Social Media Tips & Tricks - My Top 6 Apps For Editing Photos For Instagram | Life Of Dahlia

Social Media Tips & Tricks – My Top 6 Apps For Editing Photos For Instagram | Life Of Dahlia

Hey Everyone, today I’m sharing with you some of my favourite apps for scheduling and editing photos for Instagram. I was really inspired to try some new apps after watching Atleeey’s video on her How I Edit My Instagram Stories! , which you should go check out, she uses some really fun apps.

I’m including some of my favourites that I discovered from watching her video in today’s post as well as some others that I’ve discovered over the last few months and I’m really enjoying.

Apps for Editing & Scheduling Your Instagram

Scheduling & Instastories Apps

I bet most people didn’t know these kinds of apps existed well they actually do but unlike on your facebook page where you can schedule your posts prior and they go up by themselves, these work a little different or at least the one I have tried.

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Plann

(free with monthly paid options for extra features)

Plann allows you to play with your Instagram feeds, set a reminder to post and pre-write your captions, it also has basic editing features as well that allow you to transform, add filters, do basic adjustments, add stickers and text to your images.

When you go to share it simply takes you to the add photo feature of your Instagram page which you are logged into and copies your caption so you can streamline to post your photo.

This app has lots of features including preparing your instastories (which has the same editing features as the main feed), set up a posting strategy, view your best performing posts and find the best performing hashtags (you can also set templates for your favourite of best-performing hashtags.)

This app is free which includes basic features, but you have the option to subscribe to get extra features. There are different levels depending on what your needs are and the first option starts at under or around $10 a month.

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Unfold

(free with paid add-on’s)

Unfold is a great app this is one of the great apps I discovered from watching Atleeey’s video. This app allows you to pre-design your Instagram stories, you can feature photos or video which is great and all you have to do is pick from a template, add in your media and text and your all good to go.

It’s great for designing one page or a whole series of posts, at the end when you are ready to save you have the option of previewing and then saving one page or the whole story.

This app is free but has a few add-ons for additional templates, I love the basic ones that come free with the app or the film add-on templates that include polaroids and filmstrip style templates.

Apps for Editing Your Photos

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Facetune

(Free with ads)

Facetune is a great app for doing photoshop style editing on your device, you can really get in there and clean the photo up, well as best as you can on your phone anyway. It has features like smoothing out the skin, sharpening particular areas of your photo, removing red-eye and unwanted blemishes as well as defocusing the background just to name a few.

The only downside to this app is that it contains ads with no option to remove by a paid option at least as far as I can tell.

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Filterloop

(Free with ads & paid options)

Filterloop was also one I discovered from watching Atleeey’s video, This has a load of cool options like adding chroming effects to your images as well as tonnes of filters and textures. I think this is actually one of my favourite apps now I just love how I can add different filters and textures to my photos to give it that analogue look.

This app actually is available in two options, free with ads (fiterloop) & a paid option (filterloop pro) which has no ads. One thing to keep in mind also is that it does require downloading some of the filter and texture sets once you have downloaded the initial app, whether its the free or paid option. You can also download additional filters and textures through the store some are free and some have a cost associated with them.

Filterloop Pro Cost Under $3

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Afterlight

(free with in-app purchase options)

Afterlight is another great editing app, I found out about Afterlight through Kimberly Margarita’s IGTV Video on how she edits her photos. This one is free and gives you options to do basic editing adjustments like brightness, contrast, sharpening etc, as well as adding filters & textures. You can also crop and add frames to your images.

You can add additional frames and textures for a couple of dollars, I don’t believe this app has ads but I could be wrong.)

Quotes & Adding Text

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Wordswag

(Paid)

Wordswag is a really great app for adding text to your images, this again was also one of the apps featured in Atleeey’s video. I love this app for adding a watermark to my photos or creating quote images for my social media pages.

This app allows you to use stock images or use your own, you can crop for different ratios and select from font templates. Once you are in the app and ready to add your text you can type in your own or use one of the quote templates. You can also use the different font styles like I said as well as change the colour of your text and add a filter over your background images.

This is a really awesome app if you love sharing quotes with your branding style, You can even add your logo at the end or layer different text if you just want to type it in.

if you are really picky about what file type you like to use in the more button on your main screen you can pick from jpeg or png.

