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Blog Design | BeYOUtifully Made

Design board for the new and improved BeYOUtifully Made blog at http://aprilmcdonaldfitness.com

Guys, I can’t believe it!

I actually designed a blog!!!

Now, I don’t have a degree in graphic design or any Adobe programs such as Photoshop, InDesign, or Illustrator. But, I have had quite the learning curve after blogging for almost seven years. I’ve gone to workshops, read instruction articles, and experimented.

For the past 8 months, I have been a virtual assistant to a beach body coach named April who blogs at BeYOUtifully Made. She is quite the #girlboss–building her business from scratch to the point where her husband was able to quit the job he hated. She needed someone to help manage her blog, as well as create monthly newsletters. And she found me. April became more than a fun employer–she became a friend. However, she was stuck in a bad situation in a WordPress multi-site owned by someone else that she didn’t have a lot of access or ability to edit or redesign (even though she owned her own domain). She also didn’t like the way her blog looked. So, I suggested I take a whack at it.

And boy, was it a process. Not necessarily the design stuff–that was all fun. But the technical stuff. Getting her own hosting, connecting her domain to the new hosting, downloading and deleting her blog from the multi-site to her own self-hosted WordPress site. Yikes! Talk about trial by fire! However, I was able to figure it all out and everything worked out fine.

After having worked with April for a few months, I knew what she liked and what easily able to create a new design for her.

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Design board for the new and improved BeYOUtifully Made blog at http://aprilmcdonaldfitness.com

Working with Tayler was SO awesome. I previously had a blog designer that didn’t allow me much freedom and I felt like it wasn’t even MY blog. Tayler has been so sweet and diligent in TOTALLY redesigning my blog, making sure it’s EXACTLY what I want, and making changes quickly. It’s nice to feel like you are working with a friend that GETS you. I highly recommend her!

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April was a sweetheart and actually  referred me to another BeachBody coach who wants me to redesign her blog and switch her over from Blogger to WordPress. Soooooo…..shameless plug…

If you are interested in some Virtual Assisting work from me, click here. If you are interested in a blog design, fill out the form below!

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

How to Create a Pinnable Image with BeFunky (with giveaway)

There are many free photo editing options online to help you create that perfect pinnable image. However, BeFunky is one of my favorites because of its features. Here are detailed instructions on how to create a pinnable image on BeFunky.com

I have been created my own pinnable image for years. True, the ones I made three years ago would definitely fail on Pinterest with today’s standards, but it was great practice for me to figure out my aesthetic. As the years went by, I began to get better, and then, lo and behold, I discovered free stock photos! I no longer needed to rely on my amateur beyond belief skills with my DSLR! Then, I discovered a few other options other than just PicMonkey to edit my photos for free, with more flexibility. Finally, after having redesigned my blog, I finally decided on a pattern, per say, for my photos.

I have been blogging for 7 long years. I may not have thousands of followers on my social media (because I don’t really put money into my blog–maybe $5-$15 every now and then), nor do I have a graphic design, web design, or social marketing degree. But, I definitely feel that I have been around the block a few times and know my way around following the trends. So, today, I want to share with you one of my favorite sites to create pinnable images: befunky.com!

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There are many free photo editing options online to help you create that perfect pinnable image. However, BeFunky is one of my favorites because of its features. Here are detailed instructions on how to create a pinnable image on BeFunky.com

Find a photo to use

The first step is to find a photo. You can use one of your own, or a stock photo, but just make sure it is related to your actual content and looks professional. If I decide to use a stock photo, I usually go to unsplash.com or pexels.com, which both use royalty free, common use photos. When you find one you like, download it.

Step by step instructions on creating a pinnable image with BeFunky

Upload to BeFunky

Open up BeFunky.com and click on photo editor. Upload your picture.

Step by step instructions on creating a pinnable image with BeFunky

Go to the edit button on the side, then click on crop. Under Aspect Ratio, there will be a drop down button. Click on the option that says Pinterest Pin. Decide where you want your photo cropped. Then, go to resize. You want it to be at least 1000 pixels vertically for the best results on Pinterest.

Step by step instructions on creating a pinnable image with BeFunky

Add in Text

The next step is to add in your text. As for me, I just use two fonts: the two fonts I use on my blog. Make sure that your font choices work well with each other. I’d suggest having an more eye-popping font, then a plainer font.

BeFunky allows you to use their wide range of fonts (which look more blogger friendly than PicMonkey) or your own (and more of your own fonts, especially the brush scripts, work better than on PicMonkey). You can change the font size and color to your satisfaction. What I really like about BeFunky is that you can change the font color, the outline of the font, and even a background color for your fonts. I really like using the outline feature.

Step by step instructions on creating a pinnable image with BeFunky

I suggest having no more than two or three words in a text box. That way, it is more easily to rearrange and modify. BeFunky also has ruler lines that appear when you are placing a graphic or text box to help you align. You can also click on “options” at the bottom of the text tool and have a specific alignment for your text. Take a few drafts. See what works best. While creating your texts, make sure to also incorporate your website or brand name. I typically have this on the center bottom of my images.

Optional: Add in Graphics

Word to the wise: sometimes, less is more. However, sometimes you want a graphic to make your image pop a bit more. BeFunky has a wide range of options for you. Clock on the heart icon–the “graphics” option. I typically go with the design elements or the geometry groups of graphics. Again, you can edit the size, the color, the opacity, and the placement of these images, just as you could the text.

Step by step instructions on creating a pinnable image with BeFunky

Save!

Make sure you have a specified folder on your device to save all your pinnable images. BeFunky allows you to save your images as either PNGs or JPGs. Make sure to name your image, as well. I typically name it with the same text on the image or the name of the post.

Step by step instructions on creating a pinnable image with BeFunky

Add Into Your Post

If you use WordPress, first add the image into the Featured Image option. After it uploads, fill out the alt text with what you’d like to appear when people pin your image. Make sure that your image shows up near the top of your post.

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Post and Pin!

When you are completely done with your post and you have published it, make sure that you pin it! You can use your scheduling program, like CoSchedule, Tailwind, ViralTag, etc., or you could just manually use the PinIt web extension.

Pin it to your blog’s board on your profile, as well as any other boards you have that relate. Also, take advantage of group boards. But, don’t do it all in the same day! Take advantage of your schedulers, or create a spreadsheet to keep track of what pin was pinned where and when.

Step by step directions on creating a pinnable image with BeFunky.com

And there you have it!

Later, I will do a post on creating a pinnable image with PicMonkey, editing pictures on PicMonkey, using social media schedulers, and creating a Pinterest pin spreadsheet.

To help you start making your way towards better looking pinnable image, I am going to host a giveaway offering my services! I am currently the virtual assistant for a beachbody coach’s blog. I create pinnable images for each of her posts, as well as her monthly newsletter, and I am currently working on helping her to redesign her blog. I’d love to do the same for you.

You will receive the opportunity to have 5 pinnable images created by me (I will follow your aesthetic, and make numerous drafts if need be), and I will follow your blog, follow your Pinterest, and pin all your posts for the next month!

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What is your favorite program to use to make a pinnable image?

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.