Learn how to turn your creative passion into a profession as an Artist, Illustrator or Graphic Designer

Even if you have no experience as an Artist, a Graphic Designer or Illustrator you can turn your creativity into a new career!


My Name is Monja and my Mission is to help you create, sell and grow your Digital Product Business by providing you the best Trainings and Tools to archive your goals. I help you create evergreen Digital Products (aka graphic sets!) and grow a sustainable, panic-proof Business for years to come!

Maybe you ask yourself: What is a Digital Product Business?

Artists, Graphic Designers and Illustrators who do not want to work as a freelancer and trade hours for money more often than not work as digital product creators. Those people create illustrations for other designers and allow them to create e.g. greeting cards, wall art, wallpapers and more from that. Or they create these graphic sets for their own creations. No matter what your plan is - you need the skills to create these wonderful graphic sets and you need to know where and how to sell them.
All that and more is what the Safari Lounge Designer Classes are about. I show you how to create stand out graphic sets and sell them as digital products on the big sites such as CreativeMarket and DesignCuts with thousands of daily visitors. 

Product Images shown here come with friendly permission from JuliaDreamsCo. 

Inside the Safari Lounge you also learn how to create your own physical products - from cards to wall art and pillows from the graphic sets you have created inside the class or those you have bought online (such as those from Julia's Dreams). Wherever you feel at home is the route we take for you!

Once you've mastered product creation we will find a place for you where you can sell them. The "where" depends on your goals. You can sell them on your own website, on the big marketplaces or on Etsy - just to name a few. I show you how.

And beside a place where you can sell them you also need a plan to market your products. 

All that and more is what the Safari Lounge is all about. And we expand our creative skills each and every month with new classes, resources, marketing and business tips!

The Safari Lounge Designer Classes are for you

  • ... if you enjoy designing and maybe drawing (that's not necessary as we can also use other designers products!)
  • ... if you want to build a side hustle or maybe even a serious business from your skills 
  • ... if you are willing to put in the work it takes to build a business
  • ... if you don't mind learning new skills and thinking out of the box!

The Safari Lounge Designer Classes are not for you

  • ... if you hope for a "get rich quick thing" from digital products
  • ... if you hope someone else will build your website for you 
  • ... if you are not willing to put in the time it takes to develop new skills
  • ... if you think that you "just need to throw something together"

The Safari Lounge Designer Classes

How to turn your creative passion into a profession as an Illustrator or Graphic Designer

Designing a digital product such as a Stickers, Wall Art, a Pattern or whatever you can think of is not just about throwing the right colours together to make your product look good. It's about knowing and studying what your customers want and need for their creative journey and how to support them so that they can express their creativity  while using your products.
 So inside the Safari Lounge Designer Class I will teach you everything: From positioning yourself as a designer, branding and presenting your products to developing your design skills to create products people love and can use to create their own digital products. But we'll also keep an eye on your brand  and your marketing so you can position yourself right from the start and create products your customers love and buy!

Special offer! Enroll now and get a $54 discount!


Here’s What You’ll Get When You Sign Up

In the Safari Lounge you'll learn everything you need to know to become an artist, designer or illustrator who successfully creates and sells digital products. We do not just focus on the skills you need to master a graphic program but we also have exercises for you so you can apply what you have just learned. Beside that we set up your business foundation for success. You'll know exactly who you are, what you stand for and what you want to offer. We take care of everything - from branding and packaging your products to social media marketing. 

This course has a lot to offer but you have all time on earth to complete it and I'm with you all the time. You can learn as quickly or als slowly as you want. And in the end you'll be able to design beautiful digital graphic sets you can sell as sets for other designers on the big sites such as CreativeMarket and DesignCuts!
If you prefer to sell Cards, Printable, Patterns, Fabric or Wall Art - that's fine, too! The principles are all the same. And we'll practice that inside out!

Once you've signed up you have immediately access right away to all the classes, material and downloads and of course to me who is always just a click away!

This online course is like your personal graphic design university with a private teacher helping you along the way and all the material you need to finish your studies and become a great digital product designer or illustrator. And you can always come back to re-watch tutorials and download new material to learn more skills.

Video Classes

Each class is jam-packed with great and engaging video lessons which invite you to follow along.


