10 Step Process

Here is the process of buying and receiving a custom graphic from Angela Morgan Designs. We’ll use a custom banner as an example.

1. Choose the listing that best suits your needs and add it to your cart.
2. Follow through with the purchase by sending payment via PayPal immediately or via RME by sending me a convo.
3. Send any helpful information about your graphic needs via convo or email. Including color preferences, styles, shop name, tag line, font choices, etc. The more information you send, the smoother the process will go.
4. Within 48 business hours you will hear from me and be able to see a design I have come up with based on the information you have provided. I will send the designs to you via etsy convo or email. Communication is key!
5. Tell me what you like or dislike about the banner I have provided. What changes would you want made? This is now a very back and forth process. You will need to be available to answer convos/emails.
6. Changes will be made according to the feedback I receive from you. At this point I will continue to work on your design until you are satisfied. (Again, communication is so important on these steps!)
7. Once you have agreed to the final design I will ask for your email address and the process is nearly finished!
8. I will email the finished design to you in your desired file format.
9. Save the image to your computer. Then upload it to etsy.
10. Leave feedback.

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Wooohoooo!

It’s a GREAT day so far (even though I am soooo sleepy I can’t keep from yawning every two minutes!)

I woke up this morning feeling great and decided that maybe I’d sleep a while longer, it was after all only 5:30 am so I drifted back off until my phone rang.  It was my dear mother in law and I lied when she asked if she had woke me.  I love talking to her.  I think it’s a great bonding experience for us and she is just so sweet and sentimental that it always lifts me up.  We talked for two and half hours!  Of course, about the baby, about Russell, the kids, and just about everything under the sun.  I love her!

My air conditioning is working!  I am thrilled about that! Hooray for air and breathing and comfort!  It was a quick fix and I’m afraid it may only be temporary so I still want them to investigate it further.  My phone battery is completely dead though so I have to wait a little while to call the repair company back.

I bought the kids a fun water sprinkler to play with and I’m looking forward to setting it up for them.  I’ll most likely do that after lunch.  But here is the most exciting news of all!  I’m featured on someone’s blog for the first time EVER!  It may sound like small potatoes to you but I am THRILLED!  3LilMonkeys just sent me a convo via etsy to let me know she featured me today.  She had some oh so sweet things to say too!  Check it out! http://my3lilmonkeys.blogspot.com/2008/06/armorgan-spotlights-on-you.html

Thank you!

Gone Fishin’

I can hardly believe how much I accomplished today! By 8 am this morning the boys were off to school and I was on my 2nd or 3rd cup of coffee.  I started my rounds on the internet at usual.  Check my email, look at my site stats, check my blog, the weather, etc.  I then began my design work.  I had an order from kbotello on etsy. She sent a custom request needing a few graphics for her amateur photography.  I started with  a few color suggestions and a photo that she wanted to be incorporated into her designs.  I came up with this banner which she absolutely loves!

I actually emailed her several proofs but this was the design she liked the best.  Oddly enough it was my first design.  I’ve been doing that a lot lately – getting exactly what my client wants on the first go round.  It’s a great feeling!

After that I did some chores around the house and washed, dried, and folded some laundry.  I knew that we had plans to go fishing and the boys had an early release today from school so I wanted to get as much done as possible.  Russell didn’t work today so we went to go buy me a new fishing pole because mine broke last year.  We did our shopping and then Russell dropped Zoe and myself off at home and ran to the bank.  We wanted to get the grass cut before we left for the lake so I decided I would do that too.  

It took a little while, and Russell was quite surprised, but I got the front lawn nearly half cut before he got back from the bank.  The boys came home, we finished up the yard and off we went!

