Saturday, July 30, 2011

Sweet Surprise with Thanks

About a year ago, I remember reading on the My Scrapbook Nook (fondly referred to as the Nook) forum, a thread where someone was expressing frustration that some of their favourite layouts receive few comments.  What stuck with me from that thread, was a super talented and successful scrapper saying that some of her favourite layouts created received the least amount of comments.  Someone else added that that goes for those that get picked up for publication.  Sometimes it is the ones that they least expect that make it.  It was around that time that I started to submit some layouts for publication and this little tidbit of wisdom has been invaluable in not taking nonresponses personally.  So after a year of submitting work and having a fair amount picked up by various publications, that piece of insightful wisdom has come to fruition.  After a round of submissions, two of my absolute favourites were not picked up so I finally posted them both here on my blog over the last two weeks and in my galleries.


Like others, it doesn't take much to bring a smile to my face when someone says something nice about my work.  The layout of the week over at the Nook is posted each Friday.  I happened to check it out today, Saturday, and imagine my pleasant surprise to see one of said layouts posted.  I am honoured.  I do not know how the DT chooses just one as the Nook gallery is unbelievably bursting with superb layouts of all styles.  The irony is that, in Hilde's rationale for choosing "Jake -Perfect Tween", she describes to a T the things that I loved most about it.  She totally understood it and that little bit of validation made my weekend.   For that Hilde and for all the ladies who took the time to leave comments.  I thank you.

A funny little aside about that MME So Sophie paper used in that layout.  When I had proudly showed my then 10 year old daughter (my biggest supporter and thoughtful constructive criticism giver) the finished layout, she was a little put out that I had used that pretty paper on my nephew and not her as she loves those colours. LOL!

TTFN,

7 comments:

Rachael Funnell said...

Cassandra Both These Layouts are totally & Utterly Gorgeous.....
I L.O.V.E both these Designs!!!
YES! it's always nice to get Comments
I always forget to Submit My Layouts! LOL! Sometimes I think that they are looking for a Particular Style @ that time of Submitting...
But yet it's always a little disappointing!!!
Enjoy your Week!
xx

Monique said...

:-) You say it so well! I love both your layouts very much and agree that that kit was gorgeous!

Sherri said...

Wow, you have been busy! You deserve that vacation you're on. I hope you have a fabulous time with the ones you love the most. Your creations are lovely, especially that cute card, great gift idea. And that tutorials are great Cassandra.

Tanya Tahir said...

Cass, you totally deserve it my friend!! It is a beautful layout (they both are). You never know what the magazines are looking for, it usually is not about the execution of the page, but more to do with how the layout will fit in with the issue etc. So don't be disheartened about those rejections, I receive far more rejections than acceptances, and usually it is my personal favourites that are rejected too.

Camilla Ekman said...

Gorgeous layouts, Cassandra! And I totally agree on the commenting thing.

Lilith said...

Love both of them. I'm not that good at entering my pages just because of that but I keep on trying. CONGRATS, cause your work is stunning!

Elisabeth said...

love them both, they are really adorable and wonderful!