Thursday, October 7, 2010

WOYWW and a Garbage Man Page

Most of today was spent in the garden. I moved the path and cleaned up a year of neglect and a day of bush removal. I did get 2 crafty things done today though. I finished a spread for "my lil Garbage Man" and I sorted all the cards that I've made but not sent or sold.

I was planning on having a booth at a local craft fair later this month but my son's initial first communion prep gathering is the same day and I will not be able to go. So I am putting the cards up on Etsy in packs just to clear the house. The packs are made from cereal boxes and can be made with the printing on the outside or raw with the greyish cardboard on the outside.

The envie full of Card Fronts and Recoverable Cards contains partial cards that just need to be finished. If I designed the whole thing I will sell it (or attempt to) if someone else did (these are from my days as a Stampin' Up! demo) I will donate them to WINGS (Women In Need Growing Stronger) for sale in their shop or to use in the program.

I have some questions about selling cards in packs and would appreciate your feedback.
  1. How many is appropriate? 6, 8, or 10? Ten is the max I can fit in the boxes, with envies of course.
  2. Would it be better to sell a variety pack, a pack of the same card, or a pack with a variation on the same theme (similar look with different sentiments)?
  3. Would you prefer a printed or a raw package? I will offer customers the option of either just wondered what YOU want.

my lil Garbage Man
I have wanted to do this page for a long time but there really aren't any garbage truck embellishments out there - I looked. When I saw Allison's garbage truck card and found out that I could get this wonderful Richard Neuman image for myself I knew it was time to do the page. 

I printed out the image on Stampin' Up! Whisper White cardstock and then sprayed it with a sealer. I wanted to see if I could painted it and didn't want the ink to run. I used watered down ink on the dirt and decided I didn't want that effect for the whole piece. I moved on to markers. I used Regal Red and So Saffron because they went with the paper I had chosen so well. The paper is Gumballs from the Aged and Confused™ Sublime Collection™ by Basic Grey. The sealer gave the garbage truck a cool texture that I really liked for the subject. After I finished coloring it I took a step back and thought - this is entirely too clean. I fixed that problem by sponging on a bit of Distress Ink in Vintage Photo.

I used a black textured paper or unknown origin behind the truck so it would pop. Then a bit of kraft cardstock and a bit of wood patterned paper from DCWV. I made sure the colors were represented on the facing page even if the textures were not. The chip board letter stickers were inked with black Distress Ink to alter their color, the green ledger paper just wasn't working. I have had the stickers so long that the sticky was no longer sticking so I used a bit of Scotch Scrapbooker's Glue. I love that there is a wide end and a very small end just perfect for detail work. I also like that the small end doesn't get clogged. Plus with this glue even thin paper doesn't pucker.

Well it's no longer Wednesday and I really need to get some sleep. I have to be alert tomorrow for parent/teacher conferences. And, the world needs more lerts.

Happy Crafting,


Katie said...

Love your scrapbook page! Also...WOW that's a lot of cards! Goodluck at the craft fair!

BethanyR said...

That is a cute LO of your son...I like the colors and papers that you used...Saw your link for boy scout popcorn..LOL...I have 3 boys that were in scouts and still have popcorn left over ....2 made it to Eagle...

sasa said...

Hope you get to sell lots of cards. Nice colours on the layout too!

Julia Dunnit said...

Cute cute pics of your boy being the garbage man! Gotta love BG for being so useable too, huh!
You are uber organised - I would prefer 2 of each card, and say 8, blank and I like the idea of the printed side out on the box...but believe me, if you offer 300 combinations, it won't cover it!

Susan Allan said...

a very handsome garbage man.. great scrapbook pge too.
sue xx 88

Sue said...

Hi ya
wow you are very organised with all your cards, i luv the scrapbook layout, fab piccies,have great day, happy WOYWW, sue,x

Daniele said...

thats a serious amount of cards you've got, great layouts thanks for the peek
hugs #45

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Wow! What a lot of cards! My suggestion is you can have a pack of 6 all the same all occasion cards, or 6 all different for different occasions- 1 thank you, 3 birthday, 1 sympathy, 1 congratulations. But if they are expensive one of a kind, then just a pack of 1 is best. Patsy from

Alicia.R. said...

Wow that is a lot of cards and if you offer a few different option people can pick and choose. I like your page and aren't kids the cutest. I see you have a Scout too. I have a Scout, a Cub and a hubby who is a Scout Leader as well.
Have a great week, good luck at the fair and thanks for sharing
Alicia.R. (#102)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

What an adorable LO of your little "Garbage Man." Too cute. Sometimes you just have to wait for the right image.

I've never made cards that were good enough to be sold, nor have I ever sold or bought anything from etsy, so I'm not a person to ask! Happy belated from #1 who is still really late this week.

Claire said...

Wow! You must have been busy making all those cards! Love your layout,

Claire #78

Kalyber said...

The cards here represent years of making and not sending or selling.