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:


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

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!

Halloween-TagsdownloadFor personal use only.

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

Pretty Polka Dots | Free Facebook Covers

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

facebook cover imageNavy & Gold

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:


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!

Color Love | Warm Grays & Browns

browns-&-grays“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

I love the coziness of this October landscape and the warm color palette it creates. It makes me feel like cuddling up in front of a crackling fire wrapped in a comfy blanket. There’s nothing more earthy and warm than grays paired with browns. This color combination is very versatile in design and allows for the flexibility of adding different pops of color but can also stand as a strong palette alone. If you like this palette, you may be drawn to our Ginger $15 blog template below:


Tutorial | How to Configure the Profile Gadget

Our $15 Blogger templates are a great way to get a stylish blog look in less than a few minutes. One of the customizations included with our blog templates is a styled profile area. Styled means that we code the default Blogger profile gadget so it looks more custom and pretty.

defaultvsstyledWe’ve been getting a lot of questions lately from our $15 template clients about how to configure the about me gadget, so we thought we’d explain how to configure the profile gadget in a tutorial today.

Step 1: Add Profile Gadget

First you need to add the profile gadget to your sidebar. You do this by going to “Layout” and then clicking  “Add a Gadget.” Then scroll down until you find the “Profile” gadget. Click the “+” to add.


Step 2: Make sure you are using the Blogger profile

Second, you need to make sure your blog is not linking to your Google+ profile or the gadget will not work properly and your photo will be blurry (see bottom of this post if you’d prefer to use the Google+ profile and want to fix the blurriness). This gadget works best with the Blogger profile (if you are already using your Blogger profile you can skip this step). To switch your profile to the Blogger profile, find the little gear button at the top right of your dashboard. Click it and then select the “Revert to Blogger profile” option. A pop up box will open and then click “Switch to a limited Blogger profile.”

revertYou’ll be directed to a new screen that says “Confirm Your Profile.” Click the “Continue to Blogger” button. Your blog will now be connected to your Blogger profile.


Step 3: Add about photo and text

Once you have your profile set to the Blogger profile, click on your name at the top right of your dashboard. A pop-up box will appear. Click “Blogger profile.”


This page shows an overview of your profile. You can edit your profile text (the text that appears under your profile picture) here or you can click “Edit Profile” to make further edits and change your profile picture on the “Edit User Profile” page.


To change/add your photo on the “Edit User Profile” page, scroll down to the “Profile Photo” section. This will allow you to upload a photo from your computer or you can insert the url to your image if hosted somewhere on the web. If you are not currently using a photo, click the “Browse” button. If you are currently using a photo and want to change it, click the “Remove image” button and then click the “Browse” button to find your new photo.

photo-browseIMPORTANT: Make sure the image you upload has been cropped to a perfect square or it will appear distorted.

PHOTO-SIZEIf you’d like to edit your profile text while in the “Edit User Profile” page, scroll down to “Additional Information” and find the “Introduction.” Add/edit your about text there.


Click the “Save Profile” button at the bottom of the page and then view your blog to see your beautiful new styled profile area!

Fix for blurry photos if you prefer to use Google + profile

Go to “Layout” > “Add a Gadget” and add the “HTML/Javascript” gadget to your layout. Copy the below code in red and paste it into the gadget and click “Save.” Drag the gadget below all of your other sidebar gadgets and then click “Save Arrangement” to save your changes.

document.querySelector(‘.profile-img’).src = document.querySelector(‘.profile-img’).src.replace(//s[0-9]+/g,”/s512″);


Your profile image should now appear clear. This solution works in most cases but is not ideal. Feel free to leave comments below if you have any questions.

Featured Design | Chew Chew Mama

We were ecstatic to have the opportunity to work with Cindy of Chew Chew Mama on her custom blog design. As a dietetics/nutrition graduate, I (aka: Erin) have a special place in my heart for healthy eating blogs and love to see orders come in for them. Cindy is a clinically trained speech language pathologist and a feeding therapist. Her blog and services help people gain the tools and knowledge necessary to help children learn how to make healthy food choices and to actually become happy eaters. Pretty cool, huh? Cindy worked with Emily and Kate on her project. Emily created the logo and mood board and then the project was turned over to Kate who completed the full blog design. Here’s a look at how it turned out:

chew-chew-computerFull home/blog page design:


Kate’s take on the project:

