commercial use svg files

Commercial VS Personal Use

What's the difference between Commercial VS Personal Use

If you have been around the crafting world for a minute, you may have come across the terms personal and commercial use in the crafting groups. Some files, fonts, and mockups come with commercial while others come with personal only. While they may seem pretty straightforward, I want to take a moment and really elaborate on why this is important to know and why you should spring for commercial use when you can.

 

Personal use, as the name states, is created for you to use personally. You can make yourself a shirt, sign, or decal with the files. You are not selling the end physical product and there is NO money exchanged once the project is done. Commercial use means that you have the ability to create an end physical product in exchange for money. This means you can sell at the local flea market, you can put your items on Etsy, you can use those stock photos in your business social media accounts to drive traffic to your business. Anything that will even fit your business at the end of the day, the commercial use will save you!

commercial use svg files

Picture this!

So why should you look out for a commercial use license as opposed to personal? GROWTH. If you begin your crafting journey by only collecting personal use files, you could be limiting yourself later. Picture this, one crafty christmas, you have DIY-ed everyones holiday gifts. The hoodie you gave to your Aunt Carol gets some serious attention at her book club and now everyone there NEEDS it, but the file was personal use. Technically (legally and morally) you can not sell the hoodie because DigitalSuzieQ only gave you a personal license and yes “accepting donations” counts as making money – don’t bring that bad crafting karma on you.

 

What can you do in this scenario? Well, you’ll have to check the design site to see if they have the ability to purchase the commercial use file. Oftentimes they will (probably for around $3) but they might not – or worse you don’t remember who you got it from! [Check out this FREE gift to help you keep track of all your downloads

 

What if we had Commercial Use?

Now play that same scenario but this time, your amazing digital collection is nothing BUT commercial use files. You can immediately start selling to your heart content and stack that money with Carol’s book club. So while this scenario is a little silly, it does happen! A simple post of “check out what I did this weekend!” can blow up to having 20 orders and now everyone is looking at you wanting to know if you can make that but add sparkles. 

 

Even if you start with the thought of just making for yourself, you never know what might change. Take our recent pandemic for example, when the world shut down, some turned their hobby into a serious business! So while you may not think you need it right now, if you can help it, find those files with commercial use. Your future self will thank you. 

 

Disclaimer – Now I feel silly bringing this up, but I do want to clear up a common misunderstanding about commercial use license. Commercial use does not give you permission to resell the design itself. You can not profit on the design in this way. Even giving away a freebie you can not do that. The design, when you download it, is for you and you alone. You can not share that. You can create physical products but you can not sell the file itself. You may think it’s not a big deal, but as a designer myself, I have to say, please – support our designer besties. They put their effort into the design that they are selling for 3 dollars. If someone you know wants the design, direct them to the site to download from the original party. Even free files, direct them to the right spots.

 

I hope this helps in clearing up the difference between commercial use and personal use. You can find sites here that offer commercial use even FREE commercial use files!

What is commercial use SVG

Start A Business

Ready to make money?

With a craft machine, it is so easy to go from crafter to boss babe (or dude!). There are a few things though that you will want to be aware of when starting a business. In this article, we are going to go over all of those to get you ready for the shift from weekend creator to full-time hustle!

1. Shift Your Mindset

Yep, that’s right, you need to SHIFT your mindset. You are no longer going to treat this as a hobby but as a business. You have to be ready to put in serious work to grow this into something that will create income for you. There will be late nights ahead, you will need to have money invested, and you might even need more Starbucks (is this a punishment though?) but the end results will be worth the time you have to put into creating your business. You need to consider your time VALUABLE. Set a plan – even a loose one – of what you want your business to be. You don’t have to realistic right now, just jot down where you picture yourself. You can no longer focus on things that do not serve you and your end goals.

2. Know Your Suppliers

In order to run your business, no matter how big or small, you need supplies! By doing a little bit of research ahead of time you can find out who has decent prices and how many of each unit you need to order to get those prices. While your local craft store may be convenient, oftentimes you are paying for that convenience. 😉 Take into consideration the costs of shipping and their shipping frames when picking your supplier. Have a few of them at the ready to give you the best prices. Check out some of my favorites and our besties lists here.

3. Understand Licensing

Not all designs are created equal – even if they are FREE. if you are selling your finished projects, you want to make sure you have the proper license. 😉 Most often you will see sites refer to their license as personal or commercial use. Personal use, as the name suggests, is personal. It’s just for you to make and use within your home. You’re not making money for your brand/business in any way. Commercial use allows you to make and sell end products. Most often those end products will be physical, however, you are also able to create digital files as well. If you are looking for sites with commercial use be sure to check the link here and also peep these FREE commercial use sites.

