This is a question I get asked a lot when I chat to people about running a craft business.
Running a craft business can be so rewarding but it is also really hard work. I’m lucky that I get to work with my sister and she deals with a lot of the day to day running of our businesses which means a lot of the creative work is left to me, in the case of BebeMakes I spend my time focusing on the design work and how best to streamline the finished items it’s production.
I grew up being fairly ‘arty’ at school but never found illustration to be a strong point, I can do ok with a pencil and paper to draw out a rough idea but thats about it. For BebeMakes products all our work is done on the computer, namely on the design software for the Cricut. When we started working with vinyl it was a massive learning curve, it was a completely new craft to us – we had to learn to use the machine, work out what type of vinyls to use for what AND it was the first time I had ever done design work on the computer using a type of file called SVG’s
SVG files are wonderful things, it stands for Scalable Vector Graphics and they are vital for any vinyl crafter. It means that I don’t necessarily have to come up with the idea of a design as someone else has already done the design work for us, I just have to come up with a way to incorporate that design into a finished product!
When we have a new blank product come in Natalie and I sit down and brainstorm a few ideas for what we want to do with it. Lets say for this example it’s a travel coffee mug, we know that we’ll have space for personalisation on one side but the other side needs a bold graphic to make it really stand out, so off we go to search for a suitable SVG.
DesignsBundles.net is our one stop shop for all things when it comes to design work, be it new fonts to try out, backgrounds for logos or SVG graphics we can always find something to work with on there!
So, we search for a coffee graphic
find a set that we love, purchase it (making sure it has the right licenses for us to be able to use on a product) lay it all out in Design Space, whizz it through the machine and within an hour we can have a sample product made!
Other times we might stumble across a SVG design whilst just browsing and fall in love with it and then have to think of a way we can turn it into a product, this is exactly what happened with this Birth Stats FrameWe found the design in a Bundle we had purchased (We LOVE the craft bundles as you get so much stuff for such a fab price) and tried out a few ideas before settling on just a simple presentation frame.
If you’re looking to launch a crafting business, particularly one that is design heavy such as working with vinyl, and you’re worried about how to get started because the design aspect seems daunting then I urge you to go have a look at the SVG graphics on DesignBundles and see what grabs your attention, it makes the process so much easier!