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Home is where the work is

11 May

As you can tell I’ve been MIA the last week or so…we were moving into our first (and brand new) home! Hooray for us!!! We had to wait for construction to be completed and so this move has been 9 month in the making… Yikes! I just counted that out! I’ll channel my father in law for a minute “You could have had my first grandchild in the same amount of time.”

Yeah, well…not just yet.

Along side the move came some other great things. First and foremost the business has officially been registered. Splendid Albums, or according to the Quebec business registry; Albums Splendides (alboom splendeed).

So how was it? Not too bad. I’ve gone through worse experiences in my life. To be quite honest, I asked the first lady who served me (in French) for the French version of the form so that I could copy in my information for the English version. Yes you read that right, they don’t accept English forms, it had to be filled in in French. This woman appeared as if I had just asked her to smell the contents of my husband’s hockey bag. She handed me the form and very curtly told me to sit, fill it out, and get a new number. All the while my best friend, who was also registering herself as a freelance photog, was served by the same one person and had to do exactly the same thing.

Finally, the second woman who helped me was very nice and even spoke to me in English, although I made the effort to speak to her in French.

So I’m registered and now I’m looking forward to unpacking and setting up an office in our new place. Something that will inspire creativity, induce emotions and will be a haven for all things albums. I’ve got a few ideas for decorating but it’s a little hard to get some vision at the moment when it’s currently a catch-all for everything we don’t know what to do with.

Step 1 – Unpack. Step 2 – ??. Step 3 – Success!

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Moving and Grooving

24 Apr

Dearest readers, I’m very excited to say that there are just a few sleeps left until I become an official business registrant. It’s amazing to think of back to when the idea for Splendid Albums started and how it came about. This is a story I really haven’t told and there’s no better time like the present.

It was November 2009. Wedding bliss was still in the air in our house. We had been married for nearly 4 months, our thank-you cards, still in their cellophane wrapping, stared up at us from the coffee table and talks of our upcoming, much needed, vacation to Mexico were frequent. Our parents had just started asking us about our wedding album…

What to do? I knew exactly the look I wanted – an album with nice paper quality, images printed on the pages, a beautiful cover and a modern layout to enhance the pictures and tell our wedding story.

My natural course of action was to go back to our photographers and price out their albums.

Now, let me preface my strategic moves by stating I’m where I am for a reason, starting this album business. Our photogs are amazing, extremely talented people and I have nothing but the utmost respect for them and the beautiful pictures that came out of our wedding day relationship. There is also no doubt in my mind that their end product of our wedding album would have been an astonishing piece of work. That said, though, after having paid for the wedding and purchased a new condo, you can imagine cash flow was limited. Their prices were a little too high for us…

Facing this dilemma, my mother made the suggestion that I make the album myself, that there are plenty of sites where I could do it on my own for really cheap.

I started thinking, it’s not a bad idea…Never mind that I’ve always had a creative eye for design and a personal passion for photography, I have had work experience in layouts and design.

Along the way in searching for just the right website where I could do it myself, because god knows I didn’t want a cheesy looking album layout with borders and photo treatments; I found nothing that satisfied me. All that’s out there for the DIYer are cheap finishing, basic covers, and a limited number of pages as well as basic paper.

I still wanted this to look like a professional wedding album.

Three months of market research later and here we are: My idea to make my own album has turned into a full-blown business that will offer professional album layouts for both digital images as well as prints that will be scanned and put together in the album style I offer.

I saw a need and I’m filling the void.

All this to say, the last thing I want is to have the perception that I’m stealing business from photographers.

I’m positioning Splendid Albums primarily to offer a service to make design albums for the end users, and also as a referral for photographers to use when they either don’t offer albums.

That stack of pictures you have sitting in the back corner of your closet that you’ve always wanted to get into an album… we’ll take care of scanning, laying-out, and binding (through trusted suppliers) and delivery.

And of course we’ll work with a client’s digitals!

Well that’s Splendid Albums in a nutshell! The next step is to register for a business number on Monday with the wonderful Quebec government. Wish me luck!

Dreaming of reality

18 Apr

I had dinner with my best friend last night and caught her up on the latest and greatest, specifically speaking of my business venture in album making.

My current status has me trying to figure out the ins and outs of the Quebec government and how to officially register the business.

That said, my best friend, who is a freelance photographer, has been putting off registering herself as a business. My ambitious go-getter attitude has her thinking that there’s no better time like the present to get herself officially registered as a business in Quebec, too.

It’s a date! Next Monday, Apr. 26, we’re heading down to the Regis des Entrepreneurs to register our businesses. Things are sometimes better done in pairs and much more fun when you have the support of a close friend to help navigate through the fog of second-language legal jargon.

I have found a great resource on about.com that really broke down what tiers of businesses are available. I have heard though, that all the forms will have to be filled out in French. Not so sure how comfortable I feel about that… especially since this is a huge commitment and not just a restaurant survey.

Stay tuned…