If you are a Stampin'Up! Demonstrator you have April 21st highlighted, circled in red, and an alarm set!


It is the out with the old, in with the new, great anticipation of all the fun new products Stampin'Up! will have in the 2014-2015 catalog.


Now if you are like me, you will have a list a mile long of all the things you have to purchase

  • New Colors
  • New Papers
  • New Accessories
  • Stuff we have to have in order to run our businesses
  • All the new classes we will offer
  • All the new techniques we can teach


It is exciting and re-invigorating


But allow me to be the party pooper, voice of reason, glass of cold water splashed on your grand plans.

You don't need it all right away.


Now if you are a true "hobby demo" and purchasing just for yourself and for your own paper crafting addiction, I say go for it!

Buy everything you want!


but if you are in this as a business, to make money, to be profitable, it is wise to be a little more prudent in your purchases.


Think about what you will do for the next 5 weeks and plan accordingly.

1) Retired Items

step away from the retired items list. If you are in business, then items you can't sell really aren't a good investment. Save your dollars and your space for items that can help you build your business and service your customers

2) Hostess Pre-Order

Back in the day we did a lot of traditional workshops and showing the hostess sets was a great tease to get people to host workshops. We don't do as many true workshops anymore and the hostess sets really aren't a huge carrot to dangle in front of folks.

If you LOVE it, like you would wake up in the middle of the night thinking about it, then by all means get it. But you certainly don't need all of them, or any of them.

3) Pre-Orders

new colors, new paper, new stamp sets, new embellishments….we think we need all of these things to compete with our fellow demos. Well, they will be showing them on their blog so I need to be showing them too. But you can't show them all tomorrow

And you can't even sell them until Friday, May 31st

Which means you are investing in items that can't bring you any business for 5 weeks. Even if you host a sneak peek party, they can't order those items until May 31st.

So plan out what you are going to focus on for the next 5 weeks and decide what you really need.

4) Title Product Credits

Free? Hugely discounted? Yep, those are great ways to build your new stuff and make for smart business decisions!


Now, as an upline, it is best for my immediate business for you to order BIG.

It is best for SU! to have all of us order BIG


But the question is what is best for you and your business.

If you are going to use it RIGHT NOW, then it makes sense to buy it RIGHT NOW

But I don't want you to have tons of product on hand that you might use one day, that you bought because you thought you had to. And then they sit. That doesn't help anybody.


So be excited

Make that big list

and then be thoughtful


and remember that a new stamp set is equal to a box of new catalogs.

A new catalog in the hands of your customer will bring you a lot more business than a new stamp set.