Christmas is on Dec 25 - why would you enter a blog train and take it out early??? What a shame! I have purchased many items from different bloggers as I collected the pieces - I will NEVER buy from someone like you
The Stuff To Scrap blog train has always been officially running from the 1st until the 15th. Some people leave their links up, but the train is over on the 15th. My links came down around the 20th - which is not actually pulling the freebie down early, it is leaving it up longer than necessary. This was never a Christmas train, it was just our monthly blog train that had a Christmas theme this month.
I do at least one free FULL kit per month on my blog and usually I also do the Stuff To Scrap blog train which is a mini kit. Many designers no longer give free kits once they start selling in a store, because they feel it hurts their sales. The chatter in designer forums is to give 'samplers' from kits. However, I am a scrapper too, and it wasn't that long ago that I was looking for freebies too. I found samplers to be really hard to use because ... well ... there isn't enough stuff! So I decided one free kit - a good kit too, not just something I pump out as fast as I can because its free - each month would be how I would still give to people who can't afford to buy, give a useful kit, and still have kits that go straight to the store for sales.
I recently was participating in a designer discussion about freebies, where several designers gave up on regular freebies because people would get upset if they weren't posted long enough, or if they were late posting them, or other things that freebie hunters found 'unfair' about the posting. If I was getting regular rude comments like today's I think I would give up on freebies too.
I am happy to say that most of you are great! Some post nice thank you's and I feel very appreciated by you. Many of you just download and go (you know who you are!) and I would like to encourage you to comment - not just for me, but for all the designers who are giving you freebies...if you haven't tried your hand at designing, maybe give it a go so you can see how many hours of work it takes to make a kit. Then you'll understand why its a drag to see several hundred people have taken your freebie and only 10% or so say thank you. However, even a download without comment is better than the attitude of entitlement shown by anonymous today. It completely took the wind out of my sails, and I am not really feeling enthusiastic about anything.
Here is today's download link. It is to the elements of the kit. I'll post more CT layouts tomorrow when I'm feeling better.
Don't forget to swing by Shel Belles blog too, for her elements.