Pocket Scrapbooking with Project Life

Cultivate a good life and record it.

Oct

7th

a chance to be on our creative team!

Happy Monday! We’re still partying around here because as most of you know … October is birthday month for us, and we are celebrating all month long! We are excited to kick off week 2 with more awesomeness. First item of business: Let’s announce the 4 winners from Friday’s post called RAK Giveaway!

Project Life Overlays – Siobhan in Wollongong, Australia

Finland bag – Larry in Fort Worth, Texas (who entered for his wife)

Crocheted doily – Monica in Millersville, Maryland

Two of my books – Kelli P. in Eagan, Minnesota

Congratulations to each of you! Please email brandi@beckyhiggins.com to claim your prize.

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Next item of business: Well … you saw the title of this post, so it’s time to fill you in on what this is all about. Many of you know exactly what’s going on and you’ve been waiting for this day. Some of you are brand new to Project Life and our company, so our Creative Team is somewhat of a new thing to you as well. I’m turning the rest of this post over to Kari who is our phenomenal Creative Team Director. She’s going to fill you in on what we have in mind. Take it away, Kari!

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It’s always bittersweet to think about saying goodbye to our creative team – these ladies spend the year sharing their Project Life albums and inspiration and we love them to bits and pieces! Our 2013 team has been remarkable and we are incredibly grateful for all they have shared (and will continue to share) with us. That being said, we know there are many of you who are using Project Life to document your stories, go back and record past events, involve your children in creating their own albums, and help your family + friends to do the same. We also know there are talented photographers using Project Life to leave a legacy for future generations. We are aware that many of you are already generously sharing your thoughts and ideas for using Project Life on your blogs and social media accounts. Thank you so much for all you are doing to inspire others in your own ways and avenues.

We know that lots of you look to our creative team to help fuel your creativity and desire to work on your Project Life albums. We can’t blame you … they’re terrific! 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 2014 Creative Team!

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{ 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, 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. 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.

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{ 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 4 layouts or projects each month using our products (which they’re likely already doing for themselves or their family anyway) so that 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  ; )

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{ 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!

This year we are specifically looking for scrapbookers who are using our physical products. Our digital website – digitalprojectlife.com – has a separate creative team that is doing amazing things with our digital products, and we will be sharing their work throughout the year, as well, but this open call for submissions is for those interested in creating with our physical paper products. We will likely look to add to our digital team in the near future … we’ll keep you posted when the time comes. :)

Here’s what will get you noticed … no matter what 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 story-telling. 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 story-telling 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 in 2014 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 story-telling that will capture our attention the most. Our product line has grown tremendously in the past year {can I get a WOO HOO for that?} 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.”

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{ how to submit }

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

– 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)

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The deadline for submissions in Sunday, October 20.

Specifically, our cut-off will be at midnight Pacific time that day. If you are chosen to be on our Creative Team, you will be personally contacted by me before November 20th. The 2014 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 kari@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.

CTDirector

 

 

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COMMENTS

26 Responses

  1. YAY!!! Good luck to all that apply!!!

  2. This is so exciting! I sent in my application right away :)

  3. Susy says:

    Oh man I’ve been waiting for this announcement! I hope you do announce one for the digital version!

  4. Stefanie says:

    Is it a must, to have a blog/facebook page/etc. as a design team member?

    I suppose, the journaling has to be english?

    Thank you for answering my questions!

    • No, it is not a requirement that you have those social media “channels”. And no, the journaling does not need to be in English. Like we said – this is open to ANYone, ANYwhere. : )

    • Stefanie says:

      Thanks for answering my questions. Now I have to take really good photos of my PL-pages :-).

  5. Meghan says:

    I will definitely be applying for the digital creative team!

  6. Katy says:

    Are you only wanting to see submissions of *recent* layouts from the not-too-distant past? Any time limit of sorts for the age of those layouts submitted?

    (meaning, if I wanted to submit layouts done from 1-2 years ago with past kits, would those be acceptable) Thanks!!

    • Kari Holt says:

      We’d love to see layouts from any time period … we recognize that lots of people are using Project Life to go back and tell past stories and many have been using our product for years so there are certainly no “time limits” on the work you can submit :)

  7. Aaron says:

    Well I’m a guy….but a digi guy. Hope to see a digi call soon!

  8. Shevaughn says:

    Do our layouts need to feature exclusively BH products, or can we throw in a few alternative brand products also?

    • Kari Holt says:

      Of course we prefer to see the use of our products, but you are welcome to submit layouts using other products, as well. We are looking closely at the simplicity and storytelling aspect in the submissions.

  9. Amber says:

    What if I’ve never used project life before but would love to be a part of this to explore my creativity and the products? Can I still apply even if I don’t have layouts to submit?

  10. I primarily use Studio Calico kits for my project life But I have multiple core kits/mini kits that I inner mix. Would this still be eligible for the DT you may be looking for?

  11. Kathy Piere says:

    I absolutely could not live without Project Life. I love it so much, especially the concept. It is something anyone can jump right into. Thanks Bunches Becky.

  12. Katie says:

    It sounds like you are looking for the inspiration your DT gives to go a little bit back to the basics so to speak, with respect to the materials used. I’d really love that! It would be great to see more lovely but pared down pages because sometimes the inspiration stresses me out with all the cool stuff they add and I start to compare myself and my pages – which I know is silly, but sometimes I feel that if I can’t do all that stuff then why bother. I’ll be excited to see the new ladies and gentlemen helping you out!

    PS: This is not to say I haven’t loved the past and present DT members. Their work rocks!

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  17. Latrice says:

    Pulling it all together now. Thanks for this chance. It woudl probably change my life honestly to make this team. Long shot, but putitng myself out there and going for it.

    Xo

  18. Cindy Wick says:

    Darn, I missed this. It would have been perfect for me. I’ve been so busy I haven’t even been online for 2 months! But now things are calming down, so there is always next year. I’m finally in a new space, so I can even photograph my pages by a window! I doesn’t get better than that. I’m looking forward to the new people, I hope to see some that I’ve never seen before. That always makes me so happy ~ to see an unknown get recognition. :)

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