April 11th, 2013
This was KB and Friends’ first craft fair booth, and we had a big learning curve ahead of us when we created this display. Here are some of the things we learned from the Internet, from other crafters and from our own experience. Follow our tips for creating a craft booth that will be a real customer magnet.
We were really thrilled with our display, which featured one wall filled with a painted mural of a street scene. First, we designed the mural on a computer. It was important to us that the mural filled one entire “wall” of the canopy. Following the computer printout, we sketched the mural on the canvas as it was spread out over the dining room floor.
We painted the mural on a painter’s canvas drop cloth, which we had cut down to size to fit our canopy wall. The drop cloth cost a lot less than if we had bought the canvas at a fabric store. For most of the colors, we used little $3 sample jars of Glidden indoor flat paint from Walmart. The heavy canvas drop cloth really soaked up the paint, so we had to really load up our paintbrushes to get full coverage.
The shop name in the window was the perfect opportunity for us to add our company name. If you’re going to spend the time to create a mural for your craft booth, make sure that you add your company name prominently. This is just your first step toward branding your product.
To paint the shop name, we cut out the letters on our Cricut machine. Then we used the reverse part as a stencil and a black paint pen to get crisp, clean lettering.
To hang the mural, we used industrial-strength Velcro. We hung the white, canopy wall behind the mural to keep the wind from causing the mural to billow.
The Bistro Table and Awning
While the canvas mural is a whimsical focal point for our booth, the awning and the bistro table help to give the scene a three-dimensional feel. The bistro table was where we sat to handle transactions.
The awning had no real purpose, other than to add dimension to the scene and to match our colorful, scalloped bunting that criss-crossed our booth.
The Display Grid
It took us quite a while to figure out how we were going to hang our scrapbooks and the matching embellishments. We found a 3-foot tall black plastic grid at Home Depot. We hung the black grid on two sides of our booth, attaching the grid with zip ties. Then we used small clothespins (regular-sized clothespins were too big) to hang our products.
The great thing about the grid is that it allowed our products to hang at eye level. That way, customers weren’t forced to bend over to see our fun, vintage-style scrapbooks.
Each of our scrapbooks and embellishment packs, of course, were labeled with the KB and Friends’ brand and a price tag. But in addition to that, we hung chalkboard-style signs on the grid, next to the products. The signs were made on the computer to mimic hand-drawn chalkboard signs.
About half of the signs had our KB and Friends’ brand on them, along with pricing.
The rest of our signs had clever little sayings on them. One sign that got a lot of chuckles said, ” Attention Shoppers: Your husband called. He said, “Buy as many scrapbooks as you want.”
The front table
The front table to our booth is at the entrance to our booth, so we wanted to make sure it was inviting. When you use a regular, folding table, it is fine for sitting but too short for a craft booth. You don’t want your potential customers having to lean over to see your product. You need to have the product at eye level so it will catch the attention of shoppers who are passing by.
We used plastic irrigation pipes to raise the height of our table by about six or seven inches.
We added the cute ruffled table cloth that we made to match the bunting and awning scallops. By the way, it’s important to note that the top of the table cloth was white, so that our sample scrapbooks would stand out against the white tablecloth top.
Instead of lying our sample books down flat, we put them on easels so they’d stand up to catch the attention of potential customers.
The table also our chalkboard signs, along with a black wire “chair” that was actually planter. The “chair” held a black wire basket of some of our least expensive scrapbook embellishments. And we also had a galvanized bucket holding flowers that displayed our clever little flowered clothespin clips. These were among our least expensive items, so we want to use them to lure in customers.
Our business cards were right out front in a red tin that had a chalkboard sign attached to the front.
Signage is one of the most important parts of your craft booth. Since the name KB and Friends probably would not be known by most craft fair goers, we decided to make the large sign across the top of our booth say, “Scrapbooks,” in big bold letters. That way, someone farther away could immediately see what we sell and might be drawn to the booth.
But once the craft fair goers got closer, they’d see our brand name not only painted on the mural, but hanging from a little wooden yellow sign above our front table. We bought that cute sign for only a few bucks at Michaels. It was raw wood, so we painted it yellow then added our scrapbook papers to jazz up the wooden flowers. We added our KB and Friends name across the top using Mod Podge.
The bottom part of the sign included credit card logos to let our customers know immediately that we accept credit cards. No need to say, “Credit Cards Accepted.” Just the logos are enough. We also included smaller versions of the logos on our sign on our bistro table and on a sign hanging on the grid.
Good luck with your craft booth endeavors! We hope this blog post helped inspire you.
April 11th, 2013
We at KB and Friends lately have started selling our handmade, retro-style scrapbooks (using our own designs, of course) at local craft fairs. So now we’d like to share our fun and fabulous craft fair booth with you. This is how our booth looked at the Poway, Calif., spring festival on April 7, 2013.
