Design Your Media Kit Using Microsoft Word

I am so, SO excited to share this guest post with you today. It comes from my friend Kayla, who first came to me as a blog consulting client…but has quickly become one of my biggest inspirations. One of the tasks I gave her was to create a media kit, and I shared some of my tips with her. Well, she took my tips and ran, making a media kit that absolutely blew my mind.

I figured she’d used some fancy graphic design tool or paid someone to help. Nope. Girlfriend did it herself, using Microsoft Word.

Since so many of you ask me what tool to use, I begged her to share her tutorial with you. I hope you love this and then head over to Kayla’s blog for more great content.

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Wow! Let me just say I am so thrilled to be guest posting for Katy today! The woman is amazing (in case you haven’t already noticed) and she has helped me tremendously with growing my blog in the past few months.

A little about me: I blog over at Variety by Vashti-my middle name is Vashti (Vash-tie) and I post about a variety of things; I am a stay at home mom who loves DIY projects, fitness, blogging and my family. I had my first child in June with my handsome Law Enforcement Officer. My day is crazy busy so I am always sipping (chugging) coffee!

I became very serious about blogging after having my daughter. Suddenly, my world opened up to many new things I had a passion for! I also knew I needed a hobby and something to share my thoughts since being a stay at home mom is no cake walk. I reached out to Katy for some blog coaching and one of the first things she suggested was a media kit.

“What the French toast is a media kit?” I thought.

Before I knew it, I was pinning a ton of resources and reading all of Katy’s posts about media kits.

I found so many great posts about building a media kit: What you need to include, example design ideas, how to make a media kit flow, etc. yet I was stuck. I had all of this great information and a HUGE problem.

I had zero dollars to pay someone to design my media kit or purchase software to design it myself.

I found free trials for software like Photoshop Elements, but I felt discouraged about learning a new software program. I knew it would take weeks and I didn’t have time for that! I started just playing around in Microsoft Word to see if I could somehow make a design by using a template or images that looked like a flyer. Perfection!

I was so thrilled with the ease of using Microsoft Word! As long as you know the basics, you can TOTALLY do this. I promise it will be FREE and you might spend a few hours or days crafting your media kit, but that’s much better than PAYING someone to do it when you are just starting out!

I think my favorite part about using Microsoft Word is the ability to edit text or design quickly. You will need this when you want to add some awesome new feats or numbers as your blog grows. Think about it; wouldn’t it be nice to just change a number in a text box each month? Easy maintenance is a MUST!

Here is a peek at mine and if you head over to my blog, I posted a tutorial for you about EXACTLY how I pieced it together.

I would love to hear your thoughts about how it turned out! Please use constructive criticism since I am a newbie!

Make sure you pin this for future reference and if you feel like you need some extra help with using Microsoft Word, feel free to contact me at varietybyvashti@gmail.com.

Thank you for allowing me to be a guest today!

THANKS, KAYLA!

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Comments

  1. says

    Glad to know others still using microsoft word. I don’t have a media kit yet (shame on me I know) but I don’t have photoshop, so I need free tools!

  2. says

    WOW! That looks so AWESOME Kayla! Def going to be heding over to your blog to get the full scoop and start getting mine together!

    Thanks

    Zach

  3. says

    Hmmm… mine has a lot more blithery information (prices, my background and the like) and is less visually pleasing. I definitely need to work on it!

    Deb

  4. says

    This was an incredibly helpful tutorial! I am not very creative and don’t own any creative publishing software, so this was a nice inspiration to know it could be created in word. Made my media kit with very little problem! Thanks Katy and Kayla!

  5. says

    Thanks so much for this invaluable info. I bookmarked this post when I stumbled across it and fell in love with it.. Now I am going to be more than just a spectator, I will be putting your tips into practice this weekend as I get my media kit together!

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