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Today you’re getting an exclusive with my friend Holly McCaig from Holly Pixels who is one of the most talented GirlBosses I know – she’s multi-talented: professional stock photographer, graphic designer, videographer, calligrapher, hand lettering expert, ipad pro brush creator and most importantly – creator of iPad Pro Planners. And that’s just a small slice of her most recent business endeavors. Prior to that, Holly was creating amazing products for the scrapbooking world.

Today, you’ll get a great behind the scenes look at Holly and everything that makes her so uniquely creative and profitable – the best combination ever!


  • 0:35 1 | Tell us more about you + what’s going on in Holly Pixels
  • 4:07 2 | Have you always had a tlanet for creating pretty things like photos, planners, designs, etc.
  • 6:30 3 | When you’re both interested in + good at so many things, how did you pare it down to what you’re focused on now 8:15 4 | Did you try that before – is that how you knew?
  • 8:36 5 | Digital Planning: How did you narrow it down to what you’re currently doing + how do you see it being defined in other places
  • 11:30 6 | Holly is referring to the 15th of October, 2018 – when her new line of digital planners come out – hooray. Link below!
  • 12:30 7 | Your Digital Planners – How do you create your digital planners
  • 15:15 NOTE 8 | Why Holly + I do not use Canva, Word, Keynote and something called Affinity Design or Excel to create our planner designs
  • 17:45 8 | Creative Process: When it comes to fonts, branding, colors, layouts….what’s your process to make everything look pretty
  • 19:45 9 | How do you select outside designers to add to your Digital Planner Shop
  • 22:00 10 | Your Style How would you describe it + was that based on your personal preference, market research, past sales data…
  • 23:45 11 | What’s the bestseller in the Holly Pixels Shop
  • 25:30 12 | Your Freebies What’s the most popular download in your freebie library
  • 29:00 13 | GlowForge – Holly bought the PRO version of the GlowForge – forget Silhouette, forget Cricut, Glowforge surpasses them ALL
  • 31:28 14 | GlowForge – What’s the learning curve on getting up to speed + proficient in using it
  • 33:30 15 | GlowForge – Can you make stickers with it aka can it replace the Cricut or Silhouette
  • 34:00 16 | GlowForge What’s the difference between the 3 models
  • 36:30 17 | How to contact / find Holly Pixels
  • 36:45 18 1-1 Work Do you do custom design work or provide 1-1 coaching
  • 37:30 Speed round #1 | What physical planner do you use
  • 38:03 What is your favorite dessert

Holly Pixels Information:

Transcript from Holly Pixels Video

Lisa Siefert:                  00:00               Hi Everyone, we’re here today with Hollywood cage from holly pixels. Hi Holly. How are you? Good, how are you? I’m so excited you’re here. Then you guys should be super excited too because how is one of those people where you’re like, oh, I love holly. I wish I could be. Holly. She does so many cool things. She’s so creative. She has a million ideas and um, she can probably teach every single course that you’ve ever taken. She knows how to do it, but we’re going to talk today about what she’s doing in her business right now. So you want to tell us a little bit more about you and what’s going on with Halley pixels.

Holly McCaig:               00:38               Sure. So, um, you know, you and I met at a time when I was trying to explore and figure out where I needed to go with my world, you know, as somebody who’s in their forties, it’s like, okay, you really should have it together. You know, you, maybe you don’t. And um, I, I was struggling, I was having a hard time trying to figure out where I wanted to be and what I wanted to do. And it Kinda hit me like, okay, there’s one last thing you can do before you need to just start hitting the pavement and finding a job. And that was. I loved lettering and I had the ipad pro and I, I, before that I was, I had done calligraphy and brush lettering and that sort of thing. And the IPAD pros started being one of those things that was new to everybody.

Holly McCaig:               01:22               And I said, okay, there’s something here that I can do and teach and help other people learn how to do things with it. And so I said, okay, you’re going to just give everything away. You’re going to give it all away. You’re going to give away a free course and you’re going to give away a free course on lettering and you’re going to give away. I’m a challenge every month and you’re going to do a facebook group and you’re just going to build this audience. Because I kept seeing like other people talk about this. It was like, I don’t know what the ratio is, but you give away a certain amount and you charge for a certain amount. And I said, okay, this is what I’m going to do, I’m going to try it. So I created a free brush lettering course in Jack. Well, I launched it in January of this year and I put it on my youtube channel and I also created a companion workbook guide to go with it.

Holly McCaig:               02:08               And um, I was, it was Muslims were like, you didn’t have to buy the guide. It was one of the things where it was like a nice thing to have the people started buying it, you know, and my youtube, my subscriber count went up and it was like my, I had a facebook group at the time and it was growing and my email list was growing and it was like, okay, you’re onto something here. This is really your passion and you enjoy doing this and people really enjoy following you and learning from you. And so I would do little lives, little youtube lives and people wanted to know like, well how do you do this in procreate on the ipad? How do you do that? And I would just started doing blog posts and videos and I started reviewing brushes for it and then that world was doing really, really well.

Holly McCaig:               02:52               I thought, okay, now you have to stabilize yourself somehow, right? So you need to come up with some other things you could be doing. And I said this digital planning world is happening and people are using their ipads to plan digitally just like they would traditionally. So let’s start exploring this and figure out how I can mold the two together. And um, I started talking to some friends and we created our own line of planners for um, to install into the good notes app on the IPAD. And then I would kind of cross trains and things like, well you can draw your own stickers and procreate and you can bring them into good notes. And so that’s kind of where we’re at. We’re at this like ipad creative world, you know, on the site. And it’s doing phenomenal and I can’t be more pleased. And I keep thinking like, well, what’s the next thing I can do with it? Because it’s so exciting and it’s so much fun. And like you said, I have a million ideas but just not enough time to do them all. So that’s kind of where we’re at. I’ve been teaching it and um, and I just keep trying to think of new ways to make that better than what everybody else is doing out there, you know, trying to bring more people in. So yeah, that’s kind of where I’m at with everything and I love it.

Lisa Siefert:                  04:05               Awesome. And so have you. Because it takes, when you say, I just think of things. I think honestly, I think these things just come naturally to you. I’ve seen like even your photography that you did before I bought those before. I love those. I love your planners. So, you know, have you always just been like this since you were a kid and just had all these great ideas streaming or were you always.

Holly McCaig:               04:26               It’s funny, I’ve always been artistic but I didn’t take any art classes until I went to college and decided I wanted to study graphic design. And um, so I, I just didn’t know it was one of the things where it was like, I don’t want to take art. I went to a really small high school, there was one art teacher there, it wasn’t a whole lot of, you know, a whole lot there that really impressed me and it wasn’t really into drawing like realistic stuff and I didn’t, you know, so it was just, things were just even go down that route, but I was always drawing and it’s always creating. And I was involved in scrap booking and I was involved in photography and I just did that kind of thing. So yeah, I mean I think so and I feel like I’m kind of curse too because like packaging pack, I will buy anything if the packaging looks really good, you know, it’s like listen, this beautiful, you know, but I don’t need that, you know, so I had it. I feel like I have that. I like I’m the type of person can be driving down the road and be like they need to change the font on that billboard. It looks horrible, you know, that’s just kind of, I don’t look at the message on here, look at the design and the same thing with like commercials, you know, I look at the design and how pretty it is and is it going to like draw me into it. So yeah.

Lisa Siefert:                  05:37               Yeah, I think that’s just one of those things. You can’t really learn it. It’s just something you just, it’s from lots of observation and just because you’re probably just genuinely interested in that. Yes, yes,

Holly McCaig:               05:47               absolutely. I wish I could take the time to learn more about like videography. I think that is fascinating. You know, that whole world of shooting and editing and I try to do a little. It’s just don’t do it very well, but oh, I would love to be able to spend time on that. That would be so much fun to me.

Lisa Siefert:                  06:03               Yeah, your videos look great. The editorials that you do, I mean your youtube channel is wonderful. Thank you. So let’s talk about that. Like I’m sure there’s other people out there who are just multi-passionate like you are. Like when you were thinking about tearing it down and it. I honestly don’t think sometimes like I narrow things down because I’m bad at them, but let’s say someone’s like, you were renaissance woman where you’re just really good at everything. How were you able. Did you say I looked at sales or did they look at my happiness level? Like how did you cut things out?

Holly McCaig:               06:33               I think it was a combination because I really love what I was doing and then I had to be excited about it. I had to be passionate, but I also had to make money and one of the things that I discovered in these last almost four years has been that I’m really not the type of artists that are supposed to be a service oriented artists. I don’t think people should hire me to go paint a mural for them. I don’t think that anybody. I don’t feel like that is where I succeed and I think that is not professionally. Like I don’t think I couldn’t do it. I just think. I think emotionally that’s just not who I am, like I don’t, I’m not comfortable with that, so I’d rather create things that people can, either more passive type things that people can like buy and learn from me or buy my art or something like that.

Holly McCaig:               07:25               Um, but I think yeah, I think definitely the whole like gotta make money and got to love what I’m doing at the same time. So, and there’ve been a lot of things I’ve done that I love doing that I don’t make money but I also know my limits and I think you can get overwhelmed by trying to do too many things to many different things and then that’s where you fail. You don’t. So like I think I could do really well at something else if I added it in, but I need to have another person, another me to spend the time doing the marketing because it’s more than just creating and more than you know. Then there’s that. You have to really be out there talking about yourself and making it known. So. And I don’t have that. I wish I had that.

Lisa Siefert:                  08:08               Did you try that before? Is that how you kind of knew?

Holly McCaig:               08:11               Oh yeah, I’ve tried doing way too many things at once and I’m like, why is nothing catching on? Well, it’s because I’m spreading myself thin and I can’t, like I can’t give everything. It’s all and I, I learned that I just, that’s just not where I need to be. I need to be focused in one area and really give it. It’s all so. Yeah. Yeah.

Lisa Siefert:                  08:33               So let’s talk about. So you’ve narrowed it down to digital planners and you know, just within that world there’s so many different things. I mean sometimes people say digital planning and they really just mean a pdf you print out, which isn’t really digital planning. Right. So within that scope, you know, how did you narrow it down to what you wanted to do and how have you seen it kind of defined in other places? Sure. You know, back like it was

Holly McCaig:               08:56               going to date me, but back in like 2004 or so, the digital scrapbooking world kind of took off, right? People were taking traditional scrapbooking and they were doing it in photoshop and I discovered it. I was working in corporate America and I discovered it and I, you know, it was, I was immediately drawn to it and because I had done scrap booking before, they liked that creative process and I think alex buying supplies more than I like doing it, but I liked the process, you know, um, and because I had that because I was selling digital scrapbooking kits and things like that. And by the way we used to burn the dvds, they would buy a CD from you burning them and making the label and I would mail them out. That’s how we sold our kids back then. And so I think I saw that.

Holly McCaig:               09:44               I had that skill and then I saw what was being done in the planner world. Like you walk down any craft store aisle and hit, it’s, that’s kind of almost becoming the new scrapbook. You know, like people want to get creative with their planners and they want to make them look cute and they want to add like stickers and all these little things to it. And I thought, okay, there’s a way to move to mold this so that my knowledge of the digital scrapbooking and that pretty realistic looking stuff can come into the planner side of things. And so that was kind of like our thing. It was like, I don’t want it to just be some boring, you know, planner, I want it to look cute at the same time. So, you know, now, um, it’s like, okay, we can make this, we can make all the same things that they make for traditional pressure, can make a little charms, we can make little planner clips, we can do all of that stuff.

Holly McCaig:               10:32               And so that was Kinda what was my thing. It was like I want it to look cute and fun like everybody’s doing in the crafty world. So that’s what got me there. I mean I saw Heidi swapping need her planner, the memory planner, right. So there’s like so much work that goes into these planners, they’re like works of art. Yes, exactly. And it kind of goes, okay. It goes back to I didn’t really like scrap booking at the time. I just liked buying the products because they were so pretty and I liked making them, like I actually had contracted with a couple of paper planners at the to our paper scrapbooking companies at the time. I designed some papers and stickers and stamps and stuff. So like I knew I knew what went into that and I thought okay, we have to bring this into this.

