Monday, October 1, 2012

Make A Change Monday - Following Your Passion (and a Giveaway!)

A lot of people ask me how I got my start in this business. "Timing and luck" is my short answer, but the long answer is of course a little more complicated.

I have always enjoyed crafting, but got hooked on scrapbooking when I was in college. I loved going to crops with my girlfriends and working on projects when Don was deployed, and I'd even joined a small home-based scrapbooking business, but it was just for fun. I was a social worker with a military husband in a time of war. Every time we moved I had to look for a new job, and that got more and more difficult as the years went on. We had just moved for the fourth time and I was looking for work when the owner of the scrapbooking business asked me if I would be willing to help her with marketing. She couldn't pay me much to start, but she would give me a bigger discount on my scrapping supplies, and as we (hopefully) grew, so would my paycheck.

I continued to look for a job in my field, but as time passed and nothing was coming my way, Don and I had to make a decision.  Did I go out and find a job that didn't pay as much just to cover the bills?  Or did I take a chance on this little scrapbook company? It was a VERY tough decision for us.  Don is incredibly responsible and smart and wanted to make sure we would have a secure future, but he is also amazingly supportive and knew how unhappy I had been with how my career was unfolding. So we took a leap of faith.

I'm not going to lie and say the next few years were sunshine and rainbows - it was not easy.  We had to make some deep cuts to our budget and there were times when the company struggled to pay me and I had my doubts along the way, but I loved the creativity, I loved working with people who were excited about crafting, I loved being able to work from home no matter where in the world we lived, and I loved the industry. Don and I stuck it out and in the end that little company was bought by Xyron, and the rest is history. I am an incredibly lucky woman who followed my passion and found happiness and success making a living doing something I love.

So why am I rambling on about this now?  Because I recently reunited with two women who were consultants in that little scrapbooking company so many years ago, and they too have decided to follow their passion.  I am just so excited for them I could burst!

I've known Ginger Cooper (an attorney) and Michelle Young (a teacher) for years. They - like me - were two successful women who were looking for something to feed their souls as well as their pocketbooks. They - also like me - were offered an opportunity that could offer great reward, but also offered financial risk. So you know what they did?  They followed their passion, and are now the proud new owners of Scrap Jammies - a monthly kit club dedicated to helping people preserve their memories quickly, affordably, and creatively. I had the chance to meet them for lunch in Florida not too long ago, and am just in awe of their drive and how many wonderful successes they have had already, and you can just SEE the happiness in their faces. That is what makes all of the worries and long hours and questions and risk worth it - to find happiness and success and passion in what you do.

To celebrate their new business Ginger and Michelle have given me a BUNCH of kits to give away to you my fabulous friends...and you are going to have two ways to win!

1. Leave a comment here and you will be entered to win.
2. Head on over to the Scrap Jammies FB page, tell them I sent you, and you will be entered to win again!

THREE lucky winners are going to win a prize pack containing three Scrap Jammies Kits and a Xyron Tape Runner, so you can literally start creating as soon as you open the box. I'll announce the winners on my Facebook page tomorrow morning. Not a bad way to kick off the week!

Congratulations Ginger and Michelle - I am so thrilled for you and can't wait to watch you grow!

123 comments:

  1. Way to follow your dreams, Beth! Hoping it works for me, too. :)

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  2. I loved your story. Starting a business can be scary thing. Good luck to Ginger and Michelle with Scrap Jammies!

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  3. How wonderful is that! Love when someone doesn't give up their dreams or passions.

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  4. Wonderful give away, and great story!
    You're much braver than I!
    Although I have started selling my cards!
    Going over to say HI to the Scrap Jammies girls!
    Have a great week!

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  5. I too belonged to that small scrapbooking company and I'm still scrapping my life away!! I remember Michelle from there too and it's great that you girls have opened a business!!

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  6. I have been to Scrap Jammies on facebook and am so excited to see a new company launch. I am sure that your story has inspired them. Thank you for sharing with us. I had always wondered how you became Xyron's spokesperson.

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  7. Thanks for throwing some inspiration our way and sharing your story with us

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  8. I love this story and I love when people decide to do what they love - even when their is risk involved! Such courage!

