So, this week I started a YouTube channel and so far I am really enjoying producing videos for it.
The online scrapbooking community has been such a positive place for me and I love playing my part within it.
I had my doubts about how I would go about making videos, if it would cost me any money, were my layouts going to match up to the many fabulous ones already out there, would anyone watch my content?
I thought I am probably not the only person to feel this, so I am going to tell you all how I have found my first six days. Unbelievably in these six days I already have, at the time of typing, 84 subscribers!
This is my scrap station. When I am making a process video I can scrapbook normally. One of my worries was that having a camera overhead would be obstructive. It is worth the time researching the options for what will work for you in the space that you have if this is something that you are interested in doing.
I film with my iPhone 5s. I didn’t have to buy anything specifically for filming except the tripod.
I am using a free app called iMovie. On this I can edit content and create voiceovers. I don’t have to commentate as I scrap and viewers don’t end up having to watch me being indecisive and doing the mundane tasks like applying glue.
Using the iMovie app has been relatively easy so far. I watched a tutorial on YouTube, wrote down the basics of what I thought I would need and picked the rest up as I went along. I’m sure there will be more I need to know, but I’m all set for now.
Editing videos can be quite time consuming at first and is definitely not going to interest you if you don’t have patience! For me, I can sit and do this in an evening easily enough.
I scrapbook by a window. In the UK, particularly when it’s midwinter , natural daylight can be almost impossible to capture. I have my main room light on and a desk lamp. So far these have been adequate, but in the near future I would like to invest in a daylight lamp.
I watched a lot of YouTube videos from other crafters before I started my channel. I still continue to do so. I loved watching kit unboxings just to get an idea of what is in them and see if these match my style. I was able to make informed choices about which clubs would suit me. I belong to a couple of kit clubs and I plan to unbox these on my channel in the hope that it helps other people the way it helped me.
I have some ideas about the types of series I can make. But for now I just want to find my feet.
I have, however, started a series called Selfie Saturday. I am experimenting by starting one series and if it goes well I can start another one. I understand it helps subscribers to know when to expect your videos, I just wouldn’t want to over commit myself to something I couldn’t keep up with.
I have made some low cost titles. I stuck the channel name in alpha stickers on a plain project life card. I scattered some paper flowers around my desk and wrote out my contact information. Maybe I can upgrade my opening sequence when I’m a few weeks in, but honestly I don’t actually mind them.
I have some title music. Make sure to use some royalty free music which you can find already contained in the iMovie app or by searching on Google.
I couldn’t have done any of this without the support of my crafty friends. Their comments and encouragement are have been so uplifting. One person in particular has been like my YouTube mentor and so I extend my thanks to Emma at Pollys Papercrafts.
Below is a link to my channel. I do hope you’ll pop across and enjoy the content there.
As far as my blog goes, this has always been a place I feel I want to come to when I have something to say about crafting. I see this as my place to write articles and opinion pieces. The channel is where I will show craft hauls, process videos and all those kinds of things.
I have almost figured out how to use Instagram. It’s a bit of a work in progress. I am comfortable with Twitter. However Pinterest as yet escapes me. I’m just not sure how to work it. But Rome and social media weren’t supposed to be made and conquered in a day right?
So that’s it from me for now. I hope this has informed you of how easy it can be to get started filming and also you have found me sharing my experiences interesting. Perhaps this may be something you are wanting to consider?
Till next time,
Love and crafty cuddles,