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How to Create a “Pinnable” Image Using Canva

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Hey Blogging Mamas!  One thing I have learned on my blogging journey is the importance of making a great “pinnable” image for each blog post. This image is what will attract Pinterest users to click through to your blog.

When I first started using Pinterest to share content from my blog, I wasn’t getting much traffic. So, I have put a lot of effort into figuring out what makes your image Pinterest worthy. Something that people will want to click on and read.

I found that there are a few very specific things your graphic should have in order to be successful on Pinterest. Since I have implemented these things, my traffic from Pinterest has significantly increased.

 

 

 

What tools do I use to make graphics for my blog?

In order to make graphics for my blog, I like to use Canva. I know a lot of other bloggers use other things like Pic Monkey (which I do use to edit photos), but since I use Canva, I will just be writing about that.

I absolutley love using canva for several reasons. Number one, it is free to use. Number two, it is easy to use. Number three, it makes great graphics for my blog.

 

How do you use Canva to create a graphic?

To start using Canva, you will need to create an account (if you haven’t already). This is nessecary because they will store all of the graphics you make on your account. If they are ever erased from your computer, they will always be right there for you.

Sign Up

Once you have set up an account you want to click on the Create a Design button on the left hand side. This will pull up several design types for you to choose from.

I usually use the Pinterest Graphic as it fits images and text well. However, many bloggers will tell you that the longer the graphic the better. This gives Pinterest users more time to read your title as they quickly scroll through Pinterest. Makes sense, right? If you are looking to make a long graphic you can use the Infographic setting instead.

Image

Next, you will want to chose an image for your graphic. Your image can either be your own, or one from Canva. If you are using your own photos just click on the Upload button the left and upload the image you want to use. Otherwise, you can click Elements and Free Photos to pick a photo to use from Canva. On the bottom right corner of each picture you will see FREE or $1. If you use the search tool at the top, you can search for a picture with a keyword to match what your blog post is about.

Once you have found the perfect picture for your graphic you simply pick it and resize it to fit how you would like it. Note that if you want the image to take up the whole background, you should select a vertical image. If it doesn’t take up the whole back ground you can add a background color on the left.

Title

After you have done that, you will want to add your title to the graphic. This is another huge part of getting people to click on the link to your blog. If your title is vague or boring, people are not going to waste their time clicking on it. It must be specific and enticing. You also might want to add a sub title. As you can see below, I like to use different fonts, sizes, and colors for the text.

You also need to be sure that your title is visible. Having a picture in the background can sometimes make it hard to see the text. An easy way to do this is to create a “background” for your title. The background is simply a shape that goes between your title and the picture. If you want to create a background like I did below, you simply add a shape (under the elements tab), make it the size you want, and make it transparent. You can make it transparent using the little checkered icon on the tab in the upper right hand corner.

 

 

 

Create Multiples

I then made another graphic for the same blog post with a different picture and title. Different images or keywords will attract different readers. So for the next one I titled it How we cut $2700 from our Family Budget and Ways You Can Save More.

 

 

 

Illustrations

Finally, I add any lines, arrows, doodles, and my website at the bottom of the graphic. I notice that not all bloggers add their website or logo to their graphics. I just do it as an extra precaution so that others don’t use my graphic.

Final Product

That’s it, you’re done! Now, all you have to do is click Download in the upper right hand corner and save it as you wish!

I know it sounds like a lot of steps, but the more you use Canva, the easier it will become. It now takes me very little time to create a graphic for my blog.

This is by no means the only way to create a graphic on Canva, it is just the method I use the most. Take some time to play around, be creative, use the different tools and see what you come up with!

If you find that you don’t enjoy this process and rather have someone else make your graphics for you, I would be more than happy to work with you at a very low cost! Just contact me HERE for more information!

 

What are the main things my graphic needs to be a “pinnable” image?

The five things you should always include on your Pinterest graphic are:

  1. A great (and relevant) picture
  2. An enticing title
  3. Vertical layout
  4. Keywords that are relevant to your topic
  5. Your blog domain name

Some examples of pins I have made:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If this is all a little overwhelming, you don’t have the time to create graphics, or you simply don’t enjoy making graphics for your blog, contact me HERE. I would be happy to work with you at a very low cost!

