November 13: Creative Memories
I came home this afternoon to a wonderful gift: my first box of Creative Memories supplies in over seven years. I felt as though I had reconnected with a long-lost friend, and we picked up our relationship without skipping a beat.
I was first introduced to Creative Memories in 1996, and was immediately smitten. At the time, I had Rubbermaid boxes under the bed filled with envelopes of developed photos, and I was ashamed at the lack of organization. I had always intended to display them for all to enjoy, but somehow I never found the time – or the right method.
Creative Memories not only provided quality products, but also necessary instruction to properly preserve these pictures for present as well as future generations.
I enjoyed the decorative element, but it was journaling the story behind the picture that completely resonated with me.
Less than a year later I became a Creative Memories consultant. While I instinctively knew the scrapbooking industry was on the verge of explosion – and therefore offered a financial opportunity – I quickly realized I was no salesman. In fact, I really dreaded the moment in the presentation when I had to ask participants to review the order form.
However, I adored teaching the value of preserving memories. I especially enjoyed the skeptic who vowed she would never “scrapbook” but in the end, completely adopted the mission: to preserve the past – enrich the present – and inspire hope for the future.
Unbeknownst to me, this experience provided the necessary credentials to transition into teaching 6th grade… which ultimately led to a rewarding teaching career for over a decade.
I owe a lot to Creative Memories – and it feels right to come full circle and embrace the consultant status once again.