Creating a Month of Instagram Posts Using Canva

Would you like to save time creating and scheduling posts for your Instagram account?

In this post, we’ll show you how we use Canva for Instagram to create a month of posts for our content and that of our clients’. Creating a batch of content eases our overwhelm and frees up our time to work on other stuff in our business.

Feel free to jump ahead:

Instagram, an American photo and video sharing social networking service owned by Facebook, is becoming increasingly popular. According to Hootsuite, Instagram has over 1 billion users, that spend about 30 minutes a day on the platform, and 50% of them will visit a website after seeing a product or service.

So it would make sense to want to create content for that platform. And Canva, an online graphic design platform, makes it easy to create a month of Instagram posts (that you can also resize for other platforms such as Youtube, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) Canva is available for use on a desktop computer and thru their app.

In the (7-minute, 49-second) video below, we show you our process of creating a month of Instagram posts. We also include a step-by-step instruction below the video.

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Steps to Creating a Month of Posts Using Canva

  1. Log in to your Canva account (on the desktop)
  2. At the top Left of the page, click on the “Templates” tab.
  3. Under the “Social Media” Section, select Instagram Post.
  4. Choose a layout that you want to use. Then select “edit this template”.
  5. You can then rename the file in the top right of the page.
  6. Then you want to select ‘add a page’ under the first graphic, then select one of the templates on the left of the menu (under templates).
  7. Repeat step 6 until you have about 7 pages.
  8. You can then add your branding and messaging.
  9. Click on Page Manager in the lower right of your screen so you can see all your images created.
  10. You can then select all images (click Command A on a mac or Control A).
  11. Then in the upper right corner of your screen, click on the copy icon. And you will now have 14 more images
  12. You can duplicate step 11 to create more images til you get 28 or more.
  13. When you finished editing your images with your content, you can select to download all images, a few or one at a time.

Now the fun part of scheduling your posts.

Do you need help with coming up with ideas for posts to create in Canva for Instagram? We’re happy to help. Schedule a discovery call with us today.

Scheduling the Posts You Create


Would you like to schedule Instagram posts on Canva?

Unfortunately as of February 2021, Canva does NOT have an option to schedule Instagram posts from within their Content Planner. According to the Canva website, they are working adding more platforms at some point.

However, as a Canva Pro user,  you can use the Content Planner to schedule posts to Facebook Groups and Pages, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Slack and Tumblr.

Here are a few other options to schedule your Instagram posts

Scheduling Option 1: Creator Studio (now Business Suite) inside the Facebook Publishing Tool to schedule all my Facebook and Instagram content.

  • You can find the Publishing Tools at the top of your Page.
  • From the column on the left, click Published Posts, Scheduled Posts or Drafts to see who published, scheduled or drafted Page posts. You can also see who published or scheduled posts in your Page’s activity log

Scheduling Option 2: You can use a third-party platform like Buffer.com, Later.com or Hoosuite.com to schedule your Facebook and Instagram posts.

Thinking of upgrading your Canva plan from FREE to pro? Before doing that be sure to review all their plan options to see how it fits in with your overall business goals. Canva FREE currently has some pretty cool options. We used the FREE version when we first started, then upgraded as our business needs and team grew.

Why I like Canva

I like Canva because it is easy to use. I can start a project on my desktop computer, then finish it on my phone. I use it to create graphics for my website projects, social media, Youtube video thumbnails and more. I started with the free plan, but upgraded to the Pro plan over a year ago so that I could access the brand kit feature. Having a brand kit that includes my logos, fonts and brand colors saves me time when I’m creating graphics.

Click here to sign up for your Canva Pro Account.

Canva Plan Options

Canva can be use by anyone either for personal or business use. Users can use the free version the Pro version ($9.95/month if they pay for the year) or Enterprise version if they feel like they need more features. You can try a FREE trial of Canva Pro to test it out before buying it.

The FREE version of Canva is for individuals and small groups working on quick projects.

  • 8,000+ free templates
  • 100+ design types (social media posts, presentations, letters, and more)
  • Hundreds of thousands of free photos and graphics

The Pro version of Canva is for individuals and small teams who need more customization and productivity. It is priced at ($9.95/month per user/ if paid for yearly) and includes the following:

  • Everything Free has, plus:
  • Create your brand’s visual identity with logos, colours and fonts in 1 Brand Kit
  • One-click design resize
  • 60,000+ free templates
  • 60+ million premium stock images, photos, videos and graphics
  • Upload your own fonts and logos
  • Custom templates
  • Pro Design Tutorials – https://designschool.canva.com/tutorials/canva-pro/

The Enterprise version is for larger teams who need advanced brand and collaboration control

  • Everything Pro has, plus:
  • Establish your brand’s visual identity with logos, colors and fonts across multiple Brand Kits
  • Control what team members can see, access, and upload in Canva with brand controls
  • Built-in workflows to get approval on your designs
  • Protect any part of your design from team edits with advanced template locking
  • Unlimited storage
  • Single-sign on (SSO)
  • 24/7 Enterprise-level support

In Conclusion

Using Canva to create a month of posts for your Instagram account helps ease the overwhelm of creating content. Once you know how you’ll categorize your posts, and the photos you’ll want to use, you’ll be halfway done.

Do you need help with coming up with ideas for posts to create in Canva for Instagram? We’re happy to help. Schedule a discovery call with us today.

 

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