05 October 2013

Checked in Today! Guild Weekly Update 9-28-13

Your Guild at Work for You
What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of September 28, 2013?

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

PutmanLakeDesigns

craftingmemories

c0nfus3dgurl

Craftaholic

HempbyDesign

LePetitPoulailler

Skylyn777

ValeriePullam

- The Checked In Today! Guild is 200strong.- 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.

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~ 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

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-- 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.

Halloween Goodies by Godiva Jewels Halloween Fun by The Beaded Hound Black and Gray by The Beaded Hound Autumn Colors by Trinkets and Treasures

 

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 the October Guild Members Collections on

http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/3081

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

~ On the Front Page of Artfire

> Homes for Sale by Beaded Necklace Shoppe – non-guild

> Belly Dance by The Witch and Mule – non-guild

~ Artfire Daily Email

> Orange Crush by c0nfus3dgurl – 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.
> The Checked in Today! newsletter for last week.

--New Studio Items by Checked in Today! guild members

Here are some of the latest and greatest new additions to the studios in your guild. The items you see posted here have been found on both the guild Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/groups/CheckedInToday/ and the Guild Forum New Items posting page. http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/3058  - Thank you Ruth of RSS Designs in Fiber for starting this.

Please Note: We are promoting any of your new items if you post them in either the Facebook page or the Guild Forum. Please link the item to your page, so I can post it to the blog. If it is not linked, I cannot post it.

If you need help posting to the guild forum, here is a link to a tutorial that will help you. Posting an Image to the Guild forum

> Nancy of Jazz it up With Designs by Nancy published new jewelry.

> Connie of The Singing Beader shared her newest offerings.

> Jennifer of Desert Creations is making everyone bright and cheerful.

 

> Nikki of My Mountain Studio is keeping warm this season.

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

> Melissa of Smoky Mountain Accessories shared new jewelry.

> Lisa of CardsbyLibe shared her latest cards.

> Pam from Pebbles at My Feet shows off her latest creations.

> Nat of Adore by Nat gets us ready for our holiday party planning.

------ Great Autumn Reads -----------

> Linda Landig shared a new tutorial she wrote on how to create a button closure for beadwork.

http://artjewelryelements.blogspot.com/2013/10/button-closure-bracelet-tutorial.html

> Elaine of Zoomgraphiks published her autumn glossi – this edition has a lot of members featured. Great job, Elaine, and thank you!

------- Getting Ready for the Holidays ---------------

It is NOT too soon to start getting our studios ready for the holiday shopping season.

> Nikki of My Mountain Studio challenges us all to spiff up some of our old photos.http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=forums&op=view_topic&tid=66527

Speaking of holiday shopping …

countdownfull

has begun!

Here is the link to Week 3

http://bmebluprint.blogspot.com/2013/10/countdown-to-christmas-week-3.html

We had 99 items for week 1 and 2, so it is only going to get better from here.

Those who did not participate last year will be excited to hear that we are still getting hits on our studio from last years’ Pinterest links.

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

> 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

> October 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=66723

> October 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=66725

> 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.

> 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 Beadshttps://www.facebook.com/groups/237101492987313/

> Facebook Group Support Handmade Home Businesses in the USAhttps://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 Saturdayhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/HandmadeHoliday/

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

> Artfire Bloggers Guild – Facebook pagehttps://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 October guild collections to this thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/3081

Post your non-guild collections to this threadhttp://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

11 comments:

  1. Another fabulous update!! Welcome to all the new people joining! :) Great items and collections everyone! :) A fantastic glossi Elaine! :) I enjoy reading these updates every week... thanks so much Julie!! :)

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  2. Fantastic amount of work, Julie, and we thank you for it. I promoted the collections. Thanks especially for showing my items posted on the Guild's Facebook page.
    Anna

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  3. Thanks for the wealth of information, Julie - I love all the promo ideas...fantastic support for each other!
    Mary Beth

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  4. Julie - thanks again for keeping the Guild informed and unified with your weekly updates. Checked in Today is such a supportive Guild. Thanks to you and every member who creates collections or blogs or forms FB groups. Thanks!

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  5. Thank you for going to all of the trouble making the weekly updates. They are very helpful.

    Thank you,
    Grady at WireCrafters

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  6. Thank you so much for doing this Julie!!! You selected wonderful items from this talented group! Off to share.

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  7. Great updates, Julie! Appreciate all the time and effort you put into it. Welcome new members!

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  8. Thanks for the update! Always helpful!

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  9. As, always a fabulous update! Thank you, Julie! And Seamus says Blu needs a belly rub AND a tasty treat!

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  10. What a wonderful update!! Thank you so much for all you do :)

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