See this lovely card what was made by Shopkeeper Gal? I was there when it was started, fiddled about with and finally finished. See, The Gal takes a lot of commissions, especially from the other business people up and down the strip. (OK, that was a novelist type way of describing Station Road, Tidworth.) And why wouldn't you commission a card, Shopkeeper Gal makes gorgeous stuff I can tell you. Anyway, she was delivered a rather difficult brief for this card and after we'd all laughed and come up with some incredibly stupid ideas, she set about this colour combo, based on some quick Google type research. She picked the background paper first. For the record, I got to the shop, to conduct a workshop, at ten. At about second coffee time, say 11.30, the Gal had got as far as deciding that she would go with a 'clump' of elements - which is something I do a lot on scrapbook pages and vintage style stuff because it often works. She did actually say it was in my style, and for about half an hour, I was quite flattered! The cluster was hearts, paper flowers, the little card of text, the ribbon, and the die cut trail of brown frond at the top, behind the other elements. It looked lovely we thought. I did suggest edging the hearts with some brown ink just to pull 'em off the background a bit more...and voila. It was gorgeous, dimensional and very chic on the 'less Is more' scale. And Shopkeeper Gal didn't like it. No - too much white space, and for her, an unusual mild panic about lack of words. Ah. Well. I suggested another die cut frond. And by half past twelve it had the frond, the skeleton leaves, the die cut labels and the text. So there we are. It's still lovely, although not my design (!), and I don't doubt for a minute that the person who commissioned it will be really pleased. But really. Two and a half hours. Now when I'm fiddling about at home, even in 'play' mode, I want more to show for my time than one card - however lovely. But I don't often achieve that. It doesn't make me angry, it's just a bit bewildering. Admittedly, if I can't get it from idea-in-head to card easily, I tend to re-do and re-do which is time wasting/consuming. I should learn to step away. But I enjoy the time I spend at my work desk, so I guess it doesn't matter. Shopkeeper Gal on the other hand, probably only charged about £3 for that lovely card. Now we all know that isn't enough, so sweep that aside and tell me - how long is long enough for a card or a layout? Is there such a measure? Do you have to leave your desk with at least something finished to show for your time..or is that me and a deeply embedded need to kinda justify the time spent? And while you're at it - when did one of your friends last describe your attempt at even having a style as a 'clump'?