4. Research The Market

I am all for jumping in head first because I get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of things that you “should” plan, getting together the PERFECT plan, and ultimately I never finish. If you are like that – *hugs* I am so sorry! With that said, there is something in doing a bit of research before you open shop. (Even after opening up shop, you will want to keep an eye out for trends!) When you think of what you want to sell, take a minute to just consider your prices, what options you will offer to your customers, and if you will take on custom orders. By doing a quick Google search or even peeping at other Etsy shops, you can get an idea of the market prices for items similar to yours. Don’t undercut yourself!

5. Crunch The Numbers

A business won’t succeed if you don’t understand where your money is going. One big thing that you have to know is how much your materials cost!? If you haven’t taken a minute to find your suppliers, seriously, do this now! How much time does it take to create your designs? What do you want to make an hour? Are you spending money on marketing? What are your listing fees on your platform?

For help in understanding what your project costs, you can check out this cool spreadsheet I made to help you break it all down.

6. Making Products

It should go without saying that we need to create our products! I mean, we are here to make money. Creating products will allow you to gain basic vinyl skills that will help you grow your business and create your crafts like knowing how to weed designs, press shirts, and apply decals. These skills and processes will change over time as you find out what works best for you. 

 

Remember practice makes perfect! If you are wanting to make cool glitter tumblers, be sure to visit your local dollar tree and pick up some cheap cups to practice on before committing yourself to that order. By making some products, you can also get an idea of how much time and materials it takes to make your products is. (Now, as time goes on, you will get faster at your craft and supplies have the potential to go down in price – so this might change later.)  With that said, you DO NOT have to create a product for every design you plan to offer. You can, in fact, use mockups to stage products and get insight into a product line before you commit time and money (check out this video here). 

7. Set Up Shop

So you know your numbers, you have your products, and you are ready to get that money but where do you sell? There are so many amazing places that you can sell your handmade items on. Let’s go over one of the most affordable options – social media! Facebook and Instagram have made it possible to grow as a craft business with the use of swip swap groups and FB pages. By posting finished products or mockups in groups, you can get orders through DMs. Be sure to use payment centers like Paypal for business purposes (it protects you and the buyer). Wanting to go a step further? Check out local craft fairs and flea markets. You can rent out booths for relatively cheap for a weekend. 

 

There are other platforms like Etsy (afl) and Amazon handmade.  I love my Etsy shop and it now makes up over half of my monthly income! I do have an Amazon handmade shop, however, it is NOT user-friendly (for me at least) so I haven’t been able to sell on there to give my opinion on their platform.  If you are interested in reading my take on Etsy, you can visit the link to learn more. If you are seeking to drive your traffic and do it “your way”, you can also set up your own website. I happen to run my own site(s) that I sell on through WordPress but you can use Shopify for an easier setup. Each platform has its own set of fees so when deciding where to sell, be aware of those numbers.

8. Time To Shine!

You may have heard the saying if you build it they will come but don’t be silly! We are not sitting around waiting for success to come to us – we are goal getting besties and we are here to shine. You are your biggest advocate for your business. No one will hustle for you more than you. Don’t let a day go by without a post on social media. You don’t want to create SELL SELL SELL posts, but keep engaged with your audience is important. Social media can be one of the BIGGEST drivers of traffic. Think about where your target market hangs out and make sure you show up. The latest fun spot to be is TikTok and if you are not already following me, why not?!

Opening An Etsy Shop – Part 2

Setting Up An Etsy Shop Part 2

In our last blog, we went over how to create a shop and our first listing. In Part 2, we are jumping into finishing up the shop and getting paid! If you haven’t read it first, I would reccomend going back and checking that out. Don’t forget you can get 40 free listings by clicking here! 

What Type Of Seller Are You?

It’s time to distinguish who you are a seller. More than likely you are one person creating an Etsy shop so you would select Individual or sole priorietorship. For the purposes of this blog, that just means that it you are the sole owner of the shop. Now there are many ways that you can see your shop and establish it in the eyes of the goverment, but I won’t get into that here. If you have registered as a corporation, you will need to make sure that you select incorporated business. 

About You

In the next part, we will input who we are. Fill this information out accordingly. 

Banking

Here you will choose where you bank is located and your account information. I reccomend that you open a seperate account for your business. You can find free business checking accounts with banks like Ameris and sometimes credit unions. This isn’t a requirement, but it will help you keep your expenses seperate through out the year making tax time easier. 

Credit Card

On the next page you will be adding in your credit card information. This is for Etsy billing purposes. The age ole’ quote, it takes money to make money is ever so true. Etsy has fees which I will outline in another blog but you will need to have a card on file to take care of these. Now typically, it won’t be a big deal, especially if you use the 40 free listings, you start off in a good spot as each listing will cost you 20 cents. However, if you’re items are selling, Etsy will take their fees out of your earnings to make things easier. Afer you save your card on file, you can now open you shop!

