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The Gift that Keeps on Giving: Investing in Your Dreams


I used to be an avid scrapbooker. I had a plethora of scrapbook papers, stickers, die-cuts and more embellishments than I had room to store. One crisp fall night, I curled up in my bed and watched a Christmas segment on QVC. This particular segment featured items for a Crafty Christmas. It was filled with holiday card making kits, scrapbooking page layouts, the new Martha Stewart line…. You name it! I completely resisted the urge to shop until they showed it- THE CRICUT! Yes, THE CRICUT completely changed the world of scrapbooking as we knew it… And all I knew was that I had to HAVE IT!

Well, that wasn’t quite all….. I also knew that $399.00 for the cutting machine and $50-$100 for the cartridges greatly surpassed my budget. However, my birthday and Christmas were fast approaching and I knew exactly what I wanted/needed/could not live without and so I added it to my wish list. My {now} husband purchased the cutting machine and his parents purchased the cartridges. Within weeks of receiving it, I began to monogram items to sell.

Facebook is an excellent free marketing tool and so I decided to post photos of my creations on my page. In less than one month I made over $5,000. I turned a $500 investment into a $5000.00 profit. I stumbled upon a very important lesson during that time…

“Investing in your dreams is one of the greatest gifts you can ever give or receive.”

I haven’t scrapbooked in over 5 years, however, 10 years later my cricut is still yielding a return. As the holiday season nears, consider investing in gifts that will yield a return long after breaking even. Now is the perfect time to opt for table linens over long lines, chivalry chairs over cute clothes or blinged out centerpieces over basic boots. Making these choices will enable you experience both rapid inventory growth and financial gain.

Cheers to investing in your dreams!