Why I Love Canva for Work

Last Update: April 09, 2019

When I started out with my niche websites, the only money I was prepared to spend on my business was my annual Domain payments and monthly subscriptions to Wealthy Affiliate and Jaaxy. (I switched to Yearly at Wealthy Affiliate on Black Friday 2016).

I opted for the FREE versions of everything else.

Free Online Tools for Bloggers


As you know, we get free web hosting for 25 Domains at Wealthy Affiliate plus another 25 Siterubix sites, so hosting was covered.

I used Mailchimp for email marketing because it was FREE for the first 2000 email subscribers. I switched to GetResponse early this year when I discovered that MailChimp was not friendly to Affiliate Marketers.

I used only free WordPress Themes until I purchased Divi by Elegant Themes on Black Friday 2018.

I used the free version of Board Booster instead of paying for Tailwind to grow my Pinterest account until Board Booster closed down.

And, of course, like most bloggers, I happily enjoyed the FREE version of Canva for 3 years. I found the free version wonderful, perfectly adequate for my needs as a new blogger.

And then Canva started promoting Canva for Work.

And, as with every financial decision in my business, I entered into hot internal debate for a good few weeks.

At $9.99 a month, Canva for Work is not a huge financial decision but I was happy with the free version so I didn't know if switching over would be worth it.

So I tried Canva for Work free for a month and decided to go for their $99 a year deal.

Here's why.

Why I love Canva for Work

What sets Canva for Work apart from the free version, in my opinion is the access to a bunch more FREE Images.

Yes, I know we have over a million free images in Site Content and they have served me very well.

Using Canva's Images Saves Me Time

What's nice about having free images in Canva is that you don't have to download them from Site Content and then re-upload them to Canva first. They are right there, on the design platform.

More Free Images at my disposal

And, for my niches (Mom Entrepreneurs, Mom Bloggers and Breastfeeding Moms), I've found a bunch of new images I haven't found in Site Content. Wooohoo! Guess I was going to run out sometime.

I can add Animation to my Images

And... when you publish images in Canva for Work, you get the option to publish your design as an Animation, either a GIF or a Movie.

Say whaaat?

You can create your own GIF's?

Yup, I just created one. The file was too big to upload to this post, so here's a screenshot.

I can Create Movies on Canva

I also recently created a Presentation on Canva for my Xtraordinary Women talk.

That, I turned into a movie (MP4) which I uploaded to YouTube and a PDF file which I uploaded to Slideshare.


Logo Design and Rebrand

I recently ditched the logo I bought on Fiverr for Inspiring Mompreneurs and created my own logo on Canva.

I was never quite happy with the logo I paid for or the rebrand I did last year.

The colours were all wrong, not bright and happy.

I also received so many compliments about the logo I created myself on Canva for LaurenKinghorn, that I just decided to go for it.

Inspiring Mompreneurs looks like this now. Much more me.

While I was at it, I created a new logo for Happy Human Pacifier on Canva too.

I also started standardising my Pinterest Pins, using the same font and style for all my latest pins.

I have no doubt I'll rebrand again in the future but I'm happy with my latest rebrand - for now.

Brand Kit

One of the great things about Canva for Work is that you can create a Brand Kit, with your Brand's Colours and Fonts.

You can also keep your logos and images you use often in a Folder for easy access (not sure if you can also do this with the Free version).

Why I Love Canva for Work

In essence, I believe Canva for Work has helped me become more professional - and for $99 a year, that's a steal.

Are You using Canva for Work?

And do you love it as much as I do?

I have only one gripe about Canva.

Why, oh why, don't they have an Affiliate Program? I found a page somewhere on Canva's site a while ago where you could express your interest in an Affiliate Program. Apparently, they will email all those who expressed an interest the moment they start one.

Wouldn't that be cool?

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LynneHuy Premium
I am also using the paid version of Canva now and I love it to bits. It is such a small expense that offers so much :) I also used the free version of Canva for a number of years before trying out their free trial and deciding to stay with their paid account.
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laurenjean Premium
Fab Lynne. Thanks for confirming and affirming my decision.
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ValerieJoy Premium
Thanks for this post, Lauren. It's good learn how much benefit you are gaining from a paid version of Canva.

I used to love using the free of version of Canva but recently it appeared to change and I stopped enjoying it.

I will have a look at Canva for Work as your experience with it shows just how great it really is.

I love your new logo. It is most professional.

And, of course an Affiliate program would be wonderful. I had better busy with Canva, again!
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Valerie, you're most welcome. Let me know what you think of Canva for Work if you do their free trial.

