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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.

Step by step instructions on creating a pinnable image with BeFunkyStep by step instructions on creating a pinnable image with BeFunky

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.

Golden Vlog // April

This month’s Golden Vlog is all about inner and outer beauty. It’s been a long journey for me to feel that I have both.

Have you noticed that I talk with my hands almost as much as I do with my mouth? Holy cow!

Also, here is a post I wrote on my view on postpartum self-image: I am Beautiful 

What do you think makes someone beautiful?

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.

A Month of Confidence–Image and Health

Welcome to the first week of A Month of Confidence!
This weekend has been a hard weekend–I’ve had a lot on my plate that hasn’t gotten done because I haven’t felt well, physically or mentally. So, I’m glad to be starting this week.

This first week of November, we are going to focus on image and health.

A Month of Confidence

A Month of Confidence

Last week, I wrote a post about accepting the beauty of my postpartum body. I have always struggled with self-image my entire life and feeling healthy in my body. The past few weeks have been hard with health as well, since it’s gotten much colder (and I don’t feel right dragging my baby with me) and our stroller is flat, so I haven’t been running.

But, instead of sitting and giving up, I can do something about this. I can still take a few minutes out of my hectic schedule to care for myself.
Here is my plan for the Week of Image and Health Confidence:
– I will make sure to actually make myself a lunch every day this week
– I will have oatmeal or grits for breakfast twice this week, rather than cereal every day
– I won’t have any fast food this week, nor soda
– I will do my hair every day and do my makeup every day
– I will tell myself I am beautiful, or some other compliment, twice a day
– I will do at least pushups, curlups, planks, and lunges every day
– I will smile every day

I suggest that you also keep a confidence journal. I am, and each day I will have 3 lists:

1) Drops of Awesome–little things I did or accomplished
2) Little Moments–I have a quote in my living room that says, “Enjoy the little things in life, for someday they will be the big things.”
3) Grateful List–small blessings

Sunday, November 9: Confidence in all relationships
Sunday, November 16: Confidence in work and hobbies
Sunday, November 23: Confidence in house and home
Sunday, November 30: Reflection on a Month of Confidence




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What is your plan for the Week of Image and Health Confidence?

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.

I Am Beautiful

I have been thinking about beauty a lot recently: outward beauty, inner beauty, society’s view of beautiful, motherhood’s version, and how our God sees our beauty.

To me, beauty is feeling confident with yourself–how you look, how you feel in your body, how you perceive the day. And to be honest, it’s been a little hard for me the past few months. But, I finally think I’m doing ok.

I want to start with a little anecdote. My parents spent thousands of dollars to make sure I had good teeth: braces, retainers, dentist cleanings and cavity fillings, toothpaste and toothbrushes in our Christmas stocking. And yet, did you know that I am missing a tooth? I have a beautiful smile, but somehow, my genes forgot to create one adult molar! At age 13, getting my braces, I still had one baby molar. The orthodontist had to sand the width down to match the adult molars. The dentists said it could come out the next year, in 10 years, or in my grave. Well, as much as I took care of my teeth, that lone baby tooth decided to give up the ghost in 2010, and we had it pulled. We couldn’t afford for me to get a bridge or an implant (and I still can’t). But, it didn’t bother me because I couldn’t see it.

The same applies to some of the changes my body has gone through after carrying and birthing my first child. I didn’t have stretchmarks until after labor! But, I don’t really mind them all that much. And, no one else can see them…that’s probably the main reason I don’t mind them. Like my tooth, they aren’t noticeable.

I am also actually experiencing post-partum hair loss. I have naturally thick, curly red hair. I am used to clogging up the drain and filling up the bristles on my brush every other week or so. But now, I have to do so almost every day! I already had a pretty thin hair line on my forehead, but it’s even more pronounced now. Thankfully, I have really cute accessories to mask it when I wear my hair up.

But, the biggest, and most noticeable change to me is my weight and figure. Now, you may say, “Tayler, you look great! You didn’t really look pregnant at 9 months, and you are stunning now.” I’ll say, “Thanks, but I can still feel the difference.”

