Blog Tips, Blog Tools, diy, Organization, Small Business

Why You Absolutely Need a Content Planner

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As some of you may already know, I’ve recently dipped my super cute and totally not chunky toes into the blog pool. I’ve come across the term “Content Planner” during my previous research but I will confess that I didn’t exactly put this planner into practice right away. Needless to say, I learned the hard way that this is probably the most important tool out there.

Monthly Content Planner

Check out my planner on Etsy

I found myself struggling to come up with topics or ideas to post and I’m sure I am not the only one who’s struggled with this.  It’s easy to plan a blog post once you have the idea, but if you need to post new content on a regular basis, this shit is going to give you a serious bout of writers block pronto!

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As is in my nature, I looked around for some inspiration and then created my own version of a Monthly Content Planner. Basically, you take some time and come up with ideas and write them down on a block in your calendar. Honestly, it doesn’t take a very long time to prep, there’s a million ideas out there you can find for free with a basic Google/Pinterest search for” blog post ideas.” I cannot tell you enough how much this tool will help you get it together. You will dramatically decrease/eliminate completely the stares off into space when you’re trying to think of what to post last minute.

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Check out my planner on Etsy

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Crafts, diy, Dry Erase Board, office decor, Organization

DIY Dry Erase Board

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I recently went to Michael’s craft store and I saw a dry erase board that I really fell in love with. However, I thought about my actual needs and how I didn’t need a calendar outline or a notes section. I needed space to write out a daily to do list, and space to draw and brainstorm details for new projects. So, I did what any crafty bih would do, I DIY’d it!

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During that same said trip to Michael’s I found all the supplies I needed to get started, all under $20, details are below, enjoy!

Tools You’ll Need:

  1. Dry Erase Adhesive (I used ConTac’s brand, available at Michael’s craft store and yes you can use one of their coupons on this item)

    *this dry erase adhesive is a max of 18” wide, 6’long, keep this in mind when choosing your flat surface.

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  2. Foam Board (Or any flat surface that will adhere to the dry erase sheet).               IMG_7362

  3. Decorative Tape ( I used Heidi Swapp “love” MARQUEE tape, and metallic gold washi tape)

  4. Ruler

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Step #1: Draw Border.

Measure about 1.5”-2” away from the edges on all sides and draw an inner border on your flat surface like so….

Step #2: Measure and Cut Dry Erase sheet.

Cut out your Dry Erase Sheet to about 1 centimeter larger than the measurements on your inner border. (This will help in making sure that you don’t have any shortage of adhesive once you start applying the sheet).

Step#3: Apply the Dry erase adhesive slowly and carefully.

It will help if you use a flat object to flatten out any air bubble as you go, but don’t scrape too hard or you can scratch your dry erase adhesive.

Step#3: Line the edges with your decorative tape.

I placed my tape so that only half of it was on the board so that I would have enough left to wrap around to the back edge of the border. This way, even the outside edges are lined with tape.

Step#4: (Optional) Add permanent décor to your board.

For my personal board I added vinyl lettering “things to do” and “PLAN AHEAD darling”. I used my Cameo Silhouette 3 to cut the vinyl, but if your don’t have a Cameo you can use permanent marker to add your décor. Some good ideas are calendars/days of the week boxes, these are easy to do with a flat ruler. Or, hit me up on my Etsy Shop and request a custom order for Vinyl décor.

I hope this inspires you to go out and make your own dry erase board. This would be perfect for any office or for your kids bedroom. You can make this small or large and customize it for males.

Feel free to share with all your crafty friends. XOXO

-Jazelle

Blog Tips, Blog Tools, Small Business, Uncategorized

Flat Lays and 5 Tips to Remember

I’ve been doing a ton of research on how to improve my images for blogging purposes and I recently came across the term “Flat Lay”. Turns out, it’s basically the method that’s used to stage props so you get those pretty pictures you see all over the blog world. There’s a science behind it after-all.

Here’s an example of a flat lay, this image I am able to use for free via WordPress.

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These Flat Lays as they’re called are basically what they sound like. You lay down your background and arrange cute things around it. Then you take a picture from all sorts of different angles. It seems simple, and in theory it really is, but it’s a lot harder than it looks.

This past weekend I spent a couple of hours trying my hand at this flat lay business and I know that I have many more weekends of practice ahead of me, so don’t judge. I will show you a few of my personal images below along with some advice I would give to myself to use for future attempts.

