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I’ve always been a bit of a quote-a-holic! So it’s only fitting I start with one … Ralph Waldo Emerson said “Life is a journey, not a destination” I am inclined to agree. But I think I would like to add a few words to his quote …. “Life is a journey, not a destination and the passengers you meet along the way make it all worth the while”

My journey has gone in many directions, over mountains, down a few valleys, over and under some bridges and through many magical lands. And on that journey grand friendships have been forged! (Kind of feels like I am writing the next instalment of Lord of the Rings!)

Some of my closest and dearest friendships have been formed through the acquaintance of Creative Memories and for that, I am truly grateful. I sat in at my first ever CM class at my current day best friend’s home. I told her I was not making photo albums, just frames to go on my wall. So I took along a photo frame and right there on the table I got it out to fill with my photos. I used the ‘lady’s’ cutters and cut every single shape I could get my hands on. I was THAT customer! LOL Of course I put away my frame, did my page and booked a party the very next day! My friend never did do any scrapbooking, but she knows I am here because of her! Thank you Donna!

I really got into my cutting and pasting! It matched very well with my obsessive – compulsive photo taking habit. I owned Kodak you know? It was my husband who all those years ago talked me into becoming a consultant. I didn’t really want to, but he encouraged me and said “You’d be so good at this, you are a teacher and love the crafty side of it all” Never let it be said that I didn’t listen!!!

I loved teaching classes and found that I really had missed leaving my teaching career behind when I had my children. But this was different. People wanted to learn and find out more and get as much inspiration and as many ideas as possible for their own albums. That was the easy part! The creativity came naturally, so I tapped into it and used it to build a large customer base of crafty, like-minded people who all had one thing in common – to preserve their memories for years to come. These passengers stayed with me and have become life-long friends.

Creative Memories became my life. I would often say “I eat, sleep and breathe Creative Memories” And for thirteen years all those hundreds of ‘passengers’ joined me on my journey. Some stayed the distance, but many hopped on and then off. I built up a large team of consultants to share the CM journey with and became a Unit Leader. But it was my extra consultative activities that I probably enjoyed the most. One of my team members asked me to do a consultant only workshop to show our team and some fellow consultants some of the more ‘crafty’ ideas I was doing with my own customers. I loved paper and creating something from nothing and my mum says that “I was born with paste in one hand and glue in the other.” So, it began. My new direction of consultant training. More passengers to meet and inspire and be inspired by.

My background, before CM, was primary school teaching, and in particular, an art teacher. This was a perfect combination for workshop training for consultants. I could take the fantastic Creative Memories products and develop their potential to really ‘create’ something in an album. After all, we were called ‘Creative’ Memories. I always stressed the importance of preserving the memories of the photos and telling the stories and that not every page had to be a work of art, and showing simple designs worked. I loved what I did, my customers loved it and fellow consultants were taking away ideas to promote CM products and increasing workshop attendances and product sales.

Two of the biggest highlights of my CM career were when I was a guest presenter at both our Summit Conference for Leaders and at our annual Showcase Conference. On both occasions I was so humbled by the gratitude of fellow consultants for sharing my ideas  and album designs with them. It was an enormous privilege for me to be bestowed with such an honour to do these presentations. I continued to run monthly consultant workshops and provide ideas for Creative Memories Ideas books and Crop Talks using newly released products. I also got to travel to every state in Australia, except Northern Territory, to present ideas workshops for consultants. There were new passengers all the time. Faces lighting up at the endless possibilities for our Creative Memories products that they just hadn’t thought of!

Then along came digital. “It’s not for me!” I said “I love traditional products too much.”

And that is where I think I changed trains!

