07 September 2013

Checked in Today! Guild Weekly Update 8-31-13

Your Guild at Work for You
What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of August 31, 2013?

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







- The Checked In Today! Guild is 199 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.

Inspired By Love Of Forests And Their Wildlife by RSS Fiber Designs

Colorful Gifts Make Cheerful Friends by Crafts of the Past Orange and Blue by The Beaded Hound Red Earrings by The Beaded Hound Starting From the Center by The Beaded Hound You Just Might Need Your Shades! by Shadow Dog Designs Grass is always greener crafts from Checked in Guild! by Jazz it Up Designs by Nancy

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 in the current month on the Guild Forum so we can see them and make sure they get promoted.

Here is the thread to post on – September Guild Members Collections


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.

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

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

> Oceans of Talent by Umeboshi – non-guild

> How Does Your Garden Grow by Beaded Necklace Shoppe – non-guild

> A Plethora of Pleasing Purples by Luvncraft – non-guild

> Simple and Elegant Jewelry by Beaded Necklace Shoppe – non-guild

> Vamp Style by Aya Designs – 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

Come one, come all – sign up to Walk like a Zombie …




-- 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. New members, come join the fun.

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.

> Anna of Crafts of the Past shared her latest passion.

> Nancy of Jazz it Up Designs by Nancy shared her bright new selections.

> Barb of Solankai Designs shared her latest creations.

> Ruth of RSS Designs in Fiber is ready for wine season!

> Marilyn of BellaChicCottage shared one of her cheerful collages.

> Linda of JNLDesigns shared her latest designs, which sold within a few hours of posting. YAY!

> Lisa of CardsbyLibe is in full holiday mode now.

> Nat of Adore by Nat is in the party mood!

> Jennifer of Desert Creations is sharing what is bugging her.

> Melissa of Smoky Mountain Accessories shared her new jewelry.

> Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs shared her newest earrings.

> Pam of Pebbles at My Feet shared her newest designs.

> Connie of Grapevine Glass Art shared her latest creations before she heads out to the vineyard to bring us fresh wine.

> Linda of Steider Studios dazzled us with her latest photos.

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

> 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/

> Jennifer of Forever’s Memories gave us a link to a blurb on product photography. http://www.j-s-w.co.uk/the-hidden-art-of-product-photography/

> Jennifer of Forever’s Memories shared an article on getting organized. http://www.scrapbook.com/classes/getorganized.php

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

> Generate your own press release! Here is an online press release website that allows you to send out one a day for free. http://www.onlineprnews.com/

> Facebook giveaways and contests. Facebook changed their minds about how you could do a give away. If you need more information, here is their link. https://www.facebook.com/facebookforbusiness/news/page-promotions-terms

> 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.

> AFPouncers are a group of dedicated artists who take a day to tweet and share items from the daily pouncee. Here is the forum link to get more information.http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=forums&op=view_topic&tid=27528

> September What Have You Sold – this encouraging thread in the main forums was started in order to share some of the items that have been sold this month.  Look in the Business section.http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=forums&op=view_topic&tid=66198

> September Waneloo Saves – this fun thread is for everyone to help one another by sharing one item a day after they have saved and shared the items before them. This is a great way to generate some extra eyeballs on your studio.  Look in the Promotions section. http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=forums&op=view_topic&tid=66218

> 2013 Promo Thread for Shops With Zero Sales – this thread is run by Christie of Luvncrafts in order to draw attention to our fellow sellers who have no sales. If you are looking for something to do, go and help them by promoting an item or six.http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=forums&op=view_topic&tid=62140

>Twitter Tree – this is a promotional group that meets three times a week to promote each other. Contact Jacki of Christie Cottage for more information.

Guess What is Around the Corner?


Get your new items ready – we are going to start on September 20, 2013


Post your September guild collections to this thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/3038

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. Wow! So much info and so many neat things shared here!! Thanks so much for welcoming me to the guild!! :)
    --Nikki / mymountainstudio.artfire.com

  2. What a wonderful update! Thanks so much, Julie!

  3. Gorgeous items Julie, I want one of everything! Thanks for sharing and putting it together!

  4. Julie You are Amazing with your rundown of everything! A very NICE spread on info and pictures, Thank You!!! And Welcome to the Newbies. I have posted an item of each newbie to my http://pinterest.com/evezbeadz/welcome-2-artfire/.
    EvezBeadz.artfire.com, Eve :)

  5. There are some pretty items included on this post!

    Thanks Julie


  6. So many amazing finds :) Thank you for all the hard work you do for us :)


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