I've spent several hours this past week going through a number of online digital scrapbook galleries looking for outstanding layouts that we can feature in upcoming issues of the Artisan Notebook. I've been struck by a number of things. First, I can't believe how much this hobby has grown over the past several years. I think you could spend weeks searching and you still wouldn't come to the end of the hundreds of sites, galleries, forums and blogs that are now part of the digi landscape.
Second, I'm amazed at the variety and level of talent that is out there. You can definitely see a maturing process in terms of the quality of both craftsmanship and genuine artistry that is on display just about everywhere you look. The professionalism that is so evident makes my job as a contributing editor to the Artisan Notebook an easy job. I do worry though that it might be intimidating to people just starting out. I sure hope it doesn't scare people away! (Learning your way around your photo editing program can be scary enough!)
Finally, I'm just so touched by the responses I have been receiving when I send people an email letting them know of my interest to publish their work. Almost to a person they express surprise that I would notice their efforts. I wonder, is it a 'women thing' or just a 'creative person thing' that causes us all to have such insecurities about our own creative efforts? The other thing that has touched me is that after they have told me how surprised they are that I would select their layout they then go on to tell my why the layout is so special to them. It is a reminder to me that although people pursue the craft of digital scrapbooking for a variety of reasons their creations are important and mean something to those who create them. Being on the business side of this hobby it is a good reminder to my heart!
I've also been working on some ideas for the September Guild kit. I can't show them to you yet, but I'm excited by how it is coming together. In the meantime, what I can show you is a new add-on kit for the August Guild Kit, "Woodland Wonderland". It is available now at NDISB.
I'm not sure how other designers work but I can never put together a set without actually trying to work them into a layout or two to make sure that everything is working together. The good thing about this is that not only do I end up with some sample layouts but it also helps me keep up with (well okay maybe not keep up but at least not fall behind so fast) on my personal layouts!
Oh, and I forgot to add, in addition to sending out emails I also received a few of my own! It turns out that Somerset Memories has accepted another four of my layouts for publication. That makes six in the last three weeks. And yes, I did respond to each of them with, "wow, I can't believe that you would want to publish my work!" We are all in need of affirmation from time to time don't you think?! (I'll post the layouts as soon as they are published!)