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I recently made my first attempt at publishing – cards that is. 
 I have a little experience with publication in other fields, psychology to be exact and strangely enough the process is pretty similar.
In the field of psychology, though – our journals don’t have fun, colorful pictures and often the publisher offers a “revise & resubmit” option for submissions.

Not the case here – when it comes to publishing your papercrafting creations – you either make the cut, or you don’t. 

There’s always the opportunity to try for another publication (which I will definitely be doing!) … but when it comes to Paper Craft Magazine’s Go to Sketch Issue – the door is closed!
So what happens to all those cards that met their fate on the cutting room floor?
They end up HERE – at the Reject Blog Hop!!!
Note: I got the idea for this hop from another fabulous stamper, Laura Pryor! Thanks for the idea, Laura!
The Reject Blog Hop is a place to share your fabulous projects that didn’t make the final cut. 
So let’s get this Reject Party started!!!
Use the Linky below to share your favorite card that won’t be published. 
**You have until March 11, 2001 11:59pm EST to submit** 

EDIT: Head over the Latisha Yoast’s blog for a great article about submitting to magazine for publication – lots of valuable insight.

Here’s one of my submissions – which is super simple and just my style. I am in love with PTI’s most recent release which included these fabulous doily stamps and dies.

I think it’s pretty snazzy!

Here’s another one of my beloved rejects:
(I don’t call them rejects to their faces, since that might give them a complex)
Admittedly – this one may have been a little too much of an interpretation of the original sketch (I was never good at following directions!) Also, I’m pretty sure the hot air balloon thing has been beaten to death in the papercrafting world.
(Notice my knack for making excuses for my rejected designs?! I’m like a mama bird protecting her chicks!!!!!)

Better luck next time, I suppose!  Until then – I’ll be blogging away as usual:-)

Thanks for stopping by for some Damask Love – and keep on coming back for more!!!

Keep on crafting with these other posts

85 thoughts on “Rejection is the sincerest form of flattery…or something like that.

  1. I personally love your card and think it is as good or better than some they have published lately. You know . . . you look at them in the magazine and say to yourself . . . “They published THAT?!?”

    I’ve never submitted anything for publication before. But it might be fun to make the leap and give it a try. Don’t give up — keep trying!

    ~ Jen @ Musings of A Crafty Mom

  2. I love your rejection party idea!! I think it’s a great way of celebrating that we make the effort. For me it was worth it, I enjoyed every minute of my card making process. Tomorrow I will post my first rejection. There were more than one…yep… LOL!

  3. Amber – I just love your style, and you just keep ’em coming. I DOUBT it will take you until 2050! Best of luck, and thanks, too, for your awesome response on Facebook. You seem to be a woman with a great attitude and a whole lot of integrity!

    Susan R. Opel
    Creative Editor, Paper Crafts magazine

  4. OK this has to be the funnest linky party idea ever!! I’m adding you to my Reader. I got one happy email today but I didn’t think I had a chance as I only submitted 2. Guess they didn’t have enough other entries for Sketch #75. lol. And I agree with Susan that I love your style( and she is one lady who knows what she’s talking about!)

  5. Amber, that card is SPECTACULAR! I love it! I happen to be the lucky holder of FOUR rejects, lol, I will get them on my blog and link up over the next few days. What a fun idea! 🙂

  6. Too funny…but a great idea. I love your card and it’s certainly “good enough” to be published…you just never know what they’re looking for. I got one out of 10 submissions picked up today…and it’s was probably in the bottom 3 of my favs from what I submitted LOL Like Charlene said…I’m thinking they only had 3 subs for that sketch

  7. Thanks for sharing your card and setting up the linky! I love the bright and sunny doilies! I will definitely be bookmarking this because I’ll enjoy having this to look back to for more ideas when the issue comes out.

  8. I can’t believe they didn’t take this! I love the colors, the white space, the design – everything. I was looking back through your blog and you make beautiful cards!

  9. i absolutely adore your card – it’s stunning!!! i think this is a great idea to celebrate all the beautiful cards that didn’t get picked up this time around.

    for those that didn’t make it, just keep submitting! don’t give up – if this is something you truly love *and i can tell you do* it will happen and when it does, it will totally be worth the wait!! i know it was for me 😀

  10. I LOVE your blog! I don’t have any cards to link as I just recently discovered the awesomeness that is Paper Crafts magazine…but I do plan on submitting a couple things for the Sept/Oct submission call! I’ve become a follower, so now I will stalk, I mean visit, your blog daily! :o)

  11. what a great idea! will post my rejected card in a minute on my blog … fun blog hop.. will visit ALL entries

    Amber, your cards are so beautiful! I can’t imagine why they are NOT accepted… seriously.. I absolutely LOVE your work!

    {hugs} Sylvia

  12. Amber, I think this is the most hilarious idea for a blog hop ever! I know what you mean about publishing at work, in so many ways it’s easier you pick your reviewers, they give you feedback, etc. Sigh. You have a great blog and do fabulous work!!! You will get published – your style is amazing. I agree with Jennifer (above) – sometimes you look at certain cards and think “How on earth…” But not with yours! Have a great weekend!

  13. OHGSH!!!!!! I am a new follower to your blog within the last couple of days since we each won for the Feb Gallery Challenge. And I’m just seeing this post!!!! This is FABULOUS! I’m so glad you acted on what was just a fleeting thought! And thank you for giving me a lil’ nod! That was so nice of you!!! I am heading to link up my rejects right now!!
    I am loving being a new follower. I think your work is brilliant!!

  14. This is such a wonderful idea!!! I have plenty of rejects to share and will be spreading them out during the week, but definitely want to link up some here too 😉 Your cards are stunning – both are definitely going into my inspiration folder – just got my doily stamp set yesterday!! Thanks for hosting – this is fab! xoxo

  15. I think both of your cards are great, but I really like the first one, the colors are wonderful and I love the dimension of it. Thanks for suggesting the hop so we could see some marvelous creations that we might not otherwise have seen.

  16. wow, I LOVED yor card, and frankly I am tired of looking at he same designers all the time. I think you should have been published and so many others too from looking at the cards. I’m off to joinyou hop! Rejects unite!! I wish we could start up our own magazine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. First of all… your cards are AMAZING! I would have picked them for sure! It makes me feel better about my ‘rejects’! 😉 Thanks for the fun hop! I love seeing everyone’s projects.

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