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    The Best Must-Know Canva Tips (Updated for 2022)

    Canva is an epically simple-to-use software (compared to ANY adobe product or the like). If you’re starting out in Canva and are looking for pro tips to get the most out of it, you’re in the right place. And if you’re already a seasoned pro, stick around for the secret hacks I love to share!

    Before you start designing anything, whether or not you’re a graphic designer by trade (or even if you are), Canva makes it easy for you to create beautiful designs. Remember, don’t worry if you’re not sure whether something is allowed or not. Give yourself permission to be creative and break the rules by coming up with new ideas.

    Graphic design is about exploring new ideas and experimenting with different approaches. And Canva allows you to bring your ideas to life in MINUTES (especially if you know you’re way around the tool). Don’t know your way around? No worries, I have an in-depth course for you that’ll turn you into a Canva wizard in no time. 

    What is Canva?

    Canva is an online tool that allows you to create beautiful, professional-looking images for any purpose. It’s an excellent resource for creating graphics and visuals for your website, social media posts, blogs, presentations, etc.

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    Canva Free vs. Canva Pro: Which One Should You Choose?

    The best thing about Canva is that it’s very user-friendly. You can easily create stunning images without having to learn complicated programs. This means that anyone who knows how to use a computer can use it. The second best thing about Canva? It’s FREE. Yes, you read that correctly. There’s absolutely nothing to pay for in Canva. All you need to do is sign up for an account, and then you can start using the site. They do offer a paid version which is AMAZING, but not at all compulsory!

    If you are using a free account, then you can use all the features in the app. If you have a paid account, then you will be able to create some more advanced designs. I think whether or not you upgrade depends on what you want to do with Canva. If you are going to use it as a basic image editor, then the free one is enough. But if you need to edit photos, add text, shapes, and other elements, then you should go with the paid plan. 

    You Can Sign Up for a FREE Canva Account Here

    The best thing about the Canva Pro plan is that you get access to all the tools for free. You don’t have to pay a single penny until you want to upgrade your subscription. This is one of the best things about Canva because you won’t be forced to spend money when you don’t feel like doing so. You also get unlimited storage space for all your designs. So, you never have to worry about running out of room. You can also save your projects as templates. This will help you reuse them later on. Also, you can edit the text inside the template. Another benefit of the Canva Pro account is that you get access to 24/7 customer support. They are always available to answer your questions and help you whenever needed.

    Canva is a great tool for creating beautiful graphics online. You can create professional-quality images without any design skills. There is also an option for people who want to make money by selling their designs. Compared to the free version, the paid version allows you to use more fonts, stock images, and templates. It gives you access to more advanced features such as Background Remover, Brand Kit, Magic Resize, etc.

    For people working in big teams or organizations, there is an enterprise option available. This is an interesting offer. It seems to be targeted towards nonprofit organizations and schools. However, I’m not sure how much this offer is actually useful for them or whether it’s really meant for non-profit organizations. Ready to learn the must-know Canva tips and tricks to speed up your graphic design & content creation workflow? Then read on to discover the top time-saving hacks every blogger and entrepreneur should know!

    Use Canva Keyboard Shortcuts

    • Add a line to your document: Click the “L” key
    • Add a rectangle to your document: Click the “R” key
    • Transform text to Uppercase: Shift + cmd/ctrl + “K” key
    • Bold text: cmd/ctrl + “B” key
    • Duplicate elements: cmd/ctrl + “D” key
    • Group Elements: cmd/ctrl + “G” key
    • Ungroup Elements: shift + cmd/ctrl + “G” key
    • Select all items on layer: cmd/ctrl + “A” key
    • Zoom in: cmd/ctrl + “+” key Zoom out: cmd/ctrl + “-” key
    • Send element forward: cmd/ctrl + “]”
    • Send element backward: cmd/ctrl + “[“

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      Add Comments in Canva (to Keep Important Graphic Info in One Place.

      It’s super useful for anyone using Canva’s Team feature because you can quickly write notes to other team members and provide feedback without having to go back and forth between messages.

