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Where have you been, young lady?

1 Feb

sorry-cover.jpg I apologize. I’ve once again been so busy, it’s been hard to get over here and write any new posts. But the good news is that I have a lot of ideas for new posts so stay tuned – something will be up soon.

Hope everyone had a great New Year’s and that you’re committed to yourself in 2008. It’s going to be a GREAT year!

~ Annie

I’ve done it now . . .

25 Sep

Well, I’ve done it now.

See, I received my graphic design degree way back in the day of traditional paste up and layout on a light table. And even though I’ve learned a LOT of computer based stuff since then, I know there are some skills in which I’m lacking – some more than others even.

So, I recently decided to enroll full time in college. Crazy, huh?

Yep! And now I’ll be spending the next 3 1/2 years attending online classes for a bona fide Bachelor of Science Degree in Graphic Design. (I currently have an AA – Associate of Arts, though sometimes I’ve seen it written AAS – Associate of Arts & Sciences. I don’t think there’s really any difference. But back when I got mine, it simply was called an AA. Whatever. 😉 )

Anyway, classes start next monday. As if I didn’t already have enough to do, right? Should be fun! I’m really looking forward to it. Plus, it means I get new books! And software! Oh – and maybe a new iMac!! 🙂

But, I’ll be back tomorrow with new stuff for you all here. I’m finally over my cold/sinus infection/flu whatever it was I had last week. I still have a bit of stuffiness in my nose, but otherwise, I’m good. Thanks to everyone who sent me well wishes. I really appreciate them.

Enjoy your week! Can you believe we’re already to October next week?? Yikes! How time flies.

‘Night!

~Annie
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Another creating products post is coming soon

17 Sep

Product Creation, part 3 is coming tomorrow!

Just wanted to let you know that tomorrow I will be posting the next piece in the Product Creation series. Also look for some slideshows and/or videos for all 3 modules soon. I want to give you the best chance possible to help you on the road to creating your own products.

So – don’t go anywhere! Look for that tomorrow and perhaps by this weekend, I’ll upload a free report on creating products for you. What do you think?

~Annie
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Sorry for the long time gap!

15 Sep

I had an unannounced visitor stop by my house so my last post was late and now I’m one behind. I’ll catch up here soon! 😉

~ Annie

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Another Set of Useful Tools

10 Sep

I wasn’t going to post my next in the Useful Tools series until later in the week, but as I’m sitting here brainstorming, I came up with another set of useful tools I use often, if not daily. So, I thought what better time to share them with you than now.

NovaMind. An awesome MindMapping software, available for both Mac and Windows users. The power of this program is amazing! And I’m sure I don’t even know a miniscule portion of what it’s capable of. But it’s awesome and I love it. Until I began using NovaMind, I wrote/drew my MindMaps by hand because nothing worked the way I wanted it to. And if you don’t do MindMapping yet, you owe it to yourself if you’re serious about your business endeavors to give it a try. There’s a GREAT book by the creator of MindMapping, Tony Buzan. Go to Amazon.com and get it, too.

Bluehost. Seems everybody who’s been online for any length of time has a favorite hosting company. And, mine is Bluehost. I’ve been with them for going on 2 years now and I’ve never had an issue. I keep adding domains to my account and it all just keeps running smoothly. It’s about $100 if you pay annually and $10 for new domains. You can even transfer existing domains free.

Adobe Creative Suite. Though CS3 is now on the market, I am currently using CS2 and will probably upgrade here soon. In any case, it’s a suite of Adobe’s best design products and I highly recommend them. I’ve been using them since the early days of PageMaker – which at the time, was produced by a company called Aldus. (Yes, I’ve been around a while in the design market! 😉 ) And yes, CS3 is expensive if you’re looking at it from a financial perspective. At the least, learn to use Adobe Acrobat so you can produce PDF documents that are both Mac and PC friendly as well as Photoshop or Photoshop Express for making your pictures look spectacular. You can buy those 2 products separately from the Suite.

So – those are my best tools for this time. Let me know if there’s something you use every day or regularly that I haven’t mentioned yet. Perhaps I’ll take a look at it. 😉

~Annie (lsandrsn on the forum)
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The Usefulness of Twitter, ala Gapingvoid.com

8 Sep

Gotta love it –

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~Annie (lsandrsn on the forum)
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Worth a Thousand Words +

8 Sep

This pic says it all . . .

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The girls sign says –

What I learned from BUSH
1. Lying is ok
2. Cheating is ok
3. Torture is ok
4. Taking away peoples rights is ok
5. Neglecting the poor is ok
6. Being a religious hypocrite is ok
7. Killing is ok
8. Incompetence is ok
9. Cronyism is ok

~Annie (lsandrsn on the forum)
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