100 completed…

Apr 10, 2009

I did it! I start­ed my first book project May 2, 2008 and fin­ished the 100th today. Still can’t believe it and have count­ed the total num­ber of projects 3 times and each time it comes out to be 100!!! I can say I am pret­ty  much fin­ished with my book. I just have a few cap­tions to write which is noth­ing after this huge cre­ative under­tak­ing. I love the direc­tion the design­er is going with my book… it will be so me and I am so THRILLED I can hard­ly stand it. I wont see the cov­er until some­time in July but you can bet I will show every­one the sec­ond I can.

Here are a few things I learned over the past year in no par­tic­u­lar order.

  1. 100 projects is A LOT of projects
  2. It takes a lot of peo­ple work­ing super hard to cre­ate a book… Edi­tors, Pho­tog­ra­phers, Design­ers, Art Coor­di­na­tors, Styl­ist, Sales Team, Mar­ket­ing Team and I’m sure some oth­ers that I don’t know about that are behind the scene.
  3. I have a won­der­ful pub­lish­er
  4. I love to write as much as I love to cre­ate
  5. I am way too much of a per­fec­tion­ist (try­ing to ease up just a tad)
  6. You must have spon­sors to cre­ate 100 projects and I was super for­tu­nate to have these… ClearSnap, Cocoa Daisy, Cor­nish Her­itage Farms, Dun­can Enter­pris­es, Fiskars, Ger­man Cor­ner LLC, Imag­ine That! Designs, Jen­ni Bowl­in, Ken­ner Road, Marks Paper Com­pa­ny, Maya Road, Melis­sa Frances, My Lit­tle Yel­low Bicy­cle, My Mind’s Eye, Paper Tales Inc., Peb­bles Ink, Pink Paislee, Pink Per­sim­mon, Pri­ma Mar­ket­ing, Ranger, Scor-Pal, Tim Holtz, Webster’s Pages
  7. As stress­ful as some days were (stress put on myself due to #5) I want to do it all over again.
  8. I real­ly do love machine sewing and hand stitch­ing, glit­ter, chip­board, paint, felt, crepe paper, but­tons, vin­tage ephemera etc. I know this for cer­tain because after 100 projects I still want to use these to cre­ate.
  9. I am all about tech­niques
  10. I see in 3D. Every­thing I cre­ate has to have dimen­sion or I can’t call it com­plete.
  11. I have a won­der­ful group of very sup­port­ive friends… Car­o­line, Jes­si­ca, Lisa, Wendy and the entire Maya Road Design Team
  12. If you have a dream/goal put the idea out there… you nev­er know what might hap­pen
  13. Enjoy the process (thanks to Car­o­line, Jes­si­ca, Lisa and Wendy) for the most part I did. Although they and Kristin my edi­tor did have to talk me off the ledge a few times. (due again to that darn #5)

Thanks every­one for all your encour­ag­ing emails and blog posts. I real­ly appre­ci­at­ed every sin­gle one. Tomor­row I will pick the win­ner of the RAK.

Have a won­der­ful Good Fri­day!

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