Learn how to create a workbook in Canva

How To Make A Workbook in Canva

Canva is a popular online graphic design tool allowing users to create stunning visuals easily. One of the many features of Canva is the ability to create workbooks. Workbooks are a great way to give your audience valuable information in an organized and visually appealing format. Workbooks make amazing FREEBIES.

Creating a workbook in Canva is a straightforward process that can help you share valuable information with your audience in an engaging and visually appealing way. With Canva's user-friendly interface and a wide range of design options, you can create a professional-looking workbook in no time.

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Here are the steps to create a workbook in Canva:

Here are the steps to create a workbook in Canva:

  1. Decide on the content. What problem can you solve for your readers?
  2. Pick the template. If you are selling this product, start with a blank design or template you have permission to use.
  3. Pick what fonts you want to use. Pick 2-3
  4. You also need to pick colors. You can match your branding or colors that fit the workbook vibe you want for your audience.

DON’T OVERTHINK IT!

Designing your workbook

#1 Get Your Content- Here is My Research

I grabbed a prompt from The Women of AI membership

Prompt – My niche is creating digital printables with Canva. I want to create a workbook that helps digital creators keep track of their printables, inspiration for printables, and selling the printables.

  • Give me ten questions and five exercises that will do that.
  • Please be explicit in the questions.
  • Please make sure the questions are between 9 – 12 reading level.
  • Please break the tasks in each question down so that the question is manageable.

I asked Canva Magic Write and ChatGPT (Canva did ok, but ChatGPT gave me better exercises for sure)

#2 Pick Your Template

Pick a template in Canva to use
  • If you are selling, you want to pick a template you have permission to use- to sell. Check bundles; they always have amazing ebook/workbook templates- they should state commercial use.
  • In PIPs VIP, there are templates, and in Then Canva Clubhouse membership you also get templates. So, utilize the tools you have.
  • Here is one I have- WORKBOOK TEMPLATE

#3 Pick Fonts

Selecting the perfect fonts is like choosing the right outfit – it sets the mood and communicates your style! Here are some font recommendations to make your workbook a delight to read and interact with: Fonts (canva.com)

Adding and Formatting Text

1. Serif Fonts:

  • Why they’re great: Serif fonts, with their little feet or “serifs” at the end of strokes, are classic and easy to read, making them a good choice for lengthy texts.
  • Recommendations:
    • Times New Roman: Timeless and highly legible.
    • Garamond: Elegant and easy on the eyes.

2. Sans-Serif Fonts:

  • Why they’re great: Sans-serif fonts, without those little “serifs,” have a modern and clean look, which can make your workbook feel fresh and accessible.
  • Recommendations:
    • Arial: Simple and clear, a very versatile choice.
    • Helvetica: Universally loved for its clarity and neutrality.

3. Script Fonts:

  • Why they’re great: Script fonts are cursive or handwritten style fonts and are fantastic for adding a personal and creative touch.
  • Recommendations:
    • Pacifico: Fun and casual, great for headers or titles.
    • Dancing Script: Fluid and lively, adds a touch of personality.

4. Display Fonts:

  • Why they’re great: Display fonts have strong personalities and are best used for headers or titles in moderation.
  • Recommendations:
    • Playfair Display: High contrast and distinctive style, great for making a statement.
    • Raleway: Elegant and stylish, with a modern twist.

Tips for Choosing and Using Fonts:

  • Legibility is Key: While playing with stylish fonts is fun, make sure your text is easy to read.
  • Pairing Fonts: Consider using one font for headers and another for body text. A good rule of thumb is to pair a serif with a sans-serif.
  • Font Size: Aim for a body text size of 11-12 points for optimal readability.
  • Consistency: Use your chosen fonts consistently throughout the workbook.
  • Less is More: Limit yourself to 2-3 fonts to avoid overwhelming the design.

Remember, the fonts you choose contribute to the overall vibe of your workbook. Whether you want it to feel formal and structured, or casual and creative, there’s a font out there to help you convey that feeling. Have fun exploring and experimenting until you find the perfect match!

#4 Need to pick COLORS

Canva Color Palettes

1. Soft Pastels:

  • Why? Soft pastels create a calming and inviting atmosphere. They’re easy on the eyes, making the workbook feel approachable and friendly.
  • Suggested Colors: Mint Green, Blush Pink, Lavender, and Sky Blue.

2. Vibrant and Energetic:

  • Why? Vibrant colors stimulate creativity and energy. They’re great for keeping the mood upbeat and the ideas flowing!
  • Suggested Colors: Coral, Turquoise, Bright Yellow, and Fuchsia.

3. Earthy Tones:

  • Why? Earthy tones are grounding and comforting. They create a sense of stability and can particularly appeal to those who love nature.
  • Suggested Colors: Olive Green, Burnt Orange, Beige, and Taupe.

4. Monochromatic Scheme:

  • Why? A monochromatic color scheme is cohesive and modern. It provides unity, and you can play with different shades and tints of the same color.
  • Suggested Base Colors: Navy Blue, Charcoal Grey, or Deep Teal.

5. Pop of Color:

  • Why? A predominantly neutral palette with pops of color keeps things interesting without being overwhelming.
  • Suggested Colors: Black and White with pops of Red or Gold Accents.

Tips for Selecting Colors:

  • Audience: Consider your audience and what colors might resonate with them. Is your audience looking for something sophisticated, professional or something playful, and creative?
  • Consistency: Keep your color palette consistent throughout the workbook to create a cohesive look.
  • Legibility: Ensure that text is easily readable against background colors. Contrast is key!
  • Personal Touch: Don’t forget to infuse some of your own personality! If there are colors you love and feel connected to, find a way to incorporate them.

Remember, your chosen colors set the tone for your workbook, so consider the vibe you want to create. Do you want it to be energizing? Calming? Inspiring? Use colors that evoke these feelings. Most importantly, have fun with it! The process of choosing colors should be as enjoyable as seeing the finished product. Color palettes – color schemes to inspire | Canva Colors.

Then it is the fun part – adding in all the STUFF- images, content, elements, and details that will make the workbook POP! It's best to have your content stored in Google Drive or even a Canva Doc so that way you just need to copy and paste it in and then use Canva Assistant to help rewrite or add more- just watch out for SPRINKLE Fairy Dust- It is a bit WOOWOO LOL, but hey it will work for some peoples content- just not this blog.

You can even add other pages To Your Workbook

  1. The Template
  2. Projects
  3. Then you can change how the pages look by picking the layout.
Adding pages to your workbook

After you load all your content into the workbook, make sure to align everything nice and neat- USE Rulers and Guides.

Here is a quick video:

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  1. Elizabeth Sanders Towns says:

    This is a great a time efficient tutorial. I love creating in Canva and am always trying to improve my skills there. I’ve never created a workbook but I host workshops and conferences that need workbooks. Guess who’s going to make the next one? Thanks to you!

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