Saturday, September 24, 2011

Little Tiny Envelopes

Well, first off, I apologize for my photos! lol. I have purchased a new camera and as you can tell I am SOOOOOO not used to it yet! and unfortunately there was no light tonight. And it seems like sun is getting scarce here in NY with fall settling in. Anyways.... moving on....

Okay, so I always give a little surprise with all my orders. Currently I am simply adding them inside the tissue paper. Well, I got the nifty idea to make little envelopes to include the freebies in. I wanted to use something "vintag-y" (yes, I made that word up). Soooooo, I took book pages, cut them into 4.5 x 4.5 squares and started folding & gluing! Like I said, forgive the photos :)

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Fold up one corner like so....... 

Now fold up the other corner on the same side..... 

Leave the last corner up. This is how you will close the envelope. 

Then you will open them back up after your crease's are made and add your glue...... 

 Put glue on both sides.........

so now I have cute little envelopes to include with my orders, filled with little surprises! Each one has something different. 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Vintage Halloween - Ephemera

Good morning! How about some free halloween ephemera! Yah! :D

Here's a lady holding a pumpkin and a little black cat chillin' with her :)

Here's another one with a cute little girl!

And I've added a png image of JUST the girl :) Maybe you can print her out and add her to a scrapbook layout, greeting card, etc. 

Happy Early Halloween!!!! 
Looking for some images? Leave me a comment or a question and I'll check my stash! 
Have a great day! 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Getting your etsy shop ready for the holiday season

Well, it's evening here and all are sleeping! yaye! Mom time - Gotta love it. I started thinking about how I am going to prep for the upcoming holiday season. Last Christmas was my first year on etsy, and boy oh boy, did I learn a thing or two. I am not by any means an expert, I learn from my mistakes and I learn as I go like everyone else. I can only tell you what I have learned and tips and tricks that I've picked up along the way.

The first thing you are going to want to do is clean up your shop and your shops appearance. Great photos, nice banner, etc. I'm desperately still trying to work on this! I bought a new camera and it feels like I am starting all over again. Grrrr... I'm getting there though. Hopefully. Aren't I? haha

Make sure you don't change your avatar or your online shop banner too often. People remember these things and they're important! They "brand" you.

You're going to want to have fresh new items in addition to relisting the "favorites" - The items that consistently sell. If you sell ooak items, this obviously doesn't apply to you. You need to always have fresh items, because what if a repeat buyer comes back and you have nothing new? They've already purchased what they want from you. They're coming back to check out new things. Don't miss a sale. They are there because they like your work.

Make sure you have a variety of items, with different prices. Especially with the way the economy is now. Make sure you have "lower" priced items along with higher priced items. That way you have something for everyone, and this will help your sales. And alot of times, people will buy the big item and pick up a few small things as add ons.

If you have supplies that you consistently use, make sure you have them on hand before the custom orders come through. You don't want to be half way shipping out orders, rip off the piece of tape and realize it's only 3 inches long. Yah..... I did that the other day! LOL. I bought 2 rolls today! But at least I'm not in the middle of a holiday rush!

Make sure that your shop is divided into sections. Most people already know what they're looking for and they won't stay if they can't find it. Do the best you can with this! If you only sell one type of item, maybe separate into colors, themes, etc. Whatever applies to what your work is.

**People typically start shopping online 2 months in advance.**

Check with your post office about cut off dates for shipping, so your items can make it to them by Christmas, or whatever their purpose may be. This is especially important for international orders. Have these up in your policy section, so people can see them.

People are going to be too busy this time of year. Last minute rushing around, family, events, etc. They will NOT contact you about shipping rates, questions, etc. They will pass you and go onto the next one. Make sure they know eveything.

Add a little bit about how you made the item. You want to connect with them.

Make sure your descriptions are clear and easy to understand.

Make sure your items are relevant to the season. Christmas time has snowmen, santa, trees, etc. If you can’t do this with your items, then incorporate Christmas colors. Red, green, silver & gold. Noone is buying Easter tags at Christmas. Unless they're really prepared and ahead. Yah, I don't know anyone like that either, haha.

Get involved with social media now! Build your reputation now before it’s too late. Don't start 1 week before Christmas. If you read this post too late, don't worry. Still go ahead with it. It might help a little bit! :D

Remember, holiday season gives you usually 2 people to connect to! The buyer and the person they are buying for! Make sure you represent yourself well!

