Do it yourself......for free!
And this is the example header that I will show you how to make!
First, you will need to go to http://www.scrapblog.com/ and create an account.
Once you have signed in you can watch a little video tutorial on how their website works.
To begin making your header, click on Start from Scratch.
It will take
Then choose to use Quickmix.
You will then select a kit.
For this example, I chose the travelogue kit. It is free. Most are not.
Even though you will not be adding a photo (for this example) you still need to upload at least one to use Quickmix. *Go ahead and upload a few to see how cute a Scrapblog book is...you will want to come back and make many of those too!*
After you have seen how cute the book is...you will need to add a page....a blank page.
Now this is your canvas to work on your new header.
Keep in mind that a normal size banner header is rectangular...not 4x6 like a picture. For that reason, only use the top portion of the page to create your banner header. (You will crop off the bottom later.)
Start with a shape.
I use this one....I drag it over and then I stretch it out.
Then I fill in the shape with a color or a background paper. I chose the blue. Just drag it over into the shape.
Then, go get some stickers. I chose the flip flops and the palm tree. When you drag them over, they are huge. Just shrink them down and place them where you like them.
Then you can add the text.
Drag the text box over. Type your text. Stretch out the box, increase the font size to 72, then play with the fonts. I chose Broadway. Then change the color to white.
When you are finished, drag the text box onto the shape.
Then for the quote underneath, add another text box and repeat the process...until you have the size, color, and font that you like. Be creative. You will love it.
Soon you will have a header like mine.
Now this is where it gets a little tricky for me.
When you are all done...click on I'm finished. It will ask you what you would like to do. Click on share...and choose to see the options.
This is where things are different now (May 2011)
After you create your header...just click on the little tool sign above the page at the bottom in your scrapblog book. It will allow you to save to your computer right there without going to Photobucket.
Then just crop it in Picassa and save it again.
You may choose whatever photo editing website you like. I use Photobucket and Picassa. Once you get the header over there, you will need to crop it so the bottom half of the picture (where all the white is) is gone.
That new edited picture is the one that you want to save in a folder on your computer to use as the image for your header.
Then skip down to here from the UPDATE!
Then, just go into your blogger layout and choose header. Choose the image from the folder on your computer and be sure to say use instead of title and description.
You should see the image....then SAVE....say a little prayer (I always do) and go check out your new header.
I have not written a tutorial before....and this one was written with the assumption that there was some prior Blogger knowledge of headers in general. (mainly because the people who asked me to write this have customized headers, rather than the default headers.)
If you have any specific questions, please ask in the comments and I can elaborate on something if needed.
And remember, the possibilities are endless. You may come up with something completely different...like the first header I made, also in Scrapblog.
See what I mean. You can add pictures, borders, frames and all kinds of goodies depending on the kit that you choose to use.
It was cute...I never really loved it...and I wanted something different.
If you make a new header using Scrapblog, please come back and leave me a comment with a link. I would love to see what you come up with!