When I first started researching starting a scrapbook business, I was surprised to learn about real profits in this “craft.”
But, once I looked a little deeper, I realized it’s a big piece of the craft industry itself, which is made up of a $1.4 billion industry.
In this business, you create scrapbooks and photo albums to help people organize and develop keepsakes of special events like birthdays, anniversaries, vacations or any milestones that are important to them.
Often people want to be sure they leave behind a legacy and hiring a professional to put together their life and memories is something many people will pay a lot of money for. Sometimes you will be asked to piece together fifty years of someone’s life in a chronological order of presentation. This includes anything from articles, high school items, pictures, certificates, etc.
As a scrapbook business owner, you have clients supply you with their photos and you use creativity and you artistic ideas to design the books. Professional scrap bookers also offer the written word and catchy captions to increase their marketability.
This is a great gift business. A professionally designed scrapbook makes a wonderful gift for someone’s monumental birthday or special occasion, like retirement.
Scrapbooking is a fun and exciting business that can be perfect for earning an easy part time income or a lucrative full time income. This is a business that is generating 1.4 billion dollars in sales each year.
To get started you can put together a few scrapbooks of your own memories and do a few for free for friends or relatives. This way you will have quality samples to show. Always keep a couple in your car. Networking and word of mouth is the best way to market this business.
You should be creative, artistic or have a love for piecing together various images using your imagination. Being well organized is a must because you will be responsible for, often, hundreds of pictures and scrapbook items.
There are online books and courses and you can also take a class or two at a local college. But many jewelry designers learned from someone else or were self-taught.
How much you can make
Scrapbooking will pay you surprisingly well. The rates are typically charged on an hourly basis or $15 to $25 per hour or per scrapbook.
Cost can start at $50 and go up and over $300 per scrapbook.
Creative Memories, Inc. – Creative Memories is a direct selling organization that primarily uses the home-party business model for helping other people create their own scrapbooks.
Consultants teach others to preserve their photos, keepsakes and memorabilia in photo-safe albums or scrapbooks. The company develops and manufactures quality photo-safe albums and supplies for archival photo preservation. Creative Memories conducts classes and workshops as a means of providing assistance to its consultants.
For more information, visit:
Hobby Industry Association
319 East 54th Street
Elmwood Park, New Jersey 07407 USA
Association of Crafts & Creative Industries
1100-H Brandywine Blvd
PO Box 3388
Zanesville, OH USA 43702-3388
Fun Facts Publishing
15 Vermilyea Ave. #43
New York, NY 10034