holidays be without all the treats and goodies that go along with it? Here is a great little eBook called “A Home Made Christmas.” This book has 100 simple and delicious recipes for all your special holiday meals, from a great array of dips and drinks to all the main courses and sides you could want to make for your holiday feast. And if that’s not enough, there’s also an amazing array of desserts, cakes and cookies to finish it off.

Vintage ChristmasIncluded as a bonus is another eBook called “The Vintage Christmas Countdown.” This is a fascinating and beautifully illustrated book that has a series of articles about the history and origins of Christmas. Includes recipes, vintage art and wonderful vintage Christmas desktop wallpaper downloads. Each day features vintage artwork and illustrations from the turn of the 20th century and earlier.

Note that these are electronic books in Adobe PDF format that you download to your computer. Go check out “Home Made Christmas.

Hottest Christmas Toys

Since I have two daughters, ages two and five, I must keep my finger on the pulse of what the hottest Christmas toys are for the 2008 season.

One of the hottest Christmas toys this year has to be Elmo Live. My wife and I saw this in a store the other day and I thought it was totally cute. My two year old would go crazy for it. It can be a bit pricey though. Keep up with changing prices by clicking Elmo Live.

Here is a list of the top 25 hottest Christmas toys this year. This list is not in any particular order, since it is essentially a composite of many lists found during my research of the hottest Christmas toys. Click on each link to go to an updated page for that toy.

IPod
Ben 10
Naruto
Pokemon
Dragonball
Barbie
Inuyasha
Webkinz
Wii
Harry Potter
Xbox 360
Playstation 3
Spongebob
KOTA The Triceratops
Gundam
Monopoly
Neopets
Bratz
Disney Princess Movie Maker
Scrabble
Rubik’s Cube
Bakugan
Cranium Game
Elmo Live

For continually changing availability and prices, go check out the hottest Christmas toys for 2008. Note that the “home link” is the same as the Elmo Live link.

Halloween Fun Activities for Kids

Halloween FunWell, it’s almost Halloween and I’ve come across this Halloween fun activity pack for kids. This is a batch of printable ebooks in PDF format that include 10 Halloween Coloring Pages, 10 Halloween Activities, 10 Halloween Songs, 10 Halloween Crafts, and 13 Halloween Recipes. My five year old daughter loves to color, so I know she will be thrilled with these pages, as well as the other fun stuff.

At only $5, it’s not a bad deal for this much fun. Check out these Halloween Fun Activities for Kids!