Monday, March 31, 2008

Charity Kit

Hi All,

I've been busy finishing up the end of the month chores, but I wanted to mention... I helped design a few items for this charity kit. The kit is a gift for anyone who donates $20 or more to Autism Speaks. I work with Tammy on Sandra's team and the story of her granddaughter has touched me. If you are interested in getting the kit, check out the website.

Friday, March 21, 2008

This week FlyBoy is in the store. Check out this kit for airshows, paper airplanes, air museums, or plane visits.

Check out my super saver saturday kit too. Boy Basics this week and the alpha. 50% off. Just one day.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

An Idea Journal

Do you have an idea journal?

When I started this blog, I wanted to discuss my learning process for digiscrapping and photography, as well as my designs. Since then I have bee lucky enough to get a store and start selling some of my designs, but I haven't taken the time to write about what I have been learning as I started scrapping and taking pictures.

The first thing to discuss, in my opinion is an idea journal. I can't remember all things I want to scrap and take pictures of while I am living my life. I need a place to collect all my ideas and put them on paper. I have an idea journal for layouts and I also collect my design ideas in there too. That is where I go when I want to see what stories I want to make. Its where I sketch out idea for layouts and QPs that I am making for me or for sale.

If you have small kids and want to remember certain moments or quotes, its great to have a notebook handy where you hang out with them. I can't remember things if I have to wait to get to my computer and type them in.

Do you have an idea journal? How do you use it?

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Grab Bag at Digibydesign

Just thought I would mention... this month I have a grab bag up for sale. Its all new stuff, $10 for $2. Templates, papers and elements for your scrapping pleasure. You need a hint? Here's a big one.

Buy it now at DxD.


I've just made myself a new blinkie to help promote my designs on websites and in forums. You can see it just to the right here. I love that I learned to make animated gifs, and maybe there will be more blinkies in the future.

When I started designing I knew there was a lot more to being a successful designer then just designing, there are hours and hours spent reading and updating posts, looking at galleries and commenting, challenges to manage and ads to create and then send off to promote the designs. I am still ramping up on the ads, but I know that if I want to be a successful designer, then its not just designing. Many of the designers that I have admired have recently cut back on their stores, or their designing in general in order to better balance their lives. I love designing, but I know I need to keep the balance. I figure if I stay happy designing then I will keep designing.

To that end I have spent a lot of time designing recently so I am planning to a bunch of layouts next week instead of design. If I don't actually scrap anything this will become more like a job then art.