Quote love.

I’ve been on a quote kick lately. :) I’m always finding quotes I haven’t heard before, but that inspire me and I don’t want to forget them! Here are a few that I’ve been loving lately…

perks of being a wallflower quote design by smitten

never love anyone who- design by smitten

life quote-design by smitten blog designsI also designed them in a printable format so you can email us if you want to hang it up somewhere you’ll see it everyday! We’re pinning often so you can follow our Quote Love board here!

Have a great holiday weekend!

-Kate

5 Creative Uses for your Instagram Photos!

 

5 ways to use your Instagram photos! - Smitten Blog DesignsSo ever since starting my personal Instagram account a year ago, I’ve been wondering how to do something with the photos in there. I love the edits I’ve done on them in Instagram and I love the sqaure shape. I’m always scrolling through my photos because it’s basically become my Facebook as far as posting pics goes (I still love using Facebook to stalk friends, let’s be honest!) :). I started to see little uses for them here and there. So I finally decided to collect some of my favorite Instagram photo ideas from around the web and share them because, well, you’ll think they’re awesome.

Instagram Photos - Smitten Blog DesignsIMAGE VIA BOOMF.COM

This one definitely takes the cake for creativity: your Instagram photos on a marshmallow. I mean, why is this necessary and why do I feel like I need them right now! I think this would be such a cool Christmas gift, but I’d take it as an anytime gift because I will take an excuse to have a cup of hot chocolate any day!

Uses for Instagram Photos - by Smitten Blog DesignsIMAGE VIA PRINTSAGRAM

These are the cutest things I’ve ever seen. Really. They’re darling and I don’t use that word about many things. They have 24 pages and they are MAGNETIC, what?! My kids are little so they’d have a fun time with these little books for sure.

Uses for Instagram Photos - by Smitten Blog DesignsIMAGE VIA STICKY 9

This is probably lame of me, but I don’t want to see someone pull out their phone and have the same phone cover as me (kind of like why I love doing custom blog designs!). I just want it to be mine. Especially when it has a design or pattern on it, right? This cell phone case is screaming my name.

Uses for Instagram Photos - by Smitten Blog DesignsIMAGE VIA PRINTSTAGRAM

This is cool. A tear-off mini desk calendar with all your Instagram photos on it. It’s decorative and useful. And most of us have a work space that could always use something to spruce it up. Now I just need 365 Instagram photos.

Uses for Instagram Photos - by Smitten Blog DesignsIMAGE VIA STICKY 9

My refrigerator neeeeeds these! I’d probably arrange them all nicely and my husband would mess them up just to bug me, ha ha. :/ But these could replace my tacky magnets from the chiropractor and front of the phone book! Yay!

I’m not sure which one of these I want to start with but I think any of them would make an original Father’s Day gift (which I always feel pressure to do original!). Which one do you like best?

-Kate

Oooh and Ahhh— Kraft Paper Crafting!

I have a new craft obsession: kraft paper!

kraft paper smitten blog designs1/ savvy sugar  2/ suzy’s cards  3/ a lovely lark  4/ craft paper stamps  5/ sofia invitations

 

No, I don’t mean craft paper. I’m talking about kraft paper, the textured, neutral-brown paper used for wrapping paper, gift bags, cards, scrapbook paging, EVERYTHING! It is rustic and earthy and wonderful! I use it for all kinds of crafts and occasions.

I recently used kraft wrapping paper for a baby shower gift that I had covered with a simple rubber stamp design and then tied a big blue bow on it. It took me all of 15 minutes, and all the other party attendees oooh’ed and ahhh’ed like I had invented sliced bread. It was so easy to look so crafty!

Sometimes I like my kraft paper plain and it looks fabulous in its simplicity! My husband especially likes plain kraft gift wrap because it seems less frilly than most wrapping paper. I wrap a majority of his Christmas and birthday presents in plain kraft paper (and then squeeze in some snowflake wrapping paper too, because come on, it’s Christmas!).

I also use kraft envelopes for my handmade cards (again, rubber stamped. I’m not that advanced in my personal card-making skills). I like using kraft paper for cards and envelopes because it is such a versatile paper. I can make a birthday card for a man or woman, a thank you card for friend or a colleague, and it will always fits the occasion while also looking sophisticated and design-y.

I love kraft bags, banners, boxes, gift tags—it’s all good! If you haven’t used kraft paper yet, go online and start by purchasing some wrapping paper! Buy a roll, cover something beautifully with it, and let’s exchange ideas!

