I love to take pictures and use software to edit photos and create designs. I also have a soft spot for cool new technology tools that infuse these two subjects together. This is why I’m doing a little happy dance about Canva!

While Photoshop and InDesign are still standard for more advanced professionals, Canva offers something with less of a learning curve. It also doesn’t come with a hefty price tag. Online collaboration is possible by sharing a link of your work-in-progress.
Canva has the basic design elements:
  • Images (you can purchase royalty free images for $1.00 each or upload and use your own photos and graphics for free)
  • Font Library
  • Templates (create from scratch or Canva has hundreds to choose from)
    • Social Media, Pinterest, Facebook Cover, Facebook Post, Facebook App, Facebook Cover, Real Estate Flyer, Presentation, Poster, Blog Graphic, Kindle Cover, Google+ Photo, Twitter Header, Invitation, Document, Card, Photo Collage and Business Card

While Canva does provide interactive tutorials on it’s site, I learn best by doing. Contact me if you would like to give Canva a try. I have 5 invitations to give to people who would like instant access.

Canva can easily be a hobby of it’s own! I really enjoy playing with fonts and while I’m not a professional graphic designer, I enjoy creating designs. Often, the designs I create inspire my writing. Below are some examples of designs I’ve created by using Canva.