How did you get started with your business? How long have you been in business?
At the time I discovered scrapbooking and scrapbooking magazines I was writing and submitting short fiction. Submitting the scrapbook pages I was making to magazines seemed a natural step. When I was asked to join the first (and unfortunately only) creative team for Scrapbook Answers magazine I also had the opportunity to pitch and write articles. Over the years, I wrote for Memory Makers magazine, and I authored the book Get It Scrapped for F + W Publications. I wanted to write so much more than the magazines wanted to publish, and so I started online teaching at Get It Scrapped as a way to “self-publish.” The Get It Scrapped classroom opened 5 years ago, in April 2008.
What is your favorite thing about being an entrepreneur?
I love that with an internet business, I can come up with an idea and make it happen–quite quickly. The time from conception to first sale at my membership site, Masterful Scrapbook Design, was about 2 weeks. We’ve now published 30 issues over 32 months, and with each new year we modify the ways in which we deliver our online magazine as technology changes.
Where are you located? What’s your favorite thing about the city you live in?
I live in Seacoast New Hampshire, in a university town 30 minutes from the ocean. I’ve been here since I got my MBA in 1992 and have experienced the town as a student, a parent, the wife of a town politician and professor, and yet this town continues to mystify — or maybe elude–me. What I do love about this place are the few dear friends I have, the flow of students through our lives, and the river behind our house.
What inspires you?
Scrapbookers and experimenting with composition inspires me. Masterful Scrapbook Design is built around exploring the work of experienced designers, and I love that, every month, I get to talk to them about how they’re scrapbooking right now.
What goodies are on your wish list?
I keep meaning to explore Photojojo.com and try out some new gadget for my iphone camera–I’m not sure exactly what . . . but something that helps me get new, and hopefully fun, results.
Tell us something new that is happening with your business:
I’ve recently launched a new series of low-cost, high-action classes. In Scrapbook Coach you work one page shape multiple times, with variations in product and patterned paper choices, number of photos, and title and embellishment treatments. Check out a free lesson at GetItScrapped.com/ScrapbookCoach.
Debbie Hodge loves playing board games with her sons, doing puzzles, digital scrapbooking and working on classes and her websites. Her husband and sons are great sounding boards for business ideas and challenges. While her favorite place to visit is her childhood home in upstate NY, her youngest son is yearning for travel and pushing Debbie quickly out of her comfort zone.
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