Featured Design | Fifth & Bloor

fifthandbloor-mood-boardWe were thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Mehreen of Fifth & Bloor on her custom blog design. Mehreen came to us wanting and clean, editorial, high fashion look which can often be very difficult to achieve with a Blogger blog (which she was/is on), but our designer Erika S. worked her magic and came up with this amazing design. It’s hard to believe it’s a Blogger blog, right?

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Erika’s take on the project:

Mehreen came to me with a clear idea of how she wanted her blog to look. She wanted her site to look more like a website, and less like a typical Blogger blog. This meant adding a slider and optimizing her design for mobile devices. At first, the task seemed like it could get a little complicated, but as I started designing and coding, it was so fun to see everything start coming together. I really enjoyed working with Mehreen and loved having her bring her unique ideas to the table. Her design is one of my favorite ones yet!

Mehreen’s testimonial:

I am so happy with the way my blog turned out!  And Erica S. was a pleasure to work with! Very helpful and always responded in a timely manner! I’m glad I found Designer Blogs to help with my new blog.  :)

Check out Fifth & Bloor HERE.

Announcement | Beautiful New Babies

We are always busy around here creating beautiful blog designs, but did you know several of our designers have also been busy creating & adopting beautiful babies? We have several new DB babies around here that we are so excited to introduce to you today:

MEET BABY BINGHAM

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MEET BABY CARLEE

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MEET BABY FINN

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MEET BABY TENLEY

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Tutorial | How to Link a Menu Bar Link to a Label or Category

For our tutorial today we are going to explain how to link a menu link in your navigation bar to a specific label (Blogger) or category (WordPress) on your blog. We have posted several tutorials in the past about how to set up pages/a navigation menu on your blog (see Adding Pages to your Blog & Adding a navigation menu to Genesis Theme) but in them we do not cover how to go about linking the menu links to labels/categories rather than to pages.

Linking your menu links to labels/categories is helpful if you want to showcase all of the posts for a specific label/category when that link is clicked on from the menu bar. For example, you might have a link in your menu bar for “Parties” that when clicked on, you want to show a list of all of the posts you’ve added the “parties” label/category to. This tutorial will explain how to achieve that in both WordPress and Blogger.

In WordPress

Step 1. Go to your WordPress dashboard and scroll down to “Appearance”. From there, click on the “Menus” link.

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Step 2. Scroll down to “Categories” and click the arrow to expand. Put a check mark next to all the categories you’d like to add to your navigation (note: categories must be in place prior to this step), and then click on “add to menu”.

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Step 3. This step is optional, but if you’d like to change the name of your category just in the navigation, you can do this by changing the text under “Navigation Label”.

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Step 4. Last, just pick where you want your menu to show up (primary or secondary navigation) and click “Save Menu” and you’ll have categories linked in your navigation menu bar.

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In Blogger

First you need to make sure you have your labels in place. View this tutorial for instructions on how to add labels. Once you have your labels in place, you can follow these steps:

Step 1. Temporarily add the labels gadget to your sidebar by going to “Layout” > “Add a Gadget” and finding the “Labels” gadget.

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Step 2. View your blog and find the new “Labels” section at the top of your sidebar. Click on the label you want to appear in your menu bar. This will create a direct link for that label in the address bar. Then copy the url in the address bar.

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Step 3.  Go back to your dashboard and go to “Layout” > “Pages” > “Edit.”  Note: if you don’t already have the pages gadget added, follow this tutorial to add it. Then return to this step.

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Step 4. Click “+Add external link.”  Title the new link and then paste in the url that you just copied for that label. Then click “Save Link.”

4Step 5. Click and drag your new link to reposition where it falls on the menu bar. Then click “Save.”

5Do this for each menu link you want linked to a label. Then you can go back to “Layout” > “Labels” > “Edit” and remove the labels gadget from your sidebar if you don’t wish to keep it there.

Removing “Showing post with label…show all posts”

You may notice a “Showing posts with labels…show all posts” box when you click on the new link as shown below.

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It’s kind of an eye sore, so to remove it, follow these steps:

Step 1. Go to “Dashboard” > “Template > “Edit HTML.”

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Step 2. Click anywhere inside the template code box and then open a search box by typing CTRL + F. The search box will appear in the top right corner of the code box. Copy and paste in this code:

<b:includable id=’status-message’>

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After you’ve found that code in the html, click the arrow next to it to expand the rest of the code.

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Step 3. Remove this portion of the code:

<b:includable id=’status-message’>
      <b:if cond=’data:navMessage’>
      <div class=’status-msg-wrap’>
        <div class=’status-msg-body’>
          <data:navMessage/>
        </div>
        <div class=’status-msg-border’>
          <div class=’status-msg-bg’>
            <div class=’status-msg-hidden’><data:navMessage/></div>
          </div>
        </div>
      </div>
      <div style=’clear: both;’/>
      </b:if>
    </b:includable>

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Step 4. Replace it with this one:

<b:includable id=’status-message’>
<b:if cond=’data:navMessage’>
<div>
</div>
<div style=’clear: both;’/>
</b:if>
</b:includable>

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Save the template and the box will be removed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments section and we will answer them as soon as possible.

November Desktop Background

october-desktop-backgroundFall is such a glorious season. With changing leaves, apple pie, fall sweaters, cozy fires, family gatherings and food galore, what’s not to love? November is also a great opportunity to reflect on and give thanks for our many blessings. We hope our November desktop background will help remind you to do that daily.

