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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thankful For You!!

Yes, you

You’ve stuck it out – waiting patiently for the return of those albums we loved & missed so much!  Here’s to all the bookcloth loving, strap-hinge missing scrapbookers! 

A special just for you!  

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Spend $75 and get $50 in FREE gifts! Spend $225 & get $150 in FREE gifts!

Offer begins Tuesday, 11/25 and ends Wednesday, 12/3.

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There is a limit of one gift bundle per order.

The CARDSTOCK pack is 12x12!!

Currently the free items will not show in your cart but a message in red will show at the bottom of the page when you click on your shopping cart. That is currently the only notification that you'll see as you finalize your order.

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If you need some suggestions to fill your cart here you go:

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(Please note:  the 9” Trimmer is recommended for use with photos only.)

I brought my Put Me In Coach Fast2Fabulous album to my crop this past weekend and the croppers really liked the design on the coverset – they didn’t mind the different material used for it and those that didn’t like the pre-printed pages were fine with the idea of covering them up. 

They were also so happy to see those bookcloth albums back! 

Happy Shopping! 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Return of CM Coversets!

Received my first order from CM & I’m so happy to say that I can’t tell the difference between the old & new CM bookcloth coversets!

I ordered a ruby coverset from CM and it looks, feels & seems to be just like the old Creative Memories coversets!

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I’ve missed you, old friend!

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Other than the new coversets having the CM logo on the inside back cover they look the same.

Coverstraps from the new CM coverset

“Made in the USA”

Fast2Fab  Albums 

Similar versions of these were offered by Ahni & Zoe previously and while I did see them before I was not that familiar with them.

The F2F albums that CM is selling are a true 12’x12” size. (This is different from those sold by AZ – they were not true 12x12.)

This is the “Put Me In Coach” F2F album

The cover is not bookcloth.  It has a different feel to it...sort of rubbery.  I heard someone compare it to dolphin skin.  I’m not sure about that but it does have a sort of tacky feel and it’s a crumb magnet – fortunately it does wipe clean easily.  If you can, I advise seeing & touching it in person. I do love the look of the designs on the F2F albums.

You can easily cover up the pre-printed F2F pages if you like. (Sheet of paper covering up the left hand page.)

New Tape runner refill in an old CM Tape Runner.

I think these will be made with the familiar blue color after the current AZ stock is depleted.

Paper Packs – a nice heavier weight than the old CM printed paper.  Each pack has 12 sheets – 2 pieces each of 6 designs. 

CM is looking for a source for cardstock!

Bright Paper Pack

Neutral

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A few notes about other products:

*The 9” Trimmer was designed to be used with photos, not paper.   I do think that there are plans to redesign this so it’s for use with photos & paper when the current AZ stock runs out.

* CM is working on getting the CCS blades back.  There is a fairly lengthy lead time to do this but it is in the works.

* Coming soon:  Side Loading Sleeves!  You can find these in the CM Section under the “Pocket Pages” category!

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The products are broken down into 2 main categories – Creative Memories & Ahni & Zoe. Bookcloth Coversets, plain pages & protectors (pages are currently only available bundled with protectors but you can get protectors by themselves.) are found in the Creative Memories section.  F2F albums & refills (also bundled with Page Protectors) are in the Ahni & Zoe section.

Thank you to those of you that have shopped via my Advisor Link! I appreciate it!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Thinking of Signing Up as A CM Advisor?

Update:  It’s official!  I’m a CM Advisor!  Here is my link if you would like to shop my site or join my team! http://www.creativememories.com/user/lisagraham 

This blog post by CM about signing up as an Advisor was very helpful - I'd also suggest to print out a copy of your order confirmation page for your records (and CM Advisor scrapbook if you will be making one of those.)

Advisor Sign-up

Those of us signing up as CM Advisors have the choice of signing up directly with the Home Office (HO) or with another Advisor.  While it’s true that the HO will provide all Advisors with facts & information I think it’s advantageous to sign up with an Advisor vs. the HO.

Ideas for marketing products (and yourself,) providing customer care, ways to use product, etc. that come from people that actually have (or have had) their  “boots on the ground” almost always trump those provided by the Home Office.  I think teaming up with someone that is familiar with the direct sales model and also scrapbooking and above all – someone that will respect the type of business YOU want to have is ideal.  Bonus if this person can help you wade through the technology & various aspects of social media available to help you promote and run your business.  Even if you’re planning on signing up only for the discount, or if you’re not planning on having a “big” business it’s still a business.  Might as well get all the help you can. Smile

Your relationship with the Advisor you sign up with should be a 2 way street – after all, the person you sign up with will earn a % of your sales.  What are you going to get out of this relationship?

Your upline will be the person who will (hopefully) share their tips based on experience for providing great customer care, encouragement and recognition when it’s due, and other more personal aspects of running a business and helping others preserve their memories.  Choose someone that will support the business side of your business and someone that communicates well and often.  

Personally,  I'm hoping to help those Advisors that join my team use the internet & social media to maximize their CM sales and also help them with other affiliate programs if that's something they're interested in.  Setting up and maintaining a blog is the easiest way to support your existing customer base while reaching out to new customers. This is something I’m familiar with and will help those on my team that want to learn more about blogging.  I will have a Facebook group for our team and also will have weekly emails to share ideas, tips & information.  I’ll help keep you on track (if that’s what you want) and cheer you on!

