Summer Bucket List Printable

The temperatures are rising and summer is almost here! If you have school-aged children, you may be wondering how you’re going to fill those long summer days once the final bell rings. Or maybe you want to check off some sites you’ve been meaning to visit around town.

This free summer bucket list printable can help you make the most of your summer days.

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You can either write your list directly on the printable, or have it printed at a photo lab and place it in a frame behind glass. You can write with a permanent or wet erase marker directly on the glass and wipe it off with a wet cloth when you’re ready to make a new list.

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Click HERE to download.

The zip file contains both an 8×10 and 12×18 printable. (I trimmed my 12×18 print slightly to fit into an 11×17 inch frame.)

Happy summer bucket listing!

lindsey

Sound Off!

knowHere at Designer Blogs we LOVE our clients!  We continually say that we have some of the best ones out there.  We love seeing how you use your blogs to communicate your hobbies, grow your businesses, show off your cute kiddos and inspire those around you.

We are always doing our best around here to make it easy for you to show your blog’s content in the best light possible and to give you fresh, fun designs that reflect your personal taste.

Today, we want to hear from you – our beloved clients and readers.  Why do you blog?  What are you looking for in a really great blog design?  What can you absolutely not live without in a blog design?  And really, what about this whole blogging experience just curls your toes with excitement.

We love input from our friends around the blogosphere and love any thoughts on what we can to do make your experience better and your blogs and websites top notch.

So now’s your chance!  We’re excited to hear from YOU!  Drop us a comment and let’s discuss.

March, April & May Giveaway Winners

Giveaway Winners
We have  really dropped the ball with our giveaways over the past few months (we are so sorry!), so we are announcing three winners today to make up for our failure to post them the last three months. Our winners this month for a free WordPress or Blogger template of their choice are:

Bridgett Wynn

Allegra Shortill

Jennifer Zapatka Wright

Congratulations ladies! Please contact us at info@designerblogs.com by the end of May to claim your prize!

Remember you are automatically entered to win our monthly giveaways by following us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter & Pinterest.

The more of our social media sites you follow, the more chances you have to win!

Free May Desktop Backgrounds

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May is absolutely one of my favorite months of the year. The weather starts to get warmer after months of spring showers and all the lovely spring flowers start to bloom. Of course, when spring rolls around, it also means spring cleaning! Here are two free May desktop backgrounds to spruce up your desktop. Hopefully these desktop backgrounds add a little spring loveliness to your desktop this month.

Click here to download.

The zip file contains two 1280×800 png files for your desktop. Please remember that the backgrounds are for personal use only!

Anna

Free Easter Postcards

Since it’s almost Easter, I thought I would share with you several free Easter postcards that are print ready. They come in the standard postcard size (4×6 inches) and are available in three color options – blue, violet and full color.


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You can download all versions for free HERE. Remember that they are for personal use only!

Free Easter Postcards

Color Love | Peach and Aqua

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Image source: The Bride’s Cafe

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. I love incorporating shades of peach during warmer days. Teamed with aqua, this combination makes a wonderfully sweet and romantic spring to summer palette. It can also be taken through to Autumn, muted with shades of gray and gold. The tones can be used in a vintage fashion or with a modern flare.

Check out these beautiful peach and aqua Blogger templates created by our team of talented designers.

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Peach-and-Aqua

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These designs can be purchased in our Blogger Templates shop.

Free Easter & Spring Blog Backgrounds

Freshen up your blog with our free Easter & Spring blog backgrounds. Click on each image for installation instructions. These are for Blogger blogs only. Enjoy!

Tutorial: Adding Pages to Blogger Blog (UPDATED)

Blogger made an update recently to the way that pages are added to blogs. Here is an updated tutorial that will walk you through the new process, step by step.

Adding pages (aka: a navigation bar or menu bar) is a great way to organize your blog to make important information easily accessible to your readers. Designer Blogs offers several types of navigation bars:  a navigation bar with simple text links, a navigation bar with custom buttons, and a navigation bar with drop-down menu (click on links for examples). These navigation bars are customized to give your blog a unique & professional look and can be purchased through our accessories shop.

However, you may just want the basic, non-customized Blogger navigation bar, so today we are sharing a tutorial that explains how to get pages and a basic navigation bar added to your Blogger blog all on your own!

Steps for adding pages to your blog:

Step 1: Log in to the Blogger blog you are wanting to add pages to and click on the “Pages” link.

