Bubblegum Summer: A Brand New Theme

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!


Hazel @ Stay Bookish

Hazel Ureta is an advocate of stories. She is the blogger and Editor-In-Chief of Stay Bookish because she loves talking about books. She enjoys reading Young Adult novels the most and writes them too.
if you enjoyed reading this post

Did you enjoy reading this post?

Subscribe now to receive fabulous freebies and get the latest bookish reviews and features straight into your inbox.

Please enter your name.
Please enter a valid email address.
Something went wrong. Please check your entries and try again.


  1. Charlotte @ Gypsy Reviews on March 22, 2014 at 7:36 am

    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

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on March 22, 2014 at 11:40 am

      Thank you, Charlotte! So glad you like it! That was totally my motif so I’m glad the theme managed to convey that. :-)

  2. Lillian on March 22, 2014 at 7:38 am

    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! *.*

  3. Sana // artsy musings of a bibliophile on March 22, 2014 at 7:46 am

    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

  4. Abby @ abbbzandbookz on March 22, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Sooo pretty!! Totally like your design! I really like the font on your header and the girl + books! <333 Weeee

  5. Ashley on March 22, 2014 at 7:54 am

    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

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on March 22, 2014 at 11:45 am

      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

  6. Shelly on March 22, 2014 at 8:17 am

    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 ;)

  7. Emily on March 22, 2014 at 8:25 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

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on March 22, 2014 at 11:50 am

      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! :(

  8. Mitchii @ The Aeropapers on March 22, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Yay, you finished it and it so pretty. *sparkling eyes* I think it’s much prettier now that it’s live. Congrats! <3

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on March 22, 2014 at 11:47 am

      I know! All thanks to that super helpful link you gave me. Thank you, Mitchii! <3

  9. Joséphine @ Dudette Reads on March 22, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    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 :)

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on March 22, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      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

  10. Kezia @ Chapteriosity on March 22, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    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!

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on March 22, 2014 at 10:38 pm

      THANKS, KEZIA!!! :) :) :) Exclamation marks are very much welcome here. ;) The font I used for my blog header is Carolyna Black Pro. :D

  11. Amanda @ Book Badger on March 22, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    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

  12. Georgie @ What She Reads on March 22, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    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

  13. Alex @ Life in the Pages on March 22, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    What a pretty new design! I love it.

  14. Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf on March 22, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Wow! Love the new design Hazel! <3

  15. Cee on March 22, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    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

  16. Megz on March 23, 2014 at 4:29 am

    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? ;)

  17. Charlie on March 23, 2014 at 5:54 am

    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!

  18. Mel@thedailyprophecy on March 23, 2014 at 5:59 am

    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

  19. Ebony @ Paperbacks & Protagonists on March 23, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Gorgeous, gorgeous theme! You must be so happy with it. :)

  20. Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity on March 23, 2014 at 7:12 am

    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

  21. Anatea @ Anatea's Bookshelf on March 23, 2014 at 8:38 am

    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.

  22. Aimee @ Deadly Darlings on March 23, 2014 at 10:27 am

    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!

  23. Kelly on March 23, 2014 at 10:41 am

    It’s so pretty!! And I totally get the bubblegum theme, haha

    I love the gradient in your header!

  24. Aarati on March 23, 2014 at 11:49 am

    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! :)

  25. Kayla Elizabeth on March 23, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    The new design is incredible! Really rad job on it :)

  26. Rachel on March 23, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    I LOVE YOUR NEW DESIGN. Like the color scheme and the images and everything are perfect. And they really remind me of you :)

  27. Missie on March 23, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Love it! So pretty!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  28. Nadia @ Nadia Reads on March 23, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Congrats on the new theme! I like it very much!!! It’s so fresh!

  29. Annie on March 23, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    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.

  30. Kevin @ Tomebound on March 25, 2014 at 9:03 am

    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 :)

  31. Nikki @ The Paper Sea on March 25, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    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!

  32. alice-jane on March 26, 2014 at 10:09 am

    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?)

  33. Francine Soleil on March 28, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    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.

  34. Tanya Patrice on March 29, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Love it! You did an amazing job!!!!

  35. […] Hazel@StayBookish created her first theme from scratch! […]

Leave a Comment