I will continue sharing tips, info & facts to help you make the most of your time.  I pride myself on being able to increase sales without being obnoxious.  I’ve been stalked in the aisles of a grocery store by someone trying to push their products, spammed by uninformed advisors/reps for other DS companies and pushed way to hard to increase sales and recruit, recruit, RECRUIT!!  even when I had no interest in that part of the business.  Sometimes it’s important to know what not to do as much as it is to know what to do.

I will respect you and the way you want to run your business. 

I’ve always been a huge fan of providing the facts so informed decisions can be made – especially when it comes to running a business.  I will continue to share facts (& sometimes opinions) and while, undoubtedly, this might be construed as less than 100% positive by some (realistically, what isn’t?) it will always be honest. 

One thing that I love about the New CM is that you can change who your upline is when you renew your Advisor status annually.  If the fit between you and your upline isn’t what you had hoped it would be you can switch.  You will not need the permission of your current upline to do this. 

Congratulations to all those signing up as CM Advisors!  Looking forward to working with you and exchanging ideas!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Sign-ups for CM Advisors have begun!

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The New CM website is live! 

Not only can you see all the new products that are available but you can also sign up to be an Advisor!

I’m spending some time going over the Policy & Procedures associated with becoming an Advisor and hopefully tomorrow I’ll be signing up!

The latest from the New CM:

The New CM is ready for you!  Before you go...there are a few very important things to note:

Signing up under someone: if you're planning to sign under someone, you MUST wait for them to sign up first and send you their link. If you go straight to the site and do not follow someone's link, you will be signing directly with Home Office. You can do either; it is your choice. But please choose carefully, as the next opportunity to change your upline will be at your renewal in 12 months.

Step-by-step signup: Please take a quick look at this Blog Post with the (visual) steps to sign up as an Advisor and set up your link. It will save you time, we promise.

Sign up as an Advisor FIRST and complete that order. Then go back and order product. You cannot order product with an Advisor membership. And of course you'll want your first order to count toward your Advisor Account Balance.

Montana: our legal team has come across a surprise, which is that the state of Montana does not allow direct sales businesses to operate without going through an approval process. So if you're a Montanan, sadly you will not yet be able to sign up or order. Please know we're working on getting those approvals as quickly as we can.

Site "Propagation:" With any brand-new website, it takes time to make its way around the internet. So if you get an error message, it means it hasn't made its way to your locality yet. Hit refresh now and then.
That's it! Follow your upline Advisor's link or visit
www.creativememories.com

We hope you enjoy it!!

Your CM Home Office Team

Links to some helpful info about signing up as an Advisor:

Policies & Procedures – US, Canada

Advisor Compensation US, Canada

Advisor Agreement US, Canada

FAQ’s

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Great deal on Vinyl at Amazon.com

 

Craft E Vinyl - 12" x 24" - 20 Sheets Assorted Matte Colors of Removable Adhesive Backed Vinyl - Great for wall decals & words

 

12" x 12" - 30 Sheets of Assorted Glossy Colors of Permanent Adhesive-Backed Vinyl – not recommended for walls.

I have not ordered either of these sets of vinyl but they look like a great way to get multiple colors at a great price.  Lots of positive comments, too!

What can you do with vinyl?  If you have a Cricut or Silhouette (or other electronic die cutting machine) you can make lots of fun things!!  Here are a few examples:

I have a lot more fun vinyl projects pinned on Pinterest. You can find them here.

Coming soon…CM Group

Heard that mid-week we’re supposed to see sign-ups for Advisors start.  That, in my book is tomorrow!  Hoping for some big news soon!

In the meantime -

Here’s a price list of the items that will be released in the near future.

Click on the photo below to get a larger view or you can download a copy here: http://www.creativememories.com/uploads/2/2/0/8/22088492/pricelistrev.pdf

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A few tidbits about upcoming products:

  • Side Loading pages:  The CM Group will have side loading Large Single Pocket Pages (12/pk) and Multi-Pocket Pages (12/pk) that have 3 horizontal and 2 vertical pockets
    They are now true 12x12 size and are the same material and construction as the Ahni and Zoe pocket pages.
  • Printed paper:  it is an 80# text weight. It is like the designer and tonal Power Palette paper packs in thickness. The CM Group is currently working on sourcing cardstock so they will be able to offer both in the future.
  • The predesigned pages come with page protectors
  • 8x8 Bookcloth albums are in the works!
  • Also in the works are the replacement blades for the Custom Cutting System!

Friday, October 31, 2014

New CM Products!

Looks like the product launch and Advisor sign-up has been postponed.  Looking forward to Monday (11/3) afternoon when we should hear more details about how the launch will roll out & hopefully when we’ll be able to purchase products. (CM mentioned that the launch date is hopefully during the first week of November.)

Until then, we do have some flyers released showing new products that will be offered by CM.

Here is the starting line up for the new CM:

Link to Primary flyer

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Link to Vintage flyer

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Link to Neutral flyer

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Link to Bright flyer

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It’s a start!  I know personally, there are a lot of items I’d like to see more of but I’m thrilled at some of the paper packs & those strap-hinge, bookcloth albums!

CM (on their Facebook page) gave a sneak peek of another album that they’re currently producing, so I think it’s safe to say that this is just the beginning! 

Stay tuned!