Last week, I had a wonderful time with my family in Japan. I promise to share with you snippets from my trip in another blog post. We will also share tips on how to get around Japan with a Toddler with you. Speaking of toddlers, it will be one week to go before Zeeka goes back to school. I’m sad, but at the same time relieved since I’ve been constantly looking for activities for her.

For this week, I’m featuring a young entrepreneur. She has a business for kids who want to practice art and for parents who want to teach their kids creativity!

Anna Cristina L. Ignacio, also known as Teacher Anna to her students. She’s 26 years old, single, and love to travel. She graduated from UP Diliman with a Fine Arts degree in Industrial Design. She’s been teaching art in various preschools in Metro Manila for the past 7 years, helping kids of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds discover and hone their creative talents.

In 2015, after completing the course on Program and Project Management in Tokyo, Japan, she was awarded the Honor Certificate of International P2M Practitioner by the Project Management Association of Japan. She’s currently the Head Art Teacher for a Likhang Bata Creativity Center, and Chief Creative Director of Kiddie Art Kart. She is a strong advocate of creative self-expression, which she believe is very important to a child’s positive development.

She comes from a family of 6 – 3 older brothers with her being the only girl and the youngest.

Their family loves to travel and exploring places together, and they also have high appreciation for the arts. She have a very supportive family who helps her with all the marketing efforts for Kiddie Art Kart, and they are always present in all of her events.

Kiddie Art Kart’s Story

Ginger: What is your Startup/brand/business? What is it about? How long have you been in business?

Teacher Anna: Kiddie Art Kart is a traveling art room that brings arts and crafts activities to parties, family gatherings, kiddie events, and play dates. We set up an art station and facilitate art activities to kiddie guests. Currently, I have a team of 6 experienced preschool teachers, which we call Creativity Coaches, and a resident Psychologist who guides us in our curriculum development. Kiddie Art Kart creates a positive, encouraging, and nurturing environment so no kid is left behind. Our projects are designed using the principles of creative self-expression and art therapy to help children in the discovery of their creative intelligence. We also incorporate the different developmental skills in each activity so not only do they get to create art, but they also learn something through creative education. We have been in business since November 2016.

Ginger: Who is your target market? Why did you choose this market? Can you give us the insight behind this market?

Teacher Anna: Our target market is AB class parents with children aged 3-15

 

Ginger: How did you come up with this idea? What made you decide to start this kind of business?

Teacher Anna: Being an art teacher, a lot of my students would often ask me if I can do art activities for them in their parties. Most of the time, parents would like their children to do activities with their friends in the comfort of their homes and not having to go through Manila traffic. Since I love to travel, and I love doing art with children, I came up with a traveling art room wherein we are the ones who go to you and we set up everything at your own chosen venue.

Ginger: Were there any obstacles that you faced when you decided to pursue becoming an Entrepreneur? What are these?

Teacher Anna: Having no background in business, it was a struggle to start one. I had to do the concept development, inventory, accounting, and research alone. Putting up the capital was also one of my worries. Good thing my family is so supportive of my passion and they were always there to guide me and save me when I was feeling stuck.

Ginger: What are the greatest challenges in putting up and maintaining a business in your country?

Teacher Anna: The greatest challenge for me in putting up my own business was giving up my full time job as an art teacher. It was a risky move and a huge sacrifice because that means I will no longer have a stable income. Aside from that, I became fearful of the unknown. So many questions like “will people avail of my services?” or “will they like the projects we offer?” or “is this a long-term business?” kept popping up in my head. But I learned to just believe in my concept and work my best to put it up. It was a great factor that I love what I am doing and I enjoy it, and I can only hope that other parents will see it and I’ll be able to share with them and their children the same love and passion I have for art.

Ginger: What are three traits that you think an Entrepreneur/Startup Founder should have when starting their own business?

Teacher Anna: Commitment – There’s this quote I heard which says “Entrepreneurs are the only people who will work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40 hours a week.” Being an entrepreneur needs a lot of commitment because if you want to succeed in your business, you have to do everything yourself and not ask someone else to do it for you. It’s okay to get help from other people, but at the end of the day, it’s ultimately up to you to control your own success.