Tip #1: Use Natural Light.

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If I had taken this picture outside, during afternoon hours, my lighting would have been so much better. As you can see the arrangement isn’t bad, but the picture quality is not what I would like it to be.

Tip #2: Edit Your Photo’s

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This photo here had slightly better lighting, but it did take some editing to adjust the light so it is brighter than the previous image. Professional photographers use editing to enhance their images so it goes to show that it’s to enhance your photo. You should be doing it too. It will allow you to salvage some of your images from bad lighting.

Tip #3: Start With Props You Already Own.

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The quality of this image sucks balls and not even editing was able to salvage this mess, but I want to point out the props that were used. Notice that I used common household items. I did not rush out to the store and buy any props for any of these images.

I used my Laptop, iPhone, Stylus Pen, Paper Flowers, Magnets, Necklace, and Paper Clips. The background is a white foam board that I already had. 

Tip #4: Research Trending Patterns/Color

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I like this image the most because it has fancy written all over it. The Marble background gives photos a really nice touch and you can’t go wrong with bling.

Marble backgrounds a totally in right now. Luckily I had this lying around (it’s the bottom of a photo box). Bling is still a thing btw, and it may never go away.

I recently got the chance to look through a Dior Inspiration book and one of the pages said “Black and White is always Right”. My point is, look for patterns and colors that are pleasing to the eye. Research some images from high-end brands and use that as inspiration if need be.

For example, the image below goes to show how adding the color Red makes a huge difference. It just sucks you right in.

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Tip #5: Think Outside the Box

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Let’s be honest, most of us do not have picture perfect desk décor. Shiieeet, I don’t even have a proper office, let alone rhinestone’s lying around looking like they took a dump all over the place. Your props are there to make the image visually pleasing, it doesn’t have to be a realistic portrayal of your life.

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For example, below is a behind the scenes look at what it took to take these “pretty” pictures. All unedited and taken from my iPhone.

Hint: It was hella mess!

Welp, that was my weekend endevor, I hope this helps someone out there on their journey into the blog world. Subscribe and share.

See ya again soon! xoxo

Crafts, Party Supplies, Uncategorized, Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day Cards, Like a Boss!

I’ve officially released 2018’s lineup of Valentine’s Day cards on my Etsy shop: Jazelle86-Paper Designs.

Explicit Content, not for those easily offended.

Valentine’s day is around the corner. We expect flowers, chocolate, candy, gifts, blah blah blah. It’s literally the easiest day to not fuck up. Just stick to the protocol and all is well in the world.

After a couple years with the same valentine, you want to get creative. Or, what if your valentine decided to pull some dumbaserry the day before? What if you want to get your bff’s a little something too?

Well, check out my Etsy shop: Jazelle86-Paper Designs  for the solution to all of your V-day moods. There’s even a few bilingual cards that made the cut.

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You may want to get more than one, just in case all of the shitheads that you love and adore in your life expect a little something.

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Don’t forget a card for that one fucker too! You may never hear the end of it.

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Those pendejos will be expecting a card as well. Can’t leave them out!

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Just in case that bih shows up with your money, you should have a card on hand.

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I’d say it would be wise to order a few of these, you never know might show up on V-day.

There’s always a back up, in case your valentine gets it together real quick and you want to be lovey dovey.

Check out the Etsy collection here: Jazelle86-Paper Designs

Leave a comment and let me know which card is your favorite!!

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5 Reasons Personalized Stationery is a Must Have for your Business/Life.

Stationery is used by many businesses in order to communicate with their customers. Why not tailor it to work to your advantage? Just like you pick out that perfect coffee mug that somehow conveys all you feel for life, stationery can make people connect to your business. It doesn’t matter if you are just starting out, you should have your own personalized stationery and I will tell you why. Although I’m focusing on a business standpoint, the following can apply to personal use as well.

1. Brand Yourself

The name is set and permanent, your logo is the focus of how the artwork pulls everything together. Communicating through personalized stationery is a way of advertising your company. You get to set the stage and control how you want to be viewed. When people hear your name, you want them to think of the image that you laid out for them. It doesn’t have to be boring, show some personality and character. Show people that you can be easy going and fun.

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2. Like a Boss

Let people know that you’re a VIP. You take your business seriously and having your name on a piece of paper verifies that your are important. Personalized stationery lets you convey the importance of your brand without having to say it out loud.

