The Pixel Scrapper Manifesto

A call to generosity and creativity for the digital scrapbooking community

We believe in the value of creative work.

Our real illiteracy is our inability to create.—Hundertwasser

We are scrapbookers, digital designers, and artists, and we believe in the inherent value of creative work. We believe that art inspires, challenges, and changes us. We believe that creative ability is a large part of what makes us human, and we believe that there is more to life than meets the eye. We believe that creative works should be valued and protected, built upon, archived, and made accessible to as many as possible.

We believe in fostering a spirit of abundance, and generous creativity.

If we begin our day with any notion of scarcity, not-enoughness, victimhood, or "I deserve," I promise you the day will not be good—for you or for those around you.—Richard Rohr

We believe that creativity wants to breathe, and spread, and stretch its wings. We believe that inspiration is a gift to be shared. We believe that we do our best work together, and that a legacy is something for others to build on, not something to be fenced off and protected in a miserly way.

We choose to believe that there is enough to go around. That generosity breeds generosity, that a helping hand is better than a slap in the face, and that people will treat you better if you treat them better.

We choose to believe that people are basically good, and that everyone should be given the benefit of the doubt, regardless. We choose to believe that an atmosphere of abundance, optimism and generosity is always better than an atmosphere of scarcity, defensiveness, and suspicion, no matter how much or how little we have in hand.

We believe in straightforward and generous licensing for digital products.

ln a sense, nothing the artist produces is his in any exclusive way. An inventor takes inventory of that which is already there. A discoverer uncovers that which is.—Madeleine L'Engle

We believe in straightforward licensing that is easy to access, easy to understand, and generous in intent.

We rebel against the tradition of making people feel like criminals for wanting to download and build upon our creations. The internet is filled with terms of use which are too negative, too restrictive, too eclectic, and ultimately impossible to enforce. We don't want our creations to go to waste in an unused corner of someone's hard drive because that person can't remember exactly how they are allowed to use our designs.

We rebel against the tradition of requiring attribution for every paper and ribbon before we will give our blessing to someone's digital scrapbooking layout. Everything we do in life requires us to build upon the work of others, and some of it will always go unattributed. There is a place to talk about inspiration, a place to thank mentors and credit designers, but we do not want a world of scrapbook layouts filled with attribution citations any more than we want a world of paintings covered over by small text detailing where each artist got their paints, or who's work they were most inspired by. Ultimately, we are honored when people use and build upon our creations, and we believe that grateful attribution should not be required, but rather expected, and given freely where appropriate.

We believe in supporting creators.

As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has—or ever will have—something inside that is unique to all time. lt's our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression.—Fred Rogers

Because we believe in the inherent value of creative work, we care passionately about supporting ourselves and other creators in what we do. We believe in helping each other wherever we can, and reject negative competition in all its forms, along with any spirit of scarcity that says we can't coexist and thrive together as generous creators. We believe that we are always better off together than we are alone.

We know the demanding nature of creative work, and we know the struggle of working long hours to try and achieve elusive financial independence. We believe in the right of full-time artists to make a living at what they do; as such, we respect other digital artists and their terms of use (whatever those terms of use may be), and realize that none of us wants our work to be stolen, or abused.

We reject consumer entitlement, and consumer mentality.

I look forward to the day when artists no longer need to maintain, through intellectual property laws, an artificial scarcity of their work, yet still receive abundant returns borne of the gratitude of those who receive it.—Charles Eisenstein

While we rebel against the tradition of making people feel like criminals for wanting to download and build upon our creations, we also rebel against the tradition of consumer entitlement that has been propagated by the internet: the idea that we deserve to have everything, now, and for free. As creators we work long and hard, and we choose to give generously—but that generosity is not without expectation: we expect others to value our labor and our work, to respect our right to make a living at what we do, and to be grateful and generous in turn. We give much freely, but we also look for (and need) financial support; we don't demand attribution, but we do look to be credited where appropriate for the art that we create.

No one is entitled to receive without ever giving back, and the fact that we sometimes look to take, take, take, without ever returning a gift, is a sign of disease. We believe that we can overcome this disease by realizing that all of us are creative at heart, all of us are meant to be active members of the communities we inhabit, and all of us should look to give back. We challenge ourselves and everyone else within the digital scrapbooking community to stop viewing ourselves as consumers, and start recognizing ourselves as actors and creators; to stop indiscriminately downloading and hoarding products that we don't use, and start creating more layouts and designs of our own; to stop expecting everything to be free, and start thinking about how we can give back to those who have given something to us (or how we can pay the gift forward to somebody else); to stop complaining that the world isn't the way we want it to be, and start actively participating in ways that help us make it better.

