“Hi! My name is Livia and I love design and photography which I've been doing for most of my life. I ♥ Canon cameras; Apple Macs; dabbling in Adobe Creative Suite software; and wrangling XHTML, CSS, basic PHP and Wordpress. Comic Sans and Papyrus fonts scare me. I ♥ eating out with friends. I really ♥ camels. Have you figured out what 'chamelle' means yet? According to some silly online quiz I am a 'hippie'. I believe in environmental sustainability, and like meditation and yoga (when I get around to doing it) so I guess it must be right ;) In October 2010 I moved to France to practise my French and nurture my love of foreign languages (and eat lots of yummy food!). Here, I found plenty of inspiration amongst all the beautiful places and things I see… In May 2011 I moved to Geneva, Switzerland and being a former Sydney beach girl, I am getting used to the beauty of the large lake and the mountains. This blog contains bits and pieces about my life and work. Hope you enjoy reading it, glad you made it this far. Please drop me a line, I'd love to hear from you!
This is a Wordpress site/blog. Chamelle Designs' Theme was proudly created FROM SCRATCH on an iMac and drawn with a Wacom tablet. It used the software Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks, Smultron and Firebug and was tested using MAMP and WAMP. All graphics here are original and created by Livia. Please do not steal or else you will be thrown into the sea as food for the hungry shark below. Please do not re-post any of these (copyrighted) blog images/photos/articles in part or full on your site without crediting and linking back here.
While it’s still not 100% perfect (because I’m only a PHP newbie), I am pleased with the results so far, and to know I created it all myself was quite exciting.
I already had the design/layout mocked up in Fireworks. From that I created the blog code in HTML and CSS. It seemed pretty easy when I started. Just plonk in the PHP in the relevant places and voila! However, it was a little harder than I thought because the tutorial assumes a standard Wordpress layout with 2 columns (including 1 sidebar) whereas mine has 3 columns (including 2 sidebars). Also I wanted certain things to appear in different places so there was a lot of tweaking (and I’m still tweaking, there are still some small glitches and it’s a constant work-in-progess). Getting the date box to look exactly like how I wanted suddenly brought back memories of me learning all about PHP date formats and it felt great when I realized how easy it was! I felt a massive sense of accomplishment when I had finally created my own theme! So give it a try!