Holly McCaig:               11:13               It’s a little limiting because those apps are, are kind of limiting compared to say scrapbooking and photoshop or something like that. So you kind of defined your work around, but that’s where that stuff works when you can educate people how to use it and how to do it. Right. So having the tutorials and the videos really does kind of like sell it to people so that they know what they need to do and how to use it. Yeah. I think a huge part of your planners that make some kind of special and stand out is that they have built in stickers that match the colors and branding of yes, yes, yes. And I am a secret for you. I don’t know when the podcast will go live, but on the 15th we have a new, we have new line of cleaners coming out. We’ve had, when we launched the first group of planners, I mean I get emails everyday like, well, can we have this and can you do this and can you do that?

Holly McCaig:               12:04               And so I was like, okay, I really had to take what everybody is saying and figure out a way to make things a lot more universal and so that people can do more with it. So we’ve really just, um, we’ve given people more options. So now like there’s going to be an option for people who don’t have good notes, can use them. Um, there’s going to be ways to edit tabs now there’s an escape, it’s just going to be so much more, I think, flexible for people. So I’m super excited about it and I love that we’ve created these fun colors and everything and you know, having, um, the add ons that you, people can buy, like, you know, the stickers every month and things like that. It’s just, I used to enjoy doing it. So much fun. It is very exciting. So let’s just talk about, because I’m sure you know my channel that does a lot of focus on how to make planners, right?

Holly McCaig:               12:51               So I know everyone’s going to want to know how do you make your planners? Sure. So, um, because my background in graphic design, I’m going to job girl. I mean I use photoshop, indesign, illustrator, those are my three tools and I know in the digital scrapbook world a lot of people are using like keynote and things like that. And I’m like, I don’t know how to use it. It’s just not. I mean I know how to use keynote but I’m not proficient enough in it to make it worthwhile. So I design everything. I design all my layouts and things in photoshop. So I photograph binders and I like, you know, alter them and do all that work in photoshop. And then all of the layouts are done in indesign because that’s just second nature to me. Um, all of the planners are put together with indesign because of hyperlinking.

Holly McCaig:               13:41               That just makes it so much easier. And then all of our stickers, a lot of times I use my ipad to sketch out my ideas for drawing stickers and things like that. And then I bring things into illustrator. I’m a vector girl so I like to do everything with the pen tool and draw in there. And so that’s kind of where all our stickers come out of that. So I utilize pretty much all of adobe to do all of our designs. And you know, you mentioned people wanting to know how you do it and we’ve talked about my uh, one of the girls that worked with me on some of these, um, she and I talked about, uh, doing kind of like a, like a course, a mini course on how you can take that and make your own from scratch. From that to that.

Holly McCaig:               14:24               I mean, it’s a lot of work but I don’t know when and how we’ll achieve that. People want to do it. But then, you know, I mean there are people who don’t like mean people are just fickle because they want like, I want my planner to be like that so you to be like that. So why not be able to show them how they could do it. So, but I don’t know, it’s a thought. It’s out there in the cloud somewhere. But yeah, I’m with you. I just, I can’t use canva. I can’t work. Like I know they’re easier but they’re, they’re so hard and it doesn’t do what I want to do. It’s so much more frustrating than adobe. Well, somebody just asking me because I, I recently did. Sorry, my dog is back there. Making’s not always. So we um, I recently did a three part thing on my youtube channel.

Holly McCaig:               15:10               I showed how a sketch everything out in procreate and then how I colored and shaded it and then I like brought it into illustrator and I vectored it and some we’ll, why can’t you teach us how to use affinity designer on the IPAD? And I’m like, I don’t know how. And I don’t like it. Like I’ve been using adobe since, gosh, mid nineties. Why would I, I, I mean, I, I know they say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks and you probably can, but I just like, I don’t. I bought it and download it and I’m like this is not intuitive. I can’t figure this out and I’m just not qualified here or go to this person. So I just, I know my limits now, like what I’m capable of doing. So Holly, why can’t you just do everything how to make this in every application that exists and that’s what people keep saying, like, you know, he know and I’m going, oh my gosh, am I really going to have to like start teaching people things in that I really don’t want to, but I didn’t like him either.

Holly McCaig:               16:13               I think the problem is there are some free tutorials out there on skillshare and youtube and they’re all keynote. Yeah, exactly. And I’m like that’s fine if that’s what you want to do, but it’s just not where I am. I’m not proficient enough in it and I have to be proficient in order to get it done. So like right now, so like I’ve, I’ve taught myself how to use final cut pro and I’m trying to put together a video for the launch of these and I’m all, I’m like, I’m in over my head pro. But you have the adobe creative cloud suite. I know, but I love final cut pro. I don’t know why, but I do, I love it. It’s so much. It’s so much. I don’t know. I don’t know, like an idea. I know somebody said that to me. They’re like, how come you’re not using premiere?

Holly McCaig:               17:00               And I’m like, I don’t know, I just like it. Just stick with what you like and did a poll. It’s probably gone off my off my instagram. I did a poll yesterday asking people do they prefer one or the other? And most people were final cut pro. It was kind of weird. It’s kind of strange. I thought I expected more premier but I think premier is um, it’s so overwhelming when you see the workspace for the first time you’re outta here. Yes. And I think if people who have been using like, um, I movie, you know, all along final cut pro is kind of like, that next step is kind like similar. So yeah, it is what it is. So all of your colors and your branding and your fonts all look amazing. What is that process like? Just to make everything pretty look like, you know, it’s funny because um, I jumped around sometimes with that, like I kind of like want to like update my branding at times.

Holly McCaig:               17:57               I’m like, oh, I’m getting bored with this, so I want something that’s a little bit more me at the time. Um, but I feel like I’ve nailed it now. I feel like I figured it out why or where it is I’m trying to be with that. And I discovered that when I started, I’m kind of updating my instagram feed a little bit more. I said, okay, I need, I want to draw more and I want to illustrate more than I want to do more of that, but I want everything to have a cohesive feel to it. And so I thought, okay, let’s explore color palettes. And see what, where you go with that and I don’t know, I just kind of like, this was what I picked and what I liked and everything seemed to be like working and I can use it in all the different pieces I do and it seems to work so I don’t know.

Holly McCaig:               18:40               I mean I think a lot of it too is just what I see out there. But I see in packaging, like I told you I’m a sucker for packaging, you know, so if I see something like this and I’m like, oh those colors are amazing, you know, okay, how can I incorporate that into what I’m doing? So as far as fonts go, um, I have designed some my own fonts and I really, I haven’t done any in Gosh, over a year and a half probably. And I would love to do more again time, you know. So I try to make sure that everything is readable and easy to know, easy to read, easy to see. I think people get overwhelmed because they want all the scripty fonts and rail, you know, all of this. And I just think it has to be clean and easy to read. That’s kind of my thing, you know? No.

Lisa Siefert:                  19:31               So really just being observant and just having an eye and paying attention when he sees [inaudible]

Holly McCaig:               19:37               yes. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Just being drawn into pretty things.

Lisa Siefert:                  19:43               Yeah. So I guess, you know, because everything in the shop is so pretty and I know that you have other people that are designing planners in your shop. How does that process look like? If I have people that are like, oh my God, I just saw the interview with Holly, how can I get into her shop with my planner?

Holly McCaig:               19:58               So like right now it was always going to be just about me and what I’m doing. And I then ended up, I of ended up talking to a friend about doing the collabing with me on the digital planning side of things and she says is no longer with me, but that I had had asked my instagram manager who manages all my comments and things like that if she’s a graphic artists too, because I’ve hired her for other graphics, things that needed dumb. And I just said, are you interested in becoming in, on, in, in doing this? I think it’s a really lucrative market and I think there’s a lot that can be done because I knew I couldn’t do it all if I did it would be like delayed a whole lot longer. So it was one of the things where I do like kind of an invite thing, you know, is a special kind of reach out to that person.

Holly McCaig:               20:46               And then my brushes, like people who are good, there’s one on one of the girls selling brushes with me and somebody who’s got some mock up stuff in there too and they’ve all just been like personal invitations because I’ve admired their work, you know, as I really like what you do. Are you interested in creating some group, you know, if you want to create one thing that’s at least exclusive for us, can you do that? And then if you’re interested in selling more, this is what you can do and how it can work out. So at this point it’s just been a invite thing. If I’ve really liked that they’ve done. I mean, I’m always open to somebody messages me and says, Hey, I’m interested in this, can you check out my work? You know what I mean? There’s no guarantee, you know, so because I’m, I’m kind of, I’m, I’m one of those people.

Holly McCaig:               21:28               It’s like if you’re gonna do it, I need you to do it. Like I need you to like be consistent and I need you to be talking about it and I need you to be, you know, putting it out there and [inaudible] I can’t mark it all the time, you know, and so I need you to kind of jump into. So that’s kind of my only real stipulation with it is if you’re going to do it, you got to do it. So, so you know, when we talk about though your style, right? Like how would you describe it in, was that based on market research and surveys you got or just looking at sales numbers and knowing what was going to sell and what wasn’t. You know, I have to like it and I think I have to see what else is out there at the same time.

Holly McCaig:               22:12               And when it comes to say like the planning stuff, it was, it was really a lot of it based on like what I’m, what I’m seeing out there now in the traditional world and what I can see people posting. And so it’s more like that kind of thing, like a kind of getting a feel of where the popular stuff is and then going with that kind of direction with it. So, um, that’s kind of very. I went with it. It wasn’t like anything too deep really, you know, it was, it was like, okay, this is going to be taking off, you know, I look around, I’m like on Etsy at digital banners and you know, you can look and see like if somebody’s stuff is sold recently, you know, by looking at the bottom you can kind of see like it has been relisted and, and that sort of thing.

Holly McCaig:               22:59               And so you get a general idea if something’s doing well. And the girl I had originally started out with the cloud with, it had sold some of her good notes, planers stuff in her etsy shop. And she of told me like how well it was doing and she goes, and I’m not really doing anything special on Etsy, I’m not relisting and I’m not reading, I’m not renewing and I’m not doing these things. And not really even did a whole lot of key words, it’s just that there’s not a lot in there now. So people are finding it. And I knew how to use etsy, you know, like I knew like, oh, you got to do this. I knew how to Seo Etsy, I know how to do all that stuff and I know what you need to do. So it was like, okay, if you’re not doing that and it’s working, then obviously there’s a need for it.

Holly McCaig:               23:42               So, you know. So what’s your best seller in the shop? Well, right now, let’s see. It’s between two things. So for lettering, it’d be the companion brush lettering guide that I sell. That’s a very, very popular. It’s been selling since it launched in January. I’m amazed at how many times that still sells. And um, as far as digital cleaners go. So the three we have in there now, or actually we’ve decided we want to retire them when the new ones come out, only because there’s going to be a little bit of a difference in them, you know, as far as how they’re set up, you know, I’m better I think, um, but we will be selling the stickers sets for those, uh, in the shop to match for the new planner. So people want to still Kinda like decorate in that style. They can. Um, but the pixel painters do very well.

Holly McCaig:               24:32               Um, you know, I think it’s between those two. I think it’s the companion guide and then the pixel painters, so those sub pretty well. So yeah, I’m always amazed that people are buying cleaners in August, so like, oh, it’s, oh, it’s August and you’re, you know. But I think what I like about it is it’s flexible. You can start anytime with a year and we create our cleaners so that they’re blank. So you can set your weekday start when you want. You can set your, you know, you know, if you want to do a Sunday start or Monday start can, um, and you can use it anytime of the year. So yeah, I’m just like, wow, I’m amazed by that. I’m amazed by that. And when we first launched, I was so shocked about how many we sold. I was like, this is really happening. This is crazy. You know what I mean? It was July, June, I think. I can’t remember. June, July. I remember now. And it was like, wow, this is weird. This is so weird. Which is why we’re super excited about the new ones getting so close to the new year, you know, we think they’ll do really well too. So. And we’ve got a lot of new ideas up our sleeves as well that we’re going to introduce. So all. I’m excited.

