24 August 2013

Checked in Today! Guild Weekly Update 8-17-13

Your Guild at Work for You
What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of August 17, 2013?

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




- The Checked In Today! Guild is 194 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.


~ Are You New to Artfire? ~

If so, we have compiled a list of helpful threads, posts and other things to help you be successful on Artfire.

How to Succeed on Artfire


-- 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.

Checking In by Thaddeus Rose

Glass Has Class by Shadow Dog Designs

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/2977  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 August guild collections to this thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/2977

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

> Strawberry and Chocolate by Luvncrafts – non-guild

> Serve it Up by Quilt Tops – non-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.

-- Heard Around the Forum

> Lee of Strega Jewellry invites anyone who would like to participate in a blog hop to join her on September 15th for the Zombie Walk Blog Hop. Further details can be found here: http://networkedblogs.com/NEZjO

-- 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 with Nancy shared some colorful jewelry.

> Natalie of Adore by Nat shared new party favorites.

> Connie of Grapevine Glass shared a new piece from her studio.


> Linda of JNL Designs showed off her newest creations.

>Jennifer of Desert Creations shared some pretty new items.

> Connie of The Singing Beader shared her latest designs.

> Sandy of Islands of Time shared her latest jewelry.

> Brenda of Brenda’s Craft Store shared her latest scarf.

> Barb of Solanakai Designs shared some new jewelry.

> Gloria of Chrysalis Jewelry shared a new pair of earrings.

> Linda of Steider Studios shared this sold bracelet that was sold because Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs created a collection and then it was promoted across Facebook where it was purchased from Linda’s business page. This is how promotion and collections are supposed to work. Great job to all!


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

> Ruth of RSS Designs in Threads shared these posts.  Stars in the Sky  and For Those Who Like To Design in Florals

> Linda of Steider Studios is an affiliate for the magazine Crafts Report. This magazine is a great resource for those of us who create.

You can read more about the magazine on Linda’s blog post http://steiderstudios.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/do-you-subscribe-to-crafts-report/

> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions shared a blog post about underpricing your work.

> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions shared a magazine link that may be of use to those who may be considering branching out to other markets. http://www.nichemagazine.com/

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

> Jewelry Designers – Ganoskin announced a monthly contest through http://www.ganoksin.com/gnkurl/ep80cf  DEADLINE August 31, 2013

> 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!)

> Facebook Group Handmade Saturday https://www.facebook.com/groups/HandmadeHoliday/

> Facebook Group It’s Better Handmade https://www.facebook.com/groups/its.better.handmade.link/

> Artfire Bloggers Guild – Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/196774027147201/

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

Post your August guild collections to this thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/2977

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 for the update! Always enjoy getting these weekly!

  2. Julie, I am going to move in here. There is soooooo much helpful information that I could make this guild update my study. I am just getting my toes wet, doing some tweeting and plan to make a collection on regular basis. I have a big event (not biz) coming up on Thursday, so it will take me a few days yet to really do more than tweet and RT for the group. I will get going though and use every one of the fine resources you have provided.

  3. Thank you so much for the update, Julie! Yay! Am glad to see Anna here!

  4. So many wonderful new items :) Thank you so much for putting this all together for us!!!!


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