Today, a bunch of us crafty girls are getting together to say goodbye to Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine. The blog hop starts on the amazing Jennifer McGuire's blog. You should be arriving from Emily Liephart's blog. If you just stumbled onto my blog today, make sure to go back to Jennifer's blog for all the inspiration and memories.
About 8 years ago, I fell in love with stamping. (I was awful at it, by the way.) Soon after buying my first handful of supplies, I had grand dreams of being on design teams and being published in magazines. It took me a while but I finally got my first acceptance letter from Paper Crafts magazine and it felt like the heavens were singing! My dream had come true and along the way I met so many people. I've made friends who I hope to have in my life forever.
It breaks my heart to say goodbye. It doesn't just feel like the end of a magazine but the end of an era. Though I haven't been published in PC&S since June 2013, I always had it in my mind that one day I would go back but now I can't. We are living in a new world of Pinterest, bloggers, ebooks, and apps and I'm not sure I'm quite ready for it. I've never liked goodbyes but this one leaves so much sorrow in my heart.
How do you make a card to close a chapter of your life? I struggled so much with this. In the end, I needed to go with a forever friendship theme. I fear that the progression of the craft, the decline of the economy, and technology will make my people obsolete. But that's silly because as long as their is love and the desire to create, we'll always be here. My dear PC family that includes all the sweet souls that have helped me on the journey to the crafter I am today.
Thank you Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine! Thank you for the trends, the inspiration, the meet and greets, the Go-To Girls, the happy emails, the motivation to push myself further. Thank you for being the center of the most loving and amazing industry in the world. Thanks for the friendship, the belief in us, the love, and thanks for the memories.
Check out THIS VIDEO that Bethany Stellpflug made of the pictures we posted to the planning group.
Next up on the hop is Jennifer Rzasa. (JRza if you're awesome. ;) )