Being able to accept constructive criticism – I believe that in every business, you always have to see it from the point of view of the client or customer. What may seem great to me may not seem great on the other end. I appreciate hearing feedback because that is one way of knowing the needs and wants of my client so I will be able to improve my services and give the best experience to new and returning clients. I also do meetings with my team of teachers and ask them about the good points and points for improvement. As the boss, I may be overlooking something and might be expecting so much from them that it makes them uncomfortable or less motivated. So I also like hearing their side and take them into consideration.

Believe in your product/service – This is very important because how can you expect other people to buy your product or avail your service if you yourself are not confident that it is effective. You have to back it up and be able to defend it 100% but also make sure that you can deliver. I wouldn’t recommend going into anything that does not align with your own values, beliefs, and practices because if something goes wrong, you won’t be able to save it.

Ginger: Unforgettable moments or lessons that you learned as an Entrepreneur/Startup Founder

Teacher Anna: Everything is a learning process and no one has it easy from day one. It is constant work and you have to be patient. I learned to stop and take a breather when I feel like something is not going the way I want it to be so I can bounce back better and think clearer. I also learned to not make decisions based on emotions because feelings come and go, but the damages you make when you do emotional decisions are there forever.

Ginger: What advice can you give to other Entrepreneurs?

Teacher Anna: Don’t get easily discouraged. Take negative comments and turn it into positive ones. Not everyone will like what you have to offer, but there is always someone else who will.

Ginger: Do you believe that everyone should become entrepreneurs?

Teacher Anna: I believe anyone can be an entrepreneur, but it takes a lot of courage to finally decide to be one.

Ginger: What are ways that you can do to raise capital?

Teacher Anna: Savings from job income, De-clutter and sell items that other people can use. A garage sale is a good way to do this. Look for investors and sacrifice the wants, and only spend for the needs.

Ginger: How do you market your products? Growth strategy?

Teacher Anna: We do a lot of online marketing on Facebook and Instagram. We also attend or join expos and events. We build connections with other entrepreneurs and this is very helpful when you want to collaborate on certain projects that will be beneficial to both businesses. We also build relationships with parents and children to get them to keep coming back. We send monthly newsletters to our subscribers to keep the updated with our events.

Ginger: What are tech tools that you use for your business?

Teacher Anna: Microsoft Excel, Afterlight photo editing app, Mailchimp for sending newsletters to subscribers, Facebook and Instagram, Trello for organizing tasks and to-do lists

Ginger: Other things that you want to mention which you think are important

Teacher Anna: Kiddie Art Kart believes in the benefits of creative education and creative self-expression. We do not impose on the children and we give them full freedom to do art with the guidance of our creativity coaches. We build an environment that is encouraging to all children so they become more confident within themselves.

Ginger: Thank you, teacher Anna, for sharing with us your entrepreneurial journey! For those who want to learn more about Kiddie Art Kart, please see the contact numbers below.

For Contact information:

Website: www.kiddieartkart.com

Email address: hello@kiddieartkart.com

Mobile Number: 09178610022

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/kiddieartkart

Instagram account: @kiddieartkart

Youtube account: www.youtube.com/kiddieartkart

We are having the Win in Life workshop this week and since I’m the “dakilang tagabantay” (which I am very grateful for because these times are actually my down time), I’m surfing the net and reading stuff. I came across this article and these amazing works of art of other people: http://www.boredpanda.com/paper-art-2/ Don’t you think these are just amazing. One type of art that I would like to learn more about is Paper Cutting. Check out some of these works of art from these links that inspired me: MadebyJulene.com and DesignSponge.com

Memory Crafters and Artsy Cutsy will be having a paper cutting workshop on August 1 from 10AM to 1PM at 100 Miles Cafe at the Fort Strip in BGC. Learn different ways on how to intricately create your own Paper cut masterpieces with Joanna Dela Pena of Artsy Cutsy!

Paper Cutting Workshop

 

Here are some sample works!

Paper Cutting 1

Paper Cutting 2

Paper Cutting 3

This will be the Workshop Flow:

– Introduction to Paper Cutting
– Brief History of Paper Cutting
– Knowing the different styles and kinds of Paper Cutting
– Quick run-through of the tools needed inside the workshop kit
– Learn the proper hand positioning
– Essential Tips & Tricks in Paper Cutting
– Work on practice sheets
– Basic Activity (with tracing guide)
– Demo with Joanna
– Create Final Project

All the participants will also get this fabulous kit!

