Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #1: It’s Party Time!

by Lain Ehmann on May 8, 2010

Welcome to the first entry in my “20 Ways to Make Money Scrapbooking” series. I hope you’ll find this useful, and that you’ll soon be making buckets of dollars and feel so grateful for my help that you send me bags full of Stickles and American Crafts Thickers.

Disclaimer: As you know, your milage may vary when putting these ideas to use. Some may be very obvious, but I hope to provide some new information or insight into each. Some may not be right for you, but I know you’ll find at least a couple ways to make money that you hadn’t thought of before. And while I won’t provide all the instructions for going about making money with these ideas, I’ll give you enough of a start that you should have a good idea of what to do next.

So, without further ado… Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #1: It’s Party Time!

Birthday parties. Wedding showers. Bachelorette parties. Retirement parties. Baby showers. These are all events where the host or hostess would love to have an activity that actually becomes a lovely keepsake for the guest of honor.

In the past, I’ve been paid to help guests create a gift scrapbook where each person brought photos or wrote a letter to the guest of honor, and then created a page that would be included in a single album. I’ve also helped each guest create her own mini-album as a combination activity/favor (this is more typical at a kids’ party, I’ve found).

Great for: People who are natural teachers, those who like kids, those who have a ton of scrap supplies on hand and don’t mind letting “newbies” use your stuff.

Drawbacks: You’ll be dealing with a lot of uninitiated scrapbookers and will need to answer a lot of “step one, step two” type questions. You’ll need to have a place to work, as well as tools and supplies for the group. You’ll also have to drum up your own leads.

Earning potential: You could easily charge $15 per person or more for a make-your-own-scrapbook party, and $10+ per person for a shower-type party where the guest of honor receives the only scrapbook. Exact numbers will depend on your area of the country, what products you supply, and how many people are involved. I suggest having an 8- or 10-person minimum so you know you’re going to cover your expenses.

Suggestions: If you think this might be something you’d like to try, start by hosting a party for your child, or a friend’s baby shower, and go through the paces. See how it flows and figure out what you like and what you don’t. If you enjoy it, word will spread quickly that you’re available for others’ parties!

The series is complete! View it all here:

Did you miss the other entries in this series?

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #1: It’s Party Time!

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #2: Submit!

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #3: Teach Through Your Rec Department

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #4: Affiliate Programs

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #5: Teach at Your Local Store

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #6: Scrapbook for Wedding Vendors

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #7: Sell Your Own Kits

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #8: Work for a Manufacturer’s Demonstrator

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #9: Design for Your Local Store

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #10: Sell Greeting Cards

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #11: Sell Your Designs Online

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #12: Work at Tradeshows

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #13: Create Digital Products

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #14: Scrapbook for Businesses

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #15: Get Paid per Page

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #16: Design for Manufacturers

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #17: Become a Direct Seller Rep

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #18: Design for a Kit Club

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #19: Sell at Craft Faires

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #20: Write About It!

P.S. If you liked this series, you may want to check out the class I taught at True Scrap II in October on making money from your scrapbooking. It’s available here.

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