Thanks for the compliment on my new logo. The funny thing is, I picked literally the first logo option Canva was displaying that day and just added my brand name, fonts and colours. It took me a couple of minutes.

Sometimes I labour over things for days or weeks only to get nowhere and other times all it takes is a snap decision and quick follow-through. I think it's time to stop sweating the small stuff.
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ValerieJoy Premium
I absolutely agree with what you say, Lauren, about sweating the small stuff. That has been a problem of mine for far too long.

I will definitely try Canva for Work and let you know how it goes. It might be a while away as I'm still struggling with my affiliate marketing website after needing to change the theme.
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llj-tucson Premium
Hi Lauren,
Yes, I love Canva for Work also for many of the same reasons you noted. The free images in SiteContent are wonderful but I find I can't use just that because I like to annotate images or sometimes combine them. I often select an image in SiteContent, save it, and then upload it to Canva. I'm still working on the animation capabilities and I haven't tried movies. Have to spend some time there :) And, I'm also still waiting for that affiliate program. Good luck with everything!
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Linda, aah, a fellow user and lover of Canva for Work. Thanks for popping across to add your views.
Yes, I also still download many of my images from Site Content and upload them to Canva.
Wishing you all the best too, my friend.
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herinnelson Premium
Great ideas using Canva for Work, Lauren! It's sounds so interesting! Thanks for sharing all your progress with it. I will have to check it out now! I have only dabbled in Canva so far. Thanks for a great read and for all your colorful and exciting pix!

Erin :)!
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Erin, Thanks for your bubbly response. You're always so affirming. Much appreciated.
And yeah... go for it!! Such fun!
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Akpozy Premium
Thanks for this post. I just started out in WA and I often here people talk about Canva as an important tool for images, logos and other stuffs.

I just signed up yesterday. But I think it'll involve some practice for me to use it.

I'll be doing that today.

Anyway, thanks for the review about Canva (for Work).
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Akpobor, yes, you're right, loads of people at Wealthy Affiliate are crazy about Canva, even Kyle recommends it and he's a real master at Canva. I'd been using Canva for a good while and never discovered I could create my own logos on Canva until Kyle mentioned it in last year's Super Affiliate Challenge: And yes, there is a learning curve with Canva. Lynne @LynneHuy and Edu @TopAchiever also have some great training on this.
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JaneMahlehle Premium
This is great information, Lauren! Thank you. You have broken it down so well and I might just give it a try.
Much appreciated
Jane
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks for your enthusiastic response, Jane. Appreciate the compliment. Have fun playing around on Canva.
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JaneMahlehle Premium
Welcome Lauren, I sure will
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Motly20 Premium
Great info thanks for sharing
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks Matthew, you're most welcome.
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MariaV3 Premium
Thank you for this post. I, too, have been wondering if I should do the switch and your post has been very encouraging. All the best for your journey!
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laurenjean Premium
Fabulous Maria. Wonderful to meet you and wishing you all the best too.
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Marley2016 Premium
Lauren,

Thank you, I was wondering what all was available with a
subscription with Canva - they are serving my purposes
with the free version for now but eventually, know that I
will need more.

Your blog has enlightened me to know where I will be
staying :)
Thanks,
Susan
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laurenjean Premium
Excellent Susan, glad I could shed some light.
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BobMargroff Premium
Hi Lauren, very interesting post. You make me want to go buy Canva for Work. I’ll pass at the moment... but it wouldn’t be too far gone to say that I may make this purchase in the near future. I will stick with the free version for now.

Again, I am sure that Canva for Work has a future with me eventually.

I wish you the best!

Bob
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Bob, cool. Everything has its own time.
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BobMargroff Premium
Yes it does.
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Hollshope Premium
Great post Lauren. I didn't know you could make movies or animations and Gifs with Canva, but I've made all my logos there. I would love it if they had an affiliate program.
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks Holly! Have fun playing on Canva.
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Jadatherapy Premium
Thank you for sharing I really appreciate it

I have just started getting my head around using Canva and think that it is a great tool to have in my tool box.

