As some of you may have noticed, Pop & Sizzle has been undergoing some design changes lately. The layout you see is the final version — for now. The process of figuring out a theme, toying with CSS and PHP in Mamp and WordPress, choosing colors, backgrounds and a header ended up being a really fun side project for me. So fun, in fact, that I couldn’t make up my mind on what I wanted. I went through many different color schemes, fonts, and tutorials until I settled on what you see now… but I wanted to share some of the process with you so you can see what a nut I was.
When I was younger I dyed my hair a different color every few months. It started with purple and blue, then gave way to various shades of blonde, dark brown, and even black. I have since given my hair a break and stuck, generally, with a chocolate/dark brown, but that fickle attitude still extends to other aspects of my life. Bangs or no bangs? Leather jacket or floral dresses? Designing a header was no different…
I started with the same original teal color scheme from the last layout. I’ve always liked blogs with really cute ribbon banners or nav images, but it was a little TOO simple.
Then I thought, it’s summer! (This was months ago, btw.) Why not go for a pink look? I also really liked the saute pan I used in my old logo, courtesy of DJ Kitchen webdings font. But something was still off. It wasn’t quite pop-y enough.
In keeping with some sort of retro theme, I downloaded some badge vectors and experimented with those for a while. They didn’t quite fit the wordpress themes I was after, though. I still think I’ll use some sort of badge header in the future, though.
Then I discovered PuglyPixel and her confetti Photoshop brushes. That took up several weeks alone!
And THEN I stumbled upon PuglyPixel’s photoshop tutorials and played with glitter for a while.
And thennn… I found the font Lullaby and fell in love with the circusy vibe it was giving me. It seemed a little too pink, though, so I threw in some black and grey — which led to the “dark circus” look you see before you today. For the top navigation I tried both jagged and scalloped edges, finally decided on scallops, and the rest is history!