 

Welcome to Etsy!

Congrats! You have succesfully finished setting up your entire shop but the work doesn’t stop there! Stay tuned as we go over additional things you can do in your shop make it pop allowing you to stand out as an Etsy shop owner. I am so excited for your journey bestie, I know you will do amazing things. 

Setting Up An Etsy Shop

Let's Build A Shop! Part 1

I am so glad to see you taking the leap into becoming your own boss and creating financial freedom. If you are still on the fence, check out my last post here. Creating an Etsy shop as a whole is pretty straight forward. There are some things that we are going to touch on that will help you build your dream shop but let’s start with the basics – opening the doors. 

 

If you haven’t already, use my personal afl link to get your first 40 listings for FREE! Once you click it, follow the onscreen prompts until. you get to the “Shop preferences page as shown below.  

Shop Preferences

This is the easiest section to fill out as this is all about YOUR preferences when it comes to viewing your shop. All you have to do is select your language, country, and the currency you are pricing your items at. The last question has no impact on your shop, Etsy is just interested in knowing who is signing up for their site.  

Naming
Your Shop

This might be one of the hardest things for any crafter just starting out to decide on. Don’t worry though, if you HATE what you pick, you are able to change it one time without any reviews from Etsy. A third time requires Etsy approval. When it comes to picking your name, you want to have something that can grow with you. I would avoid “DogShirts4Life” unless you are certain that you will always sell dog shirts.

Creating a Listing

It’s time to create our first listing! By taping the “+” box, it will bring you up to the listing pages. We will go over each of those sections together.

Adding
Your
Listing
Photos

The first thing you will do each time you create a listing is to add photos. Etsy allows you to add up to 10 photos, with the first one being what your customers will see in the searches. Make sure your first photo is impactful! I know you should never judge a book by the cover, but with online shopping, it’s important that we put our best face first. While you don’t have to have 10 photos for a great listing, the more you can have, the better for you. Taking multiple photos of your product from different angles and props for size references can help your potential customer understand what they are looking at. 

 

Protip – You can even add photos of your policies, an “About the maker” photo, coupon code announcements for building an email list, or sizing information. 

It's All In The Details

Now that we have our listing photos out of the way, you need to fill out the details that will help your potential customers find you. Etsy’s search allows customers to sort by materials, categories like household decor, party, and bumper stickers. Filling out as much of this information as possible will help the customer find exactly what they are looking for – your product!

Listing Title – This is what Etsy will display to the customers so make sure it descriptive of what you are selling. If you are an artist that paints cows and your latest painting you want to call it “Pasture Attitude”. As cute as that name is, your potential customer won’t be searching for that. Instead trying a title like “Cow in Pasture Decor | Cow Wall Art ” will put you into search results that your customers are typing in. 

About This Listing – Here you will select from the dropdown menu who made it, what the item is, and when was it made. There are several options for each one, so be sure to select the best ones for your product.

Category – Etsy allows a wide variety of sellers and products. To browse the options, start typing out what your item is and different suggestions will begin to populate under the box. Take for example our painting earlier, typing “painting” pulls up options like art and collectibles, home decor, and painting kits. By clicking on a suggestion, the space under the box will fill with key terms that Etsy is going to assign to your listing. Be sure to review the terms and if they don’t fit, pick another category by typing in the box again. 

Depending on what you select, each category will pull up additional listing specs like the season, holiday, size, etc

Renew – Every listing has a virtual shelf-life. Typically that shelf-life is 4 months from the day you post it or until it sells. By selecting automatically, your listing will renew after every sale (until completely sold out) or after its expiration date.

Type – Here you will choose if you are selling physical or digital products. A physical product is going to be one that you physically ship to a customer and a digital one they will download on their own. 

The meat and potatoes!

While every part of the listing is important, if I had to put it into terms of food, THIS is the meat and potatoes of your listing! 

Description – Add all of your information here. THIS is where you really sell your product and yourself as an artist! Start by describing your piece. What makes it special? What is the size? What material did you use? Why should they buy from you? You can include breaks in your description to include special care information or even links to other products in YOUR shop that are similar in nature. If you have any hidden coupons like buy 3 shirts, get 1 free with code “341shirts” or even free shipping on orders over $50,  this can help you convert to higher sales and can help fill your description with vital information.

Protip – The use of CAPS for titles, formating like — this — and even emojis is encouraged! Now don’t make it look like a 9th graders phone, however, using emojis can help bullet point and draw the customer’s eye to important information. 

