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The Ultimate DIY Bundle Giveaway & Sale


Last week I mentioned this DIY bundle that is a great companion for The Etsy Kit (5th Edition is coming out next week!!!). Along with tons of DIY goodies there is also ebooks on photography, selling at crafts fairs, sewing, printable checklists, and social media advice that will help you take the info in The Etsy Kit even further in growing your business.

And that is why you’ll want to check out The Ultimate DIY Bundle! Read below to learn more about this neat deal and then enter the 1 day only giveaway to win the bundle today! Giveaway ends at midnight tonight.

For the crazy low price of just $34.95, you get access to a carefully curated library of over 76 eBooks and eCourses from the world’s leading DIY and crafting bloggers – enabling you to pick a project and jump straight into it with confidence. It’s the perfect tool to skip the information overload and throw yourself straight into a new activity.

Hurry though! The Ultimate DIY Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am EST on Wednesday, January 21 until 11.59pm EST on Monday, January 26.

You can buy with complete confidence because you’re covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day money-back guarantee. That means you have a full 30 days to enjoy all the eBooks and eCourses in the bundle, and if you don’t think they provided enough value, you’ll get a full refund.

Not only that, but The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with 4 awesome bonuses, worth over $118. That’s 3x the price of the bundle alone! These include…

A free $15 Store Credit PLUS 8×10 Art Print from Hope Ink ($43 Value), a free online class from Craftsy (up to $60 Value), free $15 store credit to Fawnsberg.com, and a free sewing pattern PLUS a Premium Video Class from UpCraft Club ($19.99 Value).

So, don’t miss your chance to grab The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and get 76 incredible eBooks and eCourses for just $34.95. All you need to do is take action by midnight on Monday, January 26!

This amazing deal ends in just…

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Pick up your copy right now, before it’s too late. Or, learn more here.

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*Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Feel free to read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle too.

 

DIY Gift Round Up From Gingercake!

I am excited for the Handmade Success gift exchange, aren’t you?  Have you already made your gift?  Here are some great ideas for all you makers…

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1 – Boot cuffs

2  -These fabric covered journals are beautiful!

3 – And these woven wrap bracelets are adorable!

4 – All the ladies love a little handmade jewelry!

5 – These crochet slippers are so pretty!

6 – This scarf will make any outfit stylish!

7 –  Mug cozies are all the rage!

8 – I don’t know anyone who doesn’t appreciate zippered pouches. photo by Elsie Marley

9 – Fingerless gloves are definitely handmade chic!

10 – And last these rope necklaces are great!  

Editor’s note: Gift exchange partner emails are going out later today!

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Virginia Lindsay — Gingercake Patterns and Design

Virginia Lindsay designs sewing patterns for Gingercake Patterns and Design.  She loves the to sew practical, fun, and stylish things!   Several of her patterns have been published by Simplcity and she has also written 2 books. Sewing to Sell ( to be released in Nov 2014 ) and Fabric Stash Cuties:  Pretty Little Birds (to be released January 2015).

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1st Annual Handmade Holiday Gift Exchange

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I just love seeing so many handmade items on display in stores and online this time of year. I had been thinking about making special packages to send to some creatives I know and decided I want to include you in the fun too! Last year we did a holiday card swap here and this year I am stepping it up to handmade gifts. I want this to be a fun way to share something handmade and to meet fellow creatives. I do hope you will join in on the holiday fun! Details below:

Handmade Success Holiday Gift Exchange:

  • You can choose to send a small handmade gift or a gift handmade by an independent artist and/or one sold at a local small business.
  • If you have a business feel free to include a business card.
  • Email me at kerry@handmadesuccess.com with your name, address, business name and social media links by Wednesday, December 3rd at 7pm MST.
  • All cards must be mailed by Wednesday, December 17th 2014.
  • Let me know if you would like to mail internationally.
  • Feel free to share photos of gifts you send and receive on social media (use the hashtag #HSholidaygift). I will share them here and on social media.
  • I will email everyone their exchange partners on Monday, December 8th!
  • You can keep it simple or maybe share a bit about yourself or share a bit of encouragement and/or inspiration on a card (which can just be a simple note).
  • Most of all, have fun!

Using a Kanban Organization + Productivity Board for your Business

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Have you ever heard of Kanban? Well if not, right now can be your most recent “ah ha!” moment because kanban is an incredibly simple and wonderful way to organize your work time. Kanban was originally developed by Toyota back in the 1950s as a way to maximize productivity and encourage the development of new ideas and concepts quickly. A true challenge in the car industry and a true challenge in own own handmade business.

I first heard of kanban from a sewing friend of mine, Monica Donahue of LittlePigeonCrafts.etsy.com. Monica’s business has grown really fast (no wonder since her products are super stylish and beautiful!) and after her 2013 holiday season, I asked her how things went. She said she was grateful for all her orders but felt like she had just been through an exhausting storm and barely made it through to January!  She mentioned she was going to try a kanban board to get more organized and prepared for 2014 . Of course, I wanted to know more about kanban boards and after Monica gave me a simple explanation, I did some of my own research.

All that is needed to make your own kanban board is a white board, a pencil and some sticky notes. Of course, being a creative person, you may want to makes yours pretty! But make sure you also make it changeable. You basically just draw 3 columns that are titled to do (or ideas), Work in Progress (WIP) and Completed. When you have a task that needs to be completed, you write it on a sticky note and place it in the TO DO column. After you have begun, move the sticky note to the WIP column, finally when you have finished the task, move the sticky note to the Completed column. So easy, right?? Of course, kanban can be much more complicated and huge businesses (like Toyota!) use it to create new technology, but it also works great for creative people like us working on a small scale.

