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How to Feature a Treasury in Your Blog Using Photoshop

A common question among Etsy sellers is, “How can I insert a snap shot of a treasury into my blog??”

{First of all, a treasury is an “ever-changing, member-curated shopping gallery.”}

First Step: Open up your treasury in an internet browser window.

Second Step: Adjust the screen so that the browser shows the size of the treasury you’d like to be featured in your blog  (e.g. only 2 rows of the treasury or all 4?).

  • Mozilla: Click “View” and “zoom in” or “zoom out” to view
  • Google Chrome: Click wrench shape on upper right side of browser (I zoom at 69%)

Third Step: Once you have the treasury appearing on the screen as you’d like it to appear in your blog, push the “Print Screen/SysRq” key.

Fourth Step: Open Photoshop and click “File” and select “New” and adjust the size for your image canvas (I use 10 inches wide and 10 inches high)

Fifth Step: Click on your canvas. Push keys “Ctrl” and “V” at the same time. The screen’s image from when you pushed the “Print Screen/SysRq” key will appear on your canvas.

Sixth Step: Using the cropping tool on the left sidebar, crop the image.  When you are done cropping, go to the top horizontal bar, click “Layer” and select “Merge Visible”.

Seventh Step: Click “File” and select “Save as”. Save the new image as a JPG onto your computer.

Now you are ready to open your blog and start a fresh blog post in which you discuss and display your brand new treasury! 🙂

BumbleBeeee...byPiecefulJoy

BumbleBeeee...byPiecefulJoy

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Packaging for Etsy

Fellow Etsy sellers, this may be something you’ve pondered: “how can I creatively and inexpensively package an item for shipment once it’s been purchased?”

{To those who are not Etsy sellers, welcome to the inside scoop on being an Etsy seller! We strive to do our very creative best  for wonderful people just like you! }

As an Etsy seller, Etsy encourages us to package things creatively – that’s one of the big things about Etsy: creativity.

As an Etsy buyer, I would rather not pay extra for spiffy packaging {and I have heard oh so many Etsy buyers say the same thing}. I mean, I think cute packaging is adorable and all and definitely gives an “Ooolala” moment when unwrapping, but I’m on a tight budget {aren’t we all these days?} and as a buyer I would rather put that extra $2 toward something else. {Like my piggy bank for Starbucks.}

So there we have it, encouragement from Etsy to be creative when packaging our darling items  and then the desire to please the lovely customer who would rather not pay extra moola for extra cutesy packaging. What is the solution? Creativity and resourcefulness, my dear Watson!

To share a bit of my own experience with wrapping, I’ve attached some photos here:

Packaging with tissue paper:

Packaging with tissue paper, spiffy string and freebie

Packaging with tissue paper, spiffy string and freebie

{Please pardon the not so good lighting. This photo was not taken in a photo tent. Learn more about taking good pictures here.}

This card was wrapped in white tissue paper and tied with colorful string that coordinates with the card. As I tied the string, I tucked in some cutie patootie tags I had been working on. When I sent this package, Valentine’s Day was around the corner and I wanted to surprise my lovely buyer with a Valentiney item that was sweet and interesting like the blue and red “I love you” tags.  Tissue paper is light! Colorful fun string is light and pretty! This packaged item fit nicely into a cozy plastic bubble mailer envelope.

Packaging with a twist:

"enjoy" flash card

"enjoy" flash card

This is a vintage first grade flash card {50-60 years old}. The thick card stock has been scored for easy bending.

flash card packaging

flash card packaging

Using a decorative corner paper punch, this flash card now has a bit more personality. Etsy sellers: always include a thank you note and one or two business cards.

close up of flash card packaging

close up of flash card packaging

Carrying the nature feel of the card and the monochromatic browns of the packaging, I chose a simple twine string to fasten the flash card around the lovely sunflower card. A small metal eyelet adds a finishing touch of sophistication and professionalism to this packaging. This packaged set of sunflower cards fit nicely into a plastic bubble mailer envelope.

For more ideas and how-to’s on Etsy packaging, check out these spiffy links:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/etsypackaging/

http://etsylabslibrary.blogspot.com/2007/08/lovely-packaging.html

http://handmademarketing.org/etsy-shop-branding-handmade-promotion-packaging/

http://duhbe.com/blog/tag/etsy-packaging/

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Texture

Fellow crafters, do you ever find yourself in a crafting rut? “I’m running out of ideas…what should I create now that’s new and different?…I want to think out of the box, but which way do I turn?”

I too get stuck in ruts at times. Turn to the Elements of Art, fellow wonderer.  I’ll be touching on texture in this particular post.