Sections – Sections are a useful tool in keeping your shop organized. You can create categories like “Men’s Shirts” “Women’s Shirts” “Seasonal Signs” “Car Decals” and more. You are given 20 categories so give yourself time to think about what groups you should create to help your customers search within your shop. 

Tags – This is where Etsy SEO comes into place. SEO is search engine optimization. What you type in here will tell Etsy’s search bots how you want to show up in search results. Avoid using short terms like “gift” or “painting” as these won’t put you high in the search results. Using long-tail words (what customers are typing in) will help make sure you land where you need to be. Think again about what your customers will be looking for to find your sign. Terms like “Funny Bathroom Decor” “Bathroom Wordsearch sign” “Cute Bathroom Signs”  even “Gifts for new home” can prove to be helpful. If your term is too long, you can fill it out like funny bathroom, bathroom decor putting your terms together. 

 

Protip SEO is a HUGE part of Etsy and to help you better understand it, I recommend checking out eRank. Anthony Wolf, the creator, built the platform with Etsy businesses in mind!

 

Materials  – As the name suggests, this is where you include the material you used for your item if you want. This helps your customers know what they can expect. Some customers have allergies to certain fabrics or metals so this information can help prevent future problems for both the customer and you. These terms can also help with the search so it’s good to add them!

Inventory
and
Pricing

So are you ready to talk numbers? Here you will set the price of your product as well as how many you are selling. You can assign a SKU to the item to help you track inventory if you are producing and storing your products. You can also create variations that will allow you set different price points for each. For example, you sell a decal in different sizes – 3 inch all the way to 20 inches. When you add variations you can make sure that you adjust the prices for each of those sizes.  If you take personalizations on items, you are able to set that upo as well. Be sure to ask for any information that you will need for your customers. 

Shipping

We have finally made it to the end of the line – shipping. Here you are able to select a flat fee OR use Etsy’s built in calculated shipping. You can also let your customers know the processing time (from the date they order, how long it will take you to dispatch the item). After you fill this information out, you can save what is called a shipping profile which will allow you to select these setting in the future for a faster listing process. 

Shipping

We have finally made it to the end of the line – shipping. Here you are able to select a flat fee OR use Etsy’s built in calculated shipping. You can also let your customers know the processing time (from the date they order, how long it will take you to dispatch the item). After you fill this information out, you can save what is called a shipping profile which will allow you to select these setting in the future for a faster listing process. 

We are done...for now

Opening An Etsy Shop – Part 2After filling out all of this information, you can hit that save button at the bottom of the screen! Congrats bestie, you have just create your first listing and are one more step closer to opening your doors. Are you ready to move ahead? Check out Part 2 of opening an Etsy shop here. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the group, I would be more than happy to help. 

From Hobby to Income

Let's Make An Etsy Shop!

Can I start a business?

One of the biggest perks of owning a craft machine is the ability to turn a hobby into a money-making dream! Even if you have a job outside, being able to bring a small stream of revenue can be a huge advantage. This is money that you can use to pay off debts (hello student loans!), build a nest egg of savings, or simply just splurge on yourself without feeling guilty.  There are countless platforms that you can sell on to start building your empire, but in this article, we are going to go over the popular handmade platform – Etsy.

Why sell on Etsy?

Etsy, as mentioned early, is one of the oldest handmade platforms. Over the years thousands of shops have opened up. According to Etsy in their 2020 wrap-up, there were over 3.7 million shops on Etsy! Now you might be wondering with MILLIONS of shops already opened, is that marketplace too saturated? Will I be able to create an income stable enough to kiss my 9-5 goodbye? How will I stand out in an ocean of other shops? Those are all very justified questions, however, that same year data shows that Etsy also had over 69.6 MILLION customers! That is a lot of bodies searching for handmade goods. 

 

In recent years, Etsy has started running more promotions, creating commercials, TV shows, and pushing ads to bring in additional customers, spreading the knowledge and reach of this handmade platform. So what does that mean for you? Well, it shows that Etsy is dedicated to making their platform the biggest it’s ever been! When you make money, Etsy makes money, so their focus will continue to be growth in the future. 

What can I sell on Etsy?

You can sell anything on Etsy that you make! We each have a unique gift and style that someone somewhere in the world is going to LOVE. Selling on Etsy will give you access to those people who are looking for and will appreciate your talent. While we all might be using the same SVG files, using the same brand shirts or faux leather, and using the same craft machine, we can all find our spot in the Etsy community. One of the biggest things that will set you apart from Sally Cricut is that you are you. Not only will your skill and craftsmanship stand out against hers, but your customer service will be totally different! Your customers will grow to love YOU and how you handle your business. The way you display your products, how you set your shop up, write your descriptions, will all be a representation of who you are, and while some copy, no one can replace YOU! 

