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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The vote is finally up at Stone Accents Studio for round 3! It was late in getting posted, not sure why, but I know there were many current round contestants (and one drop out) hitting the refresh with much anxiety all night, all day for our finalists from down under!
A word about my status - As you know, I dropped out because I just couldn’t work with the palette. I found it not just uninspiring, but depressing. That’s just me. I know a lot of people really love the grungy-looking browns for heritage layouts. I prefer to use color to tell the parts of the stories that black and white photos don’t tell, so I just couldn’t bring myself to put together elements from items I’d scanned having to take the colors out and then get rid of the nasty black and white too!
Like I said, that's just me, but I can promise that there is not, nor will there ever be, a Digitalegacies Designs Scrapbook kit that I wouldn’t buy. That’s my benchmark for my work. When all is said and done, if I wouldn’t buy it, it’s not even good ENOUGH.
Now, here’s the bright news in that. I am so completely NOT anti-heritage kits! LOL If you saw “Even The Losers,” and you thought maybe you’d like my attempted kit but haven’t downloaded it yet, snatch it up quick! At midnight Eastern US Time, the link will expire. Now that doesn’t mean you’ll never have a chance to pick up those Digitalegacies artifacts again. It just means you’ll have to wait! I’m going to use those pieces as the beginning of a heritage kit I WOULD buy for next month! So stay tuned!
The working title for the failed kit was “Little Brown Jug.” With the Glenn Miller and record elements, you kinda get an idea where wanted to go with that. The kit will not be called “Little Brown Jug,” though. I have a few ideas in mind! Again, stay tuned!
The reason I’m waiting until next month to do this, is this month is all about the contestants still vying for your votes at SAS! Now, I’m head cheerleader and promoter for the wonderful designers still competing! There were 20 designers that made it to round 3. Two of us dropped out, but that leaves 18 of those heritage kits available for free! It’ll cost you free membership to Stone Accents Studio, a little download time and a vote! If you download even one of the kits, you ought to feel obligated to give at least that designer a vote! But see what’s there. My method, and this is not an SAS endorsed method, it’s just mine, is that I decide what kits really catch my eye to download, then I take a good look at the kits I’ve downloaded and vote for my favorite two or three. The narrowing down process if a lot easier than downloading everything and trying to choose from there. I look at the preview as an important part of the kit. In a shop, that preview has to be what prompts someone to buy. There is no free trial of the whole kit! So, the method I use checks that “would I buy it?” test.
I was disappointed that they took the limits off the numbers of papers and elements. There were several contestants that were struggling and some that just went to town when those gates were opened. It’s kinda like a kid who stays out all night the first night the curfew is removed. (I did that when I turned 18 hehe) But brown heritage kits are not the only things that sell and it put some very talented designers at a grave disadvantage in this round. I do implore you to not consider the number of papers and elements in the round 3 kits. Remember, in a store, those larger kits will cost you more money too! Try to limit yourself to only opening the same number of papers and elements for each kit when you judge them. Make it fair again.
After this round’s voting, ten designers will make it to the final round, where three will become SAS-y Ladies, Stone Accents Studio designers. I’m planning on introducing you to the finalists after Thursday, so come back for more!
For now, get your seat on the council for determining the future! Vote today!