MAKE A MOVE

the risk is in standing still

I love this quote from Marianne oh so much.

No matter what’s happening in your life, just keep going. Make a move. Any move.

Even if you’re nervous. Even if you have doubt the size of your future yacht.

It’s always better to keep going than stand still, not try, and wonder what if.

What’s something you’ve been thinking about for far toooo long? Let’s make a move!

Psst in my experience, putting it in web ink helps make it come true…

xoxo,
erin

Graphic by artsocial.

NEW SWEEEET TEMPLATE IN THE SHOP

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Hey friends! I recently realized just how much time I spend customizing my graphics for allthesocialmediachannels. Wouldn’t it be nice if it was one size fits all?? Like this rad flair

Well until then, I’ve decided to create some secret weapons for us – mwahahaa – aka templates sized specifically for instagram, pinterest, and facebook. They all have their size requirements and if you’ve tried ignoring them and posting a photo anyways (and I know we all have), you know it ain’t pretty.

No more wonky posting, I say. And no more boring captions, for the love of… This week’s blog post and social media template is all about ease AND gorgeousness (because that’s my mission in life).

Take a peek, guys! It’s an INSTANT DOWNLOAD – wahoo!! You’ll get a layered photoshop template with editable sample text and graphic elements. Oh and not just one, but 3 versions sized specifically for instagram, pinterest and facebook.

You’ll also get a PDF guide with links to the fonts you see in the design – which are two of my very favorites! – and simple instructions for changing text and color in Photoshop.

Oh yeah, it’s feeling more professional in this heezy already.

To the shop!

xoxo,
erin

QUOTED

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Love love love this quote by Panache Desai. No matter what you’re striving for, I think being at peace with ourselves is always at the heart of it…

xoxo,
erin

Graphic by artsocial.

MY WORD FOR 2015

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I’ve never picked a word to represent my year before. I always love hearing about other people’s words for the year, but for some reason I’ve never tried it. I’m more of a resolutions and goal-setting gal, I suppose.

This year, I thought I’d give it a try. After coming across and completing Susannah Conway’s brilliant Find Your Word email course, one word was definitely coming to mind: open.

A few days after completing Susannah’s course, I came across something that made me realize just how important my new word could be for me. I read a book that explained worrying in a way I’d never thought of before. It said that when we worry about something, we’re basically saying NO to any success or happiness that’s trying to emerge in that moment.

WHAT. I know, right?? Of course I want more success and happiness. We all do! Reading that made me realize that worrying isn’t about caring too much or analyzing a situation, like I thought. Instead worrying is just fear in disguise. And whenever I worry, I’m closing myself off from good things. No more, bro. Knowing that makes me want to stop immediately.

So by declaring open as my word for 2015, I’m promising myself I will do my best to release the worry, fear, doubt, social media comparing ;) Because I want to be open to all of the good that surrounds me and the good that’s trying to emerge, in all its forms: love, success, creativity, inspiration, health, happiness, a free chai… whatevs.

I’m sure I’ll have some slip ups, going cold turkey on worrying won’t be easy. But that’s okay. I’ll start over. As many times as I have to.

I can’t wait to see how this year unfolds with open at the forefront of my thoughts and decisions…! Did you pick a word for 2015? I’d love to hear what it is!

xoxo,
erin

Photo by Sugar Photography.

HAPPY NEW YEAR + SHOP ARTSOCIAL!

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It’s here, it’s here! Yes, the new year. But also the artsocial shop is officially open!! It’s ready to be perused, everyone.

This month I’m focusing on logos, lotsa logos, that can be used in a variety of ways. I’m SO excited to see which ones you guys love the most.

My favorite I-can’t-wait-to-tell-everyone features in the shop? Well…

01 EXCLUSIVITY. Other than each month’s freebie download, every design is exclusive. Meaning there’s only one. No sharing a design with other people (eww!). When you buy a design, it’s yours and yours only.

