Turning parts of work into works of art


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MASON CITY, Iowa – As a credit counselor Catie Schmeisser helps people straighten out their finances and in doing this, she helps her them weed through the many credit cards they keep in their wallets.

When people discard their unwanted credit cards it’s important that they cut them into pieces to dispose of them.

“I respect our clients so much for the life changes they’re actually doing and some of them, for them to cut that credit card is a very symbolic, ‘I’ve had it. I want a different way of my finances,’” Schmeisser said.

Once clients decide to make this change for their financial future, Schmeisser is left with the aftermath.

Schmeisser was working with a client when she stumbled upon what would turn into a lifelong hobby.

“We had one guy that had cut his up and had put it in the jars that we’ve got at our desk, well I’m doing the paperwork and I happen to glance over and his name, his full name is right there on the outside of the jar and I thought, I can’t have that it’s his identity, so I’m taking the cards out and they’re falling and I’m thinking oh look, this is kind of cute.”

From spaceships to delicate flower bouquets; snowmen to lighthouses, Schmeisser found a way to create something beautiful out of something that used to bring families stress each and every month.

“Still to date my favorite picture though is the one that I did of the earth. I just love blue and green.”

From helping people take charge of their habit of overcharging, she deserves credit for raising the interest of a new kind of art.

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