Well as much as Spring should be here the weather hasnâ€™t quite made up its mind yet. But my studio is filled with sunlight which has me motivated to continue the inventorying process.
I took a breather from organizing in March, and instead reviewed my life. I dug up my diaries and reread what Iâ€™ve chronicled since 1982. Itâ€™s been a fun journey and gave me some good perspective on how far Iâ€™ve come over the years. Sometimes we need to look back to get out of an â€˜existentialist funkâ€™ and appreciate all the things we accomplished that we tend to now take for granted. My 1989 self was quite wise, I have to say, and there are a few pages Iâ€™ll refer back to for some good writerly nuggets when my book begins to materializeâ€¦ 🙂
This past week I perused the wide range of Angel Policies stamp companies have to ensure Iâ€™ll be using mine appropriately as I convert to â€˜for business useâ€™. Angel policies describe what crafters can and cannot do when they contemplate using craft materials for sale. A good definition is here.
If youâ€™re unfamiliar with Angel Policies, take a peek at these links:
- A summary link of Angel Policies focused on rubber stamping
- Useful links covering Copyright
- I also recommend theÂ Craft Artistâ€™s Legal Guide by Richard Stim and The Public Domain by Stephen Fishman
I own just under 700 stamps, but will have to â€˜let goâ€™ of some to be compliant with copyright requests. 🙁 In spite of some restrictions, I was happy to find that I have many I can play with. Lost Coast Design made me laugh: â€œBuy our stamps and use them. Make as much money as you can, and buy more stamps from us.â€œ
As a writer, I want to make every effort to honor the copyrights of others, even if it means giving up using some of my favorite stamps when I open for business. There are some stamps whose companies are out of business, other companies I couldnâ€™t find, and in those cases Iâ€™ll err on the side of caution and only use the stamps for personal use (or part with them when I am ready to). But guess what, I can now make a business investment in locating similar stamps (perhaps on Lost Coast Designs)! Nice excuse to go shopping, isnâ€™t it?
Iâ€™ll also be looking into making my own stamps. Hereâ€™s a lovely link about that process.
Meanwhile, the travel plans are progressing and I am watching every DVD Netflix has about Greece. Iâ€™ve also renewed all the library books to continue brushing up on the overwhelmingly rich history Iâ€™ll be seeing in person soon!
This coming week, Iâ€™m moving on to ribbons and embellishments. Best to tackle it one trinket at a time!
I hope your arrival of Spring is as joyous as it is here, and that whatever Spring cleaning you are doing progresses swimmingly.