Thursday, April 12, 2012

Drum Roll, Please!

It has been several years since I have changed the look of my blog. I worked hard on my last blog and was very proud of it and liked the style. But...I have been ready for a change for some time now. I had been seeing some blogs that I loved - vintage style, but still clean and easy to read. I wanted something similar!

I tracked down the designer of these lovely blogs, Viola Mahr (Sunshine: Just a Little Handmade Happiness). Viola is a college student, designer, crafter, living in Singapore! She's adorable, smart, talented, and just an all around sweetheart! Viola designed my banner and all of my graphics. Once she had that all finished, I loaded everything and got the blog to look like I wanted. I am happy that I know enough about Blogger and HTML code to deal with the "geek" part of this adventure!

I gave Viola a lot of information to enable her to design for me. My main inspiration comes from this scrapbook layout I made. I never showed this to Viola, but this is what I had in the back of my mind when I was talking to her! (It would have been much easier on both of us if I had realized that this was my inspiration and shared the layout!)



This morning when I was trying to find a project to share to introduce the new blog look, I remembered this project that I made as part of the Simple Stories DT call last month. (I did not make the DT, but that's ok. No hard feelings!) When I pulled this layout up I just laughed. It is my new blog look almost to a "T"! I am impressed that Vi pulled off the design without ever seeing these photos. She really asked the right questions and I shared the right information!


One of my main issues with my old blog was that the 3-column layout did not allow for my photos to be big enough. My projects contain a lot of small details that I wanted you to be able to see. I want my photos to be fairly large. The 2-column style works for this. It's hard to get used to after having a 3-column for so long...but we'll manage! Right?!


Are you noticing all the lovely Imaginarium Designs chipboard items? I am hoping that I will soon have good news for those of you wanting to buy these in the USA! For now, you can have them shipped from Australia. Click HERE for information.


I am so happy with my new blog design. If you want to make a comment about the new look, I will draw a random name and give away a prize...of some Imaginarium Designs chipboard items! And some fantastic ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon, and a few flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts. How do you feel about that?!!
Imaginarium Designs Chipboard: Clock Face, Moments in Time Phrase, Lower Case Alphas
Simple Stories Papers: Generations, Elementary
American Crafts: Coffee Cardstock
Graphic 45: Clock sticker
Teresa Collins: word strips
Clearsnap: Colorbox Graphic 45 Decades Antiquing Ink Dark Cashmere
Ranger: Distress Ink Fired Brick
7 Gypsies: splotch stamp
Close to My Heart: "coffee stain" stamp
Fiskars: Postage punch
Wild Orchid Crafts: Flowers, leaves
Idea-ology: Brad, Game spinners
Craft supply: ribbon, glue
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: Foam squares
Scotch 3M: Tape runner, foam tape

38 comments:

Pattie said...

Love the new look Gloria! I too have used Viola and she just updated mine too (along with my name change!) She is the sweetest! Thanks for the chance to win something and I'm having a giveaway too! Check it out if you get a chance!

Marilou of Lulus Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

Nice to see your new blog, I'm thinking about going to the 2 column, like I have in my second blog. Lots of work though, even when someone else does it:) Hugs and have a nice day:) Marilou

Pammejo said...

Love the new look of your blog, I know I have been toying around with changing mine and looking for a more open format. Yours looks fabulous. Love your layout. TFS pammejo1@yahoo.com

Jacquie Southas said...

woohoo - it looks great Gloria!'

I love the clean lines + vintage look - it is very you!

Your photography is amazing & I love the larger size to see ALL the fabulous details!

Rose said...

it is so you!!! love it :) she did a fantastic job!!

only problem with the 2 columns is i have to go waaaay down to find your gallery's that i like to browse :)

oh if i win be sure to add some twine!! LOL ;)

Cindy Coutts said...

Well, I feel pretty good about those prizes, that's for sure, and LOVE the new look of your blog. It's so you and I'm so glad you got it done and are happy with it. Hugs and blessings to you GF and I sure do wish I could scrapbook like you. Your page is beautiful!

Dorothy C. said...

I love the new header but I especially like the little designs where you have your 'About Me, I Design For and Follow Me'. It would be fun to incorporate them into cards. Thanks for offering such a great giveaway.

Becky Dunham said...

