It all started when…
I got a letter in the mail that said ”Come see the new Shoebox to Showcase scrapbook albums; learn how to get your pictures out of those yucky sticky albums; Bring a friend and get a FREE PEN!
Of course I wanted to learn about putting pictures in albums- This was 1989, and ordering triplicate copies of pictures were the ”in” thing to do when you developed pictures. Which meant that my once scant box of pictures was now exploding all over the place in numerous boxes, spilling out of bags, and peeking out from under the bed. SO many pictures because I now had two little children. And I meant to capture every new outfit, messy face and all the in-betweens.
I was fortunate to be able to take my babies with me to some of my patient’s homes as I worked as a Home Care nurse. During those long drives they asked for stories of when they were little. ”mama! tell me when….” (But you ARE little, I’d think to myself) and the days had been busy and I couldn’t remember stories. Until I took out the boxes of pictures. Every picture had a story! amazing.
So when ‘that’ letter came in the mail, I knew this is what I wanted to do with my pictures. ”This will help your child’s self esteem!” oh yes, I was all over that one.
And the FREE pen- I wanted that too. I mean, it was FREE! Who can I invite… let’s see… Jeannie! we have kids the same age, I’ll invite her.
My old car was bigger and fit all of us; A 1969 Chevy Impala, purchased brand new by my grandmother, in 1969 of course. We settled in for the 2 1/2 hour ride from Redlands, California to Escondido; It was a 103 degree day in August, and the air conditioner didn’t work.
The look on the lady’s face when we walked into her house is one I will never forget. I think her thoughts were something like this. “Oh my… they brought FOUR kids under the age of 3? I never promised a babysitter!”
But that day changed our lives. I saw her opened family album with pictures and stories written. I touched the pages, turned them slowly, looking at Jeannie. “we have to DO THIS!”
When we showed our mom’s group, they ignited with excitement like we had; We made photo albums for our kids; we talked, cried, worried about being good mommies. And we wrote it all down.
How does your story start? What impactful event happened in your life to change it’s course.. and is your story written down?
And, as it turns out, you DO have a story to tell. And so do many others;
And, they are your friends!
What do you want to capture and hold on to?
On my next blog I will share the Pop Up Shop idea. Stay tuned!
The new Pop Up Shop is our way of encouraging new mothers as they write their story with photos. What do you want to capture and hold on to?
A Pop Up Shop is designed to help us find those who really need our services. Too many are losing their family memories and stories with the new technology of sharing only but not printing them. We know you are passionate about this like we are, and Creative Memories is here to help people start, by helping where they are: stuck with un-printed photos. We will teach you how to easily print from your phone, then encourage you to tell your story.
Oh, and you get more than a FREE pen when you invite a guest to come with you to the Pop Up Shop. More than free gifts though; YOU are actually the one giving. GIVING the gift of memories saved and enjoyed, to your friends. I can already hear you saying ”Who can I bring with me!” It won’t be 103 degrees either.
Creative Memories is introducing some new products into new markets and we know that you, tried and true avid memory keepers, are all in on New Products! We also want to reward you for helping us, as you invite new friends to come along. These would be NEW to CM or have been ‘gone’ for 3 or more years. (because… CM was gone for just a bit and many don’t know we are BACK!)
WHEN: April 22, Saturday night 6-8 p.m. or Sunday, April 23 1-3 p.m. in the entryway of the Event center at the Ramada Inn, Saco, Maine. This is a FREE, come and go event.
WHAT: A beautiful backdrop for Festiveness, and for our professional photographer.bring a friend, soon-to graduate son/daughter, new bride, mother, granddaughter.. Make it a fun family outing- we will take a professional family photo then dad hangs out with the kids doing something special and mom has a look at the Pop Up Shop. Perhaps there will be ice cream… working on that!
The photos will be printed on site and you and your guest will have the opportunity to make a easy page, a card or a gift.
*Your guest AND you will receive a free exclusive CM Maker. 2 guests: Maker and exclusive paper pack. 3 guests: Maker, paper pack and $10 off their first order.
*specially priced bundles: Baby, wedding, travel, graduation and generic. Free gift with bundle purchase; FREE Shipping.
*drawing for a ‘’New Product Pack’’
*Guests will learn how to print photos from their phone (tricks on using your phone to get pics printed)
*Opportunity to have follow up coaching session, individually or as a group.
*In order to plan, let me know you are coming!
The FOUR Bundles available will be:
Wedding; what’s important enough you want to relive it again and again? Keeping love alive!
Baby; your new bundle of joy will grow up in the blink of an eye- what moments do you want to last forever?’
Graduation and school; Let’s face it- you’re a mom – it’s all about them!
Travel: your vacation will last more than a week when you can re-live those memories over and over.
I guess another sign of the changing technology times is that you won’t get a letter in your mailbox… instead, it’s this, in your IN-box. But, FREE is still good in any language and any era of time!
See you on the 22nd or 23rd! wohooo! Can’t wait to share this FUN with you and your friends.
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Lanita Medina 207-975-4700