Canva: DIY your own graphics

March 25, 2014 | 12 comments so far - join the discussion!

I don’t know about you guys, but for me, I just.. find it extremely difficult to work with some graphic designers. I’m sure there are plenty amazing ones out there, but I’ve never been lucky enough to find one that fits all the points below:

  • Has enough time dedicated to my design
  • Isn’t super major expensive
  • Suits my personal style and knows what I want

I mean, it doesn’t sound that hard right? But these people are so hard to find. It’s like finding a soul mate.. except you pay them to understand what you want. Jees, sometimes, I don’t even know what I want.

However, a couple of months ago, I was introduced to a site called Canva.. which has literally, and I don’t say this often… changed my life.

Canva is a design software which will enable you to drag and drop images into a blank canvas or default layouts for absolutely anything! You can design business cards, website graphics, facebook covers, invitations… anything!

For me, I recently used Canva for my new banner! I’m sure you would’ve noticed the difference when you entered my blog, if not, refresh 1000x to clear your cache and you should be able to see the new design!

The one thing I love most about Canva is that it is so easy to use. I’m not that creative and Canva lets me browse through other people’s designs and choose different layouts and images to let me play around with different pieces and jigsaw everything together.

One thing though, it will not replace Photoshop so don’t expect it to be able to liquify or blend or draw. It only has limited functions. You can Photoshop your own images and upload them into Canva to piece your design together (which is free!). If you do want to use their creative-images, some of them do have a charge of $1.

 

Because the site is still “Invite only” – not too sure when they intend to open it to the public, I will show you little screenshots of what it looks like!

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 9.21.24 pm

 

Basically from the top of the page, you can choose templates of different designs, or you can cllick on “use custom dimensions” if you know what you want! I usually go for custom dimensions because I know exactly what fits into my blog. Unless I wanted to design something else.

 

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 10.28.40 pm

 

Once you start editing, there are hundreds of options for you to chose from. As you can see from the above screenshot, you can add frames into your artwork, choose pre-designed avatars, had text, backgrounds, and there are literally 1,000s of images to choose from!

 

Here is a little banner I pulled together in a few minutes (no kidding).

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 8.08.07 pm

 

 

And this is another little image I put together in a few minutes for self-promotion. HAHA.

Like Our Page

 

 

Must I say more? IN ALL HONESTY, I LOVE CANVA.

 

I think the only downside is that the site is actually still in “invite-only” mode. So it may be hard to access if you do not already have an account. If you do have an account (lucky you), you can also only invite 5 others!

I’m hoping this exclusive access will change soon, but in the meantime, if any of you want an add, just holla at me. I might still have some invites left!

 

Hope this review helped!

 

P.S. This was not an advertorial!

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500 Internal Server Error

August 29, 2013 | 2 comments so far - join the discussion!

Hello!!

 

Sorry, my blog was down due to server problems for the last few days!! For some reason, my blog just randomly died and I was sitting there freaking out!!

 

dafuq

 

I wanted to discuss this on a blog post because I think it may be really useful for those of you who use WordPress and who may experience similar problems in the future/present!

 

The error I got when I tried to enter my blog is:

 

500 Internal Server Error

 

How I fixed it:

Basically I freaked out and contacted my web developer, my web host and my domain registrar to ensure:

1. My domain is not expired

I just contacted them on livechat.

2. My web hosting package is not expired and has been paid

Again, contacted them on livechat and checked my billing accounts.

3. One of my wordpress plugins have been generating an error

Deactivated all plugins by changing my WordPress Plugin folder from /wp-admin/plugins to /wp-admin/plugins.old and then changing it back to it’s original name.

 

Luckily, my super helpful web designer and developer, B, has always been around for me within just a few hours of contacting him! He discovered that the main issue is that my domain was pointing to a Cloudflare which we had set up some time ago but have not actually used. Being a complete noob at all these technical issues, I just relied on B to help me!

 

We quickly checked all of the above and then changed my nameserver from my domain registrar back to my current web host nameservers.

 

I checked with my host – which is Hostgator and confirmed their nameservers with my domain registrar.

 

It’s important to make sure that your domain and hosts are either the same company, or that you know how to name them so that they are pointing towards each other. There goes some #tech101 for you.

 

Hope it helps anyone whose always facing problems!

 

 

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oui

December 11, 2012 | 6 comments so far - join the discussion!

After what seems like months of waiting for my ring to arrive, it’s finally arrived!!!

