How to Create An Awesome Featured Image (Using Canva) To Make Your Blog A Brand

Images are the key to your blog’s success. Visuals have always been at the heart of your blog’s content. Everything has to look nice, pretty and appealing. Everything has to also look, consistent and blend into your theme as well as stand out from the crowd.

One way to do this is to have a template for your featured images.
Say what?
Okay, I might be making no sense but here’s what I mean:
Here’s mine @ My Bookish Life if you haven’t noticed:

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And even the BMP has a template:


Have you seen PaperFury’s?

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These are just a few examples, but it just helps give consistency throughout your blog. And though mine aren’t that developed just yet, it gives your blog some IDENTITY!

You want to make your blog known. Whenever someone sees a post of yours, they know it is ACTUALLY YOURS because it has your style written all over it.

In other words, if you’re featured images stay consistent, your blog will be known for it.

We’re going to be using Canva today, which is better than Picmonkey because you can edit your template over and over again. You cannot do this with Picmonkey. BeFunky is also a good example of templates.

Let’s begin then, shall we?

Wait! HOLD ON! Here are some things you need to know before you get started

Top Tips

 

  • Be sure to look at your recommended featured image size! You don’t want your image to look oblong and blurry on your blog! Go to your site’s information to see the recommended specs and go from there.  
  • Don’t copy other people’s styles. Be unique and make it match your blog theme.
  • Change up the fonts, colours as well as images for new posts but keep the layout the same. You can obviously keep the same font and colours to match with the blog theme.
  • Be sure to add a watermark which should be small to your images to help your work stay YOURS!
  • Canva requires an account so quickly make one!

 

1. Choose an image

There are so many great FREE stock photos out there that you can use. So take a look, Pixabay is my favourite for these but there are a lot of others like http://www.rekitanicole.com/ which are great too!

 

 

  1. Add an overlay

 

Adding overlays is most common. The colour for your overlay should be the colour of your blog. Make it transparent so you can still see the image but also have a hint of identity. Of course, you don’t have to add one, as it is YOURS!

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  1. Choose your colours

 

I use Tin Eye’s colour lab for this. Upload your image there to get a  feel of the colours. Then go! Copy and paste the hex code into a document colour on Canva and TADA!You’ve got your colour palette

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  1. Add text

 

You can be as creative as you like with this. Add your own text, play around with fonts and colours and you’ll end up with something like this.

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  1. Save It!

 

Name your design, download and upload to your blog post! You are done, and you have a perfect image! Now, use this template for all your blog posts and you’re good to go…

 

Now you have completed your design! Use this template for ALL your featured images and you’ve created your blog’s identity. BYE!

 

Canva | Your Best Friend | How to use it for your blog // 1 // Featured Image Hacks

Hey lovely bloggers, Farah Edzua is here writing for you, my tips and experiences on Canva. Some of you already know about this but for the newbies, you may not know about this awesome hack! 

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What Is Canva? 

I bet that some of you may ask yourself, what is Canva. Canva is a free site that has a variety of tools and templates that help you to create the best graphic for your blog but however, they offered you a premium package if you want to be more advantage. It doesn’t require any skills in order to make beautifully designed graphics. That’s one of my main reason, why I liked it so much.

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Way to use Canva for your blog (1)

  • Your Featured Image Template 

To be honest, I’d never seen any ways that easier than using Canva method. Some of you did make a featured image for your posts while some of you, didn’t make it and personally, it doesn’t matter if you want to make it or not. It’s all up to you but for those who make it, I got you the easiest method in order to make your own personalized featured image.

  • Open Canva site
  • Create a new design 

Note : Choose the size for your featured image and I think presentation template works well.

  • Start to get creative!

At this point, you’re the one who decides what is your graphic going to look like. You could make your own template or even use the template that Canva has offered you. You could use this as your guide.

 

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This is the very basic one but however, you could customize it to match with your style

 

How it works?

So basically, it could save you so much time. You literally need to go to Canva and click on the template that you made and change the title, your post category, and the background. Then, you could quickly save it to your computer and upload it to your post!

