This post is in collaboration with Design Bundles, but all views are my own.
There’s something about living through a pandemic that gets you thinking about making changes in your life and how you can start a side hustle and earn more money. Selling your own prints, t-shirts, ebooks, cheat sheets and more is becoming an extremely popular side hustle, but how do you get those great photos or mock ups or photos of your products?
Who Are Design Bundles?
Design Bundles is a website that was started in July 2016 to provide customers; regular people like you and I with over 150,000, affordable digital products. That includes things like graphics, templates, mock ups, patterns, illustrations and craft files.
These can be used for all of the side hustles listed above, for hobbies and for designing pinterest and social media graphics for your blog. After all, I think that revamping your blog is a great way to distract yourself from everything going on in the world right now, while also giving it a facelift. Even when you don’t feel like writing, sprucing up your blog is one of the things you can do in the meantime, which in turn may help you earn more money – it’s a win-win to be honest!
Not only that, you can use Design Bundles mockups to design party invites, greetings cards, create travel scrapbooks, decorative paper cut template, design clothing ranges, print mockups for your gallery wall, create printables for your home or blog etc. The possibilities are endless!
Since 2016, Design Bundles have managed to amass a customer base of over 1 million users – which I guess is a great indication of just how much choice you’ll find on their site. As the name suggests, the big attraction here is their curated bundles, which give you all of the graphics you need for a particular project in one “bundle” – and also at a steeply discounted price; up to 96% off the regular price, meaning you can save a lot of money.
They specialise in connecting talented independent designers with discount seeking customers through the easy to use Design Marketplace on their site. It goes without saying that Design Bundles won’t do all of the work for you obviously, but you can very easily find the perfect mockup or design that you are looking for that you can tweak and personalise.
What Is A Mockup And Why Do I Need One?
Let’s say you have designed a logo that you want to print on a selection of t-shirts to sell. It will take a long time and cost you money to print the logo on each t-shirt; for example a size 12, 14, 16 etc and then on different coloured t-shirts, never mind different styles. Once printed, you then need to photograph the t-shirts and edit all the photos before displaying them on your online shop. You may also need to pay a professional to do this, as the better the photo, the more likely people are to buy the t-shirts.
Don’t forget that on top of all that, you’ll need to create a number of pictures to show various colours, styles and sizes of the t-shirt. All of this will cost you in time and money.
Mockups are like a template you can use, where you simply put your logo into the mockup that is already beautifully photographed, and you are good to go. It really is as easy as that, and will really help you to look professional and entice new customers into making a purchase.
Below is an example of a t-shirt mockup you can find on Design Bundles:
In the same way, you can use your mockup logo on social media templates, such as Pinterest pins so that your branding stays consistent throughout. That way, if somebody was to randomly come across one of your pins on Pinterest, they might instantly recognise that it’s yours.
Below is an example of Pinterest template mockup you can find on Design Bundles:
Why Are Branding Mockups Important?
Branding is always important, whether you run a small blog or a multi-million pound business.
Digital platforms can be oversaturated, which is why it’s so important to make sure that you’re clear on your brand: So that you, your posts and your images can stand out in the sea of online content. Ideally, you want people to recognise what you’re posting as belonging to you, even if they haven’t seen your name.
Everything from colours to logos are, of course, hugely important in creating a brand and using mockups digitally on your blog as a Pinterest template, your blog logo or your blog header helps your readers to see consistency and become familiar with it because they know what to expect and know your brand.
Alternatively you can use them for products you are selling – so your customers get to know your brand from the consistency and the high quality mockups that you use to showcase your designs.
How Much Do Design Bundles Mockups Cost?
There are plenty of mockups to choose from, and depending on the product or products you are selling and the type of mockup you are looking for, I have seen some for as little as £1.12.
3 Other Design Resources I Use
There are other design resources out there that you can use in conjunction with Design Bundles, if you’re designing graphics for your blog..
Canva is one of the most popular sites for graphic design, and is also home to a huge selection of stock photography. I mostly use it to create Pinterest graphics, but you can use it for pretty much everything else you might need graphics for too; logos, invitations, infographics, book covers, social media banners etc.
CreativeMarket is great for WordPress themes and other creative elements. PicMonkey is best known as a photo editor, however you’ll also find a selection of social media templates to use, plus things like graphics and fonts to use on them. It’s no longer free to use, but you can sign up for a free trial to test it out.
Have you used Design Bundles or any of the other resources above?