I just get the flower crown I want from searching on Google, color tint it with BeFunky if necessary, and overlay it on top of the image / sprite! Most editors have overlaying functions, but personally I use Online Image Editor because it’s really simple and easy.
I'm too shy to come out of anonymous... but how did you start your studyblr?? It looks so professional!
hey anon! dw, jo here has got your back! B ) (& don’t be shy, anon! feel free message me or de-anon and tell me to answer privately if you have any questions or just want to talk!)
onto your question, personally, I kind of tripped into the studyblr community one day and simply put, fell in love. So I decided to start my own studyblr as means to motivate myself, but only started working on it about three weeks ish ago? anddd the rest, they say, is history.
WARNING: A LONG POST BC JO TENDS TO GO OVERBOARD (and i probably forgot something even tho there’s this huge post but whatever oops)
but hey! i’m sure my blabbering wasn’t quite what you’re looking for, so here’s what I’d recommend if you’re looking to start or spice up your studyblr!!
find a nice theme: I find that if you can find nice, clean, simplistic (but cute and aesthetically pleasing) themes, you’re well onto your way to becoming a v nice studyblr. but still, you don’t need a theme to be a good studyblr! here are a few blogs that make really nice themes you can look at!
shythemes - is where I got my theme. Shythemes has very simplistic, clean type themes that I really like. These themes look crisp and neat and a sort of minimalist feel.
ciralismthemes - has a cute, magazine/website layout (??) type theme. Cute and clean type of theme, ciralismthemes almost seems to build a little personalized "theme” within a blog. lots of choices, each theme different and unique.
micaelis - has cute, tidy themes. ‘Mediocre’ is the theme that some studyblrs seem to favor, is compact and has lots of options and things, has other themes anime-related.
zenthemes - zenthemes has clean, neat, minimalist themes. loads of options, all free. take a look around and choose as you like!
tumblr’s themes - tumblr has loads of free themes all ready to go, you can pick and choose whichever theme you think you like!
customized backgrounds/icons: let me say this first. you do not need to have all these “pretty, cute, aesthetic, personalized items” to be a great and amazing studyblr. you don’t. but I do suppose that it makes your blog look better strictly-aesthetic wise? I’m not saying you need perfect themes and great everythings to be a good studyblr, but this is something that people seem to like, if you get what I mean. but here are a few things you can do
on your desktop - you can do a few things with your desktop theme and stuff
find nice background wallpaper - choose a wallpaper! i don’t recommend complicated backgrounds or pictures as your wallpaper, because it can make your blog look messy and hard to look at. instead, choose pastel colors or solid colors with a simple pattern (like with gridded lines or dashed lines, maybe). you can also put random things on your wallpaper to customize it. I put a border with my url on it, but you can do a lot more, like add pictures of people, flower petals, stars, anything! to do that, you can use photoshop (software) or picmonkey, etc. (online photo editors) to edit. the usual size for wallpaper is 1920 x 1080 btw!
don’t clutter - make sure your blog doesn’t look to cluttered, i guess? remember KISS (keep it simple, stupid).
on mobile - just like desktop view, you can pretty up your mobile look
make a header - you can either make your own personalized header (like I did for my mobile theme) that fits with your desktop (or doesn’t) or you can put nice, pretty pictures as your header.
make an icon - icons are like, super important. to me, at least. so try and make or find a good icon!
letter/url icon - you can make an icon by putting the initials of your url or your entire url into the icon and setting a (most often pastel) solid color as the bg. it’s pretty popular and what my icon is. you can also add things that represent your url to the icon.
photo icon - set a nice photo as your icon. i don’t think there’s much to say about this type of icon.
selfieeeee - you can set yourself as your icon! only if you want to though (though i’m 100% you’re super handsome/pretty, i know it ;) )
URL making - you can make up anything for your url!
i’d recommend you add something related to studying or academics so that people know that you’re a studyblr, but you don’t have to!
most often, people find good urls by either doing
favorite object/thing/color/anything + study/studies or
studywith + name
name + studies/studying
Original Content - make original posts! here’s the thing, i’ll be honest with you. if you have good lighting, nice notes, nice filters, etc., your stuff is more likely to get noticed. but they don’t have to be. the only step is that you post stuff! don’t be discouraged if you don’t get a lot of notes because you aren’t defined by notes. just post photos (if you need motivation, try doing the 100 days of productivity challenge), make your own masterposts, write about things, make a advice/tip list, etc. do anything!