 

“Oui” means “Yes, I do” in french. ^O^~

 

I purchased this ring from Etsy early November, and it’s only just arrived at my house yesterday. It is made of sterling silver wire and a CZ stone on the dot of the i. Inspired by the Dior Oui ring, it’s one amazing ring I’ve added to my collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sorry I’ve been so MIA. I’ve been away on road trips and spending time with friends and family. It’s almost christmas and I’m feeling really festive. What is everyone else doing for Christmas?

 

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starsigns: i’m an aries

November 14, 2012 | 4 comments so far - join the discussion!

 

 

I’ve never been much of a “let’s read my horoscope” person or “let’s see what my star sign says about me” person..

 

But lately.. something has really made me look into it.

 

Discovering this new side of me has been very exciting and stressful at the same time. I have learnt so much about myself and can finally understand the reasons I do certain things when I do.

 

Born on April 5th, I am an Aries. Aries are fire signs ruled by the planet Mars – they are adventurous, active and outgoing.

 

Aries is a uniquely naive sign. Although they are independent, outgoing and assertive they are also surprisingly trusting (innocent). No matter what upheaval, challenge or triumph they confront – an Aries has a wonderful ability to bounce back. Their faith in life and the future remains untouched by hardship. Their gift is that they are always children at heart and the world is always a magical place for them.

 No wonder women born under Aries are forceful, dynamic and aggressive, and as a result these Aries women frequently find themselves with dilemmas surrounding their romantic relationships. For them, a man has to be a ‘real man’ to deal with an Aries woman, otherwise she intimidates him.

 When an Aries person talks about something or somewhere they’ve usually done it or been there, rather than simply read about it in a book. Being active people Aries can’t adapt to any kind of restriction, particularly possessive relationships. They often travel to escape any feelings of being stuck or possessed. Aries people love challenges.
Credit to: www.psychicguild.com

 

To support some of the statements above, I’m going to give you abit of insight into my personal life to show you how I relate to the above description of the ram.

 

 

For those who have been following me for some time on all platforms, you may have discovered some of these facts already.

 

Aries are adventurous, active and outgoing - I can definitely agree and relate. I am definitely more of a people’s person and I never like to stay at home. I like to go out and enjoy the company of my friends whether it’d be partying on a friday night, or attending dancing lessons. The “active” side of my life only started to appear more recently, but I have had lessons in jazz ballet, pole dancing, hip hop, swimming and many more other activities!

 

Aries are a naive sign (trusting) - I most definitely fall into this category and hear about it alot from my fellow friends. More of who tell me I’m too “gullible” for my own good! A great example would be when one of my girl friends posted a silly joke on facebook.

 

“If you say gullible enough times, it will start to sound like oranges”

 

Yes. You are an Aries and you got it, *pats you on the back*, but I fell for it… :|

 

Aries has a wonderful ability to bounce back - I’ve only recently discovered this fact about myself but I am really emotionally strong. I tend to be able to recover from traumatic experiences within a short time no matter how deeply it had affected me. It sounds quite “heartless” but I think I do appreciate this side of me. The greatest example would be coming out of a long-term relationship and being able to let go and move on.

 

 

What star sign are you?

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Let’s restart

October 10, 2012 | 16 comments so far - join the discussion!

Sometimes we need a refresh button in life.

Sometimes.. the refresh button is just sitting there waiting for us to press it.

 

I think a lot of us generally find it difficult to step out of your comfort zone and restart something that is so insecure in life. But if you take that risk, 90% of the time, you will find yourself in a better position.

For the last two months, I have been working on this new design for my blog layout. Like life, I have reached over to the refresh button to refresh the life of my blog! I want a new fresh start to bring more exciting content to everyone!!

Many thanks to my webdesigner B (Bibiano Wenceslao), who has been patient with me throughout these two months and worked patiently with my demanding self (I can be such a bxtch at times). You can check out his designer portfolio here. 

 

New Blog Design - Chaigyaru.com

With the launch of this new blog layout, I want to introduce the new functions (also cause I’m really excited) that comes with it!

I love that this look is a much cleaner, more professional and more interactive design. It is also mobile-friendly so you can now read my blog off your mobile without having to download every image on the page (faster loading time and less data usage).

With the use of NuffnangX, you are also able to read my content off the NuffnangX app and comment via the application. Rather than the typical commenting system, I have implemented a Facebook friendly commenting system so that you do not need to enter your personal information again and again when leaving comments. You may also RT and Like my posts easily with the click of a button – I encourage that as it’ll make me very happy :)

If you have not already noticed it, the header contains my social networking links. This is an open invitation for you to stalk me on any of the other platforms. I am available on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Twitter, Tumblr and I’ll be happy for you to email me anything!

If you see anything that does not look like it’s in the right place, please let me know! I appreciate all feedback!

On a side note, if you’d like to advertise, please see this page and contact me here.

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