March 22, 2011 By Cheryl

  One of the things I love most about using HootSuite for Twitter, is the ability to schedule Tweets. Did you know you can also use HootSuite to schedule things to post on your Facebook page? I’ll show you just how easy it is………….. You need to start with a HootSuite Account and sign in. […]

February 16, 2011 By Cheryl

When I first started blogging, I never expected to make money with it.  I just love sharing what I know and love and blogging was the perfect platform.  As my blog grew, it became more time consuming and I started to hear about ways you could make some money while blogging.  Do what I love […]

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Twitter has this great little organization feature called Twitter Lists. Twitter Lists has been around for about a year now, but I’ve only recently started to utilize them and realize what a great tool they are! Twitter Lists lets you organize a “group” of people on Twitter. If you’re like me, you probably follow lots […]

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If you are anything like me, you subscribe to a lot of blogs. And on a daily basis you find things you want to remember………maybe a great craft tutorial, recipe, how to edit photos or maybe just something you’d like to share with your readers or friends. Well, what if you had an easy way […]

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Whipperberry is fairly new to the blogging block but these girls really know how to pull off one beautiful blog!  A collaborative blog of super talented friends who created Whipperberry as a place where they can come together in one spot, and share their creations and treasures with the world! I don’t remember how I […]

October 28, 2010 By Cheryl

There is one question I get asked on my blog time and time again ……. “How do you make those cute picture collages on your blog?”…..”What do you use to edit your pictures?”…….”How do you get words on your pictures?”…..”How do you watermark your pictures?”…..”How do you get those cute frames around your pictures?” Do you […]

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Can anyone give advice or point me to a tutorial on how to make a character illustration in Photoshop?

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I don’t do character illustrations, but if you search for videos on YouTube you can find quite a few.  sf-smile-3743282

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I haven’t gone through their tutorials yet, but I have this site bookmarked to learn more about illustration –

Browsing through Smashing Magazine or will provide some good info too, I bet. 

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Nominate Your Designer

September 20, 2011 By The Blog Designer Network

We are going to be posting a new series every week that highlights a blog or web designer which has been nominated by at least three of their previous clients.  Searching for a blog designer can be difficult, so we hope this series of features will help bloggers take a look at some designers that have had a great track record, and come highly recommended by their former clients!

To Qualify as a Featured Designer, the designer must:

  • Have a live design site currently published on the web.
  • Have been in business for at least three months.
  • Have at published portfolio of at least 5 designs.
  • Design for Blogger and/or WordPress.

In order to nominate your designer, you must:

  • Have the design they created for you live on the web.
  • Have been a client within the last 2 years.
  • Provide your name (or online alias) and URL for the featured post.

Ready to nominate?  Fill out this form!  Designers will be featured after the third nomination has been received.

25% Off All Classes This Week Only

December 20, 2011 By The Blog Designer Network

We are right in the middle of a fancy re-design and getting ready to announce who the new instructors will be for the New Year!  Come take a look at the new logo, and pop back in each day this week to see the updates. We are also celebrating the holidays by offering a 25% discount off ALL courses when you register this week only. Just use the code CHRISTMAS at checkout.  Courses below are scheduled in January, and a video copy is provided if you’re unable to make the live session. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the courses. Just use our contact link above!

25% off code: CHRISTMAS

Use Decorative Letters to Spice-Up Your Posts

February 16, 2010 By The Blog Designer Network

e-4-cap-4316558 very post deserves some “pop” doesn’t it? Often times we use photos to help break up the monotony of just text. However, I came across an Jessica Hische, an extremely talented graphic designer.

Daily Drop Cap is a project she started in September of 2009 in which she illustrates a decorative letter every day (or at least every work day). The project will continue for approximately twelve alphabets and are available for non-commercial use as drop caps on your personal blog. Please visit to see the full project.

I jumped right on over to the Daily Drop Cap and found the letter I wanted to use for this post, followed her instructions and there you go. It was so easy!! The letters are beautiful and charming and would be a lovely accent to most any blog post.

n-4-cap-8071864 ot all are swirly and feminine.

o-2-cap-8558208 thers are modern or retro.

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Birthday Bash Weekend – Second Giveaway

January 23, 2010 By The Blog Designer Network

This giveaway is now closed, winners listed at the bottom.

Continuing on with Beautiful Blog Designs’s Birthday Bash Weekend, I am giving away a $15 gift certificate to Adori Graphics.


Louise, the designer at Adori Graphics, became a supporter of BBD only a few months after I created it. She has since become a blogging friend and I think she is one of the kindest, most generous designer/bloggers out there. I have enjoyed seeing her talent and business grow over the past year and can’t wait to see where it goes in 2010. Louise is another designer who creates her own graphics, so you don’t have to worry about anyone else having the same images as you.

Now, if you already have the blog design you want, still enter this giveaway. Louise has a plethora of products and services you could use your gift certificate for, including digital scrapbook kits, watermarks, business cards, Twitter backgrounds, Etsy banners and so much more. 

