Thank you for stopping by and welcome to our April Printables party! I’m focusing on spring and the joy I’m feeling at the very thought of warmer weather and blue skies. I’ve added an Easter bonus printable too at the very end.
Before you get started I have a short story to tell. I have dropped hints in previous posts but never had the nerve to write about it before now. When I started making printables about a year ago, I had no idea what I was doing. I just found fun quotes and fired up PicMonkey. As I began to figure things out, I realized that I loved making them and got more serious. I began purchasing graphics from Etsy and other online marketplaces. Ignorance is bliss and I thought I was on a roll. Last fall it all came crashing down.
I received a certified letter in the mail threatening me with legal action if I didn’t remove a printable I had made using a copyrighted phrase. When I read the letter I think my jaw was on the floor. I had no idea the phrase was copyrighted and would never had used it if I had known. That, however, is no excuse. Of course I complied with all the directives in the letter. After a few days of stomach churning and frazzled nerves it all died down.
After this experience I carefully went back through all my printables and if I purchased any graphics, I contacted the designers and asked for permission to use them. Only one designer said I could not and I immediately deleted the printables, all the pins on my Pinterest boards and every place else I could think of that they might show up. This particular designer is at the end of her rope with me because the printables keep showing up on Pinterest. Both she and I have worked hard at having all the pins removed due to copyright infringement but they keep popping up. I hope she doesn’t run out of patience before they are all gone.
I’ve learned a lot of lessons in my day but this may just top the list. Now all of my printables are original and any graphics used are used with permission. I would like to thank Angie of angiemakes.com for graciously allowing me to use just about every graphic on her site! I’ve purchased them of course but she could restrict my use and she has not. I am trying my best to come up with original graphics. Today, the blue pitcher, basket of eggs and bunny are actually my photographs that were processed in Waterlogue. I will continue to try and come up with original ideas.
So…enough about me and my drama. I hope you enjoy the printables!
Watercolor letters purchased and used with permission from angiemakes.com.