Using Canva to design a Zine

My latest Creativebug class was ‘How to Create Zines’ with Courtney Cerruti. I love to do craft projects that end with something useful and have made mini books/journals in the past, so this latest craze was really attractive to me.

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What is a Zine? It is most accurately a self-published print-work distributed in small quantities, and is produced by photocopier. I have amended this to include the use of a printer, but I will be doing future projects using the copy function and especially just in black/white.

For my first Zine I decided to use some Bible verses that give me protection and strength. Using Canva (I have the Canva Pro subscription so have access to 60 million+ of photos and lots of other design elements/templates, but with a Free account you will still have hundreds of thousands of images), it was simple to select the backgrounds and font that I wanted to use.

After going through the Creativebug class and learning how to cut/fold a single sheet of paper or card to create a prototype Zine, I went into Canva to design the actual sheet of images (all correctly sized and orientated). I used A4, but you can use any size of paper/card (instructions for other folds are included in the Creativebug class).


(There are a couple of things I will be looking into in the next few months. One is being able to share clear screenshots from Canva, so I can do detailed tutorials. The other is to be able to do high quality videos of my hands/project, so I can share more details of how I create projects. If in the meantime you need some extra help with any of my projects, then please email me at hello@aliwade.com and I will sort something out.)


I first did a test print on paper and assembled it (picture below).

Then I used 250 gsm silk card to give my final Zine a bit more substance.

Here are the basic folds/cut

Then the covers are stuck on and washi tape added to the spine

Here is the finished Zine.


Designing a greetings card in Canva

Canva, you say! Isn’t that for designing business cards, logos and social media images? Well, yes it is, but also so much more. I will be doing a variety of projects in the next few weeks, using Canva for at least one part of it. Yesterday I made a 3rd birthday card for our youngest granddaughter.

I started with a blank A4 document on Canva, and then did a search within Elements for ‘3’. The floral number and the pink balloons came up, and I copied/pasted/resized to make up the backing paper and the large embellishment. A search for ‘flower girl’ and then ‘Happy Birthday’ (within Text) completed what I needed – I just edited the text to include 3rd. This was printed out onto good quality paper with my Epson printer.

The backing paper and large number were trimmed to fit my card (a sheet of gold card scored and folded in half) and layered onto some of my favourite ‘Mermaid Ombre Glitter Card’ from Hobbycraft.

I could have used either my Cricut Maker or Silhouette Cameo to cut everything out more accurately, but for this card it was ok to just use scissors to trim down.

There you so. One quick and easy card. If anyone would like to have the project sheet sent to them, then just email me at hello@aliwade.com.

I enter this card into the following Challenges –

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper June 2020

Creations in Pink #22 – Anything Goes in Mainly Pink

CD Sunday Plus #37 – Anything Goes

Ali x

ps Click HERE to go to my Canva page and sign up for a free trial (or on the sidebar).

Drawing Flowers on Procreate with my iPad – 1st Weekly Update

I am aiming to write a blog post at the beginning of each week showing you what I have been up to the week before. There may well be a theme for that week, as in last week when I did one of Teela Cunningham’s YouTube (Every Tuesday) tutorials each day. Otherwise it will be a general round-up of my very varied weeks.

I was struggling with my Fibromyalgia last week, so only managed to do 4 of Teela’s tutorials, and focused on flower illustration (definitely going back to do some of the lettering ones soon). It was so useful. I gained lots of confidence using Procreate, which I recommend to everyone – and is the reason why I finally bought an iPad. I am really proud of what I created, and have already used the sunflower design to order some new address labels and notecards for myself.

I would love to see what you create by following a tutorial. It doesn’t have to be flowers, illustration or on Procreate. Tag me #aliwadedesigns on Instagram, or comment below with an image.

If you would like to have some ideas of tutorials to follow, read my Lettering and Illustration blog posts.

Otherwise I started the colouring classes that come with the full set of Ink Lily alcohol marker pens. I post regular updates on my Instagram (@aliwadedesigns) and also within the Facebook group for Ink Lily (everyone welcome who loves colouring). If you want to see more of these pens, then click HERE.

I noticed that at 2.15 pm and 7.30 pm today (Monday 18th May 2020) there is a launch on Create & Craft of a range of pen sets, which are very affordable and would be great for general colouring. Click HERE to take a look.

Happy Monday and enjoy your creative week.

This week I will be using Canva for some personal projects each day (I use it daily anyway for my blogging and social media) – scrapbook pages and more.

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Ali x

If you want to try some Copic pens, this set is at a great price.

WOYWW 571 – a busy day

Morning everyone. A bright and sunny day in Pembrokeshire, but still got a chilly wind. Definitely not suitable for sunbathing! If you would like to join in with this global hop around crafty workspaces, then get on over to Stamping Ground.

