Monday, May 12, 2008

Portable Mini Portfolio

Mark surprised me for Mother’s Day and bought me this cool digital photo keychain! (It was a total surprise because we had celebrated it on Saturday with some friends and I already received my gift). If you know me, you know how much I love photos, especially of my kids, Mark, family and friends. In fact, my house is full of pictures: walls, tables, albums, computer, fridge, shoe boxes, etc.

I don’t collect many ‘things’, but I admit that I do have a thing for unique photo frames. I’m pretty easy to buy for. Last year for my birthday my son Jason bought me a table top digital photo frame that is perfect when doing craft shows and events. You can showcase your work, studio, work in progress, etc., all at your table. Most people are drawn towards animation and that makes this one the perfect ticket item for your table – instant crowd!

Oh, back to the keychain. Mark knows that I’m not big on expensive items and am a frugal shopper. So, after he told me how much it was, I told him that I have to share this with my friends! There is a big variety of photo keychains to select from ranging in price from around $13 - $50, with the average price around $24 or so. There are different shapes (even hearts), sizes, colors, etc. This one holds 60 pictures and is super easy to download from your computer – I mean SUPER easy.

After downloading some pictures I had an idea. Now I know this isn’t a new invention and I’m sure others are probably doing it, but I wanted to share my idea all the same...

This would make a fabulous portable mini portfolio! It’s kind of awkward to carry around a portfolio and/or your creations while hiking through the zoo, jogging through the park, grocery shopping with the kids, and so on. But with this handy little gadget you can download your work, clip it right to your purse, jogging shorts or baby’s pacifier (well, scratch that one) and have it ready to show in a flash! When you hand out a business card you can give them a little taste of what you do, right there on the spot! This could make them visit your shop sooner than later. You know what they say: ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’.

I think I’m going to treat myself to a belated Mother’s Day gift and pick up another photo keychain. This way I can have one for my family & friends, and the other one for my mini portfolio.

Make sure to have plenty of business cards on hand!

Happy Monday everyone!

☼ Rocki

p.s. I think I'm going to embellish my keychain a little and add a few rocks n beads ;)


theprimpantry said...

That is a very nice gift! I neer knew they existed? I will have to look into that as a fathers day gift! :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, Rocki, what a fantastic posting - thanks so much!! I've heard of these and wasn't going to get one but after hearing your idea of a portfolio, I think it's genius!! I hope you'll post a photo after yours is embellished!! Happy Mother's Day!~Sharon

Rosebud Collection said...

What a neat gift..You sure have a clever idea using it for your business also..

High Desert Diva said...

Very cool...I'm so far behind technology wise-didn't even know these were available.

And your idea for the digital frame on your display table at shows is brilliant.

A Blond And A Torch said...

Rocki, what a great idea!

Grizzly Mountain Arts said...

What a great gift! I'm off to check those out!

Anonymous said...

What a cool gift, how neat!!!

And it looks like a really fun little gadget to have too... hehee.


Rocki's Rock 'n Beads said...

Oh gosh! Thanks everyone! I'm so glad that I posted this to share with everyone. It truly is a fun little gadget.
Happy day all!
☼ Rocki

Morning Artist said...

Wow, awesome gift & idea! Belated Happy Mothers Day :) You really rock!

Mississippi Songbird said...

How cool... I never knew about these either.. Thanks for the post..

Lisa Rippee said...

What a super cool idea!! I am sooo getting one!! Thanks for the awesome tips!!