Introducing the Stock With Heart Shop for all your feminine styled stock photo needs

I am so excited to officially announce the opening of the new Stock With Heart online store.

Stock With Heart has been created to cater for all your feminine styled stock photo needs whether you're a blogger, web designer, illustrator or online coach, there really is something for everyone. 

I set up shop on Creative Market sometime last year, and have spent the past few months getting aquatinted with the platform, and I am now ready to share it will you all.

Stock With Heart feminine styled stock photos from bloggers, creatives, business owners and designers

If you haven't heard of Creative Market, let me share a little more about the platform:

Creative Market is a platform for handcrafted, mousemade design content from independent creatives around the world. We're passionate about making beautiful design simple and accessible to everyone!

On Creative Market, you can buy digital design goods to use in your personal or commercial projects. We offer the following product types:

Products offered included in these category range from installable fonts, icons, website themes, to clipart, UI kits, Photoshop brushes, stock photographs, 3D models, and much more. If you need a digital design asset, you’re in the right place!

The goods in our marketplace are unique designs that are created and sold by independent creative professionals around the world. They bring the awesome, and we provide the platform.

Pretty cool, right?

I have really enjoyed using them as a platform for selling my photos, mainly because of how easy it is for customers to buy. You can use your PayPal account to purchase items, as well as credit to use later. The whole platform is also very easy to navigate and browse, making it much easier for you to find what you're looking form. 

Without further ado, here is a sample of some of the prettiness you'll find over in my store:

If you'd like to be the first to know when new images are added to my store, click here to follow me over on Creative Market

Beautiful & Free Feminine Styled Stock Photos for Bloggers, Creatives & Business Owners

Beautiful & Free Feminine Styled Stock Photos for Bloggers, Creatives & Business Owners

It's the start of a new year (even though we are already heading towards the end of January...how is this possibe?) and make your life a little easier when it comes to your blog & social media, I've created a set of feminine styled stock photographs just for you.

If you're new around these parts, you might not know about the CGScreative Resource library; a treasure trove of resources for bloggers, creatives & business owners. 


The CGScreative resource library is a FREE online space filled with blogging worksheets, business resources & helpful printables.

It's also filled with what has made my library famous; my unique selection of styled & natural stock imagery.


Here's a little sneak peek into what's inside:

 

The CGScreative resource library is a pretty space for bloggers, creatives & business owners & is  designed to be a place that helps you grow your blog or business and a place to visit to feel inspired.

And now I'm sure you're probably wondering how you can gain access. To keep the library exclusive (and to make sure that only serious creatives have access) you only need  pop your email in the little space below.

Join the CGScreative Resource & Stock Photo Library!

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By popping your email address above you'll be joining the  CGScreative mailing list. From there I'll be sending you the password for the resource library will allow you to log in.

You'll be able to download any and all of the resources and you can rest easy with regards to image copyright as my photographs are licensed under a creative commons license.  This means you can use the photos for all non-commercial purposes i.e you can use them for anything related to your blog or business that you are not intending to sell.

Feel free to crop the photos, add text to them or layer them with other images and graphics to create the perfect visuals for your site.


Here's a pretty Pin to add to Pinterest so you can ave this post & come back later. Simply hover your mouse over the image and then click the little red Pinterest button in the top left corner.

Beautiful & Free Feminine Styled Stock Photos for Bloggers, Creatives & Business Owners

I add new items to the library every month, so the content always stays fresh. I hope you find these resources useful to you in your blogging or business journey and I look forward to seeing how you use them.

If you do enjoy them, post a photo on Instagram of your experience with these resources and use the hashtag #CGScreative. I would love to share your images on my social media accounts (with your permission of course!) for extra exposure to your blog or business.

Happy blogging friends!

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