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Creative Teams and a ViVa Guest Call

ViVa_CTGUEST

Hi everyone, today we would like to talk CTs. I know a lot of you either are on a team, have been on a team in the past, or have been thinking about joining a team. 聽Vi and I are really interested in the dynamics of creative teams. We strive to provide a fun and inspirational environment for our girls in order to avoid a high turnover, frustrations or drama.聽We are constantly looking at the professional and human interactions within teams to gauge what works for us and what doesn’t.聽 Today, we would like to share some of our observations with you, as well as give a few ideas (both coming from us as well as our CT girls) on how to land that CT gig you’ve been wanting.

For those of you who might be new to scrapbooking or to the community, a Creative Team (CT) is a group of scrapbooking artists that create layouts, art journal pages or hybrid projects for a specific designer in exchange for their products. The scrappers’ works are then used to showcase the product and in any marketing effort the designer might have in place.聽Members are normally added to a team through one of three ways:
(1) a call posted to the community by the designer; (2) a private invitation from the designer or; (3)聽a “cold-call” from the scrapper to the designer.

Now the questions are: How do I get on a team? What teams are best for me? What if I’m rejected?

Here’s what the two of us and the girls came up with:

1. KNOW THE DESIGNER. Show your designer that you actually know her/his work. Visit their whole store, think about whether their work really suits you. If there are only one or two kits that you like from all their work, chances are you might not click and you will find it hard to work with the products. It might be that during the call is the first time you come in touch with their work (that’s what happened to me and Christina Renee back in the day), and that’s fine, but before you apply, familiarize yourself with their work, download some freebies if they are available or even purchase a product. If you do your homework on learning about their style, not only will you increase your chances of getting picked for the team, but you may also avoid frustration to both sides later on.

2. PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE. Applying can be intimidating but you have to remember that there are lots of girls doing the same thing.聽 If you don’t try, you will never know.

3. SHOW WHAT YOU GOT. Tell the designer why you would like to be on their team, and most important what you believe you can offer. For us, a scrapper that believes in their work, scraps from their heart and shows their soul in their pages is worth a million. Techniques can always be improved. Browse through the designers’ CT work, do you have something new to offer? Do you believe you can open a new “niche” for that designer by bringing to the plate a scrapping style that you think works for the product but is not being explored by their current CT?聽 Do you think the pages could be even better promoted and you know how to? Tell them. Even if you don’t think you are the best scrapper in the world, it is your uniqueness that might trigger the designer to pick you over others.

4. BE YOURSELF! Be funny, serious, spontaneous, organized, disorganized, funky, classic, whatever it is that YOU ARE. Do not try to present the designer with someone you think they want to see. Pretending to be someone you are not in a social environment such as a CT is bound to backfire. Besides, the real you is one thousand times better than anybody your mind could create anyway :)

5. BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF about your commitment. If you know life is often getting in the way of your scrapping plans, don’t apply for a team that has a million requirements, no matter how much you like that designer. Different designers have different requirements and you will be a lot happier choosing one that fits your own schedule. If you can’t commit to what the designer expects, you won’t be a good CTM which will lead to resentment from the designer and maybe hurt feelings on your part.

ps. Sometimes designers change their requirements AFTER you are already in a team. If that happens to you and you think it no longer suits your commitment level, let them know sooner than later.

5. ACT THE PART. If you are intending on becoming a CTM and representing a designer with your work, remember that you should act the part. Most designers I know do not like to deal with drama and expect their team to represent them in a professional manner. That’s not to say that you are not free to express your opinion or be yourself in forums and blogs around the community, however you are probably expected to do so in a respectful manner. If you are disrespectful to other members of the community, chances are the designer is wondering whether you should be given access to their “back room”.

6. DO NOT GIVE UP. If you don’t get into a team right away, don’t be discouraged and don’t settle for a designer that doesn’t suit you either. Keep on working, you might even ask the designers you applied for what you can do to improve on your work… You might find out that you are closer than you think. And believe me, there is always another chance.

I should also add that in spite of what some believe, a CT is not comprised of a clique of think-alike women who are out there to destroy digital scrapbooking with their bombarding of meaningless pages throughout the community. I have to say that during our almost 5 years of designing, not one such person has crossed our paths. Actually, I don’t think our team could have more different personalities if we had hand-picked them ourselves in real life. Yet, we do all share the same love for preserving thoughts and memories and for creating.

In summary, if you enjoy being yourself, love creating and preserving memories, could use a few products you love in exchange for your work鈥 CT’ing might just be for you.

What are YOUR views about CTs? Any experiences you would like to share? Any questions you have? Any points we left out? We would love to hear from you :)

VIVA’S CT CHALLENGE!

