I started crafting for stress relief and quickly became hooked. I have always liked to make things, but was not always the best at it. I would give things a go and as I practiced, I got better over time. I found I needed more instruction than just watching YouTube videos, so I joined a craft group. I enjoyed the company of others and learning different crafting techniques.
In 2015 I went to my first Senz (a crafters expo in Auckland) just for the day and realised that they offer master classes during the weekend. Since then I have done a variety of classes and extended my knowledge of different craft mediums.
When I moved town, I really struggled to find a new craft group. For a year I traveled back to my previous home town for a monthly crafting group, but the drive was really tiring. I then saw an ad for a Stampin' Up group not far from where I lived. I went along and enjoyed the card making classes. I liked the quality of the Stampin' Up products and decided to become a demonstrator so I could start up a craft group near where I lived.
I am now starting my own crafting groups. I will be running a therapeutic craft group on Fridays at my professional rooms in Pukekohe, with an emphasis on mindfulness and wellness though crafting. I also plan to have a monthly card making group at Te Kohanga Hall on Sunday afternoons, with a view to eventually starting a scrapbooking group once a month on either Friday evenings or Sunday afternoons.
Being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is so rewarding. Not only do I get to be creative every day, I also get to be a creative coach, offering fresh project ideas and encouragement to my customers and friends.
For me, helping someone create that perfect project for a special occasion or to promote stress release and wellness is the best feeling in the entire world. After all, creating cards, scrapbook pages, and gift items is about more than just stamps and ink—it’s about sharing a part of yourself with the people you love.