Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas to all!

Just wanted to say a quick Merry Christmas!
Blog Design will resume the night of the 26th but, I will be taking the 31 & 1st off.
Merry Christmas to you all & God Bless you & yours.

Looking forward to a 2011!
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Thursday, December 2, 2010

A new look & A new giveaway!

I have been taking some extra Design classes from April Showers & they have been a ton of fun!
One of the homework assignments was to Design & set up your own Design site.
I already had one, but I really want to take some time on my own site for once!
Some of the pages are not yet completed so bare with me please?
What do you think?
I am really loving my drop down menu bar!

Giveaway time! 
I have to tell you that I love Moriah's Blog, Josiah's Nest.
Like I am a tad bit OCD over her posts.
Stalkerish I know.
Moriah has a huge Holiday Giveaway happening over at her Blog for today only!
Head over to her blog and look for our giveaway, enter & you may win!
It is a $30 credit for Blog design or Magnets!
So go know and tweet about it too! 

Lot of love to you all & lets get our Merry Christmas on!
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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Its Giveaway time!!

I am really excited to have teamed up with Kim from Yellowsongbird! She is the biggest sweetheart & her Etsy shop is opening soon so make sure you watch for it!

Would you like a new Design? Head over to Kim's Blog to enter!

Good luck!
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Sunday, November 7, 2010

A few new happy Clients!

These are latest happy clients! Check out their sites & give them some love!

Kim from Yellow Songbird had a lovely header & buttons already, but she needed a new template. She went from have a two column layout that was as small as the header to this...
Yellow SongBird

Miranda from "Not Super...Just Mom" won my first giveaway! Don't you love her new look?
Not Super Just Mom

Erin is opening a new business & needed a blog from scratch. This blog is not yet running, but soon her Shop will be up! Watch for it
Miles & Ozzie

Yours could be next :)

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

And the Winner is...

And these "Tweet Tweet" Magnets go to....

@basicallyjulie of Illinois!
Congrats Lady! 
For Everyone else PLEASE Check out my other Magnets!
They make AWESOME Christmas gifts!
Will be having another Custom Blog Design Giveaway soon over at 

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Another Giveaway & Magnets are here!

I am so excited to be offering my magnets on-line.

I have been making these for a couple of years as gifts for Christmas, Teachers, and as Thank you gifts. After having lots of requests to purchase I decided to add them on-line for everyone!

So with out further ado they are here!

And to celebrate I would love to give a set away!

Tweet Tweet
~One two inch and two one inch magnets~

Mandatory Entry:
1. Follow @DanaSearsFam on Twitter
2. Follow this Blog
(if you are not on Twitter)

Would you like an Extra Entry?
-ReTweet this giveaway:
"RT: I just entered to win cute magnets over at @DanaSearsFam Designs by Dana Have you seen them yet?"

-Blog about this giveaway
-Follow The Sears Fam Blog
(please only follow if you genuinely want to.)

*This giveaway is open to Canada & US residents.
**Please leave a comment below for each entry below with your contact.
Ex: "I follow you on twitter @Yournamehere" - one comment
"I tweeted your giveaway! - second comment
Giveaway ends Friday, October 22nd at 10pm Pacific

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Winner of the Custom Design Blog is...

I would just like to say a Huge thank you for entering our first Giveaway for a Custom Blog Design.

And without further ado...
 the winner is #4 Miranda from "Not Super Just Mom"

Still would like a Custom Blog Design?
The "Modern Chic" package is on sale for $35 for a limited time.
This is a full Custom Blog Design for the best price going!

Please stop buy on Monday our "Designs by Dana" Magnets will all be up with a giveaway!
 These little tweet bird magnets could be yours!

Again, thank you for your interest.
Hope to see you stop buy & enter for our one of a kind magnets!

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Our FIRST Giveaway!

First I would to thank everyone for their support & interest in working with us!
It has been a great start to our Adventure & we are so excited for what the future may bring.

So to thank you for a great opening I would love to give away a Blog Design Makeover. 

The first giveaway will be "the Simple" package.
* $7 kit of your choice is included!

Stay tuned...Next week I will be opening & showing off my Custom made Magnets with another giveaway!

You don't want to wait?
For a limited time I am offering "The Modern Chic" Package for $35!

Giveaway ends Friday, October 15th at 11:59pm

Mandatory Entry:
1. Follow @DanaSearsFam on Twitter
2. Follow this Blog
(if you are not on Twitter)

Would you like an Extra Entry?
-ReTweet this giveaway:
"RT: I just entered to win a brand NEW look over at @DanaSearsFam  Does your Blog need a "pick me up"?"

-Blog about this giveaway
-Follow The Sears Fam Blog
(please only follow if you genuinely want to.)

*This giveaway is open to Canada & US residents.
**Please leave a comment below with your contact for each entry.

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Some of my Quirky Besties Blog Makeovers

Just a few of the Blogs I have worked on & lots more to come!