All this CT talk got us yearning for some new talents! We will be adding 2 guest CTs for the month of December and 2 for the month of January to our team. If you would like a go at it, please create a page with all ViVa products (freebies count!) and post it to this thread by Nov. 25, as well as a little something as to why you think ViVa is the team for you. We will be choosing 4 girls to join us (2/month). Spots will be announced on Nov. 28.

Here are your benefits and requirements if you make it into the team:

1. access to all of ViVa products for the month you are guesting
2. access to all past ViVa products as long as you create something with whatever you take
3. create at least 2 layouts/projects during your month with us

Simple as that.聽We can’t wait to see your fabulous work.

Hugs & love,

Vivienne and Vanessa

28 Responses

  1. Monica Skowbo says:

    Hi Va and Vivi. Fun. Fun. Fun! I have never tried this, but I LOVE scrapping with your products (it is definitely NOT hard work!) so why not? Thanks for the chance.

  2. judyinsd says:

    I think ViVa is the team for me because I love your creative style and have purchased many of your kits, which I love to play with. You can go from whimsy to classical from one kit to the next and this fits my own somewhat eclectic scrapping style. Thank you for this opportunity and enjoyed reading the tips.

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  3. Li Li Wee says:

    I have been scrapping for a year now.. I used to be on a store CT till it was closed since beginning of this year.. Since then I have been looking for a ‘home’ (to be on a site CT). I do not have a specific style of scrapping.. and I do almost any style.. This is my problem: I have applied for a store CT many times and I have been rejected.. I am getting upset as I noticed it’s the same old girls that is getting all this site CT spots at every store(that is popular)!! and yes I am so close to giving up..
    So, how do I get myself into a store CT? Sorry if I sound like I’m rude.. I’m just upset..

    Li Li

    • vivaartistry says:

      Not rude at all Li Li, that’s your experience with the system and I’m sure you are not alone. I can’t speak for store CTs as I was never involved in the process for choosing one. It would be interesting to learn what store owners have in mind when choosing their candidates. Is it done by one person or by the group of designers. I think a lot of times being involved in the store community might give you an idea of what type of person they are looking for. Have you tried contacting those stores you applied to back asking for some feedback? Maybe you are closer than you think. Wishing you best of luck on your quest.

      • Li Li Wee says:

        Do you think it’s ok to contact the store owner and ask for feedback.? Sometimes I feel I might be bothering them if I ask .. Cause I do know the selection process itself is never an easy job..
        Anyway, thanks for creating this column as I gives me a clearer picture on how you designers pick CT.. your designs are just awesome!! love it!!

        Love,
        Li Li

        • vivaartistry says:

          Lili, I think contacting them can’t hurt. I know a lot of store owners might be super busy and it might be tricky to get back with you. But you might also get somebody at the right time and you never know what you may learn from their feedback. I wouldn’t take it personally if you don’t hear back, but if you do, it might just give you the kind of insight you are looking for :)

  4. Deanna Staley says:

    Although I won’t be applying to your CT because of previous commitments, I just wanted to say that I appreciated and concur on your CT tips. I also wanted to tell LiLi to not give up! Also, if you try a designer CT at a store you might like to CT at, they would get to know you. Then when a CT call goes out, you already have a foot in the door. Also, lots of sites have gallery calls (do gallery comments for products) and that is also a good way to get to know the site. Scrappity Doo Dah has a call out right now for those. When they have a CT call, lots of times, they will choose from the gallery people! Good luck!!

    • Anne says:

      I have been indentured to the ViVas for a little over 1 year now, and it has been fabulous.
      There is something really special about this team, because it is really a team of completely different ladies with such remarkable input. I love the way they help me pull more out of a page than I thought possible.
      If you are looking for a place to laugh and learn about what CT should be like, this is the place to be.
      I really do love this team like a family. sniff sniff…okay, why am I up baring my soul?? I need to go blow my nose and watch an episode of Hoarders.

  5. vivaartistry says:

    Those are great points Deanna, and very true about trying out a designer at the store in order to get a foot in the door. I hadn’t thought about that but yes, very, very true.

  6. jaye says:

    Just want to say to those who are unsure, apply! You never know and the only way to find out is to put yourself out there.

  7. sbpoet says:

    Well, by playing I discovered why ViVa might be a good team for me. When I searched my EHD for “ViVa” hundreds of images came up. And not just your images, but dozens of pages of my own that include your images. Somehow I didn’t realize how much of your work I use.

    Then I got a bit carried away.