Holly McCaig:               25:38               So yeah. So let’s just talk to you. You have a ton of freebies that you give away. Like what is the most popular download, your Freebie Library? Oh Gosh, let’s see. So it wasn’t when we first started the Freebie Library, we were only putting out like one thing a month and then that this has to be better. I mean this has to be more worth their while. And so I have a, I have a group of ladies who we call our ambassadors who actually share screenshots of their, their planners spreads for us and that’s what we post on instagram and that sort of thing. And so listening to them has been really helpful. Like what are some things you’re interested in, what are you thinking about? And so we knew then that it was like, okay, we want to get this momentum going, we need to make the free side of things more worth their while.

Holly McCaig:               26:26               And so I just said, okay, we’re gonna come up with these different things. But I think our, um, we just launched the, Oh gosh, what are they? Um, they’re like pocket journal page things. So they look like little plastic sleeves, a little pockets, you know, that are kind of cut out. So if people want to do some little memory planning inside their journal, they can or they can actually put one on one side and they can add pictures and make it so it looks real to them and they liked that. So that’s been pretty popular download recently and then our divider templates to. I just put out a tutorial on how to do it in procreate, how you can mascot, you know, your patterns from say like creative market or something like that. So I think those have been our most popular. But the charm, we have a little heart charm and everybody loves that.

Holly McCaig:               27:11               It’s so cute, you know, so they can decorate their planners and I know it’s not, it’s not like a real planner that you’re like, oh look how pretty you look at us. I mean it’s on your ipad, but for some reason people really love to be creative with it. So, you know, we try to give them a bunch of different things that they can use with it. So yeah. Yeah. No one wants to stare at a blank page. No, no, not at all. I’ve had people tell me like, this is so cumbersome to have to create and do all this and like, oh, well then maybe that’s not for you. Maybe you shouldn’t be doing. You should just go buy a Franklin covey planner and he just read it. It, you’ll be happy, you know? I mean, it’s not for you. That’s fine. Very true.

Holly McCaig:               27:53               Yeah. There is some planners out there that are just aesthetically just very plain and boring and that’s okay there for maybe corporate or business. Yes. Yeah, Yup. Yeah, we um, we get requests for more masculine looking ones, which we’re excited we are going to be launching one that’s black, so it will be clean, you know, clean and black and simple and yeah, I’m excited about that. Yeah, it’s weird. I’m always surprised when I subscribed to my channel or write in or buy my products because I’m so female centric with my branding. But you can never tell if people are going to like same here. I, I, my branding is very female, very, very feminine looking. And um, there are a lot of Plantar, plantar guys out there. They love it.

Holly McCaig:               28:37               So this is the most exciting part, so I don’t know if you guys know, but on Holly’s channel the other day she did an unboxing of the glow forge, which is so awesome. It’s one of those things where you’re like, oh, those are so cool, but those who, who are you going to do with it? That’s so expensive. And then holly bought one and then she was like, on top of it, she’s like, so there’s a couple of variations, but we went with the pro version because we’re like, we’re using this for our business. And I was like, oh my God. So do you love it and what are you doing with it? Yeah. So let me just tell you the story. So it was, it was like the week after my birthday and my brother and sister in law were like going to come up and stay up here with us and we’ll make ’em polio, fundido and Margarita us and we’ll have fun and we’ll do this and they don’t play around, you know, it’s like, okay, sure, that sounds good.

Holly McCaig:               29:24               So after one Margarita and then my brother, he goes, have you seen this glowforge thing? And I’m like, well hold on, let me get another drink it, we’ll, we’ll talk about this, you know, pops on Youtube and he’s showing me things and I’m like, we have to have this. And I go, I go, we’ve got to get messed with not to get. This is going to be so perfect. It’s will be so amazing. We need this. What can we do with it? This is so cool. I could do my lettering stuff with that. Then after like the third Margarita, you’re like, Yep, we’re getting how holly makes this decision. I cannot drink tequila with you any more. It’s this is not good for me. But um, we decided on it and then I said, okay, but let’s think about it. So like I ended up deciding to apply for like a different credit card that had zero interest in stuff and cash back.

Holly McCaig:               30:12               And so I said that’s going to take it a little bit of time to get in, you know? So that’s going to help me think about it. And that came in, I’m like, okay, I guess I’m going to do it. So I did it and oh my God, it’s the most amazing thing. I just, it is such a cool device. Um, we’ve been creating key chains. We create like the charms and things like that with lettering and drawing and, and, and that sort of thing with it. And then my brother does a lot of three d printing. He creates like a star wars costume pieces and stuff for that and he’s been like, I need this piece done but I can’t do a three d printer because it’s too small and I’m going to do it on the glove for it. I mean, so we’ve really, really got our money’s worth out of it.

Holly McCaig:               30:53               And if anybody out there watching this has never decided to become an affiliate for someone do it because that has helped me almost paid for my machine is being an affiliate and having those links out there. Yeah, it’s really, really helped me. And I’ve only done the one video I need to do more, I think. Um, but it’s cool. It’s so cool and it doesn’t, I mean it doesn’t take up a ton of space. It’s um, you know, like Kinda, you know, maybe like not even like three, maybe three feet wide if that. It’s a long, it’s not very big. So it’s been really, really cool. Really Fun to try out and play with and do different things. What’s the learning curve unlike learning how to use it and are there a bunch of templates out there for years already? Sure. So with Glowforge, once you buy one you get access to your account within their system that it’s a, it’s all based on a cloud service, so it’s not any kind of application you have to download or anything like that.

Holly McCaig:               31:49               You can use it through your ipad, through your phone if you need to. Um, and they have templates and things that you can buy and use. So like you could even make boxes and clocks and coasters and just like you can do with it, you can do all kinds of fun things with it. Um, I don’t know that anybody is like selling anything third party wise for it, but you can use svg files, which are what you can find an etsy that people use with their cricket and silhouette machines that cut out the designs for vinyl and that. And so any of like wood signs people are doing, they’re doing the hand lettering or they’re buying the svg and all you do is you upload the Svg file to the application that’s on the cloud through there. Tell it if you’ve bought your material through glowforge, it has a little, what do they call it?

Holly McCaig:               32:37               They call that code Qr Code. I think it’s what you call it. And it will, the, the camera will read that and know exactly what material is in there and know what settings it needs to be. And then you just hit the print button and it does that for you. And then it looks amazing. It’s so cool. It’s just so amazing. So, so a lot of the stuff we’re doing, like um, if I have one here, this is one where I lettered my name backwards on your screen, but I lettered my name and cut out so you can kind of see the acrylic there and cut it out as an svg file and put it on a piece of the clear behind it using. I have to use a special like welding kind of material, welding liquid that wells it together. But I mean that was all done on the it just so cool.

Holly McCaig:               33:28               So being able to incorporate like my art, I’m, I’ve cut out some of my art pieces as little wooden, a little wooden pins that I sell on my etsy shop and um, that sort of thing. It’s fun. It’s so much fun. It really is. You can make stickers there, right? You wait, we could all just throw away our crickets and silhouettes. Yes. You can cut. And one of the things that’s really neat about the glowforge is that I could take a piece of white paper and a black sharpie and draw something, stick it in the machine and let it scan it. And it will either at your cut out what you’ve drawn. So it’s amazing. You don’t even need to use illustrator to actually design something. It’s pretty impressive. Pretty impressive. I know, it’s cool. It has when I’m like, okay. So as soon as it comes down to like $2,500, I’ll buy it.

Holly McCaig:               34:21               And the car. Okay. So here’s the difference. There’s three models, right? The pro just has a higher class laser so it’s going to go faster and then it also has a pass through. So if I wanted to do something really long, like say I wanted to create this tall piece that had like, you know, a ruler, like for kids to like stand up to and mark were they grown, you don’t wanna do it on your wall or something. You can pass through a large piece like that. And we’ll x out all the little, you know, noxious of the ruler or you can step down and go into the lower class lasers which are going to be a little bit slower than that one. And for some reason we decided to go with pro and we’ve yet to do anything large in it. So everything was small, like did we really need that?

Holly McCaig:               35:03               And then of course my brother was like, yes we did. Yes we did. I’m like okay, okay. Just think of how much more productive you are now to, you don’t have to wait to go for it. Done like that. And we’ve taught my mom how to use it. So the, the other business that I owned with her and my brother is called all a and l monogram and we do the key chains and we do a little monogram key chains and that sort of thing. And I’ve been able to teach her how to do it, you know, and she’s, she’s pretty, she’s pretty intuitive on things. But sometimes you got a teacher had to do it like a several, several times. But even she was able to like pick it up so it’s very, very easy to do. So yeah, she, she pretty much manages the orders and that sort of stuff for that.

Holly McCaig:               35:49               But it’s fun. It’s a lot of fun. Yeah. No, I wish everybody had wings. I think they’re fun. Yeah, I know. I do either. We were like, oh, let’s look at the CNC machines we could do with one of those, which was kind of like a drill bit that cuts out wood and stuff. Like there’s no space. Where would we put it mean he’s my brother and I can put it in my garage. I’m like, okay. But no, I’m not there yet. The glowforge is pretty cool. I wouldn’t mind having two. It would be kind of neat to have to be able to just kind of keep going. But yeah, it’s fun. Lot of fun. She loves it so much she wants to.

Lisa Siefert:                  36:33               Alright. So if you guys are interested, how holly, how can they get in touch with you? Where’s the best place to find you?

Holly McCaig:               36:39               Sure. If you go to my website at [inaudible] dot com, you’ll be able to find all my social media links and everything there. I’m mostly on Instagram, social media wise. So at Holly Face. Yeah. Yeah.

Lisa Siefert:                  36:50               And ignoring going to get this question. So do you do one on one coaching with other creatives or do you do custom design work for others?

Holly McCaig:               36:56               I don’t, I don’t do any of that. I’m like I, I said before, like I’ve just done a service oriented artists so I don’t really, I don’t like to pressure. Some people don’t know this about me. I do care for my grandmother who has Alzheimer’s and so to try and have my schedule where somebody else was relying on me like that would just be like too much pressure. We can’t do it. So I, I tend to tell people where they can go for like a logo designer or something like that. Yeah. Yeah. Got It.

Lisa Siefert:                  37:26               Cool. So I’m a speed round. You Ready? Okay. So this is the question everyone wants to know physical planner, which one do you use? What brand are you using as far as

Holly McCaig:               37:37               physical planners? Go? I have a Kiki Kay, is that what you call it? I think is yes. Yes. It meant so pretty

Lisa Siefert:                  37:46               Sweden now did you order that online because there’s like three stores in the US. I did,

Holly McCaig:               37:50               I did. I ordered it last year. I think it was last year when I ordered it. Yeah. Yeah. Cool. And last question, what’s your favorite dessert? Oh Gosh, I have to have one on bolted milkshake. It is like my favorite, so I like to have that. That’s good. Awesome.

Lisa Siefert:                  38:09               Alright, well thank you so much for being on and I believe this information below and we’ll see you guys later.

Holly McCaig:               38:15               Awesome. Thank you.


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How To Make More Money With Planners // How To Get Certified by Franklin Covey Planners in 7 Habits Mon, 27 Aug 2018 20:32:08 +0000 The post How To Make More Money With Planners // How To Get Certified by Franklin Covey Planners in 7 Habits appeared first on Pretty Fabulous Designs.


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How To Create Bullet Journal Pages for the iPad Pro // How To Create Dot Grids in Adobe InDesign Mon, 28 May 2018 00:01:39 +0000 The post How To Create Bullet Journal Pages for the iPad Pro // How To Create Dot Grids in Adobe InDesign appeared first on Pretty Fabulous Designs.


Today is a full Adobe InDesign Tutorial on how to create Bullet Journal Pages for the iPad Pro, specifically I’ll show you how to create:

  1. Lined Notes Pages
  2. Dot Grid Pages
  3. Graph Paper

And then I’ll show you how to export them and open them up on your iPad Pro so you can start bullet journaling with them right away in your favorite Note Taking Apps on the iPad.

NOTE: Ideally, you will need an iPad and Apple Pencil from 2017 or later.


