Anatomy of a Blog Post [001]


I get a ton of emails asking about how I create certain graphics for my blog, what programs I use to create layouts, etc. etc., so I thought maybe the information was post-worthy. First up is graphics. I create some of the graphics myself, but I also use a lot of freebies from other bloggers. Read on for more info (and a free download!):

1. I created these simple ribbon tags in Photoshop - they take about five seconds to make and are useful in labeling posts.

2.  I used this graphic in my New Year's Resolutions post, but I love them so much I'm sure they'll pop up again sometime! They are actually a Photoshop brush that I downloaded courtesy of Pugly Pixel.

3. I created these little bronze polka dots by photographing some metallic paper I had laying around and masking the image with a circle in Photoshop.

4. This is another freebie courtesy of Pugly Pixel. She offers free downloads quite frequently, but if you become a member (for a mere $5!) you can download all kind of great graphics, brushes, layouts, and templates.

5. I've used these polaroids heavily lately. They're a freebie from Jess Craig of IROCKSOWHAT and come in a whole bunch of different colors and patterns.

6. I used this tinsel brush in this post and it got a lot of attention. (I'm not surprised - it's beautiful!) You need to have Photoshop to be able to use it and if you're more of a Photoshop novice like me you'll definitely need to use the tutorial to get this one to work.

7. This washi tape has popped up a lot lately too. Another freebie from Pugly Pixel (seriously check that site out - it's full of great stuff!)

8. And last but not least, these banners aren't something I've use on the blog, but I did use them for the kids' Christmas table I created. I wouldn't be surprised if they popped up on here in the future though!

And if any of you are into the blog graphics I created, here's a page full of freebies for ya [for personal use only]:

Happy Friday the 13th!


  1. Love this post... I am a professional graphic designer so I definitely appreciate every little design element in your posts! Have a great Friday!

  2. Sarah@ circle and sproutJanuary 13, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Thanks for sharing Lauren. I have wondered about the great mysteries of graphics! Super good tips and Happy Friday the 13th to you!

  3. You do a beautiful job. I love all the little details in your posts.

  4. Marie- Heartfelt HandmadeJanuary 13, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    super dooper, thanks so much for sharing, I love all your graphics x

  5. Thank you for posting this! All great resources, I love Pugly Pixel and I love designing graphics! <3

  6. Thanks so much Lauren! I think you sealed the deal for me on getting Photoshop. We're a recent Apple family within the past year or so and I've debating about getting Photoshop. Posts like this where I can learn tips and feedback from other bloggers who have used the software are so helpful. Have a great weekend!

  7. I love Photoshop - it's a great tool to have at your disposal! It's a little pricey but definitely worth it. I took a class in college to learn the basics, but I'd like to take another to learn more! Pugly Pixel and Youtube both have great tutorials though.

  8. Thanks everyone! Glad you found it useful. I'm no expert but I figured I'd share what I do since I get a lot of q's about it!



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