I’m reopening the printed-stuff portion of my Etsy shop, and am adding a few items (rolling them out slowly, anyway) I think people will enjoy. One I do believe might qualify as ingenious.
It’s hard to tote all of your planner candy around with you. When I discovered the idea of a book for all my frequently-used stickers, I squeed. The cool thing is, you don’t have to make one the perfect size and shape; there’s a very cheap alternative already in your craft store.
Go to Michael’s, Joann’s, even Wal Mart and Target most of the time, and you’ll be able to find incredibly cheap 4×6″ photo albums (commonly known as “brag books”). They’re how people used to carry around pictures of the kids before smart phones. At just about $1 apiece, they make fantastic on-the-go organization. All you have to do is yank out the cover image they already had in there, replace it with something way cooler, and then fill it up with your stickers, washi samples, cards, anything flat. A cheap hairband will keep it shut if you worry about things falling out. (Mine’s stuffed full and nothing’s fallen out yet.)
What I’m planning to do is sell one of these books with a cover of my own design, filled with stickers from my shop. It’ll be a flat fee that discounts the stickers a bit, and only about half the album will be full so that people can stuff it the rest of the way with other people’s stickers and such. It’ll be like a starter kit! I was quite pleased with this idea.
Before I get them ready to sell, however, I wanted to pass the idea along for those of you who are already up to HERE with stickers but could use a way to take along the ones you use most. These albums are extremely lightweight, and since you don’t shell out big bucks for them like you do your planner, it can get beaten up in your bag until it falls apart.
Today’s freebie, then, is a set of cover images for these brag books. They boast a particularly adorable clipart peacock (not my design, hence I’m giving these away, you know how I feel about selling other peoples’ artwork even though in this case I have limited license). One set has a title and a spot for you to fill out your name; the other has no words. You can switch them around however you like. You could probably even think of other things to do with them, like turn a blank one into a greeting card or a journaling card. The covers themselves are 4.5″ x 6.25″ (the books hold 4×6″ photos or sticker sheets), and are presented in full color via a pdf.
Here’s what one of them looks like, just to give you a peek.
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