In the photo below, you can see the home page of our original website on my super huge laptop. This was after Donna taught me how to do changes, so you will notice the logo above is on the home page. The photo is in 2006....note the flip phone, computer monitor, and 20 pound (maybe I'm being dramatic...but it was heavy!), big fat laptop behind me! And the width of the website was 600 pixels wide! Whoa! At the time, I had one working printer for jobs, and now Bob has 6 printers (I still have one!)
After learning how to do changes myself, my next task was to create some special headers for each of our pages. The Weddings page used a layout with one of my favorite hydrangea designs and hand calligraphy for the heading.
The next version of the logo was very similar, but it got a face lift with the use of one of my tulip designs where the hand painted flower used to be. At this time, I had begun printing cards vs. painting everything by hand. We had this new website done in 2012, and I painted the pen design to use as page headers. The full color floral design was a splashy header. Periwinkle is my favorite color, so we chose that for our website background. This is our Wedding Invitations page on our second website.
When Bob came on board in 2015, we made the decision to go all out and hire someone to create a new website from start to finish! We had received so many requests for wholesale, and wanted to be able to offer this as a choice on our website. When working out the re-brand, I created our current logo and there is so much versatility to it. It is a perfect background for our pretty seasonal headers.
Of course, I like to come up with something right away that works. There were many other attempts before we settled on this final logo for our re-brand! Even when I was a girl and was working on learning calligraphy, I would get upset when it wasn't perfect the first time around. Now it is so clear that the best way to get better at something is by hours of practice and by always trying to improve technique.
It's really been an exciting to look at all the different changes through the years. One BIG thing I have learned in the past 20 years. I can't compare myself and my business to others in my industry. It's important for me to look back over the years and see how far El's Cards has come--compared to when I was starting out. I'm very excited about my upcoming Blog Series on 20 things I've learned in 20 years! Stay tuned for that five part series.
Thanks for reading!