Leadership Spotlight – CaffeinatedPapercuts

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings


Leaders are an essential part of any team or organization. Leaders help other members succeed and grow as well as help the Captain achieve their objectives. Here at Christmas in July we have some wonderful Leaders and we want to honor your accomplishments in what we are calling Leadership Spotlight.


Jennifer Loftfield from CaffeinatedPapercuts is our first honoree

1. What made you decide to join the CIJ team and what do you love about the team?

Oh my, I think originally it was to find out more about the CIJ sale each year and then I stayed for the business tips and constructive chatter. I like that we’re a judgement-free zone that works towards helping our members, not just pushing promotion after promotion.

2. What made you decide to become a CIJ team leader and what do you enjoy most about being a team leader?

I believe my promotion happened when the CIJ blog was in its infancy; regular contributors were needed and it sounded like fun. I enjoy interacting with our members and seeing what talents they have. One of my favorite series so far was Christmas Around the World, remember that one? So many beautiful places to visit and experience through our members. My fellow leaders are so easy to work with as well; we all understand that sometime ‘real life’ gets in the way and then everyone moves in to pick up the slack. It’s a true team around here.

3. What is your style of leadership?

Is passive-aggressive a style? LOL I’ll passively put out a topic that requires member input, then aggressively demand answers when the deadline gets close. Hand me a task and I’ll run with it, and I’m always happy to help out the team.

4. Tell us about yourself and your shop.

I’m an engineer, mom, wife, and coffee-drinker by day and a crafter by night. Yes, with more coffee; it is my blood type. My shop is a paper lover’s paradise filled with handmade goodies – greeting cards, coasters, gift tags, invitations…anything I can create with paper and ink.

5. What are your social media sites?

Oh, there’s a bunch, because I do love social media!

Blog – www.caffeinatedpapercuts.com

Facebook – www.facebook.com/caffeinatedpapercuts

Twitter – www.twitter.com/caffpapercuts

Instagram – www.instagram.com/caffeinatedpapercuts

YouTube – www.youtube.com/user/caffeinatedpapercuts

Pinterest – www.pinterest.com/caffpapercuts

Periscope – www.periscope.tv/caffpapercuts

#CIJPopUpMarket – CaffeinatedPapercuts

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Virtual PopUpMarket – Jennifer from CaffeinatedPapercuts



1. What is name of your shop and what is unique about your shop?

CaffeinatedPapercuts, where everything is created by my two hands. If it involves paper, it’s probably in the shop!

2. Where do you live and how does where you live influence your creativity?

I live in Upstate New York where we just moved to a small village (yes, they still exist!). Kids playing outside, lots of trees and flowers, sun streaming in through all the windows…I’m surrounded by nature.

3. What is it about having your own business that you love?

Well, obviously there’s the whole being my own boss thing, but I love creating. So seeing someone pick up one of my pieces and have just the reaction I was going for is priceless.

4 What is your greatest business achievement?

For me, it was finally having the guts to just go for it and open up shop. Now I sell online, at craft shows, and some of my work will now be available at a shop in New Mexico. It’s crazy and wonderful.

5. How would you like to see your business evolve?

I would love to have more repeat customers and a more structured release schedule. The holidays should be awesome this year as I started on the new line of cards last January!

6. What are your social media sites?


Twitter – www.twitter.com/caffpapercuts

Pinterest – www.pinterest.com/caffpapercuts

Instagram – www.instagram.com/caffeinatedpapercuts

YouTube – www.youtube.com/user/caffeinatedpapercuts

Blog – www.caffeinatedpapercuts.com/

Garden Crafts Found On Social Media

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Have you ever found a craft on You.TubePinterest and other social media that you just had to make?

What garden crafts have you made or thought of making?

Barbara of MermaidsHatbox says:

Today I found this video on Youtube. I never see something like that before and I will make it and find out if it work. It’s a “Teelichtofen”.


Dawn Whitehand of DeeDeeDeesigns states:

I have a couple of things I have found on Pinterest, but I haven’t made any of them yet.

Succulent brick wall:

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Wine cork plant markers:


AliciasFindings said:

My mom found this real cute plant marker craft on Pinterest and we decided to make some for the fun of it.

We like to come together at times and have craft times, even if we are working on separate crafts.

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So get online find something fun to do and do it!!!