Some of you may know that our family owns a bindery. It is a third generation bindery that has been fruitful in the past, but has been struggling with the recent economy given that most of our business is automotive driven. For the last two years, my husband and I have been brainstorming ideas that could use our bindery business to serve the homeschooling community, which is a little closer to our heart.We've come up with a few ideas, but they have been slow to come to realization. Creating a new product is a lot of work, especially when you don't have all the skill set needed to produce it. One product, which is almost complete, has involved a detailed cover. Have I ever mentioned that I'm pretty graphics challenged?
For the last couple of months, I've been thinking up products that would simplify a lapbooker's life. The problem? I don't lapbook! However, not only has my friend and lapbook extraordinaire Sheri helped me out by giving our products a test-run, but she's also been telling others about the products...that aren't quite here yet...but are coming soon. I promise. A big to Sheri for all your help! Make sure you check out her numerous blogs: Scrapbooks and Lapbooks, Homeschooling on a Wing and a Prayer, What's in the Box,
and 1 of 100 Tos Crew Reviews. Also of great help has been Tristan of Our Busy Homeschool. Now only did Tristan give some of our products a test, but she also was the original inspiration for one of the products after I read one of her blog posts spotlighting her daughter's lapbook.
I actually finally have three of the product in hand, but need to develop the website and ordering system. Did I mention I know very little about creating websites and even less about ordering systems. Yep. I guess it is never too late to learn. Who knows - maybe I'll even learn to lapbook before this adventure is over!
The products are slowly coming together and we are over the developing hump. I'm very excited about our new product line and hope to announce it soon. Very soon.