Make sure you  have plenty of shipping supplies on hand. However you ship your items, make sure you're prepared. For me, I use rigid cardboard, packing tape, tissue paper and my handmade thank you tags and other little things (That's another subject too!). If you ship internationally (which you really should! You're losing sales if you aren't) then make sure you have those lovely customs forms. Everytime I go in, I always ask for a few. You will see them "venting" about it in the etsy forums. Every year.

Be unique in your shipping. You can google for inspiration, or you can even follow my pinterest board for pretty packaging ideas!

I keep all my shipping supplies in a divided little caddy. Labels, tape, customs forms, business cards (I stick them in with the orders), my thank you tags (that I attach to thank them for their order. They could've bought from someone else).

Are you going to offer gift wrapping for your customers? Are you willing to ship to the gift recipient directly? State these in your policies and get ready for those questions. You WILL get them :)

Try to get as much as you can done now, that way during that time when it's busy, you'll have nothing to worry about. Because remember, not only do you have this, but you have your own family too! :D

I keep a binder, and I print out every order. If I need to make notes, I do. Did I contact the buyer to let them know that I have received their order? Did I let them know that their package is on it's way? GREAT customer service is key.

Okay, that's enough for now. Here's a printable for you! Click on it to open it in a new window, then right click and choose save as. For some reason, this one was a pain in the butt to turn into a jpeg. Blogger kept rejecting it saying it wasn't PNG when it was, lol. SO this one is a jpeg, can't promise that it's as "crisp" as I'd like it to be. But I already printed it out and it's fine :)

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Good night!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Weekly Round-Up! Craft store coupons & Pinterest Loving ideas!

Good morning! It's Sunday! Which means checking around to see who has their coupons up and all the pinterest love I can cram into one post! I didn't think I would love pinterest as much as I do, but boy oh boy! I just can't stop! lol. However, I really need to start creating as much as I am admiring! :D Anybody else running into this problem?! hahaha! You can find me on pinterest HERE

 How to run burlap through your printer! 

 Journaling tips and tricks 

 Framed scrappy art (maya road) 
 So cute! I gotta try these little favor tags! 

As I am scrolling through pinterest, I am so happy to see that I am not the only one anxiously awaiting all the wonderful christmas crafts and paper art that comes with it! 

 Paper mache snowman tutorial

 Free printable vintage labels kit 

Backgrounds template free
 No glue favor boxes--2 colors


To print on a paper bag, invert the image (across horizon), click on "Custom" and enter the dimensions (5.2x10.2). Rename the custom print, "paper bag". Hit OK and you're all set. Next time, you'll just have to go to paper size and select "paper bag".


 Free vintage inspired calendar***It is a large file, so I'd say print it and then remove late. 20 mb***Or open and change the size of the image and then resave?!***

 Need to stain some wood for a quick project, but don't have any wood stain on hand? Or maybe you just don't want to buy all that stain for one little project. No problem! Just use distress ink from your scrapbook stash!

 coolest DIY egg carton idea! turn a string of Christmas lights into flower-shaped lights. The page is in norwegian, so when you get there, click the little button at the top and let the browser translate it for you :) 

bread ties to hold ends of tape

 Hydrangea Rose Pillow Box- Free printable

 Printing and painting with lace. I love doing this. But I have a slighly different method. I lay the lace down and then dab (almost like sponge painting) with my ink pad. I use old lace though, nothing good as you can't really wash it out! haha :) 

And now for the coupons...... 

Below are my tags, you can click on any link to read and see more, if you'd like to!

Maple Leaf Hang Tags for Fall Santa Merry Christmas Vintage Tags Football Hang Tags - Vintage Inspired
Winter Wonderland Wind - Blue Swirls an Sparkle Plant a Tree Hang Tags - Vintage Inspired 8 Shabby Chic Lady Tags with Doily, Stamped, Vintage Inspired
Victorian Scalloped Embellishments - Lady - Vintage Inspired Love Wish Dream Tags - Vintage Tags, Brown, Manila Cream Spoil Yourself Scalloped Circle Hang Tags - Vintage Inspired
Here are some free printable journaling cards that I made up. Click on photo to open in new tab or window and then right click and choose "save as"

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!!! :)