It’s been a big journey that started way back when my oldest was a pre-schooler. I have some news of my own to share – but I’ll get to that soon. My last minute decision to attend a Creative Memories Class that sparked my love of scrapbooking started this journey. How I loved creating pages with paper, photos and journaling to tell our stories. Just 6 months after that Class I signed up as a Consultant and loved sharing everything I loved about memory keeping, including all the new cool stuff each month. I threw myself into making displays, boards and boards of layouts and cool ways to use the tools, papers and supplies. I still have a few ideas albums that were just for workshops and weekend retreats.
Then digital arrived! I jumped in with both feet, loving everything about it. The options are endless, and there’s no mess to clean up! However, I do have to say, I still love playing with paper to this day and am very good at making a huge mess, but I’m more into card making and paper craft now than traditional scrapbooking. Digital just makes sense in this day and age of smartphones and digital cameras.
Posting pages on the CM Go Digi Facebook group, waking up the next morning to see all the likes and comments, writing instructions to share on just how I achieved the look I’d created – I loved it all. It’s the frustrated teacher in me. I always wanted to be a school teacher, but deferred from Teacher’s College, took a gap year, got a job, started earning money, and never ended up going to college – so this scrapbooking thing and then digi scrapping and the digital age was right up my alley. Sharing ideas, helping people learn how to create pages, tell their story, use the wonderful tools of what is now called Artisan – it is so satisfying.
We have all written about how p2P started, so I won’t go over that again. It goes without saying the wonderful journey we have all had with the amazing women I have been happy to call not only my work colleagues but also my friends. All of the p2P team, both past and present have a connection that will never be broken. I am in awe of what we have achieved. We started a company – HUGE! We ran that company for 6+ years together – HUGE! We created a place where people loved to come and learn and they became our “peeps”, our “fans” and our extended family! Without all of you it wouldn’t have been possible! How amazing that 12 women, from all over the USA, Canada & Australia did all of this! We have had a few changes in our team, but nothing could have been achieved without each and every one of us – we have all had something to contribute, something to share, something to teach and something so special that makes p2P what it is. Fast track to recent times and we achieved something that not many small companies can. We not only ran our business for 6+ years successfully keeping it afloat with expenses of running a business, we managed to make a name for ourselves, and have been successfully acquired by Forever. That is amazing! I am so happy for our company to have achieved something so wonderful. Sadly though we are saying goodbye to Kerrianne, Justine & Penny. It’s a strange feeling knowing that going forward we are not quite the same, but I do know that these girls have left a legacy and big shoes to fill. I know that the p2P team will continue to strive towards a fabulous teaching site providing inspiration and loads of wonderful tips, techniques and everything that makes p2P what it is.
Which brings me to my news. Over the years I have contributed many things to p2P. Crops, Challenges, Videos (which I said at the very beginning I was never going to do!!!), Blueprints, Pixie Dust, Store Products, Blogs and more, the list is long. I have learnt soooooo much along the way and I have taught so much too which is so satisfying. To see pages posted on Facebook using things I have designed or taught and people posting their covers of completed books with something I’ve designed on the front makes me so happy to think I have had a hand in someone else’s journey of memory keeping.
Things are changing though. With the acquisition of p2P by Forever I now have a new job!!! One that I am so excited about and a teeny bit nervous about too. I am now a Designer at Forever! It feels strange to actually say and type that word. A Designer!!! I am so excited that Forever thought I would be the right person for that job. I am actually working on kits that will be heading into the Forever Store! It’s a bit of a dream come true really. With my new position though, I won’t be a part of the p2P team like I used to be. I am saying good-bye to so many of the roles I used to do and I will no longer be involved in training. There is one aspect of my new job that I am not letting go of though, and that’s the Day2Day Project. I think just about everyone knows my love of all things Day2Day and I am really excited that I will be continuing to look after the Themes, Pixie Dust and Day2Day offerings that is part of p2P.
As Justine wrote just a few days ago, this is one of the hardest blogs I’ve ever written. I kept putting off writing these words in my last Blog for p2P, it’s so hard to express sometimes the meaning of being part of p2P. All I can say is, my glasses are fogging up, my eyes are leaking, and I’m just typing how I talk which if you’ve read my blogs in the past you know that’s how I write. Even though English was one of my best subjects as school, I am not the best writer. I love extra exclamation marks and dashes.
So I’m signing off now, for the last time as a p2P team member. But I’ll still be around, watching out for Day2Day pages, eagerly watching out for new techniques and tips that the p2P team will still be offering each week.
Thanks everyone for a wonderful ride!!!!! — Love you all —