It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to where we are today, but we have just begun. Today we begin in earnest the work of making sure that the world we leave our children is just a little bit better than the one we inhabit today.
So I have this best friend who is super supportive and has never said one negative word about my shop and new business venture. She always has a cheerful greeting and knows how to pump me up when I need a little boost! She's Awesome to say the least!
So anyway, we were talking on the phone the other night and I was telling her how busy life is and does it ever get slower, etc. Somehow we got on the subject of sales on my etsy shop. I've never had a huge rush of sales, but have been lucky to keep getting at least 3-4 per month (Hey - I'm happy about that!!) She says, "Oh, I was going to ask you if you had any baby cards" Well, of course I do - You can have them (She's THAT good of a friend!) The conversation takes another turn, as they usually do, and the subject was dropped.
Two days later, I log into my etsy shop and low and behold, my wonderful, supportive friend has not only purchased the 2 baby cards, but a graduation card also! I'm a little ticked at her for paying me for these cards! (Sorry, Dear!) She didn't have to do that!
I am so glad that she is in my life that I just had to share this little tidbit of good news with all of you!
Thanks Darling, for being such a wonderful person and for coming into my life when you did!
Organize your craft supplies in a way that makes sense to you!
Let's say you see a really neat photo of someone else's scrapbook room and see that they use only wire baskets to hold their stamps. You *think* that this is really neat and *have* to have this, but try only one or two containers first. You might find that you can use shoeboxes for the same effect and save yourself oodles of cash!
Look at your home and see how you organize other things, such as your bathroom cupboard or kitchen cabinets. Do you have everything neatly organized and in its place there? If not, follow similar ways to organize!
I organize by sight - if I can't see it, I won't use it! Everything has to be easily viewed so that I know where things are, and that I can grab it quickly when I'm doing a project!
The back of my space is a long wall of pegboard with loads of pegs! I have all my tools hanging on the wall! All I have to do is look up, reach up, and continue with my project! I also keep a note board with thumbtacks right in front of my work area. On this I keep my current sketches, most used tools (rulers, heat gun, stamp mat, etc) and a few inspirational pieces that I created!
All my stamps are located in a large, standing rubbermaid dresser, with clear drawers. I have them organized by type; flowers, holiday, sayings/words, and rubber vs. cling, etc. This makes it very easy to find the exact stamp that I need, without having to dig!
My inks are located in a small, desktop size version of the rubbermaid dresser. I have them organized by color, in 3 drawers. They fit perfectly and I have the drawers labeled with the colors in each!
In ending, organize in a way that makes you comfortable and stick to it! If you hate putting things away everyday, then make it very simple and easy to do. Good Luck in finding your perfect organizing solutions!
The Sellers on Etsy want to get the word out there that the Etsy world is here to stay! Take a look around Etsy for some fabulous hand crafted work and amazing artists and crafters! There is something for everyone!
When creating a new handmade card, always make at least 2 cards with the same supplies; paper, ink, stamps, colors, etc. This will give you 2 cards instead of one in about the same amount of time! This will create a stockpile of handmade cards to send/give when time doesn't allow for a handmade card to be made!
Just make sure that you put a sticky note on the similar card so that you do not send it to the same person again!! :-)
Save your scrapbook scraps to make a larger arrangement! When you have smaller scrap pieces that won't be large enough for *actual* paper piecings or embellishments, glue them to a larger piece of paper or recycled chipboard. When the sheet is full - Viola! a whole new sheet of patterned paper for your crafting needs!
If you are scrapping more than one similar item; such as cards for Christmas; make all the elements at one time to save time. Such as folding all the cards at once, punch out a design element for all the cards, etc. Then when all the elements have been created, all you have to do is start a line to finish them!
Fun and Girly! I created this layout because I wanted to spend some time doing a pink girly layout - my boys don't like it when their photos are on pink paper! I think it turned out great and can't wait until someone purchases it for their little angel!
Looks like "Card Ideas & Quotes" won for the theme poll and apparently everything about my shop is great to one person!!
So we are going to start a Quote of the Week to go along with the Tip of the Week! (Yes, I know, I'm late getting the Tip of the Week out!!) I am going to try and do a quote of the day - but I might not have enough time to get this completed everyday!
Here's the 1st one...
I don’t know what the key to success is, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.
I hope that you all have a wonderful and productive day! We'll chat soon!