Thursday, December 2, 2010

Portfolio Post

Name: Emily {Me!]
Blog: The Chic Boutique Blog Design {here!}
What She {I} Got:
Image Mapped header
Image Mapped sidebar
Blog Button

I thought it was high time that TCBBD had a facelift! Sorry I've been MIA for so long... But to celebrate my 'new' blog, I'll be having a giveaway or two here soon! So stay tuned! :) Let me know in the comments if there is anything I should add that would make everything easier :) Have a great day!

Extras Points

  • Background - 5 points
  • Header - 5 points
  • Header {with links- EXAMPLE} - 10 points 
  • Header {with photos} - 15 points
  • Blog Button - 4 points
  • Signature - 2 points
  • Post Divider - 4 points
  • Footer - 2 points
  • Fonts - 10 points
  • Menu Bar {Images} - Each image = 3 points {EXAMPLE}
  • Menu Bar {Drop-Down} - {5 links across, 1 drop-down with 4 links. EXAMPLE} = 15 points. Each additional link across = 2 points. Each additional drop-down link = 2 points.
  • Menu Bar {Links} - Each link = 2 points {EXAMPLE}
  • Social Network Button - 1 point each
  • Sponsors - 8 points for 2 'your ad' buttons PLUS 2 custom sponsor buttons.
  • Rotating Header - Each slide = 5 points  
  • Vector Graphic {Please click here to see my recommended sources!} - Depends on the graphic you buy
If you would like to purchase more EXTRA points, please contact me and we can work out pricing.

Contact me if there is an extra you would like that is not on this list.

Blog Packages

*** Click here to see if there are any specials currently available! ***

- Background
- Header
- Blog Button
- Signature
+ 3 EXTRAS points
Price: $25

- Background
- Header
- Blog Button
- Signature
+ 10 EXTRAS points
Price: $40

- Background
- Header
- Blog Button
- Signature
+ 20 EXTRAS points
Price: $65

- Background
- Header
- Blog Button
- Signature
+ 35 EXTRAS points
Price: $90

Why Choose TCBBD?

There are SO many blog designers around, so why pick me? 
  • Fast Service. Your main design will {under most circumstances} be finished within 2 weeks {3 weeks at the latest}. I do everything I can to have YOUR design finished for you in a short amount of time! {During holiday seasons, business may be busier, therefore causing your design to take longer. Contact me to get an estimate as to when your design could be finished!}
  • Inexpensive. My blog packages begin at $25, and have oodles of stuff to choose from! Get a beautiful blog design, for super cheap!
  • You get what you want. I do everything I can to ensure that you get the design you paid for! I pay close attention to detail, and will try to get exactly what you want. Everything from the background to the blog button is created with you in mind!
  • You are involved. I will correspond {via e-mail} very regularly with you throughout your design process, to make sure you are getting exactly what you want! You will be able to view my customer test blog, so you can see a live view of what your blog will look like! Everything is run by you, to make sure you love it!
Any other questions as to why you should choose TCBBD? Ask me here

