Monday, February 15, 2021

What a Wonderful Papercrafting World We Live In


I have realized I haven't done a good job of inviting people into the Wonderful Papercrafting World we have here in America. Many people have never even heard of Stampin' Up! I hope to change that this week by doing some Q & A here. I'm excited to share with you what I've learned on my papercrafting journey over the last 10+ years. 

Q: Who's in the Papercrafting Community?

A: All types of people, especially those who enjoy being creative with their hands. (Remember coloring books  and sticker books when we were kids? I think those started the journey for me. The feel of the paper, the smell of the ink, trying to stay inside the lines, the taste of licking and sticking stickers on the paper, the hearing of scissors cutting paper, and the visual pleasure when you made something you liked). Papercrafting really encompasses the five senses fully.

Q: But I'm not creative can I still come here to learn?

A: Of course, I'd love to have you learn along with us on my website. Just sign up for my email list and become a follower on this page.

Q: Where else can I go to learn about Papercrafting?

A: There are many avenues in which to learn from besides me. Take a class at a local big box craft store. Come to a home class with an Independent Demonstrator from one of several papercrafting companies out there. Buy a Papercrafting magazine. Sign up for a monthly subscription kit to try. Check out some papercrafting books at the library. View some You Tube Videos on this topic. Join a Facebook group. Sign up for a Community College class. Or just create something from items you already have a home. Most people have some paper, scissors, and writing/coloring tools to get started with. A lot of Papercrafting is just about experimenting with what you have and not being afraid to try. 

Q: Does Papercrafting cost a lot to get started?

A: Depending how deep you go, yes, it can become an investment in tools and supplies. A lot depends on what you might already have around your home or apartment. For example, you may already have a paper cutter on hand, a bottle of glue or glue stick, scissors, and even a variety of cards you could recycle/upcycle into a new piece of art. That will get you started.

Q: What kinds of Papercrafting are out there?

A: There's a lot! Cardmaking in a variety of sizes, Scrapbooking pages and albums, 3D items like gift boxes or bags, wedding invitations, party favors, journal book making, mixed media, home decor items, items for gifts, digital design, sticker design, origami, quilling, paper modeling, paper airplane design, pop up cards, print making, making your own envelopes, and even carving your own stamps. And that's just a start!

Q: Could you use a little extra income?

A: Selling your papercrafts is a fun way to meet new people at street fairs, craft shows, home bazaars, farmer's markets, and even virtual online shows through Facebook. You can open up your own Etsy store or one of the other ecommerce store sites.  Again there are many options out there.

Q: So who is Stampin' Up! anyway?

A: Stampin' Up! is a papercrafting company based in Riverton, Utah with another stamp producing facility in Kanab, Utah. They have been in business for 32 years and the original founder is still part of the Board of Directors, but she has passed the CEO reins down to her daughter. Stampin' Up! has approximately 60,000 Independent Demonstrators worldwide in America, Canada, a few European countries (Germany, Austria, France, and the Netherlands), and the South Pacific (Australia and New Zealand.) These people are some of the most helpful and nice people I have ever met!

Of course I'm partial to Stampin' Up! products since I'm an Independent Demonstrator for them for 10 + years now. (I do own a few non-Stampin' Up! items, but not too many.)

One of the things that makes this direct sales company so special is they have four color families of coordinated cardstock colors and two lines of In-Colors that last for two year intervals, plus all their other specialty papers and inks are color coordinated, so you can't go wrong when choosing colors that go together for your projects. Even their embellishments and ribbons match. Their quality is outstanding and you get a great value for your money because their products last a very long time!

In my opinion they have the best customer service I've ever encountered as their motto is to make things right!

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Come back tomorrow to learn more. I've got lots to share this week. If you have a question or comment please let me know. I'm here to help.  Have a wonderful day!



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