Resources and Recommendations
Welcome to my Resources Page! Here, I have compiled a collection of my favorite and most frequently-used products for your enlightenment and enjoyment. All of them in the first section are products used to create projects that demand the best in materials and these have stood the test of time. Further down are products I may use more semi-regularly or were included in some of the work done for this website. After all building a website too is a creative process.
Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links which means I may receive a commission from purchases made. These links are to products I recommend the most highly so you can be sure you are getting the straight dope!
Arts and Crafts
Bluprint (formerly Craftsy)
Bluprint is a multi-craft subscription platform. It features over 1,000 online courses on a variety of different niches, including painting, knitting, and quilting. You also have access to articles, tutorials, and materials, including bundled kits, to assist you further in taking your creativity to the next level.
Most of the classes are a $40 value on their own, but if you become a subscriber you can view and explore any and all of them you want for just $7.99 a month – plus you get to choose one “Own Forever” if you find a class you can’t live without! You will get a free trial for a week but the subscription plan is totally a steal with all you can get in return.
If there’s a new skill you want to learn, or just want to take something you love to the next level, I highly recommend Bluprint!
The ultimate eguide for the serious-minded crafter! Cut out the guesswork of figuring out which kinds of crafts sell best with this comprehensive guide. The author, Dusty Foster, has 30 plus years in the biz and will give you the full scoop on everything from marketing, pricing, how to boost your sales, and much more!
Whether you already have a craft in mind or are exploring new markets, this 100+ page, no-fluff ebook package will steer you in the right direction.
This lithium battery cordless drill is my go-to for lots of projects. In the past I had a craft drill that was not always satisfactory (I don’t know where I put it to this day) but this guy definitely puts it to shame. It includes an adapter, 10 bits, and a 7.2 volt lithium iron battery that holds its power for up to 18 months.
With 2 speeds, forward and reverse, you can get the right amount of control you need to do whatever is in the making.
If you’re looking for a great image editing tool for just about everything under the sun you can’t go wrong with PicMonkey. I have the first Premium membership which removes ads, lets you do more things and also store your work in the making for easy retrieval later!
You can start from scratch or build upon your own images…the sky is truly the limit. Collages, touchups, designs, it’s all here. Caution: It can get addictive!
Canva is another great online graphic tool as well. Every blogger I know of trusts and uses Canva for all their image and infographic needs. Includes photo editing, design templates, “Magic Resizing” to convert your image into all the right social media sizes at the click of a mouse, and group collaboration for teams.
In addition to the above tools, there is also a library of royalty-free stock images at your fingertips, so you don’t need to go scouring for “stock photo sites” anymore!
Stencil is the next big runner-up to the first two tools. It’s got lots of great features – I use the free plan and get to design up to 10 images per month. There is also a Premium plan which will unlock additional features to put to use for all your projects.
Stencil is one of the best graphic tools for social engagement. Edit, design, and share with ease, even if you’ve never put anything together before.
This page wouldn’t be complete without a mention of the tools I used to create this blog. If you are thinking of setting up your own website to sell your products or become an affiliate for companies (what I do), these are some of the tools I use and couldn’t imagine working without!
Easy Product Displays
I’ve been using Easy Product Displays for the past few years and have to say this is a service that lives up to its name! Although I haven’t used any other similar tools to compare, I don’t need to – I have exactly what I need; all my items and pictures line up great and look professional. I can change things like fonts, colors, layouts, etc. on a dime, without the stress of wondering if my code got messed up somewhere.
You can get a free trial too for 3 days, don’t let the fear of dealing with code keep you from building nice looking displays!
Pajama Affiliates Blogging Courses
I’d be remiss if I didn’t include the blogging courses that have helped me to start and grow this blog with the best of them! Their founder and co-founder, Robin and Lesley, are real rock stars in the biz with 9+ years of experience – there are so many nuances that go into a successful blog that you want to find people who are genuine like this.
If you too are thinking of starting a blog, I highly encourage you to look into the classes! They will not break the bank and you will learn so much, and avoid the unnecessary headaches that come with trying to master the skills.