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Free Vintage Hot Air Balloons

 

Get ready to soar with these vintage design hot air balloons!


Ready to use with blend modes so that they melt into your paper background making them a perfect addition to your junk journal or scrapbooking project.


Sized at 8" in print resolution on a transparent background they'll work well in any paper craft design.


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Happy Crafting
Shawnna


Launching my own shop and affiliate program

 

After selling my templates exclusively on Etsy for 6 years I have finally launched my own store front and best of all it comes with a built in affiliate program!


So why now and why did it take so long to get my shop setup? I've been an Ety seller since 2008 with my other shop Lovelytocu (now closed on Etsy). When I started Terrific Templates it was side avenue income and I really didn't give things my full attention until a few years in.


Today, Terrific Templates is my primary product line and I am just loving the niches and product types that I'm working with everyday. Because it has my full attention now I'm playing catch-up and putting in place all.the.things that are really beneficial for any business to have/do.


Etsy has also changed a lot over the past 4 years and its never been more important for online sellers to have their own space online that is not controlled by greedy over-lords.


I'm really happy to have found a shopping cart provider that works for my needs and I'm finally able to offer additional payment methods than just paypal (my Etsy shop only offers Paypal). I'm using Payhip here and so far everything is working really well, I hope you'll check it out!


Happy crafting
Shawnna




Shopping for Vintage Fonts in 2024

 

 

Because I've been engrossed with junk journaling lately my font requirements took a different turn last year as I sought out more complex and antique looking choices.

 

Really good quality fonts loaded with glyphs can usually cost quite a lot. But being the frugally minded designer that I am I try to seek out resources that a bit more budget friendly. Which is why I'm sharing the gold mine of resources I found on Creative Fabrica.


Ok, so if you're in the know already CF isn't exactly a secret. I'm way late to the party. But I wanted to highlight the site specifically for fonts. Because in certain circles, CF is getting a bit of a bad rap as THE place where unscrupulous POD sellers are downloading mass amounts of graphics to upload product en masse to sites like Etsy. It's also filled with loads of low quality AI graphics.


However, the font selection is fantastic. And with the subscription price being incredibly low it's worth it just for the fonts.


The font featured above is one of my favourites - The Victorian. Here are a few more choices that I've been playing with lately.




Happy Crafting
Shawnna



please note :: I often recommend resources I love, some I receive an affiliate commission for at no additional cost to you, but all are resources that I personally use. I am not otherwise paid to promote.




Etsy Scams: April 2024 Update + Staying Safe

 


Back in late 2022 I wrote a post about a particular con that was proliferating on Etsy that had to do with scammers diverting customers away from Etsy to their own fake websites for the suspected intent of harvesting customer data while under the guise of selling copyright and trademarked digital graphics. 

 

Thankfully, Etsy seems to have finally managed to get this particular ruse more or less under control.


Unfortunately, Etsy accounts continued to be taken over by 'hackers'. Most of the affected accounts are shops that aren't currently active allowing for the hackers to get up to mischief using the account without the original shop owner noticing for quite some time.


This particular problem has been going on for a few years but ramped up more significantly in 2022-2023. 

 

Etsy is finally taking some action to protect the platform and sellers from this by setting a time-frame for closing inactive shop accounts. But only for shops that have been inactive for 4+ years - and by inactive they are referring to whether the account has been logged into or not. Personally I think they should be a bit more robust with this given that cyber crimes are rising exponentially.


My advice for anyone who has paused their Etsy shop for any length of time would be to keep a close eye on it. And everyone should ensure that they are using strong passwords as well as the two factor authentication option. Because Etsy has been a security risk of late I've made sure to use a unique password for my account, one that is not used anywhere else. (a lot of 'hacked' shops were likely accessed through stolen data via scams such as that mentioned above)


If you've been paying any attention at all you're probably also aware of the mass proliferation of scam messages being sent through Etsy's internal convo system. Because this internal messaging system is not setup with the same robust programming as actual email it was a very soft target that has had a huge impact on unsuspecting sellers.


Scammers are still targeting new seller accounts pretending to be Etsy asking for account verifcation. I'm not going to go into all the details of each version this has propagated as there are just too many. You can find very specific details in the Etsy forum simply by searching for the word 'scam'. How this generally works though is that the scammer, pretending to be Etsy, scares the brand new shop owner into thinking there is a problem or that they need to take a particular action to keep their account open. They direct the seller off of Etsy through cleverly cloaked pages and one way or another convince the seller to willingly hand over money on the basis of a verification process.


So many people have come forward admitting to be caught out by this and being taken for hundreds of dollars. It's both sad and scary. A terrible lesson to learn the hard way and probably devastating for those affected.


Etsy has been taking measures to slow the scammers down although they have yet to eliminate the problem altogether. While it did take them longer than anyone would have liked to proactively deal with the situation, they are currently testing several measures to assist sellers in identifying scam messages, while also dealing with the scammers directly.

