Want to join our Design Team?...

We have an amazing team of creative people at Polkadoodles and the focus is on 'TEAM' and not 'ME'!

We are always on the lookout for talented crafters to join us and prefer to find people organically rather than specific DT calls, so if you would love to join us please see below for our requirements....

ALL OF OUR TEAM MEMBERS MUST HAVE AN ACTIVE BLOG WHICH SHOWCASES THEIR WORK AND BE ACTIVE ON SOCIAL MEDIA SITES (if you don't please read ** at the bottom of the post why we have this criteria**)

WHO we are looking for:
We are famous for our clear stamps, stencils, dies, papers, downloads & digital stamps and we appeal to lots of different crafters, all around the world and of all abilities from beginners to advanced. 

1.We look for colourists but we also need people who love mixed media and are good all round crafters - you have to be able to MAKE something, not just colour an image, and we need you to be of a high standard.  
2. You don't have to have been on a Design Team before - we all have to get experience somewhere.
3. Ability to submit a well-written, informative post including links and how-to instructions.
4. VIDEO - being able to film instructional videos is a bonus.
5. Deadlines - you must be able to work in advance to deadlines and not miss them.
6. Commitment - we are looking primarily for long term designers who will stay with us for a minimum of 1 year (we operate a 3 month trial system).

We are not all about colouring although obviously this is a big part of what we do - we also want traditional paper crafters who love florals, making boxes, decor, concept cards and mixed media too so dont think you can't apply if you don't colour - we have a lot of diversity in our team and we pick people who can bring something new to the mix that we don't already have.

7. How you'll need to work:
Our team uses a wide variety of products and you will be expected to print out all your papers and have a handle (if not an expert) on how to download and print what you use.
So you must have a working, colour printer and be prepared to do this.
We also provide SVG cutting files so if you have a Silhouette Cameo or Scan n Cut or other electronic cutting machine you will love our images.

Be PROFESSIONAL - we expect the highest level of conduct if we choose you to represent our brand. Swearing, sharing meme's with bad language, being politically offensive etc on your social feeds all put off when we look for new teamies, we want polite, professional people to represent us. 

DEADLINES - you will need to work a month in advance and not miss deadlines. Being organised is key to our team, we run a tight ship.

Composition and Quality of work - as we are a high profile company we expect our team to showcase our products in the best way possible - this means we expect a decent skill level of crafter, composition of your cards and how you put designs together is important to us and you should be able to show this on your blog posts too.

Photography - we need you to represent our Brand in a positive way to a high standard and this means your photography also has to be a VERY high standard.  Your photos are how you will represent our brand and business and only the best will do, so if you can't take a good photo we advise you look around on Youtube and find some of the amazing free tutorials that show you how to get a good photo. It's not about owning a fancy camera and having a studio setup - it's just about how you frame the project and the lighting, it doesnt have to cost you money, it's about knowing how to set yourself up for success!

1. Commitment....We have a large team which is split into smaller sub teams and everyone has slightly different roles. Some people are involved in challenges which help to keep us all creatively geared up every week and thinking about how we craft, others work on making samples and being part of product launches - everyone is picked for a team where we think they will work best and show off their best skills.
We expect a high level of social level engagement from our team - so if you are someone who sits on the sidelines and just pops up to show your work once a month and isn't interested in taking part in what we do, you're probably not for us. 
We engage together and interact a lot with our customers to enhance and encourage their crafting experience and our own and this makes us feel like one huge family which is very rewarding for everyone and feeds our creativity. We know you have a life and arent' around every day, but we do need you to be part of the teamwork that goes on behind the scenes.

We are very team orientated and this will probably be like no other team you've been part of before - so if you are someone who is looking to get famous quick, further your career and get into TV and think this team is a stepping stone to bigger and better things then we are not for you....we want people who genuinely love our products and want to be part of something bigger and better than their own solo ambitions. You need to LOVE crafting and LOVE Polkadoodles or it shows through in your work and the effort you put in.

By being part of a successful team you will receive many rewards - including recognition across the crafting community, showcasing your work through our popular channels and large customer base and even the possibility of having your best work shown on TV and working on special projects, but this is earned and is part of the whole process.

You will be supported all the way in your crafty endeavours but in return we expect dedication and commitment long term.

You will be rewarded with lots of amazing products you will love, with a steady supply of new stash each month. We cannot pay you monetarily for your work unless we ask you to do special commissioned projects but product value will outweigh any monetary value you would expect and you will receive a generous discount in the store.

We offer an affiliate program which is open to our DT. This means you have an opportunity to earn cold, hard, cash for the work you do for our team. If you learn how to use the program effectively and efficiently, you WILL earn money - how much really depends on your own effort. Our Affiliate scheme is run completely independently and there are rules you must follow, but if you self promote and build up a loyal following it can be very profitable. As with all things, you have to work at it to achieve.

Polkadoodles Friday - Weekly Posts on Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram plus 2 weekly Blog Posts.
The team's mission is to promote the Polkadoodles range of products worldwide.

Digi Choosday (Tuesday) - Weekly Posts on Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram plus 1 Weekly Blog Post (2 per month).
The team's mission is to specifically promote our Digital Downloads worldwide.

