How I Make Facebook Covers

I recently created a “Page” on Facebook for anyone that wanted to follow my health & fitness coaching business: Katie Wheeler. I post quotes, articles and information on what I’m doing almost everyday just to be more accessible and transparent.

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I change the cover image for the group based on what I have going on that month so people can easily see what challenge group I’m promoting and learn more if they want to. Today I thought I’d show you all how I put together these covers in case you ever wanted to create something similar.

Step 1: Collect your images! I choose 3-4 images that fit in with what my group is about. Or if you want tho show off your recent vacation, pick some of your favorites! For the text I actually create that image in PicMonkey.

First I choose “Design” then I pick whatever shape works best for my text.


Then I click “Text” on the lefthand side; enter in the text, choose fonts, size and color; and then add more text based on whatever I want to put on the image.



Step 2: Now that I have all my images together and ready, I open PicMonkey again and choose “Collage” then choose “Computer” to pick out my images for the collage.

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Once I’m ready to create my collage, I go to the size options and choose “FB Cover.”

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Then I drag and drop my images into the spaces. You can adjust the boarders around the images by clicking on the paint palette board. You can also adjust the size of each image space by clicking in between and adjusting:


AND you can add in more images where you want by dragging them. Just look for the blue space that shows up as you drag the image over where you want it and drop! That’s what I did with the text below:

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And then you’re done! Tada!

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You can use these images on Facebook, or use the collage feature for any other type of collage you make. I love throwing it back to High School and making birthday collages to send through email, or post on instagram :).


Have you ever used PicMonkey?

Is there anything you’d like to learn how to do? 

How to Make a Social Media Kit Using PicMonkey

Hey Everyone!

It’s been a while since my last PicMonkey post! I wanted to let you know I’m now a PicMonkey Affiliate, meaning that if you sign up for Prime I do receive a commission. However, as you all know, I have been singing praises for PicMonkey since I discovered the site well over a year ago, so it’s a product I promote no matter what!

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Here’s a look at my previous PicMonkey posts:

Making a Graphic

Weekly Workouts Demystified

Healthy Living Summit Presentation Recap

PicMonkey’s New Features

PicMonkey Tutorial

So on to today’s topic! How to create a Social Media Kit. So what is a social media kit? It’s basically a resume for bloggers (or any creative occupation, especially for freelance work). You could use this concept to make up a resume if you’re a freelance writer, designer, or you could just use the tools I’m giving you today to make posters, cards or anything!

How To Make A Social Media Kit Using PicMonkey

PicMonkey got a bit of a facelift recently and added a couple options at the top, including “Design.” If you click on this option you get a choice of canvases in all different sizes. This is great if you’re hoping to print out your image and fit it into a frame or on a certain paper size, or if you’re looking to design something like your own Facebook cover.

For the social media kit, I chose the 8×10 size so it would fit onto a standard piece of paper.



Next, you have the option to change the color of the canvas, which would be the background color. I chose to stick with white to keep it simple and clean looking and similar to the look of my blog.



Once you’ve got your canvas set up, you want to add graphics. The first thing I wanted to add was the header from my blog. I have the image saved on my computer, so here’s how I added it.

1. Click on “Overlays” on the left-hand column

2. Go to the top and choose “Your Own”

3. This opens up a folder in your computer. Browse for you image and select it. Your image will then appear just like an overlay or graphic on your canvas. You can resize and move it around.


I repeated this same technique to add photographs as well.


Next, you want to add text. To add text:

1. Select “text” on the left-hand column.

2. Click “Add Text” at the top of the column

3. Here you can choose the font you want. Then, a text editing box pops up where you can adjust color and size. If you want part of your text to be a different color (which I did with my name), then you just select that particular text and you can change the font, color or size.



To make all of your text boxes the same size and font without having to adjust it each time, just right click on a complete text box and in the options there is “duplicate text.” Choose this and then you can change the words, while keeping the same color, size and font.



