24 January, 2011

This is nothing against My Pink Stamper, it is just unfortunate that after this Blog Designer, Whitney Bennett from Special Made Blog Design spruced up Robyn's (My Pink Stamper - MPS) blog her business received a bit of a boom. I was one of the people on her list of blogs scheduled we had the idea and most of everything completed, I paid her 1/2 payment for the blog design..

I am contacting you regarding your design.  As you have seen, I have gotten pretty behind on my blog designs.  We got many blog orders really fast and had no idea what was about to happen unexpectedly.  Right after many of you placed your order, we had many things occur to our family.  After having 2 surgeries, 2 deaths, and many more complications, it caused me to get behind on my work.  We were closed for 2 weeks for a family reunion where my grandpa took everyone on a cruise.  When we came back we were hit really bad with the flu.  We have been back now for 2 weeks and our family is finally recovering.  My baby boy has needed so much attention because he has been in so much pain.  I know that many of you have waited so patiently for your blog design and I truly appreciate it.  I am now feeling so overwhelmed trying to catch up on my work and trying to take care of my little baby.  I have a handful of designs half done.  I know a lot of you are just waiting on your illustrations and some of you are waiting on your full design.  I will be discounting your blog design since you have had to wait so long for your designs.  I do really apologize and appreciate your patience as I work through your designs and get them to your liking.  I wrote out a plan this morning and this is when I am planning on starting each of your designs:
11/02 - Julia
11/03 - Heather
11/04 - Glenda
11/05 - Emma
11/06 - Michele
11/09 - Gale
11/10 - Nadia
11/11 - Sandy
11/12 - Sonya
11/13 – Rosie
As stated, I will be working on a new one each day.  I am going to try so hard to start each design on the date stated above, and just pray and hope nothing else happens to us right now.  I really appreciate your patience in understanding.  2 months ago I had no idea of the things that were going to send our life in the opposite direction.  Thank you so much for your understanding.  Please email me with any questions.

Whitney Bennett

I have emails between us from August to December... Now I know that things happen, and she had familial issues but once she said she would NOT follow through with her obligations I proceeded to contact her to refund my money which she never replied or responded and or refunded my money to me.. Immediately after this she started a different venture with making photocards with another woman, I don't believe that site ever really took off either (http://yourcardbakery.blogspot.com). Now I know you make think why not file a claim with paypal, well after 30 days what can I do? As a digital product what repercussion do I have for someone who does not follow through with their promise. I mean she had a test blog the design was close to complete. With the work she completed if I was more computer literate I may have been able to piece together the blog she showed.. However payment was for her to install the blog which never happened. I was so BUMMED and jaded for a while against paying designers to redo/design my blog. 

The design currently on my blog is by A Blog to Brag About  The Pixelista (free) she also does custom work, custom blogs created my grab me button as well as my signature (when I was no longer as jaded and paid for this design, a wonderful friendly honest person to work with,I look forward to working with her again), a lot of other elements come from free sites Shabby Blogs/The Cutest Blog on the Block etc..

Now I know you guys must be thinking hey girl its been over a year get over it and move on I have moved on however I just wanted to apologize to anybody that may have paid her to redesign your blog and did not follow through with it especially if you had chosen her best on my recommendation. I have said this is in the past, I have also moved my blog so that post may be gone as well. 

I am just editing the original post and giving props to the People who have helped improve my blog for free and or with a fee..

Special Made Blog Designs Keep checking my blog within a few weeks I hope to have my complete ultra unique blog completed and uploaded by Whitney. She is easy to work with and her works is awesome.

****DISCLAIMER**** Paper Crafters Anonymous (Heather) is not holding MPS responsible or putting any blame on MPS, unfortunately MPS helped propel this persons business and it boomed more than she could handle..

This was originally posted on 9/6/09.. 

Hello everyone, no craft post today however I will be talking about changing the look of your blog. Now it is not as hard as it seems. As a matter of fact there are many outlets on the web that offer free designs so that you can personalize your blog to something fancier than the standard blogger template looks and colors.. If you have visited my blog more than once and or even sporadically you will have noticed I change my look sometimes too often sometimes not so often. It just depends on my mood and sometimes you will visit while I am in the midst of seeing which background works with my blog set up.

There are free options and I may repeat some that you already know and use but you might be able to find something you haven't seen before from the new.

Currently my header was made by Shabby Blogs and I added everything title and photos to it. The Blog background is from Aqua Poppy Designs her Free Backgrounds..

So without further ado, to spruce up the look of your blog you can use these free sites:
Shabby Blogs- Free Backgrounds, Headers, Buttons
Cutest Blog on the Block - Free Backgrounds, some with matching headers and buttons, & blog tips
Aqua Poppy Designs- Free Backgrounds
Hot Bliggity Blog - Free Backgrounds
Gisele Jaquenod & Birdie- Free Templates
Yummy Lolly - Free Designs

These are just a few of the places you can find online. I like to use the designs that are easiest to upload and do not include me messing with the original blogger template. You just go to customize add a gadget and drop the code under html and save.. That is the easiest for me. Although there have been times when I have altered my template with code via blogger but when I have gone to change the look I could never get anything to work correctly.

When changing the style and design of your blog, you could also opt to have someone completely redo or create something unique just for you.

Top on my list for paid services is:
Special Made Blog Designs Keep checking my blog within a few weeks I hope to have my complete ultra unique blog completed and uploaded by Whitney. She is easy to work with and her works is awesome.
Aqua Poppy Designs offers customized service, however she is currently on maternity until further notice
Hot Bliggity Blog
Yummy Lolly as Acorn Glue her custom design site - though she is currently not taking any requests if you like her designs and styles keep a look out on her blog for when she is

There are many other sites to choose from, you could also purchase premade templates.
For an example Delicious Design Studio your options are endless from free to a little out of pocket to $$$ out of pocket, it just depends on who you choose and how much personalization you are looking for.

Have fun updating your blogs for those that find something interesting from these sites. If you know of a different site please let me know.. I love changing things on my blog.
Have a Creative Day! - Heather

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the very helpful info Heather, I am about to hire a designer to do a few things for my Blog and up coming Etsy Shop, nothing as much a complete overhaul, not yet anyway.. LOL But this has given me pause to ask a few important questions before I do, like refund policy, and How many projects do they have going currently, etc... 8-)

    P.S. Thanks again for your help with the Cricut Circle Blinkie and for joining my blog too! Made my day.. 8-)


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