{Oh, you need your blog re-designed? // a feature + giveaway with Viva la Violette}

This giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to comment #19, Mandy. Please check your email for a message from us! And thank you to all who entered… xoxo

Heather of Viva la Violette {who re-designed my blog a couple of weeks ago} is our XL sponsor for February and y’all, she’s so talented! Her design process is pretty simple, which I loved {simple = easy on the customers}. Depending on what package you purchase, Heather will have you create a pinterest board so she can easily see your style/vision, then she’ll have you fill out a design questionnaire, and then she’ll work her magic… which was my favorite part :) I loved seeing her transform my pinterest board + questionnaire and turn it into something concrete.

I asked Heather to share a little bit about herself with you, along with a few reasons having a personalized blog design is important. And you know I asked her to share with us how she finds inspiration! :) Enjoy the interview… and psst! there’s a giveaway at the end!

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Hi! I’m Heather — a web and blog designer, wife, mommy, DIYer, blogger, gamer, and lover of all things purple. My passion lies in creating beautiful , functional designs for the web. My infatuation with websites and animated graphics started in high school, when my older brother brought home our first computer. Around the year 2000, I started teaching myself HTML and began creating websites to test my skills and learn new things. I later graduated with a BFA in Visual Arts — Computer Animation, and am continuing my education to keep up with the latest design trends and mobile responsive techniques.

Before I started Viva la Violette in 2008, I worked as a Lead Artist at a casual video game company for three years. It was a blast and something I learned a TON from, but I know that where I am now is where I’m supposed to be. Once I started designing for WordPress and fell into the Studiopress community, I felt that I had found my ‘calling’ and I have not looked back since.

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Having a personalized blog or website is important in so many ways ~ here are my top 3 reasons:

1) To give your readers an insight into your life: not just through your words, but also through your style. If people will remember your site, they’ll probably come back to visit again and again.

2) To make your little corner of the internet feel personal and inviting. I can’t tell you how many times my clients have said something along the lines of ‘I want my readers to feel at home, like they can relax with a cup of tea and have a good read’.

3) To be unique and stand out from the crowd. Although there are many free themes available, having a custom blog design and branding will help you stand out and appear more professional.

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My favorite part of creating a design is the collaboration process I go through with each client. I sometimes think of myself as a translator of sorts, conveying my client’s vision and style through design.  I love choosing fonts and color palettes, and looking through pinterest boards that some of my clients submit for inspiration. (Secret boards work great for this!) This gives me a great sense of what appeals to them visually, and typically has my head buzzing with ideas before I even begin the design.

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I think all creatives feel ‘burnt out’ at times, and during those times I usually take a step back from my work and get away from the computer. A walk through the bookstore, window shopping, games with my family, or a fun DIY project is a great way for me to unwind and let my creativity rejuvenate. As far as inspiration, I find it everywhere! I often find it when I least expect to, whether it’s in conversation, music, or on a billboard sign. I also fill my studio with things to inspire: books, purple things, personal photos, watercolors, my inspiration board, etc.  (Gussy is the one who inspired me to make my inspiration board a couple of years ago!) Online I find inspiration on sites like Pinterest, Dribbble, Colour Lovers, and blogs I read. I’m also inspired by many of my web design friends, since we are always helping each other out and sharing our work. Having such a great community surrounding my profession is truly inspiring and such a blessing.

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Find Heather elsewhere: Twitter // Pinterest // Google+ // Facebook // Instagram // Dribbble

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GIVEAWAY DETAILS // Heather is offering a $100 gift certificate towards custom design packages, addons, or premade themes, yeow! Simply use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter {there are 3 ways to enter}.

MORE INFO // This giveaway is open to all countries and will end on Thursday, February 14 at 11:59pm PST. A winner will be selected + emailed/announced at the top of this post on Friday the 15th. Have fun + good luck! xo

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Comments

  1. 1

    Mummylala says

    Oooh me please :) if love a revamp, considering its dormant at the moment (you know…the thing called life- it gets in the way haha)

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    Oh! My blog is fairly new, so I’m using a regular WP template. I hope I can give a new face to my blog by the end of the year.

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    Yay! This giveaway is wonderful! And Violet sounds pretty wonderful, herself! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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    Jennifer Tagler says

    Your new site is beautiful! I love the subtle gray with the bright pink “POP”!

  5. 18

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    OH i so desperately need a redesign…been looking at adding photos to my header but have no idea how. It is truly another language to me! Thank you for this opportunity!

  6. 22

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    oh sweet! how exciting that would be to win this!!! as much as i enjoy my design, i am so ready for some change and i love heather’s style!

  7. 29

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    I would love a new blog redesign I was just looking at new Studiopress Child themes yesterday I am feelin” the itch!! LOL!

  8. 41

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    I’ve been with the same design for over 2 years already, so I have been checking out designers and viva la violette has cute designs that would so work with my blog :D

  9. 49

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    Would LOVE to win this–would be such a blessing as I’m getting my blog up and going! Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. 56

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    I would love, love, love a blog makeover. I’ve been blogging for awhile, but feel that I need an edge so that I can really begin sharing with readers. I would love a custom design. I can’t justify the cost right now on our small income so winning a makeover would be amazing!

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    I live on a beautiful family farm, have a small etsy baby shop, love to be creative ,nature and just got my first horse at 53 and would somehow like to mix it all up in a fun blog…ummm horses,sewing,nature,beautiful granddaughter and life….ride the wind???

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    bianca roman says

    YEOW I want Heather to redesign my blog! Or rather, I would like to ‘new’design my blog LOL. I’m just starting out and would love the great look and feel of a blog that makes you want to say ‘omg it’s so relaxing/pretty..i think i need to stay and read a while’ !!!

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    I’ve been looking for a way to get out of my blog-rut, I feel like I don’t know what to do with it anymore.. I want to blog desperately, but I don’t know where to start!!

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    Blog design update would be so great for me. (I’m on wordpress.com now, and I have the custom update, but they have so many rules when it comes to sponsors (you can’t have them?) and there are no plugins, no link with-ins, so it’s really frustrating. I have to do everything manually and there are still so many limitations. So when I move to my own host, I’ll need a new design. )

    Yours looks amazing, but I think I’ve said this before. :)

    xx

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    My hubby and I have been blogging together and we have decided that I am going to blog solo again. It would be great to have the space tailored to me again! :) thanks!

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    kristen says

    AHHH so depserately need this… been wanting to have a beautiful design and would be honored and LOOOOVE this opportunity!

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    Oh how my little blog so desperately deserves and needs a professional redesign. I just don’t have it in me to try and re-design it myself once again.