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Thea's Links for Creative Resources, Freebies, Bundles, Tools

Links – Thea’s Top Tools & Resources

Hey lovelies, this one’s for you! It’s my list of top tools, websites, freebies, bundles, resources etc. It’s updated weekly! (Note: All my various links are at the bottom!)

Scroll to different sections: Blogging Tools, Canva, Creative Resources, Free Font Sources, Print on Demand, Blogging and my own Social Media links. Many sites will give you discounts or free trials or even bonus money off your first order. Some of these links are are affiliate links. Please know that I only ever promote sites that I have or often do use – ensuring that I only offer the best recommendations. So are you ready? Then let’s go…

Thea Newcomb recommends blogging toolsBlogging Tools

Here are a few of my fave tools for better blogging.

Answer the Public is an amazing tool to find keywords to help you discover relevant words to use in your blog posts.

FatJoe Blog Title Generator – this is a fun one I love sharing in my blogging webinars (non affiliate).

IsItWP – This headline analyzer is super cool and free. Go plug in your next blog post and see how it scores you!

SEO blog title generator – another fun one I love sharing in my blogging webinars (non affiliate).

Thea's Canva Links for tools and resources

Canva

Book me for Canva Training – Note: there’s a new special landing page just for my Canva training options coming soon. Basically I have three levels of live, half-day training sessions solopreneurs, SMEs and Charities and Corporate (starting at £350 up to £1000 per session.) Want me to help you self-publish a book? Subscribe to Thea’s The One Thing mailing list.

Canva Creators – Do you want to create templates for Canva? Find out more here.

Canva Pro <<– Grab a FREE 45-Day Canva Pro Trial with that link. Create anything in Canva. Presentations, business cards, videos, social media graphics, t-shirts, mugs and more all for FREE. But with Pro you get more of everything. It’s amazing. See for yourself. Normal trial is 30 days but with my link you get two whole extra weeks! Result!

Canva Video Course – Learn from one of the best Canva ambassadors, Hadas in Israel. Her video course “How to Create Videos in Canva!” is totally amazing and that link gets you a discount to boot. NOTE: Canva’s changed things considerably since she made the course, but all of it will still be inspirational and useful.

Thea's Links of Awesome Creative ResourcesCreative Resources

Biodiversity Library – Head over to the Biodiversity Library’s FLICKR stream and you’ll find thousands of FREE images that you can use that are in the public domain. Do be careful there it’s super easy to get lost amongst all the collections of vintage-y imagery. You have been warned.

Creative Fabrica this is an amazing site to get your fonts, graphics, patterns, backgrounds and more – for FREE. They also have loads of paid elements and regular discounts. I seem to be buying something from them every week. Worth a look for sure.

Creative Market is another site I am regularly on. Both these Creative sites have amazingly enticing email lists that keep bringing me back again and again. As above this site is filled with graphics, fonts, templates, photos and more. A must. If you’re a creator, why not sign up for a CM Shop….

Free Design Resources from Design Bundles

Design Bundles – Oh wow is this an addictive website for fonts and graphics – especially their bundles. I can’t help but grab their freebies or buy bundles almost weekly. Here’s info on an unlimited Design Bundles plus account (See sister site fontbundles below)

Flat Icon – Download free icons and stickers for your projects. Resources made by and for designers. PNG, SVG, EPS, PSD and BASE 64 formats.
Httpster: For any web designers needing inspa around website creation you might enjoy looking at other creator’s works.

Iconscout – New to me, thanks to another Canva CCC mentioning this one, I had a look and found it has such an amazing array of icons, 3D designs and illustrations. Not an affiliate link, just a cool site.

Icons8 – Another free resource for icons, illustrations, photos, music, and design tools.

Open Clip Art – Free resource. Open Clipart is an online media collection of more than 160 000 vectorial graphics, entirely in the public domain (even for unlimited commercial use).

Music, Photos and Videoa

Pexels and Pixabay – I recommend both of these for FREE photos/videos/graphics etc (not affiliate links)

Template.net – This is an interesting “Beautifully designed, easily editable templates to get your work done faster & smarter. Simply browse, search, save and download easy to use templates”.

