This is a note from Kim, owner of Keller’s Creations. Here she gives you a closer look at her company, her relationship with Lisa, and the products they’ve created together!
Hey, y’all. I’m Kim. I own Keller’s Creations. I also have a big kid named Keller! Yep, I named my company after my son. Oh, did I mention that I’m a single mom? AND, I’m a scrapbooker. Put all of that in a blender and out comes my philosophy for scrapping…Simple. Meaningful. So dang cute. That’s what our slogan for Scrap It Southern Style means.
I’ve been self-employed in scrapbooking for over 20 years. During my time in this industry, I’ve admired Lisa Bearnson so incredibly much. I met her a couple of times through the years, but never could quite capture her attention to my ideas and way of scrapbooking. That is, until God said it was time.
See, I ran into Lisa again last summer at a Creating Keepsakes Convention. I literally chased her down and BEGGED her to teach at one of our Scrap It Southern Style Events. She graciously said she would try to work it out. I emailed her as a follow up.
And then I got sick. I was diagnosed with a brain tumor that began progressing rather quickly. In a matter of months, it became difficult to walk and talk and sometimes even think. So, on December 7th, 2016, I had brain surgery to remove it. I prayed my way through those agonizing months, asking God to show me the good he would bring of this.
God did so much more than I could even imagine. Lisa heard about my surgery and reached out to me immediately! She agreed to come teach at my hometown event, and that weekend changed my life.
Here is the letter that I wrote Lisa the day she arrived. My brother read it to her in front of the 100+ at our event. I knew miracles were happening that night, and looking back on this letter, I’m so glad I put these words in place for her…
I’m not the only one in this room that can say you changed my life…but when I say it, you need to know just how much. In the mid 90’s I began teaching scrapbook classes around my kitchen table. And then one night, at a friends house, I saw what turned out to be the first copy of Creating Keepsakes magazine! My life would never be the same. Your words in that magazine put a dream I barely knew into focus, showed me where my talents lie and gave me the validation I needed to quit my job and open a store.
Now, 20 years later, I can honestly say I don’t regret this path. It hasn’t been easy… In fact, it has been almost as hard as raising a child on my own for 20 years. It has been worth all the blood, sweat, and tears… And money and hours and miles across this country… to bring me to this moment tonight.
I tried for 20 years to get the attention of you and your magazine, but God knew I was not ready.
The last two years have been the hardest and the best all at the same time… final challenge of my brain surgery brought me to tonight. Only God could put the pieces in place to have my tumor put me near Pooler Georgia, to have your sweet Brecken (who is serving an LDS mission in Georgia) be my first visitor at my brothers house, and now you are with me tonight! I survived my surgery and I am ready to enjoy a weekend in my favorite place with my hero and mentor.
Most of the people in this room have lifted me up in prayer, have encouraged me, and have bought more paper from me than they could ever possibly use, all to feed my kid. They are fiercely loyal, have huge open hearts, and are so deserving to have you here as well. Thank you for being here for them.
Thank you will never be enough to say to you for what you have done for me in my life, and now not only do I get to spend this weekend with you, but I have enjoyed getting to know you over the last couple of months. Not many people survive a brain tumor, but even less people get to become friends with their hero afterwards.
We hope you enjoy this weekend, all of the people here who love you, and my quaint hometown.
Welcome to South Georgia. Welcome to your first Scrap It Southern Style Event. And welcome to our Family.”
That was the beginning of our working together. Now, just a few months later, I am beyond blessed to have my very own collections for sale by her company, Anthology DIY! We worked diligently to fuse my ideas with Lisa’s sense of style.
Whether you want to learn to stretch supplies to save time and money while still creating adorable layouts or personalize your home, we think everyone will find something in Tropical Blooms or Whispering Lilac that they will cherish with their photos.
I’d love to hear from each of you about these new products, and better yet, Lisa and I would love to see you at one of our SISS Events!