Don’t you just love it? We sure do.
Here’s what we’ve done to make our craft fair booth so it is inviting to prospective customers and so it shows off our scrapbooks in the best possible way.
It all started with the red bistro table for sale in the garden center at our local Walmart. We just couldn’t take our eyes off that bistro table, so we finally bought it as the first step toward making our craft fair booth.
When we saw the blue awning at our local Ikea store, we couldn’t resist, especially because it was just $10.
And then came our biggest brainstorm of all: the idea to paint a mural as a backdrop for the red bistro table and blue awning.
The mural was painted on a large canvas, painter’s drop cloth that we had trimmed and sewed so it would fit one full wall of our canopy. Then we used ordinary indoor, flat house paint to create the outdoor scene.
The bunting was made from $2-a-yard fabric from Walmart. And, because we wanted the awning to match the bunting, we cut off the awning’s original scallops and added our own. The ruffled table cloth (made to match the bunting and awning scallops) and a little wooden sign added the final touches.
December 29th, 2009
Come celebrate the end of this decade at our New Year sale, on now through Jan. 10, 2010. If you make a purchase of $5 or more, you will receive our new Boughs of Yuletide Pine frames kit for free. If you make a purchase of $10 or more, you’ll receive 35% off your total order, plus you’ll also get the free frames kit. The free kit and discount will automatically be added to your shopping cart.
Boughs of Yuletide Pine: This kit is free when you purchase $5 or more in digital scrapboking products at KB and Friends. Offer ends Jan. 10, 2010.
Check out the new kits in store, perfect for creating shabby chic-style scrapbook pages using your holiday photos.
Shabby Chic Christmas digital scrapbook kit by Kathryn Balint and Velma Balint
Shabby Chic Backgrounds digital scrapbook papers by Kathryn Balint and Velma Balint
October 24th, 2009
This tutorial for making a Halloween mini album out of old, extra-large puzzle pieces was originally intended for users of the online scrapbooking site CropMom. But we’ve adapted the tutorial for fans of KB and Friends digital scrapbooking site. This chipboard puzzle album is spooktacular!
Our hybrid scrapbook mini album features our “Costumed Cutie” over the years in his favorite Halloween costumes. You can create a puzzle-piece album of your own in a day using KB and Friends’ Halloween Fun digital scrapbook kit (and bits and pieces from other kits) to make your scrapbook layouts.
Halloween Fun digital scrapbook kit
14 5″ by 7 ” digital scrapbook pages, printed at home on high-quality, matte photo paper or printed by a photo service
7 extra-large jigsaw puzzle pieces, measuring about 3.5″ by 5″. (We used an old Mattel “My Size Puzzle XL.”)
2 one-inch book rings, silver
Several colorful ribbons, cut in 8″ lengths
Ric rac and ribbon, cut into 12″ lengths
Scissors and craft knife
Spray adhesive, acid free
Optional: Sculpey clay, green and black
Begin making your Halloween puzzle album by creating 14 scrapbook pages, each on a 5″ by 7″ canvas with a portrait orientation. Use photos of your child wearing his or her favorite Halloween costumes over the years. Make sure that you position your photos so that your child’s face is in the middle of the page so that the face does not get cut off when you paste your layout onto a puzzle piece. We used black background paper from the Halloween Fun kit as the backdrop for every page with a photo. We primarily used digital scrapbook graphics from the Halloween Fun kit at CropMom. But we also used a few elements from Bloomin’ Crazy and Signs of Spring. Get creative! Just remember that any text or word art that you use on your page could get cut off when you adhere the page to a puzzle piece.
For the front cover, back cover and three inside pages, we didn’t use any photos on the layouts. We used word art from the Halloween Fun kit to create the title, Costumed Cutie. We also used word art on the back cover and inside pages.
Use your home printer to print your layouts or have a photo service print them. Before printing your layotus, you must resize them so that they measure 5″ by 3.5″ Print them or have them printed on matte photo paper.
Use the adhesive spray to glue the prints onto the puzzle pieces. Use the spray adhesive in a well-ventilated area. Be careful not to get any adhesive on the front of your prints. Take care to keep your layouts in the correct order. Once you’ve glued one size of a puzzle piece, use scissors or a craft knife to carefully cut it out in the shape of the puzzle piece. Then glue the back side of the puzzle piece.
After the adhesive has dried, gently sand the edges of each page in your book. This helps to give the book pages a smoother edge.
Use a hole punch to punch two holes on the left side of your puzzle-piece pages. Make sure that you punch the correct side of each chipboard page. You need a sturdy hole punch and plenty of pressure to punch through the puzzle piece.
