Hey, friends. This is just a short post on a rainy Wednesday (which also happens to be my third wedding anniversary). Poignant, because what I’m about to briefly write has to do with my wedding invitations.
Hands down, my mason jar invitation template has been the most popular thing on my blog. For a few years now I’ve also offered this design as a custom edit for sale on Etsy, for those folks who didn’t want to try and alter the template themselves. It’s been cool. I’ve seen a few blogs here and there who have featured it, or a version of it, themselves and they’ve linked back to this blog. Linking back and a virtual high-five to the original designer is totally awesome. Just as cool was when Wedding Chicks told me they wanted to use a version of my design as a free download on their site to which I responded ALL THE YES TO EVERYTHING but in a more professional way. I had used some of their downloads before and it felt good to give back to others. That was indeed the whole point of offering them for free personal use.
Unfortunately, over the last few years, especially in the last year or so with the mason jar everything boom, I’ve seen knock-offs of my design for sale on Etsy. It’s totally disheartening. Artistic expression and inspiration is great. Taking the hardest part of a design and leaving it intact, and changing the easiest part of it, and then turning around and claiming it or implying it as your own hurts. I know I’m not the first, and I certainly won’t be the last.
I really like offering a fully editable design for people who might not be able to afford a really fun wedding invite. I really LOVE hearing how much people like it, and being told how appreciated it is. These thanks are the reason I’m keeping it up.
For those out there though who think it’s cool to take parts of someone else’s design and pass them off as your own, for profit (or not without acknowledgement), it’s just not. I don’t think you’re a bad person. You might be a really nice person who just made a not so great choice. We all don’t make the best choices sometimes and can be jerks. Am I going to take legal action against you? Nope. Am I mad? Eh, not mad per say. I’m just super, incredibly, disappointed.
There is one lesson here: Don’t pee in the pool. It ruins it for everyone.
FYI: I am shutting down my Etsy store Dorothy+Lucille, which offered the customization of these invites, on June 1, 2014 (this Sunday). The decision to do this had more to do with reclaiming my time than anything else. The free invites will still be offered for now at the link above. I’ll also still have my store Green Barn Soaps, which will be reopening in July.