Monday, January 23, 2012

My New Look! And other splendiferous things

Here it is! My lovely new blog design!!

And it's all thanks to the most amazing artist and designer that ever was!!


Yup, that's right. The lovely lady who designed ELEMENTAL's cover. She's a genius. And I keep telling her she needs to do this kind of thing for a living.

And really, she's kind of a lifesaver, too because (gasp!) I tried to do this on my own. Yeah...

Here's the story:

I decided I wanted to change my blog look. You know, make it a bit more professional and a lot less girly. So I went to a site where you can purchase images for pretty cheap. I picked three I really loved and thought to myself, "I can do this! This is easy!" I then took my purchased images to photobucket.com and started playing around with them. After a few hours of torture, I produced something that was eh. The whole thing was all right, not beautiful, but all right. Unfortunately, despite the fact I purchased large and extra large images, photobucket did something to make them smaller and the whole thing looked fuzzy.

I then downloaded Gimp. *headsmack* One's ability to download images and image manipulation software does not a template designer make. 

After a couple more hours, I emailed Victoria with many weeping not-so-smily smilies. Basically, I was just sharing my failure with her, but she called me and imagine this...

She offered to do it all for me.

Yeah, that's right.

She offered to do it all for me.

So, after I picked my jaw up off the floor, we got to work. (by "we got to work," I mean I emailed the images and she did the rest)

This most amazing of amazing ladies spent her weekend creating my blog design with the three images I purchased. 

She turned this...



By the way, you totally can't take these pictures. 
I had to pay for them. If you like them, you can pay for them here.


...into what you see before you.

I know. She's amazing. She really needs to start selling her template designing services.

Now, there's a story to the look, too. If you've haven't already guessed, ELEMENTAL is about someone who can manipulate an element. And when you read this...

Just because Ella can burn someone to the ground with her mind doesn't mean she should. 



But she wants to. 


...I'm pretty sure you can guess which element it is.

So, this blog is going to celebrate Ella's awesome ability for the next few months! But when FAE's release date gets closer, the look is going to change again. Dun, dun, duuuun! 

By the way, did you know ELEMENTAL will be out in just a little over three months!! It's amazing!!! And so exciting!

To prepare for this awesome event, Spencer Hill Press has provided me with a countdown widget to share with all of you! 

(I'm hoping this shows up on the post. If not, it's over to the right)

Please put this on your blog and help spread the word! You guys are awesome and I would be so amazingly honored if you actually displayed it for your readers to see. It would give me warm and fuzzy feelings (not the creepy kind, though). :)

Here's the code:


<script type="text/javascript" src="http://cdn.widgetserver.com/syndication/subscriber/InsertWidget.js"></script><script type="text/javascript">if (WIDGETBOX) WIDGETBOX.renderWidget('c8fa1a8f-60a1-4bd8-84d1-670039c6f17d');</script>
<noscript>Get the <a href="https://www.widgetbox.com/i/c8fa1a8f-60a1-4bd8-84d1-670039c6f17d">Countdown Creator Pro</a> widget and many other <a href="https://www.widgetbox.com/">great free widgets</a> at <a href="https://www.widgetbox.com">Widgetbox</a>! Not seeing a widget? (<a href="http://support.widgetbox.com/">More info</a>)</noscript>


Thanks, everyone!!!!

26 comments:

  1. Ah, for some reason the widget went to the bottom of the post. But there it is! Isn't it lovely??

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  2. Love the new blog, Emily!

    Vic's talent amazes me.

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  3. OMG!!! The new look is amazing!!! Now I'm even more excited for the book!! Obviously I already put the widget on my blog!!
    xo

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  4. Beautiful blog style!!! Amazing work. Such a wonderful friend she is... Wanted to let you know that I put up your widget on my blogs side bar :) Yay for book releases http://lilgracielou.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes, she really is a VERY wonderful friend.

      Now I'm off to check out your blog! Thanks again! :)

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  5. Wow. It looks amazing. Vic really is the best!

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  6. You're right...she's amazing. Love that eye!

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  7. Gorgeous!!!! And of course I put the widget on my blog! ;) x

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  8. OMG. It's absolutely lovely. As soon as I figure out widgets (a blog does not a blogging pro make) it'll be on mine, too! :-) Can't wait to read about Miss Ella!!

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    1. Isn't it?? Vic is so wonderful. :)

      Now, this is something I DO know. My knowledge is vastly limited, but putting pretty things on my sidebar is a skill I've mastered. :)

      You must go to "layout" and then click "add a gadget" where your sidebar is. The gadget you need to add is titled "html/javascript." You then just paste the code in and click "done." :)

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  9. Wow. Wow. Vic did an AMAZING job!

    Now I shall copy and paste the widget. I love sharing. ;-)

    ~JD

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  10. The new look is fabulous! How lucky you were to have a friend that's such a great designer. So exciting that Elemental comes out soon, too!

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  11. Wait? Vic did this? Our Vic? How did I not know she was so talented? The blog is beautiful :-)

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  12. I love computer savy people. The blog looks amazing! Can't wait for your book birthday :)

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  13. Vic did an awesome job! And I added your book counter to my blog!

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    1. Yes she did! And thank you!!! :) :) :)

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  14. Wow! Your site looks amazing! Congratulations.

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  15. lovely, Vics should only change the white background in the banner itself into orange (and make the letters white then) to keep the banner different and more separate from the general background of the layout.

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  16. Love your new design. Casey and I are considering changes to ours as well.

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  17. yay! i'm so happy my em is happy!
    widget is up and going at my place! :)

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  18. The blog looks great Emily! And the release of Elemental is getting closer and closer and closer and... Okay, I have to quit staring at the countdown now. :)

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  19. I'm putting the widget up right now! And...Vic is awesome. TRUTH! :)

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  20. I love your new blog design. It's very pleasing to the eye.

    Elemental sounds awesome. I put the widget up so I don't forget to buy it!

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    1. Thank you, Kimberly!! YOU are awesome! :)

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