  • 0:00 What Part 1 Bullet Journal for the iPad Pro is all about
  • 0:40 What today’s Adobe InDesign Tutorial will cover
  • 1:10 Why I don’t Bullet Journal
  • 1:12 What Part 2 Bullet Journal for the iPad Pro will cover
  • 2:10 What Part 3 Bullet Journal for the iPad Pro will cover
  • 2:39 Which Apps already have built-in Bullet Journal Pages for you
  • 2:55 Today’s InDesign Tutorial Agenda
  • 3:15 4 Different Ways to create Lined Notes Pages
  • 3:36 Tutorial #1: Lined Notes Pages
  • 6:41 Tutorial #2: Dot Grid Pages
  • 9:26 Tutorial #3: Graph Paper 10:58 Tutorial #4: How to Export your pages from InDesign
  • 11:54 Tutorial #5: How to upload your files to Google Drive
  • 12:18 Tutorial #6: How To Open your pages in Procreate OOPS – I mis-numbered – there is no missing Tutorial #7
  • 13:07 Tutorial #8 How to Open Your Pages in GoodNotes
  • 15:07 What Part 2 Bullet Journaling will cover
  • 15:15 Where to learn more about creating your own Planners – Planner 101 Course FREE

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Today’s Part #1 of 3 on how to create your own bullet journal using adobe indesign for the ipad pro.

Now I’m going to be showing you today how to create those

  • graphs,
  • grid lines,
  • and regular line pages

that you need to open up inside, procreate, good notes, paper, fiftythree. Are any of the other apps that you can start bullet journaling on your own.

Hi everyone. I’m Lisa from pretty fabulous and I help online businesses create beautiful digital downloads using adobe indesign. So if this sounds like you are something you might be interested in, make sure to hit the subscribe button below. I posted do videos every Monday and Thursday and I do unboxings unsat Idi. Now. As I mentioned today is part one of three of four bullet journaling. And just so you know today I’m only going to cover grids, graphs, and note pages that you need to just kinda get started if that’s the basics and that’s all you need. However, the biggest thing about bullet journaling is that you can basically create your own designs. Now the whole point of pretty fabulous designs and what I do is so that you never have to stare at a blank page again, and bullet journaling is all about having a blank page and making things on your own.

So sometimes it’s hard to come up with ideas. So part two is we’re going to recreate some of my favorite bullet journal examples and if you Google bullet journal pages right now, you’ll find a ton of them and I’m just going to give you probably two or three so it’s not a 10 hour lesson. And then in part three, another big, huge advantage of bullet journaling is if you have beautiful hand lettering, then you can and, or artistic ability, you can draw things on your own inside the bullet journal. Now I am not artistic, uh, even though I to make a lot of beautiful things, I very much follow guidelines and rules and symmetry. And so I’m not a free hand drawing. That’s just not who I am or any of my talents. So if that sounds like you, but you still love the beautiful hand drawn items, I’m going to give you a little hack for how to get some of those beautiful hand drawn items or those calligraphy read letters are bounce lettering into your bullet journal without having to really know it or learn how to do it. So stay tuned.

Today I’m going to show you how to create three popular bullet journal based pages and I say based pages because we aren’t actually doing any bullet journaling. We’re simply using these as the framework for us to create future bullet journals. So the first step is to have the pages and I, if you watched my other video on how to bullet turn on your ipad pro, there are a couple apps that already have this built in there. So make sure to watch that. You went to learn which ones already have dot grid and graph paper’s in there, but not all of them do. And maybe you’re really like to use like I do a nother app like procreate and they don’t have these sort of bullet journal pages already prebuilt in there. So I’m going to show you how to create your notes page, your dot grid page, and your graph paper page in adobe indesign.

We’re going to save this as a pdf and then you can open this later on your favorite app. So let’s take a quick preview. The notes page is just simply line notes and I do have another video that shows you four different ways to create this. Today we’re just going to do one, uh, the second way. The second page is your grid page, which is my personal favorite, and the third is graph paper. So let’s go ahead and get started. So all you’re going to do is you’re going to go to file new document and we’re going to go ahead and make this an eight and half by 11 portrait. We’re just going to make one page, like I said before, and for margins, just go ahead and put zero because we are using the ipad pro and this is bullet journaling. So you are eventually going to draw on top of those.

So let’s not worry too much about the margins. Now, the first thing you’re going to want to do is you are going to want to create a new color. Now, my favorite is always a little late gray kind of color. And the reason I say that is because if the lines are the background for your bullet journal are too dark, then you’re not going to be able to see what you were trying for your actual bullet journal. So let’s go ahead and change this to rgb. And this is my code. You can put whatever code you want. That’s the light gray color that I like to use. Um, so he didn’t see that that code was d, zero, c, d, c, d, and then we’re going to go over to paragraph styles. Now, if you don’t see this on the right, you can go to window type in tables and simply go to paragraph and that will show this fly out menu.

So let’s click paragraph styles. We’re going to go down here to create new style and it’s going to default to say paragraph style one. I’m going to double click that and I’m going to rename this lined notes so that I know exactly what it is in case I want to refer back to it later. Now the second thing I’m going to do is I’m going to double click that and once I’m inside here, I’m going to go to paragraph rules and I’m going to turn this rural on. Now we just created that new color, so let’s go ahead and select it and also we want to go ahead and go to basic character format and I’m going to guess that this is going to say, let’s say 18 points because I know 12, it’s probably a little too close together. I’m going to say, okay, I’m kind of going back out here and I’m going to select the type tool and I’m going to drag and drop from the top corner all the way to the bottom and create a big tax box.

Now my cursor’s blinking up here in the top, all I have to do is hit the return key over and over again, and I have that line page, so I’m pretty happy with that. These lines are a little closer together than this one, so if I want to make these a little wider, all they have to do is make sure I go over here to line notes, double click that, and then over here, right where we were before, basic character formats, I can make this a little larger, so if they turn preview on, I can see what changes I’m making and I could let’s say make this a 24 and that’s pretty big, or maybe I want something a little smaller, maybe a 21. I can say. Okay, so you can play around with that however you want. Now let’s go ahead and create. We’re next going to create the grid pages, so to create that diagram page, let’s just go ahead and stay here.

We’re going to go to pages and I’m going to say create new page, so let’s double click on page to hide this fly out menu and I’m going to go over here to the ellipse tool. Now if you don’t see ellipse tool, sometimes it’s defaulted to say rectangle. Just right click on that tool and make sure ellipsis circled. Now hold down your shift key. This is really important because you want a, an equal circle, uh, not something that looks like an oblique or something too tall or too wide. So hold the shift key and that’s going to make sure everything stays in a perfect circle and you’re just going to draw your first tiny little dot. So I’m pretty happy with that dot. Now if you can’t see it, I mean no one can see that. It’s pretty small. You can go ahead and hold the apple key and the plus key and that’s going to make it your sheet really huge.

So then from here, you could resize this if you wanted, but I’m pretty happy with that. I’m not too worried about that right now. So let’s go ahead and we want to replicate that dot all over the page. So you are next going to go to Adelaide and then you were going to select step and repeat. Now you’ve probably never used step and repeat because it doesn’t actually have a lot of uses inside adobe indesign. So we’re going to go ahead and say, I’m going to guesstimate because I really don’t know, I’m going to say about 40 rows and four columns. I’m going to say let’s say 30 columns. We can always change this later and I’m going to make sure create as a grade is checked off and for the offset I’m going to say a quarter of an inch for vertical and horizontal. And I can preview this if I want so I can see that I don’t have enough columns. So let’s go ahead and change that to 33 and let’s tab so it can make. There we go and I can say I don’t have enough rose, so let’s make that 43

and now I have enough rose. So I’m going to go ahead and say okay, so it’s gone ahead and it’s made my sheet. I know it doesn’t look pretty. We’re going to go here to the selection tool and then I’m going to hit the letter w and I’m going to unselect those. I know I can see all of my dots. So again, if you want these closer together or further apart, you can change some of those numbers and that step and repeat. But I’m pretty happy with how this looks. So let’s go ahead and go on. I’m going to hit w guns. We’re back to a regular screen. I’m going to go ahead and add another page right down here. I’m going to double click that new blank page and this page, remember we’re doing the third one, which is graph paper. Now graph paper is simply just a big a table.

So let me make this a little, this page a little smaller so you can see it. So all we’re going to do is we’re going to go over here to table and we’re going to say create table. And again I’m going to kind of gas. I’m going to say I’m 47 rows, 30 columns. I don’t have to worry about headers and footers because I’m not actually going to type in this table. It’s just there to help me make grids. And then I’m going to say, okay, so now you can see I have a loaded cursor. So I am simply going to take that mouse and that cursor and drag and drop it from the left to the right to fill up that page. And there’s my graph. Now this graph is defaulted to have those black lines. So I’m going to control, not control. I’m going to select all of it and I’m going to change these lines.

So the color is that grade that I just created. There we go, and I’ll use the selection tool so I can see. I can send her this over a little that my graph paper now has gray lines. So if I hit the key, now I can see that it has some of those gray lines. So that’s the graph paper. Here’s my dot grid. And here’s my line pages. Now I want to open these pages. So I created this all in one file. It just to show you what this looks like. You might want to create separate files depending on if you just want to keep using a dot grid page over and over again. Now we’re going to open these up as our cds out as Jpeg. So I’m going to go to file export and I’m simply going to make sure the format says jpeg and this is my line notes page and I will say save and export that out.

And same thing, this is rinse and repeat for the rest of the pages. Same thing for the doc grid and you can see I’ve already saved these out as pdfs as well and that’s because different apps can open jpegs versus pdfs. So we will export this and this is my graph paper and I’ll say save. Now I’m going to go ahead and save all of these folders that you saw, so both the jpegs and the pdf into my google drive so I can retrieve them later. Now if you’re using the chrome browser, you can simply drag and drop these into your google drive. You don’t have to hit the upload version, so now all of those files are in there. So let’s go ahead and switch over to our ipad pro so we can open those up. Now remember from the other video, there were apps such as note shelf that already had dot grids and graph paper’s already built in there, but adobe sketch and procreate did not. So let’s go ahead and use my favorite APP which is procreate, and we’re going to go ahead and select import and I remembered that I saved this in Google

drive. And let me hunt it down. It’s an ipad pro. Okay, and let’s go ahead and open up our dot grid page. So now you can see I have a perfect grid and I can go ahead and add a new layer on top of this so I don’t Ruin my dad grid and I can go ahead and start writing anything. I feel like writing so and then I have my doubts obviously to guide me along. Now the next APP we want to check out is good notes and in good notes it does have graph paper, but it doesn’t have that dot grid. So let’s go ahead and import from Google drive that dot grid that we just created. So something a little bit different about this app is that I don’t need in a Jpeg, I can actually go ahead and open up a pdf. So let’s go ahead and find that folder so you can see these are all options. I could open the jpeg if I want, but instead let’s open up the pdf and then once I have this pdf open, I can go ahead and make any sort of boxes that I want to make to do.

Maybe that wasn’t the best color. It’s kind of hard to see, but you get the idea. So this is this APP and it’s a pdf. So same thing. I could have used the jpeg but procreate requires the jpegs. I always save them out as both. Um, I could open the other folder. There’s the other files we created two, if you want to see that. Let’s say I went to open up that I’m lined. Maybe I went to open up the graph paper because I like my graph paper may be better than yours and maybe I added something to it. And so now I can start using this over here, creating my don’t change that color. Oh, there we go. This is a better color and that’s pretty much it.

Alright, I hope that was helpful and I will see you back here for part two where we are going to go over some of my favorite bullet journal examples and I’m going to walk you through exactly how to recreate those for your ipad pro. If you love the idea of making your own planners and then make sure to sign up for a planner, what a one which walks you through all the different types of layouts and planners that are available to you to get you started. I will leave the link for that below and otherwise I will see you guys next week. Bye.


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Best iPad Apps for Bullet Journaling // What Apps For Bullet Journals // Best Bullet Journal Apps Mon, 21 May 2018 00:01:12 +0000 The post Best iPad Apps for Bullet Journaling // What Apps For Bullet Journals // Best Bullet Journal Apps appeared first on Pretty Fabulous Designs.