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      Filter Elements by Color in Canva

      You can filter elements in Canva by using “top-secret” (okay, maybe not but kind of!) element codes. Users of Canva know that it’s very difficult to find some of the most popular elements, and many of these elements are hidden deep within the Canva search.

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      Use Canva Filter Codes for Consistency

      Once you’ve dug up and landed perfect elements you love for your business. Jot that down and save it somewhere handy for quick reference. Using similar elements allows you to create consistent branding (whether you’re using the free or pro account.)

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      Edit Images in Canva

      Keep An Eye Out for Inspiration

      Inspiration can come from almost anywhere. From art books, articles, videos, podcasts, or even simple signage you see around you. Design is everywhere, literally. You just have to pay attention to the world around you to notice things that resonate with the look you’re going for. Putting your inspiration into one place will help you get started on your design project.

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      Limit Your Color Palette to Four Colors

      Choose From Multiple File Types

      Once you’ve finished designing, you can either save your design directly to your computer or print it out. You can also upload your designs to social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr. There are also other file options available such as MP4 videos, GIFs, and SVGs. For Canva Pro users, you can even download the file as a compressed file. This is particularly helpful when creating designs that do not require high resolution or weighty design elements like small website graphics or graphic design for social media.

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      Crop Image into Shapes (Use Canva Frames to Crop Images Into Shapes)

      With Canva, we can easily crop any pictures into different shapes. For example, if we want to crop a photo into a circle, we need to choose elements first. Then we can see all frames on the right side of the screen. We can drag an image towards a frame to crop it. Easy as that! To resize an image, double-click inside the frame. Then, drag one of the white dots to resize the picture. Cool Tip: You may also use the pictures from the Picture Gallery to crop them into a specific shape.

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      Adjust the Image Transparency Right Inside Canva

      The degree of transparency of an image can be adjusted by clicking on the checkered icon at top right corner. You can also use this feature to change the text opacity.

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      Make a Custom Filter In Canva

      Canvas comes with a ton of pre-set filters. But if you don’t like those, you can make your own custom ones too. You can even save those filters and reuse them later. To do that, go to the Adjust Panel and copy the Filter Code. Paste it into the Filters tab when creating a new project. Now whenever you create a new canvas, the Filter Code will be automatically added to the top of the list. As soon as you apply the Filter Code, the image will instantly change.

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      Lock Those Messy Elements

      When you need to work on an already designed module, you can use the Lock tool to lock the position of your selected elements. Grouping objects together makes it easier to move them around. Locking an object means you want it to stay in place until you unlock it.

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      Add Hyperlinks In Canva

      You can link elements on one page to other pages and even to other pages in the document. Hyperlinks are awesome if you’re creating an ebook, lead magnet, or PDF for your subscribers. The link allows your readers to click on a link to take them somewhere else online. To create a hypertext link, first, select the piece of text you want the link attached to. Once you’ve clicked the link, you can then go to the top right-hand corner and click on the “link” button. You’ll then need to enter the URL of your link. Click Apply, and voilà! You’ve successfully linked to another page. Remember, if you want to make this link work, you must download your document as a PDF only!

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      Create Layouts in Canva Using Grids

      Using grids can be a great tool for designing layout ideas. Grids act like frames for you to drop your graphics into. You can use them to create a variety of different layouts. To see more about how to use grids, check out our tutorial by clicking here. You can delete the grid after you’re finished designing.

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      Arrange and Group Elements in Canva

      Right-clicking on an element allows you to send it backward or forward in layers. You can also group elements together using the Ctrl + G keyboard shortcut or the Group button on the toolbar. You can select multiple objects by holding down Ctrl while clicking them. After selecting them, you can drag them around. When you’re finished, you can group the objects into one object again.

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      Use Pexels & Pixabay Inside Canva

      For free users, here’s a tip. If you’ve used online design tools before, you probably know that the free collection of stock photos from Canva isn’t as impressive as Pixabay or Pexels. But, you don’t need to let that stop you from designing unique graphics that pop. Canva integrates Pexels And Pixabay’s Libraries from right inside its editor. You’ll get access to an enormous stock photo collection!

