A little nervous, a little excited… that’s how I’m feeling today.
Welcome to August 1st.
Welcome to my new adventure. Sometimes God speaks in our hearts and tells us new directions that he’d like us to go in. I’ve chosen to pursue a new direction that God has placed in front of me. This new direction was not a hasty, quick decision. It was made with much thought and prayer. But I feel that the opportunity is the path God has chosen for me, which I must pursue. This means many changes for me and for Laycock Designs.
I was asked earlier this year by Kelley Holland, my friend and partner in Christ, if I might be interested in increasing my involvement with Our Daily Bread Designs. As you probably know, I’ve done graphics work for Our Daily Bread Designs since around 2008-ish… specifically web graphics work, packaging, expo booth graphics, etc. Increasing my involvement with Our Daily Bread Designs would include increased responsibilities in areas that in the past, I had little or no involvement in, such as product design. Such an increase of involvement would, I realized, mean I would be required to end my Stampin’ Up! Demonstratorship and also reorganize my client list.
I searched my heart. I spent hours exploring my feelings about blog designing vs. product designing and also about Stampin’ Up!. I also discussed my feelings with my husband. As a Christian wife, my husband is the head of my household and he is also my best friend. As a result of my deep thinking and discussions with my husband I decided that if God intended me to move in another direction, that I would not get in His way.
So I made my decision to follow God’s plan for me.
With much joy, I’ve decided to accept the offer made to me by Our Daily Bread Designs. I feel that the possibilities for personal career development and challenges that will come with product designing will be a meaningful pursuit. I feel that it is the right time for me to make this change. Furthermore, the new opportunities with Our Daily Bread Designs will also allow me to create with God’s word in the forefront of my mind every day.
How will this change of focus affect my blog design customers?
As you are reading this post, I’m sure you are asking this question. Really, the change is quite simple. Here is the rundown:
1. All existing blog design clients will receive service. All my blog design clients up to July 31, 2012 cut-off date will continue to receive service for life. This means that no existing customers will be at a loss for service. Existing customers: I have the responsibility to serve you.
2. My New Customer Queue is now CLOSED. Anyone who emails me inquiring about getting a blog design from today forward will be told my design line is closed. The customers that are currently in my design line will be finished up. I have the responsibility to finish your designs. I’m very sorry to potential clients who would like to receive my blog services. I encourage you to check my Pre-Made Designs store and sign up for my Pre-Made Designs Sale email notification in the upper left column of my blog. I will not, however, be offering custom blog designing to new customers.
3. I will continue to have Pre-Made designs available every 6 months. That will not change. In the course of designing, I accumulate designs that for whatever reason do not turn out suitable for their intended purpose or are created for experimental or training purposes. Those designs will be made available on a first come first serve basis as they become available.
4. Free Promotional sidebar buttons for Stampin’ Up! will (at least for now) still be posted here. At this time, I’ll still be making promotional sidebar buttons that are free for demonstrators to use on their blogs.
Lookie what I did!
Well, I suppose I better end this post with some creativity, right? After all the reading you just did, I’m sure you are like… well, don’t you have anything to show ‘n tell?
Well, here it is…
I thought it would be fitting to post this. The August New Releases at Our Daily Bread Designs include this new set of Exclusive Spellbinders dies that coordinate with a multitude of beautiful stamp sets. Yes, I made these dies as requested by Kelley Holland, the company owner.
I didn’t have time to make anything with them yet! At least anything decorative… other than for “testing” purposes, to see if the images “fit” lol… so I will share with you a stunning creation made by ODBD Design Team Member Sabrina Jackson:
In closing, I welcome any and all existing customers and those in line that I need to finish,
to contact me with any questions they may have about their blog service.
I am more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
I am referring customers who need new blog designs to Heather-Wright-Porto. Please contact Heather if you’d like a custom blog design. Click the graphic below to view Heather’s blog:
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