I've been fielding quite a few e-mail questions about blog buttons lately. There are a number of you out there who don't have a blog button, but are looking for tips on how to make your own. I love how you think that just because I'm obsessed with something and write about it, that I actually know what I'm doing. Even though I really don't have a clue, I thought I would play along and share the advice I've been passing out by e-mail to the rest of you.
My first piece of advice is always to do a quick google search for a variety of great tutorials out there. That's how my obsession with blog buttons began. I know some of you have requested that I do a post about button making, but to be honest, there are so many other great tutorials out there, my mediocre explanation doesn't need to be added to the mix. ;)
My second piece of advice is to start simple. You can always learn and tweak and start over as much as you want. But sometimes when you are first starting out, it's best just to keep it simple, clean and fresh. That's why I'm showing off these three buttons and blogs today.
(My third piece of advice would be to pay someone to do it for you . . . however, I didn't even do that so I can't really authentically advise you to do that. Plus, if you are like me, you get a little thrill figuring this stuff out on your own . . . even if you don't do it very well.)
I made my button myself (digitally of course!). Early on, I decided to use Polaroid type photos as a style for my blog. I've moved things around quite a bit, but that has been a unifying theme. There is a little free program called poladroid that will convert .jpgs to a Polaroid style photo. I love it!
3) How does your button reflect your blog? What are you hoping it says about your blog?
I wanted something straight-forward and easily recognizable. I hope it says "she's a child of the 80s...I bet she has some fun ideas!"
4) What are two of your favorite posts?
Oooh, that's hard to choose. I would have to say my Little Mama Series. I made new bedding for my daughters' dolly crib, which turned into a four-part essay for my girls about being a mother.
The second, I made a 3D diorama in paper of the house my husband and I built together. We're now selling that house, and I am so glad to have a unique memory to keep.
I made them all myself.
3) How do your buttons reflect your blog? What are you hoping they say about your blog?
I am not sure how they reflect it but I was hoping for a new, simple and fresh look.
4) What kids of blog buttons stick out to you in a crowded sea of blog buttons?
Ones that are easy to read and are not too busy.
1) How would you describe your blog in five words?
vintage, genuine, creative, progressing, clean
2) Did you craft your button or did you inspire someone to craft/create it for you?
I'd been wanting a button for a long time but I had no idea how to go about it. One night, I was "blogging" late and something my husband said came to mind while I was contemplating blog buttons. "Google it." I did, and found a great little tutorial for creating your own blog buttons. I crafted my own button. The picture is mine from my blog banner.
3) How do your buttons reflect your blog? What are you hoping it says about your blog?
I think it's best for a blog button to reflect the blog it represents. My banner photo is the same on my website, my fb page, and my blog. In addition, I love to reuse interesting/vintage items, hence the antique sewing machine. I am hoping it reflects my love of all things vintage, fabric, and sewing.
4) What kinds of blog buttons stick out to you in a crowded sea of blog buttons? ;)
Colorful and unique...and words that don't quite make sense. I'll go check them out just to figure out what they're talking about. For instance, Flamingo Toes...what does flamingo toes have to do with crafting?
Go check out the blogs behind the buttons and . . .