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Here We Go: Canva

Canva Design Platform

I know I haven’t done many Here We Go posts lately but I figured if I were to resurrect the series, it should be for Canva. I’ve been chatting with Hannah from Canva (oh a rhyme!) for months now. We’re partnering with them for our Haute Blog workshops this fall (in Chicago and Indianapolis) and they just launched their beta! I received access to it awhile ago and have been SOOO impressed.

I am always saying, “Blogging doesn’t have to break the bank,” and Canva is that solution. It’s a free design platform that is perfect for blogging. I made the graphic up at the top in like…2 minutes. No lie. I also thought I’d share a few screenshots of the process too:

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I decided to choose the photo collage option and kind of wing it. I liked the circular type element and so I clicked on it (over on the left) and it appeared on my workspace.

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I clicked over to the backgrounds option and clicked on the pink texture. I deleted the photo placeholders and bingo! Very intuitive.

Canva4

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I changed the color of the circle, the fonts and could arrange any part wherever I wanted.

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When you choose to publish (or you can share a public link), it asks you if you want a PNG or a PDF. I saved to my desktop and used it above!

It’s really that easy and Canva did not ask me to write this post. I wanted to share the love and encourage you bloggers to request a username! Also, if you attend our Chicago or Indianapolis Haute Blog workshop – you will receive your own account! No wait list for you!

*Also, the colors do seem a bit off after I exported it but I’m going to follow up to see where the issue is coming from! Gotta love beta!

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17 Comments

  • Reply Danielle

    This is awesome! Definitely going to request a username.

    August 27, 2013 at 7:59 AM
    • Reply Allison

      I’m so glad!! You’ll love it.

      August 27, 2013 at 2:14 PM
  • Reply Juliette Gold

    Wow! It looks like an amazing tool! I’m signing up immediately! I’m having a hard time learning Photoshop and this site really could simplify things

    August 27, 2013 at 8:19 AM
    • Reply Allison

      It’s SO simple. You’ll really love it, Juliette!

      August 27, 2013 at 2:14 PM
  • Reply Carrie

    Awesome. It would certainly cut down on time too!

    August 27, 2013 at 8:24 AM
    • Reply Allison

      Definitely. I use Photoshop all the time for work but I love making collages in a more simple way.

      August 27, 2013 at 2:15 PM
  • Reply Vanessa

    So awesome. Anything that can help save my time is my new best friend!

    August 27, 2013 at 8:40 AM
    • Reply Allison

      Heck yes! Time is precious.

      August 27, 2013 at 2:15 PM
  • Reply Cara-Mia

    Thanks for this post, I’m signing up! :)

    August 27, 2013 at 12:08 PM
  • Reply Ali Mackin

    Wow this sounds REALLY interesting!

    Ali of

    Dressing Ken

    August 27, 2013 at 5:56 PM
    • Reply Allison

      Yeah it’s really cool! Also – love your blog. Glad you commented so I could find you!

      August 27, 2013 at 7:56 PM
  • Reply Cammie // Polka Dotted Peony

    I saw the new sponsor button on HauteBlog.co before I read this post (stalker much?) and requested a user name right away. I purchased Pixelmator awhile back for blogging graphics, but still find it a little complex for this amateur designer. I literally cannot WAIT (i.e. refreshing my email every second) to get my login. You’re on the cutting edge once again, girl!

    August 27, 2013 at 6:01 PM
    • Reply Allison

      Hey if you’re my stalker then I’m a lucky lady :) I hope you get a username soon! What would it take to get you at Haute Blog in Chicago in Sept??

      August 27, 2013 at 7:54 PM
      • Reply Cammie // Polka Dotted Peony

        I was guaranteed to be there until the date was rescheduled to be the same as Influence :( Are you ladies still going to do workshops at-a-distance?

        September 18, 2013 at 8:33 PM
  • Reply Alaina

    Ah! I love this and have reserved a username. I’ve been working with Muse a lot lately and love how easy it is (for someone who feels like they live in InDesign) but they don’t have a blogging component yet. Thanks for sharing this.

    August 28, 2013 at 1:56 PM
  • Reply nikkiana

    Oh! This looks fantastic. Totally reserved a username there!

    August 30, 2013 at 4:33 PM
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