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Blog Design Tutorials?

Wednesday, July 3, 2013



okay girls, some of you responded on comments to my last post about wanting some blog design tutorials and yes, I would love to share what I know so tell me, what would you like to learn? What aspect of your blog is driving you crazy and you've been trying to figure out how to change it for ages but it's been a no-go?

Any other blog tips that you'd like to know more info about? I'm big into spilling the beans!

    Blog Pretties- Editing, Creating and Storage

So far, I have only used Picmonkey and my beloved free photo editing program, Photoscape  but I'm getting a copy of Photoshop Elements this week and I'm super excited to learn new things with it. For blog tutorial purposes, I'll stick with the free programs for you.

I use the paid version of Picmonkey, which is $33 per year and SO worth it, I think!  You can do so much with it, its easy to use and if you're like me, you'll use it almost every day. I share a subscription with a friend so we split the annual fee which is a great deal for the two of us!

Photoscape is free and you can download loads of wonderful free fonts to use with it. I use it to resize my photos, clone out background junk, apply effects, frames, color changes, crop it, make collages- the list goes on! For being free, it really is a fantastic program.   Download Photoscape from Brothersoft

Also to do some really fun fancy blog things, you'll need a photo host. You can either host images to blogger by uploading all of them into one post (tutorial for that here) or use a service like Photobucket.
Photobucket free account gives you 2 GB free storage
Photobucket paid accounts:
  • 20 GB - $2.99 / Month, $29.99 / Year
  • 50 GB - $4.99 / Month, $49.99 / Year
  • 100 GB - $8.99 / Month, $89.99 / Year
  • 200 GB - $16.99 / Month, $169.99 / Year
  • 500 GB - $39.99 / Month, $399.99 / Year
I have the 20 GB account for $30 per year and am not even close to filling it up. 

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11 Responses to “Blog Design Tutorials?”

  1. Hope this isn't too much of a newbie question, but I'd really like to know how to make a horizontal bar with links to the different pages of my blog. That would be a huge help! My solution right now (which I still kind of like) is to have buttons on the right-hand column, but I might like to switch things around at some point while still maintaining a clean aesthetic.

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    1. There's a really easy solution to that and I'll answer that one right now! Just go to your blogger dashboard, select layout and add the "pages" gadget. And you can choose to display the pages as a horizontal bar under your header. To change the look of those tabs go to your blog dashboard, template and select the orange "customize" button. Now, there's also a way to do SUPER awesome fancy pages tabs like the ones I did for Bunny, Dolly and myself but that one will have to wait for a full blog tutorial. If you do the above and have problems, please feel free to email me and I'll help! :)

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    2. Thanks for the helpful reply! I'll try that out. I was also hoping to have a way to put custom buttons up there, like what you and various other vintage bloggers have. I've already got some I like on my sidebar, but it would be nice to make them all the same height and put them on the top, all lined up. Guess I'll wait for the long blog post. :D

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    3. Sure thing! I can show you how to do that too! It's not difficult, just time consuming and will take a blog post to show you :)

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  2. How wonderfully sweet and thoughtful of you - thank you! I've thought of your ebook numerous time since you first shared about it with us and am really happy it's continuing to come along well. I bet it's going to be every bit as awesome as your blog is.

    ♥ Jessica

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  3. Since I received all of your suggestions and blogging help this year my blog has wonderfully improved! I added a little image to my banner pic, but other than that it's stayed the same. Love it! I've even used some of the tips you've given me for my sister's blog and her's looks pretty good too!

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  4. Thank Thank Thank You. I will see what I can do with this.

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  5. You are the kindest! :) Can't wait for your ebook. Tricks are always welcome. Have a lovely summer.

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  6. Something I would like to learn how to do is how to put the buttons for ways to follow you up in the header area.

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  7. I would love to know where you find such cute, vintage graphics for your blog and tutorial headers! Can't wait for your ebook!

    Mary Ellen

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  8. Photoshop has a free online editor too. It works really well (I use it when I don't have access to my computer) http://www.photoshop.com/tools

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