Thread the book rings through the punched holes to hold your book together. Dress up your book by folding 12 ” pieces of ribbon and tying them to the book rings.
We finished off our book by making two small witch hats out of Sculpey polymer clay and baking them according to the directions. We made sure that our hats would fit perfectly onto a puzzle-piece page. Once the clay witch hats cooled, we glued one witch hat to the cover and the other to an inside page. This last step is optional.
September 25th, 2009
Let your imagination run wild with KB and Friends’ new Flights of Fancy digital scrapbook kit. This large kit designed by Kathryn Balint and Velma Balint is full of fanciful scrapbook embellishments that will add a touch of whimsy to your fantasy scrapbook pages. We think you’ll love the whimsical treehouse, the bridge, the floating island and the fun mushrooms, strawberries and flowers.
Flights of Fancy is on sale for 25 percent off, along with some of our other popular, and newer, full-sized scrapbook kits, now through Friday, Oct. 2, 2009. Other kits on sale include: Social Butterfly, Bloomin’ Crazy, Room with a View and Romantically Inclined. Check out our digital scrapbook store for other kits that are on sale.
Flights of Fancy digital scrapbook kit
June 20th, 2009
We think you’ll find a lot of uses for the latest digital scrapbook elements packs at KB and Friends. Our bingo, crossword and word search game cards are versatile enough to be used on almost any style of digital scrapbook layout. What’s more, you can print these 5″ by 7″ game cards and use them to create mini scrapbook albums. These game cards are fun and whimsical. We’re sure you’ll find a lot of uses for them in your digital scrapbooking.
Check out our special digital scrapbooking offer: Buy the Play on Words: Bingo digital scrapbook kit and Play on Words: Crosswords digital scrapbook kit, and get the Play on Words: Word Search kit for free. Just add the bingo and crosswords kits to your shopping cart, and word search will automatically be added. Make sure it appears in your shopping cart at no charge before checking out. Offer ends midnight ET Friday, June 26, 2009.
In addition, if you purchase $15 or more worth of digital scrapbooking products from KB and Friends, you’ll get $5 off your order total. This special digital scrapbooking offer expires midnight ET, Tuesday, June 23, 2009. The discount should automatically appear in your shopping cart. Make sure that the discount appears before checking out.
Play on Words: Birthday Games digital scrapbook kit
Play on Words: Halloween Games digital scrapbook kit
Play on Words: Christmas Games digital scrapbook kit
Play on Words: Bingo digital scrapbook kit
Play on Word: Crosswords digital scrapbook kit
Play on Words: Word Search digital scrapbook kit
June 8th, 2009
There’s nothing more fun than creating a personalized alphabet book or ABC layout for little ones. KB and Friends’ new Animals A to Z digital scrapbooking kit and our Animals A to Z alphabet book quick pages album include adorable animals for every letter of the alphabet.
Use coupon code abcfun to buy both of these kits for just $10 total, a savings of $3 off each kit. You must be registered and logged in to the store at KB and Friends for the coupon code to take effect. Hurry! The coupon code expires June 12, 2009.
The Animals A to Z kit is huge, nearly 200 megabytes in size. It includes a full set of colorful alphabet flash cards, A to Z, with each one depicting an animal whose name begins with that letter. (A is alligator, B is bumblebee, C is camel, D is dragonfly, E is elephant, F is flamingo, G is grasshopper, H is hippotamus, I is iguana, J is jellyfish, K is koala, L is lion, M is monkey, N is narwhal, O is octopus, P is parrot, Q is quail, R is raccoon, S is snake, T is Turtle, U is urchin, V is vulture, W is walrus, X is x-ray fish, Y is yak and Z is zebra). It also features 10 colorful stitched felt animals (monkey, crab, elephant, flamingo, ant, alligator, lion, raccoon and turtle), and 30 animals crafted out of tissue paper. There are two full alphabets with distressed, painted wooden letters, both uppercase and lowercase, and popsicle stick-style frames and a circus train.
The Animals A to Z alphabet book quick pages scrapbook album includes a digital scrapbook page for every letter of the alphabet, plus a cover page, title page and extra background paper. Just add your text, photos and extra elements then print it (or have it printed). Your personalized ABC book will be the cutest around and will be cherished for years to come.
Not all elements are shown in the previews.
We can’t wait to see the alphabet books and ABC scrapbook pages that you create using our whimsical animals.
May 7th, 2009
We’ve put all of our digital scrapbooking kits into our store at KB and Friends, not just the retro and vintage kits. So now you can find all of Velma Balint and Kathryn Balint’s digital scrapbooking products - no matter what the style – in one place! We think you’ll love our fresh and modern scrapbooking kits as much as you love our retro and vintage scrapbook graphics.
