A story to tell...

Nearly two and half years have passed since Scrap Korner was introduced in India. This December it will celebrate its 3rd anniversary. Since its inception, I have been solely responsible for its operations. From 2009 to 2011, Laxmi Pillai joined Scrap Korner as a designer. Together we managed a few individual workshops and planned all future events. From 2010 to 2011 Dipti Soni joined Scrap Korner as a designer as well. Since then the business has experienced not only unique opportunities but also challenges given how new this concept is to India. With Dipti and Laxmi on board we started targeting corporates and got our first break when HLL landed us an order of making these cute notepads.

We started year 2010 with our first event hosted at INIFD, Pune on 5th and 6th February. We could see the curiosity flowing in the eyes of the young generation in learning what scrapbooking is all about? To encourage creativity we each prepared few unique projects to teach our students. Look at those happy faces!

We managed to run two events in two days by participating in my society's exhibition on 6th Feb. The exhibition reaped us a good response and we were all set to plan our future events.

Our biggest challenge was to communicate with each other on regular basis simply because we were all located in different cities. Laxmi from Navi Mumbai, Dipti from Mumbai and myself from Pune. But our enthusiasm helped us in breaking all the barriers and continuing to stay in touch to brainstorm on the business. We ended the year with our Diwali Bazaar exhibition at Blue Sea, Worli and a Christmas workshop for Navi Mumbai residents.

Sadly, this year started off with both Laxmi and Dipti taking a break from Scrap Korner, to either manage their family or job. Though we are in touch with each other, the atmosphere is not the same as before. A series of conversations on Scrap Korner's future, a room filled with laughter as Laxmi comments with her sense of humor and Dipti cracking jokes - all these is what's missing today. It has been a great pleasure to work with both Laxmi and Dipti. Hope to see them on board in the near future!

But Scrap Korner is still live and growing at a steady pace. We have just hired our first few employees and hoping to see some real business this year.



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