Does anyone make money off of scrapbooking?

Gwen - posted on 03/29/2009 ( 65 moms have responded )

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Hi-I was just wondering if anyone makes any money off of scrapbooking other than being a consultant for scrapping companies? I am just looking for some ideas. I had done a couple albums for people and charged them money for it. I would LOVE to own my own store--does anyone own one?--I wold love to quit my job that I currently have and do somehting that I love! Thanks for any replies

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Stephanie - posted on 04/23/2009

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how much do u charge to do a scrapbook and how many pages do you do?

Niccole - posted on 08/15/2012

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I've been a stay at home mom and my son is starting school in a few weeks and I really don't want to work for anyone else. I've been scrapbooking for years, very passionate about it and make all my own cards. I'd love to know of any ideas, websites, etc I can check out to find out how I can make money from it all. Any help is great appreciated!! Niccole ;)

Linda - posted on 04/28/2009

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I am interested in the information on scrapping4others if you could please send it to me. I have made albums in the past and I have the issue of people paying me. They always want what I can do but never want to pay. They say oh you do lovely work but I can't afford that, so what do you do in this case. I was charging $10 per page or $10 an hour for most what ever was cheaper for the individual. I know that I should have charged more but like I said the payment was the problem. Do you have them sign a contract and put so much money up front first and then the remainder at the end? I really could use help with this, and I was also thinking getting into the invitation end of making and selling since I am sure that I would be doing better at that end of the business.

Any and all advice greatly appreciated!

♥nancy♥ - posted on 05/24/2013

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I am a scrapbook teacher; an independent contractor for Hobby Lobby in Chattanooga, TN. A local craft store. Many craft stores will allow you to teach a class. They do not pay you, your students pay you. And what the craft store gets out of allowing you to use their class room for free is that they know you are using products that they sell, and as people come and go from class they will often shop for products that they need while they are there. So in a sense you're bringing in some business for them. I also make custom made and premade scrapbooks for people and charge for that. It has become quite popular and people will pay big money to have one made for them. Especially people who have the money to spend!

So if teaching is something that you think you might have a niche for, it is a great way to earn a little extra cash on the side! I personally love it! I also know of a few web sites that offer some great tips on getting started teaching classes, lesson plans, etc. Also I can give you some tips on marketing, pricing, etc. You're welcome to visit my web site to get a feel of what I do it is www.mycropcafe.com Hope this helps!

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Dawnja - posted on 02/05/2014

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I TOO would like to know how I could make money doing this. I was a teacher for ten years when I became ill and am unable to drive or work. I do not qualify for any benefits so money is extremely tight. I would love to scrap for people that simply do not have time, etc. Any ideas on how this could be done would be GREATLY appreciated!! :)

Mindy - posted on 01/04/2014

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I started an ebay store over a year ago making premade scrapbook albums ready for 4 by 6 photos. I find that a lot of people love the looks of scrabooks, but don't have the time, energy, money, or talent to put together pages or even a book. I make them ready for 4 by 6 photos so that all they have to do is put in there photos and journal. Simple!! While I haven't made a killin' doing this, it as brought in some money! I have many albums available in many sizes, 12 by 12, 8 1/2 by 11, 8 by 8, and 5 by 7. All with 20 premade pages. Also many different themes, weddings, babies, travels, etc. I have about 68 albums available in my ebay store right now. If you are interested in seeing what I have, please visit: http://stores.ebay.com/madejustforyoumin...

My prices vary depending on how much money and time I have in each album. I try to buy cheap, when things are on sale or even buy things off ebay, to keep the cost down on these albums. I even sold an album last week to a lady in Australia!!!

I also do albums for people in my area. I will do their albums with or without photos. Sometimes I'll even barter with people who have some scrapbooking supplies and will never use it, to keep the price down. Hope this helps someone!!

Alayne - posted on 08/16/2012

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Yes, I have! I made two scrapbooks for my old daycare provider for both of her adult sons. Whatever I bought for supplies she would pay me back plus she paid me for the time it took to get them created. We spent a few hours sorting through photos for the projects and her naming people, but in the end it was worth it. We bardered services for the final projects, but they were over $70 each when they were complete, not including the supplies.

I would love to own my own store too but there have already been two scrapbooking stores in my small town that have failed. I know there are a lot of scrapbooking people in my community, I just don't think we're big enough and we don't attract tourists, we're more of a drive through town for them than anything. Good luck, I hope you get to have your store some day!

Amy - posted on 06/26/2009

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Has anyone checked out Creative Memories lately? Hello...how is that plain? Yes ten years ago they were very very plain but they have made amazing progress on their style and design! I love their stuff! Check it out....www.mycmsite.com/amyroach

Do you know of any other company or craft store that offers 100% money back guarantee on all of their products? They also have their own department and team just to test all of their products to guarantee that they will last longer than any other company around!

