10.14.2008

WFMW: Scrapblog is My New Best Friend!

**Updated to add: Remember that I am answering questions (with my very limited knowledge) in the comments section, so head over there to see what has come up!

I could not be more excited about this discovery!  Last week I heard about Scrapblog, an online scrapbook design website.  Totally free to use!  Well, this past weekend found me sick on the couch, so I had some time to play around.  It is so much fun, and so easy!  

See my new blog header up there?  I designed it myself on Scrapblog.  It is addicting to choose the backgrounds, fonts, stickers and borders.  They have so much to choose from.  Then I had the brilliant idea to try and make our Christmas cards on Scrapblog.  I fiddled around for a bit, and look what I came up with!

This is just a rough draft, but I am so excited about the possibilities!  I think I'll make our baby announcements on Scrapblog too, one for a boy and one for a girl, since I don't know what I am having!  

So here's my tip on using Scrapblog for your blog or to make something that you eventually want to print out.  After you create your page, save it and publish it.  This just means it is available for viewing on Scrapblog.  Then go to the File menu and choose Export as JPEG.  It will save it for you in JPEG, a format that Blogger or the nearest Kinko's will understand.

I would also recommend watching the Quick Tour video on Scrapblog if you are new to the website.  It helped me to see what it was capable of.

If you have any questions, go ahead and leave them in the comments section and I will try to respond in the comments section as well.  I am self-taught, so I don't know how helpful I can be, but I will try!



74 comments:

Inspired Kara said...

Cute header! I love the Christmas Card idea on scrapblog! I may just have to do that.

Faith said...

I noticed your new header and thought it was so cute! I love fun websites that make things easy!

Lacy said...

I am so excited and cant wait to check out this website. I love the header and Christmas card too! I am behind on sending congrats on your pregnancy.....when are you due? Nina will be so lucky to have a sibling!

Weeksie50 said...

I just discovered this about 2 weeks ago.. I made my header there it was so simple.. I am addicted too..

How did you get it that small though? It's half the size of mine and I love it..

colleen4 said...

Thanks for the tip! I'm getting booted off our computer as we speak, but once I have a moment to myself, I'm definitely checking it out! My boring looking blog has been driving me crazy and every time I try to change it I end up swearing at my computer. My two year old has learned words she shouldn't have :).

Amy @ Experience Imagination said...

This is great. I have a friend who has been wanting to redo her header with a scrapbook look! I will definitely send her over her to read your advice.

Dustybug said...

I have used scrapblog before but never thought to use it for my blog header! Great idea!

Betsy said...

I so will try it.

Jen said...

Unbelievably cool! I can't wait to try this! Thanks for the inspiration.
♥Jen

Mandy said...

I have been trying this out for about an hour. I have a really cool header that I want to put on my blog, but it is too big. How did you resize yours to fit?

Grammy said...

Thanks for the Ideal and the link. This will work for getting old pictures together for my kids as gift.

Homesteader in Training said...

Cute! I'll have to check it out.
Hugs.
Kim

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

I love scrapblog....I found it last week....totally addicting!

Your card looks great!

Lisa

Sandy Toes said...

How fun! I love that Christmas card. Do they print the cards if you make it on scrapblog? I love it!!

I send out cards like that with a short letter. I may put my blog address on my Christmas card this year. Post my "Christmas" letter on my blog and keep it there for two weeks (we go to NC) and it's a different way to read the "Christmas" letter. Now that I have a blog..I feel like my friends and family no what is going on EVERYDAY!

Thanks for sharing...I love your "bee"!
-Sandy Toes

Wendy said...

Thank you so much for sharing this! I am so excited...I'm going to go over there today!

Christy said...

I know what I am going to be doing:)

Thanks for sharing! I was actually going to ask you how you did your header. Now I know!!!

tonsofsons said...

I have been playing around with this site for sometime, but can't seem to save it to my computer. Help!

http://tonsofsons.wordpress.com/

Very cute header!

NMB said...

GREAT WORK! Loving the card design & your new header :-)
I need to hire you as a card designer for [nmbelina] designs! I can't wait to check out Scrapblog... thanks for the tips!

Harmony said...

