Five Apps I Use As A Blogger

Hey everyone! Itโ€™s me lizziegrace! Being a blogger isnโ€™t all in one app right? (well not for me at least) I use a bunch of different apps for small and large things.

Some are used for writing blog posts, designing graphics, uploading pictures, and more!

I know it can be hard to find apps that suite you, here are some of my favorites!

1. Canva

I know quite a few bloggers who use Canva. I personally have been using it for about a year now for various reasons. It is very easy to use. I use it for graphics and featured images. You can literally find ANY color you want on there. They have thousands of templates that you can edit to your needs. You can also have a blank canvas and add objects/shapes as well as some text.

2. WordPress

Uh, duh! The WordPress app is sooo helpful! I started by just using the website to update my blog and all but it is so much more helpful to use the app. I get notifications and the way it lets me see and do quick updates is amazing! I highly suggest if you have a blog (or not) to use the app!

3. Gmail

Mostly just for contacting other bloggers for collabs, giveaways, really anything! It’ll also make reading submissions on your contact page easier to spot and read.

4. Docs

I use docs for school, dance, notes, and blog posts! I love how you can make something available offline (cause my dad uses up all the internet while he’s working). It’s also nice for sharing guest posts or working on a collab post.

5. Hangouts/Google Chat

This is my favorite for chatting with other blogger! I recently switched to Google Chat which is really nice for assigning tasks if its a group for a collab blog. It’s basically texting but with an email!


There’s my post! I’m so sorry I haven’t been very active recently, my life has been swapped with stuff!

Do YOU guys have any posts you want to read from me? I would love to write one that you guys want, you can comment your ideas/questions or use the Ask for Advice form!

Thanks for reading guys! I hope this helped you!

How I Add Artwork to Blog Posts

Being a blogger who’s also an artist
is a fun combination!

Finding ways to incorporate your art
into your blog
is a creative process,
which takes time to figure out
but it’s totally worth it.

To help you along,
this post outlines one way
to transfer your artwork
to your blog posts!

Hello and welcome back to Living the Blogging Life! My name’s Maggie, and I blog over at maggie’s doodles.

For the past few months, I’ve been learning how to add doodles to my posts in a visually-pleasing way, backed by a simple process for adding them. If it took me too long to draw, upload, and edit each doodle, it may discourage me from incorporating art into my blog. That’s why it’s important to me that the editing process is straightforward and fairly quick!

I’ve been using the app Superimpose to work with digital art since 2014. It was $1 in the App Store when I originally bought it, but since then the price might have changed! lol and there’s also a new app called Superimpose X, which you may want to check out as well!

The art editing tutorial I’ve shared in this post is not specific to Superimpose. You may be able to find another app or website with the same customization tools.

I love incorporating my doodles into my blog, so I hope these tips help you to share art on your own blog! โค

Note: This tutorial works for me with handwriting, doodles made with markers, and doodles drawn with ink pens. I haven’t had success yet with drawings including colored pencils (as the app removes the color along with the paper background), and I haven’t tried this method with paintings. Let me know in the comments if you know how to add paintings and colored pencil drawings to your blog posts! โค

Let’s get started!

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How I Add Artwork
to Blog Posts

1. Get the app Superimpose. (You can see how the app’s icon looks in the photo)

2. Take a picture of your artwork!

3. Open Superimpose.

4. Click ‘Import’ (in the top left corner) and choose ‘Pick color.’

5. Choose a 1:1 (square) white background and tap the check mark (top left corner). (You can pick another dimension if you wish – whatever best fits your art!)

6. Click ‘Import’ again and select ‘Import Foreground > Photos.’

7. Find the picture of your artwork and select ‘Choose.’ (You can crop around your art here, but I usually do it manually within the app. In fact, my way probably takes longer haha! *rethinks this*)

8. Tap ‘Mask’ (middle right on the bottom of the app).

9. Go to Settings (top right corner) and select the rectangle masking tool. (Again, you can eliminate most of this step by following my shortcut in Step 7 bahaha)

10. Remove the white space around your art by drawing a rectangle shape and double-tapping it.

11. Repeat this process until all that remains is your art!

12. Go back to masking tools and select the Magic Wand haha

13. Tap all of the off-white areas until all you have left is your doodle, sketch, handwriting, etc.!

14. You can save it like this, or go to ‘Transform’ (middle left on the bottom of the app) and adjust the size of the art by zooming in and out.

15. Go back to ‘Home’ (bottom left corner) and tap the box with an arrow pointing up. Export to Photos, or Mask as a PNG (which helps to remove as much white as possible)!


ta-da!!!