Love,

Rebecca

PS. While we’re on the topic of gifts and special occasions, Mother’s Day is sooner than soon so don’t forget to download our lovely little Mother’s Day breakfast printable to brighten up her morning! (Wrap the flags around toothpicks to stick in fruit or around straws for drinks!) Download link below or see our past post.

mother's day brunch printable by smitten blog designsMother's Day Brunch (85)

10 Popular Fonts (you never knew the names of)

I’m sure you’ve all noticed there are about a million fonts out there and new ones popping up all the time. It’s hard to keep up with them! But there are a lot of great places I like to visit to find the popular fonts – Font Squirrel, MyFonts, DaFont are a few of my favorites. So here are a few of the popular fonts you may have seen, but never knew what they were called or where to find them…

popular fonts -smitten blog designs

MARKET DECO/ BEBAS NEUE/ LANE NARROW/ BASIC TITLE/ BENTHAM/
CHANNEL/ BOMBSHELL/ LEARNING CURVE/ DANCING SCRIPT/ MINA

You might not realize how big of an impact fonts have on your branding. It really sets the tone for your business or blog right away. The font you choose can tell a visitor that your business is serious or trendy or playful or professional or a series of other descriptions right off the bat.

We like to know what the trending fonts are so we can create modern designs for our clients and several of these fonts have been used in our designs. If you want to grab any of the fonts above (most are free, a couple are not) I’ve provided the links to them for you! Choose wisely! ;)

-Kate

Custom Blog Design Sale!

custom blog design by smitten blog designsToday is the day I celebrate being done with taxes- woo-hoo! So today we decided to help celebrate with a Spring Tax Day and Month of April Blogger Design Sale! That’s a long title for our promotion, but it deserves it because it’s kind of a big deal. ;) Any custom blog design for Blogger that is purchased during the rest of April will be 10% OFF, which is a pretty great savings!

This might just be the reason you were waiting for to get that perfect new look for your Blogger blog! And you can view a lot of our custom blog designs in our portfolio to get a feel for what we do. Email us at smittenblogdesigns@gmail.com or go to our custom blog design page and make your deposit to get on the schedule! Happy taxes-being-done day!

-Kate

FREE PRINTABLE EASTER EGG FILLERS

So I was born in the 80′s and we didn’t “do” plastic Easter eggs waaaay back then (at least not in my neighborhood). We had the real deal. Of course if you didn’t find all of them on Easter morning, you’d smell them out a month later! But at some point as I got older, plastic eggs became the thing, and because there was candy (and not yolk) inside, I was fine with it!

Free Printable Easter Egg Filler by Smitten Blog Designs

Now that I have a couple of little ones who are old enough to enjoy Easter morning egg hunts, I realize how much candy can pile up from those plastic eggs! Especially when their Halloween buckets have acquired candy from all holidays in between and will last them the rest of the year. I was trying to come up with something my kids would like enough to overlook the lack of candy…ha ha, we’ll see if it works! I came up with these “Bunny Jokes in an Egg” and I’m posting them as free printable Easter egg fillers for our readers!

Free Printable Easter Egg Fillers by Smitten Blog DesignsEaster Egg Fillers (257)

They’re super cheesy but you know little kids will get a kick out of them. Just print/cut/tuck in a plastic egg and you’re done. You could even cut each joke in half and hide them in separate eggs to make it a little more exciting, especially if you’re kids are a little older.

I’ll leave you with this inspiration I used for the ombre pattern on the background of the joke slips- these beautiful eggs from Sugar & Charm (and I’m dying to try them, no pun intended)! You can see our past Easter printables on our printables page as well. Happy hiding!

Ombre Easter Eggs

-Kate

We Do {Business} Branding!

I was watching a TV show the other day where an investor was deciding if he wanted to put money into a business that was going under. When he was asked why he decided to invest despite the uphill battle to revive the business, he said, “Because I like the business branding. It has superior branding.” Right answer!

Business Branding CardBusiness Branding Card FrontNow, I’m not suggesting that your site will get more clients, readers, or investors if you have superior branding, but… WAIT, that’s exactly what I’m saying! :) Branding is crucial to your online success! And that happens to be one of our specialties…

fashion fuse- Business BrandingSmitten doesn’t JUST do blog designs, even though that is a crucial part of our services.

We create entire brands.

Want a logo to make your blog instantly recognizable? Want to put that logo on a business card? Want your Facebook timeline and blog to match? (Your answers should be yes, yes, and yes!) And we do all that. Here is a sample branding board we created for Made Beautiful Events:

Made Beautiful Business Branding BoardOur branding packages are our best-selling items and one of our favorite projects to work on. So go ahead and peruse some of our latest branding work to see all the possibilities for your blog!

