i decided to try and make printables, and had a lot of fun with it


Those who have seen my new year’s resolutions and goals for 2018 might have noticed that I want to make downloadable bullet planners. In other words; I want to offer printables. My plan was to make some journal sheets at some point during the year, upload them on Etsy for 4 months to see how it goes, and then find out what to do next, if anything at all. Recently though, I found out that Storenvy now offers the opportunity to sell downloadable content on their platform. Granted, I’d have to send every order per mail myself, but that’s a small price to pay considering that they don’t charge me for having items listed on their site. And it’s a great step in the right direction for Storenvy in terms of competing with Etsy, so let’s support that.

So I decided, quite spontaneously, to just try and make printables today. It was just for fun, and to get the hang on how it works. It’s not the same as making graphics for anime sites and the like, so it’s a completely new experience for me, and I must admit that I had a ton of fun with my first try! So much so, that I ended up making an entire children’s birthday party bundle, with table name cards in 4 different designs and an invitation design to go with it. I decided that they were good enough to upload on Storenvy at some point, but of course I’d need to write my own terms of use, which I struggled with, so I went to some sellers on Storenvy to see how they did it, and that’s when I found something that made me laugh on the outside, but also cry on the inside.

It’s not uncommon to see a lot of printables using copyrighted images (may Disney, Marvel, DC and other big companies have mercy on their souls), but usually the ones selling those try to just sneak by the system by not mentioning how the images are stolen. And we’re not talking fan art here; because that’s a thing I can fully understand. We’re talking official art owned by the respectful companies that sellers find on Google and use for their printables. Okay, so I found this guy/girl selling printables using images from Frozen, because Elsa is totally hip with little girls these days, and he/she knew exactly how wrong it was to use copyrighted images and charge money for it.

In the description it said, that they didn’t charge money for the images themselves, but only for the time spent on creating the products. And thus it was okay to steal images they didn’t own the rights to, and also okay for the buyers to spend money on them, although not a single cent would go to Disney? Uhm… The thing is that it’s stealing, and that the customer will buy the product exactly because of the image, and not give a flying fuck about the time spent on creating it. When it comes to something visual, it’s the image that sells, and if it’s something that can be sold many times, like a printable or a design on Redbubble and Society6, the time you spend on the design has very little value.

Granted, I didn’t create the images I used for the printables I made so far either, but they were free downloads that came with a commercial usage license, so I’m in the green. Once I get a drawing tablet, I want to draw my own stuff some more, and of course charge a little extra because of the unique designs. All in all, I’m having a lot of fun with this right now, and will hopefully get it uploaded to my Stornevy soon. If I can’t sell jewelry because I have no postbox, then I can at least have fun with printables. It’s not like I expect to sell anything anyway, it’s just fun, an experience, and training for me. But if I do make a few bucks, then they will all go towards a drawing tablet, yay!

Anyway, I’m sorry for turning this into some sort of rant, but I find it sad when people with no respect for ownership ruin it for those who put effort into their stuff. It’s hard to compete with Frozen, Spiderman and Avengers, and knowing that some turd is sitting behind the computer, scraping in money by selling things they do not own makes me angry. Oh well, every business has black sheep, and the online business has quite a lot.

I will just keep doing what I’m doing, have fun with it, and see where it takes me. By the way, I already completed chapter 3 of my story, so that’s one goal for this month that I’m done with. Dante is the other 🙂

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