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  9. How exciting.....That is so awesome....Congrats to Scrap Jammies....and I always love your stories. Thank you for sharing it with us. :)

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  10. I love scrapbooking! Great giveaway!

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  11. What an awesome story, thanks for sharing. I LOVE the giveaways.

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  12. Love your story!Thanks for sharing it and for the inspiration!Awesome!
    Have a wonderful day,
    Migdalia

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  13. I too am an attorney and would love to find a way to make my passion for scrapbooking my profession! You go girls!

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  14. Good for you !!! What a great story . I hope your friends find all of the success and happiness you did. On my way to Scrap Jammies ....love the name !

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  15. It is always so encouraging hearing great success stories of women following their passions! It may take hard work, pinching pennies, and longer than you thought it would but so very worth it in the end. Off to check out Scrap Jammie's.....

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  16. What a great story. My cousin just lost her job and I'm going to send her this link too. Don't know if I have enough drive anymore to try this unless I could do it with someone else. Good for you.

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  17. I loved reading your story, thank you for sharing and giving so much inspiration to those who are leary of making that leap of faith to try something new and scary. Best wishes and good luck to Scrap Jammies, I love kits and will go to their FB page to have a look at what they offer.

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  18. Love hearing your story again Beth, I didn't know Ginger too well met her once in Texas at a weekend training for that little startup company :). Love Michelle and have wondered how she was doing on more than one occasion.

    Happy to hear
    Jan H

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  19. Wonderful testimony. I like to support new businesses. Looking forward to following Scrap Jammies. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of their kits!

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  20. Love hearing these kinds of stories. I always find it interesting in how people got their start. So glad it has worked out for you!

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  21. Wow! Loved to hear about your journey. It will be fun to follow scrap Jammies! THanks for the chance to win!

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  22. What a cool story and awesome giveaway!

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  23. Wow. I have been trying to decide to continue to follow my dream of opening my scrapbooking business and if you can do I can too.

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  24. TY for sharing:)
    Sandy @ turtlelover@firehousemail.com

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  25. awesome writeup! great giveaway!

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  26. What a great story! It's so great when what seems like a long shot works out in the end! :)

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  27. How inspiring!! Stories like that are so motivating:) Wonderful giveaway.

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  28. What a great story! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  29. I said hi on their FB page. Sounds like scrapbook kits made for me. Not enough time, not creative enough and not enough $$.

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  30. I love your story! It is so full of hope! I love hearing that your " leap of faith" paid off.

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  31. Hello,What a great story! Thanks for sharing! I love crafting, especially cards & scrapbooking! I am almost 80 yrs. old & still keep up pretty good....Never win anything, but sure won't if not entered...Have a great day!!!

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  32. Your a lucky lady Beth, a great hubby and a great job!

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  33. Thank you for sharing your story Beth! It is encouraging and uplifting and the kind of stuff you print and pin on your inspiration board. Hope your friends are super successful! Will go on their FB page now.

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  34. Congratulations Ladies and best wishes for the success of your new company! Thanks Beth for your inspiration always! Great story!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    sheila
    sbkzb@verizon.net

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  35. Good luck in following your passion.

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  37. What a lovely story Beth, thanks for sharing with us.

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  38. Congratulations on following your dream....

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  39. What a wonderful story. I hope Scrap Jammie's works out for Ginger and Michelle!

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  41. Inspiring stories! Thanks for sharing and offering a wonderful giveaway!

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  42. I love the story and my husband started a business in a similar way. Those first years were incredibly lean and when we had to use our home as collateral all my fingers and toes were crossed! 13 years later we have a multimillion dollar corporation and I've been able to retire early and persue my dream of crafting daily! Congrats Beth and Scrap Jammies!

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  43. Great story and wonderful giveaway. They say good things come to those who wait and it seems to be true in your case!

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  44. Always love to hear inspiring stories. Would love to win.

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  45. I'm glad that little company introduced us :)

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  46. Oh how fantastic to follow your dreams and make everyday a creative one...can't wait to see the kits...if anyone knows me i need help with mixing papers....crossing my fingers...tfs

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  47. What an inspiring story! We never know where life takes us.

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  48. Love the article! thanks so much for the chance!

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  49. awesome story! Thanks for having a giveaway!