Signal Boost - related to original content! when you make your own posts or whatever, you can tag people! put their urls or whatever tag they track in your tags because then studyblrs will see your posts! the studyblr community is a great and friendly place, we won’t ignore you or your posts (promise) unless we don’t see it on accident! people do it, and if you don’t feel comfortable tagging studyblrs you look up to or just studyblrs in general, tag me! i’ll def reblog and boost your stuff, so feel free to tag me (and it’s ok to tag other studyblrs in your posts, honestly!) and if you have any mutuals, tag them too!
Intro Post - oh gosh, the intro post is like, the most important thing ever. you should make an introduction post, introducing yourself to the community! in general, the formula for an intro post is your name, age, what you’re interested in, etc. etc. and tagging studyblrs that have inspired you or helped you make a studyblr. It took me a month to get around to this, but ohhh boy, can I tell you what a difference it made. It’s important to show yourself to the community, so do this!!
Get Talking & Be Nice - not like you aren’t nice, but be friendly and outgoing and nice and kind to people in general and you’re gonna get far in both the studyblr community and in real life. and you should talk to people! reach out! find new studyblrs or talk to studyblrs that you look up to, etc and message them / send them an ask (like you did me!) this gets you far, youngun, trust me <3
Communities - also, you can join communities and other study groups to get connected.
Reblog - reblog posts and stuff that you like and you’ll get nice content filling up your blog in no time. also, the queue is your best friend if you’re pressed for time.
Extra things - extra things idk where to put
nice things - you can buy nice things to treat yourself. buy stationery, paper, just nice things to treat yoself. they look really nice btw and yes just do it.
brands- that are really nice include pilot, uniball, sharpie, copic markers, etc
apps/extensions - apps and stuff people use
Focus Now/Forest - keeps you on focus by having you put your phone away. you either kill or grow a tree for a certain time you don’t use your phone. (extension for chrome: Forest)
Leoh - chrome extension that opens on a new tab. includes to do list, time, goal for the day, news, weather, etc.
Momentum - the typical studyblr extension, gives time and sets goal for the day
Lanes.io - alternative to Momentum, gives time, has a built-in pomodoro timer, and a lot of lists and stuff to keep track of things.
Flashcards+ - helps you study by opening a new tab and having you do flashcards.
OneTab - a super lifesaver. Onetab collects all the tabs you might’ve had open and saves it so you can go right back to here you were last time if you need to close your laptop, etc.
Pomodoro Timer - sets a 25 min timer to have you do things and keep you on track, etc.
Bullet Journal - keep a bullet journal! A bullet journal is a sort of to do list, note, journal, and everything else mashed into one. Lots of studyblrs and other people use bujos. You can search reach the official bullet journal website or look on tumblr to see more about bujos.
I don’t know what else, but if you have any more questions or if I didn’t answer your question properly, contact me again, anon! (If you were referring to my wallpaper and icon looking professional, I made them myself and you should contact me if you’re looking for stuff like that!)
Other (great and quite possibly better than my hastily written answer) New Studyblr Posts:
Do you mind if I ask how u do these mood boards cuz ur rlly good at them ! Do u have a process or something
I have a really really large collection of pins on pinboards on pinterest. Many of them are already for characters, video game series, etc, but I started gathering as many pins as possible around color schemes and aesthetic things. That makes things a lot easier!
For example, for the Saeran + mint green request, I presearched things from the pinboard I already have for him right here and then went to look for pins with a mint green color scheme (I have a pinboard dedicated to it here).
Generally, finding one picture that fits a certain theme results in many recommendations for other pictures that might fall into the same category, so it’s rather easy to gather a handful after a while and over the longterm.
I proceed to grab at least 9 and at most 12 pictures, which I then edit (using picmonkey, it’s free to use) so that each have a square ratio. I turn up brightness, turn down contrast, turn up shadows and if necessary add some filters that look nice. I pretty much play around with the editing.
I then set for 9 final pictures that look well with each other and arrange them so that it looks pleasant to the eye (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:・ﾟ✧
Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire, I hold with those who favor fire. But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate to say that for destruction ice is also great and would suffice.
“"Hab deinen arsch im blick, schwester” (I got your ass in my sight, sister)
Yes am definitely back after a long ass break, removing some artworks that were half ass done because I dont wanna show a incomplete artwork that has less effort on it anyways decided to do another of Jager and IQ’s. I wish there were more R6Siege models to come due to how lack of it.
Tools used: GIMP and Picmonkey Small credit to Metropwn for le translation from english to german.
