Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Teach Me Wednesday's: How to Make a Treasury on Etsy....Super-Fast

I'm amazed by how many people comment and tell me that they have no clue how to make a treasury in Etsy!
It's super-easy and super-fast and I'm going to show you how.
All you'll need is your Etsy account and a little thing called "Microsoft Tabs". (I think Firefox uses tabs also.)

1. Sign in to Etsy and scroll down until you reach the heading "Treasury". Right-click on it and scroll down until you see "Open in New Tab". It will take you to the main treasury page where you will click on "Create a List."

2. After you've done that you'll be directed to a blank treasury list. Now you'll need to pick a title. I chose something about lemons and limes. (bright lemon yellow and limey green obviously being the focus of this treasury.)

3. Go back to the main Etsy page that you just tabbed away from and put in your search parameters in the search bar. Just start hunting around for things that you want to put in your treasury. Every time you find a new piece, do that "right-click-to-tab" thing.

4. See how many tabs I've got going here? You'll need 16 items for your treasury, so count your tabs.

5. Now that you've got all your items, it's time to fill your treasury. Go to your first item. (I've chosen my Lemons and Limes bracelet just for kicks) Click on the address bar (it's in blue below), right-click and copy the entire URL (that's the address of the item's page).

6. Now go back to the treasury and click on one of the blanks below where the picture should be. Right-click and click on "copy". Hit 'OK' and watch as your item appears.

7. Do this 15 more times until you've filled up your treasury!
A good treasury takes into account a couple of things:
a. Balance- if you're using more than one color, make sure it's not lopsided and that the colors are balanced.
b. Variety - I wouldn't put all scarves or bags in my treasury (normally). Look for a variety of items.
c. Composition - Make sure all the photos have the same "feel" or that they complement each other. Those super-sweet romantic photos generally don't look so good beside the barn photos.

8. Before you hit 'save', make sure and add a bunch of tabs to describe what your treasury is so that people can find it, and also add a little description.
You're done!

Challenge yourself to see how many treasuries you can create, or try to create one a week.
The best part is that you can use any theme you'd like!

Good luck and I hope you enjoy your new-found treasury-making skills!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for making this tutorial. I always wondered how people made these and you never know what will come up when you find a great blog. I found yours through Inspirational Beading. Glad to find you.