10.12.2012

If You Blog--You Will Love This.


Hey sweet thangs...I'm writing you from Influence as we speak.
Don't worry. I'm that lame girl who is sitting at the computer at 12:30 am while my roomies are all up partying like rock stars. Or sleeping like babies. Whatevs.
Here's the deal though.
Blog design--it's important y'all.
And whether you know it or not, it plays a MAJOR role in your blogs longevity/success rate.
Lucky for you, I have my favorite blog designer in the house today.
Seriously. I swear by her. And I don't even swear.
You may recognize a blog or two that she has designed below ;)
Please read...get your blog pimped out...and then enter to win yourself a suuuuhweeet blog template.
Kapeesh?

I'm off to party.
Or sleep.
Again...whatevs.


Hey all you LIY peeps! I'm Melissa...a 20 something graphic designer who is obsessed with all things creating (whether it be designing, baking or crafting). This past year, I opened my full service Graphic Design shop, Melissa Rose Design. And today, I'm hijacking Erin's blog to share with you some thoughts about blog design and branding. 

If you're in a hurry, let me fill you in real quick on a few things I design on a daily basis: 


I also offer birth announcementsbirthday inviteswall art, and more. 


You may recognize my name from my personal blog over at 20 Going on 80, where I post Recipes, DIY Ideas, Free Printables, and more. Or I might sound familiar from designing this one blog that you may have seen around blog-land ;)


In addition to working with this one amazeball blogger (her words, not mine), I've also had the opportunity to work with some other wondeful bloggers on custom blog designs. Each of which I had so much fun designing!

After working on nearly 50 custom blog designs this past year, I've noticed the effects of what a cohesive design can say about a blog. Without a significant change in content, you can grow your blog by presenting yourself in an more professional way.


"Literally within the first twelve hours of having my new design live I jumped up about 20 followers. You're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but nobody ever said you can't judge a blog by its design." -Taylor at The Daily Tay



Whether relates to your blog design or your business branding, the look of your brand is everything. Sure, your brother's best friends girlfriend could whip up a logo for you, but 99% of the time, it's going to look like your brother's best friends girlfriend made it. Simple truth. 



The good news is that you don't have to spend a fortune rebranding. You have options. In addition to custom blog design & branding , premade blog templates and premade Etsy Shop Sets are another option if you're looking to spice up your blog.

So that's enough of me for today. Thanks to Erin for letting me take over today!

And...last but not least. A little giveaway. Want to win yourself one of my premade blog designs (valued at $50)? Enter below!



Mandatory Entry:
Check out her site here and leave a comment on this post stating what your favorite item is.

Additional Entries:
Follow my design blog  here
Tweet about this giveaway and be sure to tag @melissaroseGDS in the tweet

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157 comments:

  1. Wahoo! I love her social media icons. And all of her pre-made designs are wonderful!

    tandaschroeder@gmail.com

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  2. I liked Melissa Rose Design Studio on FB!
    I follow 'my design blog' or..your design blog. hah!
    I also follow melissa rose design on twitter!

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  3. I love how all of Melissa's designs are clean, fresh and simple. The color schemes, the little but of art. I love it all. Love Melissa's wall art too!! Definitely will have to purchase one...or all ;)
    Liked Melissa Rose Design on FB. Followed Melissa Rose Design on twitter. Followed Melissa Rosed Design blog.

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  4. Such great work...such a clean look to all the designs. Love it! Really loving the Chic and Sleek design...would love something like that to revamp my blog and get me back in the game!!

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  5. I think I love "Bold and Beautiful," but all the premade designs are great!

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  6. I really like the premade blog templates, especially the Chick & Sleek and Floral Chic. All of the designs look great!

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  7. I love just looking at all her awesome headers!

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  8. I've been eye-ing her designs for a while and love how it's simple, colorful, and all around gorgeous.

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  9. Super hard to pick a fave; but, if I must...MODERN PINK it is! :)

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  10. I like her Cupcakes and Pearls premade design. Super cute! xoxo

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  11. I've been trying for the past week to give my blog a little face lift all by myself! And guess what, all I'm getting is errors! SCREAM!

    http://johced-ourjourneytoeverywhere.blogspot.com/
    xxx

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  12. I liked her on Facebook and I do totally love her designs, the colors are super cute and eye catching!