    You know about this one, made awhile back: http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=1642011&title=a-tear-in-the-fabric7c-just-there7c7e-your-hand&cat=500

    And I made these yesterday:

    http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/photopost/members-galleries/p157193-inspiration.html

    http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/photopost/members-galleries/p157194-loving-you.html

    http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/photopost/members-galleries/p157191-carpe-diem.html

    http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/photopost/members-galleries/p157192-imagination.html

  8. Anja De Dobbelaere says:

    Hi Viva!
    I鈥檓 really going for this guest spot in your CT.
    I鈥檒l be making some more layouts, but you can see what I did with your Lost World kit in these layouts:
    http://digiscrap.nl/gallery/galerie-layouts-van-gebruikers/france-49/21875
    http://digiscrap.nl/gallery/galerie-layouts-van-gebruikers/france-50/21876
    http://digiscrap.nl/gallery/galerie-layouts-van-gebruikers/france-51/21877
    http://digiscrap.nl/gallery/galerie-layouts-van-gebruikers/france-54/21880
    http://digiscrap.nl/gallery/galerie-layouts-van-gebruikers/france-55/21881

    And I won your bookmark challenge in March this year! Remember this one?
    http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/photopost/bulkupload.php?ppaction=addphotos&do=preview&photopath=28023&upuser=&notify=yes&rating=&comments=yes&defcat=3792&deftitle=Bookmark1&defdesc=&defdesc=&defkeywords=Viva+Artistry+Bookmark+Challenge+March+2012&numprocess=10&processall=no&dthumbs=&mature=0

    I love Viva because you always choose the subjects someone else wouldn’t, like your gorgeous new kit inspired by Mucha, or the horoscope themed kit… And you definitely have this very distinctive style. So I’ll be posting more, but just wanted to share these with you already!
    Thanks for looking,
    Anja

      • Anja De Dobbelaere says:

        You will have noticed, I tagged you on Facebook in more layouts :-)
        Just made a layout with your gorgeous new freebie ‘Found Treasures’. It really is such a pleasure to work with your kits. I have several of them on my hard drive!

  9. Elysah says:

    Well, i was kind off hesitant to try (read nervous HAHA) but decided to try anyway. It certainly helped that 2 of my pages were chosen as WOW layout of the week, that gave me some courage:

    http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/photopost/members-galleries/p156121-free-yourself.html
    http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/photopost/members-galleries/p157087-harmony.html

    I have been artjournaling since around april/may this year and addicted ever since. The first kit i bought from Viva Artistry was the Chakra kit (and i still think it’s awesome). I just love the clean modern look, the colors and theme’s of your kits, as they are very distinctive. So i love the chance to be in your CT.
    Here’s a few new pages i made:

    http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/photopost/members-galleries/p158853-songbird.html
    http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/photopost/members-galleries/p158851-creativity.html
    http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/photopost/members-galleries/p159064-finding-balance.html
    http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/photopost/members-galleries/p159065-butterfly-girl.html
    http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/photopost/members-galleries/p159066-fashion-trends.html

    (And i also used your materials in these 2 older pages, but mixed:
    http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/photopost/members-galleries/p149308-balance.html
    http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/photopost/members-galleries/p149310-fashion.html)

    Thank you for offering this change, now i’ll try to stay calm untill the results are in LOL.

    Greetings,
    Elysah

  10. Ann-Charlotte Eriksen says:

    lol I just posted a LO on my FB last night at 3am…saw your sweet comment about it and made a share to your FB wall…went there to check if it posted ok and stumbled upon your post about CT…I think it’s great and it makes me want to get back in the saddle and try it again cuz I am not in any CT atm (have been on a few in the past for designers at SBG Alana McCarthy and MissCrow and also for NDISB, RaspberryRoad and Creative Victorian Designs). I love your design and it has an intriguing mix of masks, alphas and tools that make my hart skip a beat鈥orry I saw this a day to late but if you want me I鈥檓 yours for a month :)

    • vivaartistry says:

      Ann, thank you so much for applying. I LOVE the page you did with the grabbag, so beautiful. We will definitely be considering your work on our decision. Hugs!

  11. Ferryl aka Fifi says:

    Hello lovely ladies, my name is Ferryl, aka Fifi in digiland. Once upon a time I used one of your prompts called letting go, it’s still one of my favorite pages, but of course I love all of your kits, have lots and lots, must have even if I don’t use them right away! I dilly dallied about trying for a guest spot, but, why not!!! So here are a couple things I did very recently, and I’ll try to do another…
    http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/photopost/studio-viva-artistry/p159337-sometimes-i-wonder.html
    http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/photopost/studio-viva-artistry/p159336-japan.html
    And here is a link to my SBG Gallery: http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/photopost/u6147-fifi.html
    P.S. I absolutely adore your Asian style kits! Thanking you for your consideration, Ferryl/Fifi

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