I've been blogging about my application process to scrapbooking manufacturer design teams. There are four that I'm applying to, three of which I have already submitted an application: Bella Blvd., Jillibean Soup, and Jenni Bowlin, and one of which I am planning to send in an application before Friday: Lily Bee.
The announcement for Bella Blvd. was supposed to be yesterday, but was set back one day until today. I haven't looked yet. I don't expect to make it, not because I am not optimistic, I am; but because I haven't heard from them. Usually, when I have been picked to be on a design team, I get a head's up before the announcement, this was the case with Scrapbooking in Paradise, Ella Publishing, and Get It Scrapped; however, Whim So Doodle posted the announcement online and that's how I did find out I was on that team. I tend to think that the scrapbooking manufacturers give the heads up and get papers signed and bios and photos etc. before making the announcement. A scrapbooking friend messaged me yesterday to say she didn't get the acceptance email for Bella Blvd.; she is more "in" the scrapbooking industry than I am so I figure she knows that they do send out the acceptance emails and then make the announcement.
Another friend left a comment here on the blog saying that she submits applications to design teams but finds it frustrating that she never gets any feedback when she doesn't make it. While I understand her frustration, I can also see it from the perspective of the people choosing - it is almost like when a guy asks you on a date and you know you have no interest so you say no but you don't really want to give him a reason - or when we hire employees at work, its hard to say "oh we never even considered you" or "you almost had it except that you chewed gum during the whole interview" - maybe the feedback would be nice for the applicant but as the interviewer it feels super awkward.
Another reason I don't think I "made" the Bella Blvd. Design Team is that my application didn't follow the rules, I didn't hide that part either, I actually highlighted it. I think that they are probably looking for someone who can follow the rules on a team, and being a "rule breaker" on the application wasn't probably my best idea - but, on the other hand, I had sort of an unusual idea and if they bit then that would have been fun too.
Ok, I'm off to go see who they did pick! I'll report back with how I felt and what I thought after seeing the announcement.
P.S. I didn't make it - I found Diane Payne's announcement that she made it on my Typepad Dashboard before I made it over to the Bella Blvd. Blog. One thing I do like to do when I don't make it is to look at the work of those who did; so I'll be surfing the new Bella Blvd. Team on Pinterest so you can go over and look at my soon-to-be recent posts there if you want to follow along.
P.S. My "Rule Breaking" was that I didn't use any of their products in the application and I instead scrap-lifted their current design team and used product from my own vast scrapbooking stash - probably not the most recommended way of doing things - just in case you are thinking of applying for design teams!
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