ABOUT SPRIK SPACE
I began this blog on October 27, 2006, with the intent to keep in touch with our loved ones far away. First and foremost, Sprik Space is our family blog. This is where I attempt to keep track of our memories and share photos with extended family and friends. (Lately, on a very infrequent basis.) I also dabble in a little graphic design as a hobby, and I share it with all of you here. (Lately, on a very frequent basis.)
ABOUT COMMERCIALIZATION OF THE BLOG
Because Sprik Space is our family blog, and because I post pictures of my son here, I have decided to not over-commercialize the blog.
- At this point in time, I have no intention to accept sponsors.
- If I talk about a product or service offered by a commercial company, I must really be in love with it... so much so that I want to share it with all of you. If you want to send me free stuff, hmmmm... okay! But, please realize that I will only mention it on the blog if I'm head over heels for it - this also goes for running giveaways.
BTW, for those of you that do commercialize your blog - I have nothing against you... more power to you! I wish I had that kind of energy to make this blog make some real money for me (so does my husband!).
FULL LEGAL DISCLOSURE
This policy is valid from August 25, 2011. This site is a personal blog written and edited by me, Aimee Sprik. For questions about this blog, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. This site does not accept any form of cash advertising, sponsorship, or paid topic insertions. However, we will and do accept and keep free products, services, travel, event tickets, and other forms of compensation from companies and organizations. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. The owner(s) of this blog is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owners. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.
ABOUT THE FREEBIE PRINTABLES
I am completely self-taught in the wonders of graphic design. Which I do not say to brag - NOT.AT.ALL. My lack of skills is actually quite ridiculous, if you really knew me. I've spent too much time over the years being the only one in the office who knew the software enough to publish the company newsletter or flyers, that it just kind of morphed into what you see today. There are thousands of more talented graphic designers out there... I'm just a hobbyist. Basically, if I'm self-taught... you can be too!
The biggest ridiculous-ity about my printables is the software I've been using to design them - Scrapbook Factory Deluxe 4.0 released in 2007(?). It's great if you want to do basic digital scrapbooking, but not so much for designing printables with any normal resolution or size.
I have Photoshop (Elements) and it's already installed on my PC... but there it sits, unopened. There's also a special instructional "Classroom in a Book" sitting next to me on the desk - also unopened. I don't lack the motivation to learn the software, just the time. My toddler has the attention span of a gnat. And okay, a little bit of motivation. Once I finally learn PSE, expect the quality of the printables to increase. (At least, that's my dream.)
Down the road, once I learn PSE, I also hope to open up a "shop". I want to figure out a way I can do more custom design (a frequent request), separate from Sprik Space of course, to support my retail habits. I'm not "set-up" right now to accept payment for what I do - both in the ability to commit time and take your money. (If you're interested in custom work in the future, please stay tuned!) Currently, the only custom design I take on is for family and friends, in exchange for their undying love and affection... and gifts.
For things I post on my blog from the internets, I try to cite my sources whenever I can. That being said, I don't mind if you mention my blog, printables, projects, or posts on your own sites - I only ask that you provide a link back and/or contact me that you're doing so. Using my printables for any type of commercial use is available by permission only. Stealing my work to post or sell as your own, without giving credit, is of course, not allowed. As of June 2011, I am now offering Commercial Licenses & Color Customization - get more details here.
Sizing, resolution, and coloring of the freebies
On each freebie post, I specify the size(s) in which I have designed the printable. These are the sizes to order and/or print them in if you don’t want them to be distorted from what you see on the screen. Again, for best results, be sure to order the printables in the size already specified on their individual post.
Most of the freebies are 300 pixels/inch resolution, with exception of printables sized 11x14 and larger – those are 200 pixels/inch. As of right now, until I hold still and learn Photoshop, that’s the best my sad little designing program can do. For your basic typographic printable, these resolutions are just fine, and you shouldn’t run into any problems with your photo printer.
In simple terms, as far as discrepancies in the coloring of the freebies, I design in the RGB color model and color printers use the CMYK color model. Therefore, there will inherently be differences between what you see on the screen and how your printed product turns out. (I won’t even get into how colors can be slightly different from computer monitor to computer monitor.) Whenever you can, turn off any auto color correction tools when sending images to a printer. I typically send my prints to Costco, because that’s the most convenient and cost efficient place for me. Zemya Photography posted a really cool comparison on various photo printing services.
If the colors in which I’ve offered the printable just don’t do it for you, please contact me about color customization – more details here.
How to download from 4shared
I receive a few e-mails each day from readers wondering why they have to pay to download my freebies from 4shared… guess what – you don’t! :) Here’s how you should go about downloading from 4shared…
Once you’ve clicked from my freebie post (typically the image embedded within the post is your download link), you’ll come to a page that might look a little like this. This is where you’ll choose the color(s) you want to save for yourself.
After you’ve chosen the color(s) you want, you’ll see a page similar to the one below. Downloading from 4shared is FREE, as long as you click on the purple “Download Now” button, located beneath and to the right of the image you want to download.
Sometimes, your download will begin immediately to your pre-appointed download folder on your computer. Oh happy day!! However, many times 4shared requires you to wait several seconds before they make the download link fully available. Please be patient. I use 4shared because it’s a free file-sharing site… and you come to Sprik Space for free printables. It’s all good.
After your wait time is up, the download link will appear. Click on those purple words: “Download file now”. Your download should begin immediately to your pre-appointed download folder on your computer.
If you would like to blog about any of my free printables, or share them on Facebook or Pinterest, please accompany any images from my site with a credit and link back to their post. As a courtesy, please do not link directly to a downloadable file but rather to the post page. Additionally, if you happen to blog/share about a personal use project you completed using any of my freebies, I would love a link back to Sprik Space – it would mean the world to me! (And, if you let me know that you’ve posted something, I want to share your post on the Sprik Space Facebook page.) Thank you for your understanding!
ABOUT MY POOR COMMUNICATION SKILLS
I LOVE to hear from my readers, and I'm so very flattered that you follow my blog! Your validation keeps my creativity flowing... (if only it could fix the dark circles under my eyes from staying up so late, too!)
Unfortunately, I'm the absolute worst at returning e-mails. I try to respond to your questions in a timely manner, but please don't be surprised if a couple of days have passed... or weeks... or months. :( Like I said, I'm the worst.
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