Sunday, October 01, 2006

Anyone else getting just a little anxious out there? Because our pulses are racing in here. We’ve worked through the weekend in an effort to narrow the field, but we’re still having a challenging time cutting the list down to 20. It’s been an honor and a real treat to spend time with all of your designs. They demonstrate so much creativity, so much innovation, and such devotion not only to your craft but also to your family – because nearly every page that has come our way has captured a memory, an emotion, a moment that means something to you. It’s been a little sneak peek into a “day in your life.”

We know every one of you – nearly 1,000 of you, in fact – are waiting to hear if you made it to the final 20. We're going to post the winners to the site at midnight tonight (Sunday). * Then, sometime early Monday morning, we’ll post the 20 finalists and let the voting begin.

So let’s talk about the voting process. We’ve tried to make this simple – but that’s not as easy as you might think! So – after you log in to vote, you’ll see multiple boxes each featuring three or more separate designs. (Some people did submit more than one view of a design, so there may be more than three pictures in a submission). You can click on the picture to see a larger view – but clicking on the picture will NOT register a vote. So go ahead and check out everything in great detail and look as long as you want. Just know that once you vote, that’s it. We cannot cancel out votes, and to keep everything fair, you may only vote for one designer each competition.

The steps for voting are:

  1. Register to view the entries; this helps us ensure that people are only voting once per competition
  2. Carefully review all entries (they may be spread among multiple pages, so click “Next” at the bottom of the page to see EVERY entry
  3. Decide on which ONE entry / designer you want to vote for
  4. CLICK VOTE
  5. That's it! Make sure to check back each day for new news and information about the contestants. And visit again next Monday to cast your vote from the new challenge which will be introduced to the five finalists this week
Okay, only a few hours left until things go live here. Thanks for checking back with us … This is going to be a wild ride!

*If you read our earlier post, we said we were going to send emails to the 20 finalists. However, due to a technical glitch this evening, we will have to send out letters to the finalists tomorrow. So ... it looks like everyone will find out the results at the same time by vistiting the contest and entering to vote! We sure appreciate everyone's understanding on this!

6 Comments:

Blogger Michelle said...

I just can not imagine being in your shoes right now...such a challenge for you to even narrow down the field....you are going to have a hard road ahead of choosing...goood luck to you and burn that midnite oil!!!

8:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness...

SO exciting!
Good luck to everyone!
Sarah

8:40 PM  
Blogger Diana Lyn said...

I am so excited! I can't wait to hear... Good Luck everyone!

8:58 PM  
Blogger Anam said...

so exciting. that must have been so tough to choose. well done everyone for just entering.

9:10 PM  
Anonymous laura vegas said...

i can only imagine how hard of a decision it's been for all of you. now you're going to have me up all night checking my inbox! lol!

good luck to everyone!

9:40 PM  
Blogger Tracey said...

anxiously awaiting your decision.

10:47 PM  

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