Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #10: Sell Greeting Cards

by Lain Ehmann on June 3, 2010

Yeah, I know, selling greeting cards isn’t TECHNICALLY scrapbooking. But with all the supplies I’m sure you have lying around (not to mention all the SCRAPS you have lying around!) why not turn some of it into cash by making cards?

All made with scraps, Baby!

Have you priced cards at the Hallmark store or even Target lately? They’re not cheap! You can expect to pay $2 – $5 for a generic greeting card with absolutely no personality or style. Ick.

Instead, why not sit down and whip up a bunch of cards in an afternoon, or do what I do — each time you finish a layout, create a card from your scraps. Everything’s already pre-coordinated!

You can then sell your cards locally at craft shops or gift shops (independently owned), at craft faires, on Etsy or eBay, or via your blog. Or simply give them as gifts and let your stylish wares speak for themselves (every time I enclose a handmade card with a present, someone at the party asks me where I got it. When I tell them I made it, they ask me if I can make some for them!).

Great for: Any paper scrapbooker who has extra supplies and a few extra minutes.

Suggestions: Think outside the box when you’re creating cards. Birthday, new baby, wedding, thank you are all great… but try some less common occasions like teacher or coach thank-yous, moving, children’s birthdays, etc. Stick with the standard A4 size unless you have a bushel of special-sized envelopes on hand.

Earning potential: You won’t get rich selling greeting cards, but the hourly rates are impressive! If you can make 10 cards in an hour (and that’s completely do-able) and sell them for $2 each, that’s $30. Even if you spend a few dollars for specialty embellishments, that’s still a good return on your time.

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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