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  50. wow how awesome to follow your dreams. thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.

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  51. How great to hear of your passion and dreams and the end result. I am happy for you. and hoopefully I can win this deal and get some juices going. thanks for the chance

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  52. I love stories about people who take risks to follow their dreams!! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  53. Great story! Amazing to see the ties from that company have remained in place and girls met and still remain in contact with each other!
    sa scrap

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  54. Great story and great giveaway!

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  55. What a great story! Best to all!

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  56. This is so inspiring to me. I am a college girl who just loves to scrapbook and I am hoping I can one day turn my passion into a career. :)

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  57. this is fabulous and i love reading about people who follow their passions so best wishes in this new adventure for them!

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  58. Love reading how people got started in their business. Wishing Scrapjammies much success.I left them some love.

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  59. Very inspiring post. I wish ScrapJammies much luck and thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  60. I would love to win this product. I am interested in exploring kits as a teaching tool. So winning would allow me to explore this option. I did go out an invest in a 5 1/2" sticker maker this weekend. Now I hve the X and the 2 1/2" xyron machine.

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  61. Wonderful story Beth, following your dreams...and yes dreams do come true~ Thank you for the chance to win~

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  62. What a great story! Good luck Scrap Jammies on your new business.

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  63. I loved reading about your journey! Gives me hope that maybe someday i'll be able to do what i love for a living too! :) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  64. I would love to have my own business dealing with crafts/scrapbooking. It is great to see people taking the chance and making the big step..

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  65. Loved you story...doing something to feed your soul...great inspiration!

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  66. What a great story! It is so nice to see people follow their dreams and have it work out so well. I will definitely check out Scrap Jammies. Thanks for the chance to win this great prize.

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  67. Thank you for sharing your story!! Sounds like a crazy but awesome journey, with more to come I'm sure. :)

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  68. Wonderful story about following your passion and dreams. Looks like you all followed your dreams. Congratulations! Looks like a fun company. Can't wait to see more of them and their product and ideas. Thanks for the chance!

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  69. What a wonderful story of following your dreams. Looking forward to seeing more of their ideas

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  70. What an encouraging, inspiring story!! Thanks for sharing--I love hearing these success stories!

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  71. What a lovely story about following your dreams. Good luck to you all with Scrap Jammies. It sounds like a fun company to work at. Thank you for a chance to win a kit.

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  72. Thank you for sharing your story and may God continue to bless you.

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  73. Lovely story. Best of luck with your new adventure!

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  74. So inspiring. Thanks for sharing your story and introducing us to Scrap Jammies!

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  75. This story is so inspiring. I have been unemployed for quite some time and would love to be able to make money doing something I love like scrapbooking. Thanks for introducing us to Scrap Jammies!

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  76. I love reading these type of stories! Congrats to you and thank you for sharing Scrap Jammies.

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  77. Love to hear success stories. Good luck

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  78. Thanks for bringing us the story of Scrap Jammies. I am a newbie to scrapbooking but love card making :)

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  79. Your story is inspiring and I love the happy ending. Scrap Jammies sounds interesting and I will be on the look out for more success from all of you! :) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  80. Wow! I love how everything worked out for you! Thank you for sharing your story! Thank you for sharing Scrap Jammies with us.

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  81. Since I used to own my own Gift Basket store, I applaud you for going forward with this fabulous business! I wish you Ginger & Michelle, ALL the very best and thank you for the opportunity to share in your excitement.The name ScrapJammies ROCKS!! I think this quote that I found for you sums up all of your future moments:
    CREATIVITY IS INVENTING, EXPERIMENTING,GROWING,TAKING RISKS,BREAKING RULES, MAKING MISTAKES, AND HAVING FUN! by Mary Lou Cook.
    Creative wishes,
    Claire S
    www.scrapmyway.blogspot.com

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  82. OOPS! I forgot to tell you Beth how inspiring and meaningful your story was and will be to so many women who right now are in the same spot you were in. Your supportive words will touch so many who are trying to make it work! Good luck in all you do.
    Creative Wishes,
    Claire S
    www.scrapmyway.blogspot.com

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  83. Dear Beth, I have also moved 11 times and had to leave jobs that I loved to follow my military spouse. I have enjoyed my life but it has been a sacrifice. I'm so glad things have worked out for you. I wish that more employers would realize that military spouses are hard working, smart individuals who sacrifice every day for their families and country.

