I’ve been formulating this post in my head for a week or so…it’s hard to express my thoughts and gratitude regarding my work at Paper Crafts Magazine. Me? I consider myself a creative person, I’m a “peacock” in the animal personality test (surprise!) which means that I get pleasure from sharing that creativity. It also means that I thrive on positive feedback, I want and need to communicate with like minded individuals.
So, long story short – I found my perfect “dream job” as a Paper Crafts Go-to Gal back in 2007. Well, maybe they found me. In any case, it became a natural part of my life, a way to fulfill my creative urge while also filling a need at the magazine. In part, the Go-to Gals help out with content for the magazine, write posts for the Paper Crafts Connection blog, create class content and even help teach paper crafting at conventions and (gasp!) on cruises, too. (Oh my, that was SUCH a good time).
The position as a Go-to Gal is also part of an overall larger business plan, (mostly we leave all the business/budget part to our faithful leader, Jennifer Schaerer ’cause she does such a fabulous job with it). But, because it is a business, the Go-to Gals are contracted for two years, meaning also that there are “try outs” every two years.
Some folks are not overly fond of competition, in general; some tolerate, some endure, we peacocks…revel. Hee, hee. In any case, it’s certainly an honor to even be asked to try out. I know several really, really excellent crafters who were invited to try out – and all I can say is, “hat’s off to you!” I know that if Jennifer had the budget, she would increase the team to ten or even twenty Go-to Gals.
But, six were chosen after months of competition. Three old (thanks, Kim) and three new. A nice balance.
Here are the NOT old Go-to Gals. Let’s say “returning” Go-to Gals. Susan wrote such a sweet post on the Paper Crafts Connection, you can read about that HERE. It’s no secret I am a huge fan of Betsy and Teri. I have worked and played with these girls many times and could not possibly be happier to be continuing on this journey with them. Please visit (and bookmark) their blogs. Your eyes are in for a treat.
I am also VERY excited to get to know these three mega talented ladies:
Kimberly, Laura and Heather! Congrats my new friends! Cath also wrote a sweet post outlining a bit about each of the six styles the new team represents. Read all about that HERE. I think my cheeks are still blushing from that post.
So, a new chapter begins. Making new friends, keeping old friends…wishing former Go-to Gals Windy, Julie and Jennifer luck in their busy crafting lives. And, what’s a paper crafter to do when celebrating a new chapter? Make a card, of course.
This is currently winging it’s way to Utah with a note for the home team at the office. But, I thought I would share it here, too. It shows a bit of my favorite style, a card made firmly in my comfort zone: cardstock, stickers and a few accents. I couldn’t resist that Basic Grey die cut – my, my look at those good looking Gals! Hee, hee.
So, thanks for letting me share a bit of my heart. I know lots of good things are coming down the lane for Paper Crafts Magazine. Won’t you join the fun?