It all began when I was meeting one of my girlfriends for dinner. Our hubbies were out of town and we decided to go and have dinner together. When I went to pick her up, she was finishing a little photoshop action and she was reluctant to leave because she was almost done.
It was late and I was getting hungry so I offered to help. I have lots of experience with photoshop and it was no big deal figuring our what the problem was. After her problem was fixed, she gave me a quick tour of her projects and then we went out to dinner.
We spent the night talking about digital scrap booking and she gave me enough information to get me started. It didn't take too long to figure out I could go back to my forgotten hobby and I did just that. I secretly started creating some actions of my own and after a few days I got together with my friend and asked her to judge my job.
I had great input and lots of encouragement. I took into account my friend's point of view and went back to photoshop. When I called my friend to judge again, she brought along a Scrap fanatic. They both loved my work and this is how Clementine got started. It did not take long for my store to be noticed. I put everything I did as free downloads and people started to come. Little by little traffic started to grow and I started receiving e-mails from grateful visitors.
Hearing from far away friends made me eager to create more and to push my limits and knowledge in Photoshop to the limit. It did not hurt that hubby is a graphic designer so whenever I got stuck, I had someone come to my rescue.
Little by little our inventory grew and our our works became more sophisticated. We have come a long way since our humble beginnings. We have been lucky and blessed with our audience, We had been open for only a couple of months when we started receiving requests from other designers to be part of our site. We had to turn them down because our site did not have enough customers yet and we did not want to disappoint them with low sales. Soon afterwards, the site was able to support itself but we still had to wait for the store to establish itself.
The input from all our visitors and customers alike has proven invaluable. I try to listen to everyone because I want everyone to feel part if this project. All in all, it hasn't been bad for a girl from Eastern Washington to get to this point. I am thrilled to have all this to show you and I hope to hear more from you.... I still have a lot to learn.....