      • Step 1: Go Over To The Canva Editor And Click On The More Option From The Left Sidebar.
      • Step 2: Under Integrations, choose Pexels or Pixabay library and search for your favorite images.
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      Free Images Only!

      Are you on a budget? Canva now allows you to filter your images! This means you can easily select the “free images” option, so Canva only displays free stuff instead of seeing and falling in love with paid stock photos or elements. 

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      Use Canva Layers (Select Element Behind – Layer Hack)

      You can use this keyboard shortcut to select one element at a time. Clicking once selects the first layer on the web page. Then press Ctrl+click or CMD+click again to select the next layer. Continue this process until you’ve reached the last layer you want to work on. I hope you found it useful! Technically, Canva does not have visible layers (like adobe or even Picmonkey). But objects, text, and images can be layered in front or behind each other. This gets trickier when you’re trying to select a specific element and it feels like it’s locked. It’s probably stuck behind something else.

      To fix this, you can use the position tool and send your object to the back with either the behind or forward tools. A shortcut is when you press a single button on your keyboard (control or command) while clicking through the images with your computer mouse. This allows you to quickly select an object in front of another without having to use the layers panel. To use these layer commands, click on the downward-facing arrow at the right end of the Canva object toolbar. Look for the “move backward” and “moves forward” commands. Clicking each time moves the object up or downward one layer. It may take several clicks to move an image into its proper place. Context-Sensitive Commands: If an image is already on top, the command for ‘move forward’ will be grayed out.

      Upload Images Quickly Using Drag and Drop Upload

      Nobody has time to select images one by one into Canva. Uploading them manually takes way too much time. It’s better to use Canva’s drag and upload feature. Literally, drag and drop the image(s) you’re using, and it’ll automagically start uploading it! Easy peasy. 

      Create a Canva Brand Kit

      You should use the Brand Kit to organize your designs by color instead of creating them individually. Use the Brand Kit to create multiple color palettes. Free users will only have three colors available, while Canva Pro users will have six colors available. You can also select the fonts that you want to use for the header. You can also upload custom fonts to use!

      Make Your Videos Pop with Royalty-Free Music

      Canva now offers a wide range of royalty-free music that can be added or adjusted to fit the length and style of your video.

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      Embrace the Journey + Mistakes

      We all want our designs to look perfect, but to do that, it’s natural to make some mistakes along the way. As designers, sometimes we want things to be perfect and follow guidelines and rules, which is normal. But if we really want to offer fresh ideas to the world, we have to accept failures, learn from rejections, and not be afraid of constructive criticism. 

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    • Gifts For Bloggers and Entrepreneurs

      Perfect Gifts For Bloggers

      If you’re looking for the best gift for the blogger, writer, or entrepreneur in your life, then look no further. Seriously. I’ve been working from home in the online space for almost a decade y’all and everything on this list is the best thing you can buy any blogger, new or veteran. (And I’ve tried and purchased A LOT of products smh) I’ve done the work for you, now all you need to do is pick one (or a few of these investments), attach a card, and voila! All done. *dusts hands* I only share the services, products, etc that make the cut. Things I LITERALLY use ALL THE TIME. This isn’t a post stuffed with nonsense affiliate links to make a quick buck. I abhor wasting money on crappy services and products and you wont find any of that rubbish here.

      Youtube Premium

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      This subscription will allow the blogger or entrepreneur in your life to have an even better listening experience on the go. i can guarantee you that youtube has nearly ever answer or tutorial your blogger will need, and the lack of ads will be a very much welcomed experience.

      Domain & Web Hosting 

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      Every blogger should have their own website. Having this will allow them to monetize from the start and have the best start possible with a site and domain they own. Instead of building their business on another companies platform. 

      Canva Subscription

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      Canva is an easy to learn program created for non-designers. However, don’t let this throw you off because this program can make anything and everything a blogger could need to monetize and develop products. 

      Picmonkey subscription

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      This is similar to Canva. It was created for anyone, including non-designers, to create the products they need to fast. i find that Picmonkey can be a smidge more challenging to learn with more capabilities and control over images, etc. is created. 