We are optimistic about the future.

No one can possibly do more than decide what to believe.—Charles Williams

Throughout history we've seen that life is not a zero-sum game: working together, we can actually do better for everyone—or we can do worse. More people are being more creative right now than ever before, and while the internet has brought challenges for the digital artist, it has also brought amazing opportunities.

Unlike physical goods, digital goods can be distributed relatively cheaply and easily to a great many people. As such, we want to distribute our creations to as many people as possible—to inspire as many as possible. If we can reach more people we can give more generously to everyone, while still feeding ourselves and our families. Thus the cost of access can go down even while the amount of creative energy goes up. This is not a zero sum game, and we refuse to fear the future. To be healthy, creativity doesn't just want to be generous: it needs to be generous.

So whether you are a designer or a scrapper, a long-time veteran, or are just getting started, we invite you to join us in this revolution—not as a passive onlooker, but as an active co-partner: help us transform and enliven the digital scrapbooking community by finding ways to be generous, creative, optimistic, and caring—right now, right where you are. Each of us can make a difference.

Version 1.51, April 24, 2014
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Recent Comments

Cindie Deasey
Cindie Deasey Wed, 03/18/2015 - 06:36

I am so blessed by your wonderful designs and sharings!

Teressa Bridges
Teressa Bridges Wed, 03/11/2015 - 06:54

I love this site. Thank you for sharing your wonderful work.

Amy Johnson
Amy Johnson Sat, 02/21/2015 - 12:07

This place is amazing Thank you for creating a place were we can feel comfortable!

Jenn Borjeson
Jenn Borjeson Mon, 02/09/2015 - 10:38

That's awesome, thanks for sharing! :) You guys rock.

Adriana Díaz
Adriana Díaz Mon, 11/24/2014 - 13:39

I´m glad to be here.

Mindy Steenberg
Mindy Steenberg Fri, 11/21/2014 - 20:43

I love what you're the community you're building on such strong principles.

Annalene Botha
Annalene Botha Wed, 10/08/2014 - 05:36

After surfing the net for some months, this site is by far one of the best I've found. A huge round of applause to Marisa and her team for making it a fantastic place to be. Thanx to you all.

Helen Tatlock
Helen Tatlock Sat, 09/27/2014 - 17:29

Love this

Jenna Myers
Jenna Myers Sun, 08/10/2014 - 11:03

Love it. I'm in the right place.

Judy Ritcey
Judy Ritcey Fri, 07/18/2014 - 11:26

Wholeheartedly agree!!

misty wilson
misty wilson Fri, 07/11/2014 - 16:58

I just had to read this over again and I feel even better than I did the first time I read it. I have to say "What a pleasant surprise" to have found this web site. Thank You

misty wilson
misty wilson Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:53

What an uplifting piece to read. I am continually surprised with this site every button I click on leads me to something better than the one before.It definitely has sparked an interest because I have a difficult time getting off of the computer and when I do sign off for the evening I cant wait to get back to where I left off. I look forward to seeing the entire site, I am even considering signing up for the unlimited use.
Thank You for the lovely experience.

Joanna Pope
Joanna Pope Thu, 06/19/2014 - 08:55

agree! *heart*

Shannon Maguire
Shannon Maguire Wed, 06/04/2014 - 08:04

So positive! I agree that your manifesto is very inspiring.

Paula Ayers
Paula Ayers Sat, 05/31/2014 - 22:11

I agree.

Annemiek AndréeWiltens
Annemiek AndréeWiltens Thu, 05/01/2014 - 13:32

Very inspiring words. I agree. Very positive! That's what we need.

Marti McBride
Marti McBride Mon, 04/07/2014 - 15:17

This is so wonderful! I totally agree with and support this philosophy!

Amara Van Lente
Amara Van Lente Tue, 03/25/2014 - 16:27

Love this :)

Nancy Davis
Nancy Davis Wed, 03/19/2014 - 11:49

Very well spoken and to the point.

marie-aline martinez
marie-aline martinez Sat, 03/15/2014 - 02:47

I fully share these ideas

ginger hewett
ginger hewett Thu, 03/13/2014 - 23:50

great job

Donna Smith
Donna Smith Sat, 02/01/2014 - 11:48

Lovely! Inspiring & encouraging! Thank you so much for creating a site where we can learn, express & share.

