When I started blogging a couple of months ago I hurriedly put my header together. It’s been annoying me for the entire time. A free picture of 3 hand prints and some text that I was just not happy with.
As I spend a lot of time on other people’s blogs I have used this time to think about what I want from my blog header. I like the cartoon headers that people have, but there is no way I can afford to get one illustrated for me. I’d even considered asking a friend to do it for me, but I know how busy she is…
Last week I was sat drinking my slightly cold tea, watching the Robot play with his toys… The thought struck me… A Robot. Totally filled with inspiration I set to trying to make my own header for my blog. I use a free image manipulation programme called GIMP GNU Image Manipulation software. I’ve used it for years for small projects, but this was a biggy!
After a couple of hours faffing with my Robot design and a mocked up header, I sent a picture to my tribe asking their opinion. It was met with warm replies. Here I am at phase one:
My back seat blogger of a brother is also my go to person for blogging advice. So I sent it to him too. He immediately said, “you need to straighten the text on the sign post”. Like, duh! It’s a draft. That being the main negative, it was given the thumbs up. He did suggest that I do some painting with the Robot to make textures for the grass and sky. My response was, have you tried painting with a baby? Read these here, edible painting with your baby and two tiny hand painting. I ordered some paint… Then decided it was a bad idea!
While I was
not sleeping I came up with an idea to change the header every season. It being Spring now, I filled my header with flowers, sheep and a not so perfectly blue sky. A lot of hours later I have what you can see here. It’s not perfect, I certainly don’t call myself an illustrator. I like it for now. In June when Summer hits I get to change it again. A cunning plan!
One thing for sure though is that I love my little Robot. For this reason I am giving you the opportunity to collect my Robot. Throughout the year I’ll be releasing special edition badges. You can find the code on my sidebar or below. Right now it’s the Spring. If you’d like to know when a new badge is released please tweet me @IsntitprettyKTB and I’ll add you to my Robot list.
Do you think I’ve done a good job? It can only get better, right?