In direct selling, you always have to stay a student. There’s new product to learn about, new marketing mediums, new ways to improve your business. One thing I am going to focus on in this blog is ideas and programs offered by network marketing and party plan “coaches”.
Christie Northrup is known as “The Lemonaid Lady”. I will take a more in depth look at her programs in the future, but in the meantime, you may get something from poking around her free resources and youtube channel. She’s clever and I love clever ideas.
This is her video on a how to turn a “Thank you for booking” card into a fridge magnet reminder.
Cute and possibly a great way to get the attention of guests who see it in the hostesses house before the party. I think we can improve upon this and make it look more professional. Also, I’m a craft addict, so here we go.
First, lets improve the card. I tried a couple of variations: handwritten dates, printed dates and finally, printed dates with a border. I don’t know if most people have white
fridges like mine, but I wanted it to pop, so border it is. I printed these on cardstock so they wouldn’t be floppy.
I searched all over for number fridge magnets. I don’t know why this was so hard. I knew Walmart usually had packs for a $1, but every Walmart I went to was sold out. It’s a magentic number famine. In desperation, I finally stopped by a Toys R Us. All they had was this giganto tub of 166 pieces for $20. Anxious to get this project done, I bought the thing. I figured if the project was a bust, my kids would at least learn to count.
Crafting addicts love glitter, so let’s step up the appearance of the magnetic numbers. Easiest way to glitter-it-up? Sparkly nailpolish. Wet n Wild for 89 cents.
Numbers sparklized, it’s time to glue. No tape. The Scotch tape in Christie’s video looked, well, tacky. I worried about the numbers coming of in the mail, so I went a little crazy and decided to stick them to the card with fine tip Krazy Glue pen. The surface that gets the most contact with the paper is the magnet. I hesitated to glue the magnet and decided to go for it anyway.
All done!!! Isn’t it beautiful?
Let’s get this puppy on the fridge!!
Ooops. That’s no good. Need more magnets. Off to Walmart again to get magnetic tape strips. This little pack was $2.97 and I can cut it into tiny pieces to go on the top corners of the card.
Now, let’s try that again. With fanfare (of course).
YAY! So, what have we all learned from this?
1) There is some sort of weirdo out there buying up the world’s supply of magentic numbers and thereby driving up the price.
2) Life is trial and error. If you put effort into something, be in a craft project or your business, don’t give up when things don’t go to plan. Regroup and see what you can do to make your situation work.
3) I make corny sound effects. And corny graphics. Because I can.