How to Make a Pinterest Friendly Image

I’ve been getting this question a lot lately and decided a good way to answer it was to make a blog post about it! One of my favorite things to do when writing a blog post is to design a Pinterest friendly image. I typically do this at the very end, once I’m in the mindset of the post and can think of a great picture to go with it. But before I get into this mini tutorial, I just wanted to stress the importance of having a decent sized pinnable image in your blog posts.

Last summer, I started making images to go with my blog posts but I didn’t make them big enough. I made them Instagram-sized, totally square and small. Those images are still floating around Pinterest somewhere, but they didn’t bring me much traffic. Fast-forward to now and I’ve begun editing past images and creating more Pinterest-friendly ones using the method I describe below. I’ve been getting SO much more traffic from the new images, it’s insane! Creating pinnable photos is IMPORTANT if you’re trying to get more views from Pinterest! Now I’ll show you one way you can do it.

Find a Relevant Photo

I typically will either use stock photos from one of my favorite stock photo sites or use a picture of my own from my Instagram or another photo I took myself! The most important thing to do is to make sure it’s a photo with no copyright restrictions. When in doubt, use your own photos if you can!

My favorite Stock Photo sites include: PicJumbo, StockSnap.io, and Unsplash.

Once you have your photo downloaded, it’s time for step 2!

Open Canva

I use Canva first to create a transparent overlay on the image. For some pictures, you can add text on it right away and you can still see it perfectly. However, I’ve become accustomed to adding the transparent overlay within Canva. I’ll show you how!

First, open your photo you just saved in Canva. I personally choose to use a “poster” layout because they are usually a decent size for Pinterest. Once the photo is opened, you can resize it within the poster and choose the part of the picture you want to see. When you first upload it into Canva, it should look like the screenshot below.

How to Make a Pinterest Friendly Image

Then, you can stretch it to fill in the white space on the top and bottom of the poster. When you stretch it, make sure it isn’t TOO pixelated. I usually will stretch it so it just covers the top and bottom edges of the poster.

How to Make a Pinterest Friendly Image

You can see the dotted line where the image ends. I stretched it over the poster just to make sure the edges are all filled with the image!

Add a transparent overlay

Now, we’re going to click on “background” in the left side toolbar. In the search bar, type transparent and hit enter on your keyboard. A bunch of photos should show up but to find the one we’re looking for you’ll have to scroll down about halfway.

How to Make a Pinterest Friendly Image

Now you’re going to click on the picture that I have circled in the image above. This is a transparent overlay. Just add this over a picture and stretch it out however you’d like. Sometimes I stretch it in a bar across the image or I’ll make it a smaller rectangle inside the image. It’s totally up to you!

Once you’ve added your overlay how you like, you can download it and open up PicMonkey!

Open PicMonkey

Now you can add text with your image on PicMonkey! You can do this in Canva as well, but I love the font options so much more in PicMonkey and there’s also an option to use your own fonts that you’ve downloaded which is awesome.

How to Create a Pinterest Friendly Image

Once you’re done, make sure to add your blog’s URL somewhere on the photo so people know where to go if they just stumble upon the image somewhere.

Upload into your blog post!

Now, you can save the photo and insert it into your blog post! Make sure to resize it once you add it into your post because it might be a little too big for what you’re looking for. I usually have to shrink my image down once I add it into a post. There’s also the option of resizing within PicMonkey if you’d like but I typically will just drag it down within WordPress!

What programs do you use to create your Pinterest-friendly images?

Money Saving Tips

Ryan graduated from Temple University in 2013 with a degree in Business and Entrepreneurship. Since high school he’s loved money and investing but recently, he has been reading a lot of forums and sharing his new knowledge with me. I asked him if he had any advice for college aged students who are just getting started with saving money and hoping to plan for the future because it would make a really great, helpful blog post. He was reluctant at first (as he is with most blog related things) but then a few nights ago I saw him composing an email and typing away. I asked him what he was doing and he said “I’m writing a post for you!” He finished it that night and sent it over. He is super passionate about money and investing, like I said, so I wasn’t surprised that he did such a great job.

I don’t know the first thing about saving money (I don’t have much to save in the first place) so I wanted to make sure this post was easy to read and easy to follow. I hope that you find this helpful and if you have any questions, I know Ryan would love to answer them. Now, without further ado, here is Ryan’s post!

1. Sign up for Mint

Mint is a program that tracks your spending, income, and debt for FREE. Mint is available on the computer and as an app for your phone! Once you sign up for Mint, take the time to sync all your accounts such as cash, credit, debt, assets, and investments.

2. Identify your income & expenses.

Mint allows allows you to set a budget and expected income. One you set your budget you will have identified how much you have left over to save each month. Mint allows you set aside money each month for items that you might only have to pay for a few times a year such as car insurance, vacation, etc!
Easy Money Saving Tips

3. Cut your budget

Do you really need a $50 dollar monthly budget for Starbucks? This is the time to analyze what you are spending your money on and make adjustments.

4. Stash Away the Savings!

Now that you’ve cut out all those lattes its time to stash away the savings. Ever notice how your money sitting in the bank pays about a cent per month of interest? You can change that. Capital One 360 (affiliate link) pays .75% (.20 for checking account) APY per year. The average bank pays around .03-.05% APY per year! Capital One 360 offers checking and savings accounts for FREE. The debit card they provide offers free ATM transactions at most locations which are easily identifiable through their app!

5. Set Goals!

Now that you are saving monthly and racking up higher interest in your Capital One 360 (affiliate link) account its time to set some goals. Capital One 360 allows you have up to 30 different savings accounts (for free) each with a different goal. See an example below!
Easy Money Saving Tips

6. Invest

Most people think investing is complicated and requires a lot of money. However, Acorns (affiliate link) app is here to save the day. (If you sign up through my link we will both get $5 for free to invest!)
Easy Money Saving Tips
To start investing with Acorns, all you have to do is link your debit or credit card. Every time you swipe your card Acorns will round your total to the next dollar and invest the extra money for you. So you spent $4.35 on the Starbucks latte I told you stop buying earlier? Boom. That’s $0.65 cents invested into your Acorn account!  You’ll be investing without ever missing a cent… or two!

7. Review your budget each month

This is important! Make sure you’re doing everything to can to save and invest, you’ll thank yourself later!

Any additional questions on any of these applications feel free to drop a comment (I read them all) or email Kayla directly so she can forward your questions to me!

Apps for College

My mom says I’m addicted to my phone. I don’t know if I would really argue with her on that, but I think I have a pretty good reason. My phone has everything. It’s honestly my lifeline and I rely on it to do so much during the day. As a college student, you can up that importance factor by, like, 50%. My phone is with me all day and it keeps me on track (most times). There are a ton of apps that I use on a daily basis but there are a few that I’ve downloaded within the past four years that have really helped me get through college.

Blackboard + Your College’s App

My school uses Blackboard for all of our classes so it’s important to download whatever app your school uses. I can hop on Blackboard and study PowerPoints whenever I have down time, I can also use it to check my grades and get notifications whenever something new is posted! I also have downloaded my school’s app. I actually rarely use it except to check my final semester grades, but it’s still good to know it’s there!

Spotify

This one isn’t a necessity, but I absolutely love Spotify. This is an app I use daily and have never had any problems with. It allows me to jam out and make playlists to listen to on my walks to class!

Google Drive

I use Google drive to keep track of a lot of my assignments and projects. It’s so helpful to have the app just in case you need to tweak something or send something on a whim. I also find it helpful to download the other Google apps as well! A lot of my organizations use Google forms and Google sheets to sign up for activities, so this allows you to do that from your phone!

Fitbit/My Fitness Pal/5k Runner

If you’re looking to keep off that Freshman 15, downloading some health apps might be a good start! I use these three in conjunction with each other to track my steps, exercise, heart rate, water intake, caloric intake, and to get my butt moving! It sounds like a lot, but it’s really easy to do and it definitely helps!

Yelp

I absolutely LOVE Yelp and I think it’s a great tool to use, especially if you’ll be a freshman entering a new city/town. Yelp allows you to check out reviews for food places, salons, and more!

Uber/Lyft/SEPTA

I have these apps downloaded because I use them a lot, but it’s also good to have them just in case of an emergency. If (heaven forbid) you ever got stranded somewhere, it’s good to know you have that app and a way to get home. I also have the SEPTA app downloaded so if your city has public transit, that’s a good way to stay on top of changes or alerts that happen! When I took the bus to work I could see the times it’d arrive at my stop and when I take the train, I use it to check the full train schedule!

Kindle

I don’t only use the Kindle app for leisure reading! If you bought an e-textbook, it’s so helpful to have the Kindle app on your phone and computer to be able to read it anywhere!

Venmo

Venmo has been an absolute game changer for my roommates and I. It’s a great way to transfer money. Pay your roommates back for the lunch they spotted you when you didn’t have cash, pay them for utilities, for alcohol, you name it! It’s so easy and has been a total lifesaver, especially since I don’t have a bank on campus!

Starbucks/Dunkin/Saxby’s App

Probably a good idea to check out the app for your preferred coffee spot. You can get deals this way and some places have rewards programs!

What apps do you use the most at college? What would you add to this list?

new york bucket list

Hello from New York! I’ve officially made the move up to live with Ryan in upstate New York for the remainder of the summer and I couldn’t be more excited to start camp and have some fun. For those of you who have been around these parts for a while, you might remember last year’s bucket list. Last summer, Ryan and I lived in Pittsburgh and I wanted to create a bucket list for us to make sure we did some cool things while we were in the area for such a long time. I’m proud to say that we nearly accomplished everything on that list. It was so much fun to document each bucket list item that I’ve decided to do round two this year!

Ryan and I are living in Fishkill which is a town that’s about an hour and a half train ride to NYC. While we hope to go there a few times this summer, I really want to do other things in the area as well! If you’re from this part of New York, let me know in the comments if there’s anything I should add to this list!

1. Hit up New York City

This one is a given, but there are so many places (mostly restaurants lol) that I’m dying to try!

2. Fahnestock State Park

This park is really close to where we’re living and there’s a campground, trails, a beach, and even boat rentals! Hopefully we’ll be able to get here more than once this summer.

3. Visit Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow is only an hour away from our apartment and it sounds like it’d be a really fun day trip!

4. Rochester, NY

5. Hudson, NY

6. Jones Beach State Park

Jones Beach is a little farther away from us, but it looks absolutely gorgeous, hopefully we can take a trip down at some point!

7. Bear Mountain State Park

As you can see, there are a TON of state parks around that look incredible. There are so many I want to see!

8. Seneca Falls

Hopefully I’ll be able to visit most (if not all!) of these places this summer. I’ll be updating this post with pictures and other fun anecdotes about our time there as the summer progresses, so be sure to follow along!

Philly Travel Guide

Today I’m excited to be linking up with one of my blogger friends Savannah from Always, S! This linkup showcases posts from bloggers all up the East Cost. We’re sharing our favorite spots in our cities and towns so be sure to check out the posts from other bloggers at the bottom of this page!

Philly is my home during the school year and I’ve lived within 40 minutes of it for my entire life. I’ve gone there on weekends and my friends and I love to head into Center City on any given night to explore! I’ve been wanting to share some of my fav Philly spots here on the blog for a while, so I was excited when Savannah’s link up came about! We Temple Owls love to explore and venture into the city. No matter where you are on campus, you’re minutes away from the Broad Street Line, which means you have access to pretty much all the hot spots in town. This list has some cliche places and also some places that you might not have heard of! These spots are obviously not the only places/things to do when you’re in Philly. Philly has a ton of awesome areas to explore, so don’t feel tied down to only doing this list. I hope you enjoy Kayla Blogs’ guide to Philly!

Best of East Coast Link Up

Food Spots

Of course, we have to start with the food. I recently have been venturing and trying a ton of new food spots in Philly (shout out to my roommate Jess for being a total foodie with me!). Here are some amazing places I’ve tried and trendy places I’ve been hearing about a lot this year!

Green Eggs Cafe

Green Eggs Cafe

Green Eggs is my favorite breakfast/brunch spot EVER. You can’t leave Philly without going there at least once and trying their red velvet pancakes, their famous “kitchen sink”, or any of their amazing specials!

Dalessandro’s Steaks, Pats + Geno’s

You also can’t leave Philly without trying a cheesesteak! There are so many places to get one in Philly. My family’s personal favorite is Dalessandro’s, but you could also hit up the tourist spot that is Pat’s + Geno’s!

Mac Mart

Mac Mart

Mac Mart was (and still is!) an amazing mac & cheese food truck that just recently opened a storefront in Rittenhouse! Jess and I tried the original mac this spring at a food truck festival and it was SO good. I haven’t been to their storefront yet but I can’t wait to go!

Franklin Fountain

Franklin Fountain is a quaint little ice cream shop in Old City that has delicious homemade ice cream. Their waffle cones are also to DIE for. Something unique about this place is that it has an “old timey” vibe! Definitely a place you must stop if you’re in the Penn’s Landing/Old City area.

Sweet Charlie’s

sweet charlie's philadelphia

Sweet Charlie’s is a new hand-rolled ice cream place in Philly! I haven’t been there yet but I’ve heard from everyone who has that it’s amazing. I’ll definitely be stopping here once I’m back at school in August! (Pic from @almostapriest… my foodie roomie)

Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal is a famous indoor farmer’s market and a great spot to try some new food all in a really cool atmosphere!

Parks

Dilworth Park

Dilworth Park is the newly renovated park located at City Hall. I love the fountain and the fresh green space that is so hard to come by in the city!

Rittenhouse Square

Rittenhouse Square is beautiful and a must-see! There are a ton of restaurants nearby to check out also.

Penn’s Landing

Penn's Landing

Ryan and I had a great time walking around Penn’s Landing back in April. It was so much fun to explore that part of the city with him. It’s also a great area for taking pictures!

Spruce Street Harbor Park

This park was new last year and I’m glad to see they’re doing it again! Complete with hammocks and a beer garden, Spruce Street Harbor Park is an adorable little place to relax. It’s also super cute at night, there are tons of twinkling lights!

Historical Must-Sees + Museums

City Hall

City Hall

Check out the observation deck for a sky-high view of the city!

Independence Hall

Independence Hall

Where the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were signed! A great Philly spot filled with tons of history.

The Liberty Bell

Liberty Bell

Located across the street from Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell is in a tiny museum all on its own!

Philadelphia Museum of Art/Rocky Steps

I might be the worst Philadelphian in all the land, but I’ve never ACTUALLY been inside the Art Museum. It’s definitely something I’m determined to check off my list before I graduate! While you’re there, you can’t miss the famous Rocky Steps and statue!

Mutter Museum

The Mutter Museum is a unique museum filled with medical oddities and other fun stuff. Probably not for the queasy or faint of heart but still a really interesting museum!

Well, there you have it guys! If you’re interested in joining in on the fun, you have until June 20, 5pm EST to add your link at the bottom of this post. Just make sure you’re on the East Coast, of course!

 

 

<!– end InLinkz script —>