Tessisamess

Welcome to my design blog!

I'm Tess, and I make layouts and tons of other free resources for Insanejournal users; I specialize in tools for RPers and game moderators, but I have tons of layouts available that fit just about any use! Feel free to browse the menu above or the extended tags page to find what you're looking for. You can also check out my shop, buy me a coffee, or make a pledge to my Patreon! And, of course, if you have any questions you can always contact me either on the contact page or on the post your question relates to. ♡

If you're here from Dreamwidth you might find my guide for how to install any of my S2 IJ layouts on DW tutorial useful! This tutorial also has troubleshooting for entry codes, so make sure you scroll to the end of the tutorial if that's what you need!

Please Note: I do not offer assistance with any sites other than IJ and DW unless it is for general HTML and CSS (ie. custom hosted pages and similar.) I cannot convert a code to a new site's rules because there are a lot of niche RP sites, and I have no way of knowing each one's limitations and caveats. Sorry about that!

Posts Tagged: 'updates'

Hey guys, I've got an important update!

As you may know from previous posts since the new year, I have a pretty big project I've been working on for all of you! Lately, I haven't had the energy/time to work on both that and the monthly scheduled work that your funding continues to help create, so I've been having to put it on the back burner so that I can keep posting our free monthly content.

That being said, I recently did a check-in on Patreon with my patrons, and the majority has helped me decide that June will be dedicated to this mysterious project! As any patrons who've read the post know, this will not change Patreon rewards for June—I'm just really excited to get this project finished, and I know you guys will be too once it drops!

I'm so excited to dedicate this month to the project so that I can finally get it finished, and I also can't wait to hit July running with a renewed energy, a great new release, and (of course!) lots of fun free codes and layouts for you guys to play with!

♡ See you next month! ♡

Check out what you've been missing on Patreon!

And much more—including Dreamwidth versions of many of my exclusive layouts and of favorites from my free IJ selection! And there's more coming this month!

March Updates

Happy March! I am SUPER excited to announce that with the stable income provided by using Patreon to offer you guys extra paid subscriptions to content we're now in a position to rent a house with an office where I can work! I cannot thank you guys enough!

What this means for March:
  • This is a great month to buy me a ko-fi if you'd like! We've got a lot to take care of while we move into the new place, haha.

  • I'm going to be doing the bulk of my free posts at the beginning of March instead of spreading it out through the month since the latter half will be a lot of moving and unpacking and other similar nonsense. Expect multiple posts a day and a quieter back half of the month, and then we'll be back to business as usual for April! (No foolin!)

  • My "big secret project" was meant to go up last month and, as we can see, it did not. This is entirely on me, but for awesome reasons! As I was working on it and finishing up I realized I wanted to do a lot more to give you guys the coolest experience possible with this new product, so I'll be spending the next little bit integrating all of that before I do a full release. This project was a huge labor of love, time, and resources, so it will be a paid product but, believe me, it's going to be so very worth it!

  • For those of you who were wanting a Dreamwidth version of Blocked: Redux, it is now available on my Dreamwidth tier on Patreon!

I think that's all for now! You'll probably see a couple of code posts from me today too. ♥

xo
Tess

On a more personal note

Hey, guys! So, this is more of a personal kind of update, and I don't usually do those on here (or anywhere on IJ, really. I always mean to keep a personal journal and then wind up sticking to one on one Discord conversations, haha.)

I just wanted to take a minute and tell you all again—and I know I say this a lot, but bear with me—how very, very much I appreciate you all as a community. Your various forms of supporting my work through continued comments, messages, patronage, and tips have really made this that: My work.

What started as a hobby while dealing with postpartum almost nine years ago now has grown into a deep passion for me. Creating resources, teaching, and fielding questions has become a huge part of my life; something I can't imagine ever not doing. )

Small Update!

Hey guys! I tried to power through enough to get at least one of my scheduled posts up this week, but I have the flu and it's really kicking my ass so I'm going to have to re-plan this month's schedule on Monday to accommodate (sigh...) being laid up.

I'm hoping to get back on track next week; fingers crossed!

❤ Tess

Hello 2018!

Hey guys, it's the first post of the new year! 🎆 I hope you all had a great holiday weekend! I just thought I'd pop over with an updates post for the start of 2018, because I've got a whole lot to be excited about—and I hope you guys will be too, so let's get right into it!

HTML page tag

Let's start with a small one and work our way up! I recently went through my posts and made a new tag just for posts containing HTML pages, that way you can sort through them easily now. I should have done this ages ago, but it's here now!

Layout Sale

Thank you to the lucky five who got in on the only layout sale of 2017 last weekend! I will be working on commissions on Monday, January 8th through Friday, January 12th. You can email me or comment on your commission slot thread if you have any questions!

Patreon

Thank you all for a wonderful starting year on Patreon! It was only half a year, technically, but it's been a great half-year! Being able to regulate and schedule my free posts has been such a big (awesome!) change, and I look forward to 2018 on Patreon. Thank you all for your various forms of support and encouragement! Further updates specifically for Patreon will be posted over there later today.

Back to Basics

This month's codes are going to have a special theme: Back to Basics! We'll be focusing on stripped down formats and clean, clean code for those of you who search for basic formats for your needs only to have your options limited to codes that are either far too complex for what you need or are almost a decade old. I'll be including standard game application formats, text formatting, cast lists, and icon post templates in these codes!

