Thursday, April 26, 2012

Scrap for Hire

Nancy, my childhood best friend, contacted me with a proposition.  Her family has years of photos sitting on their computer and they've never done anything with them.  She wanted to know if I'd be willing to scrap them.  She'd pay me for both the supplies and my time.  

I gave it a lot of thought and carefully considered my (numerous) current commitments.  I realized that this was both something I could do and something I wanted to do.  The idea of scrapping someone else's photos was interesting and would be a fun challenge.  A bit of income would be nice.  Nancy and I arranged a time for a phone consultation.  (She lives in Colorado and I'm in California.)

During the consultation, we sat in front of our respective computers and went through my blog and online galleries.  She'd said she loved my style and wanted me to have complete creative freedom, but I wasn't comfortable with that.  I wanted to hear exactly what she liked and didn't.  Here's what we settled on:

  • pages will be 12x12 or 12x24
  • layouts will be clean, simple, graphic and linear 
  • pages should not be especially whimsical or cutesy
  • titles should be informational, not clever or punny
  • no journaling - the title will convey the event/place/date
  • titles will be stamps/stickers/etc. (not my handwriting)
  • color scheme is at my discretion, but preferably minimal pastels and brights
  • I have permission to post the completed layouts online
  • no deadlines and no obligations - I can do as many or as few layouts as I'm able

Armed with my guidelines, I waited for the first set of photos.  The email arrived with approximately 20 pictures and instructions to pick whichever ones I wanted.  I chose six, printed them, and came up with this:



It came together so quickly and easily!  I thought it would be harder to scrap someone else's photos, but I realized that the most time-consuming part of my scrapbook process is deciding what story I wanted to tell and then actually doing the journaling.  With that part absent, I was able to just focus on making something that looks good.  I love how this turned out!  Happily, so do Nancy and her family.

By the way, doesn't that green background paper work perfectly for this camping page?!  I thought so too.  It's by SEI and it's part of their Holiday Cheer collection.  Don't forget to check the B-sides of heavily-themed patterned paper.  You never know when you'll find the perfect camping paper on the other side of a page of Christmas trees!


Have any of you ever done any scrap-for-hire?  I'd love to hear about your experiences.  Mine... so far so good!

5 comments:

  1. I have done some -- and they were happy with what I made... but let's just say I was too cheap for all the work I did!! LOL!! And then I made flowers (my paper ones) for someone that is a wedding coordinator ... and yeahhhhhhhhhh she never paid me, it's a year in June and I am still waiting! lol!!

    I loveeeeeeeeee the page you made for them! LOVING the photos and the colors!! GORGEOUS!

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  2. I am so glad it just came together for you, I like the page and happy they do too. I've never done scrap-for-hire, always felt like I was too buried under my own pictures, lol. It is a great idea though and a nice side job doing something you love and are VERY good at.

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  3. Love your layout. It's so you. Glad you could make some money with your skills. :)

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  4. I think the layout is great! Congrats on making money with your hobby!

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