Weekly Roundup by VA Creatively.com 08-31-14

Here’s a round-up of some of my finds from around the web this week. They’re geared toward creative entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, social media, working at home, and other things you might find helpful or interesting.

-You know those funny “som(ee)cards” you see on Pinterest and such? Look! You can make your own HERE.



– Here’s a GREAT READ for you bloggers, crafters, hobbyists, and creative entrepreneurs.

– Hey, come join me in class next Friday, 09-05-14! It’s FITNESS FOR CREATIVES and us types who sit at a desk all day. And it’s online and it’s free so no excuses. See you there ;)

– A new venture by a gal I’m very fond of: PERSONALIZE YOUR ART, baby!

– Some GREAT ADVICE from a successful blogger and editor.

– Wondering what work to outsource to a virtual assistant? HERE’s a great list of ideas by Entrepreneur.com.

– If you’re going to Pin images from your blog, make sure to DO THIS first.

– A PODCAST about creatives? I’m in!

Hope you enjoyed this weekly round-up from VA Creatively.com!

How To Make a Header for Your Blog or Facebook Page . . . When You Have No Graphic Design Skills :)

I’m a virtual assistant, blogger, and transcriber.  I own a business, can make dinner while dictating notes AND Tweeting, and know who Dustin Pedroia plays for (the Red Sox – hollah!). I’m a person of many talents. I am not, however, a gifted graphic designer.  Even if I could afford Photoshop, I don’t have the time or patience to learn it. Someday, maybe, but not today ;)

Are you in the same boat?

Well, what are we to do when we need cool graphics for our blog, website, and all the social media platforms?

I finally figured it out!

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I heard about SOCIAL GRAPHICS PRO by CoachGlue.com and signed up for it immediately.  Today, I watched the 18-minute instructional video which made it look so easy.

(Don’t they always?  But then you try to replicate the results, it doesn’t work, you get frustrated, and give up). (Okay, maybe that’s just me, but still).

I opened the program and within about 30 minutes, I had this new blog header that I was very happy with!

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For comparison’s sake, here are two other blog headers I created recently using other programs:

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The first one was too plain/boring.  The second one I couldn’t get to load properly on my site. Both were a total waste of time because I didn’t end up using them . . . and who has time to waste?!? Not me, Bucko.

I was so happy with the header I created using SOCIAL GRAPHICS PRO, that I decided to try making an image for this blog post that I could use to share it on PINTEREST.  It’s at the top of this post; what do you think?  Pretty good for a graphics newb, eh?

Granted, the graphics available aren’t as extensive as you may find elsewhere but they serve my purposes perfectly. If you like, you can upload your own images. It doesn’t get much better than that. I’m having visions of all those cool quotes I see on Pinterest that now *I* can make! Such a great way to increase traffic to our sites, yeah?

I heartily recommend Social Graphics Pro from CoachGlue.com to anyone who needs to make graphics – Facebook covers, blog or website headers, Pinterest images, logos, etc. – but like me are not experienced with graphic design or complicated programs. If you’re a Virtual Assistant, what a great service you could provide for your clients. If you’re a business or website owner, what an easy and affordable way to create these images on your own.

If I can do it, YOU can do it!

You can learn all about Social Graphics Pro HERE including a short video demo and a DISCOUNT CODE! You’ll be surprised at how affordable it is.

Please sign-up for SOCIAL GRAPHICS PRO, MAKE SOMETHING, and come show me whatcha’ got. I can’t wait to see what you create!

PS: If you like, I’m happy to make images FOR you :) Check out my RATES & SERVICES, then LET’S TALK. I’d love to make some images for your site or social media use.

Update 02-19-17: I now use Canva for Work and my graphics skills have come a long way since this post. But I’m keeping it for posterity’s sake, lol.