How to Make a Header for Your Blogger Blog Using PicMonkey

I Love using PicMonkey when creating images or editing. I've created alot of Blogger and Wordpress Headers for others as well, it's very easy to do and I am going to show you how. Below are some example headers that I've created for other bloggers.







Now let's get started:

Step 1

Go to www.picmonkey.com. It looks like this as of March 2014. You can use the Design feature instead of the collage feature now...but the tutorial is still similar, just skip down to Step 5.

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Old Look:
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Click on Make a Collage first.

Step 2

In the Collage feature, go to the second box down, called Layouts, and click Ducks in a Row.
Choose the three squares in a row (or whatever you like). And then click SAVE (at the top), (name it something easy to remember, like blankcollage or blankbanner), on your desktop is best and easiest to find for now. (If you would like to use previously edited photographs in your banner, upload them here. Click Upload and drag them to the position you like or wait till Step 6).


Step 3

Click the X in the upper right hand corner of your workbox (shown in Step 5) and that will send you to the start of PicMonkey again. This time you will select Edit a Photo (above where you just clicked Make a Collage). You will be prompted to upload a photo...you will select the collage blank we just saved on your desktop. This will open up and you will have your "template" to work with! Now you can get creative too!

Step 4

This is where I resized the image. You can also do this later when you are saving your final draft.
To resize now, just click Resize button.


Then you can enter the size you'd like your banner to be. I entered 900 pixels by 300 pixels. Remember to click Apply.

Step 5

Adding Text to your banner is super important, as this is your Blog's name and possibly a tagline. To find the text tool, click on the P in the left hand column of your PicMonkey screen. Choose a font and try out different sizes and colors.


Step 6

Overlays are very exciting and add dimension and drama. You get many choices of cute stickers, geometric shapes, symbols, scrapbooky-like elements, and you can even add your own elements by clicking on Your Own - this can be a photograph, clip art, etc. (If you add your own, they must be in a .jpeg format, as they won't upload .png files.) This selection has a crown by it so we'll have to pay for it eventually...use it now!

So play with Overlays and make it your own. Remember to click Apply when you are finished.

Step 7

The last thing I like to do is add a Texture and a Frame...some great options are Rounded Corners, Museum Matte and Simple Edge. Note: some of the options don't work for this size. Just play around until you get the frame you like best. Click Apply.

Step 8

When you're super stoked about your new banner design you can click SAVE and you will be prompted to save to your computer. You may wish to create a new folder titled My Banners and save all your creations in there!

UPDATE: Many of you had questions about a dark gray line/background around your header...you can either save as a .png file (not a .jpg) or use a transparent background now available on PicMonkey).

Step 9

Then enjoy adding your new banner to your blog (or a test blog)...if you have questions...let us know.

UPDATE: Some of you are unsure how to add your new header to your blog...so here's a quick way to do it. In your LAYOUT, look near the top of all the boxes laid out, and click on the one that has your blog name and says HEADER. This box will appear:


Click the button that says "from your computer" and click the browse button. You will have to remember where you saved your new image (.png)...hopefully on your desktop.
Upload the image in this box...wait till it loads and then click SAVE. View your blog and the header will be at the top of the blog.
If you need to adjust the width of your blog, you will have to go to Template Designer and Adjust Widths until it looks balanced. Good luck!

Do you feel like a designer yet?


Note about BUTTONS:

You can use this post's simple tutorial to also create your own bloggy buttons!
To make your image small enough to be a button just begin with a blank collage (PicMonkey now has blank pallets available on their site, you can create a custom size as needed) and resize it to the button size you want, such as 150x150 etc.

Best FREE Image Editor Online for Beginners



Downloading the PicMonkey app  was one of the smartest things I did when I started blogging. It's free and it makes your images look so much better before you post them on any of you social media feeds. Your IG feed can be so pretty...it's all about your style. Some folks love the pale colors, more white in an image, some love lots of color like aqua or pink. Whatever your style, you can enhance your photos using this free app. Works for iOS and Android.

I've always loved PicMonkey online, it can make any picture that you enhance look very professional
. You can add text, make banners, logos, just about everything and anything.

There's also a cool thing called their "hub" where you can save your images in their cloud. Which is brilliant if you don't want to clutter up your phone storage. To use the hub you have to have a ROYAL account which is about $12.95 per month, but also allows you to use all the features of their editing program (which you only use online so you don't have to download or install any pesky software/programs).




If you are looking for a great image editor, tryout PicMonkey online and their free app. #NotSponsored

9 Things You Should Say to You Kids Every Day




1. "I LOVE YOU." Say it to them as often as you like. It's the simplest things that can make the biggest difference.


2. "I LIKE IT WHEN YOU...." Talk about positives aspects in their behavior.


3. "YOU MAKE ME HAPPY." This makes them feel valuable. Whether they are playing, reading, eating, or doing anything in general.. just whisper to them on how Happy they make you feel.


4. "I AM PROUD OF YOU." They need to know that they are doing a good job, even when it can be hard or challenging for them.


5. "YOU ARE SPECIAL." Let them know that their uniqueness is a strength.


6. "I TRUST YOU." Building a foundation of trust raises and honest person.


