change is good.

Change is good. Change is everywhere these days. Sometimes it’s not so fun. There’s been some companies folding and those that want to stay in business are doing some serious restructuring. The entire crafting industry is changing and it’s interesting to see how things will be. Seriously, I don’t think it’s entirely a bad thing. We may not like the transition but I do know that hard times do make us stronger. It makes us think of new ways to do things.

So. Where am I going with this? Changes are coming for me as well. I’m sure most of you know that I’ve been on staff with Cornish Heritage Farms for almost two years now. It’s been a fabulous job. I’ve grown, learned and stretched my abilities and gave it my all. Unfortunately due to the present economic climate, both Becky and I have been laid off. And that’s OK. While most companies are carrying massive debt, CHF’s policy is to not run with a deficit. And IĀ  respect that immensely. What does that mean for me? A lot of things actually. I’ll have a little more time on my hands. I’m going to spend more time with my family. Lots more. Yay! I’m looking to explore new creative outlets and possibilities. I’m excited because although the transition can be tough, I know God has something special in store for me.

I’ll be with CHF until next Friday, the 21st of August. I know this sounds quick but I’ve had lots of notice. Thanks so much Richard and Liz for the wonderful opportunity of working for CHF. It was always a joy, a challenge and a great experience.

So what will you be seeing here on my blog?

  • You’ll still be seeing some CHF designs and stamping. I’m STILL designing stamps each month for release and I’m excited about that. Thanks Richard and Liz for this awesome opportunity. I love it. And yes…I’ll still be sharing some of that rubber with you. :)
  • I’m going to have some fun with other paper crafting products and explore some different ideas and see where it leads
  • I’m going to be part of a new team….you’ll have to wait for the details šŸ˜‰
  • I’ll still be writing for Craft Critique and sharing those reviews with you
  • I’m still going to be designing freelance for publications
  • I’ve been wanting to get back to scrapbooking. Becky has been nagging šŸ˜‰ me for months and I’m really going to do it
  • I’m going to finish off a couple Jessica Sprague courses and do some digital projects
  • I’m going to practice my photography
  • I’m going to blog a little less. Probably the same amount of projects…just blogged together instead of daily.
  • ? Who knows!

I hope you’ll stay with me as I journey along.

Change is good.


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40 responses to “change is good.

  1. I don’t know Julia…it sounds like you’ll be even busier than usual!!! Can’t wait to see what you’ll do next! Good luck! Lots of love, Kristine

  2. You are so right, Julia. Change is indeed good! I’m excited for you to be able to have the time to do some things you’d really love to do. (I would love that opportunity!) I can’t wait to see what you’re up to next!! Best of luck!

  3. I agree, Julia, change is good. It’s also hard – sounds like you’ve thought this through. I look forward to seeing you grow in a new way and I will continue to follow your blog. All the best to you and for you!

  4. CHF was a wonderful experience for me in many ways, and the friendships made there were wonderful. :) I’m looking forward to watching your next chapter unfold. I’m glad you will still be designing stamps, and I know you’ll make a beautiful addition to your next team. {{Julia}}

  5. here is my selfish post…..sniff, sniff, sniff….gonna miss you soooo much!

    Ok…not about me…..I’m sure you will have offers galore beating down your door! You are talented in so many creative ways and I can see many exciting new things happen for you Julia….
    Enjoy more time with your family!

    Hugs to you my friend!

  6. Can I join Sherrie both in the sniffling and the thought that your creativity will take you a long way! So glad you’ll still be designing stamps, the recent RB releases have had me drooling each time. Looking forward to seeing the rest of your news on new team stuff when you can tell us! Big hugs, have fun with all the new stuff life brings!

  7. {{{{Julia}}}} I love your positivity, Julia! I know CHF has been a marvelous opportunity, and they will greatly miss having you on staff (I know this wasn’t a decision easily made for them) I’m tickled to know you will continue designing stamps with them–so awesome!

    Looking forward to seeing what you do as the path unfolds!

    Loving hugs, JulieHRR

  8. Of course I will still be visiting – I am a dedicated follower! You sound as though you have a lot to fill your time and I am sure that lots of opportunities will come forth now that you do actually have time to for them

    xx

  9. There were times in my career that I was forced to change direction just a little and pursue new interests. Once in a while when all seemed a little scary and maybe a bit dismal I was able to advance at a quicker pace, perhaps pushed a little harder, and ended up with a much better job.

    I can’t wait to see how you are going to broaden your horizons, whatever it is I know that with your talent you will be very successful.

  10. It can be a little stressful, but yes, change is good. You’ll be fine though, and I look forward to seeing where your creativity takes you!

  11. Pass the tissues …. Please keep in touch with us, we’ll keep in touch with you. Bon chance my Canadian friend!

  12. Great to hear your positive spin on change and your trust in the Lord. Blessings to you!

  13. Good luck Julia!!

  14. Bonnie aka raduse

    Continue to pass the tissues please. Good luck Julia. Can’t wait to see what you post with the other stuff you stamp with.

