I am very privileged to have some amazing friends, and two of those friends happened to 'pop' in to see me today. It was such a surprise to see them both, and what was meant to be a quick half hour, ended up being a two hour plus visit !
So, where does the Salami come into the equation .... well, for a while now, I've been unsure as to what direction to take with my Stampin Up business. I am passionate about Stampin Up and also passionate about scrapbooking. My friends know how I feel about my work, and that often, through my own insecurities, I feel that my work and instructions are not good enough. One minute I feel that scrapbooking is the direction that I want to take, and yet sales and enquiries from customers, point me in the card making and 3d project direction. I absolutely love all areas of crafting, I eat, breathe and sleep crafting, but my heart will always belong to scrapbooking.
My friends were enthusing and encouraging me, but could tell that something was wrong. After a little more questioning, I confessed that I was scared of failing, and that my customers might not like my work, and that I might lose all my loyal customers.
One of the friends said "How do you eat Salami" ? To be honest, I thought she'd lost the plot ! "Well" ? she asked. Huh ? Surely you just eat Salami ?? "The answer ..." she said, "... is that you slice it. You can't eat a whole Salami, you have to slice it. Just as, you can't be an overnight success, you have to work at it. Imagine each step as a slice". I thought about it. Maybe rather than be scared of failing, I should take small 'slices' and build up from there.
So, thats what I'm doing. I'm taking small slices ! If you look on the left hand bar of my blog, you will see a NEW page. It is my scrapbooking page, and over time, I'm going to add all those layouts that I've been storing for no other reason than I thought my instructions wouldn't be good enough. I will over time be selling my instructions to match the layouts - but they will be simplified. They will not have step-by-step photographs, but they will have easy to follow instructions and photographs of different sections. If there's a special technique that I've used, then I will add a link to either a you tube video or a link to explain the technique.
I would love to have the time to do the wonderful step-by-step, full of photographs, all saluting, high falooting instructions, but sadly, I have limited time available to me. I would prefer to spend the time producing layouts !
So … thanks to the ‘girls’ for a fantastic, unexpected visit today – and I will remember to appreciate and count my ‘slices’ every day !
Ooops – I nearly forgot – watch out for my forthcoming You Tube videos – yup, you will hear my proud Scouse accent … live !!! ha ha ha !
As always, if you would like to place an order, or if you have any questions – then please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 01706 351299 or text me on 07765 847062