Today is all about the Best iPad Apps for Bullet Journaling, What Apps to use if you want to Bullet Journal on your iPad Pro. These are my Best Bullet Journal Apps that have built-in pages already pre-formatted for Bullet Journals

NOTE: This is NOT a lesson how to bullet journal. I’m simply sharing my favorite apps that have dot grids, lines and graph paper already built in for you to start using right away.

NEXT Week’s Bullet Journal video is an InDesign Tutorial on how to re-create these pages yourself since not all Note-Taking apps have these pages built into them. Make sure to subscribe so you know when that page goes live.


  • 0:31 The 5 Note-Taking Apps on my iPad Pro
  • 0:39 1 | Noteshelf2 Demo
  • 1:49 2 | GoodNotes Demo
  • 2:40 3 | No built-in pages for Procreate, Adobe Sketch + Paper 53
  • 2:50 Bullet Journal for the iPad Pro – when is the InDesign Tutorial coming out
  • 3:10 How to make your own planner | Planner 101 course


Hey creatives do you love bullet journaling, but you also love your ipad pro & want to bullet journal on there?

Today, I’m going to show you 2 apps that have built in features that are going to allow you to start bullet journaling right away. Just to be clear, this is not a lesson on how to bullet journal, just which apps you can use to get you started and have the right format laid out for you. These are 5 different apps that I use for note taking that you could also use for bullet journaling. Now the first two have some built in pages that I think will get you started. That’s no shelf to and good notes and look, let me just show you those. So Noteshelf2 is probably the most versatile. If we go over here and we create a new notebook and let’s not worry about what we title it. And inside here it has defaulted to dot grids I think I was using that before. So I could just start writing right away so I could make my to do list or if I wanted changes from diet grid to something else, I can go over here to add and say new page from template. And if I go to basic, I see that I can do just a plain white page,

Nothing on it. I can also do a ruled page that just has regular lines on it. I can do a checkered page, which is really a graph paper page. So if that’s kind of the base page, I like to start with for bullet journaling and of course we’ll skip legal. But, uh, we can we saw before. So this is probably, I would say Noteshelf2 to has all of those pages are already built in for you. If you use GoodNotes. It does have lined pages. So if we go over here to create notebook and let’s pick this cover even though it’s kind of hideous. Um, and over here, if we go ahead and we add a new page. So I’m add page below and if I go to essential oils, I’m going to see that I’ve ruled paper and I have graph paper and obviously I have plain paper where it’s just empty. If I go to actually the old paper, so it has lines or I can do this, the graph paper, now it does not have dot grids.

So the only thing that’s missing from this app that was good notes, so you’d still have to import that in. Now the other one’s procreate, adobe sketch and Paper 53. Don’t have any of those presets built in there. And what you need to do is create those pages instead in import them as a pdf or jpeg.

So if you want to learn how to do that, watch lesson number two of bullet journaling, which will be out next week. I

hope you found that useful. And I hope to see you back in Part 2 where we are going to start creating our own bullet journal pages using adobe indesign. So you can pull those pages up on your ipad pro or you can print them out as printables.

Now, if you were interested in making your own planner from scratch, then make sure to look into a planner 101 that walks you all the way through from beginning to end on everything you need to know and that course is free and I will leave a link to that below. Otherwise, I will see you guys next week. Bye.


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UNBOXING Michael Hyatt Leader Box // Business Book Subscription Box for Management Leadership Sat, 19 May 2018 00:00:49 +0000 The post UNBOXING Michael Hyatt Leader Box // Business Book Subscription Box for Management Leadership appeared first on Pretty Fabulous Designs.


Wondering whether or not the Michael Hyatt Leader Box is worth it? At $89.72 (plus tax + shipping), this was the MOST expensive subscription box I’ve seen so the bar was set pretty high on this one. And spoiler alert – it would’ve been perfect if I was still in Corporate America conducting management development courses at GE, hosting leadership workshops for executives and new managers but if you’re a small entrepreneurial business then this is completely useless. This book is a nice to have filler for stuffy, red-tap filled beauracracies that need help navigating through lots of red tape, want a ton of fluffy buzzwords to recite back at meetings to sound impressive or simply dazzle at their next job interview. As for real substance, this is not the droid you are looking for.


  • 1:02 What you get – what’s in the box
  • 1:25 Cost breakdown of what you’re paying
  • 1:35 When it ships out
  • 1:42 Outside Box review
  • 2:13 Opening the box – first impressions
  • 3:18 Book #1 – Herding Tigers by Todd Henry
  • 4:05 Book #2 – The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle
  • 4:25 The Activation Guide Flip Through
  • 8:43 21 Days Later — My assessment after completing the 21-day program
  • 8:45 How much are the books if you bought them on their own?
  • 9:45 Who these books are meant for
  • 11:20 What the Activation Guide Workbook is meant to do
  • 12:20 Why these books are great for aspiring HR Professionals

Buying Guides


Today we’re doing an unboxing of Michael hyatts liter box, which is to date the most expensive monthly subscription box I have ever purchased. This one was $89 and seventy two cents. So let’s check it out and see if it’s worth it. Hi everyone. I’m Lisa from pretty fabulous and I hope online businesses create beautiful digital downloads using adobe indesign. So if this sounds like you are something you might be interested in, make sure to hit the subscribe button below. I post new videos every Monday and Thursday and I do unboxings like today on Saturdays. If you’re not familiar with Michael Hyatt, I did do another unboxing video of his best year ever, plus his full focus planner and the program that he would like you to join if you purchase all of those products. So check that out. I’ll put the end card up at t at the top and today we are unboxing what’s called the liter box.

Now the liter box is very expensive and the reason I’m guessing it’s expensive is because it comes with two books which are in theory based on surprise, surprise leadership and a workbook for you to fill out as well as access to a facebook community, which is kind of a virtual book club, if you will. Now the actual box was only $79, 99 and then when you added in shipping, which was for 99 and taxes, which were $5 and seventy three cents, that is what added up to $89 and seventy two cents. You must ordered the liter box by the 15th of every month in order to get the next month’s liter box. So I ordered this in March and it shipped out probably around the 18th and I received it on the 21st. So the litter box comes in the mail just like you see right here. It has a cute logo here.

Another one over here, another one on the back and another one on the side in. The whole thing is in red m h for Michael Hyatt. And it was just sealed with one sticker on the side. So let’s go ahead and open it up. And inside here at the top you can see the Fox is a royal blue and it has a welcome come two liter box message for you. And this whole program is meant to be gone through in 21 days. So you get the liter box success path which tells you exactly what to do with little icons. Obviously unpack your liter box, get familiar with the guides and the activation, the books, and the activation guide. Join the facebook group, start reading on the first day of the month that followed the 21 day reading plan. Share your insights and questions in the group. Use The bookmarks to stay on track of where you are. Review the action steps to turn your knowledge into strategy. All right, so nothing on the back side. So here’s our activation guide, May, 2018. And the first book is the code, the secrets of highly successful groups by Daniel coyle. And the second is hurting tigers. Be the leader that creative people need by Todd Henry. So we’ll go through this in one minute, let’s go ahead

and open up our books. So they come wrapped in tissue paper with a little emblem. I don’t know if you can see that. M H for MichaelHyatt

and you get a bookmark and the bookmark, it looks like it has a reading guide so you can check off we’re you what you’ve read and it tells you exactly what dates you need to have read all of these pages by. So there must be a second one

bookmark because this one is May 16th, 15th through the 29th. Oh No, no, no. I get it.

So this book must be read second and that’s why the dates are May 15th through the 29th. So here we go. Hurting Tigers, be the leader that creative people need. Todd Henry, let’s go ahead and check out the second book.

And this is the culture code.

Hi Daniel coury, the secrets of highly successful groups. And I was right. This is your bookmark and it has the dates and obviously it’s the first half of the month and it tells you exactly which pages you need to be at on what dates. Let’s check out the activation guide, so we have a spiral bound notebook that has a cupboard glued onto the front. We have our title page, how to use this guide, eight steps, and we go right into the table of contents which looks like it is an exact match for those bookmarks that he provided. So you can check these off here and you can do an exact replica to check off whether or not you have answered the questions in this guide. So same thing over here for hurting tigers. There are an exact match. We have an executive summary here and we dive right into the first book, which is Daniel Ellsberg, and we have an overview of this book and the front, and then we dive right into the days.

So they tell you exactly again what days to read and how many pages again, that replicates exactly what you had on the bookmarks. Only thing missing is the bookmarks. Don’t tell you that’s around books, the bookmarks. Don’t tell you how many pages. So the workbook does. The workbook is numbered at the top. You have your big idea for these particular pages, some key quotes, and then critical questions and space to write your answers in a over here. We go on today too. And same thing, big idea of quotes and critical questions and space and I suspect yes, all of the other dates are exactly the same. So we have day four day five day six, day seven, day eight, nine, 10.

And then finally at the end, the insight section. Once you’re done reading that particular book and you can, you have space over here to write your answers to all of those questions and it looks like they give you space to rape the book case. You want to refer back to this next, they have an action plan which is I’m guessing based on the book in what you can do in your organization or your company to go forward with what you’ve learned in that box. And now we jump into the second book by Todd Henry Hurting Tigers and there is the same format. We start with an overview and then we go right into day Levin and same thing quotes, critical questions and then space to write your answers. So let’s go on to date 13, shake all of these day, 14, 15. So we’re getting close because there are only 21 days in here, day 17, dash 18, date, 19th day, 20 day 21 and that’s it. So it’s just like it promised it’s 21 days and you have your insights for that book and space to write it and a place to put your rating and then an action plan based on that particular book

and then some additional resources. So the author’s websites and some related articles related videos and podcasts related books which just looked to be. They’re not all by the author, so related books and that of course a advertisement for Michael Hyatt’s planner, some extra space just to write notes in. And then you’re back at the end of the book. So in case you’re wondering, this is not a folder, it’s just the end of the book, it looks like they doubled it over to put that little design over here and you could put this on your shelf so you can see the title and it says 5:18. Uh, which is the date. Don’t think that’s the, I’m over here. It says May 18th. So May, 2018, which corresponds with the month for this book. All right, it’s been 21 days of the question is, is the leader box really worth $79 and eighty two cents? Now let’s break that down first.

If you were to find these books on their own, this one is 1599 on Amazon and this one is 1199. As of today, the prices always fluctuating. So you are left with $61 and seventy four cents. And was everything else that you received in the leader box worth $61 and seventy four cents. And I see everything else. I mean the fact that someone picked up the books for you and auto delivered them and you received an action guide, you received some bookmarks and received access to a facebook group, which is kind of like a virtual book club. The second thing is each of these books, I come from corporate hr, so if you are a solo preneur or managing a small team, I would say these books are not going to be useful to you because these are meant for corporations with a lot of bureaucracy and not for a fast quick moving organization where a lot of people are hustling and working really hard.

That is not what these are for. These are really great books for hr to give at a leadership conference where usually I think every book I’ve ever given to a leader, no, I’ve never had anyone read the book, but people like getting a free bulk, right? Even though they make 500,000 a year. So that’s the first thing. But if we broke each of these books down, Daniel coyle probably is the most, what I call captain obvious ideas and there’s nothing new in here. It’s just been packaged with stories from the Navy seals and some NBA players that he either interviewed or read about in articles, uh, the second one hurting tigers. If you listened to todd Henry’s podcast, the accidental creative, which I have a few times, it basically just summarizes everything in the podcast into a book format for you. And if we talk about the guide, I actually didn’t like the guide because I thought the guide would ask more thought provoking questions even if I was in corporate America and how you would apply this to your organization.