While you play with your machine, think of the projects that you love creating the most and really think about what you can put into your shop. If you can’t pick a favorite project, no worries! You can build your shop in a way that will allow all of your interest to flow until you are able to hone in on what you really want to do or what your shoppers are most looking for. I am sure you have heard “find a niche and stick to it”. I am here to tell you the exact opposite. You DO NOT have to have a niche to start with! A niche can find you. When I first started in 2017 and even into 2018, I was all over the map. I had shirts, tumblers, decals, paper crafts, keychains – the list goes on and on. Around August 2019, I took a hard look at what items really sold well in my shop and found out that one theme, in particular, sold well above anything else. I knew from that moment that my niche found me! I began to shift my business in that direction and the results have been insane. 

How can I sell on Etsy?

Setting up a shop is one of the first steps that you can take on your journey to building a different financial future. By using this link here, you can get your first 40 listings for free! While this process is pretty straight forward, it’s the work afterward that will begin to test your commitment to creating a shop that will stand the test of time. Are you ready to become an Etsy seller? Follow along with me as we go from start to finish on opening an Etsy shop and the things you need to fill out first!

Organizing Your Craft Files

Ready – Set – DOWNLOAD!

Are you ready to Marie Kondo your craft files? Okay, so while I won’t be telling you to hold everything in your hands to see if it sparks joy or not, it is important to keep your digital files organized. Why you might ask? Well, let me set the scene for you. You are finally ready to sit down and craft using that one really cool skull with the flowers that you bought at that last Dollar Event (AFL link). You have your vinyl, your heat press on, and your Cricut Machine ready to roll. You go to upload the design and you search through your downloads folder – nothing. You search in your files – nothing. You search your desktop – nothing. You summon the computer fairy to search through your pc and still nothing. You start questioning yourself, did you download it? Did you delete it? Did you name it wrong? What did the designer name it? How much time have you wasted trying to search for something? By organizing your files, we can prevent the 30 minutes of search panic and get you to crafting even faster!

What is the best way to organize your files though? Year – Month – Category? Do we group by the size, the site, the price? While there are probably HUNDREDS of way to categorize them, I am going to show you the way that I do it which has worked for my craft business (although disclaimer – I still have more than I would like to admit on my desktop and downloads – we are working on that).

Downloading first starts with the actual act of downloading your files. Your PC should prompt you and ask where you want to save your folder, but if it doesn’t you should check under “Downloads”. If you want a spreadsheet to help you keep track of your digital purchases check out this link here.

So first it should be noted that the most popular downloads are

  1. Craft Files (these are you SVG, DXF, PNG, EPS)
  2. Fonts (OTF, TTF)
  3. Mockups
  4. Social Media Templates
  5. Sublimation Designs
  6. Stickers

Knowing this information, it’s only right that we include a folder for each one. Now if you don’t do a lot of social media templates or stickers, feel free to omit those from your folder structure. This is about making a system that will be best for YOU and only you know what that is. These 6 categories might seem specific and rightly so, however, after the 3rd Dollar Event and Freebie Friday, we could end up looking at hundreds of files inside these! Let’s be honest, starting inside of your closet can get a little crazy so we can’t expect our minds to be able to process that vast folder mess. We can go a little more specific with the craft files by creating categories like

  1. Adults (alcohol, recreational, not safe for work *wink* / dirty quotes)
  2. Family
  3. Holidays (because come on, there are so many!)
  4. Home Decor (kitchen, bathroom, doormats, etc)
  5. Occupational Designs
  6. Pets
  7. Quotes
  8. School Designs (pre-k all the way to college)
  9. Sports or Hobbies
  10. Seasonal

From there you can dive even further with specifics like Holiday SVG / Easter, St. Patrick Day, Valentines Day, etc., or Seasonal SVG – spring SVG, summer SVG, winter, fall SVG, and so on and so forth. Again this is a system structure that will best help YOU! Omit what you don’t need or go further. Some categories may overlap like a spring home decor sign. You can choose to copy and paste in both spots or pick the most relevant folder (I would choose spring). Repeat the process for each major category and have fun with it. You can even take it a step further and notate 2021 designs vs 2020 designs if you are good at keeping track of when you make a purchase. You can download the FREE folder system by clicking this link here

We are organized, now what?

