October 28, 2016

Fully mobile responsive Blogger templates & a discount



Hi there! I'm not coming to you with an article on blogging or business today, but just wanted to take the opportunity to introduce the new line of Blogger templates that are now available in my Etsy store.

October 14, 2016

Starting a Wordpress Blog - An unexpected turn of events


I was actually ready to write the post on how to choose the best template for your Wordpress blog, but then an unexpected turn of events came up. So what happened? Well, I got so fed up with my Wordpress blog that I decided to continue the blog on Blogger...

October 12, 2016

Why setting boundaries for custom work is necessary


As an entrepreneur, offering custom graphic design work via Etsy I often check out other entrepreneurs on Etsy that offer similar products. Looking at the competition can bring up negative feelings like jealousy or not feeling competent enough, but I try to use it to my advantage and get new ideas and inspiration out of it. One of the areas I mostly look at is what kind of shop policies other designers use and what services they offer to their clients.

October 3, 2016

Your blogging is worth more than a free T-shirt


I had actually planned to share another part of the Wordpress Blog Series that I am writing, but this weekend I read a blog post from one of the bloggers I follow and she touched on a subject that is so important for all of us bloggers that I need to share this with all of you.

September 30, 2016

Freebie Fridays #80 - Fall Colored Paint Smears


The last episode of Freebie Fridays was sometime back in February of this year, so it's about time to come up with another episode. The Freebie Friday posts are still the most popular ones on this blog, after all, who doesn't like free stuff, right?

September 9, 2016

Starting a Wordpress Blog - Choosing a web host & the costs


Today I am sharing part 3 of the Wordpress series in which I share my experiences and tips on starting a self-hosted Wordpress blog. If you have missed the previous parts, you can find part 1 here, and part 2 here. And if you want to check out the Wordpress blog I created, which is a personal blog, you can find it at www.lifeasdaphne.com.

In the last part I explained that Wordpress has two versions, a free version and a self-hosted, paid for version. This series is about the paid for, self-hosted version, and after you have made up your mind that you want to go with this version, the next step is to choose a web hosting company that will host your website/blog. So let's look into that today!

September 7, 2016

Starting a Wordpress blog - Choosing self-hosted or not?


I am back with part 2 of the Wordpress series. In my last post I told you that I started a personal blog on Wordpress and decided to go for a self-hosted version. But what exactly is a self-hosted version and is there another version on Wordpress? Let's dive into that today!

September 5, 2016

Starting a Wordpress blog - Follow me on my journey


The people that have been following along with this blog and my Etsy shops might raise their eyebrows seeing this post's title. I mean, a Wordpress blog? Wasn't I the girl that was into Blogger blogs? After all I am creating and selling premade Blogger templates on Etsy and this website is built on Blogger as well. So what's going on?

September 3, 2016

Where to find beautiful fonts for free

free design fonts

With putting my focus more on logos again, came the search for beautiful fonts. Whether it is a business logo, a blog header or a digital signature, today's women seem to want that 'handmade' feeling in their design. And I completely understand that because I have fallen for these calligraphy type script fonts as well. Some elegant, some edgy, there is always a font to be found that matches our personality or the personality of our business and blog.

August 29, 2016

New Beginnings


Seven months ago I never thought I would ever write this post. I was completely overwhelmed with the whole blogging/social thing and needed a break. A break that I thought would turn into a 'never blogging again' situation. But here we are, half a year later, and I am writing this new beginnings post with a whole new perspective on things.

February 15, 2016

A personal update & the winner of the giveaway

I have been missing in action for a week here and I will explain why in a second, but first, I want to mention the winner of the Premade Blogger Template giveaway. And that is Sian Lloyd! Congratulations! I already sent you an email to hear which template you want to receive from me. I hope the new layout will look awesome on your blog!

February 5, 2016

Freebie Fridays #79 - Photoshop Logo Template

free photoshop logo template

If you have visited my blog and business shop on Etsy lately, you may have noticed that I created an entire section full of premade Photoshop logo templates. These are basically layered Photoshop files that can easily be changed by the buyer. They only have to open the file in Photoshop, change the logo text to a text of choice and change things like text color, text size, or illustration color.

An instruction sheet in the form of a .PDF file is also added to lead the buyer through these steps of change. And I only use free available fonts for these templates, so as a buyer you can download and install the fonts for free without any copyright issues.

February 3, 2016

Two years of shops & blogging giveaway - win a blogger template

blogger template giveaway

In last Monday's post I already shared what I have learned in the two years that I have been selling on Etsy and today I would like to celebrate this two year mark with a little giveaway.

Not only was February 2014 the month that I started out with my first Etsy shop, it was also the month that I started out with this blog. And just like my Etsy shops, this blog has grown too in this time period. Thanks to all of you, my readers, of course!

While my blog may not be considered a big blog, or my Etsy shops may not be the most profitable shops on that platform, I have enjoyed the journey so far. I really appreciate everyone taking the time to read my blog posts and visit my shops. So in return I would like to give away one of my Premade Blogger Templates.

February 1, 2016

Two years selling on Etsy - what I have learned so far

what I learned from two years selling on etsy

It's about time for a little celebration! This month holds the two year mark of selling on Etsy for me. On February 7, 2014 I opened my clipart shop The Dutch Lady Designs, followed by my blog and business shop Dutch Lady Digi Designs half a year later. And here we are, two years later, and just like I did last year, at the one year mark, it is about time to take up stock!

Even before I started out with my Etsy shops I was reading other people's blog posts about their selling experiences on Etsy. And while not all tips or experiences might apply to anyone, sharing my own experiences and learning process might help out others who think about opening their own shop. So let's see what the second year was all about!

