I have been frequenting PageMaps for the past year. I get inspiration from the wonderful layout sketches as well as the sample layouts made by the contributors. I often wonder if I could contribute too to this site. Last February I finally had the courage to write Becky Fleck (the site owner). I sent her the link to my layout gallery and told her I wanted to contribute to her site. She agreed and explained that she usually picks the contributors on a monthly basis.
Last month, she informed me that I will be on the April newsletter! She asked me what layout size I prefer as well as a second choice just in case (12x12, 12x12 spread, 8.5 x 11, or 8.5 x 11 dbl). Of course, my initial choice would be a 12x12, a spread would be a second one coz I have never tried 8.5 x 11. When she emailed me the sketch, my jaw dropped ... it was a spread! I know it's not going to be easy, it has been months since I last did a spread layout.
It was a relief when I finally emailed Becky my layout! On April 1, she sent the newsletter and I'm soo honored when I saw my layout under Becky's signature and on the first page of the newsletter! I couldn't believe my layout and my name are now side by side scrappers from another part of the world!
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Thanks so much to Becky for giving me this oppurtunity and to my ever reliable friends at Scrapbooks Exchange especially to Arlene who has been very supportive of me and to Ria for all her inputs!