How To Create a Youtube Channel Banner for Free Using Canva by Erin Baynham

youtube channel banner how to When you're serious about your Youtube channel, there are a few things that you can do to brand yourself. One of the easiest ways to customize the experience for viewers is to create banner art for your homepage. I've seen people create all kinds of banners--some include their social media handles, their upload schedules, a call to action, or a collage of pictures.

Today, I'd like to share a simple tutorial that shows you how to create a simple branded Youtube channel banner using one of my favorite free web tools, Canva. I took one of the pictures from my photoshoot with my brother, and I added my social media username. In the future, I'll probably change this, but it worked well for the demo.

While the banner seems simple, it gets a little tricky due to the size dimensions for TV, mobile and desktop viewers. Here's how Youtube breaks it down:

Channel art may look different on desktop, mobile, and TV displays. For the best results on all devices, we recommend uploading a single 2560 x 1440 px image.

Minimum width: 2048 X 1152 px. This is the "safe area," where text and logos are guaranteed not to be cut off when displayed on different devices.

Maximum width: 2560 X 423 px. This means that the "safe area" is always visible; the areas to each side of the channel art are visible depending on the viewer’s browser size.

If you're not sure about the width and height of an image, download our Channel Art Templates to see how images show on different devices. You can use your computer's image editor or find one online to resize the images.

I hope this tutorial is helpful!

MAC x Taraji is Coming Our Way this September by Erin Baynham

TARAJI P HENSON MAC Collaboration This collection might be small, but judging this photo, it's going to be mighty! I'm slightly bummed that we aren't getting that fab eye shadow she's rocking. It's available September 6th on I am ALWAYS here for a Mineralized Skin Finish, and you better believe that I'll be adding them both to my collection!


LIPSTICK Strip Me Down deep tone beige (matte) SRP: $17.00 US/$21.00 CAD

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MINERALIZE SKINFINISH Highlight The Truth soft bronze coral with golden shimmer SRP: $33.00 US/$38.00 CAD



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MAC_ProjectTJ_187Brush_white_300dpiCMYK_1BRUSH 187 Duo Fibre Face SRP: $42.00 US/$51.00 CAD

Traveling to Puerto Rico with an Infant: Learn from my Mistakes by Erin Baynham

28942874666_36559299b4_o Our wonderful vacation in Puerto Rico has concluded, and the entire family had a fantastic time. Seriously, it was much more laid back and comfortable than I realized. I'm a pretty anxious person, and I have to admit, I stressed out A LOT about taking our baby out of the country.  This trip solidified a bigger thirst for travel. I am absolutely building travel into my year! I have to admit that I made a lot of mistakes while we were there. Here's what I wish I did.


I purchased a backpack for me to use as an airplane carry on, a diaper bag and a purse. This was an absolute lifesaver. I can't imagine carrying a tote bag and a purse or diaper bag while walking those narrow sidewalks, or climbing the fort, or being on the plane.

I spent weeks debating on bringing the car seat. I ended up leaving it at home, and it worked out fine. Anytime we got in a car, I wore him in his baby carrier and strapped us both in with the seatbelt. We took four trips, 

Three types of formula-- individual packs, ready made bottles and a small canister. We bought a 24 pack of bottled waters, and I make his bottles on demand.

We carried a box of teething crackers with us while we ate. I only brought three duo sets, but ended up buying (and using) an entire set later. While we were there, he learned to eat puffs!


It would have been better if I had a lighter stroller for travel. I've been using the large Graco, our everyday stroller from home. It's large and clunky. I'm not sure that I need to invest in one now, since we won't be taking anymore trips this year, and he'll probably grow out of it by next year. Also, For the flight, I should have checked the stroller at the plane, not with our luggage. We always had to wait longer for it, and there was a definite risk that it would be dirty when we arrived. Plus, I could have let Cam hang out in it while we were waiting to board.

I read posts about bringing the pack and play, and I really wish I did. The hotel crib was pretty crappy-it's metal and looks like something from a kiddie psych ward. I would have loved if Cam slept in his Pack and Play. Also, it would have been great for us to have it by the pool. I basically have to hold him on the lawn chair, and it gets annoying.

Bath time was definitely interesting. I basically just held him in the shower and washed him in my arms. Slippery, a little scary and basically ineffective for the both of us. I'm a slight germophobe, so I should have brought a travel tub. 

We packed three onsies/outfits per day. He ended up having three leftover outfits. I'm so glad I overpacked! Cam had four poop blowouts, one of which happened while we were touring El Morro Fort.  I ran out of my travel bag of wipes, and left his emergency onsie at the hotel. Poor kid.

I purchased thick, goopy inspect spray and sunscreen. Bad move. My husband bought insect repellent and sunscreen in spray form and it was super helpful! We sprayed ourselves down in only a few seconds, and before you know it, we were out the door. 


I'd absolutely, 100% plan on going back in the next couple of years. In fact, I'm hoping to take a four day vacation with my husband to celebrate our third anniversary. We stayed at the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, and let me tell you, they have the absolute friendliest staff EVER. The hotel is extremely family friendly, and my daughter loved the water slide, pool and beach that were just a few quick steps away from our room. I definitely recommend it!