As always, Zoe caught the first fish.  And I do mean always.  She is only three years old and always catches something before the rest of us! Turned out the rest of us had no luck at all.  Guess they just aren’t biting yet.  The high point of the evening is when Jarod, my youngest son, spotted a black snake.  A HUGE black snake.  Russell ran over and grabbed the thing by the tail (do snakes have tails?), anyway, he grabbed it and dragged it backwards up onto the grass.  The thing coiled and spun around.  I ran across the clearing yelling at the kids to get back and threatening Russell within an inch of his life if he got it near me.  I’m cool with snakes, so long as they aren’t upset – in their natural habitat, slithering by – yeah, that’s okay, but not one that is being bothered and having a hissy fit because of it.  I was so terrified that Russell would tease me with it that I didn’t even think to grab my camera, which was hanging around my neck, and I missed a great photo opportunity.  Go me! That snake was a good five feet long. *Shiver*

We fished a bit longer with no luck, but that’s just fine because it was gorgeous outside.  We all started getting tired and hungry so we came home to grill some chicken. Russell cooked chicken skewers on the grill and I fixed carrots, sauteed squash & zucchini, and rice for sides. Everything was great.  We had several “happy plates”.

Now everyone is settled in and the kids are watching TV like they do on most Friday nights.  They’re especially tired from everything today so vegging out is completely okay with me tonight.  Russell is in the bedroom snoring.  He looks as if he just plopped on the bed to rest and fell asleep.  I tried to wake him a little while ago but he is out like a light.  I’ve taken advantage of the quiet time to start on another banner design.  After sending this proof to my client I will need to make a few changes to the dots but other than that it is pretty complete.  mimsylafree of etsy wanted a shop banner for her new shop “muffintops”.  She asked for a muffin to be incorporated into the design.  I sat down, drew out  a muffin and then this is what came of it…

Don’t forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a free business card design! Have a great weekend!

 

 

The Ultimate Etsy Shop Graphic Starter Package

Many of us know how frustrating and time consuming it can be to try and brand your shop.   We all know how important it is to create an image that is associated with our name, and if you don’t, you should.  I wanted to make this process just a  little easier for people getting started.  I wanted to put everything together, with choices of design and an array of graphics to use to brand a shop.  So, I came up with  an incredible starter package that includes the following:

  • 760 x 100 Shop Banner
  • 75 x 75 Avatar
  • 300 x 300 Reserved Listing Graphic – for those custom and reserved listings.
  • 300 x 300 MySpace Graphic – show your appreciation and promote your shop!
  • 125 x 125 Web Ad – advertise on blogs and websites
  • 468 x 60 Web Banner – use for advertising or as an email signature for email and message boards!
  • 200 x 200 Thank You Feedback Graphic – there is a place to upload an image when leaving feedback – this adds that special touch!

The pre designed packages are just $25, while the fully customizable package is $50.  You can find them HERE.  

 

 I am currently working on a turtle design and many more will follow.  Be sure to check back!

STOP! Banner Time!

I have a new toy! Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2! Fancy stuff there! I have been working with Jasc Paint Shop Pro 8 for the longest time.  I love the upgrade.  My computer is still giving me tons of trouble but I have managed to come up with some new etsy banner designs and I have somehow found the time to list them in  my shop.

Here are my latest creations:

Help is on the way! (Etsy style)

“Help is on the way!” (What movie was it that Robin Williams said this in? Mrs. Doubtfire? I think it was…)

That was my reply to a recent order. They buyer said this in my sale details:

“I love your sense of humor in the forums! I am a fabulous knitter, but totally stink at graphics, pics, marketing. Help!!”

What? I’m funny? No way, not me! Well guess what homegirl! I’m a totally fantastic (and humorous) graphics designer but I STINK at knitting! I can’t wait to get started on her banner and avatar for her etsy shop.

I’ve been spending a great deal of time in the etsy forums. A great place really. You can find answers to all if not most of your questions. People are so very ready to add their two cents help out. Most of all, I absolutely LOVE being a part of such a caring community. I have seen on several occasions, etsy sellers, and buyers, pulling together and working problems out for each other. Becoming detectives and tackling a problem. Like momma lions protecting their cubs when in danger. Here is an example: http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5514343

One little statement turned into 545 posts. Our fellow “etsians” were in need, and we all answered the call. It warms the heart. If you use etsy, and have never stepped foot into the forums, now is a good time to come on in and take a look around. If you have toyed with the idea of joining etsy and haven’t taken that leap – JUMP! And finally, if you are looking for some totally awesome handmade and usually one of a kind items with tons of heart and soul poured into them, well, etsy is your kind of place. I hope to see you there!
Ang