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Monday, March 3, 2014

New Blog Design + a Giveaway!

Posted by Charlene // Tags: ,
New blog design alert! It’s always exciting when you get something new and shiny! This was designed by the very talented gals behind These Paper Blogs - Megan and Chri! Thank you so much girls for this beautiful design! I was looking for a something that would look elegant, less busy, and more vintage-y than my previous one, and from their portfolio I found their designs to have a lovely clean aesthetic which was the basis for what I wanted. In 2012, when I first sought a blog design from Jenny at Inside the Kaleidoscope, I really had no idea of what I wanted. And what she came up with was both unexpected and perfect. Going into a second redesign, I had more of a notion of what I wanted for my blog so this time around I was more involved with the process, and sending little tweaks and ideas to Megan and Chri. It’s turned out better than I could have hoped though - actually I think the new design has a sort of semblance to the movie poster for the recent Jane Eyre - in the color and the head silhouette -
Kind of?
which is perfect for me of course! And I think it was just serendipitous!

Megan and Chri were just delightful to work with, I sometimes felt bad about all the emails I sent their way with my harebrained ideas, but they were ever gracious and accommodating. I love the look of their designs, and it is all at such affordable prices! They were always prompt at responding to my emails as well which is particularly great because for someone as impatient as me, the wait to see what the designer comes up with is painful, but regular communication eases my fretfulness!

To celebrate my new blog design, I’m having a little Amazon Gift Card giveaway for $25! And because I’ve added a few more social networks to my blog sidebar, there are quite a few options to gain more entries. (Sorry about the social media overload!)  I have come to the sad decision to get rid of Google Friend Connect... Umm mostly because Google has taken it out of their updated widget lineup and I can no longer access the code.  They replaced it with a Google+ widget and no thanks.  Bloglovin is my preferred follow method now anyway!

And if you are one of the lovely, fantastic people to have my blog button on their blog, I would really appreciate it if you could update it with the new button! Thank you lovely fantastic person!


  • Open Internationally
  • One Gift Card to one winner
  • The giveaway ends in two weeks, and the winner will be promptly contacted. The winner must reply to the email within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.


And again please check out These Paper Blogs if you are looking for a new design!  And thank you so much for visiting my blog! :)


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My old design for the memories:

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40 comments:

  1. Love the new design and thank you for the giveaway!

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  2. I've also worked with Meg before, she is wonderful indeed :D I LOVE this new look. Very pretty and easy on the eyes :) The silhouette in the header is pretty. I thought I was already a follower, but apparently not through Bloglovin', so I have fixed that right away.

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    1. Thank you, and I'm glad you will follow me on Bloglovin now, as I think I'm much better at keeping up with blogs through there! And I really love the design of your blog btw!

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  3. I love the new design! Whenever I see people putting a new face on their blog, it always makes me want to get a fancy new redesign... but that's just not in my budget.

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    1. Hopefully someday Charleen! It's marvelous to get your blog a facelift once in a while. :)

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  4. Eeep I love the new blog design!! Meg and Chri are absolutely great and yay for being blog redesign buddies :D

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    1. Thanks Duchess Charlotte! I hope you feature Meg and Chri on your Behind the Screen feature sometime - they would be perfect for it!

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  5. The new design looks really nice! And I'm glad that you got exactly what you were looking for!

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    1. Thank you Amy, I'm really happy with this one! I usually like to think I will keep a blog design for years and years, but at least I'm sure I'll keep this for a long time. :)

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  6. The new design is lovely! Will definitely head over their to check out their designs.

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad to hear that you will check out their site!

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  7. Just popping in to say I love the new design! Looks stunning.

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    1. Oh thank you Amanda!! I'm so happy that people are loving it! :)

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  8. Your new design looks so fancy and sophisticated! :)

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    1. Thank you! That's the first time I've got sophisticated - but I totally agree with that. :)

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  9. I had heard about people not being able to access the GFC widget. I may hide mine to get more people to follow me through bloglovin. I am not going to leave Blogger though. I just don't want to spend that kind of money. I love the new look!!

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    1. I wish I had heard before, so I could have saved the link! I never liked how they widget looked but I would have perhaps put a link to it in the sidebar. Oh well. I am glad to hear you are staying with Blogger. Mostly because I actually like it and I find Wordpress a bit confusing. So I'm happy to know a fellow Blogger user. :)

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  10. I think the new design looks gorgeous, Charlene, very elegant! And you're right about it looking similar to that version of Jane Eyre - how very fitting =)

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    1. Oh thank you Rinn! I'm glad you agree about the Jane Eyre similarity too, I need the validation! :)

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  11. I really love your new blog design, it's beautiful! I especially love the icon with the silhouette. :)

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

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    1. Thank you Alice! Everyone's comments are making me so happy! :)

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  12. Oooh, I looooveee the new blog design. It's so elegant and very 19th century-esque. :D It makes me want to read all the classics I have. ;D

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    1. Thank you so much! I didn't have such a 19th century feel to the design in mind (just something sort of like that) but when it turned out that way I thought it was perfect! It's great if it inspires you to read more classics! Hopefully it will do the same for me! :)

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  13. The new design looks great! :D Definitely whimsical and vintage-y!

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    1. Thank you Ashley! And thanks so much for stopping by!!

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  14. I love the new design! It's beautiful :)

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    1. Oh thank you Katie! I'm glad you like it! :)

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  15. This is my first visit but I'll be back! Terrific blog and lovely design.

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    1. Oh thank you! Great to have a new reader! :)

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  16. I love your new blog design! It's very elegant and classy. :)

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    1. Thank you Michelle! That's just what I was going for! :)

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  17. I love the new design! The colors are just great!!!

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    1. Thank you! I am in love with the color scheme too! :)

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  18. Woooow, I adore the new design! It's so Brontë/Austen!! Wanted to change my blog lay-out too, but can't do anything like this. It's gorgeous! :D

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    1. Yay thank you! As a fellow Austen/Bronte fan, I'm glad you love it! I know what you mean about trying to do your own layout, it's so difficult! If you can, I'd recommend getting it designed because it's so nice to visit one's blog and get distracted by staring at the design. :)

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  19. The girl sitting on the bookshelf was my favorite design I have seen! I do love the new look, though. It is very pretty!

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    1. Thank you! I really loved my old design, but somehow just felt in the mood for something different!

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  20. This is a really nice design, I like it :) Wonderful choice.

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