These two page kits are the result of a bit of a long story. I hope you will settle in and read this especially if you are a designer.
Back a few months ago ( actually several months ago ) I was approached ( actually myself and a few other DSP designers ) by a woman claiming she was starting up a new paper scrapbooking company and wanted to contract me to produce some papers for her to have printed as part of her range.
She seemed entirely legitimate and we agreed on a price and she sent me a contract.
She said she needed the work done very fast as she wanted to release the range at the Summer CHA in July.
So i put off other work that needed doing and set to work creating a range of 12 papers for her .
She wanted me to create a baby range which I did.
I sent her samples and she was extremely happy with the result so I went ahead and sent her the final result files .
After some time went past and I had received no payment I enquired as to when that was likely to happen and she claimed not to have received my contract. ( which had been mailed before I created the papers ).
SHe also told me that I was the only one of the 3 of us from whom she hadnt received a contract. ) _At this point bells should have started ringing as I understood another designer had not sent in a contract at that stage.
She then claimed her " investor" was sending the cheque .
At that point I replied that I was holding the contract here until I received payment as my contract was with her and not with her investor and when I had received payment I would forward the contract.
No payment was forthcoming. ( are you getting the drift of where Im going with this now?????????)
After another enquiry she told me she had paid one of the other designers - I checked and no such payment was received ( of course) .
After much tooing and froing between myself and the other 2 designers and the woman concerned - - I decided to send the contract with an addendum added that if payment wasnt received by July 31 then all copyright for the files returned to myself.
At that point she sent an email to all of us ( and I should add that the emails back and forward were quite frequent and stories seemed to change randomly from her end ) that her investor had pulled out. Of course this was after summer CHA which she was supposed to have been releasing them anyway!!!!!!!!
By mid August I realised that I would never receive payment for this work, but I could not take back the files I had sent her and apparently she had already had them printed ) - although I have no idea if this is true based on her lack of truthfullness up to this point )
Hence - I have created these 2 baby kits with some of the papers and Im offering you the other 5 as a gift .
You dont have to buy anything to get these papers for free ( although obviously Id really appreciate it if you did so that I could recoup at least some of the money I would have earned) - but I do ask that if you do happen to see any of these papers in physical form anywhere in any store in the world, please do not buy them and please do let me know!!
And the lesson for myself and for all other designers - dont do any freelance work without getting at least some of the payment up front!!!
You can download these papers from here
One of the other designers involved in this mess was my good friend Rene' Bross.
She is using some of her papers in her current challenge which you can find here
It would be great if you could also support her challenge as a way of us recouping some of what we might have earned!!!