craft show, crafts

How to make the most of your Craft Show

Okay, So you have booked your table/booth and you are busy preparing your products for the upcoming show. BUT…

Have you thought about how to go about the event with minimum hiccups? Each craft show is different and you have to prepare accordingly. I have a few tips for a stress free craft show and these are tried and tested tips and tricks that I go by myself too.

PRE-EVENT TIPS

  1. SIGNING UP: Only sign up for an event when you are completely sure about taking it all the way through. Most of the craft shows do not refund the money and the table is non-transferable too. So, it is always a good idea to think it through.
  2. INVENTORY: There really is no rule for this one. You need to make enough to cover up the cost of your booth at the event, the conveyance, the raw material, your time and effort that went into making your products. Check the footfall of the previous events by the same organizers. You’ll get a rough idea. A variety of products is always appreciated, but don’t get carried away with it.
  3. STATIONERY: Have your business cards and brochures and banners ready. You would be amazed at how many people ask for your business cards!
  4. ADVERTISE: You have to make an effort and get out of your comfort zone and really post your event on all suitable places. Reach your target audience through social media, flyers, posters, word of mouth, messages and invites. Try to get to as much reach as possible.
  5. MOCK DISPLAY: The organizers give out the size of the table at the time of registering. So it is a very wise to do a mock display of that size table or booth at home. Try working around the space to make the most of it. Take pictures of the displays that you are thinking of going with, so it is easier to remember. Invest in trays and racks for the display. Go with a theme and stick to it.

AT THE EVENT:

  1. THINGS YOU NEED TO BRING: bring change, a table cloth, the display racks, shopping bags, mirrors if you are selling jewelry or clothes and snacks. I will be posting a complete check list soon.
  2. PUT THE PRICE ON: Put the price on everything or have the price on display, which is clearly visible to the customers.
  3. DON’T UNDERSELL: You have worked hard on your product. Endless hours of pure frustration and joy and stress got you to this point, where you are standing at an event proudly selling your brand. Respect yourself and other vendors around you. Don’t undersell! Even if the show is going slow. If you won’t value your product, don’t expect other people to do it too.
  4. DISPLAY: Your booth or table should not be too empty or too crowded that it gets difficult to have a look. Make it easy for the customers to move around. Keep the display neat at all times. Arrange and re-arrange.
  5. DO NOT USE MOBILES: You really need to be attentive towards the people coming in and going. Don’t let them find you distracted or busy somewhere else and unreachable. Greet them. Smile. Do offer help, but don’t be too clingy.
  6. KEEP THAT SMILE ON!: Your day won’t be all sunshine and rainbows when it comes to customers. You will get some really amazing comments and feedback that will make your day and some people will be rude and pass on nasty remarks. Be the bigger person here. Smile and be professional and handle the situation gracefully. Be prepared for remarks like “This is too expensive” “ABC makes this for half the price” “Oh I could make that!” and make sure you answer them tactfully.
  7. DON’T BE LATE: Arrive early and put up your table as early as you can. Help other vendors around you. Be courteous. Don’t leave early. Stay there for the time you paid for. I have had customers come at the very last minute to buy ‘that one last thing’ many times!

Here are a few photos from a recent successful event that I participated at.  I hope they give you some inspiration:)

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And at the very end, Enjoy your day and be proud of yourself!

Have a successful day!

S.

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Easy gift card holders

Hey there!

This month, I have sent out a lot of discount vouchers for local meetups and events. Every time I wanted it to match the event and have a little edge to them to set them apart from other vouchers. Being a handmade business made it very easy for me.

I made card holders in the shape of little purses for a meetup that is to happen this month for mothers with postpartum depression.

Here’s how I made them. They are super easy and quick.

I used pink card stock, scrapbook paper, ribbon, double sided tape, score board, cutter.

For these purses, I used pink in two different shades and textures. Cut them in to rectangles measuring 5 3/4 by 4 1/2 inches.

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Now comes the scoring. Place the card horizontally width wise and score at 2.25 and 4.5 inches (see the attached picture below)

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Turn the card length wise and score at 1/4 of an inch on both sides (see the picture below)

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Once you are done with the scoring, you need to now trim off the extra flaps. Trim off the 1/4 inch flap length wise. See the attached picture. Now you will have flaps on one part and the other two parts(including the smaller part) will have no flaps.

