My story of being a demonstrator is an easy one to tell. On the way to Jackpot for my birthday, my sister kept talking to me about becoming a demonstrator under her. I had been buying supplies for a while but lived in a really small apartment and most of my supplies simply gathered dust in a blue plastic bin under my bed. But I liked the idea of a discount and I liked the idea of supporting her. And, the boys in the car were getting tired of the conversation so I agreed to sign up when we got home.
Since then, that little blue bin that hid under my bed is now full of samples in a big craft room in my home. I started to make time for creativity, something I was slowing losing as I went to work each day and grew into routines that were not centered around being crafty. But stamping brings me back to myself. It allows me to make time for myself and the things that I enjoy. I love taking photos and turning them into projects with a little adhesive and a lot of love. I like the feeling I get so much from crafting that I try to do workshops each month so I can help others make time for themselves too.
My customers are a constant reminder of how Stampin’ Up! helped put me back on my path. Spending time with friends making things that will make others smile when they receive them is really fulfilling. And this incredible group of women that I share crafting time with are some of the most inspirational people I’ve ever met.
My mother and my sister offer constant inspiration as amazing creative minds. They both used to be demonstrators but are now my best customers and still my guiding light in this adventure. I look at SU! as an opportunity to put art and gratitude out in to the world and I share that approach with my daughter and son and also their friends when we do our Mommy and Me classes.
Some people may not think that they are creative. They may not think that they can do this kind of thing. But some of those very women are customers in my group who get a special kind of smile now when they finish a card or project at my house. They remind me that I love what I do.
This may not be something that is for everyone but it was definitely the thing for me. I used to spend a lot of time during the week as an analyst fixing problems and collecting data. Even now that I've retired from that life and embraced motherhood, I come home to an incredible husband who embraces the importance of a creative outlet. He is a bassist and drummer and he creates through sound while I create through color. It means the most to me that he supports this passion and is so understanding about sharing his time and his home with it.
Now I have two little creative minds that come with me on this journey. My daughter is a demonstrator in training, taking every opportunity to work our art into her life. We use Stampin' Up! to help teach gratitude. She always makes thank you cards and birthday cards for friends and family and the look on their faces getting them is almost as good as the look on hers when she's making it. My son is more a "throw it around and see where it lands" sort of artist but he still appreciates the colors and scraps and chaos that he's able to create in our Craft Cave.
So, the story was a short one but I’m longwinded on the topic because it is one of the decisions in my life that I will never regret making. This has been a fantastic journey and I hope to do it for a long time to come!