But the activation guide questions were more of checking to make sure you had reading comprehension. So basically just checking to see if you read it. So for example, um, what was the best indicator that a scientist at bell labs would produce? A lot of patents. So that is a, basically what I call an obvious yes or no answer that was given to you in the book and you wouldn’t know the answer if you hadn’t read it. Um, what did Danny Fitch first thing when you saw the situation in the cockpit? Same thing. Not really. What I called Book Club questions that open up a lot of discussion and can be interpreted different ways. This is mostly just checking to make sure that you read the material and remembered it, which again is good if you have a book club at work in the office, maybe among a group of HR, organizational development people or a high intense leadership retreat or management retreats where you can make sure that the managers actually read the book book I think was very expensive for what you got and again, because it is towards corporate America.

I think corporate America would do a great job in disseminating this to a leadership group as far as the Solopreneur who was working from home and maybe has a small virtual team. These are completely useless and really meant for people who have a lot of bureaucracy, a lot of red tape and again aren’t there to make a profit. They are just trying to be good at their job and get a promotion. I think another person that these are also good for our people wanting to get into hr specifically into organizational development or a training and leadership role because they both books had a lot of great buzz words and examples that you could use at your next corporate interview. Alright, leave a comment below and let me know what you thought of the leader box. I hope everyone’s having a great week and I will see you guys next week. Bye.

those for profit or simply have them for an event and most importantly, if you are a designer, how to create the best line of workbooks that you can to sell to your clients and provide to them as well as a huge set of templates that you can have not available anywhere else only in this course that you can then use as your own. If you are interested in that, make sure to check out the description below. I have a link for the early bird list. I hope to see you in that class and if not, I will see you guys next week. Bye.


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5 Ways to Deliver Workbooks at a Live Event // Course Creator Workbook Delivery Methods Thu, 17 May 2018 00:00:06 +0000 The post 5 Ways to Deliver Workbooks at a Live Event // Course Creator Workbook Delivery Methods appeared first on Pretty Fabulous Designs.


So you’ve created your workbooks but how are you going to deliver them to your participants? Today, I’ll go over 5 ways to deliver your workbooks and when to your students or live event participants.

This lesson only reviews how to physically deliver workbooks to your participants. If you want to learn more about design, then sign up for the Incredible Workbooks Course coming out soon!

Want to learn more about Incredible Workbooks? Sign up for the Early Bird List at


  • 0:53 1 | Mail It – Yes, people still love Snail Mail
  • 1:21 2 | Registration Gift Bag
  • 1:32 3 | Place it at their assigned seat
  • 2:07 4 | Buffet Style – Stack them on a central table
  • 2:39 5 | Sell it as a one off – separately

Learn more about the course at

Buying Guides


Today we’re going to go over five different methods to deliver your beautiful work books to your live event attendees. Hi everyone. I’m Lisa from pretty fabulous and I hope online businesses create beautiful digital downloads using adobe indesign. So if this sounds like you are something you might be interested in, make sure to hit the subscribe button below. I post new videos every Monday and Thursday and they do unboxings on Saturday today. Want to go over five different ways that you can deliver your beautiful work books to your live event attendees or maybe to an online program. Either way, you have done a lot of work to create your workbook, so you want to make sure you present it in the best way that you can so people feel like they got a lot of value that you promised would be in the workbook and they get really excited about it.

So the first way to do this is simply to a mail it to them. Now when this comes in the mail, you might want to have some nice packaging, maybe put some plastic wrap over on top of it, maybe wrap it with a ribbon, and if you’re worried about shipping it, you can actually apply for discounted corporate shipping with USPS, Fedex, and ups. If you simply have an Ein now, you do not need to be an LLC or an s corp or anything like that. You simply need to apply for an Ein. I have one and I am a sole proprietor. The second way is to give it to them in person at the event in a gift bag. So the gift bag obviously would probably have your own branding on it and they would get it when they register or check in or your event.

The third way is to actually put it at their seat assignment. So if you have a smaller event and you have a beautiful facility where everyone is going to be in an assigned seat and maybe you have beautiful calligraphy cards with their names on them, so they’re assigned seating. Then you could go ahead and put their workbook down there and any other small trinkets or gifts that you would like to give them. Fourth way, if you have a very huge event where it is just simply time prohibitive or anti productive to try to give out individual books is simply to buffet stack them so if you have anything you’re giving away pens, notebooks, just simply stick them on a table like a buffet and people can sort of serve themselves. Now, the only problem with that obviously is people may take more than one, but what I’ve seen people do is simply have a room monitor that gives a ticket when they check in or a ticket to get into the room and then they come in.

They pick up their things, and then they walk out. The fifth method, if you do not advertise your workbook as an included bonus in your event or your course is you could simply sell that as a one off. Now, people could get that mail to them ahead of time. If you have an upsell page in the checkout process or you can have them sold on site by somebody at a table just like people sell books at author signing events and they simply go there pay and they received the workbook right there onsite. Now why would you do the last one? Maybe you decided add a workbook at the last moment or you feel like your workbook is so huge and so valuable, or maybe there’s a book that goes with it that you do do not think people were really see the value of that unless they can see, feel and touch it and they see other people walking around with it and they get a little jealous and they want to have one of their own or possibly a third reason to do that is because your workbook is maybe not directly related to your event.

Maybe it is a tangentially related item or something that you think the attendees of your event might be interested in. Then that might be another reason to sell it separately. All right, so let’s recap. My top five methods are first just to mail it to them. The second is to give it to them in a gift bag when they register. The third is to provide it in an assigned seating arrangement. If you have a beautiful venue. The fourth is to set up a buffet style room or table, and the fifth way is simply to sell it onsite at a table that is manned by somebody and they come up and walk up and they can see, touch and feel it, and then purchase it at that point. All right. I hope that was helpful. Remember, it’s all about packaging, especially if you’re mailing them or putting them into bags.

Get some tissue papers, splurge on some ribbons and try to make it look the best that it can because even if you got a beautiful tiffany diamond ring, nobody wants that delivered in a cheap cardboard box. Right? If you were really interested in how do create and produce your own work books, make sure to sign up for my incredible workbooks course and in that course we will be walking through all the different types of workbooks and how you could sell those for profit or simply have them for an event and most importantly, if you are a designer, how to create the best line of workbooks that you can to sell to your clients and provide to them as well as a huge set of templates that you can have not available anywhere else only in this course that you can then use as your own. If you are interested in that, make sure to check out the description below. I have a link for the early bird list. I hope to see you in that class and if not, I will see you guys next week. Bye.


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How to start a Calligraphy Business // 5 Ways to Monetize Hand Lettering // Best Calligraphy Tools Mon, 14 May 2018 15:05:16 +0000 The post How to start a Calligraphy Business // 5 Ways to Monetize Hand Lettering // Best Calligraphy Tools appeared first on Pretty Fabulous Designs.


Learn how to start a Calligraphy Business – I’ll share the Top 5 Ways to Monetize your passion, the Best Calligraphy Tools and more calligraphy resources

Calligraphy Kits – Buying Guides

  1. Essentials Kit
  2. Business Books


  • 0:56 Top 5 Ways to Make Money With Calligraphy
  • 1:05 1 | Weddings
  • 1:53 2 | Teaching
  • 2:26 3 | Fonts
  • 3:19 4 | Word Art
  • 3:48 5 | Videos
  • 4:20 BONUS #6 | Salaried Positions
  • 5:01 Essentials Tools + Supplies (link below)
  • 13:11 Calligraphy Business Resources (link below)
  • 13:22 1 | Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe
  • 13:48 2 | The Calligrapher’s Business handbook by Molly Suber Thorpe
  • 14:16 Wedding Calligraphy by Laura Hooper
  • 15:29 Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0

Buying Guides


So I’m going to share with you today the top five ways that you can monetize your love of calligraphy into a business or a side hustle, as well as the essential tools and supplies that you’ll need to invest in and where you can go for more information about calligraphy as a business. Hi everyone. I’m Lisa from pretty fabulous and I help online businesses create beautiful digital downloads using adobe indesign. So if this sounds like you are something you might be interested in, make sure to hit the subscribe button below. I post new videos every Monday and Thursday as well as unboxings on Saturdays. Now, today we’re going to talk about how to make your love of calligraphy, a revenue line, a side hustle and actual business, as well as all the tools and supplies that you’ll need to invest in to get started. And where I think you can go for more information about you in calligraphy as a business.

The first way to monetize your calligraphy skills is probably the most obvious, and that’s for weddings, whether it is doing invitations or doing envelopes or doing wedding accessories. And what I mean by wedding accessories is the place settings, the menu, sometimes the signs save the dates and the Bachelorette party and everything else that kind of goes with weddings that you might need someone to design something pretty for now, if you know how to use indesign, you can actually combine that like I do and you can give them an entire solution where you are doing all of the invitations and everything that needs to be put in print. Another thing people do at weddings onsite is they will bring an engraving machine and they will actually engrave art or favors or something like that for guests and that’s always something fun that can kind of help entertain people or they can do that at receptions or even engagement parties.

Now the second way to monetize your calligraphy skills is simply by teaching. So if you know how to do calligraphy and you love helping others, then you could do it in classrooms that you could do it at community center. You can do it at your local college. You can host videos and courses online. I have an interview with my friend Joyce, and that’s what she does, so you can learn more about that and you could also do tutoring and one on one with people who are trying to learn calligraphy as well. The third way is to actually create fonts. There was a woman, and I can’t remember her name, but she only makes fonts and she made, I think she said a million dollars last year just selling fonts on creative market. She wasn’t even selling them on her own site, so that is a really great way to monetize what you love and share your unique style with many people all at once.

The second way is to make logos, so using your love, I shouldn’t say second way, but within their creating your own unique funds, you can create a font for a logo. For example, Coca Cola is a calligraphy font that someone actually designed just for Coca Cola. The fourth method that you can do to make money with your calligraphy is through etsy and craft sites like society six, so you can take your, you know, a cute phrase with your handwriting and you can slap that onto a Mug, a tee shirt. I’m Napkins, paper plates, you know, everything can be personalized and monogrammed and somebody might want to have that for their next party or just to have in their house to cheer them up or to give as a gift. So that is a, another great idea to take your calligraphy skills and share it with other people.

The fifth way is on fiber and I actually made money recording videos as you know, I love doing videos but I recorded videos for fun on my youtube channel and then people started asking me if I would record a video for so and so’s birthday, like write happy birthday shown or will you marry me in a video recording? So I actually think that there is a market for making calligraphy videos, especially if you look on instagram. A lot of the big calligraphers we’ll have videos and that will get a ton of likes and shares. Now those are five different ways that you can make money and as a bonus, the number six way is to get a calligraphy job. Now I researched this and there are not a lot of people hiring. However, there are two positions at the White House for calligraphers. There’s a master calligrapher who I believe makes $126,000 and there is a junior calligrapher underneath that person who makes 89,000.

Now I’m not sure who else is hiring salaried calligraphers, but I suspect there are probably other places like ambassadors or people who throw a ton of parties or a golf course or somebody who is always sending out calligraphy letters and envelopes. Second, we were going to talk about essential tools that you need and I feel like this goes without saying. Everybody needs a bleak pens. Now, I would strongly suggest getting an oblique pen that has a screw, a titan tension rod that holds in your news. It’s just easier to change those in and out versus these. Usually these are the prettier ones that you see on etsy and I fell into the trap of buying these a lot when I first started out, but you do need a pair of pliers. I find that annoying because I always break a nail when I do that to try to put my nibs inside of there.

The other thing you’re going to need is a protractor and mostly that is if you are doing copper plate calligraphy, which I do a lot of, which is the classic English round hand. It must be at 55 degrees a. another thing you’ll need is obviously a ruler to draw lines. I have a ton of these little dishes to hold different paints and washes. I have a ton of these little plastic containers to mix them in. I have a large one to mix it in and then as far as basic tools, and I know this kind of mixes in with supplies, but I have the gum Arabic solution because not always. You’re not always using, say one particular color a lot and it can get a little gummy in between and if you throw some gum Arabic solution that usually loosens it up. A, another thing I love is the winsor newton art masking fluid and this is really great if you are going to be doing some watercolor or you have some, a sparkle dust I guess is the right thing to say to help it stick to that.

