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Five Ways to Make Money Scrapbooking

Wouldn't it be nice to scrapbook all day long and make money doing it? Wouldn't it be nice to make back some of the money you've spent on all those great (and expensive) papers that you would love to use, but are waiting for just the right layout idea? How about getting your hubby off your back about all the money you've been spending? Maybe you can… Here are five ways you could make money scrapbooking.

1. Custom Scrapbooks.

Scrapbooking for others is a wonderful opportunity to engage in your scrapbooking habit and make a little money on the side. Offering, for instance, to take a series of holiday photos and make up a scrapbook of a family holiday. Or maybe, offer a layout for a special occasion i.e. a graduation, a new baby or perhaps a wedding photo. A lot of people have shoeboxes full of heritage photos lying around. This would be an opportunity to help them organize these photos, and ultimately put them together in a beautiful album. Another idea is to offer to create framed scrapbook layouts for displays at weddings, grad parties, or even a memorial one for a funeral.

2. Teach Scrapbooking.

Have you been scrapbooking for a while? Think you've got it all figured out? Why not teach what you've learned to others. Talk to your local scrapbooking store – see if they are interested in offering their clients scrapbooking lessons through you. How about a cropping party? Spread the word at your kid's soccer practice that you are going to have a scrapbooking class – 1st one free. Have everyone bring their favorite baby photo, open a bottle of wine and show them how to do a simple scrapbook layout. Then offer to teach further classes one on one privately. You could even put up online classes on your blog! There is the potential of a larger audience there.

3. Greeting Cards.

While this is not purely scrapbooking, making greeting cards is very closely tied to scrapbooking since you can use the same supplies. Make up a series of Christmas cards using your hometown as the picture theme. See if local business will offer them up for sale. Offer to produce a scrapbooking-style of wedding invitations with a photo of the perspective bride and groom to be as the center point. Go wild with this, almost every occasion has a card.

4. Sell Scrapbooking Supplies.

Do you have a blog or do you know how to set up a web site? Many on-line scrapbooking suppliers offer either large wholesale discounts if you want to stock and sell your own product or else they offer affiliate programs for those who just want to run a web site. You could set up a site that reviews products with your affiliate link to the supplier. Another idea is to make up a layout kit, order the supplies to make up, say, 50 kits and then offer those kits for sale. Maybe set your offering as a monthly kit or even more often if you are really ambitious.

5. Sell your layouts online.

The easiest way would be to setup an etsy or an ebay store that will allow you to collect money. Then make up some layouts, frame them or otherwise preserve them (maybe in a shadow box) and offer them for sale. You might even try auctioning off some of your layouts on regular ebay.

This is not meant to be a 'step by step' post, but rather an idea post. There are many ways of making a little money on the side from your scrapbooking and who knows, you might just get it right and hit it big! If you have any questions or further ideas about anything we've said here, please do not hesitate to comment or email us.

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  1. Terri
    May 10th, 2007Posted | Permalink

    You mention using EBay as the easiest way to sell online. Actually the easiest way to sell on line is to use QBaroo They already have all the product images and a layout gallery. And if you don’t have your own products to sell, they offer a fulfillment option.

  2. May 10th, 2007Posted | Permalink

    Thanks a lot for the great tip, Terri!

  3. May 10th, 2007Posted | Permalink

    Good ideas. I would say it’s like with everything, you have to be creative when you want to be your own boss; very creative. And scrapbooking is a very creative thing, it shouldn’t actually a problem at all 😉 just do it.

  4. Claudia S. Greene
    May 10th, 2007Posted | Permalink

    Your ideas are very helpful, however, I would like to know what base fees to charge for scrapbooking and card making projects?

  5. olivia
    May 10th, 2007Posted | Permalink

    I’ve been curious to learn more about how to make money from scrapbooking. Great article! I’ve been wanting to make more money and looking at this as an avenue. I’ll be looking more into this! Thanks!

  6. Mary Jane
    May 10th, 2007Posted | Permalink

    I’m curious if there a need for premade scrapbook pages & books? I love scrapbooking and have thought of making some extra cash with my talent. I’m just curious of te demand.

    Mary Jane

  7. May 10th, 2007Posted | Permalink

    Mary Jane, It’s hard to know, but I expect demand fluctuates. I would guess that there are many people out there who have a ton of printed photos and the task of scrapbooking them is too overwhelming or time consuming to take on without a little help.

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