A Quick Catch-Up!

Been a while since I looked at my goals for May and I gotta say I’m well ahead! As of Friday 21st May, this is where I am at…

Etsy

I’ve finished most of the behind the scenes Etsy stuff like FAQs and shop policies and stuff. Just concentrating on creating the listings to go in the shop right now. I’m working my way through chapters I have planned out, as I plan on publishing a paperback through Amazon KDP at the same time as launching the shop properly.

Things will just need to be re-sized and Etsy listing ‘photos’ made. Not super difficult stuff, but SO time consuming.

I have 2 listings mostly made. I want to get 5 -10 ready when I open the shop. And I have the pages ready for another 2 or 3 listings.

RedBubble

RedBubble – I have uploaded 118 designs so far. Which is awesome considering this time last week I had about 79 and last Saturday was a total write off thanks to a bad back, as well as HOURS, literal HOURS spent on upgrading my computer’s operating systems.

I don’t think I’ll make 200 by the end of the month, but 100 was a big goal and I’m glad to have reached that goal!

Medium

I wanted to write and publish 5 articles for Medium. Check! Done! And I have the drafts for 10 more…I’m doing a 12 month post series and I have January – April already published. I just haven’t had the time to finish the rest, but for about 8 or 9 of the posts, I have the lists written out just need to add a bit more content!

And yes…I joined the Partner Program!

I made money too…hold on! 4 CENTS! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

But it works! I wrote 5 articles and left it a week or two. I haven’t really promoted anything or joined any in house publications like you should to get seen on Medium. Basically I did nothing and still made money. So, I’m fired up to get writing in earnest now!

And on the topic of joining things, I joined SkillShare and I’m loving watching the videos on graphic design, especially Procreate and Affinity Designer!

AND I did join up to Spoonflower and another UK fabric Print on Demand supplier, but honestly I haven’t done anything with these either. It’s getting all the files ready in different formats for each site that I can see being a huge headache. But, I suppose once it’s done, that’s it!

General

Did I make another font? Nope!

Did I sign up to Creative Fabrica as a seller? Nope.

Did I make any digital stickers? Nope…but I have ideas for that.

And out of the original 10 things to do in May, did I sign up for my own self hosted website? Yes, but it’s not live and I need to work on it quite a bit more before it is.

AND NOW FOR THE CRAFT GOALS….

I’ll give you a clue…it’s all NOPE!

I did some cross stitch and that’s about it!

Really busy and still loving the creativity that is spewing out of me like a volcano recently. There’s a cool image…a volcano spewing out craft items like fabric, wool, paints…

Music

I’ve been listening to a lot of stuff in the background too. Heard of a group called Sofi Tukker? If you’re in the UK, you’ll recognise a song called Drinkee, it’s in an advert (for the AA I think) with a puppet dog and a fan. I quite like Drinkee, it’s catchy!

There’s also a song called Batshit which I’ve just found, but I’m loving the aesthetic of the costumes in the desert…90s inspired bright colours with a woman basically just singing ‘Batshit…Batshit…Batshit Crazy…’

If you’re bored or want to listen to something new…check it out! 🙂

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Let’s Play A Little Game…

Let’s Play A Little Game…

…but not in a creepy serial killer kind of way!!

Canva

Lately I’ve been using Canva LOADS to make patterns, pages, covers and repeat patterns. I am blown away by how easy it is to make a repeat pattern on Canva. But, that’s a tale for another day. Today is something completely different.

Since I’ve been spending so much time on there lately, I figured out how to remove the background from photos and decided to use some free graphics to make a little game.

So, here goes…

On my walk today I got a little lost. I looked at the signpost and somehow, instead of ending up back at my house…somehow I ended up by the sea!

How many free graphics/ clipart pictures can you find in the picture below? You get 10 points if you can find all 12 of them. You also get an extra 10 point bonus if you find the knitting needles in a ball of wool.

With signposts like these, you can see why I got lost!

How did I end up by the sea? I don’t know, I must have just kept on walking. In fact, I walked so much that it was dark by the time I got there.

How many graphics can you spot in this one? 10 points if you find them all. And the knitting needles in a ball of wool get you an extra 10 points too!

Hint: for the white stars in the background there are 2 types of graphic…I realise that might look a bit confusing!

It seems there was a part going on when I arrived. Good timing!

Somehow, what with the party happening right next to the sea front, I must have fallen in the sea. But it wasn’t a wasted trip…I ended up in Paris (this is beginning to sound like a dream I had last night…).

10 points if you find all the graphics…and an extra 10 if you find the knitting needles.

I don’t know whether to make a pun about Under Da Sea or Bobbing Along on the Bottom of the Beautiful Briny Sea!

I had a great time with Attina (yes, that IS Ariel’s sister!) and was so thankful that she called me an SUBer to get home (see what I did there?!). I think from now on I’m going to be very careful on the next walk I do…I don’t know where I could end up!

How did you do?

Photo 1: 12 graphics – knitting needles in the hedge!

Caravan, background with trees, sun and clouds is all technically ONE graphic (haha! sneaky!), 2 x yellow flower bunches, bunting, signposts, person, green alien, knitting needles, 3 orange flowers (singles- I grouped them into 3!)

Photo 2: 15 graphics – knitting needles on the astronaut

Earth, pink planet, moon, astronaut, knitting needles, white drawn star in bottom right, general white stars across the sky, ship with yellow sails, black outline ship, lights (I’ll class it as 1), lighthouse, shooting star, rocket, person with drink, 2 people dancing (they are ONE graphic!)

Photo 3: 9 graphics – knitting needles in the brown seaweed

Seaweed in the right (the brown and green are ONE), knitting needles, 2 x seaweed to the left, mermaid, shark, fish, 2 x bubbles

Did you get 30/30?

Then you get a prize…my respect! There you go – it’s yours!

[I’m not working out the numbers if you only found 3 or whatever…I mean come on, life’s too short!!]

Definitely have a look at Canva if you want an easy platform to use for writing or creating designs. It does have a few limitations- I would LOVE to have a cursor option when writing instead of all the text boxes…but you can’t have everything!

I do like how you can mess around with things and have a play…one thing I find with applications like Photoshop is that they are difficult to play with. With those types of software you have to have an end goal in mind, whereas at least with Canva you can just have fun!

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Just a couple of things…all of the photos I changed were taken by me. All of the free graphics I used were from Canva, where there license states I can use them for personal or commercial use, and since this is just a lil game and I’m not selling the ‘artwork’ in any way…well, I think we’re all good here!

Canva Gal

I finally got the Canva Pro account a week or two ago and I’m loving it!

Who knew being able to export a PNG with a transparent background could lead to the possibility of creating this little fella here?

Isn’t he a cutie?! All made with their free stock media too…

And I like the fact that you can choose which page to export too. Oh and the curved text feature.

Which allows me to create this lil lady here…

And there’s even a way to share copies of files without changing the ‘Master’ copy. That part is genius.

If you’re not great with the technical elements to design then Canva is a great place to start- they have free option too, just less flexibility with the free option.

I’ve been playing with fonts too and uploading them into Canva. I wish there was some way of categorising or sorting them once you’ve uploaded them, that would be helpful. Like, having different branding sections of the upload page, but oh well. You can’t have everything!

Not quite at the sell your font level yet…but this is a vast improvement from my first one a few posts ago, right?!

The kerning is a little off. Kerning. I love that word, it means the spacing between the letters (I think!).