Um, and another great thing that you could use our is that a black eraser now this black or racer is, I want to say archaic. And the reason I say it’s archaic is because when I was first starting out, I use the black racer and I use some white chalk pencils to draw lines when I was doing envelopes. And in addition to that, sometimes I would line things up with a light board. So a lay board is good when you’re first starting out and you want to say trace some paper. Light board is just like, it says it lights up and then it lights up the paper underneath. And that allows you to write on top of it with another piece of paper. I’m now the light board. These are pretty cheap, like they’re. I think they’re like 25 or 39. Just make sure to get the largest late board you could possibly find because when you write you’re definitely going to want to.

You’re going to run off. The second thing you’re going to want to get our pucks and these little pucks. If you can see this picture, the light board will sit on top so that it’s at an angle so that you are not a writing on a flat surface. It’s always a thousand percent better to write at an angle. So these are things that I say are archaic because instead of using all of this stuff, instead you could simply get a laser light. And my laser light is broken right now and I have one on order, but I will link it up below. It is so cheap. I think they’re like five or $6. You can run to home depot and get one. And when you lay the laser light down, that’s the only line that you need and you never have to go back again and try to erase it or fiddle around with charging up your lightboard.

Uh, it’s, I think a thousand times easier and pretty much what everybody is using nowadays. Anyway. The other essential supplies are these little pipettes, if you remember these from chemistry in grade school as well as one of these. And I fill these up with distilled water and I am able to add them to my galoshes or to any sort of paint that I need as I need without overwhelming or trying to pour it from a big jug. I also have a clear eraser, which is definitely, definitely needed whenever you have color envelopes or anything else. But again, you were using the laser light. You probably don’t need that. Uh, the other thing, and I know this is silly, I used to mix all of my paint. I don’t know. Can you hear that? It makes a little sound. This is a stir like a mixer and it will mix all of your galoshes with the water or any other washes, whatever you’re doing and it doesn’t very quickly and it does not splashed all over the place.

Whereas I sit there and I, uh, if I don’t have one of these, I’m like stirring it with a toothpick and it takes forever. So this is a definite investment if you are going to be a professional calligrapher as well as I have this little box where in case I am doing some calligraphy on site, I can take my oblique pens and I can carry those safely in my bag without stabbing myself as well as holding my paintbrushes. Now this is a cheap one. It is plastic. They do have nicer, expensive ones that however I would strongly advise against purchasing those because these are going to. We’re down in your bag and they usually have ink, you know, no matter how well I try to wash out my noobs they have some ink in. It will trail onto the box. Whereas if it’s plastic, it’s just not a big deal.

The next thing you’re going to need is you’re going to have to stock up on a ton of nudes and they have some packs from John Neil, I think, where you can try 25 different nibs all at once because it’s really important to find out which nibs will create what effects depending on what your client is looking for. Another thing that I always stock up on are the Fintech metallics. Now there are. I used to think I needed the metallics that were already premixed for me and they don’t look as nice as the Fintech, so these are pretty expensive and if I’m doing, let’s say just one wedding, I will go through an entire one of these and you never want to be in a place where envelopes are due in a couple of days and you’re waiting for one of these to ship or you need to run out to the store.

So always stock up on those. I promise everybody wants gold. Everybody. Uh, the other thing is watercolor pencils. You don’t need to stock up on these. I actually have this pack. I have very few requests for watercolor and as you can see it hasn’t even gotten down to where you can see it. So I would say that is probably not a big deal. The other thing you definitely need, and I cannot find it, show it to you is a glove. So we glove. That’s going to cover up this part of your hand because you, I promise you are going to have your natural oils or whatever. They’re going to ruin these super expensive envelopes impossibly drag across the paper or vellum or whatever you’re doing. So for 100 percent, make sure you have a glove. And over here I never used to use these, um, but I find this really helps.

This is gum sandrock and after I’m done with all of my envelopes, you know how you lay them out and you don’t want them to smear anywhere. But sometimes when those envelopes go into the male and whether it’s raining or it’s humid, I’m not sure what the mailman is doing, but they ended up streaked. And I have clients that aren’t very happy. Gum [inaudible] is something you can put on top of the envelopes after you’ve made them and it will kind of set the envelope, if that makes sense, so that it does not ruin or, um, smear in any way when the mailman touches them because you’ve spent all that time not putting your oil on with your glove so somebody else can come along and ruined that envelope instead. So this is a definite yes for an investment or weight when it comes to paper supplies.

I stock up on a ton of art again and Rodeo Rodeo. I don’t know if I’m saying that right notebooks just for practice. Um, I can use the Arctic on sometimes for small little projects, but paper is something that you are never, ever going to not need, especially when you need to practice. There’s only certain laser paper, uh, by hp that does not smear and bleed. So I will leave a link to all of these supplies that I am showing you a below now. Now that we’ve talked about supplies, let’s talk about where you can go to learn just about the business of calligraphy. And remember, we’re not at all talking about how to do calligraphy, how ever, um, there is this book called modern calligraphy by Molly, super thorough and it has a lot of projects in here when I mentioned that you can, could do some projects to make some extra money, whether it’s for weddings or for something to sell on Etsy.

She has a lot of great ideas in here that I think could be monetized on etsy and people really want. So this is a really great source of unique calligraphy designs that you could do. Um, now she also has a book called the calligraphers business handbook. And this just came out a few months ago. And what I really like about this is most books are just focused on weddings and molly doesn’t focus on weddings. She focuses on all the other different ways that you can make money as a calligrapher, namely working with clients to create logos and unique designs are chalkboards or something else. So that’s really good for this. Versus a wedding calligraphers, again, very, very much in demand. I don’t think you’ll ever have to worry about not having business. People are always getting married, wedding calligraphers, this is Laura Hooper, I’m just Laura Hooper and her sister, Alyssa hooper and the two of them run Lora Hooper calligraphy and they have a lot of great information in here about wedding.

So if you go to her website, she actually tells you exactly what fonts she will write in and she has people pick and so she pretty much has this down to a science I think when it comes to being a wedding calligrapher and not the kind of wedding calligrapher that’s on etsy. Again, there’s nothing wrong with that, but that’s kind of, you just put some examples up and people just pay you versus she has tried to create a system and a process for people if they want to work with her. Uh, so it’s very clearly defined versus I would say she runs the show versus sometimes at the etsy. When you get clients there, they definitely run the show. Other, a fourth place that you can go for information is the modern calligraphy summit that is a virtual summit. I believe they’ve done just two so far.

And the woman in charge of it is, I’m married to a professional baseball player, so when you see her studio, it is pretty much what every calligrapher would have in their studio if they had unlimited access to funds to invest into their studio. So don’t get too overwhelmed with all the assistants and staff that she has an all of the huge equipment because that is probably something you can’t invest in right away. And so make sure to comment below with any resources for a calligraphy as a business that I left out that could be useful to somebody else. All right. I hope that you found that helpful and I will see you guys later. Bye.


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UNBOXING Go Love Yourself // Self-Confidence + Positivity Subscription Box for Women Mon, 14 May 2018 14:58:00 +0000 The post UNBOXING Go Love Yourself // Self-Confidence + Positivity Subscription Box for Women appeared first on Pretty Fabulous Designs.


Today I’m unboxing the Go Love yourself Box for Women. I am the opposite of whatever is mystical, woo-woo or has anything to do with chakras. However, I do love positivity and used to be a fan of Gala Darling and her Radical Self Love Bible and Radical Self Love Guides so I thought I’d check out the Go Love Yourself Box for Women.

First, it’s pretty pricey at $49.95 for the Deluxe Box + $8 for shipping. However, I can confirm it came with quite a bit of stuff and while I probably only liked or will use about 2 things from the box, I felt like they made a real effort to provide nice things and not just trinkets or dollar-store items.

But would I ever buy it again? Probably not.


  • 0:30 Cost Breakdown + Alternate Pricing for Essentials + their add-on Group Calls
  • 1:04 Packaging
  • 1:23 Welcome Card
  • 1:34 inventory list
  • 1:56 Bar of soap
  • 2:04 Matching Pearl Wristlets
  • 2:26 Buddha Board Mini
  • 2:45 Advertisement for discovery calls
  • 2:55 Bookmark
  • 2:59 Workbook for the included book
  • 3:07 More Advertising
  • 3:16 Book The Gifts of imperfection by Brene Brown
  • 3:21 USB of spiritual pop music
  • 3:29 Paper drawing

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Today we’re unboxing at the #goloveyourself box, which is $49.95. So let’s check it out and see if it’s worth it.

Hi everyone. I’m Lisa from Pretty Fabulous and I help online businesses create beautiful digital downloads using adobe indesign. So if this sounds like you are something you might be interested in, make sure to hit the subscribe button below. I post new videos every Monday and Thursday. and unboxings like today on Saturdays. Today’s box is $49.95, however they do have a scaled down version called the essentials for $30. And in addition to that, you can also purchase group coaching for $25 a month on their site or on cratejoy. Now these boxes ship out the first of every month, although mine did ship out a little earlier on April 29th and I received it on May second. So that was about three days.

They don’t charge anything for taxes, however they do charge $8 for shipping. Now the cool thing about their site is you can actually buy past boxes, which usually with subscription boxes you can’t. The box came just like this in the mail. It has the logo on the top, there was no extra covering on top of it. It was still here at the bottom, which I cut open with a knife already and it has the mailing label on the bottom, I think else on all of the other side. So let’s go ahead and open it up so it comes with a card and I obviously got this for myself and it says from me to me because I love me and it has a little sticker here that says I says love yourself some tissue paper and the theme for this month was perfectly imperfect and overhear it gives you an inventory of everything that you’re getting in the box as well as the price points in theory and for retail for this.

So we have some packing stuff. So let’s just move this to the side and we have a bar of soap called naked Zan, rose, exfoliating soap. I. These are her pearls I guess in perfectly beautiful. And I knew it from Taleo and it looks like there’s two. So one for you and one for your friend. I think it has directions what to do with your aura where one and give one just like I thought. So you want to tie this parole on your wrist. The next is a Buddha board. Oh my gosh. I love these things. I’ve heard about these things and so open this up.

So we have a 30 minute coaching call with one of these four people. Supposedly it is a new sales call, but let’s be real as anything ever a new sales call. And then we have a bookmark with some quotes from Bernay Brown’s book, the gifts of imperfection. And we have a workbook called the gifts of imperfection, the unofficial workbook from go love yourself. Him about renee, who I think is the person who started this box, another advertisement and Bernay Brown’s book, the gifts of imperfection. I’ve actually never heard of renee brown, so that’ll be interesting. Have zero idea what this is, but it’s pretty heavy. I know you can’t see the weight. Um, separate. It’s a thumb drive. And last we have a just a card of some art that says let go it.

Was this worth the $57 and ninety five cents. I’m going to say probably not for myself, although I did like the box. They didn’t love the box, but it would be a great present for somebody else, especially because you can purchase past boxes and you don’t have to wonder what you’re giving somebody. And if you like some of the items in the box, they actually sell those individually. And of course you can buy them on Amazon. Alright, leave a comment below and let me know what you thought of the box and I hope everyone’s having a great weekend or day or whatever. You’re watching this and I will see you guys next week. Bye.


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DIY Workbooks at Home // How to Make Your Own Course Workbooks Thu, 10 May 2018 12:38:08 +0000 The post DIY Workbooks at Home // How to Make Your Own Course Workbooks appeared first on Pretty Fabulous Designs.


Looking to produce your own workbooks at home for your next course, a small gathering, a workshop, a mini-class or even the classroom if you’re a teacher?

Today I’ll share some of my easy methods for DIY Workbooks at Home and how you can make your own course workbooks. This lesson only reviews how to physically produce workbooks.

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  • 1:00 1 | 3-Ring Binder w/Clear Cover Insert Slots
  • 1:33 2 | Coil Bind them using a Heidi Swapp Cinch
  • 2:06 3 | U-Clamp
  • 2:58 4 | Self-adhesive Photobook (only for small workbooks)
  • 3:46 5 | Stitch Binding
  • 4:35 What to do with a large stitch binding project
  • 5:17 6 | Staple the center

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Today we’re going to talk about six different ways that you can diy workbooks at home, and I’m talking about producing them, not actually designing them, just taking the pages that you’ve already created, printing them out at home, and making your own workbooks. Hi everyone. I’m Lisa from Pretty Fabulous and I have online businesses create beautiful digital downloads including workbooks using adobe indesign. So if this sounds like you are something you might be interested in, make sure to hit the subscribe button below. I post new videos every Monday and Thursday and I do unboxings on Saturday.

