RIP Creative Memories Australia and New Zealand.

Hello there.

Today the doors shut on Creative Memories Australia and New Zealand.  This is a very sad day as they have been a very good company to work with and I will miss the fabulous tools, albums and decorative elements.  I have also met some lovely people in the process of  building my business and it has kept me going through all the health challenges over the last 18 months.  However, I guess it is a sign of the times and we just have to keep positive and move on.

However, all is not lost as there is to be a major announcement either at the end of today or tomorrow so I will keep you posted.

I am still working on the Art and Craft Collective and will keep you posted on the progress.   I can’t wait to open the shop and have my cards and photos for sale in it along with some amazing crafts from some incredible people here in the Hutt Valley.  But there is a lot of logistics to cover first and it is a crash course in small business administration which is very useful indeed.

As you can see I have changed the header on my page and have now renamed it my Creative Corner.  I will now post all the different crafty creations that I get up to over the next few months/years…

Happy Crafting

Patricia

 

 

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One of my photos of the day. Today was incredible with no wind and sunshine and Wellington was definitely not living up to it’s reputation of the Windy Capital . The harbour was like glass and the reflections were amazing.
Patricia

 

The End if an Era!

Hello everyone.

Well it looks as though Creative Memories Australia and New Zealand will be closing down on 10 June 2013.  This is very sad as the business in New Zealand and Australia was doing well and the products are of very good quality.  There is some hope in that there will be an announcement on June 11 regarding a new venture so all is not lost.  However, I have made the decision not to continue as a CM Consultant.  I have had significant health issues over the last year and it has been a struggle to maintain my commitment to my customers and to the company.  I have enjoyed my time with CM and have met some wonderful people.  I have also gained some great tools that will keep me going for some time yet.

But as one door shuts another one opens!  I have been involved in setting up an Art and Craft Collective in the Hutt Valley and in conjunction with the Hutt City Council, we are in the process of setting up a shop in the Hutt CBD.  This shop will be selling locally produced arts and crafts and be run by the collective.  I am really excited about this new venture and I am very grateful to the Hutt City Council and their About Space Programme that has allowed us to set up this venture and keep our costs to a minimum.  I will be selling my cards there (and look to doing some artwork with my photos)  and there are going to be a wide variety of products for sale – a one stop shop for all your gift needs.  So watch this space…

I hope you all have a safe and happy weekend.

Patricia

 

Rainy daisy

My photo of the day for the people in Oklahoma who are facing yet more tornadoes. I think the people in Oklahoma are incredibly brave to deal with these forces of nature. I am not sure if I could do it.  We get southerly storms here but they are nothing compared to the twisters.
My computer is now up and running again after being without for a week. I have had to get windows re installed and I am now faced with the mammoth task of transferring my photos back into Memory Manager. Fortunately I was able to activate the both my Memory Manager and StoryBook Creator before the cut off time midnight last night. I will now look at using Picasa to store my photos as well so if this problem happens again I won’t lose my photos and it will be a good back up for Memory Manager. There is now no Digital Centre from Creative Memories and I suppose that at some stage I may have to look at Photoshop or Lightbox in the future as well.  However, people can still get their photobooks and other digital products printed until midnight 3rd June.  There is to be a meeting on Tuesday in Australia so it will be interesting to see what the outcome will be for Creative Memories Australia and New Zealand.  This is such as shame as the products (especially the albums and pages) are really good quality and I have done a lot of pages for my children’s albums.  It has been so easy to use coordinated products that last a long time.
While I have had no computer for the last week I have been busy with doing cards and scrapbooking and when I get the photos sorted out then I will upload them on here. So watch this space…
I hope you all have a good weekend.
Patricia

Creative Memories News

Hi there. I just want to reassure people that at this stage it is still business as usual for Creative Memories.  There are still products available for sale and you can still order story books from Creative Memories to print.  I went onto Trade Me yesterday and the bidding for some products have gone crazy.   I gather Ebay in Australia has also had some crazy prices as well.  A Creative Memories colleague in Australia has written a really good post about using Trade Me and Ebay to buy CM products – please check out this link:   http://jensdigiscrap.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/leeches-lemmings-and-legends/#like-197.  She puts it so much better than what I could.  You can buy these products through online auctions but you end up paying huge amounts and to me it is tantamount to scalping tickets to concerts etc.  I would urge people to wait and see if there are any solutions to this situation and save your money.  It is not worth spending hundreds of dollars on products that are only worth a fraction of that.

Also, my website is still functioning so please check it out and see what is still available.  There must have been a glitch yesterday when I tried it out but it will remain up until further notice.

So hang in there and be positive and keep scrapping. Patricia

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Sad news

Hello there

I have had some very sad news over the weekend.  Creative Memories Australia and New Zealand has been placed in Voluntary Administration.  This has been as a result of the parent company in America filing for bankruptcy and unable to continue to provide products for the Australasian market.  This has resulted in my website being disabled and my business being placed on hold.  The recession is really hitting us all hard, but we have to stay positive and continue to spread the word about the importance of memory keeping and documentation.

I am sure that the staff at Creative Memories are doing their best to find solutions to this situation and I guess it is just a matter of watch this space.

There is still a limited range of products available so if anyone would like something please contact me to see if it is still available.

I will continue with my scrapbooking and crafting and blogging my efforts as I have enjoyed interacting with many people around the world, and getting a lot of inspiration from the many talented people in the blogosphere.

I would like to finish of with the mantra from the consultants in Australasia – Keep calm and scrapbook!

Happy scrapping

Patricia

Pretty in Pink

My photo of the day. I was really pleased at how this photo has turned out. There had been quite a bit of rain the night before and there were lots of raindrops on the flowers.  This azalea is such a pretty pink and the raindrops are just like little gemstones shining in the sun.  I seem to gravitate towards pink flowers – perhaps that is because my favourite colour is pink!
I hope this cheers your day.
All the best
Patricia

Via Flickr:
Azalea

Anzac Day – a time for Remembrance

Welcome

Today is Anzac Day.  A time to remember all the soldiers that have served our country from World War 1 to today.  (Please see related articles below which gives a much better account of the origins of Anzac Day than what I could ever do).

English: A New Zealand soldier stands on the l...
English: A New Zealand soldier stands on the left, with an Australian soldier on the right. They are holding the flags of their countries, with a Union Jack displayed above. A banner across the flags reads ‘Australian and New Zealand Army Corps’. King George V is quoted ‘The Australian and New Zealand troops have indeed proved themselves worthy sons of the Empire’. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Even though New Zealand seems to be at the bottom of the world, we have still played a large part in the World Wars, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and recently in Afghanistan.  The events over the past week in Boston reminds us that the threat of war is still really only a heartbeat away, which is a very sobering thought.  It makes me wonder whether there will ever be a lasting peace in this world, and that there will always be a need for Anzac Day to remember all the fallen soldiers that have fought on our behalf.

I would like to think that we could all do our bit to make our world a better place by taking the time to be  smile at the next stranger that we met and perhaps one day that will make a difference.  I hope that I am not being too naive!

Have a good day and smile 🙂

Patricia