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3. Get Noticed

Personalized stationery acts like an accessory to your business communications. It shows that you take pride in your business and that you are willing to go beyond a simple sheet of paper. Your setting your business up for the big leagues when you communicate with style and elegance. You put your business in a position of being noticed, and that is a game changer especially when you are just starting out.

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4. Royal Treatment

Let people know that you appreciate their business enough to give them a top notch experience. Customer satisfaction also depends heavily on the service that is received, and visually pleasing experiences add to better reviews. Personalized stationery is the extra effort you make to maintain high quality service for your customers.

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5. Stay in the Game

When you offer such a visually pleasing service, people will want to continue to do business with you. You will have a better chance to keep people coming back and maybe even recommending you to others. Personalized stationery is an inexpensive but necessary investment to make. Give your notepad an upgrade and show your customers that you are able to function like the best of them.

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You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a nice set of stationery items. You can DIY or order online.

Check out my Etsy Shop for stationery items recently listed.

Leave me a comment , I’d love to see some of your stationery and especially any DIY items.

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Blog Tips, Blog Tools, Crafts, Small Business

How to Start a Blog for Your Business.

Part of starting a business means you will have to work very hard to promote your products. Since starting Jazelle86-Paper Designs last year, I’ve learned that having a blog is a great way to mold the position of your product and that products value. Here, I will share some tips I’ve found along the way to help you get started quick.

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1. Prepare/Light Research

Do your homework on the following:

Blog Hosting Websites. I use WordPress.com. Its simple to use and there are always options to upgrade from the free version if needed.

Blog Posting Planner. This tool is important for me because it helps to plan ahead and organize your thoughts and purpose for each post. I use my own sheet which is also available on my Etsy shop as a Digital Download for only $1.99. Click here to check it out:  Blog Post Planner on Etsy
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If you use my Planner, you simply organize your thoughts and then follow the “workflow” bullets.

3.What are you selling?

Every Business sells something, whether it’s a service, product, or idea. Therefore, you need to decide what purpose you are aiming for with each post. For example, I’ve added my product on this post (Blog Post Planner on Etsy ). The purpose of this post is to inform people on how to quickly start blogging for your business. MY purpose, is to promote my product along with this post.

The post and the product go together well. I am offering information along with a tool you can purchase from my shop. See how that works!

4.Visuals.

Your blog must be nice to look at. It’s the first thing people will see and the determining factor on whether or not people will stay and read your content. WordPress.com has a library of free images you can use. It helps tremendously because taking your own photos of professional quality can be a daunting task.

5. Link to Social Media.

This is important because you will need to stay connected with all of your platforms. I use Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest the most. This is where I share all of my content. It makes it easy for customers to find you!

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Once you have all of your accounts in order and you’ve signed up on a blog hosting website, you can start immediately. The best part is, you can post a blog directly from your phone. Posting from your phone is convenient if most of your pictures are already on there. Make sure to spell check, review your post, publish and share!!!

I hope this helps you to get started right away. It’s really very easy. The hard part is staying consistent. I recommend you start with 1-2 post per month and then try weekly posts. This includes planning ahead though, make sure you post with a purpose for your business! 🙂

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Crafts, Party Supplies, Small Business

Benefits of my Etsy Shop: Jazelle86

I’ve had a great start to selling on Etsy (In my Opinion). Making sales has been the easiest on Etsy due to the no hassle transactions. Here are some of the benefits I’ve experienced by selling on Etsy.

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Prepaid Orders

When a customer wants my product, they simply order it, pay, and wait for it to arrive. I prefer to have the security of having a product paid for before I start making it, so Etsy is definitely my preferred sales platform. There’s nothing worse than to have a customer place an order and then cancel.

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Easy Shipping/Delivery 

I work hard to make sure all orders go out in a timely manner. Most of my items ship within 1-3 days. Since the customer already paid for the shipping costs, it’s really easy for me to print the label at home and either hand deliver it to my mail person, or take it to the post office down the street. Scheduling meeting places/times is very inconvenient for both myself and my client. I’ve also had the misfortune of having a customer reschedule about 3 times and then not showing up….ever!!

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Custom Order Request

Many of the listings on my Etsy shop started out as someone else’s item. For example, a friend ordered a Moana Birthday Theme  banner and it came out great, so I added the item to my Etsy shop in case someone else would like to purchase it. So far, I’ve sold about 6 more.

