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So Thankful for Scrappy Friends

on February 15, 2014

Earlier this month, I heard the news that the new spinoff company of Creative Memories – called Ahni & Zoe – will start selling 12×12 white refills and 12×12 page protectors. While to some people that might sound like a good thing, to me, it is further betrayal by a company that I was fiercely loyal to for 12 years.

Last May when I began to learn of some of the goings-on at CM, I had a feeling that it was the end of something that I didn’t want to say goodbye to. I wanted to believe that CM could hold on, and that the scrapbook supplies I loved would continue for myself and my customers – whom I also call my friends. But educating myself meant that I had to face reality. The Company that I represented was mired in debt and had made bad, and in some cases, unethical decisions.

I knew pretty quickly that I was through with CM. I helped my friends buy the supplies they felt they needed to finish any projects they hadn’t completed. I bought what I felt I needed. Even though CM had made me angry, I loved their quality products. There was this very tiny part of me that thought maybe if they did great their last few months, they could pay off their debts and start fresh. That tiny part of me was very naïve. They didn’t even come close to paying off their debt even though they brought in an enormous amount of money.

During July through October, I listened to their conference calls telling us that a great new company would emerge. Thank God for a facebook group I belonged to, called Hope But Plan. I would listen to CM’s calls, while posting to HBPs “Peanut Gallery”, as we affectionately called it. HBP was started by a CM consultant from Alabama who couldn’t stand the dishonesty and who was committed to sharing all the Court documents – public material – with any consultant who wanted to know what was going on. She wanted a place for CM consultants to hope for the best, but plan for the worst. The worst being that the CM we knew and loved was not going to recover from its second bankruptcy in five years.

In this group, I met the most amazing women. Women that CM turned its back on. Incredibly intelligent women. Witty women. Women that had so much going for them, I couldn’t believe what CM was throwing away.

In the Hope But Plan group, reading between the lines was allowed. Venting was allowed. But we couldn’t vent about the venting. There were other rules, but the bottom line was for us to have a safe place to air our opinions without the fear of retribution. We had to be kind to each other, even if we didn’t agree with each other.

I learned from the documents that HBP provided us that CM owes the Make-a-Wish Foundation money. The products that CM sold for the last several years that were designated Make-A-Wish items, promised that a portion of proceeds would go to Make-A-Wish. To this day, CM has not honored this.

CM has created a Facebook page for Ahni & Zoe. Just this week, there was a post on how they support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. It is beyond belief to me how they can say something like this, when their bankruptcy papers state that they owe MAW tens of thousands of dollars.

I am hoping that by posting this to my blog, that I will stop feeling disappointed in myself for representing such an unethical Company. And it’s time to be thankful. I’m thankful to CM because I found a wonderful, meaningful hobby that I love, and I have met the dearest friends through this hobby. Thank you my friends!

2 responses to “So Thankful for Scrappy Friends

  1. Jett says:

    I wanted to read all of this stuff you’re talking about but I can’t find it, no matter what search engine I use. Could you provide me with a link?

  2. Hi Jett, I assume you are talking about the CM info? The Court documents are available for all to read, but be forewarned, there are a ton. I just googled “Court documents for Creative Memories bankruptcy” and there are many links provided.

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