Once you’ve added all the images and text you want, just move them around and re-size them until you’re satisfied with the end product. Like I’ve said before, they key to PicMonkey is to just mess around with it on your own and eventually you’ll get the hang of it and be able to do some fun, creative things.

Here’s a look at my final product:


See? Easy peasy!

PicMonkey is a free webiste, however if you want certain features you sign up for PicMonkey Royale. I’ve been a PicMonkey Royale member almost since I started using the website. So why would you want to sign up?

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You get a lot more tools and options within the website.

Royale is just $4.99 a month, OR you can sign up for the whole year at once, which is $33/year. That comes out to $2.75 a month, which is the same as a coffee at Starbucks. Really, it’s a great deal.

If you have any questions about PicMonkey, feel free to email me at


Have you ever used PicMonkey or something simliar?

What other features would you like to learn about on PicMonkey?

Tips for New Bloggers–Part 2

Round two! If you missed it, check out Part 1 of my Tips for New Bloggers series! This week I’m going to be hitting on how to set up your blog!


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1. Pick a platform: When I first started writing my blog I used Blogger. Blogger is very user friendly, free and was very easy for me to set up. A few months in, however, I decided to switch to since many other bloggers used it, I felt like I had more options, and I knew I could buy my own domain name eventually and easily make the move on WordPress. Also free!


2. Going Self-Hosted: Self hosted basically means that you own and run your own website however you want to. You buy your domain name and host your website through a provider such as Go Daddy or BlueHost. I chose Bluehost as it was recommended to me as very user friendly. Then, you choose a platform. Because I was already on, I could easily make the change to I did everything to go self-hosted by myself and I can’t pretend it was easy (I spent many hours researching how to do everything and speaking with customer service representatives at bluehost to get everything running), however I chose to do so because of money. Many bloggers hire someone to do it for them and from what I’ve heard it can vary from $100 – $250.

If you’re new to blogging, I would definitely recommend using a free website for a few months before investing the money into going self-hosted. Make sure it’s something that you enjoy and that you’ll keep up with!


3. PC Owners – Use Windows Live Writer: If you own a PC I HIGHLY recommend downloading Windows Live Writer – it’s free! It’s basically a Windows program that you open on your computer just like you would Word, and type out your blog post, add photos, and then publish directly from the program to your blog. I’m actually hesitant to get a Mac computer solely because I would miss this program too much!


4. Put some effort into your photos: I’m not going to pretend I’m some great photographer, or that I use anything other than my iPhone to take pictures. However, I do try and make many of my photographs look good, both when I’m taking them and through using PicMonkey. I’ve looked at several new blogs that completely turn me off because the pictures are dark, grainy and just not appealing. I’ve actually not pinned recipes solely because the picture looked bad!

Much older oatmeal picture:

Newer oatmeal picture:

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5. Design a nice blog layout: Just like with photos, you need to put some effort into your blog design. I think I’ve re-designed my blog three times since I started, and I’ve had a new look in the works for a couple months now (look for it soon!). Having a clean and appealing blog is key to drawing in new readers. Many bloggers hire someone to design their blog for them. Again, I haven’t done so because of cost and I only use free WordPress Themes (there are many that you pay for), but you can make anything work with a little creativity!


6. Use your sidebar: the items you put in your sidebar are surprisingly important. ALWAYS have a search bar where people can search your website and be sure to include a mini “about me” section as well with a photo so readers can get an idea of who are quickly. Other suggestions include affiliations you might have (blogger networks, sponsors, etc), archives of past blog posts, and post categories so readers can browse easily.


7. Have an About Me Page: Your “About Me” page is key – that’s where most new readers click immediately when they find your blog. If you don’t have an about me page then I usually don’t read your blog! Most healthy living blog readers read because they feel like they can relate to and connect with the writer: if they don’t know who you are then how do you expect them to connect with you? I actually found a couple blogs where I couldn’t even find the author’s first name!


If you’re a blogger – how did you set up your site? Did you do it yourself?

Do you read “About Me” pages on other blogs?

