Why Did I Do This?

Do you ever ask yourself "Why on earth did I ever start this?"  Well, I certainly have.  And sometimes I get myself in trouble taking on too many things at once.  I think as women, it's so easy to do this because we want to help.  But then obligations start piling up and I'm wondering why I set myself up......again.

I have certainly said this many times in the lifespan that has been the creation of My Digital ScrapRoom.  What began as a lightbulb moment at times became overwhelming, discouraging, and agonizing.  Many times I thought, "Is this a sign that I'm supposed to stop?"  But then something else would happen and the momentum would begin again and my original excitement would come back.

I ran across this article today on Quora:  Top 5 Regrets of the Dying. One of the top regrets, as reported by a nurse who works with the dying, was "I wish I hadn't worked so hard."  As I get older myself, I sometimes wonder if we've done it all wrong.  

My husband and I have owned our own business for over 20 years and we've worked so hard all that time. And here we are as that career winds down, beginning another one with ScrapRoom.  BUT, I have to also look back and realize that although we work really crazy hours and work a lot, we have also been able to work around our kids and be there for almost everything for them.  No, I don't think we got that wrong.

And then there's ScrapRoom.  While this adventure has given so many extra surprises and challenges along the way, when I sit down with someone and their photos, and I see THEIR lightbulb go on - it's an amazing feeling.  All those years of scrapbooking and telling stories has been leading up to this.  Yes, when the emails aren't working and one feature is giving us trouble and deadlines loom and pass, it's hard.  Really, really hard.  But I think that the best part is still to come.  

I have always believed that to do something right, I need to be passionate about it.  I believe that people need help with their digital photos.  I believe that technology should help us, not overwhelm us.  I believe that things should be quick and easy - or at least as quick and easy as possible.  I believe in ScrapRoom.  We still have a few more bugs to work out in the next couple of weeks, and ScrapRoom will always be a work in progress as techonology changes.  Still, I believe wholeheartedly that it is the answer to managing a massive photo library.  More importantly, at the end of my life, I don't want to look back and say, "I wonder what would have happened if I had given that idea a try?"

I'm going to live it.  

blayne red cheetah

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Whew! We did it!

Wow!  What a first day!  It was very busy and I felt a little queasy all day, but WE DID IT!!  My Digital ScrapRoom is a reality.  It has been a very long and tough road, but the biggest part is behind us.  Now we're gearing up for the WORLDWIDE launch May 1!  

Thank you to you early adapters who downloaded ScrapRoom first thing yesterday and I will be working hard to get as many training videos posted to the Help Forum and to My Digital ScrapRoom's YouTube Channel in the next day or two.  There were a few glitches that we have now worked out, but overall, things went smoothly.

As you are using ScrapRoom, if you learn any tips and tricks that you'd like to share, please post to the Help Forum, as well.  I will be looking for ScrapRoom Experts in the next few months.  You could be one!!  

There are a few more things we're updating for the final May 1st release, so if you have any requests, you can email them to:  support@mydigitalscraproom.com  There are some things we chose not to include on purpose and some things that we just couldn't get completed quite yet.  But I'm confident that you will love what you can do with My Digital ScrapRoom and I can't wait to help you get your photos and elements organized!!

I am just about to complete my first Expert Coaching session with Stacy Julian and her Finding Photo Freedom class and it has been the BEST experience.  I loved interacting with the students and the other amazing coaches.  I learned that I do want to do this full-time and that I can help.  I never thought of myself as a teacher, but I can do this!  :)

I so excited to begin this new stage of my journey with you and My Digital ScrapRoom.  This is the first blog post I've done on my own with this new system - next time I'll add a photo!

Happy Creating!

Blayne 

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Stacy Julian's Photo Freedom

What an exciting day! Not only is this my first blog post (on my new site) - but it’s big news! I can now officially announce that I am going to be a Coach in Stacy Julian’s Photo Freedom class (http://www.bigpictureclasses.com/photofreedom/). I am super hyped about this and have been dreaming about and planning for this for two years!

I was first introduced to Stacy and her Library of Memories system when I purchased her first book, “ The Big Picture”, several years ago. In 2010, I took her LOM class and loved it. It totally works and has changed the way I scrapbook today. The best part of Stacy’s system is that it is customizable to each user - pick and choose what works for you - and tweak what you’d like.

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