I love the new look of your blog Gloria! So vintage looking and how lovely that it matches your layout! Viola really did listen to what your heart was saying didn't she? I would love to be able to get Imaginarium here in the USA so will be watching for that post :) Thanks for the chance to win some yummy goodies too - that is very sweet of you!

Vicki said...

Fabulous blog design, Gloria! Vintage and elegant...so you!

Cheryl Winget said...

Beautiful!

Tina McDonald said...

I need to redo mine... I can only hope it turns out as beautiful as yours did! Simply gorgeous Gloria! and it really does suit you!

Christine said...

It's a truly lovely blog makeover Gloria! Reflects your style perfectly :)

Lexi said...

Very nice makeover! I'd say you accomplished your goal...vintage and clean...love it!
Lexi

Cheryl said...

Wow! For a second I thought I was in the wrong place :) Love the new look and your layouts are fab!
Hugs :)

Solange Marques said...

fabulous and charming work Gloria!

Jan Marie said...

Love, love, love! Gorgeous and so fitting. . . beautiful design and great job getting all the pieces put together! Hugs!!

Michele from MS said...

Gloria I love love love your new blog! Thanks so much for letting us know who developed it because my blog needs some serious help!! This layout is absolutely beautiful! I love how pretty the red flowers and clock dial look with these papers! msmith38652@gmail.com

alllearn said...

Your new blog is beautiful, Gloria. I like that the pictures are so big now. You're so talented!

Natalie said...

Gloria, this just suits your style so well, love it!! God bless.

Linda Marie said...

This new design really reflects the multi-layered style you do so stunningly well. Nice work by both you and your designer.

Jacqueline said...

I love the new look - it's gorgeous!

Adriana B said...

Love your new blog... totally rocks.... your layout awesome too :)

Nancy said...

Love the new look of your blog I really love your title banner it is beautiful and seems to suit your style very well. I also like that it is very clear to read and see everything. Awesome job love it!

Dee in N.H. said...

Ooooh! I love this new look! Especially the bigger pictures! Your layout is gorgeous too!

Viola Mahr said...

i LOVE how it turned out! vintage as well as clean and simple (something I never thought I could accomplish, lol).

and that layout, yes I never set my eyes upon it, but oh it is so exactly your style. I am so glad we got this done together. Thank you!!!

Vi

Linda R. said...

I just love the look of your blog. I have to get busy and put one up and you're certainly an inspiration! Good job!

mjc777 said...

Gloria, I love your newly designed site. The vintage feel is exactly what I love the most... it makes me happy to see it. Can you tell I'm drawn to vintage!!

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

It is always nice to freshen things up. I love the look of your blog.

AmyJ said...

I like the new look. I think it is Beautiful. The vintage look is so neat as well as has an elegant feel to it. Very happy feel around here. Great choice.

sleigh said...

Absolutely love the new look Gloria! Like the little embellishment that you've used for 'supplies', 'about me', etc. and just that little touch of red! I wish I knew enough about blogger and html so that my blog wasn't so boring, lol! TFS and for the great giveaway! :)

Marisa Job said...

Love the new look of your blog! The project is amazing too!

Stephanie said...

I love the new look, Gloria. So classy and easy to read. I do like the bigger pictures too. Great job!!

Donna Nuce said...

Love your new blog look. The bigger pictures are great.

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

I love the look of your blog and the big pictures are great! I was looking for an email feedbiz bar so I would not miss one of your fabulous blog entree's but I did not see one.

Frugal Scrapper Extraordinaire said...

Gloria,

Just wanted to leave an "official" comment about your new blog:)

I just LOVE it, and knowing you personally, I have to say it is SOOOO YOU! You are a lovely person (yes, that's true) and your new blog look is just a great representation of you:)

Congrats on finishing it. It looks great!

kathy/North Carolina said...

What a gorgeous layout on your new blog! I love the vintage letter paper in the background, and how clean the banner is. Very easy to read, love the size of the photos...Your work is so amazingly gorgeous, it deserves such a beautiful vehicle! Enjoy!

Beverly said...

G, I already loved it while it was a work in progress and definitely love the finished product. It is very much you and I personally prefer 2 column blogs.

Dianal said...

Vintage is my most favourite look and I love what you have done to your blog. It is far easier to read and I love the larger pictures that show the great detail in each of the projects you create. I know you will receive a lot of very positive comments about this "new" old look (vintage, lol). Thanks for sharing your projects as I learn a lot from your work.