It’s here! It’s here! It’s here! Stay Bookish has a new design and it’s bright and bubblegum-colored!

stay bookish bubblegum summer

I’ve recently been hinting about how much I want to redesign my blog. As much as I wanted to then, college has kept me busy. But I just finished my finals recently which means I’m done for the semester and can enjoy summer! Originally, my plan was to read and read and read but I got a mild fever and a terrible sore throat two days ago which weirdly enough was when a design idea came over. 

I started creating a draft on photoshop, not really meaning to use it at first. I’ve never done the psd to website design transition before because I’m pretty amateur when it comes to CSS and coding. And then I got to thinking that now would be a great time to learn how to create a theme from scratch. So I did. I have to say- it wasn’t an easy task. In fact, it was damned hard but thank god for Google. I would not have survived this if it weren’t for all those tutorials online. Although I still made a lot of guesswork, I’ve learned so much as I was designing this theme. I can’t wait to learn more!

After all the buzz I’ve created because of my overexcitement for this design I’ve been doing, this big reveal must have turned out to be anticlimactic. Still, I’m so proud of of what I’ve done! To those who’ve expressed their excitement over twitter, and for those who’ve given me some tips, like Mitchii and Georgie, THANK YOU SO MUCH! I’m really hoping you guys will like it!

PS: I’ve spent several hours scouring for errors but I know there are still several glitches hiding around. If you guys find any, please do tell! It’ll be a great help!


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41 thoughts on “Bubblegum Summer: A Brand New Theme

  1. Very very pretty! I love the subtle gradient on the text and the font for your menu links keeps the design bubbly and whimsical while maintaining its elegance! Fantastic job Hazel and I hope you’re feeling better <3

    Charlotte @ Gypsy Reviews recently posted: Music to my Ears #2
    Posted on March 22, 2014 at 7:36 am
    1. Thank you, Charlotte! So glad you like it! That was totally my motif so I’m glad the theme managed to convey that. :-)

      Posted on March 22, 2014 at 11:40 am
  2. Loving the new design!! :D It’s so fairytale-ish,in my opinion! I admire how you design so well. And the bookss!!! So pretty! *.*

    Lillian recently posted: March Hiatus and Minor Details
    Posted on March 22, 2014 at 7:38 am
  3. Bubblegum summer fits perfectly! It’s refreshing, subtle and notebook-ish. I love the tree in the header and the upside down row of books. So very cool and it’s awesome that you’re learning coding. I plan to venture further into it this summer.

    Yay, for blog designs! =D

    Sana // artsy musings of a bibliophile recently posted: Review: Panic by Lauren Oliver
    Posted on March 22, 2014 at 7:46 am
  4. Sooo pretty!! Totally like your design! I really like the font on your header and the girl + books! <333 Weeee

    Abby @ abbbzandbookz recently posted: Up..up..updates + a PH giveaway :D
    Posted on March 22, 2014 at 7:48 am
  5. Congrats on your first theme from scratch!! I remember when I made my first one. It can be complicated as hell the first time. But once you do it a few times, it all just clicks.

    It looks great! :D

    Posted on March 22, 2014 at 7:54 am
    1. I’m all giddy since it’s a huge accomplishment for me! I’m hoping to practice some more now that I have some free time! And thanks, Ashley! :D

      Posted on March 22, 2014 at 11:45 am
  6. IT’S SO PRETTY! I’m sure you did everything fine and I applaud you from learning how to do all of this wonderful stuff through google, it’s very impressive! Good luck with any future theme tweaks ;)

    Shelly recently posted: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares
    Posted on March 22, 2014 at 8:17 am
    Get well soon too, Hazel! :) Having a fever and sore throat really sucks so get well so that you can enjoy your lovely summer! :D

    Emily recently posted: The Taking by Kimberly Derting
    Posted on March 22, 2014 at 8:25 am
    1. I know I’ve said it before but you are so sweet! I’m so so glad you like it! :’) :’) :’) I’ve recovered from the fever but the sore throat sucks so much since it’s so hot in the Philippines and all I wanna do is eat ice cream! :(