PicMonkey: Making a Graphic

Ready for another PicMonkey Tutorial? My last tutorial showed you what I do with all the images that I use on my blog, but today I’m going to show you how to make a graphic. Here are some examples of graphics that I’ve made:

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To do my demonstration at Healthy Living Summit, I created a new graphic so everyone would be able to see how it works, step by step. I’m going to show you how to create the same graphic today:

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To start, I create a white image and save this image to use over and over again when making different graphics in PicMonkey. I made mine from Paint, but you can also just save a blank word document.

Again, when you start you choose “Edit a photo” and open that blank white image.

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Next, I start with the background “stripes.” To make them, I started by opening the overlays and choosing a rectangle.

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You can then change the color and size of the “overlay” and move it around.

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Once I’ve made one stripe, I right click on the stripe and duplicate it so that they will all be the same size and color. Then, for this graphic, I chose to crop it a little smaller, using the crop function in basic edits.

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Once I have my background, I added text and changed the color of the text:

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Now, how did I add the PicMonkey icon? First you need to save the icon. I used the “snip tool” on my PC to save the image. Once you have it saved, click “Overlays” and then at the top choose “Your Own.” A box will pop up for you to look through your files to pic an image to use as an overlay. You don’t have to just use a graphic image, you can do anything, like a photograph, and add it on top of your PicMonkey creation.

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Next, your image will come up on the screen just like any of the other overlays. You can readjust the size, the color and tilt it. Another feature that I used is Fade. I faded the image so that it blended in and you could see the text and stripes underneath. You could also right click and “send to back” but I preferred how it changed the color of the stripes.

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Then you save, and tada!

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There are SO MANY things that you can make using the features on PicMonkey, this is just the tip of the iceburg. I really encourage you to just play around with it and you’ll come up with some creative ideas.


Do you have any other questions about PicMonkey (or anything)?

Do you make your own blog graphics?

PicMonkey Presentation ReCap

Hey everyone! I know I’ve made you all wait a while, but I finally have an overview of my PicMonkey presentation from Healthy Living Summit put together for you all! Since I only had 15 minutes to present, I decided to talk about the basics of PicMonkey and give people some ideas of what they can do for their personal photos as well as for their blogs.

Today I’m just going to share what I use PicMonkey the most for, and then we’ll move on to other topics on another day. It’s much harder to explain through a blog rather than showing it in person!

First, here are several examples of ways I’ve used PicMonkey:

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1. What’s Beautiful Under Armor Cover Page

2. Best Moments of 2012 Post

3. Picture of me and my sorority “twin”

4. HIIT Run image

5. Cover image for recipe

6. Quote over a picture


So what do I use PicMonkey the most for? Fixing images. Every time I open up an image in PicMonkey I do these two things:

1. Auto Adjust (or adjust it myself) and

2. Color Boost.

First, select your photo from your files to edit in PicMonkey. You can only edit one photo at a time, but you can have PicMonkeyopen in several tabs at the same time.

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Next, choose auto-adjust. For about 80% of my pictures, auto-adjust improves the image.

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Sometimes I dislike what auto-adjust does, so I either leave the image how it was, or adjust it myself.

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The second thing that I often do to my photos is a color boost. For most, I move the strength very low, since warm colors are affected more greatly and look neon if you leave the strength too high.

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I find this effect most helpful when it comes to landscape photos. You know how you look out at something beautiful, take a picture and then realize the picture just didn’t capture what you saw in real life? Well, it occurs all the time when I’m using my iPhone camera, so the color boost is a great tool to get the picture back to what you saw yourself.

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It’s a slight change, but it makes a difference, especially when you knew how the colors originally looked.

So there you have it! I do this to almost all my blog pictures (unless I don’t have time) and to most of my personal pictures now as well.

My biggest piece of advice when using PicMonkey is to just play around with it and experiment with all of the options. There are so many things you can do! Next week I’ll do a demonstration on how to make graphics!


Do you ever adjust photos? What do you use?

Have you used PicMonkey?

Is there anything you want to know how to do? Anything blog-related! (or life related, I guess… haha).