So, some of you have already heard the news.
Simple Scrapbooks magazine is no more.
We are experiencing a tough, tough economy right now and it is especially tough in the world of publishing. In my gut, I had a feeling … and when I heard Lin's voice on my phone yesterday, I knew why she was calling. I was still somehow caught off guard and honestly felt (even if only momentarily) that someone had died. That might seem a bit dramatic to you, but Simple was my baby. I personally chose those first columns and departments — in spite of the fact that I didn't really understand the difference between a column and a department. I was the one that called and made every single assignment and I was the one that collected pages and albums and read and edited articles and in the process, learned and grew and became more and more able. From the very beginning this little magazine has had to fight. We've had to fight to differentiate ourselves in an industry that generally didn't understand why there should or could be two magazines from the same publisher. Over the years, I and an incredible team of passionate people have fought for and become advocates of simplicity and an inclusive message that is so important in the realm of creative scrapbooking. To me, Simple will always be the heart of what we do.
This is why I was so sad yesterday. Today is better. Today I know that the philosophy and the message have made a lasting imprint. Today I am remembering and feeling grateful for the people that I have worked with and loved — people that are and will still be my friends.
Today I have thought again and again how temporary material things — even good material things — really are. What matters in this life is what you become, not what you make.
What you become by what you make is the only thing you can claim. I am a better person because of Simple Scrapbooks magazine. I am so grateful for that.
but I will still miss Simple.
I will be writing an official good-bye in the May/June issue and while Simple will not be printed as a separate publication after this issue, our message will live on in the pages of Creating Keepsakes (which we all know and love.) You can watch for more information on these changes in the next few weeks and months. If you leave me a comment today, I'd like to know what aspect of Simple you most want to see continue — tell me what (and how) we can continue to contribute to your passion for scrapbooking.