Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Hi :o) This is SP…here to update you on our new-ish blog schedule…coming features, changes, my design plans and more (probably too much), lol!
As is often the scenario…changes tend to come with a new year. We have certainly had our share of changes here at the Shoppe…all around :o) We have had a couple of team members make the decision to move on (either to other projects…or just take a step back from the ‘scrapping world’), and as a result, I have wrestled with the decision of 1) having a call right now to add new members to the team, 2) shutting down the blog, 3) scaling down posts to maintain the blog with our current team members, or 4) all of the above (lol)! I really have put a lot of time and energy and thought and consideration (and prayer) into this decision. The truth is that I do not have time to have an open team call right now (even with help, it is a HUGE undertaking)…and I really do not want to shut down the blog as I enjoy it so much myself, lol! It is a LOT of work to maintain and manage…but I believe it is a worthwhile effort, so there are no plans to close it at this time (I’m happy to say) :o)
So, that really leaves me with the option of scaling back our blog posts (which are generally DAILY, excluding weekends) at this time…and enjoying our current team! I feel really good about this decision…and I hope you will, too :o) With that said, we will likely still have an open call in the future (possibly even near future), when I have more time to devote to it. The team is super special and important to me…and when we add to it – I like to really spend a lot of time considering each submission and how the scrapper would mesh with our team and all of the responsibilities, etc. It’s not something I like to do in a hurry or when I can’t give it my full attention, kwim?
What does this mean? Really…I do not think you will notice much of a change :o) Yes, we will be scaling back a bit, and NOT posting DAILY…but very close! Our ultimate goal is to inspire you and to have FUN! In general…there will be at least three posts per week…often more! We will continue to feature the LAYOUT OF THE WEEK posts each and every Monday…will still have the monthly templates challenges…product spotlights (every other week instead of weekly)…you get the point, lol! I can’t think of anything we are actually taking away from the blog…with the exception of the frequency of these posts. Let’s not forget the new ‘scrap 2011′ project that is coming up (debuting tomorrow here on the blog) and more! Of course, we also have lots of ideas for NEW content, too – and are looking forward to bringing you PLENTY of inspiring and exciting posts, as always :o)
One of my hopes is to provide you guys with a monthly calendar (linked on the blog) laying out the basic schedule for that month (always apt to change…but it would give you a general idea). That way – you know what to expect…at least until we all settle in with the new schedule.
Alright – that’s that…I really just wanted to bring everyone up-to-date so you aren’t wondering why there isn’t a new post every single day :o)
Moving on…lots of you have emailed asking WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO RELEASE A NEW KIT?! lol…the honest answer is that I HOPE to release one (or two) in the next month or so. I will tell you that I do not plan to keep up the super busy work schedule that I have maintained for the past few years. I know some of you are thinking, HUH? SHE DOESN’T RELEASE MUCH, lol! Truth is that there is SO MUCH work that you never see (or could even imagine, lol)…and I find that I spend the vast majority of my time answering emails (this is a BIG one), working on the blog, maintaining the sites and other ADMIN stuff. Sadly, it really does not leave much time for designing and being creative. I hope to change that a little this year…but mostly, I just want to make sure that I am not constantly stressing about the next release! That does NOT mean that I will not be designing and working, lol…quite the opposite…I hope to work quite a bit (when I have the time and am inspired)…but wish to spend my available work hours designing instead of answering emails, etc. We’ll see how it goes…wish me luck, lol!
As many of you know…at this time last year – I was in the hospital for a decent bit of time (all worked out and thank Goodness, I am just fine now) :o) That really puts things into perspective for you though…and quick (at least it did for me…or so I thought, lol). When I finally got back to work…I felt so stressed about trying to ‘catch-up’ and really continued that momentum and ‘feeling’ throughout the year. I don’t want to do that again :o) So, I plan to keep the Shoppe at a nice and FUN pace this year and I hope you guys will enjoy it along with me! First and foremost (like many of you), I am a MOM and a WIFE and I love both of those roles dearly. I am also SP and I have to tell you – I love that role immensely, too! But sometimes, balancing the three (as well as the many other hats I wear…like all of you) is not easy :o) This year…SP is going to have to move down the list a little bit! She wants to ENJOY 2011 and scrap it along with you guys (smiles)! I guess I really want to be more of a scrapper than a designer for a year, lol!
Along those same lines, I thought I’d mention that Nicole (our in-house product designer) will be taking most of 2011 off. Nicole designs most of our piece-a-cake albums, lots of our hybrid products…and our calendars. I’m sure you will notice a decrease in these kinds of products this year…but we hope to make it up to you next year :o) Again, this is just all the more reason to take things a little slower this year…it just makes sense!
I realize this post is LONG and has been all over the place, lol! Thank you so much for indulging me and all of my rambling :o) You all mean so much to me…I feel that I have come to know so many of you so well and truly consider you FRIENDS! Thanks for being part of my world :o)
That’s it for today…I’m so excited to bring you our new PROJECT post tomorrow (which I need to get back to working on, lol)! xoxo –SP