Turning my love of scrapbooking into a career

Tina - posted on 01/25/2010 ( 25 moms have responded )

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I am considering creating scrapbooks for mothers who don't have the time, creative ability or desire to do one on their own. Please share your thoughts.

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Dayna - posted on 01/28/2010

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It's a lot of work... I recently gave up "professional scrapbooking". You can pour your heart into something you truly find beautiful and it's just not the taste of the person you created it for. I would suggest sitting down with the people you would be creating the books for and interviewing them. Showing them some pages and really getting a feel for their style. Splitcoaststampers.com is a fabulous resource for page ideas and by showing people some pages the website, you can generally get a good feel for what works for people. I also learned that many people will pay a fortune for a "class" where you create a layout, provide supplies and have them recreate the page, however, many people have trouble paying for a ready made scrapbook because they do not see the countless hours that go into the creation. Best of luck with this... it truly is a rewarding experience to see someone's eyes well-up because you have just created (or helped them create) something they could have never done on their own.

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Tina- Good luck with this. I have been making/selling cards and scrapbooks for almost 2 years now. My first piece of advice is Do Not Get Discouraged! It can be very easy to give up. I go to craft shows all the time to sell, and there have been several where I haven't sold a single item! People constantly look and compliment, but never want to buy. My second bit of advice-sell/gift to friends first. This was how I got started. I made a set of note cards for my MIL to give to a friend. The friend loved them so much she bought more and then she recommended me to her niece who then hired me to make her wedding invites! Word of mouth is wonderful. Also, if you have the opportunity to go to craft shows, do it! You may not sell anything, but people will see your product and may remember you later. Etsy is also wonderful. It is hard to break in, I've been on for just over a year and have only sold one item. But many people look, so you just need to keep an active listing. Hope this helps and good luck!

DANITA - posted on 02/04/2010

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for all you would are thinking about doing this i think you should start off small, do a couple of books different styles, different sizes, and start there. i would start with your community etc.. church, schools, friends, family, and work(yours or your husbands) just like selling cookies! if they like it they will come back, and they will tell their friends. once you have word of mouth youre good and then i start to expand from there with advertising and others. good luck to you all!!!

Ashley - posted on 02/03/2010

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I've done this for awhile. I would recommend letting your local scrapbook store know (give them your name and number) they have people that ask and can connect them to you. Pricing is difficult, as is aligning your 'style' with your customer. Good luck!

Dayna - posted on 02/01/2010

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I found the best place to try it out was friends... they could refer you to people they know. Also scrapbooking stores usually let you put up posters as long as what you do doesn't take away from their business.

Celina - posted on 02/01/2010

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I have been told that I should go into this business but I agree with many on people would probably not want to pay for the time and effort that goes into making something like this....another thing I find is that the srapbooking I create for my family would lose that specialness to it because its something I do just for my family...not sure if this would be a concern or something to think about

Charmaine - posted on 01/31/2010

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I just started and the task is daunting. Trying to get clients seems to be the hardest what am I doing wrong? For those of you that have done it and were successful how did you get business what did you do? Have any of you tried Scrap Venture Pro? Where did you get info how did you market? Help

Diane - posted on 01/30/2010

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I've been thinking the very same thing. But as that Tina said, the pricing would be daunting. I just finished 3 Christmas present scrapbooks for my daughters (before Christmas lol). It took forever, but I absolutely loved it. I'm starting a wedding one for my niece. Any moms from Michigan?

Julie - posted on 01/30/2010

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I do this and have been doing it for more then six years. We have had several threads about this previously so there is lots of good stuff in the archives of this group which you can search for. There are lots of laws and legalities with the different companies and consultant companies. If anyone has questions I would be happy to discuss
~Julie
http://www.Remembered-Moments.com

Joy - posted on 01/30/2010

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Hi Everyone! I'm in the same place but I'm trying to get into the handmade card biz. Same techniques as scrappin but I'm hoping to cater to the same crowd. This has been a great read for ideas! @Cybil ... I have many people telling me to try Etsy.com (ebay for crafters) but I've also heard that it takes a while to get "IN" because there are so many professional crafters that have already made a name for themselves. But I've found that it's a great place to browse to get a feel for what your competition is and get some fresh ideas. I truly hope the best for you all and have fun!
Joy

Cybil - posted on 01/29/2010

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I am also a Stampin' Up consultant. I don't do parties but I teach a monthly class. I have the pages all designed and the paper cut and the girls basically just put the pages together. They all love the class but the amount of time that it takes me to deisgn and prepare everything is incredible. Although part oif that may be that I am too much of aperfectionist! I usually have leftover kits that are from people who don't show up so I always make them up. I have tried selling them at crops a few times but scrapbookers usually want to make their own pages and the cost is an issue. I get a lot of great compliments but never any takers. And I usually have a 2 page 12x12 spread priced between $5-8.00. By the time I consider my time and supplies it is hard to make much profit. I have been wanting to try Ebay because there are a ton pf pages out there. I have bought things but never sold and just haven't been ready to try it out. Might be a great direction to go??

