work from home resources Dear Handmade Life

In a world where we are now doing more things than ever from home it can seem like there is less space– mentally, emotionally and physically– for working from home. Even if you were already working from home, doing it in the middle of a pandemic can be daunting! So, we reached out to some of our connections (our well-regarded and amazing Craftcation  Conference sponsors and instructors) for help for you all during this time. These business resources are great for getting things done you’ve been meaning to do or taking your business to the next level!


PLUS we’re doing a special contest where we are giving away resources from our sponsors! Prizes include:

ADOBE: One free Spark or Creative Cloud subscription for a full year (yeah– that’s really helpful!)

AMPJAR: Free use of Ampjar through to July 1 with $250 worth of boosting credit plus two smaller prizes for runners up with free use of Ampjar through to July 1 with $100 worth of boosting credit (super generous!)

Just comment below and let us know: What has been helping you stay on track while working it from home? Is it a favorite software to keep you on task? A routine you do every day? Or maybe a lucky pen or song or podcast? Let us know! Bonus entries can be submitted on our Instagram post HERE.

*Leave your comment below by May 22, 2020 and we’ll enter you in the contest. Be sure to leave your email address in your profile so we can contact you if you win!


Creativity and connection are more important than ever. Adobe has a line of products to help you do just that plus some deals!

Adobe Spark

Adobe Spark makes it easy for you to promote your brand or business with stunning graphics, videos, and animations. During these challenging times, they’ll cover the cost of a subscription for two months. This offer is for new and existing Spark customers (subscribers of an Individual plan) and can only be redeemed via web (see T&C’s).

Adobe Capture

Create smooth vectors, brilliant seamless patterns, color themes, gradients, and more with Adobe Capture. Power your creativity using your photos and images, or directly from the camera using our free mobile or tablet app for iOS and Android. Turn the world around you and your own artwork into creative elements for your projects and designs. Save your creations and instantly access them in Adobe mobile and desktop apps without having to export or import thanks to the magic of Creative Cloud Libraries, or export directly from the app to start using your assets in the creative tools you use.

Click here for a sample project.

Adobe Fresco

A sketch is often the first step to bringing a new project to life. Draw and paint with an array of beautiful brushes in Adobe Fresco — watercolors blossom in real-time, and creamy oil paint blends right on the canvas. Your illustrations are automatically saved to Creative Cloud for easy access across devices. Fresco is available for free on iPad and Windows tablet devices

Click here for a sample project. 


Don’t stop marketing your business at this time, but do change how you do it. Ampjar is a community of brands that shout each other out, so you meet new customers every day. Every time you shout someone out, you get shouted out by another brand in return. It’s like a karma/community version of Facebook advertising!

Book your FREE marketing collaboration coaching call with their team right here and 

  1. build your own Private Community of brands to collaborate with;
  2. get a Personal Social Shoutout; and
  3. get their managed service FREE until July 1


Janet LeBlanc of Paper + Spark helps creatives get their finances together and businesses organized and she’s got a bunch of resources you can take advantage of until we see her again at Craftcation.

These include…


Boost your creativity or business and life skills with Skillshare! They have hundreds of online classes from some of the best teachers that you can do at your own pace. And right now they are offering a free two-month subscription! Sign up to begin learning film editing, the ins and outs of Google Analytics, or how to style your space. 

Thanks to our sponsors and presenters for these resources. We hope they help you work from home just a little bit better! And don’t forget to enter the contest.



  1. Initially business slowed down when the pandemic hit. I’m a helper at heart so I learned how to sew masks, the net proceeds are being donated to, they are providing fresh meals to frontline workers at LA hospitals and families in need through local restaurants. It’s keeping me sane to help others during this time.

  2. I start the day with a good stretch, a good cup of coffee and my “get psyched mix” and it wakes up my brain and sets the day up.

  3. Oh man!! My mornings start with coffee and cuddles! My boys (ages 7 & 11) along with my 2 furball dogs all climb in my bed and we cuddle for a bit before we start the day. This is probably the most consistent routine we’ve had since COVID19 started. Somehow our morning dose of cuddles keeps us on track for the day.

  4. I’ve very recently discovered Paper & Spark – her spreadsheets are helping me to clean up the mess I have been working through for years on account of the black hole of using expensive accounting software. I’m excited to move onto the next steps of growing my business once I’m all caught up. I absolutely can’t wait! Thank you so very much, Paper & Spark. I would love to receive further resources to help me in the process!

  5. I start the day with a two mile walk with my bear, Brady. Next, I eat a healthy AF breakfast. By 10am I HAVE to be in the “office” working, whatever that looks like for that day. I listen to awesome motivating podcasts like Dear Handmade Life, dip into my Brick House Branding class archives for some branding refreshers, or jam out to some vintage tunes on Spotify. I give myself an hour long break to decompress, drink some tea, sun in the backyard, or nap. I am NOT allowed to work through lunch. I try to be both a great boss AND a great employee to myself.

    Something that has helped me grow most of all is my Skillshare subscription. I have learned how to blog, sew, make merch, take moody food pictures, and write a press release all while in quarantine. I feel leaps and bounds from where I was before all this started, and I’m grateful for this time that the universe gave to me.

    Thank you for all you do!

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