      Laptop

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      Having a powerful laptop will make blogging a breeze. 

      Phone

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      Despite what most bloggers believe, you can blog solely from your phone if you needed to. How can I be so sure? Because I do it! If you have a reasonably new smartphone, there’s so much you can do with it. Even if you don’t or choose not to blog solely from your phone, you’ll be able to get so much on the go!

      Planner

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      Honestly, it doesn’t matter whether you choose a physical or digital planner. Only that you plan! And every blogger will need a planner, and a specific planner geared towards blogging is incredibly helpful. 

      Apple gift card

      Google play gift card

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      This gift is a fantastic idea because it’ll allow your loved one to purchase blogging tools or snag the subscriptions of their choice! Like canva, adobe spark, or even MS Word. 

      Local cafe gift card

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      This gift is unique because it’ll allow the blogger in your life to get the opportunity and workspace to, you know, blog! Focused uninterrupted working can be difficult for many entrepreneurs whether or not they are work at home moms, and now they can have the funds to get free coffee and snacks!

      Chair

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      Having a good quality chair is a wise investment because bloggers will spend a significant amount of time sitting down. This isn’t the best for our spine, neck, or body overall, and so a good chair will aid in proper posture. 

      Portable desk

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      Every blogger and writer should have a desk or desiccated workspace, but a portable can be useful, especially in small flats and apartments! They can literally move the desk around their home with ease and have a space to work. 

      Webcam

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      This isn’t completely necessary, especially for newer bloggers; however, bloggers or those with a heavy focus on video marketing will want it. It’s great to up the quality of your videos, even if you have a MacBook! Its auto-adjust light features are priceless.  

      Headphones

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      The type of headphone you purchase will depend on your loved one’s needs. I have every kind of headphone because, well, I need them, LOL. The most common option is wireless headphones. These are my favorite because nothing is standing in your way when you’re out and about. I can cook and easily listen to a podcast at the same time.  

      External charger

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      This is a must for new and veteran entrepreneurs because we all experience low on battery at some point. Also, this is something everyone should have in the arsenal! my two favorites are these: 

      One is strong enough to charge your phone and other mobile devices. While the other is powerful enough for a laptop! The worst feeling is running on a 2 percent battery with no outlet or cord around!

      Post-it notes

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      So, this is a personal fave, and most people either love or hate this method! HAHA, Juvenile or not, post it can transform the way an entrepreneur plans. Seriously. And because they are one-time use, they will need an endless supply. Do your blogger a favor and buy a ton worth!

      Trello premium

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      I can’t mention post-its without mentioning Trello. I am a planning freak, I mean guru, LOL and Trello is pretty much the digital version of post-its. So if you’re keen to save our planet or prefer digital resources and like post-its, this is your answer. 

      Appsumo gift card

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      If you arent already familiar with Appsumo, you should be. This is a well-known, reputable company that every blogger needs in their arsenal. They offer a ton of access to many tools and services for LTD (lifetime deals)! And have a generous 60 day (unheard of) return policy with fantastic customer service. I know because I tested them. Vetted and verified, check!

      Laptop riser

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      Alright, similar to a quality chair, your blogger needs a laptop riser. The best option for THEM. It doesn’t need to be expensive but effective. Using a laptop riser ensures that their computers will remain at eye level, which is essential for bloggers spending an obscene amount of time behind a screen. This ensures their posture is straight, and neck strain doesn’t occur.

      Blue light blocking glasses

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      Another important one is blue light blocking glasses. This protects their eyes and is so so important. Read this article, my blogging friend shared about her experience. Now, her experience may not be common, but it isn’t something you want to dismiss! If they wear glasses, I love using Zenni.com to purchase affordable options with blue light blocking features! The prices and styles are excellent. If you don’t care about fashion or don’t wear glasses, consider these you can have delivered to your home in a day, right from amazon. 

      Screencast-o-matic

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      This subscription is great because it allows an affordable and easy beginner to create and edit video content. They also have an app that I love, which makes filming and editing on the go easy.

