As we all know, we are in the middle of a period of great change. The Creative Memories that we know and love is going away. We don’t know yet what the future holds, but we do know it will look very different. I am sure many of you are experiencing the same mixed emotions that I am. Sadness for what we are losing, excitement and not a little nervousness about the future, and perhaps a little frustration with the process. But the more I think about what’s happening, the more I am reminded of the many gifts my journey with Creative Memories has brought to my life.
My first exposure to Creative Memories was at a craft show. I was a card maker, and not interested in “scrapbooking”, but I stopped by the CM stand because I was impressed with their cutting tools. A few minutes later (literally) I bumped into my good friend Claire, who had just signed up to host a CM class and invited me. Of course, I loved the class, bought the “Fun Kit” (who remembers the First, Fast and Fun Kits?) and could hardly sleep for my excitement. I raced home and took all my photos out of the awful albums, shoe boxes and packets they were in and started planning my albums. I went to every workshop Claire held, hosted a few classes and spent all my spare time making pages. Soon I realised instead of spending money I could be making money, and signed up as a consultant. I loved that I could still indulge my passion, while helping others find theirs. I loved getting to know other consultants, working alongside them at big events, going to unit meetings, trainings, and especially Showcase. I met some amazing inspiring people, and developed life-long friendships.
Living in Australia, we would see new products released in North America some time before they reached Australia. We watched from afar as StoryBook Creator software was released and Creative Memories moved into the digital world. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the software! I was fortunate to be in a small group of consultants who were asked to test StoryBook Creator prior to its release. I finished an 11×8.5 book in a weekend, and uploaded it for printing. I can still remember my excitement, standing in the street, tearing the packaging off the parcel. I wanted to show all the strangers in the Post Office my beautiful creation – still one of my most precious possessions!
Although I loved my traditional scrapbooks, the more I got into the digital side of it the more I fell in love with it. I found myself training others, and giving talks on StoryBook Creator and Memory Manager. I started a blog, posting some tips and ideas. I discovered Facebook and the amazing community of digi-scrappers from across the globe. I was still holding my regular workshops, and running occasional ‘parties’ (we had stopped calling them classes by then) but I discovered my true love was teaching and training. I genuinely loved Creative Memories Software, and I loved watching the lights turn on as I helped people learn to use the software for themselves. So when a bunch of us got together and decided to pool our efforts and create a website to train on Memory Manager and StoryBook Creator I was always going to be in that! pixels2Pages was born, and the rest, as they say is history.
Fast forward to August 2013. As we face the changes coming over the next few months, I find myself reflecting on the road I have travelled to bring me to this place. I have so much to be grateful for. I’m thankful for lots of completed albums (and, I have to confess, quite a few uncompleted ones too!). I’m thankful for fun times I’ve had sitting with friends old and new at classes, workshops, crops and retreats. I’m thankful for the people I got to meet, and the good friends I made. I’m thankful for people who allowed me to share their lives, loves and hopes through their albums. I’m thankful for lessons learned about myself, being pushed well out of my comfort zone. I’m thankful for opportunities to stretch myself. I’m thankful for laughter and tears. I’m thankful that the creative side of my brain was unlocked.
I’m especially thankful for my team mates at pixels2Pages, who have daily inspired me, impressed me, challenged me, motivated me, laughed with me, cried with me, laughed at me, cared for me, taught me, and encouraged me. I don’t know what the future holds, but I know that we will continue to play our part. I for one, can’t wait!
Page Details – My Heart Blueprint, O Canada Digital Kit, Holidazzle Alphaset, Abigail Font.