Category Archives: ForumChallenge

Jan 26 – Something New and Special

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So I am trying something new … Instead of $2 Tuesday for just 1 day. For the month of January, my $2 Tuesday kit will remain $2 from Tuesday to Monday. You will have to visit the store to find out which kit is $2  Store link!

I had fun making these borders using my latest kit – Just Us GirlZ!!! Please come back on Friday 1/8, 1/15, and 1/22 to download the borders. Please make a note – downloads will be removed at the end of the month

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This month Forum Challenge theme is “Something New”

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Here is my layout of something new. I am still working on the kit – once its released the kit name is Sweet Stitch!!!

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Jan 19 – Something New and Special

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So I am trying something new … Instead of $2 Tuesday for just 1 day. For the month of January, my $2 Tuesday kit will remain $2 from Tuesday to Monday. You will have to visit the store to find out which kit is $2  Store link!

I had fun making these borders using my latest kit – Just Us GirlZ!!! Please come back on Friday 1/8, 1/15, and 1/22 to download the borders. Please make a note – downloads will be removed at the end of the month

OstreaDesigns_JustUsGirlz_KitPreview OstreaDesigns_JustUsGirlz_BorderPreview

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This month Forum Challenge theme is “Something New”

Click on the picture below to head over to the challenge!

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Here is my layout of something new. I am still working on the kit – once its released the kit name is Sweet Stitch!!!

tso_SweetStitch_CaliOct2014600

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Taking it to the next level

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I have a couple days left on a vacation. I did not go anywhere nor do anything special. Just stayed home and did the usual except log into work. I was on a quest to search for ways to create a workflow when designing my kits, ways to be more creative, how to figure out the secret ingredient to drawing traffic and sales to my products, and utilize newsletter mailing list.

I am still questing however I will share some of my findings and accomplishments with you.

Quest 1 – Create a workflow when designing kits

I complied all my designing checklist into one checklist. Oh my, that ended up being 7 pages long (margins are really close to falling off the page). Spent a couple days on drafting the order of sections, then used a in progress kit then used it on a new kit.  Once I liked it went to Staples (print the list on both sides and put a spiral binding).  There is a section on brainstorming of kit names, the theme of the kit, where did the color scheme come from – did it come from a blog train, store collaboration, really like a picture and made a kit. Then the breakdown from suggestion of what kinds of papers to paper breakdown. Since I make some of the basics elements from my papers, this is where I do a gamut check – that item is in CAPS and in BOLD to make sure it done before going forward. Then on to the element suggestions and a section for themed elements once I figure that out! After the elements are done then on to quality check for jaggies, messies, blurs, ect.  Then I list out possible add-ons (the extra stuff) to match the main kit like alpha sets, journal cards, planner printable, brag-books, clusters, to name a few. After that I have my other things to make for my store freebies, challenge prize, newsletter freebies,  Facebook/Blog cover (like the one above – it reminds me of my niece in her girl-girl stage). Next section deals with packaging. One thing with having multiple stores is that they not packaged the same and the files need to name a certain way. The last section is the wonderful task of social media marketing, which I am still trying to figure out. However, my mini checklist is keeping me on track (so far).

In action – I have used my monster checklist since Jan 1st – I have 5 kits in progress (the main kit is completed, working on add-ons and packaging this week), 1 kit that has successfully gone thru the process, and 2 kits in brainstorm section.

Quest 2 – Start sending Newsletters

This one is tough for a couple of newsletters my friend was writing the content and oh my his words was being traffic and sales. However, life goes on and he is super busy these days. So now I need to figure it all out. Through discussion groups with my fellow designers, I have learned a great deal from each of them.

In action – After reading tons of articles I am jumping feet first. This is the perfect spot to plug in my newsletter – If you haven’t already sign up for my newsletter and read up on what I learned from countless articles available everywhere!

Quest 3 – Secret Ingredient

Well taking from what I got from a certain movie the secret ingredient is not something you can get your hands or read about it. It is nothing! Well not necessary nothing it lies within you!

In action – so yah! You can say I am still searching for it.

 

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This challenge is to create a layout about “Something New” – It doesn’t have to be something new today but something new to you at that time. In 2014, my something new was Cali.

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This layout was created using my newest kit (and my first completed kit using my monster checklist). It’s called Sweet Stitch

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Jan 12 – Something New and Special

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So I am trying something new … Instead of $2 Tuesday for just 1 day. For the month of January, my $2 Tuesday kit will remain $2 from Tuesday to Monday. You will have to visit the store to find out which kit is $2  Store link!

I had fun making these borders using my latest kit – Just Us GirlZ!!! Please come back on Friday 1/8, 1/15, and 1/22 to download the borders. Please make a note – downloads will be removed at the end of the month

OstreaDesigns_JustUsGirlz_KitPreview OstreaDesigns_JustUsGirlz_BorderPreview

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This month Forum Challenge theme is “Something New”

Click on the picture below to head over to the challenge!

ODChallenge

Here is my layout of something new. I am still working on the kit – once its released the kit name is Sweet Stitch!!!

tso_SweetStitch_CaliOct2014600

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