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Your base card is ready.

Take the scrapbook paper 1/4 of an inch smaller than the card dimensions and stick it using double sided tape or glue. You can also cut the paper into three parts and stick each one separately for a more neater look. Punch holes on the smaller part’s score line. This is where the ribbons will be added to form the handle of the purse.

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Apply adhesive onto the flap, fold it and stick it to the middle part forming a pocket.

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This is how it will look after all the gluing and folding. Add the ribbons now and any embellishments that you want to add. Add Velcro or magnet dots to close the front flap and you are done! Easy peasy isn’t it?

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They are wide enough to hold your business card and a similar size voucher.

Happy crafting! 🙂

Sana.

 

 

crafts, paper craft, tutorials

How to make the easiest gift card holders

Hey there!

I have been away for a while, seriously focusing on expanding my small business. I have been posting ads online, networking, handling orders and doing loads and loads of discount vouchers for people attending the meetups throughout the country. Hectic eh?

And when I am doing nothing of that, I am writing blog posts (like this one!) and creating more awesome products and making them more and more professional looking.

So, today I am sharing with you, one of the simplest designs I had to whip up in a day for a meetup happening this weekend. I was really stretched for time and I had to get them out or they would have never made it to the meetup.

Here’s what I made…

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I cut out the card sheet into 4 x 3.75 inches. I then embossed all of them with the polka dots folder.

Once that is done, score at .25 inches at the 3.75 width and the 4 inch height.

Score again at 2 inches at the 4 inch side. See the image below.

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Snip off the excess flap of the 2 inch part like shown below. Mitre off the corner for easy folding.

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Apply adhesive of your choice on the extra flaps, fold and stick them to make a pocket. It should look like this. (see below)

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Using a circle punch, punch out semi circles from the open side to make tabs. This makes it easy to take the cards out.

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The base is ready. All you have to do now is to decorate them just the way you like them. I used all my scrap punches and die cuts to decorate thirty of these. Here are a few…


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What do you think?

I shall be sharing more ideas for gift card holders in the coming days. Stay tuned for more.

Have an awesome day!

Sana.

card making, crafts, greeting cards, paper craft

How to make a quick and easy Gate fold card

April is a month of many birthdays. I literally can’t keep up with the amount of cards and handmade gifts that I have to make for my friends and family!

Here is a card that I made for a dear friend of mine. I just love the grandness of gate fold cards, so I decided to make one for her.

Here’s how I made it…

You need a deep pink card stock which measures 8 x 5 inches.

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Now score the card at 2 inches and then at 6 inches. Check the picture below.

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Now take 2 mix and match patterned paper. You’ll need 2 for the front flaps and 3 for the inside.

For the front panels cut them out at 1 7/8 x 4 7/8.

The inside slim panels will be the same size as above but a different patterned paper.

Cut the middle panel at 3 7/8 x 4 7/8.

Here’s what you will have once you are done with the cutting.

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Using a strong adhesive other that liquid glue, stick them on the base card.

Your basic card is ready! 😀

Now to make it pretty…

You’ll need a few embellishments … It’s totally up to you how you want it decorated. Here’s how I embellished my card.

I used the same pink card stock to make the flower and the panel. I used metallic silver sheet to add the extra bling to my card.

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And here’s how it looked like when I was finally done jazzing it up!

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And another angle…

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So.. what do you think?

I really hope she likes it… 🙂

Happy crafting y’all!

Sana.

 

card making, crafts, greeting cards, paper craft

How to make stickers from scraps

Let’s face it…

If you are an active painter, then you would be having a stack of failed paintings hiding somewhere. Similarly, if you are an active crafter, you will definitely have thousands of little scraps left over from the projects you have done. I can not make myself throw away even the tiniest piece of pretty paper… i just can’t.

So what do I do?

I try utilizing them in every way possible. My scrap stash would be the first place I look into to make use of the little bits and pieces. OR …

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I make STICKERS!

I make stickers and I make loads of ’em! They are easy to make and add a cute little dimension to my paper crafts. Here’s how I make them.

