Pocket Scrapbooking with Project Life

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2016 creative team call

Hey there! Molly here. I’m newer to the Becky Higgins team but diving in with all my heart and loving it! Part of my new role is to oversee the Creative Team – something that Kari has been doing so awesomely for the past few years. I’m thrilled to be doing this and can’t wait to share all about this 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 2015 team (as we do our 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 their talents through their scrapbooks. We know there are many 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 2016 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.

Some of you may remember that we did a call for Stampin’ Up! Creative Team members earlier this year. Due to some internal issues, we decided to hold off on making those selections. We still have your submissions and will go through those at this time as well! Please let us know if you would like to also be considered as a physical Creative Team member!

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.”

{ 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 Wednesday, 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 2016 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.


22 Responses

  1. craftycat says:

    Hello Becky, just wondering if you are still working with Shutterfly and might be offering any new updated Project Life kits to the current editions there. I have used almost every one and would love the option for newer kits. Thank you.

  2. Beckie says:

    Is this more of a part time or full time position?
    How often would we work in the office?
    And what does it pay?
    Sorry for the 20 questions. :)
    Just super excited and curious!

  3. Vera says:

    Part of me wants to sign up but a bigger part says I don’t deserve it! Haha :)

  4. Jordan says:

    Hi Molly-
    Is the app creative team new? I use both a combo of physical and app depending on what album I’m working on. Is it better to submit the digital image from the app or photo of it printed in real life?

    • Molly Ashton Molly Ashton says:

      Hi Jordan!
      If you use a combination, definitely submit the photo of the finished product. We usually choose more physical team members than we do digital or app. Simply because, the physical products allow for a bit more creativity and we love to see that! If you are using a combination, what a great way to show our readers how that is done!

  5. Sean E. says:

    Well, I did it. I submitted. I have a chance to be the “guy on the Creative Team”. :)

  6. Kathy says:

    Is it possible to apply for both the digital and the app team? Would you submit samples of both layouts? How many of each? Thank you!

    • Molly Ashton Molly Ashton says:

      Yes! You can apply for both, it will just increase your chances right? In the subject line please indicate Digital + App. We just need 3-5 image samples for each!

  7. Jeanne W says:

    Should our layouts only include Project Life cards? I also use Studio Calico Project Life kits and also have other PL- type cards in my stash that I sometimes use. Thanks.

    • Molly Ashton Molly Ashton says:

      We prefer that you include layouts using our products. Of course Studio Calico kit products are fine too!

  8. Anita says:

    Is one 12×12 page concidered a layout, or is it a spread (2 pages together I mean)?

    • Molly Ashton Molly Ashton says:

      One 12×12 can definitely be considered a layout or 2 12×12’s, whatever works the best for you! If you don’t do your pages in two page spreads, that is just fine!

  9. Kayla says:

    If I apply for the digital team, can I submit jpegs of the digital layout itself? Or do I need to print them first and take pictures? When I went over to the creative team posts for examples, I noticed that lately they have been just the digital file ifself. Hopefully my question makes sense, thanks!

    • Molly Ashton Molly Ashton says:

      Thanks for your question Kayla! Digital files are just fine for the digital team… If you can take a phew photos of some of your pages in albums or books, we would love to see those too but not necessary!

  10. Michelle says:

    What are the requirements for the SU! Team member? Are they basically the same?

  11. Tawnda Andrews says:

    Well I did it. It would be such an honor to be chosen, however I’m not sure my “style” of 1-page layouts is what you are looking for since you only ever share 2-page. Time will tell. Regardless, this app is life-changing for a mom of 6 who just wants to tell her kids/families stories.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  12. awwwww so sad I missed the call this year :( criiiies

  13. Adriana says:

    ohhh…. I missed it this year… :'(

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