ETSY AND SOCIETY6

So far i’ve not sold anything on both Etsy and Society6. I half expected to not sell things on Society6 as the dollar payment method puts most people from the UK off, and it’s rather pricey (Society6 price the items), but i’m surprised and disappointed that none of my Etsy cards have sold. I’m going to decide later this week on whether it’s worth selling a different selection of cards, maybe occasion-specific, to give some kind of purpose to the card. Mother’s day is around the corner and so that’s a perfect opportunity to sell a new range of cards. I did get a lot of views on the first few days of sharing my Etsy link, which i’m happy about, but it’s still not as useful as sales. Although, now we’ve reached our kick-starter goal, I feel less pressure on making money from my cards.

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APPLY 2

After being declined from Swansea Met (Apparantly there’s a new Welsh law stating that if you study in a Welsh university you must have a B or above in your Maths and English GCSE’s – I only have C’s) I decided to re-apply through Apply2 on UCAS to London Met who THANKFULLY still have spaces on the Upper Primary course, which is exactly what I want to do!
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I’ve still not gotten any work experience in a primary school as I didn’t think i’d be able to study a PGCE this year, but with this new option i’ll be sure to get in touch with my local school this week.

POSTERS FOR N.D. CAKE SALE

I’ve mostly been working on my dissertation over the last 2 weeks as the deadline for the is very close, which is why i’ve not done too much CIP3 work.

The girls in London are hosting another bake sale on Tuesday 25th March. Being in Wales, i’m not really much help, so I offered to make the posters. These are the designs I came up with:

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SOCIETY 6

I recently found out about the webshop Society 6. It’s really different to Etsy and eBay in that you just submit your designs online, select which products you want to see your designs on and then Society6 produce and send your products to whoever purchases them. You get less profit than you would if you made everything yourself, but this is so hassle-free, and it costs nothing! All you do is earn – no initial spending on materials!

I submitted my lantern and hot air balloon designs to start with. It’s quite time-consuming because each product design has to be a specific size, so i’m having to re-set the repeat of my patterns and in different sizes.

Here’s what they look like!

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You have to keep your own profits pretty small to keep the products affordable as the starting price of Society6 products are quite expensive. It balances out when you think of how little work you have to do!

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I’m not expecting to sell much, but it’s still good exposure for ‘ameliamakes’ and something fun to put on my CV! I’ll start sharing my shop link on my social media sites once i’ve uploaded more designs.

ETSY IS LIVE!

I got a bit excited about starting my own small shop and ended up creating my Etsy shop today! I currently have 3 card designs up for sale at the moment in packs of 5 for £5.50 (with free P&P!). This works out at roughly £2.15 profit per card. I’ll publicly share my Etsy page on my social media sites tomorrow. Sunday’s are usually good days to catch people as it’s their day off work and they have time to browse through the web.

I used the banner from my website (www.ameliamakes.com) as my Etsy banner – i’d like to keep a uniform ‘brand image’ (if you can even call it that?) where possible.

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CARD COSTING

I’ve calculated how much each card will cost by creating a costing. I’ve tried to create the cards as cheap as possible (by buying in bulk) in order to sell them cheaper than most companies do – there’s already enough competition out there so I need to appeal to customers in any way possible. I’m really happy with how cheap I can sell them for, though postage is expensive compared to the cost of one card. My plan is to add an extra £1.60 on top of the card price and keep ‘P&P’ free.

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FINALISING PRODUCT SHOTS

After much photoshopping, I finally have the images ready to upload onto Etsy for the start of the card sale this Monday. I did some research before photoshopping to understand how other people branded and displayed their products and the main ‘look’ seemed to be the product sat in a white space, with a shadow and high contrast settings, like these:

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Here’s the final card shots (i’ll probably add more of a variety if I generate enough interest in these cards)

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PHOTOSHOPPING PRODUCT IMAGES

I’ve created 10 designs from my patterns that i’ve printed onto nice glossy paper ready to make gift cards to sell on my Etsy store. I’ll work on a costing before the products go live on the site as I need to calculate how much to sell the cards for. All profits will go towards the New Designers fundraising, so i’ll keep the cards cheaper than most other sellers and i’ll inform buyers that their money is donated to our cause.

I don’t have a camera at the moment so I had to take some promo snaps of the cards with my iPhone – the camera isn’t too great so I touched each photo up on Photoshop. Here’s what they look like:

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I’m hoping it’s not too noticeable but I also photoshopped out the backgrounds and filled it with white. I need to re-do the last card as the colours don’t match the colours on the actual printed card – another important thing to consider when uploading pictures of products!

I’m just waiting for the envelopes/packaging to arrive and then i’ll start selling them online.

TIGERPRINT DESIGN COMPETITION

Since being shortlisted for my first entry, I decided to enter Tigerprint’s new ‘Black and White’ themed competition.

Again, I already had work for this from my pattern-a-day blog, so it was just a case of resizing the patterns.

This was the brief we were given:

As a stark contrast to last month’s colour competition, we’ve decided to run the popular Black & White pattern competition.

This month we want you to focus on black and white surface pattern. We would like you to design a surface pattern for a male or female recipient that could be used across a range of our everyday products including:

Gift bags, wrapping paper, stationery products or greeting cards.

The brief is open, so get back to basics and think about how the pattern is generated. Explore different techniques and formats, and really experiment with the elements that make up your pattern. Think about how different lines, marks and patterns can be created and applied. Look at fashion and homeware trends for inspiration.

To summarize, we suggest you focus on the following elements in your design:

  • Organic pattern
  • Floral pattern
  • Geometric pattern
  • Traditional pattern
  • Retro/vintage inspired
  • Abstract pattern
  • Mark making

We are really excited to see what you can produce with a limited colour palette. Remember we strictly want pattern in black and white so this means no shades of grey.

The Details:
We would like your design in black and white, anything with colour will not be accepted.

Your design could be a repeat pattern or a placement print. You may choose to use your favourite method of working or a combination of mediums such as:

  • Hand drawn/mark making
  • Digital artwork
  • Collage/embellishments i.e. embroidery etc.
  • Photographic elements

These are the patterns I submitted:

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Winners are announced at the beginning of April!

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