      Krisp

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      Krisp is another one of my TOP favorite subscriptions! They appeared on Appsumo first, and I am totally bummed, I missed on the offer. This service allows bloggers to record and listen to content without background noise! Imagine the blogger in your life attempts to record a video for their website, podcast, or course…and the dog won’t stop barking, the cat continues purring, and the kids decide to play karaoke for the millionth time?! Well, with this service, you can continue to record without the fear that these sounds will make an appearance on your videos!

      Loom subscription

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      Loom, similar to screencast but much easy to use for non-techy bloggers and not as robust, makes it easy to quickly screen-record content and share. I use both loom and screencast because I love the simplicity of loom when I’m in a rush. But need the editing tool options in Screencast-o-matic for complicated videos.

      Grammarly subscription

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      Let’s stop and take a break here for a moment. If your blogger isn’t already using Grammarly, sign them up RIGHT NOW. Grammarly offers a free version, and it’s a wise service to use. Even the most experienced writers make mistakes, and this helps to proofread a ton. The premium subscription version is great because it has many features bloggers can use that aren’t available otherwise.  

      Omm writer

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      Omm writer has a soft spot in my heart. This program is incredibly cheap and offers wonders to those writers that want the total ambiance experience. This program eliminates all distractions, has proven effective calming backgrounds and music to support your writing sessions. 

      Privacy camera cover

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      This simple item is more for conscious than anything else, really. Everyone should have one, just in case to support and provide an extra sense of privacy. 

      VPN service

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      Another tool to protect your privacy is a VPN. Using a VPN will not only protect your online activity but allow you to view websites and use services from areas you otherwise would be unable to do. 

      Music brain.fm subscription

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      Going back to “ambiance,” this service is scientifically proven to enhance your productivity. It’s an extremely effective way to get “in the zone” fast! 

      Books for bloggers

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      As a self-proclaimed neek, I love a good book. Check out this post to read some of my favorite books for bloggers.

      Sendowl

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      Sendowl is a service that will allow your blogger to sell and deliver digital products and services! So they can start making money! The only negative here is that this service doesn’t allow one to purchase annual subscriptions, so you’d need to gift one month only or provide the funds for the whole year.

      ESP subscription

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      ESP= email service provider. Every blogger needs to focus on building an email list. It’s one of the best ways to remain in control of your income as you own your list. You can contact them anytime, and it’s one of the easiest ways to make money fast. An annual subscription to a service like Mailchimp, Mailerlite, or Convertkit is best.

      Social bee

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      Socialbee is an excellent scheduling service that can manage all of your blogger’s social media posts and strategies. Full disclosure, I snagged this one on app sumo with a lifetime deal, and it’s so worth it!

      Toggl

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      Every blogger needs to KNOW where they spend their and how long it takes to complete a task. It’s so easy to think. We only spend 1 hour on social media or a half-hour editing our web design, when in reality, it’s around 3 or 4 hours. This service is a great way to monitor your tasks so you can plan better. 

      Dropbox

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      Online storage can be a lifesaver to many of us, and frankly, we should also use some sort of “cloud” service. Dropbox is an excellent option for bloggers as it allows them to save and access their work from any device! And depending on the plan you gift, they may have the ability to “share” links, which is great when sharing products with their readers or collaborating with others. 

      Theme

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      I probably should have listed this way up top, considering that nearly every blogger will need a theme for their website design if they aren’t designing it themselves. This gives them a pretty look without tech headaches. 

      Plugins

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      If your blogger is using WordPress, they will use plugins for sure! at some point or another, they’ll need some. Read this post to gauge an idea of the best plugins to use. 

      Web security subscription

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      Unfortunately, hackers are an inevitable part of blogging, and all bloggers will bear this fight at some point or another. 

      Blogging courses 

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      I’ve taken more blogging courses than I care to admit. Wayyyy too many to list here. So, I’ll list a few of those most impactful ones below for every blogger at any stage. If you want to read reviews of all the courses I’ve taken and blogging ebooks, click here.  

      Tailwind

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      Theres a ton of chatter going around about whether or not tailwind is still useful or worth it. Personally, I say yes. If you are genuinely strapped for time or are forgetful like ahem, myself, this tool makes scheduling Pinterest pins and Instagram posts a breeze. 

