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Craft Fair!

At the end of last month I participated in a church craft fair, which was the first time I’ve ever done one! It was a great experience from beginning to end. It all started when my friend Sandy told me about the event back in June. Sandy makes handmade, beautifully sewn aprons in pretty and fun fabrics. You can check out her “I’ve Got You Covered”  Etsy store here (isn’t that a cute store name?) After realizing I would have more than a few months to prepare for the event, I decided to give it a shot. The most challenging components for me being a newbie were deciding what to make to sell, how many pieces to make, and what the price tags should be. There were so many questions I asked myself…such as, do I make birthday cards? Holiday cards? Thank you cards? Get well and sympathy cards? Since I couldn’t decide and felt a bit overwhelmed, I asked my friends and family what their thoughts were and that started the planning process for me. I landed on making Christmas themed cards and crafts and felt relieved to have made that decision! After I knew what I was making, it all went uphill from there.

In preparing for the show, I kept my expenses down by using display items for my table that I already had at home – baskets, frames, and a tablecloth. I also dusted off my scrap paper box of designer paper to use to make my cards and tags. Earlier this year I bought a custom rubber stamp from Joscelyne that I used to make calling cards with, and used my pretty scrap paper for too. In total, I spent about $10 bucks on a burlap banner that I embellished and a package of brown paper bags to put my cards and tags in to for buyers.

Participation was a great way to showcase my handmade cards and tags to my local community. I really enjoyed the face-to-face communication, the opportunity to assess the competition and the chance to meet new people. A big THANKS to my friends who came to the craft fair to support me – it really warmed my heart to know I have such great support and fans! Another shout out to my friend Celeste who helped me set up and who was my “conversation piece” at my table. She came dressed in her cute Halloween shirt and accessories and made me feel at ease.  I’m so glad my friend Sandy convinced me to sign up for the show, it was great to challenge myself and I loved trying something new! Here are some pics:

Craft fair prep: Making card bases, using alcohol inks to customize paper, and embellishing brown paper bags to make them my own.

   

Table display: Burlap banner, baskets, bins, and personalized framed signage

  

Regular size Christmas cards, 3X3 cards, tags, and bookmarks

   

Enjoy your day!

 

 

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12 New Chapters

Happy New Year! I thought I would share some pictures of Christmas tags I made last year. Making gift tags and cards that are holiday themed are my favorite to make.  I don’t see my holiday rubber stamps and supplies that often since they are tucked away until a holiday rolls around. There are stamps I use that date back to the 90’s when I really started to get into papercrafting. Some of my most cherished rubber stamps are made by companies that don’t even exist any more. I know there are plenty of  cool, contemporary designs available these days but there is something that makes my heart sing when I break out my box that holds my treasured holiday stamps. It’s like seeing old friends that you haven’t seen in a long time!

I made some tags for my sister using pages torn from an old hymn book along with Tim Holtz’s Tattered Poinsettia die cuts, inks, and stencils. They were so much fun to put together!  In October, I was lucky enough to be able to take two classes taught by the super talented Tim Holtz at my favorite scrapbook store. He has such great energy and his classes are fun, educational, and encouraging. I hope what you see here inspires you to get your crafting on! Cheers to 2017 and to 12 new chapters with 365 new chances.

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