I believe in this crazy industry of ours called Scrapbooking that we are all in it together. All shops (online or bricks & mortar), all forums, all challenge sites...we're all on our own little journeys to keep scrapbooking alive, not just for ourselves but everyone around us who needs that little bit of inspiration.
People sometimes questions the motives behind store owners being friends and not being enemies working against eachother....but for me, we are a all one big team and if we can work hard and build up the scrapbooking community then its a win win situations for everyone involved.
On that note, I do check out other stores (and buy from them too!), I do check out lots of challenge sites and I do roam around the internet blog hopping for my own inspiration's sake.
I have always loved the Sketch Challenge over at Anna's Craft Cupboard and especially love that the very talented Wendy is designing them at the moment (who I get to meet IRL at the Savvy Delights retreat NEXT WEEKEND!). I sat down the other night and gave the current one a go and it turned out like this:
Scrapbooking doesn't need to be the bitchy and sometimes nasty industry that I've seen it be at times, we are all in this for the same reasons and really are so very lucky to share a passion as worthwhile as this one, in which we are creating memories for our family and future generations, and in some instances creating an out for those of us that have this hobby to keep our sanity. ;)
Ok, getting off my soapbox now, have a great day!!