Tuesday, June 18, 2019

#Authortoolboxbloghop Author Toolbox Blog Hop: Easily Create Spectacular Graphics with CANVA

Hello and welcome to the Focused on Story Blog and to the Author Toolbox Blog Hop #AuthorToolboxBlogHop which meets every third Wednesday of the month to share resources and tips for authors. Thanks to Raimey Gallant for hosting this venture. 

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One of my favorite tools I love to use for social media is CANVA. This is an easy way to create graphics to go with your posts. And I believe we all know by now how important an image is to attract readers to our blog posts and social media sites. (We won't go there in this blog post about how video engages readers and keeps them on your site for a longer time.)

If you haven't tried CANVA, give it a whirl. Use the tutorials and youtube videos to help you. I was lucky enough to sign up with a Canva Crash Course with Emily Roach-Griffin. She clearly explained how to use this amazing tool. Click here if you want to find out more about Emily's course and sign-up for FREE. She has a FB group page too so you can share your creations and enjoy seeing others. And let me tell you, hang onto your hat because Emily if full of energy and lots of fun to watch.

Emily taught us that you can save your brand colors AND use 2 folders in the FREE version of Canva. I did not know that. So I during the course I chose my brand colors and saved them so I won't have to look them up all the time. If you're into branding, then try this.

Here are the colors on my business card. Even now, I'm not sure I'll keep the colors forever or for this season. But if I do, I will be incorporating them on my blog site and in my social media posts.

Business card created using Canva

 I made this design while just playing around with different colors. 
Yes, you can spend a lot of time trying things out. 
Consider it as working to enhance social media posts and 
to develop your brand, not fun and play time! wink wink
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(Now that I look at this, I need to make up a Follow by Email notice in my new colors!)


  1. You are so technologically saavy, JQ. Always amazed by what you can do. Thanks for sharing. I will, too. :)

    1. Thanks, Marsha. I really enjoy playing with canva. I bet you would too.

  2. Canva is one of my favorite web-based desktop publishers. I can make amazing marketing materials in five minutes. And I only use the free version!

  3. I use Canva too. I use the free version and then I use pixlr.com editor when I need it. Great post.

  4. I use Photoshop Elements, but Canva looks fun as well. Great advice on brand colors. I've never consider them--'til now. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

    1. I've tried Photoshop but a little too complex for me. Fun to play with colors!

  5. I think I've used Canva in the past. I'm glad you were able to do something with the free version of the app, because I don't remember being able to figure out how to import pictures. I'll have to give it another try! Thanks!

  6. You'll figure it out . Go to uploads.

  7. I love Canva and use the free version to create all my graphics.

  8. How interesting! I've never heard of Canva before, let alone used it for my branding. I'd definitely like to start, so I appreciate the high-level summary you've provided here. Also, love your graphics that you included! I'll have to give Canva a whirl. Thanks for sharing!


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