Month: May 2015

Two Free Tools for Non-Designers: Canva and Pablo

Originally posted on The Daily Post:
Getting Started: To use Canva, you need to sign up for an account. Pablo, on the other hand, doesn’t require an account — just visit the Pablo page and start tinkering. Both are free to use, but note that Canva includes images you can buy for a small fee, too. Given the popularity of our posts on designing custom image widgets and headers, photo apps, and free-to-use image resources, here’s a peek at two free tools that can help you create customized widgets, headers, and other extras for your blog: Canva, a program to make images and designs of all kinds and sizes; and Pablo, a tool to build social media posts, created by Buffer. I’ve been using both recently for design and image purposes: each have their pros and cons, but overall are great tools to try. We’ve published tutorials using other free design and image editing tools, notably PicMonkey, so I hope this post introduces more free options for you. Not everyone has access to software like Photoshop, so I encourage you…

America’s Memorial Day, Celebrated by Dutch

I came across this article first thing this morning, which means I accidentally made myself cry a little bit before I even brushed my teeth today. Oops, but… what a nice read and what great people. They haven’t forgotten. For 70 years, the Dutch have come to a verdant U.S. cemetery…to care for the graves of Americans killed in World War II. On Sunday, they came again, bearing Memorial Day bouquets for men and women they never knew, but whose 8,300 headstones the people of the Netherlands have adopted as their own. Seventy years later and they’re still tending to the graves of American soldiers who helped The Netherlands gain their freedom from Nazi Germany. Many families have passed down the responsibility through generations. Americans gave their lives to defeat the Nazis. The Dutch have never forgotten. (The Washington Post)