Hope Johnson, The Little Blue Chair

"There was so much information to soak in, I felt like a sponge. I gained so much reassurance. ...reassurance that I was not the only one with my head in the clouds, not the only one who has fears. I gained a very real "we're all human" mindset. The speakers and sponsors, they're human too. They can make jokes, they can be vulnerable. We were all of the same, and knowing that helped me tremendously. 

Going in to the conference, I was a little nervous about what I'd leave with. "I know this stuff," I thought. I was wrong. I simply learned SO much more than what I thought I already knew. I refined it, perfected it. I had a general idea of where I wanted my business to go. Attending the Society for Creative Founders conference was like hiring an intense three-day business mentor that REALLY laid your thoughts out to a feasible and reachable plan in order to reach both short and long term goals. You may think you know this stuff, but having a support system to evaluate and encourage you along the mapping-out of your business, this was invaluable.  

 I've heard from so many how wonderful this conference is and that I wouldn't regret going. The biggest push in my decision was being able to unplug and step away. Like any artist, you often need to step away from your sketchbook, only to come back to see what changes need to be made. I knew the Conference would allow me to do just that. I just got the feeling that if I left only with a sense of rejuvenation from a three-day get-a-way, that would be enough. I left with so much more than that and I'm so thankful I decided to go."

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Olivia Omega


"Prior to the Creative Founders Conference my business was a bit stuck. Not necessarily in direction, but in energy, motivation and inspiration. The lack of energy and action was resulting in a lack of work and revenue. Like many of us I had a list of to-dos and mile long and an awareness of where I needed to focus my energy...the energy I didn't have.

This conference was a big huge massive pause button for me. On my life, my family, my work and my thoughts. It was a time for me to step back, breathe and be reminded of who I am, who's I am and what I am called to be. I needed the type of inspiration and reality check that I can never give myself...working for myself, by myself. I was able to regroup, prioritize and breathe new life into the dreams, projects and aspirations that I had. Not only did I walk away with a new sense of confidence, a rush of creativity, a new set of friends and family, and a whole lot of energy, but I walked away with a plan to make it all a reality.  

 I will remember these 3 days for the rest of my life as a critical turning point in my business and in who I am as a business woman. The time out and time of focus, clarity and rejuvenation is needed as much if not more than any other resource or thing I thought I needed to make things work. I would even venture to say that this sort of thing is needed more than just once, but should be incorporated into our business's annual or bi-annual development and planning."
 

OIivia Omega, creative founder of Olivia Omega
 

 

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Maghon Taylor


"I loved learning from these women who know their stuff and actually putting the pen to paper and doing the work when we were in the room. Once I got home I had to hit the ground running and at other conferences I had to go home and do the work AFTER. I loved how we filled out the sheets sitting there at that moment so I got to come home ready to take action. I got to feel like I could be 100% authentic here and absolutely myself. Sometimes other conferences make you be quiet or more reserved and are SO so serious that I leave feeling like “did I really get to know anyone here?” This one was absolutely my favorite because I got to just be me –confetti and all. 

I am turning in my notice to leave my full time job. This was the last and final push I needed to take that leap and the money module helped make the financial piece of this puzzle crystal clear. I felt so supported, encouraged and SAVVY about my business moving forward. It is education heavy which I SO greatly appreciate. I felt like I didn’t hear things that I had already heard at other conferences. I was concerned initially that my business may be too far along to attend Stationery Academy and it was more for beginners but I couldn’t have been more wrong. I think there is room for anybody and everybody to learn if they have an open mind. 

I had this on my list of workshops to attend, and timing was right! The webinar that [SCF] hosted was what made me pull the trigger. This conference exceeded my expectations. I am so excited I was able to attend and feel like it was absolutely worth the investment."

Maghon Taylor
, creative founder of All She Wrote Notes
 

 

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Alex Bray, Prairie Letter Shop



"It has been a week since I've been home from the Conference, and I feel a tangible difference in my disposition towards my business. In the weeks and months leading up to the conference, I felt frantic and anxious throughout the workday, always rushing to get from one order to another, ending the day breathless and left with little energy for the things I love to do outside of work. After working through the sessions and experiencing the community of Society for Creative Founders, I feel a different sense of peace throughout the week knowing that I have a clear direction for the future of my business. Not only to do I feel relieved, but I find myself approaching my work with a greater sense of urgency and excitement, knowing that I have a stronger foundation for what I want my business to look like this year and in five years. I know that I have a huge mountain of tasks ahead of me, but I left with an increased sense of confidence in my ability to do the work. I feel incredibly inspired to support the women around me and continue to build community.  