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  13. Hello Ah-mazing giveaway!!! I love the "have less, do more, be more" wall art, but of course my fav would be the blog design!

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  14. I love the floral chic design!

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  15. I love all of her premade designs. It would be so hard to choose one.

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  16. The pre-made or custom blog designs would be amazing. I recognize a few beautiful pieces in her portfolio.

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  17. I like the Whimisical Whispers premade blog layout.

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  18. I follow her on twitter.. @newlywedgiggles

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  19. Eekkk! Melissa is doing a custom design for my blog as we speak! So excited to see what she comes up with! Hopefully it will take my baby blog into a big girl one ;) LIY will you sponsor me once its done? (i'll pay of course ;)

    have a fab weekend!
    xo

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  20. This is a great blog post! I agree completely that design will make or break you. If a blog doesn't look good, I leave it almost immediately.

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  21. I'm loving her ice cream dream design, too cute!!

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  22. P.s. I also did everything I needed to do for the extra entries! :)

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  23. i love the social media buttons! I need some of those...

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  24. Loving Whimsical Whipers!

    jcarcamo18@gmail.com

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  25. She's got such cute premade designs! I think my favorite is the "Modern Pink". I just started a blog this week and it definitely doesn't look like that! Would be great to win so I can have a consistent style in my blog! Off to like her on facebook too! :)

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  26. This would be so awesome to win!!1

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  27. Love the idea of the blog design - I love the chic & Sleek look in the premade section, though the Chic circles has to be a close second!

    - Tara Morgan

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  28. LOVE LOVE LOVE the simplicity yet beauty of the sidebars and banner. Awesome!!!

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  29. LOVE those pre-made designs! My blog needs some major help!!!

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  30. I liked her on FB. love her designs!

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  31. I love her chic wall art! so cute! I'd love to see more!

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  32. Since I can only pick one I like the Icecream Dreams! But all of her work is great! I may have to order some typography!

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  33. I "Like" Melissa Rose Design Studio on Facebook

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  34. awesome designer and my blog DEF needs some love =\. I loved her "WHIMSICAL WHISPERS" design :)


    So jelly that you're at influence too btw :P

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  35. I follow Melissa Rose Design on Twitter

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  36. I love them all but REALLY love Soft & Sleep!

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  37. Favorite thing?? How can I choose?!
    LOVE her pre-made designs and and Destiny Calls! But really, I love EVERYTHING! :)

    I followed on Twitter, tweeted about the contest, followed on facebook.

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  38. Favorite thing?? Love the Farmer's Wife template too cute!

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  39. Love that her designs are easy to navigate and not all over the place. I've been searching for affordable blog designs so thanks for this post. Oh, and I'm following her on Twitter..:))

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  40. I love the bold and beautiful!!! And a gorgeous mess of chaos's design!!

    Great give away!

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  41. I love the "Dream Big" wall art! Would love to win this...my blog is in desperate need of a redesign!!

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  42. I love lemon drop and cupcakes and pearls! So cute!

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  43. Favorite Items would have to be the uniquely custom designed templates. It says so much about a blog when it looks like noone elses!
    So excited about this giveaway, thanks so much for posting the awesome info :)
    XOX
    Angela
    www.fashionablecents.blogspot.com

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  44. My favorite is the whimisical whispers design.

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  45. I followed Melissa on twitter.

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  46. Just found your blog through the Daily Tay, girl is hilarious so I knew if she mentioned your blog it had to be worth it. Do you really not cuss? I will have to remember that when I comment.

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  47. I love them all, but my favorite is the soft and sleep. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  48. My favourite item is probably the premade blog design - bold & beautfiul - those are my fav colors!

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  49. im dying over the mademoiselle michael design!

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  50. i liked on fb as "christina boboljov"

    wifeysnotes@yahoo.com

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  51. I follow melissa via gfc as swtblonde819

    wifeysnotes@yahoo.com

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  52. i follow melissa via twitter as cmariemelnik

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  53. Looooving the Dream Big Typographic wall art!!! :) :) :)

    I liked Melissa's FB Page, followed her design blog, follow her on Twitter, AND tweeted about the giveaway! Crossing my fingers, eyes, & toesssieess. :) :)

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  54. I like the blog design you did for A Gorgeous Mess of Choas.

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  55. I've actually looked at Melisaa Rose Design before! I'm just a little poor right now! I love the GreenEnvy premade though!

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  56. I love the chic & sleek pre-made design!

