Monday, March 10, 2008

The straw that broke the camels back...

I’ve been putting this off for a while now, but I know I promised my blog readers an explanation for why I resigned from Scraptivity.

Here are a few reasons:

1. The kits just haven’t been inspiring to me. I haven’t liked many of the projects I’ve created with the kits. I’m not truly happy with my final results. I love bright cheery colours and vivid designs… Lately the kits have been muted and lack lustre.
2. The kits have certain items that have too high of a value. By adding these items to the kit other items needed (such as embellishments or alphas) have been neglected making it very difficult to create a finished product.
3. I haven’t been happy with the stamps created for Scraptivity by Tin Box. They are too sketchy in my opinion. They just don’t fit with my style of scrapbooking.
4. I haven’t been happy with the way Scraptivity hides the stamp images. Not showing them to the public when they are spending good money on the kit is not right. I personally would not purchase a kit if I could not see what I was purchasing.
5. While I’m talking about the stamps, I’ll let you know about the straw that broke the camels back… March Kit stamps… well… often the design team gets to see the stamps before the 1st of the month kit reveal. As soon as I saw the March stamps, I knew something was wrong. Two of the images (a bird and an owl) bared too much resemblance in my opinion to a stamp set (Pretty Birds) that had been created by Kim Hughes for Cornish Heritage Farms. I remembered these stamps clearly since I had posted a thread on Scraptivity in hopes that we could get Kim’s stamps in the store. There was a huge response to this thread by others who also loved this set. Enough said… I emailed Barb with my resignation to Scraptivity before the reveal and refused to use these stamps with the March Kit. I wanted no part of this. I work with Kim on Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine design team and in respect to her; I believe I did the right thing. Maybe things have been fixed and everything is honky dory now, but it’s just not something I want to be a part of… it just isn’t right. I’m going to miss the design team, Rebecca and the members, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. I feel like a weight has been lifted and I’m free.


Patti said...

Good for you!
It is all about 'self' and knowing what is right.
Sounds like you made a good decisioin for yourself.

Jen said...

Ha, I *SO* knew that Barb knew before the kit reveal!!!

I just want to let you know I totally respect you for standing up what you believe in.

You are such a talented designer and I'm sure there will be so many better opportunities out there.

Hope you share some of your fab. work on your blog Tina :)

Ki said...

Someone with your integrity and sense of fair play is not nearly common enough in this industry today.
You have every reason to be proud of yourself and the decision you made in this regard. Thankyou for telling us what really happened.
I have always been a fan of your work and now, knowing a little more about the person behind the pages, I'm a huge admirer of the person.

Jen Hoover said...

whew! glad you are feeling lifted and free ;)

Kimmie said...

hugs chick, it's too bad some people arent' so honest with their customers and design team members and that any of of BS can appease some people and let you sleep at night

pokepokepoke said...

Amen! A woman of courage and conviction - unforunately so rare in the crafting industry. I will be keeping an eye out for your future work :)

Twinklescrapbooks said...

I am so happy for you. I left two dt's because I was feeling unspired...I was not scrapping for my family...but for strangers on a mb. I am free and happy now. Good luck with all your future endeavors and other dt's. :)

Katrina said...

Kudos to you for standing up for your principals. Cheers to freedom! Have fun creating!

Anam_Kihaku said...

*hug* be very proud of being honest. that is a great thing to be.

Danielle said...

BIG HUGS Tina!!!! I think you did the right thing :D