It’s A New Dawn

Hello fellow crafters and friends,

Life has been more than chaotic later for all of us. Along with the global pandemic we are all experiencing, we have planetary chaos causing lots of problems in our daily lives as well. We just had a flood in the back room thanks to our washing machine breaking a hose on us. A mess we are still having to deal with. In any case, we try to hold a stiff upper lip and carry on, how very British lol.

Sorry if the Digi store has not had many new things lately, partly due to life, and mostly due to that “back to my roots” bit I was talking about at the beginning of the year. I finally finished the website and launched on Leap Day, only to have the turmoil start then. I lost my best friend within hours, and that sort of took away my motivation and excitement to carry on till this week. Still a little slow, and trying real hard to stay focused, I thought I needed to touch bases with all my Digi folks before too much longer. So here is the deal.

The new store carries planners, journals, coloring books etc. I have only just started to create and load new products. By the time you read this newsletter, it is 8:25 NYC time now, I will have set a brand new sale on all new existing products. Half off right off the bat! Plus there are already some freebies there for you to explore.

The store, located at https://colormyagenda.com/shop/ has it’s own store news blog, as well as the wordpress blog the article below is linked to. Please visit, and join the new mailing list for this store. I will be adding at least 2 or 3 new products a week, plus, if you are one of those people who like to buy and resell done for you products, whether it be artistic journals or coloring books, graphics, or software, I will have something in all those areas soon, including sections on cooking, guidance, and more. Plus I have tons of things to give away free, part of a stash of products I bought or created when my internet “roots” were more into publishing, and marketing, something that was lucritive for me at the time.

Here is a blurb from a new post on the MY DAILY AGENDA Be sure to check this blog out for a freebie or two also!

You may find you have a lot more time on your hands due to the pandemic were are currently experiencing. Many will be watching the news or tweeting on Twitter etc, while some may be stuck and feeling anxious because they have no idea what to do with the down time.

I know it is hard to get motivated much of the time, especially when we all sit around and worry about this dreaded health issue, but what about putting some time into our businesses online, or even starting a blog or business of your own.
Here are some suggestions:

1: Now is a great time to create something new. How about using your mailing list to create an offer. If you haven’t yet started your email list, this is a great time to start. Create an offer for existing products, or build a new offer around a new product. Get closer to your audience, and ask them directly what they would like to see, or what would help make their lives easier.

Read the entire post at https://mydailyagenda.wordpress.com

As for DigiScrapCafe. I will be updating soon, so stand by for that. I most likely will have a lot of retiring, or set to freebies before too long while I plan to completely refresh the stock and agenda there as well.

Till then, hope everyone is staying safe, and let’s hope we all come out unscathed through it all!

Angela

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Teaching Classes Online

Hello my friends,
Today I have a little freebie for you I made up due to having several teachers as friends.
I had been hearing a few mention concerns about how they were going to conduct their classes online, afraid their students would just tune them out etc. While I don’t know if that is true, and I suppose it depends on the teacher themselves, I can not help with the teaching aspect, although I may be able to provide some tips to those of you who have no idea where to start.

While many of you do not have the tools for things like group chat, or on screen chat, there are some ways you can create lessons, lectures, or other forms of lessons for free online. One of those being Podcasts. There are several services online that will allow you to create podcasts, some even provide a webpage for you to invite listeners to interact with the podcast through live chat. Try searching google for “create a free podcast”.

Other ways of course, are the use of PDF’s, essentially these are digital books. They can be read online, or downloaded to your pc, and read, or printed out into a physical book or binder. Most of these tools are already in your computer as standard tools. Powerpoint where you can create numberous charts and presentations, and Adobe Reader to create PDF’s for your students to download and print. You really don’t need much more, even if you are an artist, as Powerpoint has pretty much everything you need. No fancy expensive graphic or art program needed.

As far as handing in homework assignments etc… the freebie I have included, has forms for email addresses, website addresses and passwords, to-do lists, and a few more for you to use, and you can always think up your own. Finished assignments can be emailed as PDF’s, text or wordpad items, containing each students completed assignments. There would be no excuse for not knowing where to email it as I have provided forms for them to fill out with the given info. Just print it out or save it to your desktop and it’s always there. Also, another suggestion is for you, as the teacher, to save the PDF I am providing as JPGS (you can convert them at https://www.online-convert.com if you need to, and add the jpgs to a Powerpoint file, type in the pertinant addresses, websites, and email addresses they need, turn that into another printable PDF, and wallah, they don’t even have to write those in themselves, you have provided it for them.

I could even suggest creating a free forum as a gathering place for teachers and students. One that comes to mind is forumotion.com (do NOT pay for it if you plan to make it temporary or secondary, there is no need, it is full featured enough as free, and by law they provide a secure SSL lock to make the forum secure)

I am sure many of you already know or have thought of on your own, some of the suggestions I have made, but I was surprised at the amount of educators I knew that seemed lost as to how to proceed now. Good luck to all of you, and if I can provide any further tips, I will, and please don’t hesitate to ask me questions also!

Here is your gift.
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