ASmile4UfromJanet

Janet's Smiles

California, United States · 77 Sales

ASmile4UfromJanet

Janet's Smiles

California, United States 77 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(21)

Announcement   Custom orders welcome! I'd love to make a mini-album or card just for your special occasion.

Follow my blog at http://asmile4ufromjanet.blogspot.com

Announcement
Last updated on Jul 18, 2016

Custom orders welcome! I'd love to make a mini-album or card just for your special occasion.

Follow my blog at http://asmile4ufromjanet.blogspot.com

Janet Miles

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Janet Miles

Congratulations/Wedding/Anniversary/Shower card
US$3.50
Get Well Card/Caring Thoughts/Thinking of You
US$3.00
Father's Day card
US$2.00
Father's Day Gift/Mini-Album/Card/Keepsake
US$20.00
Mothers Day card
US$3.00
Mother's Day Card Album
US$25.00
Mother's Day card
US$3.00
Shades of Blue Ruffle scarf
US$15.00
Slate Ruffle Scarf
US$12.00
Mother's Day Card - Mini Book
US$30.00
Varigated Ruffle scarf/Camo colors
US$12.00
CD Jewel Case Summer Vacation Mini Albm
US$12.00
Ruffle Scarf Black with Tiny Pink Flowers
US$12.00
Best wishes/Birthday/Wedding card
US$4.50
Multicolored Ruffle Scarf
US$12.00
Ruffle Scarf Brown with White Polkadots
US$12.00
Blow Out the Candles Birthday Card
US$3.50
Celebrate
US$2.50
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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(21)
Susan Crummitt

Susan Crummitt on Dec 30, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

I am a repeat buyer. Love sellers work.

Susan Crummitt

Susan Crummitt on Dec 30, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Terrific Christmas wrapping toppers. Very pleased!

Susan Crummitt

Susan Crummitt on Dec 30, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Really cute ornaments. Seller really packs well too!

Laura Davis

Laura Davis on Dec 5, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

My 3year old granddaughter love putting together the cornucopia.. Kept her busy at least some of Thanksgiving Day!

Alicia

Alicia on Oct 14, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Very cute card! Thank you!

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Updates

Mother's Day special. Take 50 cents off ANY card in my shop using code MOM16. Code will be good until May 31 and includes any greeting card. Mini albums not included.

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Get Well Card
US$5.00
Day two of the flea market and craft sale. Hopefully people will feel generous after church :)

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Plumber Birthday/Thank You Card
US$5.50
At the South San Francisco Women's Club Flea Market Vendor Fair.

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Family Keepsake Chunky Chipboard Album
Sold
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About

For the Love of the Scrap

I have loved scrapbooking since I was a teen. I saved every picture, ticket stub, napkin, matchbook, flower, ribbon, note, card - you name it! Everything went into a scrapbook, albeit primitive at first, just a note to help remind me of the who/what/where. There was not much additional embelishment going on at that time.

Then came marriage to a wonderful guy and three children. I still took pictures and saved things but there was certainly no time for scrapbooking with the kids, a husband and a full time job as a medical office manager. I would try to get in an occasional handmade card or plan theme parties for the kids (we had a mystery party, a Tarzan-themed party, Movie Night party to name a few) to help keep my "creative spirit" alive.

Then it seemed that all at once the scrapbooking business took hold and there were scrapbook stores and books about scrapbooking, videos and podcasts to watch. I started collecting things again, pretty papers, stickers, die cuts, ribbons, etc. I saw new tools, punches, brads, buttons...I wanted to play!!!

My first real step back into the scrapping world came when I planned a surprise party for my husband's 50th birthday. I found pictures of him at various stages of his life and put together some pages that I hung on the wall at the party for people to see and some blank pages for people to add their own birthday wishes. I took pictures at the party and when it was all over, I used the pages I had made as the beginning of the album and then made more pages from the pictures of the party. I added stickers, the invitation, etc., and I was hooked again!

I still did not have very much time (or so I thought) for my fun hobby but little by little the kids got older and needed me less and, while I was still working full time, I had stopped working in an office and had started my own transcription/secretarial service from my home. Looking at all the pictures I had accumulated through the years that were just in boxes, I decided to start a scrapbook album for each one of the kids. Just the basic school pictures at first to give me date references. Then I did an album of a Disneyland vacation that we had taken. The photos had been put in one of those old magnetic type albums and were getting brown. I had to save them!

I started watching podcasts (I love Scrap Time with Christine Urias) and started learning new tricks and techniques. I made a chipboard album for my family from a song my mother used to sing for us called Cowboy Jack (check out the pictures from that on my listings). That went over so well! Then I saw an album made using paper bags. OMG! That looked like so much fun! I had gone to a concert with my husband and two of our very good friends and had taken pictures (of course) which had come out rather well. I decided to make a paper bag album for our friends to share the fun time we had (see pictures). My friend was amazed and said "You should sell these things!"

What?? Really?? I had heard of Etsy by then and had even created an account but had not tried to sell or buy anything yet. Could I really have fun and make money too? Goodness knows by now I had TONS of supplies! It was early April and Mother's Day was coming. I had another idea for a chipboard album using the words to the song "MOTHER" so I put one together, added my seller's information to my Etsy account and put the album up for sale. I put the pictures from the "Cowboy Jack" album up and pictures from a "Friends" banner I had made so there would be more than one thing for sale and crossed my fingers...

Within a few days I had SOLD that Mother's day album!!! I shared my success on my Facebook page and one of my friends saw it and asked me to make one for her! TWO sales!

Okay, so now I am really excited. What else can I make? I put together another paper bag album for Mother's Day and made a School Days album to try to catch the end of the school year crowd. Then I made some black and white blank note cards and put those out there too. I started a Facebook page to connect with my Etsy shop. Another friend saw the cards and...another sale!

I started going onto the Etsy site to check out other artists and joined a few teams, added people to my circle, shops to my favorites. I check out my shop stats and sometimes it is a little depressing to see that no one has checked out anything for days at a time, but then I get a notice that something I shared has been added to a treasury and site activity increases. I know it will increase the more things I add but I want to make sure that what I am creating is something worth listing. True, I am not going to get rich overnight but that is not really the point here. I love scrapbooking and I have found a way to do what I love, make a little money and hopefully share that good feeling and brighten someone's day. As my shop motto says, A smile is contagious, pass one around!

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  • Janet Miles

    Owner, Maker

    Hi! I am a wife and mom to a wonderful husband and three great kids. I worked as a medical receptionist/office manager for 25+ years and then started a home-based transcription/secretarial business. I have loved scrapbooking since I was a teen.

Shop policies

Last updated on December 18, 2012
Welcome to my Etsy shop. I believe that a smile can brighten your day and make you feel better when things are not going quite right. I also believe that we should hold our family and friends close to us. I love making handcrafted items to keep family traditions alive and help keep the good times we share close to our hearts.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
Paypal or direct payment accepted.
Shipping
Most items will be shipped within 48 hours of receipt of payment. Custom orders may take longer because of the time needed to complete the job. Any delay in shipping will be communicated via email.
Refunds and Exchanges
The Avon collectibles are over 30 years old and the boxes may be worn. Most of the pieces are in great shape. If you get an Avon piece and it is not what you were expecting, I will refund purchase price but not shipping charges.
Additional policies and FAQs
Request custom orders! I would be happy to make a one of a kind album for your special needs. Send me a message!