Pocket Scrapbooking with Project Life

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2017 creative team call

Hey there! Molly here. Part of my role here at Becky Higgins is to oversee the Creative Team. I’m thrilled to be doing this and can’t wait to share all about the process today.

It’s that time of year again when we begin the search for our next Creative Team. It’s hard to be too excited about it because we completely adore our 2016 team (as we do our 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012 Creative Team members) … they are talented storytellers, brilliant photographers, and have the biggest hearts. We love them and we love what they share with us and with you throughout the months + year.

And yet there’s something exhilarating about the idea of starting fresh, finding new and inspiring talent, and introducing you, our customers, to a whole new batch of documenters who are sharing their stories and talents through their scrapbooks. We know there are many of you who are using Project Life® to document your stories – past and present. You are helping your children learn to document as you allow them to contribute to your family album or help them create albums of their own. You are sharing Project Life with your family + friends and encouraging them to print their photos and write down their stories. You are talented photographers using images to leave a legacy for future generations. There are many who are currently sharing Project Life pages and ideas online and via social media. We are beyond grateful for all you are doing to inspire others in your own ways and avenues.

We know that our Creative Team is a great source of inspiration to many of you … they help fuel your creativity and motivate you to work on your Project Life albums as you see what they have to share. We can’t blame you … they’re fantastic! And yet we realize that there are many more talented “Project Lifers” out there. It is because of this that we want to invite YOU to submit your work to be considered for our 2017 Creative Team!

{ how we are building the new Creative Team }

Our Creative Team opportunity is open to all – well-known scrapbookers who have been published and have large followings to everyday scrapbookers who may only share their work with family + friends. Men, women, and teens. Single, married, no kids, lots of kids, and empty nesters. Those using our physical products, those who choose to design digitally, and even those who are using the Project Life App to document the everyday! Everyone has a fair chance as long as you meet the requirements listed below.

If being on a Creative Team is not of interest to you but you know of someone else who really inspires you with their Project Life pages, please encourage them to check out this opportunity! Or feel free to drop us a note and send us a link to someone you think we should know about.

{ what it means to be on the Project Life Creative Team }

Creative Team members are asked to do what they normally do with Project Life, true to their own personal style. They submit four layouts or projects each month using our products (which they’re likely already doing for themselves or their family anyway) so we can share their awesome work on our website and social media outlets. Once in a while there is a “special assignment,” but really, we don’t ask much. We even reward you with monthly emails from me. *wink* Expectations will be more clearly defined with the final Creative Team when they are chosen.

Of course we hook you up with lots of Project Life goodies during the year while you are a part of the Creative Team too.  ; )

{ what are we looking for? }

We would love for our Project Life Creative Team to represent a variety of life scenarios. We know most scrapbookers/Project Lifers happen to be in their 20s to 40s with kids, so naturally we’ll see lots of submissions from people in this boat. But we want to see teenagers, grandparents, young adults, married or not married, kids or no kids, living in the city or in the middle of nowhere, or on the other side of the world. We’d love to see a guy on our Creative Team, too!

Here’s what will get you noticed … no matter your life circumstances or where you live. We are looking for:

1. Fantastic photography. You could be a fascinating person with a super-interesting life, but if your pictures aren’t great, it’s not really the perfect fit for our Creative Team. We are looking for pictures that are clear, crisp, and interesting and that have good lighting and excellent quality. You don’t have to be a professional photographer, but you need to have some skill behind the lens. And we know many of you do.

2. Great storytelling. You don’t necessarily have to be a stellar writer … the little Journaling Cards are only so big, right? No – we are talking about the storytelling that happens with the way you document your life, primarily through your photographs. So not only do we want fantastic photography, but we would love to be inspired by how you photograph, what you take pictures of, and how well you illustrate experiences in your life through your lens. This doesn’t mean that your life itself needs to be perceived as anything but what it is. You could be a world traveler or a stay-at-home mom and that doesn’t matter. What matters is that you capture our attention through how you document life.

3. Use of product. Naturally, we are looking for folks who make Project Life products look good. We are also looking for SIMPLICITY. The goal with our team is to inspire people with the simplicity of our products because that’s the whole nature of Project Life. Slip photos and cards into pockets and you’re done. Sticking with Project Life Cards (Core Kits, Mini Kits, and/or Themed Cards) along with our Photo Pocket Pages or Mini Albums is all you need to get onto our Creative Team. It will really be your photography and storytelling that will capture our attention the most. Our product line has grown tremendously in the past few years, so we feel it is possible to stick with the basics of our product line and achieve fantastic results. Please don’t feel like if you do a little embellishing here & there, your chances will be slim. That’s not the case. We’d just like to see our products paired with your photos.

