#1 Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Pootles – Life is Grand when you Share What You Love
Happy Sunday everyone!
I’m excited to share today’s card with you! I’m pairing the oh-so beautiful Share What You Love DSP with the amazing Life Is Grand stamp set from the Spring Summer Catalogue, specifically the Hello, Dear Friend statement.
I chose these 2 products because I wanted to talk about being a demo with you all.
I’m coming up on my 6th anniversary right at the end of this month, so yes, I was a Sale a Bration joiner, taking advantage of a similar offer to the one we currently have, and at that time, I simply wanted to enjoy a discount (I’m nothing if not a bargain hunter)
But you all know my story by now – videos, blogging and sharing what I love (hence the paper pack!).
I love what I do, and I couldn’t imagine not being a demo, despite being 39 when I joined (I also celebrate my birthday this month in case you’re doing maths!) and a very busy woman too. With 4 young sons, our eldest was just 10 and our youngest wasn’t even 2 years old. Plus Chris working shifts, which he still does.
It was a busy life, yet I found time to indulge myself in my crafting hobby – the ultimate relaxation and paper therapy! And it was an evolution of changing my hobby into my job that took perhaps a year or so, but one that evolved as my life changed.
It was another year and a half before Oliver went part time to school, and even now, he’s only been at school full time for the last 3.5 years, so my life is still very busy with running them to and from school, clubs, parties and more. Plus, fitting that all around Chris’s shifts too.
But one of the fundamental things about being a demo is that crafting IS my hobby, one that I love, and I suspect you do too. And I made it work for me. The other side of my ‘job’ as a demo – writing blog posts, filming, photography, working with my team etc – they’re what I refer to as my ‘day job’ and as such, I work those into my diary, leaving space for the hobby part and also (most importantly!) I allow time to spend with Chris where we are just the 2 of us, and also time with the children.
And part of the evolution of my hobby becoming my full time job has been welcoming hundreds and hundreds of demos into the business (at the time of writing, well over 520 personal recruits) and it’s a privilege to have them in my team, sharing what we all love, and making new friends along the way.
We get together 3 or 4 times a year in person (this was us a few months ago celebrating SU’s 30th anniversary!), and every other week via Facebook Live into a team group, as well as all day every day in our group too!
Being with my team is so much fun and so inspiring. We all have a different story to tell and a different path on our journey, but we are united by our common bond of paper crafting and Stampin’ Up!
So I would love it if you too would consider being part of our team – we are in all 5 of the European countries – the UK, Germany, The Netherlands, France and Austria – and we don’t let geography stand in our way!
Have a super Sunday everyone, and I do hope you join me soon!
Brand new for March a Bundle of 12 Projects!
These are options for MARCH and you will get 12 tutorials (one from each of us!), with PDF instructions and visuals!
You can access them one of 2 ways.
Option 1 You can place an order in March with me in the UK over £40 (Germany, France, Austria or The Netherlands, €50) and I will email the bundle of 12 projects to you.
Option 2 is that if you’re anywhere in the world, you can purchase the bundle from me for £12 (this will change to the currency in your home country) and you can buy each month as you like.
So these tutorials can be ordered now and will be delivered via email from the 1st, or you can place an order to earn them for free.
PURCHASE MARCH’S TUTORIAL BUNDLE HERE
I hope you enjoyed this project, please do use the hostess code to get free product! (hostess code shown in the top right of my blog for the current one!) Learn more HERE. If your order is over £150, please do not use this code as You become the hostess and get the Rewards!
Sam Hammond Donald
#1 Stampin’ Up! UK Independent Demonstrator
You can buy Stampin’ Up! online easily through my Stampin’ Up! shop link on the right hand side, or within this blog post.
You can also join Stampin’ Up! through similar links too! I have various FAQ and joining Stampin’ Up! pages on the blog, so do click around!
I cover the UK, The Netherlands, Germany, France and Austria with my shop, but also my team too, so you can join me in those countries also!
And of course, you can find me on facebook, instagram, pinterest and on YouTube as a Guru with my account name as PootlesPapercraft, however, I’m scattered everywhere as Pootles!