I discovered Scrapblog a few months back, it is great. I hadn't thought of using it to make a new header and I love the idea. I only know how to make a scrapbook page on there, how do you make a header?

Sherry said...

How cool! Love the header. :D I'm going to check it out!

Vintage Indie said...

Great tip! Thanks!

Brittany said...

Thanks so much for sharing. I just made a header for my blog! It looks great.

Jboo said...

Looks very cool -- love your blog header and your Christmas card is adorable! Will have to check it out! THanks for the tip.

Janet

Lisa said...

Oh I'm excited to go check it out! Thanks for the heads up! : )

Linda said...

I like your header and the card. I visited the site and it looks like so much fun, and so easy. Thanks for a great tip!

Julie said...

great looking header thanks for the idea I'm off to see what I can come up with
julie

Blanca said...

Thanks for the link. Can't wait to try it.

Joelle said...

oh yea i love this site! it is great for blog headers, cards, etc! so addictive!!

Nikki said...

Thanks for the tip on this. I will be checking it out.

I also love your loft.

Ms. Tee said...

Very neat! Love that - what a cute Christmas card. I'll definitely try this out. I hope you're feeling better! :)

Mandy said...

You can email me about the header re-sizing at m.nigbur@comcast.net. Sorry I forgot that last time. Thank you so much!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

I just read Weeksie50's question about getting the header smaller...I actually imported it into iphoto, but any photo editing software would work. I used the "crop" tool to get it the size that I wanted. It was super easy!
Carrie

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

In answer to Harmony's question: you make the header the same way you make a scrapbook page. Publish and save. Then just follow my instructions in my original post about converting it to a JPEG and that will be a format that you can then upload onto blogger!
Carrie

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

For Tonsofsons: I don't know for sure because I am just an amateur, but it seems like you need to be sure that you have saved and published your page (make sure you do both...there is a button for both). Then just follow my instructions on my original post to convert to a JPEG and it should save on your computer. Beyond that, I am no help! :)
Carrie

My Place of Peace said...

Your Christmas card is so sweet! What a beautiful family guys make.
I'm looking forward to checking out the website. Thanks for the heads up.

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

A lot of people have had trouble with the sizing...as far as I can tell, you can't size your page in Scrapblog. You have to use some kind of photo editing tool. This sounds really intimidating, but I used iphoto and just used the cropping tool. So easy. Most computers have a basic photo editing tool that will open up when you click on a photo. Just use the crop tool and you should be good to go.

The Golf Widow said...

Love the header! Great tips.Making basic picture collages on Picasa2 made my day. I'm just giddy about trying scrapblog! I can't wait.

Joanna said...

Love your header and Christmas card! I will be heading over there today. *smiles*

Monogramchick said...

Thanks for sharing! Your header looks great, think I'll be spending some major time over there!

Our Complete Family said...

How neato this is! I bet you will have tons of fun creating cards, invites, all kinds of goodies! Can't wait to see the baby ones you come up with! I like how you erase your last name for safety. How do you do that so I can do it if I need to. I had to crop Jason's military uniform photo with the kiddos so as not to show it... Love and hugs, Les

The Arthur Clan said...

I can't wait to check out that site...sounds wonderful.

Your new header is super-cute too. Great job!

Angie in OH

Rebecca Taylor said...

You've inspired me! Your header looks great, and I love the Christmas card!

Angie Atkinson said...

Oh my gosh!! That's a fabulous idea. I've been trying to redesign my blog...I'm definitely going to check out that site. Thanks for the advice!

Andrea said...

I created my header, but I'm not sure how to get it into Blogger. I went to my header layout and added the image and selected "display instead of title and description" but it doesn't show up. What did you do to get it in your header? Thanks!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

To add the JEPG header to your blog, here is what I did:
Go to Blogger and choose Layout. Go to Page Elements, then click on Edit in the header box. Choose "Add image from your computer" and then click on Choose File and go find it. THen for Placement, click on "instead of title and description" and be sure to check the box next to Shrink to Fit. Then Save. If it doesn't work from there, I don't know what else to try, but I can highly recommend the blog "Blogging Basics 101." I used it to figure out so much of my blog, and it is very easy to navigate. Hope this helps!
Carrie

jennykate77 said...

I just discovered this last week too! It is amazing and totally addictive! I love the header you made...really cute!

