Tip Shares

What are Tip Shares, you ask? They are little tips and tricks I’ve found that make my life a little easier. They range in subjects, so chances are, there’s something for everyone. I’ve separated them into general subcategories below to make it a little easier to find information. Enjoy!

How to Make a Color Palette
Category: Photoshop Tip
I answer the one question blog visitors want to know the most. Using Photoshop Elements, I’ll show you how to make your own color palette to share and keep.

What makes an artist? Hint: It’s not art school
Category: Artist Tip
My thoughts on what makes an artist.

How to make jewelry clusters
Category: Jewelry Tip
The number one question I used to get when I had a jewelry shop is now answered!

My Photo Formula
Category: Photo Tips
A few tips of what I do for my own photos.

How to get a pure white background in product photos
Category: Photoshop/Photoshop Elements
You know those pure white backgrounds you see in product shots? I’ll show you how to get them using Photoshop Elements.

Product Review :: LOS gel
Category: Jewelry Tip
This one’s for the jewelry designers out there. A review of the newest Liver of Sulfur product that’s on the market, LOS gel. I highly recommend this – long shelf life, easier to use, easy to mix, consistent results.

Dealing with Disappointment
Category: Artist Tip/Business Tip
Everyone has to face either an artistic or a business disappointment at some point. Let me share how I deal with it.

Bead Shapes
Category: Jewelry Tip
This is for jewelry lovers out there. Let me explain the most common bead shapes I use, and the terms you might see in my shop.

Christmas Wreath and Tree Decorations
Category: Crafty Projects
A visual how-to to make a nature-inspired Christmas wreath.

What makes an artist? Hint: It’s not art school
Category: Artist Tip
My thoughts on what makes an artist.

A Collection of Tutorials
Category: Crafty Projects
A collection of tutorials from people I admire.

Things I’ve learned while letting go
Category: Artist Tip
A few personal tips I’ve learned as a creative business owner.

How to make jewelry clusters
Category: Jewelry Tip
The number one question I used to get when I had a jewelry shop is now answered!

How to use SeamlessLite from ColourLovers.com
Category: Design Tip
Libby from Current Observations stops by with a guest post on how to use a free pattern-making program from ColourLovers.com!

Let’s Talk About Negative Space
Category: Design Tip
What negative space is, and how to make it work for you.

How to Remove the Photo Border Around Your Photos in Blogger
Category: Blogger.com Tip
This tip share is for those using the newest version of Blogger. There’s no way to remove the photo border from around your photos in the Template Designer. I’ll show you how to do by altering the HTML code of your blog in a few steps.

How to Buy a Domain via Blogger
Category: Blogger.com Tip
Ever want your own domain name for your blog, but didn’t want to leave Blogger.com and switch over to another service? Fear not; you don’t have to.

Don’t Be Afraid to Link
Category: Blog Tip
A really quick tip to keep in mind as you blog about the things you make and sell.

How to Add a Code Box to Your Blog
Category: Blog Tip
Ever want to put up a banner or button on your blog, and have a little code visitors can use? I found the answer, and it’s easy.

How to Share a Tweet
Category: Twitter
I found this by accident and I had to share.

Storing a File in Google Docs
Category: Blogging Tip
Storing a document in Google Docs is free and easy. Beyond that, it gives you a place to host your file so you can share it on your blog! Note: This method should only be used for free items you want to share, not a paid product you’re selling. But I have a tip for that, too.

Inserting a Contact Form on a Blogger Blog
Category: Blogger.com Tip
A nifty little page that allows your readers to send you emails without leaving your blog or exposing your email address.

Twitter Backgrounds
Category: Twitter Tip
Specific measurements so that you can make up your own custom background for the new version of Twitter!

Website Checklist
Category: Blog Tip, Website Tip
A list of things every blog should have to make a reader’s experience easy and seamless.

Linking Widgets
Category: Blog Tip
A few places where you can sign up for a linking widget to make blog hops and memes easier.

How to add a favicon
Category: Blog Tip
Ever wonder how to add a favicon to your blog? Let me show you how.

5 Basic Twitter Tips
Category: Twitter Tip
Want to get started on Twitter? Here are 5 Basic Twitter Tips to get you up and tweeting.

Photo Watermarks
Category: Blog Tip
Should bloggers watermark their photos? Read my thoughts on it.

One not-so-secret blogging tip + a Freebie
Category: Blog Tip
A reader’s question about blogging answered! Plus a freebie.

5 things I’ve learned about blogging so far
Category: Blog Tip
5 quick tips I’ve learned about blogging.

7 Favorite WordPress Plugins
Category: Blog Tip
A few of my favorite WP plugins that make my blog run smoother.

Your Blogging Tips
Category: Blog Tip
Readers respond with their favorite blogging tips!

Are you ready for WordPress?
Category: Blog Tip
A quick comparison of WordPress and Blogger, and questions to ask yourself about what you need.

How to install social media icons
Category: Blog Tip
Frustrated on how to install social media icons, or any image on a website? I’ll break it down here with code snippets you can copy.