It was a whole new world for me. I liked it! My mouse became my new scissors and my screen my palette! I started sharing pages and fun ideas on Facebook and many new passengers (Facebook Friends) crossed my path. Some stayed in my carriage. We gathered together daily like a little clan to chat and share new digital tips and techniques. I was obsessed. Staying up until 3am working on a page and just trying to figure out how to do some fancy design was a common occurrence. The best part of those late night jaunts was the ‘chatter’ to new friends in the USA. This is how I met Jan. Firstly we were ‘cyber-friends’ until we met at our Australian Showcase that she was visiting for. Then we were real friends. At that Showcase, the Australian members of pixels2Pages were all in the same room at the same time. Only at the time p2P had not quite been born. Not long after that Showcase though, we had our first (of hundreds) of web-conference calls and a strong bond between the p2P team was cemented.

These are my travelling pants sisters now!

We are in the carriage together and we are moving forward. I tell you, the ride is bumpy sometimes, but the scenery is spectacular. The creativity and integrity of these women is a force to be reckoned with. Now, I could go on and on and on and on about all the hard work, long hours, laughter and tears as p2P has grown and developed into what it is today, but I am pretty sure those stories have been told and we have a whole entire website to prove it. My journey continues and the slight detours are what keeps it interesting. I am forever grateful to YOU, the passengers, for sharing your stories, your lives and your love with me during our encounters on this trip of a lifetime.

“If you want to be a passenger

Climb aboard with me we’re leaving now

Step outside and see another world

Only if you want to be a passenger”

– Powderfinger

 

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11 Responses to Blog: The passengers you meet

  1. 2acorns 2acorns says:

    Hindsight and celebration are both good gifts. You combined them well… and inspired me to reminisce about my 16 year CM journey on my blog. I’ve had that in the back of my mind, but it needs to move to the front. I’m grateful for all the PEOPLE who have come into my life by making that “simple” decision so long ago. Thanks.

  2. annette says:

    You ladies are too much! What an adventure you’ve let me be a part of! We’re on the train, in the carriage, along for the ride… All at our own speeds, taking in the scenery all in our own time… Thanks for letting me join you on the ride!

  3. inekeloux says:

    And thanks to the “Pixie Train that Could”, lots and lots of peeps are reaping benefits galore. Guess we are all the “good little boys and girls who are happy because you all helped us.” And we are thankful too, appreciating you so.

  4. Sometimes I wish I was on that train as I love what you all do and the inspiration that flows from it! I’m virtually on your train Kerrianne and benefit from all that you share! Someday it would be fun to come visit you!

  5. Donna says:

    loved your addition to the quote….will be using that one. love the blog. thank you

  6. Jenny says:

    I’m one of those who didn’t like cut & paste (scissors & glue), except maybe in Grade 1, but I sure love it with digital. I remember you talking at Summit, I just wanted to absorb everything you were showing that day. Kerrianne Hobbs was “someone”, if only I could get to know her, but I was pretty shy. Then I met you briefly on a visit to Perth, and once again I was too shy to ‘meet’ you, but we did get to exchange pleasantries briefly. It wasn’t until Jan introduced us properly at Showcase that I finally got to meet the person I had admired all those years ago and I too hopped on the train with you and we sat beside each other on many a journey. Up hill and down dale. Unfortunately, I’m one who jumped off when it was full speed ahead, I was heading for a “Silver Streak” and had to get off. Little regrets creep in, but I know you’re on my list of BFFs and we will meet again. Good luck with everything and I’ll be watching to absorb whatever you can throw at me through pixels2Pages. 🙂

    • Kerrianne says:

      AND YOU JUST MADE ME CRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you so much for your words Jenny.
      Some days I wonder why the hell I started on this path, then, as you know, it all turns a corner and gets better.

      Don’t have regrets. They get in the way of what you are really meant to be doing.
      I am such a believer that everything happens for a reason.

      Take care my friend!
      KA

  7. Janice says:

    Reading your blog brings back wonderful memories – sitting at the same table with scissors, tools & “paste”. They were fun, fun, times – and I was so excited to be invited to sit at your table for the first time, and get to “play” with you. Now we get to do the same cutting & pasting without the mess – and we get to share instantly what we’ve done with technology – gotta love that. I treasure our friendship always, and can’t wait for the journeys that are to come.

  8. Jan says:

    So glad I hopped on your train, KA!! I am loving the scenery, but the time spent with the other passengers is by far the best! xx

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