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Dash of Inspiration – Finding CU Elements

June 25, 2012

A Dash of Inspiration, A Cup of Creativity by Doreen

Finding CU Elements

Last week I shared a bit of information on what to look for when reading the TOU for elements to use in derivative designs.  It’s important to keep in mind that when/if you try to find Free Clipart, most of what you will find is low in resolution and will serve a very limited purpose in high-resolution card designs. What many of us designers do is to seek out quality Scrapbooking sites and purchase a Commercial license or those which offer CU simply with the purchase of each scrapbook kit (which range from .89-cents to $7.00).  So this week I thought I’d share some links to get you rolling on looking for some great additions to your design arsenal.

When browsing these sites, BEFORE you even look to see what they have, head for the TOU section and read their terms – it will save you time.  Look for sites which state one or all of the criteria below; and when in doubt contact them with an explanation of how you use the graphics and where you sell – give them links to a couple of your derivative works.  When I’ve done this I’ve been given lifetime rights to use their elements in my designs for resale.

  • Purchasing a Commercial License as a one-off lifetime fee:  This can be a real bargain in the long run if you find a site which offers a style of graphics which suit you and you see new elements are posted frequently.  These Lifetime CU licenses can be as little as a one-time fee of $15 and I’ve seen them as high as $250.
  •  CU4CU products can be used to make items that you offer for sale to others as CU, as long as they are not offered or sold “as is” they have to be changed/transformed into new products in a major way.
  • Print On Demand/POD :  you can use CU4CU items for POD as long as they are incorporated into your product and flattened when provided to the customer.
  • This license will give you permission to use ALL of the Commercial Use Products (which you will have to purchase separately) to create your own CU products.
  • This license does not expire. Though we have the right to change the terms of use, we will do so only after a year of the purchase and will not apply the changes retroactively.

Here is last week’s post to help in your research  if you missed it:  TOU: Terms of Use

So, off you go to get inspired and believe me it’s time well spent to be thorough.  Consider your resources as ‘suppliers’ for your business – keep them happy by following their rules, help them network by posting a link on your home websites when you can, and search for the highest quality for the budget you can spend.

Make a list of places you visit; record the link so you can get back to it easily, record the costs involved to use their graphics and the type of graphics they offer before making any decisions.

Give yourself an annual budget or budget a percentage of your quarterly card sales to ‘invest’ in new resources.  Eventually you will have resources at your finger tips to create just about anything you can think of and you’ll have the confidence in knowing there is no question as to whether you can sell the designs you create from these sources.

Scraps and the City – Over 60 Scrapping Sites

Treasured Scraps Top Sites

Commercial Use Scraps

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Alda - HeartTugs permalink
    June 25, 2012 12:04 pm

    Thank you for the informative article. Much appreciated.

  2. Gail Pepin permalink
    June 25, 2012 4:25 pm

    You do so much for us at GCU! Thanks for all of your hard work, dedication, and research to help make us better, Doreen. 🙂

  3. Angela / Inkflo permalink
    July 4, 2012 10:57 am

    Really useful as always Doreen.
    Thanks for taking the time.

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