Hi, I’m Susan Molloy
A few years ago, making paper dolls was my thing. I loved them. But then I started making cards and, I don’t know what happened, but I never looked back, and my poor paper doll stamps now sit unused in a drawer.
I am crazy about paper crafting. I can’t resist pretty paper, stamps and ink! Every time Stampin’ Up releases a new catalog, I can feel the excitement build until I am finally able to see what’s in it.
The other thing I’m crazy about are my friends. I love my friends, because they provide me with a strong sense of community and belonging.
It’s the same with my papercrafting community. Spending time papercrafting with other people who love it like you do can give you a chance to get away from everyday life for a little while and be creative. And the people you do it with totally get you! Not everyone understands our crazy passion for papercrafting. But other papercrafters do!
Now a little bit of personal stuff about me:
I live in Lynn, Massachusetts, a coastal city about 12 miles North of Boston.
I was married to my husband Peter for 32 years. Unfortunately he died in March 2019 from cancer. The loss of a spouse that you love deeply is indescribably sad. But my two sisters and my friends “circled the wagons” around me and their love supported me in my hardest days. Despite losing my husband, I still feel that my life is blessed. And as corny as it might sound, a lot of my healing was from immersing myself in papercrafting because being creative gave me an outlet for my grief and gave me a sense of joy and satisfaction. I’m not saying papercrafting is the answer to everything, but it helped me.
The picture below on the left is of Peter and me at Rockefeller Center, NYC over Labor Day Weekend 2017. He’s wearing one of his signature button-down shirts. That man loved button-down shirts! You would rarely see him wearing a t-shirt. It was either a long-sleeve button-down shirt or a short-sleeve button-down shirt.
He even wore a button-down shirt when he did gardening, as you can see from the picture on the right!
I became a Stampin’ Up demonstrator in July 2018 as a hobbyist who really just wanted the discount. Because my wish list was always bigger than my budget, it just made sense to become a demonstrator because right off the bat, you get 20% off everything you purchase. As a Silver demonstrator, I get 25% off. What’s not to love?!
The people I have met as a Stampin’ Up demonstrator are my community. They are people I would not have met if it weren’t for Stampin’ Up, and I am so glad they are a part of my life. You never know what the universe or God has planned for you. Sometimes, you just have to go with it, and you find yourself in the most amazing places with the most amazing people that you never would have imagined on your own.
I don’t consider my Stampin’ Up business as a job in the traditional sense but rather as my fun job. Oh it’s a job that requires a lot of time and effort; there is no doubt about that. But the benefits far outweigh everything else. I can honestly say that, so far, becoming a Stampin’ Up demonstrator was one of the best decisions of my life.
If you have been thinking about joining Stampin’ Up, do it! I would love for you to be part of my team and join me on this journey. And be sure to sign up for my emails so you don’t miss any of my posts.