Sunday, November 22, 2015

Thank You All So Much!

Well hello there, friends! By now many of you have seen the video I put up, explaining that I was going to be allowing my demonstratorship to revert back to customer status, and no longer make paper crafting tutorials.

Since putting that video up the response has truly been overwhelming, and I can't even put into words (hence a blog post rather than a video!) how grateful I am to everyone who commented and gave me back my sense of self worth. For the past few years I have been struggling with my self-employment; spending thousands on my fashion label, only to make one sale despite the sweat, blood and tears (all literal) and the countless hours that I put into teaching myself everything there is to know about becoming a dressmaker from scratch in one week, including pattern making and resizing, and putting in dress linings and invisible zippers. 

I felt like a failure, but didn't want to give up. So I tried other things. I read Tarot, but soon realised that the time and energy this took, plus with the client's reading typed up in a 2500 word document was not worth £15. I temporarily closed my shop around the same time I stopped making my papercrafting videos, but have recently reopened the shop, with a promise of less words per document, and I've also raised my prices to what I feel my time is actually worth. 

Last week I opened another Etsy shop, and I feel that it may be one many of you will be interested in. I recently purchased my first Erin Condren Life Planner, and I love it very much. However, I found that pretty much all of the really good sticker stores are in the US, with a few scattered around Europe, but hardly any in the UK. 

My shop is called Persephone's Planner, and if you have a planner, journal, or just like using stickers in your letters or card making / crafting, please take a look to see what I offer. I'm so proud of myself for creating the stickers you see in my shop. The fancy designs are not made by me, but I purchased them and tweaked them which allows me to sell them as my own stickers. 

And yes, there are Pagan themed stickers for my friends who watched the Spiritual Sundays series.

And as for my future with Stampin' Up!? Well, it's mid November and I still have to sell about £200 worth of products to remain an active demonstrator for the next quarter (Jan-March). I have been reconsidering my decision to stop making tutorials, as I really do love doing it and can see from the comments below that they are appreciated, so if by chance I do get enough sales to remain an active demonstrator, you have my word that I will make one tutorial a week from January to March :) 

Thank you so much for reading and for your continual love and support. I appreciate you all for watching and commenting. Please help spread the word about my new sticker store if you can x

Some of the incredible and unbelievable comments I got beneath my leaving video:

"You are an amazing artist and that will never change."

"I do hate to see you go! I did love the tutorials and watched them all."

"This broke my heart!!"

"I am going to miss your videos. You are a very talented young lady."

"Good luck, you will be missed."

"Your reward may not be financial but it has to make you feel good to have INSPIRED so many people with your beautiful tutorials!"

"Stampin' Up! is less without you on the team and it's very regretful that it didn't work out."

Friday, July 10, 2015

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Essential Oil Carton | Stampin' Up (UK) on Spiritual Sundays with Persephone's Papercraft

Another party favour idea, or just a cute way to gift someone your favourite essential or fragrance oil. Essential oils can help us relax, alleviate head aches, or simply put us in a better mood.

Essential Oils Gift Box video tutorial:

Friday, July 3, 2015

Little Bunny Thanks Bag | Stampin' Up (UK) with Persephone's Papercraft

This bag is both cute and pretty! I love the flipped over top which reinforces any holes which you punch through the top. It's similar to my Professional Paper Bag tutorial which I did a few months ago in that way. The doilies and bows are not my usual style, but I like how the bag turned out. Do you like it?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Hello Lace Doilies Box | Stampin' Up (UK) with Persephone's Papercraft

This is a really good sized box which can be made out of cardstock and decorated with designer series paper for a sturdier finish. I do love the new Subtles DSP stack though! The links to where you can purchase all of these supplies is below!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Friday, June 26, 2015

Talim Inspired Pegged Bag | Stampin' Up (UK) with Persephone's Papercraft

My 5 year old actually created this bag first, and it was such a great size and design with the little peg, that I decided to steal it and use it in my tutorial. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Birthday Treat Box | Stampin' Up (UK) with Persephone's Papercraft

I love this style of box, and using our new 6x6 DSP paper stacks you could make an endless number of these which would be perfect for any birthday party favours you need. A great size for sweets, treats and lolly pops.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Large Gift Box | Stampin' Up (UK) with Persephone's Papercraft

This is a great sized box for gift giving. I sent out the baby one to my friend in Scotland and she loved the box. It fit baby's onesie perfectly and was a gorgeous way to present a gift to a friend.

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