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Old 11-04-2015, 10:31 AM   #1  
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I have a small (tiny) business of scrap classes - cards, layouts, mini albums, etc.
I participate in networking sessions for women, in which normally every women can introduce her business in 60 seconds (1 minute!) but in few days I will have 10 minutes (every meeting - one women get a chance to talk 10 minutes instead of 1).
The woman that has 10 minuts usually brings laptop and show presentation of what she does.
Since I have many tools - paper punches, cuttlebug, stamps, etc - I thought I should do some kind of demo - or even better - give them the chance to experience the paper.

The challenge is to find something that 40 women can do in 10 minutes
Any idea?

I can prepare all in advanced, but I think the impact I want to make is: FUN and everyone can do it successfully.

Appreciate your help
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Old 11-04-2015, 12:19 PM   #2  
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How about a tag or a 3x3 card? Some punched elements, a sentiment - cute takeaway!
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40 people is a lot to have do something in only 10 mins. unless you do a LOT of prep work and it's really just assemble for them.

If you are running classes, I think it would behoove you to give them "little tastes" of techniques they can come and learn to do. i'm riffing off Lydia's tag idea...

I'd go with samples of various techniques gift tag size they can take home. Figure out how many techniques you can talk about in 8 mins comfortably and that's what you make.

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1) You could do that fast if you die cut tags and run 2-3 at time through a patterned EF and then just punch a hole in it. If you have 5x7 you prob could get 3 in. Like if you have a baby foot all over pattern or tiny holly leaves so it is obvious what it is for.

2) Do a quick all purpose sentiment like "For you" heat embossed.

3) Sponge a big 8 1/2 x 11 CS and cut tags out of that. Or water spritz.

4) Use washi tape or better yet, any double sided and glitter it in stripes on 8 1/2 x 11 paper and cut tags out of that.

5) If you have small solid stamps with matching die, you could stamp and cut those and pop them on a tag.

They dont have to get all five...you can have a mixed pile and let them pick one. (bring a few extra-1-2 always gets lost and you dont want anyone not getting one) You may not do a lot-depends on how many you feel comfortable talking about.

You see what I mean? Then it becomes like an tasteful ad for your business with a free take home rememberance (hopefully motivator). Bring business cards with you to give out.

Unless you want to take the opportunity to talk about how you came to have this business...how long you have been stamping, your joy in it, the ability to make small art...etc etc. And just show some sample cards you already made and have. Sell yourself as a teacher and that anyone can find several techniques they can do.
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Wow, 40 women. I would think it would take almost 10 minutes to give each person their supplies, much less give them a craft lesson.

Instead of a hands-on lesson, I would make up a bunch 50-60 cards similar to those they can learn to make in one of your workshops. Put your business card inside and put them in two boxes. When it's your turn to speak, hand a box to one woman on the left and another on the right and ask them to pick a card and pass the box along to the next person.

While these women are looking through all the pretty cards, picking the one they like best, you can show them some of the tools and products they will learn to use in your workshops. You do all the work-- die cutting, dry embossing, heat embossing, inking, paper cutting, etc. Do only as much as you comfortably have time for. Just before your time is up, let the ladies know that you will be happy to answer any questions they have about the cards or your demonstration after the meeting and point them to whatever table you have set up with examples of the cards, mini albums, layouts, etc. that they can learn to make if they take your class.

Those who are interested in crafting will love being able to see your projects up close and touch them.

Edited to add: You really should do a few run throughs and time yourself to get an idea of how much information you can convey in the time allotted.
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I like Melissa's idea of passing a box with cards and describing techniques.

If you really want to have them do a project, I would stick to a quick tag/bookmark, with pretty ribbon and an easy embellishment ( pre cut die cut, brad, dimensional sticker, etc)

Faux watercoloring with a stamp, resist techniques and heat embossing pack a big punch, although the heat embossing takes time and you will have to compete with the sound of heat guns as you are giving your presentation (and it is probably not a great technique for first time stampers in 10 minutes).

How about pre-preparing tags by stamping with vesamark and embossing with clear powder? During the meeting, let them "color" with spray ink or a sponged ink technique. Let them tie off the tag with pre-cut and pre colored ribbon, optional stamped sentiment or sticker, add a embellishment and voila! Done!
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Thanks for all the suggestions

Eventually I created 40 small kits:
each had:
- card base: scored in the middle for easy folding
- 2 stripes of paper - double sided adhesive on the back - usually one of the stripes was border punched.
- decorative lace tape / bakers twine
- pre-stamped sentiment (thank you, i love you, congratulations, get well soon, just a note, best wishes...)






Thanks a lot for your help and suggestions
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