Creating My New Logo with Canva

Let’s Make a New Logo with Canva for needs a new logo! For this, I am going to use a few tools, but the goal is to come up with a killer logo that can help me drive the brand of


  • ChatGPT
  • Canva

Why does need a new logo? Read more on my journey from using tech for other people to using technology and my skills for myself!

My Journey Transitioning from Cybersecurity Sales to Affiliate Marketing & Ecommerce

Is there a process for designing a logo?

Sort of. I can’t find an industry documented process, but there are a lot of websites that have very similar steps. After poking around for a bit, I have decided to follow the process on Hubspot (here).

ChatGPT: Helping Walk Through the Creation Steps

So, I grab the steps and paste them into ChatGPT (3.5 should be fine for this) with this prompt:

Here are the steps for creating a logo from Hubspot. I want you to interactively, and one at a time, ask me questions in regards to each of these steps so that we can explore the steps and come up with the best logo for my website.
Understand your brand.
Brainstorm words that describe your brand.
Sketch ideas based on these words.
Test your top sketches with your buyer persona.
Refine your chosen sketch.
Develop your logo’s layout on a free design platform.
Pick versatile color options.
Choose a font.
Ensure scalability.

ChatGPT then responds with the questions in series that help me explore all of these various different elements one at a time. It really does turn into a conversation, which is super nice. This is a much better experience (for me) rather than just grinding through the questions. This approach allows you to then explore each of these elements interactively.

Once we get to step 6, it is time to move over to Canva based on the ChatGPT output. Here’s the summary of my ChatGPT conversation so far:

Concept: The logo will feature a minimalist design representing upward growth using a vine, aligning with eco-friendly and sustainable product brands.

Design: We have a basic concept of a simple, elegant vine starting from the bottom and curving upwards. It may include a few leaves, and it will maintain a clean and uncluttered look.

Feedback: You have chosen to proceed without gathering feedback from a specific audience since you are the primary audience evaluating the design.

Next Steps: We are now ready to move on to Step 6, where we will develop the logo’s layout on a free design platform. If you have a preferred platform or would like a recommendation for one, please let me know, and we’ll proceed with creating the digital version of your logo.

Sweet! Now, onto Canva to start laying it out. Given that The Bamboo Bumble, and Hydro Household both directly deal with an eco friendly and sustainable lifestyle, we ended up weaving organic elements into a minimalist design for the logo. Now, it’s time to play!

Designing the Logo with Canva

I have the paid version of Canva as I absolutely love this tool. A few weeks back my son had to go to a birthday party, and we didn’t have a card. We sat down and designed a card he loved within 5-10 minutes. Hit print, and we were on our way. I don’t just use Canva for the business…it’s an everyday tool!

Let’s get started with making a logo. First, just hit Create a design and select logo:

Create a design 500 by 500 logo with Canva

Now, I browse the templates until I find one that resonates. The one that called to me was Nordic:

Nordic template in Canva

After selecting the template, I need to tweak. First, I change the word from Nordic to Scomurr and adjust font, so it fits:

Changing and resizing the wording to fit in the logo

Now, I change the N to an S (for Scomurr). Now, I need an ivy graphic element. Canva has a ton for free (and even more in the paid Pro edition). I browse Elements – > Graphics and search for Ivy:

Selecting the ivy graphic from Canva

I add this one to my canvas. Now, I make it bigger and turn it green.

Turning the Ivy Green and centering it in canva

I like drop shadows. A small shadow goes a long way in adding subtle dimension. I add the shadow by duplicating the ivy element (ctrl + d) and turning the duplicate black.

Adding a drop shadow in canva

Now, I align the elements close but not exact and then use the position option to move the black element behind the green:

Using the position button to move the ivy to the back

Looking good! Now, I group both Ivy elements together and send them to the back. To group, select both element s (just the two ivy) and the group option will pop up:

Using the group capability in canva to group two Ivy elements together

Then, just use the position option to send it to the back.Getting closer. I actually don’t like the wording on there for a minimal logo, so I now remove that and then recenter everything:

The logo with the words removed and the Ivy element centered in the background

Getting closer, but I don’t like the Pepsi-esque circle in which the S is sitting. I do, however, like the slats. After poking around, I decided to remove the circle and add the slatted square frame element. Typically, you would drop a picture into the frame element (this is their core use). However, I am just going to set the color to a dark gray.

The circle removed and a square background element with diagonal slats added

I like symetricallity when it comes to graphic elements. So, I rotate the slats and center:

The square centered and rotated 45 degrees with the slats in a horizontal alignment

The S falls through the slats (white on see through landing sometimes on white background). I am going to center a dark circle behind the S to make it pop. I add the circle element, set to dark gray, use the position function to set it to the layer behind the S, and then center all of the elements:

logo with horizontal slats

Fantastic. Now, vertical or horizontal slats?

The slats rotated from horizontal to vertical

I’m digging it! I now have a square logo. It hits all of the marks for being simple, readable, and reflecting the eco-friendly/sustainable elements for my other sites. For, I need a square as well as a banner logo. I like 1000 x 250 so I tell Canva to resize. Magic Switch –> Custom Size –> 1000 x 250. I then hit Copy & Resize:

Canva copy and resize to a banner shape

Note: this Copy & resize is a paid feature. With that being said, in this case, it didn’t do too much. Simply creating a new design, the desired size and then copying all of the elements manually wouldn’t have been much work.

Now, my logo is just floating in the middle of the banner. Let’s use the space and add Scomurr back in! I can just hit Text in the far-left bar to add a text element. I’m not going to do anything fancy here with effects. This just needs to be clean and readable.

added scomurr dot com text

Might as well add tag line. Add another text element, put in text, resize to something that makes sense:

Added tagline to logo

I like it! This is what I am going with for now. Almost all of the capabilities I would have shown in this blog post would be part of the free version of Canva except for the copy and resize. The same goes for the prework I did with ChatGPT. With that being said, I love some of the more advanced capabilities of Canva and we will be going through them in future blog posts.

Happy blogging!

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