If you have images of sitting in a gorgeous scrapbooking room, surrounded by all the latest tools and supplies, creating gorgeous layouts for which you are paid scads of money … well, let me be blunt and say that image will probably stay only in your dreams. The reality is that yes, you can make money scrapbooking, but it's not as easy as just creating the pages YOU want, on your schedule.
There are many paths to making money scrapbooking. As with any business, it's easier to make a little bit of extra walking-around money, and much more difficult to make enough to send your kids to Harvard, or even the local community college. But do not let that dissuade you; If you are passionate about scrapbooking and are willing to start looking at it as a business instead of a hobby, you can start earning a paycheck.
Here are the main ways you can make money through your scrapbooking:
1. Selling something. You can sell page kits, completed layouts or albums, or scrapbooking supplies. Whether you attend holiday craft shows, open your own scrapbook store, become a consultant, or sell your wares through eBay, etsy, or your own website, you're basically in the retail business. People come to you for completed pages, albums, or scrapbook supplies.
2. Teaching someone. You know that old saying, "Those who can not do, teach?" Well, not in scrapbooking! If you're a talented scrapbooker with a knack for instructing others, you can find a home teaching independently, as an instructor at your local scrapbook store or big-box craft store, or online.
3. Host events . If you're a great organizer, maybe you can find your niche in the scrapbooking market by hosting scrapbook-related events, such as meet-and-greets, networking events, trade shows, or crop nights. By serving as the administrator, others pay you to take care of the details.
4. Scrapbooking on demand. Some people just love to scrapbook, whether it's with their own photos or someone else's. If that describes you, you might make a perfect for-hire scrapbooker. Individuals or businesses can hire you to create scrapbooks on their behalf, with their photos and stories. And scrapbooking supplies manufacturers often have design teams where you create sample projects and layouts for them, with their new products.
5. Publishing your pages. "Getting published" is what most people think of when they first think about getting paid to scrapbook. Unfortunately, with the closing of many scrapbooking publications, the opportunities to see your scrapbook layouts on the cover of a magazine are few and far between. And even if you do get published, you may be compensated in product instead of cold, hard cash. All the same, some talented designers do make several hundred dollars a month by becoming regulars in magazines.