I love your blog so much that I tagged you in my blog and passed on a creative blog award!

Hope you're having a great day!

Sandy Toes said...

Look what I did...just playing around...it will all be changing soon!

You are a bad influence..hee hee!

-Sandy Toes

Jerralea said...

Thanks! I gotta try it ... When I have time ...

MamaHenClucks said...

I have been working on a scrapblog header myself! It's the best! How fun!!

Rebecca Saylor said...

Thanks so much for the AWESOME shout out! Love your scrapblogs! Let me know if you ever have questions are comments!

Cheers!
Rebecca
Community Manager
Scrapblog.com
rebecca@scrapblog.com

Jodee Leader said...

I love your new header and the Christmas card you designed. I may have to check it out!

Ruby Red Slippers said...

I soo want to try this! Very cool!

Jendeis said...

Love the header! Going to check the site out right now!

Magpie Interior Design said...

Oooooooh boy. Now you got me started. Another addiction I am sure. LOL.

Side note, any idea why your blog doesnt update in Bloglines for me? I think you are not posting for a while but then when I happen over here I see I have missed so much! Arrgh. Not sure why it doesnt say you have new posts on my Bloglines subscription. Sigh.

~Stacy

mamajil said...

Isn't scrap blog addicting!! I discovered it myself last week and I I have been having so much fun!! Love your header and your Christmas card!!

Heather said...

Your card looks great! Thanks for the tips, I looked at Scrapblog a few months ago and forgot about it. Now I'm anxious to try it again :)

princessmimi said...

You did a great job on your header and I love the card too. I will have to play around on that site -- looks like fun. Thanks for the tip!

Margie said...

Thank you so much for the tip. I have just started a blog and really want a more customized look but really don't want to pay for it. I'm going to try this out!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Carrie,
Thanks so much for this site. I can't believe it's free!

I've used Smilebox for my header...I love the program but there is a yearly fee. I used it alot in the beginning, but not so much lately.

Thanks again...I've bookmarked it to play around with.
Diane

Jen r. said...

That header is so cute! I am going to try that site, it looks like a ton of fun. I hope you are feeling better!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Very cool! Your header is adorable..I love the little pumpkin man. cherry

Meg said...

I've never heard of scrapblog before, but am excited about using it! Your header looks great!

Fifi Flowers said...

Cute Christmas card!

Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

I'll check that out after work.

Harmony said...

Thanks so much for your answers. I went ahead and made a new header for myself using scrapblog. I might some time resize it (duh, of course resize it after it is a jpeg! Makes sense!) sometime but for now, I kind of like it big, you can't help but notice it! I had so much fun doing it, I now have some made up for all the seasons and some special occasions, went a little crazy! Thanks for sharing this!

Sweet Simplicity said...

I had already planned to do our christmas cards with this! It will be so easy and they will be super cute! I love the background you chose!

Rebeckah said...

I am SO glad you told us about this! I am going to go check it out right this second! I always need more outlets for creativity...free outlets are the BEST! Oh, and I LOVE your Christmas card! LOVE it to pieces!

Becky said...

Carrie, I linked to you today because I did it! I did it! I made a header and put it up. I'm not sure I'm married to it, but it was really fun.

Thanks for the tip!

Linda said...

I did it! And it was really fun. And I have a second one ready to use when fall is over. Thank you! Thank you!

Mommy said...

Thank you so much for this post. I wanted to make my own header bu could not figure out how to do it:) Thanks again

Jess B said...

I've been playing with this for the last 2 HOURS. I have made a fall one, a halloween one and I'm getting ready to work on a Christmas one. Thanks so much for posting this!!

Chris said...

Okay. I'm hooked. Just one more thing to keep me from cleaning my house!

Christi said...

I love Scrapblog, too - and I'd planned to make my Christmas cards there, especially since I'd found this link on getting prints for free:

http://dontgivehimcrackers.blogspot.com/2007/11/works-for-me-wednesday-50-70-free.html

My question is, where did you find your background? I've looked all over scrapblog for something similar, but I couldn't find anything I was happy with for our cards.

Amber said...

Thanks for sharing! What a great discovery! I'll definitely have to check it out sometime when I have some time on my hands to explore. ;)