Today’s post is from team member Kelly. Kelly is an award winning scrapper and has been published in countless magazine issues.
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like a pat on the back, a “job well done”, or just to be told that you rock. Most of us crave a little recognition every now and then. And while the majority of us would say that we scrap for our families or to preserve our memories, the truth is we’d like to share it with the rest of the world too. Nothing wrong with that, friends. Think of how dull the scrapbooking life would be without inspiration from magazines, idea books and online galleries. I shudder at the thought. And if you’re like most of us, you’d like to share the goodness. And so you should. Today, let’s talk a little about submitting your work for publication. All of the magazines that you love to look at, have editors who all love to look at new and fresh pieces to grace their pages. Here are a few things to keep in mind when looking to submit your pages for publication.
- Be Yourself. No sense in trying to re-create who you are. It’s much easier to consistently turn out great work when you don’t have to try and be something you’re not. If you’re a “simple” scrapper, work it. If you’re the “layer girl”, go for it. Be yourself- no one does it better.
- Submit within the guidelines. Size your layout according to the submission requirements. Don’t submit more than what’s asked for. Keep a thorough and neat supply list. If you’ve got a new technique or idea on your layout it never hurts to point it out.
- Think ahead and look back. Most magazines are working about 6 months ahead of the “real time” that we’re in. So, it’s August which means while most people are thinking about heading back to school and such the scrapper submitting for publication is pulling out the great pictures she took at Valentine’s Day last year. The best part about this? It’s ok that you’re not all caught up with your pictures! Just think, you can create the perfect Valentine layout with great new product for that call that’s out there. It also means that you should be thinking ahead about the pictures you’ll want to work with in February and you should be making sure you get the shots of the back to school supplies and fun shopping trips for new school shoes while you can. Always be prepared.
- Submit consistently. If you’re scrapping consistently, look for pages that will work with the calls that are out there and submit them. Don’t pre-judge them. Seriously. I cannot tell you how many times the layout that I had deemed “not anything they’d want” would get an email request. You never know what’s going to strike a chord with an editor so if it fits the request, send it.
- Don’t force it. In the end, you want to look back on the pages you’ve created and be happy with them and know that you’ve accomplished what you wanted to for those pictures. Tell your story. Create your art. Hopefully someone else will want to share with the rest of the scrapping world but if not, at least know that it’s done and it’s there for you and your family to enjoy. Not getting “a call” is not the end of the world. It can be something as simple as them needing a page with green and you’ve got orange. Or they want a picture of a boy and you’ve got a girl. Just because your layout isn’t chosen does NOT mean that it’s not amazing. It simply means that it didn’t fit all the tight parameters of that editor’s needs this time.
Check out these links for current page calls and hit the send button. Go on. Put it out there.
I can’t wait to see what you’re creating!