Yay! Thanks so much for reading! I hope this helps you along on your blogger/artist journey. ๐Ÿ˜€ โค There are still soooo many settings and customization tools I haven’t experimented with yet in Superimpose. As you saw, I actually discovered a shortcut I’m going to take from now on when editing my doodles! haha

I’d love to hear from you in the comments:

How do you add your artwork to blog posts? Are there any apps or websites that you’d like to recommend?

If you have any questions about Superimpose, or you’d like to see another tutorial on LTBL, just share a reply down below or contact us through the Ask for Advice page!

Here on Living the Blogging Life, our posts are specially curated to inspire you to…

Maggie @ย maggieโ€™s doodlesย is a 20 year old girl who loves to sing, laugh, dance, and blog. Sheโ€™s been blogging since 2010 and enjoys sharing what sheโ€™sย learned with others!

How I Make My Featured Images

Hey bloggers!

Before I get into this post, I have an annoucement! I’ve decided to join the LBTL designing team. So, if you want your blog, image, or whatever designed by me, (or by another member of the our lovely design team!), go check out the design page!

I think @lrose5 was the first one to do one of these posts on here? But anyway, this isn’t really my original idea. I just thought it looked cool and I wanted to show you all my featured image designing process. I recently made about 25 featured images on my blog for the 25 days of Christmas, so I feel that I’ve improved by doing so.

Anyway, I use Canva for my graphic designs. I think it’s pretty easy to use, and best yet, it’s free.

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I start by clicking on “create a design.” I usually use the Instagram Post size, but for some reason, I use the Desktop Wallpaper for LTBL.

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Okay, so then you’re led to this screen. I used to use the free stock photos Canva provides, and I still think that those images can make a really great featured image, but lately, I’ve transitioned to using photos I’ve taken myself. It adds a more personal and unique touch.

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Anyway, after choosing a cool photo I’ve taken, I upload it.

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Then I resize the image so it fills the whole design. For this particular image I also tinted it blue a little.

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Okay, so my next step is to add a square. I resize it and center it.

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Then, I make the shape partly transparent. Sometimes it’s 50% transparent, and other times 80%. This particular one is 75% transparent.

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Okay finally, we’re at the text stage of featured images. I start by typing out the title of my post.

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Now begins the agonizing process of selecting the right font. It’s a hard process, but for this one, I used the font “daydream.” I also choose a color that matches the background image and center the text.

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And, because that’s not enough for me, I decide to add a text effect.

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Still, I’m not done! I add an element, in this particular design, I chose a flower. Anyway, I rearranged my text to better fit the flower.

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Now it’s time for a watermark! Honestly, I’ve gotten out of the habit of watermarking, but it’s good to do. Simply type your blog address,

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…and then experiment with the perfect font, placement, and color.

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Finally, we’re done! Click on download, and then add it to your post!

So, that’s how I make my featured images! I know it’s different than some, and also similar to others. Personally, I like my style of making featured images.

Make sure to stay tuned for more amazing content coming from the rest of the LTBL crew!

Designing a Collage

It’s a new day and (year!) here on LTBL and we’re so glad to have you here today! Before we get started, I’d love to wish you an incredible year ahead on behalf of the LTBL team! We hope to make the blogging life easier for everyone who visits, as time flies by!

Today I’m going to walk you through a few tips to make a visually appealing collage! According to Wikipedia, “Collage is a technique of art creation, primarily used in the visual arts, but in music too, by which art results from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.”

Along with my ideas, I’ll also be taking you through a basic designing process.

A quick disclaimer as always; I am a hobbyist writer and designer, not a professional. The ideas mentioned here are from my own experiences.

With that being said, let’s get on with it! Given below are two of my previous works, they are my logos for my writing blog and book blog and are examples of blended collages, i.e their borders are not too distinct and blend in with the other images. I went with a vintage but edgy theme here.

Today, I’m going to walk you through the creation of Paper Heart’s logo!

#1 Theme

The first step is to settle on a theme or a subject. This includes having a rough idea of what vibes you want your collage to give off, a colour palette and a general style among other things.

Here, I’m going to go for Paper Hearts as the title, a more or less neutral colour palette, and something that seems vintage. To start with I left the background white itself. For those of you using Canva, I’m using the ‘Blog Banner’ dimensions.

#2 Variety

The wonderful thing about collages is that they combine so many elements to present a simple, flawless, unified image. Each element should stand out but they should also blend in with the collage and not seem out of place. When covering a vast subject, say, Forest, one can use elements varying from animals, plants to construction companies since they all fall under the wider subject. What should be given considerable care is that while all elements stand out, none of them overshadow any of the others.

