A few years ago I wrote an article about my experience with a handmade card business. It is still up and on the Internet and generating visits. In England, the country I consider the biggest fans of handmade cards, I was fortunate to draw a forum following and I was delighted about someone being interested in my tips.
In California, we have a tax system called “sales tax”, some states do not have this tax and at retirement people actually move from California because of this tax and earned income tax. My only point in bringing this up is this year I am overdue. Again. It is due by January 31st and doing it is not difficult, because the online form is easy to use. Now I have the penalty to pay. If you have a business with big sales you would pay every month, if you were smart.
One reason I procrastinate is I did not enter sales in my monthly accounting system. I have a year’s pile of receipts to ledger and add up. An outline on how to do this is explained in Start A Handmade Card Business – Budget Tips for Starting Out. Many other tips will apply to anyone in most countries.
The basic tips can be applied to any home craft business. There is always the few areas of any endeavor that is not a favorite to do. Other aspects make it worth the cost, and maybe you can earn profits for supply shopping trips and a little extra cash.
If I can do it you can too with organization and a healthy dose of desire and intensity. The last thing: is enjoy your chosen area of interest.
I have found a new Internet website that offers tea bag folding papers. I always take pleasure in finding something new on the web about TBF.
Maybe you have seen this site before but I am sharing this just in case you have not. Brightly printed kaleidoscope 2 inch squares, circles and soon 1-inch squares too. The site is called origamitwist.com and there is also a FB Page. Look for Origami Twist on Youtube too. I found the website through a Pinterest Board.
There is an easy shopping cart to use for your purchases and PayPal is the method, making new tea bag folding papers easy to buy. The single best thing about this site is the orders are simply emailed to you as a PDF file. Once you receive the file in email, copy and print on your home printer. Use a couple of coats of clear Deft spray to waterproof if you do not have a laser printer. If you prefer laser bring the file to Staples or other copy printing store.
If you have been fussy about the brightness of your tile colors printing on a jet printer produces better copies. A couple of light coats of clear spray will help protect the colors from running.
No disappointments from Origami Twist: a free page is offered on Freebie of the Day so you can see what you will be getting.
More about tea bag folding papers here.
Last month I discovered Misterart.com. Compare prices with other big name craft and art sites. American Craft 5×7 inch blanks in 6 bright colors will match many of Origami Twist colors and are priced less than $4.50 for 12 cards and envelopes.
I have personally purchased the red for Valentine’s Day and loved the hue. The card stock is a little light on weight, but does a good job for any informal greeting. Linen textured.
Enjoy something new today,
My friend, Leanne, has four days off every week during the weekend. She loves to cruise the surrounding cities to see what is out there. For the last few months she has been looking for a space to rent for art and craft classes, the bread and butter of her car repair budget.
She knows what the going footage is per square foot in four nearby suburbs. Closer to home she visited the antique row in Pomona. She found that the long standing malls for old stuff looks a bit different. The malls have allowed artists to rent space among all the aged and dated stuff.
Imagine you are browsing antiques and you walk into an art space. I would be surprised and a little excited. A refreshing experience. After all many an art item is made from the very things you are seeing at the antique mall.
Art is not that popular among the Millennials and neither is the old stuff. Lets face it both are getting a turndown in sales. Now if you are in the craft end of art you may be seeing an upsurge in interest, but antique malls would probably benefit in letting the artist setup an eclectic display among the old tables, figurines, vases and glass. For the artist a small space would be fun to design.
So ask your local antique mall if they have space for the artist in town. After all space is at a premium in stores and office space. They may find a niche for you. Everyone likes the workable space and the exposure the space can offer. The malls work different than consignment with a system of tags and tight bookkeeping. Your business cards may get picked up and the website looked at. It is better than keeping those creations in the closet.
Keep exploring all your creative channels and Happy New Year
Zig-Zag fold for paper Christmas trees to hang
Saturday December 19th the Homestead Museum in City of Industry, CA is having a toy gift donation and walk throughs of Holiday decorated Temple and Workman homes. Bring an unwrapped toy or $4.00 donation. $2.00 seniors and students.
Browse the homes and imagine what the Holiday might have been back seventies years or more.
Paper Christmas Craft
Also in the planning is crafts for all ages to enjoy making for $2.00-$4.00 dollars each. I am busy gathering the supplies for this zig-zag fold hanging Christmas tree.
Come and enjoy the fun. I will have an tutorial online link for you so that you can make more trees at home with family and friends.
There will be trees already folded and paper cutouts for those who want to fold their own. Plenty of colorful punchouts and buttons, etc. for decorating the paper tree.
For further information is the Homestead Museum calendar or call for information.
Paperfacets has been writing about tea bag folding since 2007 when I wrote about ACEO versions of the technique I was making for sale on eBay. I have several HubPages about tea bag folding that may be of interest to you.
I have all the articles listed at Tea Bag Folding Resources On HubPages. From there you can link to tutorials and photo galleries.
