I mentioned in my last post that I've been working really hard on magazine submissions. I absolutely LOVE making projects for publication calls. It's so fun to be challenged creatively! And just so you know - no matter how long a person has been designing, rejection is always part of the equation. Part of the fun is finding out what projects made the cut & which ones did not. Rejection is always bitter sweet. Of course, I'd be ecstatic if all of my submissions were accepted - don't get me wrong! ;) But... when things aren't picked, I get to share them with my awesome blog readers - and that's pretty fun too!
So, here's a card I made for PC's last call that didn't get picked up. The challenge was to make a project with things found in the garden. The issue also has a general theme of friendship.
I used my computer to make my own sentiment.
Even though my card will never be in print... it still makes me pretty happy. I love creating little pieces of art. Fun stuff! :)
When I made cards for submissions, I always save all of my supplies & instructions in a Word document. It makes it easier to keep all of those details handy just in case your card is accepted. Here is how I organized my info for this card:
- (Willow) Memory Box
- - (Suede Brown Dark) Prism
- - “Set the Table”, Life is Good collection) Echo Park
- - (pink ruler- Paper Girl Sticker Market) The Girls’ Paperie
- - (watering can – Cut & Paste die cuts) K & Company
- - (Vintage Cream stitched ribbon) Papertrey Ink
- - Sewing machine/thread
- - (Milk & Cereal) kevinandamanda.com
Instructions:1. Make card from cardstock.
2. Print computer generated sentiment onto green cardstock. Trim & sand edges.
3. Mat patterned paper onto brown cardstock; adhere. Machine stitch.
4. Affix ruler sticker.
5. Tie ribbon bow around piece & adhere panel to card.
6. Adhere watering can using dimensional foam adhesive.
If you've ever considered submitting to a magazine, I really encourage you to give it a try! I remember not too long ago laughing when someone suggested that I try to get published. I thought it was completely absurd... that there was no way I could ever be 'good enough' to have something in print. I decided to just give it a shot... and what do you know?!? - eventually they said "yes!" I'm just so happy that someone gave me the push I needed to do something that was out of my comfort zone. So... today, if you're needing someone to give you that little push... I want to encourage you to go for it! I think you'll love it too. :)