i have been putting off making something out of my etsy store for quite awhile. there was always one reason or another to not list something or not make something else. clearly, all just excuses for being scared.
i’m totally not the type of person to just jump into things headfirst. i like to know all the facts, i like to have everything sorted, i like to be completely prepared. so i started reading about operating a craft business. right now, i’m in the middle of reading the handmade marketplace by kari chapin, which is completely informative and trustworthy (in terms of crafters i admire offering advice throughout the book). there are so many things to know in advance: finances, marketing, taxes, audiences, profit margins, supplies, vendors, etc. i’m feeling more confident about moving forward now that i know a few more things.
so, i’ve been working on a banner for the etsy shop. my original etsy shop was under my not-so-serious-and-not-at-all-crafty username, so i registered another shop. i wanted the name to be something witty and related to libraries and, of course, my blog name (unfortunately, the card catalog was already taken). these were some of my ideas: overdue, date due, lost in the stacks, file under, see instead… you get the idea. my friend actually came up with the name that i went with: filed away. i like how it evokes the feeling of something lost and out of the ordinary.
i couldn’t decide whether or not to use cut paper or digital files to create the collage banner, but i decided to challenge my photoshop skills with digital art. i quite like how all the different patterns and textures are layered and the overall aged appearance (which, unfortunately, doesn’t translate in the uploaded pictures – it looks more neon 1980s vintage than i’d like). i might change it around a bit still, but i wanted to get something in place to start with.
i also made a banner for the blog to match. i’ll have to change the layout of the blog before i can add it, but i’m pretty excited. and it crosses off one thing on my thirty in thirty list, so yay!