Tricia from G6Scrapped Blogs Scrapbook layouts & her work is amazing.

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Advertising & Product Review

Coming Soon!
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Custom Magnet Orders

Designs by Dana does make Magnets to order, you can choose colors, patterns or even use photos. 

This is a Photo Magnet set.

Please email Dana with what it is you would like, I'll do my best to make it happen!

*All Custom made orders must be fully payed before they are made.

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Business Identity

Designs by Dana is now offering the following business identity needs:
1. Business Logos
2. Business Card Design
3. Etsy Banners
4. Twitter Page Design
5. Facebook Graphics
6. Wedding Announcements & Invitations
7. Family Announcements &  Invitations
View Packages
Please email Designs by Dana for further information.
If there is anything you are seeking & are unsure of what you need, please contact Dana.
Dana can help you decide what you are looking for & go from there!
*You will receive three designs with unlimited editing until everyone is happy.
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Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Process

Custom Blog Design packages are available, but you are also welcome to create your own packages.
Dana tries to cater to each individuals needs, helping to make your Blog unique & beautiful.
The Blog Design process at Designs by Dana is the following:
1. Pick a Package
2. Read Terms of use & agree
3. Email Designs by Dana with any questions.
4. Design Deposit payed (Name on Design List)
5. Fill out Questionnaire & email Dana
6. Dana will contact you & then your blog will be beautified.
7. You will be another happy client!
Please feel free to contact Dana with any other questions or concerns! 
Thank you for visiting!
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Tuesday, September 28, 2010


*For a limited time I am offering "The Modern Chic" Package for $35! That is a full Blog makeover! 
Take a look around & if you have any questions or need help with the next steps don't hesitate to contact me.
Looking forward to working with you, making your Blog what you want it to be!

*this price does not include any kits or graphics used in design.
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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Designs by Dana is HERE!

Thank you for coming to check out our new Adventure!

I have been a Stay at Home Mom since I had my second Son, Mason. Mason was born with Special Needs, his needs are known, but why he is Special is still a Riddle. Mason's is a full time job & is a very expensive child, also having two other boys can make it pretty hard to work outside of the home. 

I discovered Blogging through "Julia & Julia".
~corny I know! 
I have been Blogging ever since & learning how to share my life with others.
I quickly became very interested in Blog Design & saw it as an opportunity to be creative while making some much needed funds.
I can't tell you how much I have learned in the past several months & how many "silly" questions I asked.
It has been a long, intense time for our family & I am glad to move onto actually designing for others.
My computer is full of designs!

Take a peek around & ask any questions you need!

Happy Blogging!
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Monday, June 28, 2010

Business Packages

Modern Chic Business Blogger package $175
Custom Business Logo Design with full rights
Business Card Design (Digital Image)
Cartel or Etsy Starter Package
Letter Head template & Thank you card
Blogger Blog Design: 
Custom Graphic Designs by Dana Template, with 2-4 columns
Custom Header with designer background
Custom Graphic Image Footer with Links
Custom Graphic Image Menubar
*Custom Post & Sidebar Title Font Installation
or 8 Graphic Sidebar Titles
Custom Image Post Signature & Divider
Sidebar Dividers
Button w/ Text Grab Box
4 Custom Social Icons
No Navigation Bar
**Does not work in Internet Explorer
***istock Graphics and Digital kits are not included in this package.
Modern Business package $125
Custom Business Logo Design with full rights
Business Card Design (Digital Image)
Cartel or Etsy Starter Package
Letter Head template & Thank you card
2 buttons or a Email advertisement
Cartel or Etsy Starter Package $65
Up to three alternate banners (sale, Holidays...)
Up to three Avatars
Thank you Graphic
A la Carte
Custom Business Logo Design with full rights $70
Business Card Design (Digital Image) $25
Cartel or Etsy Banner $25
Cartel or Etsy Avatars $7 per
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Dana's Hand Drawn Graphics are coming soon!
Dana's GraphicsistockPhotoScrapbook Kits
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Sunday, June 6, 2010


Designs by Dana is currently offering advertising for $5 per month.
Since I opened this Blog Design business just six months ago I am averaging just over 5050 views per month. I am anticipating as my business gets bigger so will my views! 
Would you like to swap Advertising? 
Please contact me for any further inquiries or sign up now!

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WordPress Packages

I am very excited to be announcing that I am now designing for WordPress! I am offering WordPress Designs in conjunction with Twenty 70 HostingWhen working with Twenty 70 Hosting and Designs by Dana you will receive %25 off your hosting costs for the life of your hosting with Twenty 70 Hosting! How can you go wrong? Go Check them out today!

