How My New Design Came to Be

I was planning on writing a blog post yesterday and well…that didn’t happen. My life has been pretty busy lately as my classes are finally picking up, I have homework daily, and two exams this week. Well now that’s only one exam since our campus is closed today for a SNOW DAY. Yep, we’re supposed to get between 10-14 inches of snow tonight and tomorrow. I couldn’t be happier!

Anyways…last night I was feeling guilty about not posting and then I realized I shouldn’t be. It’s okay to have a life outside of blogging and trust me when I say being a full-time student isn’t easy. Sometimes things just don’t work out the way you want them to. And you know what? That’s completely okay. This blog is mine. It’s my space to share what I want, when I want.

After doing some thinking, I decided to create a Reader Survey. I want to know how my posts affect all of you. Although I write for me, you are the ones who come here and read what I have to say. I want to know…Which posts do you like the most? How often do you read my blog? What do you think of my new contributors? {You must leave your e-mail AND answer all 10 questions to be eligible for the random prize!}

Speaking of contributors…my dear friend, blog-designer, and Printables contributor Melissa is here to share an amazing post with all of you. I think I’m bias when it comes to this post but I am SO thrilled with the custom design Melissa made me. If you’re in need of a new blog design THIS is your girl!! I mean have you SEEN by new design? It’s absolutely everything I wanted and fits me perfectly.

I’m Melissa and I blog over at Design Eat Repeat, where I post my latest kitchen success & failures, free printables, design tips, and obsession with peanut butter. (True life.) I’m a soon-to-be college grad (3. More. Months) and when I’m not in class, I run my blog design studio, Melissa Rose Design
I’m excited to be the printables contributor here at Framed Frosting and am excited to share my graphic design goodies with you every month! I recently had the opportunity to work with Danielle on her blog design/rebrand, and today I’m going to give you a little sneak peek at how I created it from start to finish!
Gorgeous blog design! via Framed Frosting
When Danielle first came to me, she had a lot of ideas on what she wanted it to look like. Whimsical, watercolor, polka dots, use of glittery gold, were a few things she had mentioned she liked. 
So I set off to find a way to bring all these different elements together into one unified design. Like most of my designs, I began sketching on paper. With design so much geared toward computers these days, it’s important for me to take a step back and conceptualize before jumping into a design. Sketching can not only lead to other great ideas, but it can also be the first step to creating organic & natural typography and graphics. Many sheets of paper later, I had a few “winning” sketches that I wanted to work with. I scanned them into the computer, where I vectorized them, and worked with them from there.
Hand drawn floral accents
After laying down the “mood” of the design with the hand drawn elements, I then set off to incorporate watercolor into the design. I was unhappy with the watercolor images I was finding online, and knew that the only way to achieve the form, color, and quality I wanted was to produce it myself. So I whipped out my sophomore year watercolor set and began painting. I set off to achieve a shape that would fit well as a header and frame the top of the blog.
using a watercolor for a blog design
After producing the main graphic elements, the next step was to move to the computer. At this point, I sat down and figured out what types of fonts & colors would work well with the whimsical & organic feel I was trying to achieve. A mix of whimsical script & both clean cut serif and sans serif fonts turned out to be a great mix for a fun, young, and organic feel. Danielle had a certain color palette in mind, and after incorporating it throughout the design, everything came together! I loved working with Danielle to make her vision come to life and am so happy with how it turned out!
gorgeous design elements via Framed Frosting

And because I love making printables (hence, the printables contributor), I decided to create one for you all that matches the new Framed Frosting design! It’s also one of my favorite little quotes :)

"Belive in the Power of Your Dreams" - FREE 8x10 Printable


  1. says

    I LOVED reading this post! I think I’m strongly considering digging deeper into blog design this summer and seeing this process was so helpful for me! I absolutely love how everything came together :)

    xo, gina

  2. says

    I just loveee your blog design! And love this post! Posts that show a persons creative process are the best!

    Congrats on your new design!


  3. says

    The design is great and I love seeing how it came together!!

    I firmly believe that a blog should be an outpouring of life – sometimes real life needs to take precedence over everything else and I think you’re so right to blog when you want and how much you want. You’re right! It’s your space!!

  4. says

    I love this printable. And such wonderful advice. If we don’t believe in ourselves how can we expect other’s to? Love this!!! Thanks so much :) Krista @ A Handful of Everything


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