Saturday, May 24, 2008

A quick note

So cool - Atomic Cupcake, has 20% of her actions up to 26 May, and another two new actions to play with.

Definition of frustration - two new actions freshly downloaded and son's soccer on this morning. Especially since I think the new foil action could be perfect for that snow layout. I think I may try bubble's tactic to bring back the mojo and pump up the music this afternoon. What is good snow song to inspire - I keep getting visions of Wham's Last Christmas video LOL. I don't know what is worse, the kids were watching Chitty Chitty Bang Bang yesterday afternoon and now I have that song the Baron and his wife sing stuck in my head - You're my little chutchie face and you're my teddy bear AAAGGGHHH.

A quick note. A few people have emailed me and asked if I would make some of the things I have shared in a generic version for them so they can adapt it. I don't feel comfortable with this and please take the time to read why. The actions or products I have purchased, are purchased from someone who has invested an enormous amount of time and effort in developing them. The cost of them is very small. For example, the pewter action from Atomic Cupcake is less than $5. When I look at how many elements and alphas I have been able to create with it, it has more than paid for itself, especially when I compare that to the cost of purchasing those elements for traditional scrapping. By producing a generic version of a tag or label, I am taking away potential sales from the person who developed and sells that action. I am just not comfortable with that from an ethical perspective and I believe it contravenes the terms of use under which they are purchased. If I can use these actions, then anyone can. They are easy to install and even easier to use. And such good value, less than a cup of coffee. If this upsets anyone, then I am sorry, but my conscious needs to be clear. I have no idea how many days or weeks it takes to get these products (either actions or other CU products) made. I am sure it is a lot, a lot of tweaking and experimenting to get it just right. I sit and watch the action run amazed at how someone could put that together. I sit and play at colouring a template grateful someone has done the hard work already. To do something that could deny them a sale of a product is not something I can do, I have too much respect and appreciation for them. This is one of the reasons why I try to include links as often as possible and tell you where the action, brush, or template has come from. So if you like it or want a variation, you can go and download it or purchase it.

I will continue to share things I make. I am not a designer, I make things for my own use, and if I think they are okay, and it is within the TOU then I will share them. But I will not do something if I believe it is to the detriment of those that are trying to make a living out of this. They deserve some recompense for all their time and effort.

Have a great weekend,


Jeanie said...

Amen, Erika! I'm with you!
BTW, I had fun doing my facts after you tagged me - I've never shared my rock band pictures before...let me know what you think! :)
Hugs to you!

Jeanie said...

P.S., You ARE a designer, whether you think so or not!!! :)

jaye said...

Erika, thanks for popping by and tagging me. I'll get to the tag, but may be a day or two as I'm swamped.
Just read your post about oversized tourist attractions.....we have a big tomato for a visitors booth. I shall take a picture of it and send to you to add to your list.

LVMommy22 said...

you are absolutely right! good for you!

Beth said...

Thanks so much for posting this. I hadn't really thought about it but you are absolutely right.

Shel said...

You are absolutely right. Thank you for all you do--and for respecting their time and hard work.

Keep the great designs coming!