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First I neglect my blog now I can’t stop writing? What’s the deal? Well, I decided that I had some down time while I was in a creative block and I thought writing might help. I did my Sketch Sunday video, edited it and uploaded it to YouTube. And that’s the reason for this post.

I was going through my supplies earlier today because I wanted to use something that I haven’t used in awhile. I found some Hero Arts Neon inks that I just HAD to have. It’s not that I didn’t use them because I did. But, unlike my distress inks, which I seem to use for every project, I haven’t used these in awhile. 

I also saw the pack of kraft card stock that has been sitting in my cube underneath my tv for awhile, unused. I had never tried neon inks on kraft (or at least if I did I don’t remember). I thought that I would give that a try. I only ended up using one color on the kraft card stock for this project. (On a practice piece, I used all four neon inks that I have). I love the results because it’s not as neon as if you used them on white, but it’s still pretty vibrant. 

Here’s the video of how I made the card and the sketch I used to make it. Click here for the Sketch Sunday video

What did you think? 

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Michele

YouTube – Chelebelle1120

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Adding videos to Pinterest

I was sitting here today, trying to figure out how to drive more traffic to my Etsy shop, blog and my YouTube channel. I do get some good traffic to my Pinterest account. So, I am really not sure why I didn’t think of this until now!

I went to my YouTube channel and wanted to see if I could actually pin them. And I could! So, I started to pin as many instructional videos as possible. A lot of my videos are a hodge – podge of information, hauls and actual projects. I tried to pin only ones that I thought people might find useful. I hope that this drives more traffic to my shop and even to my blog. 

Do you guys pin your YouTube videos to Pinterest? Have you gotten much success? What are your tips?

Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to leave comments or questions and subscribe.

Michele

YouTube – Chelebelle1120

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

Pinterest – chelebelle1120

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scrapsecrets/268068073266999?ref=hl

Twitter – scrapsecrets

New Idea by Accident

Yesterday I was in AC Moore, looking at the $2 discount stamp bin when a woman came over and asked for my help. She was making invitations for two different occasions (a tea party for adults and a youth event for teenage girls). She had three stamps in her hands and wanted to know which one I thought would be best for her to buy for both invitations. We got to talking and I gave her some ideas of doing invitations differently than what she had in mind. She said I knew you knew what you were doing when I saw you digging through that bin! I told her that this is what I did for a side business and she asked for my card. (Note to self – start keeping some business cards on you at ALL times!!)

Unfortunately I didn’t have any on me, but we were in a craft store with paper and markers around. I used a sheet of paper that they have to test markers and gave her my info. This exchange gave me an idea – if I could give her different ideas to make invitations, why shouldn’t I make some and add them to my shop? So last night, I did a mock up for a tea party invitation. I think that it came out really cute. Here it is – what do you think?

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It will have a matching envelope. I am using the We R Memory Keepers Punch Board to create one. I will probably add a little something to it as well – something tea party themed and maybe even some of that same background paper to make it all cohesive. I’m excited about all of these new ideas. Stay tuned for more. I plan on working on some gift tags – maybe some to go along with the invitations….. : ) 

Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to leave comments or questions and subscribe to my blog and my YouTube channel! Be sure to check out my Etsy store for all the new designs I will have coming. 

Michele

YouTube – chelebelle1120

Pinterest – chelebelle1120

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scrapsecrets/268068073266999?ref=hl

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

Busy Busy!

I know I’ve been neglecting my blog. And to my readers, I have to say I’m sorry! But I am back. I started working a couple of weeks ago after being off for a very long time and I am trying to get back into a routine. I think I finally have one, so you should start hearing more from me!

So what’s new? I am working on a couple of custom orders. I am doing some party favor tags and guest book items for a baby shower. I also got a custom request for a new home card with some coordinating gift cards. The last thing I have been trying to work on are things for my craft show. I am participating in the same show that I did last year (my first ever!) and this year it’s a two day show. I am super excited, but also nervous. I am working on my set up and creating some new items so that I have more to sell this year.

With all that being said, I have had to neglect things like my blog. But, if you ever want to catch up with me, I also do some videos on YouTube, so feel free to check me out over there. It’s mostly hauls and some small projects. I need to learn how to be more efficient with my time and maybe I can balance everything. Or, there just needs to be more hours in the day!

Hopefully I will be back soon with some new projects that I have created. I do want to write a blog on the custom orders I created and show you guys the pictures. I also will be back with a post about the craft fair. I will post pictures of my booth and I would love some feedback and suggestions. It’s tough to come up with some creative display ideas!

Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to leave comments or questions and subscribe. Here are the other places you can find me:

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/chelebelle1120

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

iMovie

Well, I think I figured out some of the basics of iMovie. I edited and uploaded a video that I previously uploaded. It has a title and an ending and even contains some music! I didn’t even get into the changing of the sound quality, editing the picture quality or cutting out parts of the video. I can see how it takes some people a long time to edit their videos! 

It is going to take me awhile before I feel comfortable trying some of the other editing features, but I am learning. I really like what I have been able to do so far. If you’d like to check it out, here is the link to the edited video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Mqi0Yd0A7c&feature=youtu.be The unedited one should be the video right before that one. 

Feel free to leave me feedback – I’d love to know what you guys think! Also, leave any tips on how you edit your videos. Do you use iMovie? Another program? I’m not even sure what other programs are out there to edit videos. This is a whole new (scary) world to me!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Michele

Learning how to edit videos

Now that I have uploaded a bunch of videos to YouTube, I figure that I should really learn how to use iMovie. I am impressed with the quality of some of the amateur videos on YouTube. I usually just shoot and upload the video. However, I am looking to gain more viewers and I think the next step is creating a more professional looking product. 

I started out searching on YouTube for some tips on how to edit videos. I would love to add text, music, an introduction, logo and maybe some links to other videos or resources. I’ve never done any of this, so it is going to take me awhile to learn how to accomplish these goals!

I did find a YouTube channel that has a couple of iMovie tutorials. I have watched the first one and in it, he goes over the basics of what iMovie can do. And boy can it do a lot!! I can’t believe that I have had this program for so long and had NO idea how to use it! Well, not that I have a much better idea after watching one video. But, at least now I know some of the things that it can do and maybe I can start figuring the editing parts out!

The first thing that I have to do is upload all my videos. I am doing that right now and it says it will take about two hours. I guess I should have been doing this all along! I probably should have deleted all the outtakes of videos I’ve done, but I didn’t think about that before it started uploading all the clips. 

Once all the clips are uploaded, I can start working on editing the new video that I made today. I am excited to get started on adding and editing things. I did watch the other two videos that he made (his YouTube name is Charles Heureaux) and I learned a lot of basic features of iMovie. 

Do you have any tips for editing videos? Any good YouTube channels/videos I should watch about it? Good books to read? Feel free to let me know what you use to edit your videos and what resources you find helpful. I will post a link to my newly edited video once I figure this all out!

Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to leave comments and/or questions and subscribe!

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

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