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SEPTEMBER FREEBIE

Changing out my desktop background is one of FAVE things to do at the start of each month.

I've changed them out so often, that I know exactly what I like and what works for me. 

MY IDEAL:


Something elegant and simple. Not visually busy and inspiring. Something that will motivate me to keep my desktop tidy and uncluttered. 

I've found a calendar to be super handy, and have recently added a section for my Top 3 goals. I like how they are always the first thing I see in the morning when I start my day.

(TIP: close your windows down at the end of your work day, so that you start your day with your pretty desktop image. #itsthellittlethings).

I also screen on videos often for Canva trainings and tutorials, and like the right-hand side uncluttered, so that I can make the screen view smaller on my IMac.

Since my basic layout works so well and because the previous Desktop calendar templates have been so popular with my Canva Community Members, I...

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HOW TO CREATE AN ANIMATED GRAPHIC IN CANVA

You’ve seen them on Social Media, and you’re curious, “How on earth do I make a GIF?” Graphics Interchange Format (GIFs) are files that show animation or simple movement. They are a great way to add a little fun to your feed, show off some personality, stand out and change things up a bit.

They’re the perfect mix between the two leading forms of communication, visuals, and video.

So how on earth do you actually create your own unique GIF's without being a Photoshop or Techie wiz?

Watch this short training that I created for Think Creative Collective on How to create an anmated GIF without using Photoshop.

There's some great tips (and a full breakdown) of 4 ways to create your own unique GIF's quickly and easily.  


CANVA'S NEW GIF FEATURE

Since this training, Canva has come out with a new animation feature that helps you create your animated videos even faster.  

via GIPHY

 You can use the animated images in so many fun...

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HOW TO CREATE YOUR WORKSHEETS IN CANVA

Worksheets and workbooks are a great way to educate your audience, give more value and add credibility to your name.

It’s also trendy to use them as content upgrades for more information or in courses or your membership site to help guide your members through a step-by-step process.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WORKBOOKS AND WORKSHEETS?

Essentially, they’re the same thing. 

I design my workbooks with a front and back cover. It’s like a mini ebook, but with sections to write down notes and answers if needed. And since I’m putting a lot of work into these, I want my readers to feel that they’re getting a high-quality product from me. A beautifully designed workbook draws your readers in and gets them excited about your work.

Worksheets, on the other hand, get to the point of the subject matter faster and will include branding elements and your name, but it won’t always have the cover page. 

Worksheets are perfect for quick tutorials or...

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HOME STYLING TIPS THAT WORK FOR OUR VISUALS TOO

Home is where the heart is, so it’s no surprise that your home affects your energy and creativity... maybe even more than you know.

Just one glance around a home filled with things you love – a gorgeous hand-stitched pillow, a stunning throw, or that one-of-a-kind coffee table – can help fire up your productivity and creativity, while also fostering peaceful and welcoming vibes. 

A well-decorated and well-designed home is about so much more than good looks. Your everyday spaces can boost your energy, lift your mood, and promote your overall happiness, not to mention affect your productivity. And, when your home is well organized, you're pretty much unstoppable (or at least that little bit more able to stop showing up late to brunch or your kid’s soccer practice).

On the other hand, a home where the design is less than stellar, a space that’s just a little short of pulled together, has the opposite effect: it can leave you feeling overwhelmed,...

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HOW TO CREATE YOUR STYLISH EBOOK TEMPLATE WITH CANVA

Steps to launch a stylish e-book that your ideal clients will love! 


  STEP 1: Pick a topic you're crazy passionate about from your Trello #ideas board. 
  STEP 2: Pour your soul’s secrets into a Google Doc (with the help of many caffeine-fueled late nights).

...STEP 3: Transform it into a beautifully designed and branded, ready-to-download, PDF for your peeps (or not!) 


If you want to create an awesome ebook for your tribe, but don't know where to start – or you’re wondering if it's even possible to whip it up in Canva – you're in the right place.

In this short training video I share 3 easy steps to creating your ebook effortlessly in Canva.