Paper Cutting Workshop kit

 
Sign up here: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/paper-cutting-101
Workshop fee:
Early Bird Rate: P 1500 (First 10 registrants paid on or before July 25, 2015) – Hurry and avail of this rate!
Regular Rate: P 1800

Workshop Learning Fee is inclusive of Paper Cutting workshop kit, Certificate, Workshop Module, Food & Drink, and Freebies from our dearest sponsors!

Venue will be at 100 Miles Cafe at the Fort Strip, BGC. It’s at the 2nd Floor of the building of Whistlestop.

Map to the venue: https://plus.google.com/106851964413730207023/about?gl=ph&hl=en

I super love this stamp that I bought from Bee Happy!

Cute Stamp!

Cute Stamp!

I love the stuff from Bee Happy because they really have unique and one of a kind things in this store. I also love partnering with Ruby for the projects of Manila Workshops. It’s not a surprise that her business is booming since she is such a supportive, easy-to-talk-to and generous lady. I’m glad that I got the chance to talk to her and interview her this month of June about her business.

Interview with Mompreneur Ruby Quintal of Bee Happy

Mompreneur Ruby

Mompreneur Ruby

Mommy Ruby of Bee Happy

Mommy Ruby of Bee Happy

Ginger: Hi Ruby! Can you please tell our readers a little bit about yourself?
Ruby: I’m Ruby, wife of JB and mom of Robyn. I’m a licensed real estate broker and real estate appraiser. I’m also the woman behind Bee Happy Craft and Party Supplies. Crafting was my first love. I’ve been creating stuff ever since I was in grade school. I’d use whatever was available, from NBA cards to liquid bleach to empty soda bottles, to create my projects. I am weird for a female. I can relate more with guys (except for crafts) because I like playing basketball, Magic the Gathering Cards and just recently, Hearthstone. I hate shopping and doing household chores. Haha!

To become an entrepreneur has always been my main career goal because I’ve always wanted to have control over my time. After college, I worked for a year abroad as an International Business Executive for a multinational company. When I decided to come back here, I focused all my time and resources on becoming an entrepreneur. I’ve had several endeavors before Bee Happy.

Ginger: Interesting story, mommy Ruby! So can you tell us more about Bee Happy Craft and Party Supplies?
Ruby: The brand is Bee Happy Crafts. We sell craft, party and DIY supplies. We’ve been in the business for almost 2 years.

Ginger: Who is your target market?
Ruby: Our market are women of all ages who love crafts and DIY projects.

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Ginger: How did you come up with this idea? What made you decide to start this kind of business?
Ruby: I was actually checking specs of phones and tablets when I discovered electronic cutters. For a paper crafter like me, it was like discovering fire. It opened the possibility to all sorts of craft projects. After researching for a month, I decided to buy an electronic cutter. More research led me to discover Etsy. There, I discovered the washi tape craze but I thought that the prices were crazy. When I found a washi manufacturer, I quickly spotted an opportunity to sell washi tapes in Etsy. I placed an initial order but when my stocks arrived, I got cold feet. So instead of selling in Etsy, I decided to try selling here in the Philippines. To my surprise, a lot of Filipinos are also crazy about washi tapes! I bought other craft supplies that I needed for my projects and tried to sell them too. Fortunately, the feedback was good.

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Ginger: yeah, a lot of Filipinos are crazy about washi tapes! I for one have a lot at home, which I save for special DIY projects that I would like to do in the future. Now, as a mompreneur, there are usually obstacles that we encounter. Were there any obstacles that you faced when you decided to pursue becoming a Mompreneur and what are these?
Ruby: The hardest thing to do was to balance my time between my family, board exams and Bee Happy. Good thing my husband and my mother were very supportive and understanding.

Ginger: Yes, that’s the thing. We, mompreneurs, need to realize that we cannot do everything on our own. Thank you to Daddy JB for being very supportive to Ruby. I ask this everytime. What are three traits that you think a Mompreneur should have when starting their own business?
Ruby: Passion, resourcefulness, determination

Ginger: Any unforgettable moments or lessons that you learned as a Mompreneur?
Ruby: It’s hard to succeed at something that you’re not passionate about.

Ginger: And last but not the least, what advice can you give to other Mompreneurs?
Ruby: Don’t be afraid to fail. Learn from your mistakes. Make sure that you’re happy with what you do. Never stop learning.

Ginger: Very well said, Mommy Ruby! Thank you so much for agreeing to be interviewed.

For those that are not familiar yet with Bee Happy Craft and Party Supplies, you may want to check them out. Here are the links below:

Bee Happy Craft and Party Supplies
Website: http://beehappyph.blogspot.com
Email address: beehappycrafts@yahoo.com
Mobile Number: Globe: 09175528441 Sun: 09339913049
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BeeHappyCrafts
Twitter account: BeeHappyPh
Pinterest: BeeHappyPh
Instagram: BeeHappyCrafts

PS. Please sign up for the Making Memories and Party Planning Workshop on June 28! Bee Happy is one of our sponsors!
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SIGN UP HERE!

I have always wanted to be more artsy and craftsy. I actually know how to sew by hand, to do cross stitch, to do embroidery and knit, but I only know the basics. I am very amazed at those who can really and I mean “REALLY” do it and create things with these skills. I also love scrapbooking. I started scrapbooking even before I met my husband. One of the gifts that I gave him before was a scrapbook of all our pictures.

Scrapbooks that I made

Scrapbooks that I made

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I love the idea of creating cutesy art pieces using craft materials, but i’m afraid that I’m not that artistic. I’ve seen the work of my friends, and you’d be amazed at how artistic they can be. Even my sister is far more creative than I am and she’s techy-er, too. But, I do realize the importance of including creativity into our lives. I think it makes us happier people! 🙂

As a mom, taking care of the children, doing errands for the house and work can get to you. You can do activities that help you relax and I’ve noticed that arts and crafts activities help me relax. These activities can even be a shared activity with your children. You can do arts and crafts projects together.

How Memory Crafters Started

My sister and I have fun organizing parties and creating concepts and making these concepts come to life. Memory Crafters started as an events coordination business, where we help you think of unique themes for your children and find ways to execute them through the help of suppliers.

Memory Crafters Super Hero Party

Memory Crafters Super Hero Party

Memory Crafters Super Hero Party decorations

Memory Crafters Super Hero Party decorations

Miss Sunshine Party Dessert Buffet

Miss Sunshine Party Dessert Buffet

Memory Crafters Little Miss Sunshine Party

Memory Crafters Little Miss Sunshine Party

Memory Crafters Little Miss Sunshine Party decorations

Memory Crafters Little Miss Sunshine Party decorations

But we had to put a halt to this business model since parties are normally done on Saturdays, and I had workshops to run under Manila Workshops on Saturdays (especially). Both of us were busy during weekends. We could only count the Saturdays when we did not have anything to do. We then thought of another business model. We both loved the idea of doing something that would promote crating and creativity. We thought of the many subscription boxes that are in the market right now, all concentrating on beauty products (my sister is a blogger from ManilaShopaholic.com so she gets to notice all of these). We then thought why not concentrate on  creating boxes for arts and crafts.

Our market is actually individuals who are 9 years old up (and by “up” meaning even those who are retirees who are looking for something to do) who love crafting or those who want to get into crafting, but don’t know where to start (non-crafters like me!). Our instructions are written by our business partner who is a former pre-school teacher, so she really knows how to make it simple and very easy to understand. Our activities are thought of by her and by another partner who is an interior designer. Both of them create the activities that we include in our box.

Our April box: Unveiled!

Our April box: Unveiled!

We really think of the activities that we can include in the box and we really make it special for each one of you! We see that our measurement of success is when we see that each customer is contented and wow-ed by each of the box that we send. We are excited for the next boxes, which are supported by different brand partners. If you are a brand that would like to partner with us, please email us at founders(at)memorycrafters.com.ph.

So hurry and SUBSCRIBE NOW by clicking on this link: SUBSCRIBE HERE

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And since a lot of moms are asking if they can order for their kids ages 2-8 years old, we will be launching Memory Crafters Junior this May.

MC Junior May

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What arts and crafts activity would you want us to have in our future boxes? Are there any themes you would like us to create activities for? What brands do you want to try out and use? Leave your comment below!