Tools & Resources

I find myself mentioning different resources, programs I use, and products I buy in my blog posts; yet I did not have a separate page for them. After reading a blog post on resource pages from ProBlogger, I realized it is something I need to add.

So that being said, here it is!

I will be adding to this page as I expand my horizons and find tools and resources I feel are helpful to you.

Note: Some links are affiliate links, which means I will earn a small commission on any purchases made through that link. It keeps my website sustainable, and at no extra cost to you. Plus, it’s worth noting that I am a signed up, paid up, or regular user of the resources listed on this page.

Writing Software

Being a writer of novels and nonfiction, I found myself needing software that would work for more than one application. I was using MS Word initially, but found myself losing my place or having to scroll through a lot of pages if I was looking for something specific.

I also used Google Docs (which is great for on-the-go-writing), but I found I was having the same issues.

In 2012 I signed up for National Novel Writing Month (November) and was introduced to the software that would change my publishing future.

Enter Scrivener, by Literature and Latte.

The software has a trial period of 30 non-consecutive days of use before you need to pay for it. I wrote my entire novel during the trial period, and bought it with a discount after the month of November was over. I have since used it to write my romance novella series, other works of fiction, and several nonfiction projects.

Design Programs

  • Canva – As a printables and planner designer, I needed something that would let me play around with designs, fonts, blocks of text, and placement of shapes. I started out with Canva Basic, and after several months of using it I upgraded to Canva Pro for $16.99/month. It allows me more features, such as additional fonts, photos, and some commercial use privileges. This one is web-based, so you’ll need an active internet connection to use it.
  • Affinity Publisher – I bought this one so I could design digital planners. I purchased a couple of courses on creating them, and realized Affinity was the way to go (since I’m a PC user). I use it for both digital and printable planners, and enjoy it because I don’t need to be connected to the internet to work on my projects.
  • PowerPoint – I had no idea this one was so versatile until I signed up for Create 30 Products in 30 Days by D’vorah Lansky. I am partway through the course and have learned so much already; I can’t wait to see what the next few weeks brings.

Courses and Workshops

  • Passive Income Planner Girl – In Passive Income Planner Girl, you learn how to turn your zone of genius into a digital planner. Then use it as a launching pad to a business full of raving fans. While honoring your desires, your personality, and your joy every step of the way.
  • Digital Planner Template – This is the course I bought to learn how to make digital planners. It has been a game-changer for me, and has enabled me to create more than just printable planners. I think one of the best features is it comes with a template which you edit and can sell as your own. The video tutorials are thorough as well, which makes it easy to follow along.
  • Share Your Brilliance – I have found the resources and information on this website to be so valuable. One of the things stressed is this: Done is better than perfect. I have several projects on my computer that I have started, but feel they’re not ready to be put out there yet. The problem is, if I don’t put them out there how can I tweak them so they help others? It’s definitely something to ponder, don’t you think?

Images and Clipart

  • Creative Market – I buy the majority of my clipart from designers with commercial rights. That means I can use the images/products in my planners, journals, printables, etc., while being able to earn an income from them. I generally purchase the commercial rights which gives me up to 5000 products sold. If I anticipate more than 5000 products sold with each design I purchase, then I will buy the Extended Commercial Rights. That allows me unlimited use of the design. It’s best to check the End User Agreement with each designer to make sure you’re not stepping on any toes.

This list will continue to grow in the coming months. If you have any questions or suggestions on resources and tools, feel free to contact me.