Ok. So neither JD nor myself are professional graphic designers, by any means. However, I looove learning how to spice up our blog design on a very consistent basis.
Anytime JD is away on travel or when we're off traveling somewhere together for his job, I revamp our blog design in some way or another. Designing helps ease my anxiety and makes the time fly by as I wait to have my husband back in my arms.
[Side note: Can you tell from our new design that JD has been out of the country for three weeks!? Needless to say, I really really missed him. I spent the three weeks with my parents crafting, leather-working and helping to set up my mom's booth at The Cotton Depot. It was a beautiful time with our amazing friends and family in Georgia, but I still really missed my husband. He flew in Saturday where I greeted him with this painting at the airport. But more on that another day.]
It would be so much easier if I bought a template from one of the awesome professional designers on Etsy, but I'm a stubborn DIY-gal.
A very stubborn DIY-gal... And I married a very stubborn DIY-guy.
We're not stubborn in the sense of close-minded, rather in the sense of being frugal and wanting to do everything with our own hands.
So it only makes sense to try our hands at designing our own blog... right?
Now, let's get to chattin' about a main element of design.
It's crucial to design.
So choose wisely.
I wanted a color palette that would incorporate the colors of spring but could possibly carry into summer, if needed. So we have Easter blues as well as a Fourth of July red, white and blue. I love the pop of red but only implement it in smaller places on our blog.
Color schemes are so wonderful and inspiring that I made a Pinterest board here
. Color palettes are perfect for anything design... websites, home decor, sewing projects, weddings, you name it!
You want to choose a palette with four to six complementing colors to integrate into your design.
Here's a great tutorial
from The Mother Huddle on how to create your own color palette using a photo with PicMonkey.
What do you think of this palette?
What are your favorite colors to work with?