So I want to discuss something that has been on my mind for a while. . . I have always felt that honesty was one of my better qualities and I like to be completely honest with you as my lovely readers. As much as I absolutely LOVE Stampin’ UP products, I have decided to take a step back from the “selling” side of my demoship, effective immediately. I am really going to start concentrating on my SP University and more towards designing rather than strictly Stampin’ UP.
For now, I am still going to be offering Stampin’ UP ordering through my Stampin’ UP website and I will still be available as always to answer any questions you have. I will even still be offering my monthly SP Card kits and an occasional product share. BUT some things are going to be changing and more changes will be coming for the remainder of the year. I am going to discontinue the SP Ribbon Kits and the SP Scrapbook kits and I am going to be sharing more non-Stampin’ UP product than I am used to showing. I actually have quite a bit of products and supplies from other manufacturers that I love and I plan on using them more also.
I will still be offering my free stamp set of the month for now.
I still plan on remaining a daily blogger and will continue posting for you!
Basically, things are really going to be much of the same, but the atmosphere is going to be a little different, not so much geared towards SU products and more geared towards techniques and learning.
By the end of the year, I am going to be stepping down from my demoship altogether. Don’t worry, I will still be using Stampin’ UP products and I will definitely give you info about other great demonstrators you can purchase from. :O)
So where are these changes coming from you ask? There are quite a few reasons, some of which I will tell you about below!
Well, for one thing, I have this intense urge to pursue being published in print! I have never before attempted this, but I am planning to start pursuing this TODAY! Some of my buddies know that one of my goals for this year is to get published in print and as of yet, I haven’t even submitted anything for publication! LOL So I am going to be concentrating some of my efforts on that task.
Second, as I announced in my “Meet the REAL Sami” post a week-ish ago, I have been thinking a lot about where my life is headed in general and where I would like to end up in the Scrapbooking world. I want to be knows as Samantha, the designer, or Samantha, the scrappy teacher,. . . NOT Samantha, the Stampin’ UP demonstrator. I don’t want that to be my scrappy “legacy”. Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my Stampin’ UP products and Stampin’ UP has been very good to me in so many ways. I just would rather be in design rather than in sales. Since I am going to be going into the design aspect of things, I will be unable to keep my demoship anyway, so I might as well say goodbye before it becomes an issue!
And thirdly, I have to just face the facts: I am a SHOP-A-HOLIC and I love all things scrappy!! HA HA HA! I was perfectly happy being a demonstrator and using any and all products I had and being able to talk about them all freely. Well, it has been about a year since Stampin’ UP changed the IDA (the agreement that all demonstrators have to sign) saying that we will not promote competitive products online. So for a year now I have felt stifled and uneasy with sharing my love for the other products that I love. For a year, I have been kept from applying for design teams for competitive companies. Those things have just left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I don’t like to be told what I can and cannot mention and I definitely don’t like being kept back from other opportunities. Nonetheless, I decided to follow the rules and try to go with the flow and it is simply not leaving me fully fulfilled on my scrappy endeavors. I feel like my demoship is holding me back and I want MORE!!
Lastly, I have something super huge and exciting planned up my sleeve and you will NOT even see this coming!! I even surprised myself with this one!!! You will not want to miss what’s coming! Something really really fun and exciting is going to be coming to SP and I cannot wait to break into the next wonderful stage to my scrappy life and I can’t wait to share it with you!
Now that I have written you a little novel, I have a scrappy project for you. This project was started at CHA but I just finished up the rest of it last week. These are little canvases to go on the wall in my Scrap Dining Room. SP for Scrapmaster’s Paradise! The flourishes were made from stencils and black acrylic paints. The letters were cut from Melon Mambo Cardstock using the Cricut Don Juan cartridge. I sealed each canvas with Mod Podge.