File Types

Now that you can kind of get a feel for what we are going for, let’s talk about what files to keep and what you can toss. Most craft files will come with a few files inside of a zip folder. If you don’t know how to unzip the folder, be sure to check out this link here. Inside of those zip files, you will find files with extensions like SVG, PNG, DXF, EPS, PDF to name a few. SVG files stand for Scalable Vector Graphic – meaning that you can increase and decrease the size about 100 times and it will not lose its quality. These file types are used inside Cricut Design Space (and upgraded versions of Silhouette Studio) A PNG stands for Portable Network Graphics and is an image that has a transparent background. You can use these for print and cuts, stickers, and sublimation designs if the quality is high enough. A DXF file is Drawing Exchange Format. Similar to an SVG file, it’s a vector graphic that you can use inside Silhouette Studio. An EPS file is an Encapsulated PostScript – or another vector file. You can use these to open up certain editing properties inside of Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, or Inkscape.

So what does all of that mean for you? Well if you are a Cricut crafter, chances are you can delete the DXF file. Cameo users, unless you have the upgraded version of Studio, you can delete the SVG files. If you download a Google Chrome extension, you can preview the images without having to keep the PNG image (unless you want to of course – you can still do amazing things with a PNG file). Unless you are looking to edit a file inside of a robust vector program like Inkscape or Illustrator, you can probably delete the EPS file as well.

When it comes to fonts, more often than not, you will end up with 2 different file type extensions – TTF and OTF. TTF means TruType Font. This is your most basic font options – a real “what you see if what you get” type of font. OTF or OpenType font is the more complex of the two font types. They unlock alternative glyphs, characters, and more. Think about the pretty font that transforms when there are two T’s together. THIS is that OTF at work! So if you are purchasing a pretty font you will want to make sure that you install the OTF file. While you don’t have to keep either format after it’s installed on your computer, having a backup is never a bad idea! If you need to get rid of one though, it would be the TTF.

Mockups are a weakness of mine – I have SO many beautiful photos that I adore! If you are using a program like Canva to create your mockup images (and if you aren’t what are you waiting for?) changes are you can delete the PSD file that may come with your mockup purchase. Unless you are using a stand-alone program like Photoshop or something similar a PSD file is just taking up valuable space on your computer.

*Bonus if you are not a MAC user, you are more than welcome to delete any of the contents inside of the _MACOSX folder systems.

Renaming Files

You can rename any file by right clicking and going towards the bottom of the popup menu under rename. Pick a naming system that will help you – especially if you end up having to search for something. “Cool SVG” will only get you so far with your computer – even with the folder structure. Try going for a name like “SVG – Sir Hops A Lot” or “Sir Hops A Lot – Easter” . When you search for that file, you can type in key terms like “Easter” and your pc will search for that term.

Don’t forget that you can still download the FREE folder system by clicking this link here .

Organizing your digital downloads

Using The DIY T-Shirt Placement Ruler

Hi besties! By now I am sure that you have spotted the DIY t-shirt placement ruler either on Tik-Tok, Instagram, or Facebook. I wanted to create this post to hopefully answer some questions on how to use the ruler in Cricut Design Space. You can purchase the t-shirt placement ruler SVG using the link here. Follow these few steps and you will have your very own ruler. The best part about this SVG file is that you can use materials that YOU have on hand which makes it convenient and affordable for any budget. Besties have tagged me in videos where they show themselves using poster boards, dollar tree cutting mats, and even cardboard! The possibilities are endless.

Without further delay – Let’s get crafting!

It’s important to note a few things – one being that this is a zip file. You will need to extract the contents of the zip in order to access the SVG, DXF, and EPS files. A have a brief overview here in this post, but a more detailed walkthrough can be found here. It is highly recommended that you open this file within one of the popular cutting software like Cricut Design Space or Silhouette Studio. Once again a brief walk-through is shown here, but a more detailed step by step can be found here for Cricut users and here for Silhouette users. One more thing is this is an already scaled 18-inch ruler. The preview will look weird! That is okay. Once uploaded you will see the FULL design.

Now down to the nitty-gritty!

  1. Purchse the SVG file.
  2. Download the file.
  3. Unzip the file (right-click/extract)
  4. Open extracted folder
  5. Located the SVG File
  6. Upload the SVG file into DS.
  7. Ungroup the SVG file.
  8. Locate the “DRAW” layer and change line type to “draw”
  9. You can delete or hide the “DRAW LAYER” and “CUT LAYER” text to make it a seamless file.
  10. Select draw layer and right-click and attach the design.
  11. Make it 🙂 

A photo screen shot of Changing the Line Type 

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A photo screen shot of Deleting the “DRAW” and “CUT LAYER” text 

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Now when I say you can use ANYTHING To make it work for you, I mean it! Check out some of the photos below of besties who have used the SVG file to create their own t-shirt guides

As you can see this SVG t-shirt guide can be used with wood, poster boards, clear dollar tree mats, paper, and more. I encourage you to explore any material that fits within your budget and your needs.