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Step 2: Click the “New Page” button.

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Step 3: Type the page title (this will appear as a link on the navigation bar), add the page content and then click “Publish.” Note: make sure the page is published or it will not show on your navigation bar.

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Step 4: After your pages are published, you need to add the Pages gadget to your layout to make the categories appear on your blog. Go back to “Layout” and click on “Add a Gadget” in the space underneath the header. Note: If you want your navigation bar placed on your sidebar, click on “Add a Gadget” in the sidebar space.

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Step 5: Choose “Pages” from the list of gadget options.

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Step 6: Drag and drop your categories to rearrange them in the order you want them to appear and then click “Save.”

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Adding a web address to your navigation bar:

Step 1: You may want to add some web addresses or links to labels along with your blank pages. Click on the “Pages” gadget and choose “+ Add link page.”

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Step 2: In the first box, type the title you want to appear in the navigation bar. In the Web address (URL) box, insert the web address you want to link to.  Then click “Save.”

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Now view your blog to see your new pages and navigation bar!

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If you’d like to adjust the positioning of the links, follow the below steps.

Step 1: In your dashboard, click on the “Template” link and then click on “Customize.”

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Step 2: In the Blogger Template Designer click on “Advanced.”

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Step 3: In the “Advanced” tab, scroll down until you find “Add CSS.”

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To add more space to the left side of the navigation bar, add the following code:

.PageList {text-align:left !important; padding-left: 20px; }
.PageList li {display:inline !important; float:none !important; }

You will see a preview of how the design will look with the changes. If you adjust the “20″ to a larger number it will add more space. If you want less space adjust the “20″ to a smaller number.  Adjust it as you want and then click “Apply to Blog” to save the changes.

Example:
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To center the links, add the following code:

.PageList {text-align:center !important; }
.PageList li {display:inline !important; float:none !important; }

You’ll see a preview of the changes. If you are happy with the way it looks, click “Apply to Blog” to save the changes.

Example:

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For any further customizations you might need made to your navigation bar, you can visit our add-on shop to purchase one of our navigation bar options.

Please feel free to leave a comment or contact us at info@designerblogs.com with any questions you may have.

Free Facebook Cover Images

I am lucky enough to live somewhere where I am starting to see little signs of spring; melting snow, buds on the trees, birds chirping.  I am so excited to be done with snow!  This time of year always has me itching for spring cleaning and sprucing things up.  In that spirit, I am bringing you a few fresh free Facebook cover images to liven up your Facebook page.  Yay!

I’ve made three different covers that you can switch up as often as you like:

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post3Blush Dots

post4Mint & Navy

Download Here & Enjoy!

emily

How to Display Categories on WordPress Blog Pages

As your blog content grows, you may find it helpful to know different methods to display categories on WordPress blog pages. You can create a page with a single category or multiple categories.

When you create a new category in WordPress, a page will be generated that includes all the posts that you’ve assigned to that category. To view the direct link to the page with a single category, go to WordPress Dashboard > Posts > Categories.

Blog Category ListWhen you hover your mouse over the category title, a list of options will appear. Click on View to get the link to the single category page.

What if you want to create a category page that includes posts from specific categories?

Step 1: To begin, go to your WordPress Dashboard and select Posts > Categories. Create any of the categories that you would like to include on the category page.

Step 2: Hover your mouse over the category title and look at the bottom of your screen. You will see a long link similar to the example below.

http://www.designerblogs.com/wp-admin/edit-tags.php?action=edit&taxonomy=category&tag_ID6….

The link includes the ID number for your category. In this example, it’s ID 6. Note the IDs of each of your categories and continue with the next step.

Step 3: Create a New Page with a title that will describe your categories. In this example, we’ll have a category page for Dessert Recipes that will include recipes for the following categories: cupcakes, cookies, and brownies.

Step 4: Under Page Attributes, select Blog as the Template type.

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Step 5: Next you will need to enable a feature called Custom Fields. At the top of the page editor window, you will see a tab called Screen Options. Check the box by custom fields.

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Step 6: Scroll to the bottom of the page editor window until you see the boxes for Custom Fields. Enter the text query_args in the Name field box. In the value field box, you will use the category ID numbers that you noted in Step 2. Separate the categories with commas.

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Save your new category page.

You may find this method helpful when creating a navigation menu for your site.

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