Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Storybeader's year with art, 2011

 I went over the finances for my business (storybeader) this past weekend and was relieved to see that I didn't spend as much money on supplies as I had thought.  One big reason is the difference between the price of beads (that I bought last year) compared to the price of paper (this year).  The most expensive item I bought this year was a paper cutter.  And getting the virus removed from my computer -  that was an unforeseen expense!

I made some fabulous purchases from Etsy sellers this year.  Mostly materials for bookmaking and art journaling.  Washi tape is one of my favorite supplies - they are sold in a number of different shops.   

If you live in Oklahoma like I do, you know all about Hobby Lobby (the business was founded by David Green in 1972 and is headquartered in Oklahoma City).

We have a Hobby Lobby store in my town and it's close to home.  But I do have to plan my weekend shopping trips, since they're closed on Sundays.  I enjoy their coupons, especially the "40% off one regular price item".  If I'm going to buy Copic pens, I'll use this coupon, because they're so expensive and never on sale! 

In  July, I took my first class with Moira Richardson, called 30 Day Craft Cleanse.  We all pledged to spend the month making art without buying one single thing.  We learned to make new supplies with around-the-house materials and created inventories to keep track of the things we had.  

Moira also gave us downloadable PDFs.  It was a great exercise, to use supplies on hand - you should try this if you're feeling a little tight on money.  In the fall, I took another class with Moira, Falling for You.  

So what happened this year on Etsy?   I sold only 11 items; one was a necklace (back in January) and the rest were mainly journals and paper beads.  Currently, I have 27 items in my shop.  I had so much fun with my junque journals that I decided to make more for other artists to use.  It's hard to believe that the Blogging Business Artisans team has been together for less than 3 months.  Most of us have known each other for 3-4 years, but we've all gotten even closer with our new team.  Courtesy of Edi, we have a Weekly Chat Thread.  A few of my close friends (thanks Rose for starting the conversation) have suggested I place more items in my shop.  So that's the plan for this coming year - to double the amount of items in my shop and make twice as many sales!

 I think the most important thing that occurred in 2011 was that I started art journaling.  This all came about after reading Julia Cameron's The Artist Way, which I highly recommend to everyone.  I wasn't expecting her Workbook to change my life, but it certainly did.  My favorite journal that I've made has been the junque journal, which I started in the summer.  I've kept all my writing and  artwork in it.  It's a blast to look back and see what's been spinning around in my mind over the months.  And to see how my artwork has progressed.


BeadedTail said...

I think it's a great idea to keep adding to your shop in order to keep the creativity coming and also increase sales! I have the Artist Way workbook but haven't done anything with it yet. Thanks for reminding me about it just when tax season is starting Deb! :)

Rose said...

I'm glad that the discussion about increasing number of shop items was helpful. It's been really fun following your art journeys this year. I look forward to seeing what you create in 2012.

It is hard to believe that the BBA has only been together for a few months! We've already accomplished so much.

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