GemsWeekly Posts on Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram plus every 2 weekly Blog Post (2 per month)
The team's mission is to promote the Gems range of products worldwide.

We Love 2 Create - Weekly Posts on Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram plus 2 weekly Blog Posts (2 per month).
The team's mission is to promote the Polkadoodles Mixed Media product range of products worldwide on our Mixed Media Challenge blog.

Visual Media Team - 2 YouTube TUTORIAL BASED videos per month minimum (not including hauls).
The team's mission is to promote the Polkadoodles full product range of products worldwide through YouTube and Social Media.

2. Commenting and Voting - We love to thank people who enter our challenges so every teamie is required to do this on a rota system so it's not too much work.

So if you still want to apply, please email us HERE telling us why we should choose you and links to your blog and Social Media pages - we look forward to hearing from you!

Why we insist on you having an active blog:

Here at Polkadoodles we insist that all our team have a blog where they can showcase their work. Many people don't understand this and think having a blog is unnecessary when we are all now so involved in other social media such as Facebook.
The reason we insist on it is this:

As part of the Polkadoodles Design Team your job is to showcase our products to as many people as possible across the world by showing them what they can make with our products. 

If you have a Facebook account you probably on average have maybe 200-300 friends. Some of these will be your family and friends that have nothing to do with craft.

Twitter - you maybe have 100 followers on Twitter
Pinterest - perhaps 100 followers
Instagram - the same.

Blog - perhaps you only have 50 followers on your blog.

Facebook works on engagement - meaning that if someone doesnt actually comment or interact with your posts ie sharing etc, after about 3 or 4 weeks your post stops appearing on their timeline. People MUST engage on Facebook to see what you post!
So out of your 300 friends probably only 100 actually see what you post and maybe half of those are not crafters. So you are actually promoting to about 50 people.
MORE IMPORTANTLY - the only people who can actually see YOUR Facebook posts are your FRIENDS - that means you can never reach new people organically and your 'reach' is very limited. The world does not revolve around Facebook and the worldwide craft community is not on your friends list (you're only allowed 5000 friends anyway).

The same principles apply to Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram - but here your photos are able to be seen publicly and people can follow you without having to ask permission.

With a blog you might only have 50 or even less blog followers but your blog is open to the entire world - anyone can visit your blog! Your Blog posts are fed through Google and can appear in searches. Basically someone in Timbuctoo can happen across your blog at any time and read it and comment and not ever have to sing up, sign in or make any form of contact with you.  So all those times you think nobody ever drops by your blog you should be checking your stats and wondering why...

Think of it this way, it's easy....

You're walking down Social Media street, a little cash in your pocket, window shopping for stash.
You walk into the Facebook shopping centre/mall....and you can see all your friends' shops, but you see a ton of other shops which all have their doors closed and you need to be a member or know the doorman to get in. That's so annoying! They are called Crafty Carol's and Creative Claire, but you can't see what's inside because the shutters are on the windows and you have to actually ask permission to be allowed inside to see what's going on. 
So you have a quick look in your friends' stores then leave the mall and carry on down Social Media street and find ....
Pinterest - oooo look! Pretty pictures!! You get lost in there for days!...
Twitter - oooo lots of interesting shops and they just appear in front of me with their shops and offers and messages but I can't very easily see what was there beyond a few hours ago....
Instagram - oooo lots of pretty stuff too and no sales people I can just mooch around but I have to really find the stuff I like using a hashtag!....
Blogs....Wow! Look at this shop! Here there's pretty pictures but this shop tells me how they made this and where I can buy all the stuff from, and they're in Timbuctoo, wow! Oh and I can see what they made 10 years ago too, it's all in a library look! cool! And look, I can actually sign up to follow this blog through BlogLovin and their tutorials and posts come straight to my email box too - how cool is that, I don't even have to work hard or remember to go look at this person's blog page, it find my inbox! Super easy for me to see all their craft projects!

Facebook is a closed door that you have to ask permission to access, and if you don't keep going in the shop and talking to the person on the till you lose your access within a few weeks and you're locked out again, missing out on all those goodies and you dont even realise it.

1. Make sure your blog looks INTERESTING and is up to date! Nobody wants to visit something boring and out of date. 
2. It is well known that posting REGULARLY is what gets you followers - consistency is key! Sign up to Bloglovin' so people can see your feed without actually having to come and seek out your page. It's better to do a small paragraph post once a week than it is to do a 10 page post once a month. All the stats out there and experts can prove this.
SO KEEP YOUR BLOG UPDATED EVERY WEEK. And make it PROFESSIONAL! Have a good template and make it easy to read - remember a lot of people are looking on their phones now.
3. LINK, LINK, LINK!  Links help people find what you've used and promote the brands you represent, so make sure you link everywhere you can. 

We need you to be working with open Social Media platforms and a blog enables you to build a permanent library of work where people can go back years and years and find things.  Wherever they are in the world, and whether they know you or not.

Quite simply it's about promoting our brand to the WORLD, not just to your personal, small circle of friends.
Although they're obviously important too ; )