20 July 2013

Checked in Today! Guild Weekly Update 7-13-13


Your Guild at Work for You
What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of July 13, 2013?

> You will notice several spots in the newsletter that draw attention to Marketing Opportunities available to all. I am trying to find these as I travel about the guilds and web to provide you guys with opportunities to get more exposure. As well as I am trying to link this blog to your items to give you some of those wonderful backlinks. If you have some that I need to know about, please send them to me, so I can include them. Eventually, I will set up a little section on here for them.

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




- The Checked In Today! Guild is 192 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 gone a week or so. I recently needed to remove a few members who have not checked back in since they joined. I am not sending warnings to folks. Those who have not come back into their studios over 1 week without a vacation notice are being removed from the guild. They may rejoin when they are able to commit to checking in.

-- 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.

The Nature We Love by mmcreates

Summertime Treasures by mmcreates Lovely Shades of Orange by Pretty Gonzo Pearls and Seahorses by The Beaded Hound Garden Party by The Beaded Hound Blooms and Blossoms by A Walk in the Woods LLC Light Blue by Luvncrafts Brights by The Beaded Hound Flowers and Other Delights by The Beaded Hound Christmas in July by Forevers Memories Night on the Town by The Beaded Hound It's A Summer Thing by Smoky Mountain Accessories

If you have NOT made a collection for the guild lately, it would be very much appreciated if you would create one or two that only have Checked in Today! Guild  members in it. Also, if you ARE making collections, PLEASE post them in the forum thread, so I can share them for you.

-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/2942   If you do not post your guild collections on the guild forum, I do not always see them and cannot give you recognition for your collection.

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
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 July guild collections to this thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/2942

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

> Come In Ombre – Your’re Fading by Pebbles at My Feet – non-guild

> Red Splashes by Gais Gifts – non-guild

> Hints of Fall by Aya Designs – guild

~ Artfire Daily Email

-- 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.
> The Checked in Today! newsletter for last week is the only updated post for this week.

-- Facebook Hilights

- Facebook Checked In Today! page is filled with activity and you might find these outstanding posts worth reading. If you have not joined the Facebook group, come on over and join us! If you share your latest creations and blog postings with us, we can get them into the newsletter grabbing you some extra backlinks.
- Meet new members, see the latest collections, discuss the advantages of marketing and learn about Chatterbox forum posts by staff.

Here are the latest Facebook posts that the members have posted. Everyone is welcome to post on our Facebook group, if you do not have Facebook, then post in the guild forum. Again, if I cannot see it, I cannot report it to the group.

> Nancy of Jazz It Up Designs by Nancy posted her latest creations in the group:

> Lisa of CardsbyLibe shared her new cards:


> Jennifer of Desert Creations shared some of her new listings:

> Natalie of Adore by Nat shared her newest tags:

> Eve of Evezbeads shared some of her newest items:

> Melissa of Smokey Mountain Accessories posted new creations from her studio:

> Susan of Susan Knits shared some of her latest listings:

> Marilyn from Bella Chic Cottage posted a new listing from her studio:

> Brenda of Brenda’s Craft Store posted a new listing for her studio:

> Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs shared her latest creations:


------ Great Summer Reads -----------


> Ruth of RSS Designs in Fiber -

Intricate and Detailed Is What I Crochet

> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions -

Back to Livin Floridays

> Michelle of PolkaDot Orchid

Improving Your Product Photography: Using an Image Editor to get a White Background

> Aya of Aya Designs

How to Make Your Own Seaglass

> Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs

The Pink Store, Palomas, Mexico

------ Eye Candy ---------

> Ruth of RSS Designs shared her thread crochet photo album. This is only ONE of the awesome selections she has in her album. Click to follow the photos.


> Jennifer of Desert Creations shared a new flipflop design:

> Melissa of Smoky Mountain Accessories shared her pet bed in action:


> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions posted her latest bracelet creations.

> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions shared hiking and nature photos like this:

------ Marketing Opportunity ---------

> Martha Stewart annual Made in America contest has opened up to nominations. Nominate someone you know who is America made or nominate yourself.


> Facebook Group SRAJD (Self-Representing Artists in Jewelry Design) This is a closed group for SRAJD members with limited promotional activity, but a lot of discussions that are pertinent to jewelry designers. https://www.facebook.com/groups/SRAJD/

> Facebook Group Beads, Beads and More Beads https://www.facebook.com/groups/237101492987313/

> Facebook Group Support Handmade Home Businesses in the USA https://www.facebook.com/groups/486111751428429/

> Facebook Group On Fire for Handmade https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_114453101935100&ap=1  Here is their website: http://onfireforhandmade.com/  (Thanks, Ruth, for the reminder about this excellent group!)

------ Know any Facebook or guild group that we should list here? Let me know and I will add it to the list.


Post your July guild collections to this thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/2942

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. Thanks Julie!

    Love the birds on the branch!


  2. Another terrific update, Julie!
    Thanks so much.


  3. Julie - you really do a great job of covering the Guild for the week. This is a great Artfire Guild for doing and promoting!

  4. Julie thank you for another wonderful update :)


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