Saturday, November 3, 2007

Christmas Journals

Over the past few months I have had a lot of fun making little journals for my upcoming craft show on November 17th at Christina Huddleston Elementary School in Lakeville, MN. I have made well over 100 of these little journals, in a variety of different styles, and I only have 40 left. My friends, family, and co-workers have wanted to see what I have been working on and they have all been buying them. I just take the proceeds and go buy more little naked journals at Office Max and make some more. They are really fun to make and I think they make a nice little gift for friends, family, teachers, etc. Last night the ladies at my stamp club were getting a chuckle out of the fact that the naked journals cost $1.29 to start with at Office Max and by the time I put the paper and all the embellishments on them I have well exceeded the $5.00 price I am asking for them. LOL . . . No wonder people are jumping on these for five bucks. Do you think I should up my asking price at the craft show?

Here is one of the journals I designed for my Stamp Club to make at last night's monthly meeting. I used Basic Grey's Figgy Pudding designer paper for the journal and the little decoration on the front is a piece of round Bazill chipboard covered in Figgy Pudding paper and decorated with a die cut from last year's Quickutz "Holiday" set. I recently purchased the set at Archivers on sale for 75% off . . . I paid a whopping $12.48. It came with two Christmas trees, the words Happy Holidays, and an embossing folder of Season's Greetings. What a steal of a deal!!! The photo corners on the journal are also a die cut from Quickutz. I use my Revolution machine and I am happy to report that I have just found out that Nestabilities are compatable with Quickutz machines. I am going out today to buy the square scallops at Anchor Paper Express in Burnsville, MN.

Thank you everyone for stopping by today and I hope you are all having a fantastic weekend. I do have a couple of questions for all of you today. So if you get a chance . . . please leave a comment. My questions are . . . "Do any of you sell your handmade items at craft shows?" "What kind of items do you sell?" "What kind of prices should I be putting on my items?"

Thank you for any advice you can give me on the craft show thing and I will talk to you all tomorrow when I will have a very special announcement to make . . . so stay tuned.

Big stamping hugs to all of you!!!!

~ Pegi

6 comments:

Amy said...

Hi! Love the little journals, but I'll come and see them at your craft show next week if I can sneak away from my son's bb tournament! Nestabilities at Anchor? I knew they had some but I didn't know they had the squares!!! Any other shapes, ovals, rectangles? Also, I hate secrets! I want to know your secret right now!!! LOL!

Hugs,
Amy

Wendy L. said...

Hi Pegi,
I loved making the journal last night at our stamp club. What a great surprise!!!. I have never made and sold anything at a craft fair, but I'm sure you will have much success with these little gems. They are the perfect size too.
Wendy

Michelle said...

Hey Pegi!!!

I love the journals! That are too cute. Maybe you should increase the price enough to cover what you have in it. I mean, the point is to make money, right? Plus, I'm sure you won't have any problem selling them- they are great!
~Michelle

dasimonds said...

Hi Pegi...
You are doing great...Love your Christmas journals. You sure have been busy! Wishing you much success at your craft fair...
Thanks for sharing.


Dee

kathleenh said...

This journal is adorable Pegi! Pricing is a tricky thing. I don't know what to tell you there.

Jules said...

Great journal. I so wish, I lived there, so I could go to the craft show!