More About Thea

About Thea Newcomb - California Canva Trainer in Scotland

About Thea

Just a quick rundown on my career to date starting with graduating from a university in Northern California with a Communications BA (emphasis on radio). Moved to Scotland in the summer of 1992. First job was in radio. Soon after I built my first website (in notepad, from scratch) in ’95. Since then, I’ve never been far from working in the digital and media spaces, in one capacity or another. Below are some other bullet points on my career timeline – so far.

Here’s a list of the main career highlights to date:

  • First commercial radio presenting job at Q96 in Paisley 1992.
  • Co-founded a music magazine Bigwig in the ’90s. (Only did 2 issues and moved on…)
  • Wrote and published an 80s music trivia book ’98. Republishing it – summer 2021.
  • Worked as a copy editor & web designer, and later went on to launch on July 4, 2000.
  • Began creating print on demand products on Cafe Press in 2001.
  • Started blogging circa 2003.
  • Around 2010 became a customer service manager which then morphed into the digital content manager at  NSDesign.
  • 2011 started delivering training on behalf of NS – starting with Business Gateway in Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire.
  • Later my training and workshops moved further afield, across Scotland and sometimes delivering workshops via Highlands and Islands Enterprises.
  • Branched out and became a sort of Social Media Trainer for hire, (or a “supply teacher”), deliver training on behalf of Postable Ltd and Lesley Wood’s LMW Consulting – to name just two!
  • Speaker at Business Gateway’s Women in Business – WIB (March 2014).
  • Social Media Trainer Glasgow Chamber of Commerce (various dates).
    In 2016 became Scotland’s first Canva trainer delivering half day workshops in Ayrshire before moving on to other regions (Read ‘How Canva Changed My Life’ here.)
  • 2016-17 I embarked on a journey of Print on Demand – starting with the likes of RedBubble then to TeePublic, Amazon Merch and KDP. It’s a subject I am passionate about both creating designs to sell on own shops but teaching others how to do it too.
  • In December 2018, officially became a “Certified” as a Canva ambassador (the same week my father passed on).
  • 2020: Having never done any online training, switched to doing only virtual training via 121 Zoom calls, webinars and group/staff training (Canva primarily, also blogging and Linkedin).
  • In 2020 I also began teaching others how to create paperbacks in Canva to publish on Amazon’s KDP for free. More below.

Amazon Merch, KDP & More

My main sidehustle is POD or print on demand. It’s basically content creation in the form of “merch” which generally means:  tshirts, mugs, stickers, and other merchandise. At the end of January of 2019, I began my KDP journey – creating notebooks, journals, planners, sketchbooks and so forth via it’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform. I co-run a Facebook group with my friend James – it’s called Merch Across the Pond and is for UK people doing print on demand.

First Wednesday Networking in Glasgow (now Online)

In 2015, I relaunched a monthly networking event in Glasgow called Southsidiers in Business. A few years later after it changed hands I few times, in November 2018, I rebranded it First Wednesday Networking in Glasgow but since Lockdown it’s all done online and open to business owners and professionals Scotland-wide. If you wish to attend it takes places every First Wednesday online via Zoom. (click to RSVP).

In addition to Business Gateway and Digital Boost workshops, I have also done training for Highlands and Islands Enterprises, the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, the Chartered Management Institute (CMI Scotland) and the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transport as well.

Broadcasting and Podcasting

Since emigrating to Scotland I presented weekly radio shows on Q96, ScotFM, L107 on most recently on Radio Six International (

Also been an occasional contributor to radio shows like BBC Radio Scotland’s Mac & Co and Call Kaye, and have made appearances on STV’s Scotland Tonight show.

I would have to say that RADIO is my joy…in particular new music shows.

Now running a variety of podcasts – one for So You’ve Been Dumped, a personal one and also one with the fabulous Christine Webber called ‘On A Break’ too. All available on Anchor.


Finally, I’d say I am super passionate about music – particularly Indie and Acoustic, but a lover all sorts of music. Love tracking down New Music on Amazon, on Spotify, Soundcloud and iTunes too!

I have some fun playlists on some of my Youtube Channels too. I especially LOVE this one for Old School R&B Dance stuff or this one Indie Goth Etc.