 

One of the more useful changes Etsy has made to help us out is to label messages that are coming from a buyer account - a message pretending to be Etsy labelled as "from a buyer" is therefore obviously a scam. They are also ensuring that any legit messages from Etsy can be cross referenced for authenticity by looking for it in the new 'From Etsy' folder in your message portal via the website (it's not currently available via the app).


There are two key pieces of advice for anyone unsure of the messages coming into their Etsy inbox. The first is - don't panic! This is exactly what the scammers are trying to get you to do so that you make poor decisions without thinking things through. Press pause on your reactions to any message and stop to think it through, nothing is going to blowup on you in the 10 minutes it might take for you to assess the situation!


The second piece of advice is this... no platform, anywhere, regardless of what it is, will have you go off their site to complete any actions. Any requirements you might need to take for verification or otherwise will be shown directly in your account dashboard right on the site in question. Etsy is no different in this regard than any other platform - this is standard security. If you get a message about a problem with an order - go to the order tab in your account - if there is legitimately a problem it WILL show up there. 

 

This is the same for any banking or identity verification - on any site - that request will appear right in your account dashboard. If it doesn't, it's most likely not real. If ever a platform is using a third party (Etsy uses third parties for the actual verification process) that information will be provided in your account dashboard. It will not be a surprise! And it will be integrated into the site's pages directly, not sent via a message where you click a link to somewhere else. 

 

ALWAYS check inside your account for information to verify the validity of the request.


And if you are still confused or worried, reach out in a forum to ask others for input :)


Stay safe
Shawnna

12 Free Vintage Victorian Style Illustrations

 

These fun graphics are generated by AI to replicate the vintage victorian style. Combine them with grungy textures or creative overlays for fun additions to your junk journal or scrapbooking projects. 




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Shawnna


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Free Vintage Fashion Illustration Adverts

 

Beautiful authentic vintage illustrations. These come from antique magazine adverts and are scanned at high quality. These backdrops are extra large at approx 18' and 300 dpi, perfect for any project at all.


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Shawnna


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20 Free Vintage Photography Cards

 

These vintage scans are authentic antique photography cabinet cards from various American states. Both sides are scanned in high quality and left in original condition - no touch ups. Sizes are roughly 4x6.5".

 




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Shawnna


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How to Duplicate Shapes in Photopea

 

 Following on from my last tutorial where I showed how to insert an image into a shape using the clipping mask in Photopea, I'm going to now create a repeating printable page from that one tag I made.

This tutorial is useful if you want to quickly make a page of duplicates from one image with having to make each one separately.

Please bear in mind, there are many ways to use the tools in Photopea and I am showing just one method here. This is what I consider to be the easiest choice using my templates and having added an image into a shape using the clipping mask.

To begin open Photopea in your web browser.


Step 1:

I left off in the last tutorial with my gift tag template and I had inserted an image into the first tag. Now let's repeat that tag across the page in place of the blank ones.

To start, I want to close the tag folder just to make things easier to view. I'm also going to turn off tags 2 - 4 by clicking the eye icon for each layer. 

With the tag layer selected in the layers palette, I'll use a keyboard shortcut and click Ctrl + J.

Alternatively you'll find this command from the top menu bar under Layer>Duplicate Layer.

 


Step 2:

After hitting Ctrl + J you'll get a duplicate layer in the layers palette but the new tag layer on the canvas is stacked on top of the first tag. Let's drag that to the right while holding down the shift key.

Holding down the shift key keeps the layer moving only in a straight line while dragging it. Place it directly inline with the blank tag below it.

Repeat this step two more times so that you have a full row of tags. As below.

 


Step 3:

To create to more rows we're going to do a similar action, this time by duplicating the whole row.

Close row 1 and ensure it is selected, turn off rows 2 and 3, then repeat as above clicking Ctrl + J to duplicate the row. Holding shift drag each row down into place on the canvas.

And you're done. A full printable sheet of the same tag in a few simple steps.

To save, go to the top menu File>Export As and choose your file type. To save as a PNG file with a transparent background just be sure to turn off the background layer before saving. If saving as a PSD file make sure to re-name it so you don't accidentally save over the original blank template.

 



Happy Crafting
Shawnna

Free Fussycut Printables - Vintage Roses


 

Perfect for junk journaling projects, use the PDF printable sheets for fussycut details!


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Shawnna


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How to Add an Image to Any Shape in Photopea

 

This tutorial works for any image and any shape using the free Photopea online editor. We'll be inserting an image into a shape using the clipping mask tool and this process can be used in any similar situation. You can also do this the same way in Photoshop or PS Elements.

Today, I'm going to use one of my gift tag templates as an example - this works exactly the same way with any of my templates though, or with shapes you draw yourself.

To begin open Photopea in your web browser.  


Step 1:

Click Open From Computer to select a PSD template file from your hard drive. It's important that you choose a layered photoshop file for this method - other file formats are not going to work with this process.



Once opened your screen should look like the image below. Locate the layers palette in the bottom right of the screen.