Jean Griffiths
Jean Griffiths Thu, 01/02/2014 - 13:12

looks a lovely community, but i am still having problems posting to the gallery, i did email but you were on holiday, shall i resubmit the problem?

Anita Bennett
Anita Bennett Wed, 01/01/2014 - 12:04

Thank you so much for making a community like this possible!!!

Tamara Calabrano
Tamara Calabrano Mon, 12/30/2013 - 03:12

Creo en todo lo que se manifiesta aquí, y siento que por fin llegue a mi lugar, me encanta como fue redactado este manifiesto.

Candi Stears
Candi Stears Sun, 12/29/2013 - 10:11

So beautifully stated! Thank you for all you do! This is such a wonderfully community!

Daniela Murugesh
Daniela Murugesh Fri, 12/27/2013 - 22:57

Wow, I spotted this just now. It's so inspiring!

Mary (Peggy) Kappes
Mary (Peggy) Kappes Fri, 12/27/2013 - 18:59

Wonderful Words and so inspiational too!

Mary (Peggy) Kappes
Mary (Peggy) Kappes Fri, 12/27/2013 - 18:59

Hopefully by Jan 15th I can subscribe you have such an awesome site and I love the digital things that you offer!

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Annu Salman
Annu Salman Wed, 12/18/2013 - 02:36

WOW, absolutly WOW! beautifully written and to me, seems very very true!
I was already in love with you ;) , but this makes me humble
Thank you for all that you guyz do and will do, best of luck!

Uniq Liu
Uniq Liu Mon, 12/16/2013 - 00:08

may our creativity blossom!

Claudya R. Guer
Claudya R. Guer Thu, 12/12/2013 - 13:15

Lovely words! Inspired me at this moment. God bless all artists here.

Paula Kolarik
Paula Kolarik Tue, 12/03/2013 - 20:51

Oh my gosh! I didn't know of this place until a few minutes ago! I have goosebumps after reading this manifesto! I believe in everything thats being said here. wow, I am at a total loss for words with regards to such generosity. This is a blessing, a true blessing!

Donna Knighten
Donna Knighten Fri, 10/04/2013 - 13:40

A truly magnificent manifesto! I can appreciate that you live by your beliefs. Thank you for all you do to create a better artistic community!

Shawna Adkerson
Shawna Adkerson Sat, 09/21/2013 - 00:37

I know you guys have always said these things to us, and it's great to put it out there for all the world to see You mean what you say!!! I love and adore PS. It is truly my digital home. Great job articulating you guys true purpose & mission. Many Blessings for many years to come! :)

Ali McArthy
Ali McArthy Thu, 09/19/2013 - 17:53

So glad that I found pixelscrapper and all of you! It IS my go to place for all things digital :) I waited for the day subscriptions went live and am proud to be a subscriber and support this amazing creative energy!! Your manifesto is a beautiful description of the essence of pixelscrapper and I truly hope that if anyone is questioning the value of subscribing they read it and all the comments of those who subscribe. You guys are awesome and I am so thankful to have found you so many, many months ago. Keep up the great work!!!

Heidi Nicole McGregor
Heidi Nicole McGregor Thu, 09/19/2013 - 17:02

This is wonderful... refreshing, honest, creative, and inspiring. I love your passion and your heart for creativity. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for starting a site like this. Many blessings to you and your family :)

Amber Peace
Amber Peace Thu, 09/19/2013 - 07:40

This is fantastic, Marisa. I think this captures what you're doing brilliantly. You are an excellent leader. You aren't pushy, but you do expect community involvement so that the gears turn. You are gentle in your proddings and always ready to give a compliment or praise.

Brenda Ellison
Brenda Ellison Thu, 09/19/2013 - 04:40

I have never seen such a thing. It just drives home what Jordan and Marisa are all about. I think this is wonderful and I agree totally and hope all members of this site feel the same and hope we continue to move forward with more and more members.

Jess Townsend
Jess Townsend Thu, 09/19/2013 - 01:47

Love it!!!

Nan Williams
Nan Williams Wed, 09/18/2013 - 20:18

Bravo!