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Article: Improve your blog

 I've had some people ask me some ways to improve their blog, so here are some things I've thought of!
  1. Turn off the music! I've been thinking about this for a while, and Louise's post just confirmed it for me! Music is great! I'm a huge fan of it! It's not that I have an objection to music, it's just how it's being used. Think about it, do you really like it when you go to a new blog and the first thing that {literally!} jumps out at you is LOUD music? I'm always scrambling around for the 'mute' button, or to at least turn it down! I think it would be great if you gave your readers an option to listen to your music. That way, if the reader is alone, and really wants to dance and listen to some cool music, you have a great playlist right there for them! And they can read your great blog posts while listening :) 
  2. Have a great blog design! Blog designs don't have to be expensive! The Cutest Blog on the Block has some great blog backgrounds... for FREE! They have some adorable designs! And if you can afford it, having a professional design is the best route. But that's not for everyone! But really, the first thing I look at when I go to a new blog is the design! Honestly, whenever I see a design with the old minima template, I'm not very impressed. Their content may be AMAZING, but the design still stops me from right away clicking that 'Follow' button. So do all you can to get a great design, that YOU love! You can have a beautiful design, but if you don't love it, it's not worth it. Get something you love. 
  3. Comment! I was absolutely HORRIBLE at that! But I have gotten better :) I had lots of people comment on my posts and I thought 'Aww! That's so nice of them!', but I never did anything about it! I should have gone to their blog and told them that I loved the comment! Things like that will without a doubt boost your blog views... Want proof? Click here! I just posted about my blog views. I got over 100 page views in ONE DAY after I had linked up to a blogs post and then commented on another blog! Commenting IS powerful! So go do it! :)
  4. Post Regularly. Unless you let your readers know that you will be going out of town for a while, don't just disappear from the blog world! I went on a week long trip this Summer, but I let my readers know about it so they weren't left wondering 'Where is Emily???' :) And before this question surfaces in a question or a comment, I know I don't post here much :) I will say two things... #1: Touche :) #2: This is not my personal blog. Some blog designers will OFTEN post on their design blog. But I've noticed that they don't have a personal blog. And I've noticed that these people will sometimes post blog design related things, but most of the time, they will post personal things. Back to the article! :) So anyway, post regularly! I had followed numerous blogs who almost never posted. So I tossed them! I didn't want the never-posters sitting in my Google Reader box! So posting often, posting good stuff, will ensure that you're not tossed out for being a never-poster!
  5. See you blog from your eyes. Visit your blog! You don't know how this has improved my blogs! If I'm making a new blog design, I will set it up on my test blog, and then take a day off from designing it. Then I will go look at it. I will often find little glitches that I didn't see while designing it. It is good to see your blog through your visitors eyes! 
I'll have more for you later! :)

Monday, November 15, 2010


***This special is no longer available***

Would you like a new design for Christmas? Looking for a special gift for someone? If so, look no farther than right here! At the super low price of only $28, you can have a wonderful design, just in time for Christmas!

E-mail me to find out more about this wonderful special! Available now {November 15th, 2010} through December 25, 2010.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Another one for the portfolio...

Name: Joelle 
What She Got:
Blog Button
Menu Bar
Transparent NavBar
iStockPhoto image

This is my little sisters blog :) She really wanted one! I think it turned out really well, and she's super happy with the result!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tutorial: Blogger Stats

I love the new feature that Blogger has created! It is amazing and oh-so-helpful! I love checking to see who's on my blog :) A big thanks to Robin Blogs who originally posted a tutorial on this. She's the one who got me started on stats! So thank you Robin Blogs! 

OK, I really love this tutorial :) I hope you find it as helpful as I did!
First, go to your Blogger Dashboard and locate which blog you'd like to view stats on. I chose for this tutorial to use my design blog. So after you decide which blog, select 'Stats' like shown above.

Clicking on 'Stats' will take you to a page that looks similar to this. This is an overview of your stats! Here are the features of this overview page...

Red This is very important! You can view the stats for your blog by Now, Day, Week, Month, All Time.
Yellow This shows how many people have visited your blog at a given time. Just roll your mouse over the dots, and the date, time, and page views will show up! An example is that on September 5, 2010, at 9:00 PM, I had 28 visitors. How cool is that???
Orange This is probably my favorite feature! It shows you the page views today, yesterday, last month, and all time. I've had 93 page views today, 92 page views yesterday, 2,638 page views last month, and 6,133 all time.
Blue I found this feature to be the most tricky, but what I've made out of it is that it shows which posts your readers have read the most between a certain date. For example, today the certain date is August 31, 2010 - September 7, 2010. So most people have read my Anna's Cabana Bash Giveaway post since then. 
Green I love this feature! It shows who is linking to your blog! This is a fabulous feature! I used this to see who has linked to me. I found out that I was tagged in numerous posts, and that I had 68 people being referred to my blog from a certain site! Awesome feature :)
Purple This shows from where in the world most of your blog traffic is coming from. There is also more information, mentioned below...

