Thank you all for commenting yesterday and sharing your opinions. It really helps to be able to get such immediate feedback from everyone.
I decided that, while I was okay with the gray color, I was not okay with the words in the title not showing up.
So yesterday I started fiddling with another way to do the DVDs and already uploaded the first disc again with a much, much better cover.
Sometimes I just need a push to jump out of my comfort zone and try something new. As crazy as it sounds, I'm sometimes resistant to learning new programs if it seems really complicated or time consuming.
But after working on it for a few hours I saw a massive improvement. The new cover is not only better looking, but I was able to put a description of the dvd on the front, the contents of the disc on the back, and another list of contents on the insert.
I'm going to have the new samples rushed so this DVD should still launch next weekend. YAY!
Looking at it now, this DVD looks very professional and I'm very glad I took the time to fix it.
I know most of you don't care what it looks like or if it even came in a case, but I'd rather not be the creator of the ugliest-quilting-dvd-ever!
I've also made the decision to take a week off from new designs this week.
Instead I'll be posting more about the new quilt I'm working on, some inspirational Valentine's Day designs, and a few more clips from the beginner dvd.
After finishing this beginner dvd, I find myself sitting around thinking "Okay, what next?" and I really think the next thing I focus on should be making a new quilt.
March should be a relaxed month and if I start now, I should be able to finish "My Cup Runneth Over" by April.
A quilter named Dmicass commented yesterday about a fabric called "Nuance" by sewbatik.
I checked it out and, yep, it's PERFECT for this quilt. The colors are exactly what I'm looking for and I'm really getting excited about the project just looking at them.
Also I've heard back from 2 different data recovery companies and the outlook isn't good for my smashed hard drive.
Losing all the original footage from designs 41 - 125 might seem like the biggest disaster in the world, but really it's allowing me to look at all the designs in a new way.
I'm not sure yet if I'll create more DVDs from the project. I know I will create more eventually, but really right now I just want to burrow into my sewing studio and hibernate for the rest of the winter!
I'm off to yoga and then will be packing, packing, packing for the rest of the day for the workshop tomorrow. Can't wait!
Let's go quilt!