Designing and selling scrapbooking kits

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msjmommy2b's picture
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Designing and selling scrapbooking kits

My DH has a degree in art/graphic design and thought it would be fun if he designed (with my help) digital scrapbooking kits for us to sell on the Internet. I've been looking on etsy and other sites to see how people are selling their kits. Do any of you design and sell kits? We were thinking the easiest way would be to go through etsy, so we don't have to have our own personal website. Are there any other sites that would be good? Also, do you have any idea how to set up the link for the buyer to download the kit? I have a feeling this is going to be the hard part!
Thanks so much for your help!

MommyCB's picture
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I'm absolutely no help there, but good luck! KUP ok?

slurpeegirl13's picture
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There is a ton of ppl out there that do this, but I've never heard of it thru etsy (and to be honest I don't think I'd look there). Check out digishoptalk.com for calls for designers - stores that are already established that need new designers. To do his own store he'd need the software (VBulletin?) and that could be pricey - I think ppl that go thru established stores have a better chance of getting their name out there before doing their own store. They have to pay a % or a per transaction thing to the store for their running costs.

I would really love to learn how to design, too - if you're good at it, you can make a lot of money. Check out some of the smaller, well established stores, too - like weedsandwildflowersdesign.com .... and if he's willing, be prepared to start out with freebies to get his name out there, then the customers would come ... just my opinion anyways, I don't like buying from brand new designers unless I get a sample beforehand because I don't know the quality of the stuff they're doing.

coolmama72's picture
Joined: 10/20/01
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Trina gives good advice, and I tend to agree that he'd want to look for design calls. Freebies are a great way to start out, you gotta get people hooked somehow. But that's so neat that he wants to do that, can't wait to see some of his work (provided he decides to do it).

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I believe Digital Candy is owned and operated by a guy! Smile So it's not unheard of for guys to be doing this sort of thing.

I would just check out shops like ScrapOrchard, Weeds and Wildflowers, Digital Candy, and a few others. I think that would be your best bet for research info.

And Trina is da woman with her advice! Smile

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"auret" wrote:

I believe Digital Candy is owned and operated by a guy! Smile So it's not unheard of for guys to be doing this sort of thing.

I would just check out shops like ScrapOrchard, Weeds and Wildflowers, Digital Candy, and a few others. I think that would be your best bet for research info.

And Trina is da woman with her advice! Smile

Yep, Digital Candy is (now) owned by a man - a scrapper's hubby bought it when the old owner (a girl I know and don't particularily like) sold it. Also try Funky Playground, they have designer contests. And Weeds & Wildflowers is a great place to get supplies, but they're a family-run business (mom and daughters), doubt they'd hire more designers. Also check out SYTYCD (So you think you can design) at digiscrapaddicts -but I think the deadline was a week ago for that. But he could get some tips on how to do stuff!

Other sites to maybe check out:
The Digi Chick
Digital Freebies (they do have a store, not sure why they called themselves that)
After 5 Designs

slurpeegirl13's picture
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Check this out ... another designer contest.

http://www.designsindigital.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=311

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