I’ve got it done….I think. A separate blog for my Stampin’ Up! tutorials and sales pitches.
When I first became a demonstrator there were, and still are, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators. Some of them have stirred things up with their overt practices of promoting non Stampin’ Up! items.
The literature I read given me by Stampin’ Up! declared that nearly all people that come to Stampin’ Up! have come from working in paper crafting and have items already in their homes they have used and love. When the upset came last year it was because of quite a few demonstrators that, shall we say, played both sides against the middle – and had been for quite a long time.
There were blogs and videos all over the internet from demonstrators that would promote papers, punches, and other items from craft/hobby stores as well as their Stampin’ Up! products. It got to the point that some of the demonstrators were bashing Stampin’ Up! products, or lack of product lines, and actively telling their audiences to go to such and such store or website to purchase a product.
I understand why Stampin’ Up! chose to take a stand as they did in this regard. Demonstrators sales were being hurt by these other demonstrators. Now, really, you and I both know that if you could purchase a 3/4 inch circle punch from your local craft store at $8.95 or purchase the same sized punch from Stampin’ Up! for $5.95 plus shipping and handling you would choose the craft/hobby store punch. I would myself. I can get the punch today, within the hour and begin using it that same day. Not have to wait until a demonstrator put my order in and it be shipped, then wait for it to be delivered to my home.
The basic premise of Stampin’ Up! is a gathering of friends and like minded women to spend time together in a creative environment and learn a new technique, see a new product, and place an order for the convenience factor. There are some people that have demanding jobs and family obligations that limit the time they can spend in a craft/hobby store so ordering in the comfort of their home or at a class is better for them.
My whole problem with the situation sprang from the fact that I had next to no Stampin’ Up! products to promote. When I wanted to create something I have a plethora of papers, embellishments, and stuff to create anything I want, I just didn’t have the Stampin’ Up! products and I felt gagged and tied. Feared that the Stampin’ Up! Police would be knocking at my door and take me to an overly brightly lit room and work me over with a rubber hose. Now that won’t happen but I just did not feel right and I had a rebellious stripe a mile wide.
Over the past two years (nearly 2 years now) I’ve acquired quite a stash of products. I’m at another wall though. The papers I have in my stash are out dated and are no longer sold. Papers don’t matter though, it is the creative process and pushing the boundaries that inspire me. I’ll use the older papers in my creations, purchase newer papers – so they can become obsolete – and go about my business.
Now, as if I don’t already have my nose in the computer or my iPhone enough, I’ve got two blogs to manage, a website to get updated later in October, four email accounts to keep track of and my crazy “Day Job”. Oh, and I have another YouTube channel too. It is “messageinafold” and will deal strictly with Stampin’ Up! stuff I’ve created.