      Posted on March 22, 2014 at 11:50 am
  8. Yay, you finished it and it so pretty. *sparkling eyes* I think it’s much prettier now that it’s live. Congrats! <3

    Mitchii @ The Aeropapers recently posted: Special: My top 5 songs from the OST of movies based on books.
    Posted on March 22, 2014 at 10:48 am
    1. I know! All thanks to that super helpful link you gave me. Thank you, Mitchii! <3

      Posted on March 22, 2014 at 11:47 am
  9. Your new design is gorgeous! I would’ve never guessed that this is your first time creating an entire theme. Congrats on a job well done :)

    Posted on March 22, 2014 at 12:06 pm
    1. Yep, I used to just tweak pre-made themes heavily. Now that I’ve done it from scratch, there’s no going back haha. Thanks so much! xo

      Posted on March 22, 2014 at 12:24 pm
  10. AHHHHH I LOVE IT HAZEL! <3 BEAUTIFUL! This is so good for a first try, I wouldn't know that if you didn't say it! May I know what font do you use for your blog header? :D And your blog color is one of my favorites — blue and green. The theme name fits well too!
    Congratz for finishing your finals, btw! ;)
    Sorry if I used too many exclamation marks haha!

    Kezia @ Chapteriosity recently posted: [Review] Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
    Posted on March 22, 2014 at 12:33 pm
    1. THANKS, KEZIA!!! :) :) :) Exclamation marks are very much welcome here. ;) The font I used for my blog header is Carolyna Black Pro. :D

      Posted on March 22, 2014 at 10:38 pm
  11. Oh my god Hazel, this is wonderful! It’s so pretty! I love the header and just, oh it’s so wonderful. You must be so happy with it; you always have wonderful designs, I’m jealous! I hope you love it for a while yet :D

    Amanda @ Book Badger recently posted: Review - Me Since You
    Posted on March 22, 2014 at 2:06 pm
  12. Such a beautiful design Hazel! I’m pleased you were able to create it from scratch too as I know it can be quite a challenge if you’re not quite experienced with coding.
    Get better soon and I’ll speak to you when I’m back from holiday :D <3

    Georgie @ What She Reads recently posted: PERSONAL: BON VOYAGE
    Posted on March 22, 2014 at 2:28 pm
  13. What a pretty new design! I love it.

    Alex @ Life in the Pages recently posted: 15 Times the Struggle was Real (Bookworm Edition)
    Posted on March 22, 2014 at 4:59 pm
  14. Wow! Love the new design Hazel! <3

    Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf recently posted: The Vanishing Season
    Posted on March 22, 2014 at 5:00 pm
  15. Hazel! THE NEW DESIGN IS FABULOUUUUUSSS! SO PRETTY. Every time somebody create a design for themselves, I have the urge to learn CSS. Lol. I don’t think I can handle the stress. ;D

    Posted on March 22, 2014 at 5:49 pm
  16. I really liked your previous design, but this one’s beautiful as well! My favorite has to be the notebook-like sidebar. I have a thing for torn-off pieces of paper. ;) And I love love love how you put your social media buttons into the header. Never figured out how to do that, and I can’t image map, so… Anyway, congrats on finishing your finals! So envious of everyone who’s already finished high school because it’s like they have so much time on their hands (though that’s probably not the case).

    I’m also planning on revamping my blog design, once I get my own domain, so maybe I can come to you for help when I need it? ;)

    Megz recently posted: My First Author Event!
    Posted on March 23, 2014 at 4:29 am
  17. I love the header, footer and the sidebar! Beautiful as always. You make me want to redesign my blog too. I just have to overcome my laziness first. Haha!

