Andrea Cervantes is Beruna Girl, designer & illustrator from Laguna, Philippines.

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A very long, overdue post, guys, but I finally made it! And with a new layout too! I AM SO HAPPY WITH IT.

During the start of the year, I was itching to blog about stuff that happened last year. I have a lot of backlog right after I got out of the hospital. But whenever I open the site, I can’t help but notice things and re-evaluate. Do I need an intro page like that? My About page is so long, lulz. I don’t feel like clicking the Portfolio page, eh. Internally, WordPress’s gallery was tiring to maintain – it was too cluttered and powerful for what I need.

Also, I was starting to use my logo into forms, invoices, and other media, and I noticed that the asymmetrical shape makes it hard to layout. I tried modifying it a bit… but it’s still not it.

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Also, it became too swirly! Hmm.

So I decided that I needed a complete overhaul, which was good but tiring. Pretty soon, instead of updating my blog, I just sit and nitpick about things I didn’t like about it. That’s it, blog layout, I love you but I need to move on.

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A last look – I’m listening to The Great Gatsby soundtrack while typing this, and I can imagine my blog singing to me: will you still love me, when I’m no longer young and beautiful. Of course bb I will, I’m just changing your layout, that’s all. 🙂

It took me a really long time to start, and to figure out what to do – it was what I was doing site-wise during that long downtime. I grabbed little bursts of free time to work on the things I wanted to change, mainly my logo, colors, and layout.

I modified my logo first. There were too many loops and elements in the old one, so I decided to tame it down a bit.

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Also, I’ve been reading more on grids in design, so I used grids FINALLY after forgetting all about it. GRIDS, THEY ARE IMPORTANT. Now this variation has the personality of the old one, but more structured. LOVE IT.

After the logo, I wanted to define elements I want to use around the blog. Initially, I just wanted to make do with my ribbons and make a pretty “inspiration board” post. But I found Braizen‘s branding boards and realized that I needed to sort out my site stuff with that kind of clarity.

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With all the keywords, fonts, new icons and everything! I changed Museo and Caslon into Tisa and Minion because they are better suited for web.

This got me really excited about diving in and doing a complete layout overhaul. I spent a ridiculous amount of time looking at various WordPress templates and themes, but I never found what I really wanted. I got overwhelmed while working on Em’s website too, so I developed this love-hate relationship with WordPress.

Fortunately, I found Stacey App CMS from Tin & Ed’s and Kara Villaseran‘s sites. Reading through it sounds complicated, but I figured out things by looking at templates. It’s easy! I found out that I can still churn out a decent website from scratch (still, please don’t hire me), and use it on Stacey. (It’s kind of a throwback to that time in my life when I made (really bad) websites, haha.) WordPress does lots of things for you and sometimes you can’t keep track of files you want to modify – but with Stacey I know where all my files are going! Genius.

WordPress is still great at blogs though, so I chose the simplest theme to modify and made a seamless blog page.

I was so addicted to making my site from scratch, I spent my birthday doing it! No really: it was Election Day and I couldn’t go outside after voting, so I chose to do this instead.

I’ve still have lots of work to upload! But here’s the site for now. This means I can finally go on with my life, work properly, ship orders and watch Hannibal episodes on repeat do more productive things.

Check out the portfolio and about pages (the contact thing works!!!), and finally linked my shop and social networks on the menu. How do you like it so far? 🙂

Comments for this entry

Hello, I think your site might be having browser compatibility issues. When I look at your website in Chrome, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, superb blog!

on November 17, 2013 at 3:22 pm

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