Kelly - posted on 06/22/2009

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i know i am a little late with this post but i saw something on ebay and thought of it....someone is making personal scrapbooks....pretty much what they do is say that they will make you a scrapbook, with your pictures and theme....someone bids and the winner sends the pictures and details and then you would make the scrapbook

Linda - posted on 05/02/2009

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No I never received anything from you and I have been having trouble getting logged into this group. It must be my computer. Could you please send it to me again!
Thanks

Michelle - posted on 04/28/2009

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I am not sure how often you will look back at this, but I hope this will help you!
I used to be a consultant and LOVED it for Stampin' UP! I never made much money through doing the parties where people just buy stamps. No offense to other consultants, but the money is NOT the reason why people do that sort of thing.

I on the other hand did get a HUGE collection of Stamps, Paper and embellishments from my profits and spent a lot of my own money too...

Some things I have done to make money are:

Make albums for others and charge $ for them. That can be a great way especially if you have alot of products on hand already and the client isn't picky.

I also did 10 - 10 - 10's as I would call them. 10 cards, 10 minutes a card, 10 dollars total. I have 10 mini totes filled with everything it takes to make a card that I specifically design...down to the glue. I had to cut out everything for each card, but it was worth it I think. It was a way to make some cash and I would just do all the prep work while my kiddos were sleeping.

Good luck!

Martha - posted on 04/24/2009

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Hi Everyone,

I am a digital scrapbooker and use a company called Heritage Makers. It is two fold for me ~ started out as a hobby and became a consultant. Besides holding workshops to introduce people to Heritage Makers, I also create books for people. They would just give me their photos and I can design the book for them. Depending on the size of the book, number of pictures etc I would charge $25 - $50 per labour (more if it was really invovled) plus the cost of the book from Heritage Makers.

It is a really easy to use drag & drop system with well over 30,000 pieces of art work. They will ship the books directly to my customer if I choose.

If anyone is interested in more information about Heritage Makers please visit my website at www.storybookstocherish.com or email me mcreton@execulink.com

Good luck!

Sandy - posted on 04/24/2009

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I have never made money from it, but I can SURE spend lots on it in a hurry! :) Have a great weekend.

Sarah - posted on 04/24/2009

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Wow!~ my business license was only 25.00!! I can't imagine paying that much for one!



I go to Flower Factory - it is a wholesaler and I also use a wholesaler online....I checked out your page and you have beautiful work!!

Joann - posted on 04/24/2009

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Thanks, Julie, I appreciate the information! I sure wouldn't want to get sued or anything! :~)

Julie - posted on 04/24/2009

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Quoting Sarah:

I never use CM stuff because I am not a CM gal....I think their products are too plain...I do collect sales tax here in Ohio and report it, and have a local vendors license with my county. That is all I needed to get started.


I am with you Sarah-CM is a bit to plain (and expensive!) so even if I was able to use the stuff I don't think I would.  One of the overhead costs I have is my business license which is well over 200 here!  Before I moved my business the last state was only 10.00 that makes a significant difference in what I charge just that cost alone-eek!



 



Are you a member at scrapping4others?  if not you  should join us over there! (free)  Let me know if you are interested and I will send you the info.



 



~Julie

Julie - posted on 04/24/2009

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Hey Joann-you will have to check with each company individually (not Hobby Lobby, but the brands that HL sells). Each company has their own TOU (terms of use-basically rules on how you can use their 'stuff').

Most states and craft fairs-yes you need a vendors liscense or sales tax id or business license or something-you will have to check with your state and the craft fair.

I am sorry I can't answer your questions directly but it is so different state to state (and city to city and subdivision to subdivision-some subdivisions don't let you own an in home business!) so I can't help to much but give you the generics on what to look into. Also note that companies TOU can change too so it is best to email the company, tell them exactly what you will be using their products for, and get it in writing from the company their answer-this way if their TOU changes (before they were OK with it and now they are not), you do not need to worry about the TOU changes because you have in writing from a company representative that it is OK to do so.

And (as of this posting-but things could change!) you cannot use CM stuff and sell cards, pages, or anything created with that paper.

wow-couple run-on sentences in there-sorry!
~Julie

Joann - posted on 04/23/2009

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So...if I make cards with CM paper...I cannot sell those cards. IS that right? What about Hobby Lobby papers? Or Target? I am WAY new at this...what is TOU and where do I find "the rules"?



Do I need a vendors liscense to sell my cards at, say, a craft fair?



Sorry to be so simple-minded here, ladies...I stumbled on this site when I took a "Mom Quiz" and thought it looked interesting. And it is!

Sarah - posted on 04/23/2009

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I never use CM stuff because I am not a CM gal....I think their products are too plain...I do collect sales tax here in Ohio and report it, and have a local vendors license with my county. That is all I needed to get started.

