When I left the world of designing, and entered back into the realm of scrapbookers, I knew that I wanted to become part of some creative teams. Having been away from that part of the industry for so long, I was really scared to put myself out there and actually try to become part of the teams for my favorite designers. It wasn’t too long before I found out that I was not alone in my fears. Many people in the industry have the same fears about applying for Creative Teams.
So how do we conquer this fear?
There are a lot of different ways to conquer fears, but there are some specific ones that are really helpful in conquering the fear of applying for Creative Teams. These are the things that I found the most helpful in preparing to apply for Creative Teams.
Clean up your galleries. Your layout galleries are the place where designers look to see your layouts, to see your style as a scrapbooker. One of the first things to do is go through your gallery and make sure it’s up to date and complete. Make sure your credits are complete, and that your layouts are a good representation of you as a scrapbooker.
Hang out in some forums. Many designers like people who are active in the communities where they sell, and are visible in other communities around digi world. Talk to some people, chat it up, it will get noticed.
Improve your scrapbooking. One of the best things you can do to earn a spot on a Creative Team is to always keep improving your scrapbooking. Watch some tutorials, take a class, practice the things that you feel are lacking in your scrapbooking. One of the best things about being scrapbookers is that we can find ourselves in a state of continual growth.
So when are you ready?
The answer is, who knows. Unfortunately, there’s no easy recipe to know when “you’re ready.” The best advice I can give you is to try, and then try again. The reality is, the best way to get experience and conquer the fear of applying for Creative Teams is to put yourself out there and try. Sure, you may not make it onto the team you want on the first try, but the experience will make it easier the next time.
Also, it’s important to remember why you scrapbook. While being on Creative Teams is a great experience, and making it onto one is an honor, for most of us, it’s not the reason we scrapbook. It’s always important to remember what matters most. Your scrapbooking will benefit, trust me.