May 26, 2016

The Long Distance Layouts

Last August I was contacted by a lady in Brookings, South Dakota. She had stumbled upon some of my layouts on Pinterest, and even though she wasn't a scrapbooker, she "fell in love with what I did with photos." She said she had some photos, and wondered if I would be interested in "making them look pretty too."
I answered her back, and nicely told her that I was sorry, but the timing just wasn't right, and that I had only in the past few weeks starting scrapbooking again after taking a 5 month hiatus while we sold our house, bought a new house and moved. Honestly, after that 5 month break, I was so ready to play with paper and glue, but I wanted it to be my photos.

She contacted me again in September and asked if the time was right yet.
I called her that afternoon so we could talk a bit about what she wanted. I explained that I had made albums for other people, but they were all local, that I could meet with in person to go over ideas, pricing, see their photos etc, but by the end of the phone call I had agreed to do it.
She was going to sort and box up her photos, and I would have them by the end of the week.
The photos arrived, along with a check to pay for supplies and my time.
I started making the first layout September 9. Most layouts had 2 or 3 photos on a page, some were just 1 photo depending on the event or how many photos went together, and they all had plenty of room for her to journal or write the story behind the photo.
Every other Friday I would take some quick photos of the layouts I had completed and email the photos to her. Every other Friday, she loved what I had made :)
Somewhere around the end of October, I shipped the layouts I had made so far. She called me from work, in tears, as she was going through the layouts. That made it all worth worthwhile.
At the end of November I was down to just a handful of photos when Shelly called and asked if she could send another box of photos. More??
Another box arrived (along with another check), this box was twice the size of the first one.
In between working on layouts for her, I was still making layouts for me too, so I really was enjoying it! When you love what you do, you love what you do!

One day in February, I came home to a box by our front door, it was from Shelly. I opened the box to find more photos, and another check ;) with a note saying "you can send them back if you want, but Please, Please how about these photos too?"

Fast forward to May 2016.
Just this week I finished the last layout for Shelly, 8 months after I made the first one.
I wish I had a picture of all of the layouts together, but if we counted them correctly, it's over 200.
Here's the very last one, layout #213.

I'm kind of sad it's coming to an end, but memories are memories, whether they're yours or those of a new friend.

As always, thanks for stopping by!
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Dara Lynn said...

That is a huge accomplishment!!!! My scrappy hat is off to you girlie!

Mary Ann Jenkins said...

It was a huge accomplishments, and it felt very good to get to the bottom of the stack of her photos ;) Thanks for stopping by, Dara Lynn! <3

McStamper said...

What a wonderful post. I'm in tears just reading it. thanks for sharing.