Please feel free to choose any other host you would like, but definitely chat with me first. I can give an idea of what each company will offer when hosting. Hint go with the little guys if you want great customer service.
I will be offering two main Wordpress Packages:

The Simple Wordpress Style $100
Blog Button with Text box

The Modern Chic Wordpress Style $200+
Possible Package items:
StudioPress Genesis Theme
Drop down Navigation Menubar
Blog Button with Text box
Social Icons
Two plugin installations
Theme & Design Installation

All Modern Chic Wordpress designs will be installed with a StudioPress Genesis Theme, which have an approximate  $79.99 value, at no charge.

Wordpress Design Terms:
1. The design concept will be decided on before the design process takes place.
2. The design includes one concept, with up to three revisions.
3. Any additional major revisions will be billed at an hourly rate.
4. You must be a Self Hosted Wordpress site.

Do you have any questions? Please don't hesitate to contact me.
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    • My Design Queue does not contain dates. I work as fast as I can to get projects completed, I feel that every client should have the time they need to make sure they are happy. You will be contacted when I feel that I can give you the service you deserve. Thank you for your understanding!

      Design Queue:

      RedHead- Blogger Design ~Designing
      Sylvia- Wordpress Design ~Waiting on client to respond

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    Hours of Design

    Designs and installations are always done within these business hours. However, I do try my best to answer emails all day as I can!
    Sunday 7pm - 12am
    Monday 7pm - 12am
    Tuesday 7pm - 12am
    Wednesday 7pm - 12am
    Thursday 12pm - 12am
    *I do design on some friday and saturday nights
    **My time zone is Pacific Standard Time.

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    Welcome to my free blogger backgrounds! 
    These backgrounds have extra wide post areas, allowing you to have a 2-3 column template with larger post areas!
    Have fun with your Layouts!
    These backgrounds work best with Minima Template or Blogger's Window Template.
    *The post area is 1000px wide.
    Step 1: Go to your Blogger blog and click "Page Elements." 
    Step 2: Click "Add a Gadget" then "HTML/Javascript." 
    Step 3: Copy the code from below the background you want, (CTRL A, CTRL C) and PASTE it into your widget. (CTRL V) Congrats on your new look! 

    Please remember Designs by Dana when you are ready for a Custom Design! 
















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    Need Help?

    When I first started Blogging and looking for a Designer I was clueless! I had no idea how the process would work, I had no idea of definitions of "blogging" and I found myself very lost in the process.
    My goal in my Blog Design Business is to make the process easy, seamless and fun. I really would like you to be able to walk away with a beautiful blog and the knowledge to use it!
    No question is too stupid, feel free to email me with any questions you have and I will do my very best to answer them!
    Make sure to check out all the pages under the Resource section in the above drop down menu, you will be glad you did!

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    Dana's Templates

    Choose your Fonts

    Sugar Frog Fonts

    I get the cutest scrapbooking fonts at Free Scrapbook Fonts! I get the cutest handwriting fonts at Fonts for Peas!

    Choose your Template!

    1. Left Sidebar two Column

    2. Right Sidebar two Column

    3. Three Column Left & Right

    4. Three Column Left

    5. Three Column Right

    6. Designs by Dana Premium Template

    7. Designs by Dana Blogger "Thesis"

    *Add $20 to your package for the "Thesis Template"

    *If there is a template you don't see but would like please contact Dana.
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    How to Center your Sidebar Widgets

    Don't like how your your widgets are all over the place in your sidebar like this?

    Let me help you make your sidebar Beautiful!

    It's really easy and can make such a difference in the look of your blog.

    Step 1. Go to your Blog's layout page.
    Step 2. Click on "Edit" in your gadget that you would like to center.
    Step 3. Add <center> at the very beginning and </center> to the very end of the code.

    A button that is not centered code looks like this:

    <a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="Designs by Dana" /></a>

    A button that IS centered looks like this:

    <textarea><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="Designs by Dana" /></a></textarea>

    Have fun making your Blog Sidebars Beautiful!

    Need Help?
    Feel free to contact me with any questions!

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    Make a Text Grab Box for your Button

    How to make a Button Text Grab Box

    Step 1. Create you Blog's button, average blog button size is 150px by 150px.

    Step 2. Upload it to Photobucket.

    Step 3. Copy its “HTML code”
    It will look something like this:

    <a href=";current=12011DBDButton.png" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    Step 4. Now we need to edit your code to link back to your blog!

    <a href="(Your URL here)" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="(Your Title Here)"></a>

    This is what my Code looks like when I have edited it:

    <a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Designs by Dana"></a>

    Step 5. Lets make the grab box! Take the code we just made and add <textarea>at the beginning and </textarea> at the very end. This is how mine looks:

    <textarea><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Designs by Dana"></a></textarea>

    Step 5. Add your button's image above the text box. It is pretty easy! From the code you just made Grab the Blue & Pink Colors and stick it just over top of the Box code like this:

    <img src="" border="0" alt="Designs by Dana"></a>

    <textarea><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Designs by Dana"></a></textarea>

    This is what my button ends up looking like:

    Designs by Dana

    Still need help?
    Feel free to Contact me with any questions!
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