Make your Canva designs unique with these watercolor crystals!

Make your Canva designs unique with these watercolor crystals!

We all know making designs in Canva is fun and easy with Canva's templates and asset library. There's a ton of free photo and illustration assets to make your designs beautiful

However, there are limits to the Canva library. I know that sometimes I can't find a good option for a design I want to make. And, sometimes the assets I want to use are paid! I don't mind paying of the assets from time to time, but it can add up if I want to use more than one in a design, and I want to download that design multiple times or share it with someone.

I have a workaround, however. I'm an artist, so I make my own assets and upload them to my custom library!

Like these pretty watercolor crystals that I painted last weekend! I made scanned them in and made some asset freebies for you guys!

How to plan a capsule wardrobe sewing schedule

How to plan a capsule wardrobe sewing schedule

It's finally kinda sorta feeling like Fall! It's still hot during the days, but at night it's nice and cool again. 

If you're like me, you're over summer and feeling fall fashion! I love fall, it's my favorite time of year. I know I'm not alone, either! It's time for sweaters, deep colors, and warm cozy fabrics!

Of course, I'm not going to be shopping for my fall/winter wardrobe - unless it's fabric shopping! I'm going to sew the pieces that I want to wear this fall. However, we all know I'm super duper busy. I bet you're pretty busy too. I know it's hard to make time for sewing, but it can still be done with a little planning.  so I'm going to walk you my process for how to plan a capsule wardrobe sewing schedule.

Feeling burnt out? Do some Art Journaling!

Feeling burnt out? Do some Art Journaling!

Are you feeling burnt out? Tired from that side hustle (or that day job)? Do you have social media fatigue? Feeling a loss of creativity? 

I am feeling that so hard right now! I've been hustling, hustling, hustling - I love it, but sometimes I need a creative break! I bet you do too.

How about some Art Journaling to refresh your mind and sooth your soul! 

Not sure what Art Journaling is? Well, it's really easy. No special skills or equipment required - whatever you have on hand will do.

Two techniques for sewing a flawless waistband

Two techniques for sewing a flawless waistband

I’ve been teasing my secret pattern testing project here on the blog and on social media- I’ve been testing a new, yet to be released sewing pattern for one of my favorite Indie brands. I can’t give a full pattern review yet, or anything more than sneak peeks!

I can still share some useful tips, though - today I’ll walk you through 2 easy techniques to make your waistbands look flawless and wear well. These two techniques for sewing a flawless waistband can be used on pants, jeans or skirts - with or without belt loops.

I've been working on my upcoming Skillshare class!

I've been working on my upcoming Skillshare class!

I mentioned a little while ago that Skillshare had invited me to join their free teacher training for September.  I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to teach on. At first I thought I would make some kind of handmade wardrobe sewing class. However, I've never done one before and I wanted to make a class that I was sure I could nail. Filming for sewing would require good lighting, and a lot of time without noise - 2 things I don't have right now.

But I've gotten a lot of great response on my Canva tutorials, especially the free Canva client welcome package templates. 

I've said it before, but I love how Canva makes design accessible to non designers - small business owners, creative entrepreneurs and coaches - people who need marketing and social media materials but don't have an in-house design agency.

So I decided I would teach my Skillshare class on "How to make a beautiful client welcome package in Canva."

Get my free Canva templates - client welcome packets for coaches!

Get my free Canva templates - client welcome packets for coaches!

Hey guys! I tried to write this post this morning before work, but my internet just wouldn't cooperate. I was late for work anyways, with nothing to show for it! So annoying.

I've been working with a business coach, and guys, it is amazing. After our intake session, she sent me a Google Doc welcome packet and I was blown away by how professional and valuable the information she gave me was.

I knew I could level her game up even more if I created a branded Canva template for her use, however. That she could easily customize it for other clients, and have that extra edge of having branded assets. So I made her one.

She was so happy, and I was happy to do it for her. I decided to create some some free Canva client welcome package templates to share here on the blog!

How to use Hotkeys in Canva to make designing easier and faster

How to use Hotkeys in Canva to make designing easier and faster

 

Everyone wants to make their lives easier, right? No one goes around saying, “ I sure wish my daily tasks were harder to get through, and took longer!” Maybe some people do I guess.

But you probably want to make things easier to do! People find all kinds of ways to add little shortcuts to the things they do. And this is why developers make Hotkeys for the programs they create.

Hotkeys, or keyboard shortcuts, are combinations of keys that, when pressed simultaneously, trigger an action in the program you are using.

Most people are familiar with the universal hotkeys of CTRL C, or copy text/item and CTRL V, or paste text/item. These work in every program and internet browser.

Design programs have their own massive hotkey lists to make designing tasks faster and easier, and Canva is no exception. Today I’ve prepared a list of all the Canva hotkeys! And bonus, I created a sweet infographic of all of the hotkey combos for you to save to your design Pinterest board!

I'm going to be offering Canva design services!

I'm going to be offering Canva design services!

I was talking with my business coach the other day. She was giving me some fantastic advice and actionable tips that were blowing my mind. 

Then she mentioned that she was having trouble with her own branding, graphics and website - she wasn't pleased with the logo her designer was working on, and she'd been waiting months to get her business cards printed and her website up and running because of these design issues.

My mind was blown again - because that stuff is literally so easy for me. Her wisdom and knowledge about business were the deep mysteries I couldn't seem to unravel - and here she was, not getting them out to more of the world because of these simple issues!

That's when I realized that I could be helping a lot more people.

How to read a sewing pattern Pt. 2 - The Pattern and Instructions

How to read a sewing pattern Pt. 2 - The Pattern and Instructions

I've finally had time to shoot part 2 of my How to Read a Sewing Pattern mini series - this video explains how to read the paper pattern and the instruction booklet inside the pattern package!

I know it looks like a lot of information, but once you know the code, it's not that difficult! 

Modern patterns are well drafted and include all the information you need to know about how to cut and sew the pattern right on the pattern and inside the instruction booklet. I'll go over what all the mystical symbols and words mean in this video!

My first video, Part 1 of How to Read a Sewing Pattern, covered the outside of the pattern envelope. I figured I had better break it up into 2 videos, since there is a lot of information both on the outside of the sewing pattern, and on the inside. The video would have been extremely long if I tried to shoot it all at once!

I'm going to teach a Skillshare Class on Canva!

I'm going to teach a Skillshare Class on Canva!

Today's blog post is going to be short and sweet. I've got my finger in many pies right now, creating content and chatting with clients and a buisness coach - so I can't make a nice tutorial blog post right now! Tonight I will shoot the continuation of my "How to read a sewing pattern" mini-series and explain how to read the pattern itself and the instruction booklet.

But in the meantime, I wanted to share some exciting news! You all know I am a huge fan of Skillshare... I love taking different art and design classes.

Well, Skillshare is hosting a free teacher training, starting next month! They sent me an email inviting me to join in and learn how to make a Skillshare class.