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International Picnic Meet-Up

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Next Monday is International Picnic Day. Do you celebrate? I never do, but my friend Nikki does. I’m a big picnic fan though, so when she invited me to co-host I was more than game!

Come Join us next Monday (June 18) at 11:30 at Draper Park. It’s got a fantastic playground for little kiddos so we can all have a good time chatting and playing. Cafe Zupas and The Sweet Tooth Fairy are providing some fantastic treats, you won’t want to miss. The location is just east of quite a few fast-food places (In N Out included), so you can pick up some lunch on your way to hang out with us. At least that’s what I’m planning.

Spread the word! Feel free to post the above graphic to facebook, pinterest, instagram, and your respective blogs.

Redesigned: Fantabulously Frugal


During Chris’s two and a half weeks of Christmas vacation, we spent our time redesigning a few blogs. We had a grand time working together & making the interwebs a tiny bit prettier. I’ll be sharing a finished project each week along with a design tip (or two) for a better blog.

It was my sincere pleasure to work on the site: Fantabulously Frugal. Lisa was a gem to work with!

Before I got started the elements on the page had no heirarchy & the ads weren’t very organized. A lot of the work involved in this redesign was on Chris’s end of things, with reorganizing the sidebar so that it would read well on the page AND so that it could be easily editable on Lisa’s end of things.

There were a few things I did like about her blog & incorporated in the redesign: unexpected color palette, stripes and handmade elements. Since her site is deal/ad-based, I felt like the handwritten details made it look more approachable, but then kept it professional looking. I made a very fine diagonal stripe for the background & softened her color palette to a charcoal/navy/purple color family. Doing this redesign was so satisfying; like organizing-my-closet-by color-with-all-matching-hangers satisfying.

What do you think? Head on over to Fantabulously Frugal for the full after (and for info on killer deals).

• Blog tip #3: DESIGN + ADS •

If you’re thinking about starting a blog with ads or you’re planning on adding advertisements to your current blog; you need to know standard ad sizes. We talked about this a little bit at Alt this past year. Large companies that are looking to advertise with Google or ad networks use standard sizes for their ad campaigns. Check out IAB for standard ad dimensions, file sizes & animation length. It’s a fabulous resource for bloggers & companies. See below for the most popular of the standard ad sizes:

  • Leaderboard: 728 x 90 pixels
  • Medium Rectangle: 300 x 250 pixels
  • Wide Skyscraper: 160 x 600 pixels

Shannon Hunt Photography Design


I’ve known Shannon since the good ‘ole college summer days – barbecues on Wednesdays & pool-time practically every day. It wasn’t until about a year or so ago that I found out that she has a photography business. Her work is fantastic: professional & unique. She approached me a while back to help her re-brand. Her previous branding was fine – standard script + standard serif fonts. Basic, but slightly stuffy for her style. She wanted something a little more “her”, of course.

It was a fun challenge to incorporate her spunk & personality with the classic side of her business. I think the two styles combined rather well & I couldn’t be more thrilled about the design. It’s simple, but I had a great time making the fun calligraphic elements. with the pattern in the header I was channeling my inner Jessica Hische (she’s one my design heroes).

If you’re in the Temple, Texas area & looking for a great photographer; contact her. You won’t regret it.

On another design note: I won a little logo contest at Chris’s work! With the prize, we can stuff our faces with all the Lion House rolls our hearts desire. YUM!!

Paper Wings Blog Redesign


I did a blog redesign for a lovely lady this last week. I’m really happy with how the whole thing turned out, and I wanted to share the outcome with you.

Tracy of Paper Wings was just so lovely to work with. She was so good at explaining to me what she wanted, and just a 100% awesome client to work with. I was really, really happy when she said, “OHHHHHHHHH MYYYYYYYY GOOOOOOOOODNESS! I absolutely L-O-V-E it!” after I sent her the final proofs. Squeal! I love positive feedback. Don’t you?

Thrifty & Chic will be postponed until Wednesday, but it’s going to be really rad. Stay tuned for a sweet giveaway!

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