32 quick and easy ideas for photos to post to social media

32 quick and easy ideas for photos to post to social media

Posting engaging photos to social media can be a hassle if you’re a busy entrepreneur or small business owner.

It’s hard enough to remember to take the time to post pictures on multiple platforms every day, never mind brainstorming ways to make them unique and engaging.

Even though I literally make beautifully designed things almost every day, I still find myself not keeping up with a decent posting schedule!

It might be tempting to just let posting photos to social media go - just write it off as a frivolous, unnecessary task that you don’t need to do.

However, that’s a losing strategy.

When the going gets tough, the tough get motivated. I'm conducting some market research!

When the going gets tough, the tough get motivated. I'm conducting some market research!

Howdy folks! As many of my readers know, this week I quit my day job to focus on my startup and my freelance business full time.

This was a big decision, and my husband and I weighed the pros and cons carefully, because we live in Silicon Valley and it's super expensive here. However, we were both confidant that I could earn as much as my day job doing design and branding work for clients.

Things were looking excellent - I got a fantastic client right away that covered my earnings for the month. I was super excited and motivated to get started with my new freelance career!

And then - disaster struck our family.

How to make easy flat lay backdrops for social media posts

How to make easy flat lay backdrops for social media posts

I’ve got a confession - I suck at flat lay photos.

You would think I would be great at them, because I’m an artist and all. But for some reason, I’ve never been able to nail the technique.

For one thing, no surfaces in my house are clear of paint splatters, scratches, or general debris. My tables and counter tops and floors are too dark or shiny to make good backdrops. It always seems too dark or too bright when I try to take photos. There’s weird shadows everywhere. Ugh.

I was curious about how other people were taking great, Pinterest-worthy flat lay photos for social media, so I did a little looking around to see if I could find some good tips and tricks.

In celebration of my first day of solopreneurship - a downloadable freebie!

In celebration of my first day of solopreneurship - a downloadable freebie!

Today is my first official Monday of working for myself! 

I've been thinking about doing this for a long time - making my freelance career my only career. However, it's hard to take the leap and give up a steady paycheck for an unknown paycheck. I decided to make it happen for a few reasons - for one thing, my startup is ramping up and we now have clients to ship a product to. My time commitment has been getting greater and greater over the past few months, to the point where I was working 40 hours a week on my day job, and every spare second on my startup and trying to keep this blog going. 

It was pretty exhausting - I gave up yoga, hanging out with friends, and basically everything not work related. 

I couldn't do it any more - something had to give. And that thing was my day job.

Useful tips for getting out of overwhelm - my upcoming guest post for Define Your Hustle

Useful tips for getting out of overwhelm - my upcoming guest post for Define Your Hustle

I have some really exciting news to share with you guys!

I'm going to be doing a guest post for another Rachel - she runs a fantastic blog called Define Your Hustle! It's all about running your blog as a business, and all the in's and outs of blogging.

Rachel has been blogging for a long time, and she shares her knowledge of analytics, branding, social media, strategy, content creation and so much more on Define Your Hustle! As a communications major, she's super qualified in this space.

When I was discussing blog post topics with Rachel, she mentioned that a lot of her readers struggle with juggling a job, family, social life, side hustle... all the things that driven, motivated go getters struggle with.

Well, I've got a lot to say about that topic - so I pitched her an blog post called My top 8 tips for getting from “I’m not gonna make it” to “I’ve got this!”

How to make a beautiful client welcome package in Canva

How to make a beautiful client welcome package in Canva

My free downloadable client welcome package templates are hands down the most popular freebie I’ve ever made. People love them! And that makes me super happy, because I love helping people out.

That’s why when Skillshare reached out to me about taking part in the new teacher training program...

I decided to make my first Skillshare class on how to make a beautiful client welcome package using Canva!

Well, I’m so excited to announce that my Skillshare class is now live!

How to use the alignment tools in Canva to make better layouts

How to use the alignment tools in Canva to make better layouts

One of the funny things about life is that no matter how much you know about something, there's always a new thing to learn about it.

The other day I was designing in Canva and I noticed a new set of tools in my Arrange panel. 

There were a bunch of alignment tools that I've never seen! (But definitely always wanted!)

I do a lot of my designing for clients in Photoshop and Illustrator, and one of the standard features is the alignment tools. They allow you to align multiple objects to each other in different ways. I always wondered why Canva didn't have them. 

As it turns out, Canva does have alignment tools! They are just kind of hidden. Let me show you where they are and how to use them!

Imposter Syndrome - it happens, and it's okay.

Imposter Syndrome - it happens, and it's okay.

I know you feel me on this. Unless you're literally a robot, you've felt the draining effects of Imposter Syndrome. It's like a sneaky, rude voice in your head that tells you're really kind of lame and mediocre, not that good at stuff.

No one would ever call me insecure - people know me as a confidant person. And I am, pretty much. I mean, I'm a human being so I have insecurities like everyone else - but for the most part, I feel good about myself, my place in life, and my skills and abilities.

However, I've been going through some big shifts lately. And I've been having my moments of wondering if I'm talented enough, brave enough, smart enough, and just good enough to make it. 

Imposter syndrome sucks, but it's not the end of the road. Here's how I deal with those crummy, self defeating thoughts!

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!

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.