It’s About Time Digital Scrapbook and Art Journal Kit by Vicki Robinson Designs
It certainly is! In fact, it’s all about time, isn’t it? Tick, tock. Tick tock.
At some point in 2013, I was asked if I was interested in contributing to the (now defunct) Digi Files run by The Daily Digi. It was one of the very first monthly digital scrapbooking kit membership groups. I hadn’t been designing for very long and was so very proud and excited! But what I didn’t realize was that I had to submit an application – sort of a designing resume, if you will. There were only seven spots available each month and only 12 months to the year. And while 84 possible spots may seem like a lot, at the time there were hundreds of digi designers out there — many of whom would have loved to be chosen to contribute. After all, was a chance to get your name and product in front of thousands of members.
But, as is the case with any job interview, you must sell yourself … show off your product, and hope that you have something different and interesting enough to be permitted to participate. I’ve been following the Digi Files for almost as long as it’s been around and I started to think about applying at some point in 2011 but never had the courage. I mean, someone would be evaluating your work. What if they don’t like it? Self-doubt and insecurity are a bxxxx bear to overcome. So I did nothing. For a long time, I did nothing. Then along came that “fearless” word. What was I waiting for? How can you get what you want if you just think about it? Life is too short, isn’t it? Tick, tock. Tick, tock.
I decided to just do it. After all, there’s another side to that “what if” question. What if they do accept me? What if the customers really like my product? What if I’m successful? What if I decided “nothing ventured, nothing gained”? So, although my heart was pounding and I was hyperventilating when I pressed “send” on that email, I did it. And then I waited. FYI – it turns out that holding your breath for an extended period of time is harder than you think. Tick, tock. Tick, tock.
When I got the reply inviting me to participate, I think I might have actually squealed! Then, of course, I panicked. What to make? What if …. Sigh. What if I took all that energy I spent worrying and actually did something productive with it? Wasn’t it about time I started to act like the designer I felt I was? Time’s a-wastin’ as my mother used to say. Tick, tock. Tick, tock. Ah HAH — TIME!!!
And that’s how this kit was born – it made its debut, along with my designer feature at The Digi Files in March of the following year. Lots of good things have happened to me since I decided it was about time to be fearless!
I probably could have called this kit “Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained”, but “It’s About Time” made sense because I don’t know what took me soooo long to realize it was ok to put myself out there.
But I do have to ask you — isn’t it about time you [fill in the blank]?
By the way, for the layout on the right, I turned my Mother’s graduation photo into a silhouette and ended up journaling in her hair. I love how it turned out! Turning a photo into a silhouette is one of my favorite tricks — and can breathe life into photos that may be less than perfect.