Freebies

Free Christmas Download

November 24, 2014

Free Christmas Poster (photo source)

Happy Monday, everyone!

I spent most of Sunday catching up with Etsy orders and custom work. November and December are my busy months on Etsy and can get pretty hectic, but I’m thankful for every order I get.

Can we just take a moment to realize that Christmas is only 5 weeks away! I’m the worst when it comes to Christmas, despite online shopping I still leave Christmas shopping until the last minute and then end up having a panic attack and wish I started earlier. I never learn.

So in the Christmas spirit I thought I’d share one of my Christmas posters from my Etsy shop. In case you haven’t realized where the quote is from, it’s a Christmas Vacation movie quote, because, it’s by far the best Christmas movie out there. I’ve attached an 8″x10″ downloadable file (normally $25) as well as a 12″x18″ (normally $35). You can find more quotes from this movie here in my shop.  I currently have a ‘Buy 2 Get 1 Free’ sale in my shop but since I appreciate my blog readers you can also take 10% off your order with coupon code ‘POSTERLOVE’ at checkout.

If you feel like spreading the love feel free to click the tweet below and share :) Other than that I hope you enjoy it and it brings some Christmas joy to your home. If you end of framing and hanging it on your wall I’d love to see a photo of it!

Download files below:

8x10 Download File
12x18 Download File

Have a nice day!

M.

Snippets

Snippets // 3

November 20, 2014

Snippets 3

01- In case you missed it I wrote a post on finally being ready to accept clients. It’s a little scary but what’s life without a little challenge.
02- You guuuuuys, it snowed yesterday, a lot. Winter is here and I don’t like it one bit. Anyone got an extra room some place warm?
03- I’m almost done ready this book by Hoodzpah. First of all check out their website if you haven’t already. There stuff is insanely good. Second of all this book is a freelancers bible and it’s only $10. Worth all the pennies if you ask me.

Hope everyone is having a nice Thursday, it’s almost the weekend!

M.

Font Finds

Font Find // + An Update

November 17, 2014

Lulo Clean
Lulo Clean
Lulo Clean
Lulo Clean

I would like to say, Happy Monday, but it’s hard when outside looks like this.  Hopefully it’s nicer looking where you are.

I haven’t written a Font Favourite post in awhile, and I came across Lulo so I thought I’d spread the font love with you.

Lulo was first released as a textured font and it was love at first sight. Although I do love a good textured font, sometimes it’s not appropriate for a project you are working on, so when they released Lulo Clean, I fell in love all over again.  The best part is Lulo Clean is on sale for 82% off , which makes it only $9. You can get the textured version for regular price at $49, which is still a good price for what you get.


Now a little update on life.

I’m happy to announce that I’m 99% ready to start accepting new clients. The 1% is the dreaded contracts I need to finish.

Last Wednesday I couldn’t sleep and I was up until 6am working on my site. I decided to play around with my logo, because even though I liked my original, something was sitting right with me and I thought it could be better. I tried a few different options, completely opposite of what I had, and then I came to something where it just felt right. I mocked it up on my site, and my blog and I knew that I had to change it, especially before making business cards.

I also changed up the site template to something a little more visually appealing and it was like all the pieces fell into place. I am so happy with what it has turned into, even though it looks different, it was for the best. Sometimes staying up until 6am has its benefits.

So with that I will be opening shop this week after I finish my contracts. Stay tuned!

Jen Serafini wrote a great post called, “Never fall in love with your first idea” and as freelancers that’s important to remember.

M.

Snippets

Snippets // 2

November 13, 2014

Snippets

Happy Thursday! It’s cold, it’s wet, and it’s SNOWING here in Toronto. I’m not ready for the cold weather, summer come back please!

01- I’ve been keeping busy and slowly crossing stuff off my to-do list. I can see the home stretch of finally being able to accept clients, and it feels good, man. I’ve slowly been connecting with other girls who freelance and it’s nice having that support group in case any questions come up.
02- The one thing I do love about winter, aside from clementine season, is stout beer. I’m a huge fan of dark, coffee, chocolatey beer, it’s perfect for a cold winter night. The owl bottle cap just added to its greatness.
03- I ordered some Herb Lester maps for our upcoming West Coast road trip. They are so nicely designed with great tips for each city. Not to mention the outer packaging is on point.

I hope everyone has a nice day, and if it’s snowing where you are stay warm!

M.

Freelance

Facing Fear

November 11, 2014

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Yesterday I had a bit of a meltdown.

I started working on my “Services” page on my website, a place where people can visit to see what I have to offer, including pricing, FAQ’s, and my design process. Up until now it’s been a lot of fun putting together my website, but once I started to work on the business side it all seemed so real and I freaked out.

Is this what I really want to do with my life?

What if I can’t find a steady stream of clients?

What if people don’t like my work?

What in the what am I doing?

I can only assume this fear is normal when everyone starts out.

On the brighter side of things, I am feeling much better today and even finished that page on my site. With each page I finish I feel more, and more ready to open for business with confidence. I have Leah’s Stress Less and Impress course to thank, it’s been a HUGE help, and was worth every penny.

If any freelancers are reading this, how did you cope with the fear of opening for business? Did it take long to get your first client?

Have a nice day everyone!

M.

This is not a sponsored post. I truly believe in Leah’s course. 

Daily Life, Freelance

To-Do List

November 10, 2014

To Do List

Happy Monday everyone!

It feels good to be back blogging again. I have a lot on my to-do list this week but I look forward to crossing things off my list. As much as I love my trusty Evernote, sometimes writing things out on paper feels more real and you get the satisfaction of crossing things off.

A big task I accomplished this weekend was getting all my blog ideas out of my head and on to a list where I can go back and visit to get ideas for future posts. I’ve also decided I want to start a weekly blog series called, “Creative Insights.” The main idea behind it is to get in touch with fellow creatives, photographers, designers, artists, and get an idea of their daily life and creative process in hopes of inspiring others. I know a few other bloggers that do similar posts and it’s always motivating to read so I would love to spread the love.

I have so many ideas floating around in my head but I have to remind myself that I can only do so much at once and I need to focus on what is really important at this moment.

Have a nice day!

M.

Daily Life

I AM VERY BUSY

November 5, 2014

Very Busy

(photo source)

I recently signed up for a freelance course and it has already helped tremendously. I have a lot better grasp on how things should work and how to deal with clients. The only thing that really haunts me is writing up contracts. I’m going to have to lock myself in a room with no distractions and just get it done.

With that being said, I’ve decided to take a small break from blogging. As much as I love it, I need to get this other stuff done and out of the way so I can start accepting clients :D

Thanks for everyone who supports and reads this blog, means the world. See you on Monday!

M.