Once upon a time...
Like most girls in my town, I was a scout. It was cool. Badges were fun. But have you looked closely at those badges now that you're big? They're weird. They're like the precursor to web icons, but they're low-fi, and so it's really hard to tell, sometimes, what they represent. This all started when I was poking around online and found the "reptiles" badge. To me, it looked like a turtle on a high wire. Why is that turtle tightrope walking? That's not safe at any speed!
As I looked around a bit more, I realized I could rewrite the narrative of many of these badges. And so the idea for Snarky Scouts was born.
I've got several specific ideas, and I've begun to make these as quality, letterpressed prints - each with a real badge in the middle. I also hope to screen print a few snarky badged personal items, like neckties and zip wallets. Maybe even pencil cases for crafty bastards. Speaking of, my first goal for this project is to make enough of these that I can have my own booth this year at the Crafty Bastards fair in Washington DC this September. One of my long-standing dreams has been to be crafty enough and bastardly enough for that amazing show, and I'm happy to share that I've been accepted to be a vendor there this fall!
Got my back?
But to do this, I'll need your help! I need funds to ramp up production for Crafty Bastards. Specifically, the money you help me raise will pay for:
- Photopolymer plates
- Studio rental
- Fancy-pants paper
- Equipment to set up my own home studio - on the cheap
- Fabric and notions (ex. zippers) for the accessories
- Domain name hosting
- Web site template
Badges! Real, vintage badges!
These ain't cheap, and they're not available in bulk. I'll buy many more of these from eBay and Etsy, and they will cost anywhere between $2 - $7 per badge.
And finally, Crafty Bastards booth costs
- Application fee ($20)
- Booth fee ($400)
- Signs, tags, tablecloths, banner
- Business cards
So, in addition to my extra-exuberant thanks, your pledges can earn you some awesome snarky stuff, including the extra special one-time limited edition badges just for Kickstarter backers! Be a Kickstarter Hero!
There's more where that came from
Here are more of the badges I will make and sell at Crafty Bastards (and later, on Etsy):
And these are some mock-ups of my early thoughts on accessories. Colors, shapes, and sizes will change. This is just to give you an idea of what I'm thinking:
I'd love your thoughts on the accessories! Is there some kind of object that really needs a badge? Let me know and I'll try to design it!
In short, this is a side project that I hope to turn into a side business even beyond Crafty Bastards - and you can help me by backing this project.
Risks and challenges
I already have the skills to make quality letterpress prints and screen printed items, and I have access to a letterpress studio. So that part isn't a concern for me.
The biggest challenge will be to find enough of the Girl Scout badges. Since these are items that are vintage and usually retired from active use by scouts, I am subject to what I can find on eBay and Etsy. There is a finite supply. That said, I've already started purchasing the ones I'll need, and I haven't had a problem thus far.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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