Do you celebrate your 1/2 birthday? You know what I mean… don’t you? It’s the 1/2 way mark till your next Birthday. Remember when we were kids we couldn’t wait to be able to say we were 10 1/2 since it sounded so much older than just saying 10. Well now that I have hit my 40′s.. I leave the 1/2 off. So now I am focusing on my years in business instead of my actual age.
So with that said, it’s almost my 5 1/2 year anniversary for SCRAP IT GIRL. On June 27 it will be 5 1/2 years ago that I took my passion of Paper Crafts from a Hobby into a Business. It wasn’t easy.. it took a lot of start-up money, courage, and tons of space. I went from about 600 square feet of craft room to having about 1,200 square feet. I have a classroom, bathroom, mini store, personal creative space, and a craft storage room full of cabinets and counter space. I am now in the process of doing a make over.. after 5 1/2 years the walls are getting full of paint stains, marks, and tons of nail holes. I am picking new paint colors and converting a kids game closet into more craft storage space. You can see what it currently looks like by checking out this page of my crafty rooms. Once my new rooms are done I will update that page.
As much fun as having this business has been, I wish I can say it was always easy & fun. But with all good things there has been a few bumps and bruises. Of course when you are doing well and are happy.. the haters are waiting to bring you down. I have about 5 women in my life that have tried to take me down.. all local girls who once pretended to be my friend. But as you can see.. all they have really done is pushed me to do more, be better, and work harder. They can continue with their games, rumors, copy cat routine, and nasty tricks. My real friends and customers keep me going, stand by me, and know the real stories. I have built great relationships with other business’s, other craft instructors, designers, and on-line companies.. and I thank them for their help and support.
I now have several other friends looking to get into their own Paper Craft business.. all I can say is that it takes a lot of time and work. We don’t make millions but we do make tons of new friends, which is all I really need~ Enjoy what you do and every thing else won’t matter.
I made a ton of mistakes along the way.. one of them was this first logo i used. Look at how crazy busy it is.. omg.. what was I thinking? I love my new logo.
My best friend created my new logo and I now have many options when using it. Another mistake I made was sharing too much information with women who later tried to sabotage me. Now I keep my business to myself. Not everyone needs to know the in’s and out’s of your daily business. As helpful as I want to be.. I learned the hard way. I still to this day have a 2 of the 5 girls Facebook stalking me and creating unnecessary drama. I just have to let it go and concentrate on myself and my business.
I would love to get in the spirit of celebrating my 5 1/2 year anniversary by giving a few packages away. I will do one a week for the rest of the month.
All you have to do is like my SCRAP IT GIRL Facebook page and leave me a comment here letting me know if you have a paper craft business or if you are interested in working from home breaking into the craft industry. I would love to hear your opinions.
I am giving away this collection this week:
- Heidi Swapp Bronzer Color shine
- Prima Mixed media doll stamp
- 12 yards paper twine
- Crafter’s Workshop Cosmic Bubbles stencil
- 4″ Jenni Bowlin mini book