02 PROFESSIONAL CUSTOMIZATION. Every design comes with one color and copy change by me! Sure I could’ve just handed over the editable files as an instant download for you to change yourself. But I want to help for a few reasons: not only do I want your information to look its BEST in the template, but I want this process to be super easy for you. And the reason you may be visiting my site is because you’d like some design help, you don’t want to DIY your own logo. I hear ya. I’m here to help. Plus if you do want to edit or change a template yourself, you’ll also get ai and psd files. Win-WIN.

03 VERSATILITY. The logos are logos, but they can also be used for SO many other things. Your new business, your DIY blog series, your new e-book cover, your birthday party invites, the list goes on and on. What do you have coming up this year? Let’s brand all the things!

I’ll be adding to the shop every week this year. There will be more logos as well as some other templates you guys have requested. Big thank you to everyone who’s sent me comments about what you’d like to see in the shop. I’m listening. I can’t wait to create some magic for you guys.

Here’s to a creative and productive year :)

xoxo,
erin

AND P.S. January’s freebie download is a photo collage template! Check it out!

Graphic by artsocial.

BRING IT, 2015

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Guys, how is it holiday time already!! This year FLEW by… but you know the rules: time flies when you’re having FUN. Right? Sure, why not.

2014 has definitely been a learning and growing year (I have a feeling every year will be a learning and growing year!). I’ve learned so much about where I want to go with graphic design, what I want to offer, who I’d love to work with, and what my bigger vision is for artsocial.

I’m taking some baby steps and some moderately high jumps to get closer to that vision, and I cannot wait to share errthang with ya.

One goal I’ve already put in motion is to continue offering in-house design services. After taking away that service this summer, I immediately regretted it. I thought omg what am I doing, I love being an in-house designer!!

I thought I needed to move on to bigger projects, one-time projects, all the projects. Such a mistake… just because I can do all the things, doesn’t mean I should. Rookie move.

Sure, taking away a service and then bringing it right back might make me look like a nutbag. But what’s more important to me is staying true to the offerings that light me up and help my clients the most. Bottom line is, I want artsocial to be valuable and helpful and FUN. Otherwise, what’s the point, eh?

So what else is up my 2015 sleeve you ask?? Well… the artsocial shop – ah! So excited about this. If you aren’t already, make sure you sign up for blog updates to be the first to hear about it! Doors open January 5th. Exclusive logo design made so so easy… and other goodies too. It’s all about ease in 2015, y’all.

I’ll also be starting a collaboration in 2015 that is going to be pure MAGIC. Ohmygah I can’t wait.

Normally, I feel sad when a year comes to a close… but there’s something about 2015 that feels really really exciting. What are you looking forward to most in 2015?

Happy Holidays, friends!! Talk soon :)

xoxo,
erin

Photos via Death to the Stock Photo

GUYS, I’M OPENING A SHOP!

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I’ve been thinking about starting a graphic design shop for a while now. In fact, I started one a few years ago as a place to freely design and brainstorm. My goal with that shop was simply to start creating. More. A lot more. I wanted the practice. When things picked up for artsocial, I closed the shop but that idea never left me…

Just like a writer has a daily writing practice, I want a daily design practice. To do just that – practice and experiment… and maybe make something horrible BUT maybe make something super amazeballs. Something that will be helpful and the perfect fit for somebody.

So I’m opening a shop! Ah! Full of exclusive logos that I can help you customize in days, not weeks (wahoo!), templates for your blog posts, and other graphic design goodies. AND each month there will be some freebie downloads, too! I love me some free downloads. Et tu?

I’ll be adding to it every week starting in 2015. Tell me, from one creative bosslady to another – what would you love to see in the shop?? Leave a comment below or email me (erin@heyartsocial.com)! I’d looove to hear what would help you and your biz the most.

The virtual doors open on January 5th. Get excited, friends! 2015 is going to be BIG :)

xoxo,
erin