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  57. Great work Melissa - all of the designs are so chic and classy! I loved Modern Pink and Destiny Calls. Also absolutely adore the wall art "have less, do more, be more" and "peace, love, blogging"
    K

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  58. Wow! Her designs are incredible. My favorite are the pre-made designs. I really like Destiny Calls :)

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  59. I also just "liked" Melissa on FB and am following her blog! :)

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  60. If I win I think I love the "Modern Pink" layout.

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  61. And of course follow her on twitter @lifeasmrs.

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  62. And lastly I tweeted & tagged both you girls! :) Hope you're havin fun! Loving the IG pics too!

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  63. I love the "A Gorgeous Mess of Chaos" blog design she did! So clean & pretty!

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  64. I like Melissa Rose Design Studio on FB!

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  65. I follow Melissa Rose Design on Twitter!

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  66. I tweeted :) https://twitter.com/_sunnysprinkles/status/257131094820917248

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  67. I love her baby wall art! I have been seeing them around, but I love the fonts she used! I also liked her on facebook, twitter, follow her on her blog and tweeted about this giveaway!

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  68. Love looking at the blog layouts she's designed and her wall art is fun too!

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  69. love the chic circles design!

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  70. I like the Bold & Beautiful set.

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  71. I follow Melissa's blog via GFC

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  72. I follow her on Twitter (@SoutheastMidwes)

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  73. I tweeted about the giveaway:

    https://twitter.com/SoutheastMidwes/status/257223967503441920

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  74. I love the chic and sleek but jamsesh is a winner for me! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  75. I tweeted about it https://twitter.com/KassieRew/status/257235853544390656

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  76. I love the Chic Circles design!

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  77. Now following the design blog on Bloglovin :)

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  78. Now following Melissa rose on Twitter

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  79. Take me Away and Cupcakes and Pearls are my two fav pre-made designs. Such cute stuff!!
    -Meesh :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  80. I liked Melissa Rose Design Studio on FB!
    -Meesh :)

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  81. I am now following her blog via GFC!
    -Meesh :)

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  82. I am now following MRD on twitter!
    -Meesh :)

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  83. And I tweeted {tagged LIY and MRD}
    -Meesh :)
    https://twitter.com/FndingMichelina/status/257583942725693440

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  84. I want the whimsical whisper pre made blog design

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  85. 'Liked' this awesome designer on Facebook!

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  87. Tiffany leigh for my business but i like living in yellow for personal.

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  88. I am in LOVE with the Chic and Sleek pre-made blog design.

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  89. I have liked her page on Facebook.

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  90. I'm following her design blog - Meganberkey

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  91. I am following her on Twitter - @Meganberkey

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  92. I tweeted about the giveaway.

    https://twitter.com/MeganBerkey/status/257659259859390464

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  93. Love! I like the Whimsical Whispers premade blog template.

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  94. What an amazing giveaway!! I especially love the cupcakes and pearls premade blog design but their all so cute!

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  95. I like Sweet and Chic :) So cute!!

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  96. I LOVE the cupcakes and pearls premade blog theme. Love the coral and teal colors, it looks so fresh!

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  97. I "liked" MRDS on Facebook (Chelsea Moos)

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  98. I followed her design blog via GFC

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  99. followed ALL of the steps above! Would love to win this!

    Lindsey@LsFashionDish.com

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  100. Tweeted about the giveaway! https://twitter.com/whippedmoos/status/257850638967398400

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  101. Right now my blog is all kinds of cray cray with a touch of ghetto fabulous because I don't know what the hell I am doing kinda shiz... I would LOVE a blog makeover with a fresh and clean new style!!!!

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  102. I like the bold and beautiful design!

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  103. I love them all! I like all the clean lines and the fact they aren't too cluttered.

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  104. I am hoping it is not too late to enter the give away for the premade blog design! I think my favorite is "Soft and Sleep." I love her designs, hope to one day splurge and have her make me a custom blog :)

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  105. my favorite item is the CHIC CIRCLES pre-made blog design

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  106. i liked melissa rose design studio on facebook

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  107. i'm in love with the "modern pink" one!

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I read and appreciate every one of your comments. Thanks for stopping by my space and sharing a piece of yourself on this huge ole internet. I meant that in the least creepy way possible. I'm just good at making everything awkward. Anyhow, thank you for your comments. They make me smile :)