...[this] is not a 101 course. I gained a wealth of knowledge from the content of the sessions themselves. Though I have attended several creative conferences in the past, I found myself working through exercises that were totally new to me and had a huge impact on the way that I now think about my business. The breadth and depth of the content genuinely exceeded my expectations. Each minute was used intentionally for learning and community; there was no wasted time. Furthermore, the community was outstanding. I also gained so many quick tips about the stationery and product world that I picked up and jotted down in fleeting moments throughout the experience--the kind of insider knowledge that is only possible when you get a group of like-minded and paper-loving businesswomen together. Most importantly, I gained a sharper perspective on the mission of my business and the type of life I want to build, with my business as a key component but NOT the center. I had some staggering realizations about the way that I have been operating in over the last two years and how unsustainable it is, and I know that I will operate very differently moving forward."  

Alex Bray, creative founder of Prairie Letter Shop
 

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Paige Cannon

[Prior to the conference], "I was ready to give up on my business, I didn't have a vision or a plan for it. It wasn't profitable and was becoming a huge burden in my life. As far as my mindset, it was total defeat. In my mind this conference was my only chance to get it together and make something happen, and even then I wasn't sure it was something I wanted to continue doing. 

From the moment the first Module started, and they made us dig deep and figure out what was holding us back, I immediately began to see things differently. I found a little more confidence and I realized I wasn't crazy or alone - this owning your own biz thing is hard! During the "Your Money" Module we plugged our actual cost and sales numbers into a spreadsheet. Based on what I plugged in, the spreadsheet figured up my hourly pay: $1.17. WOW! What a punch in the gut! Right then I realized why this business was becoming such a burden, I wasn't making any money!  

Simply the thought of having to share my space with a complete stranger was freaking me out already, then thinking about doing it while trying to go through the conference and process all the information was even scarier. I definitely like to have my own space. Then I arrived and realized I had not only one roommate, but two! I don't know how they do it but we could not have been more perfect together. I think had I had a room to myself and been able to retreat to my room along, my experience wouldn't have been half as good. Sure, roommates didn't affect what I learned from the conference, but having to break down the walls I had put up allowed me to get that much more from the whole experience. We were able to continue talking about things in our room, we shared our takeaways from each session and I really felt that this helped me to process everything. We have been in communication since we left Pensacola and it has really helped me to transition back to reality because nobody else understands what we experienced! 

There's no question that this was more than an investment in my business- this was an investment in myself. I realized how badly I needed to take a break from life and focus on me and remind myself why I am doing this creative business thing! I feel like the decision to go gave me the knowledge to move forward with my business and give it the chance to grow, which will allow me to continue doing what I love!"

Paige Cannon, creative founder of Pecan Paper Co.
 

 

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Amy Braswell


"So. Much. Knowledge. Enough knowledge that I'll be sorting through it for weeks to come. That much information could easily be overwhelming, but the leaders organized it in a really easy and clear format (with worksheets!) that made everything super easy to understand and process. And the connections and fellowship you gain at the Conference are truly priceless. Sharing dreams, goals, and fears with other creative founders was inspiring - and super emotional! I cried with gratitude, I cried with empathy, I cried with laughter. And I walked away from the Conference knowing that I had gained the knowledge to take my business to the next level and the support to help get me through those lonely, insecure moments that we all have as entrepreneurs.  

Coming into the Conference, I felt pretty insecure about my business and my talent. I knew that I had built up a nice little brand, but I was frozen with fear about taking it to the next level. After the Conference.... oh my goodness, I feel like a different woman! I feel like I can take on the world. For the first time, I feel confident in my work, confident in my brand, and confident in the possibilities of the future. Hearing everyone's stories and their personal journeys opened my eyes to the fact that we are ALL unique and we are ALL worthy. All of the leaders were amazing and the skills I learned at the Conference are invaluable and have helped me form a more solid brand - one that I feel proud to present and want to show off! The more I looked into [the Conference], I thought, "Wow, everyone raves about it. This sounds too good to be true!" And now I'm one of those people raving about it - it is everything that I read about and more.  

Because while alums can tell you all about the skills and the lessons you will learn, they really can't tell you about the emotional side of it - the amazing friendships, support, and the fellowship that you'll experience at the Conference. It is such an intimate environment - I can't imagine getting that kind of one-on-one attention and time at any other conference. And don't even get me started on the swag!"  

Amy Braswell, creative founder of PaperFinch Design
 

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