Hey everyone, so if you follow The Spanish Bluebell on Facebook you will have seen that I have been having computer problems again (so typical). I will be searching for a computer to use so I can edit my May in Retrospect post, but for today I have a little design post about the behind-the-scenes of my redesign.
Whenever you decide it is time for a custom design for your blog, you know it has to be something very unique and special to you. I mean for one you want it to represent what your blog is about, but come on a, you are also likely to be spending a bit of dosh on this design. Choosing the designer is just as important as the actual design because you need to love their previous work to be confident in what they can do for you. Kate from Kate Ranfurly Design was the perfect choice for me even though she had never done anything like my design before, I knew she was up for the challenge of doing something different.
Right from the beginning I was going good for a logo and header that represented who I am as a person and what I blog about. I decided that I wanted a collage or pattern to incorporate the things that meant the most to me. Kate asked me for a list of up to 10 thins that were important to me as well as the main topics I blog about (which are beauty, travel and lifestyle.)
For the logo Kate suggested the use of a compass design which incorporated map lines. I was really keen for it to look hand written and Kate was up for the challenge of trying something new. Compasses have always been something that have stood out to me since reading The Golden Compass and seeing awesome photos of an old compass that Brooke from World of Wanderlust owns.
Like I said I wanted the type to look handwritten, but specifically wanted the word Spanish to stand out. I liked the idea of linked handwriting as when I was learning to write at school in Spain they taught me straight from the start to link. Funnily enough the end product even looks like my own handwriting.
Break down of header images and their meanings to me and Rhe Spanish Bluebell.
It’s pretty obvious that when you see a clapboard you this about movies or television shows. It’s also no big secret that I love to watch a good movie and binge watch some shows to relax after work. Fun Fact: Analysing movies was also one of my favourite parts of English class back in High School.
Bluebells were the obvious choice to include in my little collage as they are a part of the blog’s name. Bluebells are said to be related to a flower from Greek Mythology. The story goes that they sprang up from the blood of the dying prince Hyacinthus. His lover, the God Apollo, shed tears that marked the flower’s petals with the letters AIAI (“alas”) as a sign of his grief. I am a great lover of Greek mythology and love a good story which is also what drew me to the bluebell apart from its charming appearance.
Planes are the most common vehicle to think of when one talks of travelling. They are the quickest way to travel and there is something very exciting about the thought of flying. Flying is probably my preferred method of travelling on par with trains. Paper planes also bring back childhood memories of doing flying distance competitions with my brothers. The plane’s dotted line trails also bring back the theme of map lines.
Pens are the most obvious choice for a writer and to signify my love for writing. Ever since I was a young kid and started reading the Harry Potter books I started to wish that when I grew up I could be an inspiring author like J.K. Rowling. I’m pretty stoked that in a way I have kind of started to make this dream come true by writing this blog and having people like you reading it and learning from my experiences.
When I was a young girl owning a red lipstick was the height of sophistication and screamed, “Hey! Look at me. I am a mature young woman.” Red lipstick was my most coveted beauty item and so something I wanted to include in my header to signify the beauty topics which I write about.
A passport signifies identity and the ability to travel overseas. This again ties in with the travel themes of The Spanish Bluebell and represents a sense of freedom and independence.
Potraits of Cat and Dog
The cat and dog in these pictures are based on my own cat Luna and dog Bonnie. Animals have always meant a lot to me, whether they are my pet or not. The inclusion of my pets also alluded to my cruelty-free stance when it comes to beauty products.
Swallows are a bird that I have always had a bit of a fascination with. It is also a personal symbol for me of my faith as a reminder of Jeremiah 8:7. It is also a tatto that I have always wanted to get but never sure if I willo through with it.
This mirror is found on my Facebook cove as another symbol for my beauty posts. It also is a personal symbol of my love for musicals. I have always loved the thought of being in a musical and having my own vanity mirror to get ready in front before performances.
So there you have it, a bit of a breakdown of my latest redesign. My question to you is, what meaningful symbols would you chose to describe yourself?