Whew! I know it’s been a long, long time since I actually posted something, but life has been uber-busy. Apologies for the blog neglect.
But since I’ve last posted, I have been doing a few blog designs in my spare time, believe it or not. I just didn’t get around to posting them.
It seems like scrapbooking-themed designs have basically gone by the way-side. *sad panda* But here are 3 modern designs I’ve done & I am thrilled to pieces with the final outcomes.
Hope you enjoy them:
Knitiosynchrasies - using graphics from iStockphoto.com
Domesticated Combat Boots - graphic illustration from shutterstock
Sparkle in Pink - vector background from iStockphoto.com
The thing about doing blog design on the side while working full-time is that it takes me forever to find the extra time to actually *blog* about the designs I create. Which is exactly what happened with my latest. Simple Little Home’s makeover has been live for nearly a month now, and I’m just getting around to writing the post about it. My bad.
Anyhoo, Emily wanted to create a clean, organized space on her corner of the Internet, Simple Little Home, which is where I came in. Using some graphics that she selected from iStockphoto.com, I helped her to create a one-of-a-kind header with logo. We also worked together to get her blog’s navigation organized into a clear drop-down menu, so things are much, much easier to find. Everything is so … simple to locate now. Which is just perfect for her blog vibe → simple little website about a simple little home. Funny how that works out. And let’s not forget the social media icons I added into her header, which cleared up lots of space for other widgets on her sidebar. Not only that, but her Facebook page is now branded to match.
Oh, and we also added an author profile box at the top of her left sidebar, which makes it stand out from the rest of the page. Love it! I think every blogger needs to have an author profile box → it’s the growing trend, you know.
Thanks to Emily for allowing me to help her organize her space! It’s actually a form of therapy for my OCD everything-needs-its-own-place tendencies.
Balmain Beauty - images via iStockphoto.com
Last week was a busy week for me. Not only did I start a new job, but I also installed two new blog designs for clients. This first one is a modern design, using images from istockphoto.com. The client, Karen, decided to rebrand her fashion and beauty blog with a new name, Balmain Beauty.
Here’s what she had to say about the new title:
Balmain is a suburb in Australia where I lived for quite a few years and I was at my happiest living there and I hope to return so it means something to me.
Beauty for the blog, which encompasses nails, makeup, cosmetics, skincare etc.
With the rebranding of Karen’s blogger blog came a new Twitter page and Facebook page as well, and she’s linking to all those sites via custom media icons at the top of her sidebar (the best place to put them, if you didn’t know).
I love the simplicity & cleanliness of her design. My greatest pet peeve is a blog that looks cluttered, and so I strive to create designs that are neat and well-organized.
Come back later this week for another blogger design reveal.
Thanks for stopping by!
I’ve taken a break from designing over the last few months, as I’ve got a lot on my plate these days. But a few friends asked me to design their blogs for them for the new year, and how could I say no to them?
Birdie’s Family Journey is the first of these designs to go live. She picked out a few images from Dreamstime.com and selected the Daylight package, along with custom social media icons floating in her header. Personally, I love the way this design turned out!
Birdie's Family Journey
Birdie is an infertility blogger who is starting a brand new blog from scratch. Those of you who have had a blog in the past and then started a new one know how hard it is to get your former followers to re-follow. *raises hand* So, please stop by and follow Birdie. She promises to follow back, too. So, what more do you need? Go!
Stay tuned for more designs in the near future.
Widowsphere: A Circle of Hope
I installed this design for Thelma several weeks ago, but because of my busy schedule, I am just now getting the opportunity to post it. Thelma, from Widowsphere: A Circle Of Hope, ordered the Rainbow Package with a modern theme and a 2-column template (yay!). We brightened up her blog by adding yellows & greens, used two different script fonts (BlackJack and Gabriola), cleaned up her sidebars, and gave her a clean, crisp look. I really love how it turned out!
And hey, speaking of fonts, you should really stop by kevinandamanda.com and grab Amanda’s special-edition fonts benefiting the victims of that monster tornado in Tuscaloosa several weeks ago. She’s got all sorts of handwriting fonts from some top-notch bloggers, and ummm, they’re totally free! So, go get ‘em! Now! You’re welcome (not like I had anything to do with making them, but you’re welcome nonetheless…)