Today I’m going to be showing you six different ways that you can create workbooks at home, and I do this if I have a small event or I have a client that maybe just has 10 or 12 people, they don’t really want to spend a lot of money on professional workbooks, especially if they are still working out the contents in want to Beta test them on a first event.

So what can you do at home with some of your own supplies? Now the first one is the easiest one, and that’s simply to put everything into a binder. Now you can buy a binder. I would suggest getting one with one of these plastic covers so you can put your own cover inside. And the same thing with the spine. I wouldn’t worry too much about the back. Um, and then again you can swap pages in and out as needed. You obviously will have to buy your own tab, dividers and whatever system you want. Four tabs. The second method is a little bit more involved in. I talk about this a lot in my planner course and you’ve seen planners like this that have the spiral binding and I would suggest purchasing a heidi swap synch. Now the sense is pretty affordable. I think it’s maybe 100 and something.

You can pick those up at Michael’s or Joann fabrics or purchase them online and they’re really great for helping to create a professional looking workbook that will fly open flat. Not Everybody wants one that has a binding in it. For this one, you’ll obviously have to buy your own thicker card stock for the front and back cover or maybe a chip board that you create in order to make it a little harder and a little bit higher. End. Third method is to use what’s called a you clamp. Now you clamp is going to need two pieces. You’re going to need a cover like this, and the cover is going to be, I don’t know if you can see this, but it’s empty. There’s nothing in here. There’s sort of a divot right here where you would put the clamp and the clamp would go on the inside, and once you have the clamp, it’s going to look.

Once you have a clamp, that’s the smaller one. It’s going to hold those pages in by tension. Just like the chip, the chip clip holds your chip bag close the same thing. You’ll put all the papers in here and they will all be held in by a tension rod and now you have a nice book and the Nice thing about this is it is a hardback and you don’t have to create the hardback on your own and instead what I would do is I would buy stickers and simply just put a sticker on the front as your cover with your logo. The fourth method is to use a cell phone photo book. If you’ve never seen these, these are kind of Nice too because they already come with a cover and you can get them hard bag or a paper soft cover or vinyl cover, but how they work is each page is basically a big sticker.

It’s already been put together and you simply just tear off the adhesive and then you put your page inside. Now this is one that is already done. You can’t even tell. It looks like a regular book and each of these pages was a sticker. So I print these out and then I just laid the page down on top of here. Now I would not recommend this for an eight and a half by 12 work. What book? I would recommend this for a smaller workbook only because it does get a little difficult to line those pages up correctly, and once you take the adhesive off and lay the paper down, you don’t really get a second chance. The fifth method is to simply use what’s called stitch binding. Now, if you’ve never heard of a stitch binding, it is simply taking a needle and thread and actually stitching through the middle of a notebook, so that means that you need to print this entire page out on your printer, lay all the sheets, flats.

You’re going to have to know the right and the left, the right and the left, so you’re going to be have to be very organized. To do this, you’re going to stitch it right down the middle, and then when you close it, it’s going to be a a nice little workbooks, so you will have to stitch through the cover. If you have a sewing machine, a really heavy duty one that’s probably going to work. There are a lot of tutorials out there on how to stitch. She’s at home on your own, um, as well. But I’ve actually always gotten this outsourced. And again, if you’re in my planner course, we go through this a lot more in detail. Now another type of stitch binding to that you’ll notice is if you have many notebooks inhered into one big one. So when you stitch through obviously even the largest, most industrial needle is not going to go through a ton of pages.

So what you will typically see if you look very closely is with stitch binding. There will be a few notebooks within a notebook. So in here I have one, two, three, four stitch bound notebooks that are then put side by side and then glued together as you can see with just this little black spine that’s held all four of them together. And then it’s also holding the cover together. So that’s another idea that you could use for stitch binding if you have a very large workbook. And finally the sixth method is to simply use a staple instead of stitching. So the same thing you were going to print out all of your pages, so you’d have to know the right and the left very clearly, and then you’re going to lay them all on top of each other, bend them in the middle, and right through the middle you’re simply going to put staples.

Now you probably cannot use your home stapler because when you put it in, it’s probably going to stop right here. You’re going to have to get a larger industrial size stapler. Sometimes if you run out to Kinko’s, they will have one that you can just borrow and use onsite. Um, but then you have a very professional looking workbook that was simply stapled together. Alright, so let’s go over what we just learned. First, you could create, use a binder, which I think is the easiest way to create your at home work book. The second is to use the Heidi swaps synch machine. Third is to use a clamp. The fourth is to use a self adhesive photo book. The fifth is to simply stitch the book together. And the fifth one is to staple it. I hope that was helpful and again, all of these look very professional and it’s really just a matter of what your personal preferences and how much work you’re willing to put in because they all are a little easier or difficult depending on how many supplies that you have at home in your house.

If you are interested in learning more about how to design your own workbooks and produce them and deliver them, then make sure to sign up for incredible workbooks. I will leave the link below and in that course will be designing a lot of different layouts, going through event workbooks, Webinar workbooks, coursework bugs programs, and what those look like in each situation. And also we’ll be going over digital workbooks. So if this sounds like something you might be interested in, make sure to sign up for the early bird list. That course we launching very soon. I hope to see in that course and if not I will see you guys next week. Bye.


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How to Design Magazine Covers using Adobe InDesign // Best Magazine Covers Mon, 07 May 2018 19:42:37 +0000 The post How to Design Magazine Covers using Adobe InDesign // Best Magazine Covers appeared first on Pretty Fabulous Designs.


Learn how to design magazine covers in Adobe InDesign. First, we’ll review some core Magazine Cover Design Principles that professionals all know


  • 0:43 Overview of what we’ll cover today
  • 1:09 1 | Magazine Covers vs Articles
  • 2:05 2 | There is a set hierarchy for everything on a magazine cover
  • 3:01 How To Choose Fonts
  • 3:55 Choose a singular subject for your image
  • 4:34 Must Haves: Magazine Name Title | Timestamp | Issue No
  • 5:42 Which backgrounds work best: Monocolor neutral or white
  • 7:15 Recap
  • 7:22 RECAP – We covered all| Four Elements of the Perfect Magazine Cover & What To Do BEFORE Part 2 of this lesson – aka Your Homework
  • 7:47 Your Homework: Gather all 4 elements for your cover & choose your fonts Part 2 coming later this month – where we’ll be doing an InDesign walk-through

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Hi everyone and welcome to part one of two on how to create beautiful magazine layouts, using Adobe InDesign. Hi everyone. I’m Lisa, from Pretty Fabulous, and I hope online businesses create beautiful digital downloads using Adobe InDesign. So, if this sounds like you or something you might be interested in, make sure to hit the subscribe button below. I post new videos every Monday and Thursday. I also do unboxings on Saturdays. Today, we’re going to walk through exactly what makes a beautiful magazine layout, and we’re going to go through a ton of examples so that you have an idea of how to create your own magazine cover.

Now, in part one, we are going to go over the major principles of covers versus articles, as well as the four elements that make up a magazine cover. Then, I’m going to give you some homework at the end, so that you can pull together all of your own materials, so that when we jump to part two, you can follow along when we go into the Adobe InDesign tutorial, and you have all of your elements to create a magazine cover using your own branding. All right. So, first, I said we were going to talk about the difference between covers versus articles. The main difference is the way that text interacts with images.

So, on covers, as you can see, here in this example, we have text covering up the image. So typically, when you go to … The same thing happens over here. When you go to an article, instead, what will happen is the text will shape itself around the image like so. This makes for a more interesting layout for magazines. They all look unique, and it also helps entertain you and sort of make the article a little more interesting to read than, say, just a big block of text, versus one that’s broken up like this in a more interesting pattern. So that’s the first thing. The second thing is, let’s talk about the hierarchy of the different elements on a page.

So first, you have the text for the articles is always front and center. So, you’ll notice this is always on top of the image. The second thing is your cover photo. So this picture … I think that’s Kylie Jenner or Kendall Jenner. I’m not sure, but she is then on top of everything else. So, she gets to come second. The third thing that comes into place is your magazine title and the month or the edition, right? Special, special issue. I’ve seen some people label them as first quarter or edition number 579, if they are counting. It’s usually comic books. And then the very last image is the background.

So, let’s go through each of those different elements and what you should think about. So the first is the text, and you basically just need two, possibly three, different fonts, and that is always going to be different than your magazine title, 100%. It should never be the same. These are going to be varying sizes based on just making the text interesting all by itself, because remember, we’re not really playing with the text, with the image. We’re just trying to emphasize different parts. That’s why this ampersand is huge. The rest of these are kind of small, so we’ll eyeball it, and we’ll talk about that more in part two on different rules for sizing the text.

Same thing with the color. So, this says, “20th Anniversary,” in yellow, but the rest is white, because remember, this is a special edition, so these colors kind of match to help that stand out. The next thing you want to think about, after you’ve chosen your fonts, is you want to think about your cover photo. So, usually, a single image does best. Absolutely, positively, do not use a stock image of a styled desktop. That is not going to work well for a magazine cover. You have one subject. It sets the theme for your entire magazine or what your magazine is about or something else. So try to pick one image.

When you try to pick an image, you know, I usually say pick a transparent image, because if you don’t know what background you’re going to be using, this gives you more options. So, we’ll talk about backgrounds last. So the next is the title and month and the issue number. Over here, we can see that this magazine has a month and a year, so you need to decide if you’re going to have a month in a year, or if you’re going to produce this quarterly. So typically, obviously, if you have a month, somebody is expecting a December and then a January and a February and a March issue. If you say, “The quarterly issue,” they’re not going to expect another magazine until the next quarter.

So, something to think about when you are creating magazines, but typically, most people expect a monthly magazine. However, you don’t have to do a monthly magazine. Some people do bimonthly magazines. I know Oxygen. I think they still do a bimonthly magazine, and that’s just normal. Everyone kind of thinks about that. They expect that. When you have bimonthly magazine, it typically comes out about two weeks to one week before that month begins. So, if you have an April-May magazine, it’s going to come out right about now, which is … I’m in about the third week of March. I’m not sure when you’re watching this video.

The next thing that you’re going to think about is your background. So, you’ll notice most of these. Now, these are fashion magazines, but they have a plain background, which you think there’d be something fancy or a lot going on, but you already have so much going on with the text, and this one image, and you’ve overlaid stuff on top of that image that most magazines do not put a very complicated background. It’s just too much. It looks busy. It’s unattractive. It kind of repels people. So, your cover, just like a book cover, should attract people. So you’ll notice a lot of people just use a plain white, and there’s nothing wrong with using a plain white.

And sometimes, they’ll put a little shadow or a little gradient in, but again, plain white is always okay. That’s probably the only time weight is acceptable. I mean, this is a nice pattern that we have going on here, with the light purple and the dark purple. But again, InStyle seems to vary it, right? This kind of went better with her coloring, so sometimes your image, on the front too, can help determine what’s in the back. Now, the exception to this would be … We have traveler magazines, so obviously, it’s travels, and we’re trying to show where our cover model is traveling to. So, the other thing to think about too is we can change these, the titles and the colors, based on your background too. They should always contrast, and we’ll talk about this more when we get into the layout.

But if you have a light … I should say if you have a gray background, you want to make sure a light background, you have a dark title and vice versa. So, that is pretty much it, so let’s just recap, because that’s going to be your homework. First, we learned about the difference between covers versus magazine articles and the way text and images interact. Next, we talked about the hierarchy of order, and we confirmed that the title of the articles comes first, then your image, then the title of the magazine, and last, your background, and your background, like we talked about, could be white.

So, just start thinking about all four of those elements and what fonts you want to use, and then we will start incorporating that in part two. So I will see you back here next week for magazine covers part two. Bye

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