We'll also cover:

  • The first thing you need to do before you get started with your...
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HOW TO PULL OFF A COHESIVE BRAND WITHOUT BEING A COPYCAT

Standing out online can be challenging. 

We all want our ideal audience to take notice and click on our images, instead of mindlessly scrolling through their feeds. So how can you be more consistent with your visual approach. Is there is a step-by-step process to creating visuals for your business that actually match?

A picture is worth a thousands words, but before you can paint it, you need to know your why. You are connecting with your ideal client on an emotional level with your branding, so this refining (and continual refining) is crucial before you can play matchy-matchy with your images.

If you feel like you have your person and you purpose, in the (gucci) bag, then head on over to Think Creative Collective Blog where I share 5 easy ways to creating a consistent and cohesive brand, without being a copycat.

A brand that’s going to gain you all the right followers, is a skill the TCC girls have totally mastered, and one they pull...

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HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN DESKTOP CALENDAR IN CANVA

Do you love switching up your desktop image?

My personal favorite is a calendar.

It's handy for a quick glance into the week or month ahead. And if it's also visually inspiring it makes all the difference to the start of my day.
Want to learn how I create my own custom desktop calendar in Canva in only a few short minutes?


Watch the short video below to learn how to give your desktop an elegant new makeover at the start of the month. 


Would you like a copy of mine? 

If you liked the calendar I created you can download one for yourself inside my Clever with Canva FB Group. Members get access monthly surprises and you'll also be part of a community of female business owners,who want to share, learn and create stylish graphics for their sites, and social media using Canva. I can't wait to see you inside.

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ARE YOU STAYING LEGAL WITH CANVA? 5 WAYS TO PROTECT YOURSELF

I love how Tamsen reminds me “Every business decision has a legal impact”.

I’ll be honest. For a long time, I saw the legal side of my business, as something I would get to when I had time. As an admin task that would always remain on my running to-do list.

 

But then I read somewhere and noticed for myself that not only is it super important and your job as a business owner to be safe and to do your research, but it also helps you to be seen to be more professional by your ideal clients.

All the Biz Babes that I loved online had their legal shit sorted.
I loved that about them. It made me feel like they were legit. They took the time to get it figured out.

Part of me felt (or was concerned), that being legal in my business, was going to cost me more money (even though I knew it might end up saving me tons more).

ENTER: Tamsen Horton.
Tamsen is my go-to legal expert, mom of two boys, and the best legal teacher I could have asked for.

She just has a way to...

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HOW TO CREATE AN EFFECTIVE MOOD BOARD IN CANVA?

I love mood boards! And I have a feeling that you do too.

Mood boards are such a great way to gather inspiration for a project, be it to brand your biz or makeover your home office.

In your business, your mood board sets the tone for your branding and helps you to set the vibe to connect with your ideal clients.

It’s a way for your ideas to come together seamlessly and is meant to inspire the pants off you, so that you in turn inspire the skinny jeans off your ideal clients (not literally! No one’s getting naked here!). 


Having your mood board in place also makes it easy to put together your brand board, and to see which parts of your vision for your business needs adjusting.

It’s a great feeling to see your vision and personal style come to life.

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to use my free Canva Template to create your own brand and mood board.

I've also teamed up with Rachel from Haute Chocolate, to show you how you can use...

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STRESS-FREE BRANDING FOR NEWBIES

Want to create graphics for your business that actually match?

Images that work together? Images that connect, stand out and have your ideal clients stop scrolling and start paying attention to your message? 



Let’s break down your branding into 3 easy steps, without you feeling puzzled and even more overwhelmed, so you can finally pick your colors, fonts and images with confidence.


1. NAIL YOUR BRAND WORDS

With so many things to consider, like your why, ideal client, your values etc. let's just zone in one important question.

What do you want your ideal clients to FEEL when they land on your website?
What do you want them to feel when they see your images on Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest? 

Pick 3-5 words. These will become your brand words. 
Edit them down until you have the 3-5 words that you cannot part with.

Think of how you feel when you’re on your fave sites.  What would be so freaking fab to accomplish feeling-wise when you ideal client...

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