by Brandie Valenzuela
Would you love to have your layouts published in one of scrapbook magazines? Below you will find information and links for electronically submitting layouts to several major scrapbook magazines.
There is many benefits for submitting your scrapbook layouts to magazines. Some may include:
- The joy of seeing your work in print
- Free Money! Some magazines offer cash payments
- Free publications (you almost always get a free copy of the issue that your LO is published in)
- Free products (some publications may send you some freebies to work with in the future)
- A way to build your scrapbook "resume" (great if you wish to work in this industry)
- ...and last but not least, if you use all Scrap Girls supplies, we will give you a free product JUST for submitting and a gift certificate if you actually get published!
THE FIRST STEP:
Create your layout and take great care to record the materials you use. There is a variety of ways to track the supplies -- some scrappers jot the supplies on the back of their layouts (when its a paper or printed layout), others make lists of the supplies in a file on their computer or in a notebook at their desk.
My favorite method? Saving the product names used in the meta date of my layout. In PS or PSE, create your layout. Then go to File --> File Info and in the comments area, type the supplies you used in the "descriptions" area. Click "ok" and now it will be embedded into your layout. You can also resize the layout or save as a jpg and it will still be embedded, however DO NOT use the "save for web" option with this method -- it won't work.
By using the meta data method, your supply list will be convenient for anyone you send you layout to, but it will also be easy for you to copy and paste the supplies when submitting it to magazines.
More information on this can be found on the Scrap Girls message board here:
SEND THEM YOUR WORK:
In order to be considered for publication in a magazine, you must send them a copy of your layout. DO NOT send the magazine your original copy. If you are selected for publication, they will write you and ask for your original. To send a "preview" of your layout through email or on a website, you will send a file attachment. For paper layouts this is first done by scanning your layout on a scranner or by taking a photo of it with a digital camera. After this is done, the you will save the layout on your computer or a disc, so you would simply send or upload the file containing your layout.
If you scrapbook digitally, you will do the same thing, except you won't have to scan or photograph your layout -- it's already on file! Here are some general tips:
*Resize your image to 72 dpi and a width of approximately 500 pixels wide.
*Save the file as a JPEG (.jpg) format.
*When emailing submissions, attach only one layout per email
*When submitting for a specific call, note the title of the request in the subject line
*Be sure to include your contact information – name, address, phone number and email address
And the most important tip? Read the submission guidelines for each publication! They do vary from magazine to magazine. For example, Creating Keepsakes wants files to be sized 500k or less, whereas Memory Makers Magazine asks that they not be over 100k in size. Just read the guidelines for each publication and if you aren't sure, feel free to email the publication or you can even post on the SG message board in the "Get Published" forum:
We have lots of members who have "been there, done that" who probably know the answer to your question.
The following is a list of magazines who are accepting submissions of layouts. Listed with each magazine is a link to a page on their website with more information on how to submit. Some of the magazines have a online submission form, while others list an email address for layouts to be sent to. Be sure to read each page carefully to better ensure that your layout is properly received and considered -- each publication varies.
NOTE: Magazines work approximately six months in advance, so, for example, Christmas layouts are usually submitted in the Summer. Increase your chances of being published by keeping this in mind and paying attention to specific calls on each website below.
--BHG Scrapbooks, Etc.
--Memory Makers Magazine
©2006, ©2007, ©2008 Brandie Valenzuela
This post has been edited by brandiev: 03 May 2008 - 05:59 PM
Reason for edit: Updated 5/2008