Day 25: What advice would you give to a newbie crafter OR Craft something that has the colour orange on it
Well I still class myself as a bit of newbie really and I think you never stop learning so giving advice to a newbie is a bit ‘out of my comfort zone’ really. ( smacks self around chops at thinking up daft prompt). But here goes.
If your considering getting into crafting or already have your first toe in the crafting waters there are a few things I would recommend etc. First and foremost have fun with it. Doesn’t matter if you making stuff that will never see the light of day or your supplying all the family with cards, make sure you are enjoying yourself.
If you are considering a large purchase like a die machine its a good idea to try them out. Places like Hobbycraft do normally have the machines out so you see how big or small it actually is. And shop around as there is nearly always a discount going on somewhere.
Think about your storage at the beginning. I so wish I did this. Its easy to buy another set of promarkers and not think where you will keep them when your not crafting. But there will be a time when you put your new crafting purchases down for 5 minutes and they will need somewhere to go. Your few pens, few dies and bit of paper will soon take over your world and then you will wish you had thought about storage. Hint – the plastic boxes that takeaways use are quiet handy especially for glitters and microbeads.
If you start going down the route of selling your crafts do your research as there are a lot of crafters already out there. If you can’t get to a craft fair have a look on sites like Etsy to get a guide of what other crafters are selling similar crafts at. Know and value your worth and don’t be afraid to charge the right price. Undercharging not only makes it harder for other crafters, it devalues the crafting world and ultimately you aren’t being paid the right amount and you will spend your crafting life undercharging. To charge for an item you should be working out materials+time+profit=customers price. The material bit is everything you put on the card (using card as an example). So papers, embellishments, card blanks etc but also a % for things like digi stamps. It may only be pence but it all adds up and if you are serious about your craft don’t forget the pennies. The time bit is how long it took to make the item and then multiply by your hourly rate. If you don’t know your hourly rate the minimum wage could be a starting point. Profit, this is materials + time x 2 1/2 or 3. Hope that helps.