How do you choose and put together pictures for aesthetics?
for choosing I follow my instinct :D I’ve got thousands of photos on my computer divided into different folders for each fandom (sometimes when I do more edits for one fandom I’ve goteven folder for each character…). Usually I look for some new pics on pinterest, add them to the folder, then using picmonkey I put them together (making at least 20 versions), after that I open Photoshop, put psd on the chosen collage (and make about 20+ versions with different coloring only to end up with almost the same psd as always…). When I chose final installement I edit each photo in Photoshop separately (put psd, sharpen, etc.). After that I open new draft with the right dimension and put together all pics, add the right background color and text. And that’s all :)
omg I’m terrible at explaining, but I hope that it was just a little helpful :) if you’ve got more question or need more details you can always message me!!!
hey mckenzie! sorry, I feel like I always have so many questions for you, but I just truly love your style. I was wondering what program you use to make the little things for your blog, like the tape over the photo of you and your mom, and the little arrows on your recent post about apartment decor! are they downloads? also super excited to see what California has in store for you. I am going to LA for 5 days at the end of July for work and am SO excited
Hey girl! No worries at all- thank you for your kind words!
For the tape- I use picmonkey! It’s a sticker that comes on the site
For the arrows- I draw them myself on my ipad!
Neither are downloads! I have considered making some pngs of my arrows/etc. for free download, but I am still in the works of figuring that out! But I definitely want to do that at some point this summer since I get asked about them quite a bit :)
Hope that could answer your questions a bit! Have a fun time in LA!!!!
how do you make phone backgrounds ? I'd love to make some but they always end up too big
i use this site called picmonkey! ~
it’s really simple and easy to use, you just gotta experiment with it and you’ll get the hang of it! ~
all of my bgs are sized as 750x1334, they’re optimized for iphone6, but i have a samsung galaxy s7, and they fit perfectly! ~
there is an option to resize them on the site, because i do add a border for my wallpapers at time, and they do increase in size, and if i do that and forget to resize them, they won’t fit to my phone good! ~
May Masterpost Challenge by @educatier, the goal is to make 20 Masterposts in May!
How To: Create Original Content
This is my post on how to create original content, and ideas for what exactly to create. I hope this helps!
Heading your content draws attention and gets your url out there.
I use picmonkey to create mine, though some people use photoshop or other resources.
Generally, use one colour for a background, and one for text. You want the text to be read easily, so pick a text colour that can be read clearly with the colour of the background.
You can also use a pattern in the background to make the header less plain, or add symbols or pictures.
My header is 1225 x 445, but you can play about with the sizing until you find what you like.
Make masterposts for different topics! When I make a masterpost, I like to make a long post from scratch, but lots of other people like posting a bunch of links organised under headers, which works too.
A few ideas for masterposts are: organisation, motivating yourself to study, how to study, how to study for exams vs how to study throughout the course, studying when ill, time management, tips for college or Uni, tips for studying, and bullet journaling.
You can also make masterposts for resources - music playlists, stationery, printables, websites and textbooks, and youtube videos.
You can make printables for others to use - generally, these printables are blank study schedules, to-do lists, calendars, tables and notes.
Use one main font for titles and one easy to read font for smaller text.
Decorate your printables! Add little flowers or decorate brackets.
Use different colours! Have one main colour (usually black) for text and lines, and another for smaller text and decorations.
Make posts explaining various concepts - for langblr, this refers to things like audio clips of you pronouncing certain words (especially if you’re a native speaker), posts explaining the usage of certain tenses, posts and tables for verb conjugations, vocab lists, posts explaining the use of plurals, gender, possession, etc.
Photos of your notes or stationery are always popular - try matching colours in your photos, and maybe only have one or two colours of pens. You can use more, but personally I think it starts looking a bit messy with more colours. (That’s totally personal opinion, though!)
Generally, making the headers bigger and decorating your notes a bit looks good - just make sure you aren’t decorating your notes when you should be studying!
Photos of study schedules, desks, books and hot drinks, or bullet journals are also popular.
Be nice! If there’s a mistake in your notes or post and someone points it out, be graceful and thank them for helping! Generally they aren’t doing it to be mean - the point of studyblr is to learn, and you can’t learn without making mistakes.
If someone corrects one of your posts, edit the original post to add “corrected by @____”.
Tag your posts so that others can find them.
Tag other blogs in your posts - mutuals if it’s something you think they might find useful or interesting, and some of the more popular blogs to get your post out there!
If someone helped you with your post, give them credit! Just a line saying “thanks to @____ for helping with this post!” is sufficient, and it’s nice to be credited for your work!
If someone says they found your post helpful, thank them and wish them luck with their studying. It’s just a nice thing to do.