I created the banner and bottom-of-the-page navigation buttons myself, and used a template from The Darling Blog for the rest of the layout. With the template, I kept everything the same, except for the navigation bar and side bar titles, which I changed to better match Kayla's request. To see the full layout, visit The Meaning of the Melody blog here!
Thanks again for the opportunity, Kayla! If anyone else is interested in changing up the look of their blog, I am currently offering custom banners and social media buttons. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Even if you don't want to commit, I'd still love to exchange ideas, tips, and rate information. Also, you can visit my portfolio (here) to see more of my work.