These are the elements that I chose to enforce the very literal theme of ‘paper’. The air mail and the one that looks like from a notebook, were to strengthen the vintage theme.

#3 Proportions

This applies to many types of graphics and not just collages. Here, proportions are a crucial aspect as they ultimately decide how the end product looks like. Make sure that the background element that is strongly related to your theme is given more screen space, the ones that you add for beauty are given ample space to be visible but not too much that they take attention off the main elements.

As you can see, I’ve made the notebook page slightly more prominent than the others.

I also added a heart to represent the ‘Hearts’ part of my title (shown below) and made it burgundy to compliment the background.

#4 Adding an overlay

Without an overlay.

Adding an overlay is very effective as it lays an obvious but fine layer between the background and the text. While the impact isn’t too evident, its absence does give the collage a shoddy look. An overlay has two purposes; one is to bring all the varied elements in the background under one umbrella and to provide a subtle backdrop for the text.

The overlay has been set to a transparency level of 30 here.
With an overlay. This helps the text stand out more.

An overlay is basically a translucent background that goes right behind the title. Here is a quick tutorial showing how to add one!


Pick a background or design one and then pick a solid colour rectangle. Notice that in the second picture, transparency is set to 100.

Next, set the transparency level you deem suitable. This usually varies with colours and apps but on Canva, a 10 or 15 for white usually works well. In the second photo, you can see the difference between the parts with and without an overlay.

Finally, extend your overlay to cover the whole background and add your text!

#5 Laying Emphasis

Now, the true success of a collage is when the viewer is drawn towards it and get a vague understanding of what the subject means. This is where the text comes in. So, writing a title that looks and sounds dull ruins the idea of a collage. So, first, decide on what you want your collage to say, the words should be short, concise, catchy and attractive. Secondly, focus on a font type that complements the theme and the background. And finally add a subheading (‘Lost In Realms’ in this case), decide whether you want to make something bold, add italics etc. Adjust the size of the text and make sure the proportions are right.

Once the numerous background elements have been sized as required, take care to do the same for the text. Make it big that it is what captures the viewer’s eye but not too big that the background looks cramped. Position it in the exact middle or wherever you’d prefer to have it.

Here are a few examples of other common types of collages:

#1 A collage consisting of images with defined borders – Bordered Collage

This type of collages are usually done based on a specific theme. Their main purpose is to project a mood or just for aesthetics. Given below is an example of a fall collage.

Image source: Pinterest

#2 A collage in a specific shape – Shape Collage

These are mainly collages aimed at getting a point across but they can be made for decoration purposes too. So, for say a theme of Environment, the collage could be made in the shape of a tree or a water drop. Given below is a rectangular collage with distinct cat in it.

Image source: Pinterest

#3 A collage spelling a word or words – Word Collage

Image source: Collagehut

That was all for this short tutorial. Have you designed collages before? What are your thoughts on them?

Thank you for reading!!

D is a teen blogger @ Random Specific Thoughts who loves reading and drawing. She adores poetry and enjoys writing creative non-fiction as well!

Why Bitmojis Are Awesome for Bloggers!!~LTBL

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Heey there blogging fans, it’s your girlie Kaelyn@Kaelyn’s Life and Stuffed Stories here today for a post on Living the Blogging Life! I am actually pretty pumped about it! It happens to be about something that you probably already know because I mentioned it in the title…*cough cough..

I am going to be talking about BITMOJIS!!!!

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Bitmojis are incredible and fun! I know that you may be thinking like, honey boo, but what is a bitmoji and well, I am glad that you asked! ๐Ÿ˜€

Bitmoji is a ” FREE personalized emoji”, but it looks like YOU!

You get to customize it to look like you! If you want, you can add fun colors to your hair, glasses, etc. You don’t have to have that, for example, hair color in real life, to add those purple highlights!

For example, I have pink hair on my bitmoji right now, even though I don’t have pink hair in real life, although I used too, but anyways, you get my meaning!

There is a bitmoji for almost anything and everything! From greetings, goodbyes, funny things, LOL’s, holidays, and really all the things and everything in between! You can also customize your bitmoji with certain phrases, like how it is shown with my bitmoji below!

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If you want to customize your bitmoji with your own custom text, please check out this link here!

Now, to get an account for bitmoji, you will need to download the app from your app store. You can make an account either via your Snapchat or through email. I used my email. You can only make an account on the app, and not on the website.

I recommend getting the app downloaded on either a phone or an iPad, because it will probably work better on there than on a laptop.

After you make your account, you customize your look! The fun part is that you can change it as much as you want and save outfits that you may want to go back too!