But what happens if the client wants to add a cake topper or photo props?

Etsy has a feature where the client can click on “request custom listing” button and you then start a conversation about what the client would like which may not have been listed on the shop. You can then create a custom listing for the client and they will receive the link and proceed to an easy checkout.

This feature has made it easy to create a quick custom listing for client’s who are either adding or changing details on already listed content.

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Reviews

Many customers check reviews before purchasing from your shop. It’s important that you ask for this feedback as well. When I ship out orders, I add a shipping label and I write a personal note as well as a request for the client to add a review. Not all customers will take the time to review your shop but some do and that’s what counts.

 

♥  Leave a comment with an item you would like to see on the shop!!!

 

 

Check out my shop:  Etsy <a href=”https://www.etsy.com/shop/Jazelle86″>https://www.etsy.com/shop/Jazelle86</a>

 

 

 

 

Crafts, Party Supplies, Uncategorized

Going all out!

This past weekend I was thrilled to get a big order for babyshower decorations. This order included a floral backdrop, photo frame and photo props. 

This babyshower had a garden/tea party theme which included light pinks and beige with some gold. Initially we were going to go with a curtain backdrop to go with the flowers. 

Luckily, I had access to a roll of artificial grass and I wanted to go for the grass backdrop. It’s really easy to have all the visions and ideas 💡 but once you start putting it all together, it’s a lot of work. 

I purchased two 4’x8′ foam boards from The Home Depot (I ended up just using 1). I also purchased heavy duty adhesive to glue the artificial grass onto the foam board. Please be aware that most of these adhesives recommend a 24hr period to “cure”. Luckily I started early and I placed my foam board, with the adhesive and artificial grass, in the sun which cut down the time it took to “cure”. 

 

I used a frame made of PVC pipes and zip ties to hold the foam board. Also, I added bricks to the back legs of the frame for extra support. The curtains helped hide the piping and the edges of the foam board. 

After that, it was pretty easy to attach the paper flowers. I just used floral pins and it held together really well. 


I used some of the same colors for the photo props and the floral photo frame. They complimented the theme pretty well. 


I’m not surprised at all that I challenged myself to do this type of backdrop. However, I’m definitely not going to start building a backdrop the day before. Lol. I literally worked all day from morning to night on this thing. Thank God it came together as well as it did. 🙌🏼🙂

Crafts, Small Business

Managing my Workload….

These past two weeks have been amazing. I have officially experienced my first order overload. I have to be totally honest here, I freaked!! Lol. I literally lost track of my days, I thought my biggest order was due but turns out I still had a week to prepare. I think I had my first mini panic attack, no Lie!!


It’s not easy managing every aspect of your business. I had to find the time to catch up on my paperwork. I still need to organize receipts. I’m blessed to be this busy right now 😊🙏🏼🙌🏼



For me, it was a bit scary to start a business. I had many doubts and concerns. I was scared to invest money into something I wasn’t sure would pay off, but it’s definitely something I love doing. 

So I am thankful for every single order I get. Which is why I continue to try and improve in areas I’m not 💯% satisfied with.  Hopefully, it’s enough to make this journey last just a bit longer. 😀

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Office Pens and Office Stuff….

Today I finished the office pen project I’ve been working on. It’s obvious because I’m at the end of the process when I finally get to blog about it. I started off with a vision of creating cute pens one can use for their office, home or business. I came up with these 3 sets and I’ve named them all.

#1: Joshua Tree

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#2: Pink Ladies

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#3: Sandy Beach

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Making these was not hard at all. It’s fun for me to create all this cute stuff and it’s therapeutic for me. I find peace and happiness in creating all of my pieces. It honestly doesn’t feel like work for me, which is great!

What does feel like work is what happens after the fun….taking pictures, editing pictures, posting to Facebook, Instagram, and Etsy. Then writing these blogs LOL.

As long as I stick to the plan, eventually orders come in and then I have to recreate some of my art and print shipping labels and find the most economical way of shipping orders out in a safe way so orders don’t get damaged.

It’s literally all in that order. You now know my secret business strategies. =P It’s not always easy, it’s time consuming and tedious. But, it has to get done. And truth be told, I’m not complaining =D Here’s a few shots of pens that didn’t make it into a set:

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