Over the last couple of weeks I have helped a few friends (Anna, Kendall, and Leasa) with some blog tweaks. I am certainly not an expert, but I thought I would pass along my "list" of how to sources. Maybe you will find something helpful.
List of sources
Layout - The layouts I use are from Our Blogger Templates. My favs are Newspaper (I am currently using this one), Shush, and Photoblog.
How to add a background pattern- I like to use Pattern Cooler. You can find the instructions HERE
How to edit pictures without Photoshop - I have photoshop elements, but I don't know how to use it very well. I usually use picnik. It's free, easy, and has a lot of features.
How to make a header with pictures using Picasa - Great tutorial HERE.
How to add a signature to the end of your post -
Get Signature -My Live Signature
How to add it to your blog - Tutorial HERE.
How to add 4 125 x 125 ad boxes to your sidebar - Great tutorial HERE
Make sure to read the comments on that post, there is some important additional info.
How to make a blog button - Great tutorial HERE.
How to change you profile so that I can respond to your comments by email - Please do this! Sometime I get questions in my comment and this would make it much easier to answer your question. Great tutorial HERE.
My How To's
How to add a twitter or facebook logo button
google "twitter or facebook logo" images and find one that you like and save the image. (right click and save image as)
In blogger go to
-add a gadget
-link- add the url for your twitter or facebook page
-image - add the twitter or facebook image that you just saved
If the image that you use is too big you may need to resize it using photoshop, photoshop elements, or picik (free).
Frequently Asked Questions
My Header Stats - Created in Photoshop Elements, 900 pixels wide x 300 pixels high
What is the standard size for a blog button? normally 125 x 125, but they can be anysize