I will now look into canva work now you have got me all excited about it. YAY

All the best in making it happen

Jennifer
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laurenjean Premium
Absolute pleasure Jennifer. Cool beans!!
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Jadatherapy Premium
You are welcome and thank you

All the best in making it happen here at WA

Have a great week

Jennifer
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cheffinchic Premium
That really is a deal. I do the same thing when deciding to pay more money out but often times with the time saved, it's beyond worth it. I need to use the canvas for work myself. Thanks for the post:)
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Jennifer, aah, so I'm not alone in my process. Cool. Wishing you all the best as you test out Canva.
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AnitaLouise Premium
I don’t use Canva myself but I just read in a group that you can now post from Canva directly to Pinterest, I am going to have to figure Canva out.
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Anita, yes, I've noticed you can post from Canva to most social media platforms. Haven't tested that function out yet. Thanks for mentioning it.
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mybiz4u Premium
Thnx L, and hope you are well. Always good info..thnx
M
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laurenjean Premium
My pleasure M. Super well Thanks, how's everything going your side?
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mybiz4u Premium
My family and I are doing well, thnx. Keeping busy and not here much...however, still here:)
M
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laurenjean Premium
Happy to hear all going well, Michelle. Thanks for popping by to read and comment on my post.
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Dhind1 Premium
Thank you for the highlights of Canva for work. I have recently been using the free version of Canva more and I was wondering about Canva for work, so your information is very timely.
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Alexander, my pleasure. Great stuff! Enjoy testing it out.
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Crazyhaggis Premium
I use Canva for business all the time to create Pinterest pins and created a freebie with it too. It’s really easy to use. Your post got me thinking of other ways I can use it too.... thankyou
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laurenjean Premium
Wonderful Ann. Have fun playing with Canva.
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sweetalmond Premium
Thanks for all this information Laura. Will have a look at Canva.

All the best.
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Grace, lovely to meet you. You're most welcome.
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greenwealth Premium
Lauren, thanks for the review of Canva Work, very interesting. I love hearing how affiliate marketing professionals use and review tools versus the constant 'pitches' that are promotional . The objective pros and cons are useful. I especially appreciated that you shared your branding process/evolution. I thought I was kinda crazy, wanting to change mine. But I see in the steps you took a sort of evolution and improvement, and I'd like to compliment the bright, clean-looking examples you shared. Very Nice.
Much success to you.
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Rick, my pleasure. So happy to hear you found my post useful and enjoyed me sharing my branding evolution. Thanks for the compliment on my new branding. Good luck with your rebranding process.
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CandP Premium
Hi Lauren. For some reason, we struggled with Canva at first but are now quite comfortable with it and can see a real potential benefit from some of the premium features. Do you happen to know if they still offer the free month and the $99 deal?
Colette and Philip
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laurenjean Premium
Aah, wonderful Colette and Philip. Glad you got the hang of Canva. I popped onto their site yesterday while doing my research for my post and noticed the free month trial is still available, I'm not sure about the $99 a year deal. It's probably best to bide your time and keep a look out for specials from them. You might even snag a better deal than I did.
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CandP Premium
Great, thanks Lauren.
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ColleenF1 Premium
Thank you for all of this information, Laura! I appreciate it so much and will look into everything that you have mentioned. May I ask how much it is to purchase a website theme? I have always been curious but scared of messing up my website.
I have also been wanting to make a logo forever, thank you for the tips!
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laurenjean Premium
My pleasure Colleen.

Paid Wordpress Themes have varying prices. The ones I was considering buying cost around $40 to $60 per year.

I went with Elegant Themes because it doesn't tie me down to just one Theme. They offer membership to a Theme Gallery of 87 Themes for only $89 a year or a lifetime membership for $249.

Elegant Themes often offer discounted rates though, I waited for their 20% discount on Black Friday and paid $69 for the year. Black Friday is not the only day of the year where they offer 20% off and I think their 10% off special is really easy to bag.

I must mention though that Divi is quite the learning curve as you build your site differently to using a traditional Wordpress Theme. You can read more here:
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Tipqmon11 Premium
Hi Lauren, Thanks for sharing....I was wondering how to spruce up my photos.... I didn't realize I could accomplish that with Canva. I check them out!
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laurenjean Premium
Great stuff T! Have fun playing on Canva.
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Tipqmon11 Premium
Yes, it is...I just got it today and I was able to create my first logo with it! It is AWESOME!! Thanks again for sharing!
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Debs66 Premium
Hi,
I love Canva I use it all the time. For various sites of mine. I try and keep them separate from each business lol. They all go intermittent.

I am just trying to work on what account I had with My Pinterest as it goes fab with pins too.

Awesome post Lauren. Canva is so easy to use so much easier than photo shop. Lol. I can't get my head round photoshop. :)


Debs :)
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laurenjean Premium
Hey Debs, lovely to hear from you and Thanks for your fab comment.

