Free Printable Thank You Card

Free Printable Thank You Note - Gracefulguessing.com

Disclaimer: This post does contain a few affiliate links; you can see my disclosure policy here.

Short work weeks always mess me up.

My blog posts normally are scheduled for Wednesdays so unfortunately I’m a day behind. But I have valid excuses, I promise! 😉 Not only are my kiddos back in school this week, but it’s been a very, very busy week for the shop, too. And I cannot thank my clients enough for that! I am truly humbled by your appreciation for my work and your kindness!

I felt it was important to say thank you and give a little something back. Because I simply wouldn’t be where I am without my amazing clients and audience.

Just a little bit about the card:

  • After trimming it measures 6.25″ Tall, 4.5″ Wide
  • Prints on a 8.5×11 sheet of paper/cardstock
  • Includes trim marks, and
  • Fits comfortably inside a 5″x7″ Envelope

So how can you make a printable card look it’s absolute best?:

  • Fold the card before trimming; it just makes the process faster
  • Print on a good, quality cardstock
    • I recommend this one or this one if you really need them to look super sharp and crisp
  • Use a bone folder to score and then fold the edge

Use it for your customers, friends, or family! I hope you enjoy it!

Click here to download!

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Free Graphic Design Software and Apps for Etsy Sellers

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While I do offer many graphic design services for Etsy Sellers in my Shop, I know that a lot of Etsy Sellers enjoy making their own graphics for social media and listings. Plus, when you’re just starting out, you can’t always afford a designer right away; no matter how affordable they try to be.

While I personally use industry-standard software (Adobe Products such as Illustrator and Photoshop), I know that’s not always an option for brand new sellers trying to make sense of the world of Etsy.  One Caveat to this though: if you have the desire to learn Adobe Illustrator, don’t bother with any of these free programs; learn one software and master it.

So to make your life a little easier, I’ve compiled a list of Free Graphic Design Resources to help you get started (until you can hire a professional 😉 )

Canva

Canva – This is seemingly the most popular option (or  its at least closely tied with PicMonkey). It’s web based, so you don’t have to download a thing. It has a lot of pre-sized and preformatted options to choose from. So if selecting colors and styles is not your forte, this is perfect for you. There is also a App available, but it is not as in depth as the desktop version

The downside to canva is that it’s only free to a point. There are designs that do have a cost associated, and there is a Unlimited Paid Option available as well.

PicMonkey

PicMonkey – Again another very popular choice and it also offers a free app with limited features. There is also a Upgrade option to do some of the things that Canva will let you do for free, which is a Debbie-Downer.

Vectr

Vectr – Vector is another choice on the table with both a downloadable version and a web-based version. I personally have not tried it, but it is recommended as a good option for beginners. It appears to have a pretty good user interface, making it easy to use.

BeFunky

BeFunky – This is a pretty cool option and it had a nice pretty aesthetic. Best of all, the only real perk to upgrade that I could see is upgrading to remove ads; which means you’re getting a lot of their best features without shelling out your hard-earned cash. There were a ton of free templates for small businesses, including Facebook Ads, Promotional Materials (business cards, letterhead, etc.)

So onto the Apps! Here’s what I recommend if you’re on the go and can’t sit down to create or edit images.

As mentioned above, Canva and PicMonkey both have Apps. I personally do not use either of them.

For my on-the-go editing, I like and frequently use three apps for different reasons. I don’t feel like there’s any one app that’s really fulfilled all of my on-the-go needs. But I’m also kind of picky. As of this post, all are available on the iPhone App Store:

  • A Beautiful Mess: It has great little doodles and a text editor. There are some backgrounds that you can add,  some editing features too, but I mostly like it for the doodles. I know; I’m weird. This graphic was a quick one I made with A Beautiful Mess and an Instagram filter.
  • Studio+: It’s great for adding text, shapes, filters and more to an image.
  • VSCO: Awesome for adding a film texture to photos
  • Snapseed: Mostly for actually clean up and editing of photos.

Have you ever used any of these programs? What did you think?

Free But First, Coffee Printable

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My name is Rita.

(Hi, Rita!)

I’m hopelessly addicted to coffee. It’s been at least 30 minutes since my last cup. One day at a time, man. One day at a time. 😉

I’ve found that many small business owners are hooked on the juice, actually. So I’ve made a little freebie to get you through those painful minutes (God forbid it’s ever HOURS!) when you don’t have coffee.

It would be super cute in a kitchen or even your office!

Either way, I hope you love it. So go ahead, get your But First Coffee printable. And then have another cup of coffee for me!

Enjoy!

What is a Branding Kit?

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If you’ve been around my blog for a little while, you’ve heard me toss around the word “branding kit” at least once. But if you’re new to my blog and my shop, you may not know exactly that entails. Allow me to explain…

A Branding Kit Creates A Business’ Tone and Identity

Branding isn’t just about a logo or packaging. It’s setting an entire mood for your business and creating an experience for your customers. If you’re like me, you want to build a solid group of returning clients that you love to work with. Branding helps you do that.

Branding tells your customers a lot about who you are, what you do, what value you bring to them, and if your product or services are a good fit for them.

Remember how I mentioned in my first post about logos that color and font sets a mood? With a branding kit, it helps you carry that mood throughout all aspects of your brand.

A Branding Kit helps build brand identity too; using the same elements all working together creates recognition and trust.

As a designer, it’s my job to set my clients up for success. When I built my Branding Kit Packages, I wanted it to contain everything a client would need to convey a consistent brand message.

Here’s what I offer my clients in my full branding kit:

Complimentary Brand/Mood Board. Brand Boards tell a story about your business! So from mine below, you can tell that I specialize in graphic design (text and design), I like making fun, feminine, whimsical designs (font choice, hydrangeas), I’m energetic and bubbly (the color pink). I also chose a dark grey rather than a black from my logo because it’s softer, but still impactful. Take a peek below:

Graceful Guessing Brand Board

• Three (3) Completely Custom Designed Logos (Main, Submark/Watermark, Alternate), and source files (.ai). Different logos serve different purposes, so it’s good to have a few different versions. I also give my clients the full rights to their logo when I’m finished. I keep it on file only if they need something down the road; otherwise it’s a unique creation.

• Main Logo Files (4 JPGs Total)
– Print-Ready JPG
– Screen/Web Ready JPG
– Large JPG
– Etsy Shop Icon JPG (500×500 px)

• Alternate Logos (3 JPGs total):
– Print-Ready JPG
– Screen/Web Ready JPG
– Large JPG

• Submark/Watermark
– PNG File
– Print-Ready JPG

• Shop Banner/Cover/Header (Etsy, Big Cartel, etc).

• Social Media Graphics

• Business Card Templates

• A Choice of Packaging Design: Sticker, Custom Hang Tag, or Packaging Template (printing is available but extra and will need a custom listing)

• A Thank You Gift for their Business. Many of my clients are brand new business owners. So whenever a client purchases a Branding Kit I try to give my clients something they need that they didn’t think of or couldn’t afford at the time.

After completion, I also promote my clients and their brands on my Instagram. One of my good friends who also has an Etsy Shop often says, “We Rise By Lifting Others.” I genuinely want to see my clients succeed.

I also try to accommodate my client with additional needs, or build a package entirely for them. I’ve had business owners come to me at many different points in their journey, and because they’re my audience, I keep my prices in their reach.