Monday, October 5, 2015

Helping a friend with blog design

Recently one of my good friends told me she wanted to start a new blog. She had previously had a couple other blogs, but was ready to start a new one with a new topic. She knew I had some basic (and trust's very basic, but it works) knowledge of blog design through so she asked if I could help her set up the new blog. 

I was thrilled to help her, but warned her I wasn't that good and it wouldn't be too fancy. She was ok with that, so I eagerly agreed.

Her blog theme was her bucket list. She created a list of 100 dreams she would like to accomplish. The design for the blog would include the things on her list and she wanted a vintage feel. (I was happy she said this because of course that's right up my alley!)

I was a little out of practice, and didn't have a ton of time so my first design to get her started was this:

The background is a stock image from Blogger; but I liked the look. The header was a Googled image using random keywords that went with her theme.
It worked...but wasn't anything I was too proud of. I don't know the blog rules about using other people's images on your blog, but I didn't like the idea. I wanted to create a custom header that really spoke to who she was and what her dreams were. I was however, inspired by that image.
(Not too mention I couldn't get the size right and that was making me lose my mind!!)

So I began to gather things that worked with her theme. I laid it out on my kitchen table because I loved the wooden background. 

I loved how it was coming together but it felt a little plain or bare. I decided to re-read her first post to remind myself of all the things on her list and see what I could muster up that spoke to her various dreams and goals.

After finding more items and taking a ton of pictures from all sorts of angles (including standing on my swiveling stool for the best view...and fearing for my safety) I captured this view. I was pretty happy with what I achieved! The only thing I wasn't happy about is that I do not have a fancy camera so my iPhone was going to have to suffice.

After using to edit the size I uploaded the new header. I was thrilled to see how it looked! It even filled up the width just right! Now I am a little more proud to say I helped with her blog design. 
Now that it's on it's way, and she's made her first post, I'd urge you all to go visit her blog!

She is a great writer and I always look forward to reading her posts, I think you will too! Be sure to subscribe by email so you don't miss any of her adventures as she completes her list!

Here's a breakdown of some of the things on her list and how we represented them.
Read her list to understand just how they pertain to her dreams!

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I created her new blog header. I'm by no means an expert, so don't judge me too harshly! :)

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