 


Step 2:

Open the folders by clicking the little arrow next to each and click to select the first tag.

 


Step 3:

To insert an image to this tag we need to first open our image. Go to the top menu bar and select File>Open and Place. Then navigate on your hard drive to the image you want to insert and double click it. The image will automatically be placed on your template canvas on top of the layer you selected in step 2.

Notice that the image also shows in the layers palette right above the tag I selected. If your image is in the wrong order in the layers palette you can simply drag and drop it to the right location. In step 4 we're going to right click on this layer.

 


 

Step 4:

As shown above, right click on the image layer in the layers palette as pictured, and a popup menu will appear. In this menu look for Clipping Mask and select this option.

The image is now 'clipped' to the shape and is ready for re-sizing and precise placement.

 


Step 5:

To finish, just resize the image as required using the toggle nodes and drag into position however you please.

By default you should have the move tool already selected. If not, just be sure to select this from the left hand tools list (top).

 

 

And that's it! Repeat this for each shape in your template if you are wanting to add a different image to each tag. For a repeating tag, check out my next post for instructions on how to duplicate.


Happy Crafting
Shawnna

Free Vintage Birthday Postcards

 


Get these fun vintage birthday greetings as ephemera printables!


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Shawnna


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Why Customer Reviews are Important on Etsy


 

I think we all know that product reviews serve to sway consumer decision making. Having honest and transparent reviews has become an integral part of online shopping for most platforms. But consumers don't necessarily need to see a perfect score. In fact, studies have shown that a perfect review score is perceived as either false or manipulated. Buyers feel better when there are at least a few less than positive reviews for a business, since these represent a more honest account.

Beyond the obvious importance of reviews for customers though, how else are reviews and feedback important as a tool for an Etsy shop, particularly if they are less than positive?

It's critical for businesses to understand how their products or services are being perceived in the market and can often inform on future business decisions.You should pay close attention to this feedback in order to make any improvements or adjustments to your daily operations.

Here are some reasons why they are so important:

  1. Identify areas for improvement: Feedback and reviews from customers can help businesses identify areas for improvement in their products or services. By listening to customer concerns, businesses can make necessary changes and adjustments to improve their offerings or their level of service.

  2. Build customer loyalty: When businesses listen to their customers and address their concerns, they build trust and loyalty. Responding to feedback and reviews in a timely and professional manner can also show customers that their opinions matter and that the business values their input.

  3. Increase sales: Positive reviews and feedback can be powerful marketing tools. Many consumers rely on reviews and recommendations when making purchasing decisions. If a business has a strong track record of positive reviews and feedback, it can help attract new customers and increase sales.

  4. Competitor analysis: Customer feedback and reviews can also provide valuable insights into how a business is performing compared to its competitors. By monitoring competitor reviews and feedback, businesses can identify opportunities to differentiate themselves and improve their offerings by comparison.

Overall, customer feedback and reviews are a crucial component of any successful business strategy. They provide valuable insights that can help businesses improve their products or services, build customer loyalty, increase sales, and stay ahead of the competition.

 

Shawnna

 

Free Retro Vintage Fashion Images

 


These beautiful vintage fashion illustrations are perfect for any digital collage project! Use these in any personal or commercial product.


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7 Tips for Building a Loyal Customer Base on Etsy


 

Building a loyal following or fan base for your Etsy shop is not something that is going to happen overnight, instead, it's something that you'll need to work at over the long term. With commitment and consistency though you should eventually gain momentum and build a customer following that will purchase from you again and again.

Here are seven top tips for building a fan base that loves you:

  1. Offer high-quality products: It's important to provide your customers with high-quality products that meet or exceed their expectations. This will help to build trust and establish your brand as a reliable and reputable seller on Etsy.

  2. Provide excellent customer service: Great customer service is key to building a loyal customer base. Respond promptly to inquiries, be friendly and professional in your interactions, and do your best to resolve any issues that arise.

  3. Be consistent: Consistency in the quality of your products and customer service is important to build trust with your customers. Make sure that you're always delivering the same level of quality and service with each transaction.

  4. Offer special deals and promotions: Offering special deals or promotions can help to incentivize customers to make a purchase and encourage repeat business. Consider offering discounts for repeat customers or for larger orders.

  5. Personalize your interactions: Show your customers that you care by personalizing your interactions. Use their name in communications, include a handwritten note with their order, or offer personalized recommendations based on their purchase history.

  6. Encourage feedback and reviews: Encourage your customers to leave feedback and reviews for your products. Positive reviews can help to build trust and attract new customers to your shop.

  7. Be active on social media: Social media can be a powerful tool for building a loyal customer base on Etsy. Use platforms like Instagram and Facebook to showcase your products, share behind-the-scenes content, and engage with your followers.

 

Shawnna

Free Retro Kitten Clipart Images


 

These tiny clip art images are perfect for spring projects where you needed an added touch. Sized from just 2-4" at print resolution these little kittens are adorable!


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