We are back in the saddle again!!! It’s Sunday Spotlight time!! After a bit of lag time due to the holidays and the change over from Edition 7 to Edition 8, we are back in action and ready to lock-n-LOAD!
SO, without further ado, here’s our first
victim test subject profile-ee! I’ve been lucky enough to know Deb Mitzel: Independent Rep for Creative Memories quite some time. Mainly as a customer for her “day gig”, but now moreso as one of our Mom Squaders. She’s one cool chick 🙂
Deb, can you tell about your biz? When did you start doing CM and how long have you been involved?
Deb: Shortly after I moved to town (about 15 years ago now), a friend I met at the gym invited me to a Creative Memories party she was hosting. I knew I liked to take pictures, but wasn’t sure about this “scrapbooking thing.” I didn’t know a lot of people in the area at that point, so decided to go and meet some new friends, if nothing else.
Well, a couple of hours and several new friends later, I was hooked! I started scrapbooking with a frenzy, even going to weekend retreats where we’d spend the entire weekend creating albums. A few months later, I decided to become a consultant myself – I figured I might as well get the discount since I had become such a junkie! Of course, that led to hosting weekend retreats, recruiting my friends and family members into “the club”, and meeting a ton of great people.
A few years later, my life got more and more busy. I found myself spending less time on my albums, mostly because I didn’t have a lot of time or the space to leave my album making supplies laying out in my house for days at a time. Not too long after that, we entered the “Digital Age”, which became the answer to my prayers… Digital cameras were becoming the camera of choice, and Creative Memories introduced digital software products that allowed me to download, organize, and scrapbook my photos and all from the comfort of my easy chair! By loading the software on my laptop, I was able to sit in front of the TV and crank out pages and albums without dragging out the tools, pictures, papers, and embellishments like I used to. Now it was all right there in my laptop! It couldn’t get much easier than that. 🙂
ME: So what about CM made you want to get deeper involved by being a Rep?
Deb: The thing I love about Creative Memories is that they are passionate about their mission to help their customers enjoy and preserve the special moments, stories, and photos of their lives, and they provide exceptional products that help them get it done. I also love the fact that they are based out of St. Cloud, so they are a “local” company.
ME: Wow! I honestly had no idea they were St Cloud based! That IS cool. Has it been pretty seamless for you? What has been your biggest business challenge with your business thus far?
Deb: Overcoming the perception that CM is only for scrapbookers has been a challenge. The digital products we have are invaluable for anyone who takes digital photos. The Memory Manager software is the best product out there for downloading and organizing your digital photos. It’s got a ton of features and is extremely easy to use. Have you ever had one of your kids come home from school and tell you they need a certain picture to take to school the next day? Did the panic set in immediately or did it take a few minutes? With Memory Manager, it’s super easy – no digging through boxes of photos. All you need to do is perform a quick search and you’ll have the photo you need, probably in less than five minutes! Who couldn’t use that that?
ME: I am soooo guilty of “shoebox filing” for my pictures. It’s just.plain.sad. The peace-of-mind along with the space saving concept of this software is priceless. I am all for things that free up time and gain me “family time.” Is there anything you’d like to share about your family or your life?
Deb: I don’t have kids, so people are often surprised that I’m a consultant. I love photography, so I use my digital products to create wall art, coffee table books, gifts, and travel albums. It truly isn’t just for scrapbookers anymore. I also have a “real” job, so this is my passion and fun. I find working with my photos relaxing, and it’s the one place what little creativity I naturally have comes out!
ME: I know your biz helps Moms/women solve everyday problems. Name a key one.
Deb: Moms are always taking photos of their kids, but seldom find the time to print them, much less put them into albums or other treasured keepsakes. My business caters to those busy Moms and other professionals that take lots of photos, and need a solution to help them organize their photos and quickly and easily create scrapbooks, framed photos, wall art, and other treasured keepsakes. There are online providers out there for printing photos and making basic photo books, but with me you get a personal coach to help you get started, teach you the tools of the trade, and keep you motivated along the way. The hardest part is getting started!
ME: I like the “personal coach” part. I need guidance because I know if I buy something on my own, I will get frustrated in 2 seconds and be back to Square One. There something to be said for having a knowledgeable person to get advice from if need be. Speaking of advice, do you have any words-o-wisdom for other women/Moms in business?
Deb: Find something you love to do, devote time to doing it, and it won’t feel like work.
ME: Love.IT. Kinda how I feel when I am tinkering around on this blog 🙂Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Deb:Spreading the digital photo solutions message to more and more people, including businesses. There’s a lot of untapped potential for this type of product in the business environment.
ME: Do you have a quirk you wish you didnt have (ex: eye rolling, etc).
Deb: None that I can think of – you tell me. 😉
ME: Hmmm…being oblivious to your quirks?? HA! KIDDING! Ok, “corney question #2” If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
Deb: I wish I didn’t need sleep! There are so many things I’d like to do, but just don’t have the time to fit them all in.
ME: Ditto on that one! I read about all these gurus who gained success by staying up until 3 .am and living on 4 hours of sleep. I read that and am like “wwhhaaaat?” I can’t even make it past 10:15! What do you or your family do for fun and recreation?
Deb: I like to play around with photography, and my husband and I like to travel, so there’s never a shortage of subjects to practice on!
ME: Do you have a favorite product or service with your biz?
Deb: I absolutely LOVE the digital software products, Memory Manager and Storybook Creator. Memory Manager is the one stop shop for downloading and organizing all of my photos. Storybook Creator is what I use to create photo albums, cards, wall art, and other great keepsakes with my photos. Both of them work together seamlessly, so there’s no duplication of effort.
ME: Are you on Facebook?
Deb:Yes. Find me HERE.
ME: Do you have a favorite quote?
Deb: “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’ll be right.” It’s from Henry Ford.
ME: Share one thing on your “Bucket List”
Deb: A tour of Europe, and the opportunity to photograph some of the tourist attractions in person.
Me: How can people contact you for more Creative Memories information?
Deb: You can find me on Facebook or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here’s the link to my CM page too: http://www.mycmsite.com/sites/debmitzel/default.aspx. Feel free to contact me with any questions!
Thanks Deb! Getting my photos organized is on my Bucket List so hopefully soon you and I will be working together on this!
RED HOT ALERT!!! For those of you who have been anxiously waiting for Edition 8 of our uber-fab FREE Coupon Packs..they are DONE! Well sorta…. I handed off 400 to Discover Racks on Friday so watch for them at:
The Westgate Mall
The Hallet Community Center-Crosby
Holiday Inn Express
Rafferty’s Pizza of Nisswa and Crosslake
AmericInn of Pequot and Baxter
Giovanni’s Pizza of Brainerd
Pine Grove Zoo
I also am distributing another 250 to various places this weekend like Little Monkey’s Children’s Shop and The Dollar Stop of Jenkins, Totally Kidz-Downtown Brainerd, and Unique Keepsakes of Nisswa. By next week they should be in the New Mom bags at Essentia Health and the Chaber Welcome Center. MANY more locations to be announced.