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spend your time doing what you do best

Being a few years into business as a photographer, I’ve had many lightbulb moments. One of them went a little like this: “Photography is my specialty. I’m not a graphic designer, web designer, videographer, etc.  I can outsource these things even if I am “capable.” Everyone specializes in their field for a reason!”

spend your time doing what you do best ( blog post templates )
Templates have been an incredible way of simplifying my life! I used to make my own but I never “loved” them. Why? Because I’m not a designer!
 spend your time doing what you do best ( blog post templates )

As a wedding photographer I realize that blogging is more important than I give it credit for! These templates are so powerful – I can drag, drop, blog and be back to editing and sessions in no time at all. They are amazing. Lightbulb moments are only beneficial when you actually take action! ;)

spend your time doing what you do best ( blog post templates )

Don’t just take it from me, go try these templates for yourself!

- Sarah
( Psssst! The last template used in this post comes as an extra freebie in the Angular package! )

new in the shop: customizable blog post templates

Happy Monday! Here’s something exciting to start off your week: new products in the CLC resource shop!

just drag and drop! fully customizable blog post templates

There are three sets of blog post templates for you to pick from. Choose the one that best fits your site’s aesthetic and use them to speed up your blogging process and create a unified look without spending a ridiculous amount of time laying out images for each post!

just drag and drop! fully customizable blog post templates

Inside the Photoshop file, just drop your image on top of the shape you want it to fit into and it will crop to that shape! Super easy.

ANGULAR: fully customizable blog post templatesPlease feel free to come to me with any questions you have about using the templates!

If you use them on your blog, send me the link! I’d love to see. :)

►  Grab the templates for your blog!

 

setting goals + making things happen ( + another free resource )

This morning, in my email to the CLC insiders on the new email list ( get on the list right here or in the sidebar under “become a clc insider” ), I talked a bit about goals.

Goals are important for so many reasons. They’ve become important to me recently in allowing me to get through my long list of ideas and actually make them happen. Like I said in the email, I decided to make a change because I realized I was always busy but not always getting the important things done.

To make this change happen, I first made a master list of everything I wanted ( and needed ) to get done. Then, I put them in order of priority. Of course, client projects were on top of business/personal projects… that was the easy part. The hard part was figuring out a good plan of action for all of the ideas I have for the CLC resource shop. Guys… it’s a really, really long list.

That’s when I decided to take it a step further and create a goals worksheet for myself ( and for you! ) that would help put all of my crazy ideas in perspective.

goal worksheet for creatives

This worksheet can be used for small ideas and large scale projects alike. It has a place for you to write down a deadline, reasons the goal is important to you and how it will help you reach your ultimate goal ( whatever that may be – in life or in business ), details + a description of the project, and research findings.

You know what to do with the “TO DO” part, but let’s talk about the “TO DO after” part! I think it is really important to write down the steps that need to be taken after a project is completed. Personally, I’m very guilty of immediately moving on to the next thing on my list when I finally finish a big project.

If you are a creative entrepreneur, the ”TO DO after” list may be just as important as the actual project itself. If you don’t tell your potential clients or customers about your awesome new product you’ve worked so hard on, they will STAY just that… potential.

So, on this list you may want to write “write a blog post”, “do an email campaign”, “offer a coupon”, or simply ” share with facebook and twitter followers”. And then don’t forget to celebrate. I took the liberty of filling that one out for you. ;)

Now go download the goals worksheet, organize your ideas and MAKE THEM HAPPEN! And when you finish, let me know so I can help you share it and celebrate!

resource shop / editorial content calendar

Hey friends! Ready for more free stuff? ;)

I’ve finally nailed down a design for an editorial calendar for blogging that I love so of course I’m going to share it with you! It’s the newest item in the CLC resource shop; you can grab it there for free. In this post I’m going to share a few tips on editorial calendars and how I use mine.

free printable editorial calendar for bloggers create like crazy resource shop

The layout is very open for easy customization since every blog is different. I’ll show you how I use mine but feel free to use it in whatever way works best for you.

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rolling in inspiration

Have you guys had a chance to grab the GEOBALL template yet? It’s free in the CLC resource shop!

Last year I approached Ashley with the idea to create a “live version” of her Lessons in Inspiration column. I know most creatives get stuck sometimes – I do, for sure – so we wanted to create something that would keep you “rolling in inspiration“! It’s covered in quick and easy activities for you to do when your inspiration tank is feeling a little low.

Here’s a little demonstration of how to put it together. Grab the printable here!

Side note: This was my first go at creating a video in Photoshop so please forgive any quirks. Be expecting many, many more!

behind the scenes of the clc redesign / the shop!

Thats right, I said the shop!! I’m ecstatic to announce that the CLC relaunch will be happening this Friday, February 1st and you will see a new tab at the top of the home page entitled resource shop.

This shop will be dedicated to helping you take your creative dreams and not just make them a reality but make them successful.

There will be everything from products that will create a better experience for your clients ( setting you apart from the rest ) to free digital downloads. Did you catch that? Free! There will be quite a few items created just for you, free of charge.

announcing the CLC resource shop, launching Feb 1st!

So what kind of products are we talking about? Well, the list is long but here are a few things on it: social media cheat sheets, patterns, graphics, notecards, stamps, workbooks, and that cute little geoball in the gif above! ( I’ll explain more about the geoball soon! )

Since this shop is all about making your creative life easier, I’d love to hear what kind of products you’d like to see! Is there a step in your process that you dread or a part of business that you struggle with? Tell me in the comments or shoot me an email!

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► check out more of the redesign process

► see other design work

design elements by CREATE LIKE CRAZY design studio