January 29, 2016

Freebie Fridays #78 - Printable Valentine Card


With Valentine's Day coming up in two weeks I thought it would be nice to share a free printable Valentine card in this episode of Freebie Fridays. This will still give you plenty of time to print it and send it to a loved one.

January 27, 2016

How to avoid writer's block in blogging

writer's block in blogging

So here we are, already at the end of January again. The time that most of our New Year's resolutions have been forgotten and life is back to normal again. And while you started out the year with the intention to write blog posts on a consistent basis, maybe even with the help of an editorial calendar to schedule your posts, a serious case of writer's block can be sabotaging it all by now. You've poured all the crazy, great ideas you had for the new year into the blog posts of those first weeks and now your mind is drawing a blank and it doesn't feel like that blank will be filled up anytime soon.

January 25, 2016

When & how to use the nofollow tag on your blog

the nofollow tag

Ever heard of the nofollow tag? Well, I hadn't in the beginning of my blogging days. And by the time I noticed that I could add a nofollow tag to the links I created in my blog posts I never used it since I didn't know what it meant. If you're new to blogging, you're already happy that you know how to create a post with images and links in it and the rest often looks like abracadabra. But using the nofollow tag can be beneficial for your blog, so let's learn what it does and how to use it!

January 22, 2016

Freebie Fridays #77 - Golden Valentine Heart Clipart

free valentine clipart

If you are one of those creative people that likes to make their own cards for all kinds of purposes, you will love this week's freebie. Today I am sharing a set of six golden Valentine heart clipart images that you can use for card making, photo decoration or other digital projects.

January 20, 2016

3 awesome graphic design freebie resources on the web

graphic design freebie resources

Okay, I am going to spill the beans here today and I will take the risk of putting myself out of business for granted ;-) But I just need to share some of the best free graphic design resources with you, because they are just too good to keep for myself and one should always share the joy, right?

As a designer I use both free and paid for design resources. Those resources can be basic illustrations for clipart and logo design, textures and brushes for Photoshop, or fonts to use in my logos and blogger templates. As a designer you can never have enough of these items.

January 18, 2016

Creatives in the Spotlight - Sarah Inkson Photography


Remember last week's post about full time blogging? Well, as promised I am sharing Sarah's story here today in an episode of Creatives in the Spotlight. Sarah is a blogger that I have been following from the time she just started out her lifestyle blog Daydreams of Summertime. I watched her grow as a blogger, but certainly as a photographer. And when she announced last Summer that she had quit her job to spend more time on her photography skills and her blog, I knew we bloggers could all learn from her journey.

January 15, 2016

Freebie Fridays #76 - Glitter Snow Flake Clipart


It took a while for Winter to really arrive here in the Netherlands, and despite the fact that the part where I live still hasn't seen any snow, we did get the first frosty nights. Which was pretty late, but it seems like the weather is going crazy in all parts of the world.

January 13, 2016

Full time blogging - a reality or just a dream?

blogging as a career

Early 2013... I was starting out with my self-hosted health food Wordpress blog with hopes and dreams that it would grow out into a full time job with a good monthly income. Seriously, WHAT was I thinking?! But I'm sure that you, as a blogger, had these dreams as well, and maybe you still have them or they have become your reality. Anyway, I thought it was about time to write a little about this subject that is on the mind of many bloggers. Is it realistic to dream about a full time career as a blogger? Does it even become reality for people? And if so, what did they do to get there? Let's find out!

January 11, 2016

Why I use Disqus to manage my blog comments

why I use discus for managing blog comments

Whether you start out with Wordpress, Blogger or another blog platform, all these platforms have a build in comment section where your readers can comment on your blog posts. It is then up to you to allow comments on your posts or not since these comment options can be turned on and off by yourself.

While I follow along with some very big blogs that have turned off the comment option because it costs them way too much time to moderate and reply to all the comments, most blogs will allow reader comments. And for a good reason. Offering the option to leave a reaction on a blog post creates a sense of community on a blog, between the blogger and the readers but also amongst the readers. And as a blogger you can definitely learn and grow from honest comments.

January 8, 2016

Freebie Fridays #75 - Premade Blogger Template Goldy Locks

free blogger template

With the year being a week old already many of us might have picked up the idea to either start a new blog or give their old blog a makeover this year. And today I would love to help you out with that by giving away another free Blogger template.

It's actually been a while since I shared the last free template. If you want to find out what the previous free templates looked like you might want to check out the Free Blogger Template section on this website. That is the place to go when you are in desperate need for a makeover but don't have the cash to purchase one on Etsy.

January 6, 2016

A new direction in my business this year

changing directions in business

Last month, with a new year at the doorstep, I decided to make some changes to my business in 2016. Changes of which I don't know if they are going to pay off or not. But I felt I needed to make them in order to keep feeling passionate and inspired about things. So what happened and what did I change?

January 4, 2016

Why it is important to update old blog posts

why it is important to update old blog posts

Updating old blog posts might not be at the top of your to-do list as a blogger, but if you can find a little time here and there, it might be worth your while! It can seem like a daunting task though, especially when you have been blogging for a couple of years and have a couple of hundred published posts. But today I will show you where to start, what to update and what's in it for you. So let's begin!

January 1, 2016

Freebie Fridays #74 - Desktop and screen calendar 2016

free desktop calendar 2016

Welcome to the first day of the new year and with that, the first post of 2016 on The Dutch Lady Designs! I learned so much regarding having a blog and business over the past year and I am looking forward to developing some new ideas for it even further in 2016. But for now, it's time to kick off with the first Freebie Fridays episode of this year. And what better way to do that than to share a free desktop calendar for the new year!
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