Where the inside of my mind leaks onto the screen.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

A New Venture

A year or so ago, I dove into the world of digital scrapbooking, and it has pretty much consumed me since then. Besides making my own personal scrapbooks, I've had the opportunity to make a couple of custom guest books, my sister's wedding album, Kirk's mission memory book, and soon I get to work on a really special project for my Grandpa Nelson. My mom's mother, Kirma Nelson, passed away when my mom was 16. Grandpa has asked me to make a memory book of her, and I am really excited to get to work on that project.

Anyhow, I have digressed. The actual point of this blog is that after making these books, I've had quite a few people tell me that I ought to be doing this professionally. I argued with them for awhile about how I really wasn't sure I could make any money at it, and blah, blah, blah. But after talking through some marketing strategies with me, they won. I have agreed to at least try it out and see what kind of business is out there. If it goes well, then maybe in a year or so I can convert to just doing that. We'll see.

In order to keep my prices low, my marketing is pretty much going to have to be word-of-mouth. I'm going to take business cards and sample books to some bridal shops, photographers, cake decorators, etc. to try to get my name where the brides are, and hopefully that will be a start. But these books are really awesome for all sorts of things besides weddings. I can do vacation memory books, family reunion books, missionary memory books, 'in memory of' books, custom baby books, personal history books, etc.

I realize that those of you who read my blog are probably not in the financial stage of life to be wanting one of these books, but if your grandparents have been on a mission or a really great vacation or something they'd like memorialized, please pass my name along. Or if you have a sister/friend/whatever getting married, the custom guest books really are cool.

Anyway, check out my new "website" -- okay, it's really just a blog, and keep me in mind for those really special projects.


Kris said...

Good for you! You are good enough to be able to do it professionally. Who would have thought? I'd still like to learn how to do it myself if that's ever a possibility. I'd purchase the necessary software, but I need someone to get me going. Hopefully you're still interested in teaching me. ;-)