Christmas begins at StoneGable… the blog… with my new Christmas header!

Many people ask how I create my seasonal blog headers. Here is how I create my images…

example of a “work in progress”~ wreath and snow created using picmonkey
Let me first say that I work with a fabulous blog designer, Julie from BLOGGER BOUTIQUE. I’m not a techie so I need a little help. Make sure to see the special offer from Julie at the end of this post.

To create this Christmas header I used pictures from my own stash and edited them with an old old program  called MICROSOFT DIGITAL IMAGING. A “chalk” filter was applied to each image.

If you don’t have a digital imaging program you should check out PICMONKEY. I’m amazed how well this free, no registration, on-line editor works!  PicMonkey has some great new winter effects! Even if you are not a blogger this program is amazing for photos and scrapbooks!

Here is a before photo I took of Father Christmas in Williamsburg last year…

And here it is edited and the filter applied for the header…  I love that soft smuggy look!

Here is the wreath I used in my header… again, Christmas in Williamsburg…

And here it is edited and the chalk filter applied…

I will be working on my sidebar too… adding Holiday posts and images.  Keep an eye out for the changes!

Julie, my fabulous blog designer, is offering StoneGable readers a 25% discount on all blog designs (not on  singular add-on services).

Just go to BLOGGER BOUTIQUE and type in StoneGable25 when you contact her. The offer is good until December 31, 2012.

This would make a great Christmas gift for you from someone who is having a hard time knowing what to get you!!!! Sounds like the perfect gift to me!

I hope you find Christmas cheer, here at StoneGable, all holiday season long!

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  1. says

    I LOVE it, Yvonne, and can’t wait for all the Christmas blog posts!! Thank you for the information on Picmonkey, too, I do need help and this sounds great!!
    Have a great weekend!

  2. says

    Hi Yvonne! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I love your blog header and the way you put the wreath on it. I too am amazed at the free software we can use.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  3. says

    Great looks in the photos. I use PicMonkey
    for my editing and did play with the Winter
    editor this week.. it’s fun and you can
    do so many cute things…
    Happy Holiday

  4. says

    I have totally loved the new way you are doing your headers…the smudged, hazy look. It really appeals to me. Thanks for showing us non-bloggers what goes on behind the scenes. I so admire all of your hard work.

  5. says

    Today you make me pine for Williamsburg Yvonne, I get there every cole of years but haven’t bee for Christmas in several years. Love the beautiful new header and thanks for the info, I sure can use some help.

  6. says

    You are the most generous person on this planet, to share your “secrets” with everyone. Tina @ The Enchanted Home told me how to do my header, and I’m so proud I accomplished that…and here you go with all the filtering devices to out-do all of us. Big congrats..the header is fabulous !!

  7. says

    Yvonne- That header is beautiful. I have been using PicMonkey to crop my pics and brighten them but I had no idea you could do all this stuff with them. I am always afraid of screwing something up so bad that I will ruin it and then not be able to undo it. I am SOOO untechy it is not funny. Love coming here- it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas- xo Diana

  8. says

    Yvonne, you are so kind to include a shout out for me in your post (and on your sidebar)! Thank you so much. You are a great client to have and I have enjoyed creating your blog and your headers for you throughout the year! I hope you have a fantastic holiday season!

  9. says

    Oh my this is just so inspiring and beautiful Yvonne! I have always loved your blog and this just makes me love it even more :)
    I’ve used PicMonkey quite a bit but never really tried the special effects and they just really make the photos!
    Thank you for showing us “novice bloggers” how easy it really can be!
    Happy Holidays to you and yours,
    Most sincerely

  10. says

    I’m thinking about doing something with my header now…it looks a bit plain! Thanks for sharing how you did this. It’s fabulous and perfectly you. I should be decorating but maybe I’ll work in my header instead. :o) Happy Sunday Yvonne!

  11. says

    I noticed your Christmas header as I was departing your blog during my last visit!!! I love that you change your header with the Seasons!!! Nice photos using your software program!!!

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