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.
- 100 projects is A LOT of projects
- 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.
- I have a wonderful publisher
- I love to write as much as I love to create
- I am way too much of a perfectionist (trying to ease up just a tad)
- 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
- As stressful as some days were (stress put on myself due to #5) I want to do it all over again.
- 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.
- I am all about techniques
- I see in 3D. Everything I create has to have dimension or I can’t call it complete.
- I have a wonderful group of very supportive friends… Caroline, Jessica, Lisa, Wendy and the entire Maya Road Design Team
- If you have a dream/goal put the idea out there… you never know what might happen
- 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!