New Design.


Yesterday I discovered GIMP and I thought it would be fun to try to make my own header. It turned out pretty good for my first try, so I decided to change my design a bit.

I used a black/white rose from http://sweetclipart.com/ and I colored it in myself. I never thought it would be so difficult, haha. I used a rose because of Beauty and the beast :) The background was found on http://subtlepatterns.com/ I kept the rest of the design like Meg made it.

I also changed my ratings a bit. I took away the 1.5 and 2.5 ratings and I made one for the 5+ books. I made ratings for the 3.5 and 4.5 stars and I used another font. This is how they turned out:










What do you think? I'm still trying to adjust my design here and there, but I'm happy so far!

58 comments

  1. I'm a huge Beauty and the Beast fan so I love the new header :)

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  2. I love the new design and the flowers and rating system! Great job. :)

    Amber @ Fall Into Books

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  3. I LOVE your new design Mel! It's so cute <3
    I love that you picked the rose for Beauty and the Beast :)
    Great job! :D

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  4. I love it! Especially the header, it's very pretty!! And the colors and the background <3

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    1. After seeing many designs with such backgrounds, I fell in love with it. So I had to get one on my own :D

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  5. Love it! Plus, your rating system is super cute. Sigh, I really should do that. I feel like my letter grading system makes me a grump haha

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  6. Love the new header! Super cute! I'm never any good with art programs, but go you!

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    1. I suck at art programs, so I guess this was one lucky shot.

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  7. GIMP is a great program! I used to use it all the time before I got Photoshop. Great job coloring that rose, very nice =)
    I don't know if I would put your title over the rose like that though, can't really the "proph" part very well.

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    1. GIMP is a great free alternative. And I must admit, I had no idea how I could move the letters (now I do, but I kinda like it this way)

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  8. OOoh very nice new look!! Cute and fresh!


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  9. Ummm, new follower but so far so FABULOUS. You have mad skills! <3

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  10. Love the header! Maybe one day I will try to design my own :)

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    1. You should, you never know how it turns out :)

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  11. I love it! It's clean and cute, and that rose turned out beautifully. Great job! :)

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  12. Very impressive-love the B&B reference!

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  13. The first thing I thought when I saw the header was of Beauty and the Beast! It's lovely.

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  14. Yes, I thought of Beauty and the Beast immediately!! It's very you; perfect for your blog!

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  15. I'm loving the new design :D It's so simple and elegant!

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    1. Yeay, that was exactly what I was going for!

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  16. I really love the flower!(a la Beauty and the Beast) The design is very pretty! My sister is obsessed with Gimp. I still can barley use it. It's too technically advanced for me lol :)

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    1. I must say, Gimp is abacadabra most of the times, haha.

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  17. I already saw the new design, but didn't know about the new ratings. Nice! When you get down to 1.5 and 2.5, I do think that half-stars/flowers are a little less important in the scheme of things because you just stop caring about the books? Well, maybe that's just me actually but anyway, I really do love it all :). Congrats on a job well done! Still so impressed.

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    1. Yes, there wasn't much of a difference between 1 or 1.5, so this is much easier for me :)

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  18. Nice! The colors are eye-catching, and Beauty and the Beast references are always welcome. ;)

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  19. I love the new look, Mel! Sorry that I've only just noticed it. I haven't stopped by in a few days. But I adore the header. It's so YOU. :)

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  20. Yay! I love it :D SO pretty <3 And ohhh, I love your ratings so so much :D *jealous* I can't design anything, lol. Adore the header :) You are awesome!

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    1. Thanks Carina <3 I already had this rating, but I edited them.

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  21. LOVE your design! The header is so pretty and the rating system is adorable!!!

    Sara at The Page Sage

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  22. I love GIMP! The more you use it, the easier it gets, I promise! All of my meme headers, buttons, banners, etc. were made by me through GIMP! Plus it's free. I'm too cheap to pay for Photoshop >.<

    You did a great job, Mel!

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    1. I hope so, because I sometimes don't know what the hell I'm doing :p For the time I use such programs, I find Photoshop to expensive.

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  23. I love the new design as well! It's beautiful and simple! It even loads faster in my computer!
    You did great!

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  24. I'm really loving the new design and YAY for you doing some of it yourself! I admire that cause I wouldn't even know where to start haha The rose is very pretty and I like the new rating system too ♥ Good job!

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  25. I love your header! It really suits your fairytale theme. :) And I always thought GIMP was WAY too confusing to use, so I ditched it, haha. It's great that you managed to work your way through it! I'm jealous. ;)

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  26. I love your new blog design; the rose really does remind me of Beauty and the Beast and fairy tales so I think it's perfect for your blog! :) I'm also following you on Bloglovin now too!

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

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    1. Thanks for the compliment and the follow! :)

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