Canva you or Canva you not?

Our office is like the Marie Celeste today.  The Guvnor is working from his home office, Mrs Guvnor is no doubt annoying the life out of him while he is trying to work as there are things to do, places to go and if the hubby is at home, why not use him!  The Secret Squirrel aka Sam is off and Top Cat is at meetings all day.  So that just leaves me and the Flying Kilt in the office.  Silence.  The flying kilt has an aversion to noise, any noise even my voice so I am typing this in a hushed tone…..

It’s strange isn’t it that the lead up to the Christmas break we tear around trying to finish projects or get things done that have been hanging about all year just because we are closed for a few days.  It’s a mental process we go through to say at the end of the year, all that we had planned has been executed and put to bed before we start all over again in the new year.  Amongst that is the inevitable Christmas shopping, parties, nights out with friends we might not see for a few days……well that’s often what it is!  Getting the house ready (if you are a Christmas sort of person), sending out the obligatory Christmas cards, virtual or otherwise.  All because of the switchover from one year to another.  We are nuts!

But what it does do is focus our minds.  We have goals and tasks we are determined to complete so we doggedly commit to doing them.  We work late, put more effort in than perhaps we have all year, just to complete the outstanding things before the end of the year.  Then, it’s no wonder we arrive on Christmas eve totally exhausted and ready for a lie in.  Something wrong with this picture?

For me, today is a day of experimenting, well I call it working but it is kinda of experimenting.  I have been looking at what delights I can create for our social media offerings.  I have had such fun with singing elves, and dancing Christmas trees….. you will have to wait till the 21st to see them.  But in addition, its other posts I will be doing over the next few weeks so it got me thinking I could share one of the free sites I use for making posts…..its great fun and easy so my Fit4U offering is Canva.

What is a CANVA?

Canva is a free graphic-design tool website, founded in 2012. It has an easy to use drag-and-drop interface and provides access to over a million photographs, graphics, and fonts. It is used by non-designers as well as professionals. The tools can be used for both web and print media design and graphics.

There are templates to make social media posts and email headers, documents, Blogging and eBooks, marketing materials, events and adverts and a brilliant infographic tool.  It’s really cool……and even better because it’s so easy to use and FREE.

Is Canva for free?

There is no cost to use Canva. It’s free to upload and design with your own images. You can also use the thousands of free illustrations and images included in the Canva library. If you’re after something more, you can choose from more than one million professional stock images and graphics.  You can upgrade to a professional account for around $9.95 per month but you don’t need too!

You can also upload your own images for free and use them in your designs.

What is stock media?

Stock photography is the supply of photographs, which are often licensed for specific uses.  These are generally around $1 each so not going to break the bank.

How do you create an infographic?

Make charts and infographics. in 3 easy steps: Choose a Template.  There are multiple templates you can choose from.  Visualize your data, Add charts, maps, videos, images, icons and more.   Publish & Share.  Use the one-click share buttons or easily generate and embed code to post on your blog or website Join now, it’s free!

Click here for Canva tutorials if you want help getting started

Just lock on the link below and have some fun creating create imagery and look professional to boot.

click here to sign up

That’s it for another week.  More tips and tricks next week.

About Yvonne Roberts

Yvonne has spent the last 30 years in field sales, working up and down the UK. Deciding it was time retire the poor car before it died, she now is a prolific writer and teacher as well as writing and performing ceremonies as a civil celebrant. This means blogging comes off her pen as natural as breathing! Working with Connect-it gives her a platform to let her natural and alternative view on life to be expressed; as well as an understanding of the telecoms world.

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