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Tickle Me Tech: How to Create Attractive Cover Pages for Your Teachers Pay Teachers Products

Hi Everyone!! It has been a while, but I am here to Tickle you all with some Tech Tips!!! I have created a simple tutorial for beginners wanting to learn how to create an attractive cover page for products created for a Teachers Pay Teachers shop!!
Click the image above to download this tutorial from my TpT shop!!

One of the most common techy questions I get (pertaining to clip art) is how to use digital papers, frames and clip art in a document to create digital products. People often ask me how to add text over backgrounds or frames, or how to layer frames. Sometimes, I do wonder about some of my buyers... the ones who purchase clip art and then send me an email asking me how to use clip art. Many times, I have sat back in my chair thinking to myself how to even begin explaining this to someone. 

Me: Where do I begin?
My Brain: How should I know. Maybe you should start with a definition for clip art.

Me:Do they even have a computer?
My Brain: Probably in the classroom... and if there is one at home, chances are  - it is ancient!!

Me: Why does one purchase clip art without first knowing what it is for?
My Brain: Who cares... it's a sale - WOo HOo!! 

Haha!!
Well, after much debating with my brain, I finally came up with the perfect solution!!
I call it: Tickle Me Tech and it's my newest Tech series that will cover everything I know from the very basics to the most advanced. I am working very hard to put more tutorials together and I would eventually like to create a collection that can be downloaded in one zipped file. I even created a cute logo for the series. I came up with the name because I always feel "tickled" with joy whenever I learn something new and techy. I also know how excited many of you get when you learn something new pertaining to technology and the only word to describe this sort of happiness is, tickled!!! 


At this point, I will be posting a new "tickle" once a month...that is...unless time miraculously decides to be my best friend. Lately, time feels more like an ex husband than a friend, but only time will tell what will happen in the future..hahaha. 

 Instead of cluttering a blog post with images no one can read, I am linking the image above to my TpT shop, where you can download the tutorial and read it when you are ready. 

I really do hope this tutorial is helpful to many of you in the beginning stages of building your online Teachers Pay Teacher Shops!! For those of you who are more advanced, please feel free to bookmark or better yet, PIN this tutorial to keep as a tool and reference for beginners you know.

I really love blessing all of you by sharing my knowledge and offering free resources and clip art. I put just as much time into my free resources as I do for those I put up for sale. I am always blessed by your feedback and I love hearing about what you create. Please continue leaving feedback and pinning anything and everything - those little efforts make a tremendous difference & I can use all the help I can get.

And another crazy thought.... I was looking at some stats today and I jumped for joy when I realized that nearly 100,000 people have downloaded my FREE Frames and Borders set on TpT!! That is Crazy Talk!!!! Then I quickly realized that not even a quarter of that number chose to follow my shop...

Sadness and a vanilla cone!!!

I think following someones store should be a requirement when getting a freebie; however, TpT works on an honors system.... hint.. hint....

SO...If you love the RAD and Awesome FREEBIES, please make sure to follow my shop.... it is just rude not to..hahaha!!! I never grab a freebie without following...I believe it is the best complement and appreciation I can give in return to the seller.

Have an AWESOME WEEK everyone!!!!

Here is a free background I created for this tutorial.. Feel free to grab this freebie, but please make sure to link this image back to my blog whenever you use it. You can read my Terms of Use for more copyright information. 
Commercial Use Okay

The digital papers and frames used to create this tutorial and free product cover are available in my shop. This Kit will be marked down 50% this week only!!! Click the image below to grab this set. 

20 comments:

  1. I love the conversation you had with your brain, it cracked me up. Looking forward to reading your posts...PINNING!!!

    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

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  2. I love this post! I agree that when people download your stuff, they should follow you. :) I love all your stuff and I AM a follower. :) Is there a link to the cover page that is your freebie item? Thanks so much!
    Sara
    First Grade Funtastic

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  3. I am looking forward to these posts. Thanks so much for sharing. And I definitely laughed out loud while reading the conversation you had in your head with yourself. My husband thinks I'm crazy now but it's ok.
    Rebecca

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  4. Brilliant, brilliant and I am excited about your posts to come. I appreciate you sharing your expertise so much as a newbie. I always leave feedback and rate when I download and I thought everyone would just do it as a matter of courtesy BUT I am wrong, committed to helping you change this by spreading the word.

    With much thanks
    Julie :-)
    Mrs Stowe's Kinder Cottage

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  5. Hi Michelle. I'm glad I'm not the only one who has been baffled by some questions/comments that I get on TPT! Sometimes Kristi and I both are at a loss of how to respond, but eventually figure it out. :-)

    Thanks for the freebie and the tutorial! I love learning new techy things so I'm looking forward to these posts.

    Crystal
    Teaching Little Miracles

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  6. Always looking for "tech" tutorials. Love it! Pinning!! I can't wait for the next installment!

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  7. This is so great! Thanks for sharing! :)

    Stephanie
    Tales of Teaching in Heels

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  8. I love how you typed out the conversation in your head! That was cute!
    Thank you for the tutorial. I am excited to view it and learn some new things! And I look forward to your other Tickle Me Tech tips too.
    Chrissy
    First Grade Found Me

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  9. Love this idea for a series Michelle!!!!!! Looking forward to reading your tutorials:)

    Tammy
    ”Dots” of Fun!
    1...2...3...Teach With Me

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  10. Thanks for sharing! I love your honesty! I opened a TpT store about 2 weeks ago. My freebies have been downloaded many, many times. Out of all of those times, only 1 person has left feedback. And, the # of followers I have is half the downloads. Thanks for sharing! I always enjoy your posts!

    Karen
    An Apple a Day in First Grade

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    1. Thank you!! I have fun analyzing online data, but I have learned quite a bit about marketing by doing so. I am still trying to figure this one out...hahaha..

      I just went to your blog & now I feel like having crumble apple pie... haha...

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  11. Thank you for your tech tips! I love your products and have now followed you. =) I would like to know how to include a cover page that shows all pages in your product spread out so the buyer can see what they are getting. (Like you showed up in the create your own cover kit) Thanks!

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    1. Thank you so much!! I think that would be a great topic....

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  12. Ha ha ha! I agree with about the freebies and zero comments, everyone loves comments, right :)
    ☼Libby
    First Grade Dual

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  13. Somehow I know I have been here before...oops...MUST follow you now!!!! Love the tutorial!
    Em
    http://loveluckandlaughter.blogspot.com/

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  14. Always love your stuff and have always been a follower!!!

    Nicki
    Mrs. Thigpen's Kindergarten

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  15. Wow! Thanks so much for the tips. I'm more than a little lost when it comes to this but I'm learning more every day. I'm following you (here and on TpT) and can't wait for more great info!
    Thanks again!
    Jennifer
    Mrs. James’ Jungle

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  16. I love the idea for this monthly blog post. I didn't even know you could "Follow" someone on TpT until recently. I just thought it was a marketplace for teaching ideas, but have definitely learned that lesson through reading many blogs that have giveaways and have you Follow them to get more entries! I followed you on TpT and pinned this post. I even created a new board called Techy Teacher Tutorials for me to learn more about blogging and creating resources for my future TpT store. Unlike the above people you wrote about, I'm trying to learn more about it before I purchase something only to ask how to do it!

    Ashley
    Tacky the Teacher

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  17. Hi,
    Thanks for the wonderful tutorial. I really learned a lot. In step 3 you mention adding a translucent overlay. Where can we get this file? Is it something we can create in power point? Or is it something that we purchase separately? Thanks again

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