Enjoy!

For personal use only.

 

 

Printable | Blog Planner Kit

post-imageBoy, do we have a doosie of a free printable for you today! We all know that running a successful blog takes careful planning and ample promoting. Throw in sponsors, affiliates, mailing lists, guest posts, tracking stats, giveaways, and taking pictures and blogging quickly becomes a full-time job! With so many balls in the air, it can often be hard to keep track of everything and stay organized. That is why we have been painstakingly working over the the last month to design the most comprehensive blog planner kit out there.

You’ve been asking for it, we’ve been listening (and working like mad women) and it’s finally here! This blog planner has been specifically designed for all you full-time bloggers out there to help you brainstorm post ideas, plan your weekly posts, set yearly & monthly goals, track yearly & monthly stats, keep track of affiliates, Facebook advertising, finances, usernames & passwords, giveaways, etc. You name it, and our blog planner kit has you covered. There’s no better way to grow a blog than by strategic goal setting and regularly tracking your progress towards reaching your blogging goals. Using a blog planner is key to blog organization and blogging success!

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Featured Design | Indigo

indigo-moodboardWe were thrilled to have the opportunity to create a custom website design for Indigo, a designer clothing boutique with locations in Germantown, TN & Little Rock, AR. Indigo is the 5th largest carrier of designer denim in the world but they also carry other great brands including Marc Jacobs, Lovers and Friends, Free People, For Love and Lemons, Chaser, Wildfox and many more. Indigo’s marketing girl, Jordan, is who we corresponded with and she described the look they were going for in three words: pretty, trendy and sophisticated. She put together an awesome Pinterest board that showcased Indigo’s style and their overall vision for the design. The project was assigned to our fabulous designer Erika S. and she worked her magic to bring Indigo’s vision to life. Here’s a look at the finished product:

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Erika’s take on the project:

When I first received Jordan’s (of Shop Indigo) project, I was so excited. She loves all the things I love. Clean lines, floral, and gold. What could be better? As we got started, it was so fun to see all of the design elements and the layout come together. The overall design process only took about a week, but then we ran into a few issues changing servers, hosts, etc. Jordan was wonderful at being patient while we figured everything out together. She made sure to always keep me in to loop and we were both so excited when the day of the install finally rolled around. I couldn’t be happier with how Shop Indigo’s site turned out. I really think it reflects their shop much better than their previous design did.

Full home page design

HOME-PAGEIndigo will be adding their amazing products to their website shortly, so be sure to keep tabs on it and follow their social media pages for great things to come!

From Board to Blog | Modern Rustic

One of the best ways to nail down your design style is to pin images to a Pinterest board that appeal to you. Creating a Pinterest board is one of the first things we ask our custom clients to do because it gives us an overall vision of what the client is hoping for. To the client, their Pinterest board may feel like a modge podge of ideas, but to us as designers, it’s a gold mine of details that helps us conceptualize the perfect design for the client.

Today we are adding the MODERN RUSTIC design style to our From Board to Blog series.

A Pinteret board that has a lot of modern rustic images might looks something like this:

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From that a designer might create a blog design similar to this:

LOLA-COMPUTERIn modern rustic blog designs, warm colors are mixed with modern fonts and elements. The key to a modern rustic blog design is a simple layout, modern fonts, natural textures and/or warm earthy colors. This style has an informal elegance and is dashed with subtle pops of visual interest. A modern rustic design is right up your alley if you love natural textures and colors but thrive in simplicity.

Printable | Halloween Tags

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October 058smallHalloween is just around the corner. Do you have your costumes ready yet? Yesterday my son was planning on being a ninja. Today he announced he wants to be a Jedi. I’m sure he’ll change his mind a few more times in the next week, so we’ll see what he ends up being.

In the spirit of Halloween we put together a set of black/white/gray Halloween tags that can be used in your treat giving this month. Click the button below for the download. Enjoy!

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Other popular tag printables: Food Label Tags | Black & White Tags | Halloween Bag Toppers

Pretty Polka Dots | Free Facebook Covers

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Happy Monday friends! We’ve created a collection of pretty polka dot Facebook covers for you today. Click the download button at the bottom of the post for the download. Here’s what is included in the collection:

Pink & Gold

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facebook cover imageWhite & Gold

facebook cover imageBlack & Gold

facebook cover imageCream & Gold

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Premade Price Cut & Giveaway Winner Announced!

premade-price-cutWe love you, our loyal fans, so much that we’ve decided to slash the starting price of our premade blog themes from $75 to only $50 (that’s a whopping 33% off) which means you now get more for less! Our premade themes for Blogger and WordPress are great for those who want a professional looking design without having to invest the time and money it takes to get a custom design. Premades are customized and installed by one of our skilled designers and include some of our most popular add-on items including: four social media buttons, a favicon, and a navigation bar! The best part is that we can have your design installed to your site in less than one week! It can’t get any better than that!

Here’s a sneak peak at some of the stylish designs you’ll find in our premade shop:
slideshowView all available designs here.

This premade price cut won’t last forever, so be sure to take advantage of it while you still can!


giveaway-winnerWe’d also like to send out a huge congratulations to our giveaway winner:

SHAQUITHA JACKSON

congratsShaquitha is the winner of a brand new Toshiba 3TB Canvio desktop external hard drive! Woot, woot! A big thank you to all who entered. Have a fantastic weekend!