    Charlie recently posted: Review: These Broken Stars
    Posted on March 23, 2014 at 5:54 am
  18. It’s here and it’s PRETTY :D Like I said on twitter, I love the blue tones you’ve picked, especially the background <3

    Mel@thedailyprophecy recently posted: Review 243. Colleen Oakes – Queen of Hearts.
    Posted on March 23, 2014 at 5:59 am
  19. Gorgeous, gorgeous theme! You must be so happy with it. :)

    Ebony @ Paperbacks & Protagonists recently posted: Book Review - Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
    Posted on March 23, 2014 at 7:06 am
  20. Ohmygosh I am so completely in love with everything about this design!
    The silhouette, the font, the colours!
    You have done such a good job, you shoudl be so proud of yourself! :D

    Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity recently posted: Cover Crush (#41)
    Posted on March 23, 2014 at 7:12 am
  21. I love the new design! I have recently decided that I want to do my design from scratch, and it’s really great to see that somebody else actually managed to do that.

    Anatea @ Anatea's Bookshelf recently posted: MAJOR CHANGES COMING!
    Posted on March 23, 2014 at 8:38 am
  22. I lurrrve the new theme, Hazel! <3 Especially the girl with the book and the tree! Super pretty. I need to steal some of your blog designing talent, haha!

    Aimee @ Deadly Darlings recently posted: I’m Going to Hong Kong! (Short Blogging Hiatus)
    Posted on March 23, 2014 at 10:27 am
  23. It’s so pretty!! And I totally get the bubblegum theme, haha

    I love the gradient in your header!

    Posted on March 23, 2014 at 10:41 am
  24. I love your new design Haze. It is fun and kinda cute without being childish. I even like you new blog button. It is just so lovely. Now I want to redesign my blog. Damnmit woman!! :D I’m so busy with my post grad classes I rarely have time to even do reviews. Come summer and I’ll have to do something too.

    Cool blog! Love it! :)

    Aarati recently posted: Entangled Embrace: Giveaway
    Posted on March 23, 2014 at 11:49 am
  25. The new design is incredible! Really rad job on it :)

    Kayla Elizabeth recently posted: Top Ten Books On My Spring 2014 TBR List
    Posted on March 23, 2014 at 12:17 pm
  26. I LOVE YOUR NEW DESIGN. Like the color scheme and the images and everything are perfect. And they really remind me of you :)

    Posted on March 23, 2014 at 12:23 pm
  27. Love it! So pretty!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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    Posted on March 23, 2014 at 12:46 pm
  28. Congrats on the new theme! I like it very much!!! It’s so fresh!

    Nadia @ Nadia Reads recently posted: #HarryPotterAThon Week 3
    Posted on March 23, 2014 at 1:31 pm
  29. It is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!! I don’t know if I can say that enough times. I just love the colors and the design and everything just works so beautifully. So, so beautiful.

    Annie recently posted: The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
    Posted on March 23, 2014 at 10:40 pm
  30. Whoa! Your new theme is really amazing! The header kind of reminds me of a Jane Austen character! Love it to pieces! I am so jealous of your talent! Hehehehe :)

    Posted on March 25, 2014 at 9:03 am
  31. Oh, wow, Hazel! It’s absolutely beautiful! You just keep outdoing yourself time and time again. Congratulations on coding your first theme! The hard work really paid off!

    Nikki @ The Paper Sea recently posted: TTT (15): Bookish Bucket List
    Posted on March 25, 2014 at 4:32 pm
  32. I hope you’re feeling better Hazel! I love your new theme and congrats on coding your first layout! I love the colors and how it’s fresh (am I making any sense?)

    alice-jane recently posted: A Visit to the Strand & NY
    Posted on March 26, 2014 at 10:09 am
  33. I love love love the new design Hazel. So gorgeous. I also do a lot of googling for setting up my blog. :P but I think you did a far better job.

    Francine Soleil recently posted: Book Review: Hope’s Decree by Angela McPherson
    Posted on March 28, 2014 at 12:39 pm
  34. Love it! You did an amazing job!!!!

    Tanya Patrice recently posted: Make It Outstanding {The April Edition}
    Posted on March 29, 2014 at 11:39 pm