Monday, January 16, 2012

Blog Design on a Dime E-book GIVEAWAY

I'm so excited to be hosting my first real giveaway here at Gourmet Mommy, especially when I'm so excited about the prize - a copy of Blog Design on a Dime, a new e-book by Jacinda Vandenberg.

Jacinda blogs over at Growing Home, and I've greatly enjoyed reading her posts for months. I was drawn to her from the beginning when I noticed our similarities - we're Canadian girls, the same age, married within a month of each other and each with two children, again born within a couple months of each other. We're both second-generation homeschoolers who love blogging, delicious food and learning about homemaking. 

But here's where the similarities end because Jacinda is a much more prolific blogger than I, and she's fabulously talented at blog design. She does all her own design work and her blog is lovely. Here's the kicker - in her own words:

  • I am not a blog designer
  • I don’t own or know how to use any photo editing software (Photoshop? Adobe? What’s that?!)
  • I don’t have a clue about HTML coding, CSS, or any other funny term
  • I have never spent a dime on my own blog design

Jacinda taught herself how to design, and to help the rest of us not so talented folk out, she wrote this e-book. It's a simple instruction manual for how to use the free online program Picnik to design lovely and creative headers, buttons, and social media icons, and how to install them on your blog.

I snapped up a copy as soon as she published and read the whole thing. I knew I was going to be giving a copy away, so I figured I should probably give some of the projects a shot. With Jacinda's help, I was able to design the social media buttons you now see to the right of the screen. I think they look pretty good, if I do say so myself, and they even work! Her installation instructions were clear and easy to follow, though I did have to wait until my kids were napping so I could concentrate!

I also designed the profile picture and Welcome design for my new Facebook Page. Head on over and check them out - I'm so pleased with how they turned out!

In fact, I was having so much fun with my new-found skill, I went ahead and designed a blog header to surprise a friend of mine. Holly blogs over at Ruby Red Shoes. The best part of that design, though, is not my layout but the painting on the right, because she did it! And she only started painting a year ago. (I know this is off topic but I feel the need to brag about my more talented friends.)

Now to the fun part, a copy of Blog Design on a Dime for one lucky Gourmet Mommy reader! Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Giveaway ends Friday. Of course if you simply cannot wait to start reading, feel free to grab your own copy by clicking on the link in the sidebar or at the bottom of this post.

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Giveaway sponsored by Growing Home. Affiliate link.

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  1. I would love to do a blog about my life after university and about learning to do nail designs properly :)

  2. I would totally re-due my blog - I love making buttons etc. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. I'd love this book. I've been blogging for a year but the Lord is really asking me to get serious with it....and i know NOTHING about designin. TTL Wordpress is free; at least it got me started but boy would this book be great!!

  4. I was going to enter, but then I just couldn't stand not having this book anymore & purchased it last night! :)

  5. Would love to win this book. My blog NEEDS help!!

  6. I'm in the process of rediscovering my blogging desires and this would be a wonderful tool to help me accomplish that! Thank you for the opportunity!

  7. I would love to redesign my blog after reading this book.

  8. Redesigning my blog would be fun; I just use the basic ones right now.

  9. Thank you for the giveaway. You can never learn too much.

  10. My blog could use some help, and this resource sounds amazing!

  11. I would love to redesign my blog! It is such a difficulty for me and I don't know why! Thanks Em! You blog is thriving and I love it!