Marketing: Learning from Marti Garaughty & "Art of Marketing You" Tutorials

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with CELLing Realty CalBRE #01445865

The Art of Marketing You Group, here on Active Rain, has become my new best friend.  I love new ideas, and love things that can increase my business.  Like so many people, time seems to be more abundant than money these days. Reading Active Rain, and other Real Estate Networking sites  keeps us on top of any new changes to the Market, or anything new for Marketing or Technology.  Following marti garaughty's Blog and Wallpaper Tutorials is like a soap opera....each week we just want more :)

Well, Marti's last Post............was a great Tutorial on how to make our own Wallpaper.  I was quite honored that Marti used one of my Photos as his example, and helped me make a September 2008 Wallpaper/Calendar  FREE for download at my outside Blog California Real Estate and Life


OK, this Post  toots my own horn, but I am so proud of myself, and extremely Thankful to Marti.......

Wallpaper Practice Image from Marti Garaguhty's Tutorials on how to make your own Wallpaper

 

 

As soon as Marti's Post came out I started trying to make my own Calendar.  Then I had questions....several actually.  I know Marti explained it all, and in plain English to boot...but I still messed it up. This is my first attempt, and the picture took too much room, and my Icons didn't fit right.  But I didn't give up.  I commented back on Marti's Post, and then after he answered I tried again......and again.....and again. 

Well.....today I got it.

 

 

October 2008 Wallpaper template

 

I am so thrilled.....I have the October 2008 Wallpaper done.  myself.....I did it :)  This is a picture of the Progress I was making learning from the Wallpaper Tutorials. I had to keep my Active Rain Window opened to Marti's Tutorial in the beginning, but who better to stay with me hour after hour while I practiced. 

And now that I can do it, it wasn't that hard after all :)

 

 

 

You can Download my September 2008 Wallpaper for FREE from my other Blog: California Real Estate and Life, and then the October 2008 Wallpaper/Calendar will be available at the end of September.  If you can't find it on my blog...look under the  Custom Calendars Category on the right hand side of the blog, in the Sidebar.  Remember to check back each month for the new one, I am thinking about having 2 choices each month, but can't guarantee it :)  If you would like a Custom Wallpaper/Calendar of Cabazon or something in the Cabazon/Whitewater area let me know, as I probably have a picture that I can make one for you.  Just send me an email and I'll do my best.

 

 By: Kathy McGraw - CELLing Realty Author of California Real Estate and Life Blog

Comments (26)

Liz Moras Migic
Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor

I'm going to have to devote a day just to play with Marti's wallpapers..........they're so enticing, and you've done a wonderful job!  I'm proud of you!

Aug 30, 2008 04:26 PM
Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

Sally- Wow, can you believe I actually learned it :)  I can't wait to see yours when you do it...those beautiful Hawaiian Pictures would make beautiful Calendars/Wallpaper :)

Marti- Thank you friend.  I wasn't sure I'd get it, but anything new I ask a bunch of questions then just keep trying until I get it :)  Anyone that reads your stuff, and/or hires you for your Art or Graphics is one lucky person :)  that's my Opinion and I'm sticking to it....have a good day, and I hope all is OK .

Liz- Thanks....I really like my October one....it's a little loud, but the coloring is fall like :)  I'm making a trippy one too.....variety :)  Maybe later I will just stick to conventional, but for now it's fun. You don't really need a whole day...just a whole lot of patience..... LOL :)  Let me know when you make yours...heck I am going to want others for myself too :)

Aug 30, 2008 04:35 PM
Dinah Lee Griffey
Windermere Peninsula Properties - Allyn, WA
Managing Broker Windermere Peninsula Properties

Thank you! I love all the great ideas and new things to try that are posted on active rain. I will be going to your site!

Aug 30, 2008 04:37 PM
Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

Dinah- Yes, Active Rain, and the members here are full of great information, but also like Marti full of compassion and give back to the community all the time.

