Good day, beautiful! ๐ŸŒ™โœจ Has anyone told you that you are meant to create good, kindness, and amazing things in this world? Well, let me be the first no one has ever said so. You are radiant and you are worthy of love by our Grand Creator. โค๏ธ That’s a fact, beautiful. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Speaking of facts, have you ever heard this saying that says, “Designing is only an in-born talent that only a few people get bestowed with.” Do you agree with this? I don’t. I disagree with this wholeheartedly. ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

This is just a myth that we everyone should stop believing in. When we take in this myth, it won’t be surprising that we lose our confidence and self-esteem in any design opportunities. Worst of all we are convinced that we will never be talented in design. ๐Ÿ˜•

The fact is this:

Design is a learnable skill that anyone can acquire.

Read that again.

Yes, you can learn ๐Ÿ’ก and acquire skills in designing. It’s not a special power that only the chosen possess. You can design, because I learned to design through observing, asking, practicing, and YouTubing. If I can learn it, you can too! Believe me. ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

Today, ignore that myth and join me as you learn and acquire design skills with these simple and easy-to-do practices. As you take immediate action, you can expect great opportunities to come along your way that will propel your career, business, and lifestyle high in the sky.

Let’s make that happen today! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿปโœจ


Ingredients to Get Started in Design

It’s easy to list down the how-tos for you to get started, but I have to set your expectations that more than this guide the super ingredient in making happen is YOU. Which leads me to start:

1. Commit to learning

To acquire any skill, you need to be committed to learning. This means setting aside several hours for you to read, study, and practice this craft. Malcolm Gladwell said it perfectly in his book, “It takes 10,000 hours to truly master anything. Time spent leads to experience; experience leads to proficiency; the more proficient you are the more valuable you’ll be.” Let me ask you then, how many hours are you willing to put in learning design? Write it down. I can recommend that you start with 1 hour a day for 5 days a week. Make sure you consume those learning hours to ensure your growth.

2. Choose your design mentor

Know you need to choose your design mentor. When I was starting, I didn’t have a definite mentor for design, and I regret that. Knowing now that having a mentor can speed up my learning curve and experience compared to without one. So that being said, choose your mentor and be their earnest student. Right now, I’m open to mentorships through questions and chats, but soon I’ll open my Canva Design Course to share my skills and experience.

3. Choose your design tool

You’ve chosen your commitment hours, your mentor, now this leaves you in choosing your design tool. I highly recommend Canva since it’s FREE when you create your basic account. Create your FREE Canva account via this link. If you want to know more about my love list of reasons why I prefer Canva, you can read more about this article.

4. Have fun creating!

It’s time to have fun! Get yourself familiarized on navigating through Canva by playing around the dashboards and templates. Just enjoy and have fun with no expectations and judgments. After all, creating designs is fun. Don’t you agree?

5. Practice & more practice

Remember the hours you’ve committed earlier? It’s now time to use those hours. Your activity: Create at least one graphic/digital design per day as your regular exercise. It can be anything. The goal of this activity is for you to get familiarized with your tool and discover your style. Don’t know what to design first? Here’s the 22 Canva Creative Challenge worksheet. I’ll also include a FREE copy of the 4 Fundamentals of Design digital book as your reference when you create your Canva account using this link. Just create and trust this process. ๐Ÿ™‚

6. Use this Resource cheat sheet

Need more resources and elements for your Canva design? Here’s the Design Directory for Beginners, where I’ve listed and categorized all the free and paid websites on stock photos, icons, images, fonts, and other tools to get you fully plugged into the designer space.

7. Use your handy dandy notebook

Get a pen and a notebook. Use a journal to jot down your design plans, inspirations, and even sketch your ideas freely when the creativity bug hits you. This will still be your best weapon to sharpen your skills in designing and creativity. Plus, wouldn’t it be nice to look back to your journal sketches and be inspired again when you’re running out? ๐Ÿ™‚ This works for me, and so I have several journals.

8. Join & be part of a design community

Lastly, one of the best practices for any designer is to get connected with a community. Be part of like-minded individuals that will help you grow and thrive as a designer whether as a beginner, experienced, and expert. I welcome you to join our Canva Creatives Crew! A community of creators, entrepreneurs, and freelancers where we discuss ideas, help one another with our projects, and give work opportunities inside our network. I’d love for you to join our family! Just click this link and follow the how-to on becoming a member of the Canva Creatives Crew.


Cultivate your passion

This will be a process for you and so I also want you to be patient on your journey and growth. The fact that you’re here reading this article means you have a strong desire for your passion. You owe yourself and your inner child to cultivate your passion today, grow roots, and bloom into a strong tree for everyone to see.

Let me end by encouraging you that you are made uniquely, and we may be designers, but your set of skills, emotions, and ideas are set apart. No one else can be you, you are special. Let no one else, not even me tell you otherwise, okay?

I’m cheering you on. Feel free to message me for any questions and suggestions via Messenger ๐Ÿ“ฑ and email at jen@canvaconcepts.com ๐Ÿ“ฌ. Or maybe let’s just chat about your favorite K-Drama show or books like Harry Potter โšก๏ธ and Percy Jackson ๐ŸŒŠ or just life in general. That’ll be great, too. I’m eager to hear from you, beautiful. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Never stop creating. #MakeBeautifulThings

Jennifer Estil

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So any thoughts, comments, or suggestions? ๐Ÿค”โœจ

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