That’s it for today post. I hope that you found something new from this and help you out in the future! Follow if you aren’t already to see more helpful posts from other BMP Team. Like and comment down below your questions, thoughts or anything related to blogging and we’ll try to response to you as fast as we could! ☺️

🎉Good Luck, Bloggers!🎉

 

10 things to include in your media kit

Hey, happy pixels!! 

What is Media Kit?

A media kit is simply an information packet about a business or product. You can make one to promote your blog. For example, you can send it to blogs or brands to explain who you are, what do you do and to propose a collaboration.

It’s a useful tool. It collects information about your blog that answers your investors, collaborators, and clients questions about you. You can think about your media kit as a marketing tool. Actually, it is.

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A media kit should be visual, attractive and simple. You want to grab the reader’s attention, but the main information has to be easy to find. Remember that the time people dedicate to that kind of things is limited, so you have to be visual and interesting.

A good way to design your media kit is to use tools as Canva. Another good way is to look for free printables on Google. Remember: visual and simple.

There are lots of contents suggestions. From my point of view, the top things that you should include in your media kit are:

Media kit contents

  1. The name of your blog; add your logo, or your picture if you don’t have a logo.
  2. A brief information about you and your blog. Who are you, what exactly is your blog or business. Just 3-5 sentences. Be clear. Add a link to your blog and your mail or contact info.
  3. Previous collaborations. Who were your collaborators, what did you do for them and a link to your work? If you have good opinions about your job, you can include them here.
  4. WordPress and social media statistics. If you still don’t have large numbers to impress, you can omit them or use your growth trends. For example, in just 3 months, the number of blog followers has increased 200%.
  5. What kind of collaborations you do. Which services are you offering? You’ll send your kit with a personalized proposal for each blog or company, but here you can offer different options. Include here a call to action: send me a mail, call me for more information…Include your contact info again, or just include it here, not above.
  6. Add pictures. Be proud of your hard work. Show it.
  7. Convert the kit to PDF.

Make a list of blogs/brands you would like to work with. Send your media kit.

Make changes if it does not work.

Are you interested in having a media kit? I think it’s an interesting tool. Especially when a blog it’s starting to grow. Even before that.

Are you going to make one? If you have any doubt or if you want to share your experiences with your media kit, feel free to leave a comment.

Love,
Sílvia.

 

Weekly blog schedule

Hey pixels!! This week is my turn to talk about how to organize your tasks as a blogger. There are things you should do every day or every two days and another things that have to be done every week or so. I know it can be overwhelming at the beginning (it was for me, too), but if you establish a routine from the firsts days you’ll get used to it.

Then, with practice, all this will be easy for you. Just another part of your daily schedule.

Please, remember that this infography is just a guide. Of course, every person has its own way to work and think. But I think this will be useful to remind you the most important tasks when we’re talking about blogging.

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I hope my guide will be useful to you, my happy pixels!! If you have any doubt, suggestion, or if do you think I’ve forgot something, feel free to leave a comment. Your help and suggestions are useful to us, too!!

Have a nice weekend! Love,

Sílvia.

How to master social media

Hey pixels!! How are your blogs going?

Now, we have some ideas  and we know how to write a perfect post. What’s the next after publishing it? Spread our words all over the Internet!! And, which is the best way of doing this? Social media, of course. Posting your blog content in social media will help you to reach more people, and this means more visits, followers and more benefits for your blog.

But, it’s really necessary? Do I have to do it? Yes, the answer is always yes.

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For this reason, I want to help you, my happy pixels, to master the art of sharing your content. This is the first episode of a series of posts that will help you with this. Here, we will learn how to schedule your social media posts and the best way to use each social media. They are all diferent, my happy pixels!! But don’t worry, it’s easier than it looks now.

To start I want to make clear why all this is so important, my happy pixels. And I think the best way is explaining:

Benefits of social media 

More people will be reading your content

  • Interact easily with your followers and gain new ones
  • Every time someone shares your content with their friends, more people are reading it. You just have to post it once or schedule it, it’s that easy!
  • Being consistent with your image allows you to create a personal brand. This should be consistent with your image as a blogger, too
  • You’re leading more people to your blog
  • They are easy to use. Every one has its tricks, but you can learn them
  • The good new: you don’t have to be everywhere. Just choose which ones fit better with your blog audience. We’ll learn how to do it during the following posts!!

