This will be my final CSI challenge as I do not plan to play at CSI anymore. It has come to my attention that those over at CSI believe my pages are only mediocre. I put a lot of time and effort into getting the correct colours and using the elements given. I have observed over several weeks that some of the Design Team members don’t even seem to get the colours correct and those chosen for feature or most wanted don’t always have the correct colours either. Not only that, the same people seem to get picked over and over and over again.
I scrap for me and while I don’t scrap to be selected as feature (although I did get a mention once), it is disheartening to hear that my work is not feature-worthy. I am certainly under no illusion that my pages are as good as the Design Teams and I have no desire to aim to be one. I get that a site wants to entice people past the first page. That to me is what Design Team members are for. Put Design Team members’ layouts on the front page if you are so worried that pages such as mine will reflect poorly on your site. Why does a site say that everyone is welcome to play regardless of their level? While this may be the truth (that anyone can play), it is not truthful when already you see a pattern established of the same people winning. So beginners or simple page designers need not waste their time of uploading as they are clearly not in the running to ever win anything, let alone even get their layout displayed. Are the chosen layouts fantastic, without a doubt, but do they always meet the criteria, no they don’t. It’s players like myself that spend time getting the colours correct and leaving honest comments on other peoples pages who get annoyed when some people come to their blog and leave comments saying how wonderful their layouts are, yet turn around and behind our backs say they are only mediocre and not good enough to feature. Thank you to those of you who are honest in your comments. Unfortunately, too many are ruled by their ego rather than the reason they began scrapping in the first place.
I began scrapbooking approximately 9 years ago when my son was born. I scrap whenever I can, and make time for an annual scrapbooking retreat to the country for the weekend to catch up with friends. My friend and I take turns in hosting scrap weekends at each other’s houses...although not as often as we would like...LOL.
My main subjects to scrap are my 2 children...Zack and Marnie. They both provide many 'special moments' for me to photograph and scrap. My aim is to create albums full of wonderful memories for them. I love that scrapbooking helps us remember special moments that might otherwise become forgotten over time.
Scrapbooking for me, is about capturing the memories and/or feelings of the moment...it is not about altering my photos to make my children appear 'more beautiful' ...they are already beautiful, just the way they are.
I don't have a particular style and I like to try new things. I am beginning to try out new sketches and challenges.