The Many Uses of Postcards
Category: Business Tip
How to be thrifty and use postcards for jewelry cards, thank you notes, and coupons.

Consignment Tips
Category: Business Tip
My consignment story and tips from Vicki Potter of Orion Designs.

Shop Policies & Location
Category: Business Tip
Why you need them and why they are good for you if you sell online.

International Shipping
Category: Business Tip
A few tips on how to do it, and how it can help your online business grow.

Newsletters
Category: Business Tip
A few tips on getting your own mailing list started.

Listing Tips
Category: Etsy/Selling Tip
A quick checklist and tips for each item listing you put in your Etsy shop.

Dealing with Disappointment
Category: Artist Tip/Business Tip
Everyone has to face either an artistic or a business disappointment at some point. Let me share how I deal with it.

Packaging Wraps
Category: Packaging Tutorial/Business Tip
I get compliments on my packaging all the time. Let me show you how I add a nice touch to my orders with a little effort.

Guest Post: 5 Steps to a More Mindful Life
Category: Guest Post
Dannielle Cresp stops by to share 5 steps you can do today to live a more mindful life.

Full-Time Work With Part-Time Hours
Category: Business Tip
A few easy to-do tips for part-time business owners who are doing it all.

5 Business eBooks
Category: Business Tip
A quick list of five business ebooks that I found helpful.

Etsy Alternatives
Category: Business Tip
A guest post I did on Simply Shiny Life, talking about selling venue alternatives.

Customer Service Advice
Category: Business Tip
A quick list of customer service tips for sellers.

You know you need a graphic designer when…
Category: Business Tip
A guest post from the awesome Dave Conrey about when to hire a professional graphic designer and when to DIY it.

Print vs Web
Category: Business Tip
A quick infographic with tips about printing and web use for photos and graphics.

3 Lessons I learned from my eye doctor
Category: Business Tip
Three business lessons I learned from my eye doctor.

Graphic vs Web Design
Category: Design Tip, Business Tip
A quick comparison about differences between graphic design and web design.

My Photo Formula
Category: Photo Tips
A few tips of what I do for my own photos.

How to Add Text to a Photo
Category: Photo Tip, Photoshop Tip
Lots of people wonder how hard it is to embellish their photo with text. It’s simple! I’ll walk you through doing it in both Photoshop Elements and in Picnik.

How to Use Digital Tape
Category: Photo Tip, Photoshop Tip
Katrina of Pugly Pixel posted a free download of Japanese paper tapes. I’ll show you how to use them on your photos.

How to Remove a Color Cast on a Photo
Category: Photo Tip, Photoshop Tip
Ever notice that sometimes the colors on your photos are off? That the whites don’t look white? I’ll show you how to fix that.

How to Make a Color Palette
Category: Photoshop Tip
I answer the one question blog visitors want to know the most. Using Photoshop Elements, I’ll show you how to make your own color palette to share and keep.

Recoloring a Digital Object
Category: Photoshop Tip
There’s a quick way to change the color of a digital embellishment or object (like digital tape). Here, I use Photoshop Elements to show you how.

How to Use a Clipping Mask
Category: Photoshop Elements
Clipping masks just might be my favorite Photoshop technique. You can use it to turn any photo into any shape. Let me show you how.

Clipping Mask Shapes
Category: Photoshop Elements
Want a few ideas on what can be used to as the “shape layer”? Here’s a few ideas and tips to help you use clipping masks.

Straightening a Photo
Category: Photoshop Elements
A quick way to enhance and fix your photos using Photoshop Elements or Picnik.

How to Make a Dotted Border
Category: Photoshop Tip
A little guest post done by me for the fabulous Life Through the Lens Blog on how to make a dotted border in Photoshop.

How to Make a Solid Border
Category: Photoshop Tip
Following on the heels of my Dotted Border Tip Share, here’s how to make a solid border for any shaped graphic.

How to Use a Texture
Category: Photo Tip, Photoshop Tip
Where I learned how to use a texture (bonus: it’s a free resource!).

Fancy 4×6 photos
Category: Photoshop Elements
I used a pretty digital scrapbooking kit to create fancy 4×6 photos for Mother’s Day gifts. Want to replicate it? I’ll show you how.

Giving Your Photos an Aged Look
Category: Photoshop Elements
I shared how to use Photoshop Elements to give your photos an aged or vintage look in this guest post on Lori’s Blog, Pretty Things.

How to Make a TtV Photo (without the antique camera)
Category: Photoshop Elements
I love TtV photos, but I don’t have an antique camera to use for them. Instead, I’ll show you how to use Photoshop Elements to replicate the look.

7 Things I Learned While Trying to DIY Christmas Photos
Category: Camera Tips
A few things I learned during my first real portrait session with kids.

Photoshop vs. Elements
Category: Photoshop/Photoshop Elements
A quick shopping comparison between Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, with tips on how they work and which to buy.

How to get a pure white background in product photos
Category: Photoshop/Photoshop Elements
You know those pure white backgrounds you see in product shots? I’ll show you how to get them using Photoshop Elements.

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