Giveaway guidelines:

  • To enter simply leave a comment telling me how long you’ve been blogging
  • If you do not have your email linked to your blogging profile, please leave it in the comment
  • Only one entry per person
  • Giveaway ends Sunday, January 24th at 11:00 PM EST
  • You must claim your prize via email to Louise within a week or it will be awarded to another blogger


The winning number was comment #7, by Kirstie! And, because she’s my sister and it make look funny that she won, I’m giving away a second gift certificate and that winning number is #1 by Emmy. Congratulations to you both!

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Beautiful Blog Series: Chez Larsson

February 22, 2010 By The Blog Designer Network

Guest post by Marianne from Songbird

For this weeks Beautiful Blog feature we are guests at Chez Larsson, in Sweden. Benita is in her own words “a neat freak, an organizing enthusiast and someone who truly enjoys getting her hands dirty”. On her beautiful blog she shares many organizing and decorating tricks and proves that she and her husband and son are real DIY professionals.


What I love about Chez Larsson:

  • Uncluttered and easy to navigate design
  • Lovely banner picture that communicates the content of the blog very well
  • Easy to read posts with beautiful big photograps
  • Helpful navigational bar with all the right links
  • Cleverly positioned Search tool
  • The blog design is a clear reflection of the Larsson’s personal style

At the Larsson’s (that is what Chez Larsson means) you will see a family who loves DIY and crafts and who run the most organized and uncluttered house I have ever seen. Benita always makes me want to go clean up my house (and to get me to want to do that is a miracle). I love how their homemade blog design, is a true reflection of their lifestyle. Go check out their Beautiful Blog Design and have fun looking at all the amazing DIY projects they have done and benefit from all the fun and easy organizing tips. And tell them we sent you.

Benita, you have a beautiful blog and beautiful followers who love you! If you would like to share this feature with your readers, here is a button for a post or sidebar.



Designer Blogs

April 11, 2011 By Designer Blogs

The “Link Within” gadget is a great way for your readers to read related posts. So let’s show you how to add it to YOUR blog! Step 1:Start by vising the Link Within website. Found HERE. (this is what it will look like)  Step 2: You will then enter your information:Step 3: The website will […]

April 7, 2011 By Designer Blogs

Do you love the look of Polaroid photos? There is just something so cool about retro Polaroids, am I right or am I right?! Well today I’m going to show you how to give your post images a similar look. Step 1. Log in to your Blogger account. In the dashboard click “design” Step 2. […]

Social Media Mastery Class this Wednesday

January 16, 2012 By The Blog Designer Network

We’re very excited to offer this new class on Wednesday evening.  Both designers and bloggers will benefit from this course on making social media both beautiful and functional. Whether you use social media often, use one more than others, or are a total newbie – this course includes everything you need, and you can attend right from your computer at home!  Begins Wednesday, January 18th at 5:30pm MT (Mountain Time) and lasts until 7:30pm.  Read below for details, or register here.


mesmall-150x150-5061184 Instructor:  April Durham

Bio:  As a blog and website designer, April has not only created social media graphics for many clients, but has also grown her social media presence in the process.  With over 4,300 Twitter followers, 2,200 Facebook likes, and 807 Pinterest followers, April has built a community around her business and can help you to do the same.  You can follow her @aprildurham on Twitter and Pinterest.

This class includes:

  • A video copy of the course to keep and watch. (Viewable on Mac and PC.)
  • Over 5 templates to download and use to create your own images.
  • A comprehensive e-Book of detailed notes.

Here are some of the things the course will cover:

  • Creating graphics
    • Best formats and dimensions for each platform
    • Social Icons for your site
    • Facebook Cover Photos *NEW*
    • Facebook Profile Images
    • Facebook Landing Pages
    • Twitter Backgrounds
    • Twitter Avatars
    • Pin-worthy graphics
  • Building a targeted fan-base
  • Using social media management tools to simplify managing many sites
  • Incorporating social media into your blog or website
  • Tips and techniques for Facebook and Twitter updates.

Using the *NEW* Pinterest to your advantage (without spamming your loyal followers!)
and more!

Other courses April teaches this month:
The Blog Designer Workshop
Adobe Photoshop (Intermediate/Advanced)

Courses by other teachers this month:
Creating Genesis Child Themes by Lynne of Visual Serendipity
Blogging on (for Beginners) by Jessica of The Frilly Coconut
Blog Header in Adobe Photoshop Elements by Jessica of The Frilly Coconut

Register Here (Price: $65)

Have questions? Send inquires to info (at) thebdn (dot) com or use our “Contact” page!

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April 3, 2011 By The Blog Designer Network

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Workshop: A Better WordPress for your Clients

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Host your own SIFR fonts (Video)


Web Nerd Terminology (Explained)

CSS Tricks

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The Pros and Cons of Art Directed Blog Posts

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