Cindy’s project had a challenging beginning because it was started by another designer. It can sometimes be difficult to take over a project in the middle of the design process, but after discussing the details of the design with Cindy, I knew everything would be fine because she had a very clear vision of what she wanted. Cindy is an amazing person and has a passion for what she does. She had a very clear vision about every aspect of her design but was also very open to my ideas. Together we were able to create a beautiful and unique design. Bold and bright colors were used in the design to create an eye-catching design, but I feel the colors used are also reflective of Cindy’s fun and vibrant personality. The Chew Chew Mama brand is all about helping kids learn how to be healthy eaters. It shows that healthy, colorful eating can be just as fun as Cindy’s design was for me to create.

Custom designed content page:


Cindy’s take on the project:

Kate is an absolute sweet heart! I have loved every minute of working with Kate, in fact, it was the best thing that could have ever happened for me. Initially, I thought that communicating might be a problem since she is not located in the United States, but that was hardly the case. Kate is an awesome communicator and the time difference actually worked in my favor. It allowed me to answer fast questions by day and review things and send more detailed feedback at night. As I went to bed, she was getting up to my feedback and hours later, I was waking up to change on the test site each day. It was AWESOME. Kate is an incredibly, talented and creative designer. She was able to somehow transform my written ideas into a design that captured everything I envisioned and much more.

I know that I can be a bit Type A in personality and that I really requested a lot of detail on my site. It was important to me that my custom website be perfect, since it was launching my new business. Kate never, ever made me feel like I was asking too much (or driving her crazy!) :). She always took my requests and ran with them. She communicated what would work and always offered positive, alternative solutions when something didn’t. Kate is an incredibly kind person and a really hard worker. Designer Blogs is so lucky to have Kate! She is a dream designer — because of her talent and her kindness! Kate made me love my website more than any other website in existence. I am so very thankful that we got paired!

It was such an honor to work with Cindy. Be sure to hop on over to Chew Chew Mama to learn more about Cindy and the amazing work she does!

Learn more about our custom blog designs here.

October Desktop Background

october-desktop-backgroundCan you believe it’s already October? Where has the year gone? Since October is the month of all things creepy and scary, we thought we’d throw a creepy spider desktop background your way. If you couldn’t tell from our previous post, we’re kind of digging the spider theme this month. Click the link below for the download.


For personal use only.



Free Halloween Blog Templates

It’s just about time to pull out all of your creepy Halloween decorations! While you’re busy decorating, why not get your blog decorated for the season as well? These are the first of many free seasonal templates we’ll be throwing your way each season. Seasonal Blogger templates can be temporarily installed to your blog to give your blog a festive, yet stylish look. What’s best is that if you are using one of our $15 Blogger templates, you can re-install your $15 template when you are finished with the free seasonal design. Just make sure you save a back-up before installing any new design.



To install, download and save the free Halloween blog templates to your computer. Once the zipped folder has been saved to your computer, unzip the folder for your files. The folder contains the template design and the installation instructions. Please note that these template designs are for BLOGGER only. Enjoy!

For personal use only.



External Hard Drive Giveaway!

NEW-GIVEAWAY-IMAGEIf your house was on fire, what three things would you save?  I’ve been asked that question a number of times and these are the three things I always list (in order of importance): 1) my family, 2) my journals, 3) my external hard drive.

My external hard drive makes the list because it contains some of my most important and irreplaceable digital files: pictures of my family, home videos, business documents & files, my font collection, etc. External hard drives are awesome because they have tons of storage space and can either be used as a back-up to your computer’s hard drive or they can be used to store all of your files to help keep your computer’s hard drive free of clutter, which can really slow it down. If you use an external hard drive to store all of your files, it’s always important to have a back up external hard drive in case the initial hard drive crashes. External hard drives are also great because they are portable which means that as long as you have your external hard drive with you, you can access your saved files from any computer.

Toshiba-3TB-Canvio-Desktop-External-HDSo… since we think external hard drives are so fab here at Designer Blogs, we thought we’d give one away! Toshiba’s 3TB Canvio Desktop External Hard Drive boasts a whopping 3TB of storage space, is easy to use, and has super fast USB 3.0 technology. It can be used with PC’s or Mac’s (with reformatting) and includes the hard drive, AC power adapter, USB cable and a quick start guide as shown in the photo above.

Use the widget below to enter. Good luck!

External Hard Drive Giveaway!