Well, I'm not surprised to announce that I didn't get selected as a Memory Makers Master...I so totally did not deserve it. I've read a few comments from not only winners but also from the also-rans like myself, and I cannot believe the heart and soul and prayers and tears that were tied to this contest. I honestly did not put that much of myself into it. I'm not sure I ever could, so this may not be my path at all.
I actually was on a design team for a local scrapbook store with one of the winners. I did not know that she had entered, but I can see exactly what kind of competition I faced knowing how she scraps. I've seen her work on a page for two weeks until it was just perfect. I've seen her completely redo a page. She is a total perfectionist. She really does pay attention to the details, letting the elements tell the story. When we worked together, we were recognized for that...for her telling the story through elements, and for me telling the story through words. I'm sure you can still see her layouts, along with mine, at Gotta Scrap in Rockwall.
My style is much more casual and throw-it-together...pretty sure it's not what MM was looking for. I also have a hang-up with cost-efficiency, which my friend does NOT have. I think I've easily seen her do $25-30 pages. The business person in me wants the upsell, but I don't want to scare off the customers either, especially since many of MY customers are on the "frugal" side (for lack of a better word).
Of course, digital allows me so much more flexibility...being able to add all that stuff without extra costs (more or less), but then I worry my LifeTimez users will complain that it's too messy or difficult and takes too much time. I guess I just need to get over that side of me and just really create something I love. Just put myself in a different mind set. The get-published one.
So, I hope you guys will forgive me if you find my future layouts a little on "difficult" side. I'm headed in a new direction.