This app is a paid app it will only set you back between $5-8 (Aus) dollars.


I hope that you enjoyed this blog post and that it inspired you to go out and try some new things.

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Credits – Screencaptures from Unfold Wordswag, Afterlight, Filterloop, Facetune & Plann.

I found out about Wordswag , Unfold & Filterloop from Atleeey’s HOW I EDIT MY INSTAGRAM STORIES! | FAVORITE EDITING APPS video.

I found out about Afterlight through Kimberly Margarita’s IGTV Video on how she edits her photos.

Original Cover Photo by Freepik.com, edited for cover by me

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My Blogging Space + My Photography Set Up | Life Of Dahlia

Hey everyone, so I mentioned a couple of months ago about doing a post on my blogging and photography set up, with all the focus last month being on mental health I decided to leave it until after all that was over. I’m going to give you a brief overview of what I have personally used and include links of where you can purchase something similar.

I’ve been a photography junkie for many years so some of the stuff I use might be a bit more advanced to what you might want or need so I’ll try to include some options that are more simple.

Blogging Set Up

Where I write my blog posts.

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I’m not about perfect pictures so apologies for the mess, this is where I do most of my editing and writing for my blog posts. I also have a Dell laptop that I use when I need to take a computer with me.

Details:

My desktop computer was put together for me so I can’t give you those details and I’ve been thinking about upgrading my monitor soon to a new one I’ll update this post when I do.

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My Laptop: Dell Inspiron 15 5559

I’ve had this for a few years so I’m sure there is something similar and newer out there, check out the Dell website for options.

I really enjoy this computer it has everything I need tech wise for my photo-editing software and being Windows 10 Its fairly user-friendly, I can use the shop to download apps. I think newer versions have a touchscreen mine doesn’t have that but that doesn’t really bother me.

I would definitely recommend Dell computers & Windows 10 (just be aware that it updates a lot.)

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File Storage

I highly recommend having an external hard drive for storage, not only can use get one with extra space than what your computer provides you with but its also great for backing up your files. It also allows you to take your files on the go.

I recommend the brand Western Digital I’ve had a few hard drives from them and I think they are great quality and usually have a good rating. You can purchase two kinds of hard drives one that directly plugs into your computer and that becomes its power source and then there are ones that require to be plugged into a wall socket for power.

I have one that is the later I like it but unfortunately, you do need a power source to power for it so that should be a factor you will need to think about. As always I recommend looking doing your own research and get advice from a techy hopefully you have someone in your circle that can help out if not talk to someone at your local computer store.

You can purchase Western Digital from the following places:

The Good Guys

Officeworks

Harvey Norman

Lincoln Chair White from Officeworks
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My Computer Chair: Lincoln Chair White from Officeworks

I recently had to upgrade my computer chair, I wanted to get something nice and comfortable, so I ordered the Lincoln Chair in White for Officeworks.com. It has a good quality faux leather finish and it’s really comfortable, I should have upgraded a long time ago.

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Wacom Intros Pro

Photography and digital art have been a hobby of mine for years, I use a tablet from Wacom to edit my photos, it gives me control over detail and blending. This is not a necessity for a blogger unless your a tech, art or photography blogger then you might want one.

I use the Wacom pro medium but I recommend getting something smaller for a beginner, they have a huge range to suit everyone’s needs and budget.

You can purchase one here:

BuyWacom.com.au

Jbhifi.com.au

Officeworks.com.au

Software

Photo-editing

I use the following software for Photo-editing

  • Photoshop CC
  • Lightroom CC

I do some pretty advanced editing techniques so I find having Adobe Photoshop is a good option for me, I have the photography creative cloud subscription, It allows me to have the updated versions of these two programs which I like. You can purchase Creative Cloud Subscriptions through the Adobe website but also through some retailers.

I also use a bunch of apps for editing on my phone I’ll be talking about these in a couple of weeks so keep an eye out for that. I’ll update this post with a link once that goes up.

Brainstorming

For brainstorming I like to use a few different apps, I mentioned them in a previous post. I like using apps because I can write down ideas on the go or at any time, I don’t need to carry a notebook around with and I can easily access them when I need them.