      Tens unit

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      If you aren’t aware, a tens unit is a small device that uses a mild electrical current to provide pain relief. they come in all price ranges, and you can purchase them from practically anywhere. Now, you absolutely should, not must consult your doctor is using one. Some people cannot use these due to certain conditions etc. However, I use one (because it’s safe, i can, and got the okay from my doctor first) because it helps immensely with neck and back pain.

      Step tracker

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      This is one of my best recommendations because it’s so easy to lose track or put your health on the back burners. Bloggers spend a considerable amount of time behind a computer screen, which doesn’t allow for much blood circulation. A step tracker is a fun, encouraging way to keep track of your steps to ensure you meet that 10,000 a day goal!

    • 9 Easy Tips To Create Pretty Pins That Convert

      If you want to create pins on Pinterest that get SEEN, follow these 9 simple steps below.

      Bold Headings

      Use bold headings in your pins that are large and stand out. Don’t know what a heading is? A heading would typically be the same as or similar to your blog post title. BUT, it certainly doesn’t have to be the same! I encourage you to make multiple pins with different headings. So, for example, if you had:

      “An amazing chicken soup recipe” to share- your heading might look like this:

      “The tastiest chicken soup you’ve ever had!” OR “A simple hearty chicken soup recipe.”

      Use Subheadings

      Pins with subheadings almost always get better engagement. I’m not sure why. Perhaps it’s because it gives the reader a little bit more information about the article or it gives you a chance to use those power and emotional words. It gets people to click, so either way, you want to use them whenever you can.

      An easy way to do this is to put one sentence into parentheses or use an arrow icon element to “point” to your sentence (which should be one-two sentences long). So, continuing from my last example of the “tastiest chicken noodle soup recipe ever”, your subheading might look like this:

      “(& it’s really simple to make!)” OR “(+ we use super simple ingredients!)”

      Entice & Engage

      One of the most important things to keep in mind when designing pins is to make sure that you’re engaging your ideal reader. You want the entirety of your pin to look enticing. So, for each pin this will look different. Sometimes you’ll focus on eye catching images. Other times, your copy may be the most important thing. Either way you want to make sure that you’re catching your readers attention. (Ideally, your pin will do/have all of these things)

      Eye Poppers

      One of the best design hacks to increase engagement is shadows. This is incredibly underused and understated. The easiest way to make your images or text stand out on your pin is to underline the text with an “outline text” or shadow that will make the text stand out even more. For images, this would look like a shape or a splash or any other kind of element that will go behind the photo to make your pictures stand out and POP.

      Related: Editable Pinterest Canva Template Bundle

      Copywriting Tips

      The easiest way to increase clicks on your pins is to use the right words. I can’t stress this enough but using the right words in the right way is one of the best ways to ensure that you’re speaking to your person. You want to use the same words and terminology that your reader uses. Aren’t aware of how your ideal reader speaks? Find out where they “hang out” and snoop around. Read the struggles they’re sharing and inject some of those same words into your copy, your pins.

      Word of Caution

      This doesn’t exactly relate to designing pretty pins but it’s really important to creating pins that convert, so I wanted to include it here. If you write about touchy topics or topics that typically render professional advice- be sure to avoid using those “medical” red light terms. So, for example, if you are a mental health blogger and you’re not a certified counselor, I would caution using terms like- “depression” on your pins. Instead you might use the words, “down” or “sad”. Pinterest filters out content that yields professional advice because it doesn’t want to circulate bad, incorrect, or unsafe data. A hidden or suppressed Pinterest pin won’t convert. Avoid medical/health words!

      Related: How-To Create Beautiful Pin Images In Canva The Easy Way

      Who Are You Talking To?

      When you’re designing your pin-decide how you’re going to address your reader. HOW you address them will change the feel of the words on your pins. I always recommend creating at least five pins per post and this is one of the reasons why. You should create pins with different angles on your copy. Let me explain.

