"Where there is creativity, there is hope." ~ Donna Karan

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Design of my dreams

Yes... Chronically Creative has had a makeover!

Aside from a few minor problems I have with this design (and I can't really do much about them), I'm pretty pleased with how it has turned out. Ever since I began blogging, I have always dreamt of a design similar to this for my blog, but I couldn't afford to pay a professional to do it.

A few weeks ago, I was in one of those I need a change moods. Bad. So, I took it out on my blog. In desperation, I spent several hours searching for a design that was relatively close to that of my dreams. I didn't really think that I would find a template suitable because I am not tech savvy when it comes to HTML codes. But I struck gold.

And behold. The layout you now see, with a few exceptions, is so close to what I've always wanted.


I did it all myself and didn't have to pay a cent. I hit the jackpot.

The only thing that gave me hell was this banner. I read so many tutorials, spent quite a bit of time resizing and shedding some sulky sulk tears. Obviously, I figured it out and the results are well worth it. I absolutely love it. It will be my cover photo for the facebook page too- I'm pretty excited about it finally matching my blog.

The thing I am most pooped about is the ridiculous share buttons at the end of each post. I can't even find where the HTML code is in the template to edit it. Minor, but annoying. I'm also unhappy about the sidebar- it's way to close to the posts for my liking, I wish it had a dividing line. Oh well.

I especially love how the posts on the home page are summarised with a read more option. There are many people reading this blog just for the written posts, and there are others that just hang around for the crafty posts- so now people can just select what post they wish to read instead of scrolling through lengthy posts. It's not BAM chronic illness in your face as much anymore, which I am really happy about! There are a few people reading this blog, who I'd rather didn't and there are some reading it for a good ole stickybeak- that's the downfall of having such a public blog... with the previous template visitors didn't have to click to view current posts and now they do. This takes more effort and I've convinced myself that it will stop stalkers, but at least now I know if people really want to read something, they'll have to access the link. Personal posts will no longer be smack bang in people's faces, free for all to see.

The font is fantastic and the links at the top make this blog much more organised. With my previous template, it would only allow me five information pages and absolutely no links. So this is much better. This design is definetly suitable for the big plans I have for this blog this year and beyond.

What do you think of the new design and banner? Do you love it or loathe it? x


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Miss Nicky said...

I love the new blog sweetie, a job well done!

I hope you are well and things are going good for you. I think about you everytime I look at my nails and wish you could do mine as good as you do yours - even half as good!!!! xo

Miss Chronically Creative said...

Thanks hun!

Yeah I'm going pretty well- I've been doing a lot lately!

Aww haha, I would totally do your nails if you lived near me. I wish you did- I could really use some help and advice in the scrapbooking department... I love your work! xo

Alanna said...

I love it Emily! You've done a fantastic job! Might hit you up to do something with mine soon ;)

You should come holiday in Adelaide, do Nicky's and mine's nails, and have our own little scrap retreat! :)

Miss Chronically Creative said...

Thanks Alanna! No worries :) Oh wouldn't that be fab! I think I shall have to!


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