Monday, August 29, 2011

What is The Paper Heart Studio?

I’ve been getting this question a lot lately. I thought this would be a good time to try to explain what it is that I am trying to do here. There are several reasons why I am doing this and what I am hoping to accomplish, so here we go. 

I am not new to the blogging world. I kept an ‘online journal’ of sorts when I was in high school and college. Then I started another after we got married (but we all know how long that lasted) which was right up to the time I got pregnant with Miss Caroline and started her baby blog. But after she was born…well…I’m sure if you are mother you can understand how I almost never updated the thing. So about a year or so ago I rediscovered the blogging world. I wasn’t blogging, but I was reading. I found that there is a whole other world out there. People have blogs about everything..If you like gardening, cooking, scrapbooking, home design, home remodeling, crafting, tutorials, party planning, fashion, or anything else, there is likely a whole blog world out there just for you!  Personally, I’m into the crafting, home remodeling, party planning and tutorials, but there are so many sites out there it took me a while to figure out which are the best ones. It seems like every day I add another 1-3 blogs to my reading list.

What started happening as I was reading these blogs was that I would see all these great ideas for parties and fun things to make yourself and the like—ideas that I wanted to file away for a rainy day. I needed a place to put all these great ideas so that I could find them again. I started a list of them, but it turned out to be unorganized, and that’s just not my style. Pictures speak much louder than words and the more I see them, the better it makes me feel, and the more it motivates me to DO SOMETHING. So I started this blog as a place to just put everything that I was finding out there in blog world. Then I would see something that I thought someone else would like, so I thought I would just make it public for everyone and we could all share together. My intent is to have a blog post every day during the week. I try to put them together in my free time and load them so they will automatically post every day. You should see all the posts I have drafted! It doesn’t look like I will be running out of ideas anytime soon! Hopefully this will be a place where you can find some ideas and inspiration too!

And then there was this fancy idea that maybe I could turn my crafting hobby into a miniature (and I do mean miniature) business on the side. ( I have a lot of free time you know ;). But I do like to make things like name banners, cupcake toppers, notecards, and pretty much anything that can be made with paper and glue for people. I thought maybe there would be someone who would be interested in purchasing some of my goods. Maybe, maybe there isn’t. I’m going to try anyway. But I will need your help. If you know someone who might be interested in anything that I do, or wants something that I might be able to do, please let them know about me. My marketing professor always said that the best marketing was by word of mouth. It’s honest and free. Can’t beat that. I am trying to spread the word via Facebook, but it is a slow process, so if you know someone who might be interested please share. I am not going to be one of those overwhelming sales people…it’s just not my style. But there will be lots of incentives, giveaways and contests, so why not at least check in to see if there is something that piques your interest.

What you will notice in many of the ‘big wigs’ that do this sort of thing is that 1) all their ‘party printables’ are pre made and they just fill in your name and age and 2) you have to print, cut and assemble them all yourself.
The way I do it does not (yet) involve a printer and when you get them, they are ready to use. This means that they can be completely customized for you!

Are you looking for something in particular? If you are looking for a party idea or for a tutorial about how to make your own fairy skirt for your daughter or something equally cool, let me know! I can probably find you something that will interest you.

Do you want to swap crafting goodies? If you make something that you are trying to get out into the blogging world let me know and we can swap and I may even do a feature on you! How is that for free advertising?

I just started a Facebook page, and so far it has a whopping 8 likes (and that includes me). For most of the contests, giveaways and the like you will want to be a part of the Facebook page, so make sure you join if you haven’t already!! There is a like button on the top right of this page.

You will also notice that there will not likely be this much writing on the blog again for a long time. I try to keep it short and sweet and stick with pictures. That’s usually all I look at anyway. I’m not deep. If you want deep, you are in the wrong place. This is a blog about parties, crafting, cupcakes, and pretty!

So there you have it! The Paper Heart Studio—where I go to use crafting to relieve my stress!

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