My friend Monica is a production sewer who develops new products and sews them herself in her home studio. Although I only production sew a little around the holidays, I wanted to try kanban for myself as a pattern designer and creative business owner. The basic concepts of kanban are to encourage new ideas, reduce works in progress (WIPs) and help you achieve the completion of your projects. Easy right???

The real genius of kanban for us handmade business owners is to really work on those pesky WIPs that muddle up our time and clog up our creative spaces (physically and mentally!). WIPs are a business bottleneck that plague Toyota and Microsoft as much as it plagues someone trying to come up with a new sewing pattern. The idea is that visually seeing all those WIPs on your board will help you to move them through to completion and make your precious work time more productive.

My board is divided into the 3 columns discussed above but also into 3 additional sections to make my board look like a grid. This grid helps to remind me that not only do I need to design (favorite thing!), but also sew(a close second!) and work on the marketing(not my favorite but VERY necessary) of my handmade business.

So, will you try kanban? I love the visual organization of my board and it gets me focused in a way that I never had before. The concept is so simple but truly helpful. Want to learn more about kanban? I have only scratched the surface here so there is a lot more to discover. Here are some links so you can learn more about the concepts and how to apply it to your life and work…

http://kanbanblog.com/explained/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanban

https://kanbanflow.com

http://www.everydaykanban.com/what-is-kanban/

http://www.amazon.com/Personal-Kanban-Mapping-Work-Navigating-ebook/

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Virginia Lindsay — Gingercake Patterns and Design

Virginia Lindsay designs sewing patterns for Gingercake Patterns and Design.  She loves the to sew practical, fun, and stylish things!   Several of her patterns have been published by Simplcity and she has also written 2 books. Sewing to Sell ( to be released in Nov 2014 ) and Fabric Stash Cuties:  Pretty Little Birds (to be released January 2015).

5+ DIY PACKAGING IDEAS

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Having your own handmade business is hard work.

You’re busy creating your fabulous product or service.

You’re working tirelessly behind the scenes making sure everything runs smoothly so that you have a life beyond your business.

You’re being diligent about your social media/marketing and getting yourself out there.

You take care in presenting your fabulous product or service for those repeat sales.

You have a solid logo or colour scheme, but may not have the cash to get a professional to design your entire branding package.

Let’s be honest, you’ve spent a good chunk of change getting to this stage.

Here are 5 ways to keep your branding consistent without breaking the bank:

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1) RUBBER STAMPS

A fairly easy way to keep your brand consistent is to invest in some custom rubber stamps of your logo and/or secondary marks in a few different sizes. Keep it simple with black ink or use similar colours in your brand palette. This way, you can create simple hang-tags, calling cards, Thank You notes and packaging items, while experimenting with different stocks or styles while maintaining the basics of your brand.

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2) BUSINESS CARDS

You should always include a business card with any package you send to your customer/client and if you don’t have the cash to have one professionally designed, you should at least spend some time making one uniquely you. You can check out some great ideas over on my  “Calling Cards”Pinterest Board,

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3) THANK YOU CARDS

One of the easiest and impactful way to show your customer/client that you care and that they MATTER to you, is to send along a handwritten Thank You note/card.

Either purchase some lovely cards that echo your brand’s style and/or colour palette or look for ones like these to download and print yourself.

“TOP TIP: Use a thicker or specialty cardstock for that extra-oomph if you’re printing them yourself”

Upgrade the look with some simple white envelopes lined with coordinating scrapbook paper or again, some downloaded templates.

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4) WRAPPING ESSENTIALS

In order to maintain that professionalism that you want your customers/clients to experience, it’s sometimes better to splash out on a few key branding items. A good, solid logo and colour palette FOR SURE. Often a professionally designed business card can really set the tone. Digital design for your main portal of reaching your customers/clients (whether it be an online shop such as Etsy or a Facebook Page or an actual website) is often best left to the professionals.

There are some great and inexpensive ways to accompany these big purchases, though, all the while maintaining consistency.

a) Use a rubber stamp or coordinating label to mark any generic boxes, envelopes or packaging material you may use.

b) Wrap each package in kraft or hand-stamped (see? those rubber stamps come in handy!) wrapping paper and tie with sumptuous ribbon, baker’s twine or linen thread to echo your brand’s aesthetic.

“TOP TIP: Instead of plain tape, use a coordinating or contrasting washi tape to secure the wrapping paper/package”

c) Print out some simple (or silver or gold) labels with your logo and stick them on some inexpensive coordinating coloured cardstock, punch a hole and thread it through the above tied ribbon/twine/thread.

d) Buy some inexpensive shred (from somewhere such as Staples or U-Line) to give that extra-special feel as well as protective padding.

5) MAKE IT YOU

Let your imagination shine through here and don’t simply copy something you’ve seen somewhere else; use those ideas that you like and build on them to make it wholly your own.  After all, your brand is who you are… let that personality shine through!

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Have a great weekend!

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Geri Jewitt — The Languid Lion

Geri Jewitt is a graphic designer gone rogue from Corporate who now owns The Languid Lion, a design studio focused on branding for small businesses and helping them stand out from the madding crowd.  Recently adding custom letterpress design + printing to the studio, she loves working on custom projects, such as wedding stationery or branding collateral! She is also the editor of The Lion’s Den, a blog where she writes about owning a small creative biz and offers tips, tutorials, templates and design inspiration.

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