Everyone who has ever scrapbooked is familiar with Webster's Pages products- with their signature feminine flair and fabulous detailed artwork. Well, until now, being on the Webster's Pages Design Team has always proved elusive. Even though they have been in business successfully for years, their DT has always been "invitation only", which means they do not accept submissions for DT consideration. You have to be "noticed" and then they ask you to join their team of amazingly talented paper crafters and scrapbookers.
I have always longed to be on the Webster's Pages DT, and in fact, every year that I attend the big CHA Winter Hobby and Craft Show as a Designer Member, I am always armed and ready with a stack of resumes and business cards to hand out to the hundreds of manufacturers in attendance, which ALWAYS includes Webster's Pages. Most will gladly take my resume and card, even if they are just being nice and throw them in the trash when I am not looking. But even so, this has proven somewhat successful, and I have landed many a gig this way. But not with Webster's Pages. Nope. Brandin and the other gals gracefully decline my resume and are very sweet and kindhearted when they tell me that the DT is "invitaion only", but appreciate my interest and continued support of their products. So I tuck tail and drool as they walk me through the booth showing me all the new papers and goodies they have just released. I am never dissapointed with their product quality and it always makes me happy to see all the yummy colors and textures of each new item. As I leave the booth, I quietly and secretly shed a tear, knowing that they remain the ultimate unatainable goal for me, telling myself "there is always next time", and knowing full well that next time will probably never come.
So imagine my excitement when I read the Webster's Pages newsletter stating that they were having their FIRST EVER open Design Team call!
Could it really be true? Yup, truer than true! So I promptly set out to purchase as large a variety of Webster's Pages products as I could find locally. Three different scrapbook stores later, and I was set! So I cut, glued, sanded and inked my way through three different projects that I feel best show my ability as a professional papercrafter to use the Webster's Pages products.
My submission has been sent, and now the waiting game begins. I have no idea how long they will take to decide on the members of the DT. I imagine they will receive hundreds of applications and submissions and it could take weeks to go thru them all and narrow it down to the select few. So in the meantime, I thought I would share a tiny sneak peek of what I included in my submission The rules did not state that I could not share publicly the projects I submitted in their entirety, but often times is the case, manufacturers like to present the winners and their submissions to the public for the first time on the company's own forums and blogs, so I do not want to risk it. :) So all you get are sneak peeks!
Well, there you have it. My hat's been thrown into the ring, and now it is up to the powers-that-be at Webster's Pages to decide my fate. :) Ragardless of their decision, I can say that I truly appreciate the opportunity to even be considered for the DT, and loved each and every product that I used on my submissions. Their product quality is really top-notch and they will always be a manufacturer I turn to again and again for the products I want to use on my pages. So WISH ME LUCK!!!!