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My favourite tools for creativity

Moleskine notebooks | there’s pretty much Classic* ($13 for one) or Cahier* ($12 for 3)

Black pens | Sakura Pigma Micron* or UniPin Fine Line* pens work perfectly over watercolour and acrylic paint

Acrylic paints Golden Fluid Acrylics (expensive) – my fave is the Iridescent Gold Deep*, Liquitex (mid range) – I love their Mars Black* and Titanium White*, Americana (cheap)

Watercolours Kuretake Gansai Tambi* has the most beautiful colours for those who don’t like mixing colours (me). They are super vivid and glide on paper beautifully. Also, the palette includes gold, copper, and pearl.

Stamp ink | StazOn* stamp ink has no long drying time and looks really great over photos or paint (even watercolours)

Fun | Liquitex Acrylic Ink* is super fun for making splashes on your page, Winsor & Newton Drawing Inks* are a thinner version of the fun (my ULTIMATE is the gold ink*)

Get Messy | art journal community

Caylee Grey Courses | how could I not include these :)

Rachel Denbow – 52 Weeks of Art Journaling

 Kara Haupt’s art journaling classes

I have the full Adobe Creative Cloud* because I use at least three of the applications every single day (Photoshop, Bridge, and Premiere Pro), and the others (InDesign and Illustrator) at least once weekly. I know that it is an investment ($49.99 pm), so if you’re still learning, I recommend starting with Photoshop and then going on to the other ones.

Adobe Photoshop CC* for photo editing, blog graphics, and pretty much everything in my life ($9.99 pm including Lightroom)

Adobe Bridge* for photo organisation (free!)

Adobe InDesign* for making PDFs for class workbooks, free downloadables, and printables ($19.99 pm)

Adobe Illustrator* for logos ($19.99 pm)

Adobe Premiere Pro* for video editing ($19.99 pm)

(If you’re a teacher or a student, you get 60% off Creative Cloud plans*)

My favourite tools for memory keeping

Physical memory keeping | Scrapbook Werkstatt is my fave for scrapbooking supplies in Germany

Photo books | MILK / Moleskine or Blurb*

Digital memory keeping | Paislee Press is pretty much the only digital paper, elements, and journal cards that I use.

I have the full Adobe Creative Cloud* because I use at least three of the applications every single day (Photoshop, Bridge, and Premiere Pro), and the others (InDesign and Illustrator) at least once weekly. I know that it is an investment ($49.99 pm), so if you’re still learning, I recommend starting with Photoshop and then going on to the other ones.

Adobe Photoshop CC* for photo editing, blog graphics, and pretty much everything in my life ($9.99 pm including Lightroom)

Adobe Bridge* for photo organisation (free!)

Adobe InDesign* for making PDFs for class workbooks, free downloadables, and printables ($19.99 pm)

Adobe Illustrator* for logos ($19.99 pm)

Adobe Premiere Pro* for video editing ($19.99 pm)

(If you’re a teacher or a student, you get 60% off Creative Cloud plans*)

My favourite tools for productivity

BLOGGING

NameCheap | for hosting and domains

Self-hosted WordPress | for blogging

Favourite plugins | Column Shortcodes, Contact Form 7, WordPress Editorial Calendar, WP Canvas – Gallery, Yoast SEO

Drip | for newsletters

BUSINESS

CreativeMarket | for stock, and blog theme resources

Google Apps for Business* | the ultimate for a small business (or family!) that lets you have your blog or business name as an email domain (like my @cayleegrey.com etc) and all the other typical Google products stuff

Typeform* | for my favourite pretty forms. If you make use of their premium offer, you can get form entrants to upload images which is a favourite of mine and something I use for How She Creates podcast guests

Photoshop* | for blog images, photo editing

InDesign* | for printables

SELLING AND COURSES

Etsy | the first place I started selling my digital printables. I strongly recommend it if you want to get into online selling.

Gumroad | to sell digital products, such as ecourses. Gives you an online shop front, and sends the product immediately to the buyer upon purchase. Cost: $10 per month plus 3.5% + 30c per sale. AlternativeeJunkie for $5 per month, which is less pretty.

Teachable | really simple, cheap way to start creating courses

Femtrepreneur – Your First 1K | great, practical course on making your first $1000 or getting your first 1000 subscribers

BlueYeti microphone* | I’m in love with how clear this mic makes my voice recordings

Camtasia* | screen capture and recording software for both Mac and PC. At $299 it’s rather expensive, but if you wanted to share a recording of your computer screen this is the software to use.

Adobe Photoshop CC* | my favourite software in the world for editing photos, and creating simple graphics. $10 per month on the Creative Cloud Photography plan.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC* | the best video editing software ever. If you’ve used Photoshop or another Adobe product, you’re going to learn this super quickly and find it intuitive. $20 per month on the Creative Cloud Single App plan, or $60 in the All Apps plan which includes all the other options. Alternative: iMovie for Mac or Windows Movie Maker, which are both free and pretty awesome. I’ve also used Sony Vegas Pro 13, which cost about $600, and I wouldn’t recommend compared to Premiere Pro.

Adobe Audition CC  | the best audio recording and editing. It works well with Premiere Pro and has the same pricing structure. Alternative: Audacity, which is awesome and free, but I use Audition since it works so well with Premiere Pro.

WishlistMember* | a WordPress plugin that does the tech side of a private membership site. It has payment, webinar, and autoresponder integration, so you can be paid directly on your side and automatically add members to any email automation you’ve set up. It costs $197 (one site) or $297 (multiple sites) once off. We use it at Get Messy and Level Up, and all Caylee Grey CoursesAlternatives: Teachable, or Teachery. I’ve tried both of those and they were nice but restrictive.

Slack | group communication (alternative: Facebook Groups)