All my favorite stamps and inks are from Stampin’ Up, so naturally I was interested to hear from my friend, Melissa Fisher, about her experiences as a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator. Melissa is a busy mom with three kids ages three, two and one, yet she manages to create countless beautiful creations as well as make some income with her Stampin’ Up business. For more information, make sure you check out Melissa’s website and project idea gallery listed at the end of this post!
What is your scrappin’ job, and how does it involve scrapbooking?
I sell Stampin’ Up products. I utilize their products in crafting hobbies such as card making, gift bags, decorative displays and picture frames. I also use them in my personal scrapbooking.
How did you discover this job?
I was introduced to their products by my sister-in-law, once I had my 1st baby. I have been using their products for 3-4 years now. I decided I was more available now to start selling.
What made you think this job was for you?
I enjoy crafting, and Stampin Up products spark my imagination. It is very natural to me to dive into something I enjoy.
Where are most of your work hours spent (at home / away, etc)?
At home. The only away time is throwing parties at other homes.
What kind of hours do you work: Weekdays 9 to 5? Weekends? Anytime?
Anytime really. I spend time crafting usually at naptimes for the kids and at night when they are in bed, while my husband partakes of his hobbies. My prep time for parties is mostly at those times.
Describe “A day in the life of a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator”
I am always looking for ideas, watching the kids play and snapping photos. Surviving the day with a 3, 2 and 1 year old. I escape to my craft corner in the master bedroom during naptime to think of possibilities or email my customers/handle orders. Then I get going again with kids, dinner, night-time rituals. My husband and I escape to the master bedroom to have “hobby time”. So most of my time with Stampin’ Up is at naptimes and night-time. Occasionally the kids entertain me as I trim a stamp or two, or allow me to cut paper while they color at the table!! Currently I am typing while they are eating breakfast…won’t last long.
What is your favorite thing about your job?
I get to create!! I get to help others create.
Let’s talk income. On average, your job provides:
a) Lot’s of fun, minimal income.
b) Enough to support your scrappin’ habit.
c) Some extra spending money for the family.
d) A substantial second income for your family.
e) Your family’s primary income.
b) Enough to support my scrappin’ habit (working towards extra spending $$ for family!!).
What inspires you most creatively?
Everything. I see ideas all around me. I look at pictures in magazines, websites, listen to others ideas, and as always survey Michael’s/Hobby Lobby!!
What is your scrappin’ style?
I suppose mostly traditional. I have explored a little digital scrapbooking, but for the most part enjoy creating it myself. I enjoy the freedom of creativity with stamping.
What are your favorite Stampin’ Up product(s)?
That’s a hard question. At first I would’ve said the stamps, the stamp pads and wheels; but I have begun exploring more of their products and I am finding those exciting also. The pastels, the watercolor crayons, the color spritzer, heat embossing, markers, and the punches. I love them all!!!
What are your favorite pictures to scrap?
Of course, hands down my family!! I happen to think they are the GREATEST!!
What is the most difficult thing for you to scrap?
I guess I would think the difficult times. I haven’t personally dived into scrapbooking challenging times. An example would be my daughter having a seizure in the car and then being diagnosed with seizures, or my other daughter’s journey with allergies. I think though those things that are most difficult are the most rewarding, so with that said I hope to challenge myself to scrap those thoughts!!
What keeps you scrappin’?
Life. I think it’s an exciting way to enjoy those things around me and be thankful for what I have. It also has allowed me to encourage those around me and celebrate them. I have always enjoyed creativity and this has been the best outlet to date!!!
Where do you see your scrapbooks in 50 years?
Hopefully done!! HA.HA. I still have to scrapbook my wedding album, along with a travel album, and all 3 kids!! I have so many that I want to create. I would mostly like to catch up!!
What is your favorite scrappin’ tip?
See potential in anything. Everything has possibilities from a penny to a piece of string. As always for me I have to keep in the back of my mind KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid)!! Simpler is better!!
Anything else you’d like to share?
I would say to anyone, believe you have the possibility to be creative. It only takes seeing the possibility and trying.
Thanks for sharing with us, Melissa!
For more info, check out Melissa’s website. You can also see more of her fabulous work in her idea galley.