Hi! It’s Monica here to talk a bit about the why’s and how’s of tracking and listing the credits on your layouts posted in the gallery.
I have enjoyed looking through the gallery each day during MOC. It is so full of beautiful layouts for the challenges and seeing them makes my heart so happy!!
The gallery rules here at The Lilypad state “List all credits; no off-site linking allowed.” When I first began posting my layouts I was nervous about doing something wrong when listing credits or keeping accurate track of the supplies I was using so that I could list my credits. And then…I wondered why it was important anyway.
Over the years I have definitely gained a better understanding of all of these and I’m excited to share that with you today!
Listing your credits is important to you, to those who may be taking a look at your beautiful creative work and to the designers whose supplies you are using!
Listing credits is important for your own personal records. You never know when you’ll look back at a layout and want to know exactly what you used on it. It is so helpful to have a list of credits to refer back to if you want to go back and create an opposing page to go with a layout or something similar.
It is also important to others that you list credits so they can be inspired by your work! I have been contacted by scrapbookers before asking what font I used. One of the most wonderful things about sharing our work online is the sense of community it creates. Listing credits helps this community that we all love so much!!
Listing credits is also important to the designers who have created the products we are using. It helps to promote their work and those products. I have often purchased a kit or other digital scrapbooking item after seeing it used in a layout that I love!
Now, let’s talk about the “how’s” of tracking and listing credits on your layouts…
There are two blog posts already written here on the blog with descriptions of two different ways of tracking credits:
and I found a thread in the forums describing another great way of tracking credits, especially if you’re using a lot of different products on your page:
And then there’s the very simple technique of just writing your credits down in a notebook as your scrap or use a Word or text document.
When posting your layout in the gallery, list the credits in the “description” box as you are uploading. I try to link to the product in the Lilypad store whenever I can because it is just extra helpful!!