I worked at Hewlett Packard for 15 years. I left my job in December 1997 to be a full-time mom. I didn’t want another job – I was completely filled being a mom. On my twin boys’ 1st birthday, my friend Lisa got me the “big kit” – that was my first introduction to Creative Memories. I would scrap at the kitchen table – when I could. And, I’d have to clean up the mess every time because my three kids were so little. Eventually, I created a space in the corner of our bedroom. I loved creating scrapbook pages. I enjoyed being creative with the tools, papers, and stickers. I knew my kids would enjoy the albums, but I definitely looked at this as a creative outlet and hobby. When my daughter entered kindergarten in 1998, I found out that her teacher was a Creative Memories consultant. In 2000 I signed up to be a consultant – just wanting to get my goodies for less. After being a consultant for a while – seeing and hearing about what my customers created and stories they told of what creating these album meant to them — I began to realize how much bigger this was than just a hobby. We were all creating these legacies of love not only for our immediate family but literally for generations to come. Generations from now, my grandchildren and so on will have a glimpse into my everyday life. They will know what was important to me and where I spent my time and energy. When I left my job in 1997 I never wanted another job – I found a career in Creative Memories not just a job. Creative Memories taught me to teach my children to find your passion and find a way to make money at your passion.
When digital came out, I fell in love with it right away. I was always trying to find a way to do digitally what I had done traditionally. I quickly became very good using the software. Soon, I found people asking me how to create digitally. I was encouraged by my customers and fellow consultants to submit my name to the CM Design Team. Finally, in 2011 (I think) I submitted some page layouts to the CM Design Team. I was so afraid of pressing the send button. I really was surprised when Jenny (Dammann) Rowan called and invited me to the team. I LOVED getting the digital content early to create goodies for CM. It was like getting Christmas presents every month. I was thrilled to give back to the company that had brought me so much joy.
While on the CM Design Team, I met Jan McCallum. I am not sure when she called me to be a part of what was to become my new path at pixels2Pages, but that call changed my life. I can’t even begin to tell you how grateful I am to be a pixels2Pages team member! I am confident in what I do, but…… these ladies are so crazy talented. I learn from them every day!
And, now, there’s a new path for the pixels2Pages team. If someone had told me in 1998, when I was first introduced to Creative Memories, that I would be a partner in an international business – I would have told them they were crazy! And, I would have probably run in the opposite direction. Now, the sky, or should I say “The Globe” is the limit!
p.s. – This blog is dedicated to Carolyn Bodkin. She is the one who always encourages my writing. I will be forever grateful for her encouragement.