I think the tea bag folding style of paper craft has dropped in popularity since about 2009 when new easy to use cutting machines were made affordable. Companies like Jolee started marketing card and scrapbook embellishments and stickers by the thousands. Now a whole aisle at Michael’s may have thousands of cute, sophisticated and classy looking items to decorate paper surfaces with.
Crisp, clean cards can be crafted in no time with these easy to use elements of all kinds of textures including metal, glass, ribbons, punched shapes; there is endless items, and the aisles are fun for shopping. Honestly, though, it is a bit hard to design something unique and looking your own with these items.
Too, all new looks go out and look tired after a while, and tea bag folding was first introduced in the late 1990’s in craft book publications. That was a different century! I like to call it flat unit origami now because it is easier to explain what is evolved in making an embellishment. Origami is immensely popular and our technique presents the folds in a flat easy to mail version. Many times a rosette is a pretty patterned kaleidoscope from afar but up close can reveal a theme or motif like a bird or a skull.
Our website here is new and still needs time to grow with new ideas, so visit the Hubpages because they have much to explore. Also there is a link page of other artist’s presence and contributions on the Internet about tea bag folding.
Mostly, I want to show everyone how a craft involvement can be interesting, sparking related and unrelated ideas for fun, enjoyment and work.
After a month of trial and error, I now have many of our handmade greeting cards for sale and viewing at Paperfacets.com
Look under the ‘Shop’ tab at the right side of the menu. I have the cards divided up in sub-categories and you will see more subcategories in the future.
If you have questions do not hesitate to ask and I will do my best to make your purchase rewarding and worth your time.
Please keep in mind that all colors will be brighter and more vibrant than the pictures. I do not use extra packaging such a cello envelopes to hold the costs down, as well as, cutting out all unnecessary materials. I reuse boxes and ship ground USPS. With most items I can ship three in one mailer for $1.70.
You can use your credit card when in PayPal.
I launched a Card Shop to replace the Farmer’s Market space I gave up in March. After almost 9 years I will not be doing the Claremont Farmer’s Market. It became too expensive to do with the new fees. I am disappointed because I feel the artists should be charged the same as the farmers. We, as the Artisan group, were given flat fees for a 10X10 space. Farmers pay a percentage of their sales which worked so well for me in the past. The new flat fee equals $300 dollars worth of sales for artisans.
The main reason I am speaking of the new shop is because it is in a testing phase. The cart, checkout with paypal, and shipping of your item will happen, so do not worry about a purchase.
It is the layout and look of the shop that ! am trying to bring to a better solution. New items will be added soon and do not be puzzled if the look keeps changing. You will receive you order in a timely manner and Paypal will always be the method of payment.
Thank you for your patience in this transition.
Since January I have been creating new patterns for all those enjoying paper crafting for a hobby and for pure amusement. The tea bag folding instructions are all featured at Paperfacets.com.
Since my computer interests are limited I have used the handy camera as my tool for presenting the step by step folds for each pattern I want to share, and I hope the steps are not too cumbersome to follow.
The patterns are divided up into beginner and for those that have had some folding experience behind them, more complex folds under the ‘Tea Bag Folding Pattern’ tab.
As the months go on I will be adding new design ideas for folding fun.
Click each thumbnail image to get the new tea bag folding instructions you want to view.
The Cherry Blossom is the latest one posted.
For a few variations of a basic diagonal fold see my tutorial at Tea Bag Folding Ideas for Hand Made Cards.
The last two days I have had almost 300 hundred views of Tea Bag Folding Christmas Tree Pattern and More. All the analytics indicate the traffic is from Great Britain. In my first sentence I did mention it is never to early to start the Christmas trees in the tutorial.
I am just curious what started the event, but I have not received any comments to give me a hint. I realize there are many craft groups that do challenges and I am going to imagine that is the reason.
Last year in December I did make 2 to 3 hanging trees each night while watching TV. I ended up selling them for $2.50 each at farmer’s market. All the paper was payed for years ago so it was pure profit. I enjoyed the many different colors and patterns that went into them and it offered a pleasant display on the table, the trees gently swinging on funky branches of a decor wire tree.
The trees are made with the water bomb fold and will easily ship with a Holiday greeting card with no extra mailing charges. One reason I call the craft flat unit origami. The star on top is the beginning fold for the crane.
All this wandering about the trees and the traffic may be for the second tutorial of the six unit “snowflake”. I hope everyone is having fun with their paper projects.
It is easy to make templates for TBF patterns. The template is essential if you use printed papers from the marketplace. One can take a Frozen notepad and make rosettes featuring all the favorite characters. The template allows for seeing where the motif will pop once the rosette is folded.
I have a published tutorial on how to mark the template. Use it over and over again once it is made. I will not bore you with more mumble here, but refer you directly to the popular tutorial at HubPages.
As always, feel free to ask questions or leave comments,
SherryV at Paperfacets.