Monday, April 7, 2014

New Website Launch!

I'm extremely happy to announce that after a couple of months of hard work the new website is finally here!

From now on I will be blogging and selling there (although my Etsy shop will remain open), keeping my portfolio updated and offering freebies and interesting resources as usual. I've also included some new services like Wordpress website design. Take a look, click everything, explore! 

Have a great Monday! :)

Cris


Sunday, March 16, 2014

This week's freebie: digital paper pack




This week's freebie is an awesome digital paper pack for your creative projects, scrapbooking, party invitations and everything you can think of. It contains 12 high quality JPEG images, 12'' x 12'', 300 DPI. You can download it by clicking on the Weekly Freebie tab on top of my Facebook page. Enjoy! :)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

New logo works

Here you have the latest logo projects I've been working on, all of them for very talented clients with awesome businesses. They are creativity fuel for me! You can check other works on my Facebook page
I am also currently working on a more professional website for myself. I'm designing it using Wordpress and there are still tons of work to do but I'm so motivated I hope to have it done by next month :) Stay tuned!




















Monday, March 10, 2014

Have you ever thought about selling your products online?



How is everything going? I hope you are all rocking your businesses and creative projects as usual :) 

I just write to inform you about a new service I’ve recently added to my shop that can be very interesting for some of you, businesswise. Website design is the new guy in town. I’m working on Wix.com to help you develop a great site to market your brand, put the word out there and even sell your products online. This is a great opportunity to get your E-Commerce site for a very good price, depending on the number of pages. I’ve set 1 page, 3 pages and 5 pages packages in my shop. You can read more info about this service by clicking on the links.

Why Wix? Wix.com is a cloud-based web development platform that allows users to create professional HTML5 websites and mobile sites, through the use of online "Drag & Drop" tools. It's easy to use and easy to edit once the design is set, which I think it’s the greatest advantage over other choices. You won’t need to hire a designer to modify your content, manage your online shop, etc.

I will be more than happy to help you with your website design! Don’t hesitate contacting me at sombrasblancas@live.com if you have any questions. I will get back to you in a moment.

Have a great week!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

This week's freebie: happy stars clipart




This week's freebie is an awesome digital happy stars clipart for your creative projects, scrapbooking, party invitations and everything you can think of. It contains 6 high quality PNG images with transparent backgrounds. You can download it by clicking on the Weekly Freebie tab on top of my Facebook page. Enjoy! :)


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Why you must have a logo or improve your current one?

First impression. That's the main reason why a business needs a professional logo design. I'm sure you have heard this many times before. And it is one of the most important reasons but there are some others that you should consider. Differentiation is essential, especially when you have a small business. Even if you are selling handmade bookmarks or bracelets that you make on your spare time. And here's why: if you search for "handmade bracelets" on Etsy, Pinterest or Instagram, you will automatically get hundreds of designs from different sellers, all of them mixed with images of personal craft projects by other people who are not looking for sales. One ot the tools you have to gain attention on this game is your logo.
Something that happens very often to me is that I get to a website without knowing how I ended up there and, although it has nothing to do with what I was looking for, I read part of the content and find out more about the product simply because I find the logo and site design attractive. I'm sure you know what I mean.

On this post, I have compiled some of the better reasons to have a logo from different articles I've read lately:

1. To look bigger and established. Home-printed business cards or cards printed with Microsoft clipart scream "small-time vendor" to your potential clients — and that is how they will want to compensate you. www.allbusiness.com

2. To keep loyal customers. Don't let competitors tempt away your best customers. If your brand and your logo are solid, your customers will be less likely to try the new guy around the corner who has a spiffy image. www.legalzoom.com

3. To stand out from competitors. Flip through the phone book and you’ll see a myriad of forgettable companies. Differentiating yourself from competitors with a logo is critical to winning over potential customers. After scoping out your competition, make sure you choose a logo design that will help you stand out. www.mplans.com

4. To expand your online presence. If your logo was designed for your storefront 15 years ago (I add: even 6 or 7 years ago), it might not be optimized to work well on a website or on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Can the logo be sized up or down and still be readable? Does it look good in black and white? Can you derive an icon from it? Does it make an appealing button for a mobile app? If the answer to any of these questions is no, it may be time for a new logo design. www.entrepreneur.com





Do you have a logo? Is it a good visual representation of your business? Does it appeal to your target market? I would love to help you answering these questions through a free logo consultation. You can send an email to sombrasblancas@live.com to get more info and start improving your image. Have a great day!



Tuesday, March 4, 2014

10 Great Blog Posts on Marketing for Small Businesses

Hi again guys! Today I bring you a collection of posts about marketing for small businesses that will be very useful on your daily tasks. Improving your business online visibility is a slow process so you will need to get the most out of your time to strengthen your image and build strong relationships with your community. Some of these posts speak about the general ideas on marketing strategy while some others focus on very specific aspects but all of them can be very interesting for the small business owner for one reason or another. Enjoy and stay tuned for more :)

















Sunday, March 2, 2014

This week's freebie: robots clipart



This week's freebie is an awesome digital robot clipart for your creative projects, scrapbooking, party invitations and everything you can think of. It contains 4 high quality PNG images with transparent backgrounds. You can download it by clicking on the Weekly Freebie tab on top of my Facebook page. Enjoy! :)


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Logo design process: Baby Elephant


Just a very simple, cute logo. Here the process:






You can find the final result on this link.






Tuesday, February 25, 2014

An energizing playlist to listen to while working



If you work at home, you have probably already tried working in silence, while listening to business-related podcasts, TED talks, language courses, all kinds of music and Youtube videos of non-stop 16-hours-long ambient sounds such as rain, ocean waves, a zen garden... I usually go through all of them during the same day. What I always find more difficult is to create a motivating playlist that hasn't a lot of ups and downs. So I've been gathering all work-appropriate songs I've been listening lately and here you have it! A 25 songs playlist to help you stay focused and positive. I'll be adding more and more music as I find it so stay tuned. You can listen to it on Spotify but here you have the initial song list too:

1. Junk of the Heart - The Kooks
2. Eat That Up, It's Good For You - Two Door Cinema Club
3. Mansard Roof - Vampire Weekend
4. Australia - The Shins
5. Shuffle - Bombay Bicycle Club
6. Sympathique - Pink Martini
7. Let's Go Surfing - The Drums
8. Whistle - Sporto Kantès
9. Relator - Pete Yorn, Scarlett Johansson
10. Chupee - Cocoon
11. Good Morning Scarecrow - Seabear
12. Everything Is Everything - Phoenix
13. Miss You - Foster The People
14. Take A Walk - Passion Pit
15. Call It What You Want - Foster The People
16. Ever Fallen In Love - Buzzcocks
17. Hands - L.A.
18. Abracadabra - Robin Mckelle
19. Butterfly - Jason Mraz
20. I'm Every Woman - Chaka Khan
21. I Get A Kick Out Of You - Jamie Cullum
22. Aint' No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye
23. Siempre Que Quiera - Muchachito Bombo Infierno
24. Dog Days Are Over - Florence + The Machine
25. Long Before Rock'n'Roll - Mando Diao

Enjoy! :)