Additional Material

Just like at school you'll get material and exercises whenever necessary. You can download the PDFs to your computer or your tablet to print them and create your own learning guide! You can send me your exercises so we can talk about your results. No worries, we are not grading your exercises, this is just for you to learn and understand.

Designer Resources

Each project has the material you need to get the project done as well as additional resources so you can make your own products from the new knowledge. You'll also find guides, color palettes, brushes and much more to create your own products for sale.

Support

I'm always just an email away. Use the contact form on the website (which is in every corner on the top right) or send an email with your questions or projects to info (at) digidesignresort.com. Usually I answer your email in no more than 24 - 48 hours on business days but please keep in mind that I'm in Germany and I'm in a different time zone or might have a holiday or anything which is different to your country.


Here’s what others are saying about the Classes

This course exists since 2009 and has developed over the years. What I've always had are fans who gave me some great feedback. Here is what the arising designers said:

Ben from Benthaicreations

Designer from France

I can follow each tutorial very easily

I’ve always dreamed about learning skills, great skills from experimented people, and here at the DigiDesign Resort Safari  Lounge you get knowledge from designers who share their own practice teaching you how to get the best from your software . You watch the video really clear as a step-by-step easy to follow and understand : I am not an english native speaker and I can follow each tutorial very easily!

What is really great is that you can learn everytime you have free time and go back to the video whenever you want! After you think you are ready, you can practice and do your homework…really cool!

Papierstudio Silke

Designer from Brasil

The perfect Place to 
increase your Knowledge!

The Safari Lounge is the perfect place to increase your knowledge about designing. I’m usually a person who loves to learn by myself, but when I watched the videos and the tips around scrapbooking here at DDR, I discover that many times I used the looooong way to get a specific result!  

Pam

Designer from South Africa

I'm now a Designer and loving it!

I fell in love with Digital Scrapbooking as soon as I found it on the web.  From then on I wanted to be a Designer and make beautiful kits like the ones I saw in Digidesignresort.  The problem was, where  to begin?  How do you make those beautiful papers and elements?  What do you have to do to become a designer?  I joined the Safari Lounge and found all the answers there.  It was brilliant, everything I needed to know was there.  From how to find free programmes and setting up your CT team to how to make those beautiful papers and elements and everything in between.  I am now a Designer and loving it. Thank you Monja

Dr. Marcel Tella-Amo

Online Course Creator from Austria

The courses are beautifully crafted

The courses that I have done from Monja have all been amazing. Everything seems so beautifully crafted, and it actually gave me a lot of entertainment, as well as relaxation and piece of mind. Because everything is so well guided, the pace feels perfect to follow the course, learn a lot, and enjoy at the same time. Totally Recommended!

 Sue from Downunder Scraps

Designer from Australia

If I miss something 
I can easily go back

Hi my name is Sue (aka DownUnderScraps), for those who would like to know what I think of the new Safari Lounde Classes for learning designing, here it is… I am so glad I joined because I am learning heaps of new stuff and also enjoying the classes. The videos are also great because they really explain things and if you miss something you can restart or pause them when and as often as you need so you can follow the instructions. I am enjoying learning how to use Gimp as I have only used Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.
I am also very appreciative of ALL the help and support I have been receiving from Monja, thank you so much for this new adventure and for all your help :-)

What's inside the Safari Lounge Designer Classes

The Safari Lounge Designer Classes has four different Modules:

1

Module 1: Your Foundation

Position yourself as a Graphic Designer and/or Illustrator. We will find out why graphic sets are evergreen products and how you can build a profitable career around those.

We'll also talk about the essential equipment you need to make sure that your business becomes a success.

Our goal in this module is to get the big picture. At the end of module 1 you'll know what products you can create, how you will create them and what you need to do so. You'll also have your designer name and you'll also get an overview what else you need to do to become successful as a digital designer!

2

Module 2: Creating a Graphic Set

Bevor we can dive into product creation you need to be crystal clear about the fact that everything you do starts with a high quality product. Your product defines your style, it positions you, it lets your customers know what you have to offer them. 
So yes, your product is essential and you need to know what to include to make it stand out!

You have two options: You can create a pixel or a vector based product. When you decide to go for a pixel based product you can draw your elements traditionally with pencil and paper while you need to use a vector based program if you want to create vector based images. We will talk about the options you have and you can choose from our library what you want to learn.