Adding texture to handmade paper goods is always a nice touch. Texture adds interest and a touch of the unexpected.

Cardboard Banner

Cardboard Banner

Polyester Thread & Textured Papers

Polyester Thread & Textured Papers

Green Thread

Green Thread

Many Tiny Dots Glued Onto Card

Many Tiny Dots Glued Onto Card

Fabric & Thread

Fabric & Thread

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Need a Gift?

Etsy has this very spiffy gift finding tool. {Even more spiffy since Valentine’s Day is around the corner!}

First, go here.

Then, select a Facebook friend from the link provided or click “Preview Gift Ideas” and they will bring up a list of “personalities” that your friend or family member may have.

Note from Etsy: "What happens when you connect to Facebook?"

Don’t worry, we’ll be cool.

  • Your personal Etsy data will never be shared with Facebook.
  • We will not post to your Facebook Wall unless you ask us to.
  • We will not attempt to contact your friends on Facebook.
  • You can disconnect from Facebook any time.

After you select a facebook friend or “personality,” Etsy will pull up gift ideas based on their facebook profile.

Tada! Super easy! 🙂 Have fun gift shopping!

Shopping on Etsy

Shopping on Etsy

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Photographing Items for Etsy

Dear lovely fellow Etsy sellers and Etsy lovers,

Some of you may or may not be aware that a lot of effort goes into creating an item and then selling it on Etsy:

Pricing (don’t forget the cost of supplies, time spent to create the item, paypal fees, Etsy fees), title, description, tags, photography, and marketing. When an item is sold, creatively package the item, address the package, drive to the post office and send off the special item. Don’t forget to balance the checkbook!

Whew! Long process as you can see, but it’s great being part of a crafty community such as Etsy and sharing my work with others.

This particular blog post is to tackle a certain woe of selling items on Etsy – great photos. Taking fabbity-fab fabulous photos for an Etsy shop is extremely important.  {I touched on this topic a bit here.} What is an important factor to having amazing photos? Proper lighting.

I’ve tried to take photos of my items  next to a desk lamp. Ehh, light too yellow. Or next to an open window full of natural light – much much better, except cloudy days were definitely not welcoming if it was a photography day. I needed something more controlled than natural light, more pure and diffused than a desk lamp. Taking photos and then trying to edit away the darkness and blurriness was getting a bit old. No joke, it would take me an hour + to set up, photograph, edit, re-photograph, edit, maybe take additional pictures, then edit them some more until I was decently content with 5 good photos (each Etsy listing has room for 5 photos). I needed a photo tent to save my sanity, time and to ward off any impending grey hairs.

You can make your own light box/photo tent, you know, for less than a few pretty pennies depending on what you have laying around your house or garage.  Take a peek at this link here. I put a photo tent on my Christmas list and was thrilled to receive one very similar to this one.  This contraption gives a crisp white background, purifies the light’s color, diffuses the light. Perfect size. Folds into a circle that fits into a bag. Perfect for an apartment and easy to transport and store (much easier to move  and less fragile than a home made photo tent – especially important for me since my hubby and I will be moving this summer). Since I now have a fabulous photo tent to take pictures of my little masterpieces, it now takes less than ten minutes to photograph and edit photos for Etsy.

Fellow Etsy sellers, that is my advice for you today: if you’re frustrated with taking pictures for your Etsy shop, look into making or purchasing a photo tent/light box. {Ahh another extra tidbit…..check out picnik.com for editing your photos. It’s fast, easy and free!}

Take a look at the following pictures and the difference between them:

Photo taken without photo tent:

 

Without Photo Tent

Without Photo Tent


With photo tent:

 

With Photo Tent

With Photo Tent


See the difference? Do you have any photography tips or hints? Please share in the comment section! 🙂

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20eleven!

2011 is here! Happy New Year!

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called “Opportunity” and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”

~ Edith L. Pierce

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

~ Mark Twain

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.

~ Albert Einstein

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Pictures from Most Recent Craft Bazaar

Last Saturday I had a booth at Concordia Lutheran High School’s annual Craft Bazaar. Although there were not very many craft bazaar guests (according to vendors who have been at this bazaar year after year after year), I met some great vendors! It was great chatting with fellow crafters and learning about their experience in the crafting world, what types of craft shows are their favorites, and their most favorite Etsy tips. I got invited to participate in a couple upcoming craft shows and am extremely honored to be so eagerly welcomed into the crafting world!

Here are a few pictures from my table at the bazaar:

Pieceful Joy Booth

Pieceful Joy Booth

Creative Price Tag

Creative Price Tag

 

"About Me"

“About Me”

Tag Assortment

Tag Assortment

Email Signup & Card Drawing

Email Sign up & Card Drawing

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