52 Weeks of Color :: Week 25

52 Weeks of Color :: Week 25 | brandigirlblog.com

If you’ve been following my color palettes for a while, you may have noticed that I tend to stay away from black, or any color that reads as black (have you noticed? Just curious).

I tend to leave out black for a couple reasons. One, because it’s kind of a harsh contrast against lighter shades. If I’m going to use a neutral, I’ll reach for a shade of gray, since I can tweak that gray to mesh with whatever colors in a given palette. I can’t do that with black (or white) – it is what it is.

Two, I figure if you want it in a color scheme, you can put it there easily. You know what black looks like, same with white, but that’s not always the case with a shade of color.

And three, I’d rather explore the ways colors can come together, so why waste the space on a color palette with black when there are so many lovely colors to pair up?

But this week, I couldn’t help myself. Though that bottom swatch isn’t true black - it’s actually a very dark, very muted shade of blue - it reads like it. And I really like the way it pops against that dark gold and the blue-purple at the top, how about you?

In other news, the blog here has gotten a face lift!

Basically, I wanted it to match my business blog. The problem was that both blogs are on separate domain names, so I had two choices: move everything from one site over to the other, or make them look like they’re the same site. Because moving things around is not only a total pain, but also a huge time suck, I voted for using the same theme to unify my sites.

That’s actually a really good trick, if you’ve got a bunch of separate sites that you’d like tie together without moving anything.

This means things here aren’t where you’re used to seeing them, if they’re there at all (I simplified pretty much everything). Since the most popular posts here are the color-related ones, the older random posts will be getting the cut eventually, and I’ll be focusing on just color related goodness going forward.

Eventually (there’s that word again), I’d like to make my color palettes searchable by color. Would that be something you’d be interested in?

How’s your week going?


52 Weeks of Color :: Week 24

52 Weeks of Color :: Week 24 | brandigirlblog.com

Fun fact: I originally came up with this color palette as a new branding color scheme for myself. Ultimately, I scrapped it, but I had to share because I think these colors look great next to each other. Reminds me a little of a worn barn or a picnic, how about you?


52 Weeks of Color :: Week 23

52 Weeks of Color :: Week 23 | brandigirlblog.com

I can’t even begin to tell you how accomplished I feel that I’m getting this post up closer to the beginning of the week, instead of the end. It’s the little things, people.

I’ve been busy working on things that no one can see but me. Things like official (read: legal) business stuff, the backend design of my websites, tweaks for ebooks (ohmigod, the tweaks, the endless tweaks, brought on by a perfectionist nature). I feel simultaneously accomplished that I’m making progress, and yet empty that I have no physical proof to show.

On that note, there are going to be some changes around here. I’ll be cutting off old posts, moving some over to the new site, and will (hopefully, should the WordPress design gods allow) have a more unified look to tie both sites together. I don’t have a timeline yet, because it all depends on how fast I can figure the technical stuff out (and not change my mind again, which is important to note), but it’s coming.

And if you like any of the freebies I’ve got, grab them now. They’ll be going away soon, too.

How are you doing?


52 Weeks of Color :: Week 22

52 Weeks of Color :: Week 22 | brandigirlblog.com

Hey friends, just a quick post today. I’ve shaken off my previous foggy state, which is good, but has left me with a huge to-do list. Not so much that it’s big, just that the things on them will take a while.

So, I thought I’d share a couple links from my business blog, in case you missed it:

Happy Wednesday!


52 Weeks of Color :: Week 21

52 Weeks of Color :: Week 21 | brandigirlblog.com

In the interest of full disclosure, this palette was done ahead of time, and thank God. Because my brain checked out sometime last week and has yet to check back in. There are emails to return, and comments to respond to, and other stuff to get a move on. But I just can’t.

Case in point? I turned my computer on yesterday for the first time in a week (a week, people, which is unheard of for me), and I only did it because I had to upload this palette and write a couple posts.

I was going to blame it on the holiday weekend, or the driving urge to reread an eleven book series instead of being mentally present. But then I realized it was the end of May, which my inner clock, thanks to my childhood, reads as it’s now summer vacation. So, I’m going with that. I’m blaming summer.

How are you?


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