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To Do Lists

Lately I have been having a tough time sleeping. Ok, so maybe it hasn’t been lately. It’s really been months. I can’t remember getting a good night’s sleep since my surgery – in February. My mind races at night thinking of the things I need to accomplish the next day. This can range from craft projects to exercises for therapy to bills I have to somehow figure out how to pay while being out of work on disability. You know, stressful things. 

My solution has been to try and write a To Do List before I go to bed each night. I have scraps of paper lying all around my room so I use them to write the lists. Each night it feels like the list grows. I am hoping that eventually writing the lists will help clear my mind. I also hope it will help me remember everything that I need to do, even if I don’t accomplish it in one day. (Let’s face it, who accomplishes their To Do List every day? Or ever??) 

I also hope that this will help my creative process. Having to constantly think about all the mundane details of everyday life takes up valuable brain power. My creativity will hopefully start shinning through, especially since I have three 2 day shows coming up in the next couple of months. I need to be at maximum creativity right now and having all these tasks isn’t helping.

So far I think it’s helping me sleep a little better. I mean, I don’t fall asleep any faster – it’s still 2 or 3 am before I fall asleep. And it doesn’t help with the telemarketer phone calls that wake me up each morning. But, it does help clear my mind. 

What helps you clear your mind so you can create? 

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Michele

Craft Fairs

Lately, almost all my projects have been in preparation for my upcoming craft fairs. When I am not working on projects, I am doing research on craft fair set ups or ways to market my Etsy shop. I’ve been reading a lot of marketing books and even the Idiot’s Guide to Selling on Etsy. I am in preparation mode, to say the least!

Most of my resources are spent on making pop-up gift card holders. They don’t take as long to make as cards and they proved to be very popular in my past two craft shows. However, you never know what will sell well at a show. At my first craft fair, my lollipop gift tags were a big hit. They did sell at my second fair, but they were a distant second to my pop-up gift card holders.

To help expand my offerings, I have also started making Post-it Note holders. I’ve made two so far and I think they’ve turned out cute. They are made from the lucite photo frames, scrapbook paper, ribbon and of course Post-It Notes! I am also adding a pen so it can be an all-in-one gift. With some of my shows being close to the holidays, I am hoping that people will see it as a great gift idea.

I am also researching new ideas for things to sell at the craft fairs. The next two shows I have are down the shore and I am sharing a 20 x 20 booth with one of my fellow Etsians. I will have lots of room, so I feel like I need to offer more. I’ve been watching YouTube videos to see what others are offering. When I find an idea, I always change it to make it my own.

For any of you who have done craft fairs – how do you package your items? For my first two fairs, I used simple Target ziplock bags. I didn’t want to invest a lot of money if I wasn’t going to continue to participate in craft shows. However, now that I am committed, I need to find some more decorative ways to package my cards. I’ve been looking on sites to see how much boxes are so I can make sets of cards. I am trying to offer new price points because for the most part, all of my items are around $5. While this is great for the customer, it makes it harder for me to make back my table fees at some of the shows.

I also want to make sure that my products are displayed nicely. I am constantly looking for new setup ideas – anything that will be inexpensive, but eye-catching! I pinned several ideas awhile ago and now I just have to go back and look. If anyone has any ideas, suggestions, comments or helpful hints, I’m all ears! Let me know what has worked for you. I love seeing what other people have done with their displays.

Back to the craft room. I have a little less than a month to get ready for this next show so it’s crunch time. It’s a Christmas in July show so I am working on some Christmas themed items today! Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to leave comments and questions and subscribe. I’ve listed all of my sites below!

Michele

http://www.etsy.com/shop/scrapsecrets

YouTube channel – chelebelle1120

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scrapsecrets/268068073266999

 

Don’t know what to write about

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I rewrote this first paragraph because when I first started to write, I had no idea what I was going to write about. Turns out that I did have some things to talk about. In addition to below, I also wanted to say how awesome the company We R Memory Keepers is. My corner chomper wasn’t working correctly so I contacted them about it. I just wanted to see if they could help me with sharpening the inside, but they sent me a brand new one! I was so excited. So Thank You We R Memory Keepers! I love companies that stand behind their products!! Now here’s my original post:

There’s not much new around here, which is probably why it’s difficult to find something interesting to talk about. I am working on two albums – my sister’s wedding album and my brother’s wedding album. I went to Michael’s the other night and I bought a We R Memory Keepers 12×12 D ring leather scrapbook and two of the Recollections ones. The reason I did this was because the WRMK’s page protectors were on sale, so I decided to give them a try. They are like Project Life (I think – I’ve never attempted PL). I figured that since I had so many pics from both events, it would be easier to scrap them in these books. Instead of doing 12×12 layouts, I placed the pictures in some pockets and left some open for journaling cards.

And that brings me to journaling cards. Since I didn’t buy PL, I am making my own cards. Not sure if they will look the same, but the ones I’ve done so far I like. I think I am going to like this way of scrapbooking. At first I thought it would be limiting, but it’s actually not. I am not sure if it’s going to be faster than making a regular 12×12 album, but we will see! 

So, between that, sketching some ideas for cards to submit to magazines and doing my home therapy or going to therapy, my days don’t change much. I try to craft as much as I can, but I don’t seem to be completing any projects! If you want to check out the We R Memory Keepers albums, here is the YouTube video link: