Lots of Links for Creating Beautiful Blogs (and They're All Free!)

As you can tell from the number of times that I have changed the look of my blog, I have yet to find the 'perfect' blog design.

However, there are so many websites now providing free blog backgrounds and free digital scrapbooking that we need never get bored with one design.

Today I thought I'd share some of the best sites I've found for free blogging materials. If you know of others, leave a comment and I'll add them to the list. Please note that these designs are all for Blogger blogs.

Beautiful Backgrounds

These sites all have free backgrounds, mostly for 2-column blogs. All you have to do is add some html to your sidebar; you don't have to fiddle with your template at all. Most of these designers also offer paid services for a more integrated blog design.

The Cutest Blog on the Block: The largest number of free backgrounds in one spot, mostly in bright, cheerful designs

The Background Fairy: I have only just discovered this site and I love it. These designs are perfect for the blogger who wants a subtle, pretty backgrounds that doesn't overwhelm her blog.

Cute and Cool Blog Stuff: Funky and whimsical, an absolute delight.

Aqua Poppy Designs: More bright and beautiful designs, although at present they are all for 2-column blogs

LeeLou Blogs: Lots of free layouts for Blogger blogs

Simply Chic Blog Backgrounds: More pleasing designs. Some of the earlier ones will not cover a widescreen monitor fully, so please check when you install them.

Free Digital Scrapbooking Materials

The easiest way to create a custom blog header is by downloading free scrapbooking materials and using them with a photo-editing program.

Two sites I love are:

Helpful How-Tos

For those who are a little more ambitious, here are some links to making changes to your blog that may involve fiddling with your template. Please save your existing template before trying them.

I did this over the weekend and it's easier than you might think.

In 2007, Jess from Making Home wrote a series on "Redesigning Your Blog" that you may also find helpful.

Here are the links:

Redesign Your Blog #1: DREAM

Last but not least, here is a link to a fantastic series with 31 Ways to Build a Better Blog. Highly recommended!

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