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:+2018'

Quick Update & Tutorial Opinion Check!

Hey guys! Just a heads up: The rest of my free August posts might wind up being lumped into September; I got pretty sick last week and I'm recovering kinda slowly (everything's fine, my lungs just hate me lmao) so I'm just trying to take it easy while I get through my meds and everything.

I'm gonna try to get one more of my planned free posts up for this month before next month, but if I can't make it happen y'know, y'know, they'll still get up! Now, moving on to fun stuff:

What sorts of tutorials would you guys like to see? I have a few ideas but I'd rather be doing tutorials for things you guys really want to learn how to do, since that's the point of 'em haha. Sound off in the comments and I'll start working on a list of tutorials for the rest of this year! ♥

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. ♥


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!


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


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!