2017 Roundup

For those of you who also make things, it's probably nothing new to hear that I've accumulated a sort of... digital pile of extras and unfinished projects I've had the best intentions of finishing and posting. (I think we all do this, whether it be knitting or drawing or code, haha.) I've recently curated a 2017 Roundup of the best things I left shelved over the last year, and this month will be overflowing with extras, including HTML pages and a Docs & Sheets template directory! You'll be sick of me by the time we hit February. :P

Expansions

I have a couple of pretty huge projects I've been plugging away at, and they're almost ready for release! I'd tell you what they are, but that would spoil the surprise. ;) One will be launched at the end of January, and the other will be launched at the end of February. I think you're all going to love them!

Thank you!

Thanks for reading, and thank you for your continued interest in my work! I couldn't do it without you guys, and the continued outpour of supportive comments and patronage mean so much to me. ♥ I think I've covered everything that isn't Patreon-specific, but if I haven't I'll be sure to update this post!

Just a teeny update!

I hope you're all having a great October and you're enjoying all the horror heavy themes this month! I just have a very fast update today:

I'm feeling much better now and I now have a ko-fi! What's that? Basically an online tipjar, haha. I figured it would be a good idea to (finally) set one up for those of you who may have wanted to send tips in the past but weren't sure how to.

Ko-Fi is a quick and easy way to tip small (or whatever!) amounts without a recurring obligation, so this is perfect for people who can't or don't want to become patrons, and who don't need anything from my shop, but who still have wanted to contribute to funding my resources.

Have a great Halloween, you guys!

🎃
Tess

Exciting DREAMWIDTH news!

This is not a drill, and it's not April first--that's right, guys! After a few very awesome months on Patreon getting settled into the new workflow, I'm starting the expansion to Dreamwidth!

For now the expansion is going to stay small: My tiers have changed to make room for a duplicate $20 tier, which offers a Patreon-exclusive Dreamwidth layout every month, and my Patreon-exclusive codes will have Dreamwidth-compatible versions for download starting next month.

Just like my regular slots, these are limited to 30 people, so get in while you can before they run out! Here's the best part: At either $20 tier, you'll be able to access layouts for both sites. Isn't that awesome?

Wait, no, I lied. Here's the best part: Once I hit my $1,200 goal I'll be expanding to Dreamwidth fulltime for each month that I earn my highest revenue! What's that mean? For every Insanejournal post I make I will also be making one to Dreamwidth. Free-use content for twice the sites!

Make sure you tell all your Dreamwidth friends. I can't wait to start releasing the new content!

xo
Tess

A quick opinion check-in!

Google Docs Templates

I'm just doing an interest check over here to follow up the small one I did on Discord this morning! Would anyone be interested in Docs templates? Things like activity templates and game plotting for pre-setup brainstorming, etc. are mainly what I have in mind, but I'd like to hear any and all Docs needs in the comments!

Sound off if this sounds good to you or if you have other Docs template needs and/or wants. I'd love to hear your opinions!

xo
Tess

Patreon Updates!


We've hit our second goal!

Wow, you guys! We've officially hit the second goal for monthly patronage in just over a MONTH--I can't believe it! Okay, that's not true. You guys are the reason I do this and you've all been so awesome, so I definitely can.

What does meeting our second goal of $500/mo mean for you guys? It's going to be just like the new setup we've been doing for the past month, except even better. Read all about it on Patreon!

Welcome to the new Tessisamess!

Hey guys! I'm back in action and bringing a bunch of exciting announcements along with me! Keep reading to find out everything new going on here at [info]tessisamess—I promise you won't be disappointed!

A Brand New Look!

If you're reading this on your friends list, be sure and head over to my journal and check out the new digs! I've fully redesigned to (hopefully) give you a better browsing experience, complete with my first official logo!

The Layout Shop!

What's the Layout Shop? It's a brand new feature here on [info]tessisamess, where you can purchase ready-made layouts fully stocked with all the bells and whistles, just like my commission pieces! When you buy a layout from the shop you're also getting personalized edits from me so that it's all ready for your character when you get it!

What's this mean? You get your completed layout quickly and at cheaper prices—we all win! (No really—complete game bundles in the new shop are now only $100 USD—this is the first time I've ever been able to offer prices this low!) Head on over to see what's available for purchase!

Now on Patreon!

That's right! I am now on Patreon and offering a lot of pretty rad rewards to my patrons! Why have I made this decision? Well, a few reasons! I really need to be making a small monthly income to be able to keep coding for you guys, and if we start hitting goals I'll be able to post a lot more free content and with a lot more frequency!

I'll also have the time to expand to other types of codes, like HTML pages, Tumblr codes with advanced programming, and Dreamwidth codes! With Patreon, you can all look forward to a monthly schedule of steady code and layout releases, as well as Patreon-exclusive codes for certain patron levels!

Custom Commissions

My custom layout post is, unfortunately, disabled for the time being. I'm sorry there had to be a bad announcement on the post! I've had to finally admit to myself that the amount of work for the low prices I charge is too much for me to handle, so this post will stay decommissioned in favor of the layout shop and my Patreon for the time being. I may bring it back in the future or for special events, but I sincerely hope that you all love the new options as much as I do!

Code Tester v3.0!

And that brings us back around to good news again! I've been wanting to do this for a while now, but just haven't had the time. The next time you use my tried and true code tester you'll see some big changes! What changes, you may ask? Syntax highlighting, automatic previews, and one-click saving of any codes you edit or make! Welcome to the newest version of the Tessisamess Code Tester; I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

xo
Tess