Related: 5 Apps To Help Bloggers & Influencers Stay Organized – Why I’m Moving Away From Traditional Organization Methods

Photography Set Up

Some of my set up is probably more advanced than what the average blogger needs, photography has been a hobby of mine for a long time so I have accumulated a few things like studio flashes, etc.

Camera Equipment

I just recently updated my camera, I’ve had my old one for going on 10 years, I’ve only ever had to replace a lens that I broke and she is still going strong. I wanted to get something that was lighter and more compact, in the terms of photography I probably downgraded but I’m not a professional and I felt that the difference between the one I purchased and the more modern version of my old one wasn’t that different other than the price tag.

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Canon 200D

I shopped around when I purchased my new camera to get the best price, I would recommend waiting for sales so that you can get a better price. This camera retails up to $800, I purchased mine for I think under $700 because I shopped around.

Other than the fact that this camera is lighter making it easy to use, it also has a guide that can help you learn how to use it. Another factor of me wanting to purchase a new camera was because my old-school camera did not have video or audio functions. This camera has great video functions which means I can record videos for my youtube channel (coming soon) and take video when I’m out or on holiday.

I love that this is nice and compact, it makes it easy to handle and I don’t feel like I’m lugging around a brick like my old one. It is also easier to travel with, which was also another reason why I went with this over the 80d.

Other than price difference and potential size difference, it also doesn’t have to weatherproofing like its more expensive counterpart so this would be a factor you might want to think about if you’re interested in check it out.

This camera comes with an 18-55 mm lens (see info below) which is great to start you off, the quality is quite nice but I’m not overly picky, it does what its purpose it and that’s good. A great option for beginners.

Where you can purchase this camera:

Teds.com.au

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Lenses

EF S 18 55mm f 3.5 5.6 IS STM Hero

Canon 18-55mm kit lens (came with the camera)

This is the lens that came with the camera, it is a great beginner lens and I like having a smaller lens as well. I may upgrade at some time in the future but for now, I don’t mind using this one.

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 Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD (this is the new version)

I have the older version of this but I thought it would be helpful to include the newer version because that’s what is currently available. I would say if you can upgrade to a lens like this do it because they are much nicer and they are much better quality than the standard kit lenses.

Tamron is a great brand who makes great quality lenses for different branded cameras, for example, this lens can be purchased with a Canon or Nikon mount. I recommend checking them out if you want to upgrade your lens.

What I use to take my flatlay’s and product pictures.

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For my flat lays I recently picked up a table from Kmart because getting up and down off the floor was getting too much for me because of my fibromyalgia (also another reason I purchase a lighter camera) it was super inexpensive and it’s small enough that it is easy to store.

You can purchase it from the Kmart Australia website or from your local store.

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Backgrounds

I use a bunch of things for my flatlay backgrounds, from Cardboard sheets you can pick up from Officeworks to vinyl rolls from Kmart to pieces of clothing. I recommend picking up some stuff up like this its great to change up your background or gives you something to use if you don’t have a fancy floor, table or countertop to use.

What I use to take my fashion pictures

I would love to get out and take my fashion pictures outside in awesome locations, but due to my anxiety and not having someone with my photography knowledge I do it with a studio backdrop, lights and a tripod to put my camera on because it’s more convenient for me.

Studio Setup

Backdrop:

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I picked up an inexpensive studio backdrop set of eBay many years ago (like the one pictured above), it came with a black backdrop and I’m still using it till this day. I actually need to replace it now it’s getting old and it has seen better days but these are great for beginners to more advanced photographers.

I have also purchased a white backdrop since then and I also have a couple of paper rolls for it in yellow and purple. You can pick up inexpensive material backdrops of eBay or purchase large sheets to use.

eBay has a large range of options so I’ll just link a list of them here.

Lights:
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I used studio flashes with a modelling light for my photography, I picked a set of three I believe from a local camera store for around $400 many years ago. They came with three lights, three stands and some umbrellas. This was some time ago but I’m sure you could find something similar, I, however, don’t think a beginner needs these, I think you could get away with using a standard modelling light like the ones pictured above, this would be great for someone also who wanted to use it for video purposes.

I’ll include a link here to an eBay search where you can find similar options.


