Shop Around the Corner is a twice-monthly series where I share a variety of fan-tas-tic small business owners that I think you’d really dig. It’s very important to me to share the love with fellow small business folks – the welcoming community of entrepreneurs I’ve met is quite strong, and there is so much incredible talent out there! I look forward to introducing you to great photographers, designers, shop owners…the list goes on and on!
When I began this series, I didn’t realize how many fun folks I’ve met over the years are running their own businesses. It’s amazing! I love getting to show off businesses that I’ve just found, as well as those run by friends.
I met Lacy in our freshman biology lab at Tennessee Tech – who knew we’d both be working in the creative field (and not in a scientific one – joke!) all these years later? I’ve enjoyed watching her business grow, and I think her idea of making scrapbooking simple is SO smart…and very, very cute!
Tell us about your business!
These Small Hours seeks to provide interesting, useful and straightforward mini-scrapbook kits so my customers can easily and simply create their very own treasure-trove of memories.
These Small Hours was named after a line from Rob Thomas’ song, “Little Wonders,” a favorite (still!) song of mine that I listened to over and over when I was pregnant with my first daughter.
“Our lives are made in these small hours, these little wonders, these twists & turns of fate. Time falls away, but these small hours, these little wonders still remain.”
When I became a parent, I realized how much of my life was made up of precious, small hours that were so beautiful, but fleeting. I wanted to capture every small detail of our simple life. I began making small-scale scrapbooks – commonly called “mini albums” or “minibooks” in the scrapbook world – to fill up all those meaningful little details of our life. And I loved it!
What made you decide to open your shop?
I opened These Small Hours in 2011 when I realized I kept making more empty minibooks than I could ever possibly fill. After I had made & given away many, many minibook kits to friends & family (eek!), I opened a shop on Etsy to sell the rest. I love this simple form of memory-keeping, and I wanted to share it with others! I really believe anyone who has the desire can make a completed minibook without feeling bogged down with how to use embellishments. With my shop, I’ve sought to provide a simple, ready-to-fill minibook so that all you have to do is add your precious photos + words and embellish to your liking.
Where do you find inspiration?
Patterned papers—they’re the base of the minibooks! If I stumble on some paper I love, I instantly see it as a minibook. I also find inspiration from children’s books (with three girls 5 & under, we read a lot of books!!), photography, and decorating blogs.
Favorite item that you sell?
I love to make & sell (& fill!) minibooks with the chunky book covers. So fun to go back and look through the chunky little books!
Any advice for those just starting out?
Stay true to yourself. Seek to provide a product that you can be proud of & that you would purchase yourself. Be honest. Seek to have integrity in all things. Realize you are more than your product; if it flops or doesn’t sell, your intrinsic value and worth as a person doesn’t change.
Three words to describe you/your life.
Giggly (I have three daughters!), full, and simple.
Story or moment in business that was memorable/impactful?
When I sold the five minibooks I originally listed. I had only ever given minibooks as gifts, so when my shop sold those first five I made—it was thrilling! I still grin like a fool whenever I sell a minibook. The excitement hasn’t worn off. : )
Favorite tv show: My husband Rust & I have loved Lost, The Office, and we are now enjoying Bones and White Collar.
Favorite ice cream flavor: Chocolate!
Favorite vacation spot: My husband & I love to getaway to cabin in the mountains in the fall.
Favorite way to spend a Saturday afternoon: At home, with Rust & our girls – we love to take walks, grill, work on house projects, have friends over, & just be together. We watch a lot of mini dance performances in our living room, too. : )
Favorite part of running your business: I love that the shop is a “get to” and not a “have to” kind of business, and that it is an overflow of a hobby I am passionate about. I am thankful I have time now to give to the shop (and memory-keeping), but my husband and daughters will always come first.
Thank you so much, Lacy! Be sure to check out her sweet scrapbooks in her Etsy shop here!