Let’s create a small yet helpful Freebie, Thank You, or Bonus gift that’s also easy for you to make.
Your free download could be something sent with your newsletter or designed for your post to catch the attention of new subscribers.
Creating your printable should be a fun part of your blogging business, even when it’s essential.
There are three parts to this post:
Note: certain features in this article are only available in the Canva PRO account.
If you are considering Canva, get your free account when you sign up here.
Sending your post out into the big wide world is always an exciting moment.
After agonizing over what to say, checking for spelling mistakes, formatting paragraphs, and adding images, it’s time to hit the ‘PUBLISH’ button.
On the count of three – one, two, three!
Phew! It feels like, after all that hard work, you’re finally done . . . except you aren’t.
As soon as your post is up and ready for eager eyes, it’s time to let your fans know what you’ve created.
One way is by sending out a newsletter to your subscribers, perhaps with a value-added treat you’ve made that they can download and use.
For this post example, I’ll show you how to make a printable grocery list that would work with your DIY Peeled Tomato recipe pack.
What’s important to remember is that there are TWO parts to creating a freebie.
There is the actual download product your reader gets in the end, and then there’s the eye-catching billboard poster you hang up for everyone to see.
The best way to make both of these is with software tools that are easy to use.
My secret trick to making freebies is . . . Canva.
With the PRO account, you have access to thousands of templates that take care of that blank page ‘uh-oh’ feeling when you begin.
Simply change the colors, and fonts, then play with some images or graphics and you’ll have a freebie done in no time. (Not to mention your confidence will be sky-high.)
Below are two examples made using Canva with the same template.
The graphics are part of Canva’s subscription and the images are from our DIY Peeled Tomato recipe pack.
Remember, with our commercial license you may use the images as your own.
This may seem backward as everyone sees the poster first, then the end product second, however, it’s easiest to work in the opposite direction.
Once your end-product is made it’s super-fast to make the poster.
If you have the PRO account, search through one of Canva’s templates.
To do this, I typed ‘Grocery List’ in my search.
Once you find one that feels similar to the look you want, create a folder in your account that you’ve designated for your templates and save it.
Now you’ll want to:
Now let’s make that same printable for anyone who only uses A4 paper.
In less than 45 minutes, you’ll have designed and created one product for two markets.
Before adding your gift to the next newsletter there are two more things to do.
The first is making your project a template so you can reuse it, and the next is making a poster.
With the steps already above, making your NEXT freebie just got easier and faster with a template.
As almost everything is practically done, this is where you’ll save some serious time!
Here’s what you do for your next Grocery List printable in the future:
Everyone loves the surprise of a gift, so let’s see how we make this next important part.
To make the images you see above, you’ll need to use another template, however, once it’s made and if you love it, you can reuse this over and over as well.
Congratulations – you did it!
Head over to our Tips & Tricks page under Resources. Once there you’ll find these posts with more to come:
In this post, we’ll dive into how one download product can become many ideas when it’s eye-catching.
How Video Helps Your Blogging Business
When you start a blog, sometimes the last thing on your mind is software tools.
Or, maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed to learn, ‘yet another thing.’
This post will show how a little creative video can go a long way, and hopefully, give you a dash of inspiration as well.