Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Pootles – My 3rd Stampin’ Up! Anniversary! Pretty Friend Card
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3 Years ago today I joined Stampin’ Up!
I’d bought some papers and fallen hopelessly in love! I wanted to get more and more, and as a total bargain hunter, knowing that I could buy them, but at a discount, well that sold me!
I wasn’t a stamper at all, and paper & punches were my go to medium for crafting. I never ever put sentiments on the fronts of cards, I used to keep them more generic, and then I had plenty to hand when I needed them.
Our family was rapidly expanding at the time I joined, my youngest son wasn’t quite 2 years old and it felt like we were constantly buying new clothes for all of them! Still seems that way now!
We’d had a frugal Christmas a few months beforehand where we’d had to really consciously consider every purchase, to the point where the monetary gift we were given every year as a couple was used to buy food for Christmas. I’d handmade as many gifts as I possibly could – my poor Dad ended up with about 5 notebooks! Each time I got out my papers and cheap notebooks to decorate, I’d think “oh that’s a great paper, Dad would love it” and it was only on Christmas day that I realised how many I’d made him!!
Anyway, with this frugal Christmas in mind, and my reignited passion for papercraft (I’d crafted when my eldest son was a baby), I started looking on pinterest and YouTube more and more.
When I joined Stampin’ Up! I hadn’t planned to demonstrate in the traditional way. I just wanted cheaper supplies to then sell at craft fayres to help support the family a little, but the reality of craft fayres kicked in. People always wanted a colour I didn’t have, or a size I didn’t have. I found myself making hundreds of different items to try and meet all possible needs and then lugging them all to the fayres to find I’d maybe earn £10 after paying for stall fees. And then with childcare becoming an issue and weekend availability becoming less and less, I decided to switch gears a little and braved taking on YouTube!
Fast forward 3 years and my Stampin’ Up! life is very different to how I ever envisioned it. I’m thrilled to have been the number 1 selling and recruiting (mentoring) demonstrator in the UK for all the years I’ve been able to, and people regularly ask me how I do it. I wish I had a magic formula, but there really isn’t one.
As you all know, I blog daily and have 3 video projects a week coming out. Yes, other than Christmas Day, that amounts to 364 projects a year, of which there are 156 video tutorials. I don’t know if that makes a difference, but for me, I just want to share. I share everything whenever I can and I love it. I don’t sell anything, I tell! I tell you how excited I am about a product or a project. I don’t buy things for myself that I won’t genuinely love and use. I’m excited about paper and stamps and ink, and I love that this has brought me so close to so many people.
And of course, with my homelife situation now totally different to how it was 3 years ago, I’m forever grateful that my business now supports me and my 4 wonderful sons. It feeds us, keeps us clothed and in our home. It has taken us on a little holiday this year (we’re there right now as you read this!). I can still buy them their essentials and the odd little luxury. And of course, because papercraft is my hobby, I get to keep that too.
So as I wipe a couple of happy tears from my cheeks while typing that last paragraph, I want to dedicate my card today to all of you. My Friends. My dear, dear friends.
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Stampin’ Up! UK Independent Demonstrator
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