November 01, 2022
I come from a unique generation. I’m one of those kids born in the late 70s and early 80s. We never really identified as Gen X or Millennial. We grew up living in both worlds- a childhood with landline phones and the ability to disconnect when we left home. We experienced the evolution of technology, as our trips to the library, changed to going online, to now, a dependency on YouTube tutorials.
When we opened QCGifts.ca we had to wear many hats! Product designer, logistics coordinator, webpage and IT, human resources (AKA getting help from my family), marketing, finances, box maker, delivery services, and everything in between. It has been a learning experience, to say the least; All while figuring out the work-life balance for our family. We wouldn’t change a thing!
With that in mind, to help improve our online service, Version 2.0 moved to an option-based style but it was confusing to use, slow, and had few images. To improve upon this, we are happy to report that our site has been reworked, to make it easier to navigate.
To make this transition easy for you, we created a video to help navigate the new site here.
Combining an openness to technology, with an appreciation of the simpler side of things, I have somehow become a crafty tech person. Off the top of my head, I can list off more gadgets than I would like to admit in my home- it’s embarrassing –but I swear I come by it honestly. This skill set has been my drive to open QCGifts.ca. For years I have been fine-tuning my Cricut skills, learning the ins and outs of Canva, while reworking jet printers for sublimation and making websites.
The integration of technology in crafting is quite interesting and very technical. It reminds me of my days in high school working in a photo lab, developing photography in 60 minutes or less. This background helped eased me into developing product designs, and also marketing. Various ‘hats’ together help create a perfect craft. The options for creation are endless with Canva and a heat press by your side.
So in finding my love of crafting, this Non-Gen X, Non-Millennial, has found my niche that I truly enjoy, even with all the webpage updates. I had a challenging time not following “the plan” I once thought was me. Once I let go and followed my joy, I now find excitement every day. The support of QCGifts.ca not only supports my passion but also supports many local merchants and artisans that are passionate about their craft as well. It is a happy place to be.
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