In addition, we’ve now got a scrapbook gallery, where our talented creative team can show off their layouts to inspire you. Only our team can post layouts, but we invite you to register and add comments on the layouts that inspire you.
Take a look below at some of the kits that are new to KB and Friends.
April 24th, 2009
By Kathryn Balint
Join us in celebrating KB and Friends’ third anniversary by checking out our Website’s new look and by shopping at our biggest sale of the year. And don’t miss our latest digital scrapbooking kit, Offbeat Artistry, a mix of funky and whimsical, with a hint of vintage.
The sale, which ends April 30, 2009, offers discounts of up to 50 percent off select digital scrapbook kits. As always, we have a selection of free kits available for download for your personal use, as well.
Offbeat Artistry features adorable stitched felt creatures, including a caterpillar, an owl and two goofy birds, along with painted and collaged background papers and lots of doodled word art. In celebration of KB and Friends’ new look and its third anniversary, this new digital scrapbooking kit is on sale for half off through April 30, 2009.
Take a look at a couple of layouts we’ve made with this new kit.
Sweet Fairy by Lilian Cimesa
It’s a Girl Thing by Kathryn Balint
Sweet E by Lynn Weber
Your Smile by Yolanda Carrasquillo
For your friends who have always wanted to try digital scrapbooking, Offbeat Artistry is available for use at our sister online scrapbooking site CropMom. CropMom lets users create digital scrapbook pages online using their photos and CropMom’s scrapbooking software and digital scrapbook graphics.
April 23rd, 2009
By Laura Lou Bashlor
“I don’t do heritage.”
I have heard this and read this several times recently. When I ask, “Why?” I get several answers.
QUOTE: “I don’t have any heritage photos. My (grandma, uncle, sister, dad) has them all and won’t let me have any.”
MY RESPONSE: I have friends who have taken their computer and a scanner right to their relative’s house and scanned family photos right in front of the reluctant family member who then retains the originals.
Heritage photos aren’t necessary. Some of my pages are just text, but I can still make them fit my style with backgrounds and elements. One set matches my ancestor’s milestone events as I have discovered them online, with dates in history. I can see that he married just days before joining the American Revolution. His first child with that wife was born almost an exact 9 months after the end of the war. Deaths of some of his many children coincided with epidemics in that area at that time.
I have no photos of these people, of course, but the matching time-lines make a fascinating pair of pages.
QUOTE: “I don’t have anyone to pass this stuff down to.”
MY RESPONSE: I can almost hear my mother’s mother, Laura, saying this. She died before I was born but I wish I could talk with her for just one hour. Her mother, Abagail, is a complete “brick wall”. I know her name and nothing else. She disappears before the first census I can find. No birth nor death certificate. I remember my mother talking about her grandfather Abram, but never mentioned that grandmother. I can almost hear my grandmother Laura saying that no one was interested in what she knew of her family. You, too, may have a great-grandson, or great-niece in the future who will thank you for what you have preserved.
QUOTE: “I don’t know much about my background.”
MY RESPONSE: I admit, I scrap heritage photos because I am fascinated with the family histories. One day I realized that I now know more about my grandmother’s family than she ever did. She left only four handwritten pages of stationery for my dad. I have since found that some of the information was incomplete and incorrect. I wish I could talk with her for an hour, but information is all over the Internet at wonderful free and pay sites. Most of the pay sites charge by the month so you can just join for a brief period to grab the information you need after you have exhausted the free sites. You may have nothing but a name to start with. but growing that family tree can start with a very small “seed”.
QUOTE: “No one else in my family cares.”
MY RESPONSE: Maybe not today, but look to the future! I am about to start a life book for myself, after seeing one a dear friend is making. She is discovering many things about herself as she traces her own life events for possible future descendants. It can be like a diary, or can incorporate photos from various periods of your life. Heritage doesn’t have to be that old…ancestors. You can make your own heritage. Don’t you wish you had such a book left to you by a beloved relative from another generation?
QUOTE: I don’t write very well.
MY RESPONSE: Does anyone really care? In these days of spell checker and grammar checking, you have some tools, but, believe me, how you write makes it your own. I adore the little misspellings in my grandmother’s few pieces of writing she left. It is so her! It is old fashioned and folksy, just like she was. Write in your own voice. Put in the slang or idioms you use in daily speaking. If you have to, to start, just tell a story to a photo with a recorder running. Then try writing exactly what you said. If you have help with this, get someone to video-tape you telling them about your birth, your wedding, or a birthday. Then write it out. You can even set up that video camera on a tripod and talk to yourself. Never be embarrassed about your writing.
OK. Give it a try. One photo…one page…one story at a time.