Unsplash – Beautiful FREE images (A free resource so a non-affiliate link)

Uppbeat.io – This is an amazing site that gives you 10 FREE tracks a month to download and use in your projects. As there were some Pro songs I wanted, I went ahead and upgraded for a year. (I use it for most of my videos over on my personal creations found on my Youtube Channel.)

Free Font Sources

Font Bundles  – This is the sister site to the Design Bundles above – oh so much good stuff.

Google Fonts – A place to download free commercial use fonts
1001 Free Fonts – Free Commercial Use Fonts

What the font? – From ‘My Fonts’, I love this for finding the name of a font or similar font.

Mockup Sites

Free-Mockups – Another nice site which claims to have the “biggest source of Free photorealistic Mockups online!”

Smart Mockups – Have you tried them in Canva? They’re FREE in Canva, but there are hundreds more if you upgrade to pro. What is it? “Professional product mockups for all your digital & printed projects Take your digital, print and apparel designs to a whole new level with our professional and easy-to-use product mockups of all categories.” – Try it FREE for 30 days!

Thea's top tools for Print on Demand

Print on Demand & Graphic Design Tools

Aududu Book Creator – Create all kinds of books with this fabulous tool. (Note: I made my best sellers in it) Use my special affiliate code ‘podinscot’. You’ll get a discount and it locks you in at that low rate for life too!

BookBolt – Regular readers to my blog know that I use and recommend BB. I especially love it for the keyword research. Choose from monthly or annual subscriptions. Start as a “newbie” or go for “pro”. Pro gets you the fabulous PuzzleWhiz so you can start creating activity books straight away! Go straight to the BookBolt pricing page here (My affiliate code ‘podinscot’ will get you 20% recurring price for life. Instead 9.99 it will be 7.99 or 19.99 becomes 15.99)

Kittl – (formerly Heritage Design) asks us to “join the design revolution”. It makes it easy with an awesome array of glorious, super professional ready-made templates. Go ahead and try Kittl Pro for FREE for 3 months no credit card required! Use the link on the left and make sure you sign up using the pop up box for those three months! Be warned, this one is addictive!

Merch Informer – Check out Merch Informer for all your print on demand research and merch creation (or head straight to the Merch Informer pricing page) My affiliate code ‘podinscot’ will get you 20% recurring price for life. Instead of $9.99 newbie it will be $7.99 or $59.99 becomes $47.99)

TeePublic – My fave POD (print on demand platform) is probably TeePublic. I find it the quickest and easiest POD to upload to and as a result I have the most uploads here (and have made the most money on it). So I do recommend this one for sure. (I also use RedBubble but find their upload process a bit tedious. RB owns TP)

Printful – Custom printed & embroidered products Order custom products for yourself or sell them online under your own brand.

Tangent Templates – Another fave tool I highly recommend and use each week. Not an affiliate link – just a kick ass site for your KDP business. I especially use it for quick planners (made in 30 seconds), to generate pen or brand names and for size guides.

Cool People & Tools

  • Detour Shirts – A person I have mentioned before on this blog. He’s awesome at Print on Demand videos so follow if you’re a POD person too!
  • The Futur – Over the past year I’ve become a fan of Chris Do – whether that’s videos, Clubhouse rooms or Twitter Spaces, it’s always valuable information dropping from him. It’s usually about careers, branding and the creative life. Nearly 2m subs! Wow.
  • Groove App – Get focused in 50 minute blocks and meet people from around the world with this awesome app.
  • Satori Graphics I’ve already featured him before on this blog but thought it was worth highlighting him again as a few of the above resources were recommendations from some of his videos. Subscribe to him if you’re a creative type.
  • Zen Watercooler and Crafty Stax – Same Canadian two Youtube channels – both great.

Summary

If you have any recommendations for platforms, tools or resources that I should add to this links page, then please let me know in the comments below. Below find my many profiles and sites, if you’re interested…