Thursday, November 1, 2007


So, I didn't tell you guys I was even gonna do it, because I figured I was just wasting my time. In the world of professional scrapbooking, it's often hard to get a break.

Well, I have often thought of trying to make a career of my hobby (more than a consultant for any of the several companies I have done in the past...) I have never had the desire to actually attempt it. It always seemed like so much work, for a long shot...... I mean attempting to become a published, designer of scrapbooks and altered arts. But, in the end, I always chickened out due to my fear of failure. (not to mention, I scrapbook to make myself happy....and I am 100% certain of my talent, so I don't need the validation to know what my talents are. Although,
the validation would be very nice!!!)

So, a few weeks ago, an online friend posted on her blog that the company she designed for had a call posted for their 2008 Design Team. I was interested, but nervous. So, I contacted my friend, who encouraged me to go for it. So, I did.
But, I didn't tell anyone, because I didn't want to be embarrassed when I wasn't chosen. (yes, I know it's sad I assumed I wouldn't be chosen) But, in the professional scrapbooking world, the competition is STIFF!!!!! REALLY STIFF!!! There are so many incredibly gifted and talented women out there, it's amazing!!!

And, honestly, in this business, it is very rare for someone to be chosen or published on their first try. In this business, you have to be ok with hearing a lot of NO's before you ever hear a YES. And, I wasn't sure if I was ready for that. Which I why I didn't tell hardly anybody. I just assumed I'd apply, they'd choose more talented, more experienced, well-known people and it would be a good learning experience for me.

Well....I completely underestimated myself because:

THEY CHOSE ME!!!!!!!!!!!

Imagine my surprise and ELATION when this landed in my Inbox:

Roxann- I first want to thank you for your submission to the WorldWin Papers 2008 Design Team Search. After looking through your submissions/application, I am thrilled to extent an offer to you to be a part of our 2008 Design Team!

When I first read it, I read the first line, which sounded to me like the "thank you, but no thank you" part of the letter. When I hit the second line, I was like...."what did that just say?!?!?!" I had to read it 3 or 4 times, until it SUNK IN!!!!!!!!

So, here's my ANNOUNCEMENT:

I have been OFFERED and ACCEPTED a postion on the


(Click ^ above to read the official announcement!!)


This is the Official Announcement on the 2Peas Message Board
(a BIG scrapbooking message board for those who don't know....)

THIS IS ON the PUB.....for being "published" and "design teams."

And here is the WorldWin Papers Website. Check it out!!!!
They have the most awesome cardstocks, chipboard and specialty papers!!

Try will love it!!!!!!


I was also offered a position on the Scrapbooks 'N Stickers 2008 Design Team!!!!


This was offered to me by the owner of the store I worked for in Tulsa and KCity, at the Creating Keepsakes Conventions! SO exciting!!!!

She has also asked me to travel with her next year and given me
the title of Assistant Manager of Consumer Conventions!!!!

S'nS has an online store, as well. But, it's down being re-vamped right now! I'll make sure you have the address when it's back up and running! New and Improved!!!

How completely exciting is ALL OF THIS NEWS?!?!?!?!?!


Stacy Armstrong said...

FIRST!!!!!!!!!!! To SAY





I'm so happy happy happy for you!! Wooo Hooo!! that's just so freakin awesome!! Go Roxy, Go Roxy, Go Roxy!!!
Keep Rollin Girlfriend!! That's just super duper good news.

((((and're not prego.....ahahahahha. you knew I had to throw that in. I couldn't resist!))))

I'll try give you a call tonight!!
I'm working at the PS office, then I'm working in the SPA insane is that! Nothing like working 24 hours...

Sherry said...

Congrats, you definitely deserve it!!

Anonymous said...

Heee heee, you're in the PUB...yer soooo cool!! :)

Anonymous said...

Oh, and I LOVE your pic and bio on the Worldwin blog...nice!

Beth said...

Yipee! Roxann, that is so wonderful! You are an awesome and inspiring scrapbooker and you SO deserve this!!

the real ~Roxann~ said...

Thanks so much guys!!!

(and...thanks Jamie about the bio...the profile is mine...the pic was taken by Amber when I visited you guys in August!)

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*** hunzer *** said...

I am beyond proud of you Roxann! You absolutely deserve this. I love your genuine's what we need from influential scrapbookers!! WOOHOOO!!

Karen said...

wow...big time impressive! So you'll be designing their new products? I'm a want-to-be scrapper who had to be told what cropping was, so explain this more!

Kerry said...

Way to go!
So proud of you!!!!!!!
(two freakin' dts in one week - holy crap!_

the real ~Roxann~ said...

Thanks to everyone for your well-wishes! You guys are the sweetest friends a girl could ask for!!!! {{{hugs}}}

Karen - I won't be designing their products, I will designing projects w/ their products and possibly getting published in doing so! And yes, it's a paying gig. I'm expecting some boxes from both places of free stuff for me to work with. Then....I get paid for designing things for them, possibly even get my name credited on packaging/photos, etc. We'll just have to see how it works out!

FlipFlop Mom said...

This is FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!! You go girly !!!! I never try out for anything.. LOL LOL.. I'm SO GLAD you did!!!!

Nikki said...

So awesome! Congratulations and have a blast!

bigdaddywalker said...

that's my wonderful girl... I always knew she could do it... love ya babe...

Stacy Armstrong said...

^^^^^^Look who just scored major brownie points!! aawwwwee....So sweet!!'ve been tagged, My Scrap Celebrity Buddy!!

Tam said...

Cool Awesome rockin Fantastic
Give me a R
Give me a O
Give Me a X
give Me a Y

Doing the Happy Dance!!!!!

O Foxy foxy Roxy O glamorous O glamorous O First Class living the life in the fast line

Scrapbook supplies up to here, people in my ear giving me kudos, Keeping Real remembering all My Savannah Scrapbooking peeps, I do not care I am still the Real Roxann no matter how many Design Teams I am on, Big Daddy telling me so, O O O first class, living the life....oo Glamorous..foxy Roxy ..o Glamorous

Tam said...

Ok what song was I listening to when I left that

the real ~Roxann~ said...

What song is it? I really don't know....

Tam said...


P loves this song....the clean soothes

karen said...

wow, I feel stupid. That is so huge! Congrats sweetie! I know this is just the beginning for you. I need to get the birth announcement we did together autographed!

EFW said...

I am so proud of you, even though I am probably the only one reading this that doesn't have a clue about anything creative like scapbooking. But that just makes me appreciate your talents more!

amy h. said...

No no, I too know nothing about scrapbooking. But I'm in bewildered awe of all of you guys who make all that gorgeous stuff! Rox, wow. Just wow. I have no idea what this all means for you but I'm putting it in a photography-type linear in my head and it's just fantastic. I'm so excited for you! Please post stuff as you make it, 'k? I love looking at all the stuff you make.

Elizabeth said...

YAY!!!! congratulations!!!

Stampin' Meg said...

Congratulations- sounds like you are riding the crest of an awesome wave- happy surfing!

mandy said...

wow wow wow
that is so awesome!!!! Those sound so perfect you and I'm sure you will ahve a blast!

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