Blogger Template

Header Font: Libre Caslon Display


Unzip the file and upload the XML file with the name alyssum-xml to Blogger dashboard – Backup/Restore.

Edit the Pages widget, select the pages you need and save it.

Drop Down Menus

Edit the Pages widgets and click to add an external link

Type in the name of the drop down menu followed by # as the link

Add another external link to add the drop down menu items.

Make every title start with an underscore.

The result will look like this in Layout:

And on the blog it will look like this:

Social Media

Edit the Social Media gadgets in layout.

Type the name of the social media and add in the link.

Notes: All the social media icons available for this theme are listed in the preview.

When you add Bloglovin’ link make sure to use Bloglovin as the title instead of Bloglovin’.


You can upload a header image if you want and add a description.

You can customize the image and text size to fit the menu bar better in customize > advanced > Blog Title:

Posts Date

Change the dates format in the Blog Posts gadget’s settings


Second Photo

The template will automatically select the first two photos a post has to appear on the homepage.


You can specify the posts to show by adding a label in the content area:

Shop Widget

Currently there are two popular websites where you can generate “shop this” widget:

Both of these websites will allow you to monetize the traffic you get, but Reward Style will require you apply before you’re accepted to create an account with them.

Pinterest Feed

Edit the Pinterest widget and add your username as it appears in the address bar:

Instagram Feed

Visit to generate an access token for your Instagram account. Make sure you’re logged into your Instagram account in order for it to work.

Edit the Instagram widgets in the top and bottom sections and add the code in the widget’s body:

Note: if the feed stops working generate a new token and replace the old one.

Other Widgets

Share Buttons

the share buttons will also only work when the blog is public and have the buttons enabled.

Number of posts per page

Edit the Blog Posts gadget to choose how many post.

Note: This may not always work due to auto-pagination, so make sure to use Jump Breaks for lengthy posts.


In the footer of the Layout page, edit the html widget.

Write your YouTube channel ID in the widget’s body and save it, find your channel ID.


You can customize the colors and fonts of different widgets on the template.

In Theme > Customize > Advanced, change colors and fonts according to your need and then press Apply to Blog button.


Full screenshot of the layout page:

Mobile Template

The theme is already responsive, so feel free to disable the mobile template if interested.

Note: The preview blog has the mobile template disabled.

Click the gear button at the bottom of mobile template to disable.


Choose custom from the drop down menu if you want to enabled it.