Summer Greeting Card Printables

Hi everyone!  I don’t know about you all, but I am extremely happy that summer is right around the corner!  Often, with summer, comes lots of get-togethers with family and friends, birthday parties, and celebrations.  If you are anything like me, sometimes the hustle and bustle of the summer gets to me and I forget my friend’s birthday card or that extra thank you card I meant to send.  Today, I have created a few summer greeting card printables for you so you no longer have to worry about those last minute cards.  Below, you will find a “Thank You” card, a “Happy Birthday” option, and a “Congrats Grad” for all those high school and university students that just became alumni.  They are all 4×6 postcard sizes, so they are perfect to drop in the mail.  Enjoy!

ThankYouDownload the THANK YOU card

HappyBirthdayDownload the HAPPY BIRTHDAY card

CongratsDownload the CONGRATS GRAD card

Remember, these cards are for personal use only.  Happy Summer!

Ampersand Printable

I have a real weakness for anything with an ampersand symbol. I recently designed a collection of prints that included a black and white ampersand. As simple as it may be, there’s something magic about ampersands!

Here’s a free ampersand printable for you to enjoy.

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Click HERE to download. The zip file contains both a 5×7 and 4×6 printable.

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A Few Favorite Fonts

I don’t know about you, but I go through a phase a few times a year when I start perusing font sites to freshen up my collection and to ooh and aah at the latest and greatest in typography. Some girls like jewelry, some like fonts; I am the latter. While I use plently of the lovely free fonts that are out there, I don’t necessarily believe in using all free fonts. To give your brand credibility, you need to use well-formed fonts that are clean and easy to read. If you are just starting to build your font library, here are a few favorite fonts that I am currently in love with. Some are free and some are not, but all are solid additions to any awesome font library. The links are listed below. Enjoy!

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Mrs. Eaves | Hagin Caps Thin | Nevis | Cantoni Pro | Gotham Condensed

Office Area Printables

I have been working on adding a little life and color to my very drab office space and decided to accessorize my new shelves (from Ikea) with a collection of coordinating prints.

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I decided on a color scheme I wanted to use and then created the prints based on that color palette. Here are the colors I chose:

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Then I found random objects and accessories from around my home to add to the shelves to make them interesting and fun.

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My husband always asks me whenever I decorate something what the meaning of it is.  My answer is always “there is no meaning…it’s just suppose to look good!” Wouldn’t you agree ladies that it’s all about the look?  Men never seem to get it…sheesh!

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Even though there really is no meaning to any of these printables, when combined together, even my hubby admits they create a very colorful and interesting office space.

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I thought I’d share my collection of office area printables with you today. Each print comes in the size indicated below:

Office Area PrintablesYELLOW & 5X7   |  FOREVER 5X7  |  EYE CHART 8X11  |  ASSORTED HEARTS 8X11

No. 9 5×7  |  UTAH 4X6  |  ABC 4X6 HEART 5X7

Enjoy!

Free Spring Printable

Spring is finally here! I’m not sure how it looks in your part of the world but here in Poland everything is green and full of colors. In that case I would like to give you something simple and funny. Todays free spring printable is available in two sizes: large – 19,5×27,5 inches and small – 4×6 inches. I hope you like and maybe you will use it to add some fresh spring looks to your home.

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

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Tutorial: Adding a Custom Favicon with a Plugin

Hey everyone!  Today, I’m going to tell you how to use a simple plug-in that can customize your blog in a big way.  I’m talking about the All in One Favicon plug-in for WordPress.

So first off, what is a favicon anyway?  A favicon is that tiny icon that shows up in the web browser tab that lets you know what page you are currently viewing.  It’s a great way to brand your website/blog using a logo or symbol.

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Favicons are generally created from a 16px by 16px .png or .ico image.  I have created a few cute favicons (saved as .png files) for you to try out at home so you can follow along with this tutorial. Here are the favicon’s included in the file:

faviconYou can download them HERE.  Or, feel free to create your own!

First, we need to install the All in One Favicon plugin.  Go to your WordPress Dashboard and click on “Plugins” and then “Add New.”

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Search for “All in One Favicon” by Arne Franken and click on “Install Now” under the name.  It will ask you if you are sure and just click OK.  Then, activate the plugin on the next screen.

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Now you will see the All in One Favicon plugin under your “Installed Plugins.”

To upload your custom favicon so it will be present on your website/blog, click on “Settings” underneath the “All in One Favicon” title.

img6You will see the following screen.  Click “upload” by the “PNG frontend” option.  We are using a .png for this exercise, but this plugin also supports .ico, .gif, and Apple Touch icons as well.

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Find your favicon file you saved to your computer.  After it uploads, be sure to push “Save Changes” at the bottom of the screen.

img14And that’s it, folks!  See how easy that was?  Head on over to your website and see how your new favicon looks!

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Carrie

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!

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.

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March, April & May Giveaway Winners

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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