 

Have any questions? Please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below! You can also contact me HERE.

Happy Pinning!

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Mommy Moments #248

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Welcome to Mommy Moments! It is a blessing to look back on the past several years with all of our co-hosts, guest hosts, and community of moms linking up to encourage and challenge one another. It’s worth so much to know that moms have been blessed and maybe felt a little less alone in doing what God has called them to do. Thank you all for using your writing to be a blessing to me as well as to the hundreds of other mamas who are reading it. I’m thankful for each of you who have made this link up possible!
It’s no secret that motherhood has its seriousness and frustration as well as its joys. That’s why we are here. Life is much easier when traveled with companions! So mamas, let’s join together in the spirit of motherhood and share our moments together. We want to hear the happy, sad, tough, terrible, hilarious moments that make being a mother the best job in the world!

 

How not to ruin your marriage doing DIY projectsThe top viewed post from last week belongs to Megan from “No Small Life” and her post How Not To Ruin Your Marriage Doing DIY Projects. I don’t know about you all, but this post was written for me. Doing projects alongside a spouse can be stressful on a marriage, especially when there are children involved. Megan gives some fun and helpful tips for keeping your DIY projects from negatively impacting your marriage. If you didn’t read it last week, makes sure to check it out and leave Megan some love!

 

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Now, link up your post!
Post can include anything related to mommy-hood, children, homemaking, pregnancy etc. If you aren’t a mom yet, feel free to link up your preparation for motherhood, your journey as you try to conceive, or even a post that would be encouraging to the other moms in the party!
Then, explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 




Please, pretty please, we’d love it if you would tweet or share the link up on Facebook so we can all make even more friends! Use the hashtag #mommymoments to help us all stay connected!
We would also love it if you could add the Mommy Moments button to your post or blog so everyone knows where you are linking up! If you are not able to copy/paste the code on your page, please e-mail one of us and we would be happy to send you the code!

 

 


P.S. We will be having a new guest host every week! Want to be a guest host of the Mommy Moments Blog Hop? Send Faith a message at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com. We would love to have you!




 

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Link Up List for Mom Bloggers

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Hey Y’all! Are you wanting to get more comments on your blog posts? Hoping for more traffic and new followers? Want to meet other bloggers and start building partnerships with others? Well, you have come to the right place!

 

I have started a link up party list for my fellow bloggers. Link up parties are places where you can go and add a link or links to your favorite blog posts. Other bloggers will share theirs as well and everyone shares and comments on each other’s blogs. This will help boost traffic to your page as well as getting more comments on your posts.

 

I only post link ups that are family friendly. I will check these links weekly to be sure they are still up and running. Please do let me know if you have a link up party you would like me to share on here or if there is a problem with one of my existing links. I will also try to add details about the link up parties and add new ones as I go. I am starting with a list of link up parties I have used myself that I got from Girl on the Move‘s Ultimate Link Up Party List.

 

Please bookmark this page and check back weekly to link up! Also, be on the look out for new link up parties!

 

Happy Sharing!

 

Monday

Mommy Moments Link up any posts related to mommy-hood!

Over the Moon

You’re the Star

Inspiration Monday

Busy Monday

 

Tuesday

Turn it up Tuesday

 

 

Wednesday

Wined Down Wednesday Post up to 3 links here.

Link it up Wednesday

Welcome Home Wednesday

Coffee and Conversation You can post up to 3 links here.

 

Thursday

Share Your Style This Link Up is actually posted Wednesday evening.

Blog Link Up

Think Tank Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday This Link Up is posted at 8p on Wednesdays.

 

Friday

Funtastic Friday You can post multiple links on this blog link up. They also have a group Pinterest Group Board that you can join once you link up.

FanDayFriday This party starts Thursday @ 10pm PST & ends Sunday @ midnight PST.

 

Saturday

Our Mini Linky Party You can post up to two links on this party. It runs Saturday through Wednesday. The links are posted in random order so if you come late to the party it won’t matter!

Saturday Sparks This Link Up is open through Friday morning.

 

Sunday

Bloggy Brunch

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