Alright lovelies....I did have another Homemade Monday all ready for you, but something interesting happened last week.......I recieved a bunch of e-mails with blogging how to questions. At first I was completely flattered that not only do you guys think I am some blogging rock star with helpful tips, but that you feel you can ask me anything. It was totally a confident boost. I notcied something similar in most of the e-mails. You guys were appologizing for asking in the first place. You felt you should already know and felt bad you didn't know some of the tricks to revamping your blog. Well let me start off by telling you that I am no rock star, although sometimes I wish I was. I have just learned by trial and error. That being said I have decided to deidicate this week to teaching you all how to revamp your blog. Today will be part one. This will end up being a 4 or 5 part series on Blissful and Domestic, which I hope will be beneficial to you all and give you some great tips for adding those personal touches to your blog.
To start off I have to tell you that the way my blog looks now is quite dooable for all of you. I didn't pay to have someone do it for me. I thought up an image in my head and made it come to life. This is what I am going to teach you this week.
Ok for part one we are going to focus on the header. I have gotten a bunch of questions about my new header. First off thankyou for all the sweet compliments. They totally made my day.
Remember your blog is YOURS and should reflect your taste. Don't go with something you think is popular, but something YOU like. I am a girly girl. I don't get to have floral stuff and pinks in my room, for fear of Hubby gagging on all the feminine touches, which is why my blog is as girly looking as it comes. This is me, but it may not be you. Keep that in mind. Your blog is your creative space. Have fun making it YOURS.
Now doing a header is very simple. Much more simple than you probably think. The main photo editing tools I use are Photobucket.com and Picnik.com I use their free editing services. Why pay when you can get it free....am I right?
Alright now my header
Here is what I did.....
1. Go onto Picnik.com
2. Upload a digital scrapbooking paper.
They have a great selection
Mine is just a plain pink bakground
Mine is just a plain pink bakground
3. Once I have uploaded my picture onto Picnik I then crop it to the size I want.
For banners, like the one for this post, I usually choose a 11450 x 390
This is big, but I re-size when I put it into blogger. I like the banners to really take up the space
For Headers I choose one that is about 2640 x 853
This is the exact size of my Blissful and Domestic Header above.
I use a widescreen format in blogger. Make your measurement less if you have a smaller blog width. To extend your blog width go into the "Design" section of blogger, then "Template Designer", then "adjust widths". This is how I make my header centered between my sidebars and stuff.
Oh and always preview first and then hit "apply to blog" to make it a permanent change on your blog.
4. Next I add text to my header
Here are some of my favorite fonts from Picnik.com
All these fonts are free through picnik.
They do have some you have to pay for, but their free selection is so vast you shouldn't have to pay for fonts.
5. Next I thought my header needed a boarder
So I just went into text and typed"-----------------------------"
and added it to the bottom and top of my header picture
You can also adjust color settings in "text" as well.
6. Save your picture onto your comnputer.
Now lets add that header to your blog........
7. Go into the "design" section of blogger, then click edit in the Blog Header section.
When I upload my picture I ask for it to use that instead of a description and to "shrink to fit" as well.
Once this is done click save and you will have a new, fun blog header.
I hope this helps. Cheri, at I am Momma Hear me Roar ,has some great tips for Picnik as well. Check those out to learn more fun things that picnik has to offer. Like how to make your own free printables :)
Those are lots of fun too!
Alright so I hope that now you are able to make a new fun header for your blog. If you have questions let me know. Tomorrow we move onto the tab section and how to really revamp that up.
Till tomorrow....Happy Revamping!
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