Paying it forward

Mar 21, 2011

A while back I talked about paying it forward on facebook and stated if anyone wanted help in submitting I would gladly help them as I feel it’s my duty to pay it forward. I certainly did not get where I am today in this industry without a little help and guidance from others along the way. I must say it does amaze me as to how many people will not help others advance. I’m not sure if it’s insecurities on their part and feel the person might be better than them or just flat out not caring or wanting to take the time to help others. This industry certainly has room for more creative people. New people keep things fresh and exciting and I love to see fresh and exciting creations.

So I have to tell you about a little conversation I had last week. I had the pleasure of talking to a very excited scrapper who had just received an email that one of her layouts was picked up by Creating Keepsakes. Hearing the excitement in her voice was worth millions. There is nothing sweeter than talking to someone who is so happy about obtaining a goal. I do believe she has been bitten by the submissions bug and will be submitting quite a bit from here on out.

All this submissions talk makes me so excited for Paper Cowgirl in June; as I will be the “Guest Speaker” and hope to help those who want to break into the publishing world obtain their goal. I’ve been working hard on gathering information to help with submissions and writing my “Artist to Author” talk. This is going to be such a fun evening. And I’m happy to say, so far my pay it forward has helped one person obtain a book contract and two have had items picked up for publication. I am truly so happy for them and hope I can add to this list in helping others obtain their goal.

If you want to submit items for publication I think the biggest things to remember are

  1. Believe in yourself
  2. Remain true to your style
  3. Don’t fear the editors
  4. And never ever take not getting an item picked up personally

If you’re thinking about submitting layouts, cards or projects take the leap and go for it. This really is a fun industry to work in.

And as you can see I am still making bird nests. I think my favorite look is combining brown paper bag and book page strips. These would also be cute made from all the junk mail you get. I know I get enough each day to make several nests.


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  • deedee

    ♥ congrats to all those being published! ♥

  • Jan Hennings

    Hats off to you for lending a helping hand. I agree, there are those that don’t like to lend a helping hand..and those that aren’t very happy to see another succeed. I’m with where you can, encourage others and it all comes back to you :)
    Have a beautiful Spring day!

  • connie

    Thank you Lisa for having such a kind heart and generous spirit to encourage others to succeed..Sometimes all it takes is one little nudge in the right direction to help you achieve your goals. To have a little cheerleader in your corner like you is a bonus!
    Just do it…if one publisher turns you down, submit to another..everyone is looking for something different.
    Good luck with your artist to author talk…I would love to be a fly on the wall that evening to hear what you have to say..

  • Dawnll

    Thank you for saying those words- I find sometimes it gets so frustrating, when I never seem to advance- but I see so many of the same faces over and over. I always wonder how they finally broke in.

    I hope I always remember to always include everyone, and never feel like I am better then anyone else.
    I am always lurking in the background(Google Reader) but had to pop in and say thank you- you are a real sweetie

  • Pearl Maple

    Well said Lisa, the more creative people we help the more of a party it becomes. Congrats on Paper Cowgirl, that does look like a fun event.

  • Sharron Higgins

    It’s people like you who leave a huge positive footprint on this earth. So many of us don’t know the ins and outs and wheres and whys and appreciate that little sign with the arrow pointing the correct direction. Thank you for your inspiration, thank you for your willingness to share and thank you for just being who you are!!

  • Jan

    Greetings Lisa,

    What you are doing is so selfless and kind. It is so refreshing with all the doom and gloom and de-evolution in our world. So, thank you again…Ms. Lisa for being the sweet soul that you are!