Being Creative with Canva!

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I know the calendar year begins in January, but like most teachers, my work year starts in the fall.  Not that it wasn’t important before, but with new jobs and other changes going on, I have to constantly manage my time and stay organized.

As part of my “Challenge yourself” routine, I had to kick it up a notch in regards to my teaching and choreography. If I’m on my A-game on all fronts, I know my students will follow. That’s always my goal. So that means I need to keep everything I write in one place so I don’t lose anything.

The buying part was easy. (Y’all know how I go ga-ga over notebooks and stationery. ) With my blue binder, I assembled my perfect kind of notebook – cute folder dividers, paper with lots of space to write, the works. But something was missing. I didn’t have a cover; my mother suggested I’d make one. To make it my own.  So, I used Canva to create a poster.

Featuring my favorite ballerina, Misty Copeland, I added a favorite dance quote of mine. It’s meaningful and expressive that will help me center myself and remind me why I do what I do. It’s just right for my creative/note taking self.

Two weeks in and it’s going well.  I’ve been prone to write here and there and everything, and losing track. Not anymore! 🙂

Have you tried Canva? It’s an amazing website/app where you can create graphics. You don’t have to be a design pro to use it. There are thousands of templates among the categories, and you can make whatever you need. Social media content, presentations, invitations, labels, media kits. You name it, you can find it. Then, after you get the hang of it, you have the ability to customize and adjust your designs.

All of the graphics you see on this blog and social media have been made through Canva.  Earlier this week, I shared on my IG stories the welcome letter I created for my students. It was colorful and had the right touch. I’ll also be able to use Canva for other projects with my admin jobs. I still have a lot to learn, but this tool has been a blessing!

Guess what? It’s free! There is a paid subscription, but you can still partake in most of the features without having to pay.  One con, for the free account, the font options are limited. Sometimes I still go over to Photoshop to add extra fonts or resize. But other than that, it’s a great program to use.

So that’s all.  That reminds me…  How do you customize a bland space? It could be a book, your office, your decor at home… Through paint? Wallpaper? Awesome furniture and light fixtures? A splash of color or a fancy pen? Let me know!

Have a great weekend!


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