4. Layout photography. The actual photos of your Project Life layouts need to be excellent. Good lighting, very clean & clear, no flash, no distracting background. You see, we don’t require our Creative Team to part with their pages so we can scan or photograph them. Instead, we ask that they photograph the layouts and projects themselves – and that’s why it’s imperative that your layout photos are awesome. If you want to see how our current Creative Team photographs their layouts, check them out by clicking around on their various blogs or by searching our website for “creative team inspiration.” One tip — photograph your layouts on a piece of white foam board; this is super helpful with the overall quality of your photos.

{ how to submit }

Email submissions to creativeteam@beckyhiggins.com and include the following with your email:

– in the subject line, please include which team you are applying for: physical, digital, or app

– name

– location (city, state, country)

– links to all things YOU (website, blog, shop, gallery, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, whatever)

– a little about you (single, married, kids, no kids, empty nester, teenager … whatever) – short + sweet, please

– 3 to 5 images of layouts you have completed (remember – see #4 above as this will have a big impact on your first impression with us)

The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 4th.

Specifically, our cut-off will be at midnight Pacific time that day. If you are chosen to be on our Creative Team, we will personally contact you via email before November 25th. The 2017 Creative Team will be announced mid-December.

If you have any questions at all about submitting to be on our Creative Team, you can email molly@beckyhiggins.com. If your question is GENERAL and something that perhaps others would likely want to know as well, simply leave a comment and we’ll do our best to answer questions here (publicly) also.


24 Responses

  1. Sean Eyring says:

    So excited!!!

  2. Katy B. says:

    Hi! First question – I do my PL-ing right now on the app but I have yet to print any out because I’m waiting (oh so patiently:) for the photo book option. So I have no in-hand examples of my PL App use. How do I go about submitting those? Screenshot from my phone?

  3. Sara says:

    I am so excited for this opportunity. 2017 brings a lot of change for my family and I am excited to finally be able to apply for the creative team. Project Life has been a huge part of our family since 2013 and I absolutely adore the products and Becky’s personality. I can’t wait to submit my layouts for you to see and thank you for this opportunity.

  4. Jennifer says:

    Good Evening Molly…quick question. I am typically a digital project lifer, however, this year I have been doing more of the app as a time saver, due to life circumstances. If I choose to apply, do I need to choose between digital and app or is it possible to apply for both? Would I then submit 3-4 image from each format? Thank you.

  5. Jen says:

    Hi there. Can Canadians apply to0?

  6. Shari says:

    Is it ok if all my social media accounts are private?

  7. Fiona Moore says:

    Hi Becky & Molly, How exciting to be able to apply for the Creative Team. I just posted my email – I hope you like my pages. There are a couple of typos in my email – forgive me! :-)

  8. Fiona Moore says:

    Typos all fixed!

  9. Noelf says:

    I am a digital scrapper and the layouts I want to submit are too large for one email. Would you suggest saving them smaller (maybe for web?) or doing 2 emails?

  10. Sean Eyring says:

    Just submitted! Fingers crossed!!

  11. Megan says:

    I just wanted to encourage all that are interested to apply! The entire PL team is so encouraging and they really do look for simplicity and everyday people using PL. It’s an amazing opportunity and I just love that they will take a chance on someone without a huge social media sharing presence. Go for it!

  12. Sarah says:

    Stepping out of my comfort zone and sending my application next week! I would LOVE to be a part of this. Crossing my fingers!

  13. PAM STEWART says:

    If not selected, do you tell us why and give a critique so we have a better chance next year?

  14. Jeraldine Otero says:

    Just wanted to make sure. Do you want the layouts as attachments or inline with the email?
    Thanks so much!

  15. Airon says:

    Question – when you say 3-5 images of layouts, is a layout considered 1 page or 2 pages?

  16. Holly Genc says:

    Hi! I applied to both digi and app – sent as two emails with corresponding subject lines. I only got an auto-reply for the digi. Do I need to worry about whether it was received?

  17. Catherine says:

    Just emailed over my application for the physical team, thanks so much for the opportunity!!!

  18. Thia Gielow says:

    How will I know if my submission was received?