Thursday, September 26, 2013

To Re-Sell or To Re-Create? That is the Question!

Part One:

The great thing about being a designer from home is that no sleepless hour is ever wasted. I had over done it the other day and my back was paying for it! So to ware down the sleepless hours waiting for the meds to go to work, I had the opportunity to curl up on the couch and sketch. One of my favorite hobbies is to sketch, though I'm no trained illustrator, I do have moments of brilliance when a sketch leads to a great idea or can even be useful as a piece of art within a design I am working on.

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And the design in question at the moment, is whether or not to create a new Christmas/holiday greeting card to sell this year. Two years ago I hand sketched then computer rendered a winter scene greeting card and put them up for sale. You ordered, I printed, mailed them out and you had a one-of-a-kind holiday card to send to your friends and family. My grandma was nice enough to buy some to send to her friends and family that year. But I was still very new to the blog world and didn't get much attention. Two years later, I'm wondering if it's time to try again?

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I started sketching snowflakes, ornaments and such that sleepless night and so far love my sketches and the progress that they are heading in, but do they inspire? Does it make someone want to share the joy they see in the image with others?

Here was my beginning sketch work and brainstorm: ----->

Now I have scanned, perfected and started to rearrange the items already from this sketch, but the light bulb hasn't gone off yet for the one moment of perfect balance, that I want to share with the world. Though my daughter thinks my ideas so far "are so pretty" and in her eyes I can draw the world; got to love the praise from the little ones. But I hope to keep at it throughout the weekend and get the time needed to really transform my love of a "blue winter wonderland" into a greeting card to sell to all of you.

I'll keep you posted on the progress.

And on a side note: how much would you pay for 25 - 4"x5" greeting cards with envelopes?

Talk to you soon! Hope the first week of Autumn has been a good one!

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