I think it’s common for new businesses to shuffle around a bit, trying different things until they settle into to what defines them as who they are. That has been true of my journey in the world of paper crafting.
From the beginning, I started card making as a way to encourage others, but I wanted to use my skills and abilities to reach beyond those I sent my handmade envelopes of love to. Through the course of this journey, I fell in love with Stampin’ Up! and decided to join for a discount. Then, I started sharing and realizing how much I loved the process of sharing the card making experience with others. I began to look at other demonstrators and started to model my business off of them. Before long, I realized that this is not what I wanted.
In October of 2019, I shared a post about things that would be changing here on Scraps of Encouragement. In that post, I shared that I would allow my demonstrator status to run out, stop selling the products, and broaden the range of supplies I used. I also shared that I would focus less on supplies and more on encouragement and service.
After taking some time to look around and spread my proverbial wings, I found myself overwhelmed. I realized that having access to so much was really making card making all about the products. I felt my creativity dying, and realized the importance of what I already knew deep down. I need a way to limit the pool of supplies I have to use from. And, truth be told, I just don’t think the color coordination, quality and offering of Stampin’ Up! can be beat. I’m also in love with the company’s focus on serving.
All that to say, I’m still with Stampin’ Up! You will notice, however, that my tutorials will not focus on products, but rather techniques. I will list all the products I use so that it’s easy for you to purchase anything that would be useful to you if you don’t already have a demonstrator. I will also post a host code each month. If you purchase using that host code, 10% of your purchase price (before shipping and taxes) will go to the designated charity, organization, or cause of the moth. I’m excited for this way to give and to, hopefully, make card making easier for you.
Again, thank you for sticking with my while I get all of this figured out!
And stay tuned for a new card tutorial as well as information on our December card drive coming your way in just a couple of days!