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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

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)!

Best Places For FREE Fonts

When it comes to selling crafts, it’s important to understand that you need to find free fonts that come with commercial use rights. Why is that important? If you are building a business or making money, you will want to have commercial use meaning the designer is allowing you to create products that you can sell or make money with. If you do not have these permissions, you run the risk of serious legal trouble. We have all heard of the horror stories of big corporations bringing the hammer down, well designers also have those rights! It’s important as artists and creators that we build each other up.

For that reason, I am bringing you some of the 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.

*Disclaimer, some of the following links may be affiliate links. They do not cost you anything extra, they give me a small portion of anything you buy as a thank you. I don’t make enough to drive a Lambo, BUT I can splurge at the dollar tree on an extra craft item.

Font Bundles

Font Bundles is the sister site of Design bundles. They offer FREE fonts every Wednesday. One font is available for a limited time, while others are added and never leave the free spot. You have to check them out by using this link here!

So Fontsy

While SF offers a lot of free craft files, they sometimes have a free font thrown in the mix. It’s certainly worth checking out! They are released every Friday and last until the following Thursday.

Creative Fabrica

I found Creative Fabrica when they were hosting their Daily font giveaway. It was SO amazing collecting a new font every day. While they don’t have that program available anymore, they did up the game by hosting their “Daily Gifts”. Daily gifts allow designers to download a free font, SVG, and clip art EVERY day! On top of that, they also have a regular free section (linked below). Creative Fabrica is one of my first stops in the morning when I sit down and you should check it out also.

Font Squirrel

Font Squirrel was one of those go-to places in college. My prof. raved about it and after a few months, I was hooked on their free section. These files are of high quality and they are free.

Some Cool Font Tools

Now that you have these fonts, I need to share with you two awesome places to go. The first one is a way to see all of your fonts! Word Mark It allows you to view all of your fonts by typing in a letter, word, or phase. It uses Flash to sort through your fonts, shows you what you have, and you can even click to “hold” the font and compare it against others. This tool has saved me numerous times and I know what it will be a favorite of yours once you check it out.

The next cool font tool is called What The Font. You can upload just about any photo and get an idea of similar fonts from the photo. Now, this doesn’t always work, but it’s a good spot to start your search when you spot a font you love.

Proceed With Caution!

These next sites you will need to proceed with caution, however, they are still great sites to have on your list of hot font spots.

DaFont

Da Font is a HUGE site with a lot of free fonts, but not all free fonts are created equally! You will want to filter out your search results to make sure that if you are selling you are ONLY getting the ones that are 100% free! “Free for personal use” is not okay if you are selling the end product. As tempting as it is to download it, don’t. Unless you are really good at remembering what was commercial or person fonts, it’s best to just leave it be.

1001 Free Fonts

Another site like “dafont”, 10001FreeFonts is a site that you really want to check out. Make sure you are looking at the licensing for each file before you download it. If in doubt, LEAVE IT OUT!



Well guys, that about sums it up for now on some of the best places to get FREE fonts. Now, this list is not the end all be all, so if you know of any that I missed, leave it down below. I am a firm believer in we grow by helping each other!

Best Places For FREE Fonts

Best Places For FREE Files

The internet is full of amazing (and not so amazing) sites that are packed with content. Below, you will find sites that I absolutely LOVE and they are full of free SVG craft files that you can use for personal and commercial use. These designers and sites offer the BEST quality and are totally trusted. If you have a FAVORITE designer, keep in mind that on Fridays, they often have a freebie available for a limited time! (Post updated on 11/27)

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.

*Disclaimer, some of the following links may be affiliate links. They do not cost you anything extra, they give me a small portion of anything you buy as a thank you. I don’t make enough to drive a Lambo, BUT I can splurge at the dollar tree on an extra craft item.

AMCX Studio

No better place to look than right here 😀 I am switching my “Free Friday” to a permanent free file. So no matter what, you can come back and grab it! If you pay attention in the group, you can even *vote* on the next freebie to be released into the bin.

Design Bundles

ALL time FAVE place to shop for free svg files. They release new sets every Friday! Some are limited edition, while others are ALWAYS free! DB files are free for commercial use. You can check out the current files by clicking here. (Psst, their sister site “Font Bundles” offers FREE fonts! You can see more sites that offer free fonts for commercial use here.)

SVG & Font Market

Another great platform, they have a section on their site that they have carved out for freebies! You can see the collection from several designers by visiting the link here.

So Fontsy

Once again, another site packed with great designers offering FREE files. They are released every Friday and last until the following Thursday. This is a site certainly worth checking out!

Creative Fabrica

ALL time F I found Creative Fabrica when they were hosting their Daily font giveaway. It was SO amazing collecting a new font every day. While they don’t have that program available anymore, they did up the game by hosting their “Daily Gifts”. Daily gifts allow designers to download a free font, SVG, and clip art EVERY day! On top of that, they also have a regular free section (linked below). Creative Fabrica is one of my first stops in the morning when I sit down and you should check it out also.

My Designs In The Choas

My Designs In The Chaos is what I consider a hidden gem. She offers not only tutorials but free crafting files in a lot of her blog posts (I would say all, but I don’t think I have gone back that far to say without a doubt). You will want to browse her blog as that is where her free files are hidden! Her files are always so cute and totally relatable! You can check out all of her designs here.

Kitaleigh

Most known for her typography skills, Kita has her own section on the web with free files. You can find them using the link below. I have to be honest, I might have stocked up on all of her free mockups. Outside of the free files, her blog (-ish) is incredible! She works with a lazer cutter and seeing it in action is SO cool! Plus if you sign up to her newsletter, you will see her $2 Tuesday Font deals! Go now, what are you waiting for? Use this Link is Here

Caty Catherine

Not sponsored by her, but I absolutely adore Caty Catherine! She posts a new free file EVERY day. Yep – EVERY day. You can subscribe to her email list and get it sent right to your inbox. Her designs are adorable and great quality! I have a folder on my own pc dedicated to her.

Tinker and Teal

My #Designer Crush every day and bestie, Roosell at “Tinker and Teal” has been offering flash freebies. Her rustic-chic charm is sure to make a great staple in your design world! You have to be quick though because some of her free svg files are *LIMITED TIME* only! Do not kick yourself in the butt for missing out. You can check her out by visiting the link here.