Techie sure, but designer? Well maybe, baby!

I have always been one of those geeky tech girls. I enjoy taking apart stuff, whether it is to replace a broken iPhone screen or upgrade my Macbook’s memory and harddrive. I love messing around with software too, I jailbroke my iPhone and my AppleTv before their built in apps caught up to my high standards.

This stuff used to intimidate me, but I always felt challenged to avoid spending tons of money to pay someone else to fix my stuff for me, so I just taught myself how to do it. With all the great blog, tutorials, and how-to-videos online you can pretty much teach yourself how to do anything, even without any formal training. I am a geek and proud of it!

My latest endeavors have been with websites. I have written a few blogs over the years, and started out on WordPress.com’s free hosting and templates. Eventually I outgrew that and set up my first WordPress.org custom site for my photography business Bianca Portraits. Eventually I moved my company page over to SmugMug because of the awesome built-in storefront capability, but I kept a photography blog going with WordPress, as well as THIS Faithful in the Little BLOG, my latest pet project. I just love the limitless possibilities self-hosted WordPress has to offer. There are tons of amazing plugins out there, beautiful custom theme that you can totally make your own. I also love that I have something fulfilling to do and still be a Stay-at-Home Mommy and be around for my little kiddle.

I am just beginning to help friends set up their own domain registration, hosting, installing wordpress, adding their custom theme, and then walking them through the best plugins, customizations, widgets, and some simple CSS. There is still a ton to learn, and CSS is still an intimidating topic that I want to learn more about and become better at. I love helping people set up awesome websites and teaching how to set everything up. 

Now design is one of those things, that I always said I can’t do. Photography or crafting is something,  you work with existing images or materials and make something out of it, but design is a whole other animal. You start completely from scratch with a blank white document starting up at you. That always intimidated me – I never knew where to start, and I was afraid I wouldn’t be any good at it. My dad is an amazing branding specialist and a graphic designer {check him out at Dreambox Creative}, but I never really felt like I inherited the design gene.

I finally got over my fear to try something design-y recently when I decided to try my hand at creating a few social media and blog graphic templates. I made a version for my friend Carly who needed a hand coming up with cohesive images across all her pages and profiles. {Check out her “momma blog” Creating Mom!}

Here is what I came up with. They are nothing fancy, just super simple layouts and style but they all work together for a pretty color scheme. It may not be up to par with the pros but I actually got a kick out of making them. 

Blog Header or Slider Image.
Blog Header or Slider Image.
Facebook Fanpage Profile Photo.
Facebook Fanpage Profile Photo.
Blog logo.
Blog logo.
Facebook Fanpage Cover Photo with space for a personal image.
Facebook Fanpage Cover Photo with space for a personal image.
 
What do you think? I am considering selling some versions of this in other color schemes and with other options for the icons… stars, flowers, butterflies, slugbugs, snowflakes, tiaras, monkeys? Lots of options, just switch out the little icons, and trying different color schemes. I still think hearts are going to be my favorite. I’d love your thoughts, ideas, or feedback.

 FITL signature handwriting

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