Susan R. Opel

Susan R. Opel

If you’ve ever submitted a creation for publication in a magazine, you know that it’s an exciting, exhilarating, fun, and sometimes frustrating and mysterious experience. I hear you! I’ve been on the other side of the submissions game, and I was always looking for tips to make my chances even better.

It’s not that we want to make it difficult. No, indeed. We just want to produce the best possible magazine, so here are a few things that can help make your submissions the strongest that they can possibly be:  

  • Submit at the right place – We have a brand new way to submit, so from henceforth, head here when you want to submit to our magazine. This link on our blog will take you exactly where you need to go.
  • Read everything – Be sure to read through the instructions and follow them.
  • Give the information necessary – Once you begin the submissions process, take some time to fill in all of the necessary info and check for accuracy. You wouldn’t want to miss out on an acceptance e-mail because you typed in an incorrect e-mail address!
  • Meet deadlines – Carefully note the deadlines and make sure that you aren’t kicking yourself for missing out on a super fun call!
  • Take good photographs – This may be one of the most important tips. A fantastic project may not stand out if the image sent is too dark and doesn’t do the card justice. There’s no need for a fancy camera, just try the following things to make the most of your creation!
Soft, natural light from my laundry room window shows the true colors of my card. I made sure to dust before I took the picture!

Soft, natural light from my laundry room window shows the true colors of my card. I made sure to dust before I took the picture!

  1. Choose a spot with good lighting – Natural light is your absolute best bet. I’ve found that photographing my projects in my laundry room or on the dining table by the sliding door work best for me, depending on the time of day. In these two spots there is soft and indirect natural light. Make sure that your card is facing the light directly, and avoid letting your shadow get in the way.
  2. Remove distractions from the background – We are interested in getting a look at your project, so make the card the complete focus of the photograph.
  3. Make sure that your images are not too small – A pixilated image can distort the beauty of your project.
  4. Crop the image – If you know how, crop your image so that the card/project fills the frame.
By cropping in, the card is center stage, and the natural light from the patio doors is just right.

By cropping in, the card is center stage, and the natural light from the patio doors is just right.

So, what are you waiting for? Put these tips into action and get in the game – yes, YOU! Anyone can submit to Paper Crafts magazine. And remember these tips are to help you, not to intimidate you. We want to see your very best work!

Want to jump in and FAST? The deadline for our January/February submissions is Monday, June 1 at midnight, MDT. Check out all of the fun stuff that you can create this weekend!

Patiently waiting to see your gorgeous submissions!
Susan

P.S. Are you shuffling off to Buffalo this weekend for CKC? The ever fabulous Kim Kesti will be representing’ Paper Crafts and teaching fabulous and inspiring classes, one of which she designed herself! Be sure to stop her and say hello – she is pretty darn awesome!

As this picture from Winter CHA suggests, Kim and I know how to party!

As this picture from CHA suggests, Kim and I know how to party!

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