2 New Themes & How to make your own!

Happy 2009! Since it’s officially a new year, I guess it’s time to update my blog theme to a new, wintry design! :) If you’re viewing this from your feed reader or email, be sure and click here so you can see the new theme. :)

cute winter blog design theme

This theme was made from several different kits- all from awesome digital designers who use the Pea Fonts in their digital scrapbooking kits!! :)

The brown and white dotted paper is from The Vintage Candy Cane Collection By Crystal Wilkerson — I used her red dot paper and changed the color to brown.

The red & brown striped scalloped paper is from the Joy Mini Kit by the Golden Girls — I used a hue/saturation layer in Photoshop to change the colors to match my theme. :)

The *awesome* stitches are from Snow Day by Megan Turnidge (I love these stitches!!)

The distressed edge/photo overlays are from Danielle’s Worn Photo Overlays 2

All the other miscellaneous items (like the snowflakes, buttons, glitter, etc) can be found in one of the aforementioned kits. :)

To make everything match, I had to change the colors on a couple elements. Here’s a pretty useful video tutorial I found on how to change the color of a digital scrapbook element (click on the POD graphic by the blog title to watch). :)

I also updated the Recipe Blog theme! I love the new theme– much easier to read and has some cool new features. Be sure and check out the Top 5 Recipes located in the sidebar to the right! :)

simple and easy recipes blog

I stumbled up this cool page the other day – SJH Blog Design – Step by Step Tutorials for Customizing Your Blogger/Blogspot Blog. I thought I’d pass this along for those who have been asking how it’s done! :) This site is a good resource. :)

Hope you like all the new updates! Let me know what you think! :D

11 Responses
  1. Toni

    I was trying your link to and it is private! I used it years and years ago and she had such great tutorials and now I can’t access it! :( Do you have any other links on customizing your blog or maybe a way to contact this lady and get an invite? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  2. juvy

    Hi Amanda,

    I don’t remember how I came accross your site but since then I kept coming back and reading and copying your style. VERY VERY CUTE and VERY VERY neat. I am not very good with this technology but I am thinking of starting to scrapbook like your style.
    just want to tell you BEAUTIFUL WEBSITE – it makes me happy everytime I am her. Love it. GOOD JOB.

  3. Alberta

    Amanda, I really enjoy the new theme you customized to fit your needs. Great selection. I want to do this for my blog, but I have yet to get the courage to do it…but that might change after seeing this. As always, thanks for sharing.


  4. Loyce Brammer

    My girlfreind told me about your site so that I could look up receipes. She stated that your site had pictures to go with the food and was fun to look at and inviting. I loved what I saw but I would love to see more. When I looked up appetizers and a few other items – there was only 1 to 2 recipes. I was dissapointed to say the least! I would love to see more. I don’t have much time to surf the internet due to my busy schedule. But for sure just looking at 1 or 2 receipes will not keep me coming back as I would love to view more and use them. I dont’ do scrapbooking, so I hope this helps.

    Sincerely Loyce Brammer/ Holland Michigan

  5. Leah

    I love the new theme. The buttons on the sdebar ended up being a great pick ;-) Thanks for your comment on mine. I haven’t mastered the dummy site yet so I think when you checked in I was half way through my changes!! I hope you and Kevin had a great Christmas.

    Happy New Year!!

  6. Megan

    Love the new theme! I’ll try to post pics tomorrow… I needed to eat (gotta feed the baby!) and I’m waiting for a few more cabinets to dry before putting them up. Then there’s the whole clean up thing… Did you have a good Christmas?

  7. Sandy

    Love your new winter theme – I especially like that you accomplished the winter feeling without using the typical blue/grey color scheme.

    Happy New Year!

  8. Gail Evans & Henry

    Happy New Year,
    You all are the greatest. We just want to let you know that we think a lot about you and referr all our friends to look at your site. You have so much to offer being great friends and love Bostons and love to cook and just want to let you know you are thought alot of.
    Friends Always,
    Gail & Henry Evans
    Happy Hill Kennel
    Please call some times.

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We love to travel and to eat! Here we share our favorite quick and easy recipes, plus travel tips and guides for our favorite places around the world. If you have any questions about what camera I use or how I edit my photos, check out my photography tutorials.


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