Trending: Modern Calligraphy Fonts

One of the latest trends in blog design and print design is the use of modern calligraphy fonts. Modern calligraphy fonts create a hand-drawn, modern, informal style and do so much to produce stand-out designs. Calligraphy fonts create interest and when used correctly can create stunning natural focal points in blog design. Here’s a collection of our current favs:

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The majority of these fonts cost a pretty penny, but adding even just a few of these to your font collection will be well worth the investment as they will dramatically increase the professionalism and appeal of your designs. Many of these fonts also include glyphs (the fancy swirly embellishments) which can make each font even that more stunning and unique. Learn how to use the glyphs here.

ASTERISM | ONDISE | HARLEAN | CHAMELEON PEN | PIEL SCRIPT | DASHA | GEMMADONATI | BOMBSHELL PRO CAROLYNA | BELLUCCIA | ANTROKAS | ALEKA | ANNA CLARA | AHRA | DESPEINADA | ADORN | JACQUES & GILLES CANTONI BASIC | PEONI | CONTRIBUTE

Liking vs. Following a Facebook Page

If you have a Facebook page set up for a business, blog or other organization, there is a good chance people who have liked your page are not seeing your posts. It is also true that if you have liked a page, you are probably no longer seeing that pages feed. This is because the competition for feed space has increased dramatically recently. The excess of content and lack of space has forced Facebook to filter feeds in an effort to showcase the posts they feel are the most relevant. As you can imagine many brands, businesses, and public figures are pretty upset about the drop in reach. Facebook is forcing pages to pay to boost their posts, when in the past they’ve provided that same reach for free. So not cool.

Despite these changes, there are a few things you can do if you own a page to ensure your posts get better reach. First, ask those who “like” your page to also “follow” it. There is a button next to the like button that allows people to follow your feed. If those who like your page aren’t also following it, there’s a good chance they won’t be seeing many of your posts.

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Second, you can post better content. The more comments and likes a post has, the better reach it will have on Facebook. So work on improving the relevancy of your posts.

So…if you want to be sure you aren’t missing any of our posts, please “follow” our Facebook page in addition to liking it. Also make sure you are also “following” all of the pages you like to be sure you aren’t getting left in the dark.

Color Love | Light Pinks & Blues

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Pink peonies are by far my favorite flower. They add charm and nostalgia to any garden or flower arrangement with their large and fragrant blooms. Adding a few pink peonies to a simple canning jar can make a stand out center piece at any pink/ blue themed party.

Light pinks and blues also make stand out blog designs as demonstrated in some of our talented designers work. All of these designs are currently available in our $15 Blogger Template Shop.

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Links To Love (and giveaway winner announced)

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Happy Weekend All!  Do you have plans to go out?  Stay in?  Here are some things that we are loving this week.

– This DIY leaf bowl

– Have you ever suffered from this language quirk?  I must admit, I have from time to time.

– A great piece of advice for those wanting to start a blog.

– Wouldn’t you love to get a package addressed like this?

And now on to our August Giveaway.  Thank you so much to those of you who entered, and thanks even more for your kind words on our relaunch!

The winner is Tracy!

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Tracy, you can contact us right here to claim your giveaway package.

Thanks again to all who participated!  Have a lovely weekend!

From Board to Blog | Color Pop

Before we get started today, just a quick reminder to enter our giveaway here.  It ends tomorrow!

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Today’s Board to Blog is all about COLOR!  We love seeing blogs that have a strong pop of it somewhere.  It doesn’t have to be a ton, just one or two bold statements that say that you are daring and bold.  The color pop style is for trailblazers and creatives – those who aren’t afraid to put themselves out there and say “look at me”.  People who gravitate towards the color pop style know how to mix patterns and colors and know how to play up those features without going overboard.  If you like this style, you might like a blog that resembles this.

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Site Launch + A Giveaway

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Happy Monday!  We are over the moon excited today to share our re-launch and newly branded site with you! Because we spend so much of our time making killer blog designs for you, our new design has been in our queue for quite some time, but we think you’ll agree that it was worth the wait!

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Our new design features a crisp, clean layout and a modern, black, white and gold color scheme.  We think this will allow our portfolio to shine and our offerings to be the stars of the show.

We have a new fully-stocked Blogger template shop and our premade blog themes are better than ever.  We’ve listened to your feedback and now each of our blog templates and blog themes now come with a built-in navigation bar that you can layout any way that you’d like! Awesome, right?

With the site launch, we are going to be blogging loads and loads; offering you great tutorials, fresh new downloads, and a monthly giveaway with great products that we know you will love!

Let’s start with a giveaway right now, shall we?

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This month’s giveaway features some of our favorite gorgeous items that we keep in our personal offices.  Every girl needs cute office supplies, am I right?

In the package:

– gold leaf embossed notebook for jotting down thoughts and blog post ideas
– sleek black office tray for organization and collecting odds and ends
– stylish black pencils
– lip balm (because you need to think about yourself each day while you are creative blog awesomeness)
– gorgeous gold stapler (because functionality should never be boring)

To enter:

Leave us a comment below letting us know your favorite blog template in our new Blogger template shop.  You can earn an extra entry by following us on Facebook and an additional entry by sharing on twitter with the hashtag #designerblogsgiveaway.

Winners will be announced this coming Friday.  (US residents only please).

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August Desktop Wallpaper

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How is your summer treating you, friends?  It’s August and that means a new desktop wallpaper is coming at ya!  Download it here and enjoy some bright summer color all month long.

Trending: Tribal

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Have you noticed the tribal trend everywhere you look lately?

Tribal design is hot right now. Inspired by the southwest, tribal style is comprised of the colors of the desert – sun, water, desert plants, sand and clay. Mix in basic shapes like triangles, circles and simple lines and you have a million tribal combinations.

We want to know.  Do you love the tribal trend or have you moved on?

Links To Love

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Here a a few links we are loving this week:

– This print shop

– Famous art pieces recreated with Legos

– A well-designed summer movie night

– How do you decide who to follow on Instagram?

 

Printable | Summer

summerpostIt’s Wednesday!  How about a free art print to get you through the rest of the week?  Our summer art print is an 8 x 10 and can be downloaded right here.

Enjoy!