For each issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine,
we let our readers be the editor and choose a layout to be published in
the "Reader Gallery" column. If you would like your layout to be
considered for the next Readers' Pick Poll, here's your chance to submit
a page. Not only will the winner's layout appear in the pages of Creating Keepsakes magazine, but we'll also pay the winner for the rights to use their layout.
Simply use the form on the submit tab to upload a scan or photo of
your layout. We want to see your fall and Thanksgiving layouts, so please submit scrapbook pages that feature fall or Thanksgiving photos.
If you would like to submit more than one layout, you're
welcome to do so; each layout should be submitted as a separate entry.
- Submissions: You have until midnight (Mountain Standard Time) Wednesday, June5, 2013, to upload a page for the Nov/Dec 2013 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine.
- Voting: Three submissions will be chosen and voting will be open at 10:00am (Mountain Standard Time) Thursday, June 6, 2013 through midnight, Tuesday, June 11, 2013.
- Winner: Two winners will be announced on the CK Blog Wednesday, June 12, 2013.
Pages that aren't chosen for voting will still be evaluated for publication in Creating Keepsakes magazine, so go ahead and submit your page today!
To increase your chances of having your page selected for voting, here are a few tips:
- Use color photographs. Sometimes people may be trying to
be artsy, or perhaps they think that the paper is too busy or doesn't
match. Living color is beautiful and real, and color photos do look
better most of the time. We do publish layouts with black and white
photos, but we frequently ask contributors to replace black and white
pictures with color ones too.
- Use multiple photographs on a page. If you check our
magazine, you'll notice that we do publish single-photo layouts, but the
vast majority of layouts include more than one picture. Many of our
readers like to get more on a page, so we try to show them how to do
- Include journaling. A darling photo (or several) with beautiful embellishments and the title Sweet Baby
may be visually appealing, but without journaling it isn't very
meaningful. Say SOMETHING. The date, the occasion, the emotions the
photo(s) evoke--something is always better than nothing.
- Keep it fresh. You don't have to use the newest products,
but you do want to make sure any prominent items on your page are still
available in stores. Our readers often want to recreate looks they see
in the magazine, and it's a lot harder when they can't find the
- Create double-page spreads. We definitely publish
one-pagers, but we do look for spreads, since many of our readers prefer
them, and we seem to get fewer usable two-page submissions.
- Make sure your title and journaling are legible. We can't
show layouts at full size in the magazine, so it's important that the
font and color choices you make allow the words to be read easily. If
you use your own handwriting, make sure it's neat and straight. If
you're using a computer, make sure your type is 12pt or larger. Check to
see if you can read your title with your layout across the room. If you
can't, then you might want to consider outlining it with a pen or using
a different font.
- Proofread. We know you're not handing this project in to
your English teacher, but if it's going to be in a magazine, it needs to
be correct. Check your spelling (and your apostrophe use!) thoroughly.
- Utilize good design principles. We examine layouts
carefully for unity, balance, color sense, etc. If these terms are
foreign to you, bone up! Make sure that your design is "clean."
- Inspire us. We're scrapbookers too. Make us wish we had thought of it first!