Julie - posted on 04/23/2009

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if you are able to purchase wholesale that would help a ton; but purchasing wholesale means you are selling a product not a service so you must collect sales tax and in my state services are not taxed so I do not need to collect sales tax (because I am selling a service not a product) BUT because I am selling a service and not a product I also cannot purchase wholesale. In addition when you are selling a product there are many more laws and TOU you need to adhere too (can't use CM, Jolee's, Cricut die cuts, and many other products according to their TOU-I know people do it, but according to their TOU they are not supposed to be used when selling products).

Sarah I hope I didn't offend you-if so, it was not intended! I was just stating for me that it would not work.

In response to Jennifer make sure that you can use the software and products for a business if you are thinking about doing it-I know someone who was sued because they were using software and products illegally-ouch! I have no idea what software it is, but just thought I would mention that :-)

Jennifer - posted on 04/23/2009

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There is also a digital scrapbook my aunt sells. You design it and type what ever you want in it and then order it. I did this for my wedding album. I think it was $60 for 18 pages and I believe the size is 8x8. It comes bound like a real story book. With this softwear, you could make albums for weddings or other occasions, charge a little more then it costs.



You can also meke bigger sizes and add morepages... whatever you want. Hmmm... I think I found another job to do in my spare time :D

Sarah - posted on 04/23/2009

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In response to Julie - I hardly do pages....and I get wholesale supplies...I usually do books which I make a profit on. The trick for doing this business is getting the supplies cheap. 300 dollars for one book is hardly McDonalds wages.

Julie - posted on 04/23/2009

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I do whatever people want custom made (I journal and put photos in for them) or pre-made (they put the photos and journaling in) and for a 12x12 custom page I charge 24.00 for a pre-made it is a bit less. Other sizes are available and the prices vary depending on size. You can find out lots on my website:
http://www.Remembered-Moments.com
There is pricing info along with many samples and other items I create.

I could not make a business out of charging only 5.00/page (that is just me). The cost for materials alone for one page can cost me that much-but even if the cost for the page is 1.00 I have to cover my hourly wage AND earn a profit.
price=expenses+hourlywage+profit
just putting some fake numbers in there....1.50 expenses (includes overhead), 2 pages per hour and I want to make 10.00/hour (that is McDonalds rate-I would recommend it more then this), and a profit of 1.00 per page.
price/page=1.50+10/2+1=1.50+5+1=7.50/page

that is just a sample calculation to help you understand how it works

HTH!
~Julie

Stephanie - posted on 04/23/2009

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do you just make a scrapbook and let them put the pics in, r do u make the scrapbook for them? do you sell online?

Sarah - posted on 04/23/2009

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depends on the scrapbook - one with a lot of art and a lot of embelleshements can go for almost $300 - that is a 12x12



otherwise I charge 5.00 per page

Dawn - posted on 04/23/2009

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Quoting Stephanie:

how much do u charge to do a scrapbook and how many pages do you do?



Stephanie I would love to know to !

Dawn - posted on 04/23/2009

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Quoting Toni:

I'm not a consultant but I have sold things through Ebay :D You could make a card and then make up some kits and sell them. I found people like to make their own if they know how to do it.

Also punched alot of punchies and sold them in bags of 50 - 100.



I would love to know more ..I am new to scrapbooking .. what are punchies ? I need a business where I can work from home !



 



Thanks



Dawn

Kelly - posted on 04/19/2009

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a lot of people sell pages or albums on ebay....ive seen a few that go for some pretty high prices too

Tam - posted on 04/19/2009

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Has anyone here sold pages through Scrapifieds.com? What was your experience with them?

Toni - posted on 04/19/2009

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I'm not a consultant but I have sold things through Ebay :D You could make a card and then make up some kits and sell them. I found people like to make their own if they know how to do it.

Also punched alot of punchies and sold them in bags of 50 - 100.

Jennifer - posted on 04/18/2009

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My Aunt works with Creative Memories in Toronto/Etobicoke area. I am having a gathering at my place (in Toronto) for anyone interested on attending (bring the kids too :) ) feel free to email me and I can give you more info!! jen.rosen@hotmail.com

Sarah - posted on 04/17/2009

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that does sound like a lot!! Whew! Where are you opening? I make scrapbooks for people and I actually sell products online and at the flea markets. I buy from a wholesaler online and also shop at a wholesale store here. I would love to own a store-front...it is actually a dream of mine, but right now am not able to go that route!! I am interested to see how yours turns out!!

