Thursday, August 6, 2009

The TomKat Studio: DIY (Do It Yourself, Please!)

I am excited to tell you that the DIY kits are in production for my frames! I am quickly figuring out that I cannot keep up with demand for everything I make, so it's time to put YOU to work!
{small custom frame I made recently}
The frame kits will include a 12x12 frame (custom made locally for my shop!), hardware, instructions, and possibly paper and flower options to choose from. Adding rhinestones will also be an option. Certain papers work better (bubbling can be an issue) and I would offer papers that I have the best success with. What are your thoughts? Would you just want the frames/hardware/instructions, or the decorative options, too?

{custom frame made for heather}
You may have noticed that my Etsy shop continues to be "on vacation". Trust me, I am not on vacation. Things were just getting too busy and stressful that I decided to take a break, re-evaluate and figure out the best way to move forward! I have so many ideas but really need to take time to figure out what makes the most sense on my limited time schedule. Thank you for your patience if you've tried to email/convo me and I haven't replied yet!

Other exciting news about the DIY branch of The TomKat Studio....
I am starting to work on PRINTABLE invitation designs and party supplies! I can't seem to find the time to design/print/cut/fold/assemble/package/ship all of my orders, so I'm ready for you to Do-It-Yourself! I design, you print & assemble?


What do you say? Are you up for it?

Get ready to get your craft on!

28 comments:

Karen Skinner said...

I like the DIY ideas. Yes to all of them. On the frames, I would like the decorations included, too.

Susan Crabtree said...

such a great idea! hopefully, this will give you more time to create & design. :)

Leah said...

love this idea!! yes to all of them too. I would like the decorations as well!!

Heather said...

This sounds like a great idea!
Also, w/ some of your printing and invitation ideas, what you COULD do, is get them printed by a real printer so that you have inventory. It's really inexpensive to get things printed overseas...but you'd have to do much larger quantities. E-mail me if you want to discuss...

Polka Dot Moon said...

Love DIY kits! Your frames are gorgeous!!!

Erin Volante Floral said...

I LOVE these ideas. Printable invitations and printable party packages are really appealing to me, especially from a budgetary point of view! I will be super excited to see everything when you list them!

Jennifer said...

I think these are great ideas. As far as the frames go I'd love to just get the frame and hardware from you b/c I cannot seem to find 12x12 frames anywhere around my neck of the woods. I would love the printable party designs also. I love making my own invites for my daughters parties but I don't have the software to do the pretty wording and designs. Great ideas. I would be interested in it all.

sarah m said...

Yeah!! This will do awesome, I just know it! I'd include the whole kit for the frames. And that's awesome about the printable parties!! People will LOVE it. So excited for you!

Anonymous said...

I say ~ YES ~ to everything!!!

Chris @ Celebrations At Home said...

Kim, this sounds like good business sense to me! You smart Lady, You!!

Anonymous said...

Yes! I'd be interested in the DIY frame kit...I think it would be great to have the accessories for the frame kit as an option. I would also be interested in the printable party package. When will all of this be available? Great ideas:)!

Andra said...

Yes to it all Kim! Great ideas! I need your deco ideas, because I LOVE your flowers! Also, what kind of printer do you recommend? Ours, well, it stinks. ;) I would LOVE to have the option of printing Tomkat designs!

Kim - The TomKat Studio said...

Thank you for all the feedback!

Andra - I prefer Canon printers. I love my PixmaPro! I am definitely going to be selling the frames and frame DIY kits at the holiday boutique! :)

Alexis said...

What a great idea to have your beautiful work more accessible for everyone! I love the frames and all of your creations, they really are inspirational.

Andrea said...

I love the DIY frame and would love it with all the fixings! I also love the printable invitation idea. Great stuff!

Shelley@divinepartyconcepts said...

Great ideas! I think you would do GREAT with the printable creations!!

brides and babes said...

great ideas kim! people love DIY!! it gives them the ability to make it their own! :)

G & H said...

I'm up for it! And I have a request...have any post about a Winter Wonderland themed childrens party's?

Monica said...

What holiday boutique? I would love to come just so I could get some frames!

Jamie Dawson said...

YES to it all :) You are going to sell these like crazy!

Kim - The TomKat Studio said...

Monica - I was invited to do the "Believe" holiday boutique at Cornerstone Church in Chandler! It is the first weekend in November! I will be posting more details when it gets closer!

Meredith Nelson Photography said...

GREAT idea Kim!

Anonymous said...

The DIY is a wonderful idea! I can only imagine how very busy you must be! We are looking for print it yourself ideas for invitations for the baby shower...and everything looks so "cheesy" that we have found...your designs always look subtle and sweet...so hurry up dear (lol...right...hurry...with a little precious to care for) but we would love to use your DIY .....
And LOL I'm still offering to come up and watch ( really practice my grammy thing) your sweet babe so you can work on your beatuiful treasures! Good luck and keep us posted!

ladygrammyjane said...

For some reason this posted as anonymous...but the last post was from ladygrammyjane

Little Apple Design LA said...

Genius! Makes perfect sense Kim and I hope you go for it.

Vanessa said...

When you are ready to sell your DIY frame kits, are you going to post an update on your blog, or should we be checking your etsy site for availability? Excited to purchase one! So beautiful!

Kim - The TomKat Studio said...

Hi Vanessa! Thank you!! Yes, I will absolutely post when they are ready! SOON! :)

Anonymous said...

Great idea! I was thinking about trying these out myself but have no idea where to start, a kit would be perfect. Personally, I'd like an all inclusive kit with the paper/flower option. Congrats on expanding your line Kim and being an inspiration!!