16 February 2013

Checked In Today Guild Weekly Update 2-9-13

Your Guild at Work for You

What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of February 9, 2013?

First, we are going to do something different this week. I want to use the blog for the weekly updates for a couple reasons. Number one, I like the pretty pictures. Number two, this way we get backlinks, which will only help.

-- New Members
- We want to welcome the following new members to the Checked In Today! Guild:


Green faceted gemstone earrings


"Rag" BurpCloths-Pink Jungle Babies



Wire Wrap Blue Swarovski crystal Size 6 1/2 Ring


Pretty in Pink Baby Afghan and Matching Hat


Parisian Dress Form Canvas Room Divider




Urban Leather Messenger Bag for Women, Handmade, Crossbody



Impression (aka Aqua Terra) Jasper Gemstone and Czech Glass Necklace

- The Checked In Today! Guild is 180 strong.- Please remember to check in daily using the Check in button on the My Artfire page. It is on the left hand side and is blue until you click it, then it turns orange. It is good for 24 hours and is part of this guild's membership requirements.

If you wonder why our numbers seem to never move, it is because we will have 10 new members and then seven who never check back in again and disappear. I remove them after they have been a week or so.

-- New Collections-Here are the latest collections from your fellow guild members. Take a few moments to rate, comment and share these great collections. Making collections is time consuming and the more views these artists get, the more exposure your guild and your studio gets.

-Reminder: Please post your collections on the Guild Forum so we can see them and make sure they get promoted. Here is the thread to post on - http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/2599

Please NOTE: We are posting under a thread for the month, so we can find the new collections easier. Also, there is now a NON-Guild thread for all your other collections. Please ONLY post the guild collections with only guild members under the monthly thread. Confused? Just yell and we will help.

Need help posting a collection to the guild forum? Here is a How To thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/1661


Glorious Gemstones by Shadow Dog Designs




Orange and Blue – Opposites Attract by Resetar Glass Art



From the Heart by CardsbyLibe





February, Heart, Flowers, Valentines by Trinkets and Treasures Jewelry



It’s Only Red by Blue Morning Expressions




Please feel free to post your NON-Guild collections to this thread, so we can stop by and help you promote. http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/1877

Post your February guild collections to this thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/2599

Stop by and see some really great non-guild collections that are deserving of 5 Stars.

What is a collection and how do I make one?

If you need a comprehensive guide to making a collection, posting a collection and sharing a collection, I have written a tutorial blog post with pictures to help you. http://bmebluprint.blogspot.com/2012/05/so-you-want-to-make-collection.html

- Success Stories – send us yours, both big and small, and we will feature it on the Checked In Today! Blog – we want to hear from you. Success stories always encourage everyone around them.

~ On the Front Page of Artfire

> Baby Quilts by April777 – non-guild

> A Pretty Valentine’s Day by 777Crystal Creations – non-guild

> Leaves by Christie Cottage – non-guild

~ Artfire Daily Email

> Pinks and Yellows by Aya Designs – guild

> Beach Wedding Essentials by Sivani Designs – non-guild

-- New Blog Posts

- Stop by the Checked In Today! Blog and read the latest posts. You will find these new posts on the blog this week.

> We have no new posts this week. We have a lot of artists with author accounts; please feel free to post on the blog. If you would like to be an authorized author, just let me know and I will add you. We need new posts please.

-- Facebook Hilights- Facebook Checked In Today! page is filled with activity and you might find these outstanding posts worth reading.

- Meet new members, see the latest collections, discuss the advantages of marketing and learn about Chatterbox forum posts by staff.

> Aya of Aya Designs talks about the perks of cleaning, which includes reigniting creativity – Be sure to read this and comment on it'; it is a great reminder of how and where our creativity is found.   Find Artistic Inspiration By Cleaning & Organizing

> Elaine of Zoomgraphik needs more artists for her Turquoise and Copper ezine – if you are a jewelry designer with these two elements – get ahold of her; the last one she did got picked up by an International Fashion blog – here is her post on the Cats and Dogs one she just published. She has featured Seamus of Shadow Dog Designs, Gonz of Pretty Gonzo and Mira of Zoomgraphik.

> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions shared a blog post that she did for PensForCharityLLC who used her flower canes in some of the pens.



> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions shared a link from Tony – Artfire’s CEO – on the changes that Google has made to image searches that affect us. Read the whole post here: Google Image Changes

> Jennifer of Forevers Memories shared a post on pricing that may help those struggling with pricing. http://www.ohmyhandmade.com/2013/what-we-know/pricing-happiness-part-1-you-should-charge-more/  It is actually a two-part series and worth a read. Even if you do not agree, it never hurts to have more information to help with your online ventures.

> Ryan of MunDialsTreasures shared Deity of Mars Onyx


> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions has started the Mother’s Day countdown blog hop. Anyone who has handmade or vintage is welcome to come help promote these gift ideas for Mom. This will be a 12 week promotion like what was done for the Countdown to Christmas. Lots of people had lots of sales over that 12 weeks. See you there! http://bmebluprint.blogspot.com/2013/02/mothers-day-gift-idea-countdown-week-1.html

- Checked In Today! Guild Forum
Heard around the Guild Forum this week:

There is a new post on how to check into your Artfire studio if you are having a little trouble finding the button. The post is pinned to the top of the General Tab. http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/2576

> Rosemari of Walk in the Woods LLC wants to remind everyone to add our guild tag to our items. It is ckdin if anyone is interested. She is also doing a lot to help get all the collections and front page posts rounded up into one section. This is greatly appreciated! Please help her by posting new collections on the guild forum and if you are on Facebook, please join the Checked In Today! Guild Group and post away!

Post your February guild collections to this thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/2599

Post your non-guild collections to this thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/1877

Please take a few minutes to click on the collections and tweet the sale items for your fellow guild members.

They will return the favor, which will increase sales for everyone.

-Your membership in this guild is greatly appreciated and it will help all of us be successful at something we love.

Disclaimer: This bulletin is compiled from things posted by members around the guild forum, Facebook and blog, so if you do not see something you feel I
missed, just let me know and I will update the post. I try and keep up with everyone, but I do miss things.

Julie and Blu


  1. love all the visuals this week! thanks for the update. Have a good trip!

  2. Boy, the update sure pops with the visuals! Love seeing the collections all at once. And thank you for sharing my "Rescued" necklace. Seamus is wishing his buddy Blu a happy weekend with a few extra tasty treats (: Thanks for all the wonderful work you do, Julie!

  3. I know, cool right!!?? I will work on this layout this week to get it even better.

    Ear rubs for Seamus!
    Blu shares his squeaky toy from Beneful.

  4. I do love this page so much better than the other version - more color and wonderful pictures!! I just want to let everyone know I dropped my laptop last weekend and get to borrow my mom's ipad once a day for about 2 hours tops if that. I'm still learning on this silly little thing. For example, I have CREATED several collections with guild members and mixed, but unfortunately I do not know how to copy and paste anything to post the collections. I did figure out how to copy and paste like when I'm creating a listing. But after it is already listed, I can't highlight, copy and paste that somewhere else.

    I am trying to raise money to fix this problem and send my son on a school field trip
    to the White House this spring. His trip is a whopping $2500.00 - I have until April
    to gather his $2000. I am hosting an EXTREMELY LOW SALE to hopefully raise this money! Any help or exposure is so much appreciated!
    Thank You EvezBeadz, Eve
    Ps. Welcome New Comers! :D

  5. Such beautiful items from the guild and *so* much to browse!

  6. Thank you so much for showing the magazine ...still need few more peoples.

  7. what great collections!
    Happy February.

  8. WOW!!!! it,s looking really great that way ...love it
    Thank you for writing about my magazine ....will need more peoples all the time .
    I will work on :colors of the sprimg flower ...
    spring ...
    colors who goes with a certain flower through the summer..
    I want to feature clothes or accesories too.
    Anyone is welcome :O)
    thank you Julie....next time will put Blu in one of the magazine

  9. So appreciate your working on this, and loving the new blog posting format!

    Have a great week!

  10. I Love posting the News here! So Pretty!
    Welcome to our new members.
    Beautiful collections!

  11. Thank you so much for accepting me in the Checked In Today Guild, for the warm welcome and for posting my leather messenger bag on this wonderful forum!

  12. I love the blog you have created. The visual and colors are fun. Thank you for an excellent site and this week's post. :-)

  13. Just dropping by to say hello

    Too bad I don't ever post my ckdin treasuries on the team page. I will try to do better.

    Think I have spread myself so thin I have become invisible! :-)



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