    Sand F

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  84. Following your passion can be downright scary!! I admire these women (and yourself!) for doing what is right for you! I am excited about a new kit club too. Will have to go check them out! Thanks for sharing on your blog Beth, I look forward to your posts!

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  85. Following Scrap Jammies on FB too! Thanks!

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  86. thanks for sharing... a big fan...

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  87. Thanks for sharing your story, and thanks for the giveaway!

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  88. Wow, what a wonderful story of preserverence & passion. I was a Social Worker myself but with me it was not the moving, it was medical issues. As time went on I had to drop out more often as my illness became chronic. I searched for something fulfilling since a steady job was out of the question. Crafting was always part of my life with my mom being a seamstress. The decision was very easy to make. I do not have any kind of business but am so happy and fulfilled with what I do. I would love to make my passion a plus by also earning revenues but have not found anyone to take me on. As you did , I will not stop hoping & dreaming.
    Thanks for the chance at this wonderful giveaway.

    marg0006 at verizon dot net
    oving Scrapper 101

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  89. Im so happy for all of you. I tell my children the best they can have is a job they are passionate about!

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  90. It is amazing to me that folks, like you, were able to find their dream and pursue it until the very end! Congratulations!

    Debbie Yates

    dabblesbydeb at yahoo dot com

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  91. WOW!! Congrats on the new business ladies. Best of luck to you.

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  92. what an inspiring story beth. you've come a long way, and your hard work and dedication has paid off. kudos to you don for being so supportive. it's men like you who allows women like beth to become inspirations to the rest of us. congratulations 'scrap jammies'. it sounds like your determination will get you far also. thank you for donating the kits. i hope i am one of the lucky recipients.

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  93. Thanks for the awesome story. I love to hear of peoples success.
    I hope I am one of the winners of the kits.

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  94. how wonderful to hear your story. Following your passion is never a mistake, it gives lift to life, even if it doesn't work out it's better than feeling you "copped out" and thinking, "If only" forever.
    Hope for great success for your friends at Scrapping Jammies.

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  95. What a blessing your story is to me. Thanx for sharing.

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  96. What a great story...thanks for sharing and the giveaway!

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  97. I had a dream to one day own my own LSS,but that will always just be a dream. I think it was wonderful that you and your friends have been able to conquer your dreams and bring us such AWESOME products!! Congrats to all of you beautiful ladies! :) And THANK YOU!!!!

    scrapluv45@yahoo.com

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  98. Great story. I hope things go well for Scrappin Jammies. Heading over to see their site.

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  99. I have always loved crafting too however stopped doing it for many years and just in the last six months have been getting back into it. Wow, the different machines and items to use now is incredible and can be overwhelming! But, I am having fun learning again! Thanks for the contest!

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  100. Love your story. Very inspirational for me

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  101. Great story....great prize....all the best to you!!!

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  102. what an awesome story you have, and what a leap of faith ! Thanks for an opportunity to win some awesome prizes !

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  103. I love your story! It really makes me believe that maybe I have a shot at doing something with my crafts. I have always loved making things!! I don't know much that I can't do as far as creativity goes. I have been laid of from my job and am thinking that maybe this is my opportunity to try. Which is what would make me so happy! I wanted you to know that you have encouraged me!! Good Luck!! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  104. They have a great company. Thanks for sharing your story!

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  105. :) Thank You for your encouraging story! And what a GREAT smile you have, You really and truly look happy!

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  106. great story. good luck and thanks for the chance to win

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  107. neat story and you get to reconnect with them thats really neat, thanks for the chance to win

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  108. I loved reading your story, it was very inspirational! Off to check out Scrap Jammies page now!

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  109. Wonderful story, good to hear.

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  110. Love your story. Yay to successes.

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  111. Success to you! I enjoyed your post!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  112. I liked Scrap Jammies on facebook and said you sent me!

    Kelly Beam Brown
    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  113. You will never know what can come of all your efforts, until you put forth your best. Do what you love, following your passion! It paid off! Such inspiration!

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