Monday, 5 August 2013

My lovely Monday + recent design work!

Hello everyone!

I hope you're all having a lovely start to the week. :)  It's already Monday evening here in Australia, and so far today has been pretty wonderful for me.  I woke up a little bit later than usual, washed my hair, put on a pretty dress, went and did the grocery shopping (and got a weeks worth of groceries for less than $50!), came home and baked a butter cake for B (well, mostly for B :P), spent most of the afternoon working on blog designs, and now here I am writing this blog post.  Don't you just love it when you feel like you've gotten a lot out of your day?  It doesn't happen very often for me, but I am so grateful when it does!  After I finish this post I'm going to cook B and I a really yummy dinner, watch the latest episode of Dexter and then have an early night. :)

Anyway, on to my recent design work... It's been such a long time since I last put together a post to share my latest redesigns, which is why many of the blog designs pictured below are not actually all that new. Regardless of how recent they are though, I still wanted to take the time to share them all as I highly value each and every one of the lovely ladies that I have had the pleasure to work with. :)


As many of you know, the gorgeous Kayleigh from Couture Girl has been a loyal client of mine from the very beginning, so when she asked me to give her blog design another revamp I jumped at the opportunity.  This time around Kayleigh wanted a much more professional, yet still very girly look, with similar colours to her previous design but on a slightly softer scale.  After just under a week of back and forth emails and various mock ups being thrown around, the design you see above came into fruition and we immediately made the design go live.  I've never really been all that into pastel pink colours myself, but every time I look at Kayleigh's new design I just feel so calm and happy and could stay on her blog all day. :)  What do you guys think? Does her design remind you of cotton candy, lip gloss and pretty stationery?


Another blog design that I finished recently was for the lovely Bianca from Bouquet of Bee.  Bianca is not only an awesome lifestyle blogger, but she is also a real life friend of mine (we met through blogging and found out that we lived around the corner from each other, crazy right?) so it was even more important to me to make sure that I got this design just right.  Through our many conversations together I've quickly learned that Bianca has a very positive outlook on life, so I wanted her design to be a good reflection of that.  Bianca also let me know that she wanted her design to be fun and colourful, yet simple and easy to read, which is why we decided to go with a simple white background - to make the colours pop!  The hand drawn teacup in the header is probably my favourite part, mainly because the flower on the teacup was inspired by one of Bianca's tattoos.  I love it when I can work together with a client to make their design more personal and unique to them, and that's exactly what happened when it came to Bianca's design. :)  So what do you guys all think?


Probably one of the most challenging, yet incredibly rewarding designs that I have created was for Stephanie from Beauty Excel.  Being a perfectionist much like myself, Stephanie had a very specific idea in mind when it came to her design, and neither one of us would rest until her design was absolutely perfect.  I could spend hours writing about the over all design processes, but in the end all that matters is that our persistence really paid off. :)  As you can see, Stephanie opted for soft mint and baby pink pastels, with lots of white and touches of grey throughout her design.  She also insisted on a seamless scalloped border that gave the impression of lace and frills, and I think the end result just proves that perfection was worth the wait. ;)


Captivated by one of my previous designs that I had put together for Couture Girl, Stephanie (a different Stephanie this time) came to me to see if I could help her out with a blog design of her own.  Stephanie's blog, Captivating Beauty, was new to the blogging scene at the time, so I was practically given a blank canvas on which to work my magic. :)  All Stephanie told me was that she wanted a lot of white space, peach coloured fonts, a red 'smudge' effect, and scalloping underneath her sidebar titles.  The idea of red smudging with a peach coloured font was hard for me to wrap my head around at first, but with a little bit of tweaking I was able to bring her ideas to life and create a design that we were both very happy with.  What do you guys think?  Do you think I managed to pull the smudging effect off okay?


Nafisah, another loyal client of mine, contacted me not too long ago enquiring about getting an updated blog design for her awesome beauty blog Bamblings of Naffy.  You'd think it would bother me to update a design that I have already put a lot of work into, but in all honesty, there really isn't anything that excites me more. Everyone changes, including their blogs, so when my clients trust me enough to grow along with them it is hugely rewarding for me. :)  Anyway, back to Nafisah's design.. Naffy told me that she wanted to keep her baby pink background with touches of baby pink throughout, but that she was keen for me to shake things up a bit by throwing some fuchsia and turquoise shades into the mix.  She also told me that she wanted me to keep things simple and tidy, with some kind of watercolour effect somewhere in the header.  Less than a day later and I was installing the new design for her. :)  Do you guys like what I managed to come up with?


I can't really remember much of the story behind this design as this was the very last design that I worked on right before my teaching internship.  What I do remember though was that Nicole was incredibly easy for me to work with, and that NicNack'sNails was a pleasure for me to design. :)  The main theme of this design was to be centred around nail polish, beauty and the colour blue, and as you can see, I'm pretty sure I nailed it.. haha! ;)  So what do you guys think?  Do you like the chevron background as much as I do?


Finally, last but not least is the blog design that I created for Gemma from Flutter and Sparkle. :)  As you can see, the theme for Gemma's design was butterflies and sparkles (heavy on the butterflies) with lots of colour and pretty, swirly fonts.  Although not my usual style, it was nice to get out of my comfort zone for a change and work on a design that pushed me to be adventurous in my creativity.  So what are your thoughts?  Should I step out of my comfort zone more often, or should I stick with my usual style of designs?

Happy Monday everyone!

5 comments:

  1. Love all of these!! Especially mine ;) maybe I'm a tiny bit bias but oh well! These are amazing :) Clever duck! And thanks for the awesome mention!
    Ooh if you didn't see my reply about girly pizza night next time Ben's got a guys night, I am all for that! Would be fun :D

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    1. Yay! Sounds awesome. :D I will definitely let you know when Ben has his next boys night. Otherwise, he starts work early on Sunday nights, so if you have a Sunday night free we can have a girls night then. :P

      xx

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  2. How on earth did you get a weeks worth of groceries for under $50? That is impressive!

    Loving the designs! Definitely try new things, they look great :)

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    1. I have no idea! haha :P I even managed to budget the ingredients for a cake and a special sunday breakfast into the $50.. crazy right?

      and thanks! Glad you like my designs. :)

      xx

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