I've never tried Photoshop so I can't compare. The first time I ever designed anything was on Canva and I just loved how easy it was use.
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Debs66 Premium
Me too.
My daughter loves photoshop. I don't get on with it but Canva is something I use all the time it's a really cool. Fab post great to catch up with you again too Lauren. :)
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TDomena Premium
I'm a little confused about the spam rules. This post is helpful in my opinion, and I probably spam too when I'm trying to be helpful. I don't want to have to be more rigid when I share here.
Regarding Canva, I also use Canva for work. I really like the feature where you can instantly resize images for multiple platforms. I was spending a lot of time resizing and recreating for social media prior.
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laurenjean Premium
Oh goodness... yes! Forgot to mention the instant resizing, Tiffany. Thanks so much for picking that up and for highlighting it in your comment.

And Thanks for your support and encouragement. Yes, my intention was to help, certainly not to harm. I've sent Kyle an email with a link to my post, to make sure I'm not breaking the rules.

I like to keep it clean and am happy to post this info on my own site if it's a problem to have it up here - I just thought the info would be more useful to fellow bloggers.

And, as Canva has no affiliate program, I have nothing to gain by promoting Canva for Work other than to serve the community.
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Debs66 Premium
You are not violating rules Lauren your ok sweetie. There is no affiliate programme as of yet for Canva. About time there was though lol.
You are ok posting what you have.
:)
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks for confirming that Debs. Appreciate.
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TDomena Premium
I agree that it's helpful.
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mcb247 Premium
I love Canva and use it all the time, I must admit I only use the free version and not really even looked into the paid option and the benefits of it.

Thanks for the insight here Lauren maybe a closer look is needed,

Martin
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laurenjean Premium
Brilliant Martin. I was also super happy with the free version.
I would have loved to have known what I know now when I was deciding whether to upgrade or not. Trusting you have enough info to make a more informed decision now.
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mcb247 Premium
I can see me test driving the upgrade to see what I think.
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Beth924 Premium
I'm just using the regular Canva for now too, but really appreciate your feedback around upgrading, makes it a lot easier to make the decision when it comes up. Thank you!
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laurenjean Premium
Awesome, Beth. Glad I could help. I struggled to find enough information on it when I was making my decision and it took me a while to figure out its true worth.
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Alysanna Premium
I use Canva too and I love it. I haven't thought about upgrading yet as I don't see the need, at least for now.
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Alica, that's cool. I also was perfectly happy using the free version for the longest time.
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DarleneB Premium
Great post, Lauren. I also tried Canva for work for a month. Like you, after the month was over I purchased it for a year. I absolutely love it.
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laurenjean Premium
Fab, Darlene. So I'm not alone.
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Memorylaneuk Premium
I just love Canva too ... though as with many things, I could become more efficient at using it!
With Grace and Gratitude
Karen
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laurenjean Premium
Aah, yeah, Karen, I hear you. Always something to learn.
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Debs66 Premium
Hello Karen how are you girl it's eons since I have seen you about.
We need to catch up girl :)
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Memorylaneuk Premium
I have been absent because I have two parents with two different diseases at the same time and there are no happy endings :( It has been taking up a lot of my time over the last few months.
I have had to concentrate on my websites when I have had the chance to actually work.
But as Arnie says “I’ll be back” :)
With Grace and Gratitude
Karen
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Debs66 Premium
Oh Karen I am so sorry about your parents. :(
I hope you are ok. Sending you a big E-Hug.
Take care sweetie. x
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ColleenLVSJC Premium
Thanks for the info about Canva for Work, Lauren. I haven't used it, but I like that they have a brand kit, in addition to everything else. Very reasonable pricing too. Thank you! :)
Colleen
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laurenjean Premium
My pleasure Colleen. Cool beans.
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NnurseBecca Premium
I think this is a very nice review, is it ok to put our business on there? (Not sure if it is against self-promotion rule?)
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks Rebecca. Congratulations on becoming an Ambassador! Woohoo!

Very good question. I think that when we give details of our business in this way, to teach and train, it's acceptable. I have not added links to any of my websites. Links to my sites are still exactly where they should be - on my profile.
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NnurseBecca Premium
Thank you! I do go by Becca. I like reading your blogs. So, if my tutorials have my biz name, that is fine...just double checking. I did this one for my No One Likes Pricks Campaign on Canva
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laurenjean Premium
I think so Becca, I'm going to check with Kyle. I popped over to your website to check a couple of weeks back and I see you've been busy... it's time we published your post. Let me know when and how you'd like to proceed.
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