Wednesday, September 17, 2008

CHF Challenge - Blog Header Creations

Hello.  No... it's not Monday (at least I hope not!).  I had wanted to join the CHF weekly blog challenge, which we roll out on Mondays, but it was just not possible.  Our weekend was out of control... OK...I know...  which ones aren't?  LOL!

Even though it's not Monday, I was in for this challenge.  Our weekly challenges do not have a time limit, so if you are looking for a great creative jump start, head to the CHF Forums for some fun ideas.  I've used the out of the box Blogger templates for as long as I've had my blog and I really wanted to create my own Blog Header.  And it's really easy.  Honest!  I wouldn't lead you astray!

Here's what I did...

1. I cut a cardstock base of 3.75" x 9.75" and a black cardstock matte of 4" x 10".  I stamped and created the image I wanted, which is a Fall scene using the Primitive Beginnings set, from the Rummage Bin Collection.

2. Once I was happy with the base image, I took a picture.  You'd get perfectly straight results from scanning, but I couldn't get complete technical cooperation on this one... and well, it won't hurt if it's not exact (in my opinion).

3. I used Photoshop to edit the picture (shadows, etc.), just as I would my card creations.

4. Then, to add my blog name, I used the Text tool and a very cool font.

5. Resize according to the blog Header size.  The template I had called for the width to be 750 pixels, which I found specified when I opened the Header to edit (this wasn't something I knew inherently).

6. Upload the picture and Voila!  It's that easy.

Since I know many people use readers or other feeds, here's my new blog header:

So what do you think?

I just love this set... it's so sweet.  I used Fall colors and plan to change this out with the seasons now that I know how easy it is.  So, will you take the challenge to change with us?
The other fine ladies that participated in this challenge are:


Thanks and I hope you'll get the blog banner bug with us!  Post here and let me know if you do!  I'd love to see what you create.

Thanks for stopping by,
-Primitive Beginnings (The Rummage Bin) by CHF

-Scattered Straw, Peeled Paint, Broken China, Black Soot, Walnut Stain, Fired Brick, Dried Marigold Distress Inks by Ranger

-Natural White Classic Crest cardstock by Neenah
-Black Prismatic cardstock by Prism Papers

-Glossy Accents by Ranger
-Copic Markers by Imagination International, Inc.
-Liquid Applique by Marvy
-Inspiration from Dawn Lusk (the master at scene creations - luv ya, Dawn!)


  1. WOWSA!!! Great banner Lisa - there is so much technique going on there, and it's so country!! Love it. :)

  2. WTG Lesley! This is awesome.

  3. LOL...I read Lesley's name as I wrote this Lisa. Time for me to go to bed. Sorry.

  4. well, ya know I absolutely LOVE it!! great job Lise!!

  5. This turned out great Lise, I love the primitive country feel here!

  6. Honestly .. this is just too cool! I love the scene you've created .. it's a delightful blog banner! Who knew!?!