      Think of it this way:

      • I/Me

      For this pin, the wording (copy) on your pin is focused on YOUR experience, thoughts, opinions, etc. You are the “focus.” Continuing from my previous example of chicken noodle soup. (I have no idea why I went this route hahaha. Ya girl loves to eat, so there’s that)

      It would look like: “My favorite chicken noodle recipe” OR “The best chicken noodle soup I’ve ever tried.”

      • You

      Here, is where the text and headlines of your pin focus on THE READER. Now, you handed that baton over and the spotlight is on them. Here is where you make them feel special. So you’ll be focusing on their experiences and them as a person. The headline of our pin would look like:

      “You will LOVE this easy chicken noodle soup recipe” OR “You won’t believe how easy this recipe is”

      • Us/We

      The tone of the “us and we” pin is a COLLECTIVE one. In this pin, you’ll talk as a group. A tribe. You and them. We. This type of pin creates unity, empathy, and understanding. Like a “we get it” vibe. That’s us!

      Here’s an example: “A quick & delicious chicken noodle soup we can make that our families will love”

      • Them

      This one is the judger. Outing others, drawing lines in the sand. It’s you and your reader against someone else or another tribe. Check out the example below:

      “The chicken noodle soup recipe we love but they’ll hate because it isn’t organic” Perdue anyone?

      User Intent

      When you’re designing your pins you always want to keep the end goal in mind. The user intent. What do you want your reader to do? What “thing” do you want them to complete? An easy way to remember this is CTA. Which is short for “call to action.” Every pin should have a call to action (CTA). Basically something or somewhere you want your reader to go and do.

      This may seem like a lot at first, but I promise it gets easier and you’ll get the hang of it in no time!

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    • Ivory-Mix-Review

      If you do a quick google search for stock photos you’ll find thousands if not millions of web results.

      I’ve tried close to 10 different stock photo memberships and I continue to return to Ivory Mix.

      If you’re not familiar with Ivory Mix… it’s a stock photo website geared towards female business owners.

      The company is owned by CEO creative Kayla Butler & She’s been providing stock photos for the internet for years.

      At the current time of writing this article, she has roughly well over 6000 stock photos available for members to download!

      With 100+ being added EVERY MONTH.

      (Let me note: you can bulk download images! Yay!!! I’ve been a member of other sites where you need to download images 1 by 1….smh…such a freaking nightmare! But not here, thank goodness)

      The memberships are affordable with three different tiers being monthly, quarterly, or yearly.

      GRAB YOUR MEMBERSHIP HERE

      (You can click the link above to grab free stock photos or a membership)

      And as for terms and conditions of use there isn’t another company that offers a policy like hers.

      I know the plethora of options there are out there for us. BUT, do their terms of use suit your needs?

      Definitely check this first. The last thing you want to do is fall in love with a stock company’s photos only to discover you aren’t free to use it as you need.

      (Think limitations on using the images for book covers / planners etc) MOST stock photo sites do not allow you to use the images in as many ways as Ivory Mix allows.

      Many different stock photo companies put so many restrictions on what you can and cannot do with their photos rendering them useless in so many situations where bloggers really need it.

      Inside Ivory Mix membership, you’ll find a succinctly organized dashboard with photos organized and categorized by color, category, items, types etc.

      Here’s a peek inside:

      Her photos offer hundreds of lifestyle images, flatlays, mockups, social media graphics & more.

      For me, I need to do business with a company that I know stands behind their products and truly cares about my needs.

      Am I right?

      Ivory Mix has great customer service.

      (I have no idea if she’s a one-woman-show but I’ve always received swift responses by email)

      There’s also a Facebook group for VIP members and it’s very active. Kayla always responds whenever anyone tags her.

      Most, if not all, of the inspiration for her photoshoots from the member’s request comes right from inside the group!

      How cool is that?!

      VIP Ivory Mix members also get special access to a mobile app & single image search capabilities!

      These comments, reviews & testimonials aren’t even conclusive of the ones on her site!

      If you’re a female entrepreneur /mompreneur or if this matches your target audience, then you definitely want to consider this stock photo site.

      Currently, her color categories include metallics, black & browns, yellows, blues, greens, pinks & reds, white & grey, purples & oranges.