I hope this post was helpful and gave you some insight into what I use for my blogging and photography set up. If you have any question feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to answer them.

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5 Apps To Help Bloggers & Influencers Stay Organized - Why I'm Moving Away From Traditional Organization Methods | Life Of Dahlia

5 Apps To Help Bloggers & Influencers Stay Organized – Why I’m Moving Away From Traditional Organization Methods | Life Of Dahlia

Hey everyone, I’ve tried all sorts of ways to keep organized from using traditional diaries and notebooks to customized diaries like a bullet journal as well as going digital and using apps.

Today I wanted to share with you 5 Apps that I love using to stay organized.

Why I’m Moving Away From Traditional Organization Methods

In the past, I’ve loved using notebooks and a traditional diary set up but, to be honest, I forget about it and I don’t like lugging it around everywhere.
I’ve tried out apps like Evernote and Trello in the past, I like that I can brainstorm ideas, create to-do lists and categorize everything in its own board or notebook its great.
I’ve recently found some new apps that I’ve been trying out and I feel like this might work better for me personally. I love that I can have it with me all the time and I’m not lugging notebooks around.
I’m one of those people who have lots of ideas so its great to have somewhere to jot them down.

Digital Organization – Using Apps To Stay Organized

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Evernote

Evernote is a really good app that can be accessed from your phone, tablet or computer. It allows you to create virtual notebooks and keep unlimited notes inside.

Basically, you can create notebooks on different categories and keep all your related stuff inside.

If you’re using it for business you can share your notes and use the chat functions to talk with your colleagues.

Evernote is free but has two levels of upgrades which give you a thing like being able to view your notes offline.

Evernote allows you to do a range of things including capturing information from the web and saving it for later. In addition to creating notes, you can take photos on your device, add attachments, take audio and set reminders just to name a few.

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Trello

Trello is super similar to Evernote but is more based around To-do Lists.

Like Evernote, you can also access from your digital device or computer which makes it super easy to access from anywhere.

On Trello you can create boards like with Pinterest but instead of saving inspiration you can add cards, create checklists and more.

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Mindly

(mind mapping app)

Mindly is a more recent app I have come across, Mindly is another great app for brainstorming.

I personally love using this in conjunction with apps like Trello and Evernote. I can brainstorm using Mindly and then take my ideas and expand on them. Creating notes and to-do lists to get ideas fully formed.

Mindly can be accessed from your Apple or Android device or via the Mac store. I would love if they made this accessible on Windows computers as well that would be fantastic.

This has to be one of my new favourite apps, on the free version of the app you get a couple of board or mind maps which you can start brainstorming.

You can upgrade for a few dollars and have unlimited boards I believe.

Its pretty straightforward you can give your mindmap a name and then add themes or categories. Of which you can expand on and on and on and so forth.

You don’t have unlimited space on each map but you do get plenty of space.

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Calendar apps

(google calendar)

I love using my calendar app on my phone, I either use my Samsung Calendar app or my Google Calendar app. Though I am preferring the later.

The great thing about the Google one specifically is that I can sync it with my other devices or view it on my computer.

You can also make specific Calendars for different things, for example, I have one for my blog specifically and then one for more everyday stuff.

I Also enjoy using the tasks feature on my calendar to remind myself of everyday things that I want to get done.

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Dropbox (for sharing on social media) *

Dropbox is an awesome app that can also be accessed from your computer, it allows you to upload files and share them privately. It could be just for yourself or to share with a friend or client.

I use this mostly to upload my photos to share on social media but I also use it occasionally to share stuff with friends or family.

You can create folders and upload different types of documents or media what is great is that there is no compression like if you shared via Facebook for example.

Again Dropbox is free but has upgrades for more storage and business features.

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post and are inspired to check out some new apps for keeping organized.

What are your favourite Apps for keeping organized? Let me know

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Blogging Tips & Tricks – How To Create A Banner Using Canva | Life Of Dahlia

Update: If you notice some of my recent blog posts are missing Its because I’m updating a few they should be back up soon.

Hey Everyone, Welcome back to another ‘Blogging Tips & Tricks‘ post, today I’m going to be sharing with you how to create a banner for your blog.

