Thursday, July 11, 2013

Make your blog a little more YOU!

I recently redid my blog and I think it looks a lot more clean and polished than it did before! All thanks to digital scrapbook kits, picmonkey, and the fabulous bloggers who have taken the time to explain step by step how to customize your own blog! I love a little DIY project and this one only took a few hours! 

Before 

After


If you're interested in sprucing up your blog, here are some of the things I used to do mine! 



First, I chose a digital scrapbook kit. These are great! There are hundreds of them in different color patterns and themes, and I chose one that fit my personality. I wanted to keep my pink and green theme. They are so inexpensive too! 

I'm sure there are lots of sites where you can buy scrapbook kits, but I used Just So Scrappy. I bought a couple of kits for $5 and ended up getting a really adorable kit free! Each kit comes with a variety of papers, borders, and fun elements. Check them out



After I chose my kit, I scoured the internet for step by step info about how to completely customize my blog. These steps took some trial and error. I think it took me six or seven times each to get the background and header just how I wanted them! A little patience goes a long way! 

Here's a tutorial on how to use Picmonkey! 

Background
Something Swanky
The Cutest Blog on the Blog

Header
Something Swanky
Blog Guidebook
Blogging 101
Capital Carly

Pages (Navbar)
Something Swanky
Living, Laughing, and Loving


Social Media Icons
Image Maps (use this for the navbar too!)
My favorite FREE social media icons
More FREE social media icons

Signature
My Live Signature
Kevin and Amanda
Code it Pretty

Post Divider
Shabby Blogs


I hope these fabulous tutorials help you transform your blog! I know they helped me! I would love to see your transformations! 

7 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing! I was wondering about design aspects, but just haven't had time to research. This will be very helpful! ~ Ellie

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    1. You're welcome! I'm so grateful to the bloggers who took the time to create those step by step instructions! I hope they help you as much as they helped me!

      Michaela

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  2. How do you get that cute signature at the bottom? I'm envious of those :)

    Darnee at
    http://www.talesfroma2ndgradeclassroom.blogspot.com

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  3. Very Informative....All in one post...

    I am your newest follower!
    I'd love you to stop by my blog if you get a chance!

    www.mysmartangels.blogspot.com

    Nilangi

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  4. Thank you for the wonderful information. I need all the help I can get!!!
    Yashika
    http://somewherebetweenfirstandthird.blogspot.com/

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  5. I've been trying to redesign my blog, using a digital kit from Just So Scrappy, but when I try to upload my background, Blogger tells me it's too large. Did you have any trouble with this? I'm getting so frustrated and figure there must be a simple solution!

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  6. I think your new blog design is adorable, and I am impressed you did it yourself! I am your latest follower!

    Stephanie

    Forever in fifth Grade

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