7. "I BELIEVE IN YOU." Teach them how valuable they are. They need to know or even hear that you are rooting for them.


8. "I KNOW THAT YOU CAN DO THIS." Encourage them to never give up.


9. "I AM GRATEFUL FOR YOU." Be specific because this can really make their day.


Share in the comments below some positives things that you also say to you kids that may be helpful for others too. 

How to Make Money as a Stay at Home Mom | Blogging



If you want to learn how to make money as a stay at home mom by blogging then you are in the right place! Blogging has changed my life in so many (good) ways!

When I had my first son, I desperately wanted to find out how I could make money from home all while watching my kids.

I kept seeing people say that they made money just from blogging at home & I was so skeptical!

If this is you then I TOTALLY understand where you’re coming from & let me tell you, you’re not alone.

There are so many moms out there who truly wish they could stay home with their littles but don’t think that they can because their family needs that extra income.
Why Blogging?

Blogging has changed my life. It really has.

It’s given me a lot of purpose and drive in my life that I really needed. Thanks to blogging (and the class that got me here – Elite Blog Academy), I now have another full-time income to add to my family. I never thought that it would be possible, but less than 15 months after I first launched my blog (as in, I’d never written a post before), I made $3,292 in one month. Less than 18 months after I started getting serious about blogging, I made $12,007 in one month!

The best part about blogging is that you can make so much more money working a few hours from home than you would working a regular 9-5 job.

15 WORK AT HOME JOB IDEAS (OR SIDE HUSTLES) FOR STAY AT HOME MOMS



I’M A MOM AND I NEEDED A SIDE HUSTLE.


I had always wanted to be a stay at home mom who works from home, but never quite figured out how. I’d tried lots of different things over the years – making and selling things online, photography, but none of those things were for me.

Since my idea of the BEST life that I can imagine for myself is me at home with my baby, I determined to make it happen.

So I set out to find a way to earn an income from home with a side hustle, as a stay at home mom. All I needed was $1000/month, and I’d never have to go out to work.

Maybe you’ve been struggling trying to find something that YOU can do, to earn extra money on the side from home, as a mom.

So I’ve complied a list of awesome side hustle ideas for moms, and maybe something on here will just fit for you. (Some of these jobs require training, but I personally believe the best way to make money from home is to be skilled at something. So DON’T let that scare you away!)

How To Successfully be a SAHM Blogger



Working from home as a mom is the DEFINITION of my ideal life, and I believe any one who wants to work from home so they can be with their kids should be allowed to do that.

One of the internet’s true wonders is that it allows people with little time, low start-up capital and minimal experience to create a business that would be impossible in the offline world.

Working from home, as a stay at home mom isn’t glamorous or easy. But that’s ok because, as a mom, it’s not about being able to drop everything and jump on a plane to Tahiti. It’s about being able to drop everything because your kid is sick, and you’re the mom and you want to be there for him. No boss is ever gonna tell me I need to be at some meeting when what I need to be is cuddling my fever-y baby. If you accept – right from the start – that stay-at-home / work-from-home mom life will probably look more like messy hair, dirty floors and compromises than days spent shopping and drinking coffee with other moms while your kids play… (and remember WHY you’re choosing this life), it will be a heck of a lot easier.

Don't Waste Your Time

When you’re working for yourself, on extremely limited hours, you can not afford to waste time. It’s tempting to scroll Facebook for just ten minutes – NO!

NO! NO! NO!

You don’t have ten minutes to scroll Facebook. You don’t even have ten minutes to make coffee and pee – you can totally pee while the baby is awake, why aren’t you planning ahead?! (I’m sort of joking, but just FYI, I pee before I put the baby down for his nap. That way I can go straight to work the second I get him to sleep.)

This goes for anything that isn’t directly adding to your bottom line. As a blogger, what’s adding to your bottom line? Content creation + product, images for promotion on social media, working on your email list, maybe taking a course when you need to learn to do something better.

What’s not adding to your bottom line? Reading other blogs, chatting in blogging groups or on Facebook, worrying about perfection.

8 Pros and Cons of Being a Stay at Home Mom


Being a Stay at Home Mom can have it's ups or downs. But, honestly I do not think I would have it any other way then to being there 24/7 with my kids. This is the lifestyle style that I choose, which worked best for my husband and I. Sometimes they can bring the monster out of you, and most of the time it's pure joy. I share 8 Pros and Cons of Being a Stay at Home Mom below.


Pros:


1. No More Paying for Expensive Daycare. Anyone who has a child knows how expensive it can be for the cost of daycare, especially if you have multiple children's.

2. You have the chance to witness all the first milestones: Their first, smile, sit, word, step, etc. This is the most precious reward for being SAHM!

3. You control the disciplining. Because you are staying home you can be consistent (most times) and know how your children are acting and discipline accordingly, the way you want them to be disciplined.

4. You have time (after getting the hang of things) to manage the house, cooking, cleaning, time with each child, time to run the household. Once you get all that down pack, expand further. Add in exercise, family outings and play-dates. Expand again to help with the family income and start bringing in some extra money to help support the family.

5. You get to educate and raise your child as you wish.

6. Being a SAHM reduces the stress of thinking about how your child is being taken care of.