Erum Munir: I am the person behind Scraps. It is a one person team dedicated to bringing you good quality, unique products that are not available elsewhere in the market.
I also run a group of women entrepreneurs by the name of ElanWS where we have meetups, workshops and exhibitions to promote women entrepreneurs. For the same purpose, I have also put up a directory of small businesses at ElanWS.com. ElanWS was the first online group on Facebook for women entrepreneurs in Pakistan and was established in 2011.
I am also a weaver and have another website for my weaving products at iWeaveArt.com.
Guess who designed this website? Yes, I am also a website designer. If you wish to get a website like this made, please feel free to contact me.
How, When, Where and Why?
I have always been into arts and crafts. Before I got into paper crafting, I was making Polymer Clay jewelry at a time when hardly anyone had even heard of the material in Pakistan. Sadly because of this reason it was also hard to get. So I decided to wrap up that hobby and sell all my supplies.
It was at this time that I was offered the opportunity to exhibit at a small exhibition by Varah where she was going to be selling her papercrafting products. I jumped at the chance. I had been seeing people make lovely albums and cards and wishing I could make such stuff, too. So you can imagine this was paper crafting heaven for me, being surrounded by beautiful paper packs and other products. It was here that I first saw a demo of a die cutting machine. It was a cuttlebug from what I remember.
Suffice to say, I went home and Googled the heck out of paper crafting products. I was lucky. I had a US trip coming up and could bring back products in bulk. Although this meant a big investment, it also meant I would save a lot in shipping. I came back loaded with a die cutting machine and hoards or paper pads.
Change is Imperative
The thing about any craft is that unless and until you actually try it, you won’t know if you love it or not. Although I had thought I would be making albums like crazy, I realized pretty soon that it was cards that I loved making, far more than albums or mixed media. Hence, a lot of products had to go as they no longer fit my style or needs.
I purchased new products like stamps and dies for cardmaking .
Not to say I didn’t go back to album making. I found some amazing companies that make awesome paper pads which are perfect for albums. I bought paper pads from Bo Bunny, We R Memory Keepers, Bella Boulevard, Echo Park, among others. Went through my phase of making 6×6″ albums and 4×8″ waterfall albums.
I had thought I would love mixed media but it just wasn’t my thing. So you have to explore and see what you love doing and what you don’t. It takes time to develop your style and figure things out.
And like I said one grows over time. After a few years, I purchased an electronic cutter which is why I have been able to come up with our rustic wall hangings which would not have been possible without it.
I also upgraded my manual die cutting machine to an electronic one which has been a game changer and has allowed me to come up with our cardmaking kits.