Have an awesome day besties!

6 of my absolute FAVORITE Mockup Designers

It’s no question that I absolutely ADORE mockups. I love that you can use them to promote your products without having to sink a lot of money, time, and resources into a possible product flop. They can be used time and time again with a number of designs and depending on who you shop from, you end up with a picture-perfect product EVERY TIME.

With so many mockup creators, who can you trust for a quality product? Well, I am about to share with you, my TOP 6 mockup designers. Now I wouldn’t share something unless I 100% believed in the product or have used it before. These designers are my go-to favorites so get your pen and paper out and take notes besties.

Disclaimer! The links below will navigate you away from the site. Nothing wrong with that, just letting you know!

Southern Market Designs

First up – Southern Market Designs. Her rustic chic designs melt my heart and I can’t help but throw my wallet at her often. She tends to run sales so if you are interested in grabbing some at a killer price be sure to find her on FB. You won’t regret it. To browse her collection of files right now – check out this link here.

Southern Mockup Designer

Sabine B Photography

Another favorite mockup designer is Sabine Photography. She has an amazing eye for capturing products. With her wide range of style and products, she needs to be apart of your mockup collection today. To browse her shop right now – check out this link here.

Sabine B photography Mockup

Mod Mockups

This shop recently popped up in my design feed and when I tell you I am grateful – I MEAN GRATEFUL! They specialize in clothing so if you need some gorgeous mockups for your clothing shop, wait no longer – check out this link here.

Sabine B photography Mockup

Mockups For Crafters

I have to show some love for my Canadian bestie Mockups for Crafters. Her style and mockups are as fun and unique as she is. She is always trying new things to make her designs stand out and collecting amazing props. You can visit her shop by checking out this link here.

Mae Middleton

Mae Middleton brings fresh and bright mockups to the table and if you shop her bundles – OMG – you will score many amazing products. Be sure to check her out by clicking this link here. She recently dropped a HUGE Christmas bundle and I am biting at the bit waiting to download it.

Fleudusoleil Designz

Wrapping this list up, we have Fleudusoleil Designz. Getting started with shirts was a big deal for me. I didn’t have a lot of money for a billion color shirts and I desperately needed quality shirt mockups. I found this shop on Etsy and I have been back countless times. The quality, lighting, props – so perfect! You can see what I mean by looking at them here.

How do I use them?

Oooh! You are in luck. I just so happen to have a youtube video that you can peep to see how to use these mockup designers images to create quality proofs of what you can do without sinking money into the stock.

What about some freebies?

I understand that not everyone has a ton of money to spend right away, trust me I was right there with you! For that reason, I have compiled a list of freebies from other mockup designers that you can download right now and you can see them by visiting this blog and this one (coming soon!). The site adds freebies often, so be on the lookout!

What the swatch?! The one thing you need today for your business.

Some of the best things in life are really the simple ones – the smell of fresh laundry, the first leaf falling in autumn, your kids sleeping in on the weekend – some are naturally more reasonable than others. What if I told you that I know something super simple that has been a lifesaver for me in business and it happens to be a book. Okay, not a “book book” but more of a fold-out pamphlet. It’s a color swatch book for not only for my vinyl but also for my shirts.

Even if you don’t plan on selling your products and creating a business (but I mean why wouldn’t you? Get paid to do what you love doing anyway!) you will still benefit from getting these swatch books. I have a vinyl book for Oracal 651 and 631 as well as Siser HTV. These nifty little books come with every vinyl they offer along with a small color swatch, name, and my Siser book even comes with temperature settings. I also contacted my favorite shirt brands (Bella + Canvas, Anvil, and Next Level) directly and requested a copy of their shirt catalogs with a color swatch book as well. Want to know where I get my supplies? Check out this blog post!

Now, why would you need these books? Let me tell you! Set the scene if you will, you are in the middle of creating a project and run out of green vinyl. *gasp* You check your stash and you can’t find any that matches it. You search frantically through your scrap bin – nothing. Now what? Do you remember the name of that vinyl? NOPE! Oracal won’t even give you a hint by putting the name of the color on the back either (seriously, why is this not a thing?) You can use this color swatch book to match EXACTLY what color you used and get that ordered.

If that example wasn’t enough for you, let me paint this scene. Your whole sale shirt provider ran out of Bellas in a size XL and you need TEN more! If you had swatch books, you can compare the Bellas with the Anvil and find that Anvil has a color very close that you can substitute for. (If you are selling these, make sure that you get the okay from your customer of course, but I digress).

Okay, so I have you convienced and now you are asking “Ashley – WHERE do I find these things?” I got you covered! Disclaimer! The links below will navigate you away from the site. Nothing wrong with that, just letting you know!

