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Is there anyone, anywhere, who would be willing and able to help me design my LJ? I've wanted a new one for over a year, even paid for one... but it never panned out.

My Tale of Woe

This originally was totally words, but I changed it to a timeline with dates. Seemed easier to follow:

1/16/06 - I contact an LJ & listsib friend who makes killer graphics and layouts. She is selling her services on her website, and I pay $30 ($25 base, + $5 for extras) for an LJ layout with special features. Nothing too crazy, just like ones she had in her samples.
2/3/06 - I remember about it, and send her my personal information by 2/19/06. I e-mailed 2 more times.
3/16/06 - she responds, saying (basically) that RL is in the way, but she's working on it.
4/3/06 - I send her the final text for the layout
4/16/06 - She responds, stating (accurately) that I hadn't replied to an earlier e-mail... except that I did, on 4/3. She is in finals, so I tell her not to worry, to concentrate on them, and she can finish my layout later.
4/25/06 - I e-mail again, asking about finals, and she gets right back to me. Says she has one more paper due, and then implies she was going to work on my layout.
6/27/06 & 7/10/06 - I send 2 more e-mails.
7/11/06 - she responds, saying that LJ kept tweaking things just enough that the layout wouldn't work. Each time she fixed something, they changed something else.
- At this time, the wonderful jenepherre interceded on my behalf, and sent some info to help things, along with my password.
7/17/06 - she responds with a phone post question.
8/10/06 - I receive the initial draft of the layout, which (as she puts it) was very green.
8/18/06 - she asks why I haven't responded. I write back, asking for a more "Tiffany Teal" color for the base, and she indicates it's no problem.
8/20/06 - I send a list of potential fonts
8/26/06 - I revise the list to 10 choices (it was huge before), and say to use what looks best.
11/24/06 - I send her 2 cursive fonts, and ask her to pick which would work best.

So now it's over a year later and no layout.

So can anyone help me? I'm willing to pay!
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smartwomn1 From: smartwomn1 Date: February 14th, 2007 05:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm absolutely no help, but I like the green.
jenepherre From: jenepherre Date: February 14th, 2007 05:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Spoke with the aforementioned LJ friend & listsib and have a refund coming your way as I type this. She's just swamped with school and I think she was getting confused with what you wanted exactly. But - refund! :-)
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: February 14th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much! I didn't even expect that, and I hope you are getting reimbursed, because it wasn't your fault!

And I totally understand being swamped with school, I just wanted my layout at sometime. Guess I'm never getting it now...

Well, I've lived with this one forever. I guess I can until I get some time to try to tweak it again, with my sad little lack of skills (changing colors is the best I can do on my own). Plus, with the company website I have to build...


Thanks for interceding on my behalf, though! *hugs*
jenepherre From: jenepherre Date: February 17th, 2007 08:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, she is reimbursing me. :-) She just has to do it by snail mail, so I offered to play go-between since she didn't have your mailing address and I didn't know if you wanted me to give it to her.

Did you really like that layout, other than the fact that it's so green? I'm sure we could still work something out if you want. I can certainly install the layout and change the colors. The graphic would be a bit harder. I played with it a little bit back when you first sent me the link, and I can't get a decent looking color change without making Gale's skin look yukky. But maybe M would be willing to send me the layered .psd file. Do you want me to ask? Obviously we'd have to give her the money back if we're going to use the coding and graphics she made.

Or, if you make your own header graphic or have someone else do it for you, I can set up a basic layout for you like this:
or this:
or this:
or one pretty close to this:

I can't do the header graphic though. I just can't seem to focus on stuff like that. Which sucks, 'cause I really want to make a new one for myself. ::sigh::

BTW, did you get my replies to your emails? There were 2 of them, I think. One just after Christmas, and one last month sometime. Just curious, since I never heard back from you.
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: February 20th, 2007 07:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm so far behind on e-mails, it isn't funny. If I read it, I responded. I had to clear a ton out, and I tried to scan for those that didn't come from groups, but maybe I missed yours...

I love that last layout. I just need to get a header, right? Gecause I love the way the date is done, and the general colors are good...

qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: April 3rd, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

How big does a header need to be? Because I might be able to take some of my negative time and make one...

Yeah, it will be just like the scarves, or the necklaces, or the stack of books by my bedside...
no_apologies_86 From: no_apologies_86 Date: February 14th, 2007 05:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Unfortunately I'm not very good with this kind of stuff (the most I can do is what I did with my layout) but there are a few good tutorials around, maybe you could work with those?
callie89 From: callie89 Date: February 14th, 2007 06:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I know a couple people who are pretty good with layouts. zaipixie is good with making banners and such. You might check out her for a banner. Now the actual layout and codes and such, xnickstax is pretty good with layouts. She is very savvy with lj and very nice and easy to work with. Another one is meant2be2gether.

hope that gets you some results.

severina2001 From: severina2001 Date: February 14th, 2007 01:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very, VERY green.

It took me 9697043968 hours just to revise the simple Flexible Squares that I use, so I am of no help. But I send wishes for a positive resolution!
darksylvia From: darksylvia Date: February 14th, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Whoa sucky. I'd help if I was better at it. I just tweak existing layouts. Anything else is over my head.
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