Part of the "Inspire Me Monday" series on Create With Joy blog and the fact that today is the first day of Autumn, I've decided to give my blog a new fresh look. After searching high and low for something that would make my blog "pop".... In the end, I decided to create a unique one from my Paint Shop Pro program and downloaded brushes from the web.
I downloaded the Swirly Design Transparent PNG Files by Shelby Kate Schmitz from the About Technology website. Since I know some Graphic Designing from years past, I just had to refresh my memory on how to make a Seamless Tiled Background. In searching the web, I came across a helpful YouTube video titled, "Paint Shop Pro - Backgrounds One" by hunycards. Thankfully what was needed was at the beginning of the video.
After all the searching and downloading, I went to work... choosing the background color, cloning leaves onto the design, creating a seamless tile, and other techniques. With the same techniques, I created my Banner. It came together rather nicely when it was placed on the blog.
Finally, I downloaded the Free Retro Social Icons by Brainleaf and made the proper adjustments to my blog.... Deleting unnecessary links, adding a Scroll Gallery to my ebay auctions at the bottom of the blog, and rearranging my layout.
Time consuming, but fun when you get the results you want. What do you think?