The Short Story
Thanks for visiting my Stampin' Up! Blog.
First, a little about me. My family consists of my husband and two teenage boys and our White German Shepherd Oscar. Besides stamping, I love to garden (love Roses, Camelias, Hydrangeas, flowers to cut, veggie gardening, container plants and my latest craze is succulents), watch movies and catch up with friends and family over a great coffee or meal. I think my favourite days are family days at home though :)
I live in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne, but run my Stampin' Up! business right throughout Australia thanks to the magic of our online worlds. I have been a demonstrator for over 9 years, since the first year Stampin' Up! came to Australia. I have the very enjoyable job of being your creative coach and inspiring you to create with our beautiful products through my blog posts, stamp days, email newsletters, tutorials and online classes and clubs.
I am also a team leader to a large team of lovely Demonstrators right throughout Australia (called the Art with Heart Team) who I support, train, and share the love of creativity with. We have a fabulous mix of hobby and business demonstrators and I am committed to their enjoyment and success (whatever that may mean for each person) as much as I am committed to my own, I really treasure the relationships I have developed with other demonstrators in my own team, in Australia and internationally over the last 9 years.
In addition to a whole lot of fun, and creative enjoyment, over the last 9 years I have built my business to a full time work from home job which has been a fabulous supplement to our family income while my boys have attended primary and high school. Finding that balance was really important to me and my Stampin' Up! business has allowed that to happen and given me lots more too. I have consistently won sales, recruiting and leadership awards, earned Demonstrator of the Year, and been on exciting incentive trips (along with other members of my team).
I am now one of Stampin' Up! 's top demonstrators in Australia and remain actively involved both as a demonstrator and leader with the company.
I hope that by spending a little time on my blog, I will be able to give you some quality time out and maybe even inspire you to enrich your life through scrapbooking, stamping and other paper-crafts. Most of all, enjoy your time here.
I'd love to hear from you if you are new to Stampin' Up!, looking for a new active demonstrator or looking to become a demonstrator yourself. I offer clubs, classes and workshops, tutorials, technique instructions and much more and if you are interested in joining Stampin' up! you will love the friendship, support and feeling of being connected you get in our team.
Contact me anytime by email or phone 03 9735 2946 / 041 212 0498.
The Story of My Creative Journey
Stampin' Up!'s 'Statement of the Heart' sits very nicely with the philosophy behind why I scrapbook and stamp. I first discovered scrapbooking just after I had my first child through IVF in 2002. I can't even begin to articulate how the opportunity to journal about those times through my scrapbooking has helped me. Since then my scrapbooking has turned into a wider love of papercrafts encompassing cardmaking, stamping off the page projects and lots more scrapbooking.
I am so passionate about this hobby. I love the fun and excitement of creating, the pleasure it brings to others, the relationships I have developed with other addicted papercrafters and also the 'time out' from being a busy Mum. It's also my creative therapy at times. It has helped me through another IVF pregnancy and the unexpected death of my father and brother. I guess you could sum my philosophy up best by saying it's not about the pretty papers, the latest products or the stamps. It's about the connections people develop with themselves and each other through using those products.
I am really passionate about spreading the word about how therapeutic and just plain good for your soul scrapbooking, card making and other papercrafts can be.In 2006 I co-authored an article on 'Scrap Therapy' in For Keeps magazine, and I have had many layouts published now. More often than not they tend to be about connections or published because of the heartfelt journalling. My very first published page was this one in which I journalled about the incredible experience of finally being able to breastfeed my gorgeous babies after what we had been through to conceive them. Even now this layout brings a tear to my eye. This is what it is all about for me.
Since that first layout I have had other layouts published in Creating Keepsakes, Scrapbooking Memories, Scrapbook Creations, For Keeps and For Keeps Creative Paper. I have also been on design teams for several Australian scrapbooking stores.
I had always dabbled in stamping as part of my scrapbooking, but just a little here and there. During 2006 I found myself more interested in stamping but still as a way to embellish scrapbook layouts. In late 2006, I discovered Stampin' Up! was in Australia and got hold of a catalogue. I made the decision to join as I sat devouring that beautiful catalogue for the first time. I made my first card the day my starter kit arrived and as you have seen from this blog, many more were to follow. I now divide my time pretty equally between scrapbooking and creating handmade cards. Stamping features very heavily in both crafts.
I love the quality of the Stampin' Up! products, the philosophy of the company and the way my association with the company has enriched my life in so many ways, and the lives of those I have had the chance to introduce it to.
I had always intended to go back to my part-time career as a health professional when my second child started school. While I continued to be a demonstrator during that time, I only lasted 12 months in my 'other part time job' because it couldn't measure up to the personal enjoyment, fun, feeling of doing something good for people and the flexibility that Stampin' Up! could give me. So in January 2012 I returned to work from home full time with Stampin' Up! and I continue to enjoy that to this day. It just fits our family needs perfectly as well as meeting my needs for contributing to the family income and doing something I love.
I think this Steve Jobs quote sums it up.