Business Card Frontcubbies and nooks

logo brandingbranding logo- smitten blog designs-Rebecca

Customized Design: define your style!

customized design logos by smitten blog designs

Customized design work is definitely the thing these days and whaddayaknow, it happens to be our specialty! But really, when was the last time you saw a blog or a website with no design whatsoever? It really doesn’t happen much these days (and when it does, how long do you stick around that site?).

Most people want to put a new, fresh design out there on the web, a design that reflects their personality and makes their presence known. You want someone to land on your site and bam! they get get sucked in immediately by the design (and then they stay and find out you have awesome content to match!). So what could possibly be better than improving the first impression on our clients’ sites? Below is a branding board we put together to define the “Wee His & Hers” website.

customized design branding board by smitten blog designs

Soooo…

Why You Should Have a Customized Design for Your Online Space:

Be a Pro. A professional designer is just that—a professional. Sure, you could make a blog yourself (probably?). But good designers know that it takes a few years of real designing to figure out what looks exceptional and what will draw your audience.

Stand Out. Don’t find yourself in the awkward position of being a template-repeater. Yeah, I just went there. It’s the worst when you find that someone uses the same template as yourself when you’re trying to be one-of-a-kind. If you do decide to go the premade route, make sure you do something to set it apart. Stylize your sidebar with a photo of yourself or change up the font!

Create a Brand. One of the first things that advertisers do to increase sales of a product is to create an effective, recognizable brand. Custom work helps to actualize your brand and reinforce it to your readers/customers. You want them to know who you are and remember you! The photo at the top shows several logos we’ve done to help brand businesses!

Personally, when I switched my first blog to a customized design, it made my online identity more one-of-a-kind and my readers noticed it too. I became a more defined and frequent blogger, which is what your visitors want, it’s what keeps them coming back and gets you a nice little flow of traffic! In short, it was the best thing for my little corner of the internet, and it could be for you too. <3

-Rebecca

A Little Lovin’ from Smitten: Valentine Treats and a Free Printable!

Who am I kidding? I love Valentine’s Day because of the treats. You know what I’m talking about: sugar cookies with fluffy white and pink frosting, red velvet cupcakes with adorable cupcake toppers, and sticky lollies with “I love you” etched onto them. It’s a great, simple way to celebrate love and spread some cheer. Sooooo, here is a little inspiration (and some free printables) as you decorate your sweet treats for February 14th!

First, some cupcake toppers! We made this free printable just for you, from Smitten.

free valentine's printables by smitten blog designsSweet Valentine cupcake toppers (1057)

I love the modern design of these printables, if I do say so myself. And they are EASY! Just print, cut, and add toothpicks!

Next, some Valentine-decorated treats to get you going.

free printables, smitten blog designs, Valentine's DayAdorable love bird cookies for your loved one!

Free printables, Valentine's Day, Smitten Blog DesignsA whole lotta chocolate with these chocolate malt cupcakes. Sign me up!

free printable, Smitten Blog Designs, Valentine's Day treatsCan’t beat the traditional heart-shaped cutouts in my opinion. I’ll be making these for the big day!

Join in the treat-making love: Swirl your frosting! Pipe your icing! Scatter your sprinkles! Have a ball and enjoy your treat.

Love,

Smitten

IMAGES VIA: The Chocolate Café, Annie’s Eats, Your Cup of Cake

Why You Should Be Blogging for Your Business!

We work with all kinds of bloggers–fashion bloggers, food bloggers, mommy bloggers and a lot of small businesses. This post is especially good for our small business bloggers to know, but still helpful for anyone wanting to run a successful blog!reasons to blogEvery good business should have an incredible custom website AND a personalized blog. “Don’t they basically do the same thing? Isn’t just the website enough?” Well, we’re so glad you asked! An attractive website is just the first step to making your presence known online. But blogging for your business with a well-designed can do a few things that the main page just can’t.

Here’s what:blog post reasons to blogOne of our wonderful clients, Dina C. from Buttercream Bakehouse, wrote about her custom blog, “[It is] the first thing customers or my readers mention to me…It’s actually bringing me business.” So many of our clients have similar success stories. We love making our clients happy, and it is so gratifying to get consistent positive feedback—even from our clients’ clients!

So go get blogging for your business! And you can email us to get in contact with one of our amazing designers for help starting this! The wait is never too long and the results aren’t too bad either. ;-)

*(Chiang & Hsieh, 2011)

-Rebecca & Kate