Warwick woman bounces back with scrapbooking business

SUCCESS STORY: Wendy Sutcliffe has put two major setbacks behind her to focus on her home business, Happy Scrappin.
SUCCESS STORY: Wendy Sutcliffe has put two major setbacks behind her to focus on her home business, Happy Scrappin. Samantha Oneil

WENDY Sutcliffe is fighting back in style after being sacked from her long-term job and surgery that has left her with chronic pain.

The mother of two has a smile that hides years of pain and heartache.

She was fired via email from a job she had held for nearly 20 years and suffered permanent nerve damage during a common surgery.

But, rather than give up, she has worked hard to turn her home business Happy Scrappin into an inspirational success story.

Mrs Sutcliffe admits the double blow she suffered took its toll.

"I worked for a large company for 19 years, only to be terminated by email with no explanation, no phone call," she said.

"And then the surgery.

"Going into surgery, you sign all the forms (acknowledging the risks) but you never expect it to be you."

Mrs Sutcliffe said she was one of nearly 400 nation- wide who had found themselves sacked by a major supermarket chain in May.

"It really upset me after nearly two decades working for the company. I was just gutted."

Mrs Sutcliffe has since turned her love of scrap-booking into a home-based business, Happy Scrappin, allowing her to focus on her future.

"It's the one thing I can still do that I did before (the surgery). It gave me purpose," she said.

"You've got to be thankful for the good stuff you have in life rather than the things you can't do."

Mrs Sutcliffe started scrap-booking 14 years ago.

She believes it is an ideal way to treasure all the photos and bits and pieces collected over time.

"I was born blind in my right eye and need glasses for my left and I embellished pages so, if I couldn't see, I could still enjoy the memories by feeling the texture," she said.

Mrs Sutcliffe has a room designed specifically for scrapbooking, with a wide range of products and tables for classes.

"This is a girl's world," she said.

"I'm open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

"I do a card-marking class on Wednesday at 10.30am. It's only $5 for a single card and morning tea."

Mrs Sutcliffe said she was always on the look out for new products and ideas.

"I have a wide variety from basic supplies to Cricut, Sizzix, Spellbinders, Kaisercraft and off-the-page projects," she said.

"I can demonstrate products people aren't familiar with and if I don't know myself, I will find out because I'm always looking for something different."

Happy Scrappin can be found on Mangan St.

"The easiest way to find it is to head along Rosehill Rd and turn right at the underpass near the bacon factory," Mrs Sutcliffe said.

"It's the only gate on Mangan St."

Mrs Sutcliffe said she was taking a Christmas break, closing on Wednesday, December 23, and re-opening on Tuesday, January 5. For inquiries, phone 0403 513 413.



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