How to Start My Own Scrapbook Business

by Miranda Brookins, Demand Media

Memories hold a special place in peoples’ hearts. We capture these memories by holding on to mementos from dates, vacations, weddings, the birth of children and other special events and occasions in our lives. Photographs, ticket stubs, napkins from a restaurant, graduation tassels and even handwritten notes form the inspiration for scrapbook professionals who fill albums with these items using decorative pages, stickers, words and themes to tell stories. If you’re an avid scrapbooker, you may decide to start a scrapbooking business out of your home.

Step 1Research the scrapbook industry to determine trends, suppliers and competition. Attend craft shows and speak to fellow scrapbook business owners.

Step 2Use your research to differentiate your scrapbook business from your competition by selecting a niche. You may elect to concentrate on creating scrapbooks for brides and grooms, sweet 16 celebrations, baby’s first birthday or family reunions.

Step 3Come up with a catchy name for your scrapbook business. Contact your local Chamber of Commerce to find out your states’ laws for registering a business as a legal entity.Step 4

Set up a workspace in your home that allows you to meet with potential clients, store your supplies and create scrapbooks. A large worktable, chairs, storage bins, a computer, printer and phone are ideal for this space.

Step 5Determine the services you plan to offer and price each accordingly. You may opt to create scrapbooks for clients, hold group scrapbook classes where you teach techniques or provide consulting services to guide others in one-on-one sessions as they create their own scrapbooks. You may price by the hour, the number of pages included in a book or depending on the specifications of the scrapbook project.

Step 6Find vendors that sell the supplies and equipment you need to run your scrapbook business. Purchase card stock in a variety of colors and textures, albums in assorted colors, specialty papers, stickers, metal brads, hole punches in various shapes, lace, scissors, adhesives, stamps and page protectors.

Step 7Use your supplies to create three to five sample scrapbooks you can show to potential clients. Ensure that each sample book is a polished product that meets the requirements of your niche.

Step 8Hire a graphic designer and a website designer to help you create marketing materials for your scrapbook business. You need a website to showcase examples of your design, your pricing and contact information. You also need a logo, business cards and brochures.

Step 9Promote your scrapbook business at craft shows and fairs. Talk to business owners in your community who target similar markets to see if you can cross-promote your services. If you focus on wedding scrapbooks, collaborate with wedding planners, florists or dress boutiques

I would love to some day start my own scrapbook business putting albums together for people who are just too busy to do it themselves. It would be fun, and rewarding! I hope this article helps someone out and that they are interested in partnering with someone.

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