If you do not want to illustrate images on your own you can skip this module and dive right into module 3.

3

Module 3: Create Creative Digital Products

Modul 3 is an ongoing module. You'll get new workshops each month. So basically once you have picked your style and decided if you want to go for pixel- or  vector based images for your products we can start creating your digital products. However, if you want to skip module 2 completely you can do as well and use graphic sets from other designers. If you are rather a graphic designer than an illustrator module 3 is where you move on with your journey. I show you different kind of products you can create and you can pick the workshops which are interesting for you!

4

Module 4: Packaging & Presenting your Product

Presenting your Product in a great way is essential for your success. What does it help if your product image looks good but your customer doesn't know what he can do with it? That's why we really need to put our heart and soul into product presentation and show what your peeps can do with it!

Once you have created your digital product, no matter if you have used your own material or another designer's graphic sets you can move to the next stage: Packaging and presenting  your product. So in this module we will take care of preview images you need to create as well as your packaging. 

5

Module 5: Selling your Product

Your job isn't done once your product is ready. Now is time to show what you have created to the (online) world. You need to show what you can do with the product. You need to use it and you definitely need to spread the word about it. I show you effective ways to make your designs known.

In more detail, here is an excerpt of the classes you'll have access to once you've signed up:

FROM THE LIBRARY: Module 1
Passive Income Streams for Artists

With this class you learn about the different passive income streams artists can concentrate on and actually should. Because it's always good not to put all eggs into one basket.

I show you different passive income streams especially for artists in this class and we also talk about the ins and outs and what you should concentrate on.

FROM THE LIBRARY: MODULE 2
From Procreate to Pattern

Creating seamless patterns is also a really valuable skill. Because with seamless patterns alone you can definitely make your money! In this class you'll learn one option: Creating seamless patterns in Procreate.

FROM THE LIBRARY: MODULE 2
Create a Mobile Phone Wallpaper in Procreate

Yes, you can also create a business just by creating mobile phone wallpaper and sell those on Etsy. You can draw them yourself as we do in this class but you can also put them together from ready-made graphic sets. That's up to you!

FROM THE LIBRARY: MODULE 3
Print on Demand for Artists: Turn your Designs into real Products and sell them without the Hassle!

You've created a seamless pattern or a graphic set and then put something nice together. But now what? Well, now it's time to use what you've created and put it onto physical products but, please, hands off! And yes, that's possible as well if you have a partner who creates your product and ships it to your customer. I know it sounds too good to be true but yes, these things exist and you only do one thing: designing!

FROM THE LIBRARY: MODULE 2
Painting with Watercolor for Beginners

Everything starts with the first brush stroke! And that's what we go for in this class. If you have never painted with Watercolor you learn what material you need and even more important why you need it. You learn how to hold your brush, you practise brush strokes and we even go for a first little project! So that's the foundation if you want to use traditional material and digitise it later.

FROM THE LIBRARY: MODULE 2
Extracting Watercolor Leaves in Procreate
to sell Illustration Sets

No matter if you paint your leaves traditionally in Watercolor or in Procreate with Watercolor Brushes and digital canvas you need to know how to extract your files to make sure that your customers get high quality PNG files. In this class we draw some leaves in Procreate and then I show you how to extract them in a way that you still have the texture of your Watercolor canvas included. Once you've mastered this class you can draw any element traditionally or in Procreate and extract it from its background without losing the texture of your chosen canvas.

From the Library: Module 2
Procreate for iPad Beginner Class

Are you new to Procreate? Then you are at the right place. If you have decided to go for raster (pixel) based images Procreate is definitely a part of the puzzle you need to learn. Jump right in with a small project - we draw a lemon together and while doing so you learn everything you need to know about Procreate for getting started.

From the Library: Module 2
Create an Abstract Art Set in Procreate

If you want to concentrate on abstract art this class is for you. I walk you through the creation of an abstract art set in Procreate.

FROM THE LIBRARY: MODULE 2
Create Abstract Wallart in Procreate and Photoshop

If you prefer to "use" commercial graphic sets and make something from them this is your class. In this business model we draw our own abstract art set (which you can skip if you have a set you can use) and put a wall art together in Photoshop. I show you how, step by step until your product
is ready for sale.