I am having one of those days. I seem to be doing several things at once, so made the decision to concentrate more and here I am typing this post out later in the day than intended (I did actually get some sleep last night, so wasn’t rushing to get up). Haven’t taken the photos yet, so will go and do that now.

My new alcohol markers from Ink Lily and a finished colouring page.
My WIP – which has been sitting in my craft cupboard for a year.
My progress so far.

The first photo shows my fantastic new set of alcohol markers from Ink Lily (bought from Create & Craft – which will be linked in my Shopping section soon). I decided to buy these (which came with 29 stamps too) when I happened to watch Create & Craft one early morning and Mel was demonstrating these pens. I have never learnt to use alcohol markers properly, which I have always regretted when I see the wonderful results by other crafters. The magic of these pens is that video tutorials are included, so I can work through gradually developing my skills. I am going to start with the first lesson later, and will be blogging regularly (and posting on social media).

The finished colouring page is part of a Creativebug class. I just used my cheap pencils from WH Smith, but was pleased with the result. As part of the class you get the downloads of several different colouring pages.

The other two photos show the UFO I have selected as part of the WOYWW 11th Anniversary celebration. I bought this sweet needle felting kit (from Hochanda) over a year ago. I did start off well, but then stopped because I needed to order some eyes. These were delivered, but I never picked up the kit again. It has been in my craft cupboard ever since. I had good intentions to get going on it at the weekend, but I have been too tired in the evenings. I have a Tesco Click n Collect this evening, but I promise that tomorrow night (Thursday) I will get stabbing with a needle again! Therefore, next week (the actual anniversary), I will have a different photo to show you.

I hope that everyone is well. We are busy here on the farm, and I am spending a fair bit of time developing this website. Lots of new affiliates – still got more to add to my new Digital/Education/Shopping sections. I am spending each week concentrating on a particular type of digital crafting. This week I am doing one of Teela’s Procreate tutorials (an app for iPad, which I recommend to everyone) each day from her YouTube channel. Here are what I have done so far. More simple flowers today. Next week I am moving onto digital scrapbooking using Canva. Again, I will be blogging and updating social media.

Enjoy the rest of your day. Stay Safe.

Ali x

WOYWW 569 – the boxes are revealed

Morning everyone. There has been some crafting in my craft room this week, but all digital – and mostly designed on my new love, Canva. If you haven’t used that for crafting, or used it at all, then go and try it out. Here is a scrapbook page I designed.

I have had some new crafty goodies delivered though, so will show them. Firstly, the contents of the Hobbycraft box from last week. You can see why I wasn’t in a rush to unpack it. Just a new glue gun, mat and glue sticks. Useful though, and will be much better having a cordless one.

I had the first Artful box delivered. Always exciting to get a mystery box. I ordered with a discount code and knew it was stash for illustrating/sketching, so not a total mystery. I was pleased to get a sketch book with really nice paper, a magazine and an assortment of pens/pencil/eraser. I love Posca Pens and have a small collection already, and these ones are lovely colours.

I have also ordered some Scrawlr boxes. They have been highly recommended, so now impatiently waiting for the postman each day!

Apologies for not leaving comments on as many blog posts as I was intending to last week. It was an honour to be at No.1 in the list and I was going to visit every blog – but, then my health decided that wasn’t going to be possible. A nasty flare of some painful symptoms meant that I spent a few days on painkillers and doing as little as possible. I started feeling better yesterday (I actually did some cleaning of the house – much needed!), so hoping that I can be back to my usually fairly active self for at least the next week.

This website is being developed daily – with plans to do 2 blog posts per week, plus this one! I have some new affiliate links, which are more closely aligned with papercraft (and other crafts) – one of which came about because I fell in love with some washi tape!

Hope that everyone is ok, getting the groceries they need (I actually have a supermarket delivery booked weekly for the next 3 weeks, so hoping that things are getting back to normal in that respect?) and doing more crafting than me.

Ali x

ps As usual, I nearly forgot to say why I am posting about what is on my crafty table. It is WOYWW (What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday) and a grand selection of crafters around the world post each week. Come and join us HERE.

Canva – Android mobile app

Ali Wade Designs on YouTube! A quickly filmed video showing the main features of the Canva Android app – with specific reference to using it for scrapbooking or greeting cards etc.

This was the first time I had really looked at the Android app, but I was very impressed with the capabilities and resources. Will be going back in and finding out a lot more, so I can share Tips & Tricks with you in another video.

If you have any questions or want me to look at anything in particular – with the Android app, iPad app or the full desktop version on Windows 10 (sorry, I don’t have a Mac or iPhone) – then email me at hello@aliwade.com.

(My next video will be showing the iPad app and then another with the Desktop version on Windows PC.)

Click HERE to get a free 30 day trial with Canva Pro. You will love it!