New Family Theme Designs

Blog_Lorelei_Theme1 A picture frame we got for Lorelei inspired the original Family theme I started. For a time, much of her stuff was orange, purple, pink and some green. With more kids on the way, I’d thought I need to get the baby/family blog back up, and it was the perfect opportunity to complete the Lorelei design to use for the family blog.

LorleiStyleI liked the rounded elements, and planned on some dynamic css. Unlike baby blogs, I like the rich colors found in her newest bedspread, a picture frame, and a photo album we got for her.
Blog_Lorelei_Theme2 I like the textures and patters they had too. Poka dots, corduroy stripes, and the butterfly and flowers. I played with elements like flowers, circles, and butterflies. I even tried playing with stripes and solids. I found inspiration in a card and another frame that captured the essence of what I wanted stylistically.

Now that we know that boys are on the way, and that the gender balance of the house will be shifting back to the middle, I’m seeking with more gender-neutral colors and designs. The Lorelei theme was heavy on pink and had the shapes felt very girl centric. I’ve been trying to play with colors that represent all the children we’ll have, and maintain colors Michelle, Lorelei, and I like or would be comfortable with. We like purple. My first attempt was to adjust the in-progress family theme. But it looks incomplete and doesn’t achieve my design objective.

BabyTheme This weekend I looked at the original Baby blog theme I created when we were pregnant with Lorelei. From a functionality standpoint it has much of what I want. I can post entries, it has a link to pictures that display after one has logged in (so the pictures are private, and can’t be grabbed by anyone who wants to snag some pictures). It had a caledar, and listed Categories, Archives, and Links to other sites., a link to photos and a wishlist. I then thought about the colors and the elements and decided I liked what I did with it. Although they are lighter less saturated colors like most baby items, it was gender neutral. It just needs some polish or updating. Based on the old design, I’ve come up with the following:

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I’m still not happy, but hope I’m on the right track. I like the designs found at the following:
Moxie Design, EightCrazy Design, and EZwpthemes.

I also love the cards and the styles from Papyrus.

Let me know what you think, and if you have any suggestions.