Thursday, 14 August 2014

Bad Blogger!! Some Sneaks, a New Venture & a Giveaway Reminder!

Now that's a title I didn't ever expect to see here!  
But it's true...of late I have hardly switched on my laptop.
But never fear I am not disappearing for good!!  
I am actually really enjoying a little online breather
even if it hasn't been self imposed!!!

Yup we have had ridiculous electical problems at our house 
& have had to be turning our plug switch off at our MCB
for a week now.  We think we have isolated the problem at
long last so hopefully I'll stay connected!

Anyway here are some sneaks of what is in the pipeline...
For reveal next week & ready to roll!

I could have been scrapping up a storm but without my lamps it's not easy
as I love everything to be really bright in my studio due to it's small size.

Instead I have been sorting through my stash & am amazed to have even 
more than I ever realised!  If I wasn't so blooming fussy now {my taste has
 become very brand/style specific in the last year} I could scrap another few
 HUNDRED pages without ever buying another thing!!  

So I've decided to package everything up into kits & sell them 
locally!  I am so excited!!  I have packed up about 100 kits so
far & photographed/edited/listed about 50 to date!

Anyway I'm hoping to sell those off in the next few months
on a NEW BLOG that is in the works!  Exciting stuff right?!?

And that is just the beginning...

I plan on using the revenue from my kits to reinvest in stock for a small 
online store, the plan being to stock mainly products that are not available 
already here.  Unusual things (for South Africa) that are difficult to source, 
as I am an online shopping expert after years on the job LOL. 

 I'm not looking to take over the world, just keep myself in nice stash 
without having to break  the bank or call on hubby to hit me with a loan 
every time the new Prima Collections are realeased LOL!

I'm also really stoked about being more involved locally, even if only online.
 I am too busy to offer much else or anything on a regular basis at this point.  
I'm more interested in changing people's perceptions about scrapbooking & 
"how it has to be" , to show them how broad their options are, 
than I am in making pots of  money out of trying to compete in giving
them what we can all see they use here on a regular basis in any case.

I know, I'm a hopeless business person but "I'm far
more excited at the thought of blazing a  trail than following one!"

And here's a heads-up on the current 7 Dots Studio Challenge that you can find
HERESizzling Hot Summer Fun is the theme & JUST 5 DAYS TO GO!!

If you like the look of 7 DOTS PAPERS & want to win some for yourself,
along with some other yummy stash, then head over HERE to my giveaway
& put your name down on the list - got to be in it to win it!!

So that's it from me folks!  Got to keep ploughing through my drawers 
& papers a bit longer before I can give myself some more creative time 
but I am making a huge dent in my stash & creating some empty drawers - 
which is just what I need to declutter my studio & get some items off the 
counter tops to create some more space to breathe, feel inspired & spread 
myself out!!  HAPPY WEEKEND - coming soon!


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Loving all the sneaks!!!!

Jaya Raghuvanshi said...

All the very best of luck for your new venture Helen! I am sure you'll rock since its more than just a business! :)

Lynette Jacobs said...

Lovely sneak. Wishing you the best with the new venture. I have also got a stash that sometimes scare me...and I am ploughing through it slowly.

Lizzy Hill said...

I do so love it when my predictions are right! It seems a sensible thing to do --- good luck with it all:):)

Beatrice Lawson said...

Good luck Helen, hope this works great for you. So sorry I am not local, I am sure you have awesome kits to sell from your stash!

Lynnda said...

what a brilliant idea!! Good luck with that! Oh mio dio! Glad that power is back!! Loving those sneaKS TOO ...hugs x

dstandard said...

Good luck!!! Hope this is fabulous for your!

Denise van Deventer said...

Loving the sneaks and your new venture sounds amazing! Looking forward to this journey! ;-))

Val-Belle said...

Well now that is just about the best news that I have heard in a long time. Can't wait to see what you get in stock. You are so good purging your stuff. I WISH I could do that. My scrap room is the ONLY place that I am a hoarder and I find it VERY hard to let stuff go even when I know I am NEVER going to use it. I could do with a good pep talk. :)

Eila Sandberg said...

Can sooo relate to the destashing and finding stuff worth oodles of money but not wanting to use it because it doesn't feel "me" any longer. Buckets of luck to you Helen and your lovely partner in crime! :) xoxox

Creative Mayhem said...

That's so exciting!! May favorite line is about blazing a trail instead of following one. That really stuck out to me. Can't wait to see the new site too. Good luck with the store and great job getting all those kits put together. That is a LOT of work.

Marjie Kemper said...

Very exciting news about your shop! Wishing you great success.