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If you have your brand new blog that you built from scratch up and running (go mama) and have started to create content and have started to use Pinterest, now is the time to start thinking more about Canva. There are so many ways to use Canva for bloggers. Canva is a user-friendly graphic design tool that anybody can use – no design experience needed!
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I personally use Canva ALL THE TIME. It is my favorite place to design custom Pinterest graphics, blog banners, social media photos, logos, business cards, media kits, infographics and YouTube channel art. It is amazing how many templates they have for so many things. It really does cover all of your business needs.
Canva also offers printing services so that you can print any design you make. I designed and ordered my new business cards through Canva and I am amazed! They were also cheaper than who I used to purchase my business cards from.
There are so many ways you can use Canva as blogger. They include:
I used Canva for my tabithafrost.com and All Natural & Good blog header photos. Canva also has a variety of free and premium stock photos to use in your Canva designs. I used this stock image below and added my own text. I was able to customize the font, color, size and placement to create this blog header.
Blog or Business Logo
Canva has a ton of amazing logo templates. My husband created my ampersand logo for the and (&) in All Natural & Good. If you look closely it is a mother and baby.
Since All Natural & Good is a health, wellness and motherhood blog, I really think it suits the blog and what it stands for.
I took the design my husband made on Adobe and used Canva to put the ampersand into a white circle with black edging. I was also able to make the background transparent so that I can add this circle to any branding materials. Creating a transparent design is a Canva Pro feature.
I use this logo on my Pinterest graphics, business cards and so much more! Canva does have a lot of great templates though, so don’t feel compelled to design your blog logo from scratch. I did mostly use Canva to create this logo.
I create all of my Pinterest images on Canva! You can also create your own templates if you prefer not to use Canva’s templates. I personally love the templates and find it easy to customize it to really make it my own.
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You can change the color, text, font, size, placement and add in your blog logo or photos.
Here are some examples of the Pinterest graphics I’ve create using Canva:
Since Pinterest recommends using an image with a 2:3 ratio and vertical, Canva has the perfect sized Pinterest graphic template that is 735 by 1102 pixels.
You can use your own photos or stock photos to create your custom Pinterest designs. I personally use a lot of stock images because let’s be real here, I am not a professional photographer. Not even close.
Some day I will be able to afford to hire out a photographer to come take my blog post photos and food recipes in action, but for now I love stock photos.
Where to find stock images:
YouTube Channel Art or Thumbnail
Canva is great for creating so many custom graphics including YouTube channel art or video thumbnails. Here is an example of a thumbnail I made for a YouTube video:
Social Media Post Images
Canva also has templates for creating Facebook images, Instagram images, Twitter images, story images and so much more!
Media & Press Kits
You can read more about how to create a media kit and why bloggers should have one. I created my media kit on Canva and I love that I can easily make changes to it anytime.
Resumes & Proposals
I’ve created proposals using Canva before. Since my media kit currently serves as my resume, I do not have a separate resume but Canva has some beautiful resume templates for free!
I love Canva business card templates! I currently use their business cards and I love the quality of them. I was able to order them through Canva printing services too. They shipped directly to my house for a great price!
Other Canva Designs Include:
- LinkedIn Banners
- CD Covers
- Email Headers
- Magazine Covers
- Book Covers
- Gift Certificates
- Event Cover Photos
- Etsy Shop Photos
- Photo Books & Collages
- Comic Strips
- Lesson Plans
- Report Cards
- Seating Charts
- Event Programs
With the help of Canva, whether the free or paid Pro version, you can make your blog look stunning all the time. The Pro version will allow you to create the perfect brand kit with a set color scheme and anything else to make your brand look flawless across all platforms.
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