DIY blog header


I love pretty things!

From Busy B‘s cute-as-pie stationary to‘s collection of creative delights. They all fascinate me. Unsurprisingly, packaging is my absolute weakness!

So…when I spotted Ellie illustrates beautiful parenting blog designs – I knew I had to have one! Just think, the ultimate pretty packaging for my (getting there) blog.

POP! Shhhhhuuuuuhhhhwpooppoop… That’s the sound of my husband popping my daydream bubble. Ever-so-practical husband is quick to point out that even if I did get one of her gift vouchers in my Christmas stocking this year, would I actually have any idea of what design I would want to go on it. Hmmmm fair point.

* cue early New Years resolutions about developing said blog at a faster rate *

This needs more thought.

Anyway, last night after struggling to get poorly little button off to bed I stumbled across a great free app called ‘Paper 53‘. With a swoosh of a finger and a few ideas up your sleeve, you can easily draw and colour your own blog header. Using the app is very easy, you can save duplicate ‘in progress versions’ of your design so you can try different things. Tools like a roller, pencil, paint brush and calligraphy pen can help you to whip up lots of different effects.
3 Little Buttons blog


In about 15 minutes or so I was able to create my first blog header idea for 3 Little Buttons. It is a bit make-shift, and I do really want the Ellie Illustrates gift vouchers in my Christmas stocking, but at the moment it’s a step in the right direction.


3 Little Buttons Blog


Sorry fellow newbie parenting bloggers – I don’t know if the app works on android, I was using my iPad for this. If anyone knows, please do leave a comment below.

Why not have a go yourself and share your creations.


Monkey and Mouse




  1. Andreas
    November 20, 2015 / 8:35 pm

    Loving your first blog header!

    • Annette
      November 22, 2015 / 10:26 pm

      Thank you!

  2. cvnxena
    November 22, 2015 / 9:09 am

    I love this ! this is such a fab idea! definitely going to give this a try, I make my headers but they look a bit “robotic” if you know what I mean … sort of computer made (which they are) anyways this is pretty cool ! i’ll let you know how I get on 🙂 #howtosunday

  3. November 22, 2015 / 9:54 am

    Aw, how cute it that!

  4. November 22, 2015 / 11:16 am

    Yours looks really great! Ellie did mine & I really love it – I couldn’t have done it myself though! #howtosunday

    • Annette
      November 22, 2015 / 10:42 pm

      Aww thank you. Your header is really fab, I love Ellie’s work!

  5. reimerandruby
    November 22, 2015 / 6:35 pm

    That looks so cute! I love it… have tried searching the app on my android phone but it’s not available as I’m curious to try one myself. Thanks for sharing! #HowtoSunday

    • Annette
      November 22, 2015 / 10:48 pm

      I love that you think it’s cute! I can’t believe all the compliments. Of course- I still have my heart set on an Ellie design though. Shame that the app is not on android, I bet there is something similar though. Let me know if you find anything.

  6. November 22, 2015 / 8:47 pm

    I love the colours of your header! Gorgeous design.

  7. Edward
    November 23, 2015 / 7:49 am

    Such a cool app. Your design looks so sweet.

  8. November 25, 2015 / 2:54 pm

    Your header looks lovely! Fantastic that it was only 15 minutes work too! I will definitely have to check the app out myself, could be good for illustrating points on my blog posts. I know what you mean about Ellie Illustrates, I couldn’t create a perfect header of myself and so I have just had a new header designed by Ellie Illustrates and love it, hopefully it will be up on the blog today or tomorrow so everyone can see her beautiful work. You don’t need definite ideas either, she will work with you and your interests to create a beautiful piece of art work. 🙂 x
    Thanks so much for linking up to #HowtoSunday. X

    • Annette
      November 25, 2015 / 3:21 pm

      I can’t wait to see your new design! What package did you go for? x

  9. November 30, 2015 / 6:32 am

    I’ve always wondered how people create such lovely hand drawn blog posts and headers. I love yours! So cute.

    Dawn x

  10. Robyn - The Years Are Short blog
    February 3, 2016 / 3:31 am

    Thanks for sharing this app, I’m often wondering what kinds of tools people use to get their illustrations into a digital format. You did really well for 15 minutes of work. And I see that you got your wish as well?

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