How to design printables that sell/download

Join the creative side | How to design printables that sell/download | In this post, I will explain to you how YOU can design printables that will sell/download. And believe me, it is easier the you think!

Nowadays in the blogosphere, you see a lot of bloggers that offer those gorgeous printables! It is an easy way to drive traffic to your blog because we all love pretty printables, don’t we? It seems really hard to design printables, but let me tell you one thing: It totally isn’t! If you come up with a great idea, you are already halfway there!

In this post, I will explain to you how YOU can create those gorgeous printables like you see on Pinterest or on those famous blogs! And believe me, it is easier than you think! Well, shall we?


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Use a professional software

Whether you are going to design printables, a planner or a cute checklist, I will always recommend you to use a professional software and not something like Word or Powerpoint. That software has their limits, and if you want to design printables that get sold/download, you don’t want to look like an amateur.

A lot of bloggers use Canva or Picmonkey. To be honest, I don’t have experience with that software, because I use the software I also use at school. But hey, it is probably better than Word or Powerpoint.

If you want to take your design skills to the next level, I recommend you to use the software from Adobe. Those Softwares are specified in creating graphics! For printables, I use Adobe Illustrator*, Adobe Indesign and Adobe Photoshop*. Those Softwares may seem hard to use, but if you do some research about the basics, you are already halfway there on your way to creating awesome graphics and printables. If you are still not convinced, Laura from Elle & Company gives you 40 Ways to Use Adobe Illustrator to Improve Your Blog and Business

Related: 25 Graphic Design tips/hacks for bloggers


Design Printables people will actually buy/download

A list of 50 reasons why we love your cat? Uhm no, thank you. Okay, I assume nobody would do that (unless you have a cat that is famous), but you get the point.

When you are going to design printables, ask yourself: Will people actually buy this? Also, make sure it is consistent with your brand. You shouldn’t design recipe printables if your blog is about sewing. If you are out of inspiration, ask your followers or people in your niche what they would like to receive. You can also gather inspiration from trending topics in your niche.

A good tip: Include a printable in your blog post. For example: If you are a food blogger, and you just shared something you baked, you can add a printable with the recipe at the end of the post!

Another example: In one of my most popular post: 25 Photography tips/hacks for bloggers, I added a free photography checklist! *whispers* Which you can download if you sign up for The Creative Library.



This is not a task you only should do if you design printables, but you should do it with everything. If you first take your time to sketch/brainstorm, you might come up with better ideas you haven’t thought of!

I always create a mood board. You can do that using Illustrator (I will show you here), or create a board on Pinterest. With a mood board, you can create a theme for your printables. If you create a theme, you create a consistent design.  And if you created a theme, you can create a color palette! And from that, you have the basics of your printables.

Related: How to design graphics that represent your brand/business


Where will you offer your printables?

After you created your printables, you have to search a place to offer them. I use my free resource library: ‘’The Creative Library’’ to store my downloads. The only thing people need to do is to sign up for ‘’The Creative Library’’, and they have access! You can try it here:

Hahaha, see what I did there? *Innocent smile*. I heard Regina from the blog ‘’byRegina’’ talking about Gumroad! I still have to try that! To be honest I am not familiar with other platforms then Etsy and my resource library to offer my printables.

Promote your printables!

But when you chose a platform to offer them, make sure to promote your printables! Share, pin or tweet them, tell your friends, or you can advertise them. Let’s take The Creative Library as example to give you a little insight

For Twitter: On my twitter profile, I pinned a tweet on my profile that tells you to sign up for the creative Library!

Facebook: Post it on your page, join some Facebook groups to promote it in a group thread!

Pinterest: Pin it to several group boards, or create a separate board!

Ads: You can promote your printables for example on Etsy by promoting your listings. You have to pay a small amount of money a day so people will notice your printables!


This were the 5 easy steps to create printables and sell them! I hope I gave you enough information to show you that it is possible for everybody to create printables and promote them! I really love to create printables and let people download them for free in The Creative Library! Have you already signed up? Where are you waiting for?

Do you design printables? And if you do, do you give them away for free or do you make money with your printables?

Psssst. Do you want to develop your Graphic Design skills even more? My favorite teaching platform Skillshare offers 2 free months of premium (worth $30)  if you sign up through this link.

Make sure to share, tweet or pin my post! It will mean a lot to me!


Lots of Love,










Author: Join the creative side

Chelsea van Egmond is a creative girl boss who is specialized in shooting professional photos (With both an iPhone and DSLR), hand-lettering and Bullet Journaling. She also runs a blog called Join the Creative Side where she teaches bloggers and entrepreneurs how they can improve their photography and graphic design skills even if they don’t have any experience or a big budget. Her #1 mission: To help you build your visual story/brand.

  • Jaclyn Erickson

    Thanks for sharing how to do this! I pinned it so I can revisit later!

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  • Raechel Don Johnson

    Terrific information..Thank you so much. Learning to create a niche for my self and be unique and stand out. Thank you so much

  • Do you have any Facebook groups to recommend joining for designers? 🙂

  • Betsy Editor

    Hi! Great post! I was looking for some inspirational business articles to pin, but unfortunately I chose not to pin this because of some spelling and grammar errors (perhaps you’d like to focus on this for the future?). Have a nice day!