December 31, 2014

New Year's Wishes & A Shop Discount

On this last day of the year I won't spend too much time looking back on things. I always believe more in looking forward. You cannot change the past, but hopefully you learn from it in order to make the future better.
I'm ever so grateful though that my little design business took off in 2014 and I hope to expand things a little more in …
December 29, 2014

Using An Editorial Calendar In 2015

With the New Year fast approaching I thought it would be nice to cover the subject of editorial calendars in a blog post. Because if you think that an editorial calendar could be a helpful tool for you after reading this post, you've still got a couple of days left to make one for yourself for 2015!
But what exa…
December 26, 2014

Freebie Fridays #35 - Cook & Food Blog Headers

Hi dear readers! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! We are still celebrating Christmas over here in the Netherlands. It's spread out over two days in our country. So while I'm still having family time right now I made sure that I had today's Freebie Fridays episode scheduled for you all.
This time I'm sharing three blog hea…
December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas & Some Info On Office Opening Hours

Hi everyone! I know that not every single one of my readers will celebrate Christmas, but for the ones that do: I wish you all a beautiful Christmas celebration, surrounded by loved ones!
Here in the Netherlands we even celebrate Christmas on more than one day. Of course there is Christmas Eve, which is especially special to the people that go to…
December 22, 2014

We Heart It - The Other Pinterest & Instagram

A little while back I shared some links to photography sharing websites similar to Pinterest and Instagram, but more specialized in one subject like recipes, fashion or outdoor adventures. While these sites are absolutely gorgeous they can give a blogger a hard time to when it comes to image acceptance. Your photos have to be of a certain kind of…
December 19, 2014

Freebie Fridays #34 - Printable Christmas Menu Cards

Remember that at the beginning of this week I shared a tutorial on how you can easily make your own printable menu cards with the free image editing program Photoscape? Well, I'm back with more menu cards for this episode of Freebie Fridays.
With the Christmas parties and dinners just around the corner I thought it would be nice to share 3 pr…
December 18, 2014

Christmas Giveaway Winners

I've been really looking forward to write this post. It's just so much fun to give something away especially at this time of year.
Last week I wrote a Christmas Giveaway post for one of my Premade Blogger Templates & Installation. All you had to do was leave a comment with a link to your blog and with the name of the template you woul…
December 17, 2014

Great Designer Tools For Determining Digital Sizes

One of the first things I noticed when I started out as a designer with a world wide clientele was that size is measured in more ways than one and not all countries use the same standard size for items like cards, business cards, clipart and papers.
Here in the Netherlands we use the metric system, meaning that we measure everything in centimeter…
December 15, 2014

Make Your Own Printable Menu Cards With Photoscape

It's been quite a while since I shared an image editing tutorial on the blog. Lately, most tutorials have been about Blogger and Blogger design, but this week will be all about card design. With Christmas around the corner I though it would be a nice idea to show you how you can easily make your own printable menu cards for Christmas dinner. …
December 12, 2014

Freebie Fridays #33 - Digital Corded Gift Tags

Finally another episode of Freebie Fridays. I had hoped to write one or two blog posts this week with tutorials and other design and blog related subjects, but the design shop is crazy busy right now. Everyone seems to need new blog layouts and logos for Christmas ;-) Well, I'm not complaining.
In between all the orders I managed to find a li…
December 8, 2014

A Christmas Giveaway - Win A Premade Blogger Template & Installation

Last week, unfortunately, was so busy that apart from the post on Monday I did not have a chance to write another one, let alone upload another Freebie Friday episode. But I hope to be able to make that up to you this week! We will start the week with a real Christmas Giveaway!
While we don't celebrate Christmas with gifts at our home, it'…
December 1, 2014

Blogger Basics - Turn Off The Comment Option For Pages

When you're the owner of a Blogger blog you can give your readers the opportunity to write a comment underneath each post you write. And that's a great thing, because interesting discussions can evolve out of that or just nice conversations and interactions with your readers and other bloggers.
Blogger not only gives the opportunity to co…
November 28, 2014

Freebie Fridays #32 - Gingerbread Men Clipart

With Thanksgiving in the United States behind us, it's time to start focussing on the December holidays. While most of the Western World will celebrate Chrismas in a couple of weeks, the Dutch have another holiday coming up next week. It's called Sinterklaas and this is the holiday where the kids over here get their presents. 
Fun thing t…
November 26, 2014

Black Friday Discount In My Etsy Shops!

Black Friday is not an event that we Dutchies are used to. In fact, we don't celebrate Thanksgiving at all. Of course we've all heard about it, but it wasn't until I became a food blogger (way back in the past) that it became clear to me how big this holiday actually was in the USA. And with reading about all the Thanksgiving recipes …
November 24, 2014

Why You Should Have A Popular Post Gadget In Your Sidebar

I'm quite a minimalist. Less is more with me. So when it comes to the design of a blog I like a clean look. It doesn't have to be too modern, it can have decorational borders, frames, floral images, whatever. But by clean I mean that a blog shouldn't be stuffed with gadgets and other items that serve no purpose at all. Maybe it's …
November 22, 2014

Premade Blogger Templates & Full Installation

When I started the second Etsy shop I thought it was a good idea to offer Premade Blogger Templates two ways: instant download templates people had to install themselves and templates with a full installation included. In the shops of other template designers I saw that they were selling a lot of these instant download templates so I thought ther…
November 21, 2014

Freebie Fridays #31 - Handdrawn Stitched Labels

This week started out as an empty week. Empty on the calendar and empty as far as client orders. So I had a lot of plans to do other things, but as always, life got in the way and in the end the week turned out rather busy. Sounds familiar?
Yesterday a big part of my day was filled with doctor's visits with my daughter. The poor girl caught a…
November 19, 2014

What Size Should Your Social Icons Be To Fit Your Sidebar?

You started a blog or website, even got as far as to tweak the layout in such a way that you are really happy with its looks, but you trip over the installation of your social media icons. Sounds familiar? Well, believe it or not, but I've been there myself in the past.
When I found out how to install them on Blogger in such a way that they w…
November 17, 2014

My Experience With Sidebar Advertising - Part I

Just a short while ago I promised to write a post on my experiences so far with advertising in the sidebar of other blogs. It's a service that is offered on many blogs, but so far I haven't been able to find many reviews of bloggers that have actually taken the step to promote their blog or business on another blogger's sidebar. So, l…