6 years ago today I decided to start a Paper Crafts Business… I called it Scrap It Girl. I got the name from a previous name I had, which was Trivia Girl. I owned a Trivia business for many years and I was known as Trivia Girl.. so for some reason 6 years ago Scrap It Girl sounded fine. Not so sure now.. but it’s to late for a name change.
I did however change my logo a few years ago.. who remembers this awful logo? lol Wow.. what was I thinking?
I started out only teaching scrapbooking, stamping, and card making. I currently teach cricut classes, kids craft classes, altered art/mixed media, Copic classes, Zutter classes, tool training, home decor, and private/group classes. I also only started teaching out of my home classroom. But now you can find me at the Kenosha Public Museum, Kenosha Hobby Lobby, Kenosha Public Schools, Country Clubs, and a few stores in my area.
It wasn’t easy to start my business.. it of course took money, space, time, and connections. It also took tons of patience. I did everything myself and paid for it myself using the sale of my last business to get me started. I have had ups and downs.. busy months and slow months.. but I keep going.
I have had and I still have women in my life that think this was easy and they try to take me down with their childish attempts, slander, and false accusations. Yes.. as small as my business is.. it still brings the mean girls out to play. I can’t let it get to me, it only motivates me more and helps push me to the next level. I remind myself to keep true to myself, stick to my own goals, and don’t look back.
6 years in and I have made many changes, made mistakes, and made progress. I continue to teach about 3-5 classes per week, which is by far my favorite thing to do. I still create something just about every day and I still look for ways to grow my business.
A few new things I have started this year is my FAVORITE THINGS FRIDAY POSTS and my SUNDAY SHARES. On Fridays, my designers and I share a picture and post of our Favorite things that coincide with the theme we pick. It’s a fun way to take a look at what other crafters love, get new ideas, and take a look at what we really love. My Sunday shares is something I started in 2013. I just do a brief post on my Facebook pages sharing my favorite places locally or on-line. It’s somewhat of a promotional feature for those business’s. I also just added 9 new designers to my team.
Over the years I have kept myself busy with teaching more classes, taking classes, attending paper-craft events, and becoming more involved with social networking. I am a huge fan of instagram, pinterest, twitter, and of course Face-Book. I have also made my classroom bigger, added a tiny store to my studio, and continue to use new products and tools in my classes I teach.
A couple of years ago I added Birthday Parties and Events to my schedule. I rent out party products, create party decorations , and host Kids Crafty Birthday parties in my classroom, at Sandy’s Popper and the Kenosha Hobby Lobby.
A few things that I have always done and will continue to do is host crops or crafting parties. I will continue to buy the best products, teach people how to use new and old tools, and continue to take classes myself so that I have more to bring to my customers. I don’t take advantage of or take for granted the friends and business connections I have made. I appreciate all the customers I have had and I look forward to another year of growing, learning, teaching, and looking ahead.