Ellie Illustrates up for Review

Ellie Illustrates up for Review

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So as I am back for keeps with this blogging lark we decided (well, I asked James and he said yes) to sort out branding for ‘dontcallmestepmummy’.  There are so many beautiful blogs out there and various different people who can help you design a blog package.  I am a huge fan of Katie at ‘Mummy Daddy Me‘ s blog and always think how beautifully she presents everything…. major blog crush *laughs*.  Katie actually offers a blog design package too.

I had noticed the wonderful work of Helen Braid popping up everywhere on twitter and various blogs that I love and couldn’t help but have a nosey at her blog design packages.  Helen is very gifted and if you click on the previous link you will see she has a wide variety of style but also a very specific style too for the usual Mummy blogger.

Helen will contact you when you register interest and let you know when she’ll be available to start work on your request, as you can imagine she’s a highly sought after lady.  The date can be secured for a small deposit and then Helen will contact nearer to the date to get your thoughts on your design and what you would like.  I was very specific in what I wanted and Helen has captured everything perfectly.  The day my first draft was sent to me was a couple of days earlier than I was expecting, what a lovely surprise, we added a few minor touches (curls to Shayla’s hair and the pair of ballet shoes) which Helen was really happy and very quick to change.  I was so pleased and uploaded it to everything as quickly as possible.  The blog design package includes the blog header, individual gravatar and a background design to match.

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The gravatar for my personal profile pictures I was so happy with too.  I just love Helen’s style and think she has done a wonderful job.  I also had my social media icons designed by Helen for my page.  She uploaded and linked them to all my various social media sites ‘pinterest, youtube, googleplus, instagram, facebook and twitter.’  You just send Helen your log in and she discreetly sneaks in and updates everything for you.

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Helen also made sure I had my blog header design in all the various sizes for the different social media sites as it can be a nightmare to adjust the cropping etc without cutting off some of the picture.  I am so pleased with the service from start to finish, professional, intuitive, helpful.  Helen even designed my ‘just the 2 of us’ badge and showed me a site I could use to create my grab button rather than pay her to do it.


I can not recommend her highly enough.  I feel as though I am now set up for blogging in the long haul.  Maybe in a couple of years when I get bored (and the children grow) I will be going back for a redesign if Helen is still in the business.
*I was not gifted a redesign from Helen for the purpose of review, I was just so delighted with the service I wanted to post about it.*

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