Last Thursday, I opened my e-mail and found one mail on my SPAM folder. The mail has a subject line that reads RIG0208. So, what do you usually do with Spam mails? Delete, right? That was what I was about to do when I just thought to give the mail a look!
When I opened and began to read the mail, lo and behold a congratulatory message greeted me! The mail is actually from Memory Makers! Now, I remember ... I sent my layout for the February page call at MM! Oh my, I never thought RIG0208 stands for "Reader Idea Gallery Feb. 2008" hehehe. Holly Davis, Associate Editor of MM sent me a letter that my layout was selected to appear at the MM February issue! Wooohooo!!! Finally, I'd be publish in a magazine!
What makes it even more exciting is that I'll get published with my friend and co-designer, Iris Uy. The Filipino scrapping community is very very proud and happy for having a Filipina included in the 2008 Masters Class. I'm very thankful for Memory Makers for recognizing our works and opening doors for scrappers here in the Philippines!
I have learned another important thing again after this. If I'm pressured to do something the more that I couldn't get it done. I'm sure we have all felt the same when we are joining a contest or a challenge or when we want to submit to publications. We pressure ourselves to create masterpieces! But when we start to have fun ... to let go ... things change, it becomes easier and we no longer feel the pressure.
When I created my layout that will be published on Memory Makers 601 Idea Book, I did the layout because I wanted to not because I wanted it to be published. I happen to see the call from MM and I have 2 layouts that I've not posted in any gallery. So I submitted those 2 layouts without expecting anything and one from the two got in! Not bad right? I was happy I did that layout and having it published is just a bonus! Same with this layout for the Feb 2008 issue ... it was not meant for the call, in fact it was my layout for Scrapbukan but it fit the call for that issue so I submitted it. And yes it was accepted!
Easier said than done? Oh I know that I've been there many times too. But will try to keep this in mind all the time. Let go ... have fun!