FROM THE LIBRARY: MODULE 2
Create Illustrations in Affinity Designer

You wanna dive into vector creation? Great! I put together a huge class for you to learn every little piece of Affinity Designer on your computer. It's also a complex program that's why I dedicate an entire class to it - with lots and lots of workshops included. 

FROM THE LIBRARY: MODULE 2
Vector Girl (and Guy!) on the Go!
Get familiar with Vector Art on your iPad

You prefer working on your iPad rather than on your computer? Great! That's what this class is about. I show you everything you need to know about Affinity Designer on your iPad and yes, we also dive into several projects so you can use this program as well for building your digital product business.

FROM THE LIBRARY: MODULE 2
Create and sell Watercolor Wall Art as a downloadable File

Now that you got familiar with your watercolor we start our first project. Don't worry - it's still for beginners. We draw some leaves and while doing we learn about mixing colors and turning your painting with line art into artwork. Once done we will scan our artwork, clean it in Photoshop (you can download a free trial!) and set it up in different ratios (canvas are included!) and package our files as a downloadable product. We will also take care of the preview images and create them with mockups. You see at the end of the class you are ready to sell your wall art as a downloadable product!

FROM THE LIBRARY: MODULE 3
Create Creative Digital Products

This is an ongoing class in the Safari Lounge Designer Classes. It contains different workshops where I show you how to use wether your own PNG files you created in one of the previous classes or another designer's graphic set and create lovely digital products from those. If you decide to go the one or other route you can jump right in and start designing with me!

And the best thing is: I add more classes along the way so you run never out of new things you can learn and/or always pick what you want to create.

Bonus

Here are the Add Ons you'll love!

Wait! There is more!
I believe in community over competition so I want to teach and give you whatever I can to make your new adventure a success. So here you go. Many lessons inside the Safari Lounge Designer Classes have exercises which should help to tighten what you've learned. Beside that you can send your creations to me and we can talk about your results - constructive criticism helps to grow.
But you might also want to expand your skills. We'll do so with some additional resources aka classes which show you the creation of the one or other product. Remember there are two ways: You can create your own graphic sets and draw all illustrations yourself but you can also use already created products with commercial use rights to create "something" from them.
We cover both in the Safari Lounge!

About Your Safari Lounge Teacher, Monja

If we have just meet: Hi! My name is Monja and I'm the owner of Digidesignresort since 2008. When I first started I just wanted to be the "Admin of a big Website" - just like the guys from Two Peas in a Bucket those days.
I love Photography, it was my main subject at University, and that's why I most probably stumbled over scrapbooking and was hooked! Until today I still love to tell my story with pictures but also with a pencil - or on my computer.
Personally, I'm a huge fan of hybrid scrapbooking because it allows me to print out the scrapbook papers and embellishments I create when I need them - this is eco-friendly and I don't need to store so much material (just on my computer ;-) ) 

I finally became the owner of a big Scrapbooking Site, Digidesignresort, and there were times when we had 40+ Designers on the site, a huge creative team, their manager, a great and active forum and many lovely people and friends. There we sold digital Scrapbooking Kits.
So over the years I have learned a lot about which Scrapbooking Kits (or graphic sets in general, because that's what they, too, actually are!) sell and which not. I know what quality designs are and what not. Since 2009 I support new and promising designers to create their own digital products (not "only" digital scrapbooking sets) to sell them. And I know how to set up an online business and all this and more is what you can learn in the Safari Lounge.
We will just no longer concentrate only on digital scrapbooking kits, because, let's face it - the market is kinda limiting. It's just one of many digital products you can create and sell as a graphic designer or illustrator.
That's why I expanded the Safari Lounge Designer Classes. At the end of the class you know what a good design is, you know the tools you need to create a product and you'll have your own portfolio as well as your first fans and hopefully sales. 
You'll see - we have a lot to do in the Safari Lounge Designer Classes. So let's get started!

Safari lounge designer classes

Get access to all Material, Coaching and Classes!

MONTHLY PAYMENT

$

27

  • Access to all Classes
  • Immediate Start
  • Access to all Worksheets and Materials
  • Private Email-Coaching
  • You get 7 Days for free bevor you are charged. Cancel any time from your Dashboard.
Safari lounge designer classes

Get access to all Material, Coaching and Classes!