My Viynl Swatch Library

  1. Oracal 651
  2. Oracal 631
  3. 2020 Siser HTV
  4. The entire Oracal Line Up (I don’t have this, but still pretty cool)

How To Get The Shirt Books

  1. You can download Anvils marketing tools here. If you want a physical book, you request a copy by clicking here.
  2. For Bella and Canvas, visit their site and check out digital copies for all of their catalogs and color swatches. There are several things under the download section that you can grab, I felt like it was best for you to be able to check them all out. If you want the direct link click here.
  3. At Next Level you can get digital copies as well, but if you want to have a physical copy, all you have to do is ask.

What Do I Say?

I really tried to find exactly what I said the first time around, however, I could not find it, so this next bit is a “What would I say today” message. Feel free to copy and paste if needed.

“Hello there! My name is (insert your name here). I own a small business where I sell appareal (insert your business name here). I am writing to you today to see what I would need to do in order to get physical copies of your catalog and your color guides. I am putting together a binder with the designs that I have to offer along with my favorite brand suggustions and I would love to include you in this binder for my customers to review. I noticed that I could download the digital copies, but as I am sure know, there is nothing like seeing the physical real life color of an item. Please let me know at your earliest convience, if needed you can call me or email me at (insert your contact information). Thank you so much and have a wonderful day. “

Just to show you I’m not that crazy, I do really have them lol

Well, that’s all she wrote folks! I hope that you found this helpful. If you did, make sure you share it with your other crafting friends. If you want to hang out with me and other like-minded besties, be sure to join the group. You won’t regret it. We do awesome giveaways and you can stay up to date on new freebies (check out this post for my favorite places)!

Installing Fonts on your iPad

So you have been collecting a rather large number of fonts and you are left wondering – “What’s next?”. If you work on an iPad it can be a little crazy to find an easy way to install fonts (TRUST ME I KNOW). So hopefully by the end of this article, you will be pro at installing fonts on your iPad.

If you don’t have any right now but are a sucker for freebies? Then you HAVE to check out Fontbundles.net they have a HUGE selection of freebies that rest forever in the freebie spot as well as a weekly freebie that lasts well 7 days (starting every Wednesday!). Disclaimer! I am an affiliate there. The links shown are affiliate links. What does that mean exactly? Well, when I refer you over there, if you make a purchase they give me a small portion of the sales. It’s not enough to buy a boat, but by golly, I can take an extra trip to the Dollar Tree at the end of the month!

*Some other great articles that you should probably check out if you are in love with freebies best places that you can visit right now and download 100% free fonts with commercial use. These sites offer the BEST quality and are totally trusted. As I mentioned in a previous blog ” Best Places For Free Files “, if you have a FAVORITE font designer, keep in mind that on Fridays, they often have a freebie available for a limited time! I also know an incredible designer that offers “$2 – Tuesday!” Although not free, her fonts are ah-mazing!

Please check each site for their own specific terms and conditions in regards to their files as some may have a limit on the number of products that you can make with each file.

What you need:

  1. iPad
  2. Font (link takes you to Font bundles for free fonts!)
  3. iFont (free app available to download)
  4. Program to use it in (this tutorial will use Procreate)

What you do:

  1. Download your font! Seriously have you checked out the Free font of the week over at FontBundles?
  2. Click on the Download button (down arrow next the URL) to show all of your downloads.
  3. Click on your recent download zip file. It will pop up a folder that contains your zip files.
  4. Tap your ZIP for it to automatically unzip your file.
  5. Open that new folder and tap on the .otf. Your font should shop up with A – Z and the standard “The quick brown fox….” text displayed.
  6. Tap the button in the top corner (looks like a box with an arrow pointing up).
  7. Select “Copy to iFont” and open the app if it didn’t already pop up.
  8. Tap “Install” on the left hand side.
  9. You will now want to open up your iPad settings, go to General, and then select Profile. You should see “downloaded profile” with your font right under it.
  10. Tap the font and then tap install.

A few photos to help you out 🙂

Font Bundles! My guilty pleasure. Find your fave font and donwload it.
Click the download button, and open up the download folder by tapping on the font zip.
Tap the ZIP folder and it will automatically unzip your folder. tap the unzipped folder.
Tap the OTF to pull this screen up. Tap the “upload” in the top right corner. Copy to “iFont”.
This if iFont! Tap “Install”. If anything pop ups, select “allow”, and done. We now move to your settings.
Go to General > Profiles. Tap the “downloaded profile” font and hit install. You can now use the font!

You are now SET! you can play with your new font in any program. If you know an easier way to install fonts, PLEASE tell me! This took a minute to figure out and I would love a short cut.

Installing Fonts on your iPad