What’s Trending in Scrapbooking Right Now

Keeping up with trends in scrapbooking these days can be difficult. New products come and go so fast that products disappear just when we discover them. Although we’ve certainly seen a shift away from the traditional scrapbooks of 10 years ago, the art of documenting a life through photos continues to be popular with crafters of all ages. We took a look at what’s popular right now to help you stay on top of what’s trending in the industry.

An Offer is Not a Gift: Why Negotiation is Necessary Even If It’s Scary

Asking for what you want or need is hard. In your personal life, that’s called advocating for yourself, whether it’s for more help around the house or saying no to toxic relationships. In your business life, it’s called negotiating. It’s funny that saying no to a friend that is rude or overbearing makes perfect sense, but asking for better terms from a business partner strikes fear in the hearts of even the savviest entrepreneur.

Being Inclusive and Accountable in Craft Industry Marketing

The craft industry is a perfect microcosm of the larger tensions that are pulsing through our national and global cultures in 2017: racial, social, economic. And corporations everywhere—their advertising choices, their mistakes, and their responses to those mistakes—are often the battlegrounds where those tensions come to the forefront.

Bullet Journals Offer New Flexibility for Planners

Not quite a planner, more than a journal, definitely not a calendar. The Bullet Journal® is a trendy combination of all those, but oh, so adaptable, with a cult-like following of devotees, from busy moms and college students to artists and professionals of all ages.

When Should You Hire Help?

Most of us begin our businesses as one-person shows. We make our product, take the photos, make the listings on Etsy and answer the emails. And that’s great! Starting small (with as little debt as possible) is a good way to begin your business. You’re agile with your product, can test what’s working with your customers and get a hands-on feel for what needs to change. But at some point it may be wise to hire help so that you can grow and professionalize. Here’s how to know when.

How I Got That Gig: Absolut Vodka + Libs Elliott

We’re excited to launch a new series, How I Got That Gig, in which we ask craft industry professionals to tell us the story behind a great commission, job, freelance opportunity, or contract. The first story is from quilter, Libs Elliot, who recently designed a label for the Absolute Canada commemorative bottle.

How to Start a Local Creative Business Meetup

Running a creative business – especially when you work from home – comes with a lot of alone-time. And to be honest, that’s not always a bad thing! Alone-time creates space for ideas and creativity and discovering how you work best and what you need to be productive. But sometimes we need other people to bounce ideas off of, to celebrate our wins with and to build us up when we’ve royally failed. Sometimes we need an in-person support network to give us a hug and share a cookie with. Here are some expert tips for staring a local small business meetup in your area.

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