blog scoop: getting a blog design

in my opinion, one of the essential elements of a blog (or any website) is the design of it. it should be aesthetically pleasing, easy to navigate, and reflective of the writer(s). much like personal appearance, the design of your blog can give your reader an inside peek into who you are and what you like. 

think about it: store websites like anthropologie and j crew reflect their brand beautifully. j crew's website design is classic, even down to the colors, or lack thereof. while on the other hand, anthro's is a bit more whimsical and intriguing, but still easy to navigate. although different, they each allow the customer to have an online shopping experience similar to one they have in-stores. 

much like that, your blog design should reflect you. if you love the color green, include it somewhere in your design. if you have a thing for glitter, show off some glitter. shoot, if you love cats, have a cat somewhere (that just gave me a great idea...) but, no matter what, make sure that your design is true to who you are and what you write about, because it's the first thing that people will notice when they go to your website.

my blog design has changed hands a couple times since blogging. my first official design was done by a graphic artist i found on etsy, and looked like this:

i loved this one, but eventually wanted a change and something that was a bit more me. i worked with michele, of diesel & juice and she gave me a beautiful custom design that i was mildly obsessed with. but, as with everything else, i was eventually ready for a change and wanted to try my hand at doing my own design. thanks to photoshop elements, many hours, many google searches, and a few other helpful bloggers, my current design was put together. it's not perfect, but it's perfect for me. and the best part is that i can change any elements about it whenever i want/need to, which was why it was so important to me to do it myself. and it saved a couple bucks, too. 

so, you say "that's great, but i don't have photoshop and i don't know the first thing about HTML code or any design elements". i hear ya, trust me. for those of you that have learned HTML code, i salute you. i know enough to navigate a simple design, but definitely don't know it like the pros do.

here's a few resources for you if you're looking to get a blog design:
- the cutest blog on the block: free blogger templates and blog elements
- etsy: there are tons of graphic designers and pre-made templates
- royal daughter designs: amanda is currently advertising with me and makes beautiful blog designs/elements
- yours truly designs: chelsea is another advertiser that makes beautiful designs
- google. no, seriously. i can't tell you how many times i googled things like "how do i make my own header in blogger", "how do i move the date header", "how do i add custom tabs", "how do i keep asking so many questions"...oh, wait. not that last one.
- your blogger template. there's a lot you can do without even loading a design. go to "template", "customize", and manipulate any of the elements. you can change colors, fonts, width, layout, date, etc. if you're afraid to do it on your own blog, create a "test" blog and mess around with it on there until you find something you want on your blog.

if you know of any other resources or designers, please leave a comment so that others can know about it, too :)


  1. I've just been brave and redesigned my header on my own through picasa . It was so easy Ive already got another one ready for Christmas!! Thanks for the links - going to have another play around now!! X

  2. Thank you for the info! Your post comes at the perfect time for me -- I've been thinking a lot lately about re-designing my blog, but have been unsure of where to start. Can't wait to start looking around at the links you posted, and googling to my heart's content! :)

    - Sara

  3. good to know... thanks for the info :)
    i've been trying to experiment myself, but i'm not very html savvy!

    xo - heather

  4. i really love - if youre not scared of getting into the code part. i taught myself the majority of blog and web design, and love love love learning more! keep going, don't give up out of frustration, and always back up your template before editing! :) xoxo

  5. I LOVE that you posted this because since I started my blog (just recently) I have been trying to find "my"design and honestly it is driving me crazy I can't find "the one" that I feel is just right for me. Thanks for sharing and have a blessed day!!

  6. Thank you! I have been struggling with all the elements in blog design. I can't wait to check these out. Thank you!

  7. Lindsay (TriFABB) of JCJDesigns

  8. Thank you so much for this post! I've been looking to make my blog more dynamic and had no clue where to start! Just picked a holiday look from Cutest Blog on the Block!

  9. I'm a fairly new blogger and I've been creating my own blog designs (not easy might I add). Once I get my foot in the door I plan on getting a website designer to help me create a page with more personality.

    Thank you for the suggestions! I'll take these into consideration.

  10. I've been designing blogs for a while now, but when I was starting out (and even now if I need a reminder) I love w3schools for all their HTML/CSS info. Any code question you could ever have is answered there and it's super easy to find what you need. Other than that, I love dafont & fontsquirrel for free fonts!

  11. I do blog designing for a business & am always welcoming new clients with an insanely fast turn around time!


  12. I can think of another blog designer that sponsors you................;)

    But seriously erryone, self-promo here:

    1. ahh SO sorry to leave you out! just updated!

  13. Hi,
    I was wondering if you have created directions on blogger for the correct way to upload your own template (made on photoshop). The google instructions I have seen for some reason aren't working when I try them.. or maybe I can't do it. Just looking for some basic instructions. Thanks!!

  14. Thanks for the tips!

    Happy Thanksgiving :)

  15. Hubby jack blog deigns! @ - awesome to work with! Tell him stephanie sent you, he's a good frend and did my blog design, which I love!

  16. Such great tips! I agree, Google is such a savior. You've created a very elegant design :)

    xx Ellie 

  17. Thank you so much for the idea to use Etsy! I would have never gone searching there!

  18. Thanks for the great blog tips! Do you have any suggestions on how to increase traffic flow? Or how to spread the word that your blog is out there in the ever-expanding blogosphere?

  19. I heeded your advice to use Etsy for a blog design and am very happy with the finished product :)

    You're the best!

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