Thursday, August 19, 2010

Seven Thirty Three (and a Blog Button Giveaway!)

You can Google "blog design" and you'll probably come up with around 307,000,000 results. Actually, I just did. Talk about overwhelming!

For most bloggers, the two biggest priorities in a blog redesign are choosing a company that not only offers affordable packages, but also one whose clients can boast about professional work. You might find a designer who only charges $15 for an entire site redesign, but what kind of work are you purchasing?

I came across Kim's craft blog, Seven Thirty Three, a Creative Blog, a few months ago and just fell in love with her design. (Possibly because we have the same cutesy color scheme?!) The blog is full of freebies, tutorials, a Seven Thirty Three-inspired reader gallery, and fun weekly linky parties geared towards moms of boys and moms of girls. Love!

I was more than slightly awed when I discovered that Kim designed the site herself and also does blog design work for others!

Today, I'd love to share Seven Thirty Three--Custom Blog Design with you!








Kim fell in love with design in college, and while she's been helping others with blog and web work for some time, she made it official and opened Seven Thirty Three's design branch this summer.

Her style is difficult to pin down because she custom tailors each job to the client!

When a new client signs up, Kim emails out a questionnaire to find out more about the person's style, color preferences, etc. To get a better feel for the client's personality, she also visits their current blog so that she can custom tailor a new site specifically for that person and his/her blog. Talk about customer service!

Most designs are completed in a week or less, assuming the blogger is consistent with replying to any questions or corrections Kim directs their way.

Some of Kim's favorite work features a blog called The View from Down Here. The author, who writes about being "vertically challenged," wanted her tagline conveyed in the design of the banner. I think Kim nailed it!

Get Craftin' features fun tabs that go perfectly with the theme of the blog, and Kim has a real knack for taking a blog's theme and crafting buttons to match:
  

Speaking of matching a button to a blog, check out what she put together for my new weekly Weekend Bloggy Reading party! I'm inviting you, my readers, to link up your favorite blog post of the week from your blog here on Fridays.
When I mentioned the idea of new button to replace the make-shift one I attempted to throw together in Paint, she had something to me within a few hours. It was finalized within the day. Not only did she take the initiative to peruse my blog on her own, she matched certain elements of my blog's design and put it all together without even having to ask me what I had in mind--the girl is gifted!

One of you is going to get a chance to see for yourself!

Seven Thirty Three--Custom Blog Design is giving away a Custom Blog Button to one lucky Serenity Now reader!

There are several ways to enter, please leave a separate comment for each entry:
1. (mandatory) Please visit the Seven Thirty Three portfolio and leave me a comment telling me which design is your favorite.
2. Tweet the following, adding a link to today's post: "A 733 Custom Blog Button Giveaway via @SerenityNowGirl"
3. Facebook this post.
4. Blog about this Giveaway with a link to this post.

Good luck! This post will be open for entries until 10 pm (ET) on Sunday.

Hope to see you linking up your best post tomorrow at Weekend Bloggy Reading! I have some good ones from around Blogland to share!

Here's the code for my new party button, in case you want to grab it now:
Weekend Bloggy Reading




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25 comments:

  1. I would love to win a button. I have been looking for someone to make one for a while. If I don't win, I will definitely look to this young lady to help me. My favorite button I saw was "Someday Crafts". Now I will go and do the other 3 things to enter to win. Thank you both for this opportunity.

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  2. I noticed your cute little button earlier this week. I loved the way it incorporated elements from your blog!

    I looked at her portfolio, and "The Autocrat" was my favorite. Really pretty work.

    What a great idea to give away a button!

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  3. I love your new button! The feel of your site is so fresh, I just love it.

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  4. I really like Apron Senorita!!! Awesome giveaway!!!

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  5. i really like the colors in the get craftin header. they seem calm and a little more understated. i like that. thanks for this opportunity!

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  6. I like clean lines of the Michelle Chappel Photography design! I also love her cute holiday headers!

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  7. the holiday headers are really cute!
    I've been thinking it's time for a makeover..:)

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  8. Love the Michelle Chappel Photography design. Also, the Someday Crafts design. :)

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  9. My favorite is the Thanksgiving design. That is REALLY cute and my style. I am a new blogger and need a designer, but not sure what stpes to take, so hopefully I'll win! www.jellybeanjunkyard.wordpress.com
    THANKS!

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  10. She does cute stuff! I think I like Someday Crafts the best.

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  11. Super cute new button! I love The Autocrat AND My Thoughts and Treasures! I probably would pick The Autocrat as my favorite. Happy Thursday!

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  12. So cute! Love the thrifty wifey design.

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  13. I think my favorite is the Thrifty Wifey, too!

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  14. Hi Amanda, what nice desgns she has..I love the Apron Senorita desgn, i think it captures the owners karma..

    hugs
    Barb

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  15. Amanda, I posted this giveaway on my FB page!

    Barb
    http://www.facebook.com/dogmomdiva

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  16. I like the autocrat design!

    MandysYellowCorner@gmail.com

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  17. I'm definitly drawn to the Get Crafting design she did.

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  18. I love her holiday headers! So cute!

    jillpearce55(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. I tweeted. :)

    http://twitter.com/jillyjigsaw/status/21803866638

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  20. I blogged.

    http://jillyjigsaw.blogspot.com/2010/08/blog-button-giveaway.html

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  21. I posted on facebook. :) Thanks for this opportunity, Amanda!

    jillpearce55(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. Oh I am so jealous. I would love to have a button so I could start a linky party too. I don't know how to do it myself so this would be fab to have.
    Thanks for hosting.
    Pam

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  23. love the new design she just did for Crap I've Made and the one for Get Craftin'

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  24. just tweeted-sorry it's so late-just back from camping today

    http://twitter.com/7alltogether/status/21875531130

    sorry I haven't been part of the weekend linky party-last few weekends have been crazy-hope to join in once school starts

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