The Story So Far (and Plans for the Future)

Hi guys, my name is Deb, welcome to my first ever blog post. I thought I would take this opportunity to tell you a little about myself and my business and where I am planning to go with all this. 

While my business BEEutiful Crafts and this blog are all shiny and new, they are the result of months of hard work and a lifetime of stationary addiction and self-reflection. So, let’s take a look at where it all started. 

Where It All Began 

For as long as I can remember I have been madly obsessed with stationary. I always wanted the new pens I found, the cute notebooks, the amazing sticky notes and bright markers. I remember in high school I had the biggest pencil case I could find, and it was still stuffed so full it could barely zip up! Since then not much has changed in that department. I went to university and became a primary school teacher which gave me a great excuse to buy all the cool stationary I wanted… teaching didn’t work out for me, but it did give me a great supply of stuff to write, draw and create with.  

After leaving teaching and doing various dead-end jobs I found myself at 40ish years of age, still obsessed with stationary and struggling with my mental health. My head was full of so many thoughts, regrets, wishes, ideas and self-doubts. I couldn’t continue down that road for much longer, I had to get myself sorted. 

I had spent a lot of my life working on self-reflection and self-awareness so I knew what was happening and what my issues were and even though I had come a long way in my personal growth journey I needed to find some news tools to continue my growth and sort out all the jumble in my brain. That is when I discovered Bullet Journaling. 

My Bullet Journal Journey 

I have always journaled but mostly just used it as a brain dump to get all my thoughts and frustrations out of my head for a little while. One day I decided to do a google search to find a better way of doing it, there had to be something more useful than my notebooks full of pages and pages of ramblings. That was when I discovered bullet journaling. I had heard the term before but hadn’t really given it much thought or looked into it at all. As far I knew it was some fancy way to plan and full of complex drawings and seemed very time consuming, I didn’t have time for that. 

I decided I would have a little look and see what this bullet journal thing was about though, honestly, because I like the pretty pictures and stickers I saw. I came across a post by Masha Plans called The Ultimate Guide To Bullet Journal For Beginners. It was the turning point. I realised I could get my life organised, my head organised, keep track of all the things I had been forgetting and get to reconnect with my creative side all at the same time!! From there I went down the wormhole, I read and read and watched videos and I knew I wanted to do this thing, it was like a spark inside me lit up. 

So I went and bought some supplies, because obviously the huge amount of stationary  I already had wasn’t enough, or maybe it was just a good excuse to justify the purchase to myself (you really don’t need to buy lots of special stuff to start) and I started bullet journaling.  

I loved it, I created pages for all sorts of things, I was getting organised and using my time better and best of all I was getting on top of my mental health issues. I started sharing what I was doing with my friends and then on Instagram and Facebook and that was the real beginning of what has grown to be my business and this blog. 

BEEutiful Crafts is Born 

I started out sharing on my personal pages but after a while I thought I should create separate pages so I didn’t drive all my friends nuts, and the ones who wanted to see it could follow my other pages. Interest grew and I was loving doing it, but I knew there was something more I wanted to do with it, I just wasn’t sure what. 

One afternoon I was having a coffee with a friend and talking to her about how I needed to find a way to do something I love and make money at the same time. It was one of those light bulb moments, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought it before! One of my biggest frustrations as a bullet journaler was that I couldn’t get the awesome supplies that I was seeing people use and recommend, here in Australia, and if I could get them the international shipping made them very expensive and they took weeks to arrive. So why couldn’t I set up a shop to supply all those things here for my fellow Australians and ease all our frustrations. The shop idea was born and after lots of long days and nights working hard BEEutiful Crafts was born. 

I created the shop with the sole intention of bringing great bullet journal and craft supplies, including stationary of course, to Australia and to provide an affordable easy option for other Australians to buy them. I have done that, and I am constantly sourcing new products for you all to enjoy. It is a lot of work, but I love doing it. So, thank you for being here and I hope you enjoy what I have for you. 

The Future of BEEutiful Crafts 

I have so many big plans for this business but sadly I can’t do them all at once so you will have to be patient in waiting for more exciting things. 

I am currently working on bringing you some exclusive washi tapes and stickers designed by me. I am excited and love the designs, I hope you guys will when it gets here too (I will make sure to let you all know via email so make sure you subscribe). 

Another thing that I will be bringing you down the track are subscription boxes. You can once again thank Masha Plans for this one. She was using some amazing washi and stickers in so many of her spreads and she said she had got them in a subscription box she was getting while in the US. So, I went and found the site to order this amazing sub box, but with the exchange rates and international shipping it was very expensive. I was so disappointed, and I looked all over the internet for something similar in Australia but there just wasn’t anything that compared. So, I have decided this is another thing I need to bring to you all so you can sample some amazing products each month and enjoy the excitement of getting that monthly happy mail. 

There are many ideas in my mind, too many to share here, so please check back in for updates regularly. If you want to stay updated on all things BEEutiful Crafts including news and special offers, subscribe to our email list here

If you have any requests for things you would like to see in the shop or blogs you would like to read please either drop me a message from my page or leave a comment here. 

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