Me Today…

May 4, 2012

The one thing about me and my blog is I really do try hard to keep it real, honest and true. I don’t want to hide behind it and make people think my creative life is so amazing, exciting and wonderful. This industry has lots of wonderful perks and I enjoy it immensely. I know I’m blessed so please do not take this wrong and think I’m not grateful and appreciative but this industry also has LOTS of stress, frustration, at times unrealistic deadlines, a little backstabbing here and there (sad but true) and idea stealing (again sad but true). I try not to focus on the bad part, just the good and share my love of art and all things vintage.

So I thought I would talk to you today, about three behind the scenes things you might not think about…

Creating on Demand with certain products is something I learned early on and goodness am I ever so glad I did as it can be quite challenging and stressful. Creating on demand with a 24 hour turn around is even more stressful. If you were given say, five products and you can only use these 5 products with maybe your own paper choice and are given 24 hours to create something that everyone will see publicly would you be anxious or get a creative block? Even though we are considered professionals in the industry most of us still have these feelings. So be kind with criticism as you never know how long the designer had to create their piece.

Blogging… blogging takes up a LOT of time. So be kind to those who miss a few days or maybe even a week. I know when I post a tutorial is takes me at least an hour and sometimes two to post the photos, include the supplies and tools and write up all the instructions. Some days I(we) just do not have an hour to devote to blogging, especially when CHA comes around.

Pricing… Whether it be classes to teach at stores or online workshops I know I work my tail off as well as many others in the industry. I make sure everyone has full detailed instructions, color photos, unique vintage finds, supplies, etc. So by the time I(we) create the project to teach, kit it, take photos, write the instructions and spend 3 to 4 hours teaching it I(we) have put in many behind the scene hours preparing. Just something to think about  as I(we) get from point A to point B. By the time you divide all the behind the scenes hours and the teaching time, pricing usually is pretty reasonable, please be kind.

Please don’t take this post as a lecture. I just want it to be something for everyone to think about. I(we) in the industry try hard to make people happy, we really do. I love to share ideas and am very giving and open with information, so please be kind.


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