  15. Love your blog and all your ideas. Will stay tuned and see what you have in store for us later.

  16. oh julia! you’ve been a wonderful and truly inspiring asset to CHF through your projects and blog. I’m sure they will miss you, but I can understand their business view. I’ve wondered myself how all these small little companies are staying afloat and i think you nailed it on the head–revolving credit! that’s scary!

    i can’t wait to see who you’ll be designing for next–anyone i know? anyway, as long as you keep creating and blogging, i’ll keep coming over here to visit you. deal? hugs, sus

  17. My goodness what a big change this is going to be. In my short stamping life, Julia Stainton = CHF, so this will take some getting used to! You are so talented, I have no doubt you will rebound with another great opportunity. You have a wonderful attitude about it and I’m sure that will serve you well. Good luck in all your endeavors and I will be looking forward to seeing what the future holds! Best wishes to you!

  18. What a surprise ……… I wish you the best in your new endeavours, and look forward to seeing you in other creative challenges.

  19. All the best to you Julia as this next chapter unfolds. I know whatever you choose to do you will shine at!

  20. I love your blog and of course, I will still be checking in. I know God has something in store, when one door closes, another one opens. I know you will enjoy spending more time with your family. Good luck in whatevery you undertake.

  21. So sorry to hear about your layoff. But as God closed one door, he opens another!! I pray for his guidence on this new road…may it lead to His plan!!
    ~Lacey

  22. I am sad to read this news Julia. But I wish you all the best as you move forward and I look forward to continuing to see your gorgeous creations. Extra time to spend with family is never a bad thing. xx

  23. I’m a new subscriber to your blog, and I just love it! I can tell that you are a woman with a very positive attitude and a great approach to life. I can’t wait to see what this “extra time” does for your creative energies!! Looking forward to this change!

  24. Well, while I get the business aspect, I still hate change but I am looking forward to seeing where your new venture in life leads you and you know there is always a plan, even though it may not be your plan…..

  25. You are very positive and that is amazing! Losing a job you love is super hard but I know you will have so many more amazing opportunities to look forward to. You are incredibly talented! As always, I love your work and will still be visiting your blog pretty much hourly šŸ˜€

  26. Julia, you are my card-making hero! Your blog is the first one I check every morning. I am sure you will turn this change of events into something more wonderful than you can imagine at this point. I can’t wait to see where this leads you, and what wonderful inspiration you will have in store for us in the future. And definitely keep those gorgeous stamp sets coming, ‘kay?

  27. I enjoy your projects sitting in my inbox immensely no matter what you do. All the best. … and how do you do ALL that? wow

  28. Still enjoy all your projects and I’m sure I’ll continue to, no matter what company you design for. You have a unique way of putting things together that makes everything look fabulous. Doesn’t sound like a TON of things are changing tho, you’ll still be blogging and stamping won’t you? Best of luck in whatever you do and whatever road that takes.

  29. when one door closes another one opens.
    I love your positive attitude in this, it will get you far .

    Glad you’ll still be designing for CHF and no doubt we’ll see much more of your talent in craftyworld.
    Enjoy your extra me-time in the meantime , although your list makes me think there won’t be much of that.

  30. You are such a classy woman and beautiful artist. Best of luck.

  31. Golly that sounds like a whole bunch of changes for you. Your blog is one of my favorites, please keep up all the beautiful cards and stamp sets. Good luck and I will still be checking in on you.
    Stella

  32. Julia, you are an inspiration…so positive and eloquent. I look forward to your continued designs with CHF and your future endeavours with others. I know they will be as magnificent as your track record history. I’ll be checking your blog as usual.
    chriss

  33. Wow! its hard to make a change but alot of times there is a reason for it, and you listed quite a few things you’ll now be able to do…. I’ll still be reading your blog in anticipation of your fabulous creations!

  34. {{{Julia}}} You have the attitude I aspire to when change knocks on my door. So glad you’ll still be designing stamps for CHF, and I look forward to seeing what you’ll be doing next. I know that whatever it is, it will be beautiful and inspiring, just like you. :)

  35. sounds like you still have more than enough on your plate, Good luck in whichever way you go!

  36. Hugs, sweetie — things will work out great for you, I’m sure!

  37. Sorry to hear you were laid off, but I look forward to your future endeavors. You are one of my favorite designers!

  38. Julia, I know your new path will lead you to wonderful things. Your talent continues to amaze me, and I’m glad you’ll still be inspiring all of us. I wish you all the best in whatever you do! Enjoy your time with your family! HUGS! :)

  39. You rock, J, no matter what you do. Hugs, my friend!

  40. I’m SO going to miss seeing you every day. It’s been such an honour to work with you, Julia. You are such a class act and amaizng talent.

    Hugs,
    lise

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