I started as a new mom, home with my sweet baby, missing my fifth graders and wanting a little creative time for myself. Thirteen (!) years later, I have
• had two more children (one by birth and another by adoption),
• moved to a new city,
• helped my husband start his own business and
• returned to the elementary classroom part time.
And I still stamp. Happily.
In that time, I've
• had countless encounters with generous and like-minded creatives,
• made some of the best friends I'll ever know,
• traveled to regional and national conferences that informed and *inspired* me,
• had some lovely "Me" time both as a crafter holed up in my Studio and as a "teacher" among other grown-ups,
• added to an embarrassingly vast array of supplies
• and actually made a little $$ along the way!
I bring this up today only because we recelntly found out that tomorrow is the registration date for a Seattle event (in a movie theatre!) in celebration of our new 2014-15 Annual Catalog's upcoming release. The only way to attend is to be a demonstrator.
If you've been giving this idea some thought, I thought I'd mention the catalog reveal so that you'd be further informed (you know how I *despise* pressure). It is also a good time to consider this, as Sale-A-Bration gives you an additional $25 in merchandise for your Starter Kit (SAB ends March 31). Finally, if you become a demonstrator now, Stampin' Up! will pay the nearly $300 registration fee for Convention. You just cover your own hotel, meals and travel.
Some people become demonstrators simply to purchase the Starter Kit and its discounted merchandise for a great deal ($99!). Others join to add to their hobby supplies. Still others become demonstrators with the plan to build a long-term business. There's a place for everyone in Stampin' Up!
Please feel free to contact me through email if you have questions. If I don't know an answer, I'll call our kind, lovely and informative Demonstrator Support and get back to you (I've asked some doozies of them, I'm sure). We are well-supported with all kinds of creative inspiration as well as basic business nuts and bolts.