For today’s interview please welcome Janice from Princess Books by JMH.
1. Firstly, please introduce yourself and tell us a little about where you are based, for example in which country and part of that country? My name is Janice; I live and run my home based business in Vail Arizona which is a suburb of Tucson in Pima County.
2. Please tell us a little about the nature of your craft/design based business. I design one of a kind scrapbooks, embellishments, announcements, invitations, and supplies for weddings, baby showers, and birthdays. I love making products out of cardstock, pattern paper and decorating them with gemstones and sparkle.
3. How did the idea for your business come about? After finishing two years of respiratory school, I realized that I did not have a hobby. I started learning digital scrapbooking but felt like something was missing. I began learning traditional scrapbooking and found myself knee deep in scrapbooking supplies. When I was shopping for scrapbooks and embellishments I could not find items that were personal or one of a kind so I started designed my own scrapbooks and embellishments. I began giving my scrapbooks as gifts and going to crafts fairs. Before I knew it, I had two online stores and a workshop full of scrapbooks and embellishments that you cannot find in the stores.
5. How do you decide what to make, and how do you come up with your great ideas? Most of my ideas are inspired by events in my own life, families, and friend’s lives (weddings, birthdays, graduations, births, adoptions, and holidays). My inspiration comes from looking at clothing, jewelry, decorations, watching movies and cartoons. I know that I can design my own product with the same themes, colors, and textures. When I sit down to create the design I let myself have fun, if I get frustrated I stop with the design and move onto something else.
6. Do you undertake your business on a full-time basis or do you have other work/family commitments? For now, my business is part-time and I work part-time as a Respiratory Therapist. I have three boys who are 15, 9, and 5. My fiancé and I are planning a wedding for next October.
8. What advice would you give to others who are considering running a craft based business? Design and create items that you love making and believe in. Have fun being creative and meeting new people. Once you feel tied down with your business reevaluate your situation and decide if you need a change. Show your true self in all of your work.
10. Finally, if people want to learn more about your business/website do you have a web address, Facebook page or Twitter profile where they can find out more?
I can be found on Etsy: www.princessbooksbyjmh.etsy.com.
Through e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org