Thursday, October 12, 2006

Creative Timeline
As you get to know our designers, you know each of them is so incredibly busy (aren’t we all?) and it gets many wondering: how long does it take them to create a layout? We asked some of our designers about their creative process, and if we learned anything, we learned that there is no set timeline for brilliance.

Keisha: I am so, so slow with most of the projects I do. I often have to walk away for a while (it could be for a few hours, or a few days). I often start with something I really love – like a new photo – then grab the newest supplies I have. There’s no plan. Usually a lot of wishing. Generally it takes me at least a day to finish one layout!

Maggie: I usually take about an hour to create a scrapbook layout [Ed note: An hour! Maggie, you’re killing me!] I mentally have all this inspiration and different ideas fllowing around in my head and I like to just go for it and see what comes out!

Julie: I’m sure I’m the slowest scrapbooker in the world. When I’m given an assignment I spend quite a bit of time mulling over the possibilities. I don’t think I’ve ever finished a layout or project in a day. I admire artists so filled with creativity that they can complete a layout in a few hours!

Christy: Layouts usually take me about three to four hours. I enjoy digital scrapbooking, so sometimes I’ll create my layout in Photoshop and then recreate it in paper form … this actually saves me time because I know what size to cut my papers, pictures, and other embellishments. Putting it all together, at that point, is a breeze.

Wendy: Ugh. I am a slow designer, for the most part. I lose a lot of sleep (like complete nights of it) because I’m working on a project. Sometimes the lack of sleep is because I just can’t get it right and nothing is flowing. But more often it’s because once things start flowing, and I get in a groove, I don’t want to stop.


Anonymous jennifer p. said...

Awesome! I totally love hearing about how each of you work...I have to say, I am a lot like Wendy...late at night is usually when I get in the groove- many of my favorite pages were created in the wee small hours...

10:22 PM  
Anonymous maggie Holmes said...

i have to add - that my one-hour timeline does not include picking, editing and printing my photos (which can sometimes take longer than it takes to create the layout!) But, yeah, once I have my photos ready I can usually do a layout in about an hour. Hey, with three boys running around, I have to be quick or I would never get anything done right??

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Wendy, Kiesha, and Julie because I thought I was the slowest scrapbooker in the world. Its nice to know that even expert designers like you can take days for a single layout.

3:38 AM  
Blogger nanawebby said...

I love all of the MM products. I do have a request. I enjoy all the fun papers, funky colors, and new ideas, yet I also long for more traditional stuff. More traditional colors, and patterns. I am alwayslooking for traditional, timeless plaids, checks and things like that for some of my family things, especially doing old family photos, and I am frustrated that I can't find what I am looking for.

6:18 AM  
Anonymous sherRae said...

Wow! Love the new glitter stickers, can't wait to use them,
haven't seen them in the stores, I'll check your web page and locate where to find them. Thanks for the newsflash!

6:32 AM  
Blogger Pattie B said...

I'll be looking for the shimmer paints in the stores. I used the halloween foam stamps over the weekend to make some cute halloween cards.

8:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love all the MM stuff, took the MM track at CKU A--what a blast. Enjoyable reading how the experts work... The razor blade thing, totally something I would do.
Thanks for all the inspiration!

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Deanna S. said...

Time is the hardest part of scrapbooking for me. There are often times that I want to, but I don't scrapbook because I don't have the time that I know I need to finish anything. I guess my problem is that I don't have a designated area in my home so it takes so much time to get an area set up.

9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love mm products, everything and anything mm. I would like to ask the designers what new mm product that motivates them most!!

1:55 PM  

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