My name is Pam Staples, Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator. I am a Scuba Diving, Scrapbook Stamping addict toting a Canon EOS D40 married to the love of my life, Mike!
My primary hobby and crafting passion is scrapbooking followed by rubber stamping. I have over 18 years of scrapbooking and 10 years of stamping experience. My first scrapbook project was to document a 1 ½ month college seminar traveling throughout Western Europe. It was a trip of a lifetime so it was important that I preserve my photos and memorabilia which led me to create my first scrapbook. As you can imagine, I was quickly hooked on scrapbooking and have created many masterpieces since my first scrapbook!
The first Stampin’ Up! Workshop I attended was over 10 years ago and was immediately hooked on rubber stamping. I love making handmade cards and gifts. Rubber stamping is also a natural fit with my love of scrapbooking leading me to quickly incorporate stamping into my scrapbook designs. When it came time to plan my wedding, it was an easy decision to make my own invitations and wedding favors using Stampin’ Up! products.
On March 23, 2009, I joined Stampin’ Up! as an Independent Demonstrator which has brought my love of scrapbooking and rubber stamping to a new level. I absolutely LOVE what I DO creating beautiful handmade cards, scrapbook pages and 3D projects such as custom journals. On both a personal and business level, I thoroughly enjoy sharing my passion for scrapbooking and stamping by teaching others how to get started in a new craft , by bringing their hobby to a new level as a scrapbooker and stamper or by joining my team as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.
I was originally nervous about becoming a Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator because I didn’t think I could meet the quarterly minimum of $300.00 but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is an attainable goal. Since I first discovered Stampin’ Up! I had thought it would be a great business opportunity but I didn’t think I could be successful as a demonstrator. It took a very talented friend to convince me that I had the abilities and potential to be a demonstrator. I’ve also discovered that to be a successful demonstrator all you really need is to have a passion and love for crafting – you don’t have to be a Monet or Van Gogh! I’ll be honest, being a demonstrator is a wonderful business opportunity and if you’ve ever thought of becoming a demonstrator I would LOVE to have you join my team by clicking HERE!
To date, I continue to enjoy scrapbooking and stamping whenever possible. I have a wonderful craft studio setup in my home located in Smithfield, North Carolina. As a Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator, I host crops and classes in my home on a regular basis. To learn more about these events, I encourage you to check out my Calendar of Events by clicking HERE! I am also available and would love to help you earn free Stampin’ Up! products by teaching a workshop in your home. If you are interested in hosting a workshop, please call (919) 300-0128 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On a personal note, I am originally from Bloomington, MN. I attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and graduated with a Major in English and Minors in Business and Art. After college, I moved to Denver, CO to attend a post-graduate Paralegal Program which led to a successful 15 year career as a Corporate Securities Paralegal. Since 2006, I’ve been a Stay-At-Home-Wife as I focused on my health while hoping to have children as we dealt with infertility, a miscarriage and cancer. Then, in early 2008, my husband was offered a wonderful position at Talecris Biotheraputics leading us to move from Minnesota to Smithfield, NC with our pets. Once we were settled into our new home in North Carolina, Mike and I decided to pursue domestic adoption of a newborn infant and we’ve been approved to adopt since January 9, 2009. In September 2009, we were matched with a Birthmom and we brought our son home on September 23, 2009.
Over the past year, we’ve lost a couple of pets. Both Ashbey and Gabriel passed away. Ashbey passed away in October 2009 from liver failure and Gabriel passed away on May 19, 2010 from cancer. They are both greatly missed! We then added another furry family member to our household on June 5, 2010 with the addition of our Golden Retriever puppy, Cooper.
Here are the newest family additions:
Our son, Caleb (his adoption was finalized in April 2010!) and Cooper!