Current Submission Calls: We’d Love to See Your Layouts!

Joannie McBride, online editor

Scrapbooking About the Men & Boys in Your Life

Creating Keepsakes readers often ask for more ideas on scrapbooking stories about the guys in their lives. Always aiming to please, we’re delighted to meet that request with an entire special issue devoted to creating layouts and gifts for the fellas in your life—those wonderful fathers, husbands, brothers, cousins, sons…even that crazy Uncle Ed. From babes to grandpas, we want to see projects about the boys and men in your life.  Let’s hear it for the boys!

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Make it Masculine: Design tricks and tips

Take a look at the scrapbook pages you’ve made for the boys and men in your life. What design tricks do you find yourself applying? And what advice would you have for others who want to make a masculine statement on their layouts? Do you use large focal elements? Do your pages about the gentlemen tend to take on a more gridded/linear look? We want to see the design tricks you’ve been hiding up your creative sleeve when it comes to scrapbooking dudes, dads, bros, and boys!

Send a scan or digital photo of your layout to editorial@creatingkeepsakes.com with “Masculine Design” in the subject line.

***Please direct any questions you have about this call to Lyn Worthen at LWorthen@creatingkeepsakes.com. Thanks!

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Color His World

When it comes to documenting the stories involving your handsome heroes, you’re not limited to blues, browns, and greens. Instead, let’s have fun exploring fresh and unexpected color combinations. We’re looking for layouts that take masculine color combos to new heights, and we can’t wait to see what you have in store. To get your “guy gears” in motion, we’ve provided a few ideas below, but we’re looking for submissions that go beyond these possibilities. The colorful sky is the limit!

Send a scan or digital photo of your layout to editorial@creatingkeepsakes.com with “Masculine Colors” in the subject line.

***Please direct any questions you have about this call to Lyn Worthen at LWorthen@creatingkeepsakes.com. Thanks!

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Capture His Moments: Photography tips and tricks

You’ve likely taken numerous photos of the gents in your life. Which photos stand out to you, and why? Is it the cool angle at which the image was taken? Maybe it’s the unexpected lighting or rough-and-tumble environment surrounding your guy that leaves an impression. Whatever it may be, we’d like to see it—your tips for making photos feel all-boy. Possibilities include:

  • Masculine backdrops (brick walls, the football field, etc.)
  • Masculine props (toys, sporting equipment, old cars, etc.)
  • Masculine activities (your guy in motion)
  • Masculine photo techniques (interesting angles, lighting, perspective, etc.)

Show us how you bring the stories of your chaps and lads to life using stand-out photography.

Send a scan or digital photo of how you’ve used your stand-out photos on a layout to editorial@creatingkeepsakes.com with “Masculine Photography” in the subject line.

***Please direct any questions you have about this call to Natalie McConnell at NMcConnell@creatingkeepsakes.com. Thanks!

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Capture the Details: Journaling about a boy

Snips and snails and puppy-dog tails—little boys might be made of these, but what makes up their stories? Is it all action-packed adventure, or is your journaling more about those dear mama’s-boy moments? And what about the way you document stories about your handsome hubby or dapper dad? Show us cool and unique ways to tell those snips-and-snails tales.

Possibilities include:

  • Mad Libs
  • Top-10 lists
  • Quizzes
  • Documented conversations
  • Talk bubbles
  • Song lyrics
  • Favorites lists (food, songs, places, etc.)
  • Word searches
  • Famous quotes
  • Direct quotes from your guy

Also, what kind of stories are you telling?

  • Relationship stories (father/daughter, father/son, husband/wife, siblings, generations, etc.)
  • Your guy’s activities, hobbies, and interests
  • Your fellow’s service, career, etc.
  • His achievements and accomplishments
  • Your little guys advancements and milestones (first steps, first day of school, etc.)
  • And so much more!

Send a scan or digital photo of your layout to editorial@creatingkeepsakes.com with “Masculine Journaling” in the subject line.

***Please direct any questions you have about this call to Lyn Worthen at LWorthen@creatingkeepsakes.com. Thanks!

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Rough and Tough Techniques

As much fun as it is to make paper flowers and lacey backgrounds, you’re probably not going to turn to these techniques when it comes time to scrapbook about your boys and men. What are your favorite techniques for making a scrapbook page feel masculine? Possibilities include:

  • Distressing/Inking
  • Die-cutting and embossing
  • Stamping masculine patterns and motifs
  • Spray inking/masking
  • Handmade gears and robots

This is just the tip of the technique iceberg. What ideas do you have in mind? Please send your scrapbook pages featuring man-ified techniques our way.

Send a scan or digital photo of your layout to editorial@creatingkeepsakes.com with “Masculine Techniques” in the subject line.

***Please direct any questions you have about this call to Lyn Worthen at LWorthen@creatingkeepsakes.com. Thanks!

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Built Scrapbook Tough: Scrapbooking supplies for the guys

Your patterned paper doesn’t have to be all puppies and baseballs to be considered “masculine.” Sometimes the most basic of patterns are just the ticket when it comes to scrapbooking your best boy stories. Patters to consider include:

  • Stripes
  • Plaids
  • Chevrons
  • Wood Grain
  • Herringbone
  • And more!

And don’t stop at patterns. What supplies do you turn to when creating your guy designs? Ideas include:

  • Burlap
  • Buttons
  • Brads
  • Clothes pins
  • Paper clips
  • Metal
  • Twine
  • Canvas
  • And more!

What are your must-have products that are high on masculine appeal? We’d love to see your layouts featuring those supplies and how you’ve used them in unique and unexpected ways to enhance your scrapbook stories.

Send a scan or digital photo of your layout to editorial@creatingkeepsakes.com with “Masculine Products” in the subject line.

***Please direct any questions you have about this call to Natalie McConnell at NMcConnell@creatingkeepsakes.com. Thanks!

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Photo Gifts for Guys

Show that special guy in your life you care with a handmade gift. Use your favorite photos or those funny outtakes to make a one-of-a-kind project he’ll adore. Ideas include but are not limited to:

  • Photo calendars
  • Shadow boxes
  • Mini albums
  • Coupon books
  • Home office décor
  • Photo CDs
  • Art journals

Keep your audience in mind and create something that’s high on guy appeal (not too frilly or fancy!).

Send a scan or digital photo of your project to editorial@creatingkeepsakes.com with “Masculine Gifts” in the subject line.

***Please direct any questions you have about this call to Natalie McConnell at NMcConnell@creatingkeepsakes.com. Thanks!

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Things to Remember When Submitting

Please include all of your contact information, a complete list of supplies used on layout (remember to include adhesives, fonts, and pens), any important photo information/credit information if you did not take the photo(s) used on your layout, and details about any techniques used. Your submission could be chosen and published in an upcoming issue!

Priority will be given to never before seen, 2-page, multi-photo layouts.

Submissions due: 11:59 PM on Monday, December 10, 2012

***Please direct any questions you have about this issue to the specific editor over the section in question. Contact information has been provided above.

Thanks for your continued support! We can’t wait to see you work your masculine magic.

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