What do you think now about social media, my happy pixels? Are you interested in this subject? Do you have any ideas or doubts? Feel free to leave a comment.

Love,

Sílvia (the happiest pixel).

Using Picmonkey | Bloggers Memo Pad

Hey Guys!This is Shania from Life As Shania.

Blogger’s Memo Pad has been a little quiet lately.We have been having a couple of people move around and such,and I have sad news that TrainOfThought will not be posting here anymore.She may be coming back next year around March,though that is not confirmed. Anyways, Farah,TheHappiestPixel, and I are still here to post and give you helpful tips!

So today I am going to be sharing w/ you guys is how to use Picmonkey!Picmonkey is a great tool for blogging, and super easy to use it. Today I am going to be sharing w/ you guys how to use it!I have a video,and a post,so you guys get 2 ways to learn about it!Let’s get started!

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I will be showing you guys how to make a simple and basic thumbnail for your blog post.

 

Step 1:

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Head on over to Picmonkey.com.I love to use Picmonkey since it requires no downloading or fees.Picmonkey does have a Royale feature,but I find I never need it,so not worth the investment.If you do consider getting the Royale feature,I believe it is 4.99 per month,so not bad.Click on edit,and select the picture you want to use for the thumbnail.

Step 2:

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Once you have reached here,click on the little butterfly on the left side.This is the overlay button.Picmonkey has a lot of great overlays and most of them are free.I especially love their flowers and such.

Step 3:

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Once you have reached the Overlays,I like to click on geometric and use the circle.I fade the circle by about 50% using the slider and change it into a different color.This overlay will help people see the title/text of the thumbnail.

Step 4:

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Once you are done with the overlay,click the little Tt button.This is the text button.I love all of Picmonkey’s texts.My favorites are Sacremento,Amatic Small Caps,and Tall Dark and Handsome.Now,use the add text button,and type in your text.The font I used was Tall Dark and Handsome.

Step 5:

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Now that you are done with your thumbnail,hit the save button!Picmonkey gives you the option of downloading onto your desktop and choosing the file size & dimensions.

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This is basically the beginning of Picmonkey!Picmonkey is a great tool,and super versatile!Make sure to use it!I really hope you guys enjoyed!Bye!

XOXO,

Shania

Where I can find ideas for my blog posts?

Hey pixels!! As bloggers, sooner or later you’ll ask yourself this question. It’s a tricky question, trust me. I’ve asked it myself a few times since I started blogging. That was about 14 months ago. I know it’s not a lot of time, but I’ve learned a few things during this time.

First, it was hard to have good ideas about what to write. I found it annoying, because I wanted to post 3 times every week but ideas didn’t came to my mind. But, slowly, my skills have improved a bit, and now I have a couple of resources about where or how I can find more ideas. Don’t worry, my happy pixels. All the beginnings are hard, but the effort is worth. 😉

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How to find ideas for blog posts

Let’s start from the basics. First of all you have to be sure about your blog subject. This is important. Be sure that  you want to write about this subject for a long period of time. For example, if you’re not sure if you want to write about food, don’t do it. Change food for another thing, like sports or travelling. If you’re not having a good time writing, your readers will  notice it. And the most important, you’ll end up abandoning your blog because, you know, you’ll get tired of it.

So, now we are sure we love our blog and writing about that particular thing, let’s see how to find a large number of ideas about it. I say large not because you have to come up with 1000 ideas the same day, but because you’ll keep writing about this subject for a time.

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This is a list of ways to come up with ideas:

  1. Ask your friends, family and blog friends.
  2. Look on Pinterest, Instagram and other social media.
  3. Look at your surroundings; ideas are everywhere, you just have to find them.
  4. Look on google trends, or similar.
  5. Have a walk or ride your bike. Have a coffee. Relax. Stress and creativity are not friends.
  6. Read a good book.
  7. Watch a good film.
  8. If you have a big budget, travel. Travelling opens your mind. If, like me, you don’t have it, go on a one day trip to somewhere.
  9. Change your daily routine: try a new recipe, change your route to go to work…
  10. Keep a journal with your ideas.

I hope this will help you, my happy pixels!! Do you make any of this things? Are you going to try any of them? Please, let us know in the comments below.