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.


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10 Responses to Blog: Saying Goodbye

  1. Janice says:

    Kim, you’re one of the kindest, sweetest, most talented people I know – and to be working with you doesn’t seem like work at all! I love hanging out with you, even though it’s across the miles – one day – we’ll hang out for real …. can’t wait!

  2. Mary says:

    Wonderful blog Kim. I am blessed to call you a friend and to get to work with you daily.

  3. Deanna Emmert says:

    Kim–each one of you Pixies is GIFTED in so very many ways. I am constantly astounded and amazed and encouraged at what all of you come up with. Thank you!

  4. Jan says:

    Wonderful blog, Kim (as always)! I love it when you share from your heart. This one made me remember the shapes Webinar we did together. We’ve come a long way! xx

  5. Kim and Carolyn both – I’m so grateful for the inspiration you bring to the p2P family! You’ve made a difference in my life! Kim – so fun to see the journey you’ve been on with CM and now p2P. Thanks for all you do!

  6. suebrown suebrown says:

    I love reading the blogs that you Pixies write! This month we have learned more about each Pixie and how you started with Creative Memories. Loved your page! Thanks for teaching us how to use this fantastic software. I am so thrilled that I can continue to learn through your tips, challenges, tutorials, and videos. Thank you!

  7. Carolyn says:

    My darling sweet friend. You have honored me in so many ways. Today is just another reflection of how pure and sensitive your heart is to other people. I love you.

  8. 3starrabbit says:

    I think ‘crazy talented’ is an understatement. Ya’ll constantly amaze me!!!

  9. Cathy says:

    Where is the LIKE button?? We all have similar beginning stories, Kim. Wonder what the future holds? I am excited about the change, yet can’t quite give up my traditional-ness. Keep inspiring us with your CRAZY talent.

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