Bitmojis are a great way to add some personal flare and some fun touches to any blog post.

I love having Bitmoji themes in my posts on Kaelyn’s Life. I will do themes such as cheese, snow, etc. And.. then all of my bitmojis pertain to that theme. ๐Ÿ˜€ I am not saying you have to do this, but it is something that I like to do! ๐Ÿ˜€

And.. the awesome part is that you can add the Bitmoji Chrome Extension on your computer so, you can just click on the extension and BOOM! your bitmojis are lined up and ready to use.

You can download the extension from the Google Play Store.

You most likely have to have Google to do that though. However, I know a blogger that does this, but they will also copy the Bitmojis and then email them to themselves for access to the images that way.

A quick side note is that there are some bitmojis that are not always appropriate because of language, certain phrases, and such, but other than that, everything is AWESOME!!

I even will use Bitmoji to try to out new hair styles and hair colors to see how they might possibly look on me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

My parents, sister, and quite a few friends also use this fun app!! It’s the best!!

I have seen quite a few bloggers use Bitmoji as well! ๐Ÿ˜€

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And for real, there is almost a bitmoji for like…anything! ๐Ÿ˜€ Not everything, but almost anything… i don’t know if i phrased that well, but.. moving right along! ๐Ÿ˜€

I highly recommend that all bloggers get a bitmoji because…

  1. There is a bitmoji for almost anything! So, if you want a bitmoji with a bumblebee, there is one with a bumblebee! If you want cheese, there are many choices for that (what is my thing with cheese…idk… ๐Ÿ˜› )
  2. You can personalize it to look like you and to show your style and personality! It may take awhile to find the look that is just right for you! I know it took me a bit to finally get it to look quite a bit like me, but I eventually got it.
  3. They are super fun to place in your posts to add that personal flare!
  4. They are also super wonderful to use in any of your personal texts and emails with friends, bloggers, and family!

I hope you all enjoyed this post and if you want more information on Bitmoji, feel free to check out their website here!

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In the comments- I would love to hear your thoughts on bitmojis! Do you think they are great for blogging? Why or why not? Do you have a bitmoji? And if you don’t, do you think you might make one?

Plus.. random question… what is your favorite type of food! Mexican, Chinese, Thai, etc? I am curious to hear what you all like!! My favorite is probably Mexican food!!

I hoped that you all had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends!

Until next time my peeps!

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Designing Hacks

Welcome to Living The Blogging Life! It’s great to have you with us here today! Today, I’m (D here!) going to share a few graphic designing tricks I use to create presentable graphics.

Please note that I am not a professional designer. The ideas mentioned below are from my own experience. Getting on with it now!

#1 Adding an Overlay

I love how much this can make a difference. Adding an overlay is highly effective and I absolutely love using it for most of my graphics ranging from blog buttons to thumbnails and sign-offs. It is a great way to keep the background live but at the same time focus on the text part and keep the subject at the forefront.

My book blog’s button with an overlay behind the title.

An overlay is basically a translucent background that goes right behind the title. Here is a quick tutorial showing how to add one!


Pick a background or design one and then pick a solid colour rectangle. Notice that in the second picture, transparency is set to 100.

Next, set the transparency level you deem suitable. This usually varies with colours and apps but on Canva, a 10 or 15 for white usually works well. In the second photo, you can see the difference between the parts with and without an overlay.

Finally, extend your overlay to cover the whole background and add your text!


#2 Complementary fonts and colours

Make sure that you use fonts and colours that complement each other. If you’re using a bright blue, going with a bright green would probably be a bad idea however a neutral grey or a minimal red would look wonderful! Using cursive and sans fonts work beautifully but if you use only swirly fonts for everything, the reader will have a hard time reading everything.

#3 Colour Palette

Before you begin designing, make sure you have a colour palette that you have decided on. It’s best to keep the number of colours to a minimum but you can use as many as you like provided they all go well with each other. It would be even better if you could have a colour palette corresponding to the subject; orange for halloween, red and green for Christmas etc.

A thumbnail for one of my former posts with a neutral colour palette.

#4 Proportions

The size of your text against a plain or filled background matters a lot. If your text is too small and you have paid more attention to making the background look good, that takes focus off the title and ultimately off the subject. So, it’s better to make sure that your title is large and clear and that is what the reader notices.

#5 Bringing them together

That is a weird way to put it but bringing your elements; background and text together can make a graphic look so good. You can either just bring everything together with a common colour or common element. Or you could even wrap everything up in a frame or a border. Blending is another branch here and it’s really helpful to take note that everything just goes well together.

Do you think graphic designing is an essential skill to have? How would you want to hone it?

