Something a bit different today, during a team training call this week we were challenged to write ‘Our Story’ based on the question of Why did I become a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator?
I never actually set out to be a demontrator, I have crafted for as long as I can remember whether it be knitting, crochet, jewellery making…. and have always dabbled in papercrafting but just for my family. I had been ill for a while with thyroid problems, depression and lack of any self esteem and confidence and pretty much wouldn’t leave my house unless I was with my family, so to fill my time in at home and try and give myself something to focus on I started papercrafting again.
While looking on pinterest I came across a lot of people using Stampin Up products and loved the projects they had made. I looked round a few demonstrators blogs and came across Sam’s and I was hooked on checking it out every day, I did my first order with Sam and loved everything that came but wanted more! It was during sale a bration and there was an offer on at the time to get extra product if I signed up as a demo, I didn’t have to talk to anyone I could do it all online and would be able to get a discount on future orders and even if I didn’t buy another thing I got to keep everything I got in my starter order, and best of all I got to be part of a facebook group ran by Sam who I had signed up with. Sam and her team members welcomed me in and I actually felt comfortable joining in a little bit.
Anyway to cut a very long story short, with all the friendliness and motivation I saw in there I started to come out of my comfort zone a bit and grew a little confidence. Never once was I made to feel I had to be anything other than just a hobby demo but listening to everyone’s stories made me feel like I could do more, fast forward to today and I have promoted to Bronze elite and have a few customers of my own. I am even aiming to reach ‘Silver’ demo status, and am going to Stampin’ Up!s convention in November ‘travelling on my own’ this is so far from how I was just a year ago and I have Sam and Stampin’ Up! to thank for that.
To reach Silver status I need to have a team member of my own so that is my next aim. I need to share my love of stampin up and their products with others and hopefully help people gain confidence in themselves and their abilities.
I started this blog once I had started to regain a little confidence so that I could share my projects and hopefully help others realise how easy papercrafting could be and how fulfilling and theraputic it is.
If you have been thinking of trying Stampin’ Up! products or becoming a demonstrator yourself – Go for it, you wont regret it, can you tell I love my job 🙂 If anyone wants to ask me anything about my journey or about Stampin’ Up! then please get in touch, I will definitely reply and try and answer any questions.
Thank you for reading my story
Love to all and happy crafting everyone
p.s. I cant go without sharing something with you all, I am so proud of myself and got so many hugs of my family for this. I told you about not leaving the house alone, I can now leave the house and feel comfortable doing so but I still couldn’t get on a bus, trains for some reason are lots easier but buses no way! until last week. I had got a lift off my daughter into a nearby town and was going to get the train home but for some reason decided I wanted to try and get the bus and guess what………… I DID IT!!!!! it wasnt easy, it felt like a long journey but I managed it, the first time in 6 years. I now feel I can overcome anything, slowly but surely, even to the extent of being able to share my story with you all which I never thought I would be able to do. xxx