To Black Friday or Not

carrie loves design studio etsy shop

It’s that time of year again… you know – family dinners, holiday parties, get-togethers, all that jazz. It’s also time for some holiday shopping!

Sidenote: Did you hear about how businesses are all outraged that they are being forced to open on the holiday, but not so outraged that they’re making their employees have to work on that same holiday. Quite interesting.

While my little shop & I will be closed for each and every holiday America has to offer, I wanted to extend a discount to all of the lovely bloggers – today through November 30th I’m offering 33% off of all Etsy orders that are at least $35 (that’s one pretty awesome template) with coupon code:

HAPPYTURKEYDAY

Yes, my coupon code is a Brooklyn Nine Nine reference, because that show is awesome.

You don’t even have to go out on Thanksgiving day, you can take your time & shop around that day because you have 10 whole days to take advantage of the discount.

Plus, digital content, available all day & all night!

Bonus, you don’t even have to be American to take advantage of our crazy holiday shopping season to get in on this deal either!

So, why wait until after the holidays? Right now’s the time to get that blog all spiffed up! Check out my templates here. And, if you splurge on an add-on (like installation) with the money you’re saving… I’ll be around to do the installation for you – pinky swear!

Happy holidays!

How to automatically add a signature to your WordPress posts

automatically-add-signature-wordpress-posts

This tutorial is only for a self-hosted WordPress.org site using the Genesis framework from StudioPress.com. If you’re looking for a tutorial on how to add a signature to a Blogger/Blogspot site please see this post.

Quickly and easily add a signature automatically to all of your blog posts in 5 easy steps…

  1. Create your signature image
  2. Upload your signature image via your media library
  3. Copy the url
  4. Paste it into the following code where it says “IMAGE URL HERE”
  5. Paste the entire code into your functions file, functions.php, at the bottom

If you are running Genesis 2.0 and WordPress 3.6 or later, use this code:

// Add Signature Image after single post
add_action('genesis_entry_footer', 'custom_include_signature', 1);
function custom_include_signature() {
if(is_single()) { ?>
<img src="IMAGE URL HERE" alt="Signature" />
<?php }}

If you are running an earlier version of Genesis or Worpdress, use this code:

// Add Signature Image after single post
add_action('genesis_after_post_content', 'custom_include_signature', 1);
function custom_include_signature() {
if(is_single()) { ?>
<img src="IMAGE URL HERE" alt="Signature" />
<?php }}

And, that’s it! Let me know if you have any questions or leave a link to your blog if you want to show off that spectacular new signature!

Divergent: Insurgent teaser trailer

That’s what I’m talking about! I’m guessing that this is a ‘fear landscape’ because I honestly don’t remember any of this from the books. But, it sure is action packed and shows that nothing holds Tris back. Nothing.

Can’t wait for March 2015.

How about you? Will you see it? Have you read the Divergent books?

The Fashion Buffet

the fashion buffet logo design moodboard

Happy Tuesday… or, thank goodness Monday is behind us!

I’m really excited to share this new design project with you. One of my most recent designs was this logo created for Jannely at The Fashion Buffet. She has a wonderful fashion blog and wanted a logo that would reflect her style as well as incorporating the photo on the left & the use of graffiti. Instead of using the photo as-is I opted to use a couple of photoshop tutorials on how to turn photos into pop art and line art. It turned out amazing – and I can’t recommend Melissa Evans’ tutorials enough. The fonts I used are Fairbanks, Big Caslon Medium, and Shimmer Regular.

New premade templates and custom designs

The past couple of months have been busy for me. Which is really a blessing because the autumn and winter months have previously been slower months for business. I had a couple of IRL meetings with customers, which is so out of my comfort zone, but I know myself and instead of regretting not not making the commitment, I do & march myself out the door and show up! After all there’s that great quote “80% of success is showing up” by Woody Allen.

In addition to meeting customers I also added these new premade Blogger templates to my Etsy shop:

blog mood board

Demo // Purchase

blog mood board

Demo // Purchase

And, I worked with a lot of different custom design customers. Logos, blog designs, business cards, etc. it really ran the gamut these past couple of months… I even did a marketing card for a photographer – now that was something new & fun! Check out Carrie Loves Design Studio for all of the latest and greatest.

And, I’ve got this fabulous board on Pinterest for Blog Design ideas. Do you have one, too? They’re great for communicating your style with a designer. You know, in case you want to hire me for your next update. xo