Dayna - posted on 01/29/2010

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If you have the space/resources, I would also suggest having a "store" in your house. I had 2 groups of 10 ladies come to my house to scrap one 12x12 page each month. $8 is a great starting point for a plain page with coordinating embellishments that can be purchased from your "store". They also had the opportunity to purchase enough paper to put together a second page for their layout @ $5. I live in northern Canada, in a small area with very little accessible resources for scrapbookers, so we heavily rely on Stampin' Up, Close to My Heart and Creative Memories. I chose to sign up with Stampin' Up which allowed me to purchase supplies in bulk that would always co-ordinate. This may be something you might be interested in, however, if you live in a big centre, you may choose to hit up scrapping shops in your area to get some genuinely unique items for your pages. I really wish you all the best in this & just talking about it makes me wonder if I should start my scrapping business up again in September. (We'll see how well I can juggle a 1 year old, full-time job and volunteering).

Melissa - posted on 01/29/2010

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ya know, if you started small & gave some to friends at first, to see how they respond, you just might be onto something. I'm from a very small town in WI & there a lot of scrappers in my area. 3-4 grps have get-togethers monthly, and I have heard it said that "pages to buy" would be helpful. Not only as a time- saver, but for the layout idea itself. If the ladies around you enjoy your creativity and the convenience of it, I would think you could make a killing. I myself made a 12 pg (24 w/ both sides) 8x8 album, to sell at a silent auction. I was floored when it went for $50! The ladies raved about it & secretly wished they could have bought it. The lady who bought my album, had the pictures picked out in her mind already, but doesn't scrap herself, so she bought it because it was picture- ready and small enough to take w/ her to show relatives & girlfriends her most recent family photos. I miss that album, cause it was seriously cool! I put a lot of my time into it, but there's an itch in the back of my mind now, cause i could make others like it and turn a profit in a local shop downtown maybe...

Tina - posted on 01/29/2010

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Laura,
The pricing is probably the most difficult part and I'm thinking it will probably have to be something that can be taylored individually to each project. I think hourly could work if they have some understanding of what is involved and if you are very diligent about recording your time. I've also considered doing a very basic charge per page and then they pay for any embellishments. I'm still just trying to think this all through and come up with the best approach that would attract the most people.

Cindy - posted on 01/29/2010

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I have been working my creative memories business from home for 12 years. My kids are now 19 and 13. It's been fantastic working from home! I am just now getting into working on albums and digital projects for others. The fees can differ a lot. that's why I'm now working with other CM consultants around the country to market this idea in a consistant way.

Laura - posted on 01/29/2010

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Gosh, this is a great idea. I am a stay at home Mom that does a lot of volunteering at my children's catholic school. I have been debating trying to get back in the workforce (what a crazy time to do this!) Maybe this is something I could do at home. I wonder what people would pay considering they haven't experience scrapbooking? What are your ideas on per hour or per project? Please share.

Cindy - posted on 01/29/2010

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Hi Tina - I think I have some info that may of interest to you. I am a Creative Memories consultant and I just got involved with a group that does exactly what you're talking about. It's not just about being a CM consultant, it's about taking it to a different level. It's the perfect network to get your name out there to advertise what you have to offer. I would love to tell you more about it. Please email me privately at cls107@aol.com Hope to hear from you!
Cindy

Tina - posted on 01/28/2010

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Dayna,
Thank you so much for the advice. This is similar to what I've heard from a couple others who have tried it. I love the suggestion of the website!! Thank you so much.
Tina

Eva - posted on 01/28/2010

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wonderful! I think that would be awesome! You could get Moms from all over to create pages =)

Lindsay - posted on 01/28/2010

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i have the same idea :) hard to get started and get your name out there tho .

Tina - posted on 01/27/2010

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I think it would so much fun. I have spoken with a couple of people about it and they said that the most difficult part is the pricing. I had thought it would be good to have about three levels (economy-basic, general-slightly embellished, Embellished-whole kit and kaboodle). I would want better names for the levels but then you would just do a per page price based on the level the customer chooses. I also thought it would be cool to offer picture organization as well. I have a lot of friends who say they can't even think about scrapbooking because getting their pictures organized is just too daunting.

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