      She offers vibrant, bold, neutrals & more.

      At the time of writing, her photos cover the following categories

      (& more continuously being added)

      Categories include:

      Business / Finance Niche

      Parenting / Home Niche

      Wellness / Fitness Niche

      Mockups / Creative

      Holidays

      Lifestyle, Flatlays & Mockups

      Ivory Mix Stock Photo Membership Highlights:

      ✓ vertical & horizontal images

      ✓thousands of images to choose from

      ✓ best terms of conditions on the market

      ✓ affordable & pocket-friendly

      ✓excellent photo quality (scale up or down with no loss of quality)

      ✓awesome affiliate program that’s free to join!

      ✓social media & quote graphics

      Plus:

      You’re free to use her images for Pinterest graphics, Instagram, social media, website, digital products & more.

      And AS IF this all wasn’t already amazing all on its own.

      Kayla is pretty much a brand wizard. She truly knows her stuff and shares it freely in her blog posts & courses.

      (I’ve purchased several & now own them ALL & they are REALLY good)

      Update: Here’s what you’ll get in 2021 if you join & grab an Ivory Mix VIP Stock membership today:

      • Instant access to over 4500+ styled stock photos, graphics, social quotes, and canva templates (and growing monthly)

      • 100+ new stock photos every month delivered twice a month

      • 30+ Monthly Ready to Use / Customizable Social Media Quotes monthly

      • 30+ Monthly Social Media Captions

      • 15+ Monthly Exclusive and Custom Canva Templates

      • Monthly Live Workshops (& replays) To Help You GROW Your Business

      • Single Image Search and Download Library

      • 🎉 $700 BONUS access to all Ivory Mix online courses & the EPIC Easy Marketing Planner! (This planner has 365 content ideas/captions to plan your yearly content)

      Are you a : Course hoarder ✓

      Me too, friend. Join now and never buy another course this year✓

      See all the courses included below…

      • 🎉 $120 BONUS access to The Creative Boss Method workshop series (This is worth $120 – included for FREE)

      • 🎉 NEW INFOGRAPHIC & LIST-GRAPHIC CANVA TEMPLATES (So you can create stunning info-graphics for your social media accounts)

      • 🎉 NEW VISIONARY AWARDS You get a chance to win monthly prizes inside the membership and have your content and knowledge shared with The Ivory Mix community #getseen

      • 🎉SAVE 30% As a VIP You get the benefit of only paying once all year and having it barely work out to just over $11/month. Yes seriously.

      Here’s the “catch” :

      The Ivory Mix V.I.P membership is only open for a handful of days throughout the year. It’s that affordable but it is ending soon, Eek! This membership is so much more than a stock photo membership. It’s a freaking powerhouse that continues to grow with everything you could ever need as a blogger or business owner. Even before you realize you need it.

      Click here to enroll as a VIP member before doors close

      Courses Included In:

      The Ivory Mix VIP Membership

      Digital Profits, Jump Start!

      This course covers how to create digital products and courses that CONVERT.

      PinDepth

      This course covers in depth, how to use Pinterest to grow your business.

      Instagram Marketing, Jump Start!

      This course covers how to take control of a new and authentic Instagram Marketing strategy.

      Self Made Together

      This course is a 90 Day plug & play strategic guide for your online business growth and sales.

      Brand Know-How

      This course covers how to create a cohesive and confident brand. Stay consistent and get noticed.

      Content that Converts

      This course covers how to create content that’ll help you grow.

      The Subscriber Rush

      This course teaches you how to use incentives to grow your email list.

      CREATE CAPTURE CONQUER

      This course covers how to take amazing photos with your phone because the best tool is the one you already have!

      The Everything Bundle

      This bundle covers everything from preparing your mindset, productivity, guides, workbooks, printables, cheat sheets, marketing, roadmaps, outsourcing & so much more.

      This VIP enrollment only opens up a few times throughout the year, so this is your limited chance to save you nearly 30% compared to other options and get more photos, and lock in the price before it goes UP.

      I hope this review helps you make the best choice for your stock photo needs & pin it so you don’t forget!

      Please PIN IT for later

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