Monday, November 1, 2010

Introducing Tracy Raymond

Tracy tells us that she calls her stamping story the “Journey of the Unmounted Stamp”!  She was introduced to Stampin’ Up! at a workshop approximately 4 years ago when she remembers falling in love with all of the ideas and creative possibilities that Stampin’ Up! had to offer,  but with the birth of her 2 children, these stamps sat un-mounted until last year!  She joined a stamp club with a friend about 1 year ago, and says that the Stampin’ Up! passion was re-ignited.  She signed up to be an Independent Demonstrator for the discount and savings, but with much support and encouragement, she is now happy to offer workshops, classes and more!

Tracy’s favorite product is the Big Shot with all of its accompanying texture plates and embossing folders.  She loves to create texture in the projects that she makes, and loves to pay attention to the little details in a project.  She laughingly tells us that her husband even asked what this “embossing thing” was the other day after a class as he heard her mention the term repeatedly!  She also recalls one of her favorite workshop experiences when an attendee actually shouted out because she was so excited to see the embossed paper and could not believe that anyone could do something so “magic”!
Tracy is blessed to have a stamping space to call her own.  It had been a slow process to create this unique space with her parenting responsibilities, but she says that her husband is always coming up with different ideas for storage.  She says that when she enters her stamping space, she’s instantly happy and ready to create!  Tracy tells us that through Stampin’ Up!, she has been able to find the balance and passion again in her life.  She has had to re-examine who she was after becoming a mom, and says that some of the wonderful relationships that she has formed during her “stamping time” at workshops, classes, or club nights has been the vehicle to help her discover who she is and to help her through the ups and downs of parenting.  She says that one of her favorite experiences is sharing stamping time with a friend that is now a member of her Team.  She feels very special that her friend is a part of her team, and her friend had even given her a beautiful birthday with a strip of her friend’s favorite designer paper!

Tracy’s advice to us to not get stuck on making our project “perfect”!  She tells us that it is only paper that it usually has two sides for a reason!  She tells us that she finds just doing something and putting it on paper starts the creativity process, and the more we stamp, the easier it becomes to create!
Check out Tracy’s castle on the Royal Blog Tour!  It doesn’t sound like we’ll be disappointed with any of the creations that she looks forward to sharing with us!

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