Today I’m showing you how to use Canva to create your blog banner, I usually use Adobe Photoshop to create this kind of stuff but Photoshop is expensive and not accessible to everyone so that’s why I chose to use Canva.

This walk-through can be used to create a banner for your Blog, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

What is Canva?

So I know some of you probably haven’t heard of Canva before so I’ll quickly let you know a little bit about what it is. Canva is a website & app that is free and easily accessible via multiple devices. Canva allows you to create multiple types of designs for your blog, website or social media. You simply click on a template and then you can tune it to your specifications from their stock library or upload your own images to place in your documents.

I’ll be showing you how to use Canva to create your banner, read on to find out how.

How to Create A Banner Using Canva

First, you will need to sign up to Canva.

Extra Tip – I do find using a computer is better it gives you more options like creating custom sized documents.

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Once you have signed up you should see this page as shown above.

From here you can scroll through to find a ‘Ready-made Template‘ size (if your creating a banner for your facebook, Twitter or Youtube) or click on ‘Use Custom Dimensions‘ in the upper right-hand corner if you want to customize your sizing.

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I’m going to use custom dimensions because I know the size I need, but you can choose to use a ready-made template if you’re not sure.

To create a ‘custom sized document’ simply add your dimensions and click ‘Design‘.

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You will then be taken to your new document, which might look something like this.

On the left-hand side of the screen you will see a few different options, ‘Search’, ‘Layout’, ‘Elements’,’Text’, ‘Background’ and ‘Upload’.

How To Add Images To Your Design

To add images to your document, you can click on ‘Elements’ to choose from the ‘Stock Library’ or choose to upload your own images via the ‘Upload‘ tab.

For this demonstration, I’m going to pick from the ‘Stock Library.

Stock Library

There are a few options here, simply click on the ‘Free Photos’ button to scroll through free images or use the ‘Search’ field to customize your search.

I’m going to create a banner for a beauty blog so I’m going to do a custom search for beauty or makeup related images.

Once you enter your search term, you will also be given the option to search both ‘Photos’ and ‘Illustrations’ or narrow it down to just one type, by simply clicking on one you want.

Some designs will be ‘free‘, but some may have a cost applied to it, I thought this was important to point out.

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Once you pick your image simply ‘drag and drop’ your image onto the document.

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You can then enlarge your image if you want to and place it where ever you think looks best.

I choose to enlarge and move mine to one side giving me plenty of room to add text.

Changing Your Background Colour

On the left-hand side, you can choose the ‘Background’ tab to customize your ‘background‘ or ‘document‘ colours.

In a second I’m going to try and match the background but first I want to show you another little trick that you can do with your images.

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Playing With Filters

Click on your image to ‘Highlight‘ it, above you will notice a few options appear, on the left-hand side ‘Filter’,’Crop’ and ‘Flip’. And on the right-hand side ‘Copy’, ‘Arrange’ (This only works if you have more than on item on the page), Transparency’ transparency_symbol, ‘Link’ link_symbol, and ‘Delete’delete_symbol.

What I want to play with is the ‘Filter’ option. Simply click on the ‘Filter’ option and a new tab will pop up, here you can scroll through and apply different ‘Filters’ to your image. You can also lower and increase the filter which will alter how it effects your image.

I chose one that would remove the pink background so that I could more easily match the background colour.

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How To Add Text To Your Design

Next up adding a ‘Title’ or ‘Heading‘ to your banner, here is where you can add your ‘blog name’ or ‘title’ to your banner.

Click on the ‘Text’ tab on the navigation bar on the left, It will give you the option to add a ‘Heading’, ‘Subheading’, or ‘body text’. (You can also choose from text templates for various document types but I’m going to just show you how to add the standard text to your document.)

Click on ‘Add Heading‘ and it should appear on your document.

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From here you can place it anywhere on the document that suits you.

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Editing Your Text

To ‘Edit’ your text, just click on it and a box should show up around your text, from here you can just start typing.

To add a ‘Subheading’ click on ‘Add Subheading’ and the process is exactly the same as we just went through with adding your heading.

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Changing Up Your Font

To change your font click on the ‘Font’ tab in the upper left-hand corner, you will get a ‘Drop-down’ menu with all the ‘Font Options’ available.

