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DESIGN YOUR FACEBOOK BANNER IN 3 EASY STEPS

Got the Facebook banner blues?

Your Facebook banner is the first thing visitors see when they land on your Facebook Page. It communicates for you when you're sleeping, hanging with your fam and when you're doing your Instagram stalking of #allthethings. 

Your banner gives your visitors an INSTANT vibe about whether they want to stay and hang out.

And, I'm pretty pumped to share that it's easy to design.

Never feel stuck on what to include on your banner graphic ever again and go from banner blues to banner beautiful. 


Here are 3 easy steps to design your Facebook banner:

Step 1: Choose a goal for your Banner

Why is this important? 
Choosing a goal for your visual keeps your graphic focused and limits overwhelm for your viewer. Try to choose ONE key main takeaway for every graphic.

Is your goal to share your tagline or clarity statement so that your visitors know what you do and who you serve, or are you promoting something? If you are...

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HOW TO CREATE YOUR INSTAGRAM STRATEGY

We just can't get enough of ... 

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!


1. DO SOME BIG PICTURE PLANNING

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...

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WHY ARE MY CANVA IMAGES SO BLURRY

It’s so disheartening when you spend all of your time creating a new graphic in Canva, finally get it juuuust right, and then when it’s uploaded to your site or social media spaces, it looks blurry and crappy.

It sucks. It’s frustrating. You want to pull your hair out, or toss your mouse at the wall.

I get it, babe.

And the last thing I want for you is to feel frustrated with your graphics and with Canva. I want you to feel confident and empowered about the visuals you create for your business.


In this training I cover:

  • The five (5) main reasons why your images might look shit-hot in Canva and like a blurry mess when you upload them to your social platforms.
  • Solutions. Solutions. Solutions. Because knowledge is your friend, and you really don’t need to be a designer to win at your visuals.
  • Other options, because Mercury Retrograde, Canva runs updates and the Tech Gods get bored.

So how do you make sure that your images come out crisp and perfect every...

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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 of 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 4 ways to create your own unique Gifs quickly and easily.  You can see the full post here.


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 ways in your business.

Some examples include: 

  • Promote a blog post
  • Promote...
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HOW TO CREATE GORGEOUS BRANDED PATTERNS IN CANVA

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.

 

STEP 1: Select Your Design Size

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.

 

STEP 2: Create Your Pattern

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.

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YOUR CURE FOR BLURRY CANVA DESIGN SYNDROME

 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:

  • The Top 5 reasons your images look as fab as a Beyonce cover in Canva but like a blurry sh*tstorm on your social.
  • One word: Solutions! Get empowered...
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FIVE UNDER FIVE: HOW TO SIMPLIFY GRAPHIC CREATION

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:

  • Save you time.
  • Save you money.
  • And make your brand look bangin’, babe.

IN THIS TRAINING, YOU’LL LEARN:

  • How to create a “design recipe” by using your brand elements
  • How to repeat that concept for all of your other graphics
  • How to save time + simplify batching graphics for your biz
  • How to create a consistent look + feel with your visuals.

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...

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LABEL IT GOOD: CREATING PRINTABLE LABELS USING CANVA

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.

 

But what kind of labels can you create using Canva?

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...

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THE BEST WAY TO MAKE A VISION BOARD USING CANVA

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.

 

STEP 1: CREATE A PINTEREST BOARD FOR YOUR VISION BOARD

First things first, hop on to your Pinterest and...

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