Gwen - posted on 04/17/2009

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Quoting Sarah:

I just started my own scrapbooking business out of my home and it has turned out to be a fabulous idea!! I love to scrap and why not make some extra money? I am finding it very useful to meet new people and would suggest you start small - with family and close friends...trust me....word of mouth spreads quickly and that will help you with your business! I only had to get a state vendor's license and I am also working on my own website and do craft shows in my hometown! I would love to hear how it works out for you!



Hi Sarah-what exactly are you doing? Making albums for people etc. or are you running a store out of your home--I have a building in my area that I am looking at purchasing-I have contacted my insurance company-the bank- a tax service, the zoning comissioner-WHEW there are alot of steps to be taken to actually opening this up--I am thinking of doing a 'crop house' people can come in and crop for a day or can stay the weekend if they choose--the building also has living quarters--I am pretty excited

Sarah - posted on 04/15/2009

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Hi Sally! I use Holly's Wholesale scrapbooking supplies - she is based out of Canada and is wonderful!

Sarah - posted on 04/15/2009

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I just started my own scrapbooking business out of my home and it has turned out to be a fabulous idea!! I love to scrap and why not make some extra money? I am finding it very useful to meet new people and would suggest you start small - with family and close friends...trust me....word of mouth spreads quickly and that will help you with your business! I only had to get a state vendor's license and I am also working on my own website and do craft shows in my hometown! I would love to hear how it works out for you!

Gwen - posted on 04/15/2009

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Quoting Natacha:



I make money off of clubs.. i have a card club every month.  For the begginers i have card class to show them different techniques.  I'm also a consultant for Close to My Heart which allows you to do different things on the side. (but i make sure that everyone knows that at my clubs and classes that i'm there not as a consultant because i don't always use there products.)






Love this idea--I am also a CTMH consultant--I will have to try this--

Christina - posted on 04/14/2009

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I have a friend that buys lots of scrap booking items at the dollar stores or on clearance at target or joanne's, she also gets a card making magazine sent to her home which supplies her with all the stuff she needs to make that months cards. she has an ebay store that she posts her items on and sells. basically anything that sells over a $1-5 bucks is all profit. she also puts together cards using her stuff on hand and then gets together with a few friends and we have a card party she charges each of us $5 bucks and we get to use her supplies to make 3-4 cards each time we get together. if's great girlfriend time and helps give you some ideas. us moms that meet up for card parties get together and bring our scrap books and she will sell us some paper or albums or anything she has to sell if we want it and she gives us the option to use her stamps and what not. its alot of fun there was one night just off of card making at 5$ a person she made 30$ total and most of the stuff we used i was with her when she bought it at the dollar store for 8$ total. its a great idea

Lori - posted on 04/14/2009

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I recently made a scrapbook for the head coach of my son's varsity football team for a Christmas present from his wife. It took alot of time. I was told from my fellow co-workers I under charged her because of how big it was and all my extra time went into getting it ready. If you can agree on an hourly rate and keep track of the time and all the supplies you use it could be benificial. but you would need to probably have 2 scrapbooks going at all times.

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I make money off of clubs.. i have a card club every month.  For the begginers i have card class to show them different techniques.  I'm also a consultant for Close to My Heart which allows you to do different things on the side. (but i make sure that everyone knows that at my clubs and classes that i'm there not as a consultant because i don't always use there products.)

Kimberly - posted on 04/13/2009

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I make money off of hosting weekly workshops, but I don't own a store. I don't know if one would survive the way the economy is ....

Sally - posted on 04/12/2009

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Hi, i'am from the UK & trying to find a wholesale company where i can import from ,i'am new to scrapbooking .If you can help i would be very gratefull, kind regards sally

Julie - posted on 04/11/2009

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I also do crops (I supply food and a place to scrap-I do not sell anything and I am not a consultant so there is no pressure to buy anything which many people appreciate-of course I have many of my own supplies they can have if they need a piece of 'purple paper' or whatever-I think I could supply my whole town-lol!)



 



But I would not say that I make more money on it at all-not even close-I do WAY better with custom scrapbooks.  I enjoy the fellowship of others and have fun that is the main reason I host the crops-but it is not a real money making venture (and the place is free-I only need to cover the cost of food-anything on top of that is profit)-but the profit margin is not near as great on the crops as on custom scrapbooking.



 



This may differ depending on your area though since crops are hard to hold 'nationwide' (and my area is pretty frugal so if I want anyone to come to my crops I need to keep my prices pretty low).  Where as my custom scrapbooking is worldwide so I don't have to 'price for my area' instead I can price for my expertise.



 



side note:  my 'crops' are actually 'crafters weekends' and there are knitters, rug hookers, scrapbookers, crocheters, painters, whoever :-)



 



Also the crops are *usually* held Friday noon-late and then Saturday 8am-3pmish (no lodging-people go home and come back the next day-there actually isn't any lodging in my little town-lol!)



 



Those are more of my thoughts-thought I would share :-)

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