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Changing The Size Of Your Text

You can also change the size via the ‘Font Size‘ tab next to the ‘Font‘ tab.

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Changing Your Text Colour

If you would like to change your text colour, click on the ‘Rainbow Box’ and a tab will appear with your ‘Colour’ options, click on the ‘+‘ for a custom colour.

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Downloading Your Finished Design

Once you are finished, to download your finished file click on the ‘Download‘ option in the ‘main navigation’ bar, and a pop-up tab will appear with your file type options.

Click ‘Download‘ to download your design.

Scroll Down for ‘File Type’ information and for more information on saving your design for later. \/ \/ \/

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More Information On Filetypes

Click on the ‘i’ icon to find out more about the different file types and what they are best used for.

PNG‘ is the recommended file type for this type of design and this is what I personally use for my designs and photos because it gives me better quality than ‘JPEG’ but still has a smaller file size.

Scroll Down for more information on saving your design for later  \/ \/ \/

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Saving Your Design For Editing Later

Canva usually will ‘Automatically‘ save your design but just in case you can find it via the File tab in the ‘upper left-hand corner‘.

Click’ and a ‘drop-down menu‘ will appear, click on ‘Save‘ and this will mean you can find it later on via the ‘main page‘.


I hope your all enjoying this series as much as I am.

I’m hoping in the future to write about some more advanced topics, including what apps I like to use for social media and organizing, But I thought It was best to touch on the basics first.

I also plan on adding video walk-through’s to these post in the future for those people who prefer to watch instead or read but this all takes time.

Thank you to everyone who continues to read my blog and follows me on my blogging journey I’m really grateful. Its lovely people like you who make me want to keep going and see where this journey takes me.

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Blogging Tips & Tricks - So You Have Created Your Blog, Now What? Finding Blog Post Inspiration | Life Of Dahlia

Blogging Tips & Tricks – So You Have Created Your Blog, Now What. – Finding Blog Post Inspiration | Life Of Dahlia

Hey Everyone, If you have been following my ‘Blogging Tips & Trick’s‘ series you may have read my ‘Why You Should Start A Blog, which talks about starting a blog, Creating A Blog which goes through how to create a blog on WordPress & Blogger. And ‘Choosing a Theme For Your Blog which talks about finding a theme for your blog and editing it to suit your style.

Now that you have your blog set up your probably wondering what now?

Coming up with blog post ideas can be hard at times but it doesn’t have to be, I’m going to share with you how I come up with ideas for my blog posts and share a list with you to prompt some ideas for your blog. These may be more beauty, lifestyle ideas but hopefully, they will help you get some ideas.

How I Come Up With Ideas

I find inspiration from lots of places, but I do find that searching Pinterest or following other bloggers or Youtuber’s can be a great source of inspiration. Its okay to be inspired by ideas from other people there are many types of post out there that are common types of posts among bloggers like favourites, empties, etc, which no one will be offended if you borrow these ideas.

However If you find something truly unique that you would like to do your own take on like a ‘tag post’ it’s always polite to credit the original creator. I’ve done several ‘tag posts’ and I always credit the original creator. For example, ‘If I Could Only Choose One Tag‘, ‘Unusual Products I Love‘ or ‘Secret Loves: LE & Discontinued Products That I Love’, I’ve credited every single creator and included links to the original post or video.

I was finding a lot of different posts about blogging and social media tips and trick, and while there is an abundance out there I wanted to put my own spin on it. I find that a lot of the posts out there can be really overwhelming especially about starting a blog, so I was inspired to give people something that might be less overwhelming.

I’ll be including some links at the end of this post that to some blog posts that may include some more helpful ideas than the ones I’m going to give you below. You will also be able to download a pdf with some of the ideas I’ve included in this post to take with you to keep handy when you are coming up with ideas for your posts.

Note: these blog post ideas can easily be translated into video ideas if you have a youtube channel.

If you know of the original creator of any of these ideas and I haven’t properly credited them please comment below this post and I will add the proper credits next to the idea.

