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…
November 14, 2014

Freebie Fridays #30 - Printable & Desktop Calendar 2015

Well, the year is slowly wrapping up and coming to an end, so I thought it was about time to share a calendar with you for the new year.
I've made a printable one-page calendar in A4 paper size (International Standard Paper Size) for you, as well as two versions of this calendar to use as desktop wallpapers.
Since there are multiple screen si…
November 11, 2014

Full Branding Package For Bloggers & Small Business Owners

As of today I've got a new product in my Etsy shop: a Full Branding Package for bloggers and small business owners!
With a branding package you will take it one step further than with just a custom made business logo. With a branding package you can create a unique and uniform look for your blog or business on multiple platforms.
November 10, 2014

Create A Professional Email Signature

The other day I came across a very valuable little gadget for business owners, professional bloggers, coaches or really anyone that wants to leave a professional impression with their emails.
You probably have seen it before at the bottom of business emails, they automatically show all important information that a client needs to know. Think of w…
November 7, 2014

Freebie Fridays #29 - Watercolor Vine Blog Headers

If you're a blogger you might have come across the term NANOWRIMO which means National Novel Writing Month. In the month of November writers are encouraged to write every day and complete a novel. A lot of bloggers use this month and the event to catch up on their own writing by maybe setting a goal of writing a post each day, writing better …
November 5, 2014

How To Install An Instagram Slide Show On Blogger

It may be hard to believe that I am one of those fossils without an Instagram account. As a digital designer and blogger I should know better, right? But right now my life is a bit too busy to use every social media platform out there, so I stick to Pinterest for now ;-)
Of course that doesn't mean that you have to. And if you have an Instagr…
November 3, 2014

Gaining Blog Exposure Through Sharing Your Photography

As a blogger one of the biggest challenges is to attract readers. It doesn't matter whether you blog to share your personal chronicles or if you keep a blog for business purposes. In the end we all love a growing number of readers. But how can you stand out from that overwhelming crowd of worldwide bloggers?
I'm by far no expert in blog m…