Thank you so much for reading!

D is a teen blogger @ Random Specific Thoughts who loves reading and drawing. She adores poetry and enjoys writing creative non-fiction as well!

How To Make A Blog Button

Hello! I’m Madeleine, from the blog Whimsical Watercolor ๐Ÿ‘‹ This is my very first post on LTBL! Thanks to Maggie for letting me join! Today I am going to share how to make a blog button with Google Drawings and a couple tips on what you should and should not include in your blog button. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Open drawings.google.com. What’s great about using Google Drawings is that it has a transparent background, so there won’t be any white edges around your button.

Step 2: Use the shape tool to add a circle. I made mine a white circle, but you can choose any color you want.

Step 3: Add text using either Word Art (Insert –> Word Art) or a text box. I used Word Art to add my blog name. I used the font Oleo Script.

Tip: Always make sure you have the full blog name on your button so that people know what your blog is called. Don’t use initials (e.g. WW).

Step 4: Add a link. Always make sure you have the link on your button, because if friends who you’ve swapped with forget to link your button, people can still check out your blog. I used the font Oxygen.

Tip: Choose a super easy to read font for your link. Mistyped links will never lead to your blog.

Step 5: Add a tagline.

Tip: If you change your tagline a lot (like me), don’t add your tagline to your button.

Step 6: Decoration time! I drew these flowers beforehand in a Autodesk Sketchbook, so I added them to my button. I also added a border to my button by clicking on the background circle and choose an outline color. Once you’re done go to File –> Download –> PNG (don’t choose anything else besides PNG).

Tip: Make sure the decorations represent your blog and are eye catching but clean! Your button should be the one that gets clicked on in a button page.

I hope you found this tutorial and the tips helpful! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! Google Drawings is sometimes a bit complicated. If you don’t feel like making your own button, check out the LTBL Design Team, who can make you a wonderful customized button! Have a great day, bye!

How I Create My Featured Images

Creating graphics for your blog can be a little hard. Finding the right colors, style, and all that is very hard. (Lucky for you we have a blog design page! self promo!! ๐Ÿ˜‚)

I have found an app and style that works really great! Here I am today to share with y’all how I create it all!

Oh, I should probably introduce myself! I’m lizziegrace, uhhhhhh, there’s more about me on the “About the Team” page. *laughs nervously* This is my first post on LTBL! *parties* Maggie did an amazing job finding ideas for this blog and the team has been so much fun to work with! *hugs everyone* Idk what else to say so lets get into de post!

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I’ve been using canva for bout a year now. Although i’ve only been blogging for about 2 months!

Anyways into what I do!

  1. Pick a size

Today I’m going to be making a featured image so i chose the YouTube thumbnail template. You can use Facebook cover for this too.

2. Chose the style

I usually start completely from scratch but for the purpose of making this easier we’re gonna use a template and edit it. If you want a more complex version comment and I will do that in another post or if you want to learn how to make a blog button or some other thing. I chose this one because it’s not exactly centered around the image but it’s still on there.

3. Change the title and subtitle

Next I changed the title and subtitle. Most of the time I will change the font and color but I liked both of those for this image.

4. Change any images

I decided to go for a cake theme so i added that image. The title for this post might be something like “Bake With Me” or “How to Bake a Vanilla Cake”. i added this image from the free photo library on Canva.

5. Change background colors + behind text colors

I changed the color theme from light pink and white to dark blue and gray. To find the right color you can search on Google “hex color for light gray” copy which one you like and paste it in the color space.

6. Change object + color + position

I changed the feather into a cake to go the the whole cake theme. Then I changed the color to the same gray as the left side. then I changed the position to be completely behind everything.

7. Add your blog link

Lastly click on text and add a subheading. then paste your blog link onto that. You can turn it sideways or whatever direction looks best. I changed the color to the dark blue and changed the font to match the title font.

The final product:

And thatโ€™s it! it is very simple to create a featured image! (which is great bc i need one for every post). I would be extremely happy to help/create any blog graphics you guys need and I know the rest of the team would as well!

If you want a how to create a blog button, header image, sign off, spacer, or anything else drop a comment and I will write that post!

Have a wonderful day!

How I Make My Blog Graphics

Hey bloggers! (and future bloggers XD) This is my very first post on Living the Blogging Life! EEKKK!!! I’m honored that Maggie invited me to be an admin on this blog! I am here today to show you how I make my blog graphics using Canva. (you guys should look into using Canva if you aren’t already!! At the end of this post, I will list a few tips for your designs along with which sizes/ templates I use for certain things) So for this post, I will show you how I make blog buttons! Let’s get started!

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