Behind-the-scene glimpses on Instagram and Instagram stories. I am right?
And although it takes time to nail your Instagram Strategy. The best thing you can do is to plan and then refine, until you find a design and posting style that works best for you.
Planning in advance will help with the dreaded "what do I post question" and help you create a more consistent and cohesive feed.
Before Planoly*, I used to create my monthly strategy in Canva. I find it helpful to see how my quotes, tips or desk-selfies and life shots were all working together to give my peeps a feel for who I am. And just like your Mood Board, it helps you see what needs some adjusting.
If you want to use Canva to plan out your IG feed, here's how I suggest you do it!
Create a Pinterest Board and Pin ideas you like and that feel on brand.
Instagrammers want value from your IG posts, but they also want a visual treat.
They want to recognize...
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.
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.
Do you like to have a calendar or a monthly mantra that you like to add? Do you prefer it on the right or the left. I'd LOVE to hear your preferences in the comments...
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 of the two leading forms of communication, visuals, and video.
Watch this short training that I created for Think Creative Collective on 4 ways to create your own unique Gifs quickly and easily. You can see the full post here.
Since this training, Canva has come out with a new animation feature that helps you create your animated videos even faster.
You can use the animated images in so many fun ways in your business.
Some examples include:
One way to feel like your brand is the Belle of the Ball? Branded Patterns!
There are absolutely incredible ones you can find on Creative Market and Etsy, and the wonderful Rachel from Haute Stock also includes curated beautiful options in her monthly Graphics Pack.
Need them in your brand colors? Want to try your hand at creating your own? Canva has amazing options to your visuals to the next level!
Even better? You can create them custom!
Simply watch the video below to learn how to create your own branded + unique patterns using the power of Canva.
Select the size you want to use for your pattern. Do you want a square, horizontal or vertical design? I usually create mine using 2500 x 2500 pixels.
Option 1: Choose one of Canva’s existing patterns
Click to the elements or background tab + scroll down to see your options.
To make this easier, you can type “patterns” into the search box.
Want to know what really just feels like stepping on legos?
Spending alllll the livelong day creating a new graphic in Canva, finally getting it just the way you had hoped and then...uploading it to your social media and finding out it looks blurry AF + not at all how you imagined. *cue facepalm*
If anyone gets it, love, it’s me. I have been there + dealt with the wrath of Canva on numerous occasions.
The very last thing I want you to pull your hair out over is graphics in Canva. Why? Because your brand should only portray how incredible your offerings truly are + you should feel super ready to take on the world of visuals in your biz.
And if you’re still stuck. See Canva’s help center - https://support.canva.com/troubleshooting/downloading/
So, let’s get right down to it, shall we? We’ll cover:
Something I hear a lot as a graphic designer? Biz owners feeling super stuck on their graphics + the perpetual question: How do I create amazing looking graphics faster?
I’ll tell you, the last thing I want you to do is feel like you’re going to pull your beautiful DryBar blowout strands out of your head every time you sit down to create a new visual + that’s why today I’m sharing a training that will knock your socks off!
This training will:
I personally start off by creating one image for my upcoming blog post + then I let that image inspire the rest of my images that I’ll later to use...
Any other peeps see themselves as the Fairy Godmother of label making? I will find any excuse to use my label maker, any day, any reason, any time. My husband may think I’m a little cray-cray but girlfriend, you just know mama likes her organization.
...and it’s fun seeing them come to life before your eyes, isn’t it?
Before I was on the visual creation train for boss babes using Canva for curating profitable businesses, I was a home and food stylist. I appreciate an organized home — searching for things in random piles is the bane of my existence and I live for structure and order. But more than that? I like a good flair of style with my organization. It has to have a touch of NS baby! Which is why I started creating my own labels.
Oh, love. All sorts! Canva is your own personal mecca with the ability to make home office labels for magazine holders, address labels, file folder markers, spice...
One of my very favorite designs to create is a vision board. I create one at the start of every year and then make it a point to tweak it each quarter.
Not only is it a fabulous way to give your goals a visual representation, but it’s also a great resource that you can go to when you need an extra dose of motivation or inspiration.
And as a business woman, it allows you to connect to your emotions and create career decisions that light us up from the inside out.
A tip? Include goals that make your heart skip a beat + get your hands clammy. It’s a good thing to aim high — you only have one life, right?!
Ready to create a meaningful piece that will knock your Jack Rogers straight off your feet usin the power of Canva?
Tune-in to this video to see how to create a vision board quicker than you can say “dream come true” or read-up, below.
First things first, hop on to your Pinterest and...
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.
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...
Alright, ladies. I’ll let you in on a little snippet of what we’re about to dive into in this training.
We’ll be covering:
And some IRL examples of what you’ll be able to create by the end.
*cue your Boss Babe Anthem playlist*
00:17 What to use product mockups for
01:05 3 resources for mock ups
01:50 The different types of mock ups
02:12 Looking at your tablet or phone for reference
02:41 Stey by Step instructions to add your images to your mockups
04:05 Using a premade/designed image
07:10 Horizontal images and screenshots