Beauty Blog Post Ideas

  • Monthly Favourites – Share your favourite or least favourite products of the month.
  • Favourite or Go-To products – Share your favourite or Go-to products that you use all the time. It could be hair, skincare or makeup.
  • Product Reviews – Share product reviews, It could be new products that you have purchased or review one of your favourite products.
  • Current Skincare Routine – If you have one why not share what you are currently using.
  • Project Pan – (intro + updates) If you do a project pan why not document it.
  • Makeup or Product Wishlists – Whats on your wishlist? Share new or existing products that you are interested in.
  • Empties – Share products that you have used up, did you like them and would you repurchase?
  • Wear Test – Testing the duration of a product, like a lipstick or foundation.
  • Must have affordable/ drugstore product essentials – include number in the title for example 4 must have drugstore products.
  • Seasonal makeup essentials – for example summer, winter.
  • Seasonal go-to’s – for example go to products for summer.
  • Favourite Products from a favourite brand – talk about your favourite products from one of your favourite brands, what do you love about them.
  • First impression – your thoughts after trying a product/s for the first time.
  • Recaps – could be monthly similar to favourites or follow up to a haul post or try out/ first impressions.
  • Beauty or product subscription box haul and/or
    try on – do you get a subscription box do a haul or
    review post and show what products you receive.
  • Beauty bucket list – things you would like to learn or
    achieve (credit – it’s me Hunter.)
  • Best and worst products of _____ (year) – what were your favourite or least favourite products of the year.
  • Anti- haul or products that do and don’t interest
    you. (credit – I believe that Kimberly Clark is the original creator of the Anti-haul.) The idea of an Anti-haul is to talk about products that don’t interest you and talk about why they don’t.
  • Product haulsbeauty, fashion, etc
  • Product hacks – how to, d.i.y
  • Seasonal makeup looks – holidays (Christmas, new years), seasons (summer, winter.)
  • Products you would or wouldn’t repurchase – talk about why you would or wouldn’t repurchase.
  • __* brands I want to try out (optional include number for example 3 beauty brands I want to try out.)
  • Products you loved that other people didn’t like – hyped up products that you liked that a lot of other people didn’t, talk about why.
  • Products I didn’t like that other people do – hyped up products that a lot of people liked that you didn’t, talk about why.
  • Declutter- decluttering your stash let people know what you are getting rid of and why.
  • Beauty makeup collection– could be a series.

Beauty Tags or Challenges (original creators credited below)

Lifestyle Blog Post Ideas

  • Blog Intro – Introduce yourself to your readers.
  • Personal Stories – tell a story about an experience you have had.
  • Travel Wishlist or Bucketlist – Share a list of places you would love to travel to.
  • Bucket list – What are some things you would love to do or goals you would like to achieve.
  • Reverse Bucket List – Similar to a personal story you talk about something that you did or a goal you have achieved.
  • How To – Is there a skill that you have that you would like to share with your readers or something you know how to do, why not write a blog post. Remember to include pictures to help people follow along if you do this in a tutorial step by step style.
  • Food (recipe)- Do you have a favourite Recipe, why not share it with your readers (include pictures)
  • Food (what I’ve been eating) – If your interested in sharing food on your blog why not document what you have been eating by sharing pictures and a few words on each item you ate.
  • Room tour (share your creative space)
  • Resolutions/ goals – talk about goals or resolutions you have for the year ahead.
  • Fashion D.I.Y’S – Do you love taking a piece of clothing and making it your own share a step by step tutorial with readers/viewers.
  • Travel hauls – Share your travel purchases.
  • Travel recap – what you did on holiday.
  • Introducing My Pets – You could probably come up with a better title, but most people love animals so why not share yours with your readers.
  • Favourite books, movies, tv shows. – could be a list or review of a particular book or movie.
  • Favourite Instagram or YouTube accounts to follow – these are fun and easy little post, share with your readers Instagram accounts or Youtube Channels that inspire you or that you just genuinely enjoy.
  • Organization – how you stay organized or how you keep your collection organized.

Download list \/ \/ \/

Download my list here to keep a copy close at hand, I’ve included a few blank pages for you to write down your own ideas.

Where You Can Find More Ideas

As I mentioned before I’ve also included a few links to blog posts that might also help you come up with more ideas for your blog posts,

I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope its inspired you to get writing. If you have any questions just leave a comment below and I’ll answer as best as possible.

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