When I first started blogging I had no idea what I was doing. I just needed a hobby. As I got more involved in blogging I realized that there are so many ways you could actually spend tons of money on it: website design, courses, social media promotions, graphics, and more. I had no extra money to spend on it, so I tried to DIY everything that I could. And then I came across this amazing thing, and it became my one and only blogging indulgence: Canva for Work.
First, if you’ve never heard of Canva, you’re missing out – even if you’re not a blogger. You can have a free account (which I had for several months before upgrading), and make beautiful images for your blog, invitations, photo collages, you name it. I upgraded to the paid Canva for Work account because it’s amazing. There are so many features offered that make my life incredibly easier. Here are just a few of my favorites:
Upload Your Own Fonts
In a world where consistency is key (blogging), it’s so hard to make images to match your brand if you can’t use the right fonts. Canva has an incredible selection of fonts; however, one of the fonts I use for my brand isn’t one of them. I love that I’m able to upload it and use it for every image. If you’re not a blogger, this is also fun if you found a font online that you liked and wanted to add text to your own photos.
Make Your Own Brand Kit
In addition to uploading your own fonts, you can also design your own brand kit. Basically you select your specific colors, font types and sizes, and Canva makes those selections easily available to you when you design your images. You don’t have to scroll through the giant list of fonts trying to find the one you want; it’s right there at the top. And your colors are also saved for you, so there’s no need to type in that six digit hex code every time you start a new design.
Organize Uploads into Folders
Once you start using Canva more, you might have a ton of your own pictures uploaded. It might look a little messy, or make it difficult for you to find a specific photo that you need. That’s where this comes in handy. You can make folders for your uploads. If you’re writing a step-by-step post that has a lot of pictures, just make a new folder for them so they’ll all be in one place. You also have a folder just for your logos. Now they won’t get lost in the shuffle when you need to find them fast!
Organize Designs into Folders
This is one of their newer features, and I LOVE it! I have so many designs in my account that it’s not even funny. I’ve got featured images of different sizes (because I make two different sized images for each post), headers for my site and all my social media accounts, Instagram posts, and more. Now I can organize them to make finding specific ones a little easier. Now I’ve got folders for site images, featured images, and social media.
Save Templates for Designs
You might notice that the featured images for all of my posts have the same look to them. Thank goodness for Canva for Work. I don’t have to find the right shapes, change colors, and do everything from scratch for every image. I make one design, and save it as a template. Then when I make my featured images, I just select the template, and add a background photo. Major time saver! Then the most time I spend on an image will be adjusting the fonts.
The Canva for Work features are only available on the desktop, but that’s no problem for me since I do most of my blogging work at my desk. It would be a dream if all of these features were available on the app, too, but for now I’m perfectly happy with how things are. When it comes to making images for my blog, Canva for Work really streamlines the process for me and saves me so much time. It’s totally worth the $12.95 a month! I know, my one blogging indulgence is less than $15, and it’s still a big deal to me.
So how about you – are you a DIYer with low/no budget for your blog? What’s your big blogging indulgence? Have you used Canva for Work before? Tell me below in the comments!
PS- No, this isn’t a sponsored post. I just love Canva so much!