Several weeks have gone by, what have I been doing since my return from vacation? Before the euphoria wore off, this was announced by Creating Keepsakes. I am coming to terms with it still, processing, figuring out a few things. My initial feelings were that of doom and gloom, but thankfully, things are coming back into focus.
My thoughts go to the editors who lost their jobs. I feel a tremendous sense of loss and disappointment for them. Had I not had the chance to meet them and spent time with them in April this year, the whole event would have been more abstract. As it is, it feels like friends lost their jobs and that's just sadness all around.
I think the most important take-away for those of us who read, subscribe, and contribute to this magazine is that CK Media will continue to publish twelve print special issues each year. Each one of these print issues will be 132 pages, something we can hold in our hands!
As for me, I need to start scrapbooking again. Timing with my vacation and this announcement did put me in a mood of deflation, but I will snap out of it. This weekend is the annual Scrapfest at the Mall of America. I am neither working nor attending the event, but a dear friend has traveled all the way from New Jersey to Scrapfest. I saw it as my duty and took her to the October Afternoon warehouse sale happening concurrently with Scrapfest. The pile of goodies I bought should put me into the scrapbooking mood again soon!
We are headed out to Pine Tree Orchard for lunch and festivities today. It's appropriate that I post a layout of our last year's outing on this very day. This is published in the Sept/Oct 2013 issue of the Creating Keepsakes. It was a sketch project where I was required to follow the sketches exactly. With an abundance of photos, this came together super quickly! I had just received a box of Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and used their awesome self adhesive photo corners for a few additional details.
Two days ago, when we were looking through my vacation photos of Stanley Park and of the Lumberman's Arch, DH wondered if the tree growing on top was there when we visited 12 years earlier. I took out my album titled Summer 2001 and as I looked through it, I longed to create scrapbooks like that again. DH said that none of it is publication worthy, but I had captured the entire summer in an album full of memories... the way PL does today. Again, if you write it down, it's that much more likely to happen. So here it is: my goal is to finish a couple of scrapbooks for the Alaskan cruise in the PL fashion. A goal must have a deadline, so by the end of this year, album one must be done.
Writing this post has been therapeutic. I feel a sense of excitement about my new goal. The weekend is full of promises and fun happenings ahead. Who knows, I might even dig into my newly acquired Travel Girl!