I have been very thin my entire life. I am 5’7.5″ and have always had a good BMI and been on the lower end of the range for healthy weight. The heaviest I ever weighed was my senior year of high school at 150lbs. It was a stressful time–I was graduating and my family was moving. I also worked at an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet. That summer, I decided to start running and work out. By the time my freshman year of college was over (10 months later), I had lost 18 pounds! Since 2009, I’ve weighed anywhere between 132-137 pounds. I was running and exercising, I was eating healthily, and I felt and looked great! I loved being able to feel thin, but notice the tone and muscle I had accumulated. I loved the fact that my husband could easily wrap his arms almost completely around me. I was confident, and I had always struggled with my body image.

Last year, working 50 minutes away, and getting pregnant, my time to work out disappeared. But, I didn’t fear. I knew that if I made healthy choices, I’d still be ok with my weight. And, during the whole pregnancy, I only put on 35 pounds! After a week or two of giving birth, I was already down to 148 pounds. And there I have stayed.

I know that this weight is pretty dang average for my height, but I’ve struggled with how I’ve felt about it. I have extra fat on my love handles, my tummy, my cheeks, and my thighs that weren’t there before. I don’t necessarily like it. I feel heavier. I don’t feel in shape. I miss being as skinny as I was. I miss relatives and friends telling me how great and thin I looked. I miss feeling like I’ve just worked out.

After I got the 6 week clearance, I started to go running again. It was much harder than before pregnancy. 1) I hadn’t gone running for a year! 2) I was now pushing a baby in a running stroller. 3) Where I live is all hills and I’ve never really ever been good at running those. But, it fit in nicely with Rhys and my schedule. Except, about two weeks ago, one of the tires on the stroller popped and we haven’t been able to fix it just yet.

Now, I still am healthy (for the most part). I don’t pig out and I do try to stretch or workout at home. But, I feel different.

A few weeks ago, I wore this outfit, saw myself in the mirror,  and thought to myself, “Dang, I look good!” I had forgotten how long my legs are and how nice they look on my body. So, I started to accentuate them. Justin, my sisters, and my mom have all commented on how I actually have curves now (look at the picture of me in the skirt…I had a tiny hour-glass shape, but I was mostly a stick). Now, I have actual curves. So, I started to accentuate them. My bosom is noticeable, my butt is a little bigger, and my hips are wider, giving me a real noticeable hour-glass shape. As I walk up our stairs, sometimes I watch my shadow. I watch my hips sway back and forth. I like that. I thought to myself:

I am beautiful.

My mom says, “It took 9 months for you to gain that weight. Expect the same amount of time to lose it.” I think back to the first time I saw Gone With the Wind as a junior high student. Scarlet O’Hara had just had a baby and was trying to put her corset on so she’d have a 19″ waist again. Mammy, her slave, measured her and said that she just birthed a baby. Her body would never be the same afterward. I had prepared for that my whole life. And I was ok with that, as long as I wasn’t overweight. Then, I met my sisters-in-law, each who have given birth four times, and look astounding with beautiful figures. I know it’s possible to get my body back the way it was.

But, for now, I’m taking it slow, and I am ok with that. It is important for me to listen to my body and remember what it is meant to do: give Rhys life and nourishment. And so far, it has done a wonderful job of that, and for that, I am thankful.

Because I am still beautiful.

And, although I still miss the way my body used to be, I am finding things I like about the way I look right now and ways to like my current beautiful body.

Here are some of ways to realize you are beautiful, even postpartum:
–Listen to your family members compliment your body and believe them
–Congratulate yourself on surviving labor (or a C-section). Your body did what it was meant to do.
–Go shopping! Your body is probably a different shape now or fills out different areas. Find new
clothes that accentuate your new, beautiful areas.
–Look at how your child looks at you. They love you for being you. That’s what truly matters.
–Indulge in a nice, long, warm shower or bath.
–Do what you can to exercise: run, yoga, stretch, curl ups.
–Wear cute hair things.
–Put on makeup even if you aren’t leaving the house.
–Smile. Looking at yourself smile can be a huge confidence booster.
–Be intimate with your husband–you’ll feel beautiful, and he’ll think so, too.
–Read other postpartum blog posts on beauty, depression, and other shared experiences. You’ll realize you aren’t alone in it.
–Compliment yourself on one part of your body each day.
–Tell yourself you are beautiful.

How did you come to love your postpartum body? What would you add to the list?


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.