Aug 30, 2008 04:51 PM
Doreen McPherson
Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe - Tempe, AZ
Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~

Wow, I love that photo of the stairwell.  You are doing great.  Your blog looks great.  Your calendar looks great.  I hope to engage marti for some of my own things in the future.  This is encouraging to those who haven't tried it yet! 

Aug 30, 2008 05:27 PM
Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

Hi Doreen- Thank you, and thank you for going to my outside blog and checking out the September 2008  Wallpaper/Calendar.  That picture of the Stairwell, and another one I took in Solvang, and titled it "Texture"  it's easier to see all the different textures on a larger Photo :)

Aug 30, 2008 05:35 PM
Doreen McPherson
Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe - Tempe, AZ
Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~

Is the larger photo at your website?  I really like the photos of the old buildings with the bright paint and flowers.  I just find it beautiful to look at. 

Aug 30, 2008 06:06 PM
Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

Doreen- No...I was going to make it into a Wallpaper, and didn't, but I could :)  the picture you see here was my first attempts.....and I sized it wrong and did the verbiage too large....If you want I will make this one and put it up for one of the October ones .  do you want it just to be a Wallpaper, or a Calendar also?

Aug 30, 2008 06:12 PM
Doreen McPherson
Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe - Tempe, AZ
Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~

If you don't make it a calendar, then it will last longer.  :) 

Aug 30, 2008 06:20 PM
Doreen McPherson
Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe - Tempe, AZ
Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~

ez for me to say.  I'm going to bed..

Aug 30, 2008 06:20 PM
Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

Doreen- OK...you got it I'll make it into a Wallpaper :)

Aug 30, 2008 06:27 PM
Fred Chamberlin
Guild Mortgage Co - Oak Harbor WA - Oak Harbor, WA
Oak Harbor/Whidbeynulls, #1 Experienced FHA Mortgage Consultant

Way to go Kathy. I am still trying.

Aug 31, 2008 03:32 AM
Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

Fred- thanks..I really like these, and I like that we can customize them for our own tastes or for others.

Aug 31, 2008 06:11 AM
Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

Fred- thanks..I really like these, and I like that we can customize them for our own tastes or for others.

Aug 31, 2008 06:11 AM
Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC

Hi Kathy,
I downloaded your wallpaper and calendar, it's awesome.  I want to try and make a calendar too when I can string a couple of hours together.

Aug 31, 2008 11:20 AM
Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor
Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC - Mesa, AZ
AzLadyInRed

Kathy, great job. Now I need to spend some hours working on all of this stuff.....;-)

Pepper

Aug 31, 2008 11:43 AM
Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

Cynthia- I am so glad you liked that one, the next one is more Fall like....the second one up there with the Flower is one of the ones for October.  And just think when you learn, you can add this to your Holiday Gifts, along with the fudge, cookies, candles and everything else you make :)  Don't forget to let me know when you have one made.....sometimes I miss Posts :)

Teri- Thanks, and it might not take everyone the same amount of time...patience is more like it :)  I love marti's stuff...

Aug 31, 2008 12:13 PM
Cathy Tishhouse
RE/MAX Showcase Homes - Royal Oak, MI
Royal Oak Real Estate

Encouraging - I have just spend some time looking at the links you provided to get where you are and bookmarked a few - I want to learn how to do this.  There is so much that everyone is willing to share!

Sep 05, 2008 05:22 AM
Jon Wnoroski
America's 1st Choice RH Realty Co., Inc. - Green, OH
Summit County Realtor

Thank you for your post.  This is great information... and I'll be looking over your site for more "stuff."

Sep 06, 2008 01:35 AM
Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

Cathy-This really is a very caring community....marti has helped so many of us, and his tutorials are quite detailed.  If you get stuck just ask him, or you can ask me....but that could be dangerous :)  Anyway, good luck with them, and if you have a question serioulsy ask.  If someone doesn't know the answer we usually know who might.  That's the beauty of this site.

Jon-Ahh....my outside blog site is relatively new...I am working on getting more "stuff" on it.  My AR blog has many hidden jewels in past posts.....as does marti's.  Enjoy :)

Sep 06, 2008 02:56 AM