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

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…
January 25, 2016

When & how to use the nofollow tag on your blog

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…
January 22, 2016

Freebie Fridays #77 - Golden Valentine Heart 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

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 …
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 photograph…
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?

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 …
January 11, 2016

Why I use Disqus to manage my 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 t…
January 8, 2016

Freebie Fridays #75 - Premade Blogger Template Goldy Locks

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 th…
January 6, 2016

A new direction in my business this year

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

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 star…
January 1, 2016

Freebie Fridays #74 - Desktop and screen 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…