Meet Katie, of "Katie's Creations"

September 08, 2016

When I was thinking about signing up to do TREP$, I thought, “Sure, why not?” I didn’t know what was ahead of me. After a few weeks doing the workshops, however, I had my products all ready to sell and was ready for the Marketplace. This is my story.

I always knew I wanted to do something that involved my artwork but I wasn’t sure exactly what to do. After thinking for a while and getting input from people I know who love my drawings, I came up with an idea of what to sell. I decided to sell “Inside Out” greeting and note cards (best movie ever!) along with some framed artwork.
My business was called Katie’s Creations. I drew a really cool logo and I had a sign at my table that said: All drawn by the (a traced picture of my hand) of Katie Scala. I was very proud of that sign and my table.

As I said earlier, I sold cards and frames. For the Inside Out cards, I drew the five emotions from the movie (if you have no idea what Inside Out is, I suggest watch the movie!) My aunt is an artist and she gave me great pointers about coloring and shading in my drawings. My dad helped me make copies of them and put them on cards. For some of the cards, my mom helped me figure out how to put quotes next to the drawings.

Looking at the drawings, even I was shocked how they came out. They looked really good!!

For the framed artwork, we found wood frames and I drew pictures to fit inside of them. I also decorated the frames to go with the picture.

At the TREP$ Marketplace, at first I was nervous. Then I got so many compliments on my work. That made me feel happy to know so many people liked my drawings. At the end of the night, I almost sold out of frames!
Near the end of the evening, I got to go around and see what the other fifth and sixth graders were doing. I saw some really cool products. I think the night worked out very well for everyone.
When the Marketplace was over, for some reason I felt overwhelmed. I don’t remember why, though. When I got home, I counted up all my money and my mood changed. I got so much!
I’m glad I participated in TREP$. I was relieved when it was over, though, because it was a lot of work- but I still had fun. I’ll always remember my TREP$ experience.

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