New Year, New Look

It's time for a new look at Life with the Rudys. I absolutely loved my blog header and design from Marina at Penny Lane Designs but I decided I wanted to try something new. It was hard for me to remove my cute little header with the polka dots and birds but now that I have done it there is no turning back...

I announced last summer that I had two major goals that I wanted to work on while Ryan was back in school and that's what I am doing. One of my goals was to train and run my first half-marathon and I completed that accomplishment last weekend (YAY!) and now it's time to tackle my next goal. Learn photoshop. Ryan and I purchased photoshop last year and we both were excited about all the super cool things we were going to be able to do with it. Well, fast forward six months and I have barely opened it. Take that back.  I have opened it on numerous accounts, realized I didn't have a clue as to what I was doing and quickly closed the window. 

I know you are probably thinking that, "This is it? This is her new look? Her old one was so much better." Well you are right, but Hey, I'm trying! I first created a new template as I plan on putting links at the top of this page and I think it will be much more functional. Next, I googled "How to make a header in Photoshop" and spent the next couple of hours on my computer. I have barely touched the surface of what I can do in photoshop but I'm looking forward to learning much more.

Anyways, I'm sure I will change headers, colors, fonts, and embellishments many times of the next few weeks but I hope you enjoy the new look for now!

Seriously, if anyone is intimidated on creating their own look like I was please contact Marina at Penny Lane Designs. She has great ideas and will create you an amazing new look for your blog!

***Ryan just looked at my new look and immediately commented on the fact that I had chosen the color orange for my background.  He then suggested that the color maroon would look nice.  Oh the joys of being married to an Aggie :)


  1. Let me know how it turns out. I have wanted to purchase it ever since I started photography a couple of years ago...but it is way intimidating. Good Luck!! Oh yeah, congrats on your race ;)

  2. I like the new layout. I looks really pretty and clean. I'd like to learn how to use photoshop as well.

  3. Ski!! I LOVE IT!! It's so great and fresh and new! Perfect :) And the layout is nice too. I need to focus on my old blog too :( Maybe if I made it look pretty I would blog more??

  4. I love the new look Lauren! I think it looks really clean and sophisticated. You are definitely off to a good start with Photoshop. The best way to learn is to google questions you have. :) It really isn't that hard once you get the hang of it. Another way to snazz up designs is to download free fonts. There are tons of great websites out there that have really awesome fonts. Way to go!

  5. I love your new look! The colors look great together and the design is great!


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