YEARLY PAYMENT

$

270

  • Access to all Classes
  • Immediate Start
  • Access to all Worksheets and Materials
  • Private Email-Coaching
  • You get 7 Days for free bevor you are charged. Cancel any time from your Dashboard.

Click here to claim your $54 Discount!

regular course

One sentence summary of what they get

$

99

/month

  • Lifetime Access
  • Immediate Start
  • Access to All Modules
Advanced course

One sentence summary of what they get

$

127

/month

  • Lifetime Access
  • Immediate Start
  • Access to All Modules
  • X number of bonuses
  • Access to Private Facebook Group
  • 30 minute private coaching call

100% Satisfaction
7-Days FREE TRIAL

Try it, it's on me!

Get free access to the Safari Lounge Designer Classes for 7 Days. If you feel it's not the right fit for you you can cancel your subscription right from your dashboard, hassle free, without any questions asked. Try it all - watch the classes, download the material, chat with me about your business in our community. I mean: Really use your 7 days free trial to make sure that the Safari Lounge is what will move the needle for you and make you a successful designer.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the Safari Lounge start and finish?

The Safari Lounge starts now and never ends! I'm here to support you for as long as you need me by your side - you decide when you start and you just cancel your membership if you no longer need help. You have access to the Safari Lounge Designer Classes, my support as well as to all material (which you can and should download because I exchange it from time to time) as long as you are a member. 

What happens if I'm unhappy with the Safari Lounge?

I would never want you to be unhappy! You have 7 full days to test the Safari Lounge Designer Classes. You can cancel during that time directly over your dashboard. No hassle, no questions asked but of course I'd love to know what I can do better!

How do I get my Email Coaching? 

There is a contact form in every corner of the website. If you send me an email I'll be there for you. I get back to you as soon as possible and I most probably need no longer than two Business Days. However, please don't forget that I'm in Germany so I might be sleeping while you need help.

How long do I have access to the Membership?

You can access all the videos, trainings and materials as long as you are a member of the Safari Lounge Designer Classes. 
During that time you have, of course, also access to me. I'm happy to help with every obstacle coming your way!

What can I do with the Commercial Use Material?

Whatever you want except reselling them as they are! Pretty easy policy, right? The materials are created by me for you and I own the right to do with these graphics whatever I want. And I want you to be creative with them but please create something of your own and do not resell them as they are. 

Safari lounge designer classes

Get access to all Material, Coaching and Classes!

MONTHLY PAYMENT

$

27

  • Access to all Classes
  • Immediate Start
  • Access to all Worksheets and Materials
  • Private Email-Coaching
  • You get 7 Days for free bevor you are charged. Cancel any time from your Dashboard.
Safari lounge designer classes

Get access to all Material, Coaching and Classes!

YEARLY PAYMENT

$

270

  • Access to all Classes
  • Immediate Start
  • Access to all Worksheets and Materials
  • Private Email-Coaching
  • You get 7 Days for free bevor you are charged. Cancel any time from your Dashboard.

Click here to claim your $54 Discount!

regular course

One sentence summary of what they get

$

99

/month

  • Lifetime Access
  • Immediate Start
  • Access to All Modules
Advanced course

One sentence summary of what they get

$

127

/month

  • Lifetime Access
  • Immediate Start
  • Access to All Modules
  • X number of bonuses
  • Access to Private Facebook Group
  • 30 minute private coaching call

From my Desk to yours

This course is a work of love. Being an artist, graphic designer and teacher my entire life (at least that's how it feels!) and being the owner of Digidesignresort since 2008 I could collect the one or other experience selling digital products or more precise digital graphic sets online. And in this course I put all I know, every little detail and there is more I add because being a full-time graphic designer myself I learn more things about selling digital products every day. And I'll share them with you, I promise. So you'll always be up to date.


With lots of Love,

Monja

100% Satisfaction
7-Days FREE TRIAL

Try it, it's on me!

Get free access to the Safari Lounge Designer Classes for 7 Days. If you feel it's not the right fit for you you can cancel your subscription right from your dashboard, hassle free, without any questions asked. Try it all - watch the classes, download the material, chat with me about your business in our community. I mean: Really use your 7 days free trial to make sure that the Safari Lounge is what will move the needle for you and make you a successful designer.