Blue That is the page you view when you first click on Stats. It is just the basic information you need.
Gray This tab will tell you which posts are generally your readers favorites :) 
Teal This shows you the referring URLs {Blogs that have YOUR link in them}, referring sites {Shows which sites a lot of your readers are coming from}, and keywords {what someone searches in a search engine and comes up with your blog. i.e. The keyword that most people use to find my blog is 'chic premade templates'}.
Green Where in the world are most of my readers? Well according to the Audience tab, the majority is from the U.S.A, but I also get views from Malaysia, Canada, Indonesia, Ireland, Australia, U.K., Philippines, Singapore, and Germany. How fun! It also shows a circle graph on page views by browser, and page views by operating system. 

So how cool is all this new info? Let me know if it's helpful! Have a great day!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Anna's Cabana Bash Giveaway - 1

Anna Gray is having a blog bash! This is the last day to enter, so just go here to view her blog! 

And SOOOOO sorry I've been MIA for so long! I'm a horrible blogger :( But believe me! I've got some new stuff on the way! Stay tuned for tutorials, freebies, and more!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Another one for the portfolio...

Oh my goodness! Where has the time gone??? It's been SO LONG since I've posted!

Name: Emily Joy (Me)
Blog: The Chic Boutique Blog Design (here)
What she (I) got:
Blog Button
Menu Bar in Header
Menu Bar

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Giveaway: Epiphanie Bag

Oh, beautiful Epiphanie!
They are giving away an Epiphanie bag of YOUR CHOICE!!!

Go HERE to enter.
Go HERE to view Epiphanie's site.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

More From the Monogram Chick!!!

Monogram Chick is being SUPER nice, and for Memorial Day has offered to give away a Monogrammed Spa and Cosmetic Bag set!!! How cool is that? BUT WAIT!!! When you enter, PLEASE say in your comment that I sent you there! Because if YOU win, I WIN too!!! :) So just say that Emily Joy from sent you there! :) Here is the link! Enter away!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Monogram Chick Giveaway!

Definitely worth entering!!! Click here for more details!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Up and working!

The Chic Boutique Blog Design is up and working again!!! What do you think of it's new design? I will do a more formal portfolio post later (Maybe tomorrow?), once I get everything up. I need to work on my sidebar a little more, but so far so good!!! :)

Sunday, May 2, 2010


VERY IMPORTANT!!! Later today, I will be making this blog private, but only for a little bit. I will be making some changes to this blog, including a new design!!! :) So stay tuned! And if you have any questions, please e-mail me at

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Another one for the portfolio...

Name: Annette Silva
What She Got:
Pre-made Template - She's A Sweetheart
What Came With The Template:
Transparent NavBar
Extras She Got:
Blog Button
Menu Bar (3 Links)
Post Divider
Go check out her new blog design!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

New poll! Please vote!!!

I would really appreciate it if all of you voted. It only takes a couple of seconds, and it would really help me out. Thank you!!!

(Kind of...) another one for the portfolio...

GO HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Do you SEEEEEEEEEEEEE my rotating header??? No more dinky 'only-every-time-you-refresh-the-page-rotating-headers' for me!!! I have spent a loooong time and have finally figured out HOW to make a self rotating header!!! It is really quite exciting :) Let me know how you like it!!!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Pre-made Template - Sweet Summer

Click HERE to see a live preview!!!

This template costs $25. 

The colors are completely changeable. 

Fonts are available - either to match your header or completely different.

Includes a signature completely changeable to whatever you want.

Please e-mail me at if you are interested in this template.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Tutorial: Redirecting your blog

Edited to add... this tutorial is no longer available!!! Blogger codes do not accept this anymore. Sorry!!!
***Thanks BlogSpot Blog.NET for this great tutorial!!!

Do you have an old blog you don't write on anymore, but you do have a new one? This tutorial will show you how to redirect all the traffic from your old blog, to your NEW one!!! (For an example, go here, to my old design blog.)

OK, so let's get started!!!
  1. Log in to your Blogger Dashboard - Go to Layout/Edit HTML
  2. Hit the 'Control' 'F' buttons on your keyboard and find this code:
          and RIGHT AFTER THAT CODE paste this code:
      In the red... the 3 means the number of seconds before it will redirect to your new blog. It will not redirect to your new blog until your old blog page has fully loaded. You may change the 3 to whatever number you want!!! In the blue... Put in your NEW BLOG URL!!! Not your old one, but your new one. This is the blog you will redirect to.

      Save your old blog and preview. (Depending on how many seconds you set your redirect at) Your old blog should redirect to your new blog!!! If you have any problems getting this to work, shoot me an e-mail at Thanks!

      Tuesday, March 16, 2010

      Another one for the portfolio...

      Name: Emily Joy (Me again!)
      Blog: The Chic Boutique Blog Design (That's THIS blog!)
      What She/I Got:

      Blog Button
      Custom Fonts
      Menu Bar

      I hope everyone likes this design! I would love some feedback!

      Another one for the portfolio...

      Name: Emily Joy (That's me!!!)
      What She (I) Got:

      Lines around sidebar
      Custom Fonts
      Search and Contact bar from Pax

      What do you all think of my LOVELY design for The Chic Boutique???

      And by the way, I sent out my first Chic Treats Club newsletter!!! Sign up now for tips and freebies!!!

      Thursday, March 4, 2010



      ...Working on The Chic Boutique's new design! Not quite done yet... :)

      Wednesday, March 3, 2010

      Pre-made Template

      Click HERE for a live preview!!!

      If you would like this template, pleas e-mail me at

      This template costs $45 (Not including extras) FOR BLOGGER TEMPLATES ONLY!

      Friday, February 26, 2010

      Another one for the portfolio...

      {A makeover for my personal blog}

      Name: Emily Joy {Me!}
      What She {I} Got:
      Wide photo layout
      Menu Bar
      Rotating Header

      Here are the images for my rotating header:

      Thursday, February 25, 2010

      Another one for the portfolio...


      Name: Kathryn
      Blog: True Love Waits
      What She Got:
      The Princess Package  {Background, Header, Blog Button, Post Divider, Footer}
      Fonts {It's Just Me Down Here Again}
      Lines around sidebar and posts

      Some examples:
       Blog Button:


      Post Divider:

      Tuesday, February 23, 2010


      Go HERE to enter to win a free blog makeover by The Design Girl!

      Wednesday, February 17, 2010

      Chic Treats Club!


      Hi all! Do you want tutorials, exclusive freebies, discounts and more? Then sign up to The Chic Boutique Blog Design's 'Chic Treats Club'! 

      Click HERE to take the form to be subscribed to the 'Chic Treats Club' e-mail newsletter. Want more info? E-mail me at Be sure to e-mail me once you complete the form, otherwise you might not be added to my newsletter list.

      NOTE: All e-mails will be BBCed... so no worries about privacy!

      Monday, February 15, 2010


      The Royal Package is now on sale for $100! 
      Before, the price was $120! You save $20!!! So get your package now!
      Go HERE to do my blog design form. 

      Another one for the portfolio...

      Name: Emily K.
      What She Got:
      ~Itty-Bitty Package {Header, Background, Blog Button}
      ~Lines around post and sidebar

      Tuesday, February 9, 2010

      Tutorial: Numbering Comments

      ***Tutorial by Tech TNT***

      Isn't that cool??? This is a great tutorial if you host a lot of giveaways.