Last week I did a giveaway for a blog makeover, and the lovely Kara won. Kara and I have "known" each other since our 3-year-old girls were babies--we "met" on a message board for mothers of kids all born in the same month. Now we both also have one-year-olds. I was so happy to be able to do this project with her!
Kara asked me to redesign a blog that she writes mostly for family members, so I won't be supplying a link here. The blog had a cute title (Abby & Lizzy's Excellent Adventures), and she kept it from being boring by posting tons of pics of her very non-boring, adorable little girls. But the layout was just a Blogger standard, and she wanted something more interesting.
Here is a "Before" screenshot:
Kara let me know that they are "girly girls" in her family. She suggested polka dots, and pink with black accents. Here is the "After" screenshot:
I designed a repeating tile background, and muted it because Kara didn't want it to distract from her kiddos' pics. I used the full-color version in the header. I also widened the posting area, so that Kara can start to post larger photos. The design was rounded out with larger text and coordinating colors.
It really is so much fun doing these designs. I wouldn't have a clue how to design a website, but with a graphics program and lots of free online tutorials on how to hack Blogger layouts, there's a lot you can do!
Even though you can't visit the blog I redesigned for Kara, you can visit another blog she authors (along with her friend Celeste.) It's professionally designed, and is one of the cutest blogs I've ever seen. It's called Itty Bitty Bistro, and on it you'll find lots of great recipes for toddler-friendly foods. Yesterday's post has a delicious-looking chicken dish. I can't guarantee that my kids will like it, but I know I will!
Kara, hope you enjoy the makeover!