You will need:

  1. scraps
  2. double sided tape
  3. paper punches

All you need to do is stick the tape onto the back side of the scrapbook paper like shown below.

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rub it a bit to make sure the adhesive sticks properly. You  can use a wider tape for bigger punches.

Now turn it over and punch out the shapes. It’s THAT easy!

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you can also fussy cut out the shapes from the scrap book paper if it has any.

Now here is how I used my stickers 🙂

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This is a 5 x 4 inch card that I made using the scrapbook paper from my stash. I added a little glitter to the panel on the left. The strip in gold, the little hearts and the butterfly are all stickers that I made using the technique above.

And that’s it!

I hope you try making your own stickers…oh! and you can use them in your planners too… 😀 how cool is that!

Till next time…

Have a creative day!

Sana.

crafts

Stained wine glasses…

 

Hey there!

How about some late night blogging… It is 12:30 am here and here I am posting about crafty stuff. Passion has no time limits…right?

So, here are my stained wine glasses that I made for Valentines day. So happy that they sold. 🙂2017-01-24_14.31.48

and here is the other design that I did in silver and gold.

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Now I am thinking of making a set or two of my own 🙂

Good night my crafty friends… sleep well!

S

card making, crafts, greeting cards, paper craft

Gate fold card 2

Hey there!

Salam!

My life is on a full force roller coaster, as if it didn’t have enough adventures already! I spent the last night trying to fit in all our belongings in all the suitcases and cartons I could find at home, while my hubby was throwing up all around the place. Poor soul is severely under the weather.. then we rushed to the E.R and after an hour or so of check ups and medicines, we came back home. I hope he gets better soon. 😦

So, coming back to the crafty life of mine… this card is from my previous makes, and the status of this card is – SOLD. 🙂

I love my DCWV scrap book paper and this floral series is one of my favorites. So, I made another gate fold card, which turned out surprisingly pretty.

Here is how it looks 🙂 .. I hope you like it.

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So, I added handmade paper flowers that I punched out. Added sequins for the center of the flowers. A touch of glitter is a must … hehehe, and the yellow ribbon to hold the flaps in place was the finishing touch. 🙂

What do you think?

I’ll be back with a few more intresting makes… so stay tuned.

Till then,

Have an awesome day!

S

crafts, paper craft

Spring wreath

Hey there!

Happy Monday to you all…

I’ve been under the weather for a couple of days. Travelling does exhaust me…  I’m still unwell but I had to log in to show you this spring wreath I made.

I used crepe paper to cover up the wreath and touched it up with a dusty pink ribbon.

The flowers are all handmade along with the buds and leaves… I added a die cut butterfly and that was it. 🙂

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Here is a closer look at the flowers…

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The shading on the flowers was done by chalk pastels.

This is by far the quickest wreath I have ever made…. 😀 and I actually like it a lot!

There is still a lot more that I have to share with you…

So do check by soon…

Till then,

Have a beautiful day

S

 

 

card making, crafts, greeting cards

Mother’s day card..

Salam y’all!

Here is another card that I have to show you today. It is one of the easiest yet very elegant folds, the gate-fold.

I enjoyed making this one because it was easy and quick to make and it can accomodate loads and loads of variations. 🙂

I made this particular card for mother’s day. It is spring time too so combined the two and came up with this beauty!

 

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See!

😀

More ideas and designs coming up. Stay tuned!

Till then,

Have an awesome Monday!

S

 

 

 

 

card making, crafts, greeting cards, paper craft

Card in a box… :)

Hey there!

Salam!

As promised, I am back with another fun creation. Last year I did simple fold cards, but this time I wanted some oomph factor to the cards I made.

One thing that I just can’t get the hang of are the measurements…. like 3 3/4 , 5 1/8 , 7 7/8…! I like things to be a bit easier, so I go with halves and quarters… that’s easy right?

This is exactly what I did with this card of mine… the flaps are 2.5″ x 5″. Sooooo easy!

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So, the card folds flat, which makes it easier to mail. It has plenty of writing space, and is just plain awesome!

I will be putting up a tutorial for this one… pretty soon.. 🙂

Till then,

Have a lovely day !

S