10.21.2008

Let's Dish with Heidi Boos of HB Creative Design

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LET'S DISH


Heidi is a wife and mother of two adorable kidlets, a "stay at home mom" and the owner of HB Creative Design , a company specializing in photo card announcements for special occasions. HCO (that's me!) had a chance to ask her a few questions. Be inspired!

1. Tell us about yourself and your family.

I am a former teacher, organized fanatic, and creativity junkie! I love to scrapbook, make cards, decorate my home, spend time with my friends and family, take pictures, try new recipes,and bless others as often as I can. I am currently a stay-at-home mom to my two children, Mikayla who is 2 ½ years old,and Austin, who just turned 1 year. I have been married to my husband, Ryan, for 5 years this coming December and we live in a quaint little town south of Portland, Oregon, just a few miles from where I grew up.


2. How did HB Creative Design come about? Tell us a little about your business.

I started HB Creative Design a little over a year ago after realizing that I would love to have some sort of creative outlet while staying at home with my two children. I am in the stage of life where many of my friends and family are having babies
and I love the look of photo card baby announcements that have recently become so popular in the last few years. After my husband shared with me that we actually had a program on our computer where I could make my own, I began to learn the tricks of the trade and I was hooked! I really started becoming serious with creating photo cards for my friends and family right before my son was born. At that time, I was creating mostly baby announcements (my favorite!). Now I have created holiday cards, birthday invites, and even some moving announcements. Most of my business has come from word of mouth. I started my blog as a way for others to checkout my creations in hopes that they may want to use me to create something for them, as well as for a creative outlet for all of the other fun things I try to create! I still keep consistently busy with my photo card business, but I have also enjoyed using my blog as a way for me to keep motivated to try new and crafty things!

2a. What has been the most challenging obstacle where your business is concerned?

I find it difficult to work on the cards during the day because it requires me to concentrate, and with two little ones who seem to always want their mommy to play with them, it’s not easy to find that time. My night times can stretch out pretty long when I’m working on a couple cards at a time, especially when you consider the fact that I am a perfectionist by nature. Another obstacle I have found is that there are so many photo card businesses out there and trying to compete with the variety of designs they have to offer and the access they have to true designers, it’s just not possible to be a competitor. I try not to get discouraged about the overwhelming number of photo card businesses and instead,I just try to remind myself that I’m not in it to “make it big”, I just love designing and creating, so this is what keeps that hunger going. I would love to possibly go back to school one day for graphic design, and then use that experience to help grow my small business that I have started.


3. As a parent, what are some ways you foster creativity/activity in your children?

I am a creative girl at heart, so I want my children to use their imagination to create and be inspired whenever they can. God has blessed them with creative minds and I want to be an encourager to them to do use that creativity, no matter how big or small. Now that my oldest is getting into the age of being able to do more crafty things, I would like to offer this more to her throughout the day and on a regular basis. Honestly, I’m not a big fan of messes, so sometimes it’s a stretch for me to go outside the box of crayons and paper in fear of the mess it might make,but now that I know she can handle more things I look forward to getting a little bit more creative. I’m excited that my teaching background has given me lots of ideas to explore with my children as they are coming into that age. We just try to play and have fun and expose the kids to activities that will stretch their imagination and give them the opportunity to create.

4. Every week you participate in Tackle It Tuesday. While you are not the originator of this series ( see 5 Minutes for Mom), I am impressed with your mad organizing skillz and tenacity in making it happen. Any advice for us more organizationally challenged?

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

I’m always up for a challenge, so participating in Tackle it Tuesday is never a chore for me. I love a “before and after” and the feeling of success that comes from that. There is always something little that needs to be done around my house or on my list of things to do, and if I can just take 15 minutes (and oftentimes a little more)
to do it, then I know I can make a little change and some progress towards the goal. My advice with being organized is to do something small a little bit at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to work on an entire room. Just focus on a corner, closet, or cupboard. Eventually you’ll get it looking the way you want it to! It’s OK to move things around and use things in different places. That’s one thing I love about organizing is that I am always shifting things around and using different organizational tools in different places. I just keep working at it until I get it the way I want it to look!

5. Do you have any special traditions as a family?

We’re still a pretty young family, so we’re in the beginning stages of creating traditions together. We love the holiday times and the traditional activities that go along with that. Now that our oldest is a little more aware of things, we want to make this
Christmas season a little bit more Christ-centered and add in the special touches of Jesus’ birth. Implementing a weekly game night and monthly themed movie night are some things I look forward to as the kids get older. No matter what, we want our children to feel special and loved, so to set aside those times to just be together is something my husband and I will always strive for.

Stop by HB Creative Design at check out Heidi's work. She's super talented and she inspires me with her "can do" attitude! She also has a personal blog: Blue-Eyed Blessings where she blogs about life as a wife and mother of two!

2 comments:

  1. Themed movie nights with kids sounds so great. I could get into that(and go a little crazy)!

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  2. Great interview,and such a small world!

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