I try to be judicious when it comes to trying out for design teams. You don't want to over-commit yourself, and you have to really love the product you are working with. It's not really a lucrative thing-- except in product-- so I only go out for teams that I really love. Recently, I submitted to the Bella Blvd. call for just that reason, and created four new layouts for the opportunity. It didn't work out-- I didn't get it-- but them's the breaks! I now have four layouts that I love for my albums and the satisfaction of knowing that I took a chance and put myself out there. Rejections sucks, but only for a minute or two. After all, it's only paper and glue. The vast amount of time it is a whole lot of fun. :)
I thought I'd share those four layouts, though. Wanna see? (Click to make the larger.)
"At Three and Four"
I've been meaning to scrap this forever-- I love it when their ages are just a year apart. It cracks me up to see people's faces when I say, "They're three and four." ;) A little misleading, as they are almost two years apart-- but accurate nonetheless!
"This is Baby Clahrk" - My family loves that Lily calls little Clark, "Claaah-rk". I used some Hipstamatic shots for this one. He is seriously the cutest baby boy on the planet.
"Sushi on Queen"
This one I actually did last year as an alternative for SCT, but it was never published or put on-line, which meant I could use it for the submission.
"It Was our Very First Trip to Centreville"
Centreville is the kids' amusement park on Centre Island. (There are few little islands in Lake Ontario just a 10 minute ferry ride from the bottom of the city.) I haven't been since I was a kid, but the girls just LOVED it! I think we'll get a season's pass next year. I'm proud of myself for handing off the camera and getting myself in the picture once or twice.
So, there you go! Four layouts that really mean something to me...that did not get me a job. :) I always remind myself, though, that the kids won't care much about DTs and Pubs when they are big, but they will really care about all the stories I documented from their childhood. Isn't our hobby the best???