Saturday, November 5, 2011


Thoughts on the new blog design? I had been unsatisfied with my old blog header.

It worked, but I felt that it didn't really correspond with my blog title. And it seemed a bit generic for me. So, I made it my Saturday afternoon project to find a new look for the blog.

I really wanted something with the Chicago skyline, but I was apprehensive about illegally using Google clip art. So I created my own skyline.

With the help of, I took a picture I had taken of the city & changed it to black & white, increased the contrast & messed around with some formatting until I achieved this look:

I liked the look, but wasn't a fan of the pink font. I wanted my blog to be welcoming to people who don't like the girly-ness of pink. So I switched the font to black and moved it over.

I liked it, but it seemed a bit too artsy/graphic and I was going for more of a crafty/warm feel. So I started from scratch with a picture I took while visiting the Shedd Aquarium. I switched to photo to black and white again and used the Duo-Tone option to create my final blog header.

Previously I had a green chevron background, but I liked the look of the blue header, so the background switched too. 

If anyone would like to know more about creating a custom blog header, let me know. I'd be happy to do a more detailed post about it. Did you have a lovely, fall Saturday?

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