5 Steps To Creating A Fantastic Website.

Websites are not built in a day.  At least, not in my world.  It's one of those things that takes time, and like most of "those things"  the more time one takes, the more elbow grease one uses, the better the results.  

Steps To Creating A Fantastic Website

1. We have been building up the website, getting all our gadgets and graphics in a row.  Using free tools from blogger and other gadgets to create the best experience.  

2. We have built content.  Posting weekly. Check out our progress in our previous posts and look at these fancy planner paper clips with the party animals!   (That giraffe is my absolute favorite.)

3. We have created a way to keep in touch - Make a newsletter click the link in the top right to sign up for the mini-magazine.   

4. We have linked to social sites - Linking to social media so people know where to find us.  Have you seen our Instagram feed?

5. Now, to complete the package and really give the website a branded look, we need to work on a header.  

Establish Your Brand On Your Website

Nancy asked Me (Dana) to draw the header.

I looked over my shoulder to see who she was taking too.  There was only an empty coffee pot back there and it wasn't holding a pencil.  

The header is the "banner" at the top of the website or blog.  It's the area that holds the title, and like a cover of a book, it's really important to get right because it will help establish the overall look, feel and brand of the website.

I looked at the coffee pot again- still not holding a pencil.  

Nancy gave me some ideas of the vision she had in her head and I came up with a simple water color sketch. Emphasis on simple.  

I created a sketch.  Taking a photo of it and placing it in the header proved difficult.  Do you see the shadow  and overall uneven  color of the photo I took?  It didn't look good in the header, and didn't fit well.  I can't scan it because the drawing is too big for a regular home scanner, and home scanners tend to scan dark anyway.  

So I have been trying to redraw it, digitally.  

It's kind of a "Work In Progress,"  but we are working on it because we want something unique that just says "Yourdori Girls."  You may have seen that little blue house before.  It's a part of our story and where we came from, the coffee cup too. (Even if the coffee pot refuses to pick up a pencil and draw it for me.) 

I want to get it just riiiight. 

While we have been building the website and spreading the Yourdori story to our creative peeps, a whole month has passed.  I can hardly believe it.  Feels like just last week that I said I'd come on this adventure with Nancy.  Behind the scenes we have been working and dreaming and a whole month has passed!  

Ya gotta celebrate your milestones, and so we want to throw a party! 

With virtual confetti,  imaginary toot horns and something super wonderful in the weekly mini magazine!  Did you get the last download?  It was packed with cute (if we do say so ourselves) you won't want to miss the surprise in this next issue, either.  Make sure you sign up, and feel free to share this.  We promise every newsletter will be full of great photos and lots of crafty fun - and who doesn't want a bit of that in their lives?  

And while your here, let us know what your working on. Do you create art with digital tools?  Are you on your own biz journey?  Do you love a cute gold giraffe as much as we do?  

Be Blessed.
Dana & Nancy


  1. Continue with the positive progress...I'm enjoying it!

    1. Thank you for coming along, Lois! We just keep going forward to the next thing. There is always so much to do!

  2. Drawing digitally can be difficult! I've been practicing for months. I think you are doing fabulous! :)

    1. Lucy, your drawing are fantastic. How you get a natural straight or curved line instead of shaky and spidery is quite a challenge. But there is so much potential for this medium!

  3. Dana, I was just telling Nancy how much I admire and love your header. I still can't believe that you digitally drew it. Super impressed over here. You both are rockin' it & the site is beautiful. xo

    1. Thank you, very much Danielle! I appreciate that. It is a bit of a work in progress, and I am just learning the program. But us Yourdori girtls are all about the adventure!

  4. I was surprised to see you digitally drew it too! Great job